Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Is it football season yet?

When I first read this article, I thought how great it would be to have something like this while I was tooling around tailgates outside of Beaver Stadium. (Note: I don't understand how someone smart enough to build his own motorized bar stool can also be dumb enough to drink 15 beers and then try to drive home on said bar stool. I do not condone drinking and driving no matter how novel the vehicle.)

Once I got started thinking about tailgating it made me really miss fall in Happy Valley. Tailgating in State College has been raised to an art form and there's nowhere I'd rather be on a Saturday. I dream of someday owning an RV and going up there for every home game. While I have never seen someone on a motorized bar stool at a tailgate, I have seen just about everything else. Brent and I used to think a hand crank blender was a pretty amazing camping accessory, until we saw someone with this baby at a tailgate.

Of course, a tailgate can be much simpler (and most are). All you really need is plenty of beer, a hoagie, and lots of people to hang out with. Did you tailgate in college? How about at a pro game?

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Too Many Phonebooks?

If you're like me, getting a phone book at your door is more annoyance than help. I rely on google to find phone numbers so the phone book is a total waste. Today I found out you can opt out of the paper phone book! This helps the environment and saves you the annoyance of having 4 phone books, none of which have a good Chinese food place that delivers to your new house. ;-)


Friday, March 27, 2009

Solving the Nation's Economic Crisis

Disclaimer: Please do not be intimidated by this title. You do not need any economic background to understand this post.

Last week I was waiting in the checkout line at the grocery store and took the opportunity to read some of the headlines of the august news publications which can be found at the end of the aisle. I'm sure you are aware of these publications as a good way to keep up on all of the UFO sightings, two headed octobabies, and celebrity affairs going on but I will bet you did not know that they also have breaking financial news. That's right, according to this reliable source Obama has quite a plan to fix the economy: he is going to cancel July! It will save America billions!!!!

I can tell you are all breathing a sigh of relief right now since you know that the president has a plan to save us all. However, I see some drawbacks in canceling a whole month. If we cancel July, we lose a free work holiday on the 4th as well as making serious trouble for anyone with a July birthday (although anyone turning 30 this year probably doesn't mind). So I propose Alicia's Alternative Economy Plan (AAEP). Under AAEP, I will cancel Mondays! That's right, no more Monday mornings. No more going into work with a five day week ahead of you. No more people asking if you have "a case of the Mondays." I'm brilliant! I can even prove mathematically that my solution is superior to Obama's. Anyone can see that Obama's plan to cancel July will save us 1/12 of the money the government spends in a year or 8.3%. But the AAEP will save us a whopping 14.3%!

The moral of the story is not to believe everything you read in the checkout line, and also to remember me some day when you are reminscing about the bad old days when you had to work on Mondays.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hello readers! (all 2 of you)

I'm not one to let a good looking bandwagon pass me by so I'm starting a blog! Once Erin came up with a fabulous title I knew I had to try to write something good enough to live up to it.

Reading is something I do a lot; always have. Today I was early to meet Max and his chauffeur at the vet so I walked down the strip mall to a small local bookstore I had noticed before. 15 minutes later I walked out with two books. Woops. At least I'm supporting local businesses, right?

I'm currently reading The Memoirs of Cleopatra by Margaret George. I still have about a quarter of it left but it's safe to say I've definitely enjoyed it. The book is a novel heavily based on real information so I'm looking forward to finding out what was true and what wasn't when I'm actually done. I'm really hoping that I'll finally get to go camping at the end of April and get some quality time reading, playing with Max, and making Jiffy Pop.

I will finish this off with a gratuitous picture of Max. He weighed 32 pounds at the vet today!