Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sorority Bid Day 2009

For the uninitiated, this is what sorority bid day looks like at USC! The part where the girls in pink shirts take off their Pi Chi shirts is what they call 'reveal' where the disafilliated women who have served as Pi Chis all week take off the Pi Chi shirt and reveal their sorority shirts underneath to the potential new members.

Then, after the potential new members get their bid card from their Pi Chi, they run to their new sisters on the Horseshoe. I didn't see any of the Kappa's in this video, but you get the general idea of the singing, chanting, screaming, etc. that is a fun end to a very long week!

What really cracks me up about this video is the tube socks the girls are wearing - are these coming back? Scary.

A few years ago, a streaker in a gorilla mask ran down the Horseshoe - and I saw him coming and we just howled. I had never seen a streaker before.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Do you remember seeing this live and thinking - WOW?

Frozen in time, immortal, sad and tragic in the end.

I love watching the performances of the Jackson 5, and two personal favorites, She's Out of My Life and Off The Wall, both from the Off The Wall album.

It's been a sad week - Ed McMahon, Farrah, and Michael. Time flies, life is short, via con dios.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Memorial Day traditions and the best of the 3rd ID

I could not continue my yardwork yesterday becasue of the rain that began before 8 am and continued on and off throughout the day. So I made sure to make the most of the traditional Memorial Day offerings on TV. My favorite war movie is To Hell and Back with Audie Murphy. I love this movie - it is just amazing.

I watched as Audie Murphy fought Jerry and rose through the ranks. One of the best scenes has to be at the end with him on the 50 cal gun. And he did all of that before he was 19 years old and had been turned down by the Marines, Air Corps, Navy, and Paratroopers. According to the movie, they wanted to take him out of the combat unit but he wouldn't let them.

One of Jim's proudest possessions is his 3rd ID patch. He keeps it in his wallet. Watching this movie is part of the orientation when you enter the 3rd ID, and Jim is most proud of that service.

I also watched a little bit of (and DVR'd the rest) of the Battle of the Bulge, caught about an hour of Patton (I missed the part where he beats up on the shellshocked soldier), and woke up at the end of Midway. Midway is also one of my favorites.

What is really interesting is watching these movies with Jim because he knows about all the battles and the equipment and the details of stuff that you don't learn from the movies. When we went to see Saving Private Ryan, Jim translated through the whole movie for me since they did not use subtitles with the German. At one point in that movie, something happens and Jim leans over and says "he just called that guy an A$$(silrm". Not only does he know all of the stuff about the German equipment and battles and our equipment, he also knows all of those airplanes and all about the battles in the Pacific and the Japanese equipment. He is a walking history lesson.

So hope you all had a Happy Memorial Day and that it was much drier than mine!

Sunday, May 24, 2009

Star Trek Lives…on video galleries!

This is totally cool. I can watch re-mastered episodes on this amazing site. Not all of them are re-mastered, but I hear we can now buy the re-mastered episodes and if these are any indication I have to have them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Captain, I canna guarantee that she'll hold up

Let me tell you, that was the coolest movie I have seen in a very long time. I loved it. STAR TREK ROCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't wait to see it again. It was just, fascinating!

Friday, May 8, 2009

Star Trek is here

Well, today is the day for the much hyped new Star Trek movie. I have plans to go tomorrow and based on the reviews from this morning it sounds like it will be amazing. Actually, I don't care much what happens today - I had the most amazing massage last night and I still feel like major jello. All is good in the world.

I did catch part of Star Trek II TWOK the other day. What is sad is that I know most of those lines by heart and can speak them with the characters. I am pretty sure I saw that movie on July 10th, 1982 and I was forever enthralled wtih Star Trek after that. Two stations, Channel 5 out of Washington and Channel 10 in Columbia showed Star Trek that summer, one came on at 5 and the other came on at 5:30, so I would watch the full one at 5 and then at 6 would switch channels to see the end of the second one. It was great. That fall, Channel 5 showed Star Trek at 8 pm most nights unless there was a basketball game on. I ended up watching a couple episodes of MASH each night as that was shown before Star Trek at 8. It did not take much to make me happy!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Out of the loop, off the curb, and busy as ever

Ok, I have been missing a bit from everything. I barely check or post on facebook anymore, and have not posted anything on the blog in a while but I do read my friends' blogs to try and stay connected. I'm not twittering (don't really even know what that is) or anything else, I have just been really busy.

We went out of town for Easter weekend and it was wonderful. I don't think I could have squeezed one more thing out of that visit to my sister's. We went up Friday (I took a day off!) and had lunch with Meg, James, and Quincy. After that, we went to Meg's house and dyed Easter Eggs. Meg boiled the eggs and I helped Quincy dye them. It was a lot of fun and she enjoyed it. I also played a lot with Quincy. Friday nite, Meg and I jammed to Guitar Hero. Saturday, we got started early with a 10 am Easter Egg hunt, came home for lunch, and made sugar cookies which I helped Quincy decorate. Then, we went roller skating. Quincy would not skate with me :(. I had paid for us and rented skates for me. I spent the first 10 min getting re-aquianted with being on wheels as I had not skated in 18 years!!!! I was really proud of myself though for not falling.

Quincy would not get on the rink with me, but she said she would with Meg. I said to her "I'm not mama am I?" and she shook her head no and then said, "but I still love you". So I turned in my skates, loaned Meg my socks, and got a bigger size skate so Meg could put them on. Quincy went around the rink with her once and then wanted to play Skee Ball - go figure. Me - I put the skates back on and skated for another 20 minutes or so. It was so much fun and I felt like I was 11 again!!! What a fun time. After skating, we went over to my mom's apartment so that Quincy could swim in the indoor pool. We played Marco Polo, and Quincy jumped in and swam around without the bubble to keep her up. She has turned into quite the little swimmer. She did not want to get out of the pool. By this time, it was time to go back to Meg's for dinner, more playing, and more guitar hero after Quincy went to bed.

Sunday we attempted to go to church, but Meg was not feeling well at all. She had been sick all weekend with fever and allergies, and it peaked on Sunday. So Quincy and I went outside on a beautiful morning to play basketball. It was alot of fun, and it was hard to leave but it was time to go home :(.

Have just been super busy since then, and everything started off well this week except around 7:30 Monday morning I fell while stepping off the curb and crossing the street. I twisted my right foot and landed on my left knee in the middle of College Street. I have this lovely swollen foot and a two inch by one inch abrasion just below my left knee. I had a fight with the street, and the street won. I was so embarrassed. I think I would have done better if I had been on the roller skates! I didn't fall on the skates, but I can't step off a curb without slipping and hurting myself. It was slick as it had been raining, but what a terrible way to start a Monday. Fortunately, I am on the mend, and hopefully the swelling will be gone soon - I'm tired of ice and a very cold foot!