Thursday, November 30, 2006

"Let it Ride"

Last one, I promise.

"Come Pick Me Up"

Here's one more Ryan goodie -- I just couldn't help myself!

"La Cienega Just Smiled"

Do you have songs you always go back to and listen to over and over again?

This is definitely one of my favorites. I can still remember when my friend Jenna gave me this CD way back when we worked at good old Great Harvest. I fell in love with this song and Ryan Adams back then and now there are so many memories wrapped up in it.

Not much after that the song was on Felicity -- My favorite show ever (I'm a nerd I know), and what can I say, but the rest is history.

I hadn't listened to the song for a while until I went home last week, and Nici and I listened to it pretty much the entire weekend. Remember how I have a problem with repeat listening?

Anyways.. here's a live version.

"Beds are Burning" Part 3

Wow! Are any of you sick of this subject yet?

Here's an interesting article from a random john at Mormon Mentality:

A few years ago the good people of Utah voted down an initiative that would have allowed hotter radioactive waste to be brought into the state.

The company that encases such waste in glass before dumping it in the desert sported the doublespeak name of EnviroCare. It has since been purchased by Steve Creamer, who got rich by brining New Jersey garbage to Utah. Utahns might remember him from the SynCrete fiasco or the Quail Creek Dam failure. Most likely they’ve never heard of him though.

Upon purchasing EnviroCare Creamer came up with an equally appropriate new name for it: Energy Solutions. Then he went on a rather expensive PR blitz touting “Energy Solutions, we’re part of the solution!” This would seem a little odd to spend so much on advertising when the people seeing your ads aren’t your target market. The great majority of the waste processed at the Energy Solutions facility comes in from out of state. The company has no significant competition. So why the ads? Is Creamer just throwing his money away?

About ten days ago the Utah Jazz announced that the Delta Center, their home since moving from the Salt Palace in 1990, would now be called Energy Solutions Arena. Details were not made public, but it is assumed that the deal was in the $25 million range.

Again, why market to sports fans that have no interest in ever buying your product? Why not simply continue to operate quietly, vitrifying waste and dumping it in the desert for good money?

Given that Creamer is a screw up, but a rich one at that, I am assuming that he is not totally stupid. He didn’t buy the company and then blow millions on a PR campaign thinking that he would just process the types of waste he is processing right now. He wants to expand his market to more dangerous substances, and needs Utah law to be changed in order to do so.

I predict that in two years we will see another initiative to bring hotter waste into Utah. Many LDS heavy hitters including politicians and Larry Miller will support it. This time it will pass, and Creamer’s bet will have paid off.

Larry Miller has sold his building’s new name for money. Depending on your point of view he has either sold it to another businessman or to the devil.

Since criticism of this type is often met with charges that one needs more education on the subject I should add that I have been to the processing facility and seen the vitrification process. While I am not professionally qualified to comment on the technical details of the process, everyone else that took the tour with me was either a professor of chemical engineering or a phd candidate in the field. The came away unimpressed and with grave concerns about what came out the smoke stack that wasn’t being monitored for and with the temporary nature of the “solution”.

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

"Beds are Burning" Cont.

For those of you who are in Utah and care:


HEAL Utah To Rally At EnergySolutions Arena

The Healthy Environment Alliance of Utah has organized a rally to urge Larry H. Miller to reconsider his decision to rename the Delta Center the “EnergySolutions Arena.”

The rally will take place at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 29, at the southeast corner of the EnergySolutions Arena.

According to a HEAL Utah press release, the rally was organized due to a concern that “Miler’s decision to sell the naming rights for the Delta Center to EnergySolutions brands Utah as the nation’s nuclear dumping ground.”

For more information on the rally, contact Vanessa Pierce at (801) 364-5110.

Tuesday, November 28, 2006

"Be a Mindsticker"

I was brainwashed as a child to drink Tab. Yes, it's true -- I who am so adamantly opposed to diet drinks started out drinking Tab. My grandparents always drank it and when I was over there they would give it to me. I can remember them actually saying to me, "Oh, isn't that good?" As a five year old how else can you respond to your grandparent than to agree? This continued for a few years, until I realized my true love cherry coke.

It seems that my grandparents weren't the only ones using brainwashing techniques to convince people to drink Tab. Here are some Tab commercials from the 1960's, check them out.



Monday, November 27, 2006

"A Utah Man Am I"

Saturday was a sad day for many people--The U Lost! It's sad, but true. Although I graduated from BYU I consider myself a U fan. I wasn't able to go to the game (because I was traveling back to NYC) but many of my friends and family were there, so I received continual updates via text.

I boarded my plane and knew the game was close, and it was the fourth quarter so I called a friend to get one last quick update.

Nate: The U is up by four, there's one minute left.

Me: Ok, give me the play by play.

Nate: They're moving up the field, bla bla bla...

Intercom: Please turn off all electronic equipment at this time.

Me: How much time is left?

Nate: Ten seconds (or however much there was left for the last play of the game).

*At this point the flight attendant came up to me and told me to turn off my phone. I told her okay and kept talking.

Me to Nate: I can't turn off my phone till the game is over. What is going on?

Nate: The ball has been hiked...

Me: Now, what, what is going on? You haven't said anything for so long.

Nate: Beck is running around.

*Then all I hear is screaming (because his family happens to be BYU fans).

Me: Oh, shit.

*At this point I hung up, and everyone on the plane asked me what happened. I wanted to respond, "What do you think happened? I'm wearing a Utah sweatshirt and you just heard my response." But I didn't I simply informed them that Utah had lost.

It was a sad day for Utah, but in defense of my team I have heard the refs were pretty bad.

On Sunday I received a text from a friend that asked, "Is it possible to have a hang over if you don't drink, because I feel like I have one?"

I told him that he would recover from the loss of the game and everything would be okay.

He then responded, "I will get over it... I just hate them so bad. I hate their team,I hate their coaches, I hate their fans, I hate their band, I hate their colors, I hate their cheerleaders, I hate their campus, I hate their students (except you), I hate their stadium, and I hate their fight song."

His text reminded me of this about the rivalry.

I thought it was pretty funny. It's so interesting how involved everyone gets in sports, although there's nothing like a good rivalry game.

Because I wasn't able to go to any games this year, here are some pics of last year including a couple home games and the Emerald Bowl.





BTW, does anyone know how to get cheap tickets to Texas?

Sunday, November 26, 2006

"Tiny House"

The Truth...

I used to live in this house... With that girl... and hang out with this band... and this boy Cody would sometimes film us... I feel so cool.

"Exitlude"

Thanksgiving is over and now it's back to the grind.

I spent the last week in Utah, and it was a pretty amazing time--so much so that I'm pretty much set on moving back after school (but we'll see how many more times I change my mind about that between now and May).

On my flight back to NYC last night I made a list of what made my trip home so enjoyable.. here it is (BTW the order means nothing)...

1. Family... My family in general is a good time, but this trip seemed pretty ideal. Family highlights include Miles' blessing, Spencer and Christina's surprise, shopping with Suz, Paul's reaction to seeing me, breakfast with the girls, and FOOD FOOD and more FOOD. I bet my mom's food is better than yours!

2. Hiking... Yes, that is something that is quite difficult to do in NYC so my hike with Nici on Monday was pretty nice.

3. Golfing... Another difficult thing to do in NYC but unbelievably fun to do in Utah. Golfing with Peter and Dad is generally fun, this time the conversation was interesting but our playing was about as awful as it gets. Oh well, what can you do?

4. Goaltimate... Yep, that's Goaltimate, not Ultimate, (although in my mind this game is more fun that ultimate and you should all go try it out) and what can I say besides our Turkey Day game was pretty intense.

5. Jazz Game... The Jazz against the Raptors was quite an intense game. The Jazz came back from 16 down to win! It doesn't get much better than that.

6. Lunchin/Dinnerin with friends.... Yes.. all the places I ate are Utah favorites including... Stoneground, Mandarin, Red Butte, Pancake House, Paradise, and Bajio, bla bla bla....

7. Gamin with the Fam... I love cards but I love to play with the fam the best because I always win!

8. Driving in a car... The ability to go wherever I want, whenever I want, listening to whatever I want, yes, I do love and miss that.

9. Big comfy beds... There's nothing like sleeping at home in a big bed and getting woken up by Roco!

10. Staying up late chatting with friends/Having sleepovers... You all know wasting time in the middle of the night is my favorite thing to do, especially when it's with fun friends.

Ok, is this list chessey enough for you? What can I say though, I do love Utah. Good thing I'll be back in three short weeks!

Wednesday, November 22, 2006

"Beds Are Burning"

Nici and I went hiking on Monday. I didn't take any pictures because my camera battery died the night before, but here is a pic of the same hike taken exactly one year ago.


On our hike we talked about various hot topics including Fed-Ex, my love of small dogs, and the best company in Utah Energy Solutions.

While we were on our hike my brother called me (Yes, I had my phone on the hike. I know this is a sin, but I needed it to keep track of the time. Usually I wouldn't answer my phone at times like this, but usually this particular brother has interesting things to tell me so I answered.) My brother wondered to know if I wanted go to the Jazz game that night, we made plans for the game, and I got off the phone.

Later that night, I was waiting in line at Crown Burger (because this is where you eat before Jazz games) and another brother called me. He wanted to make sure that I booed when the new name of the Delta Center was announced. I didn't know what he was talking about, and he informed me that the Delta Center's new name was going to be nothing but the Energy Solutions Arena (named after the best company in Utah). While trying to keep myself from throwing up I told him that I would do my duty and boo when the new name was announced.

I found it somewhat ironic that the same day I had been talking about what an awful company Energy Solutions was the Delta Center was named after it.

The next day I got a funny email about the Energy Solutions Arena including this...


This letter my brother sent to the Trib pretty much sums up how I feel about this whole situation.

Thank you Larry Miller for associating our state with nuclear and
toxic waste in the minds of sports fans for the foreseeable future.
I'm guessing the local tourism industry is really gearing up for the
wave of tourists sure to flock to Utah to see piles vitrified waste
out in the desert. No doubt they expect Waylon Smithers to call at
any moment and make reservations for C. Montgomery Burns for the
holidays. This is the best thing to happen to the state's image since
Warren Jeffs.

Larry, when the contract comes up for renewal next time perhaps you
could approach the state about naming the facility the Ski Utah Center
and doing our image some good rather than selling out.

best regards,
John Harrison

Friday, November 17, 2006

"You Know My Name"

Last night we went to the 12:01 showing of 007.

Was getting only three hours of sleep worth it?

DEFINITELY.

This is why...



Need I say more?

Thursday, November 16, 2006

"Everything in It's Right Place"

The countdown has officially begun. In 24 hours I will leaving for here:




Ok well not exactly there, but to the same state. It's amazing how that works!

"Where White Boys Dance"

This is a very interesting article about OJ.

"Three, It's the Magic Number"

In the last few weeks I've seen three movies and three shows... here's the rundown...



First show.. Mary Poppins... This is a fun show, but REALLY long (at least it seemed really long). The sets were amazing, but overall I was glad I only paid $25 to see it.

First movie... Marie Antoinette... I feel the same about this movie as I did about Mary Poppins... LONG LONG LONG.. but really beautifully made, oh ya.. and the music was amazing.



Second show... The Grinch... This again was a fun show, and it was a fun way to kick off the holiday season. There were lot's of kids there so that was fun, and I enjoyed the show more than MP.



Second movie... The Prestige... Christian Bale is hot, what can I say? Besides that very obvious fact, I think this is a really good movie, and you should all go see it.


Third show... How to Save The World and Find True Love in 90 Minutes... This was my first off broadway experience, and I have mixed reviews about the show. It was pretty funny, but I think it kind of tried too hard to be funny. It was definitely an interesting experience.

Third movie... Babel... This movie was good and effective, but kind of intense. I think this is Brad Pitt's best performance ever, and that's about all I have to say about this one.



So there you have... Mel's Reviews...

Now I'm off to trying to convince people to be hardcore and see 007 at midnight tonight!

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

"Hung Up"

The OJ trial is something I will never forget.

My memories of the trial mainly have to do with my grandparents rambling on and on about every detail of it--They had Court TV and watched every minute of the trial. It was pretty funny to listen to them recap the courtroom happenings everyday.

I think the most interesting thing about OJ is how much opinions surrounding the trial were divided my racial lines. It displayed how real the racial divide still is in the country. I can remember when I first heard the statistics based on race and people's opinions of the case, I was shocked. Although, after instances that have happened to me recently, I can believe the statistics. What shocks me more is the book that OJ has written. Is he really that desperate for attention? He is a sick, evil man, and I feel bad for anyone that has anything to do with him.

"With Arms Outstretched"

Gosh, this song has so many memories--I LOVE IT!

Monday, November 13, 2006

"Hey Ya"

I love cover songs. That was one of the great things about Napster--All of the sudden I had access to ample amounts of cover songs.

Last Sunday I went to a little gathering of rather talented musicians from my ward. The talent there was amazing. There were people who are currently on Broadway, people playing the piano, and guitarists. They were all improving together, and I was thoroughly impressed.

One of the songs I found rather interesting was a cover of Britney's "Hit Me Baby One More Time." A boy played it on his guitar, and I heard the song in a way I'd never thought I'd hear that song. It was pretty intense, and I really enjoyed it.

This weekend we had a friend in town, and he showed me a cover of Outcast's "Hey Ya." Again, I really enjoyed the cover, and I found a song I once only thought of as "good because it was fun and danceable" good because it seemed like a some-what profound song. Strange, I know, but that's what I love about covers.

Here is a video of the cover of "Hey Ya."



BTW... I got up to leave the music extravaganza last Sunday and the following conversation took place...

Random Girl: Are you going?

Me: Yep

RG: Oh good, what are you going to sing.

*Can I just say here that RG is currently on Broadway, and has been performing professionally for the last 10+ years.

Me: Oh, I thought you meant leaving. No, I'm not singing anything.

Host of the Event: We won't let you leave until you sing.

Me: Well, you can either let me leave now, or everybody else will leave once I start singing.

Everybody Else: Come on, just one song.

Me: Really, you obviously don't understand my lack of musical ability. I'm not singing. bla bla bla....

And there you have it--I've retained my secret of lack of musical ability here in NYC. All you Utah people have suffered through hearing me sing, and understand that I made the right decision in refusing to perform in such a setting.

Oh ya, and this is the originial version of the song...

Friday, November 10, 2006

"One Call Away"

The Office was super funny tonight. Jim faxing Dwight was classic. If you didn't see it, you should at least check out the first minute. Really, I promise you won't regret it.

Anyways, about a week ago I got a prank call from Dwight, and if you're reading this, you probably got one too because I sent one to many of my friends.

I think they're pretty funny, so if you're bored and you know any Office fans pass it along sucker.

"Confession"

I took a pile of trash down to the basement in our building today, and I was very nervous.

Our laundry and garbage are in the basement of our building. Michele was down there on Tuesday and saw a freakin' rat.

Now, I've blogged about rodents before, and let's face it, I can't handle them. I really physically cannot handle rodents. Is that clear?

So I exited the elevator, and peered around the corner to find nothing but Mr. Freakin Rat Face about five feet away from me. I immediately dropped my garbage right there, turned and ran back into the elevator, covered my face, and tried to keep from crying.

SERIOUSLY, I CANNOT HANDLE RODENTS!

The rest of the day I was paranoid that the stupid rat was going to make his way up to our apartment. This thought is kind of making me sick, and I don't know how to deal with.

I'm not sure if I'm cutout for the city life after all, and I guess somebody is going to have to deal with my trash in the middle of the room down there because there is no way I'm going down to get it.

Thursday, November 09, 2006

"Can I Get A .... "

Today I made my way to the projects in Brooklyn to do some home visits.

We pulled up to the specific project we were visiting, and my supervisor pointed out the sign that read "Marcy Housing." She explained that these were the projects that Jay Z grew up in. I felt so honored to be in such a place (ha ha).

I do have to admit, that it was kind of strange to think of Jay Z coming from that though, kinda crazy.

These projects were just like the many others I have visited during my time in NYC, except that the pee smell in the elevator was quite a bit stronger than it usually is. I had to actually cover my noise with my coat to keep from dry-heaving. It's sad but true.

Wednesday, November 08, 2006

"Hit Me Baby One More Time"

Yesterday was a sad day in the world--Brit filed for divorce. Yes, it's true, she's leaving that bag of trash, K Fed, behind.

I received this text from my mom:

"Did you hear about Brit?"

Last week I received this text from my mom:

"Have you heard Reese is getting divorced?"

And years ago (Yes, I can still remember this) I received this text from my mom:

"Brad and Jen are getting divorced."

Now, you may notice a theme in these texts. They are all about celebs, but they are all first names only like I should know who she's talking about.

I remember when I got the Brad and Jen one, I was thinking I don't know a Brad and Jen. So I asked her who she was talking about, and she was like Duh, Pitt and Aniston. Oh, right, I should assume you're talking about celebs when you text me!

This drives my brothers crazy--when we talk about celebs as if we know them.

Now, I'm not the biggest celeb-crazed-nut-job, but I do think it's fun to follow, and I love my mom's texts.

Good job Pinkie! Keep 'em coming!

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

"Red Right Ankle"

I've been on a The Decemberists kick lately.

I just turned my iPod to them a week ago and it's been on there ever since. Don't you love that--when you return to an old favorite and rediscover a bunch of old songs? LOVE IT LOVE IT LOVE IT.

Anyways, they have a new CD out that I haven't heard. It's their big label debut, but it's actually getting really good reviews. Interesting, how often does that happen? It seems that usually the reverse happens, but I'm really looking forward to checking that out.

So the song of the day is "Red Right Ankle"... Here are the lyrics...

This is the story of your red right ankle
And how it came to meet your leg
And how the muscle, bone, and sinews tangled
And how the skin was softly shed

And how it whispered “Oh, adhere to me
For we are bound by symmetry
And whatever differences our lives have been
We together make a limb.”
This is the story of your red right ankle.

This is the story of your gypsy uncle
You never knew ‘cause he was dead
And how his face was carved and rift with wrinkles
In the picture in your head.

And remember how you found the key
To his hide-out in the Pyrenees
But you wanted to keep his secret safe
So you threw the key away.
This is the story of your gypsy uncle.

This is the story of the boys who loved you
Who love you now and loved you then
And some were sweet, some were cold and snuffed you
And some just laid around in bed.

Some had crumbled you straight to your knees
Did it cruel, did it tenderly
Some had crawled their way into your heart
To rend your ventricles apart
This is the story of the boys who loved you
This is the story of your red right ankle.


I have to admit, it's a good one. You should all go listen to it.

You should also go listen to what I'm listening to at this very moment. A live show you can find here.

Enjoy the music friends!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

"California One"

Tuesdays is lunch group with girls from school. This is my favorite time of the week. These girls are different from me in just about every way, but we have so much fun together.

They tease us about being Mormons and we tease them about sleeping around and drinking... It's a pretty good time.

Anyways... Chrissy, one of these girls, pulled me aside on Tuesday.. this was our convo...

C: This may be a funny question, but I have to ask it..

Me: OK, I'm ready.

C: I feel kind of funny admitting this, but I looked up Mormon on the internet yesterday because I was curious about you.

M: Is this about polygamy?

C: Ya, do you guys do that? Because I just can't imagine you and Michele living like that.

M: REally because Michele and I both have husbands with multiple wives waiting for us in Utah.

C: Really?

M: No.. we don't practice polygamy.. bla bla bla..

We discussed polygamy, and then they she asked me about drinking. So then we started to get into word of wisdom issues.

It was funny because the week before one of the girls had a cocktail party, and I was the only one there not drinking, but she kept giving me cherry coke in a wine glass.

Anyways she was saying that she wants to do a research project on Mormons now. It's just kind of interesting how much they respect us and are interested in why we do what we do.

After the Mormon convo, we started talking about general differences between people from the east coast and west coast. Besides all the obvious differences, never going to California was a difference I thought was kind of funny. Everybody I know has been to Cali many times, but none of our east coast friends have ever been there. I mean, logically this makes sense, but it was just funny to me.

This is kind of a random post, but they were pretty fun coverstions!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

"Earth Angel"

I'm kind of a sucker for Halloween.

There's nothing like dressing up, dancing the night away, eating a bunch of food, and getting scared in one way or another! This year all of the above made my Halloween a pretty good time. We decided to put a twist on the Goth-Chic of years past and be Goth Angels!










Everyone at the parties we went to on Friday and Saturday were dressed up too so that was fun!



And I have to admit being in NYC for the big holiday was quite the experience. I think my favorite part was playing the game "Are they dressed up, or is that their real clothes?" This game was played continually throughout the weekend. Seriously, with a lot of people around here you couldn't tell if they were dressed up or not.

On Tuesday we headed down to the Village Halloween Parade. That was pretty intense. I felt like I was at Mardi Gras, even though I've never been to Mardi Gras, it was what I imagine that experience to be like. People were dressed up in crazy costumes doing crazy things. Not sure what my favorite costume was, but the Rainbow Connection gay band was probably the most interesting. This video doesn't really provide you the full effect, but believe me it was interesting.



Unfortunately we didn't dress up for the parade. The weekend extravaganza was enough for us.. but here is a pic of us enjoying the parade looking boring and normal compared to all the freaks we saw.



All in all Halloween was pretty exciting this year even though my face is still recovering from the amount of scrubbing it took to get all that black off my face.