I almost forgot to post this

My brother is currently doing a stint in Peru with a Habitat for Humanity like group.  This is the manner in which he met his girlfriend (who is no holds barred awesome) and this is how he spends his vacation time every year.  I think the last far flung destination he went to was Cambodia.  Anyway, when he first arrived, I got this email from him.  My brother has, um, a way with words.

Subject: not dead

Hi everyone,

I arrived safely in Lima on Monday afternoon.  The flights were uneventful and shorter than I expected the flight time from Dulles to Panama was about 4 hours and the flight time from Panama to Lima was a bit over 3 hours.  In the southern hemisphere I expected water the flow the other way, time to go backward and gravity to be inverted but sadly none of those things happened.  The Fuller boss (for lack of a better word) has an incredibly interesting history.  He used to work in Los Alamos in the 70s and for a while in the 80s he was a wanted man by Shining Path.  Currently I´m in La Florida which is about 100 miles south of Lima.  We got there by means of a 2.5 hour bus ride down the Panamerica highway along the Pacific coast.  I´ve always been disgusted by the Porsche Panamera due purely to its looks.  Now that I have been on the road (on which the race used to be run) after which the car is named I am offended that the beauty of this road has been usurped by Porsche for the monstrosity they call a car.  Enough of that.  La Florida is very dry and almost desert like.  And although it´s not as immediately beautiful or exotic as Cambodia, it´s starkness is quite striking.  We had our first build day today and it is occurring in a small village about 20 minutes away from our hotel.  The construction methods are similar in that concrete columns and beams are used as is brick.  Although it is built sturdier with more rebar here due to earthquake dangers.  Anyway we´re about to go to dinner so I have to get going.  I´ll try to write again soon.


The best part about all of this was that I got to be the one to text him with the news that bin Laden was dead.  When he first got my text he thought it was SPAM.  Once he realized it was from me he wrote me back for verification and then shared the news with the rest of the Americans on the work site, whereupon there was a small celebration.

Anyway, that’s the news from Peru.  If he sends me another email I’ll post it here.


Dyngus Day

I was talking online last night to my friend, Ray.  I was telling him about how yesterday, known more or less globally as Easter Monday is known is my circles as National Church Musician Recovery Day.  I also guessed that it is probably known among clergy as National Clergy Recovery Day (though they may need a week).  Anyway, he told me that not too far away from where he lives, Easter Monday is known as Dyngus Day.

I had never heard of this holiday, but he informed me that it involved squirt guns and pussy willow branches.  Wow, OK.  I decided I had to go look it up.  Here is what I found.  (From DyngusDay.com)

Did you know that the legend of Dyngus Day goes back to the year 966? Where is the largest Dyngus Day celebration in the world? What is the deal with pussywillows? Why sprinkle water? Who founded the modern Dyngus Day celebration in Buffalo? How do you say “cheers” in Polish? Can you really find your TRUE love on Dyngus Day? Become a Dyngus Day Buffalo expert before headed out to celebrate!  

Wow.  There’s more where that came from.  If you’d like to read all about it click here.  It helps if you can read Polish though, the site has a bit of it sprinkled in here and there.  I find it funny that I’d never heard a word about this before yesterday.  I used to live on the edge of the largest Polish neighborhood in Boston.  It was called the Polish Triangle and it was the kind of place where when you walked into a neighborhood store which, naturally, flew the Polish flag and carried home made pierogies in the freezer, they greeted you in Polish before they greeted you in English.  I had almost figured out how to say, “I don’t speak Polish” in Polish before they realized I was a Welsh/Irish transplant and started greeting me in English when I came in for a gallon of milk.

So, um, a belated Happy National Church Musician Recovery Day, National Clergy Recovery Day/Week, Easter Monday, and Dyngus Day!


The Royal Wedding

All sorts of stuff has been popping up about the Royal Wedding.  This has included the Guy’s Guide to the Royal Wedding on the Today Show.  Geoff was totally unimpressed when I told him about it and wondered if such a guide would tell him why he should actually care about the Royal Wedding.

Anyway, I find I don’t particularly care about the whole thing too much.  I am mildly interested in what the bride is wearing if only because I’m also getting married this year.  If she’s following in her late MIL’s footsteps, it will be high fashion, woefully out of date, and laughably tacky in 10 years.  I will also, in all likelihood, be totally horrified at how much it costs.  I am rather proud of the fact that my dress cost $250.

I find the insane memorabilia craze surrounding the wedding absolutely hysterical.  Some of the stuff that has popped up on Etsy and Regretsy is absolutely wild.  I think my favorite piece of ridiculous memorabilia so far is this.  Can you imagine waking up every morning and wandering into your kitchen to see that?  Of course, you could sit in your kitchen and sip your morning coffee out of this as you wake up.  Unless of course you like your memorabilia accurate and all…

Of course, I was browsing Boston.com tonight and I came across the following headline: BrewDog releases beer with Viagra.  Naturally, morbid curiosity caused me to click.  And, yes, folks, this would be THE weirdest Royal Wedding related thing I’ve run across so far.  To wit, a quote from the article:

“With this beer we want to take the wheels off the royal wedding bandwagon being jumped on by dozens of breweries,” BrewDog says on its website. “The Royal Virility Performance is the perfect antidote to all the hype.”

Antidote to the hype? Hmm.

Alas, don’t go looking for this one at your local liquor store. It won’t likely make its way to our shores. BrewDog is selling Royal Virility Performance only in the United Kingdom and only via its website, BrewDog.com.

Um, wow.  When you put it that way I think that’s about all there is to say.  Needless to say, I’ll be asleep at 4:00am on Friday.


ETA: I stand corrected.  It can get weirder.

Now this is funny

Geoff here – on occasion I find some things on the Internet that are pretty funny.  Many of them are more suited to my own warped sense of humor, but I think this may be suitable for all, more or less.  Kelly told me about it and then we found the parody as we were browsing for the original videos.

First, there was an IKEA commercial that was done with cats.  It’s actually kind of cute, at least if you are like us and like cats.

Then they released a sort of “making of” video.

Then someone made a really, really funny parody (with some language) of the making-of video.   I actually laughed so hard at some of this guy’s comments I was crying.

I think there needs to be a dachshund version of this.

Laughing so hard I’m crying…

I was poking around on the web during my lunch break and I came upon this quote, “A good starting point when discussing bad wine is White Zinfandel, or as it is known in certain circles of connoisseurs, ‘the Pink Scourge’.” -John Weidman.

I’m still laughing.  I looked around to see where the quote came from and I came up with this website. Enjoy.