July 13th, 2009



Home. Tired. Convention went very very well. More later.

The line of the weekend was probably: "It's a good thing I'm drinking....."
  • Current Music
    tonight's In Plain Sight

Schott's Miscellany 10 July 2009

The 114-day Battle of Britain begain when German Luftwaffe planes began attacking southern England (1940)


Boule tradition dictates that if a team fails to score a single point during a march, the members are expected to kneel and kiss the bare buttocks of the legendary voluptuary "Fanny" (rotondités de la plantureuse Fanny), whose image is to be found on pictures and sculptures in many a boule club.

Do you realize the responsibility I carry? I'm the only person standing between Nixon and the White House.
John F. Kennedy (1917-63)
  • Current Music
    "When a Soldier Makes It Home" by Arlo Guthrie

Schott's Miscellany 11 July 2009

American space station Skylab broke up and crashed to earth over Australia, five years after its final mission (1979)


A PYRRHIC VICTORY is one achieved at such a cost that it is almost indistinguishable from defeat. It seems the term derives from the bellicose antics of Pyrrhus (319-272 BCE), King of Epirus, who twice beat the Roman army but with casualties so crippling that one commentator wrote, "One more such victory and we are lost."

Man is the only animal that blushes. Or needs to.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)
  • Current Music
    "Rock Island" by Jethro Tull

off to bed....

I'm finally caught up on e-mail (except for a couple that I'll reply to tomorrow) and my RSS feed. I'm not going to even try to catch up on LJ, so if you want me to read something, point to it in comments.

It was a great weekend, all told, and this despite any number of stressors. But they all came out okay, including the one I wasn't expecting.

And now to bed................................
  • Current Music
    still "Rock Island"

Schott's Miscellany 12 July 2009

The Medal of Honor was authorized for the U.S. Army by the United States Congress (1862)


PHOCENSIAN DESPAIR describes a situation in which victory is snatched unexpectedly from the jaws of defeat. The phrase derives from the men of Phocis, who, during Philip II of Macedon's reign (386-336 BCE), were subject to perpetual attacks from their neighbors for daring to farm the sacred field of Delphi. So great was the Phocensians' despair that they vowed to end their lives in a mass human sacrifice. However, just before mounting the pyre on which their women and children were stacked, the Phocensians mounted a last-ditch attack on their foes and defeated them.

Hpapiness: a good bank account, a good cook, and a good digestion.
Jean-Jacques Rousseau (1712-78)
  • Current Music
    "Flamethrower" by the J. Geils Band

well, fuck

Our landlord had to give the apartment in the building that was going to go to terri_osborne to someone else due to an unforeseen emergency. Unfortunately, Terri could only afford the place because she wouldn't be required to do first/last/security, just start paying the rent. So she needs to find a place elsewhere (which will require that), which means she can't save up the money until the end of the year.

It's been a roller-coaster for the two of us, but after this weekend, we were both feeling okay about things -- but that was predicated on the clean break that would come when she moved out.

How-some-ever, we also roomed together at Shore Leave, and drove there and back together, without any significant difficulties. We should be able to manage for the next five months or so.

To add insult to injury, I took my parents' minivan down the hill to do some food shopping. I parked in a Staples parking lot, intending to go into the Staples after I did the food shopping. I came back to find someone trying to tow the minivan. This is what I get for not going into the Staples first -- they have security cameras, and if someone parks there and doesn't go into the store (or one of the ones in the same center), they call the tow truck.

$100 later, and I got the minivan back. Yeesh. Oh, and I didn't bother shopping at Staples. Fuckers.
  • Current Music
    "Starving in the Belly of the Whale" by Tom Waits