May 1st, 2009



  • 06:12 @JaredofMo Even "The Woggle-Bug Book"? :P #
  • 06:27 @NowIsStrange What about "porcine flu"? #
  • 06:28 @JaredofMo I just hope Professor Swyne doesn't have it! #
  • 06:31 @JaredofMo Nah, it's just a dream. Or are you referring to how it wasn't originally a Mario game? #
  • 06:33 @eehouls So, how much DOES being a late eighties kids' show host pay? #
  • 06:39 @Clamanity I believe someone in my wife's family says "falitas." #
  • 06:50 @amandapalmer Happy birthday! I guess you're a year and a half older than I am. #
  • 13:23 If Porky Pig catches swine flu, I guess that really WILL be all, folks. #
  • 13:39 They didn't have the latest Wizard of Oz comic issue at the store where I bought the others. Not sure where else I can look. #
  • 15:32 A billboard for Sesame Place had a picture of the Count in a bathing suit. That was pretty bizarre. #
  • 15:36 @JaredofMo Yeah, Mario and his friends basically stole credit for the adventure from an Arabian family. Shades of Gilderoy Lockhart. #
  • 15:40 @erinmckeown The image probably doubles as a warning for kids not to talk to strangers. #
  • 15:43 A bim beri glassala glandride e glassala tuffm i zimbra. #
  • 15:50 @3x1minus1 Don't worry. I don't plan to stop following you anytime soon. #
  • 16:15 Has there been a modern-day fairy tale featuring the Bluetooth Fairy? #
  • 16:42 Why must Surf Nazis die? Can't they just be imprisoned for life? #
  • 16:51 Which movie would you rather be forced to sit through? "Angels and Demons" or "Angels in the Outfield"? #
  • 16:54 Is "Ice Age: Rise of the Dinosaurs" an actual movie, or just an elaborate scheme to piss off anyone with elementary knowledge of prehistory? #
  • 17:18 Gallery of bad unicorn tattoos #
  • 21:31 I'm a hopeless romantic, in the sense that I'm utterly hopeless at being romantic. #
  • 21:32 I guess traditional male wisdom on that point is not to worry about it, since I already got a girl. I don't put much store in that, though. #
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May Day! We're Going Down!

So, it's May Day, isn't it? It's not a particularly major holiday in the United States, but it's more significant in other countries. I understand that it was the traditional beginning of summer in much of Europe, which is why the summer solstice is also called Midsummer. I guess the idea that a season should start with a solstice or equinox doesn't always work out anyway. I mean, businesses and public institutions here in the States often use Memorial Day as their first day of summer. Anyway, May Day traditions include dancing around a phallic symbol, a drunk guy wearing garlands, and the crowning of an underage girl as May Queen. The Puritans weren't too keen on the maypole, regarding it as an idol. But then, I don't think they were too keen on dancing in general. In Germany, either tonight or last night (I guess it depends on the region) is Walpurgis Night, the celebration of the walrus (which is, of course, a traditional symbol of death). Activities include looking through bent-back tulips to see how the other half live, and eating a meal of oysters. No, seriously, everyone knows you aren't supposed to eat oysters in May. Walpurgis Night is actually a combination of Christian and Viking traditions, and it's when witches meet on the Brocken to exchange gossip and recipes, or something like that. It's also the Gaelic Beltane, traditionally when people and livestock walked through bonfires to purify themselves. And when I say "walked through bonfires," I mean they walked in between two separate ones. Much less dangerous that way, you know? {g}

Also, happy birthday to mikeleffel, and happy belated birthday to arfies!
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Young Marrieds

bethje has remarked on occasion that the two of us are more best friends than anything else, which I guess is kind of true. When we'd only been dating for a few months, people compared us to an old married couple. I'm pretty much resigned to the fact that I'm not an exciting person to be with. I'm mostly just reliable, and I don't hear anyone saying that reliability is what they're looking for in a partner. I guess it's a good thing, but it isn't something anybody is really attracted to. I've always been clear that what I most desire in life is contentment, and I suppose I try to provide that as well. Is it weird for a married couple with an average age of thirty to be more close friends than anything else? Isn't that usually something that happens some time down the road?

What's kind of weird is that I'd wanted to get married for a while, yet I don't think marriage really has much meaning. Neither of us are religious, so we don't have the concern about being legitimately together in God's eyes. (And really, if I WERE religious, I doubt I'd think the Almighty would be that petty.) I wasn't really giving up my bachelorhood, because I'd never dated anyone else anyway. And for that matter, I don't even think marriage has to be about monogamy. I don't want to have an open relationship, but I don't really have a moral objection to the idea, either. It's more than I wouldn't want the complications (and I don't think anyone else would be interested in me anyway). It's more that I like being married because it means something to other people; saying "my wife" sounds more impressive than "my girlfriend," even if our situations were the same before and after the wedding. And, of course, there are the legal benefits of being married, like being able to share in my wife's health insurance. Honestly, I feel like giving special benefits to married couples is pretty ridiculous on the part of the government. I have to wonder if conservatives are so intent on preserving "traditional marriage" not just to pander to the Religious Right, but also because it saves money. If you can, for instance, limit the people with which someone can share health benefits to a spouse and children, that means less people for the insurance companies to cover.