Saturday, April 23, 2005

Hi From My Hometown

Hi all,

This is just a quickie so you know I didn't forget you. Thanks for all the great comments; they're keeping me giggling. I'm sitting in a hotel room with Mom watching Groundhog's Day for the umpteenth time (the part where they're throwing the deck of cards in the hotel room and Phil is really learning how to fall in love).

Anyway, we go to Impressive University on Monday. Meanwhile, we're visiting friends and old haunts. And I swear, I think I'm getting my walking pneumonia back, because I feel like crud. Thank God for Ambien. I had a great time today visiting Kim and Wendy, getting an amazing sculpture from Dave, and talking/laughing/eating all day with one of my oldest and dearest friends, Valencia. Thanks, all!

I've had many questions from the blog universe about my kitty Calliope...her blood tests were such that the vet doesn't want to risk putting her under for a head x-ray. So she probably has head cancer, but we're not going to know officially. We're just going to play it by ear and give her as good a life as possible. So far, so good.

XO, Lis


Brent said...

Is Groundhog's day a movie I should see? Sorry, but aside from "Sin City" and the Kill Bill movies (interesting choice of viewing material, eh? XD), most of my recent viewing material has been from overseas. Yes, I'm an anime nut. So, sue me! *Gets note in the mail* .... dammit! I didn't mean literally!

Anyway, I'm sorry about your cat. We just recently lost our dog Karl to liver failure and old age. Well, not really liver "failure" per se, but it was going to happen and we decided to put him to sleep before it did. I can't really give any advice on the mourning process. As observed by my family/friends, I become detached and a bit more stoic in my demeanor whenever someone close to me dies. I guess that's my way of dealing with it.

I don't know why I'm saying this. I guess it's just to let you know you're not alone and that we're here for ya, etc. I tend to say things and not know why until about fifteen minutes later.

Anyway, good luck.

Red Hat Penguin said...

Oh TOTALY see groundhog day! It is so funny! Bill Murry is so awsome in his own unique way. Lost in Translation is so odd and costraphobic, but also a great Bill Murry movie!

Brent said...

oh, I've seen "Lost in Translation". Trust me, the movie's alot funnier if you've actually been to Japan (My dad's in the symphony, and they toured there back in '93. We (my sis, mom, and I) went with him. It may explain why I'm semi-obsessed with Japan. lol)

just kidding on the "obsessed" part. My plans to learn Japanese and eventually move there permanently have nothing to do with being obsessed with Japan. I'm just scared by the current government and Japan is the place I'd most like to live (general healthy diet, you can walk anywhere, the cities are amazing, etc). I mean, I'd probably move there anyway.... what was I talking about again?

Oh, yeah. I love Bill Murray movies. My favorites have been "Lost in Translation"(I'm a sucker for anything with a Japan referrence) and "Caddyshack". Gotta love the gopher...

Any other comic jewels I've missed out on? I'm sure there's quite a list. Most of the stuff I watch has someone blowing up/having appendages removed/severred in unique and creative ways.

.............I've just realized how incredibly creepy I am. lol

Brent said...

Okay- now that we're talking about movies and media, I just have to ask- Anyone who sees this, have you heard of Nightwish? If you have, I shall give you a pat on the head. *pat*

Red Hat Penguin said...

LOL! Well, you should add Office Space to your list; if you could do that, that would be greeeeat.

Uh, if your mature enough to handle it, Orgazmo is absolutely hilarious! It's not family material, and its a bit vile, but if you like southpark you'll like it. Also, Team America: World Police. Thats about it for now.

Brent said...

Well, physically, I'm 18 years old. However, I can apparently shift my psychological age from 10 to 37,000 years old depending on the situation.

So, to answer your question, yeah, I think I could handle it. Not that "Orgazmo" would be a dead giveaway to anything inappropriate for young children, anyway. XP lol

Okay, so "Groundhog Day", "Orgazmo", "Office Space", and "Team America: World Police".

Okay, I'll try to fit that inbetween the times I watch "The End of Evangelion" and "Martian Successor Nadesico".

For anyone interested, Martian Successor Nadesico is basically a geek/sci-fi/mech anime parody. End of Evangelion is the end movie to the series "Neon Genesis Evangelion", which started out as a giant robot anime (with, however, "biomechs" called evangelions or evas instead of giant robots) until the producer/director suffered a nervous breakdown and finished the rest of the series while either in a psychiatric facility or in intensive psychotherapy. Needless to say, it became quite interesting after that point, and that's the reason it's my favorite series/movie of all time..... except Star Wars.

Star Wars and Evangelion- My two great loves/obsessions. *builds giant Star Wars/Evangelion shrine and puts on an oversized hat* I'm starting a religion!!

Just kidding. To anyone offended by the last comment, I'm releasing this statement:

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Kid Sis said...

Love/own Office Space and Orgazmo. Really like sections of Team America, especially the song about movie montages. That's actually how they teach montages at UCLA. My past teacher wasn't very amused, which in itself is amusing.

Um, have you seen Ghostbusters? The first one is brilliant. I'm also a huge fan of What About Bob? Rushmore, The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou, Stripes. Bill Murray's puppy dog face and outsider intellect won't steer you wrong.

I met him last December and he was incredibly kind to me. My impression was he doesn't take unnecessary guff from people with a lower IQ, which explains many of the set rumors. But I treated him with the respect he deserves and he was lovely. I don't usually ask for autographs because I think it's a weird, invasive custom. But he gave me two (the second one was his idea) and it's in a collectible case right next to my treasured original 12 inch SW dolls, MIB.

Brent said...

I've seen the second ghostbusters on Comedy Central. But apart from that, I guess I really haven't seen all the comedies I could have so far. dammit, now I feel like a kid. That's it! After I rent Equilibrium, I'm going to make a list and go on a 6-month movie bender!

*flash forward to 7 months later*

*camera bulb flash*
Guy 1:Whaddya think happened to him?
Guy 2:Oh, I don't know. It would appear that his muscles went into a state of Rigor Mortis while he was still alive. I didn't even know that was possible.
Guy 1: Creepy. So, what's the family gonna do?
Guy 2: Sue Blockbuster, then buy a new couch.
Guy 1: I figure it'd be the best thing to do....

*flash back to the present*
Maybe that's not such a good idea after all....... *shudder*

You met Bill Murray!? Cool! The closest I've come to meeting a real comic celebrity is Eric Idle's cousin. lol (though I'm serious about that)

Hmmm... maybe the plan my brother and I had about trying out for any later Star Wars movies might actually pull through. lol. We're pretty good at acting (well, better than some of the actors they chose for episodes 1 and 2), and we're really good with sword techs. (what can I say? We're anime nuts who picked up swordplay. lol)

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Kid Sis said...

I didn't *meet* John Cleese, but I was one of 25 people in a great lecutre he gave a few weeks ago. Have you seen "A Fish Called Wanda?" If not, drop everything and go rent!

Also, "9 to 5" and "All of Me" still hold up pretty well, and are fun just to see the 80s clothes. And "Animal House" is a classic. What else is funny...."Bottle Rocket." "There's Something About Mary." Now I'm really stretching. There's usually only one good comedy a year.

Oh, I know..."I Heart Huckabees" would be right up your alley!

Brent said...

A fish called wanda. I loved that movie. (I pretty much love anything with any member of the Monty Python cast in it)

Okay, lemme return the favor.

Brent's Reccomendations (the stuff you probably haven't seen):
-Neon Genesis Evangelion (The TV show and the movies)
-Akira (the movie from the 1980s. the animation is amazing)
-Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust
-Blood, The Last Vampire
-Hellsing (not "Van Helsing". This is much better)
-Cowboy Bebop
-Samurai X
-Martian Successor Nadesico
-Berserk (The manga/comic book. The series is good, but the manga is so much better as far as animation and story progression)
-Excel Saga
-GTO (both the anime and the live action series are good)
-Angel Sanctuary(?)(I put the question mark because there's some rather sensetive story elements. Trust me, make sure you read up on it before you see it.)
-Full Metal Panic. (The arcade scene is priceless)
-Ghost in the Shell
-Ranma 1/2
-Love Hina
-Onegai Teacher
-Outlaw Star
-X (the anime, not the movie)
-Battle Royale (I'd bet money that this movie was the inspiration for Kill Bill)
-Zatoichi: The Blind Samurai
-The Returner

There are more, but this is all I can remember at the time. :D Enjoy!

Brent said...

Just to clear up any confusion- When I refer to my "brother", I actually mean my best friend and not a biological brother. I don't have any real brothers. lol