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March 9th, 2007
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When I went to Naka-Kon I somehow managed to fail to pack my toothbrush. I am unsure how I managed this, as I got all the toiletries from AROUND the toothbrush. But this lack could not stand for long and I made a stop at a nearby store for a new toothbrush. And I got an electric toothbrush, for the first time ever. I had been resisting them as pointless gadgetry, but decided to finally give one a try. Why not? They just aren't that expensive.


Boy was I wrong about the 'pointless gadgetry' idea. The backsides of my front teeth haven't been this clean in.... a long time (since my last dentist visit, I am thinking). Conventional toothbrushes just can't get into the concave surfaces well at all, but these little electric ones... I don't think I will be going back to conventional toothbrushes.


Changing the subject:

I recently re-read Rose Daughter by Robin McKinley. (She wrote Beauty: a retelling of Beauty and the Beast 20 years before. They both cleave closely to the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale, but manage to be different stories.) I vaguely remember being disappointed the first time I read it, but can't for the life of me figure out why. I really enjoyed reading it this time. Hopefully, Ms. McKinley will feel the need to rewrite the story AGAIN in about 10 years (it's been 10 years since Rose Daughter came out) and I won't take 10 more years to appreciate it.

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From:akaashben
Date:March 9th, 2007 08:32 pm (UTC)
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Which toothbrush did you buy? I have tended to agree with your first statement about them being pointless gadgetry (with the exception of the expensive ones like Sonicare, which I owned at one point).
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From:solan_t
Date:March 9th, 2007 08:36 pm (UTC)
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I will have to check when I get home.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 9th, 2007 10:47 pm (UTC)
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It's an Oral-B "Crossaction". The back part isn't all that useful, but the round head makes up for that.
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From:tessagratton
Date:March 9th, 2007 09:02 pm (UTC)
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I adore Rose Daughter, and Beauty was the first fantasy novel I ever read. One could say that McKinley made me the writer I am today.

And actually, I think I appreciate Rose Daughter more. Oh, god, I might have to read them again to decide. The horror.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 9th, 2007 09:05 pm (UTC)
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Horror, indeed. Someone on my Flist mentioned Rose Daughter recently and that's why *I* just reread it. LOL. Beauty I had re-read recently enough not to feel an overwhelming need to read again.... at least... at the time.....


NO! NONONONO! I must work on the costume. I can NOT find other things to distract me!
From:the_themiscyran
Date:March 9th, 2007 09:13 pm (UTC)
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I love McKinley's original re-telling of B&B. And I appreciate the perspective of "Rose Daughter", as I can see how her view of the tale has changed as she herself has gotten older. The whole 'you fall in love with the beast, why do you need him replaced by a prince?' aspect that corrects one of the 'flaws' of the orginal story definitely interests me. But I was also disapointed the first time I read RD for two reasons; 1) The re-make syndrome. Kind of a visceral it was great the first time why do it over?! response, coupled with 2) Overexposure to her work. I read most everything she had out at the time within a 2 year time frame, and it became really obvious that she only has about three stories that she tells over and over again, so when RD came out as new, it really wasn't. I learned my lesson, and now don't re-read more than one of her books in any given 5-year period. So far, the only two I've actually gone out of my way to own are "Beauty" and "Deerskin".
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From:solan_t
Date:March 9th, 2007 09:19 pm (UTC)
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I think I would have to read the same story over and over more times than McKinley has books (that I know of...) before I would get tired of them. It HAS happened, but it was a formulaic Regency romance writer that managed it.
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From:solan_t
Date:March 9th, 2007 10:45 pm (UTC)
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I love Sunshine although she seems to have developed some cool characters in an interesting world... and then stopped. That's a little frustrating.
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Date:March 10th, 2007 04:43 am (UTC)

Speaking of Beauty

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(besides you, of course, o sweet minion o' mine) . . .

I posted this to KDL, but wanted to make sure you knew about it.

The Tivoli Theatre in Westport will be showing Jean Cocteau's classic film "La Belle et la Bête" for FREE on Tuesday, April 2 at 7p. Tickets are first come, first served* and will be distributed at the box office one hour before the show. If you haven't seen this film, you definitely need to.

jm

*At last, a benefit to premature jocularity!

It's just an amazing film, especially for the time. If you want us to grab you a ticket, just let me know

Dr Paisley
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