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Back from China - monday, november 15, 2010 - 09:09
My trip can be summarized in 2 sentences:
I've never felt less Chinese.
I've never felt more Chinese.
Be prepared! - wednesday, october 27, 2010 - 10:50
The two times my family has traveled to China, huge disasters have occurred in the Bay Area. The first time was in 1989, when the earthquake hit. The second time was in 1991 when the Oakland hills fire was just getting started.
I'm not one to be too superstitious, but I feel like you should know that we're leaving for China tonight. Watch out for an earthquake!
How melons ruined the fruit salad - thursday, january 08, 2009 - 10:05
I've been saying this exact thing for years. Enough with the two-thousand cubes of honey dew and cantaloupe which all taste watery and bland.
That's what she said. - friday, february 09, 2007 - 17:27
Video here since YouTube embedding doesn't work in word dot.
Pretzels - monday, january 29, 2007 - 13:42
These pretzels are making me thirsty.
Goosebumps - friday, january 05, 2007 - 15:00
I love YouTube.
Some of my favorite, goosebump-inducing speeches from film can be found there. But to balance out some of the cheesiness, I'll throw in one of my favorite real speeches...
Jim Valvano's ESPY speech
This speech makes me laugh, think, and cry, so it fills a day in exactly the way he suggests. Jimmy V died less than a year after giving this speech.
Al Pacino's Any Given Sunday speech
Even I want to go out on the field and win the game now.
Alec Baldwin's Glengarry Glen Ross speech
Just so goddamn gritty.
Oaklog is Borked - wednesday, october 18, 2006 - 19:33
I can't use Oaklog from work anymore.
I'm sorry to some people.
Congratulations to others.
The good thing is that Oaklog moves a lot slower when I'm not filling it with my rubbish, so it's easy to catch up on at night.
E-mail me and keep me company that way!
New Post, New Thoughts - wednesday, september 20, 2006 - 11:11
So, I think everyone has a place they want their lives to be at, to be comfortable and happy. I mean, you have to have some short-term goal in mind whether it be marriage, a successful job, or just good times with friends. This is before you start to worry too much about the long-term life goals, and just focuses in on your immediate desires and where you imagine yourself tomorrow and the next day.
Well, I recently remembered my life a few years ago and realized: that's where I want to be now.
I don't want to get into personal details, but sufficed to say that it was a pleasant time, filled with all the elements of life I now wish for. I suppose the nicest part of it all was the free-time (aka "no work") that afforded me the opportunity to build up and enjoy other aspects of my life. And the other parts were all clicking nicely in a way that I wish my current life would.
The reason I bring all of this up is that I always hear "grown ups" say things nostalgically like "be sure and cherish these moments" and "I remember when I was a young lad and things were wonderful." Maybe I performed the standard youthful exercise of writing all this off as the blathering of senile coots, but now I'm paying it more heed. The regrets I have for not taking advantage of the good times are starting to pile up, and it's somewhat depressing.
Have I already reached that age of regret? Am I already longing for times that are now nothing but memories? By Jove, is this where I am at the ripe old age of 23? What should I do?
Or should I even bother listening to myself as I turn more into a senile coot? Perhaps I'll do what I always did and ignore my elders' sage advice and keep on living. After all, that's what made those old times so great.
Lucky Penny - friday, january 20, 2006 - 16:20
Today I asked my coworker where they wanted to go to lunch, as I often do. She decided on Taco Bell, and I grudgingly went along (Spicy Chicken Burrito). Anyways, when I received my change, I noticed that one of the coins looked odd. I thought maybe it might have been some arcade token or something, until I noticed it was a penny, but one that I had never seen before.
Turns out, I got a 1947 Lincoln Wheat Penny from Taco Bell. Sure it's really only worth 1 cent, but it was a pleasant surprise. It's sort of crazy to think about a penny that is almost 60 years old, and has been in circulation that whole time. I'm lucky I even noticed it, how often do you examine pennies?
(Images are not of my penny. Mine is not as shiny, but in decent condition.)
You never know what you'll find on any given day.
Thailand - tuesday, july 26, 2005 - 15:12
At the end of August, I will be participating in a Habitat for Humanity tsunami relief team traveling to Khao Lak, Thailand just North of Phuket, Thailand. I will be helping to rebuild the area after the disastrous tsunami that hit last December. This is a cause that Oaklog's Tsupromi helped to raise money for, so I hope some people will show the same type of compassion now.
I am asking for 2 types of assistance, the first of which I think many Oakloggers could easily help me with:
1) I am planning on bringing a bag of toys, trinkets, or other things to Thailand to give out to the local kids. A lot of these kids have lost all their belongings, their homes, and many have lost friends and family members in the tsunami. I'm sure everyone has some little toy that they don't want anymore that could easily bring joy to one of these kids. I'm trying to collect any small toys to give to these kids. These can be happy meal toys, toys from the vending machines outside supermarkets, balls, action figures, anything! They can be new or old, as long as they're still fun. The only requirements are that they not be too large and they cannot be dangerous in any way. Take a look through your closets and see if you can't find something.
2) I need to pay for my airfare, room & board, as well as the HFH fee. All donations are tax-deductible and would be greatly appreciated.
If anyone is interested in helping out, please contact me via e-mail, phone, AIM, in person, or on Oaklog. Thanks a lot!
Below is a quick rundown of the trip:
I will be leaving on August 26th and returning September 11th.
Khao Lak, Thailand: This coastal region was particularly impacted by the December 26th tsunami, it suffered both substantial loss of life and property damage. Shortly after the tsunami struck, Habitat for Humanity organized first builder work teams to get into the impacted areas throughout the region and to begin the huge task of rebuilding the homes that were lost. Our team will be one of many such teams to visit the area to assist toward these efforts.
The homes we will be building will be one story cement block homes on a concrete foundation about the size of a two car garage. Our tasks will be primarily setting and pouring the foundations, cement preparation, block laying and leveling. Things might change based on the needs of the people when we get there.
Habitat's Thailand Information
Stop Hitting My Fucking Car! - tuesday, june 07, 2005 - 10:04
Seriously, stop it!
Arizona: Home of Jaw-Waggers - thursday, march 24, 2005 - 22:33
Going to spring training this weekend. WOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!
"I'd rather be dead in California than alive in Arizona."
Soreness - monday, march 14, 2005 - 11:13
Ow. I'm sore all up my back, down my right arm, and in the lower legs. Softball was outstandingly fun yesterday though. Lots of fresh new faces eager to play on any of the 3 Bushrod fields. Pitching 5 innings of softball hurts me. But it was quite rewarding.
Now I know why Jacob is such a horrible pitcher after 3 innings.
Also, I have blisters all over my hands from the combination of softball and golf-driving-range. Apparently, I hold the club too tight. I figure it's better too hold it too tight than too loose and have it fly into some old Asian lady's head. I hit the little ball-picker-upper cart twice. It was awesome! Kellie decided that the game of golf was definitely invented by men because of its constant references to woods, balls, and whacking things in the rough. We'll ignore the whole idea of trying to put it in the hole... Anyways, golf worked some muslces I didn't know I had. Driving home was odd because my arm kept wanting to float up through the ceiling.
Hopefully next weekend will be just as action-packed!
Underlings - monday, march 07, 2005 - 15:25
3 logs in under 24 hours, wow I'm amazing!
So, we have a new temp here in the department, and he recently graduated just like me. But since he's a temp, and I've been here almost 6 months, he sort of reports to me (if nobody else is around). Man, I'm moving up in the world, soon I'll have an attractive secretary fetching me chocolate milk and taking memos in my office. I'm only a few years away from a corporate jet! And in 10 years, my company will get in trouble for cooking the books but a mere 2 years later, we'll be worth twice as much and I'll begin hosting my own reality show. My catchphrase: "You just got Chach'ed!"
I'm not crazy, I just play one in reality!
John Malkovich - monday, march 07, 2005 - 10:49
Do you ever feel like you have John Malkovich's voice stuck in your head? It's just so smooth and melodious, yet clear and powerful. Perhaps he found a tunnel that leads directly into my brain and he is just watching me sit here and type this. Now he's shouting about a nice tomato soup he had for dinner, with a nice glass of wine. He's worried that he is getting wrinkles, but still excited about his future acting roles. Having his voice inside my head is such a comfort, it allows me to be whoever I want to be. I can be a crazy madman named Cyrus the Virus, I can be a misunderstood, and slightly slow farmworker named Lenny, I can even be myself controlled by John Cusack! Ah, the wonders of insanity!! Hoo-ray!
Tired - monday, march 07, 2005 - 01:27
I'm just tired enough to make a new biopic...and it's a doozy!
Also, I'm just tired enough to find this all hilarious!!!! Look at all those exclamation points!! WOW!
things that make me want to vomit - tuesday, february 15, 2005 - 11:26
Ooooo, burn on you!
Also, this little nagging sore throat I'm developing that is slightly tickling whatever part of my throat controls that nifty, little, bodily function that is the gag reflex.
Fun with Horizontal Rules - monday, february 14, 2005 - 13:16
It just occurred to me that I might be able to use horizontal rules to divide my logs up. Not that I'm posting all that much in here recently, but I might as well give it a shot. We'll see how it goes!
Oh, but before I get to that, I'd just like to do a little ranting. I am not a fan of Valentine's Day. I find it's mostly a day that girls can expect nice things from boys, or at least complain about not having a boy. That doesn't really bother me because it's mostly unavoidable. What bothers me is the nonstop whining of the "This is a commercial holiday! I hate it! Blah blah blah!" variety. We all know it's a commercial holiday, there's no need to continue to whine about it! And if someone's complaining about that, they are not allowed to also complain that they have nobody to spend Valentine's Day with. It's one or the other! If you're sad that you aren't spending Valentine's Day with someone, you cannot also complain that it's a stupid holiday. That's sour grapes, sir or madam. I am lucky enough to have a ladyfriend this February 14, so I'll go ahead and make her happy, but next year if I'm alone, I'll go ahead and not care. It's not a big deal, one way or the other for me. Anyways, it's a silly little holiday that doesn't really mean anything. Just live it like any other day. Don't take out your sadness on the holiday or the opposite sex, just go on with your life, enjoy some sweet candy and prepare yourself for St. Patrick's Day.
Edit: Hmmm, I guess hr's don't work.
Facebook - thursday, february 03, 2005 - 10:05
I got home last nite after work and crawled into bed for a short nap. I finally woke up this morning. Dammit, I love sleep. The only problem is that when I woke up, my friend IMed me saying "You should join the Facebook!" Now, many people have tried to convert me to the Facebook, and many people have failed. Despite all that, I do love sitting online and talking to people who I would otherwise never talk to, so I had been mulling the idea over for several months. Somehow with extra sleep and the wooziness I felt after being in bed for 12+ hours, I signed up. Damn me! I am so ashamed...