Thursday, August 18, 2005

Antidote!

As if in response to my political despair the New Yorker came to the rescue with their article about Kinky Friedman running for governor of Texas as an independent. Yes, that would be Kinky Friedman of the past musical group "Kinky Friedman and the Texas Jewboys" who wrote songs like "“Asshole from El Paso"” and also Kinky Friedman the mystery writer (whose books feature a Kinky Friedman who solves wierd mysteries and, in his words, "All he does is, he stumbles around, he can't get laid, and he fucks up").

A few of his funny-sounding yet potentially effective policies are called "Slots for Tots" (video poker in bars with proceeds going to the strapped education system) and "No Teacher Left Behind" which seeks to treat teachers with the respect they deserve. He also says he'd appoint his biodiesel buddy Willie Nelson as his energy czar (I am a big fan of biodiesel and am trying to figure out how to lay my hands on a decent GM diesel in this country--unfortunately almost all the diesel vehicles that GM makes are sold in Europe unless I want to drive a massive pick-up truck. It does have to be GM due to hubbies job).

I highly recommend reading the whole article since it had me snorting out loud with laughter. While reading it I also felt my political despair lifting and I am now a firm backer of his campaign with the slogan:
KINKY 2006: WHY THE HELL NOT?

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In other obsessing areas, I found an image that nicely merges of two of mine:
I call it "yarngeti" and it's what's for dinner.
(photo taken by Clara Parkes, found in a Knitter's Review article about how to deal with your stash, reprinted with somewhat belated permission--sorry Clara for not citing you as the photographer right away!)


Actually dinner tonight promises to be another book group feast. The menu looks like this:

Me--Pseudo Sorrel Soup
Sarah--Tomato pie (with bacon and sour cream)
Meg--Antipasto salad and crusty bread
Marilyn-- Grilled Fish and a mixed green salad
Diane--Wine and a dessert yet to be determined

It's a smaller group than usual which is too bad because we finally read a good book (Ideas of Heaven: A Ring of Stories) and I'm really looking forward to talking with folks about Joan Silber's combination of sexuality, faith and religion. But that's the way summer schedules work and I'm confident tha the five of us can have a kick ass discussion over our kick ass meal!

3 comments:

Clara Parkes said...

I'm glad you liked the picture! Just wondering if you could cite the source of this? I know KR is the copyright holder, and I took the picture. Several people emailed me so I thought I should ping you. Gently. I'm not a jerk, but it is a little awkward.

Kimberly said...

lol.. thanks for the Kinky info! What a hoot!

Mary Jean said...

I laughed all the way through the Kinky article -- you know what monkey eat when monkey shit.