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Friday, August 17, 2007

Here's the problem with a blog...

If you want to write about anything even remotely interesting, you might have to worry your mom and dad. My mom and dad, for instance, did not know that someone died of smoke inhalation looking down the crater of the very same volcano I had looked down a couple days before.

My dad claims to want to know if I was giving the jail portion of my dating advice from personal experience, but my guess is that he only thinks he wants to know this.

Most parents would probably prefer not to know when their daughter accidentally board airplanes with knives and other implements of destruction or whether their daughter unknowingly chats with heroin addicts.

The latest thing my parents would probably rather not know is that a gunshot was fired through the front window of KPFT a mere 12 hours or so after I had the kids there to volunteer. Here's my sweet pea taking a pledge while my son looks on, not that I was proud of her or anything:

Just, y'know, a public service announcement: among all the other good, decent human beings, there are kids in that building folks! Not a great place for target practice.

But that's not what I came to tell you about. I came to talk about the draft.

Oh no, wait!!!!!! I didn't come to talk about the draft. I came to tell you about my summer and the fact that mine's over. I will now be able to return to writing about preschoolers and their bodily functions.

I meant to do something productive with my summer, like write a book or learn Hebrew or something. But I forgot. I did manage to bring my kids to a fair number of museums and some live music too. I went to Buffalo. I testified in court that a friend of mine actually does feed her daughter.

And, of course, I took pictures of bathrooms, mostly bar bathrooms and lots of them. Even though they didn't win one of my bathroom awards, I figure they're still worth a look.

Here's the bathroom at Lola's. The thing about Lola's is that one Lola's drink can be as strong as three drinks anywhere else, so that by the time you hit the restroom, it's cleanliness doesn't seem quite so urgent:

Not bad, is it? The floor is ugly, and the ceiling might be even worse, but look: they've got the graffiti framed!
What more could you want from a place that serves $1.50 drinks until 11:00 p.m.?


John C said...

At least there wasn't a Turkish suiter in there waiting to pounce...that you KNOW of. :)

toners said...

Hey - you're right! Who's gonna notice the floor after a few drinks at Lola's! I've really enjoyed your bathroom series but now am looking forward to all those preschool stories again! Have a great weekend :)

Anonymous said...

Jill -- thanks for the link. Cassie's so sweet by the way. I hope school's going well, and the the bathroom excursions are relatively odor-free! As someone who is perpetually drinking water and then has to go to the bathroom, I confess you're doing a heckuva public service for the rest of us. :)

Carey said...

Great "sneezing," this is something I would like to try once I get more post.

Can't wait to hear more stories about your I can pretend to be ahead of my daughters curve. ;)

Curly Glamour Girlie said...

Hence why I've never given my parents my blog address!

But what are summers for but photographing potties and spending time with the kids. Maybe I should do a "What I Did On My Summer Vacation" entry.

But your kids are absolutely beautiful! And of course you should be proud! ;)

Christine said...

Yes. My husband has started telling all his relatives that they have to read my blog. And I always say, "yeah, hun, um, what about the posts where I talk about all your relatives?"

Anonymous said...


Thanks for the link.

As regards family members reading your blog then I wouldn't worry too much.

Indeed, my mum is my number 1 fan !

DJ Kirkby said...

urgh that toilet was horrible. Your kids sound like sweeties. Why are you all going back to school so early? The kids don't go back here until mid Sept. (aaarrrrgggghhh!!!!)

Jill said...

John - Maybe it's lack of sleep, but it took me ****forever**** to get that! So funny once I did though! :-)

Toners - Yeah, I'm looking forward to meeting my new little class. :-) It looks like I still have a little left to say about my summer yet though.

Ernesto - Thanks! Maybe if you stick to water, you won't actually need to be forewarned about the bathrooms. :-0 :-0 :-0

Curlie glamor girlie - I dunno, I figured I'd rather they just see than to worry about them finding it accidentally. Plus I usually figure if I've done anything so embarrassing that I couldn't tell my mom, I shouldn't have done it in the first place.

Christine - I just sort of operate on the assumption that any relative I talk about will eventually read what I wrote. :-0

TS- Welcome! I'll figure it out eventually...

DJ Kirkby - That toilet isn't really all that bad. There are WAY worse out there!!!! I even have pictures of worse yet to post, actually! :-0 On school - actually school is starting later than usual for us this year!

Sue McGettigan said...

Speaking of the draft, I was just pointing out to my teenage son the 'register for service' flyer at the post office and telling him that if you don't register you're not eligible for federal student loans, housing assistance, etc. etc. - why does that only apply to boys? Why does it actually apply to anyone at all?? Methinks it wierd.

Jill said...

Sue - I believe it's considered ok to kill off the men but keep us women alive and well we're supposed to have babies and continue the species and stuff. I didn't really want to talk about the draft though. I just wanted to sound like Arlo Guthrie. :-) :-) :-) :-) But not too much like him, 'cause I'm way more feminine than that. :-)


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