deletia : interiority complex
we wish you a merry time to buy presents for jocelyn

these *kisses*
Sunday, December 24, 2000 @ 10:40 a.m.

  • From Isaac to everyone: HMV gift certificates
  • From me to Chris: chopsticks (Before opening them: "they're chopsticks, aren't they?")
  • From Cam to everyone: a round of drinks
  • From me to Isaac and Cam: TYTM beanie dinosaurs from McDonald's
  • From everyone to me: a disappointing birthday toast, something about my breasts staying perky and him "always being able to get it up"
  • From Jeff to Meghan: The Sims Livin' Large
  • From me to Meghan: Tori Amos single and new Wallflowers CD
  • From my parents to me: Where The Wild Things Are (My mom: "now that you're 18, you can go where the wild things are.") and the new U2 CD
  • From Meghan to me: mini "crunchy" cosmetics kit, Mr. Potato Head, Flamingo finger puppet (PIF: Post-Industrial Flamingo) and Curious George temporary tattoes;
  • From Meghan to me: a magnetic poetry keychain mini-fridge, on which I composed a poem:

    THE SMELL AS POOL
    you loved me for a day
    we dream of a puppy
    i load springing
    those sweet good friends
    are light and rain

  • From Jess to me: a furry purple scarf
  • From me and Meghan to Jess: a dragon marionette
  • from Meghan to Angie: BEDHEAD!
  • From Meghan to Cam: a Zippo lighter (Cam: "I'm going to have to start smoking now")
  • From me to Meghan: a lite-brite keychain
  • From the bartender to Meghan: a tantalizing proposition
  • From Isaac to Cam and me: frighteningly hip bags
  • From Jess to Isaac, Chris, Cam, and Jeff: silver hip flasks engraved with their initials. We are all outdone!

Sometimes it scares me when I realize how my livelihood depends on a careful set of delusions and misplaced hope-- and how easily I could be set straight, if anyone had the inclination. Is this true of all human beings, or only me?

This will be my last update to the prolix pita for the next little while. I am going to sunny California for Christmas, departing depressingly early tomorrow morning. While I am gone I am pleased to announce that some of my friends-- which ones, specifically, remains to be seen-- will be guest editors on my page. These venerable people are the absolute best you could find anywhere.

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re: jeff's pita
Sunday, December 24, 2000 @ 12:35 a.m.

Jeff: do not worry. I had three (3) drinks: one (1) Smirnoff ice, one (1) lime margarita, and one (1) peach cooler-- and it reminded me that I shouldn't drink. Because, one (1): it makes me sad and lonely; two (2), it gives me a headache, and three (3) it makes me hungover in the morning.

Happy birthday dear me, happy birthday dear me.

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all that you can't leave behind
Saturday, December 23, 2000 @ 10:37 a.m.

well, my birthday breakfast has passed, and i am still heart-attack-free. isn't it grand? i removed two things from my wishlist (god bless my parents for getting me exactly what I asked for!). I guess I'll see you guys tonight, at remedy around 9-ish?

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one year ago: all the things that deep-fryers can fry
Friday, December 22, 2000 @ 06:35 p.m.

tomorrow is my birthday. you assholes better not forget!

My family is vegetating and watching movies and eating deep-fried mozarella sticks, chicken wings, and shrimp tonight. We're all too tired to do anything even remotely Christmassy this year. So: last-minute presents, the traditional Christmas Eve lasagna, and not much else. It makes me sad. We don't even have a Christmas tree this year, we have a fern. We're making a sad stack of presents under the fern.

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Bryanbower.com on lifestyles.
Friday, December 22, 2000 @ 04:33 p.m.

no, not the condoms

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missing meghan
Friday, December 22, 2000 @ 04:28 p.m.

I had a shower, and now my skin smells like fish; i shaved my legs, and now they're all scaly. I'm giving in. Where's my TV guide?

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las peliculas
Friday, December 22, 2000 @ 11:19 a.m.

deletia presents... THE TOP 8 MOVIES OF THE YEAR 2000, and two from late 1999 that I had to count because 10 sounds way cooler than 8.
Note: cast lists are painfully incomplete and possibly also wrong because Meghan is the one who remembers this stuff, not me.
Furhter Note: movies were not necessarily released in 2000.
* denotes a movie from 1999.

10. Bringing Out The Dead: Nicholas Cage, Patricia Arquette
Remember this movie? No? Neither does anybody else, which is too bad because it was actually pretty good. Its visual intensity reminded me of Taxi Driver (actually, the first 10 minutes of Taxi Driver since I was too scared to watch the rest) but it had a gritty, creepy, magic realism-type feel to it.

9. Being John Malkovitch*: John Malkovitch, Cameron Diaz, John Cusack
Actually from November 1999. One of the funniest, most original movies I've seen, ever. Plus, John Cusack and Cameron DIaz both have almost-unrecognizable hair. There was another woman who starred in it, but I don't remember her name.

8. X-Men: Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Rebecca Whatever-Hyphenated, That Guy Meghan Likes, and That Totally Yummy Guy Who Played Wolverine
Stunningly pretty, with lots of fighting, freaky mutants, good vs. evil, and "a big round room!"

7. Three Kings: George Clooney, The Artist Formerly Known as Marky Mark, and Ice Cube (or Iced Tea, possibly)
Everybody ignored this movie for some reason, but it was good, dammit! The three stars play members of the American army at the end of the gulf war caught in a moral struggle between a group of pathos-thick natives and their own greed. Hmmm... I wonder if they make the right choice? Insider's Tip: I cried in the final scene, because that's how ridiculously, secretly sensitive I am.

6. Chicken Run: voices of Mel Gibson, and that woman from Frasier
Yeah, yeah, yeah. I know. Everyone has already seen it and said how good it is. But it's actually good, in spite of all the idiots who said it's good. The Great Escape, with chickens!

5. Toy Story II*: voices of Tom Hanks and Tim Whateverhisnameis, and some other people
For once, an animated sequel that was actually as good as the original (Land Before Time, anyone?) Good-hearted and funny enough for kids, but with some adult jokes. Good animation (again), a good plot, and I think Sarah McLachlan sings. And stuff.

4. Charlie's Angels: Cameron Diaz, Lucy Liu, Drew Barrymore, Bill Murray
"We're girls. We have hair. And we fight." -Lucy Liu. Some of the best one-liners that still live on in my "list of phrases that are bound to make me laugh" ("'I don't know how to make chicken!' Jerk!" and "That's kicking your ass!") Campy but reverent, funny but not too ridiculous, stylish, fun, and their clothes kick ass! Even the soundtrack was cool!

3. Almost Famous: Billy Crudup, Patrick Fugit, Frances McDormand, Kate Hudson... and... Fairuza Balk, and Anna Paquin... and... help me out here...
One of the most touching movies I've ever seen. A 15-year-old boy goes on the road with a rock band in the early 1970s as a rock journalist for Rolling Stone magazine and falls in love with a groupie. Honest, at turns funny and sad, with some great music and Kate Hudson's clothes kick ass (again!) Frances McDormand and Kate Hudson are great. The other two main guys are great too, but if I try to describe why, the truth will emerge: I don't know which one is which. So, I'd better shut my mouth.

2. American Beauty: Kevin Spacey (!!!), Annette Benning, Mena Suvari, Thora Birch, and about four other people whose names I don't remember
No comment. It won about three hundred fucking oscars. I didn't see it until 2000.

1. High Fidelity: John Cusack, Joan Cusack, Someone With A Scandinavian Name, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and that annoying guy, what's his name again? Tim Robbins? Throw me a bone here people?
Based on the novel by Nick Hornby.
Yes, yes. This is my number one movie of 2000. Of course, John Cusack could make a movie about, like, the most boring thing you can imagine-- "The Secret Life of Dirt" or some kind of movie adaptation of James Joyce novels-- the man can do no wrong in my eyes-- and I would still love it, but this movie had qualities that weren't John-Cuasck-specific. It was funny. It was honest. It had Marvin Gaye songs. It was about relationships, and you know I love that. It was supposed to be about men, but I don't think it was: I think it was about people. Men who think this movie is only about men are stupid. But I'm getting off-topic. Whoever played John Cuasck's girlfriend-- I forget her name-- was spellbinding. It's, well, it's the best movie of the year 2000, and that's that.

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my radio.sonicnet radio station
Thursday, December 21, 2000 @ 04:13 p.m.

permanent link at bottom of page

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okay, okay...
Thursday, December 21, 2000 @ 03:06 p.m.

yes, it's awful. But is it not better than the lite-brite one? The glass is always half-empty with you people, isn't it?

I made another packground image for this column the text is in, it looks like this:

But, it's too hard to read anything with that as the background. I would have to use, like, 80-point text just so you could read it without highlighting.

So, you get the good old virgin colour:

white.

Those good old virgins.

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Read only if serious about retiring in 2-4 years
Thursday, December 21, 2000 @ 09:16 a.m.

Why I am cancelling my 18th birthday party on Saturday:

  • No money to do something fun, like take all my friends to a movie
  • Chimprov cancelled
  • No means of transportation
  • No Je__ (it's cool, you can plus in "ss" or "ff" and either way it's true!)
  • Eating out last night has killed my desire to eat, like, ever again. I am so full, the thought of food in general is kind of a turn-off.

So, thanks anyways to everyone who said they could come, and I'm looking at something much smaller scale now... or nothing at all. I'm going to be at home moping pretty much all day today and tomorrow, so feel free to mail me with reprimands, suggestions, etc.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2000 @ 10:26 a.m.

it is possible-- remotely-- that I am slightly hungover this morning, although it could also be not falling asleep until 4-- very unusual for me. I wrote in my new journal, at 3.40 am: "Damn you mocha latte!" It is also remotely possible that perfect love does exist, but as I say: remotely.

I could really, really use an explanation here.

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100% post-industrial recycled material
Tuesday, December 19, 2000 @ 07:34 p.m.

Meghan and I just got home from watching Proof Of Life. In the final scene, when (without giving away the ending) Russell Crowe is standing there, and the camera pans away from him to take in the buildings around him, and he has this hungry, sad look on his face, a tiny voice piped up in the deep, irrational lobe of my brain responsible for my ongoing one-sided correspondance with John Cusack: "He needs you." The rational part of my brain responsible for everyday activities knows that in fact what Russell Crowe needs is not me (it is, apparently, Meg Ryan): but I think part of our fascination with celebrities comes from this altrustic feeling we have, that famous peoples' lives are somehow missing a crucial element: us. Thus, our fascination with their love-lives, mishaps, their bad fashion, their drug problems and marital problems: we think that we are somehow the key to their happiness, but we have no way to convey this to them without seeming like crazy stalkers, except to watch all their movies and buy People magazine. Actors-- no, celebrities-- seem to have a deep, unquenchable sadness (which possibly exists in all of us but is only visible when magnified on the silver screen) and we think we can cure them of that sadness (if we were given that impossible chance), that we are the missing element.

Then again, maybe we are crazy stalkers. But: maybe I am what Russell Crowe needs. And... I have to find a way to tell him.

check it out! it's Russell Crowe's surgery!

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notes on the apocalypse
Monday, December 18, 2000 @ 09:51 p.m.

it's weird that i still get referrals from weblogs.com even though i don't really consider myself to be all about weblogs anymore, at all.

I spent over $300 on Christmas presents and associated products (ie, food to keep me motivated while shopping, presents for myself, etc.) this year, and what do I have to show for it?

Nada.

I got off work on the 20th, so I can come out for dinner after all. My birthday plans are somewhat on hold until I figure out whether there IS any Chimprov on the day before Christmas Eve.

I have been really good about eating healthy today, until I got to work, thought I was never going to find anyone to work Wednesday for me, got depressed, ate four Girl Guide cookies, found out Mary would work, and ate two more to celebrate (then had to buy skim milk cause milk and chocolate taste so damn good). Damn my coworkers, leaving open food around!

I am like a raccoon.

The gym tomorrow afternoon with Meghan. I must regain control of my body. I must become... fitter happier more productive. Exams will be over. Then: almost three weeks in which to replace the lobes of my brain in my skull, lose the 15 or so pounds I've put on this year (that isn't true by the way, I've always weighed this much, I just always used to lie about it), read the many HUB Bookstore books that are sitting around my room scowling at me, and hopefully buy a CD burner so I can take my mixtaping to the next level.

I am rereading Microserfs right now, for the eighteenhundredth time. Why is it so relevant?

I filled up another notebook of wayward mobility today, and so I really need another one. Christmas present alert! Birthday present alert!

Oh yeah. Gulliver's Travels fucking sucked. Not the book so much as the essay I wrote about it, which (under careful inspection) was very disjointed. You know when you reread your essay after 55 minutes, realize the thesis statement and body paragraphs don't jive and the organization is shit, but you're too tired and apathetic to care-- so you draw rockets on your exam-booklet cover for the last 5 minutes?

You don't know how anxious I am for the end of exams.

I know this entry has been boring, but I needed to vent.

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uber.nu with umlaut
Monday, December 18, 2000 @ 09:30 a.m.

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Monday, December 18, 2000 @ 09:05 a.m.

My brain is now so fried that I left on the eight oclock bus this morning without checking what time my exam was at... it's at 2, of course. I hate how, when I get stressed, I can no longer operate within the confines of my schedule-- and then I start fucking up, missing classes and assignments and work, and then I get even more stressed.

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Sunday, December 17, 2000 @ 05:22 p.m.

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