Dumb. No.

The BYU Daily Universe, I think, is widely regarded as containing some of the most ridiculous viewpoints one can find at colleges in the U.S. Today there was a piece by guest writer Whitney Young, a freshman from Kansas. Whitney complains that men and women should not have to pay equal amounts for their dining plan at the Cannon Center — because everyone knows that men eat like pigs, and women need fewer calories.

Without arguing the scientific evidence Whitney uses to back up her claim, I’d like to point out to her that her proposal to add $100 to each male dining plan while subtracting $100 from each female dining plan is nothing short of ludicrous. I think she fails to understand that her money pays for the freedom to eat as much food as she wants at the Cannon Center — or as little. If all she wants for breakfast is “a piece of wheat toast and a bowl of fruit,” maybe she’d be better off buying a toaster and loaf of bread from the Twilight Zone. It seems more like she is failing to take full advantage of what she’s paying for, rather than that her fellow freshmen are eating her money at every meal.

What do you think? Is her suggestion feasible? Practical? Reasonable?

Irrational fear

Don’t ask me to explain why, but I am afraid that while I’m asleep, a huge man will break into our house with a big knife, hold the knife right above my sternum, and whack it down with all his might, thereby splitting the bone and somehow puncturing my ribs. Of course I will die.

Because of this, I’m very paranoid about my sternum in general. Even going to the doctor and having them put their stethoscope on my chest is unnerving. What if by some horrible accident he picks up a sharp instrument instead of the stethoscope and ends up splitting my sternum?? It makes me so worried!!

Goodbye is all we have

A favorite by Alison Krauss + Union Station.

Cannibal jokes

I really don’t know why these are so funny.

What is a cannibal’s favorite dessert?

Did you hear about the cannibal wedding reception?
…They toasted the bride and groom.

What is a cannibal’s favorite game?
…Swallow the leader.

Did you hear about the cannibal lion?
…He had to swallow his pride.

On an unrelated note, I started yet another blog, this time without an actual purpose. Kind of ridiculous, isn’t it? But, while I was writing I decided it ought to have some goal in mind, so please visit Bükenbük to read my daily entries about what makes me happy.

Street Pirates and Gypsies

As you may have noticed, yesterday was black friday, the biggest sale day of the year! People go out to get things that they otherwise would not need, because “it is a great deal.” Well, Roni and I fell for the we-don’t-really-need-it-but-it-is-a-great-deal-so-we-have-got-to-get-it trick. Best Buy put out an add for a $229 laptop. In our apartment we have one computer that is 5 years old, a janky laptop, and an old tablet PC. We don’t really need another computer, but we thought, let me rephrase that, I thought it would be a great idea to get a working laptop.

In order to obtain said laptop, we went to wait through the night at Best Buy’s doorstop. We had a list of a bunch of different Best Buys in the area, thinking that if the line were too long at one, we could simply jump over to the next one. We ended up just going to a Best Buy in South Salt Lake. What time did we go? Well… we went at 10 P.M. on Thanksgiving. What time did they open? Well… they open at 5 A.M. For those readers who are not math savvy, that is 7 hours. When we got in line we were within the first 100 people, so we thought that we might have a chance at getting what we wanted.

Not long after we showed up, other people fell in line behind us. We soon learned that interesting people show up for door buster events. Of the two girls directly behind us, one had only dressed in a hoodie and a pair of jeans. Let me emphasize how cold it was that night. On the way to the store, I decided to wash the windows of the car as we filled up the gas tank. Within seconds of putting the window washing fluid on the window, the fluids froze. I ended up scraping off ice more than actually cleaning the window. So, back to the story. The other girl behind us was a chain smoker, and would only go about 5 feet away when she smoked; I think my clothes still smell like smoke.

The chain smoker was very talkative. VERY talkative. She kept on going and going and going; she was the energizer bunny of conversation. I don’t know how many times I heard her say “I’m going to be fine all night long. I am wearing 5 shirts, 4 pairs of pants, 5 pairs of socks. Yeah, I’ll be just fine. No way that that I’m going to be cold.” And then she told us about her life story. Three times. Three hundred thousand times. Maybe more. When somebody stops talking only to breathe, you get to hear a lot from them. Including an hour later, when she, while pacing to keep warm, said, “I’m so cold. I don’t get it, I am wearing 5 shirts, 4 pairs of pants. . . (etc).” I wasn’t really surprised she got cold… she was very waif-ish.

So around 1 A.M. this guy on a skate board comes up and starts talking to everybody around us. We ask him was he came for and he said, “Bum rush. I’m here to see somebody get trampled.” To which, the waif again told us how she got trampled at Walmart two years back when she was trying to put bikes back standing up.

After talking for a while, the skater, who was dressed in all black, and was wearing a black leather jacket with metal studs all over it, starts asking us if we have seen the gypsies. I was very puzzled. Gypsies in Utah? I thought gypsies, or Romani, were more of a European thing? He then tells us about how whenever you see a green light in a van, or in the front of a house, you should go up to them and ask to trade stuff, because that means that they are gypsies, and they have stuff to trade. He called it the “green light movement.”

He then told us that he is part of a lot of movements. He then extolled the “straight-edgers” and denounced the “hate-edgers” (who beat up old ladies who have pills in their purses). He told us about drum circles and how the cops are cool with it. This was all pretty normal compared to what he said next.

He said, “There is one thing that I don’t see much of in Utah. The Jolly Roger.” I could only blink. Did he just say “jolly roger?” As in the pirates? As in “Yarr me maties!”? No, no, I must have heard him wrong. He can’t have really just said the jolly roger. He then pointed to a jolly roger patch on his jacket, and said, “You know, the sign of the pirates.”

Now I really don’t know what to think. I am dumbfounded, at a loss. He then goes on to explain to us about street pirates. They used to be hard core pirates I guess. Robbing, mugging and plundering all they encountered on the streets. He then went on to say that they have calmed down a lot, and how there are all sorts of “rules and regs” now. I wanted to ask if they are more of “guidelines.” So there you go. Street pirates, gypsies and waifs. That was my Thanksgiving, what do you think about that?

Post-Thanksgiving thoughts

Don’t get me wrong, I love Thanksgiving. But this year was just maybe not the best.

The Romgi and I got caught between two dinner invitations and decided that going to both (or trying to) was worth not offending anyone. Unfortunately, a few things went wrong. First, Dinner #2 got moved ahead two hours, completely throwing off our carefully planned timetable. Second, our car battery was deader than a three-eyed dog, so we needed to be jump started in order to get to Dinner #1. Third, Dinner #1 was an hour late (although tasty). Fourth, we had to go buy a new car battery in order to reach Dinner #2. Luckily we got to Wal-Mart just as the mechanics were about to head home. I feel bad that we made them stay longer, but we were desperate!

By the time we made it to Dinner #2…dinner was long past over. We did get to eat some of what the relatives saved for us, but it just wasn’t quite the same as having one meal, one place to go, one big chance to stuff ourselves.

And, there is no leftover turkey. I almost would rather have a leftover turkey sandwich than the Thanksgiving meal itself.

Fifth, we wanted to try getting some sweet Black Friday deals, and somehow convinced ourselves that going to Best Buy at 10pm (for their opening at 5am) was a good idea. We bundled up really well, and it wasn’t nearly as cold as I anticipated, but altogether I think there were better ways I could have spent the night. Like sleeping. I also decided that Black Friday is a stupid day, and next year I will be fully participating in Buy Nothing Day.

Aside from all that, I am still grateful that we were able to spend time with family, get our car working, eat some good food, and survive the death cold.

A very sad day

Yesterday we went to the Romgi’s parent’s house to do laundry. A lot of laundry. So much that we ended up staying overnight, and when we got back this afternoon…

Puppy was dead.

I am very sad. We only had him for 4 or 5 months. It was 63°F when we came home; could it have gotten really cold overnight? Or maybe he had some food allergy we didn’t know about? Or maybe…he was lonely?

I don’t know. But I miss hearing him sneeze.