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This is the kind of shit I come up with when I’m out walking alone in the woods and trying not to think about mountain lions.

You know what we really need? We really need a country song called Irreconcilable Differences.  You know, like the reason you put on your divorce filing when it’s nobody’s fault? It could go something like:

Ir-reconcilable diff-rences,

or so the papers say.

Ir-reconcilable diff-rences,

I guess that’s why we feel this way.

Ten million desperate words we said,

trying to make each other see.

But two cold words on a legal form,

are all that mattered finally.

Ir-reconcilable diff-rences

can’t begin to describe,

the anger, pain, and struggle,

the hurt feelings, and wounded pride.

It was the fall of a civilization,

at least if you ask me.

But ir-reconcilable diff-rences

are all it was, legally.

And have somebody with a Tammy Wynettish accent deliver each syllable with emphasis, with reverence, the way really Southern people always do with technical-type phrases. It’d be a thin line between goofy and sad with this song, so you’d need just the right singer to pull it off.

In related CPA-study-avoidance news:

Did you guys know The Wonder Years is on Netflix Instant? It is!

The first time I saw it was when it was rerunning on Nick-at-Nite, so I get to enjoy the Russian-doll experience of late-90s nostalgia made possible by late-80s nostalgia for a program based on late-60s nostalgia.

Half of the old songs I really love I heard for the first time on this show.  I can’t listen to The Stylistics’ “You Are Everything” without picturing Kevin and Winnie making out, or Jimmy Ruffin’s “What Becomes of the Broken Hearted” without the image of Kevin sitting alone at a school dance.

Inside of all that, it’s just a wonderfully well-done show. The stories are always compelling, the narration is thoughtful and rarely overbearing, and something about the way they do the lighting really does let you forget that this is being filmed in 1988 instead of 1968.  And it makes me think: about my parents, my grandparents, and my hometown.  It makes me deeply sad about all of them.


Bare with me.

I know this background is a little more pastel than what you’re used to seeing here at LazyFair, but I got so fed up with how long it was taking the site to load with the previous theme, and after an hour of testing out new themes, this was the first decent one I could find that didn’t distort or cutoff my pictures.  So this one’s temporary until I can work up the energy to go back and find something more permanent and less pastel.

While we’re on the subject of themes: I’m considering doing NaBloPoMo again this year.  What would you guys most like to read about every day for 30 days?  I was thinking about ghost stories, but then an unrelated discussion a few days ago made me think that restaurant reviews might be fun, too.  I eat out a ton, after all, and there are at least 30 restaurants about which I have a strong opinion.  But half of the people who read this don’t live in Portland, and I don’t want to be writing stuff that’s only relevant to 50% of you…unless you guys just enjoy criticism for criticism’s sake, like me.

What I was also thinking might be cool (read: easy) is to do a day trip every weekend in October, take a ton of pictures, and then post one per day on here with a brief description in November.  October is a good time to take pictures in Western Oregon.  We get strong, bright fall color on the trees thanks to the rainy climate, but typically the rain doesn’t start until November, leaving October crisp and sunny.  Best of both worlds. But we’ve been doing a ton of Western Oregon photos lately, and I don’t want these to get monotonous.

Or maybe a combination of restaurant reviews and day-trip photos?  Or something else?  What do you guys think?