Tuesday, July 27, 2004

Sightings from my alert readers...

All two of them. ;)

This one comes from Curtis at Singing Loudly:

From The Effect of Living Backwards by Heidi Julavits, copyright 2003.

In Chapter one the narrator and her sister are in a plane talking about seducing a male flight attendant to see how long it takes him. One is betting the other that he is either to fast or too slow. The sister gets up to go back and give the married flight attendant "a hand."

"The man in row 27 regarded us irritably through the seat crack as I played with her rubber watch, beeping it idiotically in my attempt to set the timer to 00:00. Edith braided her hair over her left
shoulder, then cinched the split, hoary finale with the elastic she had gripped between her teeth. She tossed the braid over her shoulder and pressed her fingers on the cowlicked heaves by her crown."

And the second, from Jen (of all things)

MIAMI (AP) -- Retired but hardly slowing down, Ricky Williams is racking up mileage instead of yardage.

Frequent flyer Williams was in Los Angeles on Monday after a brief visit to Tokyo and may next be bound for Martha's Vineyard. It's all part of a whirlwind trip that became a retirement tour when Williams decided last week he was done with football and the Miami Dolphins at age 27.

Friday, July 16, 2004

VP 27

John Edwards has been married for 27 years.

Tuesday, July 06, 2004

Jasper Fforde and 27

There is an abundance of 27s in the Thursday Next series.

In the first book, Thursday is a Literary Detective for SpecOps 27.

(text reads Wordage is our business Grammar is our game.)

I know there were more that I came across while reading, before I started formally recording them, but I've just started The Well of Lost Plots and came across this line:

I had this idea for a bumper sticker: 'A unicorn isn't for page twenty-seven, it's for eternity.'

and here's another one, referring to the car Miss Havisham is driving:

It was the 27 liter Higham Special.

Doctoral 27

Jen's doctor brother, who just celebrated one year in practice, wrote in an email to her today:

Take a quick guess on how many patient visits i averaged per week for my first year--