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August 5, 1999 12:51PM (UTC)

Food Nazis: Fine! Eat whatever you want, just SHUT UP about it

House and Garden
Lola G. - 01:07pm Aug 3, 1999 PDT (# 61 of 106)

I went to the Red Cross & gave blood a bit ago, and as I was at the recovery table, sipping juice & eating cookies, I got lectured by another woman at the table that giving blood was a good way to lose weight if I'd skip the cookies. Uh huh. Bloodletting as weight control. "Sorry, I love Nutter Butters."

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Speaking of gastroporn, I was just on vacation with my family. My mom's not been able to smell for probably 6 or 7 years, and so really can't taste other than knowing something's sweet, salty, bitter. So I spent a week tasting her food and describing it to her in luscious, overripe detail. I really enjoyed it. I think I may take up menu editing as a part-time profession.

Best (or least awful) Airports

Home and Away
Michael Wise - 07:44pm Jul 31, 1999 PDT (# 33 of 41)

I generally have a profound hatred of airports. They are lousy places to have to spend any time at all. Train stations are much more interesting, especially in Europe, because they are centrally located, which means escape is easy, you're not a victim of concession stands, the decor is unique (it would be hard to distinguish one airport from another), and trains are just cool.

That said, while I would recommend our own Union Pacific station, I would have to say that Salt Lake City International Airport (that is an offical designation, from the years before Customs decided that there would be only a small number of in/out portals to the United States) is a genuinely good airport. Less than ten minutes from downtown Salt Lake, it has a wide range of transportation away (bus, cab, hotel shuttles, ski resort shuttles; no rail, though that is on the drawing board), it has nice accomodations (beer is available, smoking facilities are more ubiquitous than you would expect in Utah, there's coffee in the form of Starbucks), and a good layout. Being a fairly small airport but a Delta hub, there are lots of places you can get without a high price or a lot of hassle.

Now, who wants to rent my place for the 2002 Olympics while I jet off to Paris?

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Married and no kids? How do you define your "marriage"?

Social Issues
Stephanie Dobler - 12:19pm Jul 27, 1999 PDT (# 72 of 110)

I'm pretty sure I don't want to have kids, but I still want to marry my
boyfriend. (He wants to marry me too, but he isn't as ready as I am.) So,
why, when you count the hassle and expense?

I guess because the symbolism of marriage, even though I'm not religious or
spiritual, matters to me. I love language, literature, art and poetry.
Ritual, metaphor, language, all have deeply informed my sense of what makes
life worth living. To me there is a real, not just on-paper difference,
between single and married. I want to have a husband, not a boyfriend. I
want to be his wife, not his girlfriend. I don't think these differences
are trivial. You may think so, but I don't. I think naming has real power
and naming us husband and wife will be a powerful meaningful change in our
relationship. I'm not saying it will be a magic fix for our fights and
disagreements--not at all. But it will put them in a different context and
I think that matters.


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