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Maybe Now I’ll Ride My Bike More

Confession: my bike has been parked in the exact same spot since August 2010. It’s been locked to a rack outside the place I lived last year (not telling where, in case one of my many, wonderful readers knows how to break a ULock).

I’ve been extremely lazy and have left it there, in the EXACT same spot, for nearly 12 months now. Not that I don’t like biking–it’s very useful and handy sometimes, even enjoyable I bet. It’s just that it mostly scares me, because I’m not very good at it.

I feel like you need to be a very confident and aggressive biker to survive here in Minneapolis–named the best city for bikers in the US this year, it’s definitely not the for the faint of heart.

Also, I refuse to NOT wear a helmet when I ride because that’s just dumb. I spent a lot of tuition dollars investing in my noggin and I want to protect it when I’m wobbling down the street on my violet Huffy. However, I’m also extremely slighty vain and think I look so dorky in my helmet that I can’t bring myself to wear it in public. What does one wear with a helmet anyway? Romper? Jeans and a graphic tee? I can’t pull off the one-leg-rolled-up look like some. Not that all people look dumb on bikes, this is just my personal cross to bear.

So I won’t ridemy bike sans helmet+but I wont flaunt my helmet in public=I can only ride my bike indoors? This, coupled with the fact that MetroTransit in MSP is SO darn handy (slightly sarcastic), means I’ve neglected and avoided my bike for almost a year. I mean, I check on it from time to time to make sure it’s still there–it was, as of about 2 weeks ago. It’ll need new brakes, tires, hell reflectors too probably. Like I said, I’m avoiding it until I really need it (most likely never). Or find someone willing to buy it (takers? It’s cute, kinda).

BUT, that may change now that I discovered this little gem:

Yes, your eyes do not deceive! It is a bicycle mounted wine rack! GENIUS! The clever wino  behind this etsy shop may have given me the motivation to go unlock and *gasp* RIDE my bike for the first time in a year! Now I just need to dig out my helmet and find a suitable outfit… Romper that matches my helmet? Forever 21 anyone?

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Dear Netflix, this is serious…

It’s become a fact of life that I spend much of my time on my computer/blackberry/internet in general. One of the reasons for this is because the internet is essentially infinite and I am a voracious learner/reader of all things. But also, because Netflix is so damn awesome. It has movies, TV shows, queues I can update and organize… basically endless hours of entertainment for a nerd/bored person like myself. Now, unless you live under a  rock you’ve probably heard my precious Netflix is raising its prices starting in September. Not by a lot in absolute terms, but an increase of almost 60% on some plans. Now this news was DEVASTATING when I learned of it a few days ago. My initial reaction went something like this:

HOW DARE YOU DO THIS TO ME?! This is a terrible injustice! It’s un-American! Practically against our Constitution! You’re going to try and wrench even MORE of my precious few dollars from my fun-employed, post-grad hands?! It’s not like I even really want to dvds by mail anyway. They take almost 2 days sometimes, which is a lifetime when I’m waiting on that next disc ya know. I’ll just take my “Friends” viewing business somewhere else if you want me to start actually paying for them by mail. It’s not like I really NEED to see half of the stuff on my queue, anyway! I only added it because I could and that damn little add button is so convenient. If you’re going to further GOUGE my pocketbook, can you at least get all my favorite things on STREAMING for Christ’s sake?! It’s really a travesty I have to wait for the House season 5 finale, and all of  Boston Legal and The West Wing.  If you ever pull Glee from streaming, we are REALLY done. And just when I’d learned how to pronounce “queue” correctly and found that 3 month old Avatar dvd in the snuggler… Doesn’t Blockbuster have a similar service now that they filed for chapter 11? Yeah, definitely looking into other services. TAKE THAT!

After my mild hissyfit panic attack, I started to read WHY my precious Netflix was doing this (licensing costs, efforts to have better offerings, attempting to cover costs better, etc). Although I was still thumping mad, I began to feel a little bad for my poor friend. I had been too quick to judge and too hasty to anger. I would simply downgrade my plan a little to fit my (nonexistent) budget and call it square. Started to become excited for what Netflix could begin to offer me instantly when I realized a bombshell:

SOUTH KOREA DOESN’T HAVE NETFLIX

My world stopped turning and I realized I wouldn’t have to worry about the price hikes anymore. I’d have to look into actually cancelling my account until I return to the US. And have to look into bootlegged copies of movies and other potentially illegal streaming sites (jk I’d never do that).

How much am I going to miss Netflix while I’m there?! SO MUCH! What will become of my preferences and suggestions! A whole new travesty emerged.

In order to try and preserve my meticulously maintained queue and preferences, I wanted to copy and save them somewhere (why not my public online journal of sorts, eh?)

They’re actually pretty funny and scarily accurate! So here are my “taste created preferences” row descriptors from my Netflix home, in their entirety:

Romantic Showbiz Dramas
LOGO Gay & Lesbian TV Shows
Emotional Biographical Gay and Lesbian
Inspiring Underdog Movies based on real life
Feel-good Magical Children & Family Movies
Witty British TV Shows
Critically-acclaimed Crime Movies based on a book
Exciting Conspiracy TV Shows
Nature & Ecology TV Documentaries
Business Social & Cultural Documentaries
Mind-bending Independent Mysteries
Steamy Foreign Movies Featuring a Strong Female Lead
Gritty Thrillers based on contemporary literature
Violent Suspenseful Drug Movies

Reading these, I’m slightly worried everyone is going to think I’m a strong feministic lesbian brit-hipster with CSI ambitions and a chip on her shoulder. I’m none of the above, I promise (half-kidding)

I just have spastic varied interests and spend way too much time watching Netflix… while I still can…

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Oh, you doooooooo?

If you haven’t seen “Bridesmaids” yet, you need to RUN TO THE THEATER NOW AND SEE IT. It’ll make your abs hurt from laughing so hard. Seriously, it nearly de-throned Moulin Rouge of its coveted title of my “all-time favorite movie of all time”

It’s THAT good.

Like, I NEVER pay to go see movies. I can wait for the netflix or redbox copy in most cases. But not this movie, I’ve paid to see it TWICE. And I have plans to go again next week. It’s THAT good.

See for yourself:

Seriously, RUN TO THE THEATER NOW. FASTER.

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Badass Baz

Love this tribute to Baz Luhrmann’s films. He is such a phenomenal director–no wonder he’s my favorite!

Did I mention I’m so excited he’s director the Gatsby remake?! Yeah, you probably had no idea.

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Great (F) Scott!

My unhealthy deep love and adoration for F. Scott Fitzgerald is no secret. I love his writing, anecdotes, and reading about his fascinating life.

I was first made aware of his genius in my high school AP American Lit class (shoutout to Mr. Costello and MHS). I had no interest in literature, interpretation, or active reading prior to this class. I would read for fun but never really engage the material. Quite honestly, I didn’t know how. But thanks to a scary great teacher and classic novels, a small seed of appreciation for literature was planted in me.

Today, it has grown tremendously. I’ve started to read and *gasp* attempt to understand books on my own (with the help of the internetz)

Fitzgerald really was a wizard and he’s still one of my favorite authors to read. And re-read.

I’ve developed a slight obsession with all things not only Fitzgerald, but Gatsby-related over the years. It’s easily my favorite book (HP takes spots 2-8, obvi). I’ve read it countless times and can never seem to get enough. One of my best friends just confessed to me that she’s never actually read the book, so I can’t wait to make encourage her to read it!

My obsession never gets the chance to wane as new ties to the story pop up everyday: the film (by my FAVORITE director, Baz, no less), a red wine with its namesake (anyone in FL or NY want to field a shipment for me?!), even the tragic demolition of the Gatsby mansion inspiration (if only I had a couple Gs in the bank).

I can read about him/his work for hours but lucky for me, I can even experience a bit of his life for myself! It’s a strange coincidence that Fitzgerald was born and raised in none other than St. Paul, MN. How lucky that I just so happen to live in the same state, let alone AREA as one of my idols?! Pretty damn lucky.

I’ve been wanting to visit some of the historic Fitzgerald sites since I moved to Minneapolis. Being that he lived here for many years, there’s much to see! My favorite internet discovery from the past few years is the “Fitzgerald Walking Tour.” What a genius idea?! People have mapped out where Fitzgerald lived and hung out and made a handy guide for stalkers enthusiasts like myself! There are a couple I’ve ran across but these two are the best:

http://www.stpaul.lib.mn.us/pdf/fitzgeraldbrochure.pdf

http://home.comcast.net/~caudle2/fscotwlk.htm

On Friday, I am planning to go with a couple of friends and follow in Fitzgerald’s footsteps! Camera and maps in hand, I can’t wait to visit his old haunts and mingle with the places that cultivated his genius! I have goose-bumps already!

I hope to cap off my tours with a stop at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Reading Alcove at the Central Library. What a beautiful tribute! And you can bet I’ll have a copy of Gatsby in my bag.

Oh and did I mention that there is a similar tour out in California featuring the setting for Fitzgerald’s post-MN life?? My wallet is cringing as I search Kayak for flights…

“To write it, it took three months; to conceive it three minutes; to collect the data in it all my life.”

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Schmoopy in a Good Way

I feel like the internet has been flooded with diy engagement videos lately. The one with the movie theater (the running sequence was just too long for my taste), the one with the bridge in Central Park (turned out to be staged),the flashmob proposal (trendy but not my style), and countless others. Many are shoddily made, some are fake, and most are just too damn schmoopy/dumb (sorry, that’s my cynical side talking)

However, I found one recently that really was adorable and genuine! It definitely seemed to be the cream of the crop, in my opinion anyway (that’s my romantic side kicking in). But judge for yourself! It’s like a mini-film. The end is the actual proposal and I hate to admit that I teared up when he got down on one knee…

Future husband, take note. Don’t make your proposal into a video unless it’s done well.

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Epitome of Organization

This closet is absolutely TO DIE FOR. I may have found my next what-the-hell-do-I-do-with-myself-now hobby.

The color coordination and all the little boxes and shelves make me want to go nuts at Office Max….

Too bad this is a little girl’s closet (I’m pretty sure). I wonder what it would look like re-vamped for a 22-year-old woman?! 😉

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