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September 21, 2011

Because I love a list.  I especially love a random list.

  1. What’s the story with those romper things, ladies?  Do you have to pull your clothes completely off to use the restroom? Seems like a grown up onesie.  Shouldn’t they have a snap crotch or something?
  2. When a caller realizes he’s dialed the wrong number, why does he ask, “wait, did I dial 555-5555?”  Well, no, because if you’d dialed that instead of my number, we wouldn’t be having this conversation, would we?
  3. Kudos to everyone who gets out and runs at the Y. At least you’re active.  Can we lay off the pre-run perfume dousing?  It’s hard to run in a cloud of Shalimar.
  4. I was at the gas station the other day and there was a man going through the big ashtray outside.  Apparently he was looking for any butts that weren’t fully smoked.  Not that I wish he could afford cigarettes, but it’s sad that he’s that desperate.
  5. To the mom/son combo waiting in line at the self-checkout the other day.  That was MY personal space.  I intentionally took longer because you were standing so close.
  6. Three people found my blog searching “dark boy.”  I’m not sure from whence this came or what to think about it.  Three people?
  7. People also stumbled my way with the search terms “show me your underwear,” “can see panties without underwear,” “cleaning out car no panties,” “welcome mat I can see your  underwear,” ”pictures of people low-rise jeans no pantis [sic],” and “טניס בלי תחתונים סלבס,” which  means “tennis no panties celebs” in Hebrew.  Interesting.
  8. Did you know that 500,000 people were evacuated from Manhattan via boat on 9/11?  It’s the single largest civilian evacuation in US history.  The second largest was Dunkirk in WWII, helping 339,000 people escape and it took nine days.  There’s a brief documentary narrated by Tom Hanks that tells the story of the water rescue.  Google it.
  9. It’s interesting that just about every other tragedy has been fodder for jokes. You don’t hear them about 9/11. No amount of passed time will change that.
  10. At the UGA v. USC game this weekend, both marching bands combined on the field in a tribute to 9/11.  It was beautiful.
  11. Speaking of the UGA game, we took The Kids to their first game day in Athens last weekend.  That might have been the first time I’ve had entire Coke without first dumping some out to make room for the bourbon.
  12. Speaking of bourbon, I laughed when the obnoxious screaming girl slipped off of the bleachers (oh STOP. she was fine).  Your bulldog temporary tattoo was precious, sweetie, but yelling “let’s go defense” when Georgia has the ball is a dead giveaway that you really have no clue.
  13. I love that the Oxford comma is back in style.
  14. I had to have 2 pretend cell phone, err, smartphone, conversations at the grocery store today.   I either need to perfect the art of small talk or pick a different grocery store.
  15. There really isn’t anything better than fall in Georgia.  Football is the deal breaker between spring and fall.  If you complain about this weather, you have a heart of stone.
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4 Comments leave one →
  1. September 21, 2011 4:18 pm

    Apparently you did something with panties while cleaning out your car?
    I like list posts a lot. This was a good read.

    By the way, I found you through the college football tag, not searching for panties.
    I wonder if the AP Stylebook has a position on the Oxford comma.

    Keep up the good work,

    Bailey

  2. Colleen permalink
    September 21, 2011 4:45 pm

    Jen,

    I had to google the oxford comma. I’m not proud of it, but I did. I’d always known it as the serial comma. So you not only entertained me, you taught me something.

    In addition to the fact that I was previously unaware that so many people searched for variations on “no panties.” Ew.

    xoxo

    me

  3. jenn wilson permalink
    September 21, 2011 5:55 pm

    the lists are great! they are my favorite! dave letterman who? 15 is way better than 10!

  4. Gillian Hayes permalink
    October 26, 2011 11:50 am

    As a professor, I spend a LOT of time correcting student grammar. The Oxford comma (according to Strunk and White) is not only in style, it is absolutely the only correct choice… it is so not optional. My students are learning it is one of my pet peeves, and you cracked me up bringing it up.

    One of my students found the whole thing so funny, he sent me this cartoon, which I think sums it up pretty well: http://www.outsidethebeltway.com/oxford-comma-cartoon/

    Oh and also… tell your tech editor, video games really do rot your brain, but then so does chick lit, and I love that too 🙂

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