... making cake pops.
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"I have a question about the debt ceiling."
"It needs to be raised, right? The ceiling?"
"Yup. It's not an actual ceiling. But yes."
"Everybody knows it needs to be raised?"
"Because they are bumping their heads on it?"
"Do they know how to raise it? Like, do they have the tools and stuff?"
"They just need to vote to do it."
"So why don't they?"
"Because, since it would be really dangerous to NOT raise the debt ceiling, some people are trying to get their political agenda enacted as the price of passing it."
"Do you know what that means, political agenda?"
"No. Is it like if you said hey buster don't open that car door while we're speeding down the highway! and I said I am opening it unless I get another cookie?"
"Yeah. Kind of."
"Woah. So did they get the extra cookie?"
"Well, at this point it's like if I said okay fine you can have another cookie just close the darn door. And then you said actually I'd like that other cookie and also my brother can't have any cookies for the rest of the year and I want a whole bag more cookies and no chores and also I want pony."
"Wow. All with the car door open on the highway?
"Are they grown ups or kids?"
"I bet their moms are gonna have a talk with them after this, with very Not Proud faces on."
I don't really care that much about Roger Clemens's perjury trial but there is something here in this segment of an article just posted on the New York Times website that I absolutely love:
The federal judge presiding over Roger Clemens’s perjury trial declared a mistrial because the prosecution revealed information Thursday that he previously deemed inadmissible.
The United States District Court Judge Reggie Walton abruptly stopped the trial and scolded the prosecution for playing a videotape of the 2008 Congressional hearings on performance-enhancing drug use in baseball. The part of the tape that worried him included comments made by Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, a Maryland Democrat, about the credibility of Andy Pettitte, Clemens’s former best friend and teammate, who is expected to be one of the star witnesses for the government.
Pettitte testified that Clemens had admitted to him that he used human growth hormone in 1999 or 2000.
The prosuction also played for the jury a part of the Congressional hearings in which Cummings read an affidavit from Andy Pettitte’s wife, Laura. In the affidavit, she said that her husband had told her about a conversation he had with Clemens about Clemens’s use of human growth hormone.
THERE IS SOMEBODY IN CONGRESS NAMED e. e. cummings???
And he is reading stuff aloud? Into the Congressional record?
See, and I thought I was as surprised as I could get about Congress today.
My friend Rima had this odd-seeming game on her facebook page. I had a few minutes to kill while waiting for my editor to call me for a phone meeting, so I tried it -- and found it not just occasionally hilarious and weirdly appropriate for me -- but potentially useful if I took the answers as NOT pertaining to me ME, but rather to my current narrator...
So here I will share it with you, for your own amusement or as a very interesting way to force your writing mind WAY outside-the-box with your current character(s).
Please let me know how it goes for you -- and if you want to be entered into the GET A FREE BOOK drawing, happening NEXT WEEK, you can post your responses here and make sure to indicate if you would rather be trying to win a FREE new signed and personalized copy of JUSTIN CASE or BRILLIANT with your response.
And, have fun with it -- tell the truth!
1. Put your iTunes on shuffle.
2. For each question, press the next button to get your answer.
3. YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW SILLY IT SOUNDS!
4. Tag 10 friends who might enjoy doing the same as well as the person you got the same from.
IF SOMEONE SAYS "IS THIS OKAY" YOU SAY?
Superboy and the Invisible Girl
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY?
The Wrestler (!)
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY/GIRL?
What would happen (!)
HOW DO YOU FEEL TODAY?
Something in the way she moves
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE?
son of a preacher man
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO?
shining like a national guitar
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU?
Racing in the Street
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT VERY OFTEN?
WHAT IS 2 + 2?
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND?
Perfect for You
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Make Up Your Mind/Catch Me I’m Falling
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY?
Sweet Baby James
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
Don Giovanni (!) (k-527 Deh, Vieni Alla Finestra)
WHAT DO YOU THINK WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE?
Requiem - Lacrimosa
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU?
Good Man, Good Woman
WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING?
Seconds and Years
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL?
La La Love You
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY/INTEREST?
New Years Day
WHAT IS YOUR BIGGEST SECRET?
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS?
Abdelazer, Or the Moor’s Revenge
WHAT'S THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN?
Ich Ruf Zu Dir, Herr Jesus Christ (I Cry to Thee, Lord Jesus Christ)
HOW WILL YOU DIE?
Shadow of Doubt
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET?
Te Deum (You, God)
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH?
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY?
Air on a G String (hahahaha, never thought of it as a non musical g-string before!)
WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED?
Thing Called Love
WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST?
Somewhere in the Night
DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU?
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE?
Love is Stronger than Justice
WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW?
WHAT WILL YOU POST THIS AS?