Disarranging Mine: A Journal
July 5, 2002
From the This Is Not Good Department: The monitor on this computer is starting to snap and crackle. Next, it'll probably pop.
From the This Is Good Department: These are the hydrangeas in my front yard. This is the six year for them. Or maybe the fifth, since it took a while to get them planted. I love the color. These are definite mood brighteners for me.
From the I Live For The Weekends Department: Today is Friday! And making it a great Friday is the fact that the head will be gone all day (I hope), and the additional fact that I'm getting off work at noon. Yippee!
6:50 p.m.Friday Five:
1. Where are you right now? In a far corner of my basement
2. What have you lost recently? Lost my Internet connection.
3. What was the first CD you ever purchased? Hot Rocks. It was a replacement for a vinyl album that was lost so long ago.
4. What is your favorite kind of writing pen? Medium point roller ball, preferrably purple.
5. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Peppermint stick. But since peppermint is usually only available around December, make mine mint chocolate chip.
I should have mentioned this last night, but I thought the thought of it would go away. It's bugging me. And I know I shouldn't watch CNN, but sometimes..... there's nothing else to do. Anyway, last night on CNN Newsnight with Aaron Brown they were panning the country and showing various fireworks shows. New York City. Washington, D.C.. Boston. You know the drill. When the camera got to Saint Louis, this is what he said:
And this is St. Louis. But you knew that from the arches, didn't you? Right on the Mississippi there. Is it Mississippi or Missouri where the arches go?
Arches? Uh, there's only one arch. He must have been confused with the Golden Arches of McDonald's.
Missouri River? Check your geography, Aaron. "The mighty Missouri is our nation's longest river. It begins at the confluence of the Jefferson, Madison, and Gallatin Rivers in Montana and completes its 2,500-mile journey at the Mississippi River just north of St. Louis." Again, that's north of Saint Louis, not downtown Saint Louis. You don't have to actually visit Saint Louis to know the arch is downtown. Just about every televised Saint Louis Cardinals baseball game or Saint Louis Rams football game will show an aerial shot of the arch. Among other ways to know.
"[W]here the arches go?" Hello! Where they go? It's already there. Oh well.
So much for the educated educating the masses. I keep telling myself, "it's only entertainment. It's only entertainment."