I’m so pleased to report that Laurie Kahn’s Love Between the Covers project met its $50,000 goal this morning. But you still have four days to become a backer, and pledges of any amount are welcome. Under the Kickstarter system, someone raising money sets a minimum goal and an end date, in this case $50,000 and midnight on Monday (August 27). If the minimum goal isn’t met by the closing date, no one’s credit card is charged, and no money changes hands. If the goal is met, fundraising continues until the end date. So it’s not too late to join in.
Maybe love has something to do with an odd phenomenon I’ve noticed the last couple of weeks at work, but I have yet to invent a story to explain it. Every afternoon lately, around four o’clock, a car has parked in front of the Scorekeeper or next door, in one of the few parking places available on the street. Same car, same Latino couple in it, she’s driving, he’s in the passenger seat. They sit there, motor running, for fifteen or twenty minutes. Then they get out of the car, trade places, and drive away. On several occasions they’ve arrived while I was on my daily trip to the post office, forcing me to park two or three houses down the street, only to disappear by the time I get back to my desk. What the heck are they up to?
I’m still on the fence about Twitter. I’m not sure I want to know that much about other people’s daily lives, but on the other hand I’ve followed links to some interesting, and occasionally hilarious, web sites. Try this wacky list of bedroom tips inspired by a certain notorious trilogy: Ten Shades of Stupid. Or this excellent analysis of changes in the publishing industry: Publishing Is Broken. So far I’ve pretty much kept up with the flow, since I’m at my computer much of the day, but when I look at profiles of folks who are following hundreds, or even thousands, of Twitter acounts, I have to wonder when they have time to do anything else.
Seen this afternoon on Highway 59 in downtown Houston, on the back of a pick up truck filled with furniture and boxes, a bumper sticker reading TEXAS : the balls of America. Look at a map. Then think about . . . Florida.