John Melançon

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It was Roger Miller's Dang Me

"out all night and running wild,
woman sitting home with a month-old child"

that got me talking to Dad directly again.

A song I am almost certain he had song along to.

Being dead he can't answer, but at least I feel capable of directing the questions to the source.

Influences

For the new-forming Radical Research Collective, we asked ourselves to share our influences (and the project we want to work on). Here's my attempt.

Influences

Number one largest influence on my understanding of the economy and some other aspects of society:

Jane Jacobs.
I read her in books, though some essays are online (some bad links) http://www.preservenet.com/theory/Jacobs.html
Most usefully http://www.preservenet.com/theory/Jacobsbiox.html

Rich grandchildren

Mom was thinking about Cassidy, and how he needs to see some of his neighbors' homes. When he was here, he asked her where the downstairs bathroom was.

"You don't have any?"

Dad would not be happy. Middle-class children were bad enough.

Fasting for Dad's yahrtzeit

A little return of the anger at the world and whomever may make a claim to run it (naturally, unnaturally, or supernaturally) for taking away someone who absolutely wanted to live, but mostly, I am all right.

Dad never taught me to shave or do a lot of other things that are probably considered expected fatherly duties, but he gave me education and a reason for being that are much more valuable.

And definitely a part of me is telling the Celtics to get their act together and beat L.A. It's the least they can do in tribute to a lifelong fan.

Jews in Connecticut Back Obama

See Dad? I told you Lieberman's win as an Independent (Republican) wasn't Jews' fault!

At least current exit poll demographic data suggests that Connecticut Jews may have voted against the sanctimonious sellout in 2006. From the Forward, hat tip to Al Giordano:

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