Saturday, May 17, 2008


One day down, two to go.
I write, of course, of graduation weekend, when four years of classes, exams, and keggers culminate into six hundred people's worth of tense family reunions packing into one restaurant on Capitol Square. For the past month, I've heard the horror stories, and now I get to live them. Cooks and servers who've been there before speak of this weekend as old Vietnam War vets (or certain presidential candidates) relive helicopter landings under the cover of sniper fire, voices full of the tension-stocked crescendo of a monster-truck-rally announcer.

(and Friday and Saturday.)

It started last night, and needless to say, I woke up pretty sore this morning. I should get back there again in about an hour, for another ten fun-filled hours. Thankfully, there are only a couple of completely insufferable people there, and the rest are ridiculously quirky - see examples! : One of the servers is easily distractable and a med school student - last night, he picked up an armful of salads and was walking towards the dining room in the middle of the rush when I called after him - "Hey Jacques?" He turns around. "How does a kidney work?" He gets about thirty seconds into the description until I cut him off and send him on his way. Another has a prediliction towards peppering his speech with mainstream rap lyrics - commenting on his amiability with one of the dishwashers will get you a line like "Close like Starsky and Hutch, stick the clutch, you know?" Good times all around. So, enough about that for now.

Due to a lack of things to write about (well, that's not really true, but I'm not in the mood to dissect Huckabee's "That was Barack Obama diving for cover" comment), I'm going to show you around some cool things I found on the internet over the past week. Just so you're aware, I'm attempting to blog, look at some prints on, and add to my firecracker label collection all at once, so this may seem a little more random than usual (if such a thing is possible). On we go!

Chicago has finally repealed the foie gras ban. This is (obviously, if you're a cook or foodie) good news, as while people can argue what they want about ducks and geese being tortured, it turns into a slippery slope once we have to apply the same standards to every kind of food - next we'll be legislating chickens and veal. So, good call (for once), City Council.

How to make invisible shelves. If I didn't move every six months, I'd totally do this.

If you're a casual fan of Wile E. Coyote cartoons, you're familiar with his support of Acme products - somewhat odd, given that they fail every. single. time. Some poor, pathetic person has created an online catalog, so check that out if you've got a minute. (But, unfortunately, nothing's for sale.)

Want to surprise yourself? Head over to the Something Store. You send them $10, they send you...something. From the site:

It may be something you need, something you want or something you desire.
Yours may be a cool gadget, rare book, table game, handmade necklace, reverse clock, box of gourmet chocolates, set of shiny shower curtains, popular video game, big-box retailer gift card, the latest version of a software, a set of kitchen knives, a pair of designer jeans, garden tool, kitchen appliance, unique home decor item, electronic equipment, magazine subscription, office supply item, or ...
Your something will most likely be brand new, though it may also be refurbished or antique.

If you've ever watched The Price is Right, you KNOW that if you're the last one to bid, a great strategy is to go one dollar over the highest bid - anticipating that everyone else will have bid too low. Take a look at one woman's unique twist to that strategy - going one dollar under.
(I can't find an "embed" link, so click here for that video.)

Finally, have you seen Manny's running-catch-high-five-double-up video?

See more funny videos at CollegeHumor

Happy Saturday, everyone!

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