By Molly McFly
While half of the U.S. is snowed in, enduring the cold degrees of the winter season, we’re all here in California sweating our asses off. What’s better than getting a nice new sweater, scarf or pair of gloves? Having to strip them off in order keep from becoming the sweaty person nobody wants to sit next to at Christmas dinner.
As usual, Southern California delivered hot 80-degree temperatures. For once, can I get a little rain on Christmas? Or at least a quickly melting frost on my grass and car windshield before the sun comes up?
Nope. I guess I’ll have to wait a month or two before I can ever try to wear my new damn sweater.
Thursday, December 26
More exciting than presents, family and food—and definitely more exciting than all other television shows that debuted or returned in 2013—is the much anticipated 50-year-old BBC science fiction show, Doctor Who. The series follows the adventures of a lone man, known only as “The Doctor,” who travels with a “companion” (who is normally a woman) to experience a variety of worlds and universes in adventures through time and space, in a ship that’s disguised as a blue police telephone box called the TARDIS. Phew! It’s a mouthful just to get outsiders onto the right page.
Technically speaking, there have been 12 different “Doctors,” played by 12 different actors, as the doctor periodically transforms into a new human form. Spoilers!
So nerds both rejoiced and cried to see the transformation of the current Doctor to number 13 on Christmas night. But instead of seeing the notorious Christmas episode as the first of many in the upcoming season, fans are forced to wait until Autumn 2014 for the next episode. Jerk move, BBC.
One thing is for sure though, this year’s Comic-Con is going to be chock full of self-called “Whovians” yearning to hear details of the next episode like Justin Bieber fans at a concert. The biggest different though, is that The Doctor is way better than that b*tch ass Bieber.
Friday, December 27
Even with the mid-week Christmas break, the day off never seems like a vacation. Rushing to get ready to meet with family, getting stuck in traffic, dealing with the usual drama—it’s exhausting. Finally it’s Friday, which means hopefully you’ll get a well-deserved day off.
Saturday, December 28
Post-Christmas weekend—a time when any able-bodied person living in California knows to stay away from shopping malls. Save the returns, exchanges and gift card spending for another time. Unless, you know, you enjoy walking shoulder-to-shoulder with a ton of annoying kids on vacation. Lucky punks.
Sunday, December 29
Here’s some fodder for a New Year’s resolution.
Recently, nine-year-old Tyler Armstrong from Southern California became the youngest kid to climb Argentina’s Aconcagua mountain, the tallest in the western hemisphere, according to The Huffington Post. The last kid to climb the mountain was a young 7-year-old Incan boy about 500 years ago—and he was sacrificed. Over 100 people have died trying to reach the peak and only 30 percent who try actually succeed. Not to mention that you have to obtain a permit from a judge in order to even begin the climb.
Armstrong has also hiked Mount Kilimanjaro and hopes to reach the peaks of the world’s tallest mountains on every single continent. He reportedly worked out twice a day for a year-and-a-half to prepare for the climb.
Long story short, this kid puts all of us to shame. His ambitious attitude led him to climb a damn mountain. Any excuse you come up with to merely roll out of bed to go to the gym or even do yoga at home is invalid.
Monday, December 30
According to UT San Diego, San Diego is home to the nation’s two largest developers of unmanned aircraft (aka drones) and somehow, the city lost its bid to attain a permit for researching and testing in the area. Instead, through consideration of “geography, climate, location of ground infrastructure, research needs, airspace use, safety, aviation experience and risk,” San Diego was denied the application. Instead, teams in Alaska, Nevada, New York, North Dakota, Texas and Virginia were the chosen locations.
Could this denial be linked to the recent drone crash in San Diego? I think the “safety” element isn’t quite in there yet . . .
Tuesday, December 31
What more is there to say? We hope you had a Merry Christmahanukkwanzika with plans to enjoy an even better New Year.
It’s the last day of the year: Go crazy. Drive through mud. Jump on a bed. Chop up your Christmas tree with an axe. Drink alcohol knowing that you’ll wake up feeling sick on the first day of the year. First vomit of 2014: YOLO!