This past weekend I saw the movie "Children of Men," which could have
also been titled, "You Ruined the World. Yes, You. Now Nobody Can
Have Any Babies, and Everyone is Sad," except that barely fits on a DVD
box. So they went with "Children of Men."
We saw "Children of Men" because the other choices were pretty
underwhelming, and because I refused to see "The Departed" since it was
2.5 hours and I can't go that long without peeing. The movie was
interesting, but the experience of seeing it in the theater was sort of
like sitting in a room for two hours and having someone scream "BE
AFRAID! THIS WORLD IS GOING TO SHIT, AND IT'S GONNA BE IN YOUR
LIFETIME, COOKIE!" over and over again with a bullhorn. Not how I
usually wind down after a long week at work.
I don't go to the movies much in general, and when I do I
hardly ever see anything but comedies or other light fare. "Children
of Men" (along with 2005's "V for Vendetta," the last big, dark drama I
saw at the theater) is a perfect example of why. I'm sure there are
many people who like seeing movies like that in the theater for the
same reason I don't--they're big and loud, and they suck you in and don't
let you think about anything else other than their grim, sad premise.
It's a tad overwhelming.
I'm not saying I won't watch movies like "Children of Men" at
all; no, I just wait for them to come out on video. If I'm going to
have to sit through the apocalypse, I should at least be able to do my
crossword. In other words:
I'm saving my $9.25 for the next "Mean Girls" or "Bring It On."
When we were out for our recurring happy hour date at Caddie's last week, Carolyn, Kelly, Elle, Lauren P. and I were delighted when two nice Bud Light people showed up to hold a preliminary round of the Bud Light Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament. We had never heard of it before, but of course we were willing to try it, as entry was free and all participants were given a free bottle of Bud. They informed us that the top two players would even go to regionals in April, and that the winners of that round would get to go to Vegas for free to participate in nationals. We were not entirely concerned with these details though; we were more focused on the "free beer and Bud Light T-shirt" goal that we saw as vastly more attainable.
Kelly, Carolyn and I all won our first rounds. After that Kelly and I had to face each other. She beat me easily. Carolyn took on Bender and beat him to advance as well.
Kelly and Carolyn each went on to win their next couple of games, and soon they were the only players left. Here's Kelly's face when she realized she had to play Carolyn in the championship:
She was understandably a bit intimidated, as Carolyn can be ruthless at times. Obviously it was too late to turn back, though. The two squared off and threw down their first moves of the best-of-three series. Carolyn took the early lead, covering Kelly's Rock with her Paper.
After that, Kelly won the second throw and the stage was set for a dramatic finish.
Kelly took Carolyn with the same Paper-over-Rock move that had been used against her on the first throw, thus taking the game and the tournament.
As the top two finishers, both Kelly and Carolyn advance to regionals. Obviously I will be covering this momentous event for LMNOP Sports. No matter what happens there, though, I would like to take this opportunity to salute my two friends and their RPS skills. Ladies, you are true champions.
I really enjoyed
this story about crazy apartment neighbors, And that D.C.
has added onion to its many media flavors. This is really funny, this is really gross, This is an extreme account of bureaucratic woes.
BETHESDA, MD--Happy hour with friends and an episode of "The Office"
were enough to redeem Lauren McMahon's mood Thursday after a neck ache
and missed lunch initially caused her to regard the day as "crappy."
McMahon, a 23-year-old Bethesda resident, decided late Thursday to
upgrade her rating of the day to "pretty OK."
"Yeah, if it hadn't been for happy hour and watching TV, today
would have really sucked," McMahon said. "My neck kills right now."
neck ache, which came from sleeping in an odd position Wednesday
night, caused her some delay in choosing her outfit this morning as
she could not look for clothes on her floor or under her bed without
significant discomfort. As a result, she rushed out the door of her
Bethesda apartment this morning without her lunch.
McMahon, who usually has good or OK days, described these
two factors as the main reasons she initially felt like her day was a
Later on, though, things turned up. McMahon
attended happy hour with friends Kellyq, Elle, Erin, Carolyn and Lauren P. at around 7:30 p.m. at a local bar. Despite having spent most of her day hungry
and sore, McMahon said that this is when she felt her mood start to
improve significantly. Her friends noticed the change as well.
"We ordered nachos, which helped, I think," said Kellyq.
McMahon went on to converse with friends and other bar patrons
for upwards of an hour and a half; afterwards, she went home to watch a rerun of "The Office" on NBC. It was at that time
that McMahon officially decided that her day had been "pretty OK" after
"Yep, it was pretty OK," she said.
As of press time, Ibuprofen and Biofreeze were of some relief to McMahon, but the pain was still very bothersome.
[My Gmail status message was that I wondered where dust comes from.]
Ryan: it's dead skin cells
me: no way all of it ??? Ryan: i'm pretty sure like 98% of it me: oh my god that is so disgusting i really might vomit
Ryan: ok, I was wrong, it's 70% me: ok im still 70% vomiting Ryan: i don't know what the other 30% is but I'm relatively certain it's no day at the beach either
me: hahahahahaha sick well, G-ask and you shall be G-answered unfortch Ryan: g-ndeed
Last night as I was cleaning out my purse I finally came up with my Official New Year's resolution:
In 2007, I resolve to limit the amount of lip products I keep in my purse to five at a time.
I'm kind of a lip
gloss/lipstick addict, and I have been ever since seventh grade when
Katie and I would spend our entire 30-minute carpool trip in the
backseat comparing Bonne Bells. (We even had a game called "Lip Gloss
Pageant," but I'll save that for another post.) Still, there is no
excuse for what I found in my purse yesterday when I was cleaning it
out; within that one bag there were 21 different lip products. Witness:
(Note: I have annotated the above photograph here.)
insane. I mean, I have clutter problems as it is, but when it's
combined with my makeup addiction the result is utterly ridiculous.
And what's worse is that I can justify the need for having just about
every single one of those products in my purse. (Except for the two
tubes of DuWop Lip Venom. There's really no need for that.)
I decided to whittle my collection down to four to give
myself a little cushion; the other 17 would be banished to a box on my
desk. I agonized over the selection process, but eventually I had
narrowed my "purse set" down to a ChapStick, two versatile shades of
lipstick (MAC Delish and Clinique Butter Shine in DeLovely) and one lip
Friends, I am encouraging you to hold me to this New Year's
resolution by performing lip gloss audits on me. I am very serious
about this; feel free to randomly challenge me to dump out the contents
of my purse and verify that there are five or fewer lip products in
there. For every one over my limit, I will contribute $5 to the
charity of your choice. (In your name, so you look like the cheapskate
who donates $5 at a time to charity.)
My social life slows down a wee bit in Jan/Feb because I coach basketball on Friday evenings and then referee bball games all day Saturday, leaving me just a bit exhausted. However, I did manage to leave the house a couple times this weekend, and you know what that means: we got some new Flickr sets in the house, people.
(Previously: Days one, two, three, and four) Going to a beach for the last day of our world tour seemed like the
only appropriate option, since jealousy over friends' beach trips was
what inspired our travel in the first place. Inspired by Michael
Scott's vacation choice in a recent episode of The Office, we decided to
pack our bags and head for Jamaica! Well, Jamaica turned out to be a
splendid choice, and we have spent our day drinking on the beach and
making new friends. Kelly even bought a new hat for her collection.
Going into this trip we thought we knew everything there was
to know about Jamaica. Guess what, though? IWe was way wrong! It
turns out the following things are not true about Jamaica:
Jamaica has only been around for 14 years. We had thought Jamaica was invented as part of the plot for the 1993 movie Cool Runnings
, but whoops! That's totally not true. This is not a situation like how the NHL created a Mighty Ducks hockey team in honor of the movie; Jamaica existed way before
Cool Runnings. Cool Runnings is, in fact, actually a true story!
Gwen Stefani is about as authentically Jamaican as it gets.
Also false, believe it or not. Despite the fact that she named her
baby Kingston and has a history of wearing the colors of the Jamaican
flag, Gwen is not even a Jamaica native. Who knew?
Jamaica is a huge place.
Considering its cultural reach (as determined by the number of people
in college who had Bob Marley posters + the current popularity of Sean
Paul), we had assumed Jamaica was a pretty big place. Not so, mon.
Jamaica is smaller than Connecticut! However, when was the last time
you saw people walking around wearing Connecticut flag wristbands and
talking about how laid back and great Connecticut culture is?
short, Jamaica is awesome. The people are great, the weather is
fabulous, and it's not Connecticut. What more could you ask for?
and I hope you've enjoyed reading about our world trip as much as we've
enjoyed taking it. We'll be back in Bethesda soon, but the memories of
our travels will surely stay with us for a lifetime. A LIFETIME. Did
you hear that, Elle, Carolyn, Emily, and everyone else who went on
vacation this winter? WE HAVE A LIFETIME OF MEMORIES, JUST LIKE YOU
DO. So there.