Living Large in the Big House →
If Madoff gets medium security, says Webster, “He will be assaulted, there’s no doubt about that.” It’s that much of a certainty? “God, yes. Oh, God, yes.”
Letitia Baldridge: So you’re writing him a letter on good stationery?
Me: Um, I’m typing it.
Letitia Baldridge: Well, that's all right, but is it on good paper?
Me: I’ll, uh, find some.
Letitia Baldridge: Something that he’d be proud to look at, and finger, and hold, and show to other people? It shows that he has intelligent, high-class friends.
--Jackie O's social secretary to me, yesterday, on what paper stock to use when writing someone in prison
Newsweek Reporter Arrested Without Charge in Iran →
Among the dozens of people arrested overnight in Tehran was NEWSWEEK reporter Maziar Bahari, who has covered Iran for the magazine for over a decade. Bahari was home asleep at 7 a.m. when several security officers showed up at his Tehran apartment. According to his mother, who lives with the 41-year-old reporter and documentary filmmaker, the men did not identify themselves. They seized...
Spread: A spread is a meal prepared by a group of inmates. A trash bag is usually filled with 4 to 5 Ramen Noodles packages, diced summer sausages, dehydrated refried beans, beef or chicken sometimes stolen by the kitchen workers, Louisiana Hot Sauce, and whatever else the group might prefer. Boiling water is then added to the mixture and the trash bag is tied closed and encased in newspaper to...
I have been saying this forever, and now someone said it funny.
Heard: Staple v. Paperclip Let me set the scene. A Legislative Assistant, a Deputy Chief of Staff, and a Chief of Staff go into the Chief’s office for a closed-door meeting on an important topic. In the middle of this very important meeting, the door opens, without a knock, and in comes an intern. “Does (Congressman’s FIRST name) like his speeches stapled or paper-clipped?” I’ve never to...
DC Summer Interns blog →
Spotted: Senate Office Building Security Line Two female interns were waiting outside a Senate Office Building in security line. They were using the sunlight to check themselves for hickies. Their male colleague was watching and was very uncomfortable. … Heard: Senate Office Building Basement Intern 1: Shouting halfway down the hall, “Yo, brah, are there any open bar receptions...
Things I Have Described as "So Real" in the Last...
A banh mi sandwich Sean Connery’s funeral pyre in “First Knight” The fact that I finally have caller ID at work now