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Over the months it's become ritualized to the point that any time we hear any loud, interrupting noise, at home or elsewhere, I can say, "Did you..." and she'll immediately reply, "Nope." -- January 14, 2004
|Tuesday January 20, 2004|
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If the Pilgrims had landed in California, the East Coast would still be a wilderness.
-- Ronald Reagan
blog will be pretty short today, since it's very late and I've just
spent the last couple of hours finishing up the San
Diego Fire photos page. It's online and partially excerpted below,
but I recommend you go view the whole thing, since it's got some pretty
cool shots of fire destruction and rocky hillsides. Of course I
would say that, since I wrote the page and took all of the photos, not
to mention living the living hell that it was, trudging through that
Well, not so much that last bit.
There's also a new Home Decor: Back Patio page online, but it's a lot less impressive. All of the photos and most of the text on it were previously posted in various daily updates in August and September of 2003. It will get more interesting in the future, when we finish our current hanging plant installation and redesign, but for now your breath will probably remain safely in your lungs.
So then, right to the news, after a quick email quote that still has me laughing, hours after receiving it.
Yesterday's update driving traffic to the new and updated articles page appears to have borne fruit already, in the form of... the best... email... ever...
Tuesday morning, just past midnight, I checked email and had 11 new ones to blackchampagne.com. Of those 11, at least 8 were obvious spam/virus mails, from the subject. (I get enough to know.) The other two were probably spam, but didn't have titles I'd already seen 500x, so I wasn't sure. And there was this one. The instant I saw "Your stupid" as the subject, and that it was from some AOLer, I started saying, "Oh please, oh please..." hoping against hope that it would be a real mail, and not just another goddamned Viagra spam.
And it was real, and there was rejoicing.
For all the brilliance of it; the 5th grade vocabulary and grammar, the fact that he's offended by a page he obviously read and enjoyed, that it's a subject every other crime TV show and movie is about, his pathetic attempt at a personal analogy, and the weak attempts at insult... it's the closing line that truly seals it as a masterpiece.
This mail came from the email address at the bottom of the Serial Killer Article page, which is pretty woefully out of date, and not one of the ones that I just updated; simply because I never happened to blog about any serial killer news during October-December 2002, the days I went over and added to the articles from. (Ironically enough, I know this since it came to firstname.lastname@example.org, which is the email at the bottom of that page. And that email is only there since I didn't have anything new to add to that page in the recent round of updates, when I was removing the email link or else just changing them all to flux@ since 1) no one ever mails about the articles, and 2) I get like 14 versions of the same spam mails every day since the spiders that harvest all the different ones from all the different articles pages.
I've gotten another mail or 2 about that page, from people who had about this same attitude (though they didn't express their opinion in such humorous fashion) and that sort of puzzles me. As I said a minute ago, there are about 4 TV shows covering serial killers a week on TV, there's always a book on the best seller list about one, fictional or real, and probably 10 movies a year come out about serial killers as well. Monster, currently, the one that Charlize Theron is getting such rave reviews for her performance as the murderer.
So do the people who send me hate mail for having an article about spend all day, every day sending The Crime Library emails about how horrible it is that they report the details of serial killer activities? Mailing their newspaper when there's an article about a murder that doesn't fill every other paragraph with something about how horrible the loss of human life was? Boycotting movies and books about serial killers? Or am I just the lucky one?
And I mean that sincerely; I relish flame and hate mail, primarily since the mailers are invariably so utterly clueless and amusing. The above example being one of the best ever.
¤ If you're touring in Europe and find yourself pregnant and in Romania, I strongly suggest you refrain from giving birth there.
San Diego Fire photos page is now
online. Check it out and enjoy all of the photos. The follow
is a brief excerpt from it, since it's late, and I spent the last couple
of hours (not including the hours sorting the photoshopping the pics in
the first place) writing up the page captions and arranging the shots, so
I'm not about to do a whole 'nother feature today. I hope to have
the SD Zoo visit photo page online by Thursday, so check back for that.
(As they say.)
The following are taken from the page, along with their captions, and presented here in no particular order. On the page they are grouped by type, so some of these captions won't entirely make sense on their own.
I like the sign, which is no longer accurate anyway, since the road has since been extended. It gives you an idea how high the flames were going as they ate up the underbrush, since this sign is at least 8 or 10 feet high, and it was blistered by the flames.
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