...serving up your daily dish.
Mid-debate, Kerry brought up The Pottery Barn Rule, "If you break it, you own it," attributed originally to Colin Powell, in regard to the consequences of invading Iraq. But Pottery Barn says there's no such rule.
May we suggest some alternatives?
Could somebody pass the chips?
No offense anyone, but after spending the afternoon taking a 12-year-old around, trying to get a hair trim, rather than a hair cut, and frustrating every barber and hairdresser in a 10-mile radius, we've decided to spend our Presidential Debate evening at home with this guy, who will be live (for a change) at 11 pm. Guess that makes us a "stoned slacker." Well, if the shoe fits.... More on the "stoned slacker" controversy here and here.
And while waiting for the political fireworks to start, take this quiz. We aced it and we're pretty sure Barista's high-powered readership will too.
Paul Brubaker has a fascinating article in today's Montclair Times about the family of a 9/11 victim that was invited to the county's memorial service in Eagle Rock Reservation only to discover that their fallen father's name was not carved into the memorial. The victim was Michael Stewart, who moved to Montclair in 1993. According to Patrick Morelli, the Cedar Grove artist who designed the memorial, fixing the mistake would cost about $50,000.
Want to be subversive? Read a Harry Potter book to your kid. According to the American Library Association, the Harry Potter series is second on the list of the "Ten Most Challenged Books of 2003." We found this out yesterday at the Montclair Public Library which, in addition to celebrating Ban Books Week through Oct. 2, is celebrating its 100th birthday this year.
The Ten Most Challenged Books of 2003:
1. Alice series, for sexual content, using offensive language, and being unsuited to age group.
2. Harry Potter series, for its focus on wizardry and magic.
3. "Of Mice and Men" by John Steinbeck, for using offensive language.
4. "Arming America: The Origins of a National Gun Culture" by Michael A. Bellesiles, for inaccuracy.
5. "Fallen Angels" by Walter Dean Myers, for racism, sexual content, offensive language, drugs and violence.
6. "Go Ask Alice" by Anonymous, for drugs.
7. "It's Perfectly Normal" by Robie Harris, for homosexuality, nudity, sexual content and sex education.
8. "We All Fall Down" by Robert Cormier, for offensive language and sexual content.
9. "King and King" by Linda de Haan, for homosexuality.
10. Bridge to Terabithia" by Katherine Paterson, for offensive language and occult/satanism.
This is even more fun that looking into your neighbors' recycling cans to see who's swilling domestic and who's swilling imported. Go to fundrace.org and find out exactly which of your neighbors have sent money to Kerry, which to Bush, and how much!
You can be the hit at whatever debate party you go to tonight when you name names. (Tell them you got it at Barista.)
Barista reader Milo Gwathney gets credit for telling us how to peek into our neighbors' political lives, and not only that, he did the math. According to Gwathney, 63% of the contributions from Glen Ridge went to the Dems, 74% of the contributions in Montclair did and 54% of the money sent from Bloomfield did.
...serving up your daily dish.
The Barista meteorological team issues a sunshine alert in effect in the greater Baristaville area until sundown tonight -- or until a patch of clouds rolls in. Beware of sun glare and impetuous thoughts, and carry sunglasses.
A reliable source tells us that a new Vietnamese restaurant, Little Saigon, is moving to Bloomfield Ave. in Montclair, around the corner from Glenfield School. Not sure whether this is a new incarnation of the Little Saigon that burned down in Nutley a few years ago.
Fascino, meanwhile, announces its expansion. Maybe now it will be possible to get a reservation there without a note from the Pope.
You've got your 12 Miles West, your Pushcart Players, your Luna Stage, your Alliance Rep, your Studio Playhouse and now.... your newest entrant to Essex County theater scene, The Mental Health Players.
Yes, if you haven't been spending enough time on the New York City subways and you really need a fix of, say, paranoid schizophrenia, just call The Mental Health Players and they'll put on a show.
Essex County did, and the Players, who are based in Verona, will be taking their act to county offices, to teach welfare, parks and corrections employees what to do when they see people curled up in the fetal position and calling for Mommy. We know, we know. This is a good program and blah blah blah, but every once in a while we have to ask ourselves WWJSD (What Would Jon Stewart Do?) and we really had no choice.