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2003-08-07 10:35:09 AM
Yes, my job is worth it. I won't be here forever though; I have a move date firmly penciled in on the calendar a few years hence.

In the meantime, I'll just continue to exercise my First Amendment rights and biatch a little.
 
2003-08-07 10:36:23 AM
The cool thing about Pappilion is that its a true story.
Check out the book by Henri Charierre.
 
2003-08-07 10:40:28 AM

I really don't want to beat a dead horse here, but that's exactly what I am
talking about.

the_essdog: Nebraska football fans have a great respect for other
football teams and programs. They are some of the nicest fans in

any sport in any part of the world. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for
many other college football teams in this

country. Admittedly, the fanaticism can be a bit overbearing at times (who can
plaster the most NU shiat on their red

pickup truck), but at least the fans aren't a-holes (for the most part) unlike
a Colorado or Miami.


Statement A: Nebraska football fans have a great respect for other football
teams and programs.


Statement B: Our fans are not a-holes like everyone else.


Am I the only one noticing this

 
2003-08-07 10:42:56 AM
Our fans are not a-holes like everyone else.
misquoted

I said like some teams, such as Colorado or Miami (not all their fans obviously). I'm sorry, but when Colorado fans throw trash at NU players when they are leaving the field, I will call them a-holes.
 
2003-08-07 10:44:29 AM
as for the slight generalization I made about Nebraska fans being some of the nicest, listen to the College Gameday crew the next time they do a game in Lincoln. I think we still hold the record for biggest attendance at a Gameday taping.
 
2003-08-07 10:45:20 AM
KSU fans, Notre Dame fans, and OU fans are also for the most part very nice.
 
2003-08-07 10:56:52 AM
OK, I apologize for misquoting you. I did take a little liberty with what you said just to prove a point.

I will also grant you this: one of the coolest things ever was when Texas played here a few years ago, beat Nebraska, and Ricky Williams got a standing ovation along with chants of "Heisman, Heisman, Heisman" as he walked off the field. That was cool.
 
2003-08-07 11:01:43 AM
ty. and now it's time for us to move on.
 
2003-08-07 11:12:12 AM
i have no interest in waxing poetic about nebraska or tricking you into doing the same. i've lived here most of my life, travelled extensively, and am fully aware that it is not the nexus of society. i simply found your statement that "it is exactly as culturally barren, provincial and desolate as you might ever have heard or imagined" to be a tad ridiculous. i was hoping for an example of what it is you dislike about the place other than the arrogance the football fans have about the program and themselves.

i wish you luck and a speedy move to wherever it is that would make you happier.
 
2003-08-07 11:21:01 AM
Blood donors rock! My lil sis has had over 25 units. She would not be here if not for people like this. Though i haven't donated, I encourage you all to donate today.
 
2003-08-07 11:27:36 AM
If that damn Fleischman wasn't such a chicken, and if Stevens wasn't always getting drunk at the Brick, then maybe Cicely could have won it this year.

No one's gonna get that reference, but what the hell.
 
2003-08-07 11:31:58 AM
Ah, the usual Nebraska thread.

"Nebraska sucks!"
"No you suck! Leave!"
"No, really! Nebraska sucks!"
"No, really! Leave!"

Do other states on fark do this or are we just "special"?

/heads back to between the corn rows to tip some cows
 
2003-08-07 11:32:42 AM
I used to live by there. I don't remember any vampires, though. The thing I liked about Nebraska is that you can drive from border to border and never have your ears pop!
 
2003-08-07 11:35:15 AM
Well, as for the "no one else anywhere waves" bit, I find I must disagree. Try anywhere in the rural south. In fact, I would wager that you could pretty much try rural /anywhere/ and find people waving, friendly, etc. Overcrowding makes people bastards. Yay Country folk. (my GOD! Did I just say that?!)
 
2003-08-07 11:37:21 AM

Can't believe this hasn't been done yet:

English Bob: Well, actually, what I heard was that you fell off your horse, drunk of course, and that you broke your bloody neck.


Little Bill Daggett: I heard that one myself, Bob. Hell, I even thought I was dead 'til I found out it was just that I was in Nebraska.

 
2003-08-07 11:46:17 AM
Even as a born and bred Nebraskan, I still have to say that the funniest quote I had heard was from a comedian that said, "Nebraska is proof that Hell is full and the dead are walking the Earth". That and the episode of South Park that had a sign that said, "Welcome to Nebraska. We're Sorry".
 
2003-08-07 11:56:05 AM
mortisthecat :

From IMDB.com:

Academy Awards
1974 - Nominated for Best Music, Original Dramatic Score -
Jerry Goldsmith


Golden Globes
1974 - Nominated - Best Motion Picture Actor - Drama
Steve McQueen
 
2003-08-07 11:59:14 AM
Holierthanthou: I like to say that Omaha is sucking the soul out of me. A funny thing to do is ask someone "hey did you read that book......" Then just sit back and watch the eyes glaze over.
 
2003-08-07 12:03:21 PM
i think the book asking question goes for about 85% of Americans these days.
 
2003-08-07 12:07:12 PM
essdog: more so if you vere off the bestseller list
 
2003-08-07 12:14:22 PM
I'm from Nebraska, now stuck in California

I will admit that folks take Cornhusker football a little too seriously for their own good, but we don't have any professional teams here and I think that's where a lot of the "football fan" energy goes.

And yes, Nebraska does have some odd names and pronunciations, just like every other state in the union.

culturally barren

Wrong. Plenty of culture to be found in Nebraska...it just isn't in your face.

provincial

You still haven't proven your point about this...so far have just tossed out the word "provincial" like a political buzzword and expect it to be your magic bullet that deflates the rest of us who LIKE Nebraska.

and desolate as you might
ever have heard or imagined,


If you think that actually having 4 seasons, very clean air (at least you can't see what you're breathing, unlike most of California) and a lack of mountains or beaches (although it's easy to travel) is desolate then you're sadly mistaken. Whenever I'm back in Nebraska I ask myself "Why did I ever leave here?" I will return for good ASAP.

populated with cold-hearted, moronic, closed-minded
individuals


I'll admit that every place has its share of stupid people, but this is by far the extreme minority in Nebraska

who truly and mistakenly believe that nowhere else in this country
do people appreciate college football the way they do.


I think this is your true issue with Nebraska. Accept it, get some therapy, or get the hell out.

Thank you very much.
 
2003-08-07 12:19:41 PM
"populated with cold-hearted, moronic, closed-minded
individuals

I'll admit that every place has its share of stupid people, but this is by far the extreme minority in Nebraska "

Ive lived here for 35 years.. and Im telling you its the MAJORITY of people here.
 
2003-08-07 12:27:15 PM
If you want to get real technical about it, the French word for butterfly is "papillon," without the 'i' between 'o' and 'n'. Nevertheless, I would imagine that there is, in fact, a connection between the French word and the name of the town.
 
2003-08-07 12:29:31 PM

Here's more of the love-it-or-leave it attitude:

Accept it, get some therapy, or get the hell out. Nice. I think that
proves my point about the closed-mindedness. Just like with Nebraska football,
no one appreciates a differing point of view. ("We don't take lightly
to yer kind around here, boy."
)


And no, I don't like having four seasons, not if one of them is four months
of freezing your arse off everytime you go outside. I'd take the 2 seasons offered
by most states south of the Mason-Dixon anyday: hot and not-so-hot.

 
2003-08-07 12:34:24 PM
Hi! yeah Hi.... over here.

Whats really funny is people with Husker tattoos.
 
2003-08-07 12:38:14 PM
no, it's not closed-mindedness, it's the fact that nobody likes a whiner. spewing negative energy because you don't like a place is bound to not go over well with your neighbors.
 
2003-08-07 12:47:38 PM
Hey holierthanthou

Stop taking people's quotes out of context! I did say that your true issue is with Nebraska football and their fans. I'm sorry, your biatching isn't going to change anybody's opinion. Yes, football is #1 in much of Nebraska, I lived in Lincoln for most of my life and it is a bit overwhelming. That's why I said that you can either "Accept it, get some therapy, or get the hell out" ABOUT Nebraska football, not the rest of the state. Don't project your anti-Nebraska-football feelings onto the rest of the state. Perhaps you need to work on your closed-mindedness...I bet people would be willing to meet you halfway!

Yes, you say that nobody appreciates a differing point of view, but if you do any study of Nebraska politics, it's obvious that the political pendulum swings from right to left and back again with every 2nd or 3rd election.

And no, I don't like having four seasons, not if one of them is four months
of freezing your arse off everytime you go outside.


Wimp! Put on a jacket, go out into the winter weather, and acclimate yourself! I was back in Lincoln in January, I was outside at night, the wind chill was at 0 degrees F and I was smiling. That is way better than here in California where 40 degrees F is "brutal cold" HA HA HA HA HA HA!!!!
 
2003-08-07 12:50:08 PM
A: It's pronounced Nor-foRk because when the town founders applied to name their town, they wrote down "North Fork" (because the town is on the north fork of the [can't remember] river), but for some odd reason, them bureaucrats back East decided that the townnspeople really wanted to name their town after Norfolk, VA (because, you know, who wouldn't?). And so, the town may be named Norfolk, but it's called Norfork.

B: There's about a 2000 foot difference in elevation between the east and west ends of the state.

C: Omaha, despite the fact that it will suck out your soul with its overall blandness, does have one of the most happenin' music scenes in the country right now. See: Saddlecreek Records, Bright Eyes (Connor Oberst, recent smoocher of Wynona Rider), the Faint . . .

D: When thinking of the Huskers, and their legions of rabid fans, I can't help but think about how important the sports spectacle was to fascist Europe in the '30s.

E: I left Nebraska. I love it much more now that I no longer live there, but I do love it.
 
2003-08-07 12:53:24 PM
Yellowbeard: Are you talking about the one-finger-off-the- steering-wheel waving when we pass oncoming traffic? I'm a native Nebraskan and I never did figure out why we do that. Probably cause that might be the last person you see for the next hour.
 
2003-08-07 12:57:01 PM
: Omaha, despite the fact that it will suck out your soul with its overall blandness, does have one of the most happenin' music scenes in the country right now. See: Saddlecreek Records, Bright Eyes (Connor Oberst, recent smoocher of Wynona Rider), the Faint

Scrocket: thats all well and good, but when do they actually play here? I live right by saddlecreek records and Im not seeing Winona Ryder hanging around. and if you actually listen to these bands... its alot of cookie cutter music.. that doesnt have much depth to it.
 
2003-08-07 12:58:54 PM
So I should get the hell out of Nebraska football? Is that what you meant?
 
2003-08-07 12:59:56 PM
hehe.. NU football.. love it or leave it
 
2003-08-07 01:06:05 PM
Paisley, am I interpreting this correctly? Please help me...

I am not being told to get the hell out the state, that would be the love-it-or-leave thing, and that is not it, right?

I am being told to love NU football, or to stop talking about it if I don't. Which goes back to what I said about the differing opinions...don't bring them up if you are expecting an open-minded conversation about it.

Is that right? Someone please clarify this for me, I don't want to piss off the natives any more.
 
2003-08-07 01:08:29 PM
Holier: pretty much you can have a different opinion about everything BUT NU football. Did you notice my comment about Nebraskans not reading got no reaction but you saying something about football brought you all kinds of venom?
 
2003-08-07 01:10:26 PM
I think I can safely assume that you're already as far as possible from Nebraska football.

I meant get the hell out of Nebraska if you can't deal with Nebraska football and/or its fans. And I think you know what I meant. Your opinion isn't going to make the rest of the state wake up and say "OMG, holier is right!" and change their behavior.

I'm willing to agree to disagree, if that's ok with you.
 
2003-08-07 01:16:27 PM
I'm willing to agree to disagree, if that's ok with you.

I dont know what that means. I was agreeing with you.

Here is a true story:

Im a bartender at a sports bar... so of course I keep up on current sports events. The other day after it was announced that Eric Crouch quit the packers I was working when a regular came in and said "Hey Katie did you hear the news?"

and I say "yeah! can you believe he quit again? How many chances is he going to get!"

and my customer says "ummm... what are you talking about? I meant about saddams sons being killed."

Oh yeah, thats right. The real world. I was completely embarrassed. He said "I can tell you are from Nebraska."
 
2003-08-07 01:19:07 PM

But you said..."I said that you can either "Accept it, get some therapy,
or get the hell out" ABOUT Nebraska football, not the rest of the state"
earlier. Looks like you're the one taking your quotes out of context, not me.

But, I'm willing to be the bigger person here and put an end to all this bickering
by administering to myself the "Non-Nebraska Native Pledge Of Conformity":


1) Should I find myself in the awkward position of having a differing opinion
than those around me, I will shut the hell up.


2) When the extreme cold, lack of sunlight and brutal winds - yes, the same
ones that drove the original pioneers mad in Rolvaag's "Giants In The Earth"
(I know that's a book without pictures of football players, but, it's an important
reference) - when the interminable winters make me feel like complaining about
the weather, I will shut the hell up.


3) As soon as my personal economics and professional positions allow, I will
move the hell out

 
2003-08-07 01:20:44 PM
Beatle_Matt:

Thank you. I wish I had a cookie for you.
 
2003-08-07 01:21:44 PM
Ok go back and read. you have the wrong person. I think it was mofo jones who said that. I just made fun of people with husker tattoos.
 
2003-08-07 01:22:57 PM
Did you notice my comment about Nebraskans not reading got no reaction but you saying something about football brought you all kinds of venom?

Hmm...that's not what you said, PaisleyHunter. You said this:

I like to say that Omaha is sucking the soul out of me. A funny thing to do is ask someone "hey did you read that book......" Then just sit back and watch the eyes glaze over.

Which I'm interpreting as asking about a certain book, when you asked that question, not if the average Omaha citizen bothers to read books. Imprecision! Perhaps the average person in Omaha doesn't read the same titles you do. Even if they're reading Harlequinns, it still counts as reading. Some people read for knowledge, some read for entertainment. And of course, since you're not supplying the titles of the books you're asking about, your comment loses a whole lot of impact.
 
2003-08-07 01:24:07 PM
Paisley, I should have addressed my earlier comment to mofo_jones. I understand you were in agreement...my apologies for not being clear on who I was talking to.
 
2003-08-07 01:26:22 PM
Im sorry Mofo jones... you exactly right. Omahans are not reading the books that I read is what I should have said. On a side note, though, I cant really complain because David Sedaris is doing a reading at Joslyn and I did get front/center seats.
 
2003-08-07 01:27:16 PM
mofo: you are exactly right.

I type real good.
 
2003-08-07 01:29:02 PM
Mofo_Jones: What Paisley was saying is simply that I am getting a lot of grief for suggesting that Husker football fans are self-obsessed and closed-minded.

As proof of that, she mentioned that my comments brought more reaction than hers about the reading did, which is true. Scroll back and count. It's true, really.

And Harlequins DO NOT count as reading. They can be allowed as a substitute for watching Jerry Springer, but that's about it. I think Paisley was suggesting reading in the non-fiction and/or educational sense
 
2003-08-07 01:30:29 PM
Sedaris is hilarious, enjoy the reading!

Is it getting hot in here, or is it just me?
 
2003-08-07 01:32:24 PM
I cant wait! I cant wait! Its Oct 15th. forever away!!
 
2003-08-07 01:38:49 PM
But you said..."I said that you can either "Accept it, get some therapy,
or get the hell out" ABOUT Nebraska football, not the rest of the state"
earlier. Looks like you're the one taking your quotes out of context, not me.


Ok, I'll give you that. However, you still haven't enlightened us as to what your "differing opinions" and "closed-mindedness" are about, other than how it relates to Nebraska football.

But, I'm willing to be the bigger person here and put an end to all this bickering
by administering to myself the "Non-Nebraska Native Pledge Of Conformity":


Your #1 and #2 reasons are silly. If you have a differing opinion, feel free to speak up. Also, feel free to complain about the weather as well. People complain about the weather everywhere I've lived. I'm also going to ignore the "pictures of football players" reference. I own no Nebraska football related merchandise and don't require daily football viewing to feel ok about myself.

My point is this: Opinions happen, winter happens. Find some different people to express your opinions to, deal with that bone-chilling wind every winter and try to make the best of it as long as you're in Nebraska.

3) As soon as my personal economics and professional positions allow, I will move the hell out

That's your choice.

but I do have to agree on one thing: Husker football is held in the most high regard in Nebraska, and it doesn't have to be. It won't ever change. And Husker tattoos are silly.
 
2003-08-07 01:46:18 PM
your comments are ridiculous because you impuned the state, not because you made fun of nebraska football. i agree that nebraska fans go to far, but as you so willingly pointed out, we are not the only rabid fans in the country. i'm glad to hear that you're polite enough to plan on keeping your complaints to yourself, and that you plan to move away. again, good luck.

paisley - more responded to the football reference because the book one was ridiculous. i agree there are uneducated people in nebraska, as there are in every state, but to categorize nebraskans as being barely literate is just plain stupid. it is a funny joke though.

i hope that you meet some of the many intelligent nebraskans at the reading. maybe some will be able to discuss at your superior level of knowledge in literature.
 
2003-08-07 01:48:04 PM
oh yeah, husker tattoos are silly. so are fighting irish leprechauns, the tasmanian devil and your own name. nebraskans do not have a monopoly on stupid behavior.
 
2003-08-07 01:48:32 PM
David Sedaris is a good author. "Me Talk Pretty One Day" was easily the funniest book I read last year.

I will admit that I missed the reading part that PaisleyHunter posted (yes, a Nebraskan who didn't read something...flame away) because I wasn't done defending my home state. I still don't know why holier equates the attitudes of the football fans with the rest of the state...not everybody there is a fan.

Oh, and Harlequinns do count as reading. Granted they seem to be variations on one formula and probably typed out by a software program, and it is definitely NOT highbrow or educational, but at least it's reading. My bookshelf has "The Difference Engine" next to "Kon-Tiki" which is next to "I Am Spock" and that all counts as "reading" if you ask me.
 
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