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January 6, 2004

Remind me
Posted by Teresa at 02:06 PM *

There are some editorial notes on my home computer. I have to send them to the author when I get home tonight. I figure there are three places where I can’t miss seeing a reminder note: my refrigerator door, my bathroom mirror, and my weblog.

Comments on Remind me:
#1 ::: david mb ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 02:45 PM:

Is this something like the scene in "Bill and Ted's
Excellent Adventure" where they are sneaking around,
decide that they want a bucket, say "remind me to put
the bucket there with the time machine", and find the
bucket around the next corner?

One of the smarter dumb movies ever...

Dave MB

#2 ::: Kellie ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 02:46 PM:

I hear stapling sticky notes to your forehead works well, too.

#4 ::: travis ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 03:45 PM:

Don't forget your editorial notes.

#5 ::: Kate Nepveu ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 04:24 PM:

I frequently e-mail myself. If it's on-the-way-home kind of stuff, I write on the backs of my hands.

Remember to mail your editorial notes.

#6 ::: Adam Lipkin ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 04:42 PM:

I email myself too, if it's something involved, or if it's a file that I don't have anything on which to store it. If it's only a short message I'll use one of the dozens of company post-it notepads that we have laying around. (There's 400 of them, it turns out; 20,000 post-its. The mind boggles.)

Don't forget to mail your notes.

#7 ::: Andrew Willett ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 05:28 PM:

Hey, Teresa--

Don't forget, I have it here somewhere...oh, man...listen, can I call you back?

(For my part, I prefer to phone home and talk to the answering machine in these cases.)

#8 ::: Xopher ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 05:30 PM:

Teresa, did you pick up the eggs? :-)

#9 ::: Lois Fundis ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 06:32 PM:

I send myself e-mail back and forth all the time from my four and a half different e-mail accounts (one I share with a coworker).

#10 ::: clark e myers ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 06:55 PM:

I want a high Google ranking only because it helps me find my own old notes.

#11 ::: Kate Yule ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 07:31 PM:

[Kellie sez: "I hear stapling sticky notes to your forehead works well, too."

But that brings us right back to the bathroom mirror... and you can use the mirror and the sticky note *without* the staples, which is good, because then you don't get blood on the message.

We put notes to our tomorrow-selves on the mirror All the Time.

#12 ::: Jonathan Vos Post ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 07:37 PM:

David MB:
I have quoted from "Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure" (from the scene where they meet themselves the first time, and then the second time, where they explain that it makes more sense the second time) in the 6-hour lecture series on "Time Travel" that I've given several times. I had to cut it out in the 90 minute compressed version my wife and I have given at various SF cons on "The Physics of Time Travel."

So... what are the candidates for "smartest dumb movies ever..." and "dumbest smart movies ever..." ?

I did send myself some letter-poems both backwards in time and forwards in time. It's amazing how well my younger self knew some of the problems I was likely to encounter, and tried to warn my older self...

#13 ::: Erik Nelson ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 07:54 PM:

For even weirder vicissitudes of time travel, see "The Man Who Folded Himself", a SF novel by David Gerrold.

#14 ::: PiscusFiche ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 08:22 PM:

Hey, T, send out your editorial notes!


Yes, there are certain things that I need reminding on, and the online blog/journal is one of my best reminder systems. (Another good reminder tool: e-mail yourself.) In addition, some of my friends will pester me if they see that I put something in the to-do list two or three times running, unless it is some cyclical chore like laundry.

That little memory jog is also why I put my menstrual cycle in journal entries. Three weeks or so after my last day, I go sifting back through them to see when I should expect the next round. (Okay, that was the reason before I started taking birth control. Even so, my period doesn't stop or start on a dime, and I can chart cramps, heavy flow, cravings, and birth control reactions appropriately. And for the birth control itself, I have a little reminder in Outlook which tells me every night at 7.30: "Take your damn Pill!" I love technology. Anyway, now that you all know more than you probably ever wanted to know about my lunar rhythms, I'll shut up.)

#15 ::: Robert L ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 08:22 PM:

It's kinda like Bridget Jones's "notes to self."

#16 ::: Dave Kuzminski ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 08:37 PM:

Teresa, did anyone remind you to check your notes? ;)

#17 ::: Paul Hoffman ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 09:08 PM:

Here we are, your collective refrigerator door, your collective bathroom mirror. (Nice trick, that!)

#18 ::: Derryl Murphy ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 10:22 PM:

Kellie, if you staple sticky notes to your forehead (which indicates you don't trust the "sticky" part of the equation), then you have to remember to write everything backwards, for when you need to read it in the mirror.


#19 ::: Jordin Kare ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 10:37 PM:

I send myself e-mail back and forth all the time from my four and a half different e-mail accounts (one I share with a coworker).

Darn! I thought you were going to explain that a half email account is one whr y rcv nly dsmvwld mssgs.

#20 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 10:47 PM:

Jordin, I just about fell out of my chair laughing......glad I did NOT have something in my mouth.

I send a lot of files back and forth between my email accounts, especially when the weather is severe enough for me not to want my laptop in the car for any length of time (high winter and high summer). If I need to. And I also send notes back and forth because I don't currently have a printer directly hooked up to this computer and print a lot of stuff at work.

#21 ::: Paula Helm Murray ::: (view all by) ::: January 06, 2004, 11:40 PM:

I do have to state that work's official position is, that if we provide paper, and IF it's not on the color machine and a photograph (someone tried to put photographic printer material in a color LASER printer.... GRRRR, broke the printer) They don't care if we print personal stuff there. they get such a huge discount on toner that paper is the cost issue as long as it's B/W.

#22 ::: BSD ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 01:59 AM:

I just keep reminders in my auxillary brain.
(Said device is also why I no longer bother to remember things: with google in my pants, I am surprisingly close to all-knowing)

#23 ::: John M. Ford ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 02:03 AM:

Pound pastrami
Can kraut
Six bagels
Fix book up

#24 ::: Lois Fundis ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 02:52 AM:

Jrdn: t wld sv n strg spc!

PiscusFiche: Wait till menopause -- my last two periods were six months apart. (53 years old and I'm still getting them, albeit not often.)

#25 ::: Mitch Wagner ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 02:53 AM:

:) ---> John Ford

#26 ::: Glenn Hauman ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 04:04 AM:

John, Teresa works for Van Holzbrinck. The Krauts can her.

#27 ::: Epacris ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 05:57 AM:


...your collective refrigerator door, your collective bathroom mirror...

When the fridge died at midsummer just before Christmas, I did contemplate getting one of the groovy new ones they were advertising that had a mirror-finish door, since we don't have anywhere else to put a large mirror...

I'm irresistibly reminded of a recent story which struck home, of a man in New York City rescued from a collapse of his collected magazines & papers. "'I had to squeeze inside my apartment,' Patrice Moore, 43, said of his 10-by-10-foot room, which rents for $250 a month." Not sure how it compares to current Sydney rents. It didn't sound like a very flash place. Like, was this entire place a single 10-foot-square room? With toilet & bathroom facilities down the hall? Or was that size just the 'bed-sitting room', and he had his own amenities which didn't count in the description?
Would any New Yorkers care to comment?
...but I didn't think it worth the extra $1000, and it was too big for the space anyway. But it would have been both together. And if it was one of those internet-connected models (another $3000) that's the whole catastrophe!

#28 ::: Elric ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 07:50 AM:

So, um, what happened with what you were supposed to remember. Sheet music? Something with notes....

#29 ::: Han ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 08:58 AM:

"...then you have to remember to write everything backwards, for when you need to read it in the mirror."

Which reminds me of a guy a friend met 'inside.' This guy was bored during lock-down, and decided to use a mirror, india ink and a pin to inscribe the name of his hero on his forehead.

He managed to get the letters the right way round, but got lost on the word order, and has forever after been known by the words tattooed on his forehead:

Marley Bob.

#30 ::: Kellie ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 09:50 AM:

If you staple sticky notes to your forehead (which indicates you don't trust the "sticky" part of the equation), then you have to remember to write everything backwards, for when you need to read it in the mirror.

No need to write backwards. Just always have a few staple removers handy (and those things do seem to pop up everywhere). As for not trusting the "sticky", I'm sure that everyone here has gobs of failed stickiness stories. That a vast majority of said stories involve the note vanishing off the face of the earth is also a given. And that the remainder of stories involve finding notes with potentially embarrassing messages in much more public places than was intended is not equally as certain, but I know I'm not alone in it.

And now we're all dying to know Teresa. Did you remember to send the notes????

#31 ::: Erik V. Olson ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 10:25 AM:

"I dare you to forget to send the notes! Double dare you!"

#32 ::: Jordin Kare ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 11:53 AM:

He managed to get the letters the right way round, but got lost on the word order

Long ago, before Powerpoint and even before viewgraphs, people used slides even for technical talks, and the slide projector was often run by a projectionist. There was a wonderful article from that era on "slidesmanship" that included many tongue in cheek suggestions for improving presentations. One of my favorites was to make up a slide with the letters in reverse order:

tniop tellub a si siht *

so that no matter which way the poor projectionist put the slide in, it would be the wrong way 'round.

#33 ::: Patrick Connors ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 01:05 PM:

Note to self: Do NOT get Jordin mad at me...

#34 ::: Jonathan Vos Post ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 04:52 PM:

Jordin Kare is correct. I especially liked the suggestion to always have a slide with Cyrillic characters. Inevitably, someone in the audience will say "But I can't read Russian!"

To which you witheringly reply:

"Don't be absurd. This is obviously Bulgarian!"

Strangely, this was a note from the past directed at me while I was at Boeing Aerospace Company in Kent, Washington, in the territory of the Green River serial killer.

I received an invitation to be on a panel (maybe even moderate the panel) at a Cybernetics Conference in Sofia, Bulgaria. They were intrigued by that part of my Ph.D. work where I outlined how to, in principle, to simulate the complete behavior of a living cell, using my new solutions to transients in a Michaelis-Menten Equation open system of enzyme reactions. (By the way, Maud Michaelis was a heroine of Science, one of the first Canadian female doctors, and a pioneer in biochemistry).

My doctoral work was, arguably, the first in the world for both Nanotechnology (not yet named) and Artificial Life (not yet named).

Anyway, gummint graysuits appeared at my office and informed me that I was Not Allowed To Go. This was in the heyday of the USSR.

"Why?" I asked.

"Because we've looked at your work, and think it's bullshit. However, just in case it's not, we don't want the godless vodka-swilling commies to get it."

"But my work is openly published."

"Doesn't matter. You can't send them reprints, let alone preprints."

"Can I send them a letter explaining that you don't allow me to send them any of my reprints?"


"But this violates my Freedom of Speech...." blah blah.

"Look, if you want, we can have the State Department to order you in writing not to go."


"Look, you naive idiot. The Bulgarian KGB is much worse than the Russian KGB. If you did fly to Sofia, you'd quickly be kidnapped, drugged, put in a hotel room with prostitutes, and the incriminating photos would be used to blackmail you into betraying your country."

"Suppose I bring my wife as a chaperone?"

"Don't be stupid. By the way, here are some of your mail to and from the Bulgarian Cybernetics people that we intercepted."


"You know, my son collects stamps. Could I have some of those envelopes and stamps for him?"

My reply was unprintable.

Are we back to that point, or worse, under Bush/Cheney/Ashcroft?

Just wondering...

#35 ::: Jeremy Leader ::: (view all by) ::: January 07, 2004, 06:50 PM:

"Because we've looked at your work, and think it's bullshit. However, just in case it's not, we don't want the godless vodka-swilling commies to get it."

I'm not sure how to classify this reasoning. Is it dog-in-the-manger ('we're not going to use your ideas, so don't want anyone else to either')? Or is it a rational attempt at minimizing risks ('we might be wrong, and we don't want the Enemy to hypothetically profit by our error')? Did they fail to consider the possibility of using your (in their minds incorrect) work to lead the Enemy down a blind alley?

Ah hah! They knew that the Bulgarians would still be able to get copies of your papers via 3rd parties, and so they prohibited you from going to make the Enemy think they valued your work more highly than they really did! If they'd let you go, the Bulgarians would realize that your work must not be valuable enough to be restricted, and would instead stumble upon the True Path of inquiry being followed at that moment by Patriotic Government-Approved Researchers!

Or else they were just stupid beauracrats trying to cover their tender regions.

But the world where my interpretation above was true would be much more interesting (I hesitate to say fun) than the one we actually live in, wouldn't it?

#36 ::: Bruce Arthurs ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2004, 01:33 AM:

On the inside of the front door, right at eye level, is a sign that says, in very large letters:


Nowadays I only forget to take the phone once or twice a month...

I'll remind you about the notes if you remind me to tell you about my phone conversation with Howard Dean earlier tonight. (Yeh, really!)

#37 ::: dave mb ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2004, 10:06 AM:

Jonathan Vos Post asks for other nominees
for "smart dumb movies" and "dumb smart movies".

Having been a parent for thirteen years and
living in a relatively fine-cinema-challenged
area (as a TNR reader I wanted to see _Shattered Glass_ but it never got to Northampton), I don't
see enough smart movies to identify the dumb ones.

The distinction, in case it's not clear, is that
a smart dumb movie is marketed to the unsophisticated but has aspects that appeal to the
sophisticated, where dumb smart movies are the
opposite. Along with _Bill and Ted_ I'll nominate
_Buckaroo Banzai_ and _Real Genius_ as smart dumb
movies, back from the period when I saw more...

Dave MB

#38 ::: Teresa Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2004, 10:40 AM:

I remembered. Notes sent.

Mike, don't think I didn't see that.

BSD, how did you get Google in your pants, and can I do the same? ... What I really want, though, is a permanent neural hookup to Google.

Glenn, we don't refer to them that way. The line is, "No, we're owned by the good Germans."

Epacris, our pantry cupboard is a tall skinny freestanding shelf unit that sits on a sort of lazy susan mechanism. When you turn it around, its back side is our household's big mirror.

A ten-foot-by-ten-foot room in NYC that rents for $250 is either a major find, or it's rent-controlled. Or ... whoops, it's in the Bronx. Okay, but that's still pretty cheap.

I can't tell what kind of living space it was. Newsday and the NYPost both refer to it as an apartment, rather than a boarding house or SRO. That argues for its having separate bathroom and kitchen facilities, especially in the case of the Post's story, which is rich in physical detail. Also, note that the neighbors were alerted by the noises the guy made, not by having him stop showing up to use the facilities.

For a while I was confused by the International Herald Tribune's description of the space as "windowless". That's very odd. NYC apartments are required to have windows. You can have windowless rooms, but not windowless apartments. Then I re-checked the Post's version, and it said the guy's one window had books and magazines piled in front of it.

The Post also mentioned the guy's landlord and neighbors getting in by taking the door off its hinges. That's an imprudent arrangement, though not an illegal one, but it may mean the apartment is in a converted house, rather than a purpose-built apartment building.

Anyway, my best guess is that it's an apartment with its own separate amenities. The bathroom is probably tiny. Kitchen facilities may not be in a separate room, in which case I'll assume they've long since been engulfed by the tenant's paper trove.

Bruce, tell me about your conversation with Howard Dean.

Our apartment has its own notes pasted in strategic places. In the summer, the coffeemaker and the blow-dryer both have notes on them reminding us to turn off the AC before using them. In one of our previous apartments, there was a tiny note stuck to the ceiling over the sofa which said, in hard-to-translate personal language, that if I could read it, I was not in my right mind. It was directly above the area of the sofa where I tended to sprawl when my medications were acting up. Before the destruction of my car, there was a sheet of paper on the inside of the front door of my apartment, where I'd write down where I'd parked it and when it had to be moved. And when Patrick travels alone, he always leaves a copy of his itinerary stuck to the refrigerator.

If I had Alzheimer's Disease or Korsakoff's Syndrome, I'd want there to be reminders all over the place, including some large ones informing me that I'd lost my memory.

Dave mb, Animaniacs cartoons are all smart dumb entertainment. I'll also nominate Tombstone. There's a nifty script just under the surface that's full of interesting historical details. The Steve Brust version of the movie is best, though in order to see it you have to have Steve there to fast-forward past the scenes he disapproves of. The result is surprisingly coherent.

#39 ::: Adam Lipkin ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2004, 02:24 PM:

Speaking of Alzheimer's (or at least TNH mentioning it), this turned up in today's Nature Science Update. Headline is "Alzheimer's disease cause identified?", which is slightly more optimistic than the article is, though it does sound promising.

Ah, Animaniacs. Birthplace of Pinky and the Brain, smart dumb entertainment themselves (literally [well, if you call it smart / dumb... bad bad joke] and figuratively). The day the PatB shorts are released on DVD, I'm there.

Would Minority Report count as a smart dumb movie? I guess dumb smart movie might be more accurate, going by Dave mb's criteria.

I'd nominate Futurama (possibly the greatest tv show in history... of course, that's a bit subjective), but I'm not sure which category it would fit into. Maybe smart smart entertainment.

#40 ::: Jonathan Vos Post ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2004, 07:26 PM:

Jeremy Leader:

Your world does sound more interesting. Then, again, the full Chinese saying, which is usually only half-quoted, is:

"May you live in interesting times, and come to the attention of powerful people."

My story had consequences, since my wife is not a US citizen, and I am now de facto barred from highly classified jobs, although I'd never been denied any clearance.

I continue to publish parts of my work of 30 years ago. Maybe I'll (if very lucky) achieve Jack Williamson's record of publishing in 9 decades.

I've now received email confirmation, and manuscript number, for my paper submitted to Mathematics Magazine, said work having occurred on the edge of dreams, and prompted by one of makinglight's links. The Assistant Editor comments, of course, that "initial evaluation of manuscripts takes time; selecting appropriate referees and waiting for their evaluations can be a lengthy process of several months...."

By contrast, my page done in late December, already ranks #1 on google for "cosmic future."

Neither * sigh * pays anything.

dave mb: I like your analysis of "smart dumb movies" and "dumb smart movies".

Are there other types of dumb smart movies" than botched documentaries about geniuses, or adaptations of smart novels by dumb directors?

Is "Adapatation" a smart dumb movie about making dumb smart movies?

About the fine "What is Special About This Number" page, since I've emailed about 30 interesting things about numbers the webmaster didn't know anything interesting about, and received no reply, I am unlikely to send him a hundred more interesting numbers in the 1-10,000 range that flow from my new papers.

The sequel paper I completed today. It's 32 pages in length, and I just finished double-checking the coefficients of the equations, some of those equations being 3 or 4 lines long on the page.

So, should I submit it to Mathematics Magazine, while the first paper is queued up, or ask them by email if they can initially evaluate and distribute both to referees simultaneously, or submit the sequel to a different market? Does this process differ significantly from the Science Fiction, Mystery, Poetry, and Popular Science markets where I am already known?

I recall the late Fred Hoyle saying:

"If being totally known and totally loved is 100, and being totally unknown and totally unloved is zero, then being totally known and totally unloved is at least 50."

Does that answer the PETA question? Is that a dumb smart theory, or a smart dumb theory? I certainly know others who seem to have adopted it.

Still waiting to see what California's Gubernator meant in his first State of the State speech this week. It was a good sales job on something, but nobody knows what's behind Door Number Three.

Nice to know what the gummint was scared of New Years Eve in Pasadena, New York, Las Vegas, and Washington. It was fun to see, live, the roaring Rose Bowl flyover of a formation of: B-2, F-117, and F-22. Looked like a sci-fi film of the 1950s.

So much does. Including parts of Mars...

#41 ::: Dan Layman-Kennedy ::: (view all by) ::: January 08, 2004, 08:35 PM:

I think I may have just figured out what was so terminally, unforgivably bad about the Dungeons & Dragons movie: by all rights it should've been a smart dumb movie, and instead it was just dumb, dumb, dumb.

#42 ::: Jonathan Vos Post ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2004, 10:50 AM:

The universe has sent itself a postcard reminding it, today, what a wild youth it had. If you are writing Science Fiction about the universe way back then, be sure to see today's cluster of press releases rewritten into one conundrum:

Astronomers See Era Of Rapid Galaxy Formation; New Findings Pose A Challenge For Cold Dark Matter Theory

"The universe is always more complicated than our cosmological theories would have it," says Nigel Sharp, program officer for extra-galactic astronomy and cosmology at the National Science Foundation (NSF). Witness a collection of new and recently announced discoveries that, taken together, suggest a considerably more active and fastmoving epoch of galaxy formation in the early universe than prevailing theories had called for...."

#43 ::: Bruce Arthurs ::: (view all by) ::: January 09, 2004, 11:23 PM:

Okay, here's my Howard Dean story:

I'd been wanting to get to one of the Dean Meetups for months. (Pretty amazing in itself, since my usual reaction to politics -- even on a small scale like SF convention committees, much less national politics -- is to run away very very fast.) Finally, a new Meetup place was set up for Maharajah Palace, a very good Indian restaurant right next to the comics shop where I spend money every week, for Wednesday night.

How I got to talk to Howard Dean: The main subject of the meeting was the upcoming primaries in Arizona and other states. As part of the support from Dean HQ for the state-level workers, there was a conference call set up at 8:15 for Meetups in Arizona, New Mexico and Washington. After giving a short pep talk, Dean opened up the phones to questions from the Meetup attendees.

The Meetup leader at our site, Nate, asked us if anyone had a question for Dean. I'd been pretty quiet at the meeting up til then, being a newbie, but hey, I had a question. So I raised my hand, and that's how I got to talk with Howard Dean.

(What was my question? I asked, "When you are elected President, if you are still faced with a Republican-dominated Congress, how will you try to deal with the horrible polarization in the legislative branch?")

(What was Dean's answer? [trying not to misrepresent what he said] One, it's going to be very important to try and shift the balance away from the Republican party in November's elections, and they'll be working towards that goal as well as towards winning the Presidency. And two, if the Republicans remain in control of Congress, Dean thinks he'll be able to work with some of the Senate leadership. But if Tom Delay is still in charge of the House, it'll be a very fractious two years until the next chance to change the balance in 2006.)

My general impressions of the Meetup: I was struck by what a mixed batch of people were attending. Ages ran from college-age to senior citizens, clothing from t-shirt casual to suits and ties, and the racial mix included whites, blacks, and (Asian) Indian. (No Orientals or Native-Americans, tho.)

Enthusiasm was high, willingness to actually do the scutwork of a political campaign just as high. (!) If I saw something negative, it was that some of the attendees were more passionate in their opposition to Bush than in their support for Dean. (One of the night's activities was to take a couple of names and addresses off a list of registered voters, and write them a letter requesting their vote for Dean in the upcoming primary. One of the ladies present passed out sample copies of letters she'd sent to people for the Iowa caucuses; when I read it, my fingers itched for a red pen to edit out at least half the anti-Bush rants.)

And that's my brush with celebrity. Pretty cool, I thought.

#44 ::: Bruce Arthurs ::: (view all by) ::: January 11, 2004, 01:08 PM:

And it's probably crass of me to piggyback some of my own life onto someone else's blog.

Yeh, I really should start my own blog. (Especially if I actually have occasional interesting stuff to write about.)

#45 ::: Rachael ::: (view all by) ::: January 12, 2004, 09:51 PM:

Buckaroo Banzai was a brilliant dumb movie! Ahh, I think I still have a crush on Perfect Tommy. I had a chance to buy the perfect Penny Pretty dress only in bottle green (!) and I thought it was too expensive. Two days later when I came to my senses it was gone. Sigh. By golly, I'm going to go watch Buckaroo Banzai right now. (Whatever happened to Peter Weller after robo-cop?)

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