Hello fabulous internet community! After a very very very long dry spell due to a hard drive crash and a dash of laziness, I am back blogging and better than ever.

So to start out, something simple considering the 5:30 am wake up tomorrow morning and the impending lack of sleep I am pre-suffering about.

A lovely treat of a short film, from Miranda July to me to you!



Add yours Comments – 80

  • Sherann JOhnson

    on October 29, 2008 at 9:22 pm

    My answer would have to be like the first lady,”I think so.”

  • taylor nikole

    on October 29, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    hahah dully noted darwin! 🙂

  • taylor nikole

    on October 29, 2008 at 9:27 pm

    about the… barely know you part :-p

  • Nikk

    on October 29, 2008 at 10:12 pm

    I’ve been waiting for this topic for a looooong time.

    “Oh, c’mon Clark….you mah BFF!”

    My best friend is someone who I’d have never expected to have bonded with…but I can say without a shadow of a doubt that I am truly thankful that she’s in my life.

    One day, I was on the message board for my favorite band, when I got a PM from their webmaster (who I was starting to bond with). He said “hey, could you befriend my wife on MySpace…she needs a few people her own age to talk to”. My first thought was: dude, you have a wife? And then my second thought was: dude, your wife is MY age (I’m twenty-seven years old, by the way and this story takes place about three or four years ago)?! I messaged her like he asked and we began making small talk about stuff.

    Earlier last year, he & his daughter passed away in a car crash. Two days later, it was the first time I’d ever talked to her on the phone. And we talked for two hours. And she said that I’d made her feel better. And then she asked if she could call tomorrow. And then she did. And then she called the next day. And so on…and so on. And we began to talk about everything and nothing. And I helped her through her grief as best I could. And we laughed. And cried. And told each other stupid jokes. And she said that I was quickly becoming her best guy friend. And she quickly was becoming my best female friend.

    My first face-to-face meeting with her was on her 27th birthday. I was a little anxious to meet her at first, but I settled my nerves and took the trip out of state to meet up with her. And the first thing that bowled me over was her smile. That ten-million gigawatt smile (and she does look like alot like Allison when she smiles). And then I hugged her and spent three of the coolest days of my life hanging out with her. And when I came back, I knew that I had met my best friend and quite possibly, my favorite person. She’s a big goofball. Likes LOLCATS. Has a totally infectious laugh. Clumsy as hell. Can roll her eyes and sigh like a champ. Loves someone with every fiber of her being. Can make a pair of cheap flipflops look like $900 designer pumps. She’s the only person that can make me run like hell to get the phone to answer it. And she gives me a reason to wake up in the morning…and that reason is that I get to talk to her or e-mail her and talk about everything and nothing. And if I was offered a chance to instantly have eveything I ever wanted in this life, to take back every mistake I ever made and to reunite with every person I’d ever lost in my life in exchange for losing her friendship…I would rather die than lose her friendship…because it means that much to me.

    Sorry for the long & rambling post.

  • Bouroux

    on October 29, 2008 at 10:21 pm

    Hi Allison.
    Welcome back!
    A hard drive crash is very frustrating because you can not do anything if you do not back up our files.
    I lived this experience last spring. Now I have an external hard drive that I update each week.
    “Are You the Favorite Person of Anybody?”
    For what I do or what I am?
    On the outside of my family is not obvious.
    Too often, people recognize their favorite people when they are no longer present.
    It should declare to our favorite people.

    Mack Event: Capture the wind!
    Sorry for the delay.
    I found 2 advertisings where the wind is present.
    The first one is a Wall Mart’s advertising before the french version of the TV serie Lost.
    The second is the beginning of a Montreal TV serie ” Les hauts et les bas de Sophie Paquin”


    Only 10 days to recover your lack of sleep.
    Have a good night.

  • taylor nikole

    on October 29, 2008 at 11:00 pm

    aww thats sweet nikk

  • David Hayes

    on October 29, 2008 at 11:11 pm

    To answer Taylor Nikole,

    Just finished reviewing another 16 blogs. I have to enter what I noted into my spreadsheet, then I have 14 left to do. When the site was down for a while a couple days ago, I typed the list of topic names and total posts on the second sheet of the spreadsheet. So I’m getting there. But I’m getting by on 4 hours sleep a night and I have a really complex product design to tear apart, scale down and put back together in a new way tomorrow. Lots going on. A book to read by Saturday … and with my vision being screwy, that’s not as easy as it should be. I think I’ll sleep tomorrow night . Have to pack some boxes and move furniture Friday night. Saturday morning — book fair. Sunday … more moving. But hopefully, I’ll have the blog comments tabulated and out of the way before another week passes. Then AllieO and RossUK can see what the data looks like.

  • Darwin

    on October 29, 2008 at 11:59 pm

    taylor nikole: That is so there is no guilt by association! *smiles*

    David Hayes…you’re moving again? Did you not just move into your lakeside property? or is that one still happening?

    And you are back at work…and still getting about the same amount of sleep I see!

    Life is back to normal then!

  • elodie

    on October 30, 2008 at 3:58 am

    Hi Alison ! My name is elodie i’m french and I’m a new reader of your website and I love it !! Videos about you are fun ! It’s nice to see you in your real life !
    I’ll be in Vancouver in april may be I will meet you in the street ! I have ever meat annette O’toole in a cinema’s toilet in chinatown so may be I will meet you too ^^
    Sorry for my english !

  • skahahoo

    on October 30, 2008 at 6:28 am

    @ Darwin – You crack me up.  😀
    @ Nikk – Awww….I agree with Taylor Nikole.  That’s really sweet.  I’m glad you have someone like that in your life.  🙂
    @ David Hayes – I hope you’re feeling better…with your eye and everything.  🙂
    It seems like there’s a video to this post, but I can’t watch it on my phone.  I can answer the question though.  I don’t really know if I’m someone’s favorite because I’ve never asked.  lol.  People have told me at different points in my life that I’m their favorite student, tutor/teacher, doctor.  All of these relationships matter to me, but to be completely honest, I wish the world were such that I WASN’T the favorite of these…because my guess is that being the favorite means, for example, that my teachers have had too many students who weren’t engaged enough, that my patients have encountered too many doctors that weren’t empathetic enough, or that my students have had too many teachers who weren’t competent enough.  And for the relationships that are most important to me, I truly hope I’m not the favorite either, because that would be like asking me to choose a favorite parent, or a favorite sibling, etc.  I don’t have one because I love all of them equally.  🙂

  • David Hayes

    on October 30, 2008 at 6:55 am


    I finally have access to my Mother-in-law’s house again and, when I can manage the almost 2 hour round trip, I get a car full of stuff out of there at a time. My step son that is in the Navy is coming for some furniture buried in a storage unit, so things need pulled out and restacked to accomodate him. I only wish he would take the truck he is renting to his Grandmother’s house first and in one load empty that house and take it to the storage unit to replace the stuff he is removing. It would be an efficient use of time and equipment … but, like friendships per our discussion above, these transactions are often a one-way deal. He wants what he wants and doesn’t care if he could take some stress off his Mom by helping her get the house empty before it gets auctioned off.

    I did find out that, cotrary to what I had heard earlier, locking me out of my Mother-in-law’s house while I had occupancy WAS indeed a criminal offense, but the judges in Canton, Ohio throw out all cases involving tenant lock-out so the procsecutors office will no longer waste their time filing charges. They also don’t persue child abuse cases unless the person bringing charges does all the investigative work for them … at least that was my experience when I allerted them to child abuse by a tenant and gave them proof of it.

    I am back at work. The images I see out of my left eye look like they are printed on a banner rippling in the wind. I understand from talking to the doctor that this is due to some imflamation that should go away over time. I should be able to take my lap top home to work so I can take breaks to rest my eyes, but it would take several weeks for the management here to decide whether or not my working off site is acceptable … and the work has to be finished within a couple weeks.

    The book I am reading is about the TV show I was a behind the scenes person for. My contributions to the show for over a decade were ignored in the book, but I want to finish reading it before seeing the author at a book fair on Friday.

    I will probably work through the end of the year … and coming in to work today, I realized that maybe twice what I earn for the remainder of the year is needed to pay the bills coming before January 1st. I dare not start thinking about all the money people owe me (in the tens of thousands of dollars) because I don’t have much chance of getting a dime of it.

    That’s a status update on me. But, like I said, the raw data on the blog comments should be in a spred sheet and ready for processing (hopefully) within a week.

  • Jennifer

    on October 30, 2008 at 7:26 am

    Hey Allison so glad to see you back posting new blogs. I really look forward to each and every one of them. Damn Girl 5:30 a.m. wake up call,I’m not a morning person so god help you if you wake me before 7:00a.m. lol

    That video was very interesting,thanks for sharing.

  • vegas911

    on October 30, 2008 at 9:07 am

    i liked that………..I don’t know if I am someones favorite person……it’s hard to know what is truly in another persons heart! I don’t know that I have a favorite person myself, I have people that I love…but I don’t know about a favorite person!! Thats a though one!!

  • Darwin

    on October 30, 2008 at 10:33 am


    *laughs* Glad to be of service!

    David Hayes:

    So all things heading in an improved direction then…inching along as it were.

    Eye healing…but slowly…back at work better than being unemployed…back in the house better than not being back in the house.

    And the courts would not let you be “offically” right…but you were right!

  • Lizeth

    on October 30, 2008 at 2:20 pm


    I nominated this teacher for teacher of the month, because she is my favorite person!

  • shinefloyd / luigi

    on October 30, 2008 at 5:04 pm

    Hi Allison!
    welcome back!
    and like David Hayes…”I have a cat that considers me its favorite person. ”
    But I know why… it’s because I have the food!!!

  • me Rachel

    on October 30, 2008 at 6:01 pm

    What was the point to that video? Was there a point?

  • Darwin

    on October 30, 2008 at 6:10 pm


    I watched your link!

    Saw your teacher!

    VERY cool!

    Teachers are too often unsung heroes!

    I applaud your efforts on your teachers behalf! And I applaud her excellence in inspiring you!

  • Lizeth

    on October 30, 2008 at 6:46 pm

    Hey! Thank you for viewing it! The point of the video was to show people, that teachers can make a difference in students lives, and she made a huge difference i my life..
    I was going to drop out… I thought, SCHOOL JUST INST FOR ME ANYMORE…. I was depressed because…. I have no friends….. I have nobody… But the teacher inspired me in a way thats unbelievable and I said to myself… I want to tell someone!!most teachers just teach, and tecahers like this one I have…. they dont just teach but they inspire and encourage students!!…. I wanted to tell you all that, she motivated me to stay in school./.. because guys!.. I have big dreams…I want to work for the CIA one day and Ive had that in my head since sixth grade, im a junior in highschool, and damn and Im an artist, Imake art.. I’ll show you some of my work someday.. But I love what I can do and I cant give it up.. Thanks to Ms. Quattrin…Thank you for watching the video…?? Umm I don’t know the point of me telling you all ths, you all probably dont care………




  • Lizeth

    on October 30, 2008 at 6:54 pm

    Sorry that was me being dramatic… I just feel like grown ups don’t listen to teenagers or children because ” They have no experience, or no mature intelligence”….. My parents motivate me… but they do it in a way that creates a lot of anger inside of me… they yell at me, and …… their words bring me down.. nothing i do is ever good enough… so i give them what they asked for but still not good enough!! and im tired of adults treating me like a kid, i want to be respected, i feel like everyone wants to beat me up…. my aunts and uncles… wow… but i needed this… i needed to come on here and express myself… i have a journal but what good does that do when the paper wont give me feedback…?? or advice??…… so im sorry for coming on here and venting but i had too… one of my tecahers… she used to be my friend, and i know it sounds stupd but.. lilke i said i have noone really…. i thought i had a friend and then… bye … so um.. i feel like crap.. i have no friends because im a frikin nerd in school, because teachers loves me… oh and that teacherthat was my “friend” she doesnt want to talk to me anymore because shes not my teachr this year, she was last yera.. so its like.. WTF? … but then ms. quattrin inspires me! YAY! but… i still have nobody and i dont feel like being friends with teachers, i go to school to learn not to socialize, but i need somebody… doens’t everybody????!??!?!?!?!!!?????? yeah……….. i wish you all the best of luck in life…

  • jennygirl

    on October 30, 2008 at 6:56 pm

    Awww….that was so sweet, Lizeth! You just made your teacher’s entire career worthwhile!

  • Lizeth

    on October 30, 2008 at 7:07 pm

    i need a therapist…so i wont ever have to come in here again for this.. umm, ive been watching smallville for 6 years… my aunt introduced me to it… i was i believe in 6th or 7th grade and …. she told me, ” this is a cool show you should watch it” and she lent me season 1 and then season 2 came out and i watched it after she lent it to me too… and then i began watching season 3 on tv… i became like obsessed with it… my favorite character has always been chloe because… shes a genius! and one time i went on myspace and i searched under allison mack’s name i was like, oh look there she is! awesome!….. i cam across this on i think in 2006.. when i read about gandhi and rumi and all those quotes she was reflecting on i wa slike… wow… so ms. quattrin doe sthat she has quotes all over her chorus classroom each week, she puts a new one up.. and its a cool way to inspire people…so… i guess i admired allison mack first… and because ms. quattrin does the same as you Allison…. I admire her… But I admire both… i want you to know that, okay? so.. yeah.. you too have made a difference in my life… youre an awesome actress, a very mindful thinker and you do great things… so… thanks for everything.. ive had noone but ive had smallville, and ive had you to admire… im not talking about admiring chloe,i started admiring her but then i came on here and i see what you do! you… bring different communities of people together to chat, to think and learn every day! and that’s something other “actresses” should do,… other than be smoking drugs and hvaing babies with the wrong assholes… it’s true…i know not all actors or actresses are like that but.. you know what i mean …. keep up the good work and …if you ever quit acting…. thats on you… but im gonna be upset… because i wont be able to see you on tv anymore… what will i do? im gonna graduate from highschool and goodbye to my tecahers… ill still live with my parents whom i love but… their the only ones who make me feel bad…. and you inspire me … . you and my teachers are really all i have… i have a role model, and i have my teachers, whos smiles are so contageous! and they make me smile when i cry…a lot of people need happiness in their lives… i hate my life and i know i can change it… but how? without changing who i am….

  • Lizeth

    on October 30, 2008 at 7:08 pm

    Thanks jennygirl… I know… I made her very happy… If I’ve helped someone in life, then my life is not in vein…..This teacher is always full of joy! you can see that on her face.. everyday in school shes like that.. its some thing soo contageous!


  • lizeth

    on October 30, 2008 at 7:23 pm

    “How people treat you is their karma, how you react is yours.”
    -Dr. Wayne Dyer

    A teacher sent me this one afew months ago.. But I can’t control the way I react to critisism, because I take it to the heart, and the way I react to hateful treatment.. Anyway I’m leaving everybody have a good weekend!!!

  • Darwin

    on October 30, 2008 at 7:45 pm

    Hey Lizeth!

    “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends;

    [just as you already have]

    to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden pathc or a redeemed social condition; to know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. THIS… is to have succeeded.”

    Lizeth…I had no one in high school either.
    And a lot of people DID actually…literally want to beat me up.

    People criticized me too. I took it as a chhalenge to improve.

    “Thank-you, I know I need to improve.”

    If someone thought weel of my efforts…I always thought: “Thank-you I need to improve.”

    Yuo have to decide to move forward and succeed in spite of …or even with encouragement.

    Because both can throw you off.

  • lizeth

    on October 31, 2008 at 5:33 am

    Thank you 🙂 Darwin!

  • Darwin

    on October 31, 2008 at 8:50 am

    You are most welcome…*smiles*

  • Sarah

    on November 1, 2008 at 9:57 pm

    I wouldn’t have been certain of this question a while back, but a week or so ago one of my best friends told me, “You are seriously one of my favorite people.” He’s now told me more than once. 😛 I’m not sure about THE favorite person… but at least one of his favorite.

    Very interesting though… thanks for sharing!

  • david

    on November 27, 2008 at 1:39 am

    umm nope. At least i don’t think so?

  • Loki

    on December 22, 2008 at 2:54 pm

    Okay, I’m late, but this is interesting.
    The clip reminds me of “CHRONIQUE D’UN ÉTÉ” (Chronicle of a Summer, France 1960), a “Cinéma vérité” documentary by anthropologist Jean Rouch and sociologist Edgar Morin.
    The Team went out to the streets of Paris, making an survey with the question “Comment vis-tu ?” (Are you happy?), with very interesseting results.
    For more:

    to find it on youtube seems to be difficult. The best I’ve found is this short scene, wich in my opinion is very impressive:

    Thats all for now. Happy Holidays from my rainy and cold (but not cold enough for snow) part of Germany.