Author Archives: squathole

Expired

If you’ve been following my history with this, well, two things: (1) You really need a life, and (b) You know I have a real issue with parking machines. Yoooge problems. Can’t help you with #1, except to recommend more … Continue reading

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Exemplary

I don’t hear much anymore about the Russian comedian Yakov Smirnoff, but he was a big thing for a while, lots of appearances and interviews, people repeating his jokes, etc. I remember when he was asked about growing up in … Continue reading

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Free Basing

Vera Lu Senz grew up in post-war Chicago, one of three girls and 8 boys in a family of working class Poles where uncles, aunts, cousins, and undifferentiated relatives lived on the streets and in the alleys, beat the crap … Continue reading

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Keep It Wrinkled

In sentencing a 19-year-old who pleaded guilty to statutory rape last week, a judge in Idaho made it clear his punishment would include an extra wrinkle: government-mandated celibacy. — New York Times Too funny. And it doesn’t help that the … Continue reading

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Is That a Lump In Your Throat or Are You Just Angry?

I come across this passage in a long-ish NY Times Magazine essay on the demise of the socialist party in France: …as for Hollande personally, Sailliot raised his hand in a gesture, not uncommon among Frenchmen, to indicate his testicles’ … Continue reading

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Water This

In my little patch of eastern Hollywood, we’re in Year Two of a project that has featured streets and alleys torn to shreds and barely paved over or just left raw, floods from backed-up sewers and broken pipes, traffic detours, … Continue reading

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Die Laughing

It seems I am “personally invited” (by mail) to “a seminar with a complimentary meal.” Who knew complimentary meals conducted seminars, free or otherwise? Oh, no wait, I see. If I attend this, um, seminar, which back in the days … Continue reading

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