Wednesday, March 9, 2011

who what where why when...and HOW??

greetings virtual world!!
It has been so long since I last communicated with you that I couldn't even remember my password for this blog!! hahaha! I could barely remember my security question!! DOH! :)

it has been many months and many miles since I last was here...and life changes in many ways but as Dave Matthews says, basically it stays the same. I am alive, I am breathing, I am healthy (thank you universe!) and I am still trying to figure it all out.

I am in dire need of once again whetting my proverbial writers whistle. It is amazing how the desire and need to write comes and goes...and yet I cannot control these waves or I would perhaps be on a better path to becoming a writer. Or by definition I suppose one who writes already IS a is the bane of any artist, it is just the survival upon your craft alone that becomes the beguiling part.

I have become more aware in my quest to write professionally...I have started really analyzing the writing of others...what writing do I enjoy reading, and what do I feel is a chore?

especially the travel blogs of others...I am also in the same boat that it is easy to just write the events of the day - but that is neither engaging nor entertaining. If I really wanted to know your every move I would ask to become your significant other.

Of course, this blog is no exception...but this is here as my own personal outlet, not as something I am directing people to read to showcase my (we hope not lack of??) creativity.

so where do we stand now? As usual, at the end of a ramble with no conclusion, no significant thesis, no theme and no arc. I had an English teacher who always said you had to know all the rules in order to break them. But what if e.e.cummings just didn't give a crap?

Monday, May 3, 2010

Neck Candy

An assortment from events past:

  • The Luxury Home Tour of Deer Valley/Park City (Volunteer)
  • Sprint Ultimate Airwave Aug 25, 2001 at Utah Olympic Park (VIP)
  • CLICK! with your guests - Seattle Sonics (Know Your Stuff)
  • Relay For Life benefit concert [Soul Providers, The Combustion Collective and Humidiflyers] May 12, 2004 (Buddha Bellies Team Member)
  • DCA Temporary ID 5/30/00-8/30/00 (Office of the Commissioner)
  • Sprint Ultimate Airwave Aug 24, 2002 at Utah Olympic Park (Foundation Guest VIP)
  • US Freestyle Ski Team Tommy Hilfiger party at Suede. Performance by Fright
  • Green Futures Charrette, Seattle (Downtown B)
  • Event Sensations 05, Dance Heads Seattle, WA (CSEME 2005 Exhibitor)
  • Coldwater bar and grill (DSA guest)
  • Jet Set Sports "Touch of Gold" Holiday Celebration 20 Dec 2001 at Grand America Hotel (Guest of Jet Set Sports)
  • Merrill Lynch Celebrity Ski Classic Dec 6-9, 2002 at Deer Valley Resort (Deer Valley Lodging)
  • 2003 Freestyle FIS World Championships Jan 29-Feb 2, 2003 at Deer Valley (US Ski and Snowboard Team Foundation Guest)

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Found old journal pages

what do you do with old journals?

I love getting journals, but have the repeated habit of using about 10 pages and then not using it again. SO - while I do make the effort to also re-use books I have started, I also have decided that dragging an entire book with me for the sake of a few pages wasn't worth it. SO I took out what was written on and donated the book for someone else to use for their own creativity.

That being said, I figured this was a perfect medium to record my ripped out pages so I can not carry them around with me either. Oh the magic of the internet.
On the cusp of the New Year. I'm on the train to NYC to start a New Life. Yea, I wish. I'm just headed in to do a little shopping, spend money I don't have, and in general ring in the new year with people I don't know. One day I want to have a fabulous apartment in Manhattan so I can have people over for NYE and end this dilemma of where everyone should go. Coming from the receptionist who's $6000 in debt. I should put it on my list of things to do in life and then it will get done. Maybe I can just get a really nice boat and live there.

-black and white photo collection of the railways - all across the country
-Boat in Manhattan or in NJ w/ view of Manhattan (what happens in winter with boats? does Hudson freeze?)

On the train ride home today I realized what makes NJ special --

An older gentleman on the train leaving New York reminded me why I really do love New Jersey. After I began the conversation by asking the final score of the Rutgers game last night (because I fell asleep) he immediately began a conversation with me about the game, the Rutgers program, and how good it was for them to play well on National TV (ESPN - they lost by 5)
He was so genuine in his interest (and pride) that it made me wonder if he attended Rutgers. Odds are he probably didn't, but I don't think it mattered either way. Even I (an avid Hokie fan) was moved by the "Go Rutgers!" signs that replaced the traffic info on the GSPW and the fund that was set up to help students attend the bowl game. The conversation waned and we both returned to our respective conversations with our travel companions. When I was leaving the train, I said "goodbye" to the gentleman and he wished me a wonderful new year with such sincerity...

Saturday, May 1, 2010

1998 Mix Tape

If I could talk I'd Tell You - the Lemonheads
Everything Shines - the Push Stars
Alternative, Baby - Reel Big Fish
Basic Instructions - Burlap to Cashmere
Don't Hate Me (Because I'm Beautiful) - Nerf Herder
Under Smithville - For Squirrels
Hold Her Down - Toad The Wet Sprocket
Hell To Pay - Leah Andreone
Pinball Wizard - the Who
Me - The Push Stars
Take On Me - Reel Big Fish

Take On Me - Reel Big Fish (oh, the tapes where the song continues on the other side)
Big Yellow Taxi - Joni Mitchell
She Came On - Super Deluxe
Busy Bee - Ugly Kid Joe
Without A Trace - Soul Asylum
Please Don't Rock Me Tonight - Fountains Of Wayne
Lack of Motion - the Push Stars
Superman - Goldfinger
Something's Wrong - K's Choice
Imagine - Blues Traveler
Navy Bean - Tracy Bonham
With or Without You - U2
Something's Always Wrong - Toad The Wet Sprocket
Passion - Pat McGee Band

Friday, April 30, 2010

Found in a notebook covered with hybiscus

In my new life:
  • Channel Lanai
  • Live simply - by choice
  • enjoy the beauty around you
  • you don't need a lot of stuff
  • plan to BE FREE

Waikiki Haiku
waiting for the 4
really want to eat dinner
yogurt has worn off


The sweet taste of the envelope offered no comfort. The letter marked the finality of it all, and the only sweetness about it was currently found on her tongue.


The lady at the Westin said it wasn't possible to get journals anymore because they weren't selling -- now someone comes in once a year and asks (I apparently get the annual honor of asking for 2008).

What Would Hemmingway Do? (WWHD) - he and Picasso were apparently always running around with a Moleskine. They seem to be for sale everywhere in Europe...yet in the entire SLC airport, and on every island thus far (BI, Maui, Lanai, Oahu) they are no where to be found. Maybe these days what people need is a blog book. Something to keep your thoughts organized until you get to a computer. [2010 interruption - with the quality of cell phones and the prevalence of twitter, that's already available if you want it]


LOVE Waikiki

Love sitting and watching surfers - good surfers, bad surfers, new surfers.

All together in one locale enjoying the sport - and you know people are, in general clueless enough so you do not get mad if you accidentally get cut off



my apologies
we need to go to dinner
hopefully this week

If they wrap buses for advertising, why don't they consistently keep the same buses on the same routes? then you could always find your bus easily.

As the comfort of online business increases, the need for interactive customer service decreases. Someone should start selling cars online so I don't have to deal with the people at the dealership.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

A Few Hawaiian Words

'Aina - (eye-nah) - Land.
Ali'i - (ah-LEE-ee) - A Hawaiian chief; a member of the chiefly class.
Aloha - (ah-LOW-ha) - Hello, goodbye, or a feeling or the spirit of love, affection, or kindness.
Hale - (hah-leh) - House or building.
Hana - (ha-nah) - Work.
Hana hou - (ha-nah-Ho) - To do again.
Haole - (how-leh) - Originally foreigner, now means Caucasian
Heiau - (hey-ee-ow) - Hawaiian temple.
Hula - (hoo-lah) The story telling dance of Hawaii.
Imu - (ee-moo) - An underground oven.
Kahuna - (kah-HOO-na) - A Priest or minister; someone who is an expert in a profession.
- (kigh) - The sea.
Kalua - (KAH-loo-ah) - Cooking food underground.
Kama'aina - (kah-ma-EYE-na) - Long time Hawaiian resident.
Kane - (hah-neh) - Boy or man.
Kapu - (kah-poo) - Forbidden, taboo; keep out.
Keiki - (kay-key) - Child or children.
Kokua - (koh-koo-ah) - Help.
Kona - (koh - NAH) - Leeward side of the island; wind blowing from the south, southwest direction.
Lanai - (lah-NIGH) - Porch, veranda, patio.
Lei - (lay) - Necklace of flowers, shells, or feathers.
Limu - (lee-moo) - Edible seaweed.
Lomi - (loo-mee) - To rub or massage; lomi salmon is raw salmon rubbed with salt.
Lu'au - (loo-aw) - Hawaiian feast; literally means taro leaves.
Mahalo - (mah-hah-low) Thank you.
Makai - (mah- kigh) - Toward the sea.
Malihini - (mah-lee-hee-nee) - A newcomer, visitor, or guest.
Mauka - (mow-ka) - Toward the mountain.
O'hana - (oh-hah-nah) - Family.
'Ono - (oh-no) - Delicious, the best.
Pali - (pah-lee) - A cliff.
Paniolo - (pah-nee-low-low) - Hawaiian cowboy.
Pau - (pow) - Finish, end, ie. Pau hana means quitting time from work.
Wahine - (wah-hee-ney) - Woman.
Wai - (why) - Fresh water.
Wikiwiki - (wee-kee-wee-kee) - To hurry up, very quick.


Song of the Day - Somewhere Over The Rainbow, IZ

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

K.E.X.P. hit list (circa '08)

Justice - D.A.N.C.E.
JuniorBoys - in the Morning
John Vanderslice - Exodus Damage
The Budos Band - Scorpion
Blotto - I want to be a lifeguard
Ben Folds - Landed
DeVotchka - The Enemy Guns
Vampire Weekend - Cape Cod Kwassa kwassa
Deny - default
Link Wray - Rumble
Amy Winehouse - You know I'm No Good
MC Lars - Hot Topic is Not Punk Rock!
sewn - the feeling
Manu Chau - Me Gustas Tu
Jane Fonda - Mickey Avalon
Alias - Exodus Damage - remix for John Vanderslice
Harvey Danger - Little Round Mirrors
Akrobatik - A to the K (feat B-real)
Iron & Wine - Boy with a coin
The Black Keys - Have Love, Will Travel
Remy Zero - save me
The Blakes - Modern Man
Built to Spill - Goin' Against Your Mind
S Club 7 - don't stop movin'
McClusky - to Hell w/ Good Intentions
Stiff Little Fingers - Barbed Wire Love
The Mountain Goats - No Children
Lucinda Williams - Can't Let Go
The Avett Brothers - Will You Return
Jenny Lewis & the Watson Twins - Handle w/Care (w/Conor Oberst, M. Ward & Ben Gibbard)
Jamie Foxx feat Ludacris - Unpredictable
The Thrills - Big Sur
Kasey Chambers - The Captain
Skream - Midnight Request Line
Various - Hater (Album: the World is Gone)
Neko Case - Hold On, Hold On
Rogue Wave - Bird on a wire
Foo Fighters - Dear Lover
Clem Snide - I love the unknown
the Decembrists - Engine Driver
Groove Armada - At the River
Rocky Votolato - White Daisy Passing
Bowling for Soup - Girl all the bad guys want
Guster - Center of Attention
The Fratellis - Chelsea Dagger
120 Days - Come Out (Come Down, Fade Out, Be Gone)
Fugazi - waiting room
DJ Logic - French Quarter
Goldfrapp - Ohh la la
The Black Angels - Bloodhounds on My trail
Bjork - It's Oh So Quiet
Ben Lee - Gamble Everything for Love
Modest Mouse - Dashboard
Killing Me - the Rewinds
the Vines - TV Pro
The Mars Volta - the Widow
Sun Kill Moon - Carry Me Ohio
Rinocerose - cubicle
Soul Coughing - Super bon bon
Muse - Supermassive Black Hole
Bishop Allen - click, click, click, click
Dan Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip - Thou Shalt Always Kill
Feist - My Moon My Man
Okkervil River - Our live Is Not A Movie or Maybe
Minus the Bear - knights
Modest Mouse - Gravity Rides Everything
Bishop Allen - Like Castanets
Stellastar - My Coco
Yeasayer - 2080
Cancer Rising - Wait A Minute
Grizzley Bear - Knife
The Impressions - Women's Got Soul
The Church - Under the Milky Way
The Go - Yer Stoned Italian Cowboy
The Fratellis - Flathead
DJ Dolores - J.P.S.
Nortec Collective Presents:Bostich & Fussible
The Von Bondies - C'mon C'mon
Port O'Brien - I woke up today
the Stills - still in love song
The cure - the lovecats
Bare Jr - You Blew Me Off