Saturday, April 12, 2008

Trivia Weekend

The University of Wisconsin at Steven's Point is home to the World's Largest Trivia Contest. Fifty-four hours of trivia, music, food and fun. I used to belong to a team, but it got to the point that I couldn't put the time into preparing for the game anymore. It takes a *lot* of time to collect notes during the year. Even tho' I don't play anymore, I still like to listen the game every year. I thought I wouldn't be able to today - I was having problems connecting to the station on my computer. I was persistent, and was finally able to get through - yay! I like the music and I like to see how many questions I can answer on my own. I've been able to find a bunch, but none of the ones I found were really hard questions. The team I was on is usually in the top twenty. When I first checked the scores, they were down in the sixties somewhere, but now I see that they are in 31rst place - which is still very respectable considering that there are over 400 teams playing. I'm just used to them being near the top. There is still a long way to go, so there is still hope! The Trivia home page here for more information on the game.

Last night I got to watch one of my Top-Ten-Favorite-Movies-of-All-Time on the big screen. The Riviera Theater showed Monty Python and the Holy Grail - it was a lot of fun. As much as I like watching the movie at home on TV, I love the atmosphere of sitting in a theater full of people who like the show as much as I do. The show also included 24 seconds of not-seen-before footage. It was pretty easy to pick out and pretty funny.

I've watched Survivor since the first season. I am the first to admit that it's not as fun to watch as it used to be... the challenges always seem to be the same and the people that they pick don't seem to be as interesting as they used to be. I still watch every season, tho' - probably more out of habit than anything. But I am glad I watched this past Thursday. The moment when Jason tried to convince Eliza that the fake Immunity Idol he found - the one that Ozzy made - was the real thing was absolutely priceless. He was supposed to give it to Eliza to save her from being voted out.

"This isn't the Idol - It's just a stick!"
"Yes it is."
"No it's not - It's just a stick!"
"It is the Idol... It's got a face on it - see?"
"No it doesn't - it's just a stick!"

I haven't laughed that hard in a looong time.

And for the record, I was glad to see Eliza go - I didn't like her the first time around, either. I'm rooting for Ozzy.

On a more serious note, I couldn't agree more with this post from BUFFALOg. I can't stand the politicians in New York. Ugh.

Sunday, April 6, 2008


I think it's here.

I'm hoping.

I'm crossing my fingers.

I think spring is finally here! We've had a couple of really nice days - nice temperatures anyway. The forecast for the week looks promising, too. It doesn't look like the rain will be taking much of a break, but at least the temperatures will more enjoyable. I am starting to get that itch to get the garden going, so I not only want warmer weather, but I want it dry.

I'm just never happy, am I?

I guess it's good that I can't get out in the garden right now, anyway. I am so sore and I still can't believe the reason why - but I can sum it up in one word: Wii.

Randy got himself a Wii. Wii's are totally great, but I still can't believe that one can get bodily pain from playing a video game. I didn't play what I consider a whole lot since he got it on Wednesday - a few games of bowling, a game of baseball, two games of tennis and a bunch of carnival games. And that was over a four day period, so it's not like I've been playing 24/7 for a month straight or something... I guess I'm not the first one to experience this, but sheesh!

And finally - announcing Buffalo's first Improv-a-thon!

ComedySportz will be holding 29-1/2 hours of improvised comedy to raise money to send a team to Portland for the National Championship competition. If you're local - come down the Historic Riveria Theater in North Tonawanda and support these guys! The Improv-a-thon begins at 4 pm on Saturday, April 26th and ends at 9:30 pm on Sunday, April 27th. There will be food, prizes and a Chinese Auction. Come for an hour or stay as long as you want - they are funny and will have you laughing the whole time... Some of the guys are going to try to play for the whole 29-1/2 hours. That will be worth seeing!

Thursday, April 3, 2008

Not Art

Well, last weekend we made it to the Albright Knox Art Gallery, but didn't get to participate in Maple Weekend. I wish we had swapped what we chose to do. The art gallery was not what it used to be. The Jennifer Steinkamp exhibit was pretty cool, but the rest of it was pretty much a waste in my opinion.

It looks like they got rid of all the paintings that were art - meaning the pieces that actually look like something and someone went to some kind of effort to make it look recognizable.
I don't totally hate modern art. Some of it is neat, but a lot of it I just don't consider art. Just about everything that was on display looked like something a five year old could do. How hard is it to take a piece of canvas and paint it blue? And don't tell me that it's the color of blue that makes the difference. I can take a sample of any color in the world, go to Home Depot and get a gallon of it while I wait. Give me a canvas and fifteen minutes and I could do the same thing.

Just about all of the things that I had fun looking at when I was growing up were gone. The mirror room was still there, but under repair so we couldn't go in. Everything else was gone. Even the Campbell soup cans. So much was gone, one could go through the whole building in a little over an hour if they took their time. At $10 a ticket to get in and $8 for parking (if you don't get your ticket validated), I don't find visiting the Albright Knox art gallery a very good value. I can't image paying for a family to go in. I don't think I'll be going back for a very long time. If at all.