Crazy couple of weekends, eh? Crazy. But good. In the midst of all the running around, doing radio, writing stuff, and enjoying the bachelor parties of various friends, some things were pointed out to me that I thought I’d share with you.
1. My Eight-year-old captured two special Pokemon.
Also, one of them has evolved. I don’t know what that means, exactly, but since his Nintendo DS hasn’t been shut off for more than an hour over the last two weeks, I guess that’s something. Of course, by the time this blog is published, he’ll have a whole stable of the little beasties.
2. “The devil to pay” has nothing to do with Satan.
I remember reading about this sometime during college, I think. Apparently, in old seafaring terminology, the “devil” was the seam of the keel (the bottom ridge of the boat.) To “pay” meant to cover in pitch or tar, some sort of sealant. Hence, to “pay the devil” meant covering the keel in pitch. Likewise, the expression “between the devil and the deep blue sea” was a reference to being “keelhauled.” That was a nasty bit of punishment/torture wherein they tied a rope around your ankles, ran the rope under the ship from one rail to the other, knocked you overboard and literally hauled your ass under the boat, over the keel, and to the other side. Sometimes guys lived. Mostly they drowned. While the whole thing was going on, the victim was said to be between the devil and the deep blue sea. See? Sailing is fun!
3. You’re pronouncing “Dr. Suess” wrong.
No, smartass, we know: his real last name was Geisel. The dude used his middle name, Suess, as his nom de plume. The thing is, he was of German descent, and pronounced it “Soice.” Everyone got it wrong, though, and he eventually gave up trying to correct people. He then died drunk, penniless, and indigent. (I made up that last part.)
4. Two wrongs don’t make a right.
But three lefts do. (That’s also how people navigate downtown Ft. Wayne.)
5. Frank Black from the show Millennium was named for the guy from The Pixies.
X-Files mastermind Chris Carter created this not-really-a-spin-off show, Millennium, which debuted in 1996 and ran for about three seasons. The main character, played wonderfully by the creepy android Bishop, was named Frank Black. Chris Carter named him after Black Francis of super underground subbacultcha rock band The Pixies. Black Francis was actually Frank Black. I also once read that Chris Carter’s last name used to be Black, but it got changed somewhere along the way because reasons. I don’t know if that’s true, so I just stick with that Pixies thing.
6. I made up a new word whilst typing that last bit.
I make no secret of the fact that I’m a piss-poor typist. There are probably three different typos in this blog alone, not to mention gross abuses of grammar. Hey, I type as I think, and my little digits can’t keep up all the time. Anyway, I was typing “mastermind” when describing Chris Carter, and accidentally wrote “Matermind.” I’ve since corrected that mistake, but have decided that “Matermind” is a great way to described someone who is borderline retarded and/or loves the comedy stylings of Larry the Cable Guy. In a sense, “Matermind” is the exact opposite of “Mastermind.” Feel free to use this new word with impunity.