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Do we pride ourselves on having all the facts? Or do we mix up fact with opinion, speculation with observation, fiction with history and treat them as interchangeable, even as the same things?

When did Arizona "pass" its No Gays Served Here law? Was that "Arizona," or the result of an Arizona religious zealot's lobbying, in which she exploited a technicality in a legal issue other states also are wresting with? Did this law actually "pass"?


read it "somewhere." that happens to me. I read, a lot. a book (or as it is now, my nook ereader) is the single best defense I have for the madness and irritation that is airports. it's bad, and only getting worse. since I read a lot a lot gets filed away somewhere to either gather dust on that mental shelf forever, or to spring up somewhere, sometime, usually unbidden and having no apropos reason for jumping my mind like that.

it worked a couple of times when I was playing jeopardy to my advantage. other than that, not really, and where was that springing unbidden to mind thing when I missed a gimme question of Sylvia plath's "the bell jar" that I had written a fine critical analysis on in high school?

you might have an unconscious "gaydar" at work, you might have read it somewhere. but, very often, when someone close to me comes out my response is an unspoken "you're the only one in the room who thinks this is news."

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This is why I'd be a horrible witness in any court case. I am always sure I remember everything when, in fact, I can barely remember where I left my keys. When I lose track of them, though, I just make up something about why they aren't where I thought they were. It helps.


Memory is so often deceptive. Thank goodness for the world wide web. I often half remember things, but thanks to modern search engines I can find them easily. Thinking about memory and certainty one day, I half remembered an essay about Pergolesi's Dog. Google it yourself. It is quite on target here and a very funny story.

I browse the same internet you do, but I seem to have a powerful filter that blocks out popular culture. I think it's because I went to a high school where, even now, maybe 10% of the student body even grasps the idea of popularity. So, now I'm wondering who Ellen Page is. I suppose I could search, but some things are better left as mysteries.

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