Tuesday, July 19, 2005

Hey Rocky, Watch Me Pull a Rabbit Out of This Blog

From now on what used to be called "Thoughtoids" will simply be untitled or titled after one of the individual random sections. I just don't like the word "Thoughtoids". Deal.

I think it would be awesome if the Twins traded for Melvin Mora. The Orioles need pitching, the Twins have it. Someone like Joe Mays (who is in the last year of his contract) could be perfect. Mays costs more this year than Mora, and so the Twins would like that part of it. Though Mora does have 2 years left on his contract, the Twins should still pull the trigger if the O's want the deal, because Mora has the potential to pay off well for this year and beyond. It might be that we'd have to give up a bullpen arm or reasonable prospect in addition to Mays, but I still think that it would be a good trade for both teams. Someone get me Terry Ryan's e-mail address.

It was recently announced that Minnesota hit an all-time low for abortions. This is good news, whether you're pro-life or not. Fewer abortions means we're doing a better job addressing the problems which lead children being unwanted. Key among the statistics was that 2,000 women who sought abortions changed their minds after receiving more complete information about the operation and alternatives, under the relatively new "Right to Know" bill. Minnesota is one of the latter states in passing such a bill, which gives women information about abortion, including details of the operation, the potential effects, harms, and alternatives. I shudder to think of all the abortions which were the result of uninformed decisions. Again, this is something I think everyone can get behind - pro-life and pro-choice - informing people before they make major medical decisions is a good thing.

I'm not going to review it, but everyone should go see Batman Begins. Best Batman movie ever. And not by a small amount either.

And finally, my summer job is going really well. But sometimes I get really strange tasks. The other day I was assigned to figure out the Statute of Limitations on contract claims for all the Canadian provinces. The information was not readily available, and at one point I was afraid that I would have to call Canada. I imagined it would go a little something like this:

"Hello, Canada?"
"Dis is Canadah, whacha callin aboot?"
"I was wondering if you could tell me the Statutes of Limitations for contract claims?"
"Fur which Prahvince, eh?"
"Um, for all of them."
"Yeah, ya know, I don't got dose here wit me, but uh, I cahn send ya some maaple syrup, eh?"

Unless of course I get the French speaking part of Canada, in which case the conversation will be more like:

"Hello, Canada?"

Go-cart Mozart was checkin' out the weather chart


Anonymous said...

Blinded by the Light.....but not blind enough to see that now perhaps you agree the Twins need more offense......Dad Dyke

dyk said...

I have to report an occurence of the Baader-Meinhof phenomenon.

[But first I must explain the phenomenon: Back in highschool (word compounded out of courtesy to this Blog's author) Dad was a Pioneer Press subscriber for some reason, like a supposedly better sports section(but I digress... from my digression.) Anywho, the PP had a section called Bulletin Board to which readers of the PP could contribute humerous (mostly), interesting, or touching observations, anectodes, etc. One of the sections was about the way obscure references about a subject seem to appear in groups. For example, you may be reading an article about an event or place you've never heard of before, then hear it brought up in conversation the next day, and then see something about it on TV the next. This section of the Bulletin Board was named 'The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon' because the first contributed observation of the phenomenon was someone hearing about the Baader-Meinhof Gang in a handful of different places over a short period of time.]

Short story long, I can't recall the last time I saw Rocky and Bullwinkle or heard anyone reference the show. Yet Matt wrote this article with a title (despite his promise of revelance) that really was a random choice. And last night one of our NCOs was telling me a story about a soldier (who will remain nameless) he had taken to prison the night before, which is somewhat of an ordeal in transport and the entire booking process. (The military is unique in the way it polices itself. We arrested and detained the guy ourselves and then had to transport him to the DOD Europe prison on our own.) Like this post, it wasn't a really good story, but he concluded by telling me how he really kept wanting to tell the NCO accompanying him in what was only a mediocre Bullwinkle voice: "Hey Rocky, watch me pull a [the soldier's name] out of the van." Wierd.
...the other, soon-to-be Dad Dyk

dyk said...

I don't think I've ever written or spoken of the Baader-Meinhof Gang before writing about it today. I don't know that I've ever seen reference to it outside of that Bulletin Board. I didn't really even know what it was.
But when I went to the NYTimes editorial page mere hours after writing that previous comment, there it was. That's just plain creepy.