So wait, you can't style select boxes for safari?
I think it's more that just Safari that makes it difficult. It's just something I've learned to live with.
There are some options, though:
http://icant.co.uk/forreview/tamingselect/Select Cuts Off Options In IE (Fix) | CSS-Tricks
haha, that's hilarious. i never noticed that! thanks for the links. i hate things that force me to use js.