Wednesday, September 07, 2005
Special Guest Wednesday
Today's guest is the beautiful and talented Karma. And fellas, I have her picture (right.) No, that's Janis Joplin, dummy, the pretty one with the serious expression at top is Karma. Jeez.
Karma has defined:
Attire, n. For women, an ornamental covering worn with the objective of becoming so attractive to men as to induce them to remove the same.
Attire, p. For men, a balled-up mess in the back of the cupboard that nonetheless suffices, when worn, in guarding them against the vagaries of weather.
* Not to be confused with a rubbery product made by Goodyear
About Karma: Karma works as an executive in corporate communications for a well-known information technology company and lives in Mumbai, India. She worked for a long time as a creative director in advertizing and is a professional writer and artist. She is the divorced mother of a grown, professional son and Waking Ambrose. Based on her website (and the picture above isn't exactly exculpatory) she's lived a rich life as the kind of free-spirit all admire and most envy.
Her weblog, My Karma Just Ran Over Your Dogma offers Karma's insight on Indian places, the Vedas, fashion, food, popular culture and nekkid boy-band singers. Anyone reading this who has known me for a long time and wonders why that would interest me needs to read Karma's writing. Karma is a poet, flirt, a historian and a vamp and a critic and a comic and a flirt and a flirt. She excels as all seven. Hers was the first site I ever felt compelled to leave a comment on.
OK, now back to me: As I mentioned, my commenting career started on Karma's site. One day, after I'd started reading and commenting regularly, another commenter left a nasty message for Karma on her site and she responded with a cussword I'd never seen before and admired. On February 28, a day that will live in modest infamy, as a response to my inquiry, she wrote her understanding of the history, meaning and usage of that word (Language advisory.) Her post, and the conversation that followed reminded me of Ambrose Bierce's The Devil's Dictionary and that night, Waking Ambrose was born.
One thing that shouldn't be left out of a discussion about Karma's site is that a very diverse and charming collection of people gather and comment there. Karma's site is well worth reading on the face, but if you skip the comments you're missing a lot. Enjoy.