28 July 2008

"Life Would Be Tragic If It Weren't Funny"

Stephen Hawking knew what he was talking about.

I have six or so items I have been saving up since none merit a posting of their own. Enjoy the little buggers

* Curling: Cubie and I went to a Learn to Curl class last thursday. It was super fun and I am investigating leagues and a three week learning "league" in August. It is hard to explain but actually throwing the stones is harder and easier than it looks. I didnt fall, though i did tip over while in the throwing position. I highly recommend trying it out if you live in the Denver/metro area (Ice Ranch). If not, get ye to a near by rink and check it out.

* Congressional Baseball: Did you know that each year the members of congress get together and play a baseball game? Reps versus Dems...each player wearing a uniform inspired by their home state/town/high school. Yeah me neither. Did you know that this year was the 47th annual? Yeah, me neither. I have missed 47 congressional baseball games?! Crazy. This year the democrats lost, again. They are 0-8 and have only won 1 out of the last 11 games. Yikes...how can we rule the country if we keep making costly errors in the final inning like overthrowing first on the final out and allowing two republicans to score?

* Duck Bakon:

Bacon, by it's very definition is, "a side of a pig cured and smoked" So duck cant be bacon. Only delicious bacon can be bacon. Also, where exactly on the duck does this bakon come from I wonder?

* Movies: I dont know if you have heard but the Dark Knight is pretty good. I am going to go out on a limb here and say, Go See It. On the other hand, avoid the X Files movie at all costs. It is horrible and random and stupid and makes no sense at all. Let me share one of the dumb scenes that is typical of the whole movie.

::scene:: West Virginia-dead of winter-freezing and snowing like a bitch
Mulder: Here's a swimming suit, it is frozen solid!
FBI Lady Amanda Peet: *sniffs* Chlorine! She must have been at the pool!
Mulder and FBI Lady: *super excited 'WOW We Are Smart Faces!'*

Really, dead of fucking winter and you think she was swimming in a pool rather than...hmm a totally frozen fucking lake? There was no reason to have this exchange. They could have just picked it up and said, hmm...lets go to the pool. Lame

* Truman Capote: Wow. Have you actually read anything by this cat? I am slightly embarrassed that i havent read it until now. Needless to say, super excellent. I have to agree with Norman Mailer when he said about Capote, "He writes the best sentences word for word, rhythm upon rhythm." For example...

"We eat our supper (cold biscuits, bacon, blackberry jam) and discuss tomorrow. Tomorrow the kind of work I like best begins: buying. Cherries and citron, ginger and vanilla and canned Hawaiian pineapple, rinds and raisins and walnuts and whiskey and oh, so much flour, butter, so many eggs, spices, flavorings: why we'll need a pony to pull the buggy home." - A Christmas Memory

Go pick his stuff up now because you wont be sorry.

* All things Border Related: Seriously, i spent all day trying to get information about ownership in the Marfa Sector. I spoke to...no less than ten folks who transferred me to random switch boards and a Sprint/Nextel salesman. I randomly called a number and ended up talking to an Army Corps person in New Mexico (lucky!). He just got back from Afghanistan where he was randomly called by people hoping to speak to the Social Security folks in Virginia. (Q says, "Hi, this is the Social Security Administration, Afghanistan Office...)

I have spent the better part of a week trying to talk to someone at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality about a dissolved water district only to be passed along over and over again. Finally a nice young man named Justin, who called me ma'am, was able to help (in that he officially confirmed that all my searching has been a waste of time). They do grow them polite in Texas.

All in all, work has been extremely frustrating but i suppose this is the nature of research. Lord knows i have been here before.

Being rejected by all things Texas..."Life would be tragic if it weren't funny."

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