May 05, 2003

Sarah: plus, Bobby is TOTALLY hot

Watching X-Men 2: X-Men United made me ponder the conversations that are inspired among elementary students:

Man, Wolverine is the BEST! I wish I could have those claw thingeys!
Yeah, and when the cops are like "Put down the knives", and he's like "I can't". That's COOL!
Dude, if I was an X-Man, I'd totally want to be Bobby. He can like... make the drink cool with his breath, and make walls of ice and stuff.
But if you were Rogue, you could have everyone's powers if you just touched them!
You know who's powers are cool, though? Cyclops can blast things with his eyes!
He's always wearing those stupid glasses, though.
Whatever. Mystique can look like anyone. That kicks butt.

So, in other X-Men related news, I know that she was a bad guy, and is now dead, but the chick with the blades that came out of her fingers was WAY cooler looking than Wolverine. Just a personal opinion.

May 06, 2003

Sarah: This is just a tribute

Have you ever noticed those "String Quartet Tribute to..." c.d.s at the store, mixed in with the albums of your favorite artists? I know there is such a c.d. for Radiohead, and I'm pretty sure there is also one for Rage Against the Machine. How am I supposed to feel about this? As a classical musician, I feel that I should have strong emotions towards this bridge between genres. But I'm just not sure. I don't really get the concept. I mean, true fans of classical music will recognize that quartet arrangements of Karma Police are not on the same level as Shostakovich and Brahms. However, when you're in the mood for Rage, are you going to listen to something that, to the untrained ear, sounds like elevator muzak? That doesn't seem likely, somehow. I also wonder if there is a single quartet that specializes in these recordings? Are they looked down upon by their contemporaries? The main question that I send out to the void is: What is the purpose of these "tribute" c.d.s?

May 07, 2003

Sarah: And now for something (almost) completely different

Background information: I've been in several quartets that play for weddings, receptions, and other functions for private parties and major companies. These quartets have had many attractive young girls in them. Hey! My quartet is also for hire if you are in the Salt Lake City or Logan, UT!! Just email me!

Rant: At almost every event that I play at, SOMEONE will come up to us and ask us if we know any Metallica or Boston or some other band. What IS that? Dude, you're not the first person to say that, and we're a freaking string quartet! We could play a polka or a waltz or even a tango, but we don't play rock music! UGH! I shouldn't be so grouchy, and I should just get used to these sorts of questions, but I just want it to stop!

Conclusion: We would love for you to listen and enjoy, but if you're GOING to make a suggestion, make it a feasible one. And if you are going to flirt, just ask us for our numbers. End of whining.

May 08, 2003

Lisa: THROTC, Final Report

I know people everywhere are hanging on the edge of their collective seats to find out how my hotel room saga ended. I talked to the manager of the hotel today, and I am happy to report that I was professional and firm but not nasty. The manager is simply SHOCKED that such a thing could happen! She can't understand why I didn't personally seek her out between the hours of 7 am and 4 pm and tell her what was going on! She had no idea! She has NEVER had a problem like this before! Anyway, she will supposedly be arranging a refund to my work from the corporate headquarters of the hotel chain. She tried to convince me that gift certificates would be just as good, but I didn't bite. Anyway, all's well that ends well. At least I got to watch Driven: Jennifer Lopez on VH1.

Update (7/31/03): I have never received any kind of refund. I HATE THEM.

For the first entry in this series, click here.

Lisa: mimi smartypants explains it all

Shamelessly stolen from mimi smartypants:

"Then I met up with S. for beer and we decided that having the body-image blues is dramatically worse for girls like me and her and, presumably, you, because we are all Bitch and Sassy and Janeane Garofolo and Beauty Myth and Kathleen Hanna, and it is so very Not Punk Rock to have the body-image blues, so then besides feeling like we are hideously deformed we also have to have this extra layer of guilt and shame and not-punk-rockness on top of everything."

Word, mimi. Word.

May 12, 2003

Lisa: Sarah's haiku

Pitiful Sarah
No more Internet at home
How will she post blogs?

Sarah: 12-Inch Whispers

As is evident by Lisa's earlier haiku, I have no internet connection at my house. Because of this, I frequent the library at a near-daily basis to check my email, enjoy our blog, and other www excursions. Today a young mother came in with her two young children. As she sat in the chair next to me, she settled the child in the stroller down while threatening the older child of impending doom if any Kix were found on the floor. After focusing on her children, the woman then dialed up her cell phone as she began work on the internet. First discussing her inability to afford a home, and then chatting about a mutual acquaintance. None of this would have even drawn my attention or inspired eavesdropping (which I know it sounds like I was doing) if she had been talking in a low voice, but she was talking loudly! Finally, another patron asked her if she would consider talking away from people that were trying to concentrate. THANK YOU!! Now, I'm not the librarian sister or anything, but that is just rude! If you really need to make or recieve a call while at the library, I'd understand. But talk quietly and briefly!

May 13, 2003

Lisa: Tiny Happy Song

I am currently writing new lyrics to "Yes, We Have No Bananas!". Here's what I have so far:
YES, we have a domain name!!! We got our domain name toDAY!!!

Quietly going back to work now.

May 14, 2003

Lisa: New Urbanism

How did I not know about New Urbanism before? Also known as Traditional Neighborhood Design, this is about the rockin'est idea ever. "Small town" neighborhoods, with schools, shops, and churches within walking distance. Narrower streets, slower traffic, pedestrian-friendly design, and garages out of sight behind houses. What's not to love? If you want to spend all day looking at New Urbanism websites (just like me!), here's a few links to get you started:

The Thirteen Points
Congress for the New Urbanism
Meeting Street Homes - a commercial site, but with lots of pictures and info.

Update: Utterly failed to convince husband and father-in-law of the awesomeness of New Urbanism. Apparently not everyone wants to be part of a community.

May 16, 2003

Lisa: Sitting Pretty Enough

I think I’m about a year behind the times, but here are my results for a Google search for “lisa is” (porn results have been deleted to protect the innocent):

Lisa is a modgirl -- in pictures!
Lisa is a 76 year old lady who lives alone in sheltered accommodation.
Lisa is a Race Car Driver in the pits.
LISA is the premier organization for the globalization, internationalization, and localization industries.
Lisa is my real name.
Lisa is going to Heaven.
Lisa is no longer in a class of her own.
Lisa is forever smiling.
Lisa is the best!
Lisa is sitting pretty enough.

May 19, 2003

Sarah: Pop Diva

This morning, while drying my hair using one of those new-fangled ion blow dryers, I thought about Blake, frequently telling me "don't shoot ions at your head!" I went into an extensive fantastic internal dialog, in which I was the writer of the smash hit "Ions on My Mind." It must be Monday.

May 21, 2003

Sarah: Joining the Scooter Craze

As my car prepares to meet its impending doom, my thoughts turn to a new vehicle. Since I am becoming increasingly financially independent, I realize that I cannot expect to recieve another automobile from my parents. Perhaps a used car that I can take a loan out on, you say? But wait! As the dawn breaks on the morning of a transportation revolution, the scooter approaches. Not one of those silly folding scooters, but a gas-powered Vespa or Bajaj. A nod to simpler times, these retro scooters provide the most hip transportation--which is why they are so excellent for me!

So, here is why I should get a scooter:

Affordable within a few months with no loan or payment plan.
Make travel around my little college town during the school year a breeze.
Excellent gas mileage.
Enormous cuteness factor.
Easy parking, plus more available and inexpensive on-campus parking.

I only have a few concerns. Where would I store my scooter during the harsh winters in Logan, UT while at school? I might have to get covered parking or store it at my parents' house. Would it be safe while parked in the parking lot?? If you have any thoughts or information regarding insurance costs and/or safety statistics of these vehicles, let me know.

Sarah: Money Can't Buy Me Love

Nothing like seeing a guy at a public library looking up "Russian Mail Order Brides" on the internet to brighten your day.

May 22, 2003

Lisa: If wanting a TiVo is wrong, I don't want to be right

There are three rather expensive items that I desperately want to buy. Here they are in no particular order:

PowerBook G4 12-inch, with SuperDrive: $2000
TiVo (with lifetime subscription, of course): $650
Vespa ET4: $6000

Is it wrong to want these things so badly? Is it wrong to spend financial aid money to buy them?

Donations (HA!) are accepted through PayPal (

Edited to add that I also want this button maker. I don't know why.

May 26, 2003

Sarah: Fashion Victim

Driving around running errands today, I found myself stuck behind a red Jeep with three Abercrombie bumper stickers. Not one. Or two. THREE ABERCROMBIE STICKERS!!!! So, I know that I can sometimes be overly cynical, but I think the MALE driver of this Jeep could have done with a little more cynicism. Oh, and Happy Memorial Day. Speaking of which, do you think we're being jilted by not having some sort of Memorial Day fairy? Perhaps a Memorial Day Ghost Of Days Past. That could bring us presents. Memorial Day themed candy could be little headstones, or marshmallow flowers. Like little Peeps bouquets or something. Not that I'm promoting the commercialization of one more holiday, sucking any meaning out of it by cutifying it with dewey eyed creatures loaded down with treats to fatten our already overweight American society. I was just trying to get the younger generation involved with Memorial Day, okay?!? Jerk.

May 27, 2003

Lisa: Bullets are your best friend

You are Trinity-
You are Trinity, from "The Matrix."
Strong, beautiful- you epitomize the ultimate

What Matrix Persona Are You?
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Hmm. As I was filling out this quiz, Sarah said "so, are you answering these questions truthfully, or do you want to be Trinity?" YOU decide.