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Hey, peoples. It's Monday and I'm listening to new the Franz Ferdinand disc!!! My Grandma bought it for me. Wasn't that nice of her? We were down in the States (NEW YORK! OK, 9 hours away from NYC. But still!) and in Wal-Mart and I wanted to see if they had You Could Have It So Much Better. My Aunt S. (the one I don't live with) said why not wait until we got back home b/c there was a coupon in the paper for it at HMV. OK, that makes sense. But by the time we got home I was tired and I decided I'd really spent a lot of money I hadn't needed to, so a new CD wasn't really in the works. So my Grandma got it for me! PSA: hug your Grandma today.
The CD's very good so far. I don't know why I Franz Ferdinand so much; I don't have very experimental music tastes unlike my lil bwuvva. I simply cannot resist them and Take Me Out is perhaps one of the most delicious blends of sounds ever. It's like the perfect coffee on a cold morning or a walk along a quiet cold street at night - makes you feel alive. By the way, do you know what the phrase 'take me out' means? It means 'kill me'. I can't handle it anymore; take me out. Happy happy fun fun dance time!
In other jarring segues, had Thanksgiving dinner yesterday. Yum! Turkey was so so delicious and not dry at all, and I even got to have some homemade cranberry chutney. Cranberry and stuffing are actually my favourite parts of Thanksgiving & Christmas dinners. The other day I was formulating a list of why Cdn. Thanksgiving is better than American Thanksgiving, but I'm sure you can all think of your own reasons. Simply, it comes to this: no expectations, or low ones. It's simply a lovely dinner with family, without the pressing TV-special needs for it to be meaningful and deep and emotional. I think it's just a nice, simple time.
Plus, it's actually around harvest time.
I have a test coming up in Europe in the 20th C. First 'real' test! Oh, the pressure! The terms:
Second Industrial Revolution, Nationalism, Liberalism, Socialism, Karl Marx, “Jailhouse of Nations”, Schlieffen Plan, Battle of the Marne, Verdun, Battle of the Somme, Suffragists, Millicent Fawcett, Suffragettes, Emmeline Pankhurst, Emily Davison, Reichsfeinde (enemies of the nation), Union Sacrée, the “Homefront”, Ludendorff, Clemenceau, Archduke Franz-Ferdinand(! See, there is a grand plan at work somewhere in this mess of limp noodles I call my brain), Gavrilo Princip, The Black hand, the Blank Cheque, Kaiser Wilhelm II, Weltpolitik, Triple Alliance: Germany, Austria-Hungary and Italy, Triple Entente: Britain, France and Russia, Calculated Risk, Austro-Hungarian Ultimatum to Serbia, ‘Splendid Isolation’, Sir Edward Grey (British Foreign Minister), Dreadnoughts, violation of Belgian neutrality, and Entente Cordiale.
Wow, OK, I need help (ha ha, I needed it before, etc.). Track 10, 'I'm Your Villain', has a guitar bit that starts around 3:30. Where is it from??? It sounds SO familiar.
Uh yeah, so that's some random association for you. Uh . . . comment!
*escapes in puff of smoke*