I'll miss this -- I return to the U.S. on that day. If I had known beforehand, I might have extended my stay.
I'm having a BBCentric day. This is a term that I came up with a while ago to describe my frequent overwhelming desire to do nothing other than listen to online radio and fumble through the BBC web pages. I am convinced that the BBC is one of the greatest aspects of modern life. The elimination of polio and small pox and high rates of infant death are lovely, but the BBC is what makes living in this particular point in history worthwhile.
I know that Britons complain a lot about the BBC -- bias, quality, licensing fees, etc. -- but I still love the massive entity. How could I not? They taught me Welsh.
Here's a good example of why I © the BBC: they make programs specifically targeted at the me demographic. By that, I mean the demographic that is me -- Chris Cope, resident of St. Paul, Minnesota.
The program (available online until 30 August), is a light and easily palatable Welsh-language show featuring Welsh presenter Bethan Elfyn and Chris Moyles staple Aled Jones (who, I'm sure Welsh nationalists would be sickened to admit, has done more to popularize the Welsh language than anyone else in recent memory), and it comes with subtitles. The website features a flash element that plays English subtitles in time with the broadcast. It's all pretty neat but, like I say, I can't imagine whom it would be for other than me. Thanks BBC! Now produce a show about an American guy who speaks Welsh and is given a new home and a lifetime supply of beer, starring me.
This post reminded me of this: When I was about 14 years old, I bought a book called "Teach Yourself to Juggle," or something like it, and spent a month desperately trying to teach myself the skill. I did this because I was pretty sure it would impress girls. Ultimately, it was a failed venture and to this day I cannot juggle.
Instead of juggling, I taught myself how to pratfall. I got really good at throwing myself into walls or tables or down stairwells. Why I thought this would impress a girl, I do not know.