Thursday, September 14, 2006

So Much to Say

My job was a mad race to the end of August. As soon as I slowed down my body protested having been denied so much sleep by offering shelter to the meanest cold I've ever had. I tried to tough it out and go camping with Mr. boyfriend and family and I even joined everyone for a long day of rafting, but this proved to be a stupid move. This should-have-been vacation made me so sick I thought I had mono and it's taken me 14 days to get back up to speed.

I stupidly bait chance by playing in the river while I'm sick.

At least everyone else had a good time. Well, except for the near-drowning incident and the poison oak. Boyfriend is related to all but two of these people. Can you guess which two?

Although I haven't had the energy to post, I've thought about it a lot. Here I provide, for your reading pleasure, a brief summary of thoughts which were worthy of a post but got cheated by my exhaustion:

Condoleeza Rice should not be grist for the gossip mill. Her allegiance to a President who thinks yee-haw! is a good foreign relations policy should be her only action making the front page of the Times.

If you've received the latest chain email warning young women to fear public bars please don't forward it to me. I'm against rape, and I'm all for educating women about the risk that some asshole might slip something in their drink, but telling women to make sure they have a man around who can watch out for his girls is crap. I can watch out for myself, or women can watch out for each other, and we'll be just fine frequenting public places on our own. Thanks.

It's fashion week!! I love fashion, and I love that volume has been in for a few seasons. Real women look good in ample cuts and draped fabric, and I get the feeling this fashion decade is going to end well even for those who aren't in New York this week.*

I finally have a reason to watch TV: The Office. This show is so good. The few other shows I appreciate are fun, but they're fake. I watch West Wing and Sex in the City because the characters represent my own imaginary life in an impossibly dynamic and engaging world where every word is perfectly scripted and no one ever burps. I bet most people like these shows for the same reason. But the office is so real, and it speaks to my own life, and this makes the show alive. I can't believe I'm so impressed with a TV show. I've only seen one episode, but I love it, and I can tell you Pam should dump her boyfriend and date her friend. If that Pam doesn't, by God, this Pam will.

*Yes, fashion is a tool of the patriarchy, but it doesn't have to be and I want it back. So I'm taking it back (carefully) by celebrating clothes that work for real women. I realize this is dangerous for my own development, but I trust myself not to fall into the trap of feeling empowerful.


  • At 8:15 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Dear Pam,

    Sorry to hear you became ill. Hope you really are feeling better. I am back to working out 3 to 4 days a week and right now my body is protesting. Skating is definitely back in for me. Have a crazy idea I want to participate in a skate competition next February. Would you believe it is February 4th or 5th? Yup.

    I'll try watching The Office. Sorry to say I haven't seen it yet.
    Liked The West Wing, never could get into Sex and the City. Don't know why.

    Fashion - Finding clothes that look "young at heart" but not ridiculous on a more "mature" adult (if you get what I mean) is quite a challenge. One last fling to get into shape for the above competition has me trying to lose weight again. Of course I feel better and clothes look better. Not talking about pencil thin just not "carrying the weight of a child on my hip" - more like all over my hips. Ha. Just looked at Vogue magazine today. Hmmmm - I like costume fashions too much - maybe that is one reason I like theatre so much. Clothes do speak to people.

    A dear close friend

  • At 10:46 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Forgot to tell you how much I enjoyed the pictures. Write me sometime.
    You know who, your dear friend

  • At 12:55 PM, Blogger A.Espinoza said…

    Hey Pam,

    Haven't checked your blog in awhile. Glad to see that aside from your last bout of sickness you're doing alright. Thought you'd like to know that you inspired me to start my own blog.

    New York State of Mind

    As you can tell by the name of the blog, much as happened since the last time I spoke with you. Law school is really where the rubber meets the road. It makes me think positively about being a carefree undergrad in Berkeley.

    Glad to see that you and Devon are doing well. It seems that there is much on the horizon for you two.

    - Alex Espinoza -

    ps - Sex and the City could be the greatest show ever. Gina and I are huge fans. Does the office compare? Haven't seen it.

  • At 10:58 AM, Blogger Devo said…

    Umm ... what's this about "this Pam" dumping her boyfriend and dating her friend? Obviously the show's Pam is going to wait until her friend has started dating the woman at his new office to sack up and tell him how she feels ...

  • At 11:50 AM, Anonymous the most fashionable sister in the world said…

    Come on woman. No blog for October? Get to typing so we people have something to read.


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