71 entries from srah blah blah tagged with 'ann arbor':


I dreamt last night that my dad and I were driving along Platt Road when I saw a giant tapir by the side of the road. I made my dad turn around and go around the block somehow so that we could see it again and I could take a picture, but apparently the tapir was a sort of were-tapir or shape-shifter, so sometimes it was a tapir and sometimes it was human and sometimes it was somewhere in between. When we got back around, we got out of the car to take a picture and it turned part-human and...

srah - Monday, 16 March 2009 - 7:51 PM
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When I want to run away/ I drive off in my car

You may remember, from last year's NaBloPoMo, my training for and participation in a 5k walk on Thanksgiving. My parents, sister and I all participated in Ann Arbor's Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot 5k Walk/Run on Thanksgiving morning, and it was a nice way to spend some time together and do an activity that we all enjoy, as well as the first time that any of us had walked in a 5k race before. We started out at a leisurely pace, chatting with each other and with the bicyclist who marked the end of the race group, then continued at a...

srah - Thursday, 13 November 2008 - 10:39 PM
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They're gonna recognize my eyes, my hair, my teeth, my boobs, my nose

When I blogged about how I'd always wanted to Become A Regular Somewhere I completely forgot that my family are already regulars for Sunday brunch at the Sheraton in Ann Arbor. I probably forgot it because I am always trying to forget it. It would be nice if it were because we go there frequently, but it's because we've become recognizable. A few years ago, I was to meet my family at the Sheraton for brunch. They arrived before I did and the host was amused to watch as they danced around the table, trying to decide where they should...

srah - Sunday, 25 November 2007 - 9:44 PM
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An Ann Arbor legend

RIP Shaky Jake...

srah - Monday, 17 September 2007 - 5:16 PM
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I dreamt that I was in Ann Arbor and that Michigan Stadium was on the corner of Hill and State. Outside the stadium, there were a LOT of taco stands, including one that catered exclusively to fans of the visiting team, and had the OSU logo all over it. I went down into a subway stop right near there, but then came right back up. I don't remember now what happened down there - if I decided not to take the subway or if in my dream, as in real life, it turned out Ann Arbor didn't have a subway...

srah - Saturday, 15 September 2007 - 8:49 AM
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... did someone say they wanted toast?

To whom it may concern: Let it be known that Zingerman's Bakehouse is baking their Green Olive Paesano Loaf this weekend. This bread only comes about twice a year as a special bake and I am very fortunately on their call-list but very unfortunately located in Ohio. So all you Ann Arborites, go and buy up this delicious bread this weekend and think of me as you chew. And try not to spew. You can also call ahead and have them reserve a loaf for you. Yay Zingerman's!...

srah - Thursday, 16 August 2007 - 7:47 PM
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Looking for housing in Ann Arbor?

Welcome to all the millions of readers streaming in endless hordes from this post on Left Behind at the Fishbowl, many thousands of whom are probably U-M students. Please allow me draw your attention to this fine rental property on the north side of Ann Arbor, which is quite nice and reasonably priced and is in a fine location, with easy access to the North and Medical campuses and actually quite close to central campus as well. At right is a picture of a well-known blogger painting the beautiful bathroom of this fine dwelling (which dried to a slightly darker...

srah - Friday, 16 February 2007 - 12:38 PM
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Somebody making chili?

There has been some argument over the past few months about what to name the new high school being built in Ann Arbor. The school board then narrowed it down to two ridiculously bland names: Northcrest or Skyline (what skyline? Does Ann Arbor have a skyline?). Well, it's official: the new building will be called Ann Arbor Skyline High School. And I am totally behind this name, provided that they make their mascot the Three-Ways....

srah - Thursday, 14 December 2006 - 12:04 PM
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Moving Sale! Everything must go!

Hey Ann Arborites! Want to buy some stuff? Excellent news, because there is plenty of stuff to buy. Get your booty on over there SUNDAY SUNDAY SUNDAY; there be plenty of booty to be had....

srah - Saturday, 18 November 2006 - 11:56 PM
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Sorry, no fascinating discussion of socks this time

Alas, I have left the mothership and am no longer in Ann Arbor, which means that I am unable to attend the Beer with Bloggers event for bloggers and blogreaders in the Ann Arbor-Ypsi area. But that doesn't mean I can't advertise it to... whoever reads this and is actually located in Ann Arbor! So, if you're a blogger or a blog reader who lives within walking, biking, or driving distance of Depot Town, stop in at Frenchie's and say, "Hello." And don't worry - there's no formal meeting or anything to sit through – just a lot of...

srah - Tuesday, 14 November 2006 - 6:49 AM
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I think my mom owns all the lighthouses in Ann Arbor

In case you haven't heard, Google is opening up some operations in Ann Arbor. There has been much talk about why Google chose Ann Arbor. Most people thought it was because Larry Page, one of the founders of the company, is from Michigan and attended U-M. But apparently it's just because of all the beaches and lighthouses....

srah - Friday, 14 July 2006 - 12:33 PM
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You too can Save Ginny Weasley from the Basilisk

Attention Ann Arbor! Harry and the Potters are playing at the Blind Pig tonight with... Draco and the Malfoys. What is this world coming to? Stay away from them, Potters! They are a bad influence! Unfortunately I will be on the road heading to Ann Arbor while they're playing. All y'all go and tell me how it was. [via ghetto of our mind]...

srah - Friday, 7 July 2006 - 12:36 PM
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Channeling terrible comics

My Review of H&M at Briarwood Mall: AAAAAAH, with the scary and the loud and the crowded! Oh lady! Not so much with the going to H&M until the furOR of the buying and the shopping and the Grand Opening Weekend has died DOWWWWN, nice lady....

srah - Saturday, 13 May 2006 - 8:23 AM
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This Lady¹ and Her Husband² came all the way across the ocean just to visit the Great Lakes region. I know, what the heck? Well, the advantage of their crazy ideas is that they got to spend a few days basking in my presence (har) and exploring the sights of scenic Ann Arbor! W00t! Yesterday we walked all the way around the stadium, across the U-M campus and I introduced This Lady and Her Husband to Real American Hamburgers, as opposed to the tripe-and-bits-of-feet that are probably the ingredients of fast food hamburgers. Srahmom and Srahdad also helped to introduce...

srah - Friday, 30 September 2005 - 6:15 PM
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'Hey, 98.6, it's good to have you back again...'

Dear WJIM 97.5, Suck it. I don't know what I mean by "it," but I do strongly insist that you suck it immediately. Once upon a time, you were an oldies station - and an oldies station that played a better mix of music than WOMC, now the only oldies station within range of Ann Arbor. (You also had the advantage of not having Tom Ryan on staff, so I could listen to you during the drive-time hours without wanting to punch the radio controls.) Now you have become a cookie-cutter "Contemporary Hits" station, just like every other station on...

srah - Friday, 30 September 2005 - 4:11 PM
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Attention-seeking behavior

I love reading the Missed Connections section on Ann Arbor's Craigslist. It's like a soap opera. When I first started reading, there was a couple making vague accusations at each other about breaking the other's heart, only to later realize (and explain to everyone else) that each one thought the other was someone else and they didn't actually know each other. Ha ha! In the past two days, there have been two separate missed connection ads directed at people who were at the Main Street Qdoba on Monday night. I was also at the Main Street Qdoba on Monday night...

srah - Tuesday, 13 September 2005 - 6:09 PM
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Doing the things that a jelly bean can...

I was walking along South University last night when I saw a man dressed as a giant lemon Jelly Belly¹ wearing a chef's hat, presumably advertising for the new(ish) candy store there. I was disappointed with myself because I had considered bringing my camera with me but at the last minute had decided to leave it in the car because I never see anything interesting anyway. I got to the SHEEPDIP and told apete about it. When he was done with his shift there, he walked me back to my car so that I could put my laptop in the...

srah - Sunday, 11 September 2005 - 1:01 PM
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Mmmm, free bagels

I never plan ahead and can never remember these things. So since I'm thinking of it now: I have to plan out my day on Friday and I thought I remembered seeing a list compiled somewhere of the places in Ann Arbor/Ypsi where you can get free birthday food/services. Any suggestions as to where I can find the list or your own favorite birthday freebies?...

srah - Tuesday, 23 August 2005 - 9:25 AM
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Music makes the people come together

If you'd like to discover some new music, come and swap CDs at the Great Ann Arbor Mix Swap this Friday at 8pm at Leopold Brothers'. If you're going to come, please let the organizer know so that he'll have enough CDs to go around. I just hope my playlist will be eclectic enough - I've tried to include bands that I've only recently discovered and some French music I assume people won't be familiar with. Read on for my track listing (don't peek if you're coming - it might drive you away!):...

srah - Wednesday, 17 August 2005 - 10:25 AM
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Attention Ann Arbor/Ypsilanti area residents!

It may interest you to know that bigfoots (bigfeet?) or tree sloths or flying groundhogs or something are loose in our neighborhoods and may require extensive poking with pointed sticks. Thank you for your attention....

srah - Monday, 15 August 2005 - 4:01 PM
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Tastes like... chicken?

Apete, SarahM and I went to a chocolate tasting at Zingerman's earlier this week. I never got around to blogging anything about the balsamic vinegar or sea salt tastings we went to earlier this month, so I decided I had to make an effort to get this chocolate thing blogged! What this chocolate tasting did was confirm my worst suspicions: I am a chocolate philistine. After a lengthy explanation of the chocolate making processes and everywhere where the cheapo chocolates cut corners, we were given little cups with samples of different chocolates. We tasted them, then were asked to describe...

srah - Saturday, 30 July 2005 - 1:30 PM
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Local geography quiz

On Washtenaw Avenue going east after the US-23 exit, there is a left-turn light onto Pittsfield Boulevard. Am I LOSING MY MIND, or did that just appear this weekend? Didn't it used to be a regular light, where you had to wait for oncoming traffic? It was a stupid regular light, because you couldn't see the oncoming traffic coming up the hill, but I believe it was a regular light when I went through that intersection late last week. It's like it just came out of nowhere - one day it was a plain light and the next it was...

srah - Monday, 18 July 2005 - 12:14 PM
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If only I had income, I could have a frequent flyer credit card...

I haven't given any thought to my frequent flyer miles in over a year, but apete recently mentioned the Rewards Network program, where you can register a credit card with a frequent flyer miles account and earn miles by dining at participating restaurants. I just signed up and decided to favor my Northwest account, because they have such a pretty little terminal in Detroit. Some Ann Arbor participants in the Rewards Network program that I already frequent and might as well earn something back from include Amer's, Arbor Brewing Company and Leopold Brothers'. I recommend it if you are a...

srah - Wednesday, 13 July 2005 - 1:03 PM
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Lord of the Flies ruined me for Young People in Mass Quantities

Dear State Street (including pedestrians, idiot drivers and - hell, the traffic light at State and North University, just for being there): Die die die die die die die. I was on North University, trying to turn left onto State. The woman in front of me in the left-turn lane pulled out into the intersection, then tried to wait for some parked cars to go. It was very courteous of her to let these cars go in front of her, but they didn't want to go. That's why they were parked. WITH NO DRIVERS IN THEM. Then she made a...

srah - Wednesday, 29 June 2005 - 3:14 PM
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'And the lovetrain rides from coast to coast/ DJ's the man we love the most'

I love this strange freedom that radio stations have to change formats and target demographics suddenly and without warning. You don't really see that anywhere else. Keds doesn't wake up one day and decide it's going to shift its focus from soccer moms to young urban males.* Earlier this week, WDRQ (local hip-hop/top 40 station) changed format and became Doug FM. Usually when you say a station has changed format, it really just means that they've changed their music selection and target audience. In this case, they really have changed the format of the station. Now it's basically a huge...

srah - Thursday, 7 April 2005 - 10:11 AM
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Attention: There is no point to this post

Right. Haven't blogged in a while, so I guess I'd best do so before I lose the touch. I'm in a foul, cranky mood today, which I thought might be improved by Putting Food In Me*. I had some extra time, so I went to Amer's on the way to work. While waiting in line, I actually looked at the menu instead of mindlessly ordering a chai as I usually do. They had something called Dharma Bums, which I'm almost positive also exists at the Amer's on Church Street, but with a different name. It's half hot milk, half Earl...

srah - Monday, 4 April 2005 - 9:34 AM
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Thirsty like the wolf

I made a brief appearance last night at my first Meetup™ blog meetup, which happened to be in the same place as SOCHI's happy hour. There were quite a few familiar faces names blogs um... there were quite a few people there who have blogs that I've seen: Suds & Soliloquies (post about the meetup), Mark Maynard, 90% Crud, Vacuum, etc. I'm not sure that I belong to the Ann Arbor School of weblogs. I'm not sure I belong to any school at all. Belonging to a school seems like such a commitment and like you have to share values...

srah - Thursday, 17 March 2005 - 2:14 PM
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'And then after the smoke is cleared/ and the rubble has been swept away/ me and KG will peek out our heads'

I spent half an hour sitting at a computer in the Undergrad Library this afternoon and trying to manage my piles of email. Committee-organized events may just kill me. I was sidetracked from what was supposed to be a quick blogging session about being short and ended up staying in the library for about half an hour, meaning that I was out longer than I'd paid for parking and I had a parking ticket. Parking tickets in Ann Arbor are $10 but they're $6 if you pay it within one business day. So I drove off to City Hall, parked...

srah - Thursday, 10 March 2005 - 2:22 PM
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Holiday Download Extravaganza: P is for Pop Project!

Here's a tune from a local band that Matt introduced to me last spring. I hope they don't mind me posting their mp3 for WORLDWIDE CONSUMPTION FROM MY MASSIVE READING AUDIENCE! If this makes them rich and famous, I hope they will buy me a bubble tea. *rolls eyes* Pop Project - Feel Nine...

srah - Saturday, 11 December 2004 - 12:42 AM
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Oh, joy unbounded! Oh, sweet relief! Oh, rapture unexampled!

That which I felt I could but dream of has finally come to be. Can it be true? Have the Fates smiled on one so lowly as myself? Can such unequaled happiness really be my own? Here is food for joyous laughter, indeed! Yes, folks, they have finally finished the construction on Bonisteel Avenue and the North Commuter bus is trundling all the way up instead of stopping at the end and making me walk. Shut up, I was excited....

srah - Monday, 25 October 2004 - 9:32 AM
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'Fill oh fill the pirate glass'

Note to self: Espresso Royale has the worst, most expensive and possibly smallest chai tea latte of all the coffeeshops in close proximity to West Hall. I don't know why you manage to forget this so often and waste $2.50 on sludge rather than paying $1.95 for something rather nice at Amer's. I don't know either how ERC's chai manages to be so awful when it seems like every place in town just uses Oregon Chai from the carton. Perhaps they blend their own monstrosity rather than trusting the experts. De toute façon, avoid at all cost. Try to remember...

srah - Friday, 17 September 2004 - 10:09 AM
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'Knees weak, palms are sweaty'

I live about an hour from the Detroit area. I say "the Detroit area" because I've always considered anywhere covered by Detroit radio stations' traffic coverage to be "Detroit." It always annoyed my Shelby Township-native college roommate that I said she was from Detroit and couldn't see any difference between where she lived, St. Clair Shores or Dearborn, so I have since expanded to calling that whole fuzzy Eastern region "the Detroit area" instead of "Detroit." I have no family over here and very little reason to come to the Detroit area, so I've never learned my way around or...

srah - Thursday, 15 April 2004 - 4:26 PM
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Cold I am in the ways of The Force

Today's temperature: 30°F Wind: 17 to 23 mph Feels Like: 18°F Wind leads to windchill. Windchill leads to coldness. Coldness leads to suffering. I figure I have two options. I can: a) dig a series of tunnels connecting every building I will have to go to all winter, the bus stop, and all of the residential areas where I have ever managed to find parking OR b) run away, leaving Michigan altogether. Do they have a Human-Computer Interaction program at Florida State? How about the University of Bermuda? Fiji? The problem is that my fingers are too cold to hold...

srah - Thursday, 11 December 2003 - 1:27 PM
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Back in my day, we appreciated a little dirt in our falafel!

I ran late today and had to find parking on central campus rather than parking on north campus and taking the bus in, as I usually do. I ended up parking at a meter, shoving in piles of dimes and quarters in order to pay for the hour I had class, then moving to free on-street parking after class was over. Unfortunately, class was over at 10:00, so parking was limited by that time. I ended up in a residential area and had to walk thirty miles in the freezing cold, in six feet of snow, uphill both ways to...

srah - Wednesday, 3 December 2003 - 12:00 PM
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Am I not... INVISIBLE?!

(Sometimes I think that I subconsciously make things happen in my life so that I can use the titles I want to use) I went to buy some lentil soup at Rendez-Vous Café today, because I am dangerously addicted to it. I could, quite possibly, survive for the rest of my life on lentil soup, tea and Junior Mints. And wouldn't that be healthy? I went in with the intention of buying lentil soup, then realized I was running late, so I would have to settle for potato pie. But they were out of potato pie, so I had to...

srah - Tuesday, 2 December 2003 - 12:27 AM
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Shoppers without Borders

What is the point of a strike if you're only going to strike at one store in a chain? I understand that the downtown Ann Arbor Borders store is the original and the largest in the world and therefore a good target for picketing, but it really confuses me that it's life as usual at the much better, convenient-to-parking store across town. Is it okay to shop there, then? Is it the downtown Borders or the corporation itself that's trying to screw over its workers? Why aren't they complaining on Washtenaw? I bet the downtownies have to pay for parking...

srah - Monday, 1 December 2003 - 2:14 PM
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'Bubble Tea is not a fad. It's a trend.'

Bubble Tea is the greatest thing ever. Her Cariness introduced me to it at a trip to the local bubble tea joint during one of our ever-productive User Interface Design group meetings and it fascinated me. It's sweet, milky tea with squishy tapioca "bubbles" at the bottom, which you suck up while you drink the tea. While doing my Network Computing homework in the computer lab today, I had a terrible craving for bubble tea. I decided I would have some when I finished my homework and the desire for the squishy sweetness almost drove me to stay on task....

srah - Sunday, 30 November 2003 - 5:02 PM
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My neighbors went on vacation and all I got was this... uh...

Have you ever pet-sat for a friend or neighbor? Did they give you something in return? I don't want to seem ungrateful or anything, but when we go on vacation and our neighbors look after our mail, we bring them back a token of appreciation. I looked after our neighbors' cats for a week this summer while they were on vacation. I fed them twice a day, petted and brushed them, cleaned the litterbox, let them in and out of the house and gave them medication. I never would have thought of being monetarily compensated (although I wouldn't have said...

srah - Saturday, 29 November 2003 - 9:48 AM

Quiero comprar un billete para Acapulco, por favor

NOT a few flakes - many many flakes. And the kind of wind that blows people's hands into their faces with nosebreaking force. It's a bleeeeeeeeeeeezzard, folks. I am not going to survive November....

srah - Thursday, 13 November 2003 - 1:24 PM

Home town girl

Enrolling at U-M has turned me into some kind of schizophrenic mutant. All of my other friends got this out of their system during the undergraduate years, I assume, so they aren't very sympathetic to my confusion and observations. I've spent my whole life avoiding campus for fear of hitting pedestrian students with my car and now I am one of them. I'm a townie but I'm a student. I'm running myself over and telling myself to go back to where I came from, sneering at myself and blocking myself in traffic by crossing against the light. I am constantly...

srah - Thursday, 4 September 2003 - 4:03 PM
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Trawling in Tree Town

On the way to the dentist's office this morning, I had a conversation in my head with fellow SI students about What To Do in Ann Arbor. Well, I explained to them, if you're looking for a really good cheese selection, I'd try Zingerman's or Big Ten. But I guess you're probably not. I'm better to ask about practical things like that than, say, which clubs to go to. I'm not really into going out and wiggling around in a little tiny top, trying to drag all the mecs. This seemed like a perfectly normal thing to say until I...

srah - Friday, 29 August 2003 - 2:10 PM
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The Great Blackout of 2003 (gag gag)

In case anyone wondered, I'm fine and back online! I have been having a rich and adventurous life these past 24 hours, but my neighborhood is one of the few areas around whose electricity has returned. I'll be back to blog the details later....

srah - Friday, 15 August 2003 - 4:09 PM


Ann Arbor is aflame and no one cares. The blaze: is expected to take several days to completely extinguish is taking out a whole block necessitated the assistance of three neighbouring fire departments had huge cranes dumping water from above created a smoke cloud visible from Dearborn and Detroit Metro Airport, and caused enormous traffic back-ups from idiots (yours truly included) driving towards the smoke cloud to locate the fire and gawk. And this is all I can find online....

srah - Friday, 25 July 2003 - 9:00 AM

srah's Art Fair recap

I went to Art Fair this morning with Robin, and I think I may have actually gotten a tan. Yes, I can definitely see a bit of color there... Oh wait, no. That was dirt. I am as white as ever. Never mind. There is an astonishing amount of child labor at the Art Fair. It's summer, so I suppose the parents can't leave them at home, and Cute Sells, so there they are, hawking their lemonade and butterfly fries while the grown-ups cook them. My dad and I bought some sweet potato butterfly fries last night, and although they...

srah - Friday, 18 July 2003 - 3:53 PM

It's beginning to look a lot like Art Fair

"Jewelry is out in booths," said a co-worker at TPTIBLOT, "Paintings are hanging on canvas walls. It's going to start pouring any second." The scene is set and the weather has taken its annual sudden mid-July turn for the worse. Art Fair, annual second scourge of Annarborites*, has indeed arrived. For the next four days, Ann Arbor will be crawling with insane tourists from out of town who like to waste money on hand-woven caftans, wooden flamingoes wearing shoes, and bright pink paintings of nothing with little bits of things glued to them. I will, like all of the other...

srah - Wednesday, 16 July 2003 - 12:02 AM

Muggle-born, Magic-educated

'My name was down for Eton, you know, I can't tell you how glad I am I came here instead. Of course, mother was slightly disappointed, but since I made her read Lockhart's books I think she's begun to see how useful it'll be to have a fully trained wizard in the family..." -Justin Finch-Fletchley, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets My parents and I have had this conversation: If I had been accepted to Eton (which would have been surprising since I'm a girl) and Hogwarts (which would have been surprising because, as far as I'm aware, it...

srah - Friday, 11 July 2003 - 9:01 AM
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To my fellow Ann Arbor bloggers

If you see someone slinking guiltily around central campus, feeling like they don't belong there (especially during working hours), and wincing in this strange new thing called sunlight, come on up and say hi! Chances are, it's either me or a psycho killer who lives in a basement and emerges only to find new victims. And hey, with odds like that, why not give it a try?...

srah - Tuesday, 24 June 2003 - 1:37 PM

Tiptoe 'cross the Diag

I have a new project where I have to go to Central Campus every afternoon for the rest of the summer. Maybe you can't sense, in reading this, the great levels of joy this brings me. I understand completely, as it can sometimes be hard to pick up on negative joy. As I crossed the Diag, I suddenly had flashbacks to every time I had jumped up and down on the block M. If you are not aware, there is a superstition that a U-M student who steps on the block M in the pavement on the Diag will fail...

srah - Monday, 23 June 2003 - 4:25 PM
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Damn, woman, get some MadLibs

I've always hated being in a situation where I know more than my teacher. It makes me feel uncomfortable, confused, and frustrated. More than that, it scares me a little. If I know the teacher's wrong, that doesn't mean that the rest of the class does. Do I correct the teacher for their sake, or do I let it slide and save the teacher from embarrassment and myself from a potential argument? Using the word "stealthy" to reply to my dad's daughter-swapping comments brought back a memory of one of these situations. She was one of my stupider teachers, and...

srah - Friday, 20 June 2003 - 10:40 AM

You can go back, but you have to wear a name tag

I went back to my high school today to visit my former French teacher. As I walked in the building, the first thing that hit me was the smell. Not that it was a bad smell, but smell has a way of triggering memories more than the other senses, I think. All of a sudden, I felt like I was back in that period of 1994-98 where I actually belonged there. But I didn't, and because I am a Suspicious Outsider, I had to go to the main office and sign in as a visitor. We didn't have any of...

srah - Thursday, 5 June 2003 - 11:28 AM
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"Catchy words like maniac, or corpse, or...um...let's see...lovenest or nude"

Ann Arbor is a fun place to be. The airbags deployed, but the woman - who was nude - got out of the car before Washtenaw County sheriff's deputies and firefighters arrived, officials said. - Nude woman crashes Jeep into Scio Twp. apartments It takes great skill to manage to drive your car into two apartment buildings, one after another. Especially nude and probably drunk at 4pm. We will be following this local story with great interest, young Skywalker....

srah - Thursday, 5 June 2003 - 9:18 AM

Go Rats!

My high school is the 685th best high school in this great Satan nation of ours. Cant u tel from it's alumnis?...

srah - Friday, 30 May 2003 - 2:06 PM

What I learned on a trip to the mall

When they closed the United Artists cinema at the mall, I was not terribly upset because it was kind of skanky and I never went there anyway. It did, however, seem like a waste to have a big movie theatre there and nothing playing. I decided that if I suddenly became rich, I would buy the theatre and show old, foreign, and art-house movies there (with free parking!). At some point while I was gone, someone did just that, freeing me up from investing in the potentially risky scheme of putting an art-house cinema in a place frequented by brainless...

srah - Thursday, 22 May 2003 - 12:43 PM
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Ann Arbor, cultural mecca

"You can't find herbes de Provence in the US," said an unidentified person named Renata who shall not be named, "and if you do, they're super-expensive." I just want to make the observation that not only did I find reasonably-priced herbes de Provence in every grocery store I went to today, but I have also managed to locate Salers, Fourme d'ambert, Bleu d'Auvergne, St-Nectaire, and Tomme. Strangely enough, no Cantal so far, but Salers is close enough for now. Boo-yeah. Thank you, Ann Arbor, for being a weirdy-beardy hippie-town full of people who eat things like imported cheeses and organic...

srah - Sunday, 11 May 2003 - 2:06 AM
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Sunday, damn bloody Sunday

One thing I will not miss about Vichy is Sunday afternoons. It reminds me of Art Fair in Ann Arbor. Suddenly the town is invaded by hordes of shoppers who descend upon it, much to the chagrin of the natives who can't get anywhere because of the crowds. Strangely enough, both cases involve Andean pipe bands playing on street corners and selling their discs. Vichy, as a heavily touristic town, is one of the few places in France where shops open on Sundays. Thus people come from all over the region to shop, to see, to be seen, and to...

srah - Sunday, 20 April 2003 - 1:07 PM
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An unhairy AnnArborite protests

"The women looked like I would have if I'd stayed in Ann Arbor. They wore their hairy legs and underarms as a badge signifying their higher power of reasoning and their disinterest in conventional standards of beauty." - A Map of the World, Jane Hamilton As I was reading this book, it suddenly struck me that I knew what was going to happen next. I got excited about my new-found psychic abilities until I realized that I had already seen the made-for-TV-movie-esque film based on it....

srah - Monday, 7 April 2003 - 3:26 AM
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Getting tanked

To get to Stonehenge from Andover, you have to take a bus that goes through the military base housing area. We saw helicopters and such all around, then while waiting at Amesbury for the bus to Stonehenge, we saw tanks driving down the street in one direction, and trucks carrying tanks in the other. It reminded Mummy of the canoe livery in Ann Arbor - you can rent a canoe, paddle from one stop to the other, then they drive them back upriver. So we assumed, naturally, that we were witnessing tank rental. I thought it would be a good...

srah - Monday, 3 March 2003 - 2:14 PM
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In case you haven't noticed, THERE'S NO INTERNET HERE

So I am spending my "Planning Period" (a time when the teachers can come and consult me... cleverly scheduled during a time when all of the English teachers are in class) surfing the Encarta encyclopedia instead. Here are the fascinating things I've found: I already knew about Iggy Pop, but apparently 1976 Nobel Prize (Physics) winner Samuel Chao Chung Ting was also born in Ann Arbor. There is a place in Provence (Vaucluse, to be specific) called Le plateau d'Albion, where the French had underground missile silos, but apparently don't anymore. I'm a little disappointed. The 1990 population of Vichy...

srah - Tuesday, 26 November 2002 - 3:36 AM
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It is very strange to see people from high school who you haven't seen in forever and who are all big and grown up now. I don't really feel nostalgic about high school and I see most of the people I care about, but every once in a while I wonder what happened to people I knew....

srah - Tuesday, 12 November 2002 - 10:05 AM

Plus j'apprends, plus ça m'étonne

The more I hang around the teachers here and listen to them talk and complain about the students, the more I wonder what my high school teachers had to say about me. Probably not much - I don't think I was very remarkable or memorable. At one point during high school I went back to Scarlett with Robin to visit teachers and my 8th grade US History teacher asked Robin who her friend was....

srah - Tuesday, 12 November 2002 - 8:51 AM
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They're heeeeeeeee-eeeeeere

The students have returned. Already I hate them. Ann Arbor has a delightful love-hate relationship with the U-M. Lots of us work for the university or are alumni, but the prevailing attitude seems to be that it would be a much better school if they didn't allow any students in it. Yesterday was move-in day. Unfortunately, it was also the day we had to go to Bed, Bath and Beyond to exchange Becky's damaged lamp. As we pushed our way through the crowded store, full of dopey parents and their equally dopey offspring, I behaved as a true Annarborite, muttering...

srah - Wednesday, 28 August 2002 - 11:44 AM
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Digging through the files

I was reading through old letters I had typed up on the computer. It's the closest thing I have to a journal from that time. They are just as boring and pointless as my blog. Let's clip out some of the fun lines and see what I was up to four years ago... June 7, 1998 Humanities Graduation: Dan Zaret did our speech. Actually, he sang a song. It was about how he had the Leaving Humanities Blues or something. Like: "We all should have gotten A's in Vogel's class, but we didn't, because he's got a stick up his...

srah - Wednesday, 28 August 2002 - 12:26 AM

Will I stay or will I go now?

Will you go, or have you gone to your high school reunion? I got a thingy in the mail about a week ago, asking what kind of 5-year reunion we should have. Hmm, good question. How about an imaginary one? When I see people I went to high school with, I walk quickly in the other direction and hope they didn't see me. Why would I inflict hundreds of high school people on myself? Is there anyone from high school I would want to see? If I could come up with anyone, I would contact them myself. When I was...

srah - Friday, 16 August 2002 - 3:07 PM


Last night, Robin and I were looking through old elementary and middle school yearbooks. Robin knows what everyone's doing these days. I don't know how. We looked at the Mitchell Elementary School graduating class of 1991 (43 students) and counted at most 9 people among them who had or were working towards a college degree. Doesn't that seem extraordinarily low? It makes me feel lucky to be where I am. When I was in elementary school, it never occurred to me that these people wouldn't go to college. My parents both have Master's degrees and I just assumed that I...

srah - Friday, 16 August 2002 - 10:24 AM

In concert

Hey Ann Arbor people: If you're interested, 1997 Ann Arbor Huron High School graduate Jordan Lopez is playing at Kerrytown this Thursday and Friday night. His mommy told us that we should go, so I'm telling you....

srah - Monday, 3 June 2002 - 2:48 PM
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Found chez Dave

Davezilla posted a link to Found Magazine, which is very interesting. What I find most interesting is that the contact address is three streets away from my house. I hope they don't find my stuff. Yeah, south-east si-eeed! (Did I really just say that?)...

srah - Thursday, 4 April 2002 - 3:51 PM

Ann Arbor, Cultural Paradise

I think I take growing up in Ann Arbor for granted. Just down the street from me, we have the Thai/Laotian grocery, the Indian grocery, and the Middle Eastern grocery. Not to mention the Korean/Greek restaurant across the street. Heh heh. Christianna and Nasko were saying how the US doesn't have real feta and I said "I bet they do in Ann Arbor," which is what I say about any exotic foodstuff you can't find in the Albion area. Nutella? Orangina? Cornichons? Raclette cheese? Dal? Tapenade? Kriek? I know where you can get them. I should remember how lucky I...

srah - Wednesday, 27 February 2002 - 9:27 PM
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Srah manically surveils the referrer page

Someone's been visiting from UC-Davis. Do you know Greg Fisher? I love Greg Fisher. People like Greg almost make me want to go to high school reunions. Almost. Hopefully I'll be in France next fall and miss the 5-year one if we have it. Why would I expect someone from UC-Davis to know the one other person I know there? Interestingly enough, Abby was telling a story about her friend's friend from U-M in the van this weekend and it turned out to be Harini. Scary....

srah - Tuesday, 5 February 2002 - 5:54 PM

Here's the link to A

Here's the link to A Prairie Home Companion's Ann Arbor episode this Saturday. My favorite part is when he talks about Ann Arbor....

srah - Monday, 17 December 2001 - 11:53 AM

I hate Ann Arbor...

I hate Ann Arbor. Pretty soon, everyone in the town will be required to have a Blue parking permit because there will be no pay parking in town. The structure I wanted to park in has become Permit Only so I had to park waaay across town in the oddest structure ever. Rather than the take-a-ticket system most Ann Arbor structures have, this structure had a pay-in-advance thing. It was a $2 flat rate for the whole day (which *was* a better bargain than $1.05 an hour for the three hours or so I was at Cheryl's graduation party -...

srah - Sunday, 16 December 2001 - 4:08 PM

"I don't want to be

"I don't want to be a dead whore." - Ligia Ligia and Marian came to Ann Arbor to visit us last night. We went to see Shallow Hal, which was much better than expected, then went out to Steak & Shake. We stayed out way too late considering I had to work today, but all in all, it was a good experience. We decided the boys were lost foreigners we picked up at the airport and we were going to pimp them off into a life of male prostitution in exchange for feeding them hamburgers....

srah - Friday, 14 December 2001 - 8:16 AM

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