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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2003 - 02:36 am:   

Today's thought-byte comes courtesy of Gloria Steinem:

"The truth will set you free. But first, it will piss you off."

Truer words were never spoken. Or at least not while I was listening. Makes sense, though. You don't tend to set yourself free of something because everything's OK and you're feeling mellow.

Why, yes, as a matter of fact, I DO have a keen sense of the obvious. And while we're clearing up doubt:

Yes...
I AM queen of the universe.
I DO own the road.
I AM going to take forever.

Any other questions?
:-)

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Liz Williams
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2003 - 02:48 am:   

And I DO know what I'm talking about?
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the unworthies
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2003 - 06:53 am:   

We, the people of Cadiganworld, hold these tautologies to be self-evident . . .
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Laura Anne
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2003 - 08:09 am:   

my favorite... "Yes, I DO think you're an idiot..."
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Liz Williams
Posted on Thursday, August 21, 2003 - 08:15 am:   

....followed by "why did you ask??"......
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Sunday, August 24, 2003 - 04:15 am:   

The Thought for Today is actually a bit of Secret History, revealed at the location below:

http://www.blogjam.com/neil_armstrong/

(I always suspected something like this.)
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 02:53 am:   

Today's Thought comes from the month-long celebration of A Half Century of Ecstasy and Still No Rest In Sight (aka My 50th Birthday):

50 is the new 30.

Which means it goes, "...47, 48, 49, 30", making 60 the new 40 and 70 the new 50.

I know I'm right about this. Really, I am. Think about it, Baby-Boomers--when we were kids, did we know of anyone as young as we are at our age? Maybe they were all keeping it from us, but I don't think so. Face it, there weren't any 60 year old rock stars back in those days. Go, Mick Jagger, go!

I remember reading an article about 15 years ago in which a woman talked about anticipating her 40th birthday and suddenly realizing that she was acting as if she were about to turn 70.

We are living somewhat longer these days, on the average (despite certain people who have left us too soon) but more than that, we are *living* more. Yeah, I know, it's no picnic. Your point?
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 04:18 am:   

While I'm at it, this was what came up on my Tough Dames calendar on 10 September, the actual day that marks Half A Century of Ecstasy and Still No Rest In Sight:

"I'm Calamity Jane. Get the hell out of here and let me alone!"
--Frontierswoman Calamity Jane (Martha Jane Burk)

There's something both satisfying and disturbing about that.
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 04:19 am:   

And here is today's Tough Dames message:

"I'm sick of hearing about my biological clock. ...Does it come with a snooze alarm? What if it turns out to be a biological clock radio? Is there any chance that my ovaries could suddenly begin blaring out traffic reports of "Born in the USA" while I'm at an important business meeting or arguing with my landlord?"
--writer Judith Stone
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M. Bishop
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 05:15 am:   

Do you still have past months on your Tough Dames calendar? And if you do, what did it have to say on July 11?

Just wondering. -- Mike
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Laura Anne
Posted on Tuesday, September 16, 2003 - 07:39 pm:   

Or August 25th?
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 04:33 am:   

Thought for Today:

When your work speaks for itself, don't interrupt.



Mike & Laura Anne: Looking it up...
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Liz W
Posted on Friday, September 19, 2003 - 06:06 am:   

Or Feb 26th?

Unfortunately my work is either in a deep sulk or never shuts up...
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 04:03 am:   

February 26:
"Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't."--Erica Jong

July 11:
"I want a man who's kind and understanding. Is that too much to ask of a millionaire?"--ZsaZsa Gabor

August 25:
"I do not want people to be agreeable, as it saves me the trouble of liking them."--Jane Austen


Anyone else?
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Laura Anne
Posted on Saturday, September 20, 2003 - 04:38 am:   

Jane Austen. Why am I so not surprised? (*sigh* I was supposed to be at the Austen festival in Bath this weekend, too. Stupid work schedules*)

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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 02:37 am:   

Laura Anne: I sympathize. Here's what I got for *my* birthday (aka HACOEASNRIS--Half A Century of Ecstasy and etc., etc.)

"I'm Calamity Jane! Get the hell out of here and leave me alone!"--frontierswoman Calamity Jane, aka Martha Jane Burk
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M. Bishop
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 02:06 pm:   

Zsa Zsa, eh? The queeen of Mars, right? Well, I appreciate your looking it up. I'll write it down. July 11 is Jeri's birthday. Thank God, she never mistook me for a millionaire. I mean, it's damned hard enough being semitolerant and quasi-understanding when you have only $999,999 to your name, to cushion the effects of all that unreasonable emotional work.

Yours,

Mike
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Sunday, September 21, 2003 - 07:15 pm:   

Yes, Zsa Zsa was the Queen of Outer Space. Eva was the one who went off to live on the farm with Eddie Albert. Those Gabors, they're a couple of party gals.

July 11 also happens to be my son's birthday. He mistakes me for a millionaire all the time. I get that a lot, actually; you can tell by the bills I get.:-)

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Mike
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 05:56 am:   

Wasn't there a third Gabor sister? I don't know, Harpy or Zeppa or something like that. Maybe I'm getting them mixed up with another group of well-known siblings . . .
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Monday, September 22, 2003 - 08:40 am:   

Hi, Mike--

Actually, the third Gabor was not their sister, but their mother. So as you can see, they come by it honestly...:-)
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Mike
Posted on Wednesday, September 24, 2003 - 06:05 am:   

Pat,

Ah, but of course. And I'm pretty sure the mother was no older than either of her daughters, right?

Yours, Mike
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LeslieWhat
Posted on Thursday, September 25, 2003 - 09:09 pm:   

There was also a modern glass designer named Gabor in the 50s. I don't know if there's any relation.
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 - 03:10 am:   

From today's Tough Dames calendar, one of my favourites:

"I always wanted to be somebody, but I should have been more specific." --Lily Tomlin
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Mike
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 - 05:39 am:   

Silence?
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Mike
Posted on Friday, September 26, 2003 - 05:40 am:   

Weird. When I typed the word "Silence?" in my previous message, the Lily Tomlin quote was absent from your message, Pat. Sometimes these messageboards totally confound me.
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Saturday, September 27, 2003 - 02:05 am:   

Mike--

I heard *that*.

Software mystifies me. I can build a computer, take it apart, put it back together, repair it, upgrade it, change the oil, and rotate the tires, but anything more complicated than installing the OS and I'm flying blind.:-)

The only thing I know for sure is that 90% of the time when something goes wrong with the software, it's not because *I* screwed up...it's only because the software's wonky and I don't know enough about it to do anything except make it worse.

But even better: the Lily Tomlin quote is actually for *today*. My kid very helpfully tore off Thursday's page so I would find Friday all set and waiting for me when I got up. Being too sleepy to notice, however, I dispensed with Friday and started Saturday early.

Follow that? No? Well, that's what I mean about software...


teehee
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Mike
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 05:16 am:   

Another Lily Tomlin quote, which Paul Di Filippo and I used as a story title:

"We're all in this alone."

My God, the woman's voice is almost indistinguishable from that of Woody Allen. (I intend that as a compliment, but I'm ready to take my lumps from anyone who sees it as somehow patronizing. As for me, I aspire to epigrams as witty as those of Allen and Tomlin and never, ever manage to pull off that feat.)

No, I didn't follow that. And what has software got to do with my inability to comprehend the structuring logic of your explanations?

Never mind. Have a good week.
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Minz
Posted on Monday, September 29, 2003 - 07:24 am:   

>>My God, the woman's voice is almost indistinguishable from that of Woody Allen.

Except that Woody's is more of a whine, and Lily's more of a wail. (I prefer the wail: Lily's revival of SEARCH FOR SIGNS OF INTELLIGENT LIFE was terrific!) But they are digging the same vein and getting similar laughs.
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Tuesday, October 07, 2003 - 02:04 am:   

And today, from the Tough Dames calendar:

I hate housework! You make the beds, you do the dishes--and six months later, you have to start all over again. --Joan Rivers


Joan Rivers and I don't usually fetch up in the same areas of agreement, or even in the same cheesy bars, but I have admit she has a point. Or I would have to admit it if I were the type of clean freak who couldn't go six months without making beds and doing dishes...
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Cadigan, Pat
Posted on Wednesday, October 15, 2003 - 04:18 am:   

More words of wisdom from Tough Dames 2003:

As I grow older and older,
And totter toward the tomb,
I find that I care less and less
Who goes to bed with whom.

Dorothy L. Sayers
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La Cadigan
Posted on Friday, October 31, 2003 - 02:20 am:   

31 October 03

From Tough Dames (of course):

"Decrucify the angel or I'll melt your face."
--one of actress Jane Fonda's better lines as Barbarella

:-)
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La Cadigan
Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2003 - 03:24 pm:   

Another from the Tough Dames Calendar:

21 November 2003

Interviewer: What's the secret of your longevity?

Chef Julia Child: Red meat and gin.


Amen!

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