Sunday cafe: Norway, Boehner, Winehouse, and gay marriage in New York

You can read thousands of articles about the tragedy in Norway, and ask one question: why?  Ninety-three people are dead, many of them young idealists gathered together to share and listen and think about the future of their country and the world. Anders Behring Breivik believed his world had become too diverse.  Too many Muslims, too many immigrants so different from himself.  Like Jared Lee Loughner, he committed his heinous crimes because of insanity.  (I know, innocent until proven guilty but Breivik has fessed up.)  The media will try to dissect Breivik from all angles and that’s fine.  It’s their job.  In the meantime, the rest of us need to mourn with Norway, to send our collective grief and compassion their way, and find the courage to confront xenophobia in our own backyard.

When House Speaker John Boehner walked out of the debt-ceiling talks on Friday and then shortly thereafter assured anyone who wanted to know that there was virtually no chance that Congress wouldn’t raise the debt ceiling by August 2nd, he was essentially admitting that the whole thing is political.  It’s a matter of who blinks first and it’s nauseating to realize this is how so many of our elected leaders do their job.  Send a note to your representative in Congress and let them know how displeased you are with the process.  The latest: Boehner and the rest of the players are meeting today, Sunday, to try again.

In 2007, I practically stopped people on the street and told them to purchase “Back to Black”, Amy Winehouse’s brilliant, soulful, 1960s-retro-inspired CD.  It remains one of my top five favorite song collections from the last 20 years and if you don’t have it, what’s wrong with you?  After sitting in the audience and seeing her perform live at the MTV Movie Awards in 2007, I said to anyone who cared to listen, “I hope she lives to make another record.”  When it comes to overcoming addiction, there exists a simple fact: some are luckier than others.  She was 27 years old. “We only said goodbye with words/I died a hundred times/You go back to her and I go back to black.”

Hundreds of gay couples in New York State stayed up late Saturday night to get married.  At midnight, it became legal in the state for same-sex couples to tie the knot.  Congratulations to all the brides and grooms and best of luck navigating the intricacies of matrimonial life.  When in doubt, just apologize.  Don’t forget your anniversary.  Emptying the dishwasher before your spouse wakes up in the morning is more romantic than you realize.

The country continues to bake with high temperatures, though it looks as if the east coast will see cooler weather in the coming days. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, it will barely get above 65° over the next week.

You know sometimes when you screw up on the job and cringe at what the fallout will be?  Imagine how the forklift operator feels down in Australia after dropping 462 cases of wine valued at $1 million.  They’re blaming the forklift itself, but still.

Giovanni Ramirez is no longer a suspect in the Dodger Stadium beating, even though we were assured by our police chief that they had the right man.  Instead, two men from Rialto have been arrested and charged with the incident from last March that left Brian Stow, a San Francisco Giants fan and father of two, with brain damage.  Stow continues his slow recovery at a hospital in San Francisco and on Friday, opened his eyes and gestured with his hand.

I’m not sure why “Glee” ended up with a presence at Comic-Con this year, but if you’re interested in gossip about the fate of certain actors and the characters they play on the hit series, the producers were answering questions in San Diego.  Also at Comic-Con, Universal’s “Snow White and the Huntsman” had the crowd abuzz when Charlize Theron and Kristen Stewart, as the Evil Queen and “the fairest of them all”, respectively, took each other on talking about the film due next summer.

I’m reviewing books every now and then for BlogHer.  Check out what I had to say about Young Adult author Sarah Dessen’s latest, What Happened to Goodbye.  (If I can get my WordPress site to attach the link.)

I upgraded Firefox several days ago on my computer because “they” suggested I do so, and my online life has been troubled and delayed ever since.  I knew I shouldn’t have clicked that button! Anyone else having issues?

Nap time.

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  1. Jan says

    I, too, have been having problems with FIrefox, on both my desktop and laptop. I finally just gave up on it on the desktop and switched over to Internet Explorer. Hopefully, they will fix it.

  2. Mary Anne says

    Thought of you today when I heard about Amy Winehouse. Not at all surprised but that itself is so sad. So much talent.

  3. Mare says

    As Mary Anne said I, too, thought of you as soon as I heard about Amy Winehouse. Very sad. Stranger still is that Kurt Cobain, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison & Jimi Hendrix also died at age 27, according to the LA Times. What a tragedy.

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