February 4, 2005 11:57 pm

Wear Sunscreen.

:note: London Symphony Orchestra – “Jupiter [from the Planets]”

I got a superduper Fred Meyer points card today – every time you spend $5, they give you a point, and then if you have 100 points, you redeem them at the store every so often (13 weeks, I think) like MONEY. Which is awesome, because I pretty much exclusively shop there since it’s the closest grocery store to where I live. And, being without a car, I need to be able to walk to and from the store easily. So yeah, they’re finally giving me some benefits for shopping there. :) Yay.

I bought this Baz Luhrmann CD a bit ago, and I actually really like it. It’s called “Something for Everybody,” and it’s basically a collection of songs from movies that he’s done. If his name sounds familiar, it might be because he was involved with the version of Romeo & Juliet that had Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in it. And “Moulin Rouge.” Or because he did that “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)” song that was popular around 1999 or so. I’ve been listening to the CD a lot lately, and I absolutely love that song. This is going to make me sound really lame, but it’s really inspirational. I think it’s a really great commentary on life and how caught up we get in lame, mundane things and how we don’t spend enough time doing the things that matter, like dancing and flossing. The lyrics will be in the “more” section of this post, if you’re interested.

I got approved for the Volatile shoes fanlisting :highfive: which is awesome, because they’re pretty much the only brand of shoes I wear. I still haven’t heard anything about the Oregon Chai fanlisting. That’s especially lame, because I worked really hard to get all the CSS to come out right and the site’s totally done. They tell you not to make the fanlisting before you’re officially approved just in case you don’t end up getting it, because then you’ll have wasted all that work for nothing. I did that with the Christopher Guest fanlisting I made once, and I kinda vowed not to do it again. But really, there was only one chai fanlisting, and it wasn’t even for chai, it was for chai lattes. Maybe they’re the same thing, I don’t know. But I know I’m allowed to apply for a particular brand of something. Hell, if people can apply for different brands of bottled water (because they CAN) then I should be able to get the “Oregon Chai” chai fanlisting. Yeah, so I’ll probably post that site here once I get it done.

Tomorrow, I’m going to the school to work on an Intro to Editing project called “My Love Story.” It’s pretty short, but editing usually takes up most of a day. Though, I don’t have to log/capture anything, I just have to import the files and mess with them. I’m not anticipating it being any harder than anything we did in Intro to Video, because that was hard if you didn’t know what you were doing. So that’s my plans for tomorrow. :thinking:

Everybody’s Free To Wear Sunscreen…

Baz Luhrmann – “Everybody’s Free (To Wear Sunscreen)”

Ladies and Gentlemen of the class of ’99
If I could offer you only one tip for the future, sunscreen would be it. The long term benefits of sunscreen have been proved by scientists, whereas the rest of my advice has no basis more reliable than my own meandering experience… I will dispense this advice now.

Enjoy the power and beauty of your youth. Oh, nevermind; you will not understand the power and beauty of your youth until they have faded. But trust me, in 20 years you’ll look back at photos of yourself and recall in a way you can’t grasp now, how much possibility lay before you and how fabulous you really looked… You are not as fat as you imagine.

Don’t worry about the future. Or worry, but know that worrying is as effective as trying to solve an algebra equation by chewing bubblegum. The real troubles in your life are apt to be things that never crossed your worried mind; the kind that blindside you at 4pm on some idle Tuesday.

Do one thing every day that scares you.

Sing.

Don’t be reckless with other people’s hearts, don’t put up with people who are reckless with yours.

Floss.

Don’t waste your time on jealousy. Sometimes you’re ahead, sometimes you’re behind… The race is long, and in the end, it’s only with yourself.

Remember the compliments you receive, forget the insults. If you succeed in doing this, tell me how.

Keep your old love letters, throw away your old bank statements.

Stretch.

Don’t feel guilty if you don’t know what you want to do with your life… The most interesting people I know didn’t know at 22 what they wanted to do with their lives. Some of the most interesting 40 year olds I know still don’t.

Get plenty of calcium.

Be kind to your knees, you’ll miss them when they’re gone.

Maybe you’ll marry, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll have children, maybe you won’t, maybe you’ll divorce at 40, maybe you’ll dance the funky chicken on your 75th wedding anniversary… What ever you do, don’t congratulate yourself too much or berate yourself either – your choices are half chance, so are everybody else’s. Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it, or what other people think of it, it’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own…

Dance… Even if you have nowhere to do it but in your own living room.

Read the directions, even if you don’t follow them.

Do NOT read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly.

Get to know your parents, you never know when they’ll be gone for good.

Be nice to your siblings. They are the best link to your past and the people most likely to stick with you in the future.

Understand that friends come and go, but with a precious few you should hold on. Work hard to bridge the gaps in geography and lifestyle because the older you get, the more you need the people you knew when you were young.

Live in New York City once, but leave before it makes you hard. Live in Northern California once, but leave before it makes you soft.

Travel.

Accept certain inalienable truths. Prices will rise, politicians will philander, you too will get old. And when you do you’ll fantasize that when you were young prices were reasonable, politicians were noble and children respected their elders.

Respect your elders.

Don’t expect anyone else to support you. Maybe you have a trust fund, maybe you’ll have a wealthy spouse; but you never know when either one might run out.

Don’t mess too much with your hair, or by the time you’re 40, it will look 85.

Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.

But trust me on the sunscreen.

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