Holy Moly!!!

We signed our lives away today and officially became homeowners… pictures are up here. San Francisco, we are here to stay!

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Search term highlights

Some of the search terms that have lead people to this blog:

— get back in the kitchen where you belong
— if i go crazy well then will you
— monkeys scratching butts pictures
— monkeys that lick millipedes
— pee a line for the bathroom

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Xanadu Dreams

Last year I was thrilled to find the Castro Theatre playing my favorite childhood movie, Xanadu. I relayed this information to MD with great enthusiasm of which he could not relate. Upon googling the movie, we discovered it had been bestowed a couple of awards — from the Razzies. We arrived to find people in their roller skating garb and full of Xanadu energy. When the movie started I, along with the rest of the crowd, sang along at full volume with each song. Everyone reacted out loud to each delightfully kitsch scene. I turned briefly from the screen to find MD asleep. This is a man who has never in all the years I have known him fallen asleep while watching a movie. No matter if it is the most boring film ever and we are snuggled comfortably on the couch, you will not even find his lids getting heavy. But there we were surrounded by a crowd of singing, dancing, hooting and hollering Xanadu fans and he was out like a light. He concluded it was “self preservation” and he may have been right.

Anyway, the point is that Xanadu has arrived on broadway! James Wolcott attended a preview performance and you can find his review here. I am so on my way to NYC.

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The controversy of Moroni’s coffee habit

Moroni A local coffee shop in Utah created a hit t-shirt depicting coffee flowing into the Angel Moroni’s trumpet. Apparently the church was not very happy about this. According to them, Moroni is a registered trademark of the church’s. To make matters worse, the Mormons do not believe in drinking coffee so this use of their angelic symbol really irked them.

If anyone is in the Taylorsville area anytime soon – I’d love if you could pick one of these t-shirts up for me at Just Add Coffee.

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My Superstar

I would just like to take a moment to mention that my soon-to-be-husband has been named a top security expert. Congratulations my love!

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The Tree House is Ours!

The first deal they had on our house fell through so we have swooped in and snatched it up. You can find some pictures here and I will try to get more on Monday when we go to meet the inspector. BIG YEAH! We visited it today and met 2 of our neighbors and I am even more excited now – they seemed great. On a side note, today’s weather is amazing which makes me feel even better about our decision to settle in this amazing city. I can’t wait for you all to come and visit and sleep in our Captain’s Bed!

UPDATE: More photos here…

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Leaps and bounds (into the Tree House)

We have put an offer on a house. I am so scared and excited. The place is crazy cute and probably the tiniest house in San Francisco, but it is a house and it is in San Francisco. It is also located in a really great neighborhood across the street from a park and just a few blocks away from a BART stop. Oh and the Viking stove – how did I forget to mention that it has a Viking stove that functions not only as a regular oven, but also a convection oven. Hopefully we will hear back from the sellers in the next day or two.

On a completely unrelated note, a colleague at work is out on leave because they found a lesion on his daughter’s brain stem. I am not sure what this means for her, but I thought to myself that it is too bad Derek Shepherd isn’t a real Doctor because he would totally know what to do. I realize this probably makes me a little crazy.

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Southwest Airlines’s deteriorating customer service

I recently earned a new Southwest Rapid Rewards ticket. We have two weddings to attend this year (3 including our own) that require travel. I decided to use the free ticket to book a trip to Chicago over Memorial Day weekend for one of the weddings and found that there were no (free) seats available. This trip is three and a half months away so I found this discouraging, but attributed it to being a holiday weekend. I then took a look at the schedules to Washington, D.C. where we have another wedding to attend. Again, no flights. This event is four and a half months away and there are 2 different airports we could fly into and still there are no rewards tickets available. What makes this even more frustrating is that you were not even able to book flights on Southwest past May 9th until 1 week ago, so in 1 weeks time all the Rapid Rewards seats available for the two trips I need to take are apparently sold out. I remember the days when you were able to book virtually any flight with a rewards ticket. I understand that the company has to make business decisions to remain profitable, but Southwest’s whole manifesto has been discounted fares, great customer service and an easy rewards program. It seems that discounted airfares (you may have noticed recently that the maximum prices on flights has increased considerably) and easy rewards program has gone out the window and customer service is teetering, so what is left?

I called customer service to inquire about my inability to use my Rapid Rewards. I was on hold for 11 minutes before my call was answered and the woman was short with me, cut me off repeatedly and offered no consolation to my plight. Even if she knows she cannot help me, the least she could do is offer some word of apology and understanding. I asked her to speak to someone else and was referred to their customer relations department. I called them promptly and the representative there explained some of the reasoning behind the changes (revenue, of course) and also informed me that some flights have as few as 3 Rapid Rewards seats available. Although he was not able to get me any closer to a Rewards seat, he handled the call with care and understanding, which I did appreciate.

Well Southwest, now that your manifesto no longer seems to fit your business model, I wonder, what will you do to separate yourself from your competitors?

On a lighter note, when I did fly Southwest last week, I did find their in flight staff to be as delightful as ever, so at least they still have that going for them.

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If I go crazy then will you still call me Superman?

Your results:
You are Superman

Superman
100%
Wonder Woman
83%
Spider-Man
75%
Supergirl
73%
Robin
65%
Green Lantern
60%
Iron Man
60%
Catwoman
60%
The Flash
55%
Hulk
50%
Batman
40%
You are mild-mannered, good,
strong and you love to help others.


Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

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It’s so wrong

I guess it is Fashion Week in Milan and apparently leggins are the new must have items… for MEN?!?

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Will the fake chipmonkey please sit down

I was googling myself recently to see what other Chipmonkeys are doing out there and clicked on the “video” tab of the google search only to discover this gem of a video. Between his voice and the subject matter, it had me giggling so I figured I should share.

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Mmmmm… porky!

To celebrate the upcoming Year of the Pig, China has put out a stamp that not only has the cutest picture of pigs, but apparently with a little scratch and sniff action smells of sweet and sour pork and more importantly tastes like sweet and sour pork when you lick it. I have to get my hands on some of these.

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iGotSued

There is much hub bub going on in my fair city this week as Macworld is going on. One of the more popular topics, as I am sure you have heard, is the flashy new iPhone, which Hugh MacLeod so cleverly sums up here. Turns out iPhone is a Cisco Systems trademark and they aren’t particulary happy that Apple is making it their own.

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Turning Water Into Wine (alternately titled: Turning Delicious “Chik’n” Nuggets into Coal”)

I stepped into the house this evening and it smelled as if someone were cooking. Knowing that my man was not home, I thought it curious. I walked into the kitchen and happened to glance at the toaster oven, noticing small black chunks inside it. Upon further inspection I recognized the shapes to be my favorite Morning Star Farms Chik’n Nuggets. Apparently Mike put these babies in the toaster oven last night only to be reacquainted with them when he was running out the door this morning. It’s a wonder the house didn’t burn down. I guess this is why he generally leaves the cooking to me 🙂

The best part is that they actually kind of sparkle. I wonder if we left them in a little longer if they’d turn from coal to diamonds.

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How low can you go?

Observe:

And the calorie count you ask?

If 2.5 calories per piece is not low calorie then what, pray-tell, is?

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Ode to a Suby

Last night I was caught off guard at the sea of emotion that overcame me when I cleaned out my car. The little Subaru that could has been more than good to me, despite my being a somewhat negligent car owner and I feel a little bit like I am abandoning a great friend who has always been there for me. She put up no fuss when I had a hitch installed on her rear end. She held strong and dragged a Uhaul trailer the 1,200 mile stretch between Salt Lake and Chicago. The winters in the Midwest were tough, but she always got me where I needed to go. When I decided to load up the Uhaul again years later to head out west, I heard no complaints about the 2,100 mile trip ahead of us. Since I’ve been out here in the great city of San Francisco, I realized that life is easier on public transit. The only time I spend with her now is on Sunday and Tuesday nights when I have to move her from one side of the road to another for street cleaning. I decided she would get the attention she needs if I take her back home to Salt Lake where my folks can take advantage of her gung ho attitude towards life…

Here’s to our last great adventure together!

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Mos’ definitely

The other night I stopped by the coffee shop before I went to class. The 2 girls behind the counter were chatting and one said she was going to see Mos Def. The second girl inquired further because she did not know of Mos Def and the first girl replied “Oh its punk rock.” I thought to myself that I must have misunderstood who she was talking about because 1. I had not heard that Mos Def was touring and 2. Even if you take into consideration Mos Def’s “The New Danger” album (snubbed by many Mos fans, not including myself) or his band Black Jack Johnson you still could never categorize one of hip hop’s best MCs as punk rock.

Much to my dismay the coffee girl, althought wrong about his genre, was right that Mos Def was playing here. The show was announced the same day it was performed and still sold out. What a heartbreaker.

Coincidentally, I have “Freestyle: The Art of Rhyme” sitting at the house waiting to be watched which features Mos Def among many other amazing hip hop artists. While it will not replace the show I missed, it might help ease the disappointment.

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The unintended consequences of war

Apparently the Israeli/Lebanese war is causing sky rocketing pirces in the cannabis industry.

Boosted security on the Lebanon frontier brought a drastic reduction in drug smuggling, with the cost of cannabis in Israel up eight-fold, the Yedioth Ahronoth newspaper reported on Tuesday

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If not for your health, then do it for the gas

As our recent history shows, Americans in general don’t seem to get angry about much other than rising gas prices. Perhaps the additional cost of hauling their oversized butts around will encourage them to lose some weight since the looming onset of cancer, heart disease and diabetes does not seem to be doing the trick.

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The history of books

I am currently reading “All Families are Psychotic” by Douglas Copeland. This is a hand me down from Afterlife, as many of my reads are. I enjoy reading books after him be because he underlines and annotates things and it is always interesting to see what parts of the story impacted someone else. I like trying to figure out why something was worth underlining. Today I saw a slip of paper peaking out from the rear cover and opened to find a jackpot of boarding passes and plane tickets. San Francisco, Chicago, Washington D.C., Detroit, Charlotte and Las Vegas. All of these trips within the weeks it took him to read the book. It makes me feel good to hold onto something that accompanied him while he was away from me.

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