With Continual Reference to Justin Kahn.

Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Justifying My Sabbatical.

(pictured: front page of New York Times from Thursday.)

Pardon my Chapellian escape. Two problems were overwhelming me. First is the question of how to best improve the quality of COI.Sometimes I feel like with all the stuff going on in the world, like the thing about the CIA operas, I am not always the world’s leading news source. When did the New York Times become better than me? The comments aren’t the only thing which could undergo a solid quality control. The posts themselves could stand improvement. And for that, responsibility rests squarely on one place: my parents.


(pictured: the proposed COI front page from Thursday before bailing.)

Second, is something more serious. On Thursday, I decided to break it off with Lindsey. Lindsey, I hope you are reading this, because if not you are going to be disappointed 60 years down the road. And by disappointed. I mean relieved.But still you could pretend to be disappointed.

I don’t want to talk about the reason. Anyway, I’m feeling kind of blue. To keep my mind away from the misery of my situation (alone again!) I decided to take a few days and just read. Unfortunately all the novels I have are about the beauties and joys of love. That wasn’t for me. So I jumped in a taxi, said the library and step on it and ended up studying something that has little to do with love: economics.

25 comments:

Anonymous said...

The comments need improvement? Next to your posts they are like Shakespeare.

Justin's parents said...

Thanks a lot for breaking up with Lindsey. I guess now we will never have grandchildren!!!!

Jenn said...

I am glad I am reading IJ. Helps me understand some of your cryptic remarks better.

To the library, and step on it!

Economics? Eurggggghhhhh!

Jenn said...

Justin's Parents: You still have a daughter...so what gives?

Justin said...

jenn: I included that just for you. I had no idea what was going on in the book, but as soon I read that section I knew that I had to finish it.

As for my parent's remarks. I think you are right. Even though they love me more, I'm sure they would remember that they have a duaghter.

Justin

Jenn said...

Does your sister read your blog? I would be interested to know how she reacts to last remark.

Justin's parents said...

Jenn, Of course we could never forget our wonderful daughter & son-in-law. I suppose at 79 years of age Lindsey might have had trouble conceiving anyway. Still Justin was an adorable baby & who will carry on his by-line?

Jenn said...

Mr and Mrs Kahn: I honestly don't think you need to worry. Justin is a lovely boy. He will not have any difficulty finding a nice girl.

part-time buddha said...

'Economics' is actually derived from the Greek word for 'house' or 'home'. So 'economics' is actually the science of taking care of one home.

As an example, I submit the 4 chapter of Ulysses, in which we first mean Leoplold Bloom. The theme here is economics as Bloom feed the cat, prepares breakfast, straightens up after Molly, and, at the end, take a dump in the outhouse.

I point this out only to show that economics may not be as far removed from love as you thought.

Sorry to be a jerk.

part-time buddha said...

As John Lennon said, "All you need is economics."

Finding Fair Hope said...

Methinks those are not Justin's real parents. Also, he's going through a transition which may take a couple more hours and then he'll be funny again.

In the meantime, he can read my book and decide to go into economics after all. Or nuclear physics.

Bert Bananas said...

How come no one made a "Justinfying my Sabbatical" joke?

ArtieLange said...

Perhaps I should burn you a copy of my Death and Regret CD. I made it in response to the sappy love songs that taunted me after a particularly hard break-up. I found death songs to be much kinder than songs of love which promote complacency (singing)I wouldn't change a thing...!

Of course, I can't do anything until I get the appropriate releases and pay the proper royalties. Anything less would be illegal.

BTW, I like your site.

Finding Fair Hope said...

We don't do puns. Irony is hard; puns are easy.

The Silence said...

Reading always helps.

Good luck with getting your mind off of things and finding the right book to do the trick.

Justin's Parents said...

finding fair hope, Thanks for telling Justin that we aren't his real parents. Don't you think that should've been our decision?

QuillDancer said...

My congra--er--condolences to Lindsey.

I'd say welcome back, Justin, but even though your post is here I am not certain you've returned.

Bert Bananas said...

"We don't do puns. Irony is hard; puns are easy."

Holy Jesus! Standards! Standard bearers! Flag Wavers! Freaks!

Anonymous said...

bert bananas: I for one enjoyed your joke.

Finding Fair Hope said...

Sorry, bananas and parents. I shoulda looked before I leapt. I'm not as funny as I think I am. And as a matter of fact, I don't have standards. I'm just pretentious.

QuillDancer said...

Pretentious is good -- as long as it doesn't pretend to be anything else.

A girl who's been there said...

Sappy love songs are reasons CD players fall out of windows. If all else fails with your economics reading, you could always study embarrassing looking disease states. Check out these goiters...

http://www.thyroidmanager.org/figures21/21-2.gif

Now, that'll get your mind off of love...

bitingblondewit said...

Justin, did Lindsey change her mind after an intervention with Audrey Tatou? If so, maybe that means Audrey is ready for a second chance. Worth a shot...
Economics? Ick.

Elizabeth Prata said...

When did the NYT become better than you? When did you become better than me? I thought I was better than the NYT, with all the news one could want to eke out a living as an urchin farmer.

Bert Bananas said...

Urchin farming? Not at my stud ranch, where we raise prize children!