someone else's london memories
Someone stumbled upon my blog searching for "Missouri-London Program." I decided I, too, would go stumbling around the Web looking to find another site with MLP stories. I found Max (and a whole lotta links to Pat).


we can swim any day in november
I just got out of the pool this late November evening. This must be one of the greatest perks of moving to Arizona. Pictures from last night's dinner with cousin Brooke and her husband Chris, and tonight's swim are here.


I hate the word "plethora." People only use it when they want to sound smart but aren't smart enough to come up with another word for the (also) over-used "many." Be descriptive, people! Or tell me how many.

That's all.

Gobble, gobble.


could it get any worse?
Paige Laurie paid her roommate to do Laurie's homework throughout college. This is fitting news to start the basketball season off with a bang.

"Sam Walton Arena. Norm Stewart Arena. The Zou. The Ricky Clemons Dome would be more appropriate. The arena should have never been named after a West Coast party girl. The mistake must be corrected. And Missouri's Board of Curators shouldn't have to beg the Laurie family to do the right thing."
-- KC Star
blast from the past
M-I-Z F-k-U!

With Rob, Dan and Jason (and Tony, too). Go Tigers! Posted by Hello


funny sentences in my inbox
These have been stacking up (as you can tell by the political references). Enjoy. Can you spot yourself? No? Then send me funny emails.

The republican convention makes me laugh, then cringe. I mean, Arnold Schwarzenegger? The two dumb-as-rocks daughters? How comedic can you get?

Say "jack-o'-lantern" in an Irish brogue. Doesn't it sound cute?

You're getting so grown up... [insert tears and sniffling, posing for first-day-of-school picture].

Both candidates made me queasy so I abstained from my constitutional responsibilities this year and didn't vote. I know I
know, how irresponsible of me. I guess you could say I was stuck between "Iraq and a hard place."

My dad comes this week. I love when parents come to visit - I can't wait to go to the grocery store.

Strange how a new city becomes so domesticated -- the thrill of being in London often goes to the wayside as tasks build and responsibilities draw out. It's like we're growing up, or something. Whatever. That sucks.

Only in your* dreams are we sharing underwear.

there's also sunspots in the camera, which i think are cool but others might disagree on that. (i also don't know how to fix that, so i prefer to pretend it's chic).

additive color theory forever! you rock, rock!

I wish it were modesty. I mean, let's face it, I think I'm pretty great. =)

I just got in a debate with my EP over how dumb he is. The answer: VERY DUMB and bad at math. And HE had the nerve to get an attitude.

And what a great - and one-of-a-kind - piece about traveling being a man versus a woman! It made me think of myself (not the transvestite part) because I took a gondola ride alone (and the article said women hardly ever do that)! The gondolista I had kept asking me if I was sad. WTF??

After all, Jesus told us to "render unto Caesar" which includes voting, and when we fail to do as He commanded, we are, by definition, sinning.

Were I not pro-getting some, I'd have buttons made up for Celibacy Day.

Obviously you're not an ACTUAL Catholic, because if you were, you would just give in, and THEN say the Hail Marys and Our Fathers.

This stems from my random philosophy that I rarely blog about "personal" stuff. I mean, everything is personal because it's my opinion, but it's not PERSONAL, you know? (Gmail seriously needs some italics and bolds.)

Do other people at the MOian sleep together? weird. Well, it's back to my cross cultural journalism paper and studying for political science--don't be jealous.

I won't even BEGIN with what M!ke Fuhlh@ge or Ray Murr@y have said about their pasts. Eeeeeeeeeeek

With seven charter revision questions on my own ballot, I'm looking forward to standing in line for HOURS. Maybe I'll take up knitting.

she tells me that all the sex she was telling us about was with Barton. He of course beamed. I of course tried to not vomit.

There's something about swearing in opera form that is just irresistably hilarious. It was completely innapropriate and totally blasphemous, and I enjoyed every minute of it.

Be like, dude. We're in this for our pals. We don't want strangers. We're clique-ish that way.

now i've been here for a week, and most of my post-departum depression has been cured by belle & sebastian and moderate alcohol consumption. i miss ragtag and 9th street video (actually, i cried a few days ago because the video store around the corner has neither a sundance shelf NOR cute employees--i'm serious) and, strangely, vox.

im now working for KDRV ABC Channel 12 in Medford, Oregon. ive changed up my political anecdotes for crunchy granola and hikes. well not really...but i do like it, simply for the fact that its SO different from DC that everything is novel.

Ooh! Webster's New World College, Fourth Ed.

For those of you still at the MOian, an "ad," short for "advertisement," is when a business pays the newspaper for space to print promotional material. Newspapers use ads to make "revenue."

once she wrote me an email titled "i ate a vitamin" because she thought i would be proud of her.

I blame my hour trek to work, in which I stick my nose firmly inside a novel and come out oozing with inspiration.

You** are no match for my iron-clad chastity belt which will be firmly attached to my sister upon her arrival at Sky Harbor.

I'm off work -- you're only just started. Then again, I worked while you slept. Now you'll work when I sleep! Mu-ha-ha!

I demand a credit and full consulting fee, of course.

*Not me, mind you.
**Again, not me.


is there such a thing as key orange pie?
Those limes in our front yard that we used to make Key Lime Pie late this summer are turning out to be oranges that don't ripen until November. Oops.

florida, it's time to represent
If you haven't cast your vote on Rob's blog yet, get to it. You might be fashionably late, but that's ok.


who wants me to select your lottery numbers?
Yesterday I won $108 in the Big XII alumni picnic raffle. Today I won free tickets to the Phoenix premiere screening of National Treasure. I also found a penny on the ground.


blast from the past
The same to Fiscus.

She's so slick... Posted by Hello
blast from the past
In honor of Scott's new job.

Scott busts a move at Sarah Magill's wedding. Posted by Hello


coincidence? i think not
The day after Ashcroft resigned, I called my bank to check the status of my credit card approval. My new card was put in the mail this morning.


projection error
Goodbye John Ashcroft. Maybe once he's gone, Bank One will finally process my credit card application. I blame the Patriot Act for it taking more than seven weeks to approve my credit. In time, I could have received two frisbies, three t-shirts, a pair of sunglasses and a keychain from the credit card vendors outside Dominos on campus. I'm starting to wonder if the "rewards" for this special card are worth it.

I submitted to Esquire my own version of "What I've Learned." If anything looks familiar, it's because I've pulled from previous blog posts and emails:

It's easy to find someone to drink with. It's more challenging, and thus more rewarding, to find someone whose presence you enjoy after you have each been drinking.

It's hard to have a good day when you're wearing uncomfortable shoes.

If you talk like you know what you're doing and act like you know what you're doing, people will treat you like you know what you're doing. That gives you the time to figure out what the hell you're supposed to be doing.

E-mails tend to circulate. Never write anything down that you don't want falling into the wrong hands.

After eating many meals alone, I've learned to appreciate good dinner conversations.

Just about any photograph looks artsy in black and white.

I consider myself a very tolerant person; I can get along with just about everyone. Ironically, though, the people I am most intolerant of are the people I consider intolerant.

Office phone systems are more confusing than a computer network.

As stressful as the job hunt was, there was always that lining of expectancy, the opportunity for a great adventure. Now everything is defined by deadlines and the 9-5.

This having a job thing, it's kinda weird. I feel like I am constantly acting, pretending to be someone much more knowledgeable and more creative than I actually am.

The more I talk to people who speak in terms of black and white, the more convinced I am of life's shades of gray.

God is bigger than my doubts and bigger than my beliefs as well.

Moving is hard. It takes time to get used to a new place. You have to scream a little, cry a little, dream a little there and soon it becomes a place full of you.


people who have earned my respect this election season
Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano. She spoke at the DNC, has shown bipartisan support within state government, has made a special trip to Utah to meet with leaders of the LDS Church to gain understanding to deal with the rise in Mormon population and is currently in London working to attract British businesses and airlines to the state. (A direct flight from PHX to Heathrow would be fabulous by my standards.)

Arizona Sen. John McCain. Even though he was so highly favored to win reelection that his opponent didn't even have support from the Democratic party, McCain still agreed to debate Stuart Starky because he "was very impressed that Mr. Starky went all over the state to gather signatures...The fact that he qualified to be on the ballot, he deserves to debate me face to face." He's just a class-act. And because he made Jay Leno laugh so hard he couldn't speak on the Tonight Show a couple days after the election.

Candidate John Kerry, for knowing when to let the political process speak and not causing greater strife by drawing the process into a legal battle. My hope now resides in the fact that Kerry still has his Senate seat and that he and McCain will use their friendship to encourage their parties to work together.

NYT columnist Thomas Friedman. He puts words to my own beliefs. Everytime I read his column, I come away learning something about myself and the world. An example from today's column: "...what troubled me this past Wednesday was my feeling that this election was tipped because of an outpouring of support for George Bush by people who don't just favor different policies from me—they favor a whole different kind of America from me. We don't just disagree on what America should be doing; we disagree on what America is." (emphasis not added)

The more than 70 Boulder High School students who organized a peaceful protest (with the consent of the principal) in the school's library Thursday night because they were concerned that their views were not being listened to.

Colorado Rep. Mark Udall. He met with said students Friday morning at the end of their protest to engage them in discussion about their concerns.

Speaking of Coloradoans, Sarah. She and I can debate and discuss politics, and even though we come to different conclusions, we can leave our debates knowing that our friendship is stronger because we respect each other's beliefs.

My sister, Allison, who made the efforts to learn about the local and national issues and candidates before voting for the first time.

My parents. My mom, for her emotional response this morning in church to a hymn that reminded her that even though the election outcome did not match her beliefs, all is in God's hands. My dad, for his half-joking/half-serious suggestion that "marriages" (the religious ceremonies) should be left totally to the churches/synogues/places of worship, and that the government term for civil unions for any/all couples who wish to be so united should be changed to "partnerships." Says he: "We would be Ken and Hildie, Inc. She's the CEO and I'm the CFO."


blast from the past
*A new feature on this blog. A scanned picture from my pre-digital years will appear every week or so.

Kate, Kate, Erin and I get down during our first weeks in FARC freshman year. Posted by Hello


election reflection
Disappointed? Yes. I cried. Surprised? No. But do I understand it? I try. But I just don't understand how 52% of America can say they are dissatisfied with how things are going and still elect the same leader. I don't know how I'm going to be able to listen to that man for another four years.

post-election projections
+ Colin Powell will leave.
+ Condoleeza Rice will leave.
+ Donald Rumsfeld will be asked to leave.
+ John Ashcroft should leave but won't.
+ Karl Rove will tour the country, waving his arms about and shouting, "Hallelujah!"


i voted

political dinner party
On the table tonight:
Boston clam chowder
Salad made with Boston head lettuce, cranberries (a Massachusetts produce) and bleu (get it?) cheese
Steak, marinated in Heinz steak sauce.

Is anyone else excited about tonight's Dan Ratherisms?


the first time i voted, i voted for bush
Fortunately, my vote didn't count, as it was a "Kid Vote" activity in my third grade class. The activity, though, taught me my very first political lesson. When I came home from school, my mom asked who I'd voted for. I told her Bush, because "I didn't know how to spell the other guy's name." As a 10-year-old, I recognized the word "bush." Dukakis, however sounded foreign to me. My mom then proceeded to lecture me about the responsibilities of being an informed voter, of voting for someone because of what they believe in and stand for, not because of some superficial reason like you don't like the sound of their name. Ok, so maybe she didn't lecture me; she probably made some comment about how as an adult, I should know the issues before voting. It sure stuck with me, though. For a long time, I refused to understand politics. The issues didn't seem to affect me, and they were so far removed from my important day-to-day routine of getting my English paper written or figuring out whether Tucker liked me. Until recently, I probably would have had superficial reasons influencing my vote. I don't know if it has just been a matter of learning to understand the world and nation around me and my role in it, or if I have surrounded myself with people who care and thus spur me on to care as well, or if this election has really hit a strong chord with/against my beliefs. Whatever caused my switch from apathy to interest, though must be at work within all voters, because voter apathy seems to be gone this time around. And I think that's a good thing.

In this time of introspection.
On the eve of [the] election...
back in time for all the action

what happened to the sept. 12 mindset?
"...I remember the day. In one voice and many languages, the world said, 'Today we are all Americans'...I have an entire Rolodex of reasons why I would not vote to keep this president in office. But none of them trumps my sense of danger at being led by a man who tailors the facts to fit the mind that is indeed set."
-Ellen Goodman, Boston Globe.