Archive | April, 2011

14 Years Ago…

26 Apr

Once upon a time, there were two friends named Noelle and Rachel. They met at the young age of 8 and were destined for a lifetime of friendship. During the course of their friendship, they would do many hilarious and embarrassing things, but none as memorable as:

For those of you who don’t recognize this, here’s the backstory:

I’ve been friends with Noelle for almost 2/3 of my life. When we were little, we liked to think that we had better ideas/imaginations than most kids our age, and whether or not that was true, I can say that in our time, we have come up with some pretty ridiculous stuff. Our tv show, “You Want to Be a Zillionaire” only didn’t make it past the pilot, but we still consider it one of our larger “successes.”

At some point in my childhood, my parents bought a videocamera. Anyone who grew up in the 90s remembers this as a momentous occassion. It sounded like an awesome idea back then, but considering the available technology, only ended up crystallizing in time embarrassing events (you know, ballet and piano recitals, cheerleading competitions, etc) with poor quality, making them even more embarrassing.

If only we’d known what a TERRIBLE videographer I would be (on top of the embarrassing idea we’d come up with, coupled with low quality film…), maybe this wouldn’t still be in existence. But what a shame that would be for all of us.

I know you’re already thinking that you can’t wait to see this video, but I’m going to have to go ahead and disappoint. I will look the next time I’m in High Point, but for now, you’re going to have to use your little imaginations. 🙂

Okay, so you’ve got:

Me and Noelle (I’m on the left, although we look alike, so it doesn’t really matter),

These kids ^ (Tommy and Ashelyn),

A whole hoard of stuffed animals, and my obliging mother,

and you’ve got the cast list!

It may look simple, but this was an elaborate show. We drew (by hand, obviously) the logo and cast lists; I manned the camera and held them up at the appropriate moment, while cueing the boombox (all shows have theme music!) to play the carefully chosen songs, and Noelle played “Regina Filmit.” She interviewed the guests and asked them each questions such as the one below:

Difficult stuff, huh? This is why it was worth a ZILLION dollars and not a mere million, like the dumb tv version.

If I’m not mistaken, Tommy ended up being our winner, although now that I think of it, I haven’t seen any of that zillion dollars he was awarded… Isn’t it sad when greed gets the best of people? Ahem.

So anyway, there’s the story. I really will look for the tape the next time I’m in High Point, because I feel like it’s just too good not to be shared with the world.

Hope you guys enjoyed this. I know at least one person did, and that’s all that matters. Here’s to 15 more years…

Love you, Noe. 🙂

Oh, The Places We’ll Go [das Ende]

19 Apr

OoooooKay!! It’s the moment you’ve all been waiting for…

This is the last post in the series of places that Kit and I may go (This is not to say that I won’t eventually add another place to the list later, if one arises, but for now- this is the list of “definite” possibilities.).

Our last, but most definitely not least, option is….

[insert timpani here]

Boulder, CO!

Pros:

  • Among 14 comparable cities, Boulder ranks no.1 in people who walk to work, work at home and drive with more than one person in the car. It ranks second among those who bike.
  • A 1992 survey by the Centers for Disease Control found that Colorado had fewer overweight people per capita and more people who exercise than any other state.
  • With Coors, Anheuser-Busch and local microbreweries, this area has become the largest beer-producing triangle in the world.
  • Boulder has more used bookstores per capita than any other city in the country.
  • Four distinct seasons and over 300 sunny days a year. (More than San Diego or Miami!)

Cons:

  • Expensive housing. Every website says so. Also, this eloquent, anonymous person: “well im extremily poor and i dont like boulder its boulder if u come here u might live in lowincome housing like me and it boring there r 2 gangs in boulder 34 and 13 but they aint like LA summers r hot winters r cold and we got hobos and weirdos dont bring money in trailer parks.”
  • Yuppies. (Also, cited by several websites. Same wording everywhere)
  • “Real” winter. (I don’t care if it says ‘mild’ or not. I hate snow.)

Fun Facts:

  • Boulder’s Third Flatiron towers 1,400 feet high, a few hundred feet higher than theEmpire State Building, and has been climbed by people without using their hands, on roller skates, naked and in 8 minutes (by separate climbers). (Kit, it’s a new goal!)
  • Boulder boasts more than 30 art galleries, 4 local museums, 32 movie & stage theaters and many festivals, including the Colorado Shakespeare Festival and the Colorado Music Festival.
  • Boulder is famous for its status as one of the most liberal cities in Colorado, its colorful Western history, being a choice destination for hippies in the late 1960s, and as home of the main campus of the University of Colorado, the state’s largest university.
I hope y’all have enjoyed this and maybe learned a little more about some places that you didn’t know. Regardless, I know I did… Although I have to admit, looking up all this information still hasn’t helped me make up my mind. But then again, maybe that’s best…

“Follow your bliss, and doors will open for you that you never knew existed. Follow your bliss and the universe will open doors for you where there were only walls.” – Joseph Campbell

Source 1, Source 2, Source 3, Source 4


Oh, The Places We’ll Go [Part Deux]

18 Apr

I’m a little sad this morning, because my cutey Jackson is going to daycare 3 days a week, starting today. But on the bright side, that means I’ll have plenty of time to bond with my darling Harris and to catch up on this blog a little more often.

That being said, I believe I owe you a second installment of this weekend’s latest endeavor, “Oh, The Places We’ll Go.”

This post will be dedicated to:

Bellingham, WA!!

Don’t get worried- Bellingham may not be as well known as San Diego, but it definitely has some perks. Here are the lists:

Pros:

  • Bellingham has more drive-thru espresso stands per capita than any other county in the country. (Helll yeah!)
  • Bellingham is the county seat and largest city in Washington’s Whatcom county.
  • In 2005, Bellingham was named one of the top retirement cities in the US. (Is this a pro or a con?)
  • The EPA rated Bellingham #1 for cleanest air in a metropolitan area.
  • Bellingham lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 50 miles south of Vancouver.

Cons:

  • Bellingham’s rainy season can last up to 8 mo, although it is generally only 6 mo. (Only?!)

Sorry guys, I literally could find NO other cons about Bellingham.

Fun Facts:

  • The Seattle Public Library system has the highest number of library card-holders per capita in the US.
  • Seattle was the 1st city in the US to play a Beatles song on the radio.
  • WA has the highest per capita share of technology-dependent jobs among all the states in the country.

Source 1, Source 2, Source 3