Wednesday, November 25, 2009

The Muppets: Bohemian Rhapsody

As per usual, Beaker made me laugh harder than anyone.

Monday, November 23, 2009

Things I've Learned

- Robin is much tinier than me. I feel like a giant.

- Erik and I have way too much in common. It's a little creepy actually. And yet we haven't been driving each other insane. Weird.

- Traffic in Boston doesn't seem to bother me at all. I'm attributing this to having lived on the cost for a while. I got used to people honking, screaming and trying to kill everyone else on the road.

- The coast here reminds me A LOT of Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.

- Erik and I are really good at teaming up to tease Robin. I'm surprised she hasn't snapped and killed us both yet.

- My body is not designed for hills. I was born and raised in the prairies, anything other than perfectly level ground makes my everything angry.

- Either Robin and Erik need to move to Canada or I need to move to Boston. Regardless, at the moment we are living entirely too far away from each other.

Lazy Day

I know I haven't posted much over the last couple of days. That's mostly because we've been running around doing stuff and having a good time and partly because I don't really know what to say. It's been a really super awesome trip. I don't think I've laughed so much in forever and we've seen some really cool shit.
When I booked the trip and right up to the day before I left I wasn't worried at all. I honestly didn't even really think about it much. The day I left tho, I did have a brief moment of panic. I couldn't help but worry that things would go horribly, horribly wrong or that it would be terribly awkward.
I shouldn't have worried. More than anything I've been shocked at how not awkward it is. I'm constantly amazed by how much it's like hanging out with any of my friends at home that I've known for years. I love that I have friends I can meet in person for the first time and it's like they've always been there. Robin was even kind enough to point out that I'm already blending in nicely... like a part of the furniture. She's sweet like that.
Yesterday we went out to Cape Ann and I've decided I really need to buy one of the very tiny old houses up there and set up shop selling weird shit, Robin's photos and Erik's stuff. We'll all live happily ever after and I will be remembered forever for my delightfully excentric behaviour.
That or they would get really incredibly sick of me after about a week and spend the rest of their lives cursing ever inviting me out here.

Friday, November 20, 2009

Worth The Price Of A Ticket

So, for anyone who hasn't been paying attention at all this last month - I'm in Boston visiting Robin. I've only been here a day but it's already been totally worth the price of getting here. Robin herself made the whole trip.
"How?" I hear you ask.
She was having trouble with her Facebook today. For some unknown reason it keeps changing to spanish. Her response to the whole thing was priceless...

"See? It keeps switching to spanish! Why does it keep doing that? I wonder if I type if it will be spanish?"


We may or may not have laughed very hard at her.
But she's cute, so it's okay.

Sunday, November 15, 2009


And in other news, I bought new shoes! Yay! (no, I am not one of those "shoe freak" girls. The only three pairs of shoes I own are falling apart. It's just time, that's all.)

The Very Special Kind

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Romantic? Really?

It really doesn't ever cease to amaze me what people label "romantic" when it comes to movies, TV and music. Somehow things that we would all find really creepy in real life become the most romantic thing ever when portrayed by some big name celebrity.
Need examples? Okay...

Phantom of the Opera - I was asked my opinion on this the other day and I responded that aside from my limited tolerance for people singing about EVERYTHING, I'm not a big fan. See, murdering stalkers who are given to rape and kidnapping aren't really my type. I'm weird like that.

Enrique Iglesias "Escape" - "You can run, you can hide but you can't escape my love" Really? Huh. I could have sworn that was called stalking and I'm pretty sure it's illegal.

Twilight - Oh, don't look at me like that. You knew it would come up. The guy watches her while she sleeps and gets angry when she sees people he doesn't like, just for starters. He's a stalker and a douche of a boyfriend. In real life this shit is NOT ROMANTIC. It's abusive. And the chick is such a classic victim it makes me want to vomit blood. Young women should NOT think that this shit is a good thing! This is shit they teach you in recovering from abuse that you should see as a red flag. It actually concerns the shit out of me that Stephanie Meyer is sending this message to girls and apparently believes it's okay.

James Bond (every movie) - Long live the god of "No means yes and more no means 'kiss me'." I actually like James Bond but the way he treats women has always annoyed the shit out of me. Kirk has this same problem in Star Trek, the idea that women really just want to be bossed around and treated like sex toys. That when we say no, a good smack and forcing a kiss will make us understand that the man was right all along. Again, not romantic. Abusive, yes. Sexual harassment, yes. Total dickwadish, absolutely. Romantic, not even a little.

Aerosmith "I don't wanna miss a thing" - This would be really sweet and romantic if it weren't so incredibly creepy. These are about the clingiest, neediest, obsessive lyrics ever written. If you had a boyfriend this insane you'd be trying to get a restraining order.

Say Anything - Calling someone 8 times in a row and showing up at their house with a boombox to serenade them? Intensely creepy. John Cusack is the only person who should ever, ever, ever attempt this maneuver.

The Police "I'll be watching you" - I almost didn't include this because it's actually a song about a stalker. Then someone reminded me that there are still people who use this song for wedding first dances and other applications that would seem to imply they have no idea that this shit is wrong. Once more people, say it with me - STALKING IS NOT ROMANTIC. Which is why there are so many celebrities who get restraining orders and there are anti-stalking laws.

I know there are lots more examples. These are only a few. Feel free to leave more in the comments. For now, I'm sick and tired and hungry so that's all I've got.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

See What Being Sick Does To Me?

I don't know what it is but being sick and geeking out seem to go hand in hand with me. The last time I was really sick I watched the entire animated Star Trek, this time I'm watching the movies (the original series movies anyway). I'm blaming this partly on the fact that I leave for Boston in a week and I will likely have to go a whole five days without any Trek at all.
What does all this mean? It means you get another nerd post*. Feel free to ignore it, read the archives or something, listen to the old episodes of Off Topic. Whatever you like.

- I always love that Khan tells Chekov that he never forgets a face since Chekov didn't even show up until the second season. Part of me can't help but taking some sick pleasure in noting the error and part of me likes to think that Chekov was always there, just not on the bridge (the rest of me is just incredibly sad for those two parts).

- Can someone please tell me why in the hell Scotty would carry his dying nephew to the goddamned bridge rather than sick bay, please? That bugs the shit out of me every time. McCoy isn't even hanging out on the bridge at that point and since they were under attack it's safe to assume that he was trying to help the fucking wounded.

- I love Khan, a lot. Really I do. Ricardo Montalban is wicked hot and Khan is an awesome character. But... I'm still not exactly clear on how Khan figures that all this was Kirk's fault (and believe me, I'm the first one to call Kirk on his fuck-ups of which there are many). He talks about being exiled to Ceti Alpha V, but really he was given an opportunity to colonize the planet. Kirk didn't blow up Ceti Alpha VI, dude and it's more of a Star Fleet fuck-up that no one came to check up on you guys (or notice that Ceti Alpha VI had BLOWN THE FUCK UP).

- Kirstie Alley is the WORST VULCAN EVER. Honestly, if it weren't for Khan's incredible awesomeness she would have ruined the whole fucking movie.

- Tho I'm never surprised to make note of it, it should be mentioned that Kirk pops his collar like the douche we all figured he was.

- What is up with the engineering uniforms? Those are THE ugliest, most ridiculous uniform ever.

*Yeah, I know, it's all been said before and I'm only talking about Wrath of Khan. You don't like it? Get your own blog.

Monday, November 09, 2009

Yet Another Warning

It's 10 days until Boston today, so you get another post about... dun dun DAAAAAAAAAAA.... my trip to Boston. I'll wait a moment while you recover from the shock.
This post is a warning, because I feel one should be given.
I am really not good at being emotional. Aside from anger which had been deemed an acceptable "feeling" by the Germans at some point. Most other things are kept pretty much under wraps. Feelings are something to be feared and ashamed of, something to shove way down deep inside away from the light of day where they can fester and rot until one day they explode and you invade another country and start a major war.
What can I say? I didn't inherit a lot from the German side, but what I did get is generally frustrating.
Why am I warning you about this? Because I've had people tell me in the past that they weren't sure how to read me or that they were disappointed when I under-reacted to something. So I'm telling you now, for the most part my reaction is only a fraction of what's going on in my head. I'm just rubbish at being excited. My family, I am sure, can attest to that from every christmas/birthday/whatever that I've ever had.

This Public Service Announcement has been brought to you by the letters Q, X and N and by the number 8.

Thursday, November 05, 2009

Two. Weeks. Bitches.

Holy shit, I cannot believe it's only two weeks until I leave for Boston. I'm actually having trouble wrapping my head around the fact that I'm going at all. It all seems so... unreal. I have a feeling it's probably going to continue to feel that way until I'm on the plane and on my way.
This week I'm going to get my passport so they'll actually let me out of the country. I need to start thinking about what all I need to take and what isn't necessary (for example, toiletries tend to be such a fucking hassle, I might just pick some up when I get there). I also need to contact the airline and check what restrictions there are and if there's anything I need to know before I get there. I'm really hoping to get through all this with a minimum trouble.
Finally, I need to have a plan for keeping myself entertained during my stops. I have two stops there (a total of about 5 hours) and one on the way back (for about three hours) which gives me plenty of time to be bored to death and not enough time to actually do anything interesting. I'll have my laptop, so how about we all cross our fingers and hope for merciful WiFi Gods.
One other thing, I will be in Boston over a Sunday which means we'll actually be doing Off Topic while in the same place. It's should be a ridiculous show, so be sure to tune in for that show if nothing else.

Remember, Remember...

Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t'was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli'ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England's overthrow;
By God's providence he was catch'd (or by God's mercy*)
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, let the bells ring. (Holla*)
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
And what should we do with him? Burn him!

Wednesday, November 04, 2009

Rice Cooker Pro Tip

This light means "You haven't actually turned the rice cooker on"

This light means "It's on and the rice is cooking".

Learn the difference. It will save you an hour and a lot of cursing.

Sunday, November 01, 2009

Why Do I Love Tim Curry?

What's not to love? Now stop asking such stupid questions.