Well, today I went on a photo spree. I just went for a drive and decided to stop whenever I felt like taking pictures. Here are a few of them:
Congratulations to me, I survived another year. Honestly, if you had told me last year at this time that I would be where I am now, I probably would have laughed you to shame. That's how my life works. I don't plan too far into the future, because the future is wide open. I mean, next year at this time we could be in the middle of a Zombocalypse (yes, I feel that it should be capitalized). Didn't the world end on the 21st? I'm pretty sure it did. Turns out we were already living in a post-apocalyptic world. The point is that when life gives you lemons... you throw them at people.
One thing I've definitely noticed in my 24 years is that my birthday seems to be extremely forgettable... not the actual day or the events that happen, but people can never seem to remember the date. So, to those of you that remembered, I say thanks for the wonderful birthday wishes. ...and to those of you that had no idea whatsoever... well... there's always next year.
In 2005, my sister gave me a towel in honor of Douglas Adams and Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Since then, the towel has traveled with me wherever I go. It started out as a forest green towel... and 6 years of washings later, it is now an odd shade of brown. Let me tell you the story of my towel:
It is with me, like usual. I am writing this entry from a hotel room in Roswell, New Mexico. It will continue with me on my journeys. Keep tabs on it... and me by checking out my travel blog.
I would like to take a minute to say "Thank You" to my wonderful sister for giving me this towel!! I would also like to honor the late, great Douglas Adams for making this day possible. Happy Towel Day!!!
Now, for the moment, you have all been waiting for... a picture of my towel!
There is no MacAllister's Deli where I come from. I have been to MacAllister's twice. The first time was in Austin, and the second time was in some god-forsaken part of west Texas.
Whilst at the MacAllister's in Austin, I ordered my food and was given my order number:
I was so amused at the number I was given that I had to have a picture taken. What a crazy, random happenstance.
A couple days ago, I went to MacAllister's again. There was a pretty long line and everything was going rather slow. I ordered my food and was given my order number.
I'm afraid of going to MacAllister's again. Part of me would kinda freak out if I got #42 again, but I don't want to risk not getting it again.
I like to play a game with the movies I watch. The game is to find the adverts throughout the movie. When people go to a bar, what beer are they drinking? What neon signs are shining? When the characters are reading the newspaper, which newspaper are they reading? Things like that...
So, I watched Thor again the other day and these are all the adverts I caught:
(This list will be in order of frequency that I noticed them... this frequency is based on scenes not on how many times it was actually seen)
3. USA Today
4. Burger King
7. Mazda (this is based off of me trying to figure out a logo... not so good with the cars)
8. BF Goodrich
9. Go Lean Crunch!
11. Meyer's (soap)
13. Dr. Pepper (this is seen a couple times in the big fight scene with the Defender, but I only remember seeing it during that scene)
Those are all the adverts I noticed. If you watch Thor, keep your eyes open for any other adverts you may see and let me know!!
I took a sociology class in college, which means that I am an expert on the subject. There are several different levels of immigration generations and no one can seem to agree on any of them. The people who immigrated, are they the first generation? Or does the first generation refer to those born in the new country?
What I remember from this course was that the people who immigrated had a really hard time adjusting to life here. They, most often, forsook their old life and language and did their best to blend in with their new country’s culture. For those that immigrated to the U.S., their children would most likely speak English as a first language. Though some traditions were passed on, a lot of it was lost. The generation after the children… so the grandchildren were the generation that would research and desire to learn about their roots, their grandparent’s language and traditions.
I may not be in this third generation, but I have realized that my interest in my roots has continued to grow. Let me be frank and just say that there is a bit of Scandahoovian in my background. Norwegian mostly. I love learning about Norse mythology and trolls, language and culture. It’s all super interesting.
Don’t judge me, but I just went to see “Thor”. It amplified my interest in Norse mythology. Let me explain, the movie didn’t do a very good job of introducing or explaining Thor’s 4 BFF’s. I wanted to know more about them. I also am a little curious about where Baldr was. I really enjoyed the movie “Thor”; it also spurred my interest in learning about these gods and myths. Super glad Odin’s horse had 8 legs. Made me happy. I’m considering making a Norse God Family Tree…. I’ll let you know if I actually accomplish it!
In the meantime, thanks for tuning in, and please vote for which book I should read next!
Michael Crichton was one of my favorite authors. I loved reading his books and feeling not only vastly entertained but also educated. His movies... well... they don't do his books justice. I can't say they're bad because Jurassic Park is my favorite movie. It also happens to be one of my favorite books by him. The stories are pretty different though. Anyway, what merited these musings was an urge to watch Timeline last night. Now, "Timeline" was an awesome book. I remember reading it in high school at a volleyball game. I had reached the joust in the book and the crowds were going wild, as were the crowds at the volleyball game. It was like Crichton and life coming together. Seriously love that book. ...moving on... So, I watched Timeline last night and it made me wonder about the modern day immune system.
People spend so much time killing germs and sanitizing things. Sure that may be the healthier thing to do, but isn't it, inevitably, weakening our immune systems? For those of you that don't know the basic storyline of Timeline, it's about a company that is trying to master teleportation and discovers a wormhole in time instead. They end up sending people back to 14th century France, the day before a big battle. My question is, with modern day immune systems, wouldn't they just be obliterated by the diseases rampant in the 14th century... diseases that mankind has built up a tolerance for and then lost the tolerance because the disease has been eradicated. Just by having a weak immune system alone, a person who traveled that far back in time would be, at the very least, sick all the time. The same could be said for anyone that would travel to the future. They would bring with them all the germs and nonsense that they don't know will eventually be harmful. The image that is brought to mind is from Aldous Huxley's "Brave New World". Linda, though she is from the shiny, clean part of the world, has spent years with the "savages". The image I have is of Linda returning to the shiny world as a broken down and dirty beast. Would a time traveler really be welcomed? Because of things like that, my guess is no.
Besides, I'm convinced that time travel isn't actually possible, it would have to be interdimensional travel... I wrote a blog about it once. Read it!
I had the opportunity to attend the Scarborough Faire a week or so ago. Let me just say... I LOVE REN FESTS! Too much nerd at once? Deal with it.
Not only are Ren Fests a great place to take pictures, have fun, gorge yourself on delicious food, and dress up (if that's your thing), but there is also such a great sense of camaraderie there. You can stop someone walking down the path and strike up a conversation. The vendors are super nice, outgoing and friendly, and the ones that arent... well they're awful fun to make fun of.
So, I thought I'd share some of my pictures with y'all. If you want to see all of them, then click on any of the ones here and they will send you to my Flickr account.
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