February 2009


When I started this blog, we lived 3 blocks east of gentrification. Now I would say it’s more like one or two. We’re still the kind of neighborhood where some people plant flowers and others pee on them. But it’s mostly flower-planters, not urinators, that are moving into the neighborhood. And the signs of the gentried classes seems to be getting ever closer.

For instance, a new wine and dessert bar is soon to open soon just five blocks from us!

I’ve joked with my neighbors that I will watch the vagrants’ liquor store on our corner turn into a wine and cheese shop.  Perhaps I’ll be right.

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One of my favorite things about the blogosphere is its ability to connect people with similar interests who might not find eachother in real life.

I believe Kathy Lee Gifford complained on the “Today” show that the blogosphere is a public forum for things that ought to be said among friends. But blogs can connect people who are not in close proximity. But well, what if your friends aren’t as into knitting as you are? Or if you have cancer and find comfort in reading blogs of others battling the same sickness? Or if you just want to share something interesting, or check in with friends you don’t see every day (ala this blog)?

Or if you really hate unnecessary apostrophes and quotation marks, but it’s not the kind of thing you can bring up among friends because people think you are just being an elitist grammar snob? Well, here it is. I have a thing about apostrophes and quotation marks. (But I confess I use the em dash indiscriminately. I love the em dash with an unquenchable love.)

I share this quotation and apostrophe passion with my sisters. As in, we would all shout out as we would drive to church and see a sign in front of the Piggly Wiggly that said:””SALE’ ‘FRESH’ ORANGES” Is it really a sale or are you just calling it that? It’s nice you call the oranges “fresh,” but how old are they?

If you sent us an email that said “Welcome to the Freeman’s,” our heads might explode. (the Freeman’s what?)

So it was with great delight that I stumbled upon this blog, “the ‘blog’ of ‘unnecessary’ quotation marks.”
http://www.unnecessaryquotes.com/

Thank you, internet. I am laughing.