Saturday, January 31, 2004

Literature Abuse: America's Hidden Problem


How many of these apply to you?

1. I have read fiction when I was depressed, or to cheer myself up.

2. I have gone on reading binges of an entire book or more in a day.

3. I read rapidly, often 'gulping' chapters.

4. I have sometimes read early in the morning or before work.

5. I have hidden books in different places to sneak a chapter without

being seen.

6. Sometimes I avoid friends or family obligations in order to read


7. Sometimes I re-write film or television dialog as the characters


8. I am unable to enjoy myself with others unless there is a book


9. At a party, I will often slip off unnoticed to read.

10. Reading has made me seek haunts and companions that I would

otherwise avoid.

11. I have neglected personal hygiene or household chores until I have

finished a novel.

12. I have spent money meant for necessities on books instead.

13. I have attempted to check out more library books than permitted.

14. Most of my friends are heavy fiction readers.

15. I have sometimes passed out from a night of heavy reading.

16. I have suffered 'blackouts' or memory loss from a bout of reading.

17. I have wept, become angry or irrational because of something I read.

18. I have sometimes wished I did not read so much.

19. Sometimes I think my reading is out of control.

Read more about this tragic syndrome...

Thursday, January 29, 2004

Looks like my Mom may have had some trouble this week. I'll have to give her a call and find out more.

Nearly 50,000 residents in the tri-county area are still without power following the winter weather that hammered South Carolina on Sunday and Monday, and regional power companies say the outages could continue until Friday.

Starting early Sunday and continuing through Monday, freezing rain glazed trees with a thick coat of ice. As overburdened limbs snapped and fell to the ground, power lines were broken, leaving tens of thousands of residents in the dark.

In Sumter, Lee and Clarendon counties 49,610 customers of the three regional power companies were without electricity Tuesday afternoon. Even with contract crews and out-of-state work teams brought in to repair the damage, representatives said residents might have to wait until at least Thursday for a return to normalcy.

“It’s the hardest this system has been hit since Hugo,” Sherri Woodward of Black River Electrical Cooperative said.