Thursday, June 25, 2009

"To care and not to care"

Well, my life got a bit crazy as of late, and on top of that, I came down with swine flu (or something very much like it... still trying to recover), so I've been missing from the blogosphere from most of June. Apologies for that. Tonight I was sitting on my bed with Infinite Jest, my potential summer project (which I'm sure is destined for the wayside much like last summer's 'classic movies' project - most of which have been pushed lower and lower in my Netflix queue) sitting open in front of me, and I started to procrastinate. You're shocked, I know. Procrastinating involved catching up on some blog reading.

Recently, Jeanne posted this portion of T.S. Eliot's "Ash Wednesday" on her blog. It really struck me today. For those who don't understand why I like Eliot, maybe this will help. Enjoy.

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Ash Wednesday

Because I know that time is always time
And place is always and only place
And what is actual is actual only for one time
And only for one place
I rejoice that things are as they are and
I renounce the blessed face
And renounce the voice
Because I cannot hope to turn again
Consequently I rejoice, having to construct something
Upon which to rejoice
And pray to God to have mercy upon us
And pray that I may forget
These matters that with myself I too much discuss
Too much explain
Because I do not hope to turn again
Let these words answer
For what is done, not to be done again
May the judgement not be too heavy upon us . . .

Teach us to care and not to care
Teach us to sit still.

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Zack Attack

"...but then I moved out west with my two friends and my high school principal..."

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Venti Annoying

Today's topic of choice: coffee. Why? Because this morning McDonald's screwed up mine. Which has happened 3 times now since I decided to get McDonald's in the mornings instead of Starbucks because it's delicious and cheap. So I thought I'd post briefly about the three main coffee places around here:

Starbucks

YAY: I love Starbucks, as we all know. At Starbucks, they always get your drink right, and if they don't, or even if you think they didn't, they remake it for you. Also, making coffee drinks is all Starbucks does (you're not fooling us with those breakfast sandwiches, marketing staff, nice try). Which means they can concentrate on getting it right. You get the milk you want, the number of pumps of flavor you want, the shots of espresso you want, etc. No hassle.

BOO: Way way way too expensive. Honestly. Breaking the bank over here. And more than that, I actually don't care for Starbucks' actual coffee coffee. I like their lattes and other such drinks, but their actual coffee is not my favorite.

Dunkin Donuts

YAY: Dunkin Donuts, on the other hand, DOES have great coffee coffee. I like the medium french vanilla with skim milk. Hot coffee is their second specialty, behind donuts, and it shows. They don't burn it like Starbucks, and their sizes for hot coffee are reasonable and also called reasonable names. Oh, and their coffee is reasonably priced.

BOO: They put too many pumps of flavor in their flavored coffee, which is why I get french vanilla - that's the flavor of the beans and therefore the coffee does not include syrup. Also, their iced coffee has actual sugar in it, which means the sugar goes down to the bottom of the cup and congeals and does not actually flavor the rest of the coffee. (I know you can get liquid sugar, but the same pumping issues exist there.) Also, their lattes are not so hot.

McDonalds

YAY: Cheap cheap cheap. And extremely delicious. I don't know what it is about McDonald's iced coffee, but I just love it. And the fact that I could get about 3 of these for the price of one at Starbucks makes it that much better. (Also, their new cubicle' ad campaign is fabulous.)

BOO: In order to get this cup of deliciousness, I have to wait in line with a bunch of really annoying people and then deal with a cashier who has no idea about... well, really anything, but especially about coffee. But I can put up with that, if once I order my coffee it comes out right. But it rarely does. At McDonald's, your options are cream or skim milk, but I don't know why they have those options, since they always just put cream in the cup no matter what you ordered. Then instead of admitting maybe they're a bunch of idiots who screwed up your drink and just going ahead and remaking your coffee, they proceed to insist that it's GOT to be skim milk in your cup, because there's no mark on the cup. (?) Does it, McDonald's? Does it? That doesn't even make sense. Thanks for ruining my coffee AND my waistline.

So the moral of the story is, coffee shops, please get your **** together. Honestly. How hard is it?