3.02.2007

It's Official

Walked around some in the Freezing Cold scouting for Unofficial St. Patrick's Day nuttiness. Found some. As in, it's astonishing how drunk people can get by 1:00 p.m. on a school day.

Took a bunch of pics, but in the end, this one says it all:

7 comments:

  1. Beautiful thumb extenstion, slightly angled presentation (to convey attitude)--that's as fine a specimen of the classic bird as I've seen in some time.

    (A whole new kind of bird watching for you!)

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  2. Anonymous12:16 PM

    yeah, ok, I take back my earlier comment about things seeming calmer. And did you see the story in the local paper? excerpts:

    Tiffany Smith of Orland Park said partying is a family tradition. "My dad went to school here," Smith said. "They said to get wasted because that is what they used to do. I don't go to school here, but I'm going to live it up and go crazy." [ . . .]

    UI senior Evan Ryan of Highland Park said taking part in Unofficial has become a treasured tradition. "When I first came here, the UI was ranked as the number 4 party school in the nation, and this is all part of it," Ryan said.

    hmm . . . more talk about "tradition" . . .

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  3. katka9:43 PM

    Beautiful thumb extension, yes, but what exactly in that gesture is the thumb supposed to signify? When did the thumb extension become part of the bird, and why?

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  4. There's some debate about this in bird-watching circles, katka. Some argue that the thumb extension signifies the rigidity, the unflinchingness, of the animosity expressed by the gesture.

    I prefer a less formalist reading, aruging that it is an intergestural echo of the "rock-n-roll-devil" sign, suggesting not so much a specifically targeted animosity as a general disdain for the non-partying citezenry, in keeping with both rock and party subcultural norms.

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  5. For a thorough treatment of the topic, see _Field Guide to the North American Bird_, the cover of which is illustrated sans thumb extension: http://www.amazon.com/Field-Guide-North-American-Bird/dp/1580085741

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  6. Anonymous1:14 PM

    You're lucky they don't party on St. Urho's Tay, too. -tt

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  7. katka1:38 PM

    A field guide! Hilarious. Wonder if they have a companion text for Scalia gestures.

    "Some would argue..." Lance, you're too much.

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