Around the World Pic: Thuy, Peter and I at the Berlin Wall

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This Around the World pic is dedicated to the girl you see on the lefthand side of this photo. Her name is Thuy, and she rocks. She’s an old college friend of mine who happened to be traveling in Greece while Peter and I were traveling in Europe and she decided to meet us in Berlin, Germany for a day, before the three of us moved on together to Amsterdam.

Why is this picture dedicated to her? Because she’s visiting me in San Francisco right now! As a med-student in San Diego, she finally resides somewhere near me and so we’ve been able to connect four times already since I’ve moved out here. She’s come here to celebrate New Years with me. Awesome!

This picture is the three of us standing in front of the Berlin Wall, perhaps one of the most divisive – and now uniting – symbols in the entire world. Berlin was a really cool city and it’s a shame that we were only able to spend a day there. We did have lunch at an insanely expensive TGI Fridays.

Have you been to Berlin? To the Berlin Wall? What did you think?

And, oh yeah – HAPPY NEW YEAR. May your 2009 be filled with health, happiness and success.

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The Boys Rescue Baby Cows and Stan Becomes a Vegetarian in South Park Episode 605, “Fun with Veal”

A trip to a local form that makes veal – by, of course, refusing to allow baby cows to move around – repulses Stan, and he convinces his friends to help him rescue the baby cows. When the farmer traces the cows back to Stan’s house, where the boys have barricaded themselves up, the parents demand that the baby cows be returned. Not without, Stan insists, a guarantee of their safety.

A giant stand-off ensues, with Cartman serving as an excellent negotiator for the boys, and eventually, it is agreed that the word “veal” will be changed to “dead baby cow.” With that, the entire veal market dries up and the boys prove victorious.

Unfortunately, Stan’s newfound principles turned him into a vegetarian, and he became very sick, breaking out in weird sores. As it turns out, Dr. Doctor explains, they were vaginas, because if you don’t eat meet, eventually you turn into one giant pussy.

Do you eat meat? If so, do you eat veal? Are you a vegetarian? What are your reasons?

What did you think? What was your favorite part?

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Cartman’s “Trapper Keeper” Will Destroy the Universe in South Park Episode 413

Cartman gets a cool new Dawson’s Creek Trapper Keeper which can merge with any existing technology. When a man calling himself Bill Cosby comes back from the future and claims that the Trapper Keeper eventually takes over the world and that he must destroy it before it’s too late, Cartman thinks Kyle is just jealous and plotting against him.

In the meantime, Mr. Garrison has become the kindergarten teacher and decides to start the class by electing a class president. A tie occurs between Ike Broflovski and another kid and so a run-off ensues, but cannot be decided (remind you of anything?).

Rosie O’Donnell then comes to defend her nephew (Ike’s opponent) and ensure that he is treated fairly. After she behaves like a meddling celebrity, Mr. Garrison screams, “Half the kids in the class didn’t vote for your nephew, so what about them? You don’t give a crap about them because they’re not on your side! People like you preach tolerance and open-mindedness all the time, but when it comes to Middle America, you think we’re all evil and stupid country yokels who need your political enlightenment!! WELL, JUST BECAUSE YOU’RE ON TV DOESN’T MEAN YOU KNOW CRAP ABOUT THE GOVERNMENT!!! NOW GET YOUR ASS BACK ON FIRST CLASS AND RESPECT THIS CLASS’S RIGHT TO MAKE UP THEIR OWN MINDS!!!”

When Cartman’s Trapper Keeper does turn into a massive and scary blob, Kyle goes inside to stop it and is only able to do so because Cartman (who is inside the Trapper Keeper) is weakened after trying to absorb Rosie O’Donnell. Apparently, she’s poisonous.

Do you think that celebrities should interfere in politics as much as they do and voice their opinions so vehemently?

What did you think? What was your favorite part?

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