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08 February 2009 @ 10:12 pm
the sunday random post of random things  
dianeofnka's post on visiting gourmet cupcake stores made me realize the following:

This whole gourmet cupcake thing? I just don't get it.

The frozen yogurt thing I get, even the "get your own frozen yogurt and put your toppings on it yourself" thing as I can certainly appreciate a giant pile of mini Peanut Butter Cups and Twix and chocolate chip cookie dough on top of a smidgen of vanilla frozen yogurt ("but yogurt is healthy!").

But fancy, expensive cupcakes? Nope. To me, a cupcake is grocery store cupcake mix, with eggs and oil, tossed in cups and baked in the oven.

Here's a good email to get: "Dalai Lama (OHHDL) is now following your updates on Twitter."

Dalai Lama and I? We're like *this*.

They used to sell little taste bottles of absinthe at Beverages & More. But last time I was there, I couldn't find any. I bet it wasn't "real" absinthe anyway. I still want to taste it, though.

There are a lot of new albums out right now I want to hear: U2, Bruce, Lily Allen, others I can't remember.

Soda pop vendors (Pepsi, Coke, etc), don't think I haven't noticed that you've switched from 12-packs of cans to 8-packs of cans without lowering the price of said pack by 33%. I'm onto you.

ETA: There's a panel at E's high school next week with survivors of breast and ovarian cancer talking to the female students about cancer awareness. Apparently, due to "the sensitivity of the subject", I have to sign a permission slip for E to attend. What the hey? What issues would someone have with their kid attending something like this?
writerknvwriterknv on February 9th, 2009 06:40 am (UTC)
Since you're cool with the Dalai Lama, can you put a good word in for me? And build your own yogurt ROCKS!
jeffsoesbe: homer happy donutjeffsoesbe on February 9th, 2009 06:52 am (UTC)
I'll do what I can but he's getting a lot of requests.

And I already asked him about the whole "how do I win the lottery?" thing, and what I should do about this sore hamstring. Oh yeah, and for a good chai recipe.

I don't want to appear *too* needy, y'know? But I'll see what I can do.

Build your own yogurt rocks for the taste buds, but not as much for the waistline. "But I don't get it? Yogurt is low-fat!"
kzmillerkzmiller on February 9th, 2009 07:18 am (UTC)
I'll bring some Absinthe to ... I don't think you're going to Radcon, are you? But I can try to remember to bring it to Norwescon. Remind me! I have some French stuff. We'll need sugar, and water.

Heh. Now I'm thinking about Men in Black.
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on February 9th, 2009 09:01 pm (UTC)
I'm not going to Radcon, though I think it would be fun to attend one day since I bet it's a lot of Portland folks that I know. I'm sure there's someone who would give me a lift from PDX.

So, absinthe party at Norwescon! Sounds like fun. I hear it makes your mouth go all numb, like Novocaine...
Terri-Lynne DeFinobogwitch64 on February 9th, 2009 01:49 pm (UTC)
'What issues would someone have with their kid attending something like this?'

You would be surprised. It's ridiculous. I just recently had this sort of conversation with my brother, who was disturbed by the ancient burlesque performers in Coraline. One had gigantic boobs decorated with sequins and beads. His 11 year old daughter found it 'objectionable.'

My brother and his wife also found it scandalous. (Cartoons, mind you.) I asked, "Don't your kids LOVE the Spiderman movies?" Why yes, they do. They watch them constantly. "And all the violence and mayhem, that's ok? And an ancient burlesque dancer dressed hilariously in a scanty costume is 'objectionable'?" Apparently, violence is ok, but sexuality is not. Blrgh...

Why is violence, from mild to extreme, almost always ok to the same people for whom anything concerning the body/sex is totally unacceptable?? Personally, I'd rather have my kids watch a love scene than a murder. Any day of the week!
jeffsoesbe: yeff southparkjeffsoesbe on February 9th, 2009 09:08 pm (UTC)
Yeah, that whole "violence is ok, sex is not" is something I think is almost part of the American DNA. And that's the angle I was thinking about: "we can't talk about this because we're talking about breasts and, you know, the other stuff."

My wife (a doctor) raised an interesting point about what sort of angle they're taking here. It turns out the survivors are teen survivors. So is the intent to have teens worry about getting breast/ovarian cancer (which is exceedingly rare) or to educate them so they can help/support their mothers, grandmothers, aunts? It's a good point...
They Didn't Ask Medr_phil_physics on February 9th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
Around here Coke is beginning to show up in (a) 20-pack cartons of 12 oz. cans and (b) 8-pack cartons of the little 8 oz. "100 calorie" cans. The 20-packs are designed to be opened flat on a refrigerator shelf -- unlike the 12- and 20-packs which can be stood upright on a pantry shelf, these 20-pack cartons end up coming open and spilling the cans on the floor. Guess that's progress. On the other hand, I appreciate the 8-oz. little cans. I should cut back on the soda. (grin)

Dr. Phil
jeffsoesbe: simpsons burns excellentjeffsoesbe on February 9th, 2009 09:11 pm (UTC)
Never forget that the soda companies make a living figuring out new ways to take money from their customers. I'm certain the 8oz packs work out to a lot more per can than the 12 oz packs.

The spilling on the floor is just an added bonus for Coke!
dianeofnkadianeofnka on February 9th, 2009 09:13 pm (UTC)
WHAT? They're going to talk about BREASTS? That's horrible! Please don't let my child in there!

Re: cupcakes: I have to admit, *I* still don't get the whole cupcake thing either, mostly because the cupcakes I make at home (usually from scratch) are so much better than these things. (Seriously, how hard is it to make a fairly decent chocolate cake cupcake? Apparently pretty freakin' hard -- Sprinkles Cupcakes I'm looking at you.) I guess it's convenient to be able to pick up a cupcake that's slightly above a supermarket pice-of-foam, but the lines? Do. Not. Get.
dianeofnkadianeofnka on February 9th, 2009 09:16 pm (UTC)
Oops, my sarcasm-indicator did not survive at the end of the first para up there.
jeffsoesbe: homer mmm donutjeffsoesbe on February 9th, 2009 09:21 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, I intuited the sarcasm-indicator! "No talking about ... those chest things ... around my child!"

The lines are indeed weird. It reminds me of the massive Krispy Kreme lines when one opened near my house. Ummm, folks ... they're just doughnuts. And it didn't last, because the place closed about a year ago.

(now watch it turn out that everyone is a big KK fan).