And other random thoughts on an uneventful Thursday in an unremarkable week:
» Several times over the course of the morning, I was informed by the radio meteorologist that I should bring my umbrella because it was going to start raining around noon. The thing is, it was already raining, and had been since I woke up. Look out the window, dude. That water you see coming from the sky? That’s rain.
» I’m sure that any of you who have been reading this blog for a while will be thrilled to see this update: it took nearly six months, but the horrible-smelling restroom “air fresheners” at my office have finally been replaced. Fruity freshness has, at last, replaced the scent of 70s-esque men’s cologne. So, at last, I can stop worrying that Magnum P.I. or Johnny Fever are lurking behind the stall doors.
» My friend Karen is running a marathon (her second) and has decided to use it as an opportunity to raise funds for charity. She has selected a small group in Mali called the Joliba Trust, which (among other things) promotes sustainable development, offers midwifery training, and educates about the dangers of female genital mutilation. Her goal is to raise $2,000, which can make a tremendous difference in the developing world. You can make a donation and read more about the organization — as well as Karen’s training — at her new blog, rungasperrun.blogspot.com.
» I’m late to the blogosphere party on both of these items, but I feel I’d be remiss if I didn’t pass along two of the funniest things I’ve seen on the Internets in a long time. First is the Sarah Silverman “I’m F***ing Matt Damon” video, which cracks me up every time I watch it. (The rebuttal video, I’m F***ing Ben Affleck isn’t as good, but is still pretty amusing.) Second, the blog Stuff White People Like is a dead-on, wickedly funny satire of 21st century yuppiedom.