Friday, January 21, 2005


So I was pouring myself a bowl of Rice Krispies this morning and found that I had reached the bottom of the box, which is kind of sad because apparently we're getting ready for another ice storm, so I may not be able to restock for a while. So I'm a little bummed and getting ready to throw away the bag and recycle the box when something pink catches my eye. I peer into the darkness of the box and find that lo and behold, I had purchased myself some Rice Krispies with a prize inside! "Yippee!" I think and reach in to find out what I've won. As I pull the little plastic covered packet out of the box, I realize that I am even luckier than I first thought... I have won myself two little sample-sized packets of POP ROCKS!!!! Now I can relive those fabulous summer nights from my childhood, but this time without fear as the Mythbusters have shown me that Pop Rocks mixed with Coke in normal quantities do not cause your stomach to explode. Hooray!!!

it's a North Carolina Miracle

The other night I was driving home from work and I saw something scurry across the road. It took me a minute to figure out that it was a 'possum, which, in itself, is not that big of a deal as there appear to be about a million of them around Durham. Upon further reflection, however, I was struck by what I had just seen. After 3.5 years here, I had just seen my very first LIVE 'possum! AND it had successfully crossed the street! Now, I've seen a substantial number of DEAD 'possums by the side of the road, and I've heard of people seeing live possums in backyards and such, but I am the first person I know who has seen one of these little critters successfully cross the road.

Yes, I'm easily impressed...what of it?

Friday, January 07, 2005

On behalf of the athletic department...

Okay, I know I sound like a big whiny baby here, but I think that we need some help here in Durham. Apparently there's something in the air or water here that makes tall, athletic men injury/illness prone. I guess I can understand now why Mike Dunleavy wanted to get out so badly (though I will still never forgive him for whoring himself out to the NBA when he clearly stated he would stay here and finish college...and I do get a small bit of satisfaction from the fact that he's not performing all that well...bad me!). Back to the matter at hand, though... We need big men!! The big men we currently have seem to be dropping at an alarming rate. It's like there's something in Durham that affects big men the way Coors field affects pitchers! There has to be someone out there (besides Shelden Williams, of course...knock on wood for his health) who can step in and help us out! Anyone? Hello?