Who's asking: MainePulse, a survey organization affiliated with my local newspaper group
Newspapers all over the country are flailing around, looking for ways to stay relevant and necessary to their readers. This question was part of a survey that seemed designed to try to identify ways my local paper could meet specific needs of its readers; the follow-up question to this one was, "How can your paper help you make time for these activities?"
Since my response to this question was (in no particular order) exercising, housecleaning and sleeping, I replied that it was hard to imagine how a newspaper could help me do any of those things. It's fun to think about, though. Maybe the sharp and energetic editorial staff of the Kennebec Journal can come up with a machine that puts me to sleep while stimulating my major muscle groups and vacuuming my living room. Until that happens, though, I'll be glad if they just keep the crime blotter up to date.
Dizzy and I got home around 10:00 last night. Since then, Dizzy's been sleeping and I've been rushing around. The division of labor seems unfair.
Five Random Songs:
"Jezebel," Natalie Merchant. This CD (Ophelia) was my constant companion during my move to Los Angeles, and I'm still not tired of it.
"Fountain of Sorrow," Jackson Browne. A beautiful midlife song. "And while the future's there for anyone to change, still you know it seems/It'd be easier sometimes to change the past." The past does change, with our ideas of causality and significance.
"Union City Blues," Blondie. Someone I know -- is it you, Ed? -- does not understand the infinite coolness of Blondie. Whoever you are, you're just wrong.
"Rosalita," Bruce Springsteen. The one song that still gets played off this most underrated and overlooked of albums (The Wild, The Innocent and the E Street Shuffle). Listening to it, I'm fifteen again.
"Sunshine on Leith," The Proclaimers. Title song off the only album anyone here remembers from these guys, identical twins from Scotland. Anyone know whether they're still performing?