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Miss Me?

Wednesday, October 31, 2007
I know you did!

Shame on me for slacking - but I've been busy to boot and have lots of fun things to tell you... So let's get started - cram session style:

Saturday
I drove out to the airport to pick up a good friend of mine... we even got to see crazy Boston fans complete with Face Paint driving back into town. They scared me. I think they scared the Rockies, as well.

We headed into the batcave (parking garage below the Pavilions downtown) and ran straight into Saw IV. Gory. Grossness... and most notably, including Joey's Twin from Friends (pictured left) as the bad guy and Luke Danes (Scott Patterson) from the Gilmore Girls (I wonder if GG Creator was trying to channel General Hospital's "Luke and Laura" har har har...)

SHOCKER! They are really high budget!

We headed over to the Cherry Cricket for Burgers and a really good inning of Baseball... We smoked 5 points in one inning --- headed off to Herman's Hideaway to support Flash Mob and watch the Rockies Loose (ooooh. sad). We got to see this guy dance.

Sunday
Awesome times 12. Lars and the Real Girl (Helloooooo Ryan Goseling!). This movie was so good. I pretty much cried. And laughed a lot. And really think you should good. Ryan is amazing. So serious, but able to make fun of himself at the same time. In turn, I'd like to offer him my hand in marriage should he be so interested. I'm really cute and stuff...

Sunday evening continued with hot fest 2007. Matt Nathanson. If you haven't heard of Etown - now's the time to start listening. This weekly one hour radio show is aired on over 230 commercial and non-commercial radio stations around the world. Totally non-profit and completely awesome. I was thrown back about 80 years and got to feel what it must have been like to attend a live Radio Show. Matt was hilarious. Ian Ball (Gomez) was awesome - the two shared a love of 80s mullet rock and closed the show (full of interview and music) with Def Leapard's "Are you Gettin' It." I had SO MUCH FUN... And Got to see Matty, too:

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When we drove home - we were a little bummed... because we found out Rockie's were swept which meant no World Series for us. BOOOOOOO. Major Bummed... but I guess I would haver rather had that then be at Game 5, when Boston probably would have won anyway - and had to suffer through Riots.

Monday
Instead of the World Series - we went to the Botanical Gardens. Sad - because I told my friend a million times it was so beautiful (although I had never visited) and we ended up paying $12 a piece to walk around for two hours in complete death. The Chapungu Art Exhibit (open til Feb 29, 2008) was amazing - very impressive) but I would have loved to be at the Art Museum instead... Who knew it was closed on Mondays.

So we dressed up in our Halloween Costumes and drank way too much at Jose O'sheas - while the hostess enjoyed some stick up her ass, but our waiter rocked casbah. I haven't had that much sugar in a long time... I completely paid for it ALL day Tuesday.

Of course drunkeness and pictures leads to this in the parking lot:

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And then heading back down into town just in time to meet Jesse Carmichael from Maroon 5 outside of the Fillmore:

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And parouse Miss Kitty's on Colfax.

We then made the dumb mistake of renting High Tension.

If you want High Tension - this is what you'll get. We couldn't sleep. I had to put the movie in the Freezer. Do not rent this. Just... don't do it.

Tuesday was sad. I had to say goodbye to my friend. Tear.
Then I had to feel like crap the rest of the day because of the sugar pile in my intestines. So gross. I won't drink Margarita's for a long time... I did get to darken my hair again in the afternoon, then crawl into bed with The Frighteners until I fell asleep (which I've actually been able to do really easily the last week. Yessssss).

I know Britney's new album came out yesterday. I didn't pay much attention. I'm sure everyone else did for me tho.

Today is halloween and i haven't had a sliver of candy (still recovering from yesterday) - but I am wearing fishnets and feeling cute enough to be out... So I"m spending the night with some quality people and calling it good.

I hope all of you have been well and have been keeping busy. Sorry for the big gap in posting, but I told you I'd make it up to you!

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Mobile blogging

Saturday, October 27, 2007
This is the first time I've gotten to play with an iPhone. Loves it. Want it. Live from crown hill tavern In wheatridge watching railbenders. Yeah bitches.

Sorry I have been lame and didn't post thuds or a friday movie review. I'll make it up to you. Name your price. ....
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Dear Rockies,

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
You are SEVERELY sucking it up tonight. What's your deal?

10-1 in the 5th inning... you're not making any plays... you're making dumb mistakes.

I know it's raining, but it looks like your sponsor bought you some really sweet waterproof jersey's and your job is to kick some ass!

You should all know that I normally would cheer for Red Sox. I'm a big sox fan... but rockies be my boys this year - so PICK IT THE F' UP TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!

A lot of people fought over tickets for you!

Thank you kindly,

Sami Josephina Liena

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New Music/Movie Tuesday (10/23/07)

Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Yeah, bitches. So my main focus right now is getting tickets to the World Series - because i'm pretty die hard Sox fan... and... i'll route for the Rockies because Underdogs are always great (hello, upcoming movie)--- not so much focused on music - but i did give all these a listen-loo.

Grindhouse is out... when does DeathProof hit my local movie store? I love that ending...

I need to start actually buying some albums. I've been so lax lately - but it's fun to see what's out there. Now you can see, too..: (Bling! that's a smile sound effect for ya'all):


Angels and Airwaves - I-Empire
I think this isn't actually slated to come out until November 6th -- but this must be a UK date - and I'm going to do it now to get it out of the way :) Kind of annoyingly catchy beat. For some reason - that era that Blink 182 hit big - I lost interest and stopped loving that poppy (i almost said poopy), ska, punk sound... this continues down that path.






Black Dice - Load Blown
I think it may be manditory to like a band that names their album "Load Blown." You get what they claim: electronic experimental. Sounds like the opening to a better show. Long introductions - takes awhile to get to the point. I'm not patient today.






Blanche - Little Amber Bottles
Oh i love her. Surprise Surprise. Sami likes folk rock! This is more... old time melodic. Kind of country but not very twangy. But the banjo and cello kick ass (that's a bonafide sami review right there...). Oh yeah - and I could totally here "No Matter where you are" at the end of a Tarentino movie. YOU HEAR THAT QUENTIN!?






Cobra Starship - If the World Is Ending, We Are Throwing the Party






Coheed And Cambria - No World For Tomorrow
They're cobralicious. You will like them if you like that one band from Chicago with Pete Wentz...crap. what's their name. FALL OUT BOY!






Paul Curreri - The Velvet Rut
What's it like to be in a rut of velvet? About as frustrating as it is that I often wander off into some philasophilcal thinking rather than telling you about this album? hahaha. Dark voice. Something I would have expected on my so-called life.






Dave Gahan - Hourglass
Wierd. I kind of like this. Dark Alternative with a bit of an electronic Edge. Kind of reminds me of Vast without Chanting. Maybe even a smidge bit of NIN. I'd drive around to this when i'm feeling white and moody. When i'm feeling white and moody.







Serj Tankian - Elect the Dead (System of a Down lead singer)
Thrash. THrash. Thrash. I do not support... because I have a headache. Oh no wait... it gets better... moody metal. You can tell...






Sole & the SkyRider Band - Sole & the SkyRider Band
Man i was going to give instant props because they're out of Flagstaff! Sounds like a watered-down immitation of Rage Against the Machine. Maybe it's weak production --- i'd have to see them live.






The Thrills - Teenager UK: released 07/23
Meh - lukewarm - tho the "the" bands have really grown on me. Something I'd see at the Hi Dive - and my last experience at the hi -dive wasn't pleasant... so i'm not drawing very fancy memories...





Carrie Underwood - Carnival Ride
Female version of Kelly Clarkson - Go American Idol. She's pretty - she can sing. You secretly like her. This is familiar of her last record - but a little less... dark reba. i hate reba.





U.S.S.A - The Spoils
A big, veritile pile of crap. is what this is. just sayin.






Ween - La Cucaracha
I like "Object" simple rock... no complicated mumbo jumbo.--- I don't like balloons (Sounds like Greatful Dead layered over spanish tracks) Ween is wierd -- but everyone loves them :) I love Spanish Ween. La Fiesta de la Cucaracha.

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Just Try not to Cry

Monday, October 22, 2007
Every time I see this commercial, I bust a tear.



I know they're pushing it extra hard right now after all the Michael Vic Crap - but AHHH! How can you not love animals?
I give what I can now, and have often volunteered my time at shelters walking dogs, spending time with smittie pants kittens. I am a softie - and I can guarantee a good chunk of my donation dollars will always go toward the four-leggeds...

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Singing in the Rain...

Sunday, October 21, 2007
I sing in the shower.

Loud.

And my little furry friend, Maynard Fergeson here, likes to listen --- and his best listening spot, appears to be with his head stuffed inside of the shower curtain, like so:

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He sings along sometimes. Just one of the reasons why I love this squish butt so much.

The funniest thing about this picture, is of course - that it means i shot this naked! haha.

Hope you're all enjoying this strange-weathered sunday...

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Another Funny Craigslist

Saturday, October 20, 2007
This one comes from Suz and not John (come on, slacker ;)) ---

Just a testiment that men generally do get better with age... and wiser :)

This is from Craigslist New York:

She says:

What am I doing wrong?

Okay, I'm tired of beating around the bush. I'm a beautiful
(spectacularly beautiful) 25 year old girl. I'm articulate and classy.
I'm not from New York. I'm looking to get married to a guy who makes at
least half a million a year. I know how that sounds, but keep in mind
that a million a year is middle class in New York City, so I don't think
I'm overreaching at all.

Are there any guys who make 500K or more on this board? Any wives? Could
you send me some tips? I dated a business man who makes average around
200 - 250. But that's where I seem to hit a roadblock. 250,000 won't get
me to central park west. I know a woman in my yoga class who was married
to an investment banker and lives in Tribeca, and she's not as pretty as
I am, nor is she a great genius. So what is she doing right? How do I
get to her level?

Here are my questions specifically:

- Where do you single rich men hang out? Give me specifics-
bars, restaurants, gyms

-What are you looking for in a mate? Be honest guys, you won't hurt my
feelings

-Is there an age range I should be targeting (I'm 25)?

- Why are some of the women living lavish lifestyles on the upper east
side so plain? I've seen really 'plain jane' boring types who have
nothing to offer married to incredibly wealthy guys. I've seen drop dead
gorgeous girls in singles bars in the east village. What's the story
there?

- Jobs I should look out for? Everyone knows - lawyer, investment
banker, doctor. How much do those guys really make? And
where do they hang out? Where do the hedge fund guys hang out?

- How do you decide marriage vs. just a girlfriend? I am looking for
MARRIAGE ONLY

Please hold your insults - I'm putting myself out there in an
honest way. Most beautiful women are superficial; at least I'm being up
front about it. I wouldn't be searching for these kind of guys if I
wasn't
able to match them - in looks, culture, sophistication, and keeping a
nice home and hearth.

it's NOT ok to contact this poster with
services or other commercial
interests PostingID: 432279810

He Says: THE RESPONSE

Dear Pers-431649184:

I read your posting with great interest and have thought
meaningfully about your dilemma. I offer the following analysis of your
predicament. Firstly, I'm not wasting your time, I qualify as a guy
who fits
your bill; that is I make more than $500K per year. That said here's how
I see it.

Your offer, from the prospective of a guy like me, is plain
and simple a crappy business deal. Here's why. Cutting through all
the B.S.,
what you suggest is a simple trade: you bring your looks to the party
and I
bring my money. Fine, simple. But here's the rub, your looks will
fade and my
money will likely continue into perpetuity...in fact, it is very likely
that my income increases but it is an absolute certainty that you
won't be getting any more beautiful!

So, in economic terms you are a depreciating asset and I am an earning
asset. Not only are you a depreciating asset, your depreciation
accelerates! Let me explain, you're 25 now and will likely stay pretty
hot for the next 5 years, but less so each year. Then the fade begins in
earnest. By 35 stick a fork in you!

So in Wall Street terms, we would call you a trading position, not a buy
and hold...hence the rub...marriage. It doesn't make good business sense
to 'buy you' (which is what you're asking) so I'd rather lease. In case
you think I'm being cruel, I would say the following. If my money were
to go away, so would you, so when your beauty fades I need an out. It's
as simple as that. So a deal that makes sense is dating, not marriage.

Separately, I was taught early in my career about efficient markets. So,
I wonder why a girl as 'articulate, classy and spectacularly beautiful'
as you has been unable to find your sugar daddy. I find it hard to
believe that if you are as gorgeous as you say you are that the $500K
hasn't found you, if not only for a tryout.

By the way, you could always find a way to make your own money
and then we wouldn't need to have this difficult conversation.

With all that said, I must say you're going about it the right way.
Classic 'pump and dump.'

I hope this is helpful, and if you want to enter into some sort
of lease, let me know.


Norman Yun
Louis Capital Markets
LP
500 Fifth Avenue, 20th
Floor
New York, NY 10110

Direct: 212.651.3166
Sales: 212.398.3650
Fax: 212.398.3659
AIM: nyunlcm
nyun@louiscapital.com
nyun4@bloomberg.net

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Blurg...

Friday, October 19, 2007
This is where I get human.

You know those cartoons where someone is frustrated/upset and they just have a big cloud over their head?

That's how I feel right now...

It's a rare occasion over the last few months, but I feel blue. I feel frustrated. I feel annoyed with people - because I just went to a beautiful show that wasn't so beautiful because people were screaming at the top of their lungs talking / showing off their unneccessary cleavage / spilling beer on me / yelling rude remarks to the band.

So i move to another spot at the Bluebird to grab a new perspective and a new surrounding and see 103 couples making out, touching, blah blah blah standing together and each one matches the others integer - and i've jetted off to this show last minute by myself (which is usually the most fun) and instead am feeling sorry for myself 1) because I can't see who i'll ever match up again which 2) leaves me missing my ex boyfriend... even tho he's not the answer and he's not good news - I get a twinge of jealousy for not being involved in whatever he's doing tonight and a little bit of anger because I know it's probably something I wouldn't approve of... nor something I enjoyed sitting around and tolerating the two years we were together.

I don't regret that I'm alone now. I don't regret not getting stuck with said person. I don't regret all of the positive people and great lifestyle I've finally gotten to live because I broke out of something unhealthy. But sometimes I regret not being weak enough 95% of the time like a some of my girlfriends who rush hastily out of a bad relationship and quickly onto the next.

You poor bastards never have to give that last one a second thot. I'm sitting here being responsible - and healing - and going through the motions and blah blah blah. I curse all of you who dont' take the time.
I wish I were so stupid.

BLURG

Rogue Wave - Eyes

Missed the last train home
Birds pass by to tell me that i'm not alone
Well I'm pushing myself to finish this part
I can handle a lot but the one thing I miss is
Seeing your eyes, your eyes, your eyes, your eyes, your eyes.

Have you seen this film?
It reminds me of walking thru the avenues
Well i'm washing my hands of attachments, yeah
I can land on the ground, but one thing I miss is
Seeing your eyes, your eyes, your eyes, your eyes, and your eyes.

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New Theater Release Day: October 19, 2007

Thursday, October 18, 2007
Damn, Sam.

This season just keeps getting better and better. Along with the leaves, Punkin Spice Lattes and chilly, snuggle-into-my-comforter, mittens and scarf weather - comes a whole slew of Seasonal Films... Vampires... Betrayal... Kidnapping... So many good things to go see! If I had the patience and enough dollars to spare - I would camp out at the theater this Saturday and go see about six films back to back to back to back to back to back.

Joaquin hits another week with Reservation Road, Reese and Jake finally debut in their movie Rendition and double whammy bonus for Morgan Freeman in Gone Baby Gone...

And - don't forget - that the Nightmare Before Christmas with our favorite Jack will be out in theaters for the Halloween weeks as well...

So let's see what you want to see - shall we?

30 Days of Night:


Key Players: Josh Hartnet, Melissa George, Danny Huston
Tag Line: None
The Jist: After an Alaskan town is plunged into darkness for a month, it is attacked by a bloodthirsty gang of vampires. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: When I was about seven or eight years old... I remember my mom having to go into work late one night for whatever reason. Since I was babysitting my brother - She let me sleep in her bed so that I would feel safer and she'd wake me up when I got home. We didn't have cable, so I was really shielded from scary stuff growing up - but that one particular night - I did happen to find an old black and white film on PBS about a guy that cleared out a vampire's coffin and turned it into his cuttlery holder (i know... wierd). The vampire got pissed and killed the guy - and as we know it to be true with most scary things - what we don't see is the most terrifying thing. Later on, there was a special on real-life vampires -- on how guys and girls get together to suck each other's blood because it's intimate and they love the taste. This is bringing up a lot of bad memories for me...

Ever since then - I've been terrified of Vampires and tend to revert to logic when I see previews for films like this. Why wouldn't you move away for those 30 days of night? Why would you keep a man locked up in a jail cell like that? Why don't you get Flood Lights? I will not go see this.... because that's just creepy shit.


Things we Lost in the Fire


Key Players: Halle Berry, Beneicio Del Toro, David Duchovny
Tag Line: Hope comes with letting go.
The Jist: A recent widow invites her husband's troubled best friend to live with her and her two children. As he gradually turns his life around, he helps the family cope and confront their loss.
Yay/Nay or Rental Play?: Like all fine wine... and women... Beneicio gets better every year - seriously. I smell an Oscar for his part in this...

The Comebacks :


Key Players: David Koechner, Carl Weatherws, Melora Hardin, Matthew Lawrence
Tag Line: Keep your eye on the ball.
The Jist: A comedy that spoofs the inspirational sports movies, The Comebacks tells the story of an out-of-luck coach, Lambeau Fields (Koechner), who takes a rag-tag bunch of college misfits and drives them towards the football championships. In the process, this life-long loser discovers that he is a winner after all by redeeming himself, saving his relationship with his family and friends, and finding that there is indeed, no "I" in "team"! [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: I had to think this was retarded as all get out - then I watched the preview and laughed out loud. If the producers of Wedding Crashers made it... It has to grow on you. It wouldn't be my first choice to go see this week - but I would definately make some time when I needed a good laugh.


Gone Baby Gone:


Key Players: Casey Affleck, Michelle Monaghan, Morgan Freeman, Ed Harris
Tag Line: Everyone Wants The Truth... Until They Find It.
The Jist: Based on the Dennis Lehane novel about two Boston area detectives investigating a little girl's kidnapping, which ultimately turns into a crisis both professionally and personally. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Young, eager detective (Affleck) works with seasoned partner (freeman). Sounds like Seven with a different topic. What a horrible thing to have happen. I love mystery dramas... with suspense. Mystic River was good.. so I'm guessing I'll like the style of this, as well. Yeah... I'll go.



Jimmy Carter Man From Plains (limited):


Key Players: Jimmy and Roselyn Carter
Tag Line: None - This is a Documentary
The Jist: A chronicle of the former president's tour recent for his book "Palestine: Peace Not Apartheid." [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Jimmy Carter was one of the hardest working guys... Building Home - Fighting Peace... he is all over his shit. It's fitting he should have a biography done on him... because He's a great example to what good people do out there... I'd have to be in that documentary mood - but if you're a political geek - go see it.



Mr. Untouchable (limited):


Key Players: Leroy "Nicky" Barnes, Thelma Grant, Carol Hawkins-Williams, Joseph Jazz Hayden
Tag Line: None - this is a Documentary
The Jist: The true-life story of a Harlem's notorious Nicky Barnes, a junkie turned multimillionaire drug-lord... [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: What a Legacy, huh? Druglord... the god to all of those who are too week to say no and too stupid to keep coughing up money they don't have. Is it really that good? Talk about someone building an empire -- i'm guessing the lifestyle was interesting, as well as the history on Nicky Barnes... but I'd rather watch this on A&E than pay $10 to see this...


Out of the Blue (limited):


Key Players: Karl Urban, Matthew Sunderland, Simon Ferry
Tag Line: From the last place on earth comes a true story of courage and survival.
The Jist: Based on the Aramoana Massacre that occurred on 13 November and 14 November 1990. Resident David Gray, an unemployed gun collector, went on a rampage in which 13 people were shot dead, before Gray himself was shot by police.
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Hmm... I would hope for the sake of the movie that it's better than it's trailer. I should be quiet to judge since it was based on an actual massacre 17 years ago... better suited for A&E!!!! First 48. Do a 2 hour special. I'll totally watch it -- Bring in witnesses, and testimonials -- police that were on the case - family of the shooters, the victims. Do I sound sick? I just want the cold hard facts. Not a recreation with actors...


Rendition:


Key Players: Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaul, Merryl Streep, Omar Metwally
Tag Line: What if someone you loved... just disapeared?
The Jist: A CIA analyst questions his assignment after witnessing an unorthodox interrogation at a secret detention facility outside the US [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Oooooh. touchy touchy touchy. This should shake a few people up. Look at the cast! Look at the subject matter. Look at the preview! Look at Hottie Reese. What I want to look at... is Jake Gyllenhaul and I didn't see a lick of him in the preview... so Hopefully there's some bizarre twist there... Big screen would be good.


Reservation Road (limited):


Key Players: Joaquin Phoenix, Mark Ruffalo, Mira Sorvino, Jennifer Connelly
Tag Line: To find the truth, you have to find who's hiding it.
The Jist: On a warm September evening, college professor Ethan Learner, his wife Grace, and their daughter Emma are attending a recital. Their 10-year-old son Josh is playing cello -- beautifully, as usual. His younger sister looks up to him, and his parents are proud of their son. On the way home, they all stop at a gas station on Reservation Road. There, in one terrible instant, he is taken from them forever... [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Look at all these films on kidnapping! Apparently hollywood caught wind of celebrities like Britney Spears and wanted to grab the rest of the parental population that's not affraid of anything else and teach them all how emotionally torturing a kidnapping is. Way to use Mark Ruffalo and Joaquin to get that message across. I love Joaquin. I may have to perhaps have a double feature this weekend and see We are the Night and Reservation Road in one fell swoop. Can you hop theaters anymore? Help me condone stealing. Really. haha



Sarah Landon and the Paranormal Hour :


Key Players: Rissa Walters, Alessandra Daniele, Brian Comrie
Tag Line: What will happen between midnight and 1 AM?
The Jist: A 17-year-old girl has mysterious encounters with paranormal activity in the small town of Pine Valley. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: If things only happen between midnight and 1am - why is there shit going on during the day. I don't get it. Small towns always have wierd ghost stories. I think i got a Whitenoise Vibe when I saw that - and that movie sucked... so this one doesn't really entice me all that much either.



Wristcutters: A Love Story (top 10 markets; expands: Nov. 2):


Key Players: Patrick Fugit, Shannyn Sossamon, Tom Waits, Leslie Bibb
Tag Line: Life Sucks
The Jist: A film set in a strange afterlife way station that has been reserved for people who have committed suicide. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Quirky. Funny. Perfect for a rainy sunday afternoon. I somehow feel I'd go in feeling so so and come out feeling better about life. I love those movies...

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It's Official

Wednesday, October 17, 2007
This is me for Halloween:



Who'd of thot I'd go a hooch route? So not my style. That's what halloween is tho right? IF it works out... Let's hope it to be more frequent...

GORGEOUS!

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Not by the Hair of your Chinny Chin Chin!

It's strange the thing we humans do to make ourselves laugh.

But not oddly enough - I used to do just this everytime my little blister Emily or cousin Holly slept over when we were younger. If I had that - I'd totally show you... because we incorporated instraments. I'm talking... Singing and Guitar... and me - and my sweet ass Trombone.

Since I can't - you'll just have to dream and laugh at these other people:





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New Music/Movie Tuesday

Tuesday, October 16, 2007
This is so late and I'm so sorry - so if you haven't already hit the store to see what's new - here's your review! not a lot of releases this week.

Baby Bash - Cyclone
Hip Hop / Latin / R&B

What it do, Shorta? All I can think about when I hear this is Natasha from ANTM... What it DO _ Shortayyyyy in a russian accent. Oh yeah... I was supposed to be evaluating this music. Hello, Studio 54 Vegas. Sami's on a platform doing the robot - bitches.






Jimmy Eat World - Chase the Light
Rock / Alternative
I have only heard a few tracks. I love love LOVED The Self Titled Album... like - every track was Bam - AWESOME. Bam. AWESOME! Didn't latch on to Futures... maybe it's because it was when I saw them live and holy CRAP they put on a great show (even when you're standing next to your best friend who you're completely not talking to hahaha). So let me rely on a friend who bought the album today and said it was Ok - but nothing special.... I"m guessing it grows on you the more you play it...


R.E.M. - R.E.M. Live CD/DVD
Alternative / Rock
Ok. This one's self explanitory - if you love REM... and you have seen them live. You will love this album. Kind of like a logic problem. If, and if, then this.







Nicole Scherzinger - Her Name Is Nicole (Pussycat Dolls lead singer)
R&B / Pop / Hip Hop
Hmm... Can you say Beyonce Meets Tony Braxton...? Nicole is super hot gorgeous. You have to be to be a pussy cat, right? I'm not sure how her solo project is going to fare... but 'm sure her hotness won't hurt.






Soulsavers - It's Not How Far You Fall, It's the Way You Land
Alternative / Electronica / Soul
Dark and Moody... Kind of reminds me of music from Snatch... Kingdoms of Rain reminds me of Johnny Cash Tone. Not sure why. I think if you like Mezzanine or Massive Attack - you'll like these guys.





Thrice - The Alchemy Index: Vols. I & II - Fire & Water
Rock / Experimental
Vast meets Stabbing Westword meets electronica. Heavy and Dark. Do you know the muffin man? The Muffin Man? The Muffin Man? Do you know the muffin man? He lives on Drury Lane -- nextdoor to Thrice. :) I actually really like this for Hard Rock... My inner bad girl doesn't rock out to this kind of music very often - but I'd definately rock it if



Underworld - Oblivion with Bells
Electronica / Experimental / Ambient
I don't like electronica.






Dan Wilson - Free Life
Rock / Folk Rock
Ok... I'm so lazy - but is this the lead singer from Semisonic? Because He sounds EXACTLY Like him... Ok. Yep. Unmistakable voice... mixed with that sort of sound but a little more singer/songwritery. Lots of Piano. I kind of dig it :) (are you tiring of my half-assed opinions? I do and do not!)






Neil Young - Chrome Dreams II
Rock
Oh, Neil Young. NEIL YOUNG! ahahha... i've never been a fan (sorry) - but i'm also not over 40 either ;)

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The Halloween Costume Debate

It would figure that Three of these would tie.

The Bee
The Lion
The Chicken.

You guys are all into beastiality, AREN'T YOU!?

I'm leaning toward one more than the others... but leave your comment. WHICH ONE!?

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Growing Apart

Monday, October 15, 2007
I've only had one best friend that's lasted my entire life time... and I think he would probably agree that our friendship stands firm because we both have such equal admiration for each other - and while we've chosen completely different paths - we have yet to question those paths with bitterness or disdain and only hold the utmost love and respect for our choices.

Ok... duh. That's what a friendship is, right?

So why is it so hard to maintain those best friends who you claimed you'd have in your life forever?

There's always different reasons for growing apart.
People move away. Your parents raised you differently and you grow into their habits. Betrayal. Stubborness. Pride. Girls. Boys. Name it. It's a simple equation that if forgiveness + trust do not = a stronger bond, than the friendship is caput and you move on to either (1) suffer through the same thing with other people or (2) learn how to deal with your own ghosts and grow into a better person and a better friend.

Someone asked me if I'm a different person than I was six months ago. I can only think this to be true because I deal with everything differently. I stop myself before doing something I normally would have because I know the result and it never got me anywhere. I've changed a lot of things... for the better - and changed up the people with whom I've been spending my precious time. There are moments when I'm driving home at night where I can feel the shift in character and just have a single moment of gratification for the direction things have gone in a very tough year.

One change I've made lately with my best friend from high school is not getting angry every weekend we make plans, and I almost always get blown off so she can spend time with her boyfriend. Anymore, I make three sets of plans because two always fall through (including her) - and I just figure - I could sit here and stay angry - or I could just get over it and go have fun - and we have fun - but I also end up spending the majority of my time listening to her forlorn stories about her relationship (great guy, long distance - always makes things hard).

I've been tempted to act like a six-year-old and just start ignoring her then be snotty and short when she actually wants to make plans. I guess I don't loose anything by always having a backup - because while she does have the biggest heart of anyone I know - she is always running six hours late - and she always always flakes out. Drives me nuts.

I guess this all comes up because I am wondering... do you always grow apart from you "best friends?"
Are there any people out there that have maintained a large group of close friends for a long time? Or are most people merely presented into our lifes to properly acommodate what we are going through at that point in time?

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Sunday Funday

Sunday, October 14, 2007
It's officially fall - and my house feels like Christmas.

I've spent the ENTIRE day in bed. With Maynard. Watching episodes of House. Eating. Sleeping - and getting up once to walk to the store for a Pumpkin Spice Latte.

Oh - if every day could be Sunday...

I've just found out that one of my old friends (4 years my junior) got engaged last week - and another is with child. The spyglass narrows; more friends are getting older faster and I'm still single girl sam in the city sans boyfriend... charming :)

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The Daily Situation, Take 2: What I Do

Saturday, October 13, 2007
Another weekly contribution from Johhny M from Best of Craigslist. And Yes, this so something he would totally do, as well...

The Daily Situation, Take 2: What I Do:

Date: 2006-03-15, 8:13AM EST


“So, what do you do?”

Sweet Jesus, I hate this question; it infests DC like no other place I’ve lived. I get asked it every time I meet people, be they at or bar, friends of friends, spontaneous conversations in Safeway—hell, ragged old ladies sometimes accost me walking down the street, just to find out what I do. My job lacks the excitement or concise definition of most vocations, so I normally just lie about it.

“So, what do you do?” the homeless guy outside the Rosslyn Metro asks me.

“Why…I…am…Assistant…Director…of…Resource…Management…of…Poultry,” I reply.

“Wait a second—why did you pause so much? Are you just making this up?” the homeless guy menacingly intones.

“Of…course…not…I…was…just…building…suspense,” I say, before throwing down my Vitamin Water and bagel and running away in shame.

The fact of the matter is, I’m very unsure of what my job actually IS. I work at an office and do a little bit of this (Solitaire) and a little bit of that (Spider Solitaire), but nothing that can be encapsulated in one or two words, like “Fireman” or “Bikini Inspector”. For me, everyday is an aggregate of small, insignificant tasks, designed solely for the purpose of making it to 5 PM. Play a game of Solitaire, 10 minutes. Knock out a Sudoku, 10 more minutes. Brew and drink coffee—oh, I can stretch that for at least a quarter hour. Trouble is, by 11 AM each day I’m normally wired on caffeine and exhausted of brief computer games, so I’m always desperately in need of Big Timekilling Activities. I’ve developed elaborate BTA’s involving round robin tournaments of office games, games that normally include Styrofoam cups, uneaten yogurt tins, and a three-hole punch, but those normally end quickly in tragedy:

“Good God, this coffee tastes terrible! And what’s this gooey purple stuff on my papers?” my boss inevitably asks. I tend to look away and make a cryptic comment about the last intern being “Very, very strange. And possibly retarded.”

So as you can see, the collective nincompoopery of my officemates puts the kibosh on office game BTA’s, so I have to turn to tasks more individual in nature. The other day, for instance, I decided that there was no good reason not to make a paper clip necklace. I took the precaution of borrowing the receptionist’s paper clips, because there was no way in hell those puppies were going to survive, and I didn’t want to be accused of wasting office supplies. I finished in about 10 minutes, put on the necklace and snuck into the restroom to check myself out.

“Hmm, good, but not that good,” I said aloud, admiring my handiwork in the bathroom mirror. “I really can make it bigger.”

“It’s not the size of the boat, just the motion in the ocean,” the middle-aged man from across the hall said as he exited the bathroom stall. “You’ll be fine, son.”

“No, I wasn’t talking about that, I was talking about…” I began, before realizing that I had two options here: admit that I was just looking at a paper clip necklace I made for myself, or fess up to a complete stranger about feelings of penile inadequacy. Tough call, but the choice was clear.

“Thanks, I’m sure women will like me just the way I am,” I answered with a nod.

I think I made the right decision—because in the end, I had a whole day in front of me, a cup full of paper clips, and, by God, I was GOING to make it bigger.

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New Theater Release Day - 10/10-12/07

Thursday, October 11, 2007
Movie. Movie. Sami's got some mooooovies. Since Lars is only limited (i.e. NOt likely in denver) - you can bet your ass me and my sour jelly bellys are hitting the theater this afternoon for We Own the Night... Mostly so I can walk out feeling like a bad ass. Especially when I go spend money I don't have at the Gap aftwerward :)

October 10



Control (limited):
Key Players:Sam Riley, Samantha Morton, Craig Parkinson
Tag Line: None
The Jist: A profile of Ian Curtis (Riley), the enigmatic singer of Joy Division whose personal, professional and romantic troubles led him to commit suicide at the age of 23 [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Rock Stars always have interesting lives. Interesting History. Interesting Stories to tell... why do you think that's all i've ever dated? haha. I'm sure this is riveting...



October 12



We Own the Night
Key Players: Joaquin Phoenix, Eva Mendez, Mark Wahlberg, Robert Duvall
Tag Line: Two brothers on opposite sides of the law. Beyond their differences liew loyalty.
The Jist: A New York nightclub manager tries to save his brother and father from Russian mafia hit men. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?:Looks awesome. Have wanted to see it for a few months now. Wish I would have seen Joaquin on TRL, Letterman, Etc. all week instead of Eva - but she's cool too... so i'll take it. Yes you will go! You know why? Because stuff like this does happen between brothers... and allthough this is a pretty extreme example - it'll still get the point across.





Canvas (limited):
Key Players: Marcia Gay Harden, Devon Gearhart, Joe Pantoliano
Tag Line:none.
The Jist:Ten-year-old Chris Marino (Gearhart), just wants to be normal but his mother's Harden) bouts of paranoia and delusion give new meaning to the term dysfunctional family. Dad, John (Panatoliano) breaks his back as a construction worker struggling to pay for Mary's doctor bills, and find the right medicine to treat her schizophrenia, leaving little time or energy to give to his son. When Mary's behavior takes a dangerous turn, father and son watch helplessly as the police drag Mary out of the house to hospitalize her in a mental institution [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Remember Life as a House? I imagine this to be a lot like that... giving you a glimpse into someone's home. This stuff happens all of the time - but you never know until you're given a front row seat. Bring Kleenex.





Elizabeth: The Golden Age:
Key Players:Cate Blanchett, Jordi Molla, Samantha Morton, Clive Owen
Tag Line:Woman. Warrior. Queen
The Jist: An exploration of the relationship between Elizabeth I (Blanchett) and the adventurer Sir Walter Raleigh (Owen) [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: I think Cate proved herself the first time around... Amazing Actress. A glimpse into movie-ized history -- good for a serious mood. It kind of just makes me want to watch Kirsten Dunst as Marie Antoinette... Girl Power, bitches.





The Final Season (limited):
Key Players:Sean Astin, Rachael Leigh Cook, Tom Arnold
Tag Line: How do you want to be remembered?
The Jist: Kent Stock (Austin) distrupts his life to become coach of the Norway High School baseball team and try to lead them victory [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Oooooh, baseball. Perfect release time considering the World Series are right around the corner. I mean... Rachel Leigh Cook is in it, so it must be good... right?





Lars and the Real Girl (limited):
Key Players:Ryan Gosling, Emilty Mortimer, Kelli Garner, Patricia Clarkson
Tag Line:The search for true love begins outside the box.
The Jist: A delusional young guy strikes up on unconventional realationship with a doll he finds on the internet [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?:Oh my GOD! As if this weren't perfect timing. I'm sure you didn't miss my whole Shpiel on Love Me, Love my Doll (if you did, you can watch it -- it is linked on my side bar to the left). I LOVE RYAN GOSELING. I love it. I can't wait to see it. I hope Denver is lIberal enough to bring it to our theaters. If not - i'm sure it'll be at my local gay-borhood video store soon enough. WOOOOOOO!





Postal (limited):
Key Players:Dave Foley, Zack Ward, Chris Coppola
Tag Line: Some comedies go too far... others start there.
The Jist: In the ironically named city of Paradise, a recently laid-off loser (Ward) teams up with his cult-leading uncle (Foley) to steal a peculiar bounty of riches from their local amusement park; somehow, the recently arrived Taliban have a similar focus, but a far more sinister intent [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Somehow... this trailer doesn't seem to match up with the description at all... but i checked. and it's right. I don't know about this... i .... think i'll pass.





Rogue
Key Players: Stephen Curry, Michael Vartan, Caroline Brazier
Tag Line: Welcome to Terrortory
The Jist: An American journalist on assignment in the Australian outback encounters a man-eating crocodile...[imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Hi... Anaconda with a Crocodile. No Thank you. Too bad because Michael Vartan is YUMMY.





Sleuth (limited)
Key Players: Jude Law, Michael Caine
Tag Line:Obey the Rules.
The Jist: On his sprawling country estate, an aging writer (Caine) matches wits with the struggling actor (Law) who has stolen his wife's heart [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Love Michael Caine. Kind of Love Jude Law (mostly just in The HOliday). Seems a little Face offish - but it's a remake - so I guess Face Offish is a little Sleuthy. I'd have to be in the mood for this. and I'm not.





Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?
Key Players: Tyler Perry, Janet Jackson, Malik Yoba, Jill Scott
Tag Line: Because we complete each other's sentences.
The Jist: A big screen adaptation of Perry's stage play about the trials of marriage, and what happens to one family when a sexy young temptress arrives on the scene [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Oh, Janet. She's hot. She's fat. She get's thin again - and then she's toting arond an extra ass in those sweat pants of hers. Now she's gorgeous again and playing her cool J-card in this new film... ahh- the only normal Jackson. Gotta Love her. I'm going to save this for a "Waiting to Exhale" girls night when I'm stocking up on popcorn, brownies and diet coke.

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Fashion Smashion

I would so much love to be miss cutie pie in cute new gap clothes but i never have the funds. Sooooo lame.

The sad thing about finances is sometimes... when you're a girl... the less money you have - the more inclined you are to just...keep...shopping.

"Just keep shopping. Just keep shopping."

So yeah, i'm probably going to be buying some dresses this weekend...

Screw fashion... i want those cupcakes.

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Tori! Tore! Tory! OR! SBTB

Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Ok...

So my original intent was for this to be about Tori Spelling... about how I've never really liked her - I think mostly because of that botched boob job where her chest is just too concave for me to understand how she thot it could be good looking... Oh - and because she's always been obnoxious as hell.

But I've watched a little bit of Inn Love and damn, sam... if she can score a man like Dean McDermott... then she has to be doing something right.

But the whole purpose really was to reflect on her most successful Role to Date.

No... It's not as newly ordained minister at her Bed and Breakfast.
and no... It's not even 90210...

It's the girl that all of us cool kids that grew up in the 90s loved as Samuel Screech Powers Girlfriend, Violet Bickerstaff.
This is where I normally put a picture to reference - or even a video - but I think Tori's people were all over that because I couldn't find one damn piece of evidence that her roll on that show even existed.

So instead --- I found a bunch of SBTB Videos...mostly to make you laugh -
Because really - where would we be without Lisa Turtle, Kelly Kapowski, AC Slater, Zack Morris, Screech Powers and Jessie Spano of Striptease fame...

The THEME song!
Because you know just like Fresh Prince of Bellaire - you totally have this memorized.



She's So excited SNRPUGRGF! (Raquel!)
Because it's just Funny




Bellback Mountain...
Because you put Mario and Mark Paul Gosseler in a sandwich... with me... and it's one delicious snack.



Say Nope To Dope!
Because the Cool kids of SBTB were always keeping us drug free and proud.





Everlasting Love
Because you kind of always hoped the geek would get the fashion queen (until we found out he was a complete dick on VH1 Fit Club)


Zack and Kelly
Cheese x 1000. Because People spend their time remixing show clips to current pop songs! Oh... my....god!



Slater's Dance Moves
Because he's wearing little sweat pants and... since when did dancing like that ever get a girl? hahahahaha



Zack Morris
Best for last. hahahaha. Zack Morris, Bitches... only he could inspire an intire school dance like that...

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New Music/Movie Tuesday

Tuesday, October 9, 2007
OK... So every week or so - I run into a new friend of mine that says he's a loyal reader and always has something controversial to say about my music reviews (Mostly that he disagrees with everything that I say :)).

So, Mike... In honor of you - let this be considered "Opposite Day" or - "What Mike Thinks" Music Day...
And we'll see if we get this one right... (don't get used to this, buddy. hahahaha).

OH and PS - of course I"m going to be openly Mock-y! Enjoy!


9th Wonder - Dream Merchant Vol. 2
Soul
This is awesome! 9th Wonder mixes pure raps with classic motown and creates something you can get jiggy wit.






Band Of Horses - Cease to Begin
Healing & Easy Listening ?!?
This guys voice haunts me. In a great way. The voice seriously overpowers the instramentals... and clapping. This is something I'd put on when I'm cleaning the house. Or shining my shoes. I would expect to see this in the Memoir for Bret Michaels on VH1 someday... because this is just the kind of band he listens to while he's on the road... getting his heart broken by strippers.






Beruit - The Fly Cup Club
Folk / Indie / Other
*Yawwwwwn* Completely unoriginal. Uncreative. Not unique. This does not at all remind me of the Killers flavored with a little bit of 80s or a little bit of Spanish Flamenco Ballad Music!






Fiery Furnaces - Widow City
Rock
The drums on this album are magnificant. Or Magnificent? Can anyone say America's Most Smartest Model? Can't remember... This is just the right kind of rock band to get you in the mix for moshing and not too busy. A welcome departure from their last go round. Me Gusto. Mucho!






The Hives - The Black and White Album
Rock
If you looked up "Totally Unbitchin'" in the dictionary - The Black and White Album would be here. Take your $80 and spend it on a ticket for a ticket to Maroon 5 and the Hives and slap yourself for wasting your money. What the hell were you thinking?






Kid Rock - Rock and Roll Jesus
Rock / Country / Southern Rock
In the battle of Tommy Lee and Kid - I hope Kid always comes out on Top. Hey - he was able to steel Pam away from him... His new single "So Hott" makes me want to dance around in leather pants. Kid is the god of Southern Rock.





Jennifer Lopez - Brave
Pop / R&B / Latin
Don't be fooled by the rocks that she's got - she's still, she's still Jenny From the Block. I lost respect for her around the time She hooked up wtih Marc Anthony. She ain't fly. Not even for a white guy.






The Raveonettes - Lust Lust Lust
Other
Brings back rememberance to the wall of sound... plus a lot of the 70s harmonizing. Simple instraments - country guitar. I love it. I"m not at all bored by this.






LeAnn Rimes - Family
Country / Pop
Very upbeat and... starting to sound a little bit like Reba McEntire. That's a definate "A OK" in my book... because as we all know - Reba has probably the best voice EVER... I wonder if it has something to do with her Sweet Show on the CW - and the fact that she completely RULED on Kelly Clarkson's song, "Because of You."





She Wants Revenge - This Is Forever
Other
Bad Beat. Striking Vocals. Perfect for the Hipster Crowd who still loves Cure...Not those that just Loved cure - which happens to include me :).





Robert Wyatt - Comicopera
Progressive
I have a feeling people who like Phish would love this album. Mike - I don't know if you like Phish - so let me take just a moment to speak my mind for a second and say i f'ing hate Phish. and do not endorse this album... or the basement studio this album was recorded in.

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DagNAMMIT! (Headache Follow Up)

Monday, October 8, 2007
I'm sad to report that I think one of the main things causing my headache is my Mac Eyeliner!

I'm Crushed because:

1. It looks so gorgeous!
2. Mac is the bomb. It's solid but smooth -and any girl in their right mind knows this.
3. It's my #1 staple makeup item.

How the hell am i supposed to express my eyes! :(
There's so much I will do for beauty - but struggle through these headaches any longer is not one of them...


If anyone has any good suggestions for an allergy-free (if it exists) eye liner like Mac's - lemmie know... I need a good chocolate.

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H-A-Double L - O - W - Double E - N

Ok... So surprisingly, I've gotten a rearing head start on Halloween this year. Probably because October is shaping up to be an extremely busy month with work, projects, music and visitors!

So I went to target last night and strolled right on into Halloween Universe!

I found this:


And I thot - hilarious. Warm. Groovy.

But I can't think of what to be for sure... or if I should go for Sexy, Animal, Hilarious or Flirty...

I then journeyed into Fascinations with my bff and found the cutest little thing...

Things that came to mind...



Of course, I'd have to walk around all night with my mouth wide open like that...

I've also came across a twister board(to continually yell (right hand GREEN! all night) and a cute, cuddly little lion...
and thot about doing a kissing booth to make some bucks and smooch a few babes...

but I"m still not really sure...

So I thot i'd put it out there to all ya'all to see if you can help me :)
<---- If you look on over to your left - I've listed some choices (make sure you scroll to the bottom) along with an Other (in which case - please leave your suggestions in my comment box!

Thanks a bunch!

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Oh for pete's sake...

Sunday, October 7, 2007
I was just about hit by some stupid volvo station wagon that was freeriding around near Broadway and Ellsworth. - then insulted by one of the most insecure people i've ever known for no good reason at all.

Seriously.

Rude.

People are not on my good side tonight.
And while I love all of the music at the Hi-dive - i no longer fit in with the 'hipster' crowd.
I felt like a total transplant.
Alien, if you will.
Next time, I need to bring reinforcements (i.e. glasses, leggings, a shirt dress and ballet slippers. And a really tall, cute protective boyfriend. Where can i get one of those?)

I"m in such bamboo (bad mood) now. And angry. And still with headache. @(#*@(*$&@ !

Quick - someone say something to cheer me up.

P.S. - on another note - I had a dream last night of hand holding and dancing and a whole intimate kind of vibe with one Dave Matthews - and I keep feining for him today.

Why Dave?

I don't understand... but I woke up smiling like a dumb-founded idiot this morning, hands clasped beneath my cheek on my pillow. I'm sure I looked like a love-sick puppy.

Apparently I"m missing companionship/intimacy/the fun flirtatiousness of a relationship...

*sigh* and the bad mood continues...

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The M&M Dual

Saturday, October 6, 2007
Credit to John again - who surfs Best of Craigslist.


Survival of the Fittest
Date: 2007-08-30, 2:03PM EDT

Whenever I get a package of plain M&Ms, I make it my duty to continue the strength and robustness of the candy as a species. To this end, I hold M&M duels.

Taking two candies between my thumb and forefinger, I apply pressure, squeezing them together until one of them cracks and splinters. That is the "loser," and I eat the inferior one immediately. The winner gets to go another round.

I have found that, in general, the brown and red M&Ms are tougher, and the newer blue ones are genetically inferior. I have hypothesized that the blue M&Ms as a race cannot survive long in the intense theater of competition that is the modern candy and snack-food world.

Occasionally I will get a mutation, a candy that is misshapen, or pointier, or flatter than the rest. Almost invariably this proves to be a weakness, but on very rare occasions it gives the candy extra strength. In this way, the species continues to adapt to its environment.

When I reach the end of the pack, I am left with one M&M, the strongest of the herd. Since it would make no sense to eat this one as well, I pack it neatly in an envelope and send it to M&M Mars, A Division of Mars, Inc., Hackettstown, NJ 17840-1503 U.S.A., along with a 3x5 card reading, "Please use this M&M for breeding purposes."

This week they wrote back to thank me, and sent me a coupon for a free 1/2 pound bag of plain M&Ms. I consider this "grant money." I have set aside the weekend for a grand tournament. From a field of hundreds, we will discover the True Champion.

There can be only one.

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New Theater Release Day - 10/3-5/07

Friday, October 5, 2007
Some good stuff - some controversial stuff - some load of crap (singular, Ben Stiller!).

Apparently, along with giving a movie review - I've also developed an affinity for smily faces in text. Sorry - that's really obnoxious. Also - I said obnoxious a lot. I'm sitting on a little bit of stress with family issues and maybe the precurser to a cry fest... So - that may be where all those over-uses came from.

Go see a movie this weekend! I think you'll have to wait for The Girl Next Door - but damn - that should be good! Chip - go see this this weekend :) (oh there it is again. Obnoxious!)

October 3



Jack Ketchum's The Girl Next Door (NY):
Key Players: Blyth Auffrath, Blanche Baker, Austin Williams
Tag Line: In this town murder became the neighborhood game
The Jist: Based on the 1965 true story about Sylvia Likens was brutally tortured, raped and eventually murdered in the basement of a family member's Indiana home [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: F*#ked up! I imagine this will make a lot of people uncomfortable. I'm totally going. Like, Totally (sorry - had to get that out).





Lake of Fire (limited):
Key Players: Noam Chomsky, Alan M. Dershowitz, Randall Terry
Tag Line: None
The Jist: A graphic documentary on both sides of the abortion debate [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Ok... you saw American History X - right? In this documentary created by the same director, do you need anymore motivation to go to this movie? Testing politics and religion - and throwing it right in your face. Everyone talks about it - everyone has an opinion on it - here's a movie to piss you off, appaul you and knock you into some form of reality all at the same time. And again... make you uncomfortable :) "Everybody is right when it comes to the issue of abortion."


October 5




Feel the Noise (limited):
Key Players: Ross Arredondo, Melonie Diaz, Charles Duckworth
Tag Line: Dream out loud.
The Jist: A young man from the South Bronx dreams of making it as a rapper, until a run-in with local thugs forces him to hide in Puerto Rico with the father he never knew [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Oh, J-Lo. You're in denile that you're pregnant -and now you're probably in denile that people will actually like your movie! I'm sure the dancing is killer (from former Fly-girl via In Living Color) - but I'll save this for an after-school special.




Finishing the Game (limited):
Key Players: Roger Fan, Sunk Kang, James Franco
Tag Line: Who will be.
The Jist: Bruce Lee's shocking death left legions of stunned fans and a legacy of 12 minutes from his unfinished Game Of Death. Undeterred, studio executives launched a search for his replacement chronicled here through the eyes of five aspiring thespians who find out what the real game is [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Hahahahahahaha. "I don't know why people keep confusing me with Bruce Lee. He's Bruce Lee. I'm Breeze Loo." I think this will be a sleeper. Not many of you hear about it and miss it - then it blows up on video rental sometime early next year. Who doesn't love kung fu movies with unmatched speech? Sundance liked it. So does Sami. :)





For the Bible Tells Me So (limited):
Key Players: documentary.
Tag Line: None.
The Jist: An exploration of the intersection between religion and homosexuality in the U.S. and how the religious right has used its interpretation of the Bible to stigmatize the gay community [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Documentary on Homesexuality and Religion. I see a new trend in movies - watching what's been hitting theaters the last few weeks. How do i put an opinion on these kinds of films without voicing my opinion? Shoot.. im a journalist - i'm supposed to know this answer... I'm going to go ahead and say do what you're comfortable doing. I may or may not go! heeehee




The Good Night (NY, LA):
Key Players: Penelope Cruz, Martin Freeman, Gwyny Paltrow :)
Tag Line: Dreaming is Believing.
The Jist: A former pop star (Freeman) who now writes commercial jingles for a living experiences a mid-life crisis [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: I was super gung ho until I saw Penelope Cruz was in this... blech. Can't you get the girl from Spanglish that is a much better actress with a less annoying accent? This still looks interesting. Depressing but inspriing. We'll see what i need in the next two weeks. What about you?




Grace is Gone (limited):
Key Players: John Cusack, Gracie Bednarczyk, Doug Dearth
Tag Line: None.
The Jist: Upon hearing his wife was killed in the Iraq war, a father takes his two daughters on a road trip [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Here's a spin - Wife goes off to war while hubby stays home with the kids. Feel good - John cuusak. Loves it. Going.





The Heartbreak Kid :
Key Players: Ben Stiller, Michelle Monaghan, Jerry Stiller
Tag Line: Love Blows.
The Jist: The story centers on a man who is convinced that he has finally met the right girl and marries too quickly. While on his honeymoon and in the process of discovering that his new bride is a nightmare, he meets the girl of his dreams [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Let's condone a committment-phobe getting married then changing his mind the minute he gets on your honeymoon because he didn't take the time to get to know how annoying the person was he was marrying! Stupid. Stupid.... STUPID. I heard this was a remake -- and that it's nothing like the original. Oh! Surprise - it's a Farrelly Movie. That answers a lot. I'll pass -- it seems too obnoxious.





Michael Clayton (NY, LA, TOR; wide: Oct. 12):
Key Players: George Clooney, Sean Cullen, Tom Wilkinson, Syndey Pollack
Tag Line: The Truth can be Adjusted.
The Jist: Michael Clayton (George Clooney) is an in-house "fixer" at one of the largest corporate law firms in New York. A former criminal prosecutor, Clayton takes care of Kenner, Bach & Ledeen's dirtiest work at the behest of the firm's co-founder Marty Bach (Sydney Pollack). Though burned out and hardly content with his job as a fixer, his divorce, a failed business venture and mounting debt have left Clayton inextricably tied to the firm. At U/North, meanwhile, the career of litigator Karen Crowder (Tilda Swinton) rests on the multi-million dollar settlement of a class action suit that Clayton's firm is leading to a seemingly successful conclusion. But when Kenner Bach's brilliant and guilt-ridden attorney Arthur Edens (Tom Wilkinson) sabotages the U/North case, Clayton faces the biggest challenge of his career and his life [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Hellooooooo George Cloony. The Route for a lawyer to win kind of movie. :) He doesn't show up often but you know when he does it's generally a pretty decent film...Hopefully this has a strange twist at the end that throws you for a loop and makes you glad you paid fricken $9.50 for the movie.





My Kid Could Paint That (NY, LA):
Key Players: Amir Bar-Lev, Anthony Brunelli, Elizabeth Cohen
Tag Line: Inspiration or Manipulation? You Decide
The Jist: A look at the work and surprising success of a four-year-old girl whose paintings have been compared to the likes of Picasso and has raked in hundreds of thousands of dollars [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Some 4-year-old paints and people think it's a lie. Of course --- someone else's child has talent and you're pissed about it. I don't know if she paints it or not -- that would require me watching the movie... but I'd be interested to find out what she'll be like when she's a teenager when her parents eff her up from this film. :)





Nina's Heavenly Delights (LA, NY):
Key Players: Shelley Conn, Laura Fraser and a bunch of other Indian Bollywood Actors :)
Tag Line: A romantic feast rich with the tastes of life, love and spices.
The Jist: A feisty young woman returns to Glasgow to run her deceased father's curry house [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Have I ever told you about my secret love for Bollywood? I love the dancing - I love the expression - the colors. I'm totally a straight white girl - but i love love LOVE these movies. I will probably rent this and hopefully have surround sound when it comes out so I can dance along with the movie :)





The Seeker: The Dark Is Rising:
Key Players: Alexander Ludwig, Christopher Eccleston, Ian McShane
Tag Line: Even the smallest of light... shines in the darkness.
The Jist: Based on the acclaimed novel by Susan Cooper, THE DARK IS RISING is the first film adaptation of the author's acclaimed The Dark Is Rising Sequence. The film tells the story of Will Stanton, a young man who learns he is the last of a group of warriors who have dedicated their lives to fighting the forces of the Dark. Traveling back and forth through time, Will discovers a series of clues which lead him into a showdown with forces of unimaginable power. With the Dark once again rising, the future of the world rests in Will's hands [imdb.com].
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: Fantasy film for the kiddos... Probably awesome to go to with your 11-year-old cousin, brother, nephew, etc.





Trick 'r Treat:
Key Players: Leslie Bibb, Anna Paquin, Quin Lord, Brian Cox
Tag Line: None.
The Jist: It is said that Halloween is the night when the dead rise to walk among us and other unspeakable things roam free. The rituals of All Hallows Eve were devised to protect us from their evil mischief, and one small town is about to be taught a terrifying lesson that some traditions are best not forgotten. Nothing is what it seems when a suburban couple learns the dangers of blowing out a Jack-o-Lantern before midnight; four women cross paths with a costumed stalker at a local festival; a group of pranksters goes too far and discovers the horrifying truth buried in a local legend; and a cantankerous old hermit is visited by a strange trick-or-treater with a few bones to pick. Costumes and candy, ghouls and goblins, monsters and mayhem... the tricks and treats of Halloween turn deadly as strange creatures of every variety-human and otherwise-try to survive the scariest night of the year. [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?:Scary movie time, bitches. Aren't you excited!? Heck yes I'll go. I love anything scary. I wish they would have changed it to "Trick or treat" tho --- and also I hope it doesn't suck as much as the Grudge.





Weirdsville (LA, Austin, SF; 10/19 Atlanta , Portland):
Key Players: Wes Bently, Teryn Manning, Greg Bryk
Tag Line: None
The Jist: Royce and Dexter are two slackers who live in the strange little town of Weedsville. When Royce's girlfriend Matilda overdose's on their stash and dies, they decide to bury her in an abandoned Drive-In theater. Things get out of control when they discover Satanists performing a ritual sacrifice right where they were going to bury the body... [imdb.com]
Yay, Nay or Rental Play?: This will be good. Quirky, funny and... just enough action. Just the way i like my men.

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Unfashionably Late

Thursday, October 4, 2007
Today's topic has been lax because i've had an unfashionable attitude all day ---

it's either due to the headache - the mass marketing campaign at work (and no cooperation from the software) - or the fact that after buying a new puffy-sleeved turtle neck and pairing it with my goucho pants - i just realized that 80s really have come back into style.

Next I'll be combing the sides of my hair out to the side and spraying them into place -- accompanying the back with banana clips.

Nooooooooooooooooo!

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In case you missed this..

Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Amy Sedaris Rocks. Martha... not...so...much.

Watch all of the mocking. It's FABULOUS



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I'm Sami Jo From Denver, CO, United States Samantha loves to travel, lose herself in a good book, practice yoga at her favorite local studio, The Yoga Mat, and connect with friends, old and new. Her love of working with creative minds extends into her personal endeavors, as well. She and her husband conduct a project called "Songs For Jake," a music collaboration channel designed with the simple mission of getting great songs to one really big music lover. Through her business, Roger Charlie, Samantha focuses on publicity and management, working closely with authors, musicians, and creatives who find value in a more personal approach through communications.
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