The Beav according to Beav

Still crazy after all these years.

Wednesday, June 23, 2004

Impending travel

So tomorrow morning (way too early), I leave for Denver.

I don't really mind travelling, but the time's got me bugged. The fact that I can't take my family bugs me too. Just can't afford to pony up that kind of cash right now. But still. I wanna show off my son. Everyone wants me to show off my son. Everyone wants to see my wife again. C'est la vie, I guess.

I'm already packed for the most part (and that's an oddity in itself). I'm usually up really late the night before I fly out getting stuff together. And then tossing stuff in at the last minute on the morning of my departure. But, due to the time thing (did I mention it's way too early?), I've got almost everything packed. Feels wierd.

Well, it ought to be a fun time, anyway. I may be able to catch a Rockies game, gonna mountain bike...on a mountain. (That'll be new.) Get to see my parents, siblings, and assorted attachments again. That's pretty cool.

I'll try to post at least once from Denver. Maybe post a marquee or two.


Wednesday, June 16, 2004

A term of what?!?!

In a sworn statement to be made public Tuesday, University of Colorado President Elizabeth Hoffman said a four-letter word used toward women can sometimes be used as a "term of endearment."

The comment comes from Hoffman's latest sworn testimony in connection with a federal lawsuit against the university. The suit was filed by women who say they were sexually assaulted by CU football players and recruits.

A lawyer for one of the women asked Hoffman about the female, former CU kicker Katie Hnida being called the "c-word" by a teammate. That player was later disciplined by coach Gary Barnett for making the remark.

In the deposition, Hoffman was asked whether the "c-word" is "filthy and vile." She said she knows the word is a swear word, but "It is all in the context of what--of how it is used and when it is used."

She was asked, "Can you indicate any polite context in which that word would be used?" Hoffman answered, "Yes, I've actually heard it used as a term of endearment." A CU spokeswoman said President Hoffman is aware of the negative connotations associated with the word. But, the spokesperson said, because Hoffman is a medieval scholar, she is aware of the long history of the word. She said it was not always a negative term.

If any of you have small children reading over your shoulder, you might want them to look away for a moment...

My first (and vocal) reaction to reading this tidbit was: "You've gotta be shitting me."

How can you be the President of a University (medieval scholar or no) and seriously consider that word anything but offensive? I mean, I can understand trying to take some of the heat off the University, but please! I can honestly say that if I tried to use that word as a term of endearment with my wife, I'd have serious trouble breathing for a few months.

And now, for today's church marquee: "God is the light. In Him there is no darkness."

Not too bad as marquees go. Though, I have to admit, when I read it, I envisioned flipping a switch on and off..."God, no God, God, no God..."


Tuesday, June 01, 2004

Got this in my inbox today. Truly clever. Kudos to the person behind it!