Friday, February 23, 2007

It's all about meat today...

I don't know if it's the dreariness as winter drags on or what, but it seems like nobody is really updating right now, myself included. I've been going on with business as usual lately, but I haven't felt like saying too much about it lately. But it looks like nobody has.

For example, last time I posted I mentioned my new wet/dry vac, and plans for renovating my basement. The Blogger Me of just a few months ago could have rattled on ad nauseum about it, but instead I simply threw it out there and let it go.

I tried to write a longer post about the county treaurer from Alcona County who spent all of the county's money on a Nigerian email scam (link), but it fizzled out before it went anywhere.

It has to be the weather, but nothing has really made me feel like posting all that much. It's like it's gonna take another giant squid story to knock me out of this rut.

Fortunately, there was one today. In New Zealand, they caught a 33-footer, the first intact adult colossal squid (which is like the giant squid, but fatter) ever hauled in. As is the case with all giant (or colossal) squid stories, I was able to find the one important detail in the story for you: what it would be like to eat him.

Here's the "meat" of the story:

One expert said calamari rings made from it would be like tractor tyres.

Can you imagine a platter of calamari rings the size of tractor "tyres"? That would be awesome! That's British spelling, by the way. It's a BBC story (link).

When I was a kid, I read books about Bigfoot, Nessie and giant squid, hoping that we'd have serious proof of all of them. It still interests me. My mom still cuts out newspaper articles and mails them to me.

Over the years, the squid has become verifiable, though. So have I lost my sense of wonder? Has the squid lost some of its mystique?

Nope. I'll never lose my childlike sense of wonder for these guys.

Not until I get to eat one, anyway.

That goes for you too, Bigfoot.

Sunday, February 18, 2007

So I hear things are big in Texas... even the music festivals

Dirty is done, and it was a definitely raunchy good time. We had a lot of fun, but I actually only took one photo (bad blogger! ).

It's a good one, though.

It's the fabulous Nicole, with Queen Bee (a good friend and one of Detroit's resident rockstars) and Julie (the isntructor/originator of Punk Fitness Detroit).

My big news now is that, next month, I'll be heading out to Austin for SXSW. SXSW music is five days, and literally hundreds of bands. Literally. Check out this list if you don't believe me.

I'm really excited about this, so much so that I turned down an invitation to a party at the British Embassy in New York. (No, that's not a lie. I have an invitation from the consulate and everything!)

Plus, I bought my very first wet/dry vacuum yesterday. That's some exciting grown up stuff, no? Look for some photos of my refinished basement, hopefully soon, but I have to refinish it first.

Friday, February 09, 2007

Living the Dirty Life

Once again, lax at posting. I don't really feel apologetic this time, though, and I'm not 100% sure why.

I've been living life a lot lately. This is surprising, due to the fact that we're also in the grips of an arctic blast right now that makes me not want to do much more than hibernate.

Somehow, as of late, I have managed to combine hibernation with some other stuff. There were some monster trucks.

And there was a "dinner" at Luna's house. I use dinner loosely, because while there was food (her husband, who I don't have a cutesy nickname for right now, is an excellent chef who had a spread of Spanish Tapas out for us), the festivities lasted until 8:30 the next morning.

Luna is a good friend that we lost touch with for a few years due to us all being young and dumb. I am really glad we're all friends again. She and Nicole are fabulaous together.

My one disappointment is that there were six of us, yet only 10 bottles of wine were consumed. We chould have done 12 easily, so some people weren't pulling their weight. I can honestly say it wasn't me, because I felt like a train had hit me the next day.

Speaking of The Fabulous Nicole , she is in the Dirty Show again this year (that link is NSFW). It opens again tonight, and is always a wicked raunchy good time. Pictures from last year (also somewhat NSFW) can be found here.

So we'll be spending much of the weekend getting dirty. Wish me luck.