First off, has anyone else who uses WordPress been experiencing some problems with the spam filters? I keep finding actual comments by people who comment regularly in the spam pile – this has never happened at all for me before the past few weeks or so.
Originally, I thought I might have to batten down the hatches and stay home this weekend on account of a hurricane, but fortunately this has not happened. I do plan to not go near campus tomorrow, though, on account of that it’s Game Day. Football, that is. The American kind, with head-smashing and helmets and 300 pound guys slamming into one another and an entire quad full of drunk undergraduates. It is a big deal here. I have never attended or worked at a university before that had a football team anyone outside the university cared all that much about, so the level of YEAAAAHHH FOOOTBALLLLLL around here takes some getting used to. I have never been one for watching football since I don’t really watch sports in general, and I find football in particular excruciating because all the action seems to grind to a halt like every two seconds. It makes me impatient.
So, because I was thinking about football, I decided to steel myself for an encounter with the closest thing I have in my house to a 300 pound linebacker: the Metropolitan Opera Box Set of Death. It ends here. This weekend. Five operas. Three days. To pervert the ironic football fight song of a certain institution of higher education that has historically been much better at irony than football: “Fight fiercely, Earworm! Fight fight fight!”