black on white

April 18, 2012

Who here in DC has AT&T cell phone service only to find that you have no cell coverage on the weekends, most especially in the U Street area? Call me crazy, but the purpose of a phone is to actually be able to use it. Not the case with AT&T service at night on U Street. I realized enough was enough when a couple friends of mine crashed a date I was on, literally, but only because I wasn’t receiving the text messages they were sending me asking if it was okay to come by. Luckily I wasn’t really interested in the guy, and of course it made for a great story Sara style, but…really. It’s time to switch to Verizon.

What I had not contemplated when making this rash decision was what color iPhone I preferred. Black has always been my go to model, but change could be good. I step into the Apple store and see the white option, which is strangely appealing to me. Wait a minute; do I actually go with white?

As I’m mulling over this important decision, a black guy greets me and proceeds to assist me with the sale (the fact that he is black will become relevant later. Note to readers – I am white). I ask him what he prefers; black or white? He says white, so naturally, I choose the opposite of what he says and get the black. But, as we proceed on with the transaction, I cannot stop thinking about the white. 15 minutes into processing my black iPhone, I test the guy. “Is it too late to switch to white?” I ask. He says, “No, this happens all the time.” [really?]. So we start the transaction over; this time with the white iPhone. And I’m feeling much better about my decision.

After finalizing my iPhone color choice, I realize that I must also consider what color case I would like to supplant my new white iPhone. I ask the black guy what his opinion is on cases; he suggests a few. While he’s continuing to process my transaction, I’m feeling the pressure – I must think on my toes and make a decision on a case so as not to hold this guy up any longer than I already have with my indecision. So here is my line of thinking on choosing a case…

I use my phone for work, so I don’t want to look too unprofessional by going with a brazen pink or something of that nature. The lingerie lace case, for example, probably isn’t work appropriate. I see some Kate Spade, stripes, plaid, wood, you name it – they have it all. I eye a white case, but think that this could quite possibly be too much white. I don’t want to overdo it here. Then I stumble upon pure brilliance; keep my edgy white iPhone but cover it up with a black case. It allows me to easily transition from black to white. But is this normal? Before I could stop myself, I hear myself asking the black guy, who is minding his own business processing my transaction:

How do you feel about black on white?

As I’m saying it, the words are coming out in slow motion but I just can’t seem to stop myself. I shockingly did not laugh out loud, but managed a good hearted internal laugh at myself. Did I really just say that? Perhaps he laughed internally too, but neither of us acknowledged the irony of my question. We just went about our business, and I chose the black iPhone case with the white iPhone thanks to black guy’s assistance.

It’s a novelty really – white iPhone, black case. So…how do you feel about black on white?


book recommendations

April 27, 2011

Since I’m being uber unproductive at the moment, I figured I’d post this after someone recommended that I do so. Yesterday, I posted on my gchat status asking for book recommendations. I have been having a serious problem getting through any book recently, so figured if some of these had excellent reviews, I should be able to get through them. Also, I need books for my trip to Mexico next week (yay!). And holy crap did the ideas come swarming in. I figured I’d pass along to you all in case you are interested in a good read, recommendations compliments my friends.

  1. The Hunger Games trilogy – I actually got two votes for this. And the second vote came after I had already bought the first two books in the series. Perfect easy beach reading for my trip next week.
  2. Freedom, by Jonathan Franzen
  3. Imaginary Jesus, by Matt Mikalatos
  4. Unbroken, by Lauren Hillenbrand
  5. The Passage, by Justin Cronin
  6. This Historian, by Elizabeth Kostova
  7. The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series, by Stieg Larsson
  8. The Lemon Tree, by Sandy Tolan
  9. The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, by Rebecca Skloot
  10. The Face on Your Plate, by Jeffrey Masson
  11. The Demon-Haunted World, by Carl Sagan
  12. Gone Boy, by Gregory Gibson
  13. One Day, by David Nicolls
  14. The Help, by Kathryn Stockett

The following were not recommended to me, but this is what I’m recommending to you.

  1. Omnivore’s Dilemma, by Michael Pollan – I actually haven’t read this yet, but just bought it. I made the mistake of watching Food, Inc. and now am on a quest  for more information about the food industry. I’m also looking into farm shares and researched reverse osmosis water filtration systems. Could barely get through a taco salad with meat yesterday after watching this movie. Oh the joys of being healthy.
  2. Roots, by Alex Haley. I read this years ago and it still remains probably my favorite book of all time.
  3. Night, by Elie Wiesel. Another one of my faves. I like to read about depressing, real topics.
  4. City of Thieves, by David Benioff. This was recommended to me by an old eharmony date. Actually, I told him I hadn’t gotten through a book in a year while we were at a bookstore on our third date, so he just went and bought it for me. After that he never called me again. I have come to realize that everyone serves a purpose in our life, albeit big or small. He showed me that I can indeed get through a book if it is captivating enough. This is captivating. Highly recommend.
  5. Kaffir Boy, by Mark Mathabane. Excellent.
  6. A Long Way Gone, by Ishmael Beah

I’ll update this list when I think of more. If anyone has additional recommendations, please let me know so I can add it to the list!

Happy reading.

Jersey Shore – Season 2, episode 1

July 29, 2010

Holy hilariousness. This was good from the opening scene. How often can you say that the second movie or book in a series is at least as good, if not better, than the first? Never. This, however, may actually be better than any second book or movie I’ve ever seen. A few notable things to sum up:

  • Vinnie: My uncles – they just want me to bang everything, but I kind of want better quality girls…if there’s ever a night I can’t get one, I’ll just double up the next night.
  • How about Angelina getting her bikini area waxed? Only on Jersey Shore. Stay classy San Francisco.
  • The Situation and Pauly D stuck in the mud, and then the AAA truck getting stuck too. This after they bought and set off a few fireworks. Hilarious.
  • Snooki proclaiming that “eating fried pickles was a lifechanging experience.” Same here Snooks. I will never forget the first fried pickle I had at Spider Kelly’s in Clarendon. Changed my life.
  • BTW Snooks, Obama obviously added the 10% tax on tanning because of you guys. GTL baby.
  • My bronzer’s leaking off my face (random quotes you miss the first time around but are gems the second time you watch).
  • Jwow: I’m not going to let a girl live in the house, talking shit, without her getting her ass beat. Love.
  • Quick scene of Ronnie flexing. This show is a real piece of work.
  • Snooki was just on a roll this episode. When speaking about how she now has a boyfriend, but heading to Miami, “If you hand me a bottle of SoCo, I just go crazy. Something comes over me.” Classic.
  • Did anyone pick up on the absolutely CLUTCH few lines between Sam and Snooki when the 4 girls were in the cab talking about guys before the bomb exploded? Who are the producers of this show? Absolutely amazing work right here. Sammi upset about Ronnie. JWow asks what’s wrong.

Sammi: I just feel like…I don’t know.
Snooki: I know what you mean.

  • This only to be topped off by the scene of the girls screaming at each other in one cab and the guys sitting in total silence in the other. Pure brilliance.

So many other good quotes and scenes contained in this season opener in Miami. This is some great stuff right here kids. Stay tuned in the future for some live blogging. Let’s be honest; the blog material doesn’t get any better than this.

Fist pumping on the couch,
Sara “Sunshine” Brown

P.S. Boys, stay away from those grenades.


June 3, 2010

I try to stay away from you guys, but somehow this blog keeps luring me back in. I haven’t even checked, but pretty sure I just took another two week hiatus. Hopefully one, but who knows. And after checking the stats to this blog, I see that you are still reading! I love my readers.

So what led me to this post is that I was just reading on Borderstan that Pacers Running Shop, which has a bunch of locations in the VA area, is coming to the 1400 block of P Street, NW in Logan Circle. I am very happy about this development. Similar to Fleet Feet, but dare I say it, better, it is a specialty running store with shoe fitters who will watch you run to make sure you are wearing the correct shoe. As we all know, wearing the correct shoe as a runner is verrrrrry important. While Fleet Feet was very helpful in my quest to find the perfect running shoe, they did not do what is required of any good running shop – watch me run. Pacers, welcome to the neighborhood.

As a side bar, I was in the infamous Dewey Beach for the past week or so, and boy am I glad to be home. I heart DC.

DC Film Fest

April 21, 2010

So I finally saw a film via DC Film Fest. Now, I am no movie buff. However, if there is a good flick out that will teach me something and will leave a lasting impression, I want to see it. Who knew that a B rated movie from DC Film Fest would leave this lasting impression. Tonight, a certain someone and I (person to remain nameless) went to see The Balibo Conspiracy. Wow. It was one of those movies in which it ends and you leave the theatre, but in all honesty think you might get shot because you are living out a scene in the movie. A true story, it tells of the “Balibo Five;” five reporters from Australia who went to East Timor in 1975 to report on the Indonesian invasion of the island and, dare I say this, genocide of the Timorese people. It is based on a book called Cover-Up or Balibo by Jill Jolliffe (oddly, or maybe not so oddly, it is very difficult to track down this book in a google search). It was so good that I got home and immediately started researching the history of East Timor and the conflict, which, before the movie I had no knowledge of.

Unfortunately, tonight’s showing was the last in DC. I’m not sure where else it will be shown. I figured the movie was impressive enough that it was worth a post, even if it is controversial and will be difficult for people to see moving forward. In fact, I am convinced that the only reason it didn’t make it to the big screen is because of the controversy surrounding it, as major world powers do not want to be held accountable for their role in the conflict. It is times like these when I am reminded how the media and the government controls what we see and hear…and what we think. So, I applaud this movie and DC Film Fest for telling the story of the East Timorese. I’d venture to say that the directors got the point across pretty well.

If you can’t see the movie, at least you can read the book, if you can find that. Good luck.

I love LOST

March 24, 2010

If you didn’t already know this, I love LOST. I love the drama, the mystery, the problem solving, the characters, the storyline. One really couldn’t have created a better show, in my opinion. I was just catching up on my LOST blog recap. If you watch this show and don’t read this blog yet, you need to. It is the only reason I have any semblance of a clue of what is going on.

Admittedly, us LOST fans might be a bit too obsessed with the show. Leading up to that, let me leave you with a few comments on some of these blog posts that one would only find regarding this show. I think we are officially nuts.

On the last Richard-centric episode, “Ab Aeterno:”

  • Where do you find transcripts of this episode? [FYI – Lostpedia if you are interested. Is it bad that I know that?]
  • On a scale of 1-10, how excited am I for a Richard episode? About 117,762,895,120. And a half.
  • Jacob is recruiting Ilana (who appears to be having a rough day) to protect the six candidates. We’re 60 seconds in and I am seriously beyond giddy. If there was a shrink anywhere nearby right now, I would immediately be prescribed Ritalin.
  • Jacob – Gentle Pacifist, But Not Afraid To Open The Occasional Can of Whoop-Ass
  • Next Episode: “The Package” — Stop giggling.

Two episodes ago, recap on the Sawyer-centric “Recon:”

  • First things first. This is the greatest prop in television history:

Claire's baby

Oh how I love this show. For the record, I am going with my theory that Jacob is actually the devil. But of course, in typical LOST fashion, I could easily be wrong. But you heard it here first; Jacob is evil!

To my fellow Losties: only 7 more episodes left guys; enjoy them while you still can!

Marry Him: The Case for Settling (review)

February 25, 2010

Well, this isn’t actually a review since I haven’t read the book. That being said, apparently this book is all the discussion recently. I don’t normally read this crap, but a coworker sent a CNN link to me in which the author is interviewed, and I for one, based on what she says in this interview, agree with her. I think people probably misinterpret what she means by “settling.” I, obviously, don’t believe in settling, otherwise I would probably be married right now. However, some people do take it to an extreme. No one is perfect, you are not going to find someone who is 100% what you are looking for, and you do have to make relationships work. The key, I think, is to finding someone who makes you happy, cares about you, and meets your core requirements. But there is obviously so much more that goes into it.

Clearly, I am no expert on relationships being that I am still single, but at 31, I do have some experience in the dating world and know what I am looking for at this age. And if I don’t find it, life will go on, and I probably won’t settle. At least for now, I can’t see myself settling down unless I find someone who I am happy with. Will he be “the one?” I don’t know. Does “the one” actually exist? Being a romantic, I wish I could answer that with a “yes,” but these days I am not so sure. I do have older friends who have told me that they would settle, so maybe this concept will gain more traction as I age.

I think that maybe the author, Lori Gottlieb, got slack for specifically applying this settling mentality to women, and that women need to do the settling. I see it both ways though; it can apply both to women and to men. Unfortunately, and especially in DC, it seems that men have more choices and options in choosing a partner. I do like how the author notes in the CNN interview that people who are holding out to find that “perfect person” are actually depressed. This is definitely true; I know someone who has this mentality and is/was depressed over it.

Another coworker just mentioned the “Catch 22” that someone may deal with when they are happy with the person they were with, but think that there could be someone better out there for them. So that person will break it off with their significant other only to realize down the road that they miss them and took them for granted. If they had stayed together, would that be settling? With that, I will refer you to one of my favorite songs by Goapele, ironically called “Catch 22.” Here are the lyrics:

Nobody knows what I go through
Indecisions made me passive
They say I want my cake and I want to eat it too
Less satisfied if I don’t, consequences when I do
These lessons, they lead me on my way
But when company is tempting me, I’m turned around
But I might wanna go that way,
Don’t wanna go that way

Well, it’s a catch 22
Damned if I don’t, Damned if I do
Yes, it’s a catch 22
Damned if I don’t, Damned if I do

How many times does it take to learn just one thing,
’cause I keep ending up here
And I’m not a scientist so I just keep on praying that I won’t
Keep getting the same results each day
I said that I can’t be with you
But when you turn away I pull back your hands to stay
(your hands to stay)
So many days turn to years
That brought us here
And we (shied) through time without too many tears
But we still made decisions creating divisions
So many contradictions,
Why didn’t we listen?

Well, it’s a catch 22(catch 22)
Damned if I don’t, Damned if I do
Yes, it’s a catch 22
Damned if I don’t, Damned if I do
( I’m damned if I don’t, I’m damned if I do)

‘Cause when I see you looking at her
I can’t stand it, my eyes can’t conceive
You gave her the smile you gave to me
I love you selfishly
I can’t feel so strongly
Oh, how you (throw) me
But still you know me
Oh, you know me

So what do you guys think of this whole “settling” concept and the catch 22?