January 25th, 2006


Books 2006: Citizen Girl

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After the more-serious-than expected Roadside Religion and the suckier-than-expected 1602: New World, I decided my next book would have to be something light and frothy and enjoyable. I mentally reviewed my list of books I plan to read this year and gave due consideration to a couple of them, but ultimately I fell back on a book I first thought about reading way back in March: Citizen Girl. I'm not sure why I never got around to reading it at the time, but I'm sure there's a perfectly logical explanation.

Citizen Girl turned out to be not quite as light and frothy as I thought it would be — it turned out to be a rather sophisticated satire on feminism and corporate politics — but it was exceedingly enjoyable and very funny. Plus, it was a nice change of pace to read a novel featuring a twenty-something female protagonist who didn't make me feel like smacking her upside the head (cf. Mountain Betty, Getting Over Jack Wagner). I appreciated her ability to adapt to her situation and succeed in an ill-defined and constantly changing job without whining excessively about. Yeah, she was kind of needy, and I think she treated her boyfriend a little unfairly, but I didn't feel that her flaws overwhelmed the character. Indeed, they make her seem like, well, a real person. That in itself makes Citizen Girl a welcome change from a lot of books I've read; that it's also funny and smart makes it a real treasure.

See all the books I've read this year

10-K, 10-B

Ten random things: January 25

Ten special interest license plates available in the Commonwealth of Virginia:

  1. World War II Veteran
  2. Greyhound Adoption
  3. Georgia Tech
  4. Naval Reserve
  5. Chesapeake Bay
  6. Parrotheads
  7. Dabney S. Lancaster Community College
  8. Disabled Veteran
  9. Family/Children Fund - Heart
  10. Longwood University

I think it entirely unjust that Cornell College is not among the twenty out-of-state colleges for which special interest license plates are available here in Virginia. Granted, there probably aren't very many Cornell College alums here in Virginia, but I'll bet a higher percentage of them would get Cornell College plates than Northern Virginia Community College alums get NoVa plates. (I've lived in Northern Virginia for almost ten years, and I've never seen one in the wild.)

I think that some day in the future, Virginia will introduce entirely personalized plates. You'll be able to submit your own artwork or photograph for reproduction on a license plate, just like these guys do for personal checks. Given the huge number (approximately 180) of special interest plates available in Virginia, I'm a little surprised you can't do so now.