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Monday, June 22, 2009

Any way the wind blows.

Ok, so it's been like three weeks since I posted here and while I'm sure it's no great loss to the blogosphere, it feels weird not to and I have a few things on my mind.

Obligatory crafting update-I'm almost done with a lovely pair of entrelac socks that will be a gift for a very dear friend. Just the toe of the second sock remains.


And I'm almost 3/4 done with the Sunshine socks. (Pattern from Cookie A's Sock Innovation book, yarn is Knit Picks Bare Silk/Merino blend and a delight to work with, the amateurish dye job is my own.)



Really wish it wasn't so stripey but it'll do.

That's it in crafting for now, and I'm really feeling the lack of spinning. I need to spin. As soon as I finish those two pair of socks, I'm going to start spinning something on the wheel. What I don't know, but something for sure. Maybe the awesome bright orange/yellow sock fiber I got at the Waynesburg thing.

About the last post about humor, and especially for you, Meowser. Nobody but Bob knows what the butter in coffee thing meant, but it was situationally funny enough that I'm willing to explain it, and the square kids comment.

Square Kids.

Bob: "Pretty bad when the coolest thing in the commercial is the middle-aged cabbie who can't sing."
Me: "yeah, those kids in the back are so square you could play Tetris with them."
Bob: rolls on floor laughing ass off.

For the record, I hate that commercial and I hate Heineken in general.

Butter in Coffee

Bob and I went to the Cheesecake Factory for dinner one night. We had a gift card. I found the place absolutely abhorrent. The decor was hideous, like Arabian Nights meets Opium Den meets Disney. Which under some circumstances could be awesome, but this was not those circumstances. This place was butt-ugly and the food was average at best. The cheesecake was good. But the menu was what brought the conversation where it ended up.

We looked at desserts first, because, hello, Cheesecake Factory? One of the items on the dessert menu was fat free cheesecake made with splenda. Why on earth would you bother? Do you think for one second your body would be fooled by that, never mind the horror of all those chemicals going into your stomach. Sounded abhorrent to me. If you want cheesecake, have some damn cheesecake, not a chemical blancmange of hideousness.

What really got me, though, was one particular item on the chicken section of the manu. "Weight control chicken breast". They seriously put it in the menu like that. Weight control chicken breast. Sounds fucking delicious, doesn't it? The description actually did sound pretty decent, but why the hell would you call it that? It led me to a rant about diet culture, unhealthy mindsets, hypocrisy, and biology that ended with me saying "It's enough to make me want to put butter in my coffee!!!" and Bob ROFLAOing again. So that explains that.

Been feeling pretty isolated lately. Not much different, just realizing how little interaction I have with people outside of work. I have a lot of social networking "friends" who I feel closer to than almost anyone outside of family that I know in meatspace. Most of these people, I've never even met. At the same time, I have a lot of people I "used to know" connected with me on social networking sites and some of the things I see some of them posting are getting a little disturbing to me.

So I think that I need to cut loose a lot of those old ties because there are some things I'd rather not see. I'd rather not know how narrow minded and actually racist some people are. I'd rather not know how they view people who don't meet their standards for whatever. I find myself reading Livejournal any more wondering why I bother. It's not like most of these people are making any kind of effort to maintain relationships with me either so I think it's time for a major social networking purge. It would probably be very good for me, in fact. Some things are not funny. This probably makes me a prude. I don't care.

Unavoidable real life interaction with people is unfortunately ahead with the annual Mensa gathering coming to Pittsburgh. I find a lot of Mensans to be really insufferable, but there are also a lot of really fine people and dear actual friends. I'm volunteering as the action desk coordinator, which means I get the delightful task of explaining to non-natives how to get around this confusing-assed Pittsburgh cityscape. Should be fun, but I'm well-armed with maps and brochures.

We went to the Carnegie science center yesterday, which was kind of cool in some ways, but damn, people need to control their children better. I took some pictures from the coral reef exhibit.




Health is OK. No real changes. No surprises either.

I've been doing a lot of reading, which is probably cutting into my knitting/spinning time. I got back into going to the library, something that had gone by the wayside a while ago due to my lack of returning books and getting warrants out for my arrest (I wish I was kidding) and fines and court costs and stuff. I think I can trust myself more now, so I'm trying a little librarying and so far, so good. I read a few of the "#1 Ladies Detective Agency" books which were good, if a bit condescending in tone. I actually like the TV series better for a few reasons. In the books, Alexander McCall Smith obviously has a great deal of love for the country and the characters, but it's a patronizing, paternalistic love. The voice he gives Precious and Grace, in particular, is very childish and almost simple-minded. In the HBO series, they were much more mature and complex while maintaining the goodness and moral clarity they had in the books. Anyway, I did a couple of Cormac McCarthys as well, "The Road" and "No Country for Old Men". And I've had enough of that. It's just such a relief to be able to read without craving cigarettes. I never thought I'd get back here.

Until next time.


Alisa Knits! said...

What yarn are you using for your entrelac socks?! *in love*

Jamie Longstreth Fritz said...

@alisa, that's Mini Mochi from Crystal Palace.

LisaBe said...

facebook tells me i'm cormac mccarthy. never read anything by him, but i have to doubt it. "no country for old men"? i couldn't even watch the *commercials* for that.

have never been to a mensa gathering, though i always think i should try it. when's the upcoming one here? (am a tewtally lapsed member, so i don't get the mailings or anything.)

Jamie Longstreth Fritz said...

LisaBe, the gathering this year is 4th of July weekend at the Omni downtown-it's the national Annual Gathering. We've got about 1500 registered so far. YIKES.

You should totally rejoin, we need moar knitters (and more sane people) in WPAM.

Marcia said...

1) Gorgeous yarn for entrelac socks!

2) Gorgeous pictures of the fish

3) I liked the TV series of Ladies' Detective Agency better than the books too.

4) Looking forward to seeing you at the AG next week! I'm getting in sometime Tuesday afternoon.

kelly said...

What did you think of the mini mochi? I am thinking of buying some because if it is rainbow, I must own it.

I know what you mean about social networking purge. I have the feeling that I will have one soon as well.

Jamie Longstreth Fritz said...

Kelly, it's very soft, but I don't think it's going to be very durable. It's really fuzzy and has quite a halo. Kinda underspun in places. Pleasant to work with, just not sure how durable it'll be for socks.

Meowser said...

Me drool over sox 2.

And thanks for the "butter in coffee" explanation. It's definitely funny in context. Someone ought to tell those dolts who made up the menu there that nobody actually wants to order something called "weight control chicken breast" without putting a bag on their head first (with holes cut out for the lips, if not the eyes). I understand wanting to have stuff for people on special diets, but really, that's just goofy.

Also, fat free AND sugar free cheesecake? I can understand one or the other, but not both in the same concoction. Blegh.

Jamie Longstreth Fritz said...

@meowser, iknowright?