May 22nd, 2008

Competing Interests

1. When I get out of the shower and comb my hair, my gray hairs depress me and make me want to like dye my entire hair blond and/or get red highlights where my gray is.

2. Rome Girl thinks salt and pepper hair is hot.

Hence the dilemma. If I get my hair dyed I'll feel better. But, if I keep it salt and pepper I'll get more sex from my lady.

So, clearly, the gray stays.

But still...


You know you are out of shape when four hours of Wii Golf leaves you sore.

That said, I did end up, eventually, with one under par on the nine hole expert level and got a "Pro" rating.

So, no pain, no gain.

The Landing Strip

This Israeli-based website is hoping to heal the rift between cultures by creating "amateur" porn using both Jewish and Arab (though Israeli-born) actors. Of course, they're also trafficking in some well-worn cultural stereotypes—Taliban thugs, corrupt border guards, defiled Jewish princesses, burqua wearing whores, etc.—but the road to peace has to start somewhere. Still, if demure kibbutz girls can ride strapping Arab men and lesbians on both sides of the conflict can open their legs and close that divide, then surely there's hope for us all.

Letter To The International Herald Tribune

Mr. Oreskes,

As a long time reader of the International Herald Tribune, I want to voice my strong complaints about the changes you have made to your newspaper over the past few days.

I have lived in France for eight years and during that time, picking up a copy of the IHT and reading it in a cafe has been one of the highlights of my day. While some would say it would be easier to simply get my news online – for free – I'm old fashioned enough to be willing to pay 2.5 euros for your publication.

I always felt it was worth it – until yesterday.

The changes you've made to the comics section are inexcusable. I'm only 39 years old, but you have made the comics so small I had to put on my glasses to be able to read them. Plus, you have removed some of the most comforting strips – like Beetle Bailey – simply to be able to run a daily Sudoku puzzle.

I understand that Sudoku is popular – but to be honest, if that's what I was looking for I can buy a book of 100 Sudoku puzzles for two euros at the train station.

The new editorial pages also are disappointing. If there is one feature that has always made the IHT stand out, it has been the quality and caliber of your Editorial and Op-Ed page. To see the amount of space reduced in favor of a large advertisement is deeply disappointing.

As to the new logo: Sorry, but I don't want to be reading “The International Edition of The New York Times.” If all I wanted was to read The New York Times I'd either read it online, or have my family buy and mail me copies of it. (In fact, it would probably end up being cheaper for my family to buy and send me 30 days’ worth of the Times once a month than it is to purchase the IHT everyday.)

One of the bright spots of the IHT over the years has been the sense of its independent editorial slant. That's why when I'm in the United States, I purchase the IHT instead of the Times when I can find it.

I hope you do not take my complaints lightly. I come from a newspaper family. My mother has been a newspaper executive her entire life and I was journalist for Gannett for 10 years before I moved to France.

It would take a lot for me to no longer purchase the only American-produced printed news source in France – but that is a choice I am seriously considering.

Thank you for your time,

Bart Calendar


One of Rome Girl's gay friends is clued in enough where he got her an invite to a movie premier/cocktail party with Patrick Dempsey.

Apparently, this is something way cool in the female community. I don't get it (he seems like a third rate actor), but she's been texting me about "being on the red carpet" with "McDreamy".

All I know is that I'm so fucking happy that she's happy.