I Will Drive 5,000 Miles

Just four days short of six months of smart car driving, and the odometer turns over to 5,000 miles when I’m in an extremely slow construction zone backup on Washington Street in downtown Portland.

I’ve found the clement early fall weather useful, because the crutches just don’t fit well into the smart when there’s a passenger, but you can stick them out the cabrio top in back if temperature and precipitation are favorable. A passenger can fit in front with them if the top’s down, but they tend to be eating the rubber pads.


One year ago today: Mom across from the Royal Albert Hall, standing in Hyde Park, London.


From Entertainment Weekly‘s interview with Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert:

ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY: Do you think anything will change if the Democrats control the White House and both houses of Congress?

JON STEWART: Look at what they promised when they took over Congress. I’ve never heard such hardcore rhetoric. “The era of the blank check is over! And we will send a sternly worded memorandum — nonbinding — to somebody at the White House. Not necessarily the inner executive circle, we certainly don’t want to offend, but…” And then they got in and were like, “Really, you want to eavesdrop? Okay, we’ll let this one go. But this is the last blank check! Unless you want another. But let me say this: The next one will not be blank, because we’ll just write in the memo line. Can we write in memo? Would you be bothered by that?”

Stewart & Colbert recreate the Obama's New Yorker cover

It’s hard to tell from the small photo, but I don’t see much American flag burning in the fireplace in the recreation…