Yes, it's true: we bowled at Hoe Bowl on the Hill
in Kingston, NY. It was Leroy versus Midge in a comical display of poor bowling talent. The eighth graders next to us rolled strikes and spares with under-the-leg and behind the back moves that would make a Globetrotter seethe with envy, and we were in lane 1, Gutter Ball Central. But, hell, it is a fun game. And, oh yeah, I won. Match 1: Leroy 101, Midge 76. Match 2: Leroy 124, Midge 96. Match three: Leroy 130, Midge 54. Midge really took a turn to the south in the third match and by the fourth game of the third match Leroy too was fully of the gutter. Perhaps it was the fries that killed our games. But an hour and a half of family fun for less than thirty dollars? Where else does that happen but at the Hoe Bowl on the Hill?
In response to Lara's post: I'm a big fan of the movie of my book Jarhead. It only took a few scenes for me to be over the weirdness of Jake playing me. Yes, it was supremely weird, but it was a movie. My abs are much tighter.
And lisa_emily: It's my understanding that Bertolucci read the book while he adapted it, but when he went to the studio with the pitch he hadn't yet read it. Yes, seems crazy to me.
Reading Peter Orner's The Second Coming of Mavala Shikongo. A truly evocative rendering of life in Africa. I'm reading with Peter and Stephen Elliott in San Francisco Thursday night at the Edinburgh Castle Pub, a great venue for books and drinks.
I just found out that my flight to San Francisco leaves JFK at 7am. That means I have to wake up at 4:30. I haven't woken up at 4:30 since I was in the Marine Corps. Perhaps my publicist has joined the Marine Corps. Kate?
It's a lovely day in Manhattan but I plan to spend it indoors reading and maybe later I'll go to the gym. And I have a reading tonight in the city.
At 9pm Bush will give his new strategy outline for Iraq. As opposed as I was to the war at the start, and am still troubled by the deaths on all sides and the escalation of the secular violence, I do think that if the generals call for more troops they should be given them. To leave now would cause an even deadlier outcome in the future. So many failures can be attributed to Bush policy, especially the way the administration played down the complexities of post-war Iraq, but to leave now, when the Iraqi's have no security apparatus to speak of, would surely cause further destruction to the country and also threaten the stability of the region. The military should be given until the end of 2007 to make substantial changes in the security of the country and to properly train Iraqi forces.