The Zarezadeh File

My life from teen to thirtysomething


"X-Men: First Class"
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During one of more dramatic scenes in the movie, as Charles Xavier tells Erik Lehnsherr, "You are not alone," Mel bumps me with her elbow and points an open bag of Fritos toward my face. Utterly, modernly charming.
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Upthegrove's Noose
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A reader's response to a white supremacist getting three years' prison for mailing a noose to Lima NAACP president Jason Upthegrove. It begins with a quotation from Upthegrove:

" These despicable acts are attempts to destroy the people and their families who lived through these horrors"....Tell us uppittygrove exactly what "horrors" you've lived through that makes you an expert on sensitivity??? I mean other than late notices, collection letters and foreclosure notices....or are those the "horrors" that the noose reminds you of that you have suffered??

People, the 13th Amendment was ratified only 145 years ago. The Civil Rights Act was 46 years ago. Give the black community a little time to heal.

From "The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid"
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"That's the way of the world, of course. Possessions get discarded. Life moves on. But I often think what a shame it is that we didn't keep the things that made us different and special and attractive in the fifties. Imagine those palatial downtown movie theaters with their vast screens and Egyptian decor, but thrillingly enlivened with Dolby sound and slick computer graphics. Now that would be magic. Imagine having all of public life - offices, stores, restaurants, entertainments - conveniently clustered in the heart of the city and experiencing fresh air and daylight each time you moved from one to another. Imagine having a cafeteria with atomic toilets, a celebrated tea room that gave away gifts to young customers, a clothing store with a grand staircase and a mezzanine, a Kiddie Coral where you could read comics to your heart's content. Imagine having a city full of things that no other city had.
What a wonderful world that would be. What a wonderful world it was. We won't see its like again, I'm afraid."

Beer Barrel Pizza
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Beer Barrel Pizza
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Fried pickles

Nazi mixup
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On Monday, while scouring The Ohio Book Store for a choice read, I found "Wermacht," a visual history of the German army during World War II. Knowing my co-worker Tyrel was a WWII buff and collector, I scanned the price, determined it was a good buy and delivered it to his desk the next day.

He looked perplexed by my gift, but Tyrel was talking with his editor, and I was on my way to a meeting, so we didn't discuss.

While in the meeting, I discovered my headline on Tyrel's story from two days before (published on my one day off while Tyrel was in the building and I was out of town) upset a few readers. They had been calling and complaining to him, because readers understandably confuse the story author and headline writer.

The story was about inmates working for the county (washing cars, cleaning) to possibly reduce their sentences. My headline: "Work will set you free."

If you haven't smacked your forehead yet, know that "Work will set you free" in German is "Arbeit macht frei," the words infamously posted at the Auschwitz concentration camp. I imagine the book must have seemed like cyanide icing on the cake.

Nice one, KZ.

Skyline
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Skyline
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Taco Tuesday
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Taco Tuesday

The Lickity Split
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FW: Left on my desk by J.D.
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FW: Left on my desk by J.D.
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I'd hate to see the one NOT sized for airplane travel
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