28 February 2008
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19 February 2008
Couple of things I forgot about London bathrooms:
- The Bathtub: What is the fascination with taking a bath in this country?. It's 2008. Who bathes anymore? When was the last time any of us took a bath? And why is the tub so skinny? Apparently the UK is the fattest country in Europe, yet there is no way any normal size human (let alone a fatty) would be able to bathe in that bath.
- European Showers: Almost begrudgingly they give you a showerhead that only hangs about 1/2 way up the tub. And what's up with the half glass wall that is supposed to act as a shower curtain but doesn't really work? Water all over the floor!
- European hotel hairdryers: So low powered they might as well just be a room fan that I point at my wet head. One of these days I am going to time the hairdryer vs. just letting it air dry. I am honestly not sure which one would win.
- The light switch outside the bathroom: Apparently there is actually a law that says the light switches and power outlets must all be lovated outside the bathroom in the UK. This means some idiot at some point screwed it up for the rest of us and now I have to thank the lord there is a mirror outside the bathroom in order to dry my hair with the fan.
At least there isn't carpet in the bathroom...
17 February 2008
And I do still love it. Regardless of the fact that it doesn't give a rip where I've been or what I think. It's still my fabulous city but I gotta tell you, being here - it's SURREAL.
I don't know if it's because I wasn't planning on being back so soon or jet lag or what. Maybe its because I came and went so often when I lived here - but it really feels like I never left. I mean REALLY. I almost got on the tube to go to Belsize Park when I was walking back from dinner. Then as I turned to face Trafalgar Square and began to question if the last 6 months in Seattle had even happened.
And then I really wanted to be back in Seattle more than anything.
15 February 2008
At some point I will get back into my groove of Friday You Tube clips (I have some great ones lined up) but today you get my mixed tape playlist cause I really like it. It's loved up without being heavy on the corny sentimentality (kinda like me) and it's something I would likely listen to even not on VDay.
And yes, he's new and no, I didn't tell all of you.
Sometimes I KEEP THINGS TO MYSELF OK?!?!
- Somebody to Love: Queen
- You Sexy Thing Hot: Chocolate
- Let My Love Open the Door: Pete Townshend
- Let's Get It On: Marvin Gaye
- No Tomorrow: Orson
- Your Song: Elton John
- Bubbly: Colbie Caillat
- Waiting for That Day: George Michael
- Love Will Come Through: Travis
- Brighter Than Sunshine: Aqualung
- Mushaboom: Feist
- Better Together: Jack Johnson
- All I Want Is You: U2
- Come Away With Me: Norah Jones
- It Takes Two: Rob Base & DJ E-Z Rock
- Lovesong: The Cure
11 February 2008
Hers is a question of faith. Do you believe in a soul mate?
My first thought was a quick and easy: "NO." Followed with a: "How silly."
But the more I thought about it, the more I realized it's not a quick, easy answer. It all depends on how you define it. So I broke it down. First of all, you need to believe in the soul.
Which I do.
Then you need to believe that you have a perfect soul partner and you have somehow become separated from them and some how, some way, in this world of a billion people, you may become reconnected.
Why do you need to become reconnected? I don't know. Because my soul is not complete without them? Because they are the perfect compliment to me? Does that therefore mean I've wasted my life up to this point because I am not being half of someone else's whole? Because I am incomplete myself?
I think not.
It's a romantic notion though isn't it? And I DO think different people bring different things to your life. I think I have lots of people in my life that my soul needs to be complete but not just one person can ever be all things to another.
That's just not healthy.
But other people add to my existence and my happiness. We're social creatures. People need people. It's as simple as that.
In which case I would like to revise previous statements. Maybe I do believe in soul mates and it turns out, I have lots of them.
They're called 'friends'
BUT if you'd still like to know if they're your SOULMATE you can take this quiz ok?
07 February 2008
Call it a sense of urgency to make sure we don't let any more good old frat boys near the White House for at least another 8 to 16 years.
I am America people...and so can you.
The conflict comes in when I realize that ultimately, I don't think rockstars or actors should get involved in politics (I mean look at what happened with Regan and Schwarzenegger) so, as a top global rockstar, I can't in good conscience spout off what I think you should do politically.
Except for that gay marriage thing. (but that's obvious, right?).
Oh, and the point on legal abortion. (but then we all agree here already)
And um, the semi-automatic weapons, immigration, health care and America's role in global energy policies. (but again, I don't need to state the obvious)
Oh, and Iraq. (puh-leeze!)
But like I said, since we are all obviously in agreement, I won't go repeating what we all already agree on. However, if you're like old Reckenroll, you got lots of opinions but not a lot of time to listen to speech after speech after political analysis after speech.
(Let's be honest, you just watch the Daily Show and Colbert Report and snicker from the sidelines while Comedy Central helps you decide your opinion on national policy then you repeat the funniest lines at cocktail parties and pass the points off as your own.)
So given that I haven't really invested a lot in the pre-game so far, I wasn't convinced who my candidate should be...until a friend pointed me to a cool little tool that can help you find your candidate (or gut check the candidate you've already picked).
You take a quiz on your existing opinions and the results will tell you who is closest to your opinions, how close they were and how/why you differ and on what points. I also love that I can see how the individual candidates compare to my opinion and then link directly to their position on the points where I disagree and find out what they think exactly.
Check it out HERE.
So while I won't be endorsing my candidate here (now that I know who he is, love that his name rhymes with Yo mama), I will say you should all get involved. Take the quiz. Take a stand.
Yes, we can.
Are you ready?
05 February 2008
When I came back 3 years later, it didn't make sense to take him back. He had a good thing going on. He was 13 years old and had a yard, a family, and a kitten to hang with. I couldn't offer him any of that. So he stayed on with Zak, and when I'd come to visit I'd get a cuddle and a passing confirmation that I still ranked (but not as high as I used to).
04 February 2008
I'll be back,
when the day is new,
and I'll have more ideas
and you'll have things you'll want to talk about,
More soon neighbors!