Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Why White Christmas?

I don't know whether to laugh or cry at the horror and/or awkwardness of Billy Idol singing "White Christmas". Somehow it comes off very very creepy to me.

Seriously, why are people so determined to get to the Christmas so darn soon? Is the music really so good that we need to hear it for more than a week on end? Do we really need to be constantly reminded as consumers to do our "patriotic" holiday shopping?

Two weeks before Thanksgiving, I started to hear christmas tunes on the radio here in Anchorage. That's insane. And yes, call me a Grinch, but I see no need for a 24x7 holiday radio station. Bah, Humbug!!

Maybe what we need is to write some catchy Advent songs. Instead of "I'm dreaming of a white christmas", maybe "I'm anticipating an uneventful but satisfactory advent"?

Sunday, November 26, 2006

"Toes are optional, Wiis are forever"


This morning you could find me standing at the only Best Buy in Alaska. It was three below, so I was in full winter survival regalia, including my down "Russia Coat" and three shirts underneath.

Once I got in line, the first thing that happened was that my temporary teeth fell out. That was a problem -- luckily a dental hygenist was in line in front of me and helped me come up with a fix. But I knew that once my teeth fell out, I was going to get lucky on the Wii, because life tends to work like that for me :)

After about a half an hour, the "Ticket Master" came up to let us know we were definitely getting Wiis. However, we needed to wait in line for another 30 minutes in order to get a little piece of paper we could trade in for a Wii.

Was it worth it? Yeah, you know, it is a really fantastic piece of gaming equiptment. The absolute best part of it was seeing Frank pick up a remote and quickly being able to figure out how to play the games. The whole thing is really intuitive.

Anyways, I'm still looking out for one for you, Mom :)

Saturday, November 25, 2006

Fake Teeth Tip for Today

When you get your new fake teeth glued on, the dentist will say something to the effect of "be careful of what you eat". This usually means not chomping on apples or jolly ranchers and popping off the tenuous glue that holds the new cap to your teeth together.

Another thing that I now know to avoid is turmeric. Apparently, it's just as difficult to get out of your fake teeth as it is to get out of your countertop. So now I not only have fake teeth, but fake teeth the color of canary feathers. Ick!

Monday, November 20, 2006

Wii are not amused...

...that it's so darn hard to find a Wii. Wii are very impatient, and now, because I can't find one, Wii are brainlocked and fixated into finding one. It's like an itch I can't scratch. Argh!

One good thing that is happening tomorrow though is that I'm being slightly upgraded tomorrow. My dentist is installing my 4 temporary front teeth in the afternoon.

There will be things I will miss -- like toothpick tricks and being able to sing "All I want for Christmas is my Two Front Teeth", whistle and all. On the other hand, I look forward to biting into hot pizza as well as not screwing up my my s's when I'm tired. On the other hand, when they were taking my pictures for the artists (yes there are people who sculpt teeth), I realized that I had no idea how to smile showing my teeth and not look like Dick Cheney.

So I think as far as upgrades go, it will be an improvement -- I mean, who wants to look like a gap-toothed Dick Cheney? If I could only get that Nintendo Wii though...

Saturday, November 18, 2006

Seawolves Win! Seawolves Win!

Seawolves win! Against North Dakota! That is really amazing.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Tommy Tsunami!

Apparently loading airplanes really is Rocket Science.

In AK news, it's COLD AND DARK IN THIS PLACE! We are having very cold temperatures for this time of year. Today we are in a "mini heat wave", and it might just get up to 15 degrees (today the wind chill is -35 with wind gusts to 45 mph) for the few hours before the sun goes down again.

In related news, I woke up this morning to a tsunami warning. It was cancelled, but still a very exciting few hours. Wondering what to do in case of a tsunami? How about learning about tsunami preparedness along with Tommy Tsunami?

Thursday, November 09, 2006

Alaskan to play for UK

Go Cats! Following Duke's recruiting success in Alaska (remember Carlos Boozer and Trajan Langdon?), UK signs Ramon Harris, last year's Alaska 4a player of the year.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

Lance says Marathoning... real hard. Of course, he ran a sub 3-hour marathon (barely). Think of how much harder it is to run another two hours after that?

Friday, November 03, 2006

What my problem is...

I should really stop taking self help tests, because each time I take one I learn about some other problem I have :). The Baron-Cohen test for Autism-Spectrum Quotient is online.

Thursday, November 02, 2006

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Indiana Jones Denied Tenure and....(suprise) Snow report

Here's a link to McSweeneys which is one of my favorite sites for quick and interesting literature. One of their stories looks at what Indiana Jones' tenure situation would really be like.

The rest of the report for today is about snow of course. It is incredibly beautiful outside -- our ground is covered in the whitest white, and the trees are covered in snow and hoarefrost. Alpenglow returned this week too -- which turns the sky all sorts of fantastic colors. I'll try to get a picture out soon.