Print Story My biological clock tells me when it's coffee time
By alprazolam (Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 11:06:38 AM EST) McFadden for Heisman, thanksgiving (all tags)
Thanksgiving summary, including the cutest one armed Yale physics major you'll ever meet.

So back to the rat race. Thanksgiving was good if high caloric. Between the half pan of baklava, the blueberry muffins, and applesauce, I didn't even get to consider whether the Turkey day dinner itself was "bad". Oh well. I ought to starve myself this week, but I suppose it's not all that bad since I can still fit into most of my pants.

My parents got a 40" Bravia HDTV.  Holy crap that is fun, watching football on that thing is incredible. The picture is better than my own eyes, if I were standing on the sidelines it wouldn't be that clear and colorful.

Speaking of football, it was pretty entertaining to watch the piano man dismantle the Lions defense while Jon Kitna did his best David Carr impersonation. It's a sick and twisted thing to be a Lions fan.

On the flip side Tony Romo was spectacular as the Cowboys made the Tampa Bay Buccaneers look like a junior varsity team. Even Troy Aikmen had to admit he'd never had a better regular season game.

I fell asleep during the "Thursday night" game. Really, do we need 9 hours of football on Thanksgiving? I don't think so, but what do I know?

Of course we all know by now the Hogs blew their National title hopes by racking up huge penalty after huge penalty against the LSU Tigers Friday. By the end of the game I'd sworn off college football forever, although that only lasted until USC put an ass stomping on the Fighting Wannabes of South Bend. I knew all along that USC was a good team and deserved a shot at OSU. I think that will be a great game, if OSU had their defense of last year they would win for sure, right now I think it will be a tough game. USC has the ability to beat themselves.

Other than gorging myself on grape leaves and empty carbs, watching football and catching up with my family, I did a ton of reading over the holiday. I finished Trudi Canavan's Black Magician series which was good/enjoyable if far from great, and started on David Sedaris' newest book (I think), Naked. It's pretty damn funny, maybe a little angrier than I like but I can deal with it.

So on my flight back from Lansing to Chicago, I sat next to this little cutie. She appeared to be studying some flash cards, which at first appeared to be differential equations but later I recognized wave equations (alright I recognized 2*pi*lambda but forgot what the rest of the equation was about). So after we lifted off and she stopped looking at her cards I started talking to her. Turns out she was headed back to Yale, she was a junior physics major studying for the GRE (must have been a subject test). At some point I noticed she was missing the lower half of her left arm but I didn't comment on it, even when she was momentarily struggling to get the rubber band back on her flashcards. Seemed like it would be demeaning to offer help to her, being a Yale physics genius and all. She was a little thing, didn't even look 20 years old.  She did mention not being old enough to get into bars o.0 what a weird concept. Maybe they don't have fake IDs in Connecticut. Anyway it was really cool talking to her even if I am lecherous enough to want to kiss her. Girls are so neat, who knew they could be smart too?!

So today is a boring day, everybody's using all my test equipment. If I want to troubleshoot anything I'll have to do it the old fashioned way...hold it to my forehead and chant. The chanting helps focus my chi.

Speaking of which, damn I forgot to download last week's Naruto. Oh well.

Oh yea I bought some expensive ($70+) Lucky brand jeans but damn if they don't show off my ass nicely without being too flashy for work.

I told my mom I wanted a desk for Christmas. I wonder if she'll come through on that.

Oh yea I bought a good drum & bass CD this morning.

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My biological clock tells me when it's coffee time | 14 comments (14 topical, 0 hidden)
why lansing? i thought you lived in dallas. by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #1 Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 12:18:20 PM EST
i managed to get out of the weekend without a noticeable increase in pounds. :)

we checked out a disc golf course in dallas on saturday; was much fun. :)
If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

perhaps by garlic (2.00 / 0) #2 Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 12:24:47 PM EST
because people go home for thanksgiving? My guess is you don't follow sports, otherwise you'd know this from him being a lion's, piston's, and Tiger's fan.

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"home" by aphrael (2.00 / 0) #4 Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 01:17:57 PM EST
is a slippery subject. i go to dallas for thanksgiving, but home is san francisco.

with my heart.

If television is a babysitter, the internet is a drunk librarian who won't shut up.

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don't forget the redwings baby! by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #6 Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 01:24:52 PM EST
not that they didn't let me down, twice, over the break. sigh. maybe they'll be on local tonight since they play dallas.

but anyway i was born near troy and my parents now live near east lansing, so i spend thanksgiving and christmas there.

dallas is anything but home. i don't know if i'd really call anywhere "home" for me. that's ok, gives me a lot of sports teams to like :)

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As something of a Sedaris fanboy... by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #3 Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 12:28:47 PM EST
I feel the need to point out that "Naked" was his first book of essays. The latest one is "Dress Your Family in Corduroys and Denim," but IMO, his funniest book is "Me Talk Pretty One Day." His humor does tend toward anger, but it resonates with me. "Santaland Diaries" gets me through the Christmas season every year, and his short fiction in "Barrel Fever" (which also contains a couple of essays, I think, and was his first book) has some seriously twisted stories in it.

He's much better live (or at least in audio) than he is in print, for me, at least. I've seen him read once, and I was impressed that, as his fans were gathered outside the Harvard Bookstore waiting to get in, he came out, had a smoke and signed and chatted. He also makes a point of asking each person in signing lines a bizarre question (something I preempted by having something to say when I got to the table).

Oh, and no, 9 hours of football is not too much. There needs to be something soothing on tv as I sleep off the tryptophan. ;-)
inspiritation: the effect of irritating someone so much it inspires them to do something about it. --BuggEye

ahh by alprazolam (4.00 / 1) #5 Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 01:20:48 PM EST
I must have missed that Naked was old. I just assume that since it's new to me, it's new to everybody ;)

But yea I agree Me Talk Pretty One Day was probably the funniest, while I liked DYFiCaD best because it was a little sappy about his family. I really liked him on NPR, haven't heard him on it lately (not that I listen as much as I used to). The Yalie said she was surprised by his voice but since I heard him on the radio first I have a slight tendency to read in his voice, for certain parts anyway. I thought he was brilliant on the radio.

And I definitely snoozed through most of that third game. Who knows, maybe that's some sort of marketing technique. I don't see how they can expect anybody to stay awake for the whole thing.

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Sedaris shows up on This American Life... by toxicfur (2.00 / 0) #10 Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 02:02:30 PM EST
very occasionally now. I haven't enjoyed the stories (with anthropomorphic animals) that he's been telling as much as I like his essays, though.

And I'm just excited that there are other people who read his stuff. :-) I get all fanboyish every time he's mentioned.
inspiritation: the effect of irritating someone so much it inspires them to do something about it. --BuggEye

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I couldn't care less about football by ShadowNode (2.00 / 0) #7 Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 01:25:46 PM EST
But I do know the Lions won. ;)

considering they beat the montreal alouettes by alprazolam (4.00 / 1) #8 Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 01:32:23 PM EST
seems like it would be hard to count that as much of a victory. like winning a boxing match against a ballerina.

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And of course by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #9 Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 01:35:50 PM EST
you didn't get cutie's name, phone or email addy.

i got her name by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #12 Tue Nov 28, 2006 at 03:47:37 AM EST
no point in getting a phone number but i realized monday afternoon i shoulda got an email addy, just because she was fun to talk to. oh well. i'm not really good at that sort of thing anyway. still at least i talked to her and did a good job at it, i can try to get an email addy next time. its a real slow process for me, learning to meet people and such. i really need a little checklist or manual to go through just to make sure i'm doing everything right.

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She might be googleable then by georgeha (2.00 / 0) #13 Tue Nov 28, 2006 at 03:53:48 AM EST
good luck

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lol by alprazolam (2.00 / 0) #14 Tue Nov 28, 2006 at 05:42:17 AM EST
indeed she was. i'm not creepy enough to email her though.

on second thought i probably am creepy enough, must just be too lazy.

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Romo by yankeehack (4.00 / 1) #11 Mon Nov 27, 2006 at 03:50:49 PM EST
got me 32 points in fantasy play this week. It looks like I will be the league leader for the week.
"...she dares to indulge in the secret sport. You can't be a MILF with the F, at least in part because the M is predicated upon it."-CBB
My biological clock tells me when it's coffee time | 14 comments (14 topical, 0 hidden)