The EU is in the process of, or already has, banned (are you ready?) balloons. It seems that a child could choke on one while blowing it up.
How did I ever survive my childhood?
My first job? Filling balloons with helium at a theme park. Most common request from customers? “Don’t tie a knot in it!” First surreal experience? Watching 12-year-olds lurch around talking like Donald Duck.
Caron’s En Avion — smells like a refo; dentist’s-office clove and something ghastly sweet. The older stuff must have been great, though.
I smell a ghost.
SmartPhones don’t make you smarter. They do make their users stop in the middle of the aisle to read whatever is so important, thereby causing shopping cart pile-ups. I personally saw three of them yesterday.
(Why do you think they call them “users?”)
“Hung” (HBO) was a surprise last season. Very good writing and characterization. This season? I think they replaced the writers with a bunch of high school boys. Even “Ray” looks embarrassed to be in this sleazy mess.
Last night: EL’s Tuberose Gardenia. Firmly in Fracas territory. Is this being discontinued?
I sold a couple of old drawings last week. Made just enough to pay for the print rack I had to buy to display them.
Parfumerie Generale’s “L’Ombre Fauve” — could well be the quintessential fall fragrance.
(Ever notice how the declarative statement has disappeared from the lexicon? Now it’s “possibly” and “quite possibly” and “just may be” and “could well be” — see above — instead. What does this say about American culture?)
I think it’s the troll living in Mom’s basement at age 35 that we’re all scared of. You know the one. Has nothing better to do than research obscurities, then write complaint letters whenever some hapless writer gets some factoid Wrong.
(Well, him — funny how it’s always a him — and the lawyers.)
New HBO show: “Enlightened.” Starring the woefully underappreciated Laura Dern (who also conceived and developed it.) Goofy, scary character you can’t help but root for, trying to retain her humanity in the horrifying modern workplace.
European readers — still think the EU is a good idea? (This isn’t snark. I would really like to hear your thoughts.)
Balloon photo used under much too expensive license from Dreamstime.com