Every day I thank the Universe for Will, my family, Daisy the WonderDog, and my Tivo. While the first three do things like make me dinner, supply me with plenty of writing material, and let me scoop their poop (I'll let you figure out which is which), my Tivo makes it possible to skip commercials - most notably for The Starter Wife, which is described as "sexy and savvy" but is a more Rosie the Riveter if her war was on a multimillionaire Hollywood husband and the aging process and her job wasn't riveting but discussing plastic surgery and frolicking on the beach in Malibu while making out with Ken dolls.
Of course, this morning finds me typing away at the computer with some mindless entertainment in the background, and what happens to be on but The Starter Wife? And it's pretty much the brain-numbing insipid tale that I predicted (minus the amazing Judy Davis). There's nothing wrong for entertainment for entertainment's sake (obviously) but it's just that I can see the pitch meeting in my mind's eye, I can hear the word EMPOWERING! Everything is not empowering. Everything doesn't need to be empowering.
Like my toothpaste:
(I am toothpaste, hear me roar?)
A Friend-o-Slack asked me what was going on with the slack, and if I had thought about compiling the articles into book form to hawk on lulu.com. I never wanted to do this, as putting out a book of articles would be a way of saying that there wouldn't be any more. But it's been a year since I've written anything, and I think that the slack may have run its course. That's hard to type, considering that it's a project that started back in 1997. Nearly ten years of my life lives on that site, and while I won't take it down, the fact is that I've evolved - hell, the Internet has evolved - past that. I've thought about figuring out a way to combine the two, but why?
Over the next month I'm going to be working on putting together a best-of theslack.com. Ideally it'll just pay for the upkeep of the site, domain and hosting and such. Watch this space for further details.
Happy Fourth Birthday Sneeze!