Hannibal V Constantine (hannibalv) wrote,
Hannibal V Constantine

July 16, 2001

7/17/2001 3:36 AM

Today's Link Of The Day is Disinformation. Disinfo serves as a counter to all of the prevailing media sources. Some of it can touch around fortean weirdness, others of it can be wild conspiracy, but there's a lot of information to discover there, outside the viewpoint of the standard outlets. Check it: http://www.disinfo.com/

Politics: Dad raised an interesting point today, with regard to Paul Vallas's embryonic campaign for governor. He reminded me that James Thompson, governor from 1982 (I think-I was still living in New York at the time and more interested in the Mario Cuomo-Lew Lehrman race) to 1990 had never held elective office until winning the governorship. Can this kind of history repeat itself 20 years later? Vallas has to hope so. He appeared on one of the evening news shows tonight, stressing that he can deal with the budget (having, as CEO, already dealt with the budget of the Chicago Public Schools and, before that, as Mayor Daley's budget director). Vallas may be able to deal with the financial end of things, true. And his commitment to education is obvious. The only things I wonder (besides "can he get elected?") are: can he handle the other gubernatorial duties? And can he work with the legislature (which is, in Illinois, fairly strong).

Took Dad to a doctor's appointment this morning. Apparently things are healing well-the doctor cut the dressing changes to once a day (which also means I'm no longer in danger of having to do them).

You know, doing this makes me want to use more, shorter paragraphs. I will try to avoid this temptation.

Speaking of which, I watched most of "American Beauty" today. It holds up very well indeed.

The other way to present it in a way that many f you will easily recognize: my parents are a lot like Lester (Kevin Spacey) and Carolyn (Annette Bening) at the beginning of "American Beauty".

The depressing thing was this-indeed this may typify a bunch of things about my life: For the toast, Mom included the phrase "may the next 25 be better". No comment about any possible high points, just a general, blanket thumbs-down on the whole thing.

We went to dinner at probably the fanciest restaurant I've been to in multitudes of years, possibly ever. And, in what may come as something of a shock to those who know me well, I had a very good grilled chicken Marsala.

Today was my parent's 25th wedding anniversary. So congrats to them.

I'm feeling oddly experimental today, so I'm doing the entry backwards, "Memento"-style.

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