Saturday, May 09, 2009

it's a horse!

Steph works at a horse hospital where she's basically an equine surgical assistant or, as Brian says, an "equinarian".

I came across this the other day, courtesy of GraphJam, and thought it was hilarious. I can just imagine Steph and her boss posting this in their treatment area and begin diagnosing cases based on this chart:

(click the image to enlarge...)

Thursday, May 07, 2009

the neked people

No one is really sure why "The Naked People" statue came to the Music Row roundabout a few years ago. I'm sure our reaction was similar to the one I'm about to describe below when it was first unveiled, but the locals have come to just accept / ignore it's existence and get on with life.

Apparently Nashville's "powers that be" decided we needed something to mark the foot of Music Row, an area just outside of downtown that is home to many of the Nashville based country, gospel, and Christian music companies. And what better way to honor Nashville's historic music tradition than confusing residents with a circular intersection and a 40 foot tall statue of naked dancers? According to the artist, the sculpture "Musica" uses dancers to convey the "physical expression of music" bursting forth in "celebration and exuberance". Whatever. Remember, this is Nashville, the home of country music... Johnny Cash would just roll his eyes. A statue of a broken down pickup truck, a sad coon dog, and beat up guitar would have captured the spirit of the city better.

But anyways, yesterday as I'm leaving work and about to enter Nashville's most perplexing intersection, I see this little old car creeping along on the roundabout. He's going terribly slow. I wait for him to pass me, glance at the license plate and see he's from out of state. Georgia. I figure he's as baffled as I am as to where to exit the never-ending circle road.

Then I look closer. The driver is an older guy - gray hair, glasses, and there's this shocked expression on his face and his eyes are glued to the drivers side window. Peering up, he's taking in for the first time, with dropped jaw, the naked people. I can hear in my mind exactly what he's thinking... "what in the world is that???" He continues to drive around the roundabout, making a full revolution - not just once, but twice, with mouth open staring up in utter amazement.

Welcome to Nashville my friend. The Country Music Hall of Fame is ahead on your right.

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

i forgot to title this post

You know those annoying blog posts where people say, "Gosh, I sure haven't posted in a while" and then say, "I'm really sorry it's been so long since I've written".

Yeah, this is one of those.

So let's get beyond all that and just dive right in. What should I write about?

I could make fun of Tim. That's always fun. But he doesn't use the internet anymore, so I won't waste my time.

American Idol? I think Danny Gokey will win. Adam has a great voice, but he's kinda like Bono - he's always operating at 110% and it just gets grating. Plus the make-up and girl pants is a little creepy. But the final three will be Danny, Adam, and Allison - that's what I say.

We're going to Greece in June, fulfilling Resolution #3 for 2009 to go on an international mission trip. More on that in a later post.

I'm reading a biography on Abraham Lincoln right now that is absolutely fascinating, albeit extremely long. It's called Team Of Rivals and is about how Lincoln leveraged his political genius in appointing his three key political rivals to key cabinet positions in his administration. A cool fresh look at Lincoln.

I'm lovin' this new Irish worship band called Bluetree. I'm the biggest Delirious fan of all time so I'm naturally drawn to Bluetree's style, which is a mesh of Delirious and David Crowder. Steph and I got to see them play a couple weeks ago in Nashville, their first time performing in the U.S. as a full band. Was absolutely incredible. I love this song:

Favorite TV shows of the spring, in order: Fringe, 24, Prison Break (though this series is finally wrapping up in a couple weeks), The Office, and Deadliest Catch.

Speaking of TV, HAL 9000 seems to be making a resurgence in television commercials this spring... you know HAL, the artificially intelligent, rational, perceptive, and incredibly creepy supercomputer from 2001: A Space Odyssey. First he showed up in a Quizno's commercial, then in a Jared Jeweler's commercial. And now he's portrayed as a robotic arm in a commercial for Denny's. Anyways, just an observation.

So that's all I've got for now. I'm gonna finish watching Sig yell at his crew on Deadliest Catch and head to bed.