Is it possible that I’m less productive when school is in session? I haven’t done any real work since the first day of school on Wednesday. I don’t have anything due until the third week in August, and this week is going to be a joke. I have today off for Labor Day, Thursday is Counting Crows, Friday my friend Winston comes in and the girls have their party and Saturday is the biggest football game of the year.
Last week I watched every episode of the American version of The Office. I had seen most of the first season, which was enjoyable, but the second season really took the show in a new direction. There was a bit more focus on the love story between Jim and Pam, which is my favorite part of the show. Watching them almost makes me want to work a meaningless corporate job with tons of down time. The finale was amazing, and I can’t wait for the third season to start later this month.
Thursday was the big beginning of the year Open House for the Student Events Center and I went to help out with the DSC table. The majority of our conversation centered around the atrocious new mascot that the SEC is using. It looks like a pikachu anime alien longhorn-like creature. They had a big blow up figure of it on top of the Union and it was downright frightening. I’m pretty sure people are going to be turned off to the whole SEC as a result of the marketing campaign. Whoever designed it should be shot.
On Friday my parents drove in for the first UT football game. For some reason the game started at 11 AM, so we got to enjoy the full force of the Texas heat in the middle of summer. By the end of the first quarter the heat was unbearable. I started getting dizzy and nauseous, and had to sit down for most of the second quarter. At halftime I’d had enough and we left to watch the rest of the game at home. Joanna later told me that it was 115 degrees in the stands and that 40 people had to be treated for heat exhaustion. Hopefully enough people will complain and the school will realize that morning games are possibly the worst idea in Texas Football history. Anyway, the game was great and our new QB Colt McCoy (the most hick name ever) proved himself well. He’ll have to step it up even more next week if we’re going to beat Ohio State, but it’s a great start.
Yesterday I went to see Mike Judge’s new movie Idiocracy at the Drafthouse on South Lamar with Aaron and Drew. It’s about a military experiment in which they freeze the most normal person in the world and then forget about it for 500 years. When he wakes up, the world has gone into disarray and he is suddenly the smartest person in the world. The movie has been getting a lot of publicity on Aint it Cool News because the studio has basically ignored it and released it in a limited number of theatres without any advertising. Quint on AICN said that it was hilarious and encouraged everyone to go watch it, so we decided to give it a shot. The movie was more or less a disappointment and never really materialized. It was decent satire, but it just wasn’t consistently hilarious. I’d just rewatch Office Space instead of wasting $7 on this one.
That night we went out to dinner for Katie’s birthday and got to see her family. Later we went to their apartment and watched the first in hopefully a long line of Left Behind films. I just can’t get enough of fanatical Christian propaganda. Kirk Cameron, as always, made me want to rethink my sexual orientation. If only they could think of a way to combine the Growing Pains movies and the Left Behind series. They could call it Leaving Your Growing Pains Behind.
I’ve spent all morning watching Seinfeld season 5 on DVD, so now I think it’s time to do some real work.