Ah, Hump Day. The week goes downhill from here. Wait, that’s not right. In any case, it is hump-day, so here’s some lunchtime hump-day news chum:
- From the “Whole Lotta Shakin’” Department: Today is the anniversary of the 1971 Sylmar Earthquake. The Daily News has a nice interview with two Oliver View workers with a nifty slide show. So, for those of you old enough to remember, what do you recall about the earthquake? I was 11, and I remember my cat falling from the top bunk onto my lap, and both of us staring at each other. Note that earthquakes aren’t just a California problem: there’s a swarm of them near Guy, Alabama. Of course, if you need another thing to observe today, it is National Bagel and Lox Day.
- From the “Making Lemonaide from…” Department: Of course, the Sylmar Earthquake happened in the San Fernando Valley, and the valley is well known for its citrus. Our trees at home are covered with Meyer Lemons, and just by happenchance, some wonderful Meyer Lemon recipies have been posted. I particularly want to try this Meyer Lemon Dressing.
- From the “Speaking of Lemons” Department: Spiderman. The reviews haven’t been good. See the one-minute video in this article if you don’t believe me. But of more interest is the reaction from the producers: if you don’t like the reviews, blame the reviewer. Spiderman producer Michael Cohl is quoted as saying, “Any of the people who review the show and say it has no redeeming value are just not legitimate reviewers, period…It’s hard to have people that don’t get pop culture reviewing a pop culture event, isn’t it?”
- From the “Critical Comments” Department: Of course, one thing that does get critics going on the internet is grammar. So the grammarians out there will be pleased to know that Childrens Hospital in Los Angeles has corrected its name: it is now being (correctly) known as Children’s Hospital.