30 November, 2007

pet peeves edition 3

1. The new Alvin and the Chipmunks Movie.

pet peeves edition 2

1. Girls who want to be my girlfriend after three dates.
2. Pretty girls who are emphatically republican.

pet peeves

okay, let the list begin.

1. Standing Ovations. I think they're a little unnecessary and pretentious.
2. When TV shows don't play music at the end of the episode during the credits in order to really let the end sink in.
3. People who bring up the fact that Bob Saget is a vulgar comedian when he's not playing Danny Tanner in Full House.
4. People who refer to art-house movies as "films" and everything else as "movies." For example, "Magnolia is a great film, while Bad News Bears is a great movie." So dumb.
5. People who are perpetually on time.

I'll for certain make "Pet Peeves Ed. 2," perhaps all the way through 77 eventually.

19 November, 2007

tonight

earlier today in an english class i had sort of a self-realization that i suppose is worth sharing:

i think i shine my brightest, and think my broadest thoughts when i'm two steps away from the buddha, and two steps away from a nervous breakdown.

incidentally, here's something nice i just read:

it's the last stanza of t.s. eliot's "little gidding"

We shall not cease from exploration
And the end of all our exploring
Will be to arrive where we started
And know the place for the first time.
Through the unknown, unremembered gate
When the last of earth left to discover
Is that which was the beginning;
At the source of the longest river
The voice of the hidden waterfall
And the children in the apple-tree
Not known, because not looked for
But heard, half-heard, in the stillness
Between two waves of the sea.
Quick now, here, now, always--
A condition of complete simplicity
(Costing not less than everything)
And all shall be well and
All manner of thing shall be well
When the tongues of flames are in-folded
Into the crowned knot of fire
And the fire and the rose are one.

for a more whimsical life

dear reader,

i decided that the only way i want to live my life is by the seat of my pants. case in point:

yesterday i took the 8:30 am train from Bellingham, WA to Seattle, WA. the only concrete plan for my day was to attend a party at a friend's house (which i didn't, and still don't, know how to get to) at some point late in the evening. i had the entire day to see what life was interested in showing me.

it went something like this:

I got into Seattle a little after 11, and it was pouring rain. c'est la seattle.
I got a cup of coffee with my dear friend Caitlin at a coffee shop in Pioneer Square.
I got a ride with Caitlin and her dad to Capital Hill where I wandered for a while, met up with my friend Jaro who treated me to lunch at this incredible little secret restaurant on Broadway. After that, Jaro and I went shopping at A------ A------. My friend Sean was working and gave us 50% off anything we wanted.
After shopping Jaro and I split ways and I went to Cafe Vita and started to read Raise High the Roof Beams, Carpenters! and Seymore: an Introduction. Then my dear friend Ryan Berg called and told me he was at a cafe no more than three blocks from where I was. I took my book (and my little gray gym bag that I toted with me through the Balkans this summer) and set off for wherever Berg was. I kept my nose buried in the book the entire way.
I met with Berg, we smoked cigarettes, laughed, and talked about movie reviews. Eventually we decided to go to his house. He had a motor cycle and no extra helmet, so I had to walk. Again, I kept my nose buried in my book. At one point what I read was so wonderful I stopped, put my hand over my heart, and with my eyes full of pre-tears, I stopped walking to take the passage in. Two pretty girls walked by, incidentally, and I didn't even turn around to see them walk away.
At Berg [and Angela's] house I was drinking tea when I got a phone call from another dear friend Sage Price asking me if I wanted to go to a Baroque Opera piece performed at some old Orthodox Church. The price, he said, was only a dollar for us since we are students. By this point it was dark in Seattle, and the rain had stopped, and it was actually pretty nice out. I walked from the Central District to First Hill, and met with Sage, whom I hadn't seen in far too long. We went to the Opera, and I think my favorite part was the lighting. It reminded me of 16 or 17 century Flemish paintings. The music was nice too, but I was awfully distracted by the uncomfortable pews.
To make a long story short, Sage, his friend Ben, and I ate pizza after the Opera. Then we went to the party with Caitlin (from before!)

Well, the party was a good time. Mike (the host) let me use his really nice camera. I went around most of the night taking photographs, trying to make them as unattractive as possible. I hope they're great. He said he'll post them on his Flickr.

When he does, I'll put a link up (for my around 3 readers).

And that's what my day was like in Seattle! Traveling is fun no matter where you are!

06 November, 2007

yay or nay

I'm conducting a poll -- and though it appears that I only have two readers (and very dear they are to me, both), Mary and Stef -- I am opening this poll to non-readers as well. So please feel free to pipe in your opinion, strangers and the like.

Situation:

Tonight at the video store the video-girl I have a crush on was working. I have seen here working now maybe five or six times. Something moved inside of me, telling me that tonight was my night to start breaking down the ice of not-knowing-each-other-hood, and move towards a more social-crush-esq relationship. I did my best at attempting conversation through the following, probably verbatim interaction:

me: if you had to describe your cinema taste in five words, how would you do it?
her: five words?
me: or less.
her: oh my god...
me: oh my god? three words. not bad.
her: yeah, that will work. how about you?
me: hmm.... is lackluster one word or two?
her: i think... one.
me: okay, then i only need one word.

i don't know. maybe self deprecation doesn't suit to me. i couldn't think of anything funny or charming or clever to say.

so here's the poll:

am i funny: yes, or no.

every citizen a voice!!!!!!!!