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1. Had a conversation last week with a friend and while confiding in her some of my plans and woes and angsts and projects she said, "Do what you have to, Asher." (I had given her a copy of the book a few months earlier.) Anyway, her phrase has stuck with me. "My Name is Asher Lev" was given to me early in 2004 as a gift from a worried friend and I devoured it. I remember coming to the end and sitting in stunned silence with tears rolling down my cheeks. Anyone else read it?

2. Still not quite 100%. This bug is MEAN. I AM finally on solid food though.

3. Got an idea for one heckuva graphic novel swirling around in my head. Be a lot of fun but also a lot of work to do the research for it.

4. In 2001 a Google employee biked from Northern California to southern Florida for a family reunion. Every day they would post his distance and a few of his reports. I'm trying to find the link to it but without success. Hopefully they haven't taken it down... since it's Google I can't imagine that they would.

5. Listening to Christmas music on Live 365. Wheee!

6. No Naked Tuesday tonight. Boo. I am going to check out a Naked Thursday though. Yay!

7. INSTEAD, I am going to be checking out an improv group that meets on Tuesday nights. We'll see how that goes.

8. Doing some legwork for a friend who several years ago created an LDS themed awesome game. I have told her I can't promise anything but I remain cautiously optimistic. It's not what you know...or who you know... it is WHAT you know about who you know and I've enlisted another friend with some "inner workings knowledge" on who to talk to about getting this thing on LDS bookshelves.

9. Made it to the gym this morning. BOY THAT HELPS ME FEEL SANE MORE THAN ANYTHING!!!

10. I really need to be more grateful.


Bonus thing:

Why is "A Few of my Favorite Things" considered a Christmas song?!


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Nov. 29th, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
Why is "A Few of my Favorite Things" considered a Christmas song?!

I've often wondered this myself - my guess is that it's because it's about Stuff. And Christmas is all about Getting Stuff, isn't it? :P
Nov. 30th, 2005 10:01 pm (UTC)
And winter things, too--snowflakes on whiskers. And brown paper packages tied up with string, although I suppose that's more for mail than Christmas.
Nov. 29th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
Why is "A Few of my Favorite Things" considered a Christmas song?!

One of the mysteries of life. And until that mystery is solved, I wish people would stop including it in their Christmas albums and playlists and whatever. It's annoying.
Nov. 29th, 2005 11:29 pm (UTC)
Since I have not read the book but only reviews of it, I am speaking with a colored prejudice acquired from others. However, I do understand the gist of Asher's struggle.

Boundaries are in place for our own freedom, not fences to keep us from becoming our "authentic" self. I have little sympathy with people who think that they are exceptions to God given rules. Note: I said God given rules. Even so, it appears to me that Asher wasn't any happier by breaking out of his. Even "art" is a pagan god that doesn't satisfy.
Nov. 30th, 2005 02:11 am (UTC)
Regarding number 4:

If you find the link let me know. I'd love to read it; lately I've been obsessed with all things bicycling.

Have you ever read the book, The Masked Rider: Cycling in West Africa? Neal Peart (the drummer from the band RUSH) cycled across well... West Africa and documented his journey: apparently he even includes a lovely dysentery story too! Considering your recent woes, you may enjoy that part. heh.

I haven't read this book yet but I intend to. I read his book Ghost Rider documenting a motorcycle trip he took across North America but I have yet to read his bicycling book. His writing is very conversational and sometimes philosophical but it allows you to feel very included in his journeys. Quite enjoyable.
Nov. 30th, 2005 04:16 am (UTC)
Well I found a website, not sure if it was the same trip you were talking about but it was interesting all the same. He had his Google interview during the trip and finished up in San Francisco to start work! Wow.


It sounds like he had a very interesting trip. That's something I could see myself doing someday. Not sure if it'll be by bike or motorcycle though... maybe both! ;)
Nov. 30th, 2005 05:46 am (UTC)
Book rocks.
If you like it, read "The Chosen" too.

Aren't those books standard English literature? I know I could read them as part of my English booklist for my finals?
Nov. 30th, 2005 06:15 am (UTC)
Believe it or not, I read Asher Lev for a class. My wonderful, brilliant, can't-rave-about-her-enough Western Traditions professor decided to make the part of the course she was allowed to plan be about perceptions of Judaism...ranging from Antisemite and Jew to My Name is Asher Lev.

I love that book.
Nov. 30th, 2005 10:04 pm (UTC)
I read it for a class, too. Religious themes in contemporary fiction. Something like that. (We also read Razor's Edge, Frannie and Zooey and other books I can't think of right now. Asher Lev was my favorite of the books we read.)

I loved it, but I can't remember much about it now. I thinjk it's time to re-read it.
Nov. 30th, 2005 01:34 pm (UTC)
Chaim Potok
I loved the book so much I read everything I could by Chaim Potok. I was very sorry when the Reb. passed, writing like his will be missed.
Nov. 30th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
I read Asher Lev a couple years ago and had the same response. Amazing book.
Nov. 30th, 2005 10:09 pm (UTC)
Just recently, the sister of a google employee got back to NJ after biking across the country. (Well, she and a friend biked from NYC to San Francisco in April, and then resumed the trip this summer.)

This, though, was not chronicled as thoroughly, and certainly didn't end up as a google blog thingy.
Nov. 30th, 2005 10:44 pm (UTC)
I've always sort of wondered how one even begins to plot that trip... It must be a pain figuring out backroads cross country.
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