June 7th, 2007

little review

Poem for Thursday

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Orthodontists are still insane but at least younger son no longer has braces! At least for the moment...he is going to need them on his lower teeth when his 12-year molars come in fully, but for now they want to leave the lower part alone. I had a nutty time getting him there and back, since his class was over at the high school rehearsing for graduation...picked him up there, took him to the dentist's office, stopped at Borders to get him jelly slugs and took him to Jerry's for lunch since he wanted a cheesesteak...then for dinner we had corn on the cob and s'mores on the new grill that apaulled brought home, two things he has been denied for several years!

I had something of a headache from it being a hectic day and my brain was not working well...wrote a boring article on Trek comics in which the comic writer said the same things he said last time, wrote an even more boring article on a dead Trek guest star during which I had a sense of deja vu and discovered only after I posted it that that's because we covered it before -- editor not even bothering to check that we're not recycling the same old garbage, he leaves that to me, and sometimes it's easier just to write the stupid stuff than expend the brainpower to see if there's one iota of original content. The only fun was writing up a brief pair of interviews with George Takei, who is capable of turning anything into a crusade...in this case it was Howard Stern as champion of free speech on par with Roddenberry the idealist, while Shatner remains a villain or at least a comic figure. Then had to watch "11001001" to review Friday since I won't be here Thursday night to watch it...better than I remembered, and Picard so wanted to have a three-way with Riker and his holographic girlfriend. *g*

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robinwest forwarded some penguin links to me, so I figured I would share them! The first is about penguins we actually saw: from Metro.co.uk, a story about the Gentoo penguins in Torquay at Living Coasts, who have had to be sent to a zoo in Edinburgh because it's been so hot in the south of England that they're refusing to breed. Apparently something similar happened in 1967, when, according to BBC News, some London Rockhoppers had to be taken to an ice rink to cool off. (Now we know where Torvill and Dean really came from, hahahahaha.) Then there is a story, unfortunately at Fox News, about a penguin found near Alaska that they think must have stowed away on a ship because everyone knows penguins live near the North Pole, not the South Pole. And in case anyone needs any penguin accessories, Broad Bay Cotton has penguin ID holders, lunchboxes, luggage tags, cosmetic bags and the like!

Speaking of birds, apaulled tells me that the Ducks have won the Stanley Cup, which means that the North American hockey season is over. I suspect this means that it starts again next Tuesday. *veg*