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March 24th, 2009

Today's buscapade has to do with men in hats... and hoods.

The difference in temperature comfort zones in people always amazes me. It was not that cold today, and yet at each of three different bus stops, a guy got on the bus with a ball cap on and a hood pulled over it. It was not windy today. Two of them pulled their hoods down immediately upon entering the bus, and the third pulled his down after riding for a few minutes.



For the second time in as many days, I've seen the acronym GFF used in Twitter tweets. I know what BFF (best friend forever) stands for, but just assumed that the "G" stood for girl, due to the context in which I've seen it. I find this bothersome though, because in one case the first letter ("B") stands for an adjective, but in the second case the first letter ("G") stands for a noun.

To me, the first letters should both represent adjectives or both represent nouns, so BFF = best friend forever and GFF = great friend for ever, for instance, or BFF = boyfriend forever and GFF = girlfriend forever. Those would both work for me.

So, with all that noise in my head (such a scary place as you can see), I ventured to the Urban Dictionary to get the scoop. What I found there about GFF made me laugh enough that I just said, "Well, there ya go!"

GFF = gay friend forever 
GFF =  greasy fat fuck
GFF =  guilt-free fucking
GFF =  give-a-fuck factor



I met a former grad school professor, and now my friend, Susan Katz for lunch at Sadlack's Heroes on Hillsborough Street at noon. We had great conversation and I love, love, loved my sandwich choice:

Veggie Wrap

Monterey Jack cheese, avocado, black olives, mushrooms, tomatoes, green peppers, lettuce and ranch dressing. $6.95



Okay, am I the only one who didn't know that a 15-year old girl, nine months before Rosa Parks, was the first to refuse to give up her seat on the Montgomery city bus system? This podcast is fascinating; it's an interview with said lady:

Before Rosa Parks, there was Claudette Colvin

Few people know the story of Claudette Colvin: When she was 15, she refused to move to the back of the bus and give up her seat to a white person — nine months before Rosa Parks did the very same thing.

Now a 69-year-old retiree, Colvin lives in the Bronx. She remembers taking the bus home from high school on March 2, 1955, as clear as if it were yesterday.

The bus driver ordered her to get up and she refused, saying she'd paid her fare and it was her constitutional right. Two police officers put her in handcuffs and arrested her. Her school books went flying off her lap.

Go here, and then click on "Listen Now" to hear the rest. It's a 6-minute 16-second audio recording, well worth the listen.



If you Twitter at all, or even have an inkling of what it is, I'm quite sure you'll find this four-and-a-half-minute video funny:




This evening, from 6:00-7:00, I attended a lecture at NC State called, "Social Media is a Cocktail Party," about which I'm going to create a separate blog entry.

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