Two quotes for today: The first, a girl's voice in the midst of some techno-ambient music playing in the "Heroes" comic shop of Palo Alto (I ducked in briefly en route to the doctor's office)
I saw "Xanadu" <1>
And I had to skate
"I'd have to say my favorite food is chicken enchiladas - but I like sushi too"This was actually just an introduction to an interview with the chef of what they claimed was his favorite restaurant in DC: "Red Sage", a place I've walked around inside of, but never eaten at.
My last sentence reminds me of that incorrect and prissy rule some people embrace: "Never end a sentence with a preposition." (The same people who've told me this is true have also insist that two spaces are required after a period, something I think they pick up in typing class.) The trouble with the preposition rule is it's unrealistically restrictive - and the great example refuting it is the following anecdote:
The little boy saw his father coming upstairs with the Australia book and saidCount 'em - it ends with five prepositions. And how else to say it?
Told the pulmonologist of my cancerous fears, and he zipped me off to the X-ray with a doubting scoff. He's doubling the dosage of my cortisone asthma medication. During the ritual pre-visit weighing and blood-pressure taking I noticed that the scale was metric (and I weigh 85 kilos). A spirited discussion then occurred between me and the almost-elderly registered nurse taking my numbers, about 'merican vs. Metric. She's still not used to it and always consulting the conversion chart to make sure.
BBC - British Broadcasting Service
DC - Washington
PRI - Public Radio International
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<1> Confession: I can't skate,
but I rather like
Xanadu - in fact it's one
of those many catalysts which I attribute to my initial California migration.