Nov 212014
 

Sometimes we build them by ourselves. Other times others help us. Nothing quite like that crash from on high, is there? Here are a few excessively high expectations I’ve had.

  • After Zoë Bell talked up Vanishing Point in Death Proof, I was sure I’d love it. Instead I just found it tedious. Furthermore, I had no idea what I was supposed to take away from the car inexplicably changing from a Challenger into a Camaro at the very end. Turns out I wasn’t supposed to notice.
  • If you say Bonefish Grill to someone, there is a 99% chance that person’s reply will contain “Bang Bang Shrimp.” Wow at this appetizer’s word of mouth. By the time I finally had the opportunity to try them, I was half-expecting to have an orgasm as soon as I tasted one. Guess what? They’re good. But I wouldn’t go back just to have them again, particularly when you have to sit so close to everyone else in the restaurant. (I don’t know if that’s a Huntsville thing or not, but I don’t want to spend date-night money for dinner and then have another table barely a yard away in every direction.)
  • Having listened to literally nothing else in the car but Appetite for Destruction for six months, I was excited to get Guns N’ Roses’ follow-up LPs, Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II. Given that I thought (and think to this day) that Appetite was and is the best hard rock/heavy metal record ever, the Use Your Illusion albums were bound to be a step or two down. Indeed, the good stuff is. But a little more than half of the material is mediocre to awful. There is nearly 152 minutes of music on the two albums. There’s a really solid 60- to 70-minute album in there to be mined.
  • The Great Gatsby is as close to pointless as anything I’ve ever read. This must be the greatest (heh) case of the emperor’s new clothes in the history of American literature. Quoting myself at the above link: “It is crafted with skill. But bricks can as easily compose a whorehouse as a cathedral.”

What have you thought was going to be fantastic and then wasn’t?

 Posted by at 1:37 pm
Nov 202014
 
  • I saw snow in November. There wasn’t much, but it was definitely there. Wow. I don’t think that’s ever happened before. It’s hard to get good gas mileage in the cold.
  • Have you seen Guardians of the Galaxy? Want to text Groot? His number is 1-866-740-4531. He’d love to hear from you. Let him know what’s on your mind.
  • The CD player in the Technical Writing Express is acting up again. Did this once before, but fixed itself and stayed fixed for over a year. May have to replace it this time. I’ll just dip into my copious cash reserves. Ha!
  • The BoWilliams.com Facebook page has ten more days before it goes dark. I’ll be off Facebook altogether then.
  • If you followed me on Twitter, you’d get many wonderful things. Among them are my thoughts on automotive styling. Here is one example. Here is another. Also, you’d get many sexy food photos. Here is one example. Here is another.
  • Came home with a pound of turkey sausage from Bates this time. I cooked it Tuesday night for quesadillas. It’s fine, but not so good that we need to repeat the purchase.
  • I’m just torn up about Bill Cosby. I don’t know what to think. He’s never been convicted of a sex crime, but there certainly does seem to be a lot of smoke for there to be no fire. He’s been such a vigorous and thoughtful advocate for children and education—most all of his career—and he’s so funny. I fear my heart will end up broken to some degree.
 Posted by at 6:41 am
Nov 192014
 

Katherine Timpf shares at National Review that online dating service OKCupid lists 12 different sexual orientations, from which users can select as many as five. Simultaneously. There are also 22 options for gender. I get that sexuality is a continuum. I get that people can feel conflicted and trapped. I get that people are occasionally born with ambiguous […]

 Posted by at 10:20 am
Nov 162014
 

Aaron: “Dad, did you pass your driver’s license exam on your first try?” Bo: “Yes, I did pass the first time I took it.” Aaron: “Did you keep up with your examiner? Like, are you friends today?” Bo: “Ummm…no.” Aaron: “OK. It was just a thought I had.” Isn’t it great what kids think sometimes? […]

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