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Thursday, July 15, 2004

Wednesday July 14, 2004. To Pillsbury House. As usual, I did data entry for the Community Barter Network and Pillsbury House's volunteer program. I also filed the paper forms for the second quarter of 2004. (And how fast is your organization advancing toward the paperless office?)

***Peach-flavored cod liver oil does not work. (It was a free sample.)
'....It is one thing to know that a [Congressional] district is "agricultural" and that "the farmers are worried about the drought;" it is another thing to find yourself unable to place campaign cards under car windshield wipers that have been glued to the windshield by inches of caked dust. It is one thing to know that a district is "inner city" that that "the people there feel powerless;" but it is another thing to scrape your car axle on cratered, unpaved streets in the heart of one of America's largest cities. It is one thing to consult a map and note that one of the two districts you are about to visit is "small" and the other is "large;" it is another thing to sit in a strategy meeting in the first district where it is concluded that three billboards will capture all the traffic in the district, and then go to the second district to spend one whole day driving to a town of 2500 people.' Richard E. Fenno, Jr. Home Style: House Members in Their Districts. Scott Foresman 1978/Harper Collins. p. 291.
Writing: daily exercise -- Done.

"Well Met, Well Met, My Own True Love" -- I did some tinkering with words, and thought that was all I was going to manage today.

Then I had a phone conversation with Nate Bucklin. After which I went back into the story using a different text editor. This time, I changed one scene from zero draft to first draft; and fleshed out a bit which is still in zero draft.

"They Might Be Windmills" -- turned some notes into dialog.

Part of what this one is about, from early notes: "You read the police report in your local paper: So many cars stolen, about half left running and with the keys in the ignition. So many people who dropped packages of drugs when they saw the police coming. Another homo superior conspiracy broken up; as usual, those members old enough to be tried as adults were charged with misdemeanors, the rest fed into the juvenile justice system."

"History Line" --

"Port Useless" --
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