2017/18 Skis season is here

Most years, I am rusty on day one.  Muscle memory vague/weak.  Not this year.  Maybe because of 28 days on the slopes last year, but I could get into the rithym immediately this year.  So many frustrated dreams over the summer about being at a resort but distracted from a run by this or that.  Finally, the real deal!  24 runs yesterday at Liberty and 26 today at Whitetail.

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Two Years Eight Months and Twety-Eight Nights

Great novel by the incomparable Salman Rushdie.  Highly recommend.  Genies to blame for ISIS.  Sounds right to me.

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Who to loathe more?

When despicable blowhards like Cruze, Rubio, Kasich, Bush (Jeb), Carson, Trump, Paul Ryan, etc. say outrageous and hurtful things about Syrian refugees, I really want to defend them and say of course we should welcome them, especially the Muslims. Actually though I would like to ban any who subscribe to the view to the view that killing is an appropriate response to atheism or apostasy.

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The Agony of Hoarding

My mother is one of the worst hoarders in recorded history.  Whenever I watch shows on hoarding, there will only be one house involved.  Thanks to inherited wealth, my mother has been able to fill five properties and an unknown number of storage facilities with the flotsam and jetsam of her life.

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Read Vacant Possession by Hilary Mantel

Very dark comedy. Had trouble forcing myself to finish reading. Really sharp writing but not much more fun than reading Othello.

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Salman Rushdie’s Memoir

Lermontov meant “A Hero of our Time” to be an ironic title since his hero was far from heroic. Rushdie was not certainly not heroic in all respects, but if anyone deserves the title for the world of literature and free thought at the turn of the 21st century, he is the man. Christopher Hitchens comes in a close second.

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Salman Rushdie threatened again

I have just started reading his memoir. Really enjoying it so far. So angry to read that Ahmadinejad is threatening him anew.

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Time to realize that Pakistan is an enemy — not an ally of the US

That the Pakistani federal railways minister, Ahmed Ghulam Bilour, announced today that he would personally finance a bounty aimed at the Copt maker of the anti-Mohammed film is too much.  When high-ranking members of foreign governments offer rewards for killing a US citizen and threatens us all with harm if we do not pass laws restricting freedom of speech, we need to realize that Pakistan is an enemy — not an ally of the US.

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Congratulations to Lindsey Vonn and Marcel Hirscher today!

Did you know that Lindsey is 2 inches taller than Marcel?  He is 5’8 compared to her 5’10.

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Richard Dawkins line from the NY Times

Aren’t the theologian’s questions — Why are we here? Is there something larger than us? Why do we die? — central to the human project?

Professor Dawkins shakes his head before the question is out. His impatience with religion is palpable, almost wriggling alive inside him. Belief in the supernatural strikes him as incurious, which is perhaps the worst insult he can imagine.

“Religion teaches you to be satisfied with nonanswers,” he says. “It’s a sort of crime against childhood.”


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