update: i hadn’t seen this yet and eric sent it to me (“have you ever seen that picture of the inflatable pokemon with the unfortunate opening?”) and i literally laughed out loud. so loud i’m worried i woke up my roommate. also it has nothing to do with the rest of this post, but i’m too lazy to start a new one just for this.
update 2: according to eric you can find this on google with the search string “pokemon vagina”. sorry dad and uncle denny. i know i’m totally like, embarrassing you. but come on. HILARIOUS.
kara: if the macbook air had a 2200×1600 res screen or whatever my dell has, i’d buy one in an instant, lack of processing power or optical drive be damned
kara: the lack of screen real estate is the one thing that really annoys me about this effing powerbook
kara: that and how i dropped it so now it doesn’t close properly
kara: but surely it marks some kind of personal progress that i still have it and am not planning to buy another laptop and haven’t even attempted to have it fixed
eric: try dropping a shelf on it* or pouring some beer in there to see if that fixes it
eric: that’s what i’d do**
kara: yeah, this is a different computer
kara: it’s not titanium
kara: so it’s crappier
* on dillo day, senior year, i closed (ok maybe slammed – it was around noon so i was probably already kinda [pretty] drunk) the door to my room, and one of my wood and glass wall-mounted dvd cabinets fell off (out of?) the wall and landed on my tibook. then it bounced and made a nice triangle-shaped hole in the desk from where the corner hit it. the tibook walked away with a very small dent in the cover that you could see only when the light hit it properly. no screen damage. no performance changes. god i miss that thing.
** when eric was courting me he spilled a bottle of beer over the keyboard of my then-new tibook (which i’d left at work, open, rendering something in after effects) then, after the other guys at the office had heroically emptied it out and dried it (hooray for the compartmentalized removable keyboard), eric decided not to leave a note saying it had happened. you know, ’cause maybe i wouldn’t notice that it had changed position on my desk (with MY ocd? yeah right.) or that it smelled slightly off or there was a nick in the screen where i assume the bottle hit it. ahhh romance. next time i’ll tell you about how eric accidentally burned my hand the first day of our european vacation. wait, i already did. …ok, maybe i haven’t made as much personal progress as i thought.
worst. movie. ever. which is really disappointing because the trailer looked so awesome. i wanted to like it – i was so excited when it came out. but – ugh. i mean, the action sequences were really cool – but the script was so terrible. bizarrely awkward first to second act transition. tacked on voice over during the first scenes. AWFUL third act. like – i can’t even describe how terrible it was. plus, the thing felt so interminably long and it was…only 88 minutes. and the acting – i had no idea rachel bilson was such a terrible actress. although the script was so crappy, i’d probably just cash it in too. how did this thing get made?? god. at least ‘manos: hands of fate’ was funny.
We started our first full day in Vienna with a trip to Schönbrunn Palace, the Habsburg’s summer residence. The rooms were very beautiful and the tour was really interesting. We learned a lot about Maria Theresa and Franz Joseph I. I bought a book about the Palace and a lot of postcards (which later were all lost in the mail). We didn’t have a lot of time after the tour to look around the gardens behind the palace so I had to make the most of my time. I ran down the main garden axis to the the other end to take photos of the fountain, then ran back all the way to the bus, which was parked on the street in front of the palace beyond the big entrance court. When I got back to the bus, Roberto, our driver, gave me a bottle of wine from his stash for my birthday.
After Schönbrunn we ate lunch at a coffee house near the hotel. I had a veggie strudel that was delicious and some very rich hot chocolate. We got a few desserts to share and concluded that the Linzer torte is not all that great (or maybe we just didn’t get a good slice).
In the afternoon we had our walking tour of Vienna. We saw St. Stephens, the Hofburg, the plague monument, the Lipizzaner Stallions’ stables and even a few of the horses-in-training. We also saw the royal church and the royal library.
That night we skipped the optional excursions and went out for Aunt Pat’s birthday. Amy and Laura had planned ahead, and made reservations at the Danube Tower revolving restaurant. The weather didn’t cooperate – it was raining a lot and the language barrier resulted in our cab ending up way off course. But, once we got to the Tower, the views were spectacular and the food was delicious. We even received champagne and cakes for our birthdays!
i went to the dodgers – cubs game today with meghan, josh and evan for evan’s birthday. it was a great day for a ball game, although the sun was brutal. there was much re-applying of sunscreen. the game was going great until the dodgers hit those two home runs and the cubs started making all of those errors – sigh. meghan’s cubs curse continues! meghan goes to a cubs game, and generally they lose. the universe has a cruel sense of humor.
other random events of the day: the gordon biersch stand ran out of brats and italian sausages by the 2nd inning; some dude shouted to meghan in solidarity re: her cubs fishing hat (a credit card promotion incentive); evan was listening to the belmont stakes coverage on his xm radio and jeez – is 17 hours of coverage really necessary for a two minute race?
tomorrow: the beach! hopefully the tide won’t be too high to check out the tidepools.