Shower handle at San Jose Hyatt

No hint of a 'hot' or 'cold' indicator.

For any newcomers, this is the latest entrant in 43Showers, a chronicle of all of the hotel shower handles I meet. They're all different, and most are confusing when you're staring at them early in the morning for the first time.

Look for the "43showers" tag to see the rest of them. There's a site for all this, but it's not worth looking at yet.

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QotD: I wish I could…

Play any instrument or speak any language, which do you choose?
Question submitted by cruftbox.vox.com.

Do you get to pick one language/instrument or is it all of them? Being an omniglot would be pretty sweet, as would being a one-man symphony. With the former you'd be practically a superhero, with the latter you're a winner on a reality show.

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QotD: Back where I'm from…

Soda? Cola? Pop? What do you say? Any other regional words that set you apart?
Question submitted by Gladys.


Soda, like what Costanza wanted to call his kid. While we're on the subject, I have found that people don't know birch beer here in the south. Or sarsaparilla.

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QotD: Weekend Wrap-up

What was the highlight of this past weekend?

A tie.

In this corner, the Battle of Atlanta/Taste of East Atlanta festivities, where I got to learn about the central role my neighborhood played in civil war history, the advantages of British Enfield Rifles over Austrian pos'es, the various bone saws and techniques employed in battlefield amputations, and how General MacPherson met his untimely end at the end of my block. I also volunteered at the Taste of East Atlanta, which makes my second "taste of a city" event in as many months. I've found that cities generally taste pretty good.

And in this corner, putting together the second adirondack chair for my backyard. And reaping the rewards by setting a spell.

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The snob and the idiot

"Pretension is a problem because it can be mistaken for knowing a lot about something. Someone who genuinely knows about something can come across as a rather pedantic know-it-all. He can't help knowing things, either. I see the other side of the coin, If you're on the bus and an old woman says, "I hate spiders. I hate all insects." You don't say, "You're an idiot. It's an arachnid." Likewise, there are points when you do have to say, "Actually, that's not strictly true." It's that fine line of knowing when to show you know something and when not to. I'm not saying I suffer from it, but they do it on "The Simpsons" a lot, where Lisa Simpson is burdened by intellect in a world where it's not really being looked up to. I like both sides of that coin. I like a snob being brought down to earth, and I also can laugh at people who are totally ignorant and revel in it."

-Ricky Gervais, from an interview in issue 26 of Stop Smiling magazine.

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Female cardinals got a raw deal

Not gonna lie to you. The bright orange beak, dirty gray body feathers, and clumps of factory second red-orange plumage are not nearly as classy as the full-on red pimp suit the dude Cardinals get to wear.

Just noticed a few of these in my neighborhood.

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Twitch City Finally Comes to YouTube

Canadia's bestest weird sitcom has been hard to find on the internets/tubes series. Do yourself a favor and watch the chunks now available on youtube. If anyone has the full episodes I'd gladly exchange a kidney for all of them on DVD.

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