January 28th, 2010

Peter G

Things To Do When I Get Some Free Time

I really ought to reread Catcher In The Rye.  I (sort of) read it in high school, mostly skimming it to squeak through lit class (hey, I admit it.  At least I didn't do like the other kids and buy Cliff's Notes).

The thing is, I didn't really acquire an appreciation for literature and poetry until I was well out of college, I think about the time I was delivering pizzas (I remember writing lines by Shakespeare and Matthew Arnold on the marker board every day).  Maybe, in order to really get it, I needed a certain maturity.  Or maybe enough life experiences that I could see what they were driving at.  I didn't give The Scarlet Letter much thought until after I had broken away from the Catholic church.  I was paging through it, and suddenly the passages and the plot resonated with me.  So I admit it could be my failings that prevented me from really appreciating Catcher In The Rye.

It could be a readthrough now will yield an appreciation I didn't have back then (20,000 Leagues Under The Sea is another book that jumped up my Awesome list when I revisited it).  So I'll have to make sure to do that some time....
Epic Fail

This Is Why We Can't Have Nice Things

Some Wal-Mart employees apparently decided to cosplay as Marvel superheroes for a group picture.

I don't know what it says about me when I consider the biggest wrongness in the picture to be the tatts on Jubilee on the left there.  And, if Rogue is invulnerable, how does she have tattoos at all?  (At the ChicagoCon a few years ago, I saw a Supergirl cosplayer with a belly ring, prompting me to wonder how Supergirl could get pierced in the first place.  I don't think that was the reaction she was aiming for.)

I think I can be excused for forgoing my usual "big picture" perspective in this instance....
Barney Fife

Junior Matlock Club -- Why Do You Think They Call It "Dope"?

"Now, it is from little misdemeanors that major felonies grow!  And it is my duty...it is ANYBODY'S duty...to stop them before they get too far!  Now, THE LAW MUST BE UPHELD!"

And, with the completion of the oath, you renew your membership in the Junior Matlock Club, where we look at criminals who should consider honest work as they just don't have the talent for a life of crime.

Pueblo, Colorado is the latest stop on the tour bus.  We have a couple here, Felisha Trujillo and Phil Martinez.  Trujillo is going up the river, and wants to sneak some drugs in jail to sell and/or barter.  So, she and her boyfriend come up with a plan:  before Trujillo's sentencing hearing, the court room would be used for a mock trial by elementary school students.  After they cleared out, Martinez would drop a bag of narcotics in the jury box for Trujillo to retrieve.

A plan like this couldn't POSSIBLY fail.  Well, it did.  That's what happens when you plan this out over the prison visitor's phone where every conversation is monitored by The Man.

So now both Trujillo and Martinez are facing drug and contraband charges.  No word on if they'll get adjoining cells.