Archive for June, 2008
Sunday, June 29th, 2008
Determining whether or not I have “grown up” using a random blog post from some site I’ve never heard of which apparently caters to women sounds like a reasonable enough course of action, right? Especially when it amounts to an e-mail friendly list of 25 items in the “you might be a redneck if” format.
Out of the entire list, I was able to find a handful which (kind of) could apply to me:
18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at three in the morning would severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.
I’m quite certain that eating a basket of chicken wings would be a terrible idea. This has nothing to do with the 3 AM time and everything to do with the fact that I’ve been a vegetarian for half my life and could probably digest chicken wings about as well as I could digest a tin can.
20. A four dollar bottle of wine is no longer “pretty good shit.”
Last time I had bum wine was about a year ago. I think it was about $2.50 and tasted like Kool-Aid. For a little over four dollars, you could buy a bottle of Manischewitz, which does not qualify as “pretty good shit”. This means I’m growing up? Seriously? It has nothing to do with having properly functioning taste buds?
24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.
There is no correlation between being cheap and being mature.
That’s it: three out of twenty-five, and I’m twenty-seven. I’m already in a career, working at a real job, own a home, paid my car off years ago, and never liked going out clubbing until dawn to begin with. I’m all about spending weekends working on my home, going to IKEA is like going to Disneyland for me, and I get my ass handed to me by twelve year-olds when playing online multiplayer video games. But, apparently, I haven’t grown up.
Wednesday, June 25th, 2008
Came across this while perusing podcasts. If the image offends me does that count?
Tuesday, June 24th, 2008
So, this truck in front of me has a tiny LED marquee under its license plate with a mesage about being saved by Jesus. Oh Bible Belt, you always find new ways to amuse me.
Sunday, June 22nd, 2008
This is a snippet of an IM conversation about expensive guacamole I just had a moment ago:
Kate: you should come over, im making kick ass guacamole
Alfonso: sweet, I’ll hop on a red eye and be there in three hours your time
Kate: awesome. sounds like a plan.
Alfonso: sweet, it’s gonna be the priciest guac ever!
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
Can you spot the real Albertsons?
There are two Albertsons supermarkets near my home. I know exactly where they are, but out of curiosity I decided to go to albertsons.com and search their locations. Instead of a list of stores, I was greeted with the notice below:
“The ZIP Code that you have entered is in an area serviced by the Albertsons LLC family of stores. To read more about Albertsons LLC, read the press release explaining the distinctions in more detail.”
Apparently, in 2006, Supervalu, CVS/pharmacy, and Cerberus Capital Management got together to purchase Albertsons, Inc. In the deal, Supervalu and Cerberus split the Albertsons roughly 50/50, with Supervalu’s batch being spun-off as New Albertsons Inc. and Cerberus’ as Albertsons LLC.
Confusing customers, one market at a time
At any rate, I was directed to albertsonsmarket.com, since my area is apparently serviced by Albertsons LLC and not New Albertsons Inc. Only one of the two Albertsons near my home showed up in this site’s search, leading me to assume that the other one belongs to Supervalu. Well, that, and the fact that it’s suspiciously close to a Supervalu-owned Sav-A-Lot.
So, I’ve got two Albertsons stores run by two different companies in my area, and they’re as different as night and day. I will say that the Albertsons LLC store is clean and inviting, where the New Albertsons Inc. store is depressingly dollar-store-esque. I haven’t paid any attention on the prices, but I think I might start.
Actually, I probably shouldn’t bother. Just last week, Publix and Albertsons LLC announced that Albertsons will be selling 30 Central Florida locations to Publix come September.
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
I was just driving home this evening and rain and sunset mixed together to make everything cool and yellowish. I’d already taken more than enough photos at times like these, so I thought I’d do something a little different. Music is: Lamb – “Five”.
Thursday, June 19th, 2008
Wikipedia has an image of a letter 12-year old Fidel Castro wrote to Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940, wherein the future Cuban dictator asked the then-US President for $10 and offered him a sweet hook-up on quality steel for use in building ships.
Admittedly, his English was not especially good, as he mentioned in his letter. And that’s where this image comes in. When asking for $10, what he wrote, specifically, was this:
“If you like, give me a ten dollars bill green american, in the letter, because never I have not seen a ten dollars bill green american and I would like to have one of them.”
Wednesday, June 18th, 2008
Apparently, the Associated Press, in a noble effort to appear as much as an obsolete dinosaur as possible, has rules barring bloggers from citing more than four words out of an AP article without paying fees. See the deets at Boing Boing.
This got me thinking: What would AP headlines look like were everything past the first four words chopped off. I checked out recent AP headlines and here are a few perfectly legal fair use citations from the AP, under their stringent rules:
“Bali bomber warns of”
“Hundreds of same-sex couples”
“Cuban TV shows new”
“Celtics rout Lakers 131-92″
“Clinton asks top donors”
“Mississippi River breaks through”
“Bush to urge Congress”
“Probe: Pentagon lawyers sought”
These spartan headlines are almost more eye-catching than the five-or-more word headlines available at the AP’s site. Perhaps I’m on to something.
Monday, June 16th, 2008
I shot a few bits of video during the drive from one friend’s home in Coral Gables to another friend’s home in South Miami. Here’s what came of it. Music: “Neuflex” by Two Lone Swordsmen.