Random musings of a grammar nerd

Friday, October 28, 2005

Random Quote Friday

in honor of the radio telethon they're doing at work this week:

Betty White: If you like great PBS programs like "Do Shut Up" and "Shut Your Gob," you'll want to support our pledge drive.
Bart: Pledge drive? Uugh!
PBS Guy: That's right, Betty White.
Betty: If you watch even one second of PBS and don't contribute, you're a thief! A common thief!
PBS Guy: Oookay, take it easy, Betty.
Betty: Sorry, but these thieves make me so damn mad. You know who you are! Thieves!
Homer: You're mad? Where's my show?!

Saturday, October 22, 2005

Game on!

Tonight's plans: Detroit Red Wings (8-7-1) at Columbus Blue Jackets (7-2-5), 7 p.m. My family is coming down to Columbus for the game, figuring that our best chance to see our hometown Wings at an affordable price is to see them away from Joe Louis Arena.

Update: Final score: Red Wings 6, Blue Jackets 0! Great game!

I've never seen an NHL game, although Dave & I did have an amusing time watching the UHL's now-defunct Kansas City Outlaws lose to...well, some team who fell on the ice slightly less than they did. There was a huge fight 32 seconds into the game which resulted in about 17 minutes of penalties. We also had 3 near-misses when pucks came flying over the glass towards our 4th or 5th row seats. Those were the highlights. Other than that, it was just giggling when one of the players slipped and fell on the ice with no help from any other player, and randomly cheering for unknown players when they got anywhere near the correct net.

But in investigating the Outlaws, we did find the team with possibly the greatest logo ever- the Danbury Trashers:
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The Trashers hockey stick I got for Dave has a legion of malevolent, stick-wielding trash cans, streaming out of a garbage truck. It's fantastic!

p.s. Dave tells me that the opposing team was the Rockford IceHogs. Their website tells us that IceHogs hockey is "about heart. Soul. Skill. And, of course, rabid dedication to the time-honored practice of beating the living heck out of the other hockey teams, night after night after night."

Saturday, October 15, 2005

Fun Quote Saturday

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"O is for Oz.

Do you want to visit the wonderful far-off Land of Oz
where the Wizard lives and scarecrows can dance
and the road is made of yellow bricks and everything is emerald green?

Well, you can't because there is no Land of Oz
and there is no Tin Woodsman

Maybe someday you can go to Detroit."

~Uncle Shelby's ABZ Book by Shel Silverstein (definitely not the ABC book you share with your children!)

Wednesday, October 12, 2005

Got to Kansas City on a Friday

...well, actually a Thursday, but I didn't think Rogers & Hammerstein would like me altering the Oklahoma lyrics for my little blog.

I spent last weekend in Kansas City, visiting my boyfriend Dave. Also at the Dave House were his once-and-current roommate Mustang and Mustang's girlfriend FCC@V. It was quite the house party! I got to feed my craving for KC BBQ at Gates, go to Mustang's sister's wedding (where Dave graciously consented to go beyond his comfort zone and dance a couple of fast dances with me), and visit Union Station. Dave & I had our first date there last November, and it was wonderful to go back there with him again. We met under the clock pictured above, and spent the next 6 hours or so talking. It was a pretty perfect first date, even with the irritating bagpiper that showed up later to annoy us both. But we even bonded over our dislike for bagpipes. We're looking forward to going back when I visit in December, when all the holiday decorations will be up.

But all in all, it was a wonderful weekend in KC, and as expected, very hard to leave. But it was nice to find out, when I finally got home 2 1/2 hours later than planned due to stupid plane delays and a highway accident, that my mischevious and occasionally diabolical cat had mostly behaved herself while I was gone. She did spend the next hour meowing loudly at me, probably yelling at me for abandoning her.

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Fun Quote Saturday

"’Well, basically there are two sorts of opera,' said Nanny, who also had the true witch's ability to be confidently expert on the basis of no experience whatsoever. 'There's your heavy opera, where basically people sing foreign and it goes like "Oh oh oh, I am dyin', oh, I am dyin', oh, oh, oh, that's what I'm doin'", and there's your light opera, where they sing in foreign and it basically goes "Beer! Beer! Beer! Beer! I like to drink lots of beer!", although sometimes they drink champagne instead. That's basically all of opera, reely*.’"

~Terry Pratchett, Maskerade
(*Spelling as indicated in the book. No person who has an ounce of self-preservation would think of arguing with Nanny Ogg over how she wants to spell things!)