Monday, March 24, 2008

city life?

today, i ran into my roommate at trader joe's. she had just run into a few of our college friends. and people wonder why i never feel lonely...

Sunday, March 23, 2008

out like trout.

this one is brought to you by my incurable habit of saving AIM conversations [let's be honest, gmail reads my mind by automatically saving chats], the whole-computer search on my ibook, and a recent visit from a lovely friend.

to understand this, i think you need to understand that we used to say "out like trout" a lot, and this was when the cubs and marlins were in the world series. i'm 1, she's 2, according to our former screen names. [she's the cubs fan. i'm just a nice person.]

in a conversation dated 10-08-03...
1: are you watching the WINNING cubs?
2: oh man, i'm buried in a city of books, but you saying that has made me very, very happy
1: they are winning 5-0, top of 3rd
2: oh SCORE
2: well done, cubs.
2: let's u not let this one get away
2: marlins, ha
1: HA
2: (headline I saw today: the one that got away)
2: thus, not original material
1: ohhh yeah
1: out like the marlins
1: !!!!
2: hahahahaha...hmmm, they're going to be like fish out of water tonight...
1: i think we've got this game hooked
2: All we have to do is reel it in
1: [link to gamecast]
1: if you're tempted
2: OH no, this is dangerous.
2: I am
2: Shoot.
2: it's only the 3rd
1: shoot.
1: i know.
2: this is going to be like an oil spill to my homework
1: (speechless)
2: There is just... line after line... of things to read
2: ok these sins are getting mortal
1: read away... i have lines to write...
2: but i'm NET going to stop
2: um, er
2: I baiter go
1: quit carping about it
2: I have a crappie attitude.
1: i'll talk to you again in a minnow
2: I need to get my bass in gear.
2: HA! That was quite the hook.
2: (this conversation = going to be saved like a whale)
1: well cast.
2: That sea-med brilliant.
2: Maybe because it was.
1: it was cool like chilean sea bass.
2: fincredible
1: bassome.
1: sharkadelic.
1: reelly...
1: work! go! this is not a lazy sunday of fishing!
2: !!
2: I am
2: dot dot dot
2: OUT like TROUT
1: until then!
2: (dives into homework)

man. how great is gamecast? and BASEBALL SEASON?

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

see, i'm not from around here.

so i'm in a strange city. at first i didn't think people were as friendly here as they are at home. on further reflection, i've decided it's just that i think people are extra-friendly when i'm at home. it's like how i feel safer in my own neighborhood than i do in neighborhoods that are probably equally safe. anyone want to back me up on this?

customer at caribou coffee: just a coffee. can i get a medium? i don't have to tell you tall, grande, venti - it's not THAT place, is it?
saleslady: no, sir! this is car-i-BOU.

lots to blog about. but here's the thing that really brought me back to the blog.

i was crossing the street to get to caribou coffee. so the walk light had just come on, and i was crossing to get to caribou, and a few people were crossing towards me. they had to stop because a black jetta came from behind me and turned left onto the street we were crossing without yielding to them. now, this is clearly against the law, but the jetta wasn't going fast or anything. and the reason i know this is that one of the men walking threw his coffee at the windshield of the car as it drove by. threw it hard, at the driver's side, and then just kept walking as the coffee exploded all over the windshield [and, incidentally, onto my jacket]. the jetta slowed down, probably to avoid actually hitting someone while the driver's vision was compromised. or to see what the coffee-thrower would do, which was walk on, visibly annoyed and coffeeless. see, for me, not having my coffee would just make things worse. then again, i don't usually throw my coffee at strangers.

last note right now - at first, i really wanted an iphone so that i could look up maps and addresses at all times. then i discovered the ability to text google, which is fabulous. now i want an iphone so i can blog at any time. i kind of feel like mobile blogging is already a thing, though. later on...

Tuesday, March 04, 2008


more from the bus files.

t: how was your weekend?
b: pretty good. i was getting sick, but then i was proactive with my sleep, so i think i successfully avoided a cold. [note that by "was proactive with sleep" i mean "slept from 7 pm to 8:30 am, no problem." not kidding around with the sleep here.]
man with cane: i'm always proactive with my sleep!
t and b: [variations on] yeah! sleep's great...
[decently long pause. not awkward, though. you know, it's a bus.]
mwc: the economy's no good. even if you try to do something, nothing happens. so you might as well sleep!

well said, man with cane.

i'm going to go ahead and recommend this lovely free download of "we throw parties, you throw knives" - it's been rocking my life for about a week now. thanks to kevin and his affinity to british pop, and check with him if you need to know what "fizzy drinks" are.

and ohio WOULD surprise everyone. oh, the heart of it all.

Monday, March 03, 2008

get out the vote

had a friend ask me to influence the ohio primaries today, which brought back memories of election day 2004. wow. i was on duty that tuesday night, which i always hated, because of my deep and abiding love for $3 pitchers at corby's. so, every time i was on rounds, i would check the big tv, and it didn't look good. i stayed up a little bit late, i think, but the results still weren't in. i was student teaching all day every wednesday that semester, so i was in a bad mood anyway. then i got home and had about five messages like, "thanks a LOT, ohio. jerks."

i was like, um, sorry? not sure if you know how elections work, but i put my vote in...

i kind of miss voting in ohio. it was always exciting. [especially the time i was working the polls and crazy jean schmidt came in! to vote for herself! with her sequined american flag t-shirt and helmet hair!] but i'm pretty sure it would be illegal, at this point.

interesting article about whether scrabulous is good for business... it always seemed like a clear copyright infringement to me, but the nytimes seems pretty sympathetic...