January 2008 Archives

Is that me or Jake Gyllenhaal?

January 28, 2008

In all cases, the answer is Jake Gyllenhaal. Still, T. and I were both creeped out by the similarity.

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Response To: BAHA'I FAITH TODAY - THE RELIGION OF RULERSHIP

January 25, 2008

In BAHA'I FAITH TODAY - THE RELIGION OF RULERSHIP, MRDONUT makes a number of claims about the Bahá'í, concluding that it is a cult today. I shared a response on the blog and promised that I would include specific passages supporting some of my claims. Of course, some of my statements were purely anecdotal — as, it would seem, are all of MRDONUT's. I am not here to be in an argument or flamewar, and I do not claim that MRDONUT has not experienced these things. Rather, I would like simply to show how my personal experience differs.

Review: The Indian Clerk

January 21, 2008

I cannot recall with clarity how I first became aware of The Indian Clerk by David Leavitt. NPR? Amazon? Whatever the case, I am very glad that I followed up on the lead.

Some Observations from Chili's Bar and Grill, Blaine, MN

January 4, 2008

I hope that I can remember all the observations from dinner out tonight with my Indian friend and co-worker, here now for a third of his six month work visa.

“Why do they put so much ice in the drinks here?” “Because ice is cheaper than coke.” At the end of dinner, when the server brings the third glass: “But I wonder how much it cost for them to wash three glasses instead of one, to give me five straws (the first two had two to differentiate my diet), and to throw out most of the ice, and to waste the 10% at the bottom that you don’t end up drinking because a fresh one arrived?” Oh, and add in the time taken to deliver the fresh cup. If they would have just given me a small amount of ice to begin with, I might have been happy with one glass, or two at the most.

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