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1. It’s way too warm today. I love it. Upper 30s should not be “way too warm” but you take what you can get up here. Tomorrow: 41!

2. Had to pull glass out of the puppy’s mouth over the weekend. He also likes tossing the cat toys up in the air with his mouth and chasing them.

3. I’m cramming way too much math and philosophy into my tiny, tiny little brain over this last week.

4. I come from a Browns family back home, so it’s always mortifying to see the Steelers in the Super Bowl. (channeling my Dad; sorry, can’t help it): They’re obnoxious, and the Steeler-pandering is obnoxious. Note to sports commentators: Pittsburgh is not a blue-collar, lunch pail kind of town anymore. Your meathead metaphors about the Steelers being a “blue collar” team are based on a version of the city that hasn’t existed in 25 years, really. Not looking forward to the next 2 weeks of Steelers triumphalism in the media. Go Seahawks!

Wed, January 25 2006 » Life Studies, Minnesota

3 Responses

  1. Chris Barzak January 26 2006 @ 12:39 am

    Yeah! Exactly, you gotta head over to Cleveland and Youngstown for some real blue collar action! Pittsburgh is a sweet little city now, with lots of cultural events an work a plenty, in comparison to other post-industrial cities.

    But honestly, I don’t really care if the Steelers or Browns win. The football bug passed me over. I caught the baseball one instead.

  2. Alan January 26 2006 @ 2:03 pm

    Yeah, the football’s too deep in my DNA for a healthy extraction.

    I’ve been watching a lot of soccer lately.

    So…baseball? Have you been to any games there?

  3. Chris Barzak January 26 2006 @ 6:13 pm

    Actually, no. I was going to if my dad came to visit, but he didn’t, and when my mom came I knew she wouldn’t be interested in that, so I sort of gave up the idea. But I’ve watched them on tv. ;-)

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