Wednesday, January 27, 2010

The 1/Spare

Here are some random thoughts from my Tuesday, many of which honestly come from bowling:

1.) I have gotten a spare the hard way. That's when you get no pins down on your first ball, and then get all of them on your second. I have gotten a 2/spare, which is when you get two on your first ball and then the rest on your second. I have gotten a 3/spare, 4/spare, and all the way on up. But I have never gotten a 1/spare. Never. It has become like the great white whale for us. Tonight, I had FOUR opportunities to pick up a 1/spare, including three chanced in a row. I picked up none of them. I think that picking up a 1/spare on the tenth frame and then getting a strike with your extra ball is like the most magical bowling thing that can be done during a bowling game.

2.) If you were a girl, why would you take all the time and effort to do your hair, put on a nice shirt that shows your form but not too much cleavage, put some make up on, and then complete the look with sweatpants? I don't understand that. I mean, that is like those news anchors that wear a business suit on top and jeans down underneath. It just doesn't make sense to me. If you are going to take all the time and effort to do up your top, you might as well just put some jeans on the bottom and at least you look right.

3.) Why is gas $2.79 in my town and $2.63 in the town ten miles away? That doesn't make much sense to me, especially since it is all delivered by the same truck I am pretty sure.

4.) I have lived in this town for a winter and a half now, and I still don't understand how this place goes about plowing its roads. Three days ago it was sort of raining and warm, and all the snow that was on the roads was slushy and ripe to be pushed away. So what the powers that be decided to do, in their wisdom, was wait until it all froze and a light dusting fell on top of that, then came to clear the road that goes by the courthouse at 7:55 am, which is five minutes before half of the courthouse employees start work and 25 minutes past when the other half do, so the street was filled with cars. Smooth move boys, that was a really effective way to clear the streets while still allowing them to be filled with snow and ice.

5.) I miss the library, especially the college library late at night. There is sort of something about having a big table or secluded corner to oneself in a completely quiet and almost empty library that is just filled with still air and that sort of musty book smell. God do I miss. Especially when you pack up and make your way out into the dark, with the snow falling so gently in front of the streetlights. It's really a charming scene and I need to find a way to get back to that, if only for the one time.

6.) Does anyone actually use their blender anymore? I mean, everyone has one but really, does anyone really, actively, use it?

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