Thursday, November 22, 2007

thanksgiving nostalgia

Inspired by this post about how apparently the Sesame Street we used to watch is too hardcore for the kids nowadays. (It also has that awesome pinball number song video.)

Ladybug Picnic!


Yip yips! (My favorite!)

Now, can anyone find me the one with the David Bowie puppet singing about getting to the church on time? Or whatever it was?

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Monday, November 12, 2007

i worked on my paper for *hours*

And now it's time for a webcomic break.

I especially love the bunny that looks like it's about to do a face-plant. From here.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

tentacle porn

All right, I realize it's kind of ridiculous that I've now made four blog posts in the last three days, after going months without touching the thing, but this is too horrifying not to share. Behold, Orangina's French mascot:

(My favorite part is the little tentacle-toes. Someone's been watching too much Japanese porn.) But it gets even worse — watch the commercial. Seriously. You might want to make out your will first, though.

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dear, use me while having in sex

My very favorite part is at 5:43, of course. Yowza.

(Thanks, Shosh!)

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Friday, November 09, 2007

anal play

Want an incredibly immature yet enduringly entertaining little game to play while driving? Just take the model name of any car around you and add the word "anal" to the front of it. For example:
  • Anal Navigator
  • Anal Explorer
  • Anal Pathfinder
  • Anal Probe (a classic)
  • Anal Mountaineer (my personal favorite, for sheer lyricism)
In general, SUV model names seem to work best. Go figure.

Completely unrelated: this guy's creepy as fuck, huh?

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Thursday, November 08, 2007


So. The Idler and I have been going to this sandwich shop for several months now. They make great sandwiches. I can vouch for the veggie cheese sandwich and the eggplant parmesan sub, and according to the Idler, every last one of the meat-bearing sandwiches is a marvel of modern sandwich-smithy. They're fast, the place is pretty comfortable to sit and eat in, and they give you a little baggie of pickles to go with every sandwich. Awesome, right? I know.

But nothing can simply work for me lately, so of course there has to be some major problem with the place. The problem in this case turns out to be one of the owners, one Bob Lovejoy (he's the one on the left in the photo at the top of the website). Bob is the guy who's usually taking orders at the counter. When you give your order, you give a name for them to call when the order is ready. When the Idler and I order, whichever one of us is paying gives our name. We take turns buying lunch, and for whatever reason it's worked out that most of the times we've gone to this place, it's been my turn to pay. Thus, it's my name that Bob has heard most often. And yet, he remembers the Idler's name and not mine — in fact, he started apologizing to the Idler after we'd been there just a handful of times for not remembering his name yet (and at that point he'd probably only ever heard the Idler's name a grand total of twice).

So that was merely annoying for a while. Trying not to default to patriarchy-blaming, I didn't automatically assume it was because the Idler has a penis and I don't; I thought it might be because I only ever order a vegetarian sandwich, while the Idler has ordered basically everything else on the menu. You know, maybe Bob just didn't see me as taking his sandwich art seriously or something. Which would have been reasonable from a certain point of view, though still unfair in my opinion. But then yesterday happened.

When we went in, Bob cheerfully said, "[Idler's name], right?" The Idler said, "Yes, and...?" gesturing at me. Bob said, "Don't push it." Then Bob said, grinning, "My wife says I can't remember girls' names, only guys' names." Then there was a very brief exchange involving cross-dressing (there was a misunderstanding, don't ask). Then Bob started talking to the Idler about the weather. At no point during this conversation did Bob look at me or address his remarks to me, except to ask me what I'd like to order.

This might sound insignificant — after all, it doesn't affect the quality of the sandwiches, or my access to them — but it was pretty intensely demoralizing. The owner of this place's response to being reminded by the Idler that I exist and also buy sandwiches from him was not "Oh, and [my name]!" or even "I'm sorry, I forgot your name" — it was "She's just a girl, and I don't have to remember girls' names. Plus, everybody knows girls are only good for one thing, so I'd get in trouble with my wife if she found out I knew a girl's name. Heh heh."

So. I'm sorry, Idler, I don't see going back there at any point in the near future. Nor will I be suggesting that my company order lunch there again. Women in Santa Barbara, just don't bother with Three Pickes on Canon Perdido. Or maybe just send a male friend or family member in to pick up your order. Bob sure won't notice the difference.

(P.S. - Shosh, you said you missed the blog — be careful what you wish for....)

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