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Sunday, May 28, 2006

Well, I'm certainly glad to hear that Landon at least is okay. Not sure why I thought he was in East Timor, either.

I'm all moved into my Chicago place. Call me if you need to reach me before Saturday, though, as I won't have internet until then. Probably even after then, actually, as I'll need to get a router. Suggestions on routers?

Saturday, May 27, 2006
East Timor update
Hi, sorry to leave folks hanging, but I haven't checked internet for a couple of days. As Sasha indicated, I am not yet in East Timor and wasn't scheduled to leave until the beginning of July. I spoke with Peace Corps on Thursday and found out that they evacuated staff two weeks ago and were hoping to start the training at the end of September if things calmed down. That was before the UN evacuated staff and two UN workers were killed. I have my doubts that PC will reconstitute any time soon.

So my options are to wait it out and see if I can go in September. I don't think I will do that, mainly because the situation does not look like it will improve substantially before then and I would then have to find another assignment at that point. One possible re-placement for me is the Caribbean. I have to decline my Timor invite and then would be invited somewhere else, the Caribbean was mentioned in a phone call. I'm going to try to make a decision soonish and will keep you updated.

Here's the latest BBC article

Friday, May 26, 2006
Glad to hear my concern was unwarranted. Not sure why Weiss thought Landon was already in East Timor.

Goes to show we should keep in better touch with each other! I for one, am still stateside, and other than the horrible construction noises in my neighborhood know of no immediate threats to my life.

Landon was totally en route to Colorado Last time I heard from him (may 22). Totally not in East Timor.

Re: Landon
Last I heard from Landon was a week ago. He called on my Skype from a Portland coffee shop and I told him to do 25 squats for his birthday. I hear he was also spotted at his sister's graduation, but reports are still sketchy.

I hope he's okay!

Does anyone have any news from Landon? I just read about the missing World Vision aid worker. It looks like the Peace Corps evacuated volunteers weeks ago.

Thursday, May 25, 2006

Stupid Things People Have Written to Me in Response to My Craigslist Post:

Stupid people and their sense of entitlement, asking me questions about a bike I am asking $5 for. But bless you Bo Parker, for simply writing "I can pick it up this afternoon." Though ultimately none of you will get the bike because I ran into a friend on her way to work who knows someone who needs a bike and promised to pick it up for him on Saturday.

and then i said "cunt" to a secret service agent
So yesterday I called off work early. I hd checked in at 830, at 1030 I got my first job, and by 2 I had done like 5, as the dispatcher said "its a good afternoon to do it" so I was hanging out in farragut, with the crowd of other messengers with out work when a guy shows up with some, er, "untaxed" merchandice. So I buy me and moon 2 jerseys for 20 and he throws in a pair of gloves. So i slip on the gloves and head home. As I'm turning left from conn on to H (one way the right way) this oldish fatish couple steps off the curb into me and I clip the woman's shoulder. I see she's going down, and I'm not moving too fast, so I'm able to stop there before she even hits the pavement, at which point, she is already cursing. I try to ask if she's alright, but the man she's with starts in too. These happen to be rather large people and particularly ugly too. So they"re screaming "You cunt, you bitch, you cunt, fuck, you cunt" quite loudly, which also means they're brits. So I leave, rather slowly too, becuase, you know, it really hurts to have someone yelling cunt at you so loudly, but they clearly didn't want me around, so I left.
With in half a block this gray sedan starts nugging me over, trying to cut me off, she's got her window down, so I stop, still a little freaked about hitting someone, follewed by all the yelling. So this woman int he car stops and tells me I need to go back, and I tell her I had stopped, but they were yelling at me and calling me a bitch and a cunt and I was scared. So then she's like, "ma'am, I'm an off duty secret service agent, did you hit that woman" so I told her, no, its more like she hit me. And this
other woman walking down the sidewalk stops and adds that that woman was crossing against the light. So the secret agent lady mumbles around with some more words, and I nod etc. and then I went to ben & jerry's and got a strawberry lemonade shake, which was fantastic.

then, today, someone asked me if i'd hit any fat ladys today, and then told me the incident was the funniest thing he'd ever seen. and so now i feel a little better. he said she wasn't even hurt.

Nice one, C&J!

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Celeste had this brilliant idea where we go running first thing in the morning and catch the panda family right when the doors open at 8. So we head down to the zoo, but everything is blocked off. We get the time from a watch-wearing guy, who says we have ten minutes 'til 8 so we look at the Maned Wolf and emu. We head back to the panda exhibit but the "not open"-type sign is still blocking the path. But we can see other people on the observation deck, so we walk past the signs and the friendly orange-hatted construction workers. No one bothers us and we get to enjoy extreme panda cuteness!!! Tai Shan spends our entire visit napping 30 feet up a tree, while his mother and father eat bamboo, moving between stalks, never finishing one. What have we learned, kids? Don't obey signs.

Monday, May 22, 2006
"What can we say about Celeste other than Quality & Genius"
In an argument with my favorite lawyer about the efficacy of not using one's name in a blog, we googled "celeste" and came up with lots of porn, the toilet paper company, and -- most interestingly -- a hot new London band.

i heart you! woot woot!

Yay! I finally have a listing on!

Boo! They spelled my last name wrong!

other news

Though I'm incredibly proud of my graduate, George Washington graduation was substantially less interesting than graduations I've been to before. It wasn't that the speaker was bad, in fact, it was one of the better graduation addresses I've heard. (Though still not as good as Dorothy Nickel Friesen; Unlike most GC grad speakers, because she was Mennonite she didn't waste 15 min. telling us what she likes about Mennonites.)

Or that the hoods weren't super cool; I assure you, they were.

I figured out why: I knew a total of four people graduating, and none of the professors. It is a lot easier to sit through people's names being called when you like the majority of them and are at least somewhat happy for them in their accomplishment.

In other news, since you all don't seem to be coming to D.C. in droves so that we can tell you in person, we headed on down to the National Arboretum's azalea collection a few weeks ago and got engaged.

Sunday, May 21, 2006
Juris Doctor
That's right.

Good morning, Joel
And now a little something for the Fathster:

Interesting photos of interesting lifestyles. Thought you might enjoy both.

It is still raining in Montreal! Our eighth consecutive day. In honour of the weather, and the haircut that Misha gave me yesterday, here's Kid Stormy Weather with The Short Hair Blues.

Saturday, May 20, 2006
Hey Chicago Kids!
I'm going to be in Chicago on Monday and I need a place to crash next monday (29th?) night. Any chance someone could hook me up with a couch? Or if anyone knows someone that doesn't read the blog that lives in chicago, please pass this message on. Thanks!!

Good Morning Sasha.
I forgot that I gave you one; I'll wager that it's even better after all this time. Hopefully the same turns true for my cider. Thanks for the covers also, and the photo -- a great reminder of good times.
Hopefully I'll get some photos up next week of the boat. Hopefully it will be finished by then.

Today I went down to school to clean out my locker and pick up my grad regalia. I came home and put it on. Major complaints are the purpleness of the tassel because blue or red would be much cooler, the confusingness of the academic-hood type thing (or maybe the vagueness of the instructions for wearing it, maybe Celeste can help me figure things out), and the fact that my little year charm on my tassle says 90 instead of 06. Oh wait, I just have it upside down. Wow, that's an embarassing mistake. At least it can jiggle my head around and make the tassle swing around. The tassle is cool when it brushes my face.

On the bus ride home the forty-two bus stopped in traffic on Columbia Road. After two minutes people started getting out, but I was too into product reviews in Wired which were making me think that I should get an iMac instead of a television when I move to Chicago, an idea which upon reflection probably seems like the kind of thing that I could afford to do but probably eschew in order to save money. And then after a while there were people saying things on a megaphone like "Cuba Si! Bloquada No!" (Yes I know that I probably misspelled the Spanish word.) So I got off the bus too and looked for people I knew. I saw Dour Communist Sarah, who was at the front of the march. I walked in the street between the march and the bike police in the opposite direction of the march which confused everyone. There were about 300 marchers, several dozen of which were yellow-vested "security." Why do they need their own cops, or at least so many of them? It implies that the organizers don't trust their own constituency.

I'm still wearing the regalia. I'm going to keep wearing it until I feel more comfortable in it, a feeling which I can sense coming on already.

Good morning, Rob
just dreamyCollection of Joy Division's Love Will Tear Us Apart covers. +Mp3s!

Also, remember when you made dandelion wine? And you gave me a bottle? And I carried it all over and then forgot it in my cupboard for three years? And then finally opened it at a party last night and polished the whole thing off with my friend Leah, because it really wasn't that bad at all?

Well, I do. Thanks again!

Thursday, May 18, 2006

MC Frontalot - I Heart Fags

Also: Broken heart? So sorry to hear, Katie!

And: Happy Birthday, Lando!
Young Landon in his Denver days. Check out the hair!

Off to Europe, to flee a broken heart, for the next ten days, specifically Frankfurt, and hopefully Barcelona, and where ever else I am led. Away from here.

Noam Chomsky's Shout Out to Christian Peacemaker Teams
Turns out that even Chomsky has hope for humanity:

?It?s unprecedented in history. Is there any hope? Of course there is. Just look at history, even over our lifetime. There were a lot of improvements ? they weren?t a gift. You never get a gift from the powerful. As much as we?re in a better position than before to carry this forward, it?s mostly a problem of will, not of options."

Wednesday, May 17, 2006
not to worry mom, it's totally safe (minus the random electrical arc)

I tied-in!! Doing a tie-in is one of those rites-of-passage for a film electrician. For those who don't know, it's when you go into a building's breaker box and remove the cover and then connect to the hot busses (and the neutral bus, obviously). Then you don't have to contend with silly 15 or 20 amp breakers and you have all the power you need!! this lets us run large lights, like 4,000 watt units and bigger!! totally cool... or, say, if you're in a building that's being renovated and there is no power on the floor you're shooting on, then you find the box and pull up a bunch of feeder and create your own little distrobution. Anyway, it's kind of dangerous and illegal in california. But no worries, you always have somebody standing next to you with an apple box or a 2x4 to hit you away from the box in case you freeze up or something. (and you thought being a bike messenger was dangerous!)

Hello, Wisconsin!
I'm going to wisconsin tomorrow!! I'm so excited!!! and yes, I do realize the irony: used to live in midwest, excited about new york; living in new york, excited about mid west. It almost reminds me of that time I moved from DC to New York to work in film only to find myself back in DC a few months later working on a film after having moved to NY. funny that.

So this film I was working on for a few days wrapped this morning. And there was this one actress in it that looked pretty familiar but I just couldn't place who it was. then finally, I figured it out. She was the girl who played Torch, in Girl, Interrupted. You know, the one who has burns over, like, 90% of her body. I just didn't recognize her because she wasn't all scarred. Anyway, I thought it was kind of funny. I mean, burns aren't funny... but this is, some how... um...

Tuesday, May 16, 2006
Just keep at it

i remember that knife!!
hey weiss, remember all that hassle bringing that knife home in a carry-on from ivory coast? i remember numerous check points, a couple searches, and the knife ending up in a bottle of pepto bismol.

Am just back in DC, and already so many things to do! I need to make a list.

Sadly, I made a mistake and forgot to remove my knife when I moved my toiletries bag from by checked to carry-on luggage. The BA people were very nice about the situation, but insisted on taking my knife and putting it in a funny-looking box with a small door. On one hand, carrying that knife around has caused me no end of problems with security and it's probably best that I quit carrying it. But Dad, I am sorry that I lost the knife you gave me. And all those good times I had with that knife, slicing up fruit in the marketplace in Abidjan. They are all gone now.

Monday, May 15, 2006
Jerry Falwell's Shout Out to Mennonites
In cased you missed it, last September, Reverend Jerry gave props to Mennonites during a sermon to his home congregation. I'm just so excited. I didn't even think he knew our name! Includes video.

NYC Jobs
For anybody thinking of joining Meg (seriously, aren't we all?), here are some choice cuts from Craigslist NYC:Happy hunting!

Sunday, May 14, 2006
Flat-mate needed! $550 a month, Soho Manhattan!!! June 1st!
One of my flat-mates is leaving till september next friday. If you, or anyone you know want to live in manhattan for a short stint, let me know. Plus, you'd get to live with me!!! Which is an even bigger plus. Ok, well, I'm late for work, got to run. (swishing sound of me flying out the door)

Saturday, May 13, 2006
biking a helluva long way

whoah. shoupsters. it's been a long while. I'm writing here because in a week and a half i embark on a hella long bike ride. My boyfriend nick and i leaving pittsburgh and heading for points west. he's gonna be gone for 4 months and i'm gonna be along for as long as i can hang. my goal is to get to kansas and visit kendra burkey at hesston and then see. nick's heading up to the rainbow gathering in colorado (giant hippie fest) and i may go too. we'll see how my poor body holds up. Anyway, i'm just putting up a post to see who might be along the way. You know, does anyone live in ohio, indiana, illinois, missouri, kansas or colorado? would anyone like to have two dirty bikers sleeping on their floor? i swear we're a good time. uh, well, you know what i mean. we're fun. also, if anyone might be driving back from parts west to parts east anytime in july and would like a hallie and her bike to accompany them, well, just you let me know. or, hey, if anyone wants to join us for part of the way, we'd love to have ye.

yup. that's my post.

oh. and i live in pittsburgh and i used to have a real job but i quit and now i paint houses.

here's the other thing i've been doing:

when i come back i'm give a real push to the muzak thing. we were on npr in january. and last night we played a show and this guy came up to us and said he came up from florida to see the show. no kidding. weird.

ok. now it is very dark and i have to bike home and i forgot my lights.... oh dear.


Friday, May 12, 2006
Here you go, Julia
Questions after reading the Boston Globe article 23-year old mayor pulls MySpace page after job shows up as 'malebigalow':
  1. 23-year old mayor? Awesome! How can I do that?
  2. How is "Male Bigalow" funny?
  3. This is news? In Boston?
Also, here's a great song for this time of year: Sun.mp3 Get it while it's hot!

Oh, and happy National Nursing Week! This year is the 400th anniversary of Jeanne Mance, first nurse in the New World and co-founder of the city of Montréal. I live on the street named after her.

Thursday, May 11, 2006
Post, People! Post!
I mean, some of us are writing papers here! You all should have the common decency to respect those of us without May Term whose semesters end at normal times. There is a reason that blog traffic and posting rates skyrocket during finals week: us poor students who check the blog 20+ times a day need to live vicariously through the people that actually have lives. Sheesh! Be a little bit more considerate next time, eh?

P.S. FOAS with living blogs featured in Shoup Friendly Links, you may also want to take this time to be especially witty.

Monday, May 08, 2006
Fox News makes a difference
Fox News Helped Elect Bush, Study Contends

Fox News Channel significantly boosted the Republican Party's share of the popular vote in 2000 and delivered the presidency to George W. Bush, according to a study by Stefano DellaVigna of the University of California at Berkeley and Ethan Kaplan of Stockholm University, reported in today's (Friday) Washington Post. The study concluded that in Florida alone, which Bush carried by fewer than 600 votes, the influence of Fox produced more than 10,000 additional votes for him.


Pussycat Pussycat Where Have You Been?
I hear we just missed Tasara. Sorry, Tasara! Today it rained. We saw some stuff, like the National Portrait Museum which was awesome.

Sunday, May 07, 2006
is the amount of money that I won on Saturday. It was great fun for my first day ever of horse racing. I went with Dave Brown Kinlock who taught me a bit about handicapping and I didn't do to bad. Of course if you count my ticket in which was $40 and the fact that I lost $14 dollars I'm still down a bit but who the hell cares it was fun.

Saturday, May 06, 2006

ALSO: Saturday is Free Comic Book Day!

Friday, May 05, 2006
Hey peeps, tomorrow I'm heading to the Derby and hanging out on the infield. Yeah for drunken debauchery with horses running circles around it! Anyone want to place a bet?

Thursday, May 04, 2006

Happy International Respect for Chickens Day!

owwwww... my face hurts
last night I ran dead-smack into a pillar in the middle of the night. I fugged up my glasses, my eye is puffy, and I have a big scratch on the right left side of my face. The worst part is, I was completely sober... just in a rush to get to the bathroom.

Also, had a nice little conversation with John Guillermin on the street and wrapped principle photography on the first feature film where I was the gaffer. sweet beans!

hey hey
my scene star roommate showed me this web site yesterday

then, julia called and told me to check out which is way impressive too.

and i followed a link and found some happy movies about the sun at check out "contes celestes"

Wednesday, May 03, 2006
Women of letters
For all you female (and other) English majors out there:
Women writers discuss their favourite images of women reading

Author: Kathryn Hughes
Image: Dreams, 1896, by Vittorio Matteo Corcos

The young woman has worked her way through three volumes published by Garnier, which shows she's both a sticker and probably quite a speedy reader too. It also suggests that she's been absorbing the kind of avant-garde literature not easily available to a well-to-do young bourgeoise. Hence her look. It's not "dreamy", as the title of the painting suggests, but rather acutely aware that she has eaten of the tree of knowledge and there really is no way back.

Read more. The Marilyn Monroe one is excellent.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006
The Shoup Will Rise Again

If you're in the area, the New Music Concert continues, this Thursday at 7:30, like the cello says. Inluding such goodies as This!

Monday, May 01, 2006
starched collars
Schrocks: this seems like something your brother would get a kick out of: Dude skateboards... without use of his legs!

Wenger: That's some quality dressing right there. The only thing hipper than that shot is how, through the magic of Photoshop, you can't tell that we're actually in the same chair with the same pipe.. My latest quality find -- for only $10 -- was this over-the-top banker's shirt. Check out that collar! Sharp. I'll think of you every time I wear it.

In other news, I started a new semester today. Awesome! Stroke and psychiatric nursing, one month each. Then hopefully DC to relive the bad decisions and great times of summer 2005. I'm tired and happy just thinking about it.

And to finish, those of you who know my mother might be interested to hear that she bought a new house. With her fiancé! They'll move in the fall, after they both (hopefully) sell their current homes. Also, my brother is doing well, thanks for asking. 21 last month, graduating soon and applying to physiotherapy programs for the fall.

Just in case you forgot how absolutely hip we are.

Weiss, what are you, German or somesing?

"I got yesterday approved"

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