lizhand (lizhand) wrote in theinferior4,

Reasons to be cheerful

Today's Guardian reports that, "According to a complex and largely nonsensical mathematical equation reckoning with such variables as weather, debt, and seasonal motivational levels, yesterday was officially the most depressing day of the year."  Whew!  The article goes on to list 25 other   factoids to lift the heart, including news that most of the 33 bikes stolen from Hayes Hawks BMX bike club of Hayes, Middlesex, have been returned ["police acting on a tip-off have now recovered all but six of the bikes. Nice work, snitches!"] and this, coming in at #22

"A 76-year-old Polish beekeeper, Jozef Guzy, collapsed while working, stopped breathing, went cold and was pronounced dead by a doctor, but just as they were sealing him in his coffin someone noticed he had a pulse. He was then rushed to hospital where doctors couldn't find anything wrong with him. Obviously, there's something terribly wrong with him, but it's still a nice story."

If you're still feeling bad, my review of Patti Smith's memoir, Just Kids, is up at the Washington Post:

I was surprised at how elegant and restrained this book was — no dirt here, but a lot of great stories.  Closest PS gets to mudslinging is re: her relationship with Blue Oyster Cult's Allen Lanier:  "This gentle, intelligent, and seemingly modest man had a lifestyle on the road that was ionconsistent with what I believed was our quiet bond.  Ultimately it destroyed our relationship, but not the respect I had for him, nor the gratitude I felt for the good he had done, as I stepped out into uncharted territory." 

Almost makes you want to reread Pamela Des Barres' fab groupie bio, I'm With the Band, or queue up for the forthcoming Runaways biopic ...

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