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Now you know what to do at a diplomatic reception if you are an invited guest. But what if you’re working there as the video twat?

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    That George Bush found success as a businessman only after the investment of Osama’s brother Salem and reputed al Qaeda financier Khalid bin Mahfouz is just one of those things – one of those crazy things.

The Coincidence Theorist’s Guide to 9/11.
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Originally posted Dec. 2003


When my sister and her family visited from Seattle, they had packed plenty of gear to distract their young children: plastic bags full of small, hard toys with sharp edges we are still finding, usually in the middle of the night with our bare feet; decks of various juvenile playing cards such as “Rat-A-Tat-Cat”; books after books; and a portable DVD player with a postcard-sized screen, “just for the flight.”

I don’t know if they were shocked at first by our relative lack of stuff, but they came to appreciate the simple life we represented to them. At least they said they did. Maybe they felt like Harrison Ford when that Amish chick saves him in “Witness”.

They even made plans to get rid of their TV when they returned home. “We don’t really watch it all that much anyway,” they said.

I don’t know if they’ve done that yet, but as soon as they left, we ran to the supermarket and bought a portable DVD player.


You were talking in your sleep.
You said, “oh no.”
I touched your head and you stopped.