Sister, Sister - Where art thou and what the hell are you talking about?
February 10, 2003 5:52 PM   Subscribe

Calling the Mefi decoding police: What the hell is this all about? [may be NSFW]
posted by Carlos Quevedo (57 comments total)
uh ... yea
posted by Dillenger69 at 5:55 PM on February 10, 2003

posted by woil at 5:56 PM on February 10, 2003

Finally, an appropriate application of Comic Sans MS.
posted by Stan Chin at 5:57 PM on February 10, 2003

also discussed here.
posted by poopy at 6:09 PM on February 10, 2003

deinstitutionalization is a wondrous thing.
posted by shoepal at 6:12 PM on February 10, 2003

where was it discussed there poopy?
posted by mathowie at 6:16 PM on February 10, 2003

bad joke...

posted by poopy at 6:21 PM on February 10, 2003

All's I know is, that first line is paraphrased from a Leonard Cohen song.
posted by padraigin at 6:28 PM on February 10, 2003

I'm pretty sure the point of it all is in the title of the page. That said, it still makes no sense.
posted by tsumo at 6:33 PM on February 10, 2003

You've struck gold. Wacky wacky gold!
posted by woj at 6:34 PM on February 10, 2003

Diagnosis: Flat-out bonkers. But hey, there's boobies.
posted by jonmc at 6:35 PM on February 10, 2003

Why the decoding police? Her email and address are right there on the site if you want to ask her something. I'm going to go out on a limb and guess that she has some issues with her sister.
posted by iconomy at 6:35 PM on February 10, 2003

this is great. seriously, true or otherwise, it's a fine use of the medium. it leaves me curious, befuddled and manic. the rest of the site seems equally interesting. weak in technical ability and writing skill, but good because of it. best page i've seen today.
posted by cachilders at 6:35 PM on February 10, 2003

would we make fun of someone with cancer?
posted by stupidcomputernickname at 6:44 PM on February 10, 2003

would we make fun of someone with cancer?

I like to think so.
posted by padraigin at 6:50 PM on February 10, 2003

sounds like a soap opera with lots of speed use. gotta love the picture of that new age flake in blue.
posted by Degaz at 6:50 PM on February 10, 2003

One thing about the internet I would never have expected (but probably should have) is sites like this. It's like this woman I see in Georgetown, who has a 3' x 5' piece of posterboard with her case against the government (Clinton, aliens, nazis, etc.) written in really small block lettering. I'd read it, but she starts yelling at anyone who stops near her. If she had a webhost, she'd make sites like this.

On a related note, Rob Cockerham [] has done a photo-essay based around signs left by a man in Sacramento with a similar outlook on the world.
posted by GriffX at 6:58 PM on February 10, 2003

Wait! There is more. There's even more but I'm feeling weirded out to look deeper.
posted by stbalbach at 6:59 PM on February 10, 2003

um, I'm thinking I am not going to enquire about the vacation rentals, thank you very looks a little too dramatic for my tastes.

...on preview, stbalbach, there is even more than that! Egad.
posted by madamjujujive at 7:04 PM on February 10, 2003

The question is: Who really is the object of the page: "Chip?" (Leigh Roth's sister)

She married and divorced a Basque climber

All her quotes are in small type (yellow).

As for you men now interested in Leigh. She has a personal ad.

And, if you live in Berkley, CA you can make a local call and ask Leigh to answer every riddle.
posted by ?! at 7:10 PM on February 10, 2003

that is a disturbing sight and I'm not sure I'll sleep tonight. don't come across the page about how she was a midwife on drugs (on preview, the "is" in stbalbach's post). . . I'll never be the same after seeing that (I don't want to know my body can do/look like that!!).

and why was this posted?!
posted by evening at 7:15 PM on February 10, 2003

Re: Leigh Roth and the Zihuatanejo Connection:
We had a wonderful stay inZihuatanejo in one of Leigh's properties. It turned out to be a great place to stay. Leigh, though a bit eccentric as you will find out if you meet her, was totally above aboard with us and made sure we had everything we needed. We made our connection with her through the internet and can definitely be characterized as satisfied customers.

Susan and Tony Knowles
(Governor of Alaska)

A bit eccentric? No shit?
posted by woj at 7:18 PM on February 10, 2003

i'm scared to click it. can someone describe, please?
posted by _sirmissalot_ at 7:18 PM on February 10, 2003

I can't believe I missed this...her mother worked for Queen for a Day!

She seemed to make a major claim for Allstate to cover lost lingerie.

This is like a onion of eccentricities.

And evening: I think it was posted because people watch when someone airs their dirty laundry in public.
posted by ?! at 7:19 PM on February 10, 2003

Dirty laundry? More like real sickness. It's funny until you realize there's an actual person behind all the craziness.
posted by UKnowForKids at 7:23 PM on February 10, 2003

This is good. Not time cube good, but good.
posted by jdroth at 7:30 PM on February 10, 2003

I think she's had a very interesting life and would love to sit down and talk with her for a while. I'm probably alone in thinking that she's nowhere near as crazy-sounding in person as she comes across on screen. Either way, she definitely has some issues...if only she knew how to make her issues better designed for the internet, perhaps she would be taken more seriously.
posted by ashbury at 7:30 PM on February 10, 2003

what ashbury said. as you read about the stuff she's been and done, you get to thinking that if half of it's true, she pretty much kicks ass.

despite, of course, being a complete whack job.
posted by padraigin at 7:34 PM on February 10, 2003

it looks as though it is an annotated discussion. There are at least two maybe three voices speaking. I wonder if this evolved from a communication the author received and then dialogued with (the writing in yellow). The most intriguing part is the image of the two nearly identical sisters. The doubling reminds me of David Lynch, Mulholland Drive and Lost Highway.
posted by mokujin at 8:00 PM on February 10, 2003

Pakalolo. I've been away from Hawaii too long--it took me more than ten seconds to remember what that meant. Very strange link.
posted by Nothing at 8:47 PM on February 10, 2003

WTF, indeed. Zihuatanejo is where Andy Dufresne escapes to in "The Shawshank Redemption."

Tell you where I'd go. Zihuatanejo.


Mexico. Little place right on the Pacific. You know what the Mexicans say about the Pacific? They say it has no memory. That's where I'd like to finish out my life, Red. A warm place with no memory. Open a little hotel right on the beach. Buy some worthless old boat and fix it up like new. Take my guests out charter fishing. You know, a place like that, I'd need a man who can get things.
posted by Frank Grimes at 9:08 PM on February 10, 2003

drug induced/enhanced paranoid schizophrenia?

Reminds me of the Time Cube
posted by cinderful at 9:13 PM on February 10, 2003

drug induced/enhanced paranoid schizophrenia?

Yup. I'm thinkin' so.
posted by crasspastor at 9:24 PM on February 10, 2003

I'm glad you all liked my website.
posted by angry modem at 9:32 PM on February 10, 2003

posted by MiguelCardoso at 9:53 PM on February 10, 2003

If it's your web site, please tell us what the HELL you're smoking.

and where can I get some?
posted by shadow45 at 9:58 PM on February 10, 2003

fascinating. there's something beautiful there, like some uber-poMo meta-narrative that never reveals itself; each individual page suggests an organizing story that links all the pages together, but nothing ever crystallizes. the 404s are such a significatory tease.
posted by juv3nal at 10:27 PM on February 10, 2003

I've actually been to the Zihuatanejo rentals site before, looking for, well, rentals in Zihuatanejo, and had no idea there was all this stuff bubbling beneath the prosaic surface. Lynchian indeedy.
posted by stavrosthewonderchicken at 12:01 AM on February 11, 2003

The plot... er... well, here's some links: (bottom of the page)
Google cache thing Look for "The Zihuatanejo Connection" highlighted yellow.

She rents vacation property. And is apparently a font of local knowledge. Anyone care to stay the night?

On preview. Stavros.
posted by rocketpup at 12:11 AM on February 11, 2003

It reads like the writings of my wife when she was in the midst of her deepest psychotic breaks. The hair is raised on the back of my neck.
posted by filchyboy at 12:27 AM on February 11, 2003

The onion peeled ever deeper. Good god, this is a fractal garden of forking paths...
posted by adamgreenfield at 1:08 AM on February 11, 2003

Why, that's Calvinism!
posted by Hjorth at 2:42 AM on February 11, 2003

bunch of forking cycle paths
posted by Pretty_Generic at 2:43 AM on February 11, 2003

You guys never heard of eccentrics? Sheesh.
posted by konolia at 4:00 AM on February 11, 2003

Did anyone find why is it that she wants a pardon from Alabama’s governor?
By the way, her Spanish is atrocious.
posted by golo at 4:28 AM on February 11, 2003

drugs == bad.
posted by quonsar at 4:44 AM on February 11, 2003

Why, she's just being eccentric.
Too bad some of the links lead nowhere. I'm starting to see a story in there...
posted by XiBe at 5:13 AM on February 11, 2003

Someday we'll find it...The Zihuatanejo Connection...The Nutjobs The Wackos and meee....
posted by jonmc at 6:22 AM on February 11, 2003

Possibly the single most entertaining self-publisher on the web. Someone should nominate this one for a bloggie.
posted by DragonBoy at 6:54 AM on February 11, 2003

How would you like to be one of the guys to do the nasty with her way back when and then see your picture on the internet (scroll down)?
"No, really man she was normal when I met her. "
posted by monkeyman at 7:10 AM on February 11, 2003


breakfast- the californian way !
posted by sgt.serenity at 7:55 AM on February 11, 2003

First we take Manhattan. Then we take Zihuatanejo.
posted by fidelity at 9:22 AM on February 11, 2003

posted by 2sheets at 12:21 PM on February 11, 2003

She seems like a very interesting person. I will most likely dig later and see if I can find anything else. The web archive was not particularly helpful. I am not so sure that she has any sort of problems (re: sanity) but she does have a very unique way of expressing herself on the web. Either that or she has a wicked sense of humor and is living under a bridge. Not that the latter is not valid expression as well.
posted by bargle at 2:04 PM on February 11, 2003

The real story, or what seems to be the real story, is on this page, where a doctor describes how cysts in her bladder caused frequent severe pain for her over 14 years and eventually caused her to become addicted to painkillers. That by itself, wouldn't have caused her eccentric behavior, but it sure as hell would make anyone crazy. To go through all this and still have a joy for life, a sense of humor and the willingness to say what the hell, I'll do what I feel is admirable, even if she's got some lingering bitterness. Sure she's unconventional, sure she's got a bad habit of washing out her dirty laundry in public, but anyone who's her friend is probably very lucky. My first impression was that she was an incoherent nut, but it did make sense once I looked around a little. People like her are rare treasures if you can stand them.
posted by pyramid termite at 5:10 PM on February 11, 2003

People like her are rare treasures if you can stand them.

Best description I've ever come across, with nary an exception, of my family and friends.
posted by MiguelCardoso at 5:36 AM on February 12, 2003

This may seem only tangentially related, and may have been discussed on MeFi before, but this site is pretty weird, too. Can anyone figure this one out?
posted by jmcnally at 11:42 AM on February 12, 2003

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