As you will have no doubt surmised without any help from me, I have taken a couple of days off to watch the leaves turn.
I kid! The leaves don’t turn in Austin! They just evaporate! My neighbor helps this process along by running her leaf-blower, which sounds like a dentist’s drill, from dawn on Saturday til dusk on Sunday. Fuck that skank!
Anyway, in lieu of a cohesive patriarchy-blaming essay and a propos of nothing, behold my current report:
â€¢ At the campusy coffeejoint Spider House two nights ago, bathed in the azure emanations of a thousand laptops glowing, I espied a woman knitting, and wondered if she were one of our patriarchy-blaming knitters. I gave her a knowing smile, to signify that I am privy to the secret world of knitters, but she mistook it for a leer, and gave me the stink-eye.
â€¢ I consumed with gusto at Asti in Hyde Park last night and can vigorously recommend the linguine with sausage and clams. In fact, I am eating the leftovers, cold out of the box, for breakfast at this very moment.
â€¢ I just saw an ad for a Volvo. The slogan: "because life happens all at once." What the heck does that even mean?
â€¢ Another argument against letting teenage boys loose: the incessant, noisy, and graceless foot-fondling of skateboards at bus stops.
â€¢ Who among you has seen The Colbert Report and determined that more than five consecutive minutes of Stephen Colbert is perhaps, how you say, gilding the lily?
â€¢ Not a few of you have written to tell me that your workplace porn-blockers now prevent you from reading I Blame The Patriarchy while on the job. Reader Sarah surmises that it’s because the word "breast" has recurred with some frequency of late, turning cancer into "Adult Content." Ironical, ain’t it, that these same porn blockers have consistently, for the past year, ignored the fact that "fuck" appears about every third word on this site?
â€¢ Meanwhile, Tom Speranza, who notes with horror that the kid involved is named "Campbell Supon," sends in this charming story from Wilkes-Barr PA:
MOOSIC â€” What started off as a friendly exchange between two TV staffers on a WNEP early morning newscast Friday took a nasty turn, sparking a debate among viewers over the rights of working mothers.
WNEP morning anchor Kim Supon was chided by meteorologist Joe Snedeker for having called off the previous day when her 9-month-old son was sick.
His comments that she should choose between being a working mother or a career woman got the ire of many viewers who called the station in protest.
â€œIâ€™d rather try to take the high road on this, work through it and try to put it behind us,â€ said Ms. Supon, when reached at her home late Friday afternoon.
â€œIt was just something taken out of context and blown out of proportion,â€ said Mr. Snedeker, declining further comment.
Neither WNEP General Manager C. Lou Kirchen nor News Director Dennis Fisher would comment.
More than 100 people used WNEPâ€™s Talkback 16 phone and Internet lines to voice their comments about the disagreement.
Before the start of his weather forecast, Mr. Snedeker, known for his sense of humor, at first joked about staffers taking days off.
He then told viewers that Ms. Supon used up all her 10 allocated sick days for the year. The meteorologist, whose wife stays at home with their three small children, said he still had eight of his days left.
Ms. Supon explained that her son, Quinn, had been up sick three times during the night and she only had 15 minutes of sleep. She also has a daughter, Campbell, 2Â½.
Mr. Snedeker then told Ms. Supon that if he were her boss, he would have her choose between being a mother or having a career.
The anchor responded by telling him: â€œJoe, youâ€™ve stepped over the line.â€ Ms. Supon, who was visibly upset on the air, finished the rest of her news report before breaking to a commercial.
After several ads, â€œNewswatch 16 This Morningâ€ came back with reporter Ryan Leckey finishing the newscast at the anchor desk. Co-anchor Tom Williams was off Friday. Ms. Supon never returned for the rest of the morning show.
Mr. Snedeker, who does weather reports on radio stations WKRZ and WILK, told one morning talk show that Ms. Supon left the TV show abruptly because she was ill. He attributed her tears to having something in her eye.
WBRE News Director Paul Stueber hired Mr. Snedeker as a full-time meteorologist when he was news director at WNEP, and worked with Ms. Supon.
Mr. Stueber, who did not watch the show but heard what happened, said the pair has been on friendly terms for many years.
â€œIf I was still in charge over there, I would get them both together and have them talk it out like brother and sister,â€ he said.
â€œThey really do get along. They have been like brother and sister for years. Itâ€™s a big misunderstanding and Iâ€™d hate to see their friendship end because of this.â€