February 6, 2008


Bilbo Baggins: Today is my 111th birthday! Alas, eleventy-one years is far too short a time to live among such excellent and admirable hobbits. I don’t know half of you half as well as I should like, and I like less than half of you half as well as you deserve.

Facebook announces your birthday to all of your friends, and considering the amount of well-wishes from friends, semi-friends and acquaintances, I feel the last sentence is somewhat pertinent.

It's my birthday!

Kari's coming in today to visit me, I'm leaving soon to pick her up and we're going to go rock out to the Spice Girls tonight! Lots of fun.

Before she got here, I wanted to make sure I got all of my work done. I have to summarize/lead discussion on a book and article for my class tomorrow, so I just have to finish two more chapters (just a couple of points from each), so it's not too much work. The book is called Authentic Fakes, or the integration of popular culture and religion - like how baseball, Coke and rock and roll have religious aspects to them, or are considered by some to be almost religious like. It's pretty interesting. There's a fascinating chapter on Reagan's use of sacrificial rhetoric in his national and foreign policy in conjuncture with Jim Jones' sacrificial language in getting his followers to commit mass suicide. Very interesting. The article I have to discuss is about the religious/spiritual aspects of Oprah's "empire," how she promotes spiritual/religious use of buying, writing and reading - buying as self-improvement, journaling and her book club as an interpretation of self-improvement. Also very interesting. I can pass along information on either of those, if anyone is interested in a little extra reading.

Anyway, I should get ready to leave to get Kari. Whoo! Exciting.

1 comment:

CarbonDate said...

Happy Birthday, Lindsay. I turn 30 in May, but I still feel a bit like Bilbo, not knowing the Bachers half as well as I should like.

Take care.