Spam PoemMarch 18, 2005
I don't notice spam much, as yahoo does a pretty good job of filtering it right to Bulk, where I just delete it without looking. But today one slipped by, and I found its text interesting. I actually left it open and read it a couple of times. An excerpt:
i ve got the solution - visit the tundra spend a month or two you ll be longing to hear the sound of other humans! the signal is soliciting me not to testify to the us government about the activity of soviet spy rings on the freshwater pearls and other earthy materials.
What crazy person wrote that? It's almost poetry, but really bad poetry which is the only kind I like anyway, so I enjoyed it.
Feeling better. Thanks for asking. I think I kicked its ass. Yeah.
And we got a raise! Kind of amazing, when you consider how broke our city is, but we were 19% below top-step dispatcher salary for our county, and now we're starting to close that gap. It's just impossible to hire good dispatchers when they can go somewhere, anywhere, else and make way more money, which is why we're always short and worn thin working fourteen hour days.
Also: Just finished the BEST book I've read in a long time. I was in the airport with Bethany waiting for Mom and Christy to arrive from Paris, and their plane was delayed for an hour and a half. So we wandered into the bookshop, and Bethany put a book in my hands, saying, "You should totally read this. It was great. I loved it." I looked at the jacket and said, "Okay."
Her jaw dropped. "What?"
"I said, okay, I'll buy it."
"No one EVER buys what I tell them to."
And she was right, it was wonderful. The Shadow of the Wind, by Carlos Ruiz Zafon. Not great literature, sure, but fun as hell. It's kind of meta-noir, a thriller novel about a thriller novel, set in Barcelona, and written thickly, all foggy and shrouded. Oh, lovely. (But if you buy it, please buy it at an independent bookstore or Booksense, which is as easy as Amazon and makes you feel lots better about yourself.) Tell 'em Bethany told you to buy it.
Okay. I have lots to do today, including a spinning lesson! I can't quite believe that I'm going to learn, or going to be able to figure out what to do with my hands/feet, but Janine has been lovely enough to offer her help, and I'm so excited. More to follow. Happy weekend, y'all.