November 29, 2004

Thanksgiving Lessons Learned

Things I learned over the long weekend:

It is possible to entirely forget about work. This is a highly desirable yet fragile state interrupted by alarm clocks on Monday mornings.

My family? They're nuts. I already knew this but each little gathering merely confirms it. Luckily, they're a lovable kind of nuts, not the kind that go on killing sprees or have six cats or keep adding onto their already too massive house. Despite or maybe because of all these things, I'm thankful for them.

I frequent Dunkin Donuts too much. Evidence? The conversation my wife ended up having with the owner on Saturday in which she suggested they try and get me to eat better.

I'm an overachiever when it comes to lazy activities. I watched a gazillion (or five) movies, read three books, listened to a few new albums and worked on my site. None of these activities required standing up.

My neighborhood is almost like West Side Story, only with furry woodland creatures instead of Sharks and Jets. You remember the squirrel, right? Well, I hope you gathered that it didn't die of natural causes. It was attacked. Then I spied a pissed-off looking skunk in my backyard (very much alive, on the correct side of the dirt, if you will) on Saturday and witnessed a cat fight (literal, not figurative) yesterday morning. I think they're all tied together. Get me, I'm like Magnum PI...except for the mustache, the fact that I'm not in Hawaii and I'm mainly dealing with animals here.

Spyware can just kiss my ass...instead of kick it. Yes, my home machine is grappling with the evil forces of spyware. Oh, and thank god for XPs system restore.

I have an acute case of schadenfreude when it comes to professional sports, specifically football, in Washington. Why is it that I take so much pleasure in a Redskins loss? Perhaps I just like the fact that the return of Joe Gibbs isn't akin to the second coming the way everyone thought.

Posted by Chris at November 29, 2004 9:47 AM

For some strange reason I was compelled to read as many books as humanly possible over the long weekend. I enjoyed the books I read, sure, but I also felt as if i HAD to. Like the free time was going to be somehow wasted if I didn't consume as many words as possible.

And I'm right there with you on the loving a 'Skins loss. Especially on a week when the Cowboys win. Granted, the 'Boys aren't doing much better, but hey, it's the little things.

Call me a bad Cowboys fan if you like, but I was happy when Gibbs came back if only to stop all the belly-aching from the fans about how their team sucks. I knew they were going to regret all their words about how the mess was going to be turned around in one season though. That's just silly talk.

And, as a finall note, Dunkin Donuts bagels rock muchly. Best.things.ever.

Posted by: patricia at November 29, 2004 10:43 AM

The right side of the dirt for a skunk? That's be the underside, Chris. The only purpose those damn things serve is to feed the Great Horned Owl. Once the logging companies have successfully driven those into extinction, we can kill all the skunks.

Posted by: Jon in Michigan at November 29, 2004 11:26 AM

Maybe the neighborhood animals are trainin so they can invade your house!

Watch out Chris!

Posted by: Rockchild at November 29, 2004 11:46 AM

I'm afraid I have you beat on the laziness-- my family watched 4 movies on Thanksgiving alone.

Posted by: bmh at November 29, 2004 12:37 PM

Uh oh! Sounds like time to back up your files, re-load your operating system and download Firefox!

Posted by: Marie at November 29, 2004 12:41 PM

um yeah computer shit, incompetent. Say motherboard and I am guaranteed to freak out.

squirrel, will say it again- Rat with a prettier tail. Skunk not much better.

Life with out internet email is great, until you come back to it.

and you know what a donut doesnt sound bad right now, but really Id rather a bagel with salmon spread

Posted by: stinkerbell at November 29, 2004 1:26 PM

How crazy that you and Mindy both referenced "schadenfreude" in your most recent entries...

Posted by: JuJuBee at November 29, 2004 2:00 PM

I sat around like a slug and read books and watched movies all weekend too. Don't feel bad. It is biological - hibernation, like bears!

Also right now I am reading "Jane Austen Book Club," which is a book about a book club (doy). I think we should discuss it in OUR book club, so we can be all meta-meta-meta about it. Like meta cubed.

Posted by: supine at November 29, 2004 2:06 PM

Wow, Chris, your neighborhood is totally Wild Kingdom.

Posted by: Heather at November 29, 2004 2:19 PM

I think members of the Christian faith are looking in the wrong places; Spyware IS the Anti-Christ. Soon it will be spreading the mark of the beast through pop-up ads & we will all be damned to hell.

Posted by: RockStar Mommy at November 29, 2004 3:04 PM

oh man... i am all too familiar with XP's System Restore. thank heaven for that thing. seriously. also... my bro gave me Spyware Search & Destroy to put on my comp. it found all my spyware and disinfected all the files that it had spread too. it's pretty good. i've only used it once so far... i'm hoping it will live up to all the hype it's gotten.

Posted by: Judy at November 29, 2004 3:09 PM

No schadenfreude in Pittsburgh, thank you. Because when the Steelers lose? The bus drivers aren't happy. And when the bus drivers aren't happy, NOBODY is happy.

Posted by: alektra at November 29, 2004 3:49 PM

Great site...I'll be back (please excuse the Arnold quote)

Posted by: Lily at November 29, 2004 4:10 PM

I love watching the Redskins lose. I think it is for the very same reason that you do. The second coming of Joe Gibbs ain't gonna save the Redskins. It was even better watching them lose this weekend in person. Even if it was the Steelers beating them.

Posted by: Nicole at November 29, 2004 5:35 PM

Cats fighting is like the most frightening sound EVER.

Posted by: Dawn (webmiztris) at November 29, 2004 6:59 PM

I am glad that there is someone out there as good at finding things to do that do not require being in a standing position as I am. Good for you!

Posted by: Jade at November 30, 2004 12:11 PM