Not Exactly Rocket Science
Life, the Universe, and Donuts... Or, more appropriately: Life, Science, and Rants run amok....
Sunday, October 31, 2004
It's that time of year again......
My Election Rant (abbreviated)
I made a decision a couple of weeks ago, and I think that's why my head hasn't exploded yet.
I've been telling people here for months that I was voting for Tony Blair. Yes, it was partly a cop out, but also partly because I like his style. House of Commons on C-Span is one of my addictions. I probably know more about how HoC works than the US house in terms of rules and traditions...
But I digress. I knew that I was going to vote for President Bush, but I couldn't bring myself to say it in public until I read the last two lines of this post, and it all came into perspective.
I have been suffering from Halloween withdrawal. We lived in the country for 3 years and just moved back to town this summer. We suspect that there will be kids at our door for the first time in years (Yay!) We did a Jack O'Lantern and got lots of decorations for the porch, so we'll see.
Chapel Hill is famous all over the world for it's Franklin St. Halloween celebration. Put 75,000 + drunk people into a space about 4 city blocks long in costume and shake liberally. It is unbelievable. They start towing cars at 5 pm to make sure the streets are clear by 9. We went to campus this afternoon and they were already putting down the porta-potties.
For some pictures from last year's shindig click here. After yesterday's football madness (see below) , we're staying home. Not to mention that tomorrow is a school day for teachers who have to get up at 5:45.....
And how do we know she is a witch?
You are Sir Bedevere! Wise and creative, you are
able to counsel others as well as come up with
some really ingenious plans of attack...sort
Which Monty Python & the Holy Grail Character are you REALLY?
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From Tim the Enchanter, I mean Ben.
Obsessions are funny: a football post.
Chapel Hill has three major religions, and the largest denomination is basketball by far (then Baptist and Methodist). Tar Heel basketball is a thing to be bowed down to. Hell, the arena (The Dean Dome, or correctly, the Dean E. Smith Center) even looks like a church. When Matt Doherty was here, it was styled "The Chapel" and rabid student fans referred to themselves as disciples of the coach. Roy Williams is a god. Not really surprising from the home of Michael Jordan, Vince Carter, et al.
Tonight was one of the biggest wins in Tar Heel Football history. The heavily favored #3 Miami Hurricanes went down 31-28 after a last second field goal by a true freshman named Connor Barth. Both goalposts came down, and that, my friends, was only the beginning. For the last hour plus this town has been a bedlam of honking horns, screaming frat boys, and insane sirens. I live two miles from downtown, and I can hear it here.
You'd think the B-ballers beat Dook (yes, I spelled it right), although I haven't heard of any cars being overturned yet.......
I'm familiar with this kind of celebration. Darling Husband went to USC, and we've been to bowl games and the aftermath. But SC fans are already obsessed with football. I mean, some of them are the people who think OJ should stay out of jail even though they believe he is guilty, just because he won one of SC's Heisman Trophies. Most of the school's proudest traditions are steeped in football culture: The Trojan Marching Band, Traveler, Kicking the Flagpoles. They do this for football, but not basketball....
Which brings me to the point. It's almost as if this university actually likes the football team. If you were a casual observer from Mars, you'd have to conclude that football was important here.
Maybe they're just practicing for basketball season next month.....
Saturday, October 30, 2004
From Ben and Dean's World (individually) : Battle of the Hair Bands, or more appropriately, The Breck Girl and what a Cowboy thinks about hair products (wait for it).
From Kate via Jay Solo: Cat Bowling for Halloween!
And along a similar theme(from Dean) : Science rocks!
(I suspect Acidman loves these....)
Finally, also from Ben (via me, pre-blog): The Swearasaurus. You've gotta love anything that comes from a server named "insultmonger.com"....
You Awwr Woorf-wess Awec Bawdwin!
Last night my darling husband took me to see Team America: World Police. It was funnier than I expected, even after the excellent reviews here and here. Chapel Hill being the sort of town it is, people walked out before the end of the first scene (although I suspect they were just in the wrong theater). When people started arriving, I was worried that someone was going to get all huffy and make snide comments, given what the moonbats are saying all over the 'net.
I was pleasantly surprised. The only comment that was made (at the end of the show) was, "See, I told you they're equal opportunity bashers."
Needless to say, I loved it. There's no need to post a review, except to say it's not for the timid. If you're offended by super-duper bad language and gratuitous (if plaster) sex: stay far, far away. Two pieces of advice if you do go: 1.) Finish your drink and popcorn before the movie. Stop and visit the bathroom first too. 2.) Stay for all of the credits. The last song is pwice-wess.
I'll never think of dicks, pussies, or a**holes the same way again.
World's Dumbest Disneyland Ride
But also the most important ride you'll ever take.
We went to vote this morning. We had a really great plan, get up early, park in the one small free lot available for downtown, walk to Ye Olde Waffle Shoppe (pronounced Yee Ol-DEE Waff-LEE Shop-PEE in our house), have breakfast, and walk across the street to the planetarium on campus to vote. Figured we'd get out of there before the football madness starts (tonight is homecoming vs. Miami).
Not so fast.
Everything went according to plan until we left Y.O.W.S. and walked across the street. The scene that greeted us was more like Disneyland than the county board of elections. We stood in line for two hours for the privilege of not having to stand in line for two hours on Tuesday afternoon.
But the deed is done, and I have cast my ballot and made my choice. If the improbable happens, I reserve the right to say I told you so....
well I'm here
Hell has finally frozen over and the Devil is wrapped up tight in his new flannels. So many planets have aligned, and after much urging (you know who you are), here I be. After all that has happened this week, how could I not follow the signs that have been given to me?
A brief list, in no particular order:
- Red Sox break the Curse
- Lunar Eclipse
- The former "Governor Moonbeam" and I actually agree on an issue
- Plenty of free food on a non-stop Southwest flight (two actually)
Anyway, if you're reading this, either you love me, you know me because I comment a lot on your blog, or you're totally lost and I apologize for the confusion either way ;)
I may never blog as much as I comment, but we shall see. More about me and my random thoughts in the next few posts.