Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Delirious Ramblings of a Sleep-Deprived Mind

Babies! There are so many cute babies everywhere. Little ones that scoot around on their bottoms, slightly older ones that giggle and hide, youngest ones who smile and wave their fists. I want to hold one, to listen to one laugh for hours, to play games with one, and to watch one sleep. I am almost ready to walk up to some mother under the rainbow and ask to hold her child, just for a few minutes. To babysit. To do anything. Babies. Aww...

Monday, July 18, 2005

What I haven't Been Saying Because I Am Determined Not To Complain About It Anymore

It is hot. Far too hot to feel like doing anything, which includes posting on my blog. We had two thunderstorms this weekend which did nothing to make it any cooler and there is no relief in sight. This is by far my least favorite time of year. Ok, enough.

In other news, I finished HP6 yesterday and I must say I am disappointed, not only by the short length of the book, but also by the apparent lack of interesting material. It seemed to focus very little on anything at school, or on anything in general, except uninteresting side plots. The newly introduced characters weren't very like-able, and our old favorites did very little in the way of anything new, or at least unexpected. I found myself trying to remember what age these kids are supposed to be, but they do not seem to have aged since the first book. The ending was just as confusing as the others, but leaves the reader with even more suspense. Maybe after some more people finish and I can talk about it, it will seem a little better. Until then, I am giving it a B-.

Sunday, July 10, 2005

On Riding Backwards in Cars

It is only when we visit the people of Fort Wayne, IN that I have the opportunity to ride in a car facing backwards. It is both a thrilling and terrifying experience. Firstly, there is little in the way of leg room, especially with coolers, water bottles, and life jackets surrounding you on every side. This, however, is somewhat made up for by the increase in windows, having both a side and a clear view in front of you. This, in turn, can also be somewhat scary, as you come much closer to the people driving other cars, notably the ones who drive too close behind you.
This location provides one with the perfect opportunity to observe drivers doing illegal things, or things that should be illegal even if the laws have not yet declared them to be. Things like talking on a cell phone and drinking. Yes, drinking and driving is a crime we are all warned against, yet does anyone really listen? Ok, so I'll admit I believe one driver to merely be ingesting coffee, but I am also convinced that all the people contained in one car that persisted in following us for a long time were in fact drinking beer.
My fellow rider and I were quite nervous about allowing some of the people we observed to continue least so closely to us. And then there were the cars that had headlights on, even though it was the middle of the afternoon on a sunny day. We wanted to play Charades to get them to turn the lights off, but at the same time did not want to distract the drivers from keeping their hands on the wheel.
With the number of people giving so little attention to their driving, is it any wonder that I don't want to drive?