January 23rd, 2003

flavored with age

The thing is

That when it's really cold in Chicago, which it often is, I wear a scarf around my face, or a ski mask. But when I do this, my glasses fog up, because the material covering your nose and mouth redirect your moist breath onto your glasses. And then the fog freezes onto the lens because it's so cold, leaving a layer of thin ice in your field of vision. So you can't see a thing. And you can't take off the scarf or mask, because it's too cold; and you can't just take your glasses off, because that involves taking off the scarf and mask plus your hat and hood every two minutes or so; and you can't walk blind, because you don't want to get hit by a car.

Some people would say, just get contacts. Alas, I have been unable to overcome my fear of having a sharp piece of glass or plastic nestled against my eyeball. Particularly if there's even a minute possibility that it will freeze there.
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You really must say what you mean, Mr. Pierce

From my notebook, under the 'log ideas' category:

"Preaching to the choir"

I'm sure this made sense at some point, but now I have absolutely no idea what it means, in the sense of what the log entry was supposed to be about. Aaaah, the delights of shorthanding. Of course, you could make the argument that all of my log entries consist of preaching to the choir, although I would counter that we'd be talking about a pretty goddamn small choir.
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Why I love irony

The people who are clamoring for war against Iraq use to defend their position the argument that America has already been attacked; that Saddam Hussein has weapons of mass destruction, even though we can't find them; and even if he doesn't, we should attack now because if we wait, he'll eventually get those weapons and will use them against us.

Interestingly, these are the same people who oppose environmentalism, alternative fuel sources, and conservation. They completely reject arguments that the environment has already been severely damaged; that fossil fuel use causes irreparable environmental damage, even if we're not sure what it is; and even if it hasn't, we should change our consumption habits because if we wait, eventually something terrible will happen and it'll be too late to do anything about it.

I guess it's not the argument; it's the enemy.