December 2nd, 2012

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Sunday so far

There hasn't been much of Sunday yet for me.  The past two nights I've been up until 5:00 a.m. and slept until 1:00 p.m.  That's not what I want at all.  I got tired around 12:30 or 1:00 a.m. last night, and lay down at 1:30 a.m., at which point I was wide awake.  I lay there for quite some time, then got up and was on the computer for a while.  At 4:30 I had a late snack, and a glass of white zinfandel.  I was able to go to sleep after that, but woke up very headachy.

It's damp out, but not that cold.  I checked on 'Duchesse de Brabant'.  I knew the center bud of three had been eaten.  The two side buds had been as well.  This is when I wish for a deerhound.  I'm trying to think what kind of dog was specifically bred to hunt rabbits.  There aren't any specifically for groundhogs, though a dachshund might do all right.  I'm not sure if rabbits are thought of as game animals, but I don't think so.  I think of them more as vermin.  I wonder if a ferret would do for rabbits.  It would work out really well if we had weasels.  Perhaps we could introduce a pair.

None of that is actually going to happen.  It's just wishful thinking on my part.  I just keep in mind what certain dog breeds were meant to do.  I don't think there should still be bull baiting, or bear baiting, or dog fighting.  This area used to be a big fox-hunting area, before it got so developed.  I'm not sure now how I feel about fox-hunting.  Foxes eat mice and rabbits.  I have strong feelings about the huge overpopulation of white-tailed deer in the suburbs of Philadelphia.  It's a big problem here.  I am all for getting rid of them.  I don't believe shooting bucks really works in the long run, because one buck can have a harem (or whatever it's called) of does.  That doesn't do anything for the overpopulation.  Perhaps if hunters were allowed to hunt does, too, it would help.  I'm sure I don't understand the ramifications.  People with a lot more information than I have have been studying the problem for many years.  There's not a lot that I believe I agree on with the majority of men in the county, but I agree there should be deer hunting.  If there were still natural predators for deer in the area I would feel differently.

Later: A. and I talked for over an hour.  He told me about his clubbing adventures, and I told him about what I'm reading online.  I need to get out more.
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rambling about English language

I saw parts of a Tumblr discussion of use of African-American Vernacular English and appropriation.  I have to watch that I don't slide into it if I'm talking with a couple of people or a group speaking AAVE.  I've been called on it, too.  I remember especially a time years ago, when someone said to me, "Listen to that accent you got going."  I realized then what I was doing.  That was long before I knew there was such a thing as Tumblr.  Later I did some independent reading on AAVE, when I was volunteering at a city high school where just about all the students had it as a first dialect.  I still have a couple of books from that time, John R. Rickford's African American Vernacular English: Features, Evolution, Educational Implications and African American English: A Linguistic Introduction, a textbook by Lisa J. Green.  I'm trying to remember what other books I read.  I think at least one by John Baugh.  I found those books very interesting and enlightening.  Even with some awareness, there are still words and phrases I don't realize are appropriative.

I figure that if I get corrected, I should take it to heart.  It's much harder to change my thinking on appropriation than it is to change what I say.  It's difficult for me to frame saying the wrong things as other than "being ignorant," although when I use it mentally there's something of an excuse in there along with the judgment.  I have a consciousness of the different definitions, too.  I keep revising what I'm writing, and any way I put that particular mindframe, it sounds awful.  I think I'm better than I was, but I need to actively work on being better than I am now.  Knowing two dialects doesn't mean I should speak both, even if I think both.