John Holton (john_holton) wrote,
John Holton

I have purposely sat down to watch 6 football games in my entire life: Super Bowl III, when I had a bet with John Shanahan that the Jets would beat his Colts; a game between Notre Dame and Georgia Tech in South Bend that my stepfather got tickets for (he was raised in South Bend); a Monday night game between the Bears and Vikings, that my aunts got tickets for (I can remember freezing my butt off and having to take a whiz in the worst way through most of it); a right thrashing of the Northwestern Wildcats by the Fighting Irish of Notre Dame on Freshman Weekend in 1974 (I was one of said freshmen; it was the beginning of the record 5-year losing streak that Columbia University finally broke); Super Bowl XX, in which the Chicago Bears Shufflin' Crew beat the New England Patriots (everyone in Chicago watched that one); and the 1996 Rose Bowl, when the aforementioned Northwestern Wildcats, by the grace of God, made it (and were subsequently beaten by USC). Needless to say, I'm not watching the Big Game today. I'm just not a football fan, which in the South is supreme heresy, I know, but there you go.

Mary and I went to Mass and to lunch, stopped at Borders and bought a couple of books (mine is a murder mystery set in Chicago during the Columbian Exposition of 1893; it's written by a graduate of the aforementioned Northwestern University, and is dedicated to his high school English teacher, who, as it so happens, lived at Chase Avenue and Sheridan Road in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago where I grew up. I can't for the life of me recall the name of the book or the author right now. The book is downstairs and I'm trying to get this finished) and spent a couple of hours at Starbucks. That's become a ritual at the Holton house for Sunday afternoons.

I spend the week sitting in class, with time off to chase down database and application problems and to arrange my trip for next week.

Time for the Sunday funnies:

Today's Day By Day cartoon covers a topic near and dear to my and summerlady's heart. The Sunday extra is a good one, too. Winger is also good, and raises an interesting question.

EDIT: The author is Robert W. Walker and the book is City for Ransom, the first book in the Alastair Ransom series. I think a lot of you would like it.
Tags: humor, update

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