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“And every Friday, he calls me a bastard!”

July 9, 2010, 9:23 AM

And he will again, because… it’s Friday, ya bastards!

Of course, yesterday is what really felt like Friday for me, because I took the day off today. See, I’m going down to Stuarts Draft today, because then on Saturday, Mom and I are going to Buena Vista for my friend Patrick Jarrett’s wedding. Pretty cool, if you ask me. I’ve known Patrick for around ten years, and I’m really excited and happy for him that he’s getting married. And of all the places for Anna (his bride) to be from, she’s from Stuarts Draft! How cool is that.

Of course, that means I have to drive down, which I’m not particularly looking forward to. It’s just a dull drive is all. I try to alternate taking I-81 and US 29 down and back, and so since I took 29 down and 81 up last time, I’m taking 81 down and 29 back this time. So I get to deal with a sea of tractor-trailers early on this time, and then deal with traffic lights on the way back.

Then of course, it’s become standard fare for my car’s air conditioner to spaz out when I visit my parents (and only when I visit my parents). I’ve discussed this before, and it’s quite unpleasant, and most likely related to an electrical short somewhere, based on Dad and I taking our best guesses. I figure that it couldn’t be something mechanical, because the radio locks up, too, and it randomly goes between full blast heat and my having control over the system. I still remember when it did that around thanksgiving, and I ended up driving down to Stuarts Draft with the windows open in like 40 degree weather. Not pleasant, though that was tolerable. Today, it’s supposed to get up to 92 degrees, and that would not be so pleasant if it decides to spaz out on this trip.

Then once I get down there, first thing I’m doing is saying hello to Katie. We’re doing dinner tonight. I’ve not seen Katie for a few months (since the last time I came down in April), and so I’m looking forward to that, too.

And of course, once I get back from this trip, it’s only a week until Chicago! Chicago is a lot of fun. My sister and her husband Chris are there, and the two of them will be taking Mom and I around Chicago to see the best that Chicago has to offer, including a taping of Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me! and a magic show, plus we’re walking by the Family Matters house for a few photos of the outside. We located it online earlier, and so that will be really cool to see. After all, you saw that house at the beginning of every episode of Family Matters, and I used to watch that show all the time. So we’re going to see the Winslows’ house, which I find pretty darn cool.

And so now I just have to load the car, and then it’s off to Stuarts Draft for the weekend.

Web site: A Trip to the Family Matters House

Song: I've been thinking about the "What do you hear" song from Today's Special's "Ears" episode lately. My Facebook status prior to posting my usual "It's Friday, ya bastards!" message was, "Ben Schumin hears clap, clap, clapping, and snap, snap, snapping, and tap, tap, tapping - those are very happy sounds! That's what I hear with my ears... that's what I hear!" So I used the corrected version of the song. The original from "Ears" said "It's a very happy sound" to clap, snap, and tap, which has a bit of a problem with subject-verb agreement. So when they reran the footage of the song in "Jodie", they redubbed that part with the new words, and sang it with the corrected line in "Live on Stage" (where, rather than the lead-in being, "Imagine what it would be like if you couldn't hear!" as it was in "Ears", it was, "It's really very difficult to dance if you can't hear anything!").

Quote: So this weekend ought to be a lot of fun! I'm looking forward to it!

Categories: Friends, Stuarts Draft