Do you remember when, long before Facebook or your smart phone were there, only your closest friends and family members remembered your birthday (and maybe a smidge of control freaks with a birthday calendar)? I kind of miss that. Now everyone remembers your birthday… and I’ll get wishes from people who barely know me. I don’t exactly mind. It’s just, well, vaguely insincere compared to if they could have remembered about 15 or 10 or 8 years ago and our friendship was in the same place. I’m sure the sentiment is lovely, but I liked it better when only about 10 people would call me on my birthday. And yes, they’d call. Because they wanted to talk to me… or even sing to me off-key (and share food or drink with me if we were living within close proximity at the time). And maybe you’d get some stragglers who remembered your birthday because it was their mom’s birthday or the day before or after their cousin’s or whatever. Or some that did it a day or two early or late, but the love was there. I always liked that. Perfect example, my friend Carrie knew mine was at the end of July (she’d usually guess the 24th or the 28th) but will now always remember the 26th because that was her due date for her son. I know today is my friend Margaret’s because it’s one day before my high school boyfriend’s (so, uh happy birthday Jim if you’re reading this). I remembered it because of association, not because a bot told me to. I wished her to have a lovely day, and she told me she’s in Philly getting drunk and listening to Hall and Oates. Margaret’s rad like that.
i miss my old neighborhood. i know it’s only been about a week and a half, but i miss it. not really los angeles, just my little section within los angeles. and my super comfortable bed. i know i can always move back to los feliz and get my bed back from my friend (or buy another one), but it would be really nice to walk down vermont and get a croissant and watch all the shop owners say hi to my dog by name, then head up to the mansions to walk around and gawk at architecture, then eventually hike up to the top of griffith park and come home and take a nap.
i’d also like a really good spicy tuna roll that costs less than $7.
“I think it would be unwise to dismiss her because she is foolish and misinformed. People say there’s no way she will hold any significant office, in Congress, or as president. Don’t be so sure. I notice she’s starting to sound relatively eloquent in that superficial way she has: ‘We gotta cut taxes and we can’t keep penalizing small business’-that same old litany. She’s not saying anything significant but she’s stringing the words together and she’s not just saying, ‘Aw shucks, I just killed a moose in Alaska.’ She’s stringing the words together as well as George W. Bush did in the beginning… They realized they couldn’t make [Bush] sound like somebody who actually read books and cared about how he sounded-even though he had the benefits of the best possible education. It just wasn’t interesting to him to sound like he made sense and to speak English anywhere near well. But what they did, very cleverly, is say, OK, he’s just like us. He makes mistakes when he says stuff; he’s a regular guy. And I can see the same thing happening with Palin. So do not underestimate her ability. She’s not going away.”—Viggo Mortensen on Sarah Pailin (via sheema)
Unless Holland is literally the only state within the Netherlands that allows such behavior, this headline should be written as Netherlands.
That being said, please don’t embarrass yourself New Jersey… Please show that you are more open-minded than New York and California. In return, we’ll give you all the Ed Hardy merchandise you want… FOR FREE!!
Back when I lived in Chicago, I did temp work for a short time. I was being sent out by the company Manpower, and I was making a fairly good rate. I scored pretty high on my tests there, specifically software. Anyway one week, I was placed as an administrative assistant to a lawyer at Loyola University.