I was thinking the other day: birth control is funny. The people who are most likely not to use it are the stupid ones, leading to babies which are the product of two stupid people. The smarter people are the ones who do use birth control, depriving the world of babies produced from two smart parents. So if this trend continues, the world will be completely blanketed by stupid babies by the end of the century. Dang.
Archive for December, 2002
My brother Arthur talking about his car, which was damaged in a minor accident on Christmas Eve: “My car is like a beautiful woman. And then she smiles and you realize she’s missing her two front teeth.”
As the title suggests, today is my Dad’s birthday, and we’re taking him out to a nice Italian restaurant to celebrate.
Not much has been going on in the past few days. We went to see “Catch Me If You Can” last night which I enjoyed, despite the fact that it stars one Leonardo DiCaprio. I also ate way too much popcorn.
After the movie, I was petting Wendy when I noticed her fur was clumped up around her shoulder. After some investigation (and some horror at the thought that it might be a clump of poo in her fur,) we discovered that she had a 3/4″-gash in her shoulder, which had lots of dried blood around it. It was late at night, so we cleaned it up as best we could (with my sister the doctor-in-training at the helm) and left it alone. This morning when we took her to the vet, the vet said it was definitely a dog bite. So she gave us some antibiotics for Wendy to take, and told us to wash the bite out with hydrogen peroxide twice a day. All this, of course, leaves the question of who bit Wendy. We suspect it might have been Arthur’s dog Sophie, or it also could have been one of the dogs at the kennel Wendy was boarded at while my parents were out of town. We may never know. Nonetheless, we’re glad to have it taken care of, and hopefully Wendy should be as good as old (she’s 12) in about two weeks.
That’s about as much as my brother got out before his car hit the barrier on the side of the highway. We’re all fine (me, my brother, his wife, and their dog were in the car at the time,) if not a little shaken up. We were driving back to Arlington from my Aunt’s house in Columbia, Maryland in my brother’s car. It had started snowing earlier in the night, and since he has a rear-wheel-drive car, it was slipping a little in the snow. But we were doing okay until we were on the highway, going about 30 MPH, when all of the sudden the car just started doing a slow skid, and hit the barrier. His bumper was a little cracked, but it was an excellent reminder of why seatbelts were invented, as well as cell phones. We called my sister, who was in another car (a Jeep) with our parents, so they turned around, met us up on the side of the highway, and we went back to my Aunt’s house. My brother left his car there for the night, and all six of us squeezed into the Jeep for a very crowded car ride back home, with the dog on our laps to keep us warm. Other than that minor mishap, the night was filled with good food, good tea, and good conversation. Good times, as they say.
I saw Lord of the Rings: Two Towers tonight with my family (sans mom). My brother and his wife were already seeing it for the second time. I liked it a lot, and would be willing to see it again since it’s such a big movie. The effects in places were amazing, especially Gollum. I thought that this movie used CG much more effectively than Episode II, and managed to make most shots sufficiently convincing. Anyway, I highly recommend it to all. Time to sleep.
I just saw John Mayer on TV. Somebody has got to help that boy with his stage presence. Don’t get me wrong — I think he’s a very talented singer and songwriter, but seeing him writhe around while he performs makes me physically uncomfortable. He has some odd combination of constipation and drug withdrawl, resulting in bizarre facial contortions and spastic movements. And when he opens his mouth, he snaps his head way back and ends up looking like some sort of curly-haired muppet with a guitar. “Your body is a….manah manah! Doo doo doo doo doo!”
Okay…nobody understood that but me.
Today was another not-high-on-the-scale-of-excitement day. I was supposed to wake up at 10 a.m., but when my alarm went off, I realized I didn’t actually have any reason to wake up, so I went back to sleep and ended up getting up at noon. After bumming around a while, I headed over to my doctor’s appointment, where I learned that my lung capacity is holding at a respectable 85% of normal. After my appointment I took the Metro to the Smithsonian area, and christened my no-so-new sketchbook with a sketch of the back side of the Smithsonian castle. I also took some neat pictures of the sun setting, but again you will have to wait with baited breath until I get back to school, with all its fast connectivity.
I just saw “Making the Video Game: Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers” on MTV which only reaffirms my suspicions that MTV is just one huge perpetual commercial. I did, however, see some people from EARS on TV, which was kind of neat.
In slightly related news, I see that they finally updated the EA Academy website, which includes a dorky quote from yours truly. As Kahn pointed out, I’m both articulate and a kiss-ass. This presenting of myself badly in interviews seems to be becoming quite a disturbing trend with me, as evidenced by the interview I had
Eric had this link on his page, and I think it’s pretty interesting: Dialect Survey. There need to be more people who grew up in New Mexico, so I can see if I’m a freak for pronouncing the “oo” in “roof” like “put”. Although I don’t do that anymore, seeing as my California friends shamed that out of me.
Nevahda or Nevada? AH of course. Geez.
So Mariel left this morning to go back to L.A. We had a good time, and pictures will probably be posted after break. We visited the Smithsonian museums, all the major monuments/memorials, went shopping, and went to the International Spy Museum. The museums were nice, but much to my mom’s disappointment, we actually looked at almost every exhibit and read the placards and everything, so we didn’t get to go to as many of the museums as we would have liked. The monumements were also very nice, and we got some nice pictures, which you all will have to wait to see because I am on a painfully slow 56.6K connection here at home. We also visited the Supreme Court and the Library of Congress, which were both very nice. The International Spy Musem was also really cool, and I even learned stuff! I’m edumacated now! Other than that, much food was consumed (mmm… all you can eat seafood buffet…) and a fair amount of sleep was had. As promised, fun was had by all.
Now I have nothing to do for the couple days until Moo gets home, so I’ll probably sit in my pajamas and watch TV or surf tha web. Hey, just like now! Whee!