December 17th, 2003


Today's Forgotten English

Maryland end

A curious name given to the hock end of a ham, the thick end being called the Virginia end. These colloquialisms are current in both the states concerned, and are thought by some to allude to a supposed rough resemblance between the contour line of these states and a ham. Ordinary people, however, will scarcely be able thus to impose upon their imagination.

--John Farmer's Americanisms Old and New, 1889

Sow Day

On or about this day from at least Saxon times, boars and, later, domesticated pigs were slaughtered for the Yuletide festivities, a custom that continued into modern times. This date also coincides with the Roman feast of Saturnalia, a weeklong period of merriment and debauchery in which public business was suspended, gifts were exchanged, cross-dressing was common, and servants and masters reversed their roles.

Insert convention joke here. ;)

-The Gneech
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Progress Goooood :)

Two items:

First, my Pushup Ratio was 16/4 today, how cool is THAT? :)

Second, I'd like to shout out a big ol' "THANK YOU" to laurie_robey for her help on this "file attachment" code I've been working on. I was stuck, and she unstucked me! :)

-The Gneech
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Boromir battle


Got off work around 2:00 to see Return of the King. Once dinner was done, got home around 8:30.

Very long movie. Good, in fact, very good, despite the absence of Saruman, but definitely long. Exhausting, in fact, just because it does such a good job of getting you keyed up, and keeping you that way.

Won't post spoilers here ... probably post spoilers later. I will say, that it redeemed the series after Two Towers was such a disappointment. Follows the story of the book better, too!

Was rather amusing to see teenybopper girls in audience go "SQUEE!" whenever Legolas or Aragorn showed up. ;) So this is what Beatles concerts were like, was it?

-The Gneech

PS: 30 seconds of Boromir. Yay, Boromir!
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