Jan 9, 2015 siduri commented on What It's Like Working for a Funeral Home.
Lovely piece of writing.
Jan 6, 2015 siduri commented on Which Of These 12 Michigan Meats Would You LEAST Like To Eat?.
It's a tough choice but I'm going with the homemade head cheese.

I bet the dip cheese-n-beef is legit delicious, though.
Dec 31, 2014 siduri commented on A Series of Regrets About The Stranger's Annual Regrets Issue.
Oh, Goldy's gone?
Sep 24, 2014 siduri commented on I Am Leaving The Stranger, Everybody!.
Oh no wait, that was Brendan Kiley. Well, he should probably get out too.
Sep 24, 2014 siduri commented on I Am Leaving The Stranger, Everybody!.
I'm glad you're leaving. Ever since you posted that dream you had it was achingly clear that you needed a change of career. I wish you luck and happiness.
Aug 13, 2014 siduri commented on SL Letter of the Day: Code Breakers.
LW: "Forty-year-old straight boy" is not a sexy intro. If you're not a man by 40, you might never get there -- and there are very few women who'll want to play Wendy to an overgrown Peter Pan as the twilight years approach.

My advice to you would be to stop "seeking" and start making meaning with whatever tools you've got to hand. Man up, as it were. Start adulting.

If you get your shit together to the point that you're able to convincingly portray a man rather than a boy, I bet a lot more interested women will appear in your life.
Jul 15, 2014 siduri commented on The Tuesday Morning News.
"Skip theme parks. Take your kids to the beach and swim."

Uh, except none of the incidents involved children visiting a park. And drowning is one of the most common causes of death in children.
Jun 25, 2014 siduri commented on In Which I Embarrass Myself By Asking Slog to Interpret a Dream.
Really? This dream is SO OBVIOUS. You want a new job.

Your subconscious wants out of the echo chamber of Liberal Media Issues (Kshama Sawant and the lecture hall full of drones trying to solve the New Yorker caption contest -- hilarious!). It feels "corralled" and it wants "new pastures."

That mangy, trapped horse looking at you reproachfully to say “Hey fucker, how come you let me languish in this shithole for so long?" That is your soul. That horse is your real ambition, everything you truly want out of life.

The baby horse represents your chance to start anew. Get in touch with your actual desires (hint: you want to be living a life that's way more grounded and 'real' than what you're doing now), grab those reins, and go for a ride.
Jun 25, 2014 siduri commented on Kim Jong-Un Calls New Seth Rogen and James Franco Movie an "Act of War".
Enh, we've gone to war on flimsier grounds. Let's do this thing, North Korea!
May 28, 2014 siduri commented on Let's Not Be Fatalistic About Prospects for Reparations.
I think a survivor's benefit should be paid to the heirs of slaves, probably equal to the benefit that's paid to families of soldiers who die in combat. Note that this doesn't mean everyone with African-American DNA gets an equal paycheck. It means that a settlement is paid *per individual slave*, and is distributed among that persons heirs' according to standard legal formula.

To things to note that most people don't quite understand:

1. There were far fewer slaves brought to the U.S. than most people think, fewer than 400,000 actually. (See http://www.pbs.org/wnet/african-american…) There were also, of course, those born into slavery whose heirs would also qualify for the survivors' benefit. But overall, we are talking about a number that's a lot smaller than most people imagine.

2. The time periods involved are not as great as we like to think. Americans usually comfortably imagine slavery as something that's lost to the mists of history. How could we possibly pay recompense for these people's lives when it all happened *so very long ago*? But in fact, you only have to go a couple generations back to identify people born into slavery. We are not talking about data that you need archaeologists to reconstruct. The historical record is there.

Yes, identifying the slaves and tracing their heirs would be a challenge, but it is by no means an *impossible* challenge. It would be a big information-management project, all right, mayyyybe comparable to Obamacare (but actually probably not that hard).

It is doable. And we *should* do it.