so, what’s up?

I have to wake up and go to work at 5:30 AM tomorrow morning, so I won’t be staying up late to read the news and agonize over my silly, little posts… So, I’d like to open the floor to your comments. If you have anything to say, here’s your chance. Feel free to criticize the site, tell us about yourself, or just recommend a favorite TV show or podcast. Seriously, if you’ve got something to say, anything at all, here’s your chance. Surely you have something interesting to share, even if it’s just a distant memory of your first kiss, a favorite recipe, a guess as to when the Republicans will have DeLay “terminated,” or some piece of practical advice that we can all learn from.

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  1. Posted September 28, 2005 at 9:55 pm | Permalink

    Yes, I would like to note that “5:30 AM tomorrow morning” is redundant.

    (Sorry, Mark, it’s my job…)

  2. Ken
    Posted September 28, 2005 at 11:25 pm | Permalink

    This sounds like lazy-man blogging. I want to say that I found a picture of yer new car but I can’t scan it in because I don’t have a scanner. I am amish when it comes to digitizing images, which is to say, I don’t believe in it in my own home, but it is quite alright if I do it in other peoples homes. So, ma

  3. Posted September 28, 2005 at 11:32 pm | Permalink


    I think you should do city tour pod casts and start a site. Kind of like a ” Tour of the Stars”, but maybe info about corporate scandals, crooked politicians and other interesting historical tidbits slathered with sarcasm. Actually, I think that Brett and you together could probably do a damn fine job of it. You could sell ads/ endorsements to smaller independently owned shops, restaurants and hotels.

    The idea of a podcast guided tour of cities that no one goes to is even more intriguing.

    “Maynard & Schutzman’s Guide to the Road Less Traveled”

    You could go the other route and do a few sample cities, shop it around and get funding to do more and put a site up. Then the tough thing would be traveling all the time, and that is not always as fun as it sounds.

    I think that Virgin is doing something like this as an add on service to their airline. There is something else called iToor or iTour that is similar.

  4. Andy
    Posted September 28, 2005 at 11:34 pm | Permalink

    I really liked the new “Commander in Chief” series on ABC. Geena Davis is wicked cool.

  5. Shanster
    Posted September 29, 2005 at 6:07 am | Permalink

    You noted on some recent post, that this site has no definite mission or some such thing. I don’t really think you need one, either (Although for some reason “Spitting into the wind” comes to mind). I enjoy the interesting dialog here much more than listening to or reading things I primarily agree with. So, I listen to Ed Schultz and Randi R. and Mitch Albom with more interest than Rush and Hannity.
    I see this site as the neighborhood barbecue, where anyone can drop in any time, even that irritating neighbor who never cuts his grass.
    I lived in Europe for a year, and always enjoyed a good argument with friends who understood that you can disagree with someone yet still share a nice krug of pilsner with them. Cheers!

  6. Posted September 29, 2005 at 7:41 am | Permalink

    Hey I’m the one on my block who never cuts my grass, surprise surprise. I do tend to be able to wither it with my gimlet eye of doom on a fairly regular basis though, thereby keeping it less conspicous than Joe Tibonis across the way

  7. Alicia
    Posted September 29, 2005 at 11:08 am | Permalink

    If readers of this site haven’t discovered the short fiction author, George Saunders, let me recommend him. He not only has a world view (and a future world view) that can only be described as idiosynchratic, he also has developed wonderful dialogue to accompany it. Everyone speaks like a cross between advertising copy and mall rats.

    His first book was CivilWarLand in Bad Decline. His second was Pastoralia. Both are fine, as are his stories in The New Yorker.

  8. Doug Skinner
    Posted September 29, 2005 at 12:03 pm | Permalink

    And for those who haven’t discovered him yet, let me recommend Harry Stephen Keeler. There’s a nice appreciation of him at

  9. chris
    Posted September 29, 2005 at 1:21 pm | Permalink

    I am not touching this one with a ten foot pole.

  10. ChelseaL
    Posted September 29, 2005 at 5:23 pm | Permalink

    I LOVE George Saunders!
    Shanster, I liked your post, too.
    Mark, I know I’ve arrived at this site a day late, but may have something borderline-interesting to share soon. (That is, it will not interest anyone else here and will probably barely interest you.)

  11. john galt
    Posted September 29, 2005 at 7:52 pm | Permalink

    this site needs more cowbell!

  12. Dick Cheney's Extending Taint
    Posted September 29, 2005 at 11:20 pm | Permalink

    And more prostate massage.

    Mark Maynard and prostate massage.

    (someone remind me to google that in a few days)

  13. chris
    Posted September 30, 2005 at 5:50 pm | Permalink

    w/ eye contact.

  14. mark
    Posted October 1, 2005 at 10:32 am | Permalink

    Yes, eye contact is key. As is a firm handshake.

    Your prayers, by the way, didn’t help a lick. I still got the cold that I was afraid of. Fortunately it’s not that bad though. The only bad thing is that Clementine and Linette have it to. In fact, it’s Clementine’s first real cold. I suppose it had to happen sooner or later, but it makes me sad to hear her coughing.

  15. ChelseaL
    Posted October 1, 2005 at 10:38 am | Permalink

    Sorry to hear. Feel better soon!
    On a brighter note, wouldn’t you like to hear my news?

  16. mark
    Posted October 1, 2005 at 11:38 am | Permalink


  17. ChelseaL
    Posted October 1, 2005 at 6:53 pm | Permalink

    One word, my friend:


  18. mark
    Posted October 1, 2005 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    An interview?! Did you get to speak with him about Scientology?

    Or, is it just that you bought one of his albums?

    If you interviewed him, can I interview you about interviewing him?

    Or, is this even bigger? You aren’t dating him, are you?

  19. ChelseaL
    Posted October 1, 2005 at 8:21 pm | Permalink

    Sadly, I haven’t done any of those things. (Well, yes: I’ve bought several of his albums.) I did, however, see him in concert recently, and THAT wasn’t bad, either. You can interview me about that, if you want.

  20. mark
    Posted October 1, 2005 at 9:11 pm | Permalink

    So, what was your news?

  21. ChelseaL
    Posted October 2, 2005 at 8:54 am | Permalink

    You’ve *seen* it. I’ll send you an email.

  22. chris
    Posted October 2, 2005 at 10:22 pm | Permalink

    OOOOOhhhh! Tell me! Tell me, too! Pleeeeez

  23. Tony Buttons
    Posted October 3, 2005 at 12:02 pm | Permalink

    I hope you remembered the eye-contact. I’m told that men like that.

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