Sunday, February 28, 2010

a breath of fresh air

Don't get me wrong, Avatar was amazing. I forgot I was actually watching computer generated characters about half way through the movie. But old school special effects still kick ass. I checked out The Wolfman last weekend and it was awesome. It really was actors in costume and concoctions of red goo being pulled from fake body cavities. And a hell of a show down b/w Benecio del Toro and Anthony Hopkins.

Unfortunately 10 years from now it will be Avatar they are still talking about...not The Wolfman

Saturday, February 27, 2010

rock chalk...money talks

I discovered we have a new hotel on the KU campus . It was built in the place of a campus icon "The Crossing" and it smells of money. The alumni will love it.

Friday, February 26, 2010

government at its best

The people at the social security office are not nice people. And after giving me the run around and making me bend over backwards to get verification of who i am has given me a new social security card with only a verbal declaration of my name and soc number and my medical records.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

if you're not careful, you'll miss it

You blink about 4,200,000 times a year.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

god saves

Apparently when Wayne Simien was a junior at KU he found God. And while I don't always understand that, for him it was a good thing. It got him off the drinking, the drugs and the women. But the next part of his story is what I really find interesting.

After college he of course entered the NBA and that's where he discovered there is no room for God. Players figured it would only be a matter of time before he was out boozing it up, whoring it up, drugging it up. Some even made it a mission to turn him. But he wasn't having any part of that and after a couple years he left the NBA. Not because he was hurt and not because no one wanted him, but because he couldn't find a place there where it was okay to believe what he did. And while I still don't understand or agree with the whole 'god' thing, I find it sad that a guy who is so good at basketball...a guy who bleeds crimson and blue...thought the only way to stay true was to remove himself from that group of people. It crushes me a group like the NBA is so corrupt and dysfunctional that there is no place for a Christian. What a great group of role models we have there.

Simien is back in Lawrence and I think he'll do much greater things there than any of those players will ever do.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

you'd think i would learn

I don't always get what I want.

Monday, February 22, 2010

tech support

Today I learned that you can use another phone services phone only if that phone is unlocked first.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

girls and boys

Girls have more taste buds than boys.

red balloon goodbyes

A good friend of mine is leaving town. He's found love...and it's not here. So I have to let him go.

Friday night was his going away party and for reasons unknown to me we wound up at The Red Balloon. It was an interesting night to say the least. A lot of us had not been there before so we headed over together as we had heard the crowd was a little rough around the edges. I'm half way there when my friend Wagner calls. Wants to know where the hell we are. Her and her boyfriend are the only one's there and they are being sized up by the locals. We're coming I tell her.

Now don't get me wrong...I don't hang out with pretentious people...but this was a little outside most of our comfort zones and I'm pretty sure the people there totally thought we were pretentious.

A couple of us walk in together to a room of folding tables and chairs. There's a bar in the corner and the locals look scary...and they are eyeing us suspiciously. We sit down and order drinks. I get lucky they have a vodka i like...the beers are miller, miller light, bud, bud light and not much more. Some of us are subject to ATM fees as this is a cash only establishment. We are still being eyed by the locals. We try to ignore the girls who look like they could lay us out with one punch and pretend not to see the ass crack hanging out or the belly hanging below his shirt and over his sweat pants. The menu consists of spaghetti o's, tator tots and potatoe's (trust me...every marketing manager with me found those mis-spellings and then some).

About 30 minutes in we have a pretty good crowd so we are a little less intimidated until its time to go to the bathroom. We have decided to go in pairs (we have also agreed to go to the bar in pairs) but there is really only room for one person in the two stall bathroom. Let's just say I'm glad i like my co-workers. I guess the men's bathroom was worse with one urinal and two stalls without doors. The stalls were kind of raised and one of my friends was just waiting to walk in on some guy taking a shit for everyone to see.

The worst part of the evening was the fact that this is one of the last "smoking is okay inside" establishments left in the area. Half way through the night I knew I was gonna pay for this. I wound up with every piece of clothing smelling (down to my bra) along with my leather purse and leather boots...I was sent straight to the shower when i got home. I think I sounded like a smoker for the better part of the weekend.

Some of the best parts of the evening consisted of:

1. The bartender running through the entire play list of Evanescence karaoke style

2. My good friend being approached by a very mean looking female local who wanted to (and succeeded at) rubbing his clean shaven bald head

3. Every woman in the joint screaming along to a karaoke version of Alanis Morrisette's "You Oughta Know"

4. Chewey and T-Wag singing Meatloaf's "Paradise By the Dashboard Light"

5. Else hugging me so she could rub her boobs against mine

While saying goodbye sucks, as I sat in this dive bar on Friday I realized that somehow over the past 5 1/2 years I have managed to meet some of the best people I'll probably ever meet. It's taken a long time for me to finally fall into a group of friends who are mine, who will always get me, who will help me to the end...but they were all there Friday night. And they may come and go, and they may be hard to hold onto sometimes and they ALL have their flaws....but their mine. And I wouldn't trade any of them for anything. There isn't any place I wanted to be Friday night except with them...even if it meant that in the end I had to let one of them go.

And I did. He has been a huge part of my life for 5 years and he's one of the one's I'll know till the end. I'll miss him terribly and I love him to death but he's not going far and forever is a long time...so I can't say he'll be gone forever. But if he is, I have to be OK with that...because he found what he's been looking for. And in the end, we all deserve to get what we want, right?

Saturday, February 20, 2010

undercover boss

One of the better reality shows ive seen. All CEOs should do this.

Friday, February 19, 2010

smokers wanted

I was not aware that there was any place left in the kansas city area where you could still smoke inside. But I found it...its called the Red Balloon.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

shut your pie hole

I am taking a class on Thursday night. And anyone who has taken any class knows there is always that one person who loves to hear themselves talk. The one who has an answer for EVERYTHING. Well, I've got one...and tonight I discovered that in a 3 hour period it is possible for someone to talk 45 different times. Funny thing is, I've told this woman 3 times now where I live and every time I tell her she acts like this is completely new information to her. She maybe needs to work a little more on listening.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

bureaucracy at its best

Today i discovered that I can't get a new driver's license without an updated social security card that I never got after I got married. So i trek over to the social security office the day after my license has expired and find out i can't get a new social security card with an expired license and a wedding certificate that is from more than 2 years ago. I'm instructed to get medical records to prove who I am...because clearly yesterday with a valid ID I could prove I was me, but today I can't. The best part is, I walk into the doctor's office and sign for the release of my medical records and NO ONE asks to see my ID. Awesome!

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

happy birthday to me

It couldn't have been better. But amidst celebrating the b-day I also discovered sometimes you just have to give people time to figure things out and make things up to you in their own time.

Monday, February 15, 2010

anticipation

Looking forward to something is sometimes just as good as the actual something.

Sunday, February 14, 2010

well read

I have too many books. But this discovery has led the husband into thinking I need a bookcase...and he's gonna build me one.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

honesty is the best policy

Today i discovered 6-year-olds are very honest.

We went to dinner tonight for my b-day with mandy and derek and they had Gabe. My car is bigger than there's and we took mine so we would have room for 4 adults and a booster seat. Gabe climbs in my back seat and says "wow, this car is clean." My sister's car is a crapfest on a good day and it made me laugh. He tried to retract when he realized my sister was jokingly offended but didn't know quite how to do that.

Friday, February 12, 2010

worth while

My commute to and from work is long and tedious most days...especially during the dead of winter. But today the sun was out a little and the clouds were moving fast and I got quite the show. These are the days that its all worth it. So while everyone else drove shorter distances and stared at stop light after stop light, I got this...


Thursday, February 11, 2010

trying to be a better friend

I discovered that it's really nice to have a friend who just gets you. One you can go to for help and advice. One who forgives you no matter what. But I have to keep in mind that I have to let them in, in order for that to be the case.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

everything's bigger in texas

I think I'd like Austin, Texas. Apparently its a lot like the college town i live in. Their city motto is 'Keep Austin Weird' (how cool is that?) and their liquor stores are small warehouses with free samples. That's my kinda town.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

poke me

Today i learned a little bit about acupuncture for dogs and the downfalls of store bought dog food.

Monday, February 8, 2010

running scared

Today I discovered my father is scared of my intellect.

Sunday, February 7, 2010

ABDC

Apparently there is a world championship for jump ropers. Check out America's Best Dance Crew...amazing shit right there.

Saturday, February 6, 2010

golf

Gentleman only ladies forbidden. Glad that changed...I like to golf.

Friday, February 5, 2010

temperature control please

Today I determined I boil fast.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

fly only zone

Hummingbirds can't walk.

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

was that a game?

Today I learned that apparently KU is only going to play as good as the team they are playing this year. These close, over time games suck it.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

lunch

Today i learned that good company overcomes mediocre food. I think good company can overcome a lot of things. Thank you.

Monday, February 1, 2010

accepting your fate

I have to except the fact that I will always be the one that others come to for help. And I think I'm okay with that.