Random Friday

Random Friday, Ver. 121

I own a number of Buffalo-related items, based on the fact that I, well, live in Buffalo. This hangs in my cubicle at work, and this guy is on my fireplace mantel, and there are a number of items on my walls at home, as well as a wooden Buffalo-shaped cutting board on my dining table.

The newest addition to my collection is a print by Modern Map Art. They’ve introduced a number of map prints for various cities, Buffalo being one, and they’re available in a variety of sizes and colors (I chose blue and yellow). The colors are deep and rich, the lines are crisp, and it looks exactly as it appears online. Now I just need a frame.

(Disclosure: I received a complimentary print in exchange for my review.)


My father-in-law offered to repaint our house number, which was badly in need of attention. It’s something I would have gone out and bought brand new, because even though I’m thrifty, I’m also lazy when it comes to home projects (yet another reason why I shouldn’t own a house). The before-and-after is quite dramatic and I’m very happy with it. Now when I have strangers come by to pick up all the items I’ve been selling/giving away on Craigslist the past few months, it’s much easier for them to identify the correct house.

House number


Paul and I decided to check out an episode of Leah Remini’s documentary series on Scientology, and ended up watching four of the nine episodes in one night. I watched this documentary just a few months ago, and I’ve read several books on the subject (to clarify, I’ve read books about people escaping Scientology, not the propaganda they put out in an attempt to recruit new members).

Here are some very good books I recommend:


Favorite Links:

What Else? (The danger of posting link round-ups when there are more important things you should be writing about.) “I still love reading — and writing — “link round-ups” from time to time. … There’s nothing “wrong” with scouring the Internet for cool resources and compiling them into a fun list. … However with a capital H…What else do you want to say to the world? What are the life experiences that have shaped your identity, and that have taught you the greatest lessons? … Most importantly: How do you want to be remembered when you’re gone?”

A Few Thoughts on Abortion. “I fiercely believe that medical decisions are the domain of a person and their doctor. I am pro-choice, a political stance that became firmer when I became a mother. I have never aborted a pregnancy, but the safety and legality of abortion have impacted my family in a positive way.”

Doomsday Prep for the Super Rich. “Survivalism, the practice of preparing for a crackup of civilization, tends to evoke a certain picture: the woodsman in the tinfoil hat, the hysteric with the hoard of beans, the religious doomsayer. But in recent years survivalism has expanded to more affluent quarters, taking root in Silicon Valley and New York City, among technology executives, hedge-fund managers, and others in their economic cohort.”


From the Archives:

Two years ago: Confession: I Borrowed Library Books Without Checking Them Out. “I was around 10 years old when I removed books from the library without checking them out. Why would I do that? (Spoiler: I always returned them.)”

Seven years ago: Snowed-in. Three feet of snow fell in Washington, DC and the entire region shut down for a week.

Eight years ago: Indoor Rock Climbing: Don’t Look Down. The first and only time I’ve been rock climbing.

Nine years ago: Reclaiming Spinster. “I love when women proclaim loud and proud that they’re fine with being single. This doesn’t mean they wouldn’t be just as happy with a partner; it’s that they don’t require the presence of someone else to lead a happy, fulfilling life.”

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