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Wednesday, March 15, 2000

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The Ides of March

Beware the Ides of March! I found out today that every month has Ides. I didn't have much of a classical education. I only know about the Ides of March because of Shakespeare. Isn't the internet wonderful?

Bummer, the best pit stop on the way to work now locks their bathroom door. It's a Chevron station with a convenience store. It's half way and comes in very handy when the coffee starts coming through. There are a couple other places but they aren't as convenient. I suppose I could ask for the key but I feel a little strange about that when I'm walking and not buying gas or anything else.

I'm as bad as a kid at needing to know where bathrooms are. I'm sorry, but I just don't have a large bladder. I also hate holding it. Why is being able to not go to the bathroom for eight hours, or whatever, so great. I have found bathrooms in the dark recesses of supermarket storage areas.

I finished "The Dustbin of History" by Greil Marcus. Its a group of essays and articles he's written about how history changes. So much of what we call history is what we remember about history or what other people remember about history or the history that is considered to "matter" and is repeated until other aspects are forgotten.

It's not smooth since the pieces were written over a period of time, but they were very interesting and Greil is good at helping us hear or see something we've never had much to do with. I've always known that "history" is written by the winners, but he shows how much of common knowledge contradicts eyewitnesses who are forgotten, or ignored.


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