Minutiae
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The more corrupt the state, the more numerous the laws.
--Cornelius Tacitus (c. 116 A.D.)

Sunday, July 14, 2002
A hilarious essay on one man's brave attempts to slay a bug.
"So, Melissa convinced me, with logical, coherent, panic-stricken, orthoscopic surgery-inducing tugs on my arm, that the mosquito hawk must die. No easy feat, there. The logistics involved in killing a forty-pound (metric: 1,200 pentagrams) insect with a wingspan the size of former Soviet Republics are quite complex, not to mention more than a little icky. Fortunately, there is a sound, Darwinian reason why Man will always prevail over Insect: We are, by grace of natural selection, armed with spray cans filled with bug-killing chemicals which we are usually smart enough not to spray into our own faces. On the other hand, the can of Raid was in the kitchen, meaning I had somehow to maneuver my naked body through a small doorway guarded by a two-hundred pound (nine million holograms) insect armed with barbed fangs and a baseball bat."

posted by Rachel 7/14/2002
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On Friday night we went to meet out friend Justin after he got off work at the Herk. We got there a little after ten and as usual there were no tables open. We wandered around a bit and spotted Justin through the kitchen door. So we were standing by the bar waiting for him to get done and these two guys asked us if we wanted to come share their table. They were sort of scruffy-looking guys and we were a little leery but we went and sat down with them. They said they were just grabbing a beer and I kind of hoped that we'd have a little small-talk they'd finish their beers and leave and then we'd have the table. Well we ended up sitting and drinking and chatting with these guys until the place closed. Andy and Steve: native american hippy construction-worker musicians from Montana. Very cool people met totally by chance.
posted by Rachel 7/14/2002
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I want to express my approval of this nice weather. Temps in the sixties at night and the low eighties during the day are fantastic. This is when I really like summer.
posted by Rachel 7/14/2002
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