Category Archives: Observations

Observations XVI: Apparently their beige hearts no longer bleed with neutrality

  • It would figure that two days after my brother officially quit blogging, Switzerland would invade Liechtenstein. He warned us about the threat of Swiss tyranny hiding under the guise of neutrality.
  • Congratulations to Dan Steinberg of DC Sports Bog on the arrival of his daughter. It figures it would happen now, just as I have posted a potentially Bog-worthy entry about Norv Turner.
  • An article in The Times looks at the “family bed” and how some parents are not really happy about having one. Duh. In addition to ensuring nobody sleeps well, the family bed just screams major codependency issues.
  • Recent overplayed songs: Lowdown, The Sweater Song
  • High school sophomores were not even born when Nevermind came out. Time flies.
  • George Michael is done as WRC-TV sports anchor. He has been there forever, but let’s not forget that he only ascended to #1 after the great Glenn Brenner died.
  • Ted Leonsis is dumping on newspapers lately. I’m not sure an AOL employee should be getting too excited about this issue. Lots of media, traditional and even first-wave new media are having some serious challenges right now.
  • By the way, Post editor Len Downie recently did a Q&A with Editor & Publisher that might interest a few WWN readers.
  • A Philly Daily News blogger thinks that Punxsutawney Phil ignored readily available intelligence in his winter prediction this year.
  • It is 62° out. I’m going for a walk.
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  • Observations XVI: Bread, milk, toilet paper!

  • I love the panic that overcomes this area when snow is forecast. I know it is ultimately embarrassing, but it is still a lot of fun.
  • I like that it snowed here on the days pitchers and catchers report. It seems appropriate. I think it snowed last year, too.
  • Is it just me, or would Synchronisity II been a better choice for The Police to perform during the Grammys?
  • sournsweet.com notes that Office Space went the way of Rocky Horror the other night at the Drafthouse.
  • I saw an online ad for Cinderella III. I never knew there was a Cinderella II.
  • A Snapshot™ in USA Today noted that more people snowboarded last year than skied. Perhaps this is why Big Boulder built so many snowboard parks.
  • When I drive west on I-66, the snow is always noticeably heavier right at the Fairfax County line.
  • Indianapolis is the least significant city to ever have a Super Bowl championship. In fact, it might be the least significant American city to ever win a title.
  • The TV show Parking Lot is now available on GetTrio.com. It was by Jeff Krulik and John Heyn (interview), creators of Heavy Metal Parking Lot. Basically, the show is the same idea as HMPL, just with different concerts and events.
  • It turns out that Maryland fans/coaches feel the same way about Heather Dinich as Penn State fans/coaches did.
  • I’m so glad Mike Moss is back on WTOP. I couldn’t stand Richard Day’s voice.
  • There are over 4,000 signatures on an online petition (CDT) to have State College bars celebrate St. Patrick’s Day on March 2 because March 17 is during spring break. Bars are not officially supporting the idea (The Collegian), but “if demand is there, they’ll plan accordingly.”
  • Happy Valentine’s Day Erica!
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  • Observations XV: Scenes from a Mall

  • Aside from cutting through the food court at Pentagon City to get to the Metro, I spend very little time in malls. I did little Christmas shopping at Tysons Corner Center last week. I was successful, but reminded that even in one of the best malls in the country still suffers from the same problems as all malls — bad service and scary teenagers. Seriously, the majority of teens there seemed to have unnatural hair colors, lots of visible piercings or both. The only young women there who didn’t seem to have lots of body mods were wearing hijabs. For all I know, they have green hair underneath.
  • After a trip to Hershey, my boss came back with eight different kinds of Hershey kisses. EIGHT! As a culture, we just might be getting too specialized. The ones with caramel were really good though.
  • I’ll miss having classical music on the radio. D.C. might be the worst major radio market in the country.
  • D’oh! Russia seems to have fully embraced never stopped its old ways.
  • I can’t say that I am a Mariah Carey fan, but her “All I Want for Christmas is You” is one of the better original pop Christmas songs. That’s not enough for me to overlook her ripping off the Tom Tom Club though.
  • John Denver and the Muppets — A Christmas Together is the best Christmas album. We listened to it while we decorated our tree.
  • It always seems to be less than 30° on the night of a company holiday party.
  • We have nine Penn State ornaments on our Christmas tree.
  • I really missed spinach, I’m glad it has returned. Along similar lines I never get around to buying green onions because whenever I think of it, they are being recalled by a Mexican restaurant chain.
  • Another state (Pennsylvania) wants to sell or lease a toll road (The Inky). I am very skeptical of this being a good idea.
  • Cable TV has officially run out of ideas: Animals in The Womb
  • If there was an ocean in Colorado, everyone would move there.
  • I don’t think there is anything that ruins a workout quite like running on an elliptical next to a woman with a serious eating disorder who has just soiled herself.
  • I think I blew out my PC’s speakers with “The Laundromat Song” by The Dead Milkmen.
  • You can always tell when a Collegian columnist is taking Dr. Calvert’s Media Law class.
  • Tons of old school reminders lately, the latest being the song “Heaven Beside You” by Nervarna & Chains. That tune was ubiquitous my freshmen year. Also, someone found my site by Googling one of my former roommates names.
  • Hmm, that reminds me of a Steely Dan song I need to buy.
  • Merry Widow, my favorite run at Big Boulder ski resort, has been turned into a snowboard run, d’oh! That seals it, nothing but Camelback from now on. Hopefully, it will get cold up there soon.
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  • Observations XIV: Was Bill Hicks ever wrong about music?

  • The last time I was in Pennsylvania I heard the song The Last Ten Years (Superman) by Kenny Rogers. He recaps all the problems of the last decade, along with some famous passings and all I could think about was why was Kenny Rogers the one who gets to write this song? Really, if a song like this had to be written, couldn’t it have been by someone that didn’t have The Gambler Part 17 on their resume?
  • Fritz’s blog has really hit the ground running. He has about ten movie reviews up already. T. William, he’s really cleaning your clock on what should be your bread n’ butter — you were class marshall for Film/Video.
  • Recent earworms: Ring of Fire – Johnny Cash, Under Pressure – Queen/David Bowie, You Were Meant for Me – Jewel
  • There was briefly a little controversy over the name of one of the Caps bloggers. Recently, Off Wing Opinion joked that DC Sports Chick was going to initiate litigation aganist DC Caps Chick. I had hoped to show video of two women’s hockey players fighting as a gag, but alas such video does not exist. In fact, fighting in women’s hockey may not exist. Also, DC Caps Chick dropped the DC and is just Caps Chick now.
  • Is there a good way to get from Arlington Memorial Bridge to Rock Creek Parkway via bike? I always wind up crossing the street in an awkward place.
  • Recent overplayed songs on DC radio: Do it Again – Steely Dan (Big 100), Feel Good Inc. – Gorillaz (DC 101). I also heard Aerosmith’s Dude Looks a Lady three times coming back from Happy Valley the last time. I also heard Man in Motion (St. Elmo’s Fire) twice.
  • Driving up N. Glebe Road the other day I realized that Marymount University probably has a pretty good view. I’ll stop by sometime and check it out.
  • I need to come up with something new for my countdown. It almost seems too early for the Outback Bowl to be used.
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