April 22nd, 2003

JOY

Urge to Kill Rising

ALL WEEK I have been waiting for the latest installment of the Real World/Road Rules Battle of the Sexes.

ALL WEEKEND I have been having dreams featuring the cast members. One in particular had sirrani and rock_god in a canoe race against Antione and Emily.

ALL DAY I spent yesterday reading the message boards on Television Without Pity, feeling out the crowd on the most recent Emily Hate Train/Love Train debates. Even though if I read the phrase "I'm still on the Emily love train" again I'll probably scream.

I even timed my laundry so that I wouldn't be interrupted during the show.

In the first segment, they quickly and undramatically wrap up the plot cliffhanger from the last that they have been plugging all week. After the first commercial, we see a bit of the aftermath of the nondrama, a sunrise, and move straight into this week's challenge. The girls who were expected to do well tanked the mission, the girls who normally suck were doing well. It was down to the one girl who due to three separate twists of fate is still in the competition, but remains the weakest player. It was her time to shine. Cut to second commercial.

We return to aftermath of the nondrama, a sunrise and move straight into this week's challenge. The girls who were expected to do well tanked the mission, the girls who normally suck were doing well. When the fuck was MTV going to realize that they botched the show? They're going to fix it and preempt Punk'd, right? Right? It was down to the one girl who due to three separate twists of fate is still in the competition, but remains the weakest player. It was her time to shine. Cut to credits.

Mother of Fuck.

Now what the hell am I supposed to do? My Tuesday is foiled. I look forward to reading the crowd's reactions on the Forums. I can not wait to read Lori, Melissa and Colin's recaps on their own personal websites. But I know they get tapes of the show a few days earlier and have their whole behind-the-scenes reviews written already, posting them right after the show airs. I know those people on the Forums are going to have read the recaps even though they haven't seen the show and talk about stuff I have not seen. I can not go to my favorite sites until I see the rest of this show, as two things can happen, and the outcome means big stuff. At least they didn't show scenes from next week. I had my finger poised on the channel up button in case that happened. I will not be spoiled.

I am NOT going to be able to deal.
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RIP Burrito Brothers Mug

Picture it: 1999. It was the good old days, when everybody had an idea of what to do with this newfangled Internet, and everybody else was willing to back those ideas up. Our young heroine is fresh out of college, working at musicmaker.com, a job that could be called nothing short of a joy. No one really knew what we were supposed to be doing at this long lost dot com, but we all knew we believed in it and were determined to make it work. Our numbers grew as the public grew aware of us, and coldblackncold, frockazulu, friendship7, and of course, bobwhite, joined our ranks. The company was in Reston, what was supposed to be Virginia's answer to the Silicon Valley. Our happy group of co workers often ventured out to lunch together. One of those places we visited frequently was Burrito Brothers.

I was growing tired of constantly refilling and worrying about spilling my glass of water. Burrito Brothers always ran a deal where if you bought their 44oz insulated mug for $3.50, you could get it refilled for $0.79 any time you bring it back. I bought the mug, but with few intentions to have it filled with soda. It was to be my water cup.

The Burrito Brothers mug lasted longer than musicmaker. Hell, the Burrito Brothers mug outlasted the Burrito Brothers branch where I bought it. The Burrito Brothers mug came with me into the city, stood nobly beside me as I grew accustomed to the shocking difference between musicmaker and my current job. The Burrito Brothers mug has survived 4 cubicle moves, was there for me when I was given a taste of an office, and stoicly joined me back in the cubicles when I was ejected from my shared office a mere 4 months later.

Alas, the Burrito Brothers mug's lid has become loose. The creases in the straw have become cracked and dirty. The yellow logo on the side has all but worn off. It is time to send my good friend into retirement.


Thank you, Burrito Brothers mug. Your service will not be forgotten.
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