Hammerica

Returning to America after four years in Europe

Monday, February 20, 2006

Speaking of psycho chicks...

Turns out Mary Todd Lincoln is not a nutter after all. In honor of President's Day, the New York Times vindicates Abe's Old Lady - about 125 years too late.

Sunday, February 19, 2006

Modern Love


One of the first things I turn to in the Sunday New York Times is Modern Love in the Style section.

The weekly column - by various authors - always resonates, whether it's about Internet dating or buying a dog to save a marriage.

This week's piece I found particularly impactful. "Loved and Lost? It's O.K., Especially if You Win" by Veronica Chambers validates every person who has ever desperately drunk dialed an ex-lover or taken a last-minute flight to make a last-ditch effort at a doomed relationship.

When my father was 17, he moved half way around the world to be close to the girl he loved. He showed up at her door, without notice, and she rejected him immediately. It would take him another 20 years and two failed marriages to find true, lasting love. But he did and they've been happy for 25 years.

Of course, there can be a fine line between romance and restraining order and I'm still working out the guide posts on how that line is drawn.

Still, I applaud Ms. Chambers for taking a stand for heart-on-your sleave-cry-your-eyes-out love.

Top 10 Reasons I'm Really an American Again



10. Drinking during the day is deviant.

9. I put ice in my soda.

8. I drink soda.

7. Two words: Netflix subscription.

6. Supersizing sometimes seems like a good idea.

5. Tipping 15 percent feels cheap.

4. I've been reading the same book for two months.

3. I think I pay a lot of taxes.

2. Working 50 hours a week is normal.

1. I own a Swiffer.