Monday, August 15, 2005

The Mummy lives

About two weeks ago I came upon what might well be one of the funniest web sites ever ... Overheard at Western, a blog dedicated to recording the more comically inane comments made on and around UWO campus by people who are supposedly in the process of getting a university education. In my eight years at that august institution, I was party to ever so many such comments, not infrequently made in class or written in essays. I think my absolute favourite however was a conversation I overheard on a bus heading up to school about four years ago, between two dudes who are living proof that Bill & Ted and Beavis & Butthead are not the products of abstract imagination. Unfortunately it loses something in writing it down -- you need that particular timbre of voice. Imagination the speakers as Keanu Reeves and ... um ... Keanu Reeves.

DUDE #1: Hey, I saw that movie The Mummy last night.
DUDE#2: Hey, cool. What was it like?
DUDE #1: It was cool. It was all, like, there was this guy, he was all, like, Indiana Jones ...
DUDE #2: Sweet.
DUDE#1: Yeah. And he like went down into the tomb, and the mummy was there, and the mummy was all like "RAAAAAA!" and the guy was all like "WHOOAAAA!"
DUDE #2: (pause) Cool.

Sadly, I did end up seeing The Mummy shortly after (how could I not?) and, well ... Dude #1's review is pretty much on the money.

I imagine I should start doing a running "Overheard at MUN" segment -- which may or may not prove that only the names of the universities changes.

In other news, I went hiking again on saturday around Signal Hill. I'll only bore you with one more picture, just to emphasize that there are certain parts of the path that make you fear for your life. This is "chain rock," named for the length of chain they've bolted into the rock (I assume). I didn't quite capture the fact that to your left is a sheer face of rock going up about twenty feet, and to your right is a sheer face going down to the ocean. I colleague of mine mentioned this weekend that last Christmas day, it was a freakishly warm 12 degrees, and he decided on the spur of the moment to hike this trail ... only to realize when he got splashed with spray from the winter ocean at Chain Rock that perhaps hiking there in the winter wasn't necessarily the smartest thing.

I get to this section in the summer and I have that thought, but then that's just me ...

12 comments:

jo said...

The pictures are great! I remember as a child seeing houses chained to the rock in Newfoundland--have you come across any of those yet? Is your former-high-school-now-condo-building chained to the rock? Maybe you should check! I understand the wind can get pretty strong there in St. John's ...

mr. tomas ubik said...

what amazes me most about overheard at western is the ability for accurate recordings of the overheard statements...i always use to just bow my head, larph a little, and mockingly whisper "silly huron" under my breath.

syl said...

hahaha you discovered Overheard at Western eh?

I don't know if you remember John Hudson on the SAO team. He was the "football player". He decided to submit something and attached my name onto it. WTF?

Anyways, now it's on there. I just checked.

Overheard at Western said...

Hey, thanks for spreading the love! Although yours is an older Overheard, we'd like to post it. Any objections?

Chris in NF said...

hey, not at all ... I'll look for it

if you want accurate placement, it was on the #6 bus as it turned into the UWO gates.

Clarence (Jer) said...

So HERE you are...I have some reading to do to catch up, by the look of things. Loving Overheard at Western already - that was a find!
Fab pictures. I'll be back. How's my hyperactive namesake?

Anonymous said...

More references to 'chained' houses around the world:

http://newnewfie.blogspot.com/2005/08/mummy-lives.html

Anonymous said...

Apologies, wrong link - this is the right one:
http://exploratoria.blogspot.com/2007/09/in-old-spanish-bookdiccionario.html

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