All you never wanted to know


Behold: the fruits of my internet labor, for your benefit! These are just a few of the many things I have run across as of late. Now, read and learn.

Should I take a lemon wedge in my water?
No. Make that a hell, no.

What are some things that I might get someday?
This, and this, and the Bluebird Cafe version of this. Still this. This might be appropriate, too.

Where did the phrase “balls to the wall” come from?
“The expression comes from the world of military aviation. In many planes, control sticks are topped with a ball-shaped grip. One such control is the throttle—to get maximum power you push it all the way forward, to the front of the cockpit, or firewall (so-called because it prevents an engine fire from reaching the rest of the plane). Another control is the joystick—pushing it forward sends a plane into a dive. So, literally pushing the balls to the (fire)wall would put a plane into a maximum-speed dive, and figuratively going balls to the wall is doing something all-out, with maximum effort. The phrase is essentially the aeronautical equivalent of the automotive “pedal to the metal.” (from this site – thanks, Carl!)

Where can I find cheap fancy groceries in Nashville?



  1. luke on June 12, 2008 at 10:41 AM

    that t-shirt is awesome.

  2. bec on June 12, 2008 at 12:28 PM

    i have never heard the expression ‘balls to the wall’

  3. I am Kate Maxwell and home is in on June 12, 2008 at 12:37 PM

    you know, i’m not so sure you need another pursey/handbag thing…
    and you should get that t-shirt
    hey, i’m thinking of being in the tennessee area in september. wanna grab a cup of coffee or something?

  4. Mary on June 12, 2008 at 2:25 PM

    I’m so happy to hear TJ will make it to Nashville. I don’t think I could make it without him. Good to see you won’t have to for much longer. :)

  5. Anonymous on June 12, 2008 at 3:29 PM

    typically, fancy and cheap do not belong in the same sentence.

  6. Greta on June 12, 2008 at 3:49 PM

    Anonymous: fancy and cheap TOTALLY belong in the same sentence when it involves Trader J’s. Organic hipster groceries that make you look elite and trendy– at Safeway prices. WORD TO THE HIZZO.

    Maybe I shouldn’t contradict Anonymous. You probably have enough problems in your life without a Trader Joe’s around.

  7. Mazz on June 13, 2008 at 1:17 PM

    I am so much smarter now. thank you.

  8. Annie Parsons on June 13, 2008 at 2:46 PM

    Greta, you’re a better defender of me than the ex-cons across the street. :)

  9. Sarah on June 14, 2008 at 2:03 PM

    Is that a good AAAAAAAAAAAGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!! or a bad AAAAAAAAAAAGGGGHHHHHH!!!!!!!???

    And I think David Cook would be good as a Christian or Gospel-type singer.

  10. Bryn on June 14, 2008 at 6:35 PM

    Like the shirt, but it’s extrAvert, not extrOvert….

    Annie, I wish we had some of that Nashville heat and sunshine over here in Seattle (but you can keep the humidity).

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