Lemmings

December 31, 2010
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Thurs

December 31, 2010

Good Thurs. –0 degrees here. Yokelly, we watched a documentary called Life and Debt about the impact of the International Monetary Fund economic policies on the economy of Jamaica. Pretty sobering. After Jamaica became independent from Britain in 1962, they expected to export their goods and “grow their economy.” Then came the 1973 oil embargo […]

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Wed

December 29, 2010

Tis Wed. -9 at the airport. Not too bad. Dark. Yokel gnus is nnott ttoo mmucchh. We cleared the laundry room/hall/bath complex last evening in preparation for a guy coming today to install some new flooring to cover up the 1980s pattern we suddenly realized looked sort of awful. Found a few things I had […]

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Tues

December 28, 2010

Good Tues. -4 at the aeropuerto. About the same here. Dark. Yokelly, we continue to take in lectures about linguistics. Most people know about this mainly from pizza, but there is some other interesting stuff to learn as well. Linguistics is the scientific study of language. There are few topics that are more interesting to […]

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Mon

December 27, 2010

Happy Monday, the last of 2010. (Sniff.) It is still a tad cool here though we got some respite yesterday that has lasted into this ayem. Temp is now -10 at the airport. Our day started with a mystery. There was barf on the entry hall carpet. L reported it after Pand I had been […]

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Thurs

December 23, 2010

Happy Thursday. The day before the night before the night before Christmas. Cold here at -24 and -35 at the airport. Yokelly we are managing the dark part of the year without undue emotional response. Sob. Oh, what’s the use? Local news is the Strykers, as they are known familiarly, are headed to Afghanistan to […]

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Thursday thought

December 23, 2010

incubus; succubus. An “incubus” is a male demon said to have sex with sleeping women. A “succubus” is a female demon said to have sex with sleeping men. (“Succuba” is a needless variant.) Each should be confined to its narrow sense, rather than being used broadly as a synonym for “demon.” In the mid-1990s, the […]

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Tues

December 22, 2010

Happy Tues. The world appears to continue to exist, despite the millennial anxiety produced by the conjunction of a full lunar eclipse and the onset of the Winter Solstice. We watched the eclipse intermittently, beginning about 9:30 and ending about 12:15 when thin clouds began to obscure the celestial orbs from view. I set up […]

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Mon

December 20, 2010

Good Mon. Cooler here after slight upward moderation yesterday. -27 at the airport. -11 here. Yokelly we spent the weekend preparing for Yuletide. The cat was dumbfounded to see a tree in the living room. Local news is about the loony eclipse, assorted mishaps and misdeeds.

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Friday

December 17, 2010

Happy Fri. -38 at the airport. About -21 here. That seems cold. Yokelly we are watching again the long BBC version of Pride & Prejudice. Good acting, costumes, sets, music. The English country dancing scenes are a trip into the past. Plenty of British upper-class snobbism and lower-class boorishness. Lots more of the original dialogue. […]

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