First: Snow is in the forecast Near Philadelphia for tonight and tomorrow and, of course, all the students and half the staff of our school will be wearing their pajams inside out tonight in hopes of a snow day tomorrow. My buddy down the hall has her radio on for updates -- she's part of the mechanism that makes the decision. She comes up periodically to tell me it is still "iffy."

Now you know I keep the radio on all day at my desk, classical music streaming through my 'puter. So you'd think I wouldn't need Polly's updates. But it's a pledge week at our public radio station, and during pledge weeks I switch stations. A long time ago we lived in Kent, Ohio, in the snowbelt, and listened to WKSU for many years. So that's where I go when WRTI is having a pledge week. It's great to hear old familiar names and places and takes me back to happy times in Northeast Ohio.

'Cept I forget I've changed the station. And when I hear the weather forecast for Kent, Akron, and vicinity -- "a significant winter storm" I get so excited! And so hopeful! And then need a jolt back to reality.

Second: Earlier today I read about a woman in California who had octuplets and plans to breastfeed all of them. I'm not going there. Instead, I read through the rest of the story and came to this: "The United States' first live octuplets were born in Houston in December 1998. They were three months premature and their weights at birth ranged from 11 ounces to 1 pound, 11 ounces. The tiniest infant died of heart and lung failure a week after being born. The surviving siblings — girls Ebuka, Gorom, Chidi, Chima and Echerem, and their brothers Ikem and Jioke — turned 10 in December."

Still with me? Okay. We've got Ebuka, Gorom, Chidi, Chima, Echerem, Ikem, and Jioke. Here's the question: Did their names come from Word Verifications? Or was it the other way around?

Idle minds are the devil's playground. Or so it's said.

Echeremly yours,


Hope you get your snow day. I would love snow on a day like today here. (40). I love listening to the radio. It must have been odd hearing that weather forecast and realising it wasnt yours. Octuplets, thats a lot of babies. The names do sounds a bit like word verification dont they.
Mrs. Goodneedle said…
This was a very funny post today... the names/word verification similarities crack me up. Now the BF of octuplets is another subject completely, that's gonna take some doin'

Good luck with your jammie trick...
Lorraine said…
Too much for me to wish for a snow day! Going to be 41C here today and for the next week it will hover around that mark......yuk! (actually double yuk!)...I am not a fan of the heat....but my office at work is cool...my car has A/C and the house keeps relatively cool being an old stone home...so I should stop my complaining! LOL....anyhoo....I am sure that those names came from word verifications....Now when I add a comment to someone's blog I always think of you.......!

word verification: Sioustoi....that's gotta be someone's name right?
*karendianne. said…
That was dern funny! I might have pulled a muscle.
Cheryl Cato said…
I listen to KUT in Austin, but they are not saying snow; perhaps an ice storm, but no snow. We need precipitation of any kind!!! We are in an "extensive drought" or so our newspaper reported last week. That is the worst.
Now for the octuplets... I can't even begin to IMAGINE! Last week in Austin a couple have quintets and I thought that was a bit much!
And then there are the names... You didn't want to "go there" on the breast-feeding of 8 kiddos... well, I don't want to "go there" on the names of the Houston (8-1=)7.
Oh well, it's different I suppose. Difficult to pronounce, but different.
Unknown said…
Praying you get your snow day...all we got was icky rain.

That was seriously funny about the Houston Octuplets!!!

LoieJ said…
I've been noticing the word verification more since you posted about it. I think that they fake words are more like real words than they used to be. I seem to remember more k, j, z, q's before. Now they are almost pronounceable.

Our area had a day off for cold and wind about 1 1/2 weeks ago. funny thing was that the preceding days, following day, and even this week were colder, windyier than the off day. I think that a few Superintendents declared an off day and the rest caved into group think.

On one bad snow day last year, my husband's boss's boss, 250 miles away said they couldn't close because "everybody has 4 wheel drive cars and they are used to it." Well, hubby couldn't even get out of the driveway. He knew that without trying. He's no slakker, having missed about 5 days total for being sick in 31 years, but he'll stay home if it is dangerous to drive.
Nancy said…
This is too wild.........you work in a school, I teach high school, you lived in Kent (and maybe miss the snow) I lived in Chardon and devinitely miss the snow. It has to be a Nancy thing LOL

and I agree on the names..... what planet are they from?

Clare said…
Those names???? Honestly! I sometimes wonder what planet people are on.