12 January, 2009
Rat Fink

You know, it’s a brand-new year, and I should be looking forward to all the great things 2009 will bring. But right now, one feeling threatens to override the others: dread.

Now of course, I will follow up this post with things that I’m really looking forward to, but that will be later, when I’m in a better mood and the sun is out. For now, here’s what I’m dreading:

  1. The thought of a Super Bowl where both teams are from Pennsylvania. The Eagles I can stand, but the St*****s…God hates me. And shut up, Kody.
  2. Buying a new dryer today. My 12-year-old Kenmore died last night.
  3. Up at 5 a.m., school, rehearsal, home by 8 p.m., study until midnight, sleep, repeat.
  4. The knowledge that my knees probably won’t take too many more years of tap dancing.
  5. April.
  6. Waiting until July for the 3rd season of Mad Men.
  7. The drive to school this morning in the freezing cold. (Must start the Mighty Ford Ranger extra-early.)

Commiseration, anyone?

Fink out. (At least there’s yummy coffee in the kitchen.)

PS — I guess I can’t really be *completely* depressed. Mad Men won again.


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12 January, 2009 8:30 am

Commiseration, I’ll try. I hear you on Mad Men although for me it’s Entourage. That’s all I’ve got. Oh, but while working this morning I came across something I’d never heard of before, and that’s the astonishing origin of Graham crackers.


12 January, 2009 9:03 pm
Reply to  Rat Fink

I was at CNN reading about Charles Ponzi and the origins of the ‘Ponzi scheme’, then saw something about Publisher’s Clearing House, read that they paid $52 million from state lawsuits for deceptive practices, wondered if I could find data indicating how often the sweepstakes winner did NOT buy a magazine in the course of the promotion, so I went to Snopes and then The Straight Dope, where that article caught my eye. Link trails are great aren’t they! I have a quick music question. I’m writing a celebrity obit for a web site to have on hand when he… Read more »

13 January, 2009 6:54 pm
Reply to  Ross

It wasn’t way too much answer for 3 simple questions, it was the perfect amount of answer- thank you!

As an opera fan I have on occasion come across information about the ‘Castrati’. I tried to find the name of one in my favorite Mozart biography, thinking a castrato was normally cast in the role of Cherubino but that wasn’t the case. Did many of them, like Brazilian soccer stars and Madonna, go by one name?

Also I think Ann Rice wrote a novel about castrati; I started reading it in I think my teens and lost patience.


12 January, 2009 12:26 pm

I’m not saying anything to Brown’s fans until after the Super Bowl. I’d hate myself forever if I jinxed it.


12 January, 2009 12:55 pm

I’d like to say that your choice of artwork on this post was great. Oh, and just as I rooted for the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series I’ll root for the Arizona Cardinals.


13 January, 2009 1:15 am

1. I don’t watch the SuperBowl and could care less who wins–if it doesn’t affect my pension, medical benefits or what’s in the fridge–who cares? 2.Dryers–one fond memory is of my brother,Kevin, riding his tricycle through a pile of flaming papers which he lit from the pilot of our gas dryer. 3.”Think of me fondly” when I get up at 9 a.m. 4.Darn knees–first thing to go! 5.Mad Man–haven’t seen it–still watching reruns of “Everybody Loves Raymond.” 6.I have to say that I’m glad I don’t have to face that early morning drive in all kinds of weather–I can enjoy… Read more »