Saturday, November 22, 2008
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Tuesday, November 18, 2008
We just had our first snow of the year... there were flurries Sunday but last night we got a decent dusting.
The thing is, snow is only cool when you are in school and there is a chance you might get out of going-- after you graduate, snow is just a nuisance... We no longer build snowmen, have snowball fights or make snow angels. Now we just worry about driving in it or losing power or being trapped at home without stuff; concerned mothers calling their grown children telling them to run out and buy milk and bread at the first sight of a snowflake, making it a pain in the rear for casual shoppers who actually need something...
I have never been an outdoors person-- I did go through a phase when I was a tot where I wanted to be Tarzan, and I was jumping from tree to tree in my "loincloth", but aside from that, the only time I ever really enjoyed being outside for more than two minutes was when it snowed.
I was a wild child and snow was like fuel for me. I would just go apeshit, throwing myself in it, doing stupid things like running barefoot through it until I couldn't feel my feet, eating snow until I had to pee (sometimes making the dreaded "yellow snow"), writing cryptic messages on the hillside, burrowing under the drifts and hiding, waiting for someone to walk by (no one ever did), building a vast army of snowmen and snowwomen (never as cool as the ones in 'Calvin and Hobbes' though) and throwing snowballs at people and dogs from behind my kick-ass snowfort(s)... Sometimes more than my feet were bare-- I never have been fond of clothing and I was one of those children that mothers have to chase through the yard trying to get them to put their clothes back on, even when it was cold enough for icicles to hang off my.......................... nose.
Now I just look out there and think, "Crap, hope we don't lose power/water/phone-- better make sure I have enough cigarettes". I miss those crazy carefree days... even if my loincloth never comes out of retirement, I may still run barefoot through the next big snow we get... just for old time's sake.
Oddly enough, yesterday was the birthday of the mouse but today is the birthday of The Mouse...
Although Mickey Mouse had made his first appearance on May 15, 1928 in 'Plane Crazy', today is considered his birthday because 'Steamboat Willy', the third produced but first (officially) released Mickey & Minnie toon came out in '28, defining the character(s) we have come to know and love (ok, I don't love Mickey all that much but I LOVE Goofy and Donald).
'Steamboat Willy' is also significant for being the first completely sound synchronized cartoon, revolutionizing the animation world and making Walt Disney a household name.
Monday, November 17, 2008
This is pretty much a fluff piece as I am completely bereft of ideas...
38 years ago today, Douglas Engelbart received the patent for the first computer mouse.
Today is also the birthday of Rock Hudson, Rance Howard, Gordon Lightfoot, Martin Scorsese, Lauren Hutton, Danny DeVito, Lorne Michaels, Howard Dean, Stephen Root, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, RuPaul, Daisy Fuentes, Zoe Bell and Raquel Castro (just to name a few).