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22 February 2010 @ 12:16 am
Over already?  
The weekends go by too quickly, even when we don't have the kids' sports-stuff going.

Saturday, Lauren and I delivered Girl Scout cookies in between her going to a bat mitzvah/luncheon for a friend and the evening party. I ran out of biking time and went running instead, with Christopher scootering along beside me and chattering away.

Sunday always goes even faster. I did laundry and cleanup, and biked in the garage. Finished the last season of Queer As Folk on DVD, where they lobotomized Brian and brought Mel to the brink of insufferability before yanking her back. Meanwhile, Rosie O'Donnell cameo'd (really good performance, I thought), and I learned that the show's creators don't believe in bisexuality. Huh.

We're watching S1 of The Riches, and saw the first disc from S3 of Doc Martin (or "Märtin," as Louisa pronounces it, though he probably calls her Louiser, so fair is fair).

At bedtime, I'm reading The Secret Garden to Christopher (and boggling at some of the vocabulary). He went off on a surprising detour after Mrs. Medlock said that Mary ought to have a governess:

Christopher: I just don't get that! In all of these books, these rich people are sending their kids off to a governess. Why do they think she has time for that? She's busy! I mean, what IS a governess, anyway?
Me: It's sort of like a nanny, except sometimes she teaches.
Christopher: OH...

It turns out that Christopher thought a governess was either a female governer, or a governor's wife, but either way she would NOT have time for dealing with other people's random children. And I can totally see why he thought that's what that word meant!

Just now, I downloaded the lyrics to Woodstock on a whim. Talk about mis-hearing. Some of these seemed pretty clear, but apparently I was still mistaken:

Well I'm going on down to ???? = Well I am going down to Yasgur's farm
Going to join in a rock and roll band
Got to get back to the land = Goin' to get back to the land
'cuz life is over. = to set my soul free.

and

Well, I came down to walk beside him = Well then can I walk beside you
I had come to lose my smile = I have come to lose the smog
And I feel myself a part in something turning. = And I feel like I'm a cog in something turning
And maybe it's the time of year
Yes and maybe it's the time of man
And I don't know who I am
But life is for burning. = But life is for learning.

! Most of my versions still made sense, but I didn't think they were so far off. Really, I was just checking to find out that mumbled part that's "Yasgur's Farm" and then "And I dreamed I saw the ???? riding shotgun in the sky" (which alone has several different interpretations online)

Tomorrow, it's back to the grind of deciphering how to program vaguely-documented ASICs, and I have to round up documents that prove I'm a U.S. citizen. Seriously. The company is making ALL of us go through this for Homeland Security, even though these same documents are a precursor to getting a Social Security Number and a California Drivers' License, so at age 46 this seems incredibly stupid and an obnoxious waste of time. WhatEVer...

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Gretagretazreta on February 22nd, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
Meanwhile, in NZ, the whole COUNTRY is coming to terms with the idea of bisexuality, because one of our female news anchors, who for 17 years was half of the most famous news-anchor-husband and wife team (they broke up reasonably amicably last year and have something like three kids), has been OUTED as having a female partner. Mostly people seem just peeved that her privacy has been broken, they're taking the whole "female partner" in stride. I'm happy about that.

Also I'd make some off-colour joke about always knowing you were a secret sleeper agent for the Russians, but they're probably reading your internet doings. HIYA Homeland Security! *waves*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: White Collarhalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2010 05:29 pm (UTC)
Meanwhile, in NZ, the whole COUNTRY is coming to terms with the idea of bisexuality, because one of our female news anchors, who for 17 years was half of the most famous news-anchor-husband and wife team (they broke up reasonably amicably last year and have something like three kids), has been OUTED as having a female partner.

What puzzles me is that so many people would say (including those in her shoes) that, "Oh. She was a lesbian all along." And the first thing that comes to mind for ME is that if she was happy and had a good life (sexually and otherwise) with her husband, that she's probably bisexual instead.

Not to mention that there's a significant number of people who consider themselves to be bisexual, and in this day and age there just isn't the degree of homophobia there used to be, so I tend to assume that they're not "pretending" to be bisexual-- they actually ARE.

On another non-LJ forum I regularly frequent, I'm forever getting into arguments with people who believe that being gay is a choice (because of course people would subject themselves willingly to how the world treats them in that case. *eye roll*) And for me, it always comes down to the idea that "Most people know the truth about themselves far better than some random bystander." Because really, how arrogant to say that you know someone's heart and mind on such an issue better than they do!

but they're probably reading your internet doings. HIYA Homeland Security! *waves*
It's worse-- the company is making the entire corporation go through this to avoid being accused of "singling out" anyone for whom this might actually apply. E.g., a foreign national. Although the company already KNOWS their status, etc., because that's a condition of employment anyway!
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: Why?halfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2010 05:35 pm (UTC)
Wait. Why did I use THAT icon? I didn't know I had that icon. !?!
Cass E. Pants: candy heart - spelchckcass404 on February 22nd, 2010 08:57 am (UTC)
Christopher: OH...

Favorite HSSprog contextual quote ever.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2010 05:34 pm (UTC)
Haha! I could not figure out why he seemed to be getting so worked up about the subject, until I realized why he was so confused about it.

Christopher is his own Random Weird Generator, that's for sure. Have you seen this entry on "walri"? :0

From Google, it looks as if there's an underground movement to claim that as the correct word, too. Heh!
be: me_myselfbeascarpetta on February 22nd, 2010 06:30 pm (UTC)
Finally back from my very nice holiday I've just come in from proving to the police that I'm not an alien after all.
It took me around 3 hours to do that and I had to pay around $190 on top of everything else,such as being treated like a criminal,only because there seems to be someone with exactly the same amount of wrinkles on her face and dye at the roots of her not-so-blond-anymore-hair, but Polish by origin and I even had to prove I don't have one word of this really complicated language.
Needless to say,I'm quite upset about it.I had just let my students go for the day,stepped out into the street - and got rounded up by two fierce-looking policemen.Fortunately,I had my identity card on me.But it didn't help at all.
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphorshalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2010 07:24 pm (UTC)
Good grief! And you had to pay fees for being wrongfully harassed by the police?

That's not much of a welcome back at all! Probably makes you wish you'd stayed on the island drinking umbrella-garnished dreams away for a little longer. :(
Clair de Lune: divers - so cuteclair_de_lune on February 22nd, 2010 09:08 pm (UTC)
I love the 'governess' thing. So cute (hm, he probably wouldn't approve of that choice of word, would he?) and not entirely illogical *g*
The Coalition For Disturbing Metaphors: weechestershalfshellvenus on February 22nd, 2010 09:30 pm (UTC)
I don't think he'd understand why that was cute (though I agree, it is).

And what's worse is that I see why he thought it meant what it did! It's the female version of "governor," and we only have one literal use for that word in the U.S. nowadays.

I'm glad he was outraged on behalf of all those busy ladies that he thought were busy managing the affairs of state instead!