No School Today

I love how this city gets into snow mode. We're 24 hours away from a predicted winter storm and everything is already shutting down. Notice that we're still not sure exactly how it will all unfold, but cancellings and delays are out in full force. Fortunately, when it comes to forecasting, Cincinnati weathermen are never mistaken. Sidebar: still miss ya, Rich Apuzzo. Any-hoo, checking my blog stats tonight I discovered that four people today found Beit Carr by Googling "school cancelings Wisconsin." In December of 2005 I used all three of those words in various posts. It's the only response that Google lists.

Embarrassingly, I guess I misspelled "cancelling," so I only attract those Wisconsinites who are either bad spellers or poor typers. Most likely, they're school kids so confused that they still have to go to school with three feet of snow on the ground that they inadvertently omit the second "L."

So to you kiddies who made your way to my corner of cyberspace because you can't spell: welcome. I'm pretty sure you'll have school today. My advice: move to Cincinnati. Most of our districts shut down at the mere hint of a snowflake.

Oh, and the Badgers suck. Yeah: insult+injury.

It Is What It Is

A few weeks ago I told Kelly that "it is what it is" will be the new catchphrase of 2007. I just heard someone on ESPN say it again, as it seems that it's the only phrase athletes and coaches are willing to offer nowadays. Apparently, I'm a few years too late as USA Today declared the phrase the cliche of 2004. Al Gore even used it publicly in 2002 when reflected on his failed Presidential bid. Maybe I haven't been paying attention. But I've started hearing it lately beyond the sporting world. "It Is What It Is" is ready to take over the world.

And, honestly, I've been trying it out myself lately. It's kinda fun.

Sample conversation:

Old Lady: "Mister, you just ran over my cat, got out of your car, kicked it a few times, got back into your car, and peeled out over its carcass!!!"

Steve: "It is what it is, Ma'am."

My advice: try it, Mikey. You'll like it.