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Howard Hughes vs. Tropical Storm Cindy

We're home again, after the short overnight visit to my mother's big yellow house in Leeds (about 15 min. from Birmingham). We had to come back so soon in order to get Sophie off to the vet this a.m. to have her glucose levels measured. The visit to Leeds was mostly pleasant. We watched lightning striking in the valley. We played with the schnoodle and ate too much. Unfortunately, I got into a pointless theological/philosophical argument sort of thing with my mother yesterday afternoon, the sort we both try to avoid having with one another. Her being a moderately liberal Xtian with a strong distrust of science and me being one part Materialist and one part mystic, stranded, these days, somewhere perplexing between science and Wicca — no good could have come from this conversation, and no good did. Finally, about 6:30 (EST), Spooky and I headed back to Atlanta in the storm. We very nearly frelling drowned, but made it home about 10 p.m. (thanks to my webbed feet).

I am so not awake, even by my usual standards. Er...let's see. Spooky and I worked while we were gone, because the page proofs for "Houses Under the Sea" and "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles" came in from Robert Morrish on Monday, just before we left for Alabama. I printed them out and took them with us, grumbling that I was already behind on the proofreading of the ARC for To Charles Fort, With Love. These two long stories (10-11k each) will soon be appearing in the anthology Thrillers II (Cemetery Dance Publications), as mentioned in the preface of TCF,WL, though I wish (as also mentioned in the same preface) that they could have actually been included in the collection. And, over the weekend, my editor read the first half of Daughter of Hounds and loved it (her words), which was a huge relief. When we got home, there was a package in the mailbox from Jada and Katharine in Arkansas (old, old friends), a Devonian-aged ammonite and nautiloid they bought us at a rock and fossil shop on a recent trip to Lake Tahoe. Neat. And today will spent trying to start a new short story (my first since "Bradbury Weather" last August, unless I count the vignettes) and trying to catch up with the proofing of TCF,WL.

Since I'm really not awake, I'm going to close this with something that I snurched from sclerotic_rings's LJ:

Every once in a great while, I'm asked if I'm getting a bit overly steamed over the ongoing dumbing down of American education, particularly as far as creationism and "intelligent design" are concerned. At times like these, I smile, pat that person on the head, and recite statistics that usually grab them: statistics that involve their wallets. In particular, how Toyota is moving manufacturing plants to Canada because the employees in their Mississippi and Alabama plants were often so illiterate that they needed "pictorials" for training, but that neither state plans to do anything about increasing education standards to prevent that sort of job hemmorhage. I deal with the end-products of that level of shortsightedness on a daily basis, and it isn't getting any better: which is worse, an exodus of jobs outside of the US because US workers are so stupid that they trip on the carpet pattern every morning, or a growth industry of customer support designed to take advantage of the fact that those same marching morons are entrusted with credit cards?

More later...

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( 4 comments — Have your say! )
xterminal
Jul. 7th, 2005 02:27 pm (UTC)
That is...

there are no words.

I, in turn, am filching it and spreading the word.
subtlesttrap
Jul. 7th, 2005 04:57 pm (UTC)
Exxxcited
The titles for "Houses Under the Sea" and "The Daughter of the Four of Pentacles" sound tantalizing, it saddens me that they won't be included in TCF, WL only because I always love to have a few unread CRK short stories whenever a new collection comes out and I've had to restrain myself not to seek out the published stories that I've not read yet (e.g., "The Dead and the Moonstruck," "Valentia," "Standing Water") . I cannot wait to read "Peau Verte" and "La Mer des Reves."
wishlish
Jul. 7th, 2005 07:34 pm (UTC)
"One of my greatest achievements while governor of Arkansas was to take my state in education from 50th to 49th." - Bill Clinton

"If 80% of the schools in Alabama don't have microscopes and they're 47th, what's the miracle? Pencils?" - Lewis Black

I highly recommend listening to Lewis Black's "The White Album" to hear his perspective on Arkansas education. I think it also applies to Lousiana and Mississippi.
grandmofhelsing
Jul. 8th, 2005 03:34 pm (UTC)
So, I assigned a reporter to follow up on the Toyota-in-Canada story:
http://www.decaturdaily.com/decaturdaily/news/050708/toyota.shtml
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