Tuesday, May 31, 2011

CNN Photo Fail

Ok, I guess technically this is probably an ad vendor's fault and not CNN, but seriously, this woman looks like she's got on war paint and about to do a double flip into a mob of angry amazons to wreak vengence upon those who used up her conditioner. For a mortgage ad. Honestly CNN, can't we do better?

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Mark & Johanna's Wedding

Pictures of my cousin Mark's & his bride Johanna's wedding are up here on facebook.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

Also, for your viewing pleasure, a video of my mom and brother Will dancing along to "Love & Marriage" at the reception.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Lancaster & Catch Up

Ok, all of these will gets posts of their own, but to summarize the past 3 weeks:
  • Backyard fence went up
  • Downstairs bathroom was (mostly) finished
  • Went to Strawberry Hill, had fun
  • Helped out at an RWC concert, had fun
  • Visited Lancaster once, and then again 2 weeks later
This post: the current Lancaster visit, aka the "My Cousin Mark is Getting Married!" post. The trip up was uneventful enough, although there were definitely some interesting people on the train.

Interesting Person #1 was the food car attendant who'd had 10 cups of coffee by 6AM, and who was obviously not used to that much caffeine. In between the shakey hand movements and darting eyes, I managed to order a bagel, which he then delivered in a kind of flirty way. I know it was probably the caffeine, but in another context all this could really be kinda sexy. "Soo... what're you gonna DO with this bagel once I make if for you?" and "Butter or cream cheese? Or, maybe, I have some ... jelly. You want some of my jelly? I'd give you my jelly if you wanted it."

Interesting Person #2 was a lady who was going to visit her family, and who couldn't remember whether her aunt had arthretis or dysentary. 'Nough said.

Interesting Person #3 was some cranky old lady who is one of the most entitled-feeling people I've met on a train. Business class, naturally. But god help the conductor if he didn't come back every 10 minutes and check to see if she wanted a drink so he could go get it for her. I think she had a mobility issue so I certainly don't begrudge her having the conductor get it for her, but she gave him hell after Baltimore because he spent too much time taking tickets instead of waiting on her hand and foot. I mean, she actually sent one of the other passengers back to find him so she could yell at him for not checking to see if she wanted scotch. On the rocks. Splash of water. NO FRUIT! At 10:30 in the morning. Jeebus.

Eventually I got to Lancaster and met my brother Will, who picked me up in his old beat-up Ford pickup. Threw my luggage in the back. It's good to be home :)

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Trevor Bannister: 1934 - 2011

Trevor Bannister, who played the junior salesman Mr Lucas in Are You Being Served, passed away on April 14th this year.

I don't know what my odd fascination with this show really is, but I do love it.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Arts in the Park

Keep meaning to blog about Saturday, but put it off until now. But no more!

Saturday was Arts in the Phttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifark, an annual gathering of arts, crafts, etc. Went with the Drakes (a fine addition to any afternoon), and then we ended our day with a walk in Carytown and basil icecream from Bev's. Good times.

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Thoughts on Bin Laden

Well, unless you've been living under a rock, you know that Osama Bin Laden, the ultimate mastermind behind the September 11th terrorist attacks that killed 3000 people and brought down the World Trade Center Towers, is dead.

In the earlier years of my life I'd always heard about how you remember exactly where you were and what you were doing when certain important events happen ... and I'd always kind of wondered whether it was true. Then 9/11 happened, and now I know what that means; I'll always remember those couple of minutes when I was watching the tv and my mind actually processed what was happening. And I'll never forget those next couple of hours, when I walked around campus and saw people on cell phones desperately trying to get through to somebody, anybody, who could tell them whether person x was ok (Cornell had a lot of students from NYC). And yet they pale in comparison to what those who were actually present would've experienced. I just can't imagine that, and hope I never have to.

It's kind of weird, but I don't feel 'joy' or 'happiness' at the news, at least not really. A kind of 'stoic accomplishment' is the best I can come up with. I mean, on the one hand, I didn't really lose anyone, so 9/11 will never be 'real' to me in the way that it is to thousands of others. And if this gives them closure, I'm genuinely happy that they get it. But for me personally ... dunno, it just doesn't seem like something necessarily worth celebrating. There's certainly a sense of accomplishment and satisfaction that a murderer has finally been brought to justice, if you can call what happened to him 'justice'. And there's a lot of valuable intelligence that will certainly help in some shape or form. But joy or celebration? That I just can't feel.

Sunday, May 01, 2011

From the "Things I Didn't Know" File..

From CNN's writeup of last night's White House Correspondents dinner:
The White House Correspondenhttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifts' Association dinner was Obama's second as president. It has been a ritual in Washington since 1920, when it was first held to boost communication between the press and the president, according to the association's website.

It was only open to men until 1962, when President John F. Kennedy said he would not attend unless women were invited.
I'm still always surprised to read things like that, although thinking about it for a bit I guess I really shouldn't be. Props to JFK for making a statement.