Wednesday, October 26, 2005
A few of my favorite things
I think I love the following things more than most *normal* people:
Asian children
Curly hair
Nerdy Guys
Bubble wrap
The first drink out of a can or 20 oz soda
Flip Flops
Dental floss
Buying magazines (and then reading them, of course)
Singing while I drive
Eating food that is so hot it burns all the way down (That's a really weird one)
Ipod commercials (except for the one with Eminem)
Pilot Pens

Feel the wind over your....scales
::And I'm Freeeee free fallin. Yeah I'm freeeee free fallin::
A few days ago, before it got abnormally cold, I drove to campus and mid travel I noticed a cute little gecko on my window wipers. I was horrified. Here I am, buzzing along and this cute little being is holding on for dear life. I hoped that he would crawl down into the safety of the hood. But he didn't. He sat there, clinging for life. When I stopped at a red light, I could actually see his heart beating. I swear! I thought about getting out and tossing him over to the grass. But I didn't. As I picked up speed again, the most amazing thing happened. He turned slightly, raised his head and enjoyed the ride. Sure, I don't know for *sure* that he was enjoying the ride but it looked like it. He had no fear. He was just feeling the breeze rush over him. When I arrived at school, I picked him up and put him in the grass. I swear his heart was no longer beating a thousand beats a minute.
Maybe he had a stroke or was stunned....maybe he was a suicidal gecko who was hoping to fly off the windshield wipers...or maybe he was just enjoying the ride. It made me smile.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005
Extra, Extra
Thought some of my readers may be interested in this news source. I've been hearing about it and finally checked it out. It is argued by some to be the Left's answer to the Drudge Report. For all you closet Drudge readers--MAKE THE SWITCH! It's pretty good.

Onions always make me cry
::A sense of humor is part of the art of leadership, of getting along with people, of getting things done--Dwight D. Eisenhower::
All right, I am going to get a little worked up since it amuses my readers so much. Peter sent me a story about everyone's favorite administration. It seems they are getting a little bent out of shape about the onion's recent (very real) parody. The newspaper presents a weekly radio address "from" the President on the webpage. Interestingly enough, I was just introduced to these addresses this weekend. HYSTERICAL. Kept many a drunk people entertained at our place for quite awhile. Maybe Dubya should take up drinking seems the humor is lost on him. The New York Times reports that the White House is pretty irritated that the publican is using the Presidential seal. Their argument is that the seal is not to be used for commercial purposes.
Wait, I'm confused. I guess all the White House officials had to PAY when they VISITED THE WEBSITE?!? What commercial purposes? Moreover, I would think that the White House is a *tad* busy these days. If nothing else, they have a little bit of an economic problem on their hands. It's hard to to justify balancing the budget when you are using tax payer money (granted middle class tax payer money so it's not as hard earned) to pay for legal battles against a comedic paper. I can only hope this goes all the way to the high court. I'll be interested to see what Harriet Miers has to say about this. I'm sure she'll have a lot of legal precedent to draw on. Oh wait...
I'm just going to throw something out here into the ether...could it be that Bush is starting to see his credibility slip just a bit? He's looking for a little scapegoating? Sure, sure...the reason why the President of the United States has no credibility is because the Onion is using his seal. It reminds me of the professors that get bent out of shape when people don't call them Dr. So and So. It's like their credibility stems from their title. News flash--your credibility stems from the JOB you are doing not superficial things like a title or a seal. Maybe the Bush administration should be concerned with balancing the budget, protecting the poor, and giving people health care. Maybe he could even make sure that people in his administration are honest and trustworthy. I doubt they get that though....Hell, the probably don't even get the Onion in general. By all accounts, they are out of touch.
Oh, and look out John's only a matter of time until they come after you!

Sunday, October 23, 2005
::We have to overcome the idea that everyone is the same::

Finally got to see this movie. Has anyone else caught it? Here is a brief rundown-

1. Better than your average movie. Compared to all the crap that is out right now, I would say this movie is a good bet. I enjoyed it. I would watch it again.

2. I felt that some scenes were forced. I just didn't always buy the dialogue. My main complaint was that the high school scenes weren't always realistic. While I don't have *that* much experience with 17 year olds (thank GOD), I think I know what they don't say. I'm pretty sure that 17 year old girls do not profess to their boyfriend that "they chose him because he was safe and wouldn't hurt her." Just too sophisticated for the age group

3. Additionally, some of the filming techniques were forced as well. I think a strength of independent movies is that they are not tied to a lot of the traditional cinematic traditions. However, this movie wanted to be both. It wanted to be mainstream enough that movie idiots would like it but artsy enough that movie snobs would enjoy it. Obviously I would have preferred they catered to the latter crowd but instead the movie was stranded in limbo. When the director did deviate from the norm it seemed disjointed and interrupted.

4. There were a few amazing scenes that make the movie worthwhile. Specifically the interaction and dialogue between the two brothers was A+++. The younger brother made the movie for me. He was great.

5. Debate was featured prominently which made me happy. Not a lot of movies made about high school debaters! They deserve their glory too. I doubt this fact would be of interest to anyone other than a former high school debate nerd.

Bottom line, the movie is worth your 7 bucks but maybe not purchase worthy.

Monday, October 17, 2005
Stop Complaining!
::But I’d rather be working for a paycheck Than waiting to win the lottery--Bright Eyes::
I've really made a concentrated effort not to complain. I am so privileged to be where I am in life. I am immersed in an amazing academic community, have a great condo, a wonderful support network and means to support myself. I am swamped with work but not under pounds of mud, water and/or rubble. It is almost embarrassing when I hear people (mostly myself!) complaining about gas prices (they are too high), the weather (we need rain), or how little we get paid (sure this is true and I will say it over and over again but at least we get paid!)--the list could go on and on. Today my eyes were opened once again when my I found out my classmate, Becky, was in the hospital recovering from appendicitis and emergency surgery! WOW! Here I was stressing about my work! If I have one complaint about academics it is that we are so, damn self absorbed. Part of that is the fault of the academy. We do our research in isolation. We spend most of our days reading and writing in solitude. Part of it is the nature of the people. Maybe we can only be attracted to this lifestyle if we are self absorbed. What else would keep us motivated? Regardless, I just wanted to say GET BETTER BECKY! And don't stress about your work...It will still be there in a few days. HA! HUGS!

Sunday, October 16, 2005
::I'm impossible to forget but hard to remember::

A couple good movies came this weekend--Elizabethtown and Thumbsucker. Drew and I went and saw Elizabethtown this afternoon. We had some differing opinions so maybe he will chime in with his later. Bottom line for me is that it was a step above most romantic comedies. I would see it again but was *slightly* let down at this first viewing. However, you go into it knowing that there is a potential for cheese and awkward acting.

The basic plot of the movie: Drew (Orlando hotness Bloom) is in the midst of some utter job failure when he finds out that his father has passed away unexpectedly while visiting family in KY. He is sent (by his mother and sister) to go claim his father's body. Along the way he meets Claire (Kirsten Dunst) and she fills a void that he has been missing. Ok, you're caught up. Onto the analysis.

1. Great, great, great soundtrack...Not because the songs chosen were all great, but because they complimented and summarized the scene really well. Of course, what would you expect from the guy who brought us Say Anything.

2. Kirsten Dunst was slightly off in this role. I normally enjoy her (except when she does exceptionally bad movies like Mona Lisa Smiles and Wimbledon). I REALLY enjoyed her in Eternal. However, her accent was poor and she was forced in quite a few scenes. Although, that may have been more a product of the writing.

3. My biggest complaint was that the dialogue wasn't always realistic. I think the script really captured the messed up, country, judgmental family but didn't do as good of job caputuring the emptyness and isolation of the individual characters. There were some scenes between Bloom and Dunst that were just flat out bad. She had a horrible southern accent and was delivering lines that NO ONE says. As romantic as it may be, no one discloses as much as she disclosed to a man she met on an airplane. Just am not buying it. However, the script did have a few powerful and not cliche lines.

4. The script also lacked some realistic time sequence. Bloom was gone for about 4 days and in that time his mother took up organic cooking, auto machanics and tap dancing. She learned so much tap dance that she was able to do a dance in honor of her deceased husband. Sure.

5. The only real relationship that was explored was that of Claire and Drew. Lots of tension was alluded to between Drew and Dad. Mom and the family. Drew and his cousin...but nothing was teased out. I hate to see all those cans of worms opened and then left squirming about.

I think that is about it. I would recommend this movie to others. But walk to the theatre--don't run.

::Friends have all things in common--Plato, Phaedrus::
For those of you who enjoy the photographs, I have finally updated my shutterfly account! CHECK IT OUT! Pictures from Athens, Tailgating and the recent Pat Green concert. I know some of you out there were starting to doubt that I really did have a social life. Never fear!

Of Montreal
::Maybe I’ll never die I’ll just keep growing younger with you And you’ll grow younger too now it seems too lovely to be true but I know the best things always do--Of Montreal::
Wanted to tell you all about a fun, local band. Of Montreal. Drew turned me onto them and we've been replaying their album over and over and over again! In my opinion, the best song is "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games." Weird, I know! But worth it! Check out their album--The Sunlandic Twins

Friday, October 14, 2005
::Don't wake me I plan on sleeping Don't wake me I plan on sleeping in--Postal Service::
Why is it that at night I can't get to sleep but in the morning I can't get enough sleep? I really only like to sleep in the morning! It makes life difficult....

Thursday, October 13, 2005
Don't assign me your peace of mind
::I’m not what’s missing from your life now I could never be the puzzle pieces They say that God makes problems Just to see what you can stand--Elliott Smith::
Since I recently moved to a new location and started a new chapter of my life, I've been thinking a lot about expectations. People's expectations of me, my expectations of me, my expectations of grad school, etc. A lot of people have been doing the same it seems.
I've been surprised at how long it has taken me to get adjusted down here in Athens. Sure, there was no real culture shock as I have lived in the South already (Although Georgia is much more "south" than NC!). But I have had trouble connecting with people. I've been immersed in this community for over two months yet I still feel And not off like I'm normally off. Off as in...not at ease. Part of the problem is that at CMU I met the women (who are now my best friends) on move-in day. One was my randomly assigned roommate and we haven't been apart (mentally) since. At Wake I fell into a group of women who were all a lot like me. We had similar goals, personalities, and philosophies regarding fun (lets have a lot of it!). Similarly, at Clarion I knew a few (great!) people already and met a few more. I had a small social circle but a circle nonetheless. A connection with people at all these places was nearly immediate. My mom kept telling me that people don't normally make friends as easily as I do--but I didn't listen. Then I got here...and felt...a little stunted. I loved everyone. Had a great time with them. Was impressed and enthralled with their ability. But I didn't forge that immediate connection. Of course, in all the previous places, I wasn't near as busy as I am now. School is literally sucking the life out of me! I don't have a lot of down time and when I do, I would prefer to be on my couch with Drew! But still...I was bumming. Felt lonely--even though I was surrounded by people.

However, the past few social events have been AMAZING. I have had the best time with the people here in Athens. I realized something--I was uneasy about a lot of ability, my academic pursuits, my social skills. I was looking for an immediate connection to put myself at ease. But what I really needed was to get back to me! ME is not back in Clarion, or Wake, or anywhere else...I can't look for exactly the same experience here. ME has expanded. I now have a fiancee, I have a more grown up life, I have more reading! I couldn't sit around and wait for my grad experience to be the one I was anticipating. Instead, I have to seek it out. Create it! Live it! If I miss the old days of hanging out in the crappy bars, playing darts--why not go to the crappy bars and play darts! (I did! And we had a GREAT time!) If I miss having lots of girl time--why not take advantage of all the lovely ladies in the department? (I am! And they rule!). But also, I need to broaden my horizons. Just because I had fun at all the other places hanging out in the crappy bars and drinking the same beer, doesn't mean it has to be that way here. The people that I have met can and will! broaden my horizons. Isn't that the beauty of hanging out with really diverse and smart people? I think so!

I wonder how many people are like me--looking for a specific thing. I have heard more than one person tell me that grad school wasn't what they were expecting. That they are unhappy..downright misrable. I guess there is a possibility that it was because they were not sure what to expect when they came to graduate school. Maybe they didn't really want to be here in the first place. Or maybe they are looking for the same situation but in a difference location. Things change people! You can't wait around and depend on other people to provide your stability and "connection." You have to find it yourself. If you don't seek it out, you are going to miss out on a hell of a lot of fun...

Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Visual Rhetoric
Extremely powerful clip that I read about on Blogora. For those of you that don't read that blog, I wanted to share.

Monday, October 10, 2005
The Weekly Arrested Development Highlight
Ok, there was no AD this week because of baseball so I decided to share a highlight from the pilot. Oh the show that started it all....

Michael: So, this is the magic trick, huh?
G.O.B.: “Illusion,” Michael. A “trick” is something a whore does for money... or candy!

That highlight will be the only thing to get me through this long week...that and the fact that the Yankees were eliminated (The LAA always seem to have their number!).

Friday, October 07, 2005
You may live in Athens if:
1. You can tell the college students by their bumper stickers--they all support W
2. The only radio stations you can get are country (to represent the townies) or hip hop (coming out of Atlanta)
3. You can name more bars than you can grocery stores, restaurants, gas stations--combined
4. The only thing people talk about is football--and that is the only thing newspapers write about
5. If you want to go out to lunch, you can be sure you are eating either a wrap or a pita (probably from some sort of "pit")
6. You can't get good Mexican or Chinese
7. There are more bands playing than movies
8. Almost every UGA flag is flying beside a confederate one
9. There are cops EVERYWHERE yet you still see all your underaged students on a Friday night
10. Every person has a Nalgene bottle, one of those beaner things for their keys and sunglasses around their neck on that straw thing.

Thursday, October 06, 2005
Drew got this funny memo:

On October 11, 2005 at 10:15 a.m. we will be privileged to have a motivational speaker sharing with our students about the consequences of drunk driving in the fine arts auditorium.

Dumbing Down

The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance -- it is the illusion of knowledge.

I have been stewing about the political culture in this country for a while. I am constantly wondering--are democrats really that out of touch with the mainstream American public? What is it that explains Bush's appeal (and Clinton's for that matter)? As a budding scholar (actually, I don't think I have any buds yet) who studies political communication, I just don't get it. I don't understand how ALL the literature can be wrong in regard to Bush, the 2004 election and the major news media. However, I've been sorting through a lot of my thoughts and my capable and observant classmates help me. In an attempt to provide some resolution to my ongoing (internal) political debates, I want to continue to unpack some of those observations from Deluca's class the other night and maybe add to these thoughts.

We've been discussing the disconnect between nature and humans--reading an amazing book. This led us to a discussion of the disconnect of humans from a lot of things. *Disclaimer* no one in the class feels that the left has a monopoly on truth or rightness--rather we shared concerns of the lessening of standards in this country. We discussed some of Bush's rhetoric, claims made by many on the right and the popularity of Fox news. We couldn't help but notice the extreme inaccuracies as of late. Deluca even made the claim that as long as Fox says something enough times and loud enough--the American people will listen. This obviously translates to the voting booth. The only real leftist voice able to penetrate this wall is Michael Moore--I think we can all notice the similarites (Even if we agree with him). These connections led us to the obvious observation that what echos best with the American people is yelling, jumping to conclusions, broad generalizations w/out support. Why? When and where did this culture start? Was it easier to vote for a President who we liked rather than one we listened to? Even in 2004, was it easier to dismiss Kerry as a person who was different from us--someone who was a stuffy, educated elitist? Nevermind that Bush and Kerry have simliar educational backgrounds, travel in similiar social circles, etc...But Bush yelled louder...his cronies at Fox also yelled...Kerry sat back and waited. He waited for the American people to notice his class, his arguments, his plan for America. He waited for the American people to notice that Bush is an idiot. Moore didn't wait--he just got out there and yelled. He made documentaries. And many of his ideas are now becoming mainstream (it only took more than a year). I would look at people like Al Franken who also uses humor, shock value claims yet is nowhere near as effective. Could it be that he has Harvard minions fact checking his book? He makes fun of Coulter for not being honest and accurate but why? Does the general public really care about that? I would like to believe that they do...but the jury is still out.

The only unexplained phenomenon is Jon Stewart....

Tuesday, October 04, 2005
The Political Relm: A Rant
Hell has broken loose in the White House. Democrats are yelling a little less loudly about how "stupid" Bush is and yelling a little bit more loudly about the deficit and other policy issues. I can only hope that people are starting to listen. I think poll numbers show that they are.

What to do, what to do....

I know! Let's hold a press conference! Ok, we will do it during the day (when no one watches) and we will allow Bush limited amount of time to speak (a whole 8 minutes) and we will evade questions. It worked so well for Roberts after all....The press conference brought up quite a few interesting points.

1. Did you know we need more refineries? Yes, folks--we don't need to find other engery sources. Instead, we need to process more oil. Phew. Here I was...thinking we were going to run out of oil sometime... thinking our dependence on countries like Saudi Arabi and others to get our oil was bad (that whole supporting horrible regimes thing). Imagine my relief when I realized we just had to process and refine the supply of crude oil quicker. Bush even said:
"And one way to deal with tight energy supplies is to increase supply. And the only way to increase supply is to build refineries. Again, I repeat to you this amazing fact: We have not built a new refinery in America since the 1970s. And then we had the storm, and it took refinery capacity off, and guess what happens? It creates a tight supply situation, which causes price to go up. So Congress needs to deal with that. And I repeat, they need to get the Patriot Act to my desk. "
(Yeah, I don't get the Patriot Act thing either) Get out there and drive everyone. In fact, lets all buy Hummers.

2. The pesky war on terror. It seems people haven't been paying as much attention to terrorism lately. Over 60% of Americans are starting to doubt the war. More than that think that the war should be scaled back. I have noted other places (as have many others) that Bush is going to need some rhetorical savvy to get out of this PR problem. In the past he has linked everyting to terrorism. Faltering budget? Invading civil rights? It is in the name of fighting terror. Annnd, he's at it again. Today's press conference is a glaring example (as his previous speech before the Republican Jewish Coalition). He talks about obligations--both with the Gulf coast and the war on terror. He speaks of reforming the budget while keeping the Patriot Act strong. He can't go one sentence w/out bringing it back to terrorism. You know what? We get it. We also get that worldwide terror attacks are at an all-time high. We get that last month was the bloodiest in the entire Iraq conflict. We also get that you are incapable of multi-tasking. Not a lot of cognitive complexity around these parts.

3. I've been trying to chill about the judge nominations. Especially this recent one. I know that many presidents have nominated people with no judicial experience. I know that many presidents nominate people from within their administration. I know that you can be a good judge without having judicial experience. Sure, I have concerns about her extreme loyalty the president, her lack of work experience in general (save for those 6 or so years as head of the lottery) and her overall lack of name recognition. But it seems that my skepticism runs low compared to the conservative base of the GOP. I love, love, love that the conservatives are the ones backing Bush into a corner to defend Miers. (Of course, today Bush said that the Democrats are the ones in change of the tone and it is up to them to look at her credentials. hehehe) They are concerned that maybe she isn't conservative enough. Unlike Roberts, we don't know exactly where she stands on abortion (even though as head of the Texas bar she urged the courts to reconsider the decision), privacy and other key policies. So in an attempt to put Limbaugh's (and other's) mind at ease, he assured (repeatedly) that he "knows" the heart and mind of Miers (if it wasn't 11:00 am I would have played a drinking game to those phrases). He said (over and over) that he knows "exactly what kind of judge she will make." Of course, when asked a question about whether or not he knows where she stands on abortion (you know--since they are so close and all) Bush responded that "he didn't know." Wait, I'm confused. I'm going to reserve judgment until her hearings. I am almost pulling for her. I'm afraid if she doesn't get confirmed he will nominate someone worse. Sad commentary I know. The last thing I will say on this, and I echo a lot of conservative females when I say--Mr. Bush, you wouldn't have to be talking about things like Miers shoe size, her loyalty and her heart if you had chosen from one of the many overly qualified women on your short list. I would have liked to have seen a Roberts counterpart up for the job. Someone who has the glowing (albeit conservative) credentials. Never once did Bush feel the need to mention his shoe size or his "loyal and kind" personality. Give me a break....

I have to go get the mail. I'm going to drive to my mailbox.

The Weekly Arrested Development Highlight
Lindsay: How do you think I feel? Bob Loblaw’s a handsome, professional man and I’m only used to... well, none of those things.
Tobias: Okay, Lindsay, are you forgetting that I was a professional twice over— an analyst and a therapist. The world’s first analrapist.
Tobias: No, no, it’s pronounced a-nal-ra-pist.
Buster: It wasn’t really the pronunciation that bothered me.

Monday, October 03, 2005
An Excerpt from Kristen's Radio
::All we need is music, sweet music There'll be music everywhere There'll be swingin', swayin' and records playin' And dancin' in the streets::

I had a great random shuffle that really got me going this Monday morning. I thought I would share:

Oh Boy-- Jude

Scarelet Begonias-- Sublime

Quicksand-- Travis

Brown Eyed Girl-- Van Morrison

Arc of Time-- Bright Eyes

Give Judy My Notice-- Ben Folds

Madeline and Nine-- Mike Doughty

Feel Good-- Gorillaz

It's days like this that I have trouble not dancing around like a crazy person as I walk to class. I always have loved those Ipod commercials......

Sunday, October 02, 2005
Journey Theory
::A singer in a smokey room A smell of wine and cheap perfume For a smile they can share the night It goes on and on and on and onnnn Strangers waiting, up and down the boulevard Their shadows searching in the night Streetlight people, living just to find emotion Hiding, somewhere in the night::

Last year, Bill and I were hanging out at the UI and the DJ played Journey's Don't Stop Believing. The room erupted in laughter, singing, high fiving. We decided that everyone loves Journey. Even if you don't admit it, you sing along when it comes on the radio. Come on, admit it. Okay--don't but you know it's true. So, I developed this general belief into a theory that I tested whenever possible. Last week, a group of us were hanging out in General Beauregards and a Journey song came on. Pretty soon--everyone was singing and discussing Journey. People teased us about having Don't Stop Believing at our reception. I made the bold declarative that "everyone would be dancing because (say it with me) everyone loves Journey." Sure, sure that song is hard to dance to but the theory stands. We all know the words, it has a catchy beat, we let down our guard... Well, TONIGHT my theory was proven true again--Family Guy had a small karaoke bit and Peter took the stage singing....*suspense building*.... DON'T STOP BELIEVING! The show exploded. Singing, dancing, people beating each other. I was so excited. I sent a text message to Bill telling him of the news. He messaged me back asking, "I assume you were singing along?" Of course, Bill, of course!

::Don't stop believin' Hold on to the feelin' Streetlight people::

Now Showing

::Welcome to the movies! Welcome to the stars! Welcome to this grand illusion. All of it's yours right through these doors! Every plot's a dilly,this we guarantee! Welcome to the movies wait and see::

I pretty much give Athens a thumbs up for everything cultural, social and entertaining. Everything except movies that is. There was an article in the Red&Black a couple of weeks ago which declared Athens "A Horrible Movie Town." I concur. We have a great rental place--Vision Video--but the theatres stink. They sometimes play independents downtown and I have managed to see a couple decent movies--Junebug and The Aristocrats. But basically I sit around looking up other movies and reading all I can about the film festivals and independent releases to keep up on the movie world. So, instead of doing my work today, I decided to share my list of "What Kristen Wants To See" with you! In no particular order....

Where the Truth Lies (Colin Firth and Alison Lohman--two of my favorites)
Romance and Cigarettes (awesome cast in this musical including Mary Louise Parker, James Gandolfini and Steve Buscemi)
Capote (Yey for Philip Seymour Hoffman!)
Brokeback Mountain (this one will probably never come to this area of the bible belt!)
Shopgirl (Can Jason Swartzman be any cuter?)
Everything is Illuminated (Interesting book--really interested in what they do with it on the big screen)
In her Shoes (A special showing--hopefully--while Kourt is here)
Broken Flowers (I had hope that this one was mainstream enough but we have yet to see it here)
Thumbsucker (Even though this isn't getting the best reviews--Vince Vaughn in an indie and he is a debate coach...need I say more?)
Me, You and Everyone We Know (I love movies about awkward relationships!)

Feel free to add on, discuss any of these...For those of you that live in real cities and have seen some--give me your thoughts :)

Saturday, October 01, 2005
Remember When
::I go back to the smell of an old gym floor The taste of salt on the Carolina shore After graduation and drinkin goodbye to friends And I go back to watchin summer fade to fall Growin up too fast and I do recall Wishin time would stop right in its tracks::
Maybe it is because we are reading a little about human memory in one of my classes but the past few days I have had a few weird encounters with blasts from the past. I randomly read some stranger's blog and was reminded of a poem I had first encountered a couple years ago. I heard Kokomo on the radio and immediately I was taken back to the skating rink I frequented when I was 8. I ate some peanuts last night and the basic taste of them reminded me so much of the peanuts my dad eats at the Pirate's games. And I keep seeing this stupid Disorono commercial that always reminds me of the Queer Eye nights at Wake. I love those memory inducers. I can think of a thousand more just sitting here....