Tuesday, December 27, 2005

How have I displeased you, O Bill Gates?
Yesterday our computer blew up. These things always seem to happen around Christmas. I was merrily ripping my new Buck 65 cd onto Media Player when it crashed and now Windows won't load. And of course Bonavista Computers is closed Boxing Day.
Fortunately Jer brought his laptop home so I'm pecking away on that. It took me a while to understand that the little red mouse button in the centre of the keyboard does not scroll, but rather is a joystick-type of contraption. I was sweating away on it for a while until that realization kicked in.
So if I've promised you some mixed CDs, I'm afraid you'll have to wait a bit longer until I get my baby back.
I am also getting my ass-kicked in the annual Christmas Crokinole championship! I was concerned about my predominant flicking finger, as the knuckle has been a little swollen for a couple of days, and sure enough I can't make a decent shot to save my life. Besides, some of the pegs on the board are crooked, and my chair wasn't the right distance from the table, and the light was too bright, and ...
To maintain my dominance in the household despite my pathetic showing at the Game, I declared that Boxing Day will henceforth be known as Make Your Own Fucking Supper Day, and pointed to the leftover turkey.
I am probably the last person in the world who had not seen March of the Penguins, but we finally watched it last night. It is quite simply, the most amazing, beautiful, charming, spectacular, heartwrenching, and fascinating film I've seen in a long while! At the risk of pissing off the Superlative Gods even more, I was gobsmacked by this film and by how much I did not know about penguins. If you haven't seen it, watch it right now!
Now it's time for the South Park retrospective.
You are my Super Best Friend, Stan.

14 comments:

Teddy said...

Um.. crokinole?!?!? Just where are you from anyways, Barb? This is an Ontario cottage game. Grew up with it in Muskoka and Haliburton. Along with Euchre.

Wonders and all.

And as for MotP, never I say. I'll put it into the same bin as Titanic (I hear the ship sinks) and others that are hyped by everyone. Penguins? They waddle, don't they?

Barbara Bruederlin said...

We played crokinole in Winnipeg (my hometown) as well, but I didn't really get into competitive crokinoling until I lived in London, ON for 10 years. But I never did get the hang of euchre, kept getting it mixed up with Hearts.
Hey, I'm with you on Titanic - I will NEVER watch it - but MotP is gr8!

Kellee said...

I LOVED MARCH OF THE PENGUINS! It was so amazing so see what intelligent and fascinating they are. Before I saw the movie, I thought they waddled and looked pretty damn cute. It's more than just penguins though...it's a lovely and raw look at a side of nature we would normally never know about, let alone see firsthand. I cried. I hate estrogen sometimes.
MISS YOU BARB - HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!
xoxoxo

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Kellee - I am so with you on the Penguins - I was completely charmed and amazed by the film.

Grumpy Old Bastard said...

Crokinole!! Haven't played that since I was eight. Of course it was different back in my day we used hollowed out Mastodon vertebra and it was considerably more difficult as we had not yet developed opposable thumbs...

Have not seen MotP, but I have it on good authority that the sequel will NOT be named April of the Penguins. This is a pity.

GOB

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Oh GOB, GOB, GOB ... It's good to see that the overindulgence season has not dulled your sharp wit. April of the Penguins, indeed.

My mind, unfortunately, is still buried under a 2 foot layer of shortbread.

Neil said...

Happy New Year, Barbara!

Jas Bhambra said...

I watched "March of the Penguins" last night, Barb. Amazing movie!

Hope the PC has been fixed.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Hey, Happy New Year to you too, Neil! I hope you had fun in la belle province.

Hi Jas, are you back from Edmonton? Thanks for your concern about my computer. It is alas still dead.

Jas Bhambra said...

I am back, Barb. But, unfortunately plagued by these headaches.....

Grumpy Old Bastard said...

Barb,

I hope you at least enjoyed the short bread. I find myself buried under alternating layers of Michelle's slow baked ham and onion dip. These layers do not cover my mind, however...they have settled considerably to the south.

Happy New Year - GOB

Barbara Bruederlin said...

Happy New Year to you too, GOB! I think that I now have a slow-baked ham attached to each thigh.

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