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Smyrna Status

Tuesday
May 13, 2008

In my lone post that I wrote in April 2008, I included information there that was accurate to the best of my knowledge at the time. Unfortunately, due to problems with this site that I documented in the May 8, 2008 column, I wasn't able to publish that April column online until recently.

Without going into detail (it's not my story to tell), the slated move-in that would have bumped Dustin and I out has been called off, so we won't have to be out by the end of June. So, for now, I remain in Smyrna. How long that will last remains to be seen, particularly if I land a job with a law firm in downtown Nashville, but for now the ticking clock for Dustin and I to find new places to live has been turned off.

On Saturday I went to Target to buy my mother a Mother's Day present. While I was there, I decided to buy some new sheets for the bed in my rather small bedroom. Unfortunately, since I have to lay at an angle to fit on the bed (a downside of being 6'2"), I figured that it was a twin bed. Unfortunately, it turns out that I actually have a "double" bed, though it hardly feels like a double to me. What's more, I didn't discover my error until I had already washed the sheets, so returning them is not an option. Arrrgh.

The sheets won't go to waste, though, as I'm going to bring them with me to Dallas when I visit my wonderful friend Melanie there next month. I've known Melanie dating back to when we were both at Harlaxton College in Grantham, England in the fall of 1998. She's a fun girl, and she was there for some of the wilder experiences of that fall (the Naked Mile run and the trip to Munich for Oktoberfest come to mind), and I look forward to hanging out with her. She was able to laugh long and loud at me for buying the wrong sized sheets, but I brought it on myself. But it turns out that her roommate has a twin bed, so the sheets should work for her.

I've been reading the book American Psycho, the novel that spawned the movie of the same name. I'm still early into it, but it's a brilliant work that is a spot-on parody of 1980s pop culture. Like many great parodies of contemporary life, at the time that aspect was overlooked because of being too soon for many to be able to recognize. But because the book has many grisly scenes, including violence against women, it was actually protested by women's rights groups when it came out. I had no trouble finding it at a Barnes & Noble in Orlando on my way back to Tampa, but there was a time when some bookstores, fearing backlash, refused to carry it.


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