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November 15, 2005

cellphone bandits and borrowers

Filed under: pre-06-2006 — David Giacalone @ 3:13 pm

One of the best things about visiting Washington, D.C., last week,

was having a print version of the Post in my hands every day.  Just

as it impressed me with its comprehensiveness and attitude when

I arrived in D.C. to attend college in 1967 (as compared with the

Rochester [NY] Democrat & Chronicle), and bonded with me during

the Whitewater years, the Post has spoiled me again for my current

hometown rag, the Schenectady [NY] Gazette, as it had when I moved

here in 1988.  (Note, though, that many of my D.C. friends believe WaPo

is not sufficiently aggressive investigating George W. Bush.)




An odd local story in the Washington Post (and on all the tv news shows)

last week was the tale of the cell-phoning bank robber — a young woman

who recently robbed four banks in the Northern Virginia suburbs, and

appeared to be talking on a cell phone during three of the robberies, as

she showed each teller a box with a holdup note attached to it. 


into the night

we talk of human cloning





Well, the news today is that the alleged perp — 19-year old Candice   cellphoneBandit

R. Martinez, originally of Sante Fe, NM, — was arrested without incident

this morning in Centreville, VA. (“Alleged ‘Cell phone Bandit’ arrested,”  

Nov. 15, 2005)   The cell-phone-phobic Prof. Yabut can’t wait to learn

whether Ms. Martinez was actually holding a conversation during the

robberies and, if so, whether the person on the other end of the call is

considered an accomplice.  Maybe Ken or Mike will offer an opinion.



Another highlight of my visit to D.C. was getting acquainted with good

friends of some of my best friends.  On Sunday, we had a late and long

brunch along the Potomac River in Georgetown.   It gave me a chance,

for example and purely serendiptiously,  to get to know a Georgetown U.

classmate who I had really only known from afar — Adele Deas Tobin


clay on the wheel I confess my faith


Adele was only in town for the weekend, and has a pottery studio at her

home on Sullivan’s Island, SC.  She and her husband, Tom, sing and play

their guitars every weekend at local clubs. Let’s be frank: in my estimation,

her lifestyle beats lawyering any day.


adeleLighthouse orig.   Adele inspired this senryu:

she’ll never

own a cell phone!

she borrows mine



        dagosan [Nov. 15, 2005]

Seeing old friends also gave me a fairly captive audience for my work

as haiku advocate and missionary.  Most were willing to sit through my

condemnation of a strict 5 – 7 – 5- syllable rule one time, but tended to

balk if a new audience got me going again.   If you need the lecture,

please go here.  Those who insist on the 5 – 7- 5 Rule, might want

to check out How to Write Bad Poetry (from The Guide to Everything,

June 25, 2001), which notes:

“The haiku deserves special consideration, not only because

it is a short, meaningful type of Japanese poetry, but because

it is so easy to do badly. While traditional haiku has all sorts

of elements that provide atmosphere, yours need only follow

the syllable rule. Your first line should have five syllables, the

second seven, and the third five again. As long as you have

most of your fingers intact, this should not cause a problem:

I like bees, they’re so
Yellow and black, and yellow
And black and yellow

Thanks to the Guide, I now know what a Clerihew is.  (Of course,

George already knew.)



tiny check  I bet Adele and Peggy (who’s a native of

Summerville, SC) would enjoy getting together.


brief visit
peony open
to its heart



amber light
creased in a roadmap
a place we’ve been





recycling –
before he grinds the stump
he counts the rings






p.s.   Be the first on your block to see the newest edition of

the Simply Haiku Journal, which hit the internet today.  You

will find its usual array of Japanese-style shortform poetry —

haiku, senryu, haibun, haiga, renku, etc. — along with essays

and interviews. Simply Haiku (Vol. 3, No. 4, Winter 2005)  f/k/a

are represented, and can be found by clicking on this Content

link.  [dagosan says, “click here first”]


                                                                                                                        phone old


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