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January 9, 2007

Same Old

First, housekeeping. The excellent pop-culture blog Largehearted Boy has published my Alternadad "soundtrack essay" here. Enjoy.

So Elijah woke up this morning at 7 AM. I was already at the computer, monitoring Amazon.com for signs of progress. He announced that, more than anything else in the world, he wanted to watch the "Volcano Sisters" episode of The Backyardigans, which was apparently hiding somewhere on TIVO. I acquiesed, despite the fact that The Backyardigans are my sworn enemies who must be killed.

Unfortunately, the TIVO was frozen because our DSL line had received some mysterious "servicing" the night before. Therefore, we couldn't access The Volcano Sisters. Oh, the middle-class tragedies of the information age! On the scale of human problems, this lies somewhere between "out of peanut butter" and "need to cut my toenails," but Elijah didn't understand that, and he began to bawl as though I'd just shot Old Yeller.

I called to the other room.

"Regina," I said. "Can you deal with this, please?"

When I next emerged from my Alternadad-cave, Elijah was running around the house, dressed for school, inexplicably yelling, over and over again, "PEENIE! PEENIE! PEENIE! PEENIE! PEENIE! PEENIE!"

And thus my publication day began.



I watched The Backyardigans with my five year old son and was reminded of what you wrote recently. They are terrible. And cloying.
Good luck with your new book. I look forward to reading it. I met you on a few occasions during high school as we had a couple of friends in common. My best friend, Jenny, was dating Gregg at the time. You were dating a tall, blonde foreign exchange student named Kiki, who I knew through AFS. You and Gregg were hyperactive and hysterically funny together. You reminded me of Robin Williams, only nuttier.

I think it's great that Regina does all the driving.

This comment is more for Ari that you, Neal, but it wouldn't make much sense if I posted it someplace else -

My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with a girl who saw Ferris pass-out at 31 Flavors last night. I guess it's pretty serious.

I may be vaguely retarded. I thought I hit the post button, but everything just disappeared. Weird.

About checking those Amazon numbers--you might want to read this to see what they really mean:

Is your publisher going to put an excerpt from your new book on amazon? A lot of young parents I know read those before purchasing online, as it is nearly impossible to browse in a bookstore with toddlers along.

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