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Tuesday, November 22, 2005

ďHow are you today?Ē

ďWishing it were January 2,Ē I told the supermarket checker (under my breath; no reason to spread the humbug around, just because Iíve had enough of the holidays before theyíve even started).

I dreaded the very idea of going to the grocery store two days before Thanksgiving. I was convinced I wouldnít even find a place to park, and Iíd have to come back in the middle of the night and shop with the freaks and weirdos. No offense. But I had two missions: a deposit for the company at the bank inside the store, and rolls for Thursdayís dinner (a little early, I know, but Iím not doing any shopping on Wednesday).

Oh, and one more thing: I needed some antiperspirant, because I ran out at a really inopportune time and Iíve been using an off brand for two days and I canít get rid of this clammy feeling. No wonder Iíve been in a foul mood.

The good news is that I found a place to park in the lot, even though there was a garbage truck blocking six spaces, with a guy inside calmly eating a sandwich (and I wonder what was on it). Theyíre remodeling the bank, and taking their time about it, so even though I was second in line I still had to wait. Half an hour. Because there was only one window open, with seven people milling around behind the counter. But Iím not bitter.

I found the rolls, and a few other things on my list (including the antiperspirant), but I left several items out because I couldnít get out of that store fast enough. People were standing around chatting, with their carts side-by-side so that they blocked whole aisles. It was disgusting. It was almost as if they were in a festive mood, for some reason, but I was having none of it. Bah— oh, never mind.

22 November 2005

Scattered November clouds.

Yeah, Iím a delightful person to be around this time of year. But donít worry. Iíll get over it, on January 2 if not sooner.

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What I listened to on Rhapsody today: Bringing It All Back Home, by Bob Dylan (just because I havenít heard it in a while and itís a great (and landmark) album)... Marianne Faithfull, Before the Poison (no soft edges on this singer, vocally or any other way)... Instrumentals: The Best of the Chrysalis Years, by Leo Kottke (Iíve been looking for some of his early mostly acoustic albums, but this will do until I find them)

For other journal recommendations, check out the links page.

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