Random musings on a writer's life & times, with occasional input from acquaintances


Sunday, October 24, 2004

It’s been seven months since ol’ Peoria Dave last posted a Sunday Seven, so -- here’s a new one! Read it and sleep.

1) What are you wearing?

Red sweatshirt with “Nebraska” printed across the front in white (this is the first football season since forever I can wear my Nebraska gear and not feel like a bully; that’s what losing by scores like 70 to 10 does to a team's image; I consider Nebraska my home state, in case you didn’t know; I was born in Peoria, Illinois, but moved to Falls City, Nebraska when I was a week or so old; Falls City Dave just doesn’t have the right ring, though). White T-shirt with a logo on the front featuring three potatoes in hiking clothes, one saying “I,” another “Da” and the other “Ho” (it’s a souvenir of my bike trip through Idaho last summer, but I like it mostly because of what it implies about my sexual proclivities). Tan cotton slacks with raggedly cuffs, recently demoted to knock-around-the-house wear. White socks, sweat boots.

2) What are you reading?

“About Grace,” by Anthony Doerr. An interesting, well-written novel about foreseeing the future and personal responsibility, but the author has a strange addiction to arcania of weather and water science.

3) What’s for dinner?

Carrot cake? Cookie Jean, spouse and resident chef at Chez Peoria, says she will spend the afternoon baking rabbit-food cakes. Maybe she expects Bugs Bunny to drop by for dinner.

4) What’s the best thing that happened this week?

Yankees lose! Yankees lose! Yankees lose! (In historic choke fashion, even.)

5) What’s bugging you?

My iMac computer once again has developed a case of the slows. I often type half a line of words before the first one materializes on the screen. Makes coherent writing a real challenge. It’s kind of like shaving without a mirror -- erratic at best, agonizing at worst.

6) Where in the world is Carmen San Diego?

In honor of the Red Sox qualifying for the World Serious -- Mashpee, Massachusetts.

7) What’s it all about, Dave?

I offer these words from novelist H.G. Wells:

“We must not allow the clock and the calendar to blind us to the fact that each moment of life is a miracle and a mystery.”

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