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Happy Earth Day!

First, a couple of tv-notes. One: did everybody get the memo about "Drive", the new series starring Nathan Fillion? It's really, really good. It's on FOX, so of course, it's doomed, but catch it while you can. They showed the first 3 eps last week; 4th ep is on tomorrow night. Maybe they'll rerun the earlier ones at some point. Very cool, enjoyable. I hope they don't do the obvious thing and put it on opposite "Heroes".

I haven't been posting links to my prior write-ups of the SG-1 eps that are airing now on SciFi, because I posted a review of 10.11, 10.12, and 10.13 all together, so, there's spoilers galore. Will do it when it becomes pertinent.

Today, because it would have been a crime to waste this continuing GORGEOUS weather, I drove out to Drumlin Farm and walked around. Whenever I come back from there, Emily feels this giant need to sniff my pants and my arms and my t-shirt verrrrry carefully. Farm smells must intrigue her. I went and said hi to the silver fox, and the draft mules, and I actually found where the deer were sacking out for the day. The only nature I saw (apart from a jillion birds, of course; most of them robins) was a red squirrel, who was very hinky and moving away at high speed most of the time. That was cool, as I've never seen one in the wild. (Grey squirrels are pretty ubiquitous around here.) It was lovely to walk around.

Yes, the weather, it is warm. And you know what warm weather means. First, it means open windows. And second, it means the people who live behind me have come out and put lawn chairs on the back part of the big parking lot behind their building, near to the fence, which means, as close to my actual apartment as they can get. And this, naturally, must be accompanied by constant, moderately loud music. And the problem with this Latino music? It is essentially polkas. I don't know why. I like an occasional polka as much as the next person, maybe more, but... this is 4 hours and counting of continuous polkas, okay? *sigh*


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Apr. 22nd, 2007 10:16 pm (UTC)
yay for drumlin farm, i have some very fond memories of that place. what a perfect way to spend the day.

sorry about the polkas. you've reminded me of the process of walking through a parking lot at a dead show: all those different versions of various songs smushed together so that as you walk you get snippets of one, then another and so on.
Apr. 22nd, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
And the problem with Latino music? A lot of it is essentially polkas. I don't know why.

The polka in Latino music is more Mexican than say, the rest of Latin America. I'm not exactly sure why either, but I think they picked it up from settlers in Texas when it was still part of Mexico.
May. 3rd, 2007 01:04 am (UTC)
Ah, good to know. I will forever more be able to geographically pinpoint the region of origin of Latino music that I hear... well, so long as it's polkas, anyway.

(It does make sense, about Texas and polkas and Eastern Europe immigrants, actually.)
Apr. 22nd, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
I believe that particular subgenre of Latino music is actually tejano, a/k/a "Mexican polka." There were a lot of Eastern European immigrants to Mexico in the middle of the 19th century, and a lot of them got forced north into Texas by the revolution. For some reason, the music they brought with them became solidly entrenched in the Texas latino culture.
May. 3rd, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)
Huh! So, now I know. (And knowing is half the battle!)

The whole Texas/Eastern-Europe immigrant thing does make sense, I grant you.
Apr. 23rd, 2007 12:10 am (UTC)
Oh, man -- thanks for the heads-up about Drive. I recorded the first ep because it looked cool and had Nathan Fillion and all, but didn't schedule a season pass because I didn't know if I'd like it. And had no idea they were showing three eps in one week. I will attempt to employ alternative efforts to get the other two.

Sorry to hear about Polka Hell. Gah. The farm sounds really nice, tho.
May. 3rd, 2007 01:05 am (UTC)

Damn them. It was enjoyable.
Apr. 23rd, 2007 12:49 pm (UTC)
You should come to Stone some day! :)
May. 3rd, 2007 01:16 am (UTC)
I seriously intend to! This year is THE year! (It only took me, like, 10 years of living in this area to finally visit the Franklin Zoo, so I figure I'm about due to go to the Stone.)

So, do you work on weekends, or what? Should we plan to try to go when you're working? Or with you, when you're not?
May. 3rd, 2007 02:56 pm (UTC)
Well, I have Sunday through Tuesday off. It might be better to go on a day that I'm not working, so I'll have more time. Wait until after Memorial Day - that's when the bird show will start up again. :)
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