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Nothing to fear but…

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It’s been said that the fear involved in anticipation of a thing tends to be far, far worse than the thing itself. And I’m realizing lately that I have to agree.

I’ve long been petrified of going to the dentist. I had a regular dentist appointment about a month ago, which scared the hell out of me–I hadn’t been in I-don’t-even-know-how-long. It wasn’t even an appointment for a cleaning or anything–just a consultation. But I was still terrified. However, the dentist was a perfectly nice guy and absolutely nothing scary happened during the visit. My fear was completely unjustified.

This morning, I had to go visit a periodontist–I’ve had some gum problems for awhile (mostly being that they’re seriously receding), and my dentist wants me to get that taken care of before doing the stuff he needs to do. I was even more scared of going to see this guy. Now we’ve moved to a specialized dentist, which requires a specialized kind of fear.

But, again, it was nowhere near as bad as I’d anticipated. Neither was my prognosis. Nor was the amount of money I’m going to have to shell out.

All of which means I’ve spent years being afraid of something that, it turns out, I had no reason to fear. And all of which makes me wonder…what else have I been scared to do when I really shouldn’t have been?

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July 20th, 2005 at 3:48 pm

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Monday Photo: Reflection

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Damn, my daughter’s beautiful.

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July 18th, 2005 at 9:47 am

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This year’s Emmy nominations were announced yesterday, and surprise! No nominations for “Gilmore Girls” for the fifth straight year. I was really, really hoping Lauren Graham might have earned herself a nod this year for Best Actress in a Comedy Series, but oh, no–the overhyped “Desperate Housewives” shrews stole three of the five slots. C’mon, Emmy voters…can you really believe that 60% of the best performances for that category came from one show–one that, while supposedly funny, isn’t even really a comedy?

OK, I’ll give you the amazing Felicity Huffman–even without having seen the show, I’m familiar enough with her to know that she likely deserved her nomination, and I’m glad for her. She should’ve gotten a nomination or two for “SportsNight,” but that’s a whole other rant. But (and again, I admit I haven’t seen the show, though clearly that won’t stop me from judging it) I have a hard time accepting that either Marcia Cross or Teri Hatcher did work more deserving of an Emmy nod than Lauren Graham.

Lauren GrahamGraham’s Lorelai Gilmore is one of the most complex, believable characters on TV, and Graham skillfully portrays her many and varied moods. She’s been doing phenomenal work on that show for five years now, she’s gotten both Screen Actor’s Guild and Golden Globe nominations…but Emmy just won’t come a’callin’, just because her show’s on in the ghettos of the WB. Being on that network seems to kill any chance you’ve got at getting Emmy nods, no matter what quality work you do.

So, Ms. Graham, should you ever come across these words, know that I value the hell out of what you’ve done on that show and if I had any pull with the Emmy voters, you not only would have been nominated several times over but would have at least one statuette on your mantlepiece. Emmy’s about hype, and you don’t get hype on the WB. But you can get respect, which matters more than awards, anyway. (Not that that helps much at salary renegotiation time…)

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July 15th, 2005 at 5:03 pm

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When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to repudiate the actions of their government, a decent respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the actions which have led to their disavowal.

So begins Will Frank’s Declaration of Repudiation. Go. Read.

(Via Planet Geek. Thanks, Dave!)

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July 15th, 2005 at 10:31 am

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Paranoid much?

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I realize that my distrust and hatred for our current administration might make me a little overly paranoid about such things, but doesn’t it seem a little bit strange that just two weeks after Sandra Day O’Connor resigns her post on the Supreme Court, Chief Justice William Rehnquist suddenly takes ill?

Apparently, there was much speculation last week that Rehnquist was going to step down himself, but that didn’t actually happen. Which means, of course, that the White House secretly tried to force him to step down; he at first gave in, much like O’Connor before him, but then changed his mind and refused, and now they’re trying to have him killed (and who would believe that–the guy’s 80, so his getting sick and going to the hospital is hardly surprising) so they can make way for more ultra-conservative justices of their choosing. Even if they can’t decide amongst themselves just who that might be.

Do I think that’s what really happened? No, not really…but what makes me both so sad and so angry is that I wouldn’t be the least bit surprised it if had.

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July 13th, 2005 at 3:15 pm

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