Everything New is Old Again?

Ok, so I think I have found my calling in life; To end the senseless enslaught of remakes, covers, and updates of classics. I first noticed my rapidly growing animosity towards this trend (although it's been around forever) when I heard they were remaking Hairspray (now they did say it was being made based on the Broadway show not the original movie, but that is just splitting hairs to me). My first problem was John Travolta. Perhaps because in my mind no one can replace Divine as Edna, or perhaps it is because of some lame movie John did where he "tried" to speak with a southern accent, and it was the most horrific thing I had ever heard. I love Hairspray, Ricki Lake IS Tracy, no one can top that. Why they felt this classic needed an update given that the movie is maybe 20 years old is beyond me. Have you seen the original? It doesn't need updating. Perhaps Adam Shankman just needed a reason to show up on SYTYCD a plethora of times this year and figured that if he remade a beloved hit into a cinematic musical that it would score him a judging spot... his plan worked! But I still will not go and see Hairspray. My next bout of fury came when I heard the talk that they are going to remake Footloose (that link sums up some of my feelings pretty well). EXCUSE ME? Footloose?? Hello, have you seen this movie? Why on earth would you need to remake it, and as a MUSICAL? Have you completely run out of original ideas and somehow got the insane notion in your head that anyone could do it better than Kevin Bacon (have you seen him on his Will & Grace episode?? HILarious!), John Lithgow, Chris Penn and the rest of the cast, let alone Zac Efron? That person must have severely bumped their noggin because only a person who has been under a rock for the last 15 or 20 years would attempt this - Kenny Ortega I am talking to you. If it does get made, I will not see it.
I don't have a problem with people remaking things, but don't you think a better idea in terms of remaking movies, songs etc, would be to remake the ones that tanked, blowed, self-imploded and internally combusted and try to improve them? Aren't you just setting yourself up for failure when you take a hit and try to one up it? How come no one has attempted to remake Joe vs the Volcano? Terrible movie - someone has got to think they can make it better. Instead someone thinks "what's the best, most successful movie of all time? Let's remake it!" I don't get it. Another option would be to take a previously exisiting idea (Spider-Man cartoon) and try it in a different way (live action, not animation). Granted, I was not a believer the first time I heard they were doing this, but I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. Transformers falls into this category too. I don't know how well Alvin and the Chipmunks will do (they sort of look a little creepy to me), but at least someone is shaking it up a little and not just rehashing an old story.
So, what's your least fave remake idea? What's your fave remake? What do you think should be remade and what should never be touched?I personally am up for a live action Jem and the Holograms movie - that would be awesome! I have raw footage of me and a friend jamming out as Jem and Aja.... it can be done! Any struggling producers/directors out there that needs an idea/project? Give me a call - we'll work out the details.


Fondue, Fun and Friends!

So, in the quest for discovering the perfect blog topic to rocket me into blogosphere celebrity, I have discovered that I am stumped. Not sure any of my topics would interest more than the handful of folks who peruse these ramblings every now and again.
With that in mind, here are the events of the last few weeks.

For our anniversary, Mark sent me a beautiful arrangement of roses and calla lillies (thank you!) and then we went to see The Simpsons movie for our anniversary... I know, I know ROMANTIC, you're all jealous. But we did have THE most fabulous dinner EVER.
Words can not describe the joy of a night filled with cheese, oil and chocolate fondue. Raspberry Chocolate fondue no less. We stuffed ourselves silly, and then Mark asked for some more bananas to scoop up the remaining chocolate - you can't let it go to waste no matter how much you feel like your stomach is about to explode! A good night all around.

Then bright and early Monday morning, I was off for a few days of girls only fun! I met up with my most awesomest friend Dana in San Francisco. My flight was only a little delayed, so once I got in, we met up and off we went for 4 days of fun, shopping, eating, and more shopping of course! Neither of us had been to San Fran before and we hadn't had a great girls trip since the infamous Winnipeg to Jacksonville Girls Trip of 2000, so this was long overdue! We were able to score a sweet hotel (too bad our room didn't portray that sweetness - I'll leave the sordid details out, but all I need to say is "thin walls") in a great location, so once we got checked in we were off... to the Cheesecake Factory for lunch!! How much better does it get than having a CF on top of a Macy's? So naturally, after eating, we shopped and shopped and shopped. Too bad we never went back to the hotel with any bags!

The next morning we narrowly made our boat out to Alcatraz (Dana and I are debating entering the next Speed Walkers Olympics!), and enjoyed a day on "The Rock", after which we wandered around the Wharf, ate some sourdough bread, Ghiradelli's hot fudge sundaes, watched the Sea Lions, and ripped every muscle in our calves from walking up and down cliff sized streets. A little old lady pushing a stroller passed by us as we rested our sorry butts on some stairs!! I don't know if I have ever seen a steeper street than on the way up to see the crooked part of Lombard Street (and I have climbed Bear's Hump!! You Canadians know what I mean!).

We saw the Golden Gate Bridge, walked part way across it (we didn't know what we would find on the other side!) encountered a man with diarrhea on the bus (NOT fun), killed the battery on my camera, shopped more, found this great little Italian place in North Beach with a hot waiter, and just had a ton o' fun! I highly recommend girl's only trips!

Since then it has been back to the grind, just working and shopping for appliances and furniture; Which I am happy to say, WE ARE DONE!! Well we need to get some curtains, but I think I know what I want. We've probably spent every weekend for the last month and a half going out every Saturday to "shop" for appliances, a table and a couch.

We are excited though, only a week and a half until we close and can get out of apartment living. The last nail in the coffin occurred Monday morning. Mark left for work about 6:45 and shortly after, he called to tell me to take the elevator down, not the stairs. Apparently two residence-challenged folk were camped out on our stairs. Not a huge deal, right? It is when they are sleeping INSIDE your interior staircase that does not open from the outside!! Mark had to step over both of them to get down the stairs. A little freaky, and you just hope no one wakes up as you are lifting your leg up over them!!
We are more than ready for all that comes with being a homeowner!

So, I guess my search for the blog topic to make me a household name continues -I'll take some suggestions if anyone has some.

And that brings you up to speed with the Smith's!



5 homes: Quincy Ave, 250 South, Seaman Avenue, River Road, and 8th Street + 4 cities: Ogden, Washington Terrace, New York, and Minneapolis + 3 States: Utah, New York, and Minnesota = 6 years and counting!

What a great six years it has been. I am so lucky to have married my best friend, someone who makes me laugh, supports me, offers me the first bite of his pomegranite ice cream bar and lets me listen to Mr. Roboto at full blast anytime it comes on.
People (mainly us) might question how in the world we wound up together, but I don't think there could be a more perfect match.
Thank you for everything you have done, and everything you will do for me.
I look forward to the next six years and everything that comes with it. I love you Mark, Happy Anniversary!




Just to alleviate some concerns, Mark and I are OK. The bridge is about a mile away from our apartment, and we drive over it ALL the time. I crossed it four times on Monday, and usually cross it a couple of times on weekends. It's kind of a surreal thing when you think about it - there used to be a huge bridge there... and now there isn't. Even more surreal is the fact that there are cars, and presumably people, trapped under tonnes of concrete and metal underneath the river. It is heartbreaking for the the families and friends of those who were unfortunate enough to be on the bridge at the time. There are some fantastic stories of survival, good samaritans and displays of human kindness. I applaud those people who effortlessly give of their time in situations like these; the rescue workers, Doctors and Nurses, Police, Fire Departments, passers-by and anyone else who helps without thinking.

This tragedy could have been worse. This is a four lane interstate, currently down to two lanes each way due to construction, and at 6:00pm, it is the tailend of rush hour. Had it happened an hour or so earlier... who knows what the number of people affected by this would have been.

Our prayers and thoughts are with those whose lives have been changed because of this horrific event.