I'm in the realm of the trivial this morning. For the rest of the week, since I'll be going to movies almost daily, and perhaps chatting with some random people that I meet in the process, I'll be posting about the movies I see at the Tribeca Film Festival, and anything else remotely interesting that I come across. If you're reading this blog, and you happen to be going, perhaps we'll meet in line outside "El Perro Negro: Stories of the Spanish Civil War" tomorrow evening. Wouldn't that be just great?
Oh yeah, did you all know that I have a site tracker? I was really excited to see that I had so many readers, and that I can even figure out where they were reading from: lots of CUNY faculty out there reading away, I see, and My Mom and Step-Dad, and my old roomie. There are even a few strangers who read this - directed, whaddya know, to me, by google. However, when I looked at the site-tracker DailyKos, I developed a major inferiority complex.
Other news....My room-mate hunt was over, but now it's started again. The opinion of Joe, who's been renovating the screened-in porch is that her boyfriend disapproved of the landlord's extroversion. Whatever the reason, I got a call last night that instead of moving in, my roomie-to-be was leaving me in the lurch. Thanks. I once swore off people in their twenties, and I should have followed that rule this time. I was just thinking that I should bring the same criteria to dating that I do for room-mates, because I've tended to be somewhat more careful in that regard.
Do you think that's too extreme, though, wondering to yourself on the first date, "hmm, could I live with this person?" Should I ask him whether he does his dishes right after eating or leaves them in the sink?" Should I ask about chore sharing?
I'm always begging for your input, readers, so let me do it again. Do you have a first date check list? What would turn you off/on on first meeting? What do house-keeping traits suggest about people's personalities, if anything?
Real News: Rahul Mahajan, can I be your number one fan? Once again, he has an interesting comment, this time about how the Iraqi resistance has created space for Venezuela's president to institute a tax of 50% on private oil firms in order to fund social programs. Here's the most interesting thing I saw on the DailyKos.Here's a smart commentary on the mediocrity of much of the world's leadership by Robert Fisk from April 16th.
Oh yeah, and here's an interesting set of book commentaries from a guy named David Hernandez who I found while looking for a link to "roommates and stories." He is a cheerful fellow, it seems to me, and refers to Brett Easton Ellis as "that guy who wrote American Psycho" and also as a "dullard." Actually, I liked American Psycho, though I hadn't expected to. Read it years ago, and have had a long-standing plan to write an article about it and Briggite Jones' Diary as creating characters exemplary of (post?)-modern identity's overdetermination by commodities and advertizing.