Wednesday, September 21, 2005

How About This One

You Kennedy lovers will surely hate this joke, but it really does ring true.

"What the American people have seen is this incredible disparity in which those people who had cars and money got out and those people who were impoverished died."
- Ted Kennedy on Hurricane Katrina

- Mary Jo Kopechne

Monday, September 12, 2005

I came across this joke somewhere on the internet and found it amusing. It is always good to be able to laugh at one's self.

How many Sewanee students does it take to change a lightbulb?

Seven – The five-person Honor Council to decide if it is against the Honor Code to change lightbulbs, one to find a reference in Faulkner to lightbulb changing, and one to pray for the repose of the soul of the deceased bulb

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Chris' Guest Post

One of the most structurally unsound dining establishments in the state of Tennessee rests at the intersection of Highway 41-A and University Ave. Blue with brown trim and a slight (34 degree) lean to the right, Shenanigans restaurant serves an extensive selection of grilled goodies, from the "Skinny Bob's Meat Melt" to the classic fried mushrooms. Sober or intoxicated, the gastronomic options of Shenanigans calm the stomach with egrigous servings of grease. Other items to be considered for consumption include the reasonable, inexpensive pitchers of beer. A pitcher of Miller Lite or Budweiser will run you $5.74, while microbrews and imports such as Blue Moon cost $7.55, which still beats the heck out of bar prices for a beer. The front porch, which faces the highway, provides a great view for those who don't mind the stiff wrought iron furniture, but that's where the memories are made (wow, that sounded gay). One time last spring, after the English oral comps, a number of us parked ourselves on the front porch to consume a few celebratory pitchers, when out of nowhere, the sky unleashed a blanket of hail on the area. While the sky was still coral pink and vanilla during the hail, this unforseen weather pattern surprised us, and made us realize just how unique Sewanee is, not only in its biospherical oddities but in its opportunities for fellowship, inebriation, and admiration for the natural and simple parts of life.

Friday, September 09, 2005

A Few Things

Being it Friday, and now officially the weekend, the word of the day is QUAFF.

quaff \KWOFF; KWAFF\, transitive verb:
To drink with relish; to drink copiously of; to swallow in
large draughts.

intransitive verb:
To drink largely or luxuriously.

Additionally, the song of the evening will be Blinded by the Light, by Bruce Springsteen. Most people believe that this song is done by Electric Light Orchestra (ELO); however, that version is really Manfred Mann and the Earth Band. Springsteen is the one who originally wrote and performed this song.

Here are the lyrics of the first little bit. Enjoy the music while quaffing a stein on this pleasant Friday evening.

Madman drummers bummers and Indians in the summer with a teenage diplomat
In the dumps with the mumps as the adolescent pumps his way into his hat
With a boulder on my shoulder, feelin' kinda older, I tripped the merry-go-round
With this very unpleasing sneezing and wheezing, the calliope crashed to the ground

Some Hope After All?

Alright, here we go - The most liberal place in the whole nation, booing Kanye West for his anti-Bush rhetoric, concerning the Katrina response. As a friend of mine put it, its "nice to know even the flaming liberals in Boston can smell bulls**t...guess there's still hope for the country."

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

The Double Cheeseburger Conundrum

A customer can walk into a McDonalds and purchase a double cheeseburger for $0.99, while a regular cheeseburger costs $1.05. This incongruity in pricing has always attracted my attention, and I have often wondered why any rational customer would ever purchase a regular cheeseburger. If anyone has any thoughts regarding this question, I would love to hear them.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Katrina Info Map

Here is a remarkable website that is set up wiki-style, in that individual users can post comments about the effects of Katrina at different geographic locations. There are thousands of entries. Here is an article about the website, which some more background a explanation.

A side question - Would the rescue efforts of the refugees in New Orleans have been quicker and better organized if the refugees were not poor and black?