04 August 2009

Random Tuesday Thoughts: Oh, Jeez, Not Again Edition

Crikey, it seems like I was just here. Wait, where is here? Oh, that's its:

YEAH, WELL, GOOGLE, YOU SUCK: I can see it out of the corner of my eye. It's there. Hovering, taunting me. You know in the gmail sidebar, those little messages you can post up to announce your status? That's cool and all, but the one that just bugs me a little is the one that says "You are invisible". Gee, thanks guys, my self-esteem was already pretty low, but that is just gratuitous. Pile on, everybody!

GOOD THING I DON'T HAVE TO WRITE A REPORT: Looking around here, I am struck by the quantity of books that I have somehow accrued. As an example, to my right are a copy of the Bhagavad Gita, the Confessions of Saint Augustine and a book of poetry by the 13th century Persian poet Rumi. Across the room I have a shelf of nothing but The Year's Best Science Fiction, Numbers 14 through 25. (Holy crap, have I been reading them that long?). I have one short bookcase devoted to nothing but books on food, including How To Read A French Fry by Russ Parsons (and which I have yet to crack). There is a two volume set of works by Rudyard Kipling. The Fine Homebuilding master set of collected wisdom on ...fine homebuilding. My blue-cloth covered copy of Heart of Darkness by Joseph Conrad (in the top 3 of my favorite books). Now, if I could just find my long-lost manual on Getting A Clue, I'd be all set.

DO I HAVE TO PICK JUST ONE? Favorite object. Favorite tool. Favorite thing. I don't know if I have one. Or at least I haven't thought about it too much. I have a hand-blown glass sculpture based on a calla lily, that I acquired many years ago. I really like it, but just not sure if it is my favorite. A friend of mine gave me this plastic lens-shaped souvenir, it has a real scorpion encased it. That's cool too, if a little unsettling...

GREEN IS THE NEW BLACK: From a walk in the rain last Sunday. So much greeniness, I just wanted to wrap myself up in it and take a long, cool nap...

FINALLY, I'D LIKE TO THANK THE ACADEMY: Once again, dear readers, I have been blessed and honored with an award! This is really nice, and I'm feeling humbled and all warm and fuzzy. This is from Angie at Gumbo Writer, and I am very flattered she thought of me:

Please drop by her place, dig into some good stuff on writin' and eatin, and for the deets on the Humane award. Tell Angie hello and that I sent you. Hoo whee!

slurppp.slurrppp. That sound means we are at the bottom of the milkshake cup, peoples. As good as it is, there ain't no more. Still, there is always next Tuesday and another milkshake!

"I drink your milkshake!" Happy Random Tuesday, everyone! Don't forget, there is still time to enter the Stupid Photo Caption Contest, posted last Sunday, August 2nd, right here on Irish Gumbo! Enter and rejoice!


  1. It's always a good thing to have some unread books laying about.

  2. The scorpion thing is cool, but if you want unsettling, how about the completely edible lollipops with a genuine (and genuinely dead) cricket in the middle that you can find at most Natural History museum souvenir shops?


  3. Being invisible does suck but equally depressing is what I find in my profile at a financial website.... "You have no friends."


  4. Those are some of my favorite books, who doesn't love Rumi? And St. Augustine, The Confessions? Essential reading.

  5. Even my comments are going to be random today!

    What happened to The Year's Best Science Fiction, Numbers 1 through 13?

    I realized on Sunday that you blog an awful lot about food and it makes me hungry!

    Congrats on the Humane Award!

    I have never heard of one single book you have on your book shelf.

    OK. I'm done. Enjoy your day. :)

  6. If I could actually make myself invisible... well that would be different.

  7. Congrats on your much deserved award, Irish! And don't worry too much about those Google quips. Probably all done by autoresponder. One look at your awesome following and you know they're wrong!

  8. how can there really be a favorite? my hubs swears that LM is my favorite kid - because I defend him so much - i don't think he is my favorite, i just think he is misunderstood and quirky

  9. heh ... I love your list of books. Very eclectic! I've been re-organizing my bookshelves, in anticipation of the upcoming furniture move. It's been daunting. I can't even remember the count up to now. I'm getting run out of house and home by books. *sighs* I may still have to pick up a couple that you mentioned.


  10. Hey Irish, did you get the Gita yet? And I want some Rumi postings.... actually I might post that one I sent you that I said was my favorite...

  11. I, too, just want to wrap up in the green. That's why no matter how hot it is outside, I will always love summer. Green as far as your eye can see.


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