Thursday, March 25, 2010

and now for something completely different

I was just minding my own today and happened to take my headphones out and overheard a conversation that was happening down the way from me. I had to constrain my laughter because I didn't want them to know I could hear because I just wanted it to keep going and going.
So I thought I'd share some highlights:

In response to a comment that I didn't hear:
"Oh Oh Oh, I know where you're going with this! My sister was a stripper. . .Well, first she was a seamstress, then a hair stylist. Then she just needed money so badly. But, you know, that was back in the day."
I mean, who shares this in casual conversation?

Want some more?
"Kids who live on farms have an immune system that's 30-40% stronger because of all of the filth floating up from the animals."
Isn't that mindset what helped spread the Black Plague?

And, finally, talking about houses:
"Do you know any normal women who spend time at home with the kids all day and have a spotless house? It's all ADHD."

These are the kinds of eavesdroppings that you live for.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Important but whatever

So I thought some of these things might be important. I dunno, maybe you won't. I try not to blog much about political stuff, even though it floats around my mind all the time. I think this will be my last for a while.
Mostly this entry is just presenting info and some funny stories.

I thought maybe some people would like to read this.

Often one party gets accused of playing politics with national defense. Frankly, most of it is baloney, but it does happen, and it happens on both sides equally. To wit: pathetic. And that wasn't the only hearing.

And there are some members of a party, thankfully they're in the minority, that are egging things on.

It took how long for the Dems to recover from the havoc and damage that the mean-spirited protesters wreaked in the 60s and early 70s? Into the 90s.
The GOP think they're going to have great autumn. What's going on right now is going to kill all of that. President Nixon was elected because the Dems ate their own in '68. The GOP is headed the same way this fall.

Oh, Utah Congressman Matheson is being smeared by a few people for having his vote bought by the White House when his brother was appointed to the appeals court. --Except Matheson consistently voted No. Seriously?

To end on a funny note, Scott Brown thinks this is going to work. He's going to lose if he keeps up the obvious lie that Rachel Maddow is running for the Senate. He's already looking like a fool. But, hey, it keeps us laughing.

History of the Middle East

I stumbled onto this video that goes through who controlled the Middle East from 3000 BC up to now. It's fascinating to see all of the fluctuation.

Monday, March 22, 2010

twenty twelve

So I was driving home today thinking about this and that when I realized that the political fallout for the health care bill is going to hit no one harder than Mitt Romney.
The Massachusetts health plan that then-Governor Romney touted as this and that important and good, etc., is so strikingly similar to the bill that the House passed yesterday that Romney is going to get slammed in the GOP primary. He will not be able to walk it back at all.
It'll just be interesting to see if they attack Romney as a socialist with the same baseless rhetoric that they're using now. This I am extremely intrigued to see.

And I guess I'm not the only one who is thinking along these same lines today, come to find out.

Then I saw earlier this on the Twitter: I wonder if Romney's people have ever gamed out the possibility of his running as an independent.
Who knows? But, like I said, I'm extremely intrigued.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

The worst bracket in the nation

I filled one out that I'm calling the "Warm my Heart" bracket. If everything happened according to my heart and its basketball desires, this is what would unfold over the next 3 weeks:

**I'd like you to take special notice of who BYU beats in the Final Four and the championship game.
Wouldn't that be sweet?

Sunday, March 14, 2010

Creation Lesson

I got asked to give the lesson today in Relief Society about The Creation from the manual.
Flippant things:
First, it'd been a long time since I'd taught a class in straight-up English. There was some stalling going on while I fished around in my mind for the right translation from Portuguese to English.
Second, I got to use some etymology at the beginning of my lesson.
Third, I got a shout-out to Brock into my lesson when I mentioned how Concepción moved 10 feet to the west.

Less flippant:
It was a lot of fun to get to teach in church again. I miss it. I learned a lot in researching the lesson.

Here's a really cool quote from Elder Bednar (Oct 2008 GenConf) that I found during my prep:

We learn from these verses (Moses 3:4–5) that the spiritual creation preceded the temporal creation. In a similar way, meaningful morning prayer is an important element in the spiritual creation of each day—and precedes the temporal creation or the actual execution of the day. Just as the temporal creation was linked to and a continuation of the spiritual creation, so meaningful morning and evening prayers are linked to and are a continuation of each other.

So there you go, it was a happy Sabbath :D

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Apology Provided in Advance

I just saw this headline about a quarterback on ESPN's homepage:

Look, it even has a video link attached to it.

I know, I know.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

drill team addendum

Amy's mentioning the Lone Peak Knights and the school's drill team, the Chevaliers (in the masculine spelling form, no less [sheesh])*, reminded me that SF's high school drill team is called Las Chalitas**. See Spanish Fork loves to play on the Spanish theme. They just made up the name and liked it. At least it's in the feminine form.
One problem, the word Chala actually exists in Spanish, it means corn husk. Chalita is the mini form of a chala. (or it can mean sandal) (or it can also be slang for marijuana or something like that)
So bring on the Mini-Corn Husks at halftime, Spanish Fork!

*See previous entry's comments.
**When I first looked at the video, the ad that came on said "Let's Make Babies." Awkward.

Ashibaba! Hey Hey!

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Let the Over-analysis of Mascots Commence!

I preface this post with an admission: I know full well that I over-analyze triviality. But I think this particular triviality is funny.

So a few weeks back I went to a few of my cousin's high school girls basketball games. It reminded me of something that I always found very odd, and frankly awkward when applied to my high school mascot specifically, which I will explain gaudily at the end.

Payson High School's mascot is the Lions. The girls' teams are called the Lady Lions. But there's a feminine term for lion in English, lioness, right? Why not just use that? I always thought it was weird.
I can totes understand why you would use Lady Bulldogs for the Provo mascot because the feminine alternate is naughty.

So this brings me to my hometown mascot: the Spanish Fork Dons. The first Europeans that we know of making their way into the valley came via Spanish Fork Canyon (hence the name) were a couple Spanish Franciscan padres. So because of that, the SFHS mascot became the Don. It's pretty well the term in Spanish for mister, right? Well, instead of calling the girls teams the Doñas, they went straight for Lady Dons, which is tantamount to the SF Drag Queens.

**I would also like to say that I found a picture that someone had created of Gollum as a drag queen, which I will not share here. My picture-linking standards are not high, but everybody has their limit on internet depravity.

Tron (Legacy)

I'm so excited for the movie. I hear the trailer in 3D digital is wonderful. You should click to make the trailer full screen. mmhmmm

And if you needed a reminder:

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

March Brings a Wonderful Day

I would just like to point out that there is a countdown on my blog. The seconds are ticking their way toward National Grammar Day. I know, you're just as giddy as I am about the logophilic possibilities. My students will be ecstatic.

*Lest you think I'm grammatically prescriptivist, I also think we should celebrate grammar in all its non-standard beauty.