Happy New Years!
To start of the year, the AP has a case of multiple personality disorder, by using the exact same poll to both proclaim that Americans are pessimistic and optimistic on 2007. The other amusing thing with this poll is a full quarter of the people who responded believe Jesus Christ will return in 2007.
I've been researching my trip to DC/NYC, and stumbled upon a page for the best pizza in NYC. Jackpot! And I found out that Winter Restaurant Week will be going on when I'll be there as well, so I'll be eating good my entire trip. I also found that there are even food tours available.
Also while looking up stuff for the trip, I discovered that the Met offers seats that have no view of the stage, but let you listen to the opera. Pretty cool, but I think I'd rather see it.
CNN has hit a new low, not only by doing a 3 minute report on Barack Obama's wardrobe, but by then linking him with Iran president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad because, gasp, they both wear jackets with no tie. That was some quality reporting right there. And people think the news is too liberal?
I have a new favorite sentence (which brings up the issue of if I had a previous favourite sentence, which I didn't, but if I did, this sentence would replace it):
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo.
There's a LOT of stuff I'm going to have to get/buy once I get to Austin, so I'm just bringing a car load of all my worldly possessions with me. Some stuff I just never got around to ever buying because roommates had them or I just lived without (ie a toaster oven). A lot of this stuff is kitchen things (Empire Red of course, the only acceptable color for a KitchenAid stand mixer), and I've been doing a lot of research onto what's worth spending a lot of money on, and what equipment the $2 special at Wally World will do just as well. A good example of the latter is the $30 set of measuring cups at William-Sonoma. Because apparently some people feel the need to overspend by $25 on measuring cups that can withstand the heat for an oven, since they're constructed just like their saucepans. Apparently some people cook in their measuring cups?
Not all news is bad, in New Mexico a family took in their home 44 strangers who got stuck during a snow storm on a highway by their house.
All the dust from moving old furniture and unpacking stuff is giving me a sore throat.
The Gators are football National Champions!!!!!!!
I went up to Gainesville to watch the game in the O'dome, and to then party on University Ave after the blowout. It was probably the loudest I'd ever heard it in there after each touchdown was scored, and the entire environment was electric. It's still hard to believe that we now have both the basketball and football championships at the same time, and that they both happened my last year at UF so I got to experience each of those championship seasons first hand. It's Great To Be A Florida Gator!
And low and behold that means a picture update of photos from watching the game:
The crowd of people to get in (notice the crowd surfer)
Wearing the free tshirt everyone got
The video screen and crowd starting to head out to University
And for the first time, video! Very crappy quality due to it being from a digital camera, and then uploaded to Youtube:
Orange and Blue Cheer
Go Gators cheer (for some reason the video and audio became unsynced when I upload it to youtube)
It's Great.. to be.. a Florida Gator
Celebrating a 2nd quarter touchdown
Celebrating Tebow's 4th quarter touchdown to seal the win
Out on University
I had a hunch it was going to be a great day Monday when that morning I managed to get tickets to see Conan O'Brien tape his show in New York. So tune in January 30th and you may get to hear me (along with a few hundred other people) laugh on national TV!
To tide me over, one of my friends linked me to his Harvard commencement speech for the class of 2000.
So only one more week left until I leave for DC, and I just checked the weather. The high will be 38. After 8 years of living in Florida, this might take some getting used to.
Tomorrow I leave for my 2 week trip to the Northeast, to spend a week in DC and a week in NYC. Unfortunately even though it was in the mid 60's last week in DC, the high tomorrow is going to be 36, so basically I'm going to freeze to death since today in Tampa it was a nice 83 and I was in shorts and flip flops. But I found some winter stuff on sale today (including $6 leather gloves and a $5 scarf, gotta love winter clearance sales) and I'm packing all the winter clothes I have in a giant suitcase, so I should make it out with all my fingers and toes intact. And of course expect a giant picture update once I get back, since I plan on seeing a LOT of places and eating a lot of NY pizza.
In news that shouldn't surprise anyone, the reason American's don't want jobs picking oranges is not because they feel it is beneath them, it's that who wants to pick apples for $5 an hour with no benefits when better jobs are available? It's just economics.
Apparently it is quite possible to live on just $30 of food a month.