Sunday, April 18, 2010

gettin' ready for prom

The other day, I had gone to work at GPI and then I came home and had a couple hours until people were coming over to pre-party before the Humphrey Spring Banquet, aka prom. I didn't feel like going- I actually wanted to sit at my house and edit my Paper but alas I had already paid the $28 for the dinner, my friends were all excited to go, Bill was in a suit... Anyways. So since I've been writing this paper, I thought it might be a good idea to come up with a solid methodology. The logical steps in my methodology were:
  1. shower
  2. make a drink
  3. go on XBL and watch SpongeBob cuz Greg's not home!!!
  4. get dressed
  5. make another drink
Greg recently hooked his xBox up to his Netflix and it has a bunch of things on demand, and he won't let me watch SpongeBob while he's here but I can watch it if he's gone.

So I watched the one where SpongeBob goes to the beach with Patrick and SpongeBob talks to Larry the bodybuilding lobster lifeguard and decides to become a lifeguard himself. My favorite part is when SpongeBob and Patrick are lying on their towels and decide to check their tan lines- Patrick looks under his shorts and is surprised to see his butt, so he exclaims "I thought I was laying on my back!".

Then I watched another one where there is a health inspector at the Krusty Krab. Spongebob and Mr. Krabs make sure to get him all the food he wants, but then they see on the news that there is a health inspector impostor that just says he's a health inspector to get free food. SpongeBob and Krabs decide that their guy is the impostor, so they make him the nastiest Krabby Patty they can- they call it the nasty patty- and they feed it to him. He chokes and dies, and then they hear on the news that the impostor has been caught! Krabs and SpongeBob flip out, deciding they need to go bury the body in the woods.

So they go out and the health inspector wakes up- he wasn't dead, just unconscious- but then SpongeBob accidentally hits him on the head and he goes unconscious again without Krabs or SpongeBob seeing that he's alive. SpongeBob doesn't bury him deep enough and it's raining, so when the cops come and yell at Krabs and SpongeBob for being guilty- gasp!- of not being at the Krusty Krab to get them delicious food- whew!- the guys have to shove the body in the trunk of the cop car so the cops won't see the health inspector.

They get back to the Krusty Krab and SpongeBob has to smuggle the body in the door under his hat so the cops won't see, and then he stashes the health inspector in the freezer. The cops need ice so they go to the freezer, and it turns out the health inspector isn't there! The cops suggest that maybe he's a zombie and he walked out, haha. Then he does walk out! He passes the Krusty Krab on the health inspection because he doesn't want to get hit on the head again, and then the door hits him on the way out and he is unconscious.

It was a pretty stand up episode. I watched part of one where SpongeBob and Patrick are using their imaginations in a cardboard box in the yard outside Squidward's house, and Squiward gets all mad because he can't get the box to work. When SpongeBob and Patrick are in it, Squidward hears realistic noises of whatever they are imagining inside. When he goes inside, there's nothing special. He finally figures it out when he pretends to be in a racecar and he hears and feels realistic noises and motion. But really it's just the garbage truck picking up the box and bringing it to the dump.

After all this, I threw on my dress and what-not and went to prom. We took some crazy pictures, there were some funny skits, and my adviser bought me another drink that I probably didn't need. I drank water out of pitchers and all in all, it was a pretty good night!

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

haven't been watching lately

I did watch the movie and sing along with all the songs but decided I'd rather go on adventures than watch a sponge and a starfish ride the Hasselhoff. It's summer!

Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Suds

There is an episode where SpongeBob gets sick- he gets the Suds. At one point someone (maybe Patrick, I don't remember) plugs all of his pores, claiming that will fix the problem. Which makes sense, because the symptom of the Suds is that SpongeBob starts emitting bubbles randomly, like a cough or sneeze but bubbles. And the whole time he is afraid to go to the doctor because I think Patrick is afraid of the doctor and so he convinces SpongeBob that docs are bad.
So with his pores plugged, SpongeBob blows up- becoming huge with the bubbles that should be geting out. This is how I feel today. I somehow managed to acquire a terrible cold during the night on Thursday, and now I'm worried I have the Suds!
If I were a sponge that's what I would have. But I'm not, so I'm not worried and that was a lie.

I would like to point out that in a couple of my policy classes we have been talking about problem identification, and really getting in deep to discover the cause of a problem so that potential policy solutions address the cause and not the symptoms. Patrick plugging SpongeBob's pores is a perfect example of treating the symptoms and not the core root of the problem- when SpongeBob does eventually have to go to the doctor (Sandy, who is much more sensible than Patrick, makes him go), the treatment for Suds is a good rinse. Makes sense, right?

There's something to be said for simple solutions, and I for one think they are underutilized.

Monday, January 26, 2009

school started

I am not watching as much SpongeBob because school started up again. At least I'm not in Mrs. Puff's boating school, or Squidward's art class. Mrs. Puff kind of drives me nuts, but then in the one where she gets sent to jail for a boat crash involving a particularly obnoxious student Sponge, I really feel for her. SpongeBob and Patrick manage to sneak into prison to bust her out, but she doesn't want to go because in jail there is no SpongeBob.

Along with the meta-post from earlier, I believe in this episode towards the end she remembers the boat crash differently- the situation with the police officer fish is different each time and she is not sure at the end what was real.

Sunday, January 18, 2009


There is one where Patrick wants to write a poem, but is tormented by his memory of writing a poem in school once and everyone threw dodgeballs at him. He happened to be in gym class and that was the activity.
In the beginning of the episode, Patrick and SpongeBob are at the comic book store and Patrick needs $100- I think to enter a poetry contest? But he doesn't have it. SpongeBob has a huge stack of comics he is about to buy, and his wallet falls out of his pocket. He asks Patrick to grab it, and Patrick opens it and says, "Hey! I found a hundred dollars!" and SpongeBob says, "That's my comic book money!" and Patrick claims that it is in fact a sign, that fell from the back of SpongeBob's pants. He then tells SpongeBob that he needs to learn to listen to signs like this.
Then Patrick busts into SpongeBob's house and asks to borrow a pencil, paper, and space to work.

Sometimes I hate Patrick. He can be such a jerk! No, he's not a jerk, he just does really mean and inconsiderate things. I don't think he does it on purpose, he's just dumb. I feel like sometimes people do stuff like this. Not this exaggerated of course, but stuff that causes a similar reaction in my brain. Like maybe they just aren't thinking? I've realized though that often they just think differently, and things that bug me are not things that would bug them. Therefore, it doesn't occur to them that I might be ticked off because they did that. Then I wonder what I do that ticks people off. Sometimes people tell me, but I suspect that often we all just let it go. Or we fight and have to agree to disagree, which is fine I guess.

Despite Patrick being inconsiderate and doing flat out jerk things, he remains SpongeBob's best friend. They've had fights and SpongeBob has yelled at him (like in the one where they find a baby scallop and they decide to raise it together, and SpongeBob has to be the mom because Patrick isn't wearing a shirt, and Patrick does nothing to take care of the baby because he has to go to "work" which turns out to be sitting under his rock watching TV) but they are totally BFsF. I wish I was better and the forgive and forget thing, but at the same time I feel like when people do you wrong and they just don't see it your way then you have to change your expectations a little bit. And maybe that works, maybe it doesn't. Maybe this makes me a jerk. If I were SpongeBob, I don't think I could put up with Patrick doing these things over and over, but I might still hang out with him sometimes. Patrick just doesn't change, whether he choses that or just doesn't get it doesn't really matter. I just think it's unhealthy and I would feel disrespected. But then, SpongeBob is much less attached to things (including his ego) than I am. I think this show is pretty Buddhist.

I want to be more like SpongeBob!

Here is Patrick's song he wrote.
Twinkle, Twinkle, Patrick Star,
I made myself a sandwhich.
My mommy named it Fred,
It tastes beans and bacon,
And smelles like it's been dead.
Writing is hard so I used a pointy pencil
Pointy, Pointy, Pointy, Pointy, Pointy, Point.
P.U., what's that horrible smell?
Drum solo!
(Drum Solo)
I have a head,
It ends in a point
Pointy, Pointy, Pointy, Pointy, Pointy, Point.
This song is over,
except for this line,
You win this round,

To see it, go here

Being a spectacle

There's an episode where a fish from a famous rock band loses his tall Victorian-style wig, and SpongeBob finds it and wears it around. Everyone gives him funny looks and they start telling him that he's not cool. SpongeBob thinks they are all saying positive things, and keeps wearing the thing despite the fact that it gets filthy and there are bugs living in it. Sandy convinces SpongeBob to get rid of it, and the next day everyone is wearing wigs because they are cool! SpongeBob realizes he was cool before anyone else and doesn't miss his wig so much.

I took my skis on the bus yesterday to go skiing at the golf course, and got several funny looks. I had them in a ski bag, and one lady on the bus asked me, "what do you have in there?" I told her cross country skis, and she said, "oh, I thought it might be a fishing pole." Then she was concerned that I was going to be cold. Which I was, because it was super windy. But at least it was warm out- I think it was in the 20's!

Little did she (or the other people I saw) know that skis on the bus is the new black.

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Leif Eriksson Day

SpongeBob wakes up and has a red beard and viking helmet, and the narrator explains that every day is a holiday for SpongeBob. SpongeBob yells about how it's Leif Eriksson Day, and then talks like the Swedish Chef.
He goes to find someone to play with, but everyone is gone or doesn't want to play so SpongeBob blows a bubble buddy. He then takes the bubble buddy around Bikini Bottom, and all kinds of zany antics ensue. Eventually the other residents of Bikini Bottom want to get rid of bubble buddy (he made many of them wait in line for two hours in the port-a-potty at the beach, among other things) and bubble buddy tells SpongeBob that he thinks he's going to go because things have just gotten weird. He gets in a bubble taxi and takes off, and SpongeBob comments on how they blow up so fast.

SquareRant #5: can you come out and play?
Remember asking your friends if they could come out and play? People don't play enough.
My siblings and I used to play with all of our action figures and dolls at once, along with things like shoes (the Barbies and GI Joes drove shoes) and caboodles (the lego people lived in caboodles and tackle boxes- they had pools with real water!). We had elaborate stories of kidnapping and a Barbie Queen Mombie (from Return to Oz) that would take off her head and put on heads from other things. It was the best when the other things were of a different scale.