Sunday, February 05, 2006

3 things...

This will not be a usual dog blog post. No dogs, just talk (well, maybe just one).

1. Betty Friedan died today. As cliche it is to remember someone only after they are dead (we aren't going to see her at the Oscars), The Feminine Mystique is one of my favorite books. Sure, the second half is mostly dry sociological studies, but the first half is full of revelations. Through high school, I always had this nagging feeling that my attitude towards women was not in the mainstream, that my mom was not like other moms. But I could never quite figure out why that was. I didn't know that my mom was a minority among my friends' moms, and why I always got the bug-eyes when i told people (in the valley) that my mom was a lawyer.

The Feminine Mystique kind of codified all of what I could not figure out on my own. Of course, as a result, I saw evidence for the book everywhere. But I didn't feel the need to always point them out like some caricature from PCU. For most of you readers out there, the book won't be very compelling as Friedan's ideas have moved into the mainstream, but you should read it anyway. Think Mrs. Brown from The Hours.

2. It has been the best football year for the Alonzo family. UT won the national championship, and the Pittsburgh Steelers won the Superbowl. And it wasn't the usual bad superbowl, it was actually a good game. Not a blowout, not 3-0.

3. M is in Austin this week and I am in Albany. Pizza and dogpiss will be the rule for the week. No picking up, no cleaning. I'm only bathing to keep my job.


4 comments:

Jacob said...

What Daniel was really doing at ALA :).

tiny robot said...

Well, I'm sure the couch will vote for Dr. Roy, but I'm not sure anyone else will get D's campaign message...

All silliness aside:
D, I remember when you "yelled" at me for not having read The Feminine Mystique. It is on my list of things to read --- one of these days, I will!

Jane said...

And what are himl tags anyway? When did you read the Feminine Mystique? Well, i read it and i was really sad at her passing, so thanks for mentioning it. Where are the pix of your sister?

Jane said...

I hope Mrs. Brown is Meryl Streep.