Archive for May, 2006

Wear Sunscreen.

May 19, 2006

If I could offer you only one tip for the Future – Sunscreen would be it.

The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own miandering experience.

I will dispence this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh nevermind. You will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you'll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can't grasp now how much possibility really lay before you and how fabulous you really looked.

You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don't worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubble gum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind. The kind that blindside you at 4PM on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don't be wreckless with other people's hearts. Don't put up with people who are wreckless with yours.

Floss.

Don't waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you are ahead. Sometimes you're behind. The race is long. And in the end, it is only with yourself.

Remember compliments you recieve. Forget the Insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters. Throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don't feel guilty if you don't know what you want to do with your life. The most interesting people I know didn't know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don't.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you'll miss them when they're gone.

Maybe you'll marry, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll have children, maybe you won't. Maybe you'll divorce at 40. Maybe you'll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary. Whatever you do – don't congratulate yourself too much. Or berate yourself either. Your choices are half chance. So are everybody else's.

Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don't be afraid of it. Or what other people think of it. It's the greatest instrament you will ever own.

Dance. Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions. Even if you don't follow them.

Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents. You never know when they'll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings. They are your best link to your past, and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go. But for the precious few you should hold on. Work hard to brdge the gaps in geography and lifestyle. Because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard.

Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths. Prices will rise, politicians will philader, you too will get old. And when you do, you will fatasize that when you were young, prices were reasonable, politicians were noble, and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don't expect anyone to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund. Maybe you'll have a wealthy spouse. But you never know when either one might run out.

Don't mess too much with your hair. Or by the time you're 40, it will look like 85.

Be careful who's advice you buy. But, be patietent with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of the fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts, and recycling it for more than it's worth.

But trust me on the Sunscreen.

(((In case you don't know it, it's a song) 

Random Friday Rocks. The Boss Rocks.

May 19, 2006

1. Dido – White Flag (Life for Rent)
2. Pink – Most Girls (Can't Take Me Home)
3. Johnny Lang – The Way it Makes You Feel
4. Ani DiFranco – If He Tries Anything
5. Bruce Springsteen – All I'm Thinking About (Devils and Dust)
6. Jethro Tull – Song for Jeffrey (Living in the Past)
7. Yellowcard – Sorry Try Again
8. Elvis Costello – 45 (When I Was Cruel)
9. Norah Jones – Day is Done
10. Bruce Springsteen – Born to Run (The Essential)

I told you the universe was telling me to go to Boston next weekend. See the Bruce?!?! 

Favorite Song – The Boss, Born to Run. How could you not pick that one?

Song I'm Most In The Mood To Listen To – White Flag. I had a shitty day, I'm in a meloncholy day.

Song I'd be Most in the Mood to Listen to if the Mood of the Music Was Different – The Way it Makes You Feel.  I'm feeling the words, but the music is sooooo not the mood I'm in. 

When the Universe Tells Me to Take an Adventure, I Listen.

May 18, 2006

So, I'm sitting at the gym yesterday (I work there for an hour each morning) – and Nick comes up and asks me if I ever bought those tickets to The Boss that I was talking about. I totally forgot, so I jumped on line and bought some. They aren't cheap, but hey – it's the Boss so it's OK.

The show is June 20th or something at the Tweeter Center in NJ. I'm excited to go, I love Bruce. So, I'm writing down the totals and stuff. The time – 8PM. The total…ugh…too much money. The date, May 27. May 27?

That doesn't sound like June 20th. So, I look over the sale thing on Ticketbastard. Did you know there is a Tweeter Center in Boston? Yeah. Do the math on that one.

So, I freaked out. I put a posting on craigslist – trying to unload them. It's not even sold out, who is going to buy them. Then I realize….I've never been to Boston. I have that weekend off. HEY. This is the Universe telling me to go to Boston that weekend.

Hopefully I can use my friend's jeep. She's offered it if I ever need it for the weekend. Ahhh…I'm imagining it now. Top down, road trip, Bruce Springsteen. Life is good.

Now about that 2nd ticket….

I Can Pee Without an Umbrella!

May 17, 2006

I got home last night and I notice that I don't hear the familiar humm of the de-humidifier that's been going on for days.  Then I notice lots of stuff on my bed clearing the path to the bathroom – and I walk in…

New Cabinet (with DRAWERS!), new medicine cabinet, new lights, ceiling hole patched. Nice.  No more rain on my head! 

So Much…and so few times the blog lets me log in….

May 16, 2006

I don't know what is going on with this fucking blog.  First of all, only one out of 10 times does my log in work.  Anyway – things I want to talk about and can't – 

– One of the best first dates ever

– One of the worst first dates ever (don't worry – at least they're different dates)

– Crazy stuff at the new job

– I finally have a bathroom that doesn't require me using an umbrella

– I found where the bubbles are coming from

I'm sure there's more – but I will expand on these when I am up for writing AND I can get in! 

3 Word Updates

May 14, 2006

Bathroom – Still Very Wet!

Blind date – Cute and Fun! 

Sleep – Need Lots More

Upcoming Week – Busy Busy Busy! 

INSANE Friday Night…Circa 3AM…

May 13, 2006

Photo_051306_006.jpg …these are the cops that responded to the call of my crazy upstairs neighbor, who was pissed off that the landlord broke into her apartment when she was at the bar. You know, not like it was an emergency or anything.  Seriously – 9 cops and 2 cop cars blocking thw whole street. 

Turns out it was the water heater upstairs.  It's stopped, and I'm getting a new sink, and possibly floor.  Good times.  It's 3:15, and I'm hoping I get to sleep soon, since I need to be up in less than 4 hours for a blind date. Yeah – I'm sure I'm going to be riveting tomorrow.

Shitty Friday Night, Same Night, Circa 1AM…Part 2…

May 13, 2006

Photo_051306_005.jpgyes, that is my bathroom ceiling. Or was. Currently the maintenance guy has broken into 2 apartments, AND turned the water off to the whole building.  Still no idea where the steady stream of water is coming from.  Good times.

Shitty Friday Night, Same Night, Circa 1AM…

May 13, 2006

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Happy Friday Night, Circa Midnight…

May 13, 2006

Photo_051306_001.jpgalthough I still can't believe they didn't play Particle Man!