Friday, February 24, 2012

The Most Common Man

As a child I often lamented the fact that i was so common. I thought of it as boring. Boring brown hair, boring brown eyes, the most common blood type. I felt like there was nothing interesting or unique about me. Well, today I learned another thing about myself that is exceptionally common. I have the most common fingerprint type. It's a short story, but I suddenly became interested in the different fingerprint types, and what they say about us. I saw one presentation which suggested that the "Arch" type print is most common among green-eyed people. I did not find any characteristics particularly associated with the "Loop" variety of print, just that it's the most common, and of course it's what I have. While this would once have been a source of grief for me, further indicating just how dull and boring I am right down to my skin and blood, I look at it now as a blessing because if I ever needed a blood transfusion I'd have no trouble finding some I could use, and if I was ever being investigated for a crime evidenced mainly by fingerprints they would have a harder time finding me because of my common-ass fingerprints. So yeah, it's all good. I don't mind being the Most Common Man.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

The Fit is Muppet

I wanted to say a few things about the Honda Fit. And the soundtrack for the new Muppets movie. The Fit is a really fun drive. This is coming from a 2005 Chevy Aveo hatchback to a 2012 Fit. The cars appear similar in overall stature and shape, but they feel very different. The Chevy was fun, but I always got a top-heavy feeling in it, and didn't feel that steady. The Fit really is "Go." It's got a nice gear ratio that gets me up to a comfortable speed in second gear, and I can't even feel when it leaves first. It's zippy, it corners nicely, and I hardly think twice about squeezing down the right turn lane even when there isn't a lane there. It's a lot of fun, and fast, and goes anywhere. And I'm so lucky my daughter has good taste in music. She wants to hear that Muppets cd over and over, and it's a really good album. One of the songs is nominated for an Oscar, and will almost certainly win, and it has Dr. Sheldon Cooper (Jim Parsons) in that scene of the movie, and it's just a great song. The Muppets, Kermit, they have such clout in American entertainment culture, and this movie not only keeps true to their characters, it adds new depth to many of them, and lets them shine in their - I hate to say it but - Muppety way. I was a fan of the show growing up, and to see these "old friends" catching up on the last 30 years or so, and getting the other aspects of their routines that were lost on me in my youth, and tying in such timely trends as Cee-Lo Green's "Forget You" sung by chickens, it warms the cockles, whatever those are. So I was tooling around town in the Fit tonight, cranking the Muppets disc, and it was a good night.