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wednesday : media reports

Today at the office, "moon cake month" inspired a potluck. luckily, people brought things other than moon cake (but no moon pies). As someone who lunched on the kindness of others, I should not complain, but moon cake is really disgusting. It includes bean paste and cooked egg. Not quite festival worthy if it were up to me.

Later I went to campus to score some antibiotics. While I was there, I went to the gym to find that the pool was drained; so I spent some quality time on an elliptical machine. The fun part about this is that it's sort of like the Situation Room (or what I imagine the Situation Room to be like -- I haven't seen it) with all of the televisions. Watching ten channels without audio, I gathered that there was something big in the news about wind shear and airplane crash drills, that it was take your dog to the ballpark in Texas, and that there were forty greatest moments in reality television. Embarrassingly enough, I had already seen many of these moments.

Because of my underappreciation of the distance between the IMA and Thaiger Room, I was late in meeting Rachel, Jon, and Carole for dinner. When I arrived, they had changed the plan and relocated to Chipotle. Since I have decided that I refuse to eat there, I brought in a burrito from Taco del Mar instead. However, it turns out that they serve alcoholic beverages; so I caved in and bought a drink. I like to think of this as being in the proud tradition of my middle school teacher who "occasionally" boycotted Nestle for crimes related to infant formula in Africa.

We were dining early in order to catch the 40-year-old Virgin, which turned out to be as hilarious as all of the reviews suggest. Because I couldn't help but think of the Jane Lynch [imdb] character as the lesbian poodle trainer from Best in Show, her scenes were probably even funnier than they were intended to be.

On the way home, I finished reading Killing Yourself to Live. It reads kind of like a couple hundred pages of fairly good weblog entries. Chuck Klosterman really seems to be earnest about his love for KISS. I find this, and most of the other references to classic rock hard to follow because I have actively tried to avoid most old music as an extreme reaction to those Freedom Rock commercials.


What's the story with Chipotle ?
I hate it because it is overrated and is owned by McDonalds.
Never been there anyway...

was that mrs. houston you're referring to?

My mother was also one of those occasional Nestle boycotters, although actually I think she was pretty good about never caving despite our incessant requests for Nestle Crunch bars or whatever. She actually had boycotts of quite a few random companies, like Reebokand Dominoes Pizza, and we couldn't buy juice boxes for our lunches because the cardboard wasn't recyclable. At the time this all seemed weird and ridiculous, but now I am embarrassed to say I am just as weird and ridiculous with my own boycotting of random places.

If there were Chipotles here I'd be totally with you on that boycott. Instead I boycott Qdoba because it has a dumb name and took the place of one of my favorite EL restaurants.

Re: was that mrs. houston you're referring to?

which restaurant did it take over?

Re: was that mrs. houston you're referring to?

It took the space of Sparty's Coney Island on Grand River, which is not really what most people would call a great restaurant, but was one of my all-time favorites. Amazing grilled cheese sandwiches and fries plus they always gave me extra pickles even if I didn't ask. (It doesn't take much to make me happy.)

Technically it's not even Qdoba's fault I think, but I still blame them. Plus I'm just not a fan of chains, especially Mexican food chains. Also I really hate that Qdoba is a) not really a word and b) semi-unpronounceable. Stupid Qdoba.

Re: was that mrs. houston you're referring to?

I think that Qdoba used to Zteca -- another unpronouncable non-word. Maybe they had to change their name because there's another chain restaurant called Azteca?

Re: was that mrs. houston you're referring to?

Good grief, I don't know which one of those worse. I think they might be tied for worst name ever.

Re: was that mrs. houston you're referring to?

yes, it was mrs. houston.

for a while I had a random boycott of the crossroads movie theater that started after a showing of midnight in the garden of good and evil because the horribleness of the movie was made even worse my the crappy uncomfortable seats. I think that boycott is over now that they remodeled.

Re: was that mrs. houston you're referring to?

you two must have commented on lj all day today at work. lol

i remember that nestle boycott, and it inspired my mcdonald's boycott in 9th grade. which brings us full circle to your Chipolte boycott.

i hate chipolte because aaron p. made me go there while in chicago at christmastime. i was like, we are in chicago! can we not go somewhere cool? also, it was terrible.

i love it when jon stewart makes fun of the situation room, even though i have also never seen it.

and i remember how rhiannon's mom wouldn't let her pack her lunch w/baggies or anything other than waxed paper.

who would we be without her?

I often think of Marianne - and her influence on us. Not that we weren't influenced by other things (our parents, each other, etc.) but she had a lot to do with it I think. We should go visit her next weekend!!

Re: who would we be without her?

Oh, I agree completely. She (and to a grammatical extent, mrs sandow) were hugely influential. Probably more than almost any other teacher or professor.

I guess we're sort of like Marianne's Army.

Marianne's Army

I love it!

I agree w/the Mrs. Sandow, but she was more . . . I don't know, flighty? She cared about Beowulf and art. I always remember that project that we had to do where we drew something using one continuous line, and how I faked a pencil while Rhiannon took 100 years to do a bottle of perfume.


Re: who would we be without her?

Did you read the Prime of Ms. Jean Brodie?

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Re: who would we be without her?

it's a short novel by Muriel Spark about a sort-of mrs. houstonlike teacher, except with more sexual competition undertones and at a girls only boarding school. o.k., maybe it's not all that much like her. just the unorthodox teaching, and post-classroom influence parts.

I must have read it for an English class at MSU? I remember it as being pretty good.

Re: who would we be without her?

I looked it up on Amazon - looks interesting!