Monday, October 24, 2005

Wilma: Any excuse for a party will do!

Okay. I am alive and well. Wilma was just a windy event for us here in Tampa. My parents are visiting and we just used the time indoors to enjoy the evils of drink. When dad and I went to get pizza last night, dad noticed a liquor store next door to Pizza Hut. He left me and came back with a bottle of Maker's Mark (everyone must drink Maker's Mark...I am an ambassador, you know...). Then, he left me again, and came back with beer. We really don't drink a lot, but this is their vacation...and I am totally stressed from school...so we had a good time. We ended up not touching the Maker's Mark last night, but dad drank some beer and mom and I polished off a great bottle of wine. I will save the Maker's Mark for later! (I can't wait to get my ambassador bottle in three years!!!!)

Anyway, all is well here. My neighbors have been amazingly quiet (knock on wood). Mom and I have been cooking and shopping a little. Other than that, all is quiet.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

More strange happenings....

Okay. Today I was sitting outside of the campus library, scrolling through my missed call log on the cell phone, when the strangest thing happened.... In the distance, I could hear someone humming "Chariots of Fire". I didn't think much of it, but then it got louder and louder. Soon, this guy was shuffling toward me. His head was shaved and he was balancing a half-full bottle of water on his head....all the while, humming "Chariots of Fire". Now, I have never been one to laugh in someone's face, but I could not help myself this time. I tried to exit gracefully, but that was impossible. I collapsed in laughter as I walked away (well, a mental collapse, anyway!). He kept shuffling along and I went to Java City in the business building. About an hour later, as I was sitting on a bench outside of the A&S building, I heard it again. He shuffled by me once more, but kept going. The guy across from me completely lost control and laughed. That got me started as well. Then, the water-bottle, "Chariots of Fire" guy walked to the front of the A&S building. He stopped there. He became silent and just stood still with his arms crossed. The water bottle was still on his head. I checked on him an hour later, and he was still there.

It was very hot...I hope he had some of that water.

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

Wilma...GO AWAY!!!

Well, because I don't own any property to board up, I decided to use my blog as a site to post my message to the storm. My favorite part of hurricane coverage is the selection of "message shots"--you know, the little messages people paint onto wood covering up their windows...I love those. I tried to think of something witty, but I could not think of any good "W" words. My brain is fried. So, "Wilma...GO AWAY!!!" is the best that I can do at the moment.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.


Other than that, I have been working like crazy trying to finish midterm grades for my students. Also, I am working on a paper and two projects....ugh. I need a nap. I have thought about doubling up on the Tylenol PM, but that would put me out for days...and I am such a cheap drunk.

Well, everyone take care. Here's hoping Wilma stays way south of here!

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Hair Crimping: Just Say NO.

I saw a girl with crimped hair today...I know that people went crazy for that after Howard the Duck around 87-89...but, it never looked good then and it sure does not look good now. It was sensory overload for me. I saw her as I exited the A&S building--then, immediately after coming off of the shock of that, I passed the AIDS Awareness table...a table with various assortments of free safe-sex accessories.

These were not run-of-the-mill items...in fact, I think they may have picked them up somewhere further down Dale Mabry (a LONG street in Tampa that encompasses EVERYTHING...There is something for everyone.). I found the assortment eye-catching; and, while I did not partake in the free safe-sex accessories, I spent some time looking at them...thinking that U of A would have only supplied the most boring of these items. I have to find out where they get their funding.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

Tampa Bay Community Network...not all it promised.

Well, last night was a complete bust on Tampa Bay Community Network. The shows were not nearly as exciting as they were two weeks ago. Instead, I decided to watch some of my own DVDs.

Yesterday afternoon, my friend, Anne, brought over her new puppy. She named the puppy Bailey (after the cream and the Haagen Dazs ice cream drink!)...and she is the cutest puppy I have ever seen! (Aside from my Casey, of course.) She was so clean when Anne brought her over to visit. However, by the time she left, after rolling around in the dirt, she needed a bath. Just a warning: when you come to visit me you may be completely normal--but you will return home a ruffian.

Anyway, it is a little too early here to find anything interesting to say. I will try to update tonight.

Friday, October 14, 2005

I'm back, Miss Katie.

Hey, girl! Thanks for the message...I have been totally busy and this midterm is killing me. I am busy writing lots of little papers and preparing lots of little presentations. Oh, how full my life is.

Anyway, now to today's post:

I have been working all day, but I decided to drive over to Borders for a cup o' Borders Blend. On the way, I passed a woman's car with the bumper sticker: "Go ahead...I'm just reloading."

This sticker is actually quite appropriate for Florida. We have a law here that basically allows you to kill anyone (even if they aren't on your property) if that person presents a threat to your safety. We are now called the new wild west. Now, while I could appreciate the introduction of some cowboys to this scenario, I am not really for random shooting. However, good old Jeb Bush thinks that this is a neat plan. I guess I need to learn how to shoot.

Other than that, I am totally brain dead. I wish I could think of something interesting to say. I guess I am just going through a phase. I am sure a great post will be in the works this time tomorrow night...the Tampa Bay Community Network is bound to provide some interesting material worthy of commentary.

Until then...

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

What to say???

Well, today has been one of those rushing around kind of days. In fact, the entire weekend leading up to today has been like that. And, I have been working steadily on a paper, trying to finish it before Thursday...and I found out that it isn't due for another two weeks. I am ahead of the game in that class, but so far behind in others. All of the calendar days start blending together.

I have been grading papers for most of the day, and then I went to my 18th cent. lit. class this afternoon. I love that class. I knew almost nothing about the period until I enrolled, but it is fascinating. And, our professor, Dr. Runge, is FABULOUS. She is so interested in and excited about what she teaches...it is contagious.

I am not sure I am the contagious sort of teacher in composition! I am not sure it is all that possible. But, I do have some great students this semester. Their papers are average, as far as freshman papers go, but the ideas inside of the the disorganization are excellent. Now...if I can just get them to relate those ideas well on paper! (Not that this blog does a great job at that either...maybe I should go back to freshman comp.) But, I guess that is the trick.

Anyway, I am brain dead (as you can probably tell)...so I will stop with my boring commentary. I just thought I should update the Update. More later....

Saturday, October 01, 2005

Olivia Rules





I haven't added any of my Olivia Newton-John photos! This one isn't the greatest one I have, but because my scanner is not co-operating with my computer, this one will have to do! Anyway, I realized I needed to pay homage to my favorite singer. If anyone is interested, there is a great fan club site: http://www.onlyolivia.com

If you aren't a fan, you should ask yourself, "Have you never been mellow?"

I Have Seen It All...

Oh, my. I think that I have discovered the worst show in the history of television. And, yet, it is like a bad train wreck...you just can't pull your eyes away from the freak show. This program, I guess it is called "It's My Show," is on Tampa Bay Community Television. Usually, this station only shows things like educational programs or city council meetings. I suppose you could say this show was educational, um, in a bad way...I still can't figure it out... Basically, the show is just a freespeak (the only word I can come up with that mirrors what it reminded me of...which was free writing) or stream of consciousness kind of thing. Don't get the impression that it is artistic! It is just really bad. (Melanie and I need to replace them. At least we always had a show theme in mind!) Here is the link...but it does not do it justice: http://www.its-my-show.com/ .
Anyway, the host is a woman named Robyn. The co-host tonight was another girl. The last 25+ minutes had to do with some bizarre rant about a trip. The co-host kept flipping her hair and Robyn's cell phone kept going off...she answers it while on television. Literally, this is the show about nothing. I think they film it themselves as well. Very strange. And, now, there is something called "Chuck Roast" playing on the channel. Two hosts...one named Chuck...the other, named Helacious Chuck. I am so concerned. I mean, I am so concerned that I can't even write coherently tonight.

However, that may have more to do with the high I have right now due to Alabama beating the crap out of the University of Florida....ah, vengeance is mine at last. I knew I wasn't meant to be a Gator. I don't look good in orange. Crimson and Green are my colors!

After watching the game, my friend, Ann, and I went to another wine tasting. This one wasn't as good as last week's. We thought they were having a selection of Australian wines; however, the plans must have changed because, for the most part, all we drank was really bad wine. I enjoyed the company, though! And the other people there were really nice. We wanted to go to the other store and try their selection, but I was feeling a little light-headed...I needed food! So, we went to eat instead. We went to a place called "Liang's Bistro". I had the Orange Peel Chicken...excellent! And, the portions were huge...I have enough food for at least two more meals. The prices are comparable to other Chinese restaurants at dinner time. The atmosphere and service are great. Grade: A.

Other than that, earlier today, I read an 18th cent. play titled "The Fantomina: Or, Love in a Maze"
( http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Texts/fantomina.html ). Wow. Talk about steamy. Basically, there is a young lady who is a virgin (of course) and very rich (of course). She wants to gain experience before marriage but wants control of the situation. So, she sets her sights on a man who is a gentleman. However, she knows that she cannot "experience" anything with him unless she is in disguise. She observes him at a seedy establishment and then they spend the night together. Nothing happens that night, but eventually, she becomes a lady of much experience, telling him that she is a country gentlewoman named Fantomina, just in town for a little business with her father. However, the man soon loses interest and ditches her to go to Bath, England. She follows him there and takes on another disguise in the form of a maid named Celia. They immediately consummate the relationship...he, of course, has no idea that she is the same woman as Fantomina. Soon, the man tires of "Celia" as well, and so she takes on another persona, the "Widow". The "widow" and the man have an affair...and he, of course, eventually loses interest. Lots of interesting situations take place, and in order to discover his true feelings about herself, Fantomina/Celia/Widow decides to play the part of a fourth person--the Incognita. Writing to him and wearing a mask when they meet, the two have sex in the dark and the woman keeps her disguise. The man leaves in anger and Fantomina/Celia/Widow/Incognita tries to decide what to do next. However, the woman's real mother, a very virtuous woman, returns to the city from the country and Fantomina must resume her real identity. Her mother has heard rumors about strange happenings with her daughter (who, until this point, is under a naive aunt's care), and has returned to make sure her daughter remains virtuous. However, even though they retire to their normal life, the young woman carries a secret...she is pregnant! AND this is the best scene ever: after trying to hide the pregnancy for a long time, she goes into labor at a ball!!!! The story goes on a bit...but that is the best part. I mean, who would have thought that this type of story would have been published so long ago. This just proves that we misread the past. Nothing ever changes. It may on the surface, but essentially, things stay the same.

As far as my interpretation, well, I am still working on it. But, I find the idea of "the Fantomina" as a business woman to be very interesting. She refers to her body in many places as a type of product. The word "business" is used constantly...but I would have to look at the 17th/18th century usage. Also, there seems to be a bit of a Troilus/Criseyde thing happening...not completely, but somewhat. Very interesting stuff...very surprising, as well.

Well, that is all I have to say today. I am completely exhausted and am trying to finish reading an 18th cent. play called "The Beggar's Opera". It is great as well...but I can't talk about it now because I am only on Act II. Until later....