Friday, June 29, 2007
Then, when our food came out, she brought the plates over to me and said: "You pass these out." and started handing me the plates one by one, and loudly said to another waiter "I'm really mean tonight." Yeah, no shit.
Having waitressed for many years, I am normally sympathetic to servers. All you have to do is smile and say something like "Sorry, it's really busy in here tonight." if you're not doing a good job. I am also normally a good tipper. 20% in general, 25% for very good service, and 15% if the service is lousy. Usually, bad service means they forget to bring your drink, or the food orders get messed up, or you have to wait a long time, and not open rudeness. We left her an 11% tip and I included a note:
"We're all former servers and would have given a great tip if you weren't openly hostile. I hope your night gets better."
I felt a little bit guilty about it later. And also a little bit like Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman when she pulls the whole "Big mistake! Huge!" thing on the snobby salespeople. What do you think? Too harsh, or deserved? Regardless, I'll never go to Lir again. They must pool their tips, otherwise that girl would never make any money.
I like the move. With so many young players on the team, getting a proven veteran is much better than acquiring another developing talent. They didn't give up much, either. Wally's decent, but the only reason Delonte got the minutes he did is that the Atlantic Division sucks so bad. Poor kid's going to get eaten alive in the West. Provided that he stays healthy, Ray Allen automatically makes the Celtics a playoff contender next season, and, for that reason, the move probably satisfied Pierce.
An intriguing thought is that the Celtics still have Al Jefferson and Theo Ratliff's expiring contract as bait. Now that they've picked up Ray Allen, I wonder if they're trying to deal for another NBA veteran.
Thursday, June 28, 2007
(Apologies for the whining. I'll write something better tomorrow, maybe about the NBA draft or the monster trade I'm hoing the Celtics will make sometime today.)
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
Take a listen: All This Time, by The Heartless Bastards
It's hot at Hades in Boston today.
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Friday, June 22, 2007
Thursday, June 21, 2007
Some of you who knew me in college may have fond memories of the Rod Stewart Party, a.k.a The Best Party Ever Thrown. At some point during college, a few friends discovered out that we shared a common secret love of Rod Stewart. Yes, he's gotten a tad cheeseball in recent years, but he's still awesome. Don't believe me? Take a listen, or right click and save:
Stay With Me
Anwyays, during our last semester, we were thrilled to learn that he was coming to South Bend for a concert. However, being broke college students, we couldn't afford the tickets and opted instead to throw a Rod Stewart party on the front lawn of our townhouse. My friend Mary and I got out of class in the early afternoon and hung a giant "Welcome Rod" banner across the front of the house, and Mary ran out to the store to pick up a Rod CD. When she returned, she told me "I couldn't decide which one to buy, so I got all four." We loaded them into a multi-disc CD player, turned it up, cracked some Bud Lights, and spent the next, oh, eight hours or so sitting on our lawn, eventually joined by a large group of friends and neighbors, in a boisterous tribute to a British legend. Rod Bless America.
Wednesday, June 20, 2007
The movie itself is great. It's a low-budget, independent, musical film from Ireland- however, it's not a musical in the campy singing dialogue sort of way, rather, it's a film about an Irish street musician/vacuum repairman who meets and endearing Czech immigrant, who just so happens to sing and play piano. They round up a few more oddballs, form a band, get a loan from a bank, and spend a weekend recording an album together. It's a simple plot, and the two leads connect in a haphazard but touching manner reminiscent of Before Sunrise or Lost in Translation. Plus, they really are musicians: Glen Hansard of the The Frames and singer-songwriter Marketa Irglova. The music and the story rise above the shoddy lighting and the thick accents to form a simple and lovely film.
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Sunday, June 17, 2007
Unfortunately, I forgot my camera, so I didn't get any good pictures of the races but Kerry took one on my phone of me enjoying a mint julep. Those motherfuckers pack a punch. I renamed the drink "the bourbon mojito" but I don't think it will catch on.
Saturday- Kerry invited me out to dinner with her and "some ladies." I accepted, although I was intrigued by her use of the relatively formal term "ladies." As it turns out, our dinner companions were indeed ladies- three Southern women in their 70s, driving a Town Car. They turned out to be highly entertaining, and we had a delicious dinner at Amici and then cruised around in the Town Car, checking out gorgeous home in "largest contiguous collection of Victorian Homes in the United States." (Who knew?) Not my typical Saturday evening entertainment, but fun, nonetheless.
Sunday- More grading, and I'm off to dinner at a brewpub with Kerry's gang of married male teachers.
And in case you haven't had enough of them yet, more quotes from the AP Bio exam:
- Other organisms, such as spiders, have senses which we do not possess. They have the ability to sense when they are being watched.
- Before the localization of sensory organs, animals possessed randomly strewn organs around their bodies.
- The first phyla noted for their cephalization are the mollusks, most notably squid, octopus, and cuddlefish.
- As it is really challenging to walk on two feet, men and women needed a nervous system because they were falling all over the place.
- Cephalization came after the anus was created and made animals move on to bigger and better things.
and my all-time favorite....
- Cephalization started with the formation of the hollow nerd cord.
Friday, June 15, 2007
Thursday, June 14, 2007
Voting ends on July 6, so the new 7 wonders will be named on 7/7/07. Of the 21 finalists, I have only seen three of them: the Eiffel Tower, Chichen Itza, and the Statue of Liberty.
I voted for seven that I have never seen, but always wanted to:
1. The Colosseum, Rome, Italy
2. Stonehenge, England
3. The Great Wall of China, China
4. Taj Mahal, Agra, India
5. Christ the Redeemer Statue, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
6. Easter Island Statues, Chile
7. Machu Picchu, Peru
- It is so complex that my brain hurts just writing about how complex the brain really is.
- Our body is pretty complex but at the same time it's simple.
- Just like the human brain works the animal brain works, but maybe a little different.
- Cephalization is the act of cephalizing, which comes from the word cephalis, not to be confused with its neighboring term, syphilis.
In other news, my friend Allison randomly discovered that a band we both like, The Be Good Tanyas, was performing last night in Louisville. I went to see them, and I've never been to a concert by myself so I was worried that I'd feel totally lame, but it wasn't a big deal. Turns out they were playing in a church auditorium that seats around 400 people, and I obtained a spot in the 7th row in front of the stage, surrounded by middle-aged Christians. The show was great! They're a Canadian bluegrass trio of girls who play various stringed instruments (guitar, banjo, etc.) and sing, backed up by a male drummer and stand up bass player. I love their music, especially when Frazey Ford sings lead. She has a rich, smooth voice, sort of like Norah Jones or Natalie Merchant. Overall, they're sort of like the Canadian version of the Dixie Chicks minus the perkiness and plus a blues singer. I did think their stage presence could use a little work- I'm guessing that a stage at a church auditorium isn't their usual venue, but they were constantly asking the sound guy to make adjustments, and they looked pretty uncomfortable and stressed out and didn't seem like they were having much fun. Nevertheless, they won everyone over with their amazing music, and they did loosen up about halfway through the set and made fun of themselves for being so neurotic about the sound. Oh, and I couldn't even take any pictures because my stupid camera ran out of batteries. I did post one of their songs a while back in case you want to download it and check them out.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
Last night, I attended a minor league baseball game and spotted a familiar name on the Louisville Bats roster: Mark Bellhorn. No longer sporting hockey hair, he now is a DH in the minor leagues. Part of me wonders why he doesn't give it up and make money signing baseball paraphernalia, but hey, maybe he's doing it For The Love of the Game.
In addition to learning about Bellhorn's current whereabouts, I also discovered what happens when you take a woman whose spent the past three years either pregnant or breastfeeding and let her loose in a strange city with cheap beer. I give you, my sister Kerry:
Note: This picture was taken before she drank three giant beers, spilled a fourth one (on a family), and loudly shouted the F word. Fun times!
As for the grading, here are some gems from today's answers, in addition to the mentioning of the "nymph glands":
- Millions of years ago homo sapiens had heads that were placed in front of their bodies. Today, however, our heads are placed directly on top of our heads.
- Cephalization is important in evolution. For example, think of our forefathers Adam and Eve. If Eve had a bigger brain, she would have resisted the devil and not taken the apple, avoiding all of the trouble that followed. This is an example of evolution.
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Monday, June 11, 2007
I expect to post as normal, perhaps even more frequently- I know I've been slacking a bit lately.
Sunday, June 10, 2007
Everyone seemed to have a great time, and it was nice to catch up with the hometown crowd. We had a very townie evening, when after the party, Eri and I headed out with the Mulvey boys to the Tin Alley Grill, a restaurant where we both waitressed when we were younger. We stumbled upon a very surreal karaoke night, with a crowd so bizarre that Chris commented that he felt like we were in a David Lynch movie: local college students, aspiring rap stars, sketchy looking old people, and a dude with a cowboy hat, cane, and terrible voice, which he utilized to sing two of the longest songs in existence- "American Pie" and "Stairway to Heaven." Seriously, who karaokes to Stairway? I joked that they needed to install one of those No Stairway To Heaven signs from Wayne's World. I took some photos, but they don't even come close to capturing the weirdness. Eri and I brought down the house with our rendition of Kenny Rogers' "The Gambler."
Thursday, June 07, 2007
1. Dunkin' Donuts Coffee Table Book. I will take candid photos all over Boston of Bostonians drinking Dunkin' Donuts coffee. Construction workers, businesswomen, students, policemen, you name it. I will then assemble the photos into a coffee table book. Think about it- wouldn't you buy this? I would. Either for myself of for another Starbucks eschewer. It would make a great gift. I bet Dunkin' Donuts would even sponsor this idea.
2. Dead Umbrella Coffee Table Book. Have you even noticed that after a windy rainstorm, the city is often littered with damaged umbrellas? Torn fabric, spokes akimbo, tossed by the wayside by their frustrated former owners. I don't know why, but I love them. I have already begun photographing them. This isn't quite the shoe-in as the DD book, but I bet I'm not the only one who finds amusement in dead umbrellas. Or maybe I'm alone here?
3. Motorcycle Thievery. I've always wondered why motorcycles don't get stolen more frequently. Here's my scheme. I'll buy a big old moving truck and hire a crew of burly men. It'll be a grab and run operation- we'll strike under cover of darkness, driving around the city and snatching up motorcycles, loading them into the back of the truck. Then, we'll drive a couple of states away and sell them on the black market. Assuming that there is a black market for motorcycles. Guaranteed money-maker.
4. Baseball Cultural Liaison. The Red Sox have a lot of players from Latin American countries on their roster. Shouldn't they hire someone to help new players with the transition to Boston? ....someone who speaks Spanish.....someone who is from the area.....hey, I know someone who would be perfect for the job. Me! I could act as a translator/guide/assistant. I've always thought that the whole "Manny being Manny" thing stems from the fact that he doesn't seem to be completely comfortable speaking English, and what is sometimes interpreted as goofiness and spaciness is actually more like shyness. I could help him out with that. "Don't listen to Señor Shaughnessy, Manny!" Maybe I should work on my Japanese to improve my versatility.
Don't even think of stealing my ideas, dear readers, and if you ever hear about a rash of motorcycle thefts in the Hub, well, mum's the word.
Monday, June 04, 2007
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Saturday- Busy day. Went to a bridal shower/cookout for some science friends in Worcester. Played soccer. Attended Maria and Jamie's second annual Crawfish Boil. Ate lots of crustaceans and drank too many hurricaines. So fun! Watched LeBron take the Cavs to the NBA finals. I'll post pictures soon. Of the crawish boil, not LeBron.
Sunday- Hit my second bridal shower of the weekend, worked, visited with the family, watched a lousy Red Sox game. Well, the game wasn't lousy, just the outcome. Although I did get to see my roommate Ern sitting in the front row, getting rained upon.
And then I saw the picture.....
I think a more appropriate headline would have been something like "HOLY FUCKING SHIT! Boy Kills Grotesque, Enormous Hog of Nightmares."
UPDATE! The hog wasn't wild after all.
Friday, June 01, 2007
You are The Star
Hope, expectation, Bright promises.
The Star is one of the great cards of faith, dreams realised
The Star is a card that looks to the future. It does not predict any immediate or powerful change, but it does predict hope and healing. This card suggests clarity of vision, spiritual insight. And, most importantly, that unexpected help will be coming, with water to quench your thirst, with a guiding light to the future. They might say you're a dreamer, but you're not the only one.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
currently, 1/3 of the world's population is infected with tuberculosis, with the vast majority of cases occurring in poor countries.
I'm pretty surprised that this story has generated so much press, but there are several intriguing aspects to it. First off, he's the first person to be forcibly quarantined in over forty years.
The man told the Journal-Constitution he was in Rome during his honeymoon when the CDC told him to turn himself in to Italian authorities to be isolated and be treated. The CDC told him he couldn't fly aboard commercial airliners. "I thought to myself: You're nuts. I wasn't going to do that. They told me I had been put on the no-fly list and my passport was flagged," the man said. He told the paper he and his wife decided to sneak back into the U.S. via Canada. He said he voluntarily went to a New York hospital, then was flown by the CDC to Atlanta. "I'm a very well-educated, successful, intelligent person," he told the paper. "This is insane to me that I have an armed guard outside my door when I've cooperated with everything other than the whole solitary-confinement-in-Italy thing."
Um, hello moron, you didn't cooperate at all! You did exactly everything that the authorities told you NOT TO DO!
Secondly, how the hell did this guy get TB? It is extremely rare for a healthy American to contract tuberculosis, let alone one of the multiresistant strains. His father-in-law is a microbiologist at the CDC, who just so happens to study tuberculosis. Although it is an odd coincidence, I think it's highly unlikely he contracted it from his father-in-law's lab, and that possibility should be easy to rule out by genotyping the strain.
Oh yeah, and the border guard who let him back in the U.S. saw the warning and ignored it because he "seemed perfectly healthy."
Honestly, I think the incident has been blown out of proportion- the fellow passengers are at minimal risk from contracting TB. First of all, the reason why it's a problem in poor countries is that unhealthy, malnourished, and immunocompromised people are the type who are likely to contract TB. They are not, however, the type of people who can afford international flights. Secondly, it appears that Speaker does not have active disease- the kind that leads to coughing and bacteria-spewing. However, maybe this news story will make the first world more aware of tuberculosis and the public health problem it poses, ideally leading to increases in funding for research on treatment and prevention.