~phone calls from happy people that weren't sharing in my traffic woes.
~watching stupid men in oversized white tee shirts sell bottles of Poland spring water to potential heat stroke suffering commuters for 5 bucks a bottle.
~music including The Weakerthans (my favorite), Pibald, and Badly Drawn Boy
~Crasins trail mix (crasins, peanuts, chocolate chips, and other yummy, not very healthy things)
Seeing as it was 5:30 by the time I started moving, I hit some other spots of stop and go traffic between the George Washington Bridge and Pennsylvania, but after that it was pretty much smooth sailing. I-80 is very very long. Let me emphasize this. I-80 is 310 miles long. It starts at exit 310 I had to go to exit 4. Overall, the ride down 80 was ok. I stopped at exit 185 Logonton (where I stopped the last time I drove out in February), got a coffee drink, some chex mix and gas, and used the ladies room. It started getting dark, and for the rest of the way I was very cautious of deer while maintaining a speed of around 80 mph (had to make up for lost time). I was finally off 80 and on 60 south when I witnessed something extraordinary. The moon was rising behind me, and it was gigantic. I've never seen a moon so full and so huge in my life. It was incredible, and it made me smile for the rest of my half hour drive.
I arrived in Beaver Falls (my destination) at 11:30 pm. 9 hours after I had set off on my journey (last time it took me 6.5)!!! Needless to say I was exhausted. But not too exhausted to go out. I cleaned up real quick and we were off to a bar called the Pittsburgh Pint and Platter. I had barely eaten anything all day, so one Heiniken and I was pretty much set. I had another, then a pint of Guinness, and I was super set. I played darts with my bro like I was a pro. Won every game. I'm so good at darts when I'm drunk. I have pics of the score board (I'm player 2).
I woke up at 9. I couldn't sleep. It was a combination of the leather and dehydration that got me up so early. My bro had to go work in the tower (he's going to school to be an air traffic controller) from 10 to 12, so I was alone in his apartment until then. I put on the movie Rounders tried to knit a little, then decided that his apartment was a little too dusty for my taste, so I did what any nice sister would do and cleaned. He came home and I decided I should take a shower and get the day going. That's when I noticed I had forgot to pack conditioner for my hair. Let's just say that long hair needs to be conditioned, so I think I lost about half of my hair just trying to get a brush through it. I did learn something though. Apparently, when I don't condition, my hair gets curly. It was new and exciting, but I figured one more day without conditioner I might go bald, so we headed to good ol' Walmart to buy some. I made the greatest discovery at Walmart. Energizer E2 Lithium batteries. AA. My (my mom's) digital camera eats batteries. I can maybe shoot 25 pics on 2 regular AA batteries. It sucks. These Energizer batteries rule. I've shot over 300 photos and they are still fully charged. It's incredible. I bought 8 and I'm still on the first 2. Yay! I win. Then the fun started.
My bro took me on a drive through this park that's ginormous. So much nature I didn't know what to do with myself. So beautiful. Granted, we stayed in the car the entire time (my brother isn't much of the nature enthusiast), but it was still sooo wonderful. We even passed by a farm
or two. Good fun. I would have more pics, but my bro insists upon driving 50 in a 35 around winding, one lane roads, so I spent most of my time hanging on for dear life.
Finally at around 4, we decided to take a trip down to Pittsburgh and to a place called the Waterfront. It's basically like an outside shopping mall. We browsed through a few stores, I bought some jeans and a shirt, then we decided to eat. We went to a place called Mitchell's Fish Market.
Sunday we sat around all morning/afternoon until around 2 when we decided to go down to some other town to watch a movie. We got there way to early because the movie didn't start til 4:30. It was Corporate hell. Walmart, Best Buy, Lowes, Staples, Circuit City, Toy's R Us, McDonalds, to name a few, all within a 1 mile radius. Madness. We stopped in Toy's R Us, and I bought myself a backgammon board.
Not quite the one I wanted, but it will suffice. While on line to make my purchase my brother noticed a sign that said "if we don't ask you if you need batteries, a free pepsi on us" (something along those lines at least). So I bought my backgammon board, and the check out girl asked me if I would be needing batteries. I thought that was pretty funny. Then, I decided something would be funnier. I begged my bro to go back inside and buy batteries, just batteries, and see if the girl asked him if he needed batteries. He didn't do it because he didn't need any batteries, and seeing as I had bought 8 of those super duper lithium batteries, I had no need for them either. So the inside joke between us since that moment is "will you be needing any batteries with those batteries". What can I say, that's why it's an inside joke, we have dozens of them.
We decided to see Wedding Crashers, and it was not a bad decision. Very funny. The best part was when the credits rolled and the music was The Weakerthans "Aside". That song is well over 5 years old, and nobody knows about the Weakerthans!!! Damn, I love them. I was pumped to hear them in the theatre. Good stuff.
We headed back towards Beaver Falls, but decided to take a detour to go to a tourist spot on the River for some dinner (what river? I don't know. My brother didn't know, I didn't ask). I had a Cod Sandwich. It was gross. It was a nice ambiance though. We sat out on the deck over the river and the view was pretty. There were gigantic fish swimming below us, I guess maybe that's why I didn't like the cod.
After eating we went back to his apartment and watched Anchor Man. It's pretty funny, I don't see why nobody really likes it, I think it was alright. At around 10:30 we decide to go have a beer and shoot some darts at "The Platter" again. This time I was sober, and lost. Very badly. I don't have pics of that, obviously. We were home by midnight seeing as I had a very long drive ahead of me. I was asleep by 1am.
I woke up at 9am Monday morning, showered, and was ready to leave by 11. I tried getting my brother out of bed quite a few times, but I could only get him up for the 3 minutes it took him to help me carry a few things down to my car. I was on the road by 11:15. Took tons of pics on my way home. It was a pretty good drive...but the best part was to come...
I'll leave the rest to your imagination. I'm tired. Goodnight.
1. Death Cab For Cutie - "The Sound Of Settling"
2. Robbers On High Street - "Love Underground"
3. The Weakerthans - "Aside"
4. Jimmy Eat World - "(Splash) Turn Twist"
5. Spoon - "Sister Jack"
6. Guster - "I Hope Tomorrow Is Like Today"
7. Mungo Jerry - "In The Summertime"
8. Bloc Party - "This Modern Love"
9. The Sounds - "Rock 'N Roll"
10. Flaming Lips - "Mr. Ambulance Driver"
11. The Sights - "Circus"
12. The Long Winters - "Cinnamon"
13. Rilo Kiley - "More Adventurous"
14. Isley Brothers - "Shout (Matter Music Remix)"
15. Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson & The Klezmer Juice Band - "Hava Nagilah"
I'm getting it.
p.s. The movie was definitely worth seeing. Funny, funny, funny.
This is Ben Saunders. He's planning to journey from the edge of Antarctica to the South Pole and back. ON FOOT. NO HELP FROM DOGS, NO AIR RESUPPLIES.
1,800 miles. 400lb sledges. Temperatures below -45°C. Icefalls, crevasses and wind-scoured plateaus. Frostbite, altitude sickness and isolation.He's calling his trip "SOUTH". It will mark the first return journey to the South Pole on foot. Visit his site here, and if you think he's as rad as I do, donate a $100.00 to support his trip.
A dime has 118 ridges around the edge. A cat has 32 muscles in each ear. A crocodile cannot stick out its tongue. A dragonfly has a life span of 24 hours. A goldfish has a memory span of three seconds. A "jiffy" is an actual unit of time for 1/100th of a second. A shark is the only fish that can blink with both eyes. A snail can sleep for three years. Al Capone's business card said he was a used furniture dealer. All 50 states are listed across the top of the Lincoln Memorial on the back of the $5 bill. Almonds are a member of the peach family. An ostrich's eye is bigger than its brain. Babies are born wit hout kneecaps. They don't appear until the child reaches 2 to 6 years of age. Butterflies taste with their feet. Cats have over one hundred vocal sounds. Dogs only have about 10. "Dreamt" is the only English word that ends in the letters "mt." February 1865 is the only month in recorded history not to have a full moon. In the last 4,000 years, no new animals have been domesticated. If the population of China walked past you, in single file, the line would never end because of the rate of reproduction. If you are an average American, in your whole life, you will spend an average of 6 months waiting at red lights. It's impossible to sneeze with your eyes open. Leonardo Da Vinci invented the scissors. Maine is the only state whose name is just one syllable. No word in the English language rhymes with month, orange, silver, or purple. On a Canadian two dollar bill, the flag flying over the Parliament building is an American flag. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. Peanuts are one of the ingredients of dynamite. Rubber bands last longer when refrigerated. "Stewardesses" is the longest word typed with only the left hand and "lollipop" with your right. The average person's left hand does 56% of the typing. The cruise liner, QE2, moves only six inches for each gallon of diesel fuel that it burns. The microwave was invented after a researcher walked by a radar tube and a chocolate bar melted in his pocket. The sentence: "The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog" uses every letter of the alphabet. The winter of 1932 was so cold that Niagara Falls froze completely solid. The words 'racecar,' 'kayak' and 'level' are the same whether they are read left to right or right to left (palindromes).There are 293 ways to make change for a dollar. There are more chickens than people in the world. There are only four words in the English language which end in "dous": tremendous, horrendous, stupendous, and hazardous There are two words in the English language that have all five vowels in order: "abstemious" and "facetious." There's no Betty Rubble in the Flintstones Chewables Vitamins. Tigers have striped skin, not just striped fur. TYPEWRITER is the longest word that can be made using the letters only on one row of the keyboard. Winston Churchill was born in a ladies' room during a dance. Women blink nearly twice as much as men. Your stomach has to produce a new layer of mucus every two weeks;otherwise it will digest itself.Okay.................Now you know everything
The competition for The British Antarctic Survey's design for a new base (Halley VI) has been won by Faber Maunsell and Hugh Broughton Architects. Check out the intricate design plan. The buildings will be placed on movable legs with skis at the bottom of each leg, so when they need to be moved, to avoid floating away on a detached slab of ice, they're just lowered down and moved by a bulldozer.
Here is a good article about Mnemonics from NY Times writer Jack Rosenthal.
P.S. I promise you'll have tons of fun!!!
"Manhattan Can Chowder"
Platt Byard Dovell White Architects
New York, NY
Photographer: Kevin Wick
Host: New York Design Center
Check out the rest of this years winners and runners up...
Reasons to be Grateful
If we could shrink the earth’s population to a village of precisely 100 people, with all the existing human ratios remaing the same it would look something like the following:
There would be:
14 from the Western Hemisphere, both north and south
52 would be female
48 would be male
70 would be non-white
30 would be white
70 would be non-Christian
30 would be Christian
89 would be heterosexual
11 would be homosexual
6 people would possess 59% of the entire world’s wealth and all 6 would be from the United States.
80 would live in substandard housing
70 would be unable to read
50 would suffer from malnutrition
1 would be near death; 1 would be near birth
1 (yes, only 1) would have a college education
1 would own a computer
When one considers our world from such a compressed perspective, the need for acceptance, understanding and education becomes glaringly apparent.
The following is also something to ponder . . .
If you woke up this morning with more health than illness…you are more blessed than the million who will not survive this week.
If you have never experienced the danger of battle, the loneliness of imprisonment, the agony of torture, or death…you are ahead of 500 million people in the world.
If you can attend a church meeting without fear of harassment, arrest, torture, or death…you are more blessed than three billion people in the world.
If you have food in the refrigerator, clothes on your back, a roof overhead and a place to sleep you are richer than 70% of this world.
If you have money in the bank, in your wallet, and spare change in a dish someplace…you are among the top 8% of the world’s wealthy.
Someone once said: What goes around comes around.
Work like you don’t need the money.
Love like you’ve never been hurt.
Dance like nobody’s watching.
Sing like nobody’s listening.
Live like its Heaven on Earth.
I think it's great, aside from all the religious mentionings of course.
Here are the sites that I like to visit often:Overall Knitting Resources
Do It Yourself Television Network's Guide to Knitting
How to Knit
How to Knit from Fiber-Images.com
How to Crochet and Knit from BevsCountryCottage.com
Knitting Abbreviations from About.com
Knit Shop Reviews
On-line Knitster Magazines/Blogs
General Free Patterns
Knitting On the Net
Knit List Patterns
Crystal Palace Yarn Patterns
Yarnmarket (also cool on-line shop)
Yarn Companies Free Patterns
Lion Brand Crochet
Free Baby Patterns
Baby Afghan for Beginners
Baby Booties & Hats
Christmas Tree Hat and Socks
Knitting on the Net Free Baby Patterns
.Top 10 Things I MUST DO Before This Year Ends.
1- Go camping for at least 3 consecutive days.
2- Start and complete 10 knitting projects. (2 in progress)
3- Visit my brother.
4- Drive to Montauk, at night.
5- Learn to play a new song on the guitar.
6- Save $5,000.00. (savings balance = $3,000.00)
7- Ride a mechanical bull.
8- Drink 100 pints of Guinness. (16 down, 84 to go, ha!)
9- Hang out with every one of my myspace friends at least once.
10- Buy an 8 megapixel (or better) digital camera.
- A black wire futon with mattress.
- A Queen size platform bed and mattress. (very comfy, almost new)
- A small bookcase.
- A wicker, 2 drawer set.
- A desk. (Used to be a drafting desk, but it doesn't lift up anymore, so it's basically a large flat topped desk)
- And *possibly* a nice sized TV.
If you are interested and can pick this stuff up on Sunday, please let me know.
What can I say, I'm sensitive. I'm also intrigued by peoples beliefs in "heaven". Something to mull over on a dreary Tuesday.