This one's for you, Umi. (Do you realize that I haven't seen you once since you got back?)
What's there to write about when all I do is go to work, come home, read the SA forums (mostly D & D and The Crackhead Clubhouse, with some Pet Island thrown in), read my book not nearly as much as I should, and fall asleep around 9:00 PM? On Wednesday I went to the dentist, which I have always liked. I told about the concept of a psychodontist from V. but conversation is hard when your mouth is full of picks and things. Oh, and my teeth are doing great. I don't floss much, but since quitting tobacco in March my gums have no problems. Apparently my front teeth are being worn because of my overbite, but it is not a big deal nor through any fault of mine, not even subliminal grinding (which I have had warnings about in the past). If it were something preventable, I'd feel guilty. The dentist has tremendous power to cause guilt, even if it does subside a few days after the visit. I think I have something akin to the weird relationships people can develop with their psychotherapists, etc. They are in a position of accredited intellectual authority, and their job is to tell me what I'm doing wrong. If I were more talkative there, I would probably tell them more than I tell any of you.
After that I had an early dinner with my grandma at Applebee's. I like some of the food there, but overall it's a glorified fast food chain. Unfortunately, we can't afford someplace fancy and my grandma won't tolerate most ethnic food. That's just her way. We're hicks.
Somebody posted Frank Zappa's entire discography, which is wonderful. I've always wanted to hear his more serious, instrumental compositions, although Freak Out! and Apostrophe' may remain my favorites. A little while ago, I saw a video of Zappa on Crossfire circa 1986 and again in '87, after he testified before the Senate committee on Commerce, Technology, and Transportation. The '86 one is here. Being Crossfire, there wasn't much room for reasonable responses (so he just kept his mouth shut and looked at John Lofton and Bob Novak like they were the biggest morons ever, which they did a great job of portraying themselves as) but he got in a few good sound bytes:
"There are more songs about love than anything else. If songs could make you do something we'd all love one another."
"The biggest threat to America is not communism, it is moving America towards a fascist theocracy and everything the Reagan administration has been doing is steering us right down that pipe." ...(Bickering, strange smug mumblings)... Moderate host: "Give one example of a fascist theocracy [in America]." "When you have a government that prefers a certain moral code derived from a certain religion and that moral code turns into legislation to suit one certain religious point of view."
The best part is probably near the end, when he really pwnz Novak regarding the Freedom Village.
Now that our "discussion" (I use the term loosely) of Ayn Rand has trailed off, my dad has been giving me brief, loud sound bytes about the '60's. His thesis is that cocaine is responsible for the co-opting of 60's culture by hippie-cum-yuppies. Makes some sense to me. As Zappa put it, "Speed: it will turn you into your parents." He says the most revolutionary people he knew were a couple of Trotskyites, who became born-again Christians. So, it was a fantastic time to live in, but the 36 years since it ended have been one big come-down. Their movement failed, but what does my generation have? According to my dad, the final collapse of America. I said, at least it will be something to write about (not that the '60's weren't).
I wish I were a polymath. Instead I am... a zeromath. Zero for short.