I think I’m gonna have to marathon OTH very soon now
That’s exactly what I am doing. I never finished the series the first time around after Hilarie Burton left the show (due to salary negotiations gone awry), but I may try to make it beyond that point this time.
12 Reasons Peyton Sawyer was the Most Badass Thing on One Tree Hill
Yeah, it’s a trashy show and just a night time teen drama, but it had an amazing soundtrack, poignant moments, and a few moments of excellent acting. But the main reason to watch the show was Peyton Sawyer, and here’s why.
She brought curly hair back. When everyone was frying their hair with flat irons, she made me feel good about rocking curls.
She had the most ridiculous collection of leather jackets, which didn’t scream girly girl.
Her taste in music ranged from Ratt to Fall Out Boy to The Cure to Modest Mouse.
The sheer size of her vinyl collection would make some DJs frightened.
Her art represented the most painful and joyous things in her life and she gave zero fucks about what people thought of it.
She was a cheerleader who was open about her distaste for cheerleading, but did it because her mom was a cheerleader and to support her best friend.
She pretty much raised herself, because her father worked out at sea, and her mother died in a car wreck when she was in elementary school. And she didn’t end up failing out or in rehab.
She is scrappy as hell and held her own in many a girl fight.
She booked gigs for a local all ages night club without any help while still in high school.
She was stalked and assaulted by a psycho, learned self defense, and was able to fight back when the psycho came back for round two with her (and Brooke).
She took a bullet in a school shooting, almost bled out, recovered, and still finished out the school year.
She drives a 1963 Mercury Comet convertible with a blood red interior, which is almost as cool as the Impala from Supernatural.
Let’s face it, there is not all that much that was redeeming about the acting on the show as a whole, but the writers created one incredibly character, and wrote her consistently through the run of the show. With all of the slapstick nonsense, boy chasing, and teenage stupidity, Peyton was a breath of fresh air.
I rescued my condo from the land of foreclosures in 2009. It had been uninhabited for more than a year. Possibly more than two years thanks to the economy at that time. It had not been properly maintained while it was inhabited, and that was obvious, but I got it for less than 50% of its original selling price, so why complain? It had a few minor issues that I’ve fixed along the way, but I hadn’t really gotten my first real taste of grown folks problems until my HVAC sprang a coolant leak last summer.
Do you know how much a brand new, quality HVAC system (13 SEER unit) costs with installation, 10 year warranty, and maintenance? If you’re lucky, you can get it all wrapped up with a bow for $4-5k. So, yeah. That was my day. Waking up to ice in the fan of my unit, and dropping a clean $5k on a new system go be installed next Friday.
So just remember that home ownership is not something to be taken lightly. Small problems can turn into big problems at the worst possible moment for you (like sketchy heat when it’s barely above freezing) , so keep on top of stuff the best you can based on your budget. And if you bought a foreclosure, be even more vigilant.
The good thing about what happened today is that I know that my new unit will save me a ton of electricity (and money), and reducing my carbon footprint is a big deal to me. I also know that I will have a reliable unit with professional services to back it up for the next decade. I’ve also upped the value of my unit. And I don’t have to lose sleep over the money question anymore.
But damn, to have this happen in the middle of an interminable freezing(ish) rain storm, and dealing with the power going on and off ON TOP of the new HVAC stress… I’m happy to have made it through the day. Honestly.
The Good News: It was caused by ice accumulation from the sleet and freezing rain mix that started yesterday afternoon and has not stopped. There was a half inch thick layer of ice on top of the unit and some big pieces under the grill and rattling around on the fan blades.
I was able to beat the ice off of the unit with the ice scraper I use on my car. I had some Deadliest Catch deja vu.
The Meh News: I broke my favorite ice scraper. It was lime green.
The Bad News: The temps aren’t going to skyrocket today and the rain is still falling. I will undoubtedly have to beat ice from it again. I am leery about leaving the house, but today is my last day at my current job so I have to. I am going to hope for the best and that it will get warm enough to keep enough ice from forming that it causes a problem while I am out. Either way, the HVAC guy will have to call me back today and he was supposed to days ago.
If I had a patio umbrella it would come in really handy today.
The College Board said it would eliminate obligatory essays and cut obscure vocabulary words in an effort to make its college admission exams focus on important academic skills.
The College Board is redesigning the SAT to do the following:
Return to the 1600 point system (800 points for both math and verbal)
Make the essay optional
Remove the penalty for guessing
Reduce the complexity of the math section and eliminate calculators for some parts of it
Replace the SAT-specific vocabulary with vocabulary you’ll actually use in college
Create programs to help low income students take the test and apply to colleges
Translation: Colleges started making SAT and ACT test scores optional, because it has been statistically proven over a long enough period of time that the SAT does not measure anything more than a student’s ability to take an exam in a high pressure situation, and their ability to prepare for the exam (which is usually directly linked to socioeconomic status).
I give the College Board another decade before universities throughout the country unilaterally make SAT scores optional and destroy the College Board’s business model. They’re part of the giant ponzi scheme that is higher education in the US.