Thursday January 27, 2005 at 11:19 pm

Dear Abby,

My husband has a long record of money problems. He runs up huge credit card
bills and at the end of the month, if I try to pay them off, he shouts at
me, saying I am stealing his money. He says pay the minimum and let our
kids worry about the rest, but already we can hardly keep up with the

Also he has been so arrogant and abusive toward our neighbors that most of
them no longer speak to us. The few that do are an odd bunch, to whom he
has been giving a lot of expensive gifts, running up our bills even more.

Also, he has gotten religious in a big way, although I don’t quite
understand it. One week he hangs out with Catholics and the next with people
who say the Pope is the Anti-Christ.

And now he has been going to the gym an awful lot and is into wearing
uniforms and cowboy outfits, and I hate to think what that means.

Finally, the last straw. He’s demanding that before anyone can be in the
same room with him, they must sign a loyalty oath. It’s just so horribly
creepy! Can you help?

Signed, Lost in DC
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Dear Lost,

Stop whining, Laura. You can divorce the jerk any time you want.
The rest of us are stuck with him for four more years.

Wednesday January 26, 2005 at 12:33 am

NADD version

Carla Holden graces Sunnyvale with a house concert.
RSVP. Suggested donation: $10
Thursday, February 10, 2004. 8 p.m. Sharp.
Sunnyvale, California 94085

What’s going on

We’re celebrating the 10th house concert at my place the right way: Carla Holden plays the 10th of February. It promises to be a very special Thursday.

In addition to great music, interesting people and homemade baked goods (yes, from scratch, you’ve been missing out), I’ll be giving away some nifty schwag to celebrate.

Just RSVP. And show up, of course.

About Carla Holden

It was sheer luck (and good traffic) that introduced me to the music of Carla Holden. You, on the other hand, don’t need smooth sailing on the I-5 to make it to this show.

A rare native Californian, Carla attended school in Jamaica. Then she really went to school in the talent-rich clubs of New York City. After returning home to LA, she put her new-found chops to use on Wake Up and Love Me. Her debut disc meshes lyrics that range from angry to vulnerable with a mix of scat, beatboxing, driving percussion and crunchy guitars.

Carla’s hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. She’s picked up a pair of awards from ASCAP, heard her music on MTV and snagged DJ Dangermouse (The Grey Album) to produce her next disc.

Check out Carla’s new band’s web site and hear clips from Wake Up and Love Me.

A bonus: advance notice

For reading this far, you get a prize: the details of March’s show. Award-winning singer-songwriter Adrianne will be playing on Saturday, March 5.

Sunday January 23, 2005 at 11:45 am

Security test gone awry:

Police slipped some plastic explosives into a random passenger’s suitcase as part of a test of sniffer dogs.  Four days later, the explosives were still missing.


It’s perfectly reasonable to plant an explosive-filled suitcase in an airport in order to test security.  It is not okay to plant it in someone’s bag without his knowledge and permission.  (The explosive residue could remain on the suitcase long after the test, and might be picked up by one of those trace mass spectrometers that detects the chemical residue associated with bombs.)  But if you are going to plant plastic explosives in the suitcase of some innocent passenger, shouldn’t you at least write down which suitcase it was?