Saturday, July 16, 2011

Airplanes in the night sky are like shooting stars...

I really should make my titles a bit more related to my posts so I can actually find stuff later... But at least now I can label stuff.  I just have to go back and do that for my entries.

Yeah, that'll happen.

I tried to write a new post a couple/few weeks ago and was DOWN!  Oh it was a sad thing.  I was all gung-ho to return to my glamorous blog (this one you're reading, damn it!) and got denied!

I even remember what I was going to post... I had written up a couple descriptions of music that seemed a bit artsy and I wanted to save them for posterity.

Lemme go see if I can find em.



Saturday, April 2, 2011

Still Alive - 30/30 Walk

Thanks to Portal and Jonathon Coulton, I have to wonder how many geeks think of this song when letting people know that they are, in fact, still alive...

Really, I am still around. I've been thinking of things I want to write and yet not getting around to writing them.

This blog/gras thing was originally intended to be just for my own enjoyment/rant expression, but here I am apologizing to my few readers for not being around more.

But it's hard to keep up with someone who writes everyday, or in great length, right?

Right, I know that first hand.... When I see someone has posted something short (be it a FB reply or a blog entry) I breathe a little sigh of relief that I can get through quickly. 

I'm getting over a funk, depression, whatever.  I started walking again yesterday, thanks to a fellow chiropractor friend who I went to school with.  She started a 30/30 challenge that we all began yesterday.  It felt GREAT to be walking again.

...and to think, I HATED walking until a few years ago.

I want to be healthier while I'm still alive...

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Communing with The Beatles

This song has been popping up in my head and amongst my friends all week...

As such, in reply to a friend's question today...

"What if "love" is as much a figment of our imagination or some form of man-made concept as some believe God is? What if love is no more than a belief that allows us to feel good? Where are the facts and/or data that PROVE love is real and does exist?"

It sounds like you're asking how we could define love if we don't really know what love is... right?

I mean, we identify what we call "love" in the brain with the right stimuli.  I would call that stimuli "pleasure," personally.  There are different types of pleasure obviously, so what would you call the type of pleasure that is associated with the people/things we supposedly "love?"

I think "love" is a form of pleasure that comes in various levels and with an infinite number of confounding variables.

If we find someone who receives a similar pleasure from interacting with us and we do from interacting with them...  We want to stick around each other more.  For pleasure.  And we call it love.

(this is ignoring the physical pleasure part, mind you, though that area should be matched ideally, as well)

I think monogamy is difficult (ignoring the biological imperative differences b/n men and women) b/c our sensitivity to that pleasure decreases over time... Like an addiction.

I think some people are less addictive, or they just find that their pleasure stimulator can adapt...

For me, love is a drug.

What do you think?

Penis on Fire

I intended to share this video, but it's not on Youtube. has some pretty funny and sometimes thought-provoking articles in the mix...  Surprisingly addictive, though the name should give you a clue.

Hopefully you know that Cracked was originally a magazine.  Similar to Mad magazine, but more hard-core...

I grew up reading both, but primarily Mad.  Funny that I have now switch allegiance to Cracked in my post-internet years...

If you notice, lately, my last few posts have been very short.  I think there is so much already filling up our daily lives, that it's the least I could do.

You're welcome.

Sunday, February 27, 2011


I'd like to clone myself instantly, and then kill the extra me at the end of the day.  That way, I get more stuff down around the office and home, and don't have to pay more to feed/shelter/clothe a second person.  Plus the various murderings would be satisfying, I'm sure.

Of course, then I'd need a back-up clone to clean up the mess...

Damn it.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Political Budget Rant

Here's a response I wrote to a conservative anti-Obama guy on FB.  I wrote way too much and the guy probably couldn't care less.  So I'm posting it here to feel less like I wasted my time...


Not a big fan of social security, VA benefits or medicare?  Yeah, I'm sorry, I'm very much a liberal and really appreciated being able to use food stamps and unemployment for a few months when my life went to hell.

Real budget reform would involve eliminating tax cuts for the top 10% who have more than 50% of the wealth and don't *need* tax cuts, eliminating insurance businesses who are nothing but a profit-based middle man, taking money from both patients and doctors, and cutting back on defense spending where we over-compensate/overpay contracts to immoral companies who have little to no bidding competition.  The "Capitalism" model is bullshit in this country.  Companies are become monopolies more and more.  There is no *real* competition when everyone starts merging.

While I admit that fixing the monopoly issue is not an easy one, and do agree that government interference can often complicate things further.  No business is going to self-regulate when profits are to be had.  The BP oil spill was a great/horrible example of that.

Fixing health care is going to be a huge imperfect undertaking as well, but even those who can afford independent insurance are finding it lacking.  The "business" is failing its customers...but we're talking about people's lives as the fallout.

As for taxing the wealthy more...yeah, I'm a liberal.  It's not that people should "be punished for success."  It's that they should be punished for being greedy.  Not wanting to give back to your community and society at large is the selfish action that many wealthy people exhibit.  We need other people for more than just servants.  If we don't re-invest in our own people, what progress would ever be made in our society?

....At least Obama is TRYING to change things that need to be changed.  Cutting "entitlement programs" isn't the answer.  Kicking the weak, old, poor, sick by pulling their funding isn't the answer.  Sometimes I think most Republicans would be just as happy if half the population just died off from neglect.  Hell, that's the way it's going thanks to our shitty health care access.

...I'm done ranting. Sorry.  You probably don't care about anything I've said...


Oh, and I drew this today...

Here it is edited & cropped...better or worse?

Original Artwork to be found at! :)

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Ranting To The Choir...

Want to quote the bible verbatim and feel it means anything? Take a look at the contradictions with the flawed text. (see link below, if you dare)
7 minutes ago ·  ·  · 

    • Janae Smith Having had bits of the bible used against me and my friends all my life, the significance of this massive undertaking is immense.
      6 minutes ago · 

    • Janae Smith We also don't stone people for working on Sunday, sell our daughters into marriage or slavery, or burn animals as tribute anymore.

      How many people who TRULY KNOW the bible can possibly take it verbatim, ever?

      Keep your church and religion, use it for support and guidance, sure. BUT STOP USING IT AGAINST OTHER PEOPLE.

      As far as I'm concerned, "treating others as you'd like to be treated (or better, if you happen to like pain/humiliation)" is the simplest tenet for everyone. The fact that this same concept is found is every religion out there is no mistake.

      As such, I apologize if my words have frightened or upset anyone. All of you reading this are great people. I just needed to rant...

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Feel the beat of the rhythm of the night...

Today is a video post, dedicated to the many wonderful dance scenes in movies.

One of the biggest impacts here.  Probably because I was quite young when I watched it and thought this was the pinnacle of romancing a woman.

I really enjoyed this movie, even though it wasn't the best... This scene was pretty intense, though.

So delightfully chaste in comparison... I really enjoyed the updated "Anna & The King" with  Jodi Foster. :)

Speaking of lovely women... ...whew.

No dancing seen here, but this song always makes me want to dance... ;)

While I LOVE the original (and all thing Audrey Hepburn), this remix adds some serious zing to this classic scene!  (I enjoyed those Gap Skinny Jeans commercials too, so I have no taste, apparently)

Hooray for Bollywood infiltration onto the main western stage! (and yay auto-tune?)

This scene gives me goosebumps.  Sometimes the music and attitude of a scene just destroy me, you know?  There were a LOT of movies like this that came out shortly after it did... Some seriously talented people out there...

You gotta love Quintin Tarantino... or not.  But I do.

Gotta have some Broadway stuff too!  (Couldn't find the actual scene, of course)

I enjoyed this movie too.  I can't afford to be a theatre-only purist, sorry.  Too much fun to be had!

Believe it or not, I was a big Sex And The City fan. I'm pretty sure I've seen every episode... Heh

The Disney movies at this time were true treasures.  I agree with the poster of this vid, I like this version better too. :)

The last video I want to post won't let me embed it, so here's the link to the classic Dirty Dancing end scene.

I gotta get out and dance more. :)

Sexuality and gender bending...

A friend asked me about my identity.  The way I talk comes across butch, but my pictures are more femme (loosely speaking)... I felt it was worth sharing, so here's what I said...


I dove right into the masculine side of things when I came out / 1st yr of college and all that... the hair and the clothes was such a relief. My body type has never made me feel comfortable in "girly" attire.

The last few years, I've been working on finding my self, what makes me happy, how I want to express myself. So began my rediscovery of the feminine.

I'm still so very masculine/butch in my mannerisms and actions. I proudly showed off a multi-tool I had hanging out in my purse (along with the ever-present pocket knife).

but yes, that is an astute observation. I'm giving myself the freedom to explore and seeing what sticks... I'll always hate makeup, though. :) And I can't shave down my broad shoulders and muscular body type. So Whatever.


I think the word "androgyny" would come into play by now... I've always identified strongly with that type. Obsessed with people like Annie Lennox & David Bowie from a young age. And now Tilda Swinton and that La Roux chick (and all these women are straight, funnily enough).

I think people have more issue with androgyny than the butch/femme types. Too confusing to figure out. People love their labels.

I've always felt that we are so attached to labels b/c it just makes life easier. If you can fit someone into a pre-conceived box in your head, then you've got them figured out. For casual, on-the-street type interactions, this is a practical (if limiting) approach. But once you start to get to know someone better, the labels tend to fall away.

That same epiphany that ignorant straight people have when they are informed that a friend they've known is gay. That gay person doesn't fit into their box-notion, so they either adjust the box or lose a friend, right?

This is why it's so important to be "out and proud" of least that's gradually becoming less of an issue. I wish more people understand why well-rounded representation in the media is so important.

We don't all (or most) fit into The L-Word universe (unless you live in LA, right?), but at least it was exposure...


oh, btw...buying a purse (two actually) last year was a symbolic kind of thing for me. Now I'm very glad to not have to carry everything in my pockets. It's my "bag of holding." lol :) (I wish it wasn't so taboo for men to have bags/purses out here).

Our country as so much growing up to do. Only 200 years old, we (as a collective) act like up-tight, judgmental & reckless teenagers.


That is all.

(Not really)

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Amateur Porn - and Other Snowed-In Activities

I keep a bunch (read - handful grabbed at the florist section at Safeway) of Eucalyptus in the back seat of my car as a kind of mild air-freshener.  I also keep a hoodie jacket back there too. ...right now I'm wearing the jacket and enjoying the smell of the eucalyptus on it.

That's all I got at the moment.  I'm exhausted all the time lately.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

An Ode to CostCo

Stop stopping in front of me tiny old asian women!  I don't want to crash into you and hurt you!


Today I escaped from work for a scoop of ice cream during the lunch break.  At the ice cream parlor (which also had gelato...what's Italian for "parlor?"), there was an old school Ms PacMan table-top arcade game!  25 cents a go and I was a very happy Janae.


Is it redundant that my cat likes to sleep between my legs...or just exceedingly apt?


I think I get to sleep in tomorrow.  Yay!


Videos I posted this evening in FB:


Last week I went for a bike (read: motorcycle) ride out to the ocean.  I stopped half way and made a video in the woods...  I'll upload it eventually and you can all pretend you're here!

Monday, January 31, 2011

An Honest-To-Dog Rant!

[Preface this all by knowing that I have been sick at home today (after a miserable 2-hours at work) due to another sinus infection.  Apparently I've entered the "Everything Is Chronic" stage of my life, because this bastard in my nose has been lurking since November.]

[[Btw, everytime I use Arial font I scream (to myself or in my head) "Ariel!" just like Sebastian did in The Little Mermaid.]]


I never understand people that buy the 4-pack Charmin at the Dollar Store each week...

First off, the paper is crap (har har) and just leaves puffs all over your ass.

Second, the rolls are good for about one day before they disappear. It's like FIVE sheets per roll, I swear to god.

Third - why is it always single dudes that buy this shit? Are their asses especially delicate?

Damn. I grew up with Scottissue 2-ply stuff that was the equivalent to using aluminum foil. And did I complain? NO! Because I didn't have fluff all over my ass afterwards!

[Thank you very much.  And if you haven't realized by now, my posts are quite often NSFW]


Sunday, January 30, 2011

Required 80's Post!

Sometimes you just gotta listen to some of that classic 80's music and lose yourself in bubblegum glee.

It's all about that bass line, man.  Give me a good driving beat - guitar, drums, keyboard...and I'm hooked.  I've read that that is the definition of Emo music.  If that's the case, then I'm most definitely emo-loving...

MOAR 80s Pop!

Ah, don't even get me started on the hair, the clothes... The day-glo colors!  Guh!  And they keep coming back with more 80's retro styles... Then the weird-ass 90's hipster thing has come around.  Or is that 80's too?  I don't know...

Back to music!

Of course, since YOUTUBE NOW SUCKS!!! I can't find the original video with that classic side-to-side eye movement... ...bastards.


Speaking of Glee (see line one)... I just got done catching up with the last two episodes from last season.  After moving in October, I kinda got behind on my few and favorite tv shows...  I'm grateful for the winter breaks, gives me a chance to catch up.

Point is, the Xmas Ep of Glee made me cry (bastards) and I'm glad it's still going strong in the storyline.

Glee + 80's music = GOOD

I'm so glad someone decided to compare the two side-by-side.  Some serious dedication.  I'm glad the rest of the world is finally catching up to the Jane Lynch bandwagon/fan club.  She's been around for decades, people!  Come on!  AND she's a lesbian!  Woot ^_^

BTW, Some 80's stuff just sounds better remixed...a bit more speed, a bit more kick-ass!

If this doesn't get you moving, I don't know what will.

Keep rocking, friends.

Friday, January 28, 2011

A Country Song - Cheetos And Cookie Dough

Or maybe that should be "d'oh?"


So there's this crazy shit going on in Egypt.  Curfews, internet shut-off, protest gatherings banned, riots in the streets, people getting shot...

We always like to feel like certain parts of the world have moved past these sorts of things, but that's so obviously not the case.  I mean, we accept the presence of third-world countries.  But someday, they will become first-world ideally, right?  Can you imagine if every country in the world were industrialized and technologically developed like Europe or the U.S.?  We're finally starting to acknowledge the progress of India & China.  Their stories of a "rising middle class" amidst slums and horrible pollution is catching notice.  The U.S. debt to China is a huge elephant in the room.  This seemingly "anti-American" communist state of billions has us by the short and curlies.

In efforts to work toward lowering our debt, talk is being made to reduce and remove our assistance to other countries (like Isreal).  I mean, common sense has been telling us for a good long while to focus on our own problems before trying to fix those of others.  Our country is so much like a young adult.  So judgemental and immature in so many ways...

But hey, I can insult us while enjoying the freedom that is being fought for in Egypt right now.

...I was going to talk about what life was like before the internet, as Egypt is experiencing...but I'll leave it to the imagination of you, dear reader. (Tip of the Hat to Stephen King...and Stephen Colbert).

Plenty of people have very limited computer/internet usage.  People like me are complete addicts.  Part of me would like to be forced away for awhile... But freedom of choice makes us grow up and become mature adults...

I just hope our government keeps that in mind.  Help us, but don't hinder our growth as a nation.  Please.


Wednesday, January 26, 2011

You know those survey things?

We all just love to share things about ourselves, don't we?

I just spent more than 10 minutes on this one, so I've decided to make it my post.  A little lighter fare after yesterday...

What other questions should be on here?

Three jobs I've had in my life:
1. Food stuff/Casino/Chocolate Shop
2. Car Parts Factory/Security/Telemarketing/Cust Serv/Tech Support
3. Chiropractor

Three places I have lived:
1. Missouri - Jeff City, New Court Village, LaBelle, Imperial, Columbia, Independence, Kansas City
2. California - San Jose (x 2), Boulder Creek, Oakland, San Jose, Santa Clara, Sunnyvale
(that's all of em)

Three favorite drinks:
1. Milk (Skim)
2. Juice (Orange or Apple)
3. Mixed Drinks (Dirty Martini, Margarita, Tequila Sunrise, Manhattan, etc) But I hate Vermouth!

Three TV shows I watch:
1. Daily Show / Colbert Report
2. Family Guy / South Park / American Dad / King of the Hill / Futurama...
3. Community / Modern Family / 30 Rock
(I think I like the funny stuff)

Three favorite places I have been:
1. Kona, Hawaii
2. Dachau, Germany
3. Muir Woods, California

Three of my favorite foods:
1. SOS / Cream-chipped beef
2. Little Stuffed Pastas in non-tomato sauces w/ mushrooms & garlic bread
3. Most any fresh produce from the farmer's market
4. Brownies or Choc Chip Cookies with Milk! (no nuts)
(needed 4, sorry)

Three things I'm looking forward to:
1. Getting my license to be a real doctor
2. Making my own success
3. Moving into my own place w/ a better car

Three things that are in my car right now:
1. Eucalyptus (the florist kind that actually smells good)
2. Req'd bag o' trash with handle looped around stick shift
3. Gum, a shirt, a jewelry-type box, a plate or bowl, a box of tissues, a jacket, laundry stuff...

Three things that I did today:
1. Worked with some great patients, did 2 massages and got my first tip!
2. Got water and gassed up the car
3. Fixed the damned router (factory reset plus firmware upgrade)

 Three things I'd like to do before I die:
1. Write a book about myself (I'm THAT interesting, HAHAHAHAHAhahahaha)
2. Learn to speak Spanish, damn it!
3. Save someone's life

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Never Worship People

There's a fine line between looking up to someone and idolizing them.  We must always remember that people are human and quite fallible.  They will always disappoint if you think they are perfect.

I used to think that the secret to impressing people was to set low expectations in the first place.  Until I realized I didn't impress myself at all.  Once it hit me that it was more important to be able to be proud of myself, regardless of what others thought, my motivations in life changed drastically.

While I still have plenty of moments of insecurity, they're gradually being outspoken by this other introverted side.  I judge things more by my own set of rules instead of looking for outside approval.

I still crave human interaction, though.  We are social creatures, of course, and I am very much so.  Of course, there is an ever-present need for privacy and solitude.  While I feel this makes me some sort of Bi-Polar, I also feel that it is a very natural human condition.  The push/pull of need/want for quiet solitude versus stimulating socialization is always teetering in the balance.

Thanks, Jan, for making me think of this song:

Thursday, January 20, 2011

It's hard not to use song lyrics sometimes

Heading out for the weekend.  Yay chorus retreat!

I hope the cat (Dante) doesn't destroy my room while I'm gone.

Any suggestions to make sure a cat doesn't miss you so much?  There's even a kitten to play with in the house!  Though, that's possibly part of the problem anyway.


Anyone notice that NBC & Comcast have been told they could merge by DC?

Monopolies do not equal capitalism!

....have you figured out that I'm a liberal yet?

I mean, I am not a wealthy person and yet, I tip, I "leave a penny," I give money to homeless & try to help my friends out when I can...

The money-loving type of Republicans that I run into seem to think I'm some naive idiot to bother helping others.

....though I guess, if you've never needed help from others to survive, you haven't learned that kind of humility & have no reason to be compassionate to others in that situation.

Everyone should have to go through living at "poverty" level for a year.  (In this country, I'd call that less than 30k per year...really 20k, honestly...)


Shit, I've not been witty at all tonight.  ...though I did hilariously keep trying to type "whity" instead of witty ...and I've definitely been whity.  *chuckles*

Oh yeah.  I need a picture or video or something to entertain me!

Catch ya in a few days!

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

It's gotta be hard to come up with the title of a show.

My question to you...  Have you seen this (made for tv?) movie thing called "In Her Line of Fire?"

I see that it came out a few years ago... and I'm intrigued because I love Mariel Hemingway.

I mean, really...have you seen Sex Monster??

Plus it has lesbian content!  (As you can possibly discern from the scene clip above)  I'm all about great exposure, if it's handled well...

Speaking of which.  I've also just learned about a certain porn star called Nina Hartley!  Not that I'm very up on the porn world, but she is one hot "older" woman!  See evidence below:

Exhibit A

You can certainly find all sorts of interesting stuff on YouTube...  Not as much as you used to thanks to how much censoring for copyright and such they do now.

I guess there's something wrong with me because I like women who are 10-20 years older than me.

Any thoughts?  No "mom" fetish theories, please.

Also, don't forget to tell me your take on that Mariel H. movie...

Monday, January 17, 2011

Make it simple, to last your whole life long...

I had written some stuff tonight, on my ipod touch...called "blog from my ipod touch"...while I was at karaoke (my monday ritual for the past few months).

But it was all so bitchy, I just can't post it here.

Mostly I said people have too many kids = overpopulation = too many damn people at the karaoke place = me having to wait 500 hours between songs!

And yes, transvestites singing a capella can get old quick.


In health-related news:

Eating / drinking things with artificial sweeteners confuses your brain.  (this started a bit of a discussion on FB, so I'd like to post it here as well).

"Ingestion of artificial sweeteners still initiates an insulin response from the pancreas as a means of inducing carbohydrate metabolism. Since artificial sweeteners provide no carbohydrate value, insulin levels remain high, leading to hypoglycemia and increased hunger. This interference with appetite control mechanisms can lead to overconsumption of food at the next meal. The correlation between artificial sweeteners and increased food intake may indicate that their use is not supportive in weight management protocols."


Sunday, January 16, 2011

Yes, That IS What It's All About

Yay!  I officially missed a whole day, yesterday!

I have finally marred my "perfect streak" and can relax about posting everyday!

You know, that's part of the reason why I like used cars.  I canNOT keep anything perfect for long.  Plus it's so stressful!  I realize many people take great pride in keeping things in pristine condition, but I'm just too klutzy to manage that.

If you're wondering where I was last night, the answer is amazingly dull.

 No, seriously, this is a musical skirt.  Shoot me now., I found one of those "Free" (unless you want full functionality) MMORPG's last night and got sucked in!  I was up until 3 am, which wasn't smart considering I had plans to head down to Santa Cruz at 9am.

Why yes, there are lots of pretty colors in this game... ^_^

So my day today was much more interesting.  Visited the famous Dharma's for brunch, popped into Starz Cupcakes (they have a couple varieties of gluten-free ones usually) and then up to home-turf for a movie!  And no, I'm not gluten free, my partner-in-crime is, though I was for a short bit and should probably go that direction again because I felt much better, health-wise, though I have no allergy to wit. (blah blah blah)

The movie was The King's Speech and while it did drag on a tad, it was a very entertaining film.  You definitely felt for the characters and I love Geoffrey Rush & Colin Firth, so it was great.

          Indentured Servitude, indeed!

There's a great little article here about how this movie has spiked awareness of stuttering and other speech impediments.

Then on my way home I randomly bumped into a quartet of Brazilians at my local 7-Eleven.  They are visiting our fine state and left San Francisco just this morning.  They had their car broken into, sadly, so I hope I helped raise their opinion of the bay area by helping them figure out their GPS & advising them of where to get a cheap hotel and entertainment for the evening...

If they call me to show them the local gay karaoke bar, I will update this post.  If not, I shall sulk a tad and resume playing Wizard 101!

...remember back when I said that there are so many subgroups of people that you likely know nothing about and yet have an entire world of their own?  In the case of MMORPGs, this is literally the case.  

Most participants aren't this fanatical, fortunately.

Friday, January 14, 2011

Memories are fonder because we take the present for granted

I remember the sound of the ice cracking...

After an ice storm over night...the next day, you go outside while the sun reaches the apex and creepy, yet cool :)

Ah, the contrast...

So many fun memories from living in Missouri...

...seeing the trees coated in glistening layers of ice. Listening to the delicate sound of snow landing on snow...watching sheets of ice/snow fly off of cars on the highway (scary!)...attacking the layer of ice on your car so you can get the door open and start warming it up...sliding around a turn and waiting to regain control of your car...carving out chunks of snow from the car and pushing them off to go PHOOMP onto the ground... making tiny snowmen on your patio/deck railing...identifying wildlife footprints...

When there's this much snow, you can't resist doing this...


...speaking of memories.

I was going through a catalog today that sold stuff that you could put your business/organization logo on.  You know, coffee mugs, keychains, highlighters, etc...  It made me all nostalgic for when I was a kid and my obsession with school supplies began.

It all started with a triangular/tri-color highlighter from my step-dad... You see, he was a school administrator and would go to these conventions where different school-related companies gave out a bunch of freebies with their logos on em...


AHEM.  ...cough, cough*  I'm okay.

...also, I remember with great fondness the pencil dispenser in my elementary school.

It looked just like this! And so did I!

And they came with really cool pencils like these!

They were particularly clever and would toss in the occasional Yikes! pencil.  Talk about legalized gambling for minors...  Those guys sure had soft wood.  I remember the ribbed ones being painful to write with for long... [totally unintentional entendres!]


And remember getting those cheap-ass art kits?  So much fun to imagine the amazing things you would create with these things!  I always coveted mine and barely used them... And the markers would dry out and you'd always make a MESS with the craypas things or whatever...

I had this exact same art kit as a kid!

Of course, organizing by color was/is always the first step to responsible art supply ownership.  I'm an odd combination of creative and anal-retentive/"left brained."

...and there really isn't a better visual stimulation for me than to walk into the orgy of color known as an art supply store.  It's colorful AND organized!

Actually titled "Art Supply Porn"  !!! ^_^

In summary - I love rainbow colors and office supplies...I think I'm going to go masturbate to google image searches now...

Mmmm, yeah.  Momma like...

Colored pencils really are my favorite... Shhhh, don't tell the others.