Monthly Archives: February 2005

Second adolescence

Copy­right 2005 Ben S. Pol­lock Fri­day, Feb. 25, 2005. The local paper ran a fea­ture photo this morn­ing of an old man play­ing pin-the-tail-on-the-donkey. I couldn’t tell what he thought of this; the blind­fold cov­ered most of his face. A pho­tog grab­bing this sort of shot is easy-pickin’s, just head to the com­mu­nity senior center. […]

Wascally wascals

Copy­right 2005 Ben S. Pol­lock Thurs­day, Feb. 17, 2005: From Wednesday’s Wall Street Jour­nal (while these quotes are com­plete, they are excerpts): “Hop­ing to breathe new life into its ani­mated Looney Tunes fran­chise and prop up the WB tele­vi­sion network’s slump­ing Kids’ WB line-up, Time Warner Inc.‘s Warner Bros. is plan­ning to launch a new […]

Multiple choice

Copy­right 2005 Ben S. Pol­lock Fri­day, Feb­ru­ary 11, 2005: One from Col­umn A and one from Col­umn B. Let’s play! ASSOCIATED PRESS — North Korea declared itself a de facto nuclear power Thurs­day, claim­ing in its strongest terms to date that it had “man­u­fac­tured nuclear weapons” to defend itself from the United States. ASSOCIATED PRESS — […]

Recipe for leadership

Copy­right 2005 Ben S. Pol­lock Sat­ur­day, Feb. 5, 2005. News item: Wal­ter Sheib, White House chef for over a decade, is resign­ing “to pur­sue other oppor­tu­ni­ties.” At a period when depart­ing Cab­i­net offi­cials are being replaced, amid alle­ga­tions about an admin­is­tra­tion cook­ing the books in intel­li­gence and Social Secu­rity, now Pres­i­dent Bush has to worry […]

Bowling in league

Copy­right 2005 Ben S. Pol­lock Fri­day, Feb. 4, 2005. Where was I? Friend­ship, before I got so full of myself. Friend­ship broadly and specif­i­cally. Now, as an adult, as a man, as an Amer­i­can. Mar­riage and. … Work and. … It’s a theme that could be devel­oped in occa­sional Bricks. I have no answers and […]

When it’s you, it’s still me

Copy­right 2005 Ben S. Pol­lock Thurs­day, Feb. 3, 2005. Friend­ship needs address­ing, maybe tomor­row. It’s not a reac­tion to a news item, either, like most Bricks. But it is a reac­tion, to how this sub­ject broadly came up in me, even though I don’t know. With this as the lat­est exam­ple, all writ­ing is reac­tion, reaction […]

Plug the spin, spin the plug

Copy­right 2005 Ben S. Pol­lock Wednes­day, Feb. 2, 2005. It seems fruit­less and self-serving to merely write stuff that’s a reac­tion to stuff. Stuff. Stuff. Stuff. Last month, I threw a Brick that Johnny Car­son in death deserves all the credit for tal­ent, longevity and know­ing when to leave the stage that he is getting […]