Friday, September 30, 2005

Well this is ridiculous

So I thought that by leaving Berkeley I'd be done with crazy people running for mayor, but I guess I was wrong. I got this from an article in Duke's daily paper:

[Mayoral candidate] Wagstaff is using her hip-hop motto to reach out to Durham's children. She said she believes there are positive elements to young people who are in gangs or selling drugs on street corners. "These kids still must have the skill and talent to market a product," Wagstaff said. "It involves math and even customer service."
...A die-hard Blue Devils basketball fan and avid amusement park goer, she said she is also very religious. "I admire God," Wagstaff said. "He's just like me; he never gave up on the people."


I mean, you gotta be kidding me. I thought that no one actually argues that gangs are good for kids. It's supposed to be, they're pushed into gangs, but that's the only way they can survive, because The Man keeps them down, or something like that. But saying they're practicing math and customer service by selling crack?? What's next, practicing calculating percentages by figuring out what their take is from the hookers they're pimping? But you know, apparently God would think it's ok, since this woman is practically His twin and she thinks it's great.

I knew I'd get the puppy!

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You were almost a: Lamb or a Parakeet
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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Finally a good commercial!

So I'm watching my tape of last Friday's Cal game (yes, I taped it instead of watching it live...don't judge me), and I saw what has to be my favorite college commercial ever. Now, maybe I'm biased, and maybe you've all seen this, but you know the one where Tedford is talking to the guys in the locker room, and they cut through various parts of his speech, and he's talking about glycolysis or other such bio things, then moves on to philosophy, etc etc, basically using a bunch of fancy talk as a team strategy speech? And the words on the screen say, Coach Tedford doesn't talk like this...but it's nice to know he could (or something like that). And it says, Cal, more than just football (which is funny in its own right, but that's something else). And at the end it's all the football players shouting, who's domicile? Our domicile!!! Maybe it's just me, but I thought that was hilarious. Tedford is a terrible actor, he should work on that, but other than that I thought it was great. Way better than the "graduation hat flies around Cal and shows off Pimentel and the campanile etc."

Tuesday, September 27, 2005

drat

I always put my hair straightener on the floor (wood or carpet) and there's never any problem. Until a couple of weeks ago, when I kind of burned a little bit of the carpet. Nothing a pair of scissors couldn't fix, but still, it was odd, and scared me out of putting it on the carpet. So I put it on a cd case...and I melted part of the cd case. I have to test the cd--hopefully it still works. I am dumb.

"Should we throw something at her?"

So I wasn't supposed to have internet in my apartment until Wednesday, but I had it over the weekend unexpectedly, so I figured the people just got it wrong or something. I don't know, I really don't understand how I "get internet" anyways, it's just a mystery, like pasteurization. But I discovered yesterday that it's gone, they took it away, and they're bad people. I better get it back Wednesday.

I didn't get to tell you about Janet Reno yesterday! It was so awesome. She talked for like a half an hour, doing Q&A with the professor and whatever students felt like they had something to ask (I wanted to ask about SNL, but I felt my question would not be appreciated). That part was not the cool part though. The second half of class, we just did like a regular class, and Janet Reno stayed, sitting in the front facing the class, for whatever reason. And here comes the awesome part: She fell asleep! Multiple times! Mouth hanging open, head bobbing, softly snoring. It was just fantastic. We spent the whole class watching her fall asleep then wake back up and pretend that she'd been listening the whole time. It was the most fun con law class yet. We figure that if Janet Reno fell asleep, we can too now.

And why do people you don't know and have no connection to facebook you? From different schools even? It makes no sense.

Sunday, September 25, 2005

Switching it up

I changed the title. Mike's name, I give him full credit for coming up with it years ago. But it's my name, so ha. I just needed a change. The old one really only worked for me while I was in Italy, it was just lack of creativity on my part that kept it the same.

I'm fully moved into the new apartment! It went way faster than I thought it would. I still have lots of boxes to unpack, but most of them are actually books, so it's nto a huge rush, I just would like to actually be able to see my books. Not that I have time to read them right now. I think I was tricked by those first couple of weeks of law school. But one of my classes goes on hiatus after October 18th (when I turn in that stupid assignment I get a week off to go write, but I'm going to Berkeley instead), so that'll be better I'm sure. My fridge is oddly much bigger in this apartment (I say oddly because it's the same complex so you'd think all the amenities would be the same). I can tell because I could see the top of my old fridge, but I can't anymore.

Thursday, September 22, 2005

We lost, but I actually don't mind

I played the best game of softball I've had all semester today. I'm very excited. I'm sure I'll suck extra next week to make up for it, but for today, I'm happy =) I think I'll wear the same shirt next week and see if that's it. It does have an American flag on it...

Dance Party

That's right, we're (probably) having a dance party in my constitutional law class on Monday. What kind of dance party? A Janet Reno Dance Party. Yup, supposedly Janet Reno is coming to my con law class on Monday. I don't know why in particular, but hey, it's pretty cool. I most want to ask her about SNL...either that or the standoff in Waco. Nah, who am I kidding, it's totally gonna be SNL.

It's like it's Friday

I'm switching apartments this weekend (first floor to a second floor), which means I'll finally be able to finish unpacking my boxes. I've been waiting to take out a lot of stuff until I made the switch. But I can't get my internet hooked up til Wednesday, which I am not happy about. Especially since the appointment time is 1-5pm, and I have class til 3pm, so I have to hope that they listen to the little note in my file and don't come until after 3. My classes are cancelled on Friday, which is really exciting because it's the only thing that got me out of bed this morning. But it's also bad timing because I was going to be gone at class while my parents started moving me (they're coming into town, their excuse being that it's to help me move =) ), but now I actually have to help! What a rip-off.

When I'm bored in class (and don't have my computer) I tend to write out things I've memorized in the back of notebooks. ie the states or the presidents in order. (alphabetical order for states, chronological for presidents) This way I don't forget them. Anyways, this week I was doing that again (of course) and when I was doing the states, it occurred to me that for most of them, I can name people I know from them now. It was just kind of strange, realizing that the people here are from all over and I can say to myself, I know people from New Jersey..and New Mexico...and New York...and North Carolina (obviously)...but not North Dakota...and Ohio...and Oklahoma (etc etc.)

Oh, and my bowling scores for this week--108 and 110. I seriously do get 9 almost every time. I don't know if it's a curse or what, but my teammates fully recognize this as true. It's not just my imagination.

Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Tick tock

Bringing my computer to class sure makes the time pass quicker.

Tuesday, September 20, 2005

See title below

Oh I'm so so so dumb. I was watching the Cowboys-Redskins game as I typed my last post, and I wrote a sentence saying that I was watching the Cowboys beat the Redskins. It seemed a safe statement, we were winning 13-0, four minutes left. Right after I wrote that sentence, the Redskins scored a touchdown. I deleted "beat" and changed it to "play," but they scored again. At 14-13 I deleted the entire section of my entry, but it was too late--we lost 14-13. And the worst part is, right after I wrote it I knew what I was doing, I knew it was going to ruin it. But it was too late. I know some of you who read this believe and understand. It's why I always wear my Cal football shirt on game days. It's why some people have lucky hats. And now, I must find a way to make up for my sins and cleanse the karma.

Monday, September 19, 2005

Well I just brought this upon myself...dammit

See, this is a reason to do animal law. Poor dog. Served that mean man right. And he shouldn't be hunting anyways.

I'm already in week five of my classes, out of 13. It's pretty awesome, let me say. But I'm kind of scared...my favorite class this semester is actually contracts. I suppose civil procedure isn't much competition, but I thought I'd like constitutional law more. Oh, speaking of which, you know what I find annoying? Professors here seem to refer to lawyers, judges, etc. as "she" instead of "he" when speaking of the generic lawyer or whatever in attempt to counteract the traditional sexism in the field. Ok, fine, whatever. But my con law professor keeps referring to generic president as "her." I find this really annoying because there's never even been a female president. So whenever he makes a reference to "her" wartime powers, I think to myself, whose?? I need to remind myself every time that we're dealing with this imaginary Geena Davis president. I think it's pushing it a bit far.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Oh beautiful day

I have fantastic news. Just fantastic. The second season of Scrubs is coming out on DVD November 15th. If you preorder on Amazon, it's only $27.99 plus free shipping, instead of $39.99. Now, maybe I'm the last one to know about this, but just in case, I thought I would let everyone know. It took them forever to finally release season one, so I'm glad to see that they are starting to catch up now.

I love my computer...but not at class

Got my computer at school again today...stay tuned for updates on fascinating topics.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Yes, the rhyming titles before was on purpose

I haven't watched just about any of the Roberts confirmation hearings (I think my profs should assign that instead of reading, or at least my Con Law professor), but apparently in his opening remarks he made a comment to the effect that his role as judge is that of an umpire--he just calls the balls and strikes according to someone else's rules. Two of my professors talked about this specific analogy. One said that it was ridiculous--Supreme Court judges pick the cases they choose to hear, so if anything, he'd be more like the general manager. My other professor said he really liked the analogy--that a judge should go in there with the attitude that it's his job to just interpret the facts based against the rules we have, because if they go in thinking that they can make up whatever they want, then it's, well, bad (and this professor isn't a strict constructionist, either). He also said that he thinks confirmation hearings are a huge waste of time because no on is convincing anyone else of anything, and people are going to vote how they want to vote. It's a political appointment, so Bush should be able to pick someone wherever on the spectrum he likes (ie a conservative)--he has no obligation to pick a moderate. And, the senators have the right to vote against him just because of his politics--he doesn't have to get approved just because he's qualified. I thought this was an interesting perspective.

I feel incredibly busy right now, and I feel really terrible because I don't get a chance to talk to that many of my friends (ie you people). Heck, I barely even see my brother, and he lives 10 minutes from me! So pretend I call you and we talk, please, so that when I finally do call you it doesn't seem so out of the blue. =)

(Added in) I forgot to mention, the hurricane is far away from here, so we've just gotten some rain. But it is ridiculously humid here now. It hasn't been this bad since like my first week here. I'm not loving it.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Boo!

I saw my schedule for next semester, and it's even worse than this semester. I'm so not pleased.

I was doing reading for one of my classes, and one of the cases involved a haunted house. It was declared legally haunted by the court. "Whether the source of the spectral apparitions seen by defendant seller are parapsychic or psychogenic, having reported their presence in both a national publication (Readers' Digest) and the local press (in 1977 and 1982, respectively), defendant is estopped to deny their existence and, as a matter of law, the house is haunted. " (emphasis added) And the judge spent the whole opinion making ghost puns and jokes. He even had a quote from Hamlet and threw the Ghostbusters song in there too. Ah, if only all our cases were so much fun. I think contracts must have the best cases, though. We also had one with people arguing for pages about the definition of "chicken." I have to say, it's much more interesting than questions of jurisdiction.

Sunday, September 11, 2005

Woo!

I bought my plane ticket to Oakland today! I'm arriving Monday (10/10)at 1:30pm and leaving Saturday around 9am. I am very excited!!!

Yesterday I went to the Duke football home opener, and it was the saddest thing I've ever seen. Not just the football (and 45-0 is pretty sad), but the people at the game. Duke fans were outnumbered by Va Tech fans at least 3-1. The few people who were there left during halftime, so there were just a few hundred Duke fans total left. They had no cheers going on, no yell leaders of any sort to coordinate anything. It was just pathetic. Even when Cal went 1-10 we still had some spirit.

But, afterwards I went to a sports bar to go watch the Cal game, and it was super awesome!!! When I got there there was a guy there wearing a Cal hat, and it turns out he went to Cal and is living in Durham for two years, and he spent all last year coming into this bar to watch the Cal games. So now we have a whole 2-person contingent. But it was so fun watching the game, just being able to see all our Cal people. I did some of the cheers quietly on my own, trying to participate. And John called me during halftime! But I missed it, damn bar noise. But our team kicked much ass too, so I highly approved. And we scored that touchdown on the last play of the game--is Tedford going to let our team "run up the score" now after last year's debacle?

Saturday, September 10, 2005

Bad predictions

Ugh, ESPN's preview of the Cal game today talks about how Ty Willingham wants his first win, and if history is an indicator, he'll get it today, since he was 7-0 against us when he coached Stanfurd from '95-'01. Yeah, we are of course the same team that we were then. There is no difference between 2001 and now. I'm gonna see if I can find the game on tv here...we'll see how that goes. But I'm going to go to the Duke home opener first. We're playing VA Tech, so my hopes are not high, but at least I get to see Marcus Vick, which is kinda cool. And the game ends before the Cal game, so that's all that matters =)

Friday, September 09, 2005

It's late here, that explains this post

So I brought in my computer to school with me today (as you could see from the below post) and although like 95% of my classmates use them to take their notes, I've decided I don't like it. I just brought it in because I thought we needed to for one class, and I figured, hey, let's see if this typing notes thing is all it's cracked up to be. And while I can write much faster that way (thanks to AIM, my wonderful typing teacher), I still think it sucks. So I'll be one of the rebels. We're cooler anyways.

I turned on comment verifications. Sorry for the hassle, but I wanted to avoid the annoying spam comments.

My hair looked very cute tonight. One of my friends even told me so, so I know it's not just me that thought so.

Sorry, I'm really tired. I gots to get more sleep. Oh, and I'm busy convincing people to go with me to a sports bar to watch Cal games. I've got at least one guy, if not more, already coming with me. Woo--go Bears! In the Raiders-Pats game that was on tonight, I was conflicted--I don't like the Raiders, but two of their starters are from Cal. But it was as it was meant to be. Oh, football ending after midnight?? That's soooo weird. I'm used to like 9 or 10pm. This is gonna take some getting used to. Wow, this sounds even flakier than usual. Bedtime now.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

In-class update

I'm sitting here in class (I had to bring my computer today) and the table I'm at just shook. The first thing that popped into my head was, Earthquake!
No one else seemed to notice the shaking. Have I mentioned there aren't many Californians here?

Update: I really hate it when professors habitually keep you late in class.

Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Opinions please

As I mentioned, I'm thinking about going to the Bay Area for part of my fall/writing break. (it's fall break for everyone but 1Ls, who are supposed to be working on somthing due the monday afterward...but in an act of defiance, I am going with the fall break concept) So I was thinking about October 10-15, or something really close to that. Opinions from my Bay Area people? Will this be a good time for you to ignore your own classes and work and shower me with attention?

(And what is with all the weird spam comments? I disapprove. )

Sunday, September 04, 2005

Go Bears!

Listening to the Cal game on the radio is just waaay inferior to watching it on tv. And that can't compare to actually being there. I could hear the crowd on third downs, and doing the Go! Bears! cheer and stuff like that. I tried to participate, but I wasn't yelling too loudly, for fear of freaking out my neighbors. I did wear my football shirt, and I'm not trying to take credit or anything, but I'm just saying, I think the long-distance spirit definitely helped. What can I say, I like to do my part.

Oh, and I did a search on facebook for Reva, and you know what? There are a lot of us out there. I'm surprised I haven't met more. I mean, sure, it's not like if I'd searched for Mary or something, but still, there's definitely enough of us to start a facebook group or something. Maybe we're going back to the 1920s or 30s or whenever it was that Reva was in like the top 400 names according to the census. Ah, glory days. Glory days.

Friday, September 02, 2005

I keep y'all well-informed

A few interesting things I've learned at law school:

When you buy a Burger King franchise, you can attend Burger King University in Miami, or one of hte Whopper College regional training centers, at least as of 1985. See Burger King Corporation v. Rudzewicz. Now that's a diploma to hang on your wall.

When the Normans conquered the Saxons, each group had their own terms for legal matters. To make sure everybody could understand what they were talking about, the common solution was to use both the Norman and Anglo-Saxon terms side by side. This is why we have terms such as: cease and desist, each and every, null and void, will and testament, by and through, etc. I thought that was fascinating. (Side note--in my civil procecure class, somehow the Norman conquest came up, not regarding this, I don't remember how, and my professor said something like "when the normans conquered England in 11something" and I muttered under my breath "1066." The guy I sit next to found it amusing, I think. But what can I say, I like to be precise. And I didn't actually correct her or anything.)

[end "learned in law school" section]

North Carolina has a lottery now. It needed some more votes in the senate, and it looked like it wasn't going to get it, but then at the last minute they had some "nay" voters miss the vote and then the governor broke the tie with a "yay" vote. NC was the last state on the east coast to not have a lottery. According to this article, "GOP foes" say it sends the wrong message that gambling is the way to fix financial troubles. I say, shouldn't people be able to make their own decisions about this? I really doubt the pick six lotto ticket is gonna bankrupt anybody. I don't ever remember seeing anyone with a bucket of quarters standing at a lotto ticket machine saying, just one more try, and then I'll go home. This is why Republicans get a bad name, I think. Perhaps I'm missing the deeper societal effects that it will have, but I doubt it.

Thursday, September 01, 2005

$*#@%^! streets

I get lost every time I drive anywhere other than to school. I can't take it anymore. It's not just my natural lack of direction--the streets here each have several names, they don't go in straight lines, it's just impossible. If you go the wrong way you can't turn around because the streets turn into one-way and there's no street running parallel that goes the other way--everything becomes a giant triangle. I am extremely bitter and angry. And I live near nobody, so I can never carpool either. Yes, I'm complaining, but it's my blog, I can whine if I want to :-p

Oh, while I'm whining, they just don't make highlighters like they used to. I haven't had a ridiculous amount of reading at all, but I've already killed the five-pack of highlighters I bought. I even had to use the bad color. Now, what is the bad color? If you said orange, you'd be almost right. I used that fourth of the five. The bad color is actually yellow. That's right, yellow. See, it's just too trite. I have a mental block against using it. I had to break down and use it today because I had nothing left, but I disapprove.