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March 27, 2004

Eternal Sunshine

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 4:57 pm

So I’ve been trying to write about this movie, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind,” but the blog has been wigging out on me. Well, I’ll try it again.

So last weekend I saw the new Jim Carrey movie, “Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.” It took me a few days to actually be able to successfully recall the title of the movie whenever I thought about it. I find that somehow ironic because the movie is about being able to selectively erase parts of your memory.

This was a great film, in my opinion, though I liked “Adaptation” (another Charlie Kaufmann screenplay) better. It makes you think about things… If you could erase any of your memories, would you?

I wouldn’t. I mean, I can understand why a person might want to forget certain traumatic events. But if we also erased our regrets, how could we ever learn from them? Maybe we would be fated to make the same mistakes over and over again. Maybe we do that anyway.

March 26, 2004

You know you’re a nerd if…

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 12:54 am

There are certain numbers that any normal human being should know… Your phone number, your social security number… and then there are things that only nerds know, like your library card number, and the decimals of pi that come after 3.14. I guess I’m a nerd. I have my library card number memorized.

There are also certain things that I’m surprised other people don’t know about themselves or their families. I have found that a lot of people don’t know their parents birthdays (my mom would be very upset if I didn’t know her birthday). Even more people don’t know their blood type. I think it’s an important thing to know, and if anyone is curious, mine is A positive. It is symbolized “A+,” which is a grade that nerds get.

You know you’re a nerd if…

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 12:54 am

There are certain numbers that any normal human being should know… Your phone number, your social security number… and then there are things that only nerds know, like your library card number, and the decimals of pi that come after 3.14. I guess I’m a nerd. I have my library card number memorized.

There are also certain things that I’m surprised other people don’t know about themselves or their families. I have found that a lot of people don’t know their parents birthdays (my mom would be very upset if I didn’t know her birthday). Even more people don’t know their blood type. I think it’s an important thing to know, and if anyone is curious, mine is A positive. It is symbolized “A+,” which is a grade that nerds get.

March 23, 2004

Farting in the oil companies’ general direction

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 8:51 pm

So I went to fill up the tank on the way home from work today, and not a moment too soon. I know Tuesday is the traditional day for drastic jumps in gas prices, so I try to make sure I fill up on Mondays. But on Monday (yesterday), I for some reason felt very confident that the prices would not jump on Tuesday. I was wrong. Way wrong.

I was also lucky because I happened upon a gas station this afternoon that had not yet increased their rates, so I filled up for $1.58 and 9/10. (The whole 9/10ths things is completely ridiculous too.) The other station I passed was dealing gasoline for $1.79 and 9/10. Of course I was happy that I found the lower price, but inwardly, I was raging at the 21 cent differential per gallon. This injustice has got to stop!!! If you’re gonna raise gas prices, at least do so slowly, over the course of several days.

I know in the grand scheme of things wrong with the world, this is just a tiny fingerprint on a glass door of life on earth. But it really bothers me.

Farting in the oil companies’ general direction

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 8:51 pm

So I went to fill up the tank on the way home from work today, and not a moment too soon. I know Tuesday is the traditional day for drastic jumps in gas prices, so I try to make sure I fill up on Mondays. But on Monday (yesterday), I for some reason felt very confident that the prices would not jump on Tuesday. I was wrong. Way wrong.

I was also lucky because I happened upon a gas station this afternoon that had not yet increased their rates, so I filled up for $1.58 and 9/10. (The whole 9/10ths things is completely ridiculous too.) The other station I passed was dealing gasoline for $1.79 and 9/10. Of course I was happy that I found the lower price, but inwardly, I was raging at the 21 cent differential per gallon. This injustice has got to stop!!! If you’re gonna raise gas prices, at least do so slowly, over the course of several days.

I know in the grand scheme of things wrong with the world, this is just a tiny fingerprint on a glass door of life on earth. But it really bothers me.

March 22, 2004

Ooh Aah, Fhqwghads!

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 11:24 pm

Hey check out my favorite cartoon…
Trogdor the Burninator!

And if you like that one even remotely, this one is even more funny…Kids’ book

March 19, 2004

Traffic Theory on a Friday Night

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 6:43 pm

I am unaccustomed to sitting in traffic. I just got this new job, which I really enjoy, and it takes me not quite 25 minutes to drive there as long as there is no traffic. One thing I like about my job is that I don’t have to arrive early in the morning every day (only some days), and whenever I have an important morning meeting, it seems like the lord of the road is out to get me. There is usually rain that day, and if there is not rain, there is an accident on the highway. I guess that is Murphy’s Law.

Adding to the Murphy’s Law experience in traffic, when I’m in traffic, I always seem to choose the slowest lane. I have also figured out that it is not a good idea to change lanes in the midst of traffic because whatever lane I change to ends up going slower than the one I was in originally!

So screw you, 5:00 traffic. I’m going to happy hour!

“You got a fast car. Is it fast enough so you can fly away?”

March 18, 2004

If you hear moans and groans in the morning…

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 7:49 pm

This is what my housemates on Fifth Street in Kirksville said about me: “If you hear moans and groans in the morning, it’s Lisa.” We had a whole house and they could hear me groaning about the morning no matter where they were in the house. It’s not that I was that loud… it was a small house. (Yeah, whatever.) After they mentioned it, I tried to stop being quite so vocal. Mornings are generally ok, but sleepy Lisa doesn’t like to get out of her warm bed right away. It’s just something I decide to do every day. Staying in bed would definitely be a far worse alternative.

This morning, when my alarm woke me up at around 7:15, I thought about what I liked about morning: 1) Sunshine, 2) God, and 3) Snooze Buttons. A cloudy morning, or a morning where you have to wake up before sunrise, makes for a severly sucky morning. If I think about God for a moment in the morning, it brings a smile to my face. And if I can’t hit the snooze button… MOAN!!! GROAN!!!

March 17, 2004

An Audience of One

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 10:36 pm

When you write, who comprises your target audience?

I remember when I used to write mass e-mails about my journeys in London. I’d tell everybody what I was doing and seeing and how things were going, but usually when I wrote the e-mail, I really had just one person in mind. That was my “target person,” the one person I really wanted to talk to that day. Maybe I would have said different things if my mother had been my target person. I’m pretty sure she never was, though she got the e-mails too. Maybe someday she’ll read this blog. I’ll have to try to keep her in mind when I write.

I’m sure many people will read my blog. Am I really writing to all of you? Or am I imagining an audience of one?

March 16, 2004

A Whole New World

Filed under: General — stargazer @ 11:03 pm

Who knew that this blog thing would make people I haven’t heard from in a long time come and find me? It also makes me want to contact my old friends who have blogs. So if you are an old friend of mine, don’t be shy. Come find me and welcome me to the underground world of online journalers.

You know, I have a lot of friends who are writers. Yes, most of my friends write in some way, but I’m the one who actually has a minor in writing. And what do I do? I don’t write.
Well, I write music, and maybe the poetry class I took for my minor helps with that. I also USED TO write a lot of papers in graduate school. I even have my own hardcover copy of my master’s thesis. I like to think that I wrote a book, which I suppose I kind of did. I hope that my master’s thesis is not the closest I come to writing a book in real life. I got the minor in writing because it would be very practical and useful, and because someday something is going to happen, and I am going to write a book about it.

BTW: Jason and I are playing with colors for my blog. Any suggestions? It was black and that was definitely all wrong for me. Now it’s blue… What do you think?

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