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January 17, 2011

earplugs for rhetorical questions

Last week was so cold I thought I’d slipped out of my California dream into a hunt for artic wolves. Am I in the wrong blog or what? Why is there ice on my window? 

There are other questions. Why call them flap jacks and not flip cakes?  Or hot flops?  How long before hipsters start wearing baggy denim jeans with dragons embroidered into the back pockets?  

Why is slang so attractive?  When some coke dealer told me he had to “keep pimping that white girl” I wanted to be a coke dealer too.  I can’t be a coke dealer. Prison scares me and I can’t blog about it.  What would I do with all my stories? 

Anybody else got some questions?  I mean questions you don’t want an answer to. You just want to ask and walk away from it. Is there a website for that?  One that provides no answers?  Nothing helpful, no images, no links?

“why the hell didn’t I sell my apple stock before Jobs got sick again?”

It doesn’t need an answer. You don’t want to talk about it. 

Learning from some mistakes makes it worse because you can’t ignore that you’ve gotten smarter. Maybe you liked yourself better before you knew so much. Maybe that mistake is so embarrassing you couldn’t possibly do it again anyway. Like, who would have diarrhea twice at the free first Bikram yoga session?  There’s nothing to learn, let’s just try and forget it. Who wants to pass that wisdom on, anyway?  


  1. Why do immigrants workers, who have a green card, not work as hard as their counterparts without the card?

    Comment by Al — January 19, 2011 @ 12:38 am

  2. Why is that all right with everyone?

    Comment by Al — January 19, 2011 @ 12:39 am

  3. LOL, poor guy has to deal with a bit of cold… weather here was freakish too, went from -20C (-4 F) all the way to melting in one day… and back down in the next two days.

    Slang makes it sound neater (cooler) than it is, makes you part of an in crowd… and probably other reasons.

    Comment by Belcat — January 19, 2011 @ 2:54 pm

  4. Al, are you going insane? What was the answer to the international laundramat question?

    Comment by Rolston — January 19, 2011 @ 9:25 pm

  5. Beats me, look at the photo. It says it in the background, I was wondering if the laundromat maybe had fancy euro washing machines or maybe a new Indonesia way of cleaning my socks. Hence it being International.

    Comment by al — January 19, 2011 @ 10:04 pm

  6. And then you asked for questions that we didn’t necessarily want an answer for. Something we could ask and walk away from without the repercussions of asking it. I have better ones (questions that is) but toned it down for the audience.

    Comment by al — January 19, 2011 @ 10:05 pm

  7. Oh. I didn’t see that sign. It’s probably run by Chineses. Is that a word? It was down on Leland, just off bayshore. You’re right though, I did ask for questions that don’t need answers. I forget things sometimes.

    Comment by Rolston — January 20, 2011 @ 9:44 pm

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