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Sunday, October 11, 2009


this afternoon, i'm off to nedlands to attend what janty is tendering --- a 'middle-aged woman's party' (MAWP). and while my friends say i'm too young (-looking! naks!) to attend such party, i beg to disagree. first, i'm 38 and if i'm expected to live until age 74, i'm halfway past the middle mark by 0.0135. and if i'm expected to live a little later until 76, then i'm just about qualified. so, what we look forward to tonight, other than food? will there be men around? what do women in a MAWP talk about if not our children, or our husbands, or our careers, or our studies, in particular. will obama come into the picture and why he undeservedly won the nobel? will we talk about age-defying and age-retarding creams and lotions, and potions? how will the wine taste like over conversations of women bringing gray hairs, wrinkles, and memories to a party?

Thanks to Michael Pemberton of

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