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The Alma Mater
Friday 5: Nonstrosity
Friday 5: In your head! In your head!

The Alma Mater

I mentioned before that WM is taking grad school classes — he’s going to my alma mater, Rowan University*. On Saturday, we took a trip to the University’s library so WM could take some books out for his term paper. He checked out 18 books, which dashes any desire of mine to go back to school ever. Ever! And I love books!

Oh man. There has been so much built there in the (takes out abacus) MANY years since I graduated. There’s a whole downtown where we had just a few shady bars. And there’s a brand new library.

We mugged in front of the sign.

When I attended, this was only a sundial!

Old and new…

While WM was checking out his dozen-plus books, I noticed this beauty — an old RCA television camera which is part of a larger exhibit which was closed that day. I’d like to think it was a nod to my Radio/Television major.

Another shot from inside the library of the Rowan logo.

We were the only ones on the third floor of the library. As we were leaving at 1:30pm, we FINALLY saw some students walking around the quad. And then it hit me — they were just waking up. 🙂

As we are Old we were ready for our second meal of the day. We ended up at Iron Hill where even the beer menu was taking sides for the Super Bowl.

*Although I attended a few names ago.

Friday 5: Nonstrosity

Happy Saturday! I was feeling under the weather for most of the week so I didn’t get to blogging when I wanted. But no more guilt about that. My blog, no advertisers, no rules!

This morning I came downstairs and the dogs were already outside. WM let them in and they joyfully ran over to me, tails wagging. Murphy proudly dropped a gray hairy blob at my feet — it was a long-dead mouse. HOORAY!

After I climbed down from the ceiling, we went to Wawa (where most busy Saturdays start), a yard sale, the post office, the Collingswood Book Festival, the Haddon Heights Fall Fest, Paper Source in Marlton Evesham and back home by noon. Yeah. I wore my Reading Trumps Ignorance shirt, which got no comments at the Book Festival, and a small comment from a vendor in Haddon Heights.

She: What’s your shirt say?
Me: Reading Trumps Ignorance.
She: I’m a Trump fan.
Me: Okay!

By then I already had purchased something from her, so hey, whatever. I’m sure this lovely older woman is happy she’s making America great again by selling decorative lawn flags that were made in China.

I also fell hard for this apple basket decorated to look like a pumpkin. I hate fall but the decor sure is pretty.

When we got home I spent the afternoon sitting outside in the 85-degree weather, and then I cleaned all of the dog poop out of the yard. My glamorous life!

Tonight we saw the lovely Kristen (and my the rest of the fam) for her birthday dinner and I filled my belly with pasta.

But rght now, it’s time for the Friday 5. This week’s theme is Nonstrosity. Let’s get to it!

1. What’s a good movie for October that has nothing to do with monsters or Halloween?

As I’ve said many times, I’m not a movie person (though the reserved recliners at my newly-refurbished local movie joint is slowly making me rethink that). But I’m a HUGE fan of the movie “You’ve Got Mail” and one of the memorable lines is “Don’t you just love New York in the fall?”

2. What’s a good couple of songs for October that have nothing to do with monsters or Halloween?

Eh. How about O New England by the Decemberists?

3. What are some reasons to love October?

The beginning of hockey season. (Devils win 4-1!) Oh, how about climate change? Look at this beauty!

I know this is fundamentally wrong but … I’m not going to complain overly much.

4. Radio stations sometimes call this month Rocktober, doing special playlists or giveaways in celebration of rock music. What would be a better rhyming name for this month, and how might it be celebrated?

Cocktober. Glocktober. I could have sworn that at one point there was a “Proctober” where people urged men to get prostate exams, but I can’t find anything about it. It probably was pinkwashed out and replaced by the eyerolling Movember movement. But I think it’s a good idea.

5. What would be a good holiday to establish in October for those U.S. states not commemorating Columbus Day?

Indigenous People’s Day and Leif Erikson Day are already becoming things, and I am fine with that.

Friday 5: In your head! In your head!

Happy Friday. Today was one of my Summer Fridays off from work AND it was sunny AND THINGS are mildly under control so for the first time this summer, I went to the beach.

A few years ago I went to Margate, NJ for the day on a whim and it was a beach gamechanger. Mostly because I don’t have to take the Garden State Parkway to get there. It takes me a whopping hour and 20 minutes to go from driveway to beach chair.


Because there is no boardwalk, it’s a lot less crowded than other South Jersey beaches. Ocean City will always have my heart, but it’s so crowded and people seem to be taking more and more space. Me? I travel with a beach bag and a chair. No beachspreading here.

Gah. It’s beautiful. I was there from 10:30 to 1:30, read some more of Console Wars, had a snack, and got some color. All without having people closer than 10 feet to me. I have one more Summer Friday in 2 weeks. If the sun shines, then you’ll know where to find me.

I also got to see my Favorite Kid today, which is always a highlight.

And now for the Friday 5. Today’s them is In Your Head, In Your Head and …



DAMMIT that’s just cruel, Scrivener. 😉

1. Which mythical monster would you most enjoy discovering (first- or second-hand) is real?

Definitely the Loch Ness Monster. Big, rare, sea-bound and far away from me. WM says Sasquatch.

2. When did you last exhibit monstrous behavior?

I don’t want to pat myself on the back, but I’ve been trying really, REALLY hard to be a pleasant person, so I don’t remember last time I really lashed out in anger. (I’ve defended myself, but that doesn’t count.) A couple years, maybe? The downside of that is if you’re typecast as a pleasant person, even the smallest negative gesture or even a raised voice will be interpreted as snapping at someone. Maybe I should be meaner?

3. What do you think of monster trucks?

I guess they’re okay. I saw some at a NJ raceway maybe 20 or so years ago and all I remember is being coated in a layer of dirt by the time we left. Relatedly, Monster Jam is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year and Grave Digger is STILL a player.

4. If you like monster movies, what’s a monster movie you dislike? And if you dislike them, what’s a monster movie you like?

Not a fan of monster movies, but Sharktopus was an absolute delight. WM is a fan of monster movies, but dislikes the alien movie subgenre.

And also, Sharktopus had a great theme song!

5. What song about a monster (or with the word monster in the title) do you really like?

THIS was a struggle, but I’m going to go with One Eyed One Horned Flying Purple People Eater, and to try to cleanse my brain of the frigging CRANBERRIES THANK YOU FRIDAY 5 I’ll counter with the Chipmunks version.

Have a fantastic weekend!

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