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Random thoughts for today
1. I really really really hate being crammed in the back of a car for three hours on a trip to Memphis. It's wierd. I have all the scary small towns between Little Rock and Memphis memorized by now. For some odd reason, small towns are fascinating and terrifying to me. I don't know why. All that wide open space ... it's so sublime. And I am quite familiar with the McDonald's in Brinkley ... what Memphis trip would be complete without a stop at the golden arches about an hour out of Little Rock. That is one well-placed establishment.
2. I hate Mariah Carey ... why do I listen to her music so much. I'm scared for myself.
3. I just started reading Amy Tan's "The Hundred Secret Senses". So far so good. If you haven't read Tan, you've been missing. It's been a long time since I've had "non-academic" reading. It's nice to read for fun ... though I found myself analyzing Tan's amazingly complex characters and themes of immigration and ethnic generations. It really speaks to me especially because I'm one of those generations who has lost touch with my Asian roots. In this book, the main character is particularly interesting to me because like me, Olivia is half-Asian - more closely related to her American upbringing than her Asian heritage. I'll keep ya posted.
4. There's nothing quite as dehumanizing as a stroll through an Abercrombie and Fitch store. I'm not quite sure but I think the customers are actually mannequins. How can they all look so alike?
5. My new favorite sushi roll ... crunchy shrimp with eel sauce. Last meal kinda food.

Sleep beckons


Jonathan Purkiss

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