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it's been a big week
and i'm full of news.
1. i finally got my dog! i'll post some pics soon.
2. i got into grad school! i just have to figure out how to make it work.
3. my car turned 100,000 miles.
posted by Paige @ 12:43 PM   1 comments

n, a and v, this is what i was trying (and failing at) to describe last night. enjoy.
posted by Paige @ 1:39 PM   3 comments

and yet i'm compelled to watch it
my neighbor afi, has released the top 100 movie quotes and will be celebrating with a 3-hour show about them. 3 hours to savor the quotes mention below.

1. "Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn." Gone with the Wind, 1939
2. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." The Godfather, 1972
3. "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am." On the Waterfront, 1954
4. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." The Wizard of Oz, 1939
5. "Here's looking at you, kid." Casablanca, 1942
6. "Go ahead, make my day." Sudden Impact, 1983
7. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." Sunset Blvd., 1950
8. "May the Force be with you." Star Wars, 1977
9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night." All About Eve, 1950
10. "You talking to me?" Taxi Driver, 1976
11. "What we've got here is failure to communicate." Cool Hand Luke, 1967
12. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." Apocalypse Now, 1979
13. "Love means never having to say you're sorry." Love Story, 1970
14. "The stuff that dreams are made of." The Maltese Falcon, 1941
15. "E.T. phone home." E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
16. "They call me Mister Tibbs!" In the Heat of the Night, 1967
17. "Rosebud." Citizen Kane, 1941
18. "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" White Heat, 1949
19. "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Network, 1976
20. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Casablanca, 1942
21. "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
22. "Bond. James Bond." Dr. No, 1962
23. "There's no place like home." The Wizard of Oz, 1939
24. "I am big! It's the pictures that got small." Sunset Blvd., 1950
25. "Show me the money!" Jerry Maguire, 1996
posted by Paige @ 10:40 AM   4 comments

pop culture potpourri
there are so many things wrong with the tomkat engagement. i mean, how does one delay marriage for 5 years and call it "engagement", and is suddenly ready after only 2 months? and you'd think two failed marriages would be a huge red flag.

in other news, i saw cheyenne kimball play last night. this 14 year old is amazing - keep an eye on her. and it makes me smile to think that she wouldn't otherwise be allowed in the club if she hadn't been the performer. my favorite was when she said, "i've been dreaming of playing here since i was 9. this is a dream come true!", which of course was only 5 years ago.

perhaps you're interested in reading about a corporate ceo who is starting his own town with "uncompromising quality and boundless opportunity": avemaria.com. it will be interesting to watch this town develop. is it illegal for a town to discriminate in allowing residents? i smell a lawsuit.

or perhaps you would be interested to bid on a (ahem) questionable liscense plate: ebay.com. very interesting. i wonder if "f u w" is taken...

i'm ready for a weekend.
posted by Paige @ 9:25 AM   0 comments

did you get the memo?
lately there has been some discussion about the downing street memo, a set of minutes from a uk government meeting to discuss iraq. the buzz in the media is that this proves that the us and the uk were in discussions about how to take down saddam before we invaded iraq. further, it implies (see the webmaster's red highlighted sections) that the bush had an agenda to bring him down and that the legal justifications for an attack were unstable.

i heard a report on this memo on morning edition this morning. i was particularly intrigued by a woman, mother of a son killed in iraq, who was supporting congress' hearing to discuss the memo. she likened this news report, which first appeared in london more than a month ago, to "a little report about a break-in at the watergate hotel". she believes as a citizen and mother of a soldier that what bush did was wrong and is calling for a response from the white house.

i encourage you to read the memo and make a decision for yourself before you hear the news reports today. i have to say that these minutes are not all that shocking. this is how the united states functions. this is government. this is politics. ugly as it may be, it is not surprising that one agenda is being pursued to this extent. i liken politics to a crowded room in a party - with so many people talking to each other, the one who gets the most attention is the one who shouts the loudest, above the other noise. bush did just that, through his position and through his alliances. he had an agenda he felt was important and he pursued it according to the political process we have established.

where i personally disagree with bush is on his timing for the plan to attack iraq and his lack of global support. but the latter is probably just my extroverted-ness (or, my otter) since i seek to get people to like me.
posted by Paige @ 12:00 PM   0 comments

wow -- SO cool!
posted by Paige @ 12:31 AM   0 comments

to continue the conversation from saturday...

...if you were the parents of a newly graduated 18 year old girl, would you let your daughter go to aruba?
posted by Paige @ 8:21 AM   2 comments

well how about that.
posted by Paige @ 7:52 PM   2 comments

wake up call
this morning i had my first earthquake in my apartment. i have a tremendous fear of earthquakes and therefore hate them. i was still in bed and tried SO hard to just wait it out. but it always goes through your mind - maybe this is the beginning of the big one, and if so, get somewhere safe! i'm not really sure where that somewhere safe is in my little place, but i suppose out from in front of the bookcase is a good start. i just really hate to be alone...anyone want to move in with me?

well, just like most socal-ers (well, those who are freaked by earthquakes anyway), i turned to my television for wisdom. of course tim russert and judy woodruff were no help, but soon the local news interrupted them to say it was a 5.6 quake. (for those that don't know, that's sizable, enough to wake you from sunday morning sleeping in!) the news report is always like this: 1. "for those of you just joining us, we did have a moderate earthquake felt through most parts across the southland", 2. they show 1 shot repeatedly, usually something a security camera catches, or in this case, a repeated glimpse of the ricter scale in the newsroom. 3. they take calls from weird people in random places who have nothing more to say then "yup, it was shaking", 4. then finally someone from caltech comes on to calm the peace. a southern california native gets to know this person well (when i was growing up she was a woman named kate). after you hear from caltech, you can turn off the tv and go about your life until the evening news at which time they've adjusted the magnitude.

you may notice such fine news reporting in your area as well, but for a different cause. for example, you can apply a similar formula to a snow storm - begin with the weather report, cut to the same repeating shot of people evacuating (or sometimes shots of how bad the snow was on a previous storm) - always with cars sliding into each other, and interview people in the grocery store resolving them of their supply of bread, milk and toilet paper.
posted by Paige @ 9:22 AM   0 comments

til kingdom come
still my heart, and hold my tongue
i feel my time, my time is come
let me in, unlock the door
i'm never felt this way before

the wheels just keep on turning
the drummer begins to drum
i don't know which way i'm going
i don't know which way i've come

hold my hand inside your hands
i need someone who understands
i need someone someone who heals
for you i've waited all these years

for you'd wait til kingdom come
until my day, my day is done
and say you'll come and set me free
just say you'll wait, you'll wait for me

in your tears and in your blood
in your fire and in your love
i hear you laugh, i've heard you sing
i wouldn't change a single thing

the wheels just keep on turning
the drummers begin to drum
i don't know which way i'm going
i don't know what i'll become

for you i'd wait til kingdom come
until my days, my days are done
say you'll come and set me free
just say you'll wait, you'll wait for me

say you'll wait, you'll wait for me
posted by Paige @ 5:19 PM   0 comments

every now and then i get new god meets girls readers, which i am very excited about. sometimes they are referrals from friends, sometimes i don't know them at all, and sometimes (hi steven) they are old friends who read my words even though they have no idea what i'm talking about. one such new friend gave me feedback about this yesterday, describing it as reading my personal journal. and he's right.

occasionally i think about quitting this thing, like it's fairly pointless, takes me away from work, and i don't have anything good to say anyway. then other times i get really excited about it, have great ideas for ways to develop it...but then can't seem to find the time to put thoughtful posts together. but the thing about blogging is that it teaches you about yourself. it forces you to draw conclusions (sometimes not good ones). and it allows you to indelibly mark this world.

the other reason i'm pondering blogging this morning is because of the reference in yesterday's newsweek to the blog alternative universe. this blogger writes of her experience as a counselor in a mental health facility and draws some very poignant descriptions of humanity. i've enjoyed reading it.

and regarding pointless blogging, newsweek also references another blog, 1000 bars. this blogger is documenting his quest through 1000 bars in one year. this is perhaps the inspiration we need to actually create the idea that's been stewing in our minds for a few weeks now....natty, vera, i think it's time we formally create our new blog. more on this soon....

and i WANT one of these shirts! check out freekatie.net
posted by Paige @ 8:01 AM   0 comments

this abu crib puts the fat in fatwa
for those of you who missed the daily show last night, you must check out their version of cribs. hilarious.
posted by Paige @ 8:25 AM   0 comments

the land of opportunity
ah, college grades. according to this article, i did better than kerry in college. i'll bet you all did too.
posted by Paige @ 2:24 PM   0 comments

i am pleased to have discovered a new radio station in la, jack fm, which i've now learned isn't so new but actually a franchise from nyc. at first i was a bit offended that "they" got rid of arrow, but i have to say that i think i am in love with this station. now, i'm a channel flipper by nature (heaven help my future husband because this remote control behavior could be cause for divorce), but i've found that i don't change this one much when they play music. and by music, i mean everything from tone loc to the stones, madonna, and the goo goo dolls.

this station has quite a bit of buzz surrounding it lately - partly do to an aggressive marketing campaign, but i also think that someone is has great business sense - they've tapped into something with this station. and here's why:
1. there are no djs. not even in the morning. this is significant because this sattalite radio and ipod era that we live in suggests that people care more about the music than the talking. the popularity of alternatives to radio are giving the traditional radio business something to think about.
2. they are clever. there is one nameless "dj" (jack himself perhaps?) who interjects very witty lines every now and then. lines like, "and now it's time for some retail therapy" and "we save money by not having request lines". ok, so they're not as witty in writing, but as they say here in this biz - it's in the delivery.
3. they do not take requests, there are no contests, etc. they do play recordings of viewers who both praise and scathe the station, but for the most part, there's annoying screaming listeners. or people who are forced to say crap like, "i won concert tickets on today's best music station". it's refreshing.
4. and most importantly - they play music like they love it! i can't really describe their genre because it crosses all types. for those of us with huge, eclectic cd collections, it's like having a giant ipod shuffling your favorite songs. they've successfully tapped into the generation that has "great tunes" recycled in diet coke commercials (cheap tricks, "i want you to want me"), car commercials (just name your favorite vw accompaniment song - nick drake, jurassic 5, stix, etc.), or friends teasers (the who's "let my love open the door"), etc. these are designed to give you warm-fuzzies because you love the song and therefore you'll love the product. the great thing is that this station is tapping into the warm-fuzzies you felt in that commercial, and bringing you back to the song. it's a radio station if matt pinfield ran it.
posted by Paige @ 9:31 AM   0 comments

i just don't have anything to say right now. i know, i know, it's an anomaly for me...but i don't. dc was great. friends are so unbelievably great. see, how darling are these two:

ex-coworkers are great. family is great. shenandoah is great. flights were great. sunshine is great. beach is great. lost finales are great. entourage premieres are great. functioning car is great. i think i'm fat and happy right now.

...and no, i haven't seen him since i've been back. i'm trying desperately to not melt at the site of his truck...i'm not sure i could handle him right now.
posted by Paige @ 9:09 AM   0 comments

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