Wednesday, January 28, 2009


And Even There They Just Do It for Laughs
Girl going through security: Do I have to take off my shoes?
Security guard with Eastern European accent: No, no, is no need. We are not crazy. We are not at the airport.

--Top of the Rock Observation Deck

Overheard by: Those were NOT my roommates!
via Overheard in New York, Jan 26, 2009

Monday, January 26, 2009


So, my doctor thought that I might have skin cancer (melanoma) which can kill you in 4-6 months. Turns out one of my moles had abnormal cells and the other was fine (it having abnormal cells is ok since we caught it early. here's to a public health degree saving my life). The one with abnormal cells is still healing, but the other one healed right up:

Don't worry, I took those stitches out myself.

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I'd prefer it went to scholarship funds...

Why is this necessary? And was the cheesy Y uniform extra? Maybe it's part of the 2 million dollars BYUSA spends yearly...

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Sometimes things are funny.

Expect a serious blog entry from me any day now, really. I have some really big news for you. In the meantimes, something that made me laugh. It could be the 3 hours of sleep, but here goes. For your watching pleasure:

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Stupid Secret

I love using my own bag for groceries, but every once in a while when I pick up too much (like at the Sunflower Market on double deal Wednesdays) I act annoyed but I'm secretly happy that the baggers give me plastic without asking so I avoid the inner conflict.

Photo from here.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Le scaphandre et le papillon (The Diving Bell and the Butterfly)

It struck me as I was walking home from International Cinema tonight how cinematography and photography share many commonalities. The one that kept coming back to me this evening was the ability to frame - a shot, a feeling, a story. Good photographs can be incredibly moving, but I personally find that moving photographs are more real - the detail and development breathe life into the story more easily than, for instance, a photo essay. The version of the film that I saw was likely slightly different than versions others have seen, but what I saw framed was an eloquent yet direct narrative about self-expression. As I walked my way briskly back to my apartment in the freezing temperatures, I watched my breath cloud my view. In reflecting on the film, being verbose seemed almost profane. I was reminded in that moment of Elder Holland's remarks not long ago, as he quoted parts of James "If any man offend not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body." The power of words spoken, not spoken, regretted, and remembered fondly echo throughout the film amongst a montage of sounds and first or third person visual narrative. Warning: you may find, as I did, that the theatre is warm. My eyes were sweating like crazy. I'll have to read the book this summer.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Red light/Green light - Anyone?

Just some notes from this morning's escapades and a semi-obscure pop culture reference for you all on the second day of school.

THE SETUP (a break from normal formatting):
Good idea: Massage shower head
Excellent idea: Fantastic water pressure

Good idea: Use high-pressure massage shower head on lower back after shoveling snow.
Bad idea: Use high-pressure massage shower head on face after shoveling snow.