Saturday, March 29, 2008

I've been empaneled! Details to come.

If you love me, if you truly love me, you'll make me this.

(No, I know you love me, don't spend 14 months of your life. Seriously.)

(Unless you really really want to.)

(Of course, my birthday is 14 months from now, incidentally.)

(No, don't. Really.)

(I wear a size large.)

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

"The jury has the right to determine both the law and the facts."

--Samuel Chase, U.S. Supreme Court Justice, 1796, Signer of the Declaration of Independence.

"An unwritten rule about blogging is that if you're called to jury service, you're required to write about it." -Metroblogging Los Angeles. (Ha ha. Apparently it is written.)

Therefore, as I am serving my jury duty today and tomorrow, I will serve my blogging duty shortly thereafter. You may want to read up on jury nullification in anticipation.

"The law itself is on trial quite as much as the cause which is to be decided."
Harlan F. Stone, 12th Chief Justice U.S. Supreme Court, 1941

"The pages of history shine on instance of the jury's exercise of its prerogative to disregard instructions of the judge..."
U.S.vs Dougherty, 473 F 2nd 113, 1139, (1972)

Mmmmmmm, sunny days downtown.

Sunday, March 23, 2008

Minutes of the Life

A quickie, because I want to get to bed reasonably early tonight (and as I just told a friend moments ago, early ends now, seeing as how it's midnight).

I had a really lovely weekend. For one thing, I got a really odd sunburn on one side of one leg only, and who could argue with the wonderfulness of that?

Also this weekend, I got a lot of sleep AND I got a lot stuff done[0] AND I spent a lot of time outside AND I read a great book[1] AND I spent a lot of time with my boyfriend AND I went to yoga[2] .

[0] Like, my taxes. WHY DO I OWE LIKE $5000 AGAIN??? TAXES SUCK. Also, I choreographed three dances yesterday. In the park. How great are iPods?

[1] Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert. Of course, since everyone else loves this book, there's a part of me that wanted not to love it, but there is no denying it: it is fabulous. Of course, I am a little cranky that people have begun to think the name of my blog is derivative of this book, as though they have any connection at all, as though I'd ever heard of the book when starting this blog, or even two years earlier when I first used "ReadDanceBliss" as my username on some networking site somewhere. But there is a huge parallel there too; check it out.
Read/Eat? I LOOOOOOVE to do these at the same time, love to lose myself in both. Reading and eating - this is my favorite hedonism.
Dance/Pray? Her "pray" is actually largely yoga, which is not so different from dance. Plus, the particular kind of dance I teach is meant to be a religious practice of sorts, and I am often called up to teach a "Prayer Through Dance" workshop.
Bliss/Love? Clear.
I can't deny it; I loved this book. I read the "Eat" section on Friday, a day I spent largely in bed or at an outdoor cafe. I read the "Pray" section on Saturday, the day I went to yoga and choreographed three dances. I read the "Love" section today (Sunday), the day I spent in lazy comfortable bliss at my boyfriend's place. Ahhhhhhhhhh.

[2] First time with my fabulous new birthday-present yoga mat - thank you D&A!!! It was woooooonderful (except since it's new, it was really slippery and I had to work extra hard to hold on and now I'm extra sore! But I am unbelievably happy to be this sore :)

In other news that you probably already know, I really want to buy a house, like, soon. Like, in 2008. Got advice? Books to recommend? Brokers, agents, lenders, managers, renters to introduce? Hook me up! Tell me what you know or what you wish you had known! HELP!! I am so terrified.


Monday, March 3, 2008


[0] Ok, so I've been sent over to Stuff White People Like a few times in the past and it never quite did it for me until today - the latest entries are goddamn funny.

[1] I know, I know, you've already read this article on irrationally holding on to options because you saw it on reddit or whatever, but *I* just read it (thanks jjd!) so ppppbthhhhht to you.

[2] OMG!! Speaking of a few of my favorite things, check out Librarian Dress-Up. We're not just talking librarians here, we're talking librarians dressed as Wonder Woman. Be still my heart.

CWID: Image from this crazy bookmark site.

Sunday, March 2, 2008

These are a few of my favorite things.

Helicopters. Boston.

Philip Greenspun's slide show combining the two. Watch it and drool, just like I did. I'm coming to Boston next week; can I please have a ride??

I've been on helicopter rides over Manhattan (many years ago, a surprise present from Daddy. Yay, Daddy!), over Niagara Falls (a few years ago, with Marc. Yay, Marc!), and over both Hawai'i and Kauai (also with Marc). One of those trips was actually scary because of the rain but was still extra-awesome because of the birth of the never-tired "Friggin' Hilo" and the other was extra-awesome because the pilot noticed me watching what was going on inside the helicopter (what with the controls etc) as much as outside, where tourists are supposed to be looking, and so sat with me after we landed for a few minutes and showed me around the dashboard a little. Wheee!).

This is a truly a favorite joke of one of my Israeli friends: Knock Knock.
(Who's there?)
(Eli who?)
Eli Copter!!!!!!!!!

This is some high-brow humor, folks. And this is one random post, friends.

PS I really am coming to Boston next weekend, to dance in a show at MIT. If we're friends and we haven't talked about this yet, get in touch!