November 28th, 2009


ShabShmoo ~ Fwom A Wwighter's PerspWextive

One of the world's shortest questionnaires, as answered by Michael Wex, author of Born To Kvetch and
How to Be a Mentsh (and Not a Shmuck)

What’s your favorite quotation?
“Are you coming out of that bathroom sometime today?” (My father)

What’s the best single piece of advice about writing that you’ve ever gotten?
Get a big wastebasket and don’t be afraid to use it (I read this in an interview with Isaac Bashevis Singer).

What would you say are the best and worst aspects of the job?
The best aspect is being able to spend all day writing; the worst, the fact that you have to spend all day writing—it’s rewarding, but it’s never easy.

What would you be doing if you weren’t a writer?
Teaching English literature or working in comedy clubs (both of which I used to do).

And this was, in its entirety, Michael Wex's author questionnaire that he completed for the Jewish Book Council

Jon Stewart ~ shhhh!

The Big Four Seven

Happy Birthday Jon Stewart ~
~ the big silly. Always alluding to his age, looking all gray and shit.

Jon Stewart = 11 years younger than me! LOL

Got 3 hours of sleep last night.
Had to get up and stay awake for the return of my car, which fortunately needed less work than was originally planned (the back brakes were fine). So I saved like $50.

He was concerned that the "Service Engine Soon" light comes on from time to time (that was determined years ago to be the fault of the light itself, LOL), also that the thermostat needle is broken so I never know if I'm overheating (oh well), but especially that the engine idle is set so high that you rarely have to push on the accelerator ~ and it kinda roars at you a bit when you're slowing down. This is hard on the brakes, of course, and uses a little more gas. But I drive so very little that I'm not going to worry about it.

As I recall, there's a reason the idle has to be so high. I think (five or so years ago) when the original engine died, the junkyard engine they replaced it with wouldn't stay running and just kept shutting off. Kicking the idle up permanently solved that problem.

Being a Saturn, the car still looks nice on the outside (it's not metal, so it doesn't rust). I really still like it. If I HAD to replace it, and I had bunches of money, I would really really really love to have a Mini Cooper!
I've never bought a USED car before ~ damn, why buy someone else's problems? If there were no problem, they wouldn't have gotten rid of it in the first place ~ but for a Mini I would buy "pre-owned"... Especially if it were a Radford Mini from Brydor Cars!

Okay, time to go back to bed. I'm just sooo absolutely out of it right now!