May 15 2005

Random observations

by in United Kingdom, Western Europe

1) This week I learned that Dr. Pepper, 7-up, and A&W Root Beer are owned by Cadbury Schweppes plc, a British candy company. That’s quite sad, really…I totally thought they were owned by Americans.

2) I need new music.
In an ‘On-Demand’ iPod World, Something’s Gotta Give
I don’t have a trendy iPod (instead preferring to use an iRiver, which IMO, is actually better) but I’ve noticed that the problem associated with using an MP3 player is that my music collection tends to stagnate. I used to listen to the radio a lot when I lived in Palm Desert, but here it’s mainly MP3s, and I haven’t been keeping up with the latest music. A few weeks ago Rehan gave me his radio (first of us to move out of Bankside, lucky him) and I’ve been listening to it a lot lately in an effort to actually hear some new bands. So if your musical tastes are anything like mine, check out these guys (some are British, not sure if they are getting airtime in the U.S.):

The Coral
Kaiser Chiefs
Bloc Party
and, of course, the new albums by System of a Down and the Gorillaz are also quite good.

3) Been there, done that: Up at Tito’s Villa – Savoring the splendor of Montenegro before time — and money — catch up with it.
“We are like so ahead of the Times…” – Crystal

4) Do we still do this in America?
“In an effort to crack down on yobbish behavior, authorities are considering requiring juvenile offenders to wear uniforms while completing their community service. In the U.S., they make them wear orange suits and break rocks.” – British guy on the radio.

We still make prisoners break rocks? What is the point of that?

5) Um, is it May?
This weather is horrible…mid 50s…uh, spring, where are you? Nevertheless, we still had the RPSS BBQ at Olga’s place:



Check out that view…right on the Thames. I live right across the river. See those cranes? Yeah, major construction project going on right outside my door…it’s great, especially when they start loading the trucks at 7:30am.

6) My Onion horoscope:
“You’ll be pressured to resign as chairman of the board of directors when it comes to light that you are, in fact, absolutely terrible at sitting at the head of really long tables.”

7) I miss processed nacho cheese.
Can someone please go to CostCo and pick me up a five gallon bucket of Tostito’s Salsa con Queso? Thanks.

8) Star Wars : I don’t care

9) OMG two weeks until my first final…AHHHHHHHHH! Off to read…

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4 Responses to Random observations

  1. From Jackie:

    What cheese is not yours??

    Posted on May 16, 2005 at 12:25 am #
  2. From Lindsay:

    That was just cruel. :::sniff:::

    Posted on May 16, 2005 at 1:57 am #
  3. From Christopher:

    5) The weather is horrible?!?! As a Briton, let me tell you that it has been summer since April! This is hot weather! 🙂

    7) You just put this comment in to confuse the British readers of your blog havn’t you? 😉 What is a “nacho”? What is “nacho cheese”? and what on Earth is “Tostito’s Salsa con Queso”???

    Won’t good old British Cheddar do? 🙂

    Thanks for the link to my blog by the way!

    Posted on May 16, 2005 at 2:11 am #
  4. From Jackie:

    Awwwww. I’m sorry. From one cheese lover to another, that was not meant to be mean. That’s the only cheese joke I know. Wait, that’s the only joke I know.
    So I have this great story having to do with nacho cheese. My friend Karen and I were in ASB our senior year of high school. Our ASB ran a student store which included the sale of nachos during basketball games. Karen and two other boys decided it wound be funny to open one of those gigantic nacho cheese cans, pour it into a cardboard box, and deliver it to the serverly hated leadership teacher. Of course they did it, but with a 10 year old can of nacho cheese. They left the box o’ cheese at the teacher’s door, knocked, and ran away. They watched from behind a tree and laughed and she brought it into her classroom. We like to think that she opened it and was like “WTF?”

    Posted on May 16, 2005 at 5:41 am #
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