Sunday, September 30, 2007

Olden times

Finally, this article gives me the information I've been wanting! The highlights:

Last time we were ranked number 3: 1952
Last time we were ranked higher than number 3: 1951 (ranked 1 for one week)
Cal has been ranked in the top 3 14 times, including seven weeks in the top two in 1937
Last national championship: 1937 team (1938 Rose Bowl)

Wow...we haven't been awesome for a long time. But hooray for being a young alum around to enjoy it now!

PS: Obviously my midterm stuying is going excellently.

PPS: I think I've watched the "Iran So Far" video like 15 times already today.

Speaking of Iran...




(Thanks, Adam)

Cal spirit all over the place

I love that last night within the span of about three minutes, I got two voicemails saying, oh my god, Cal is going to be number three tomorrow!!!!!! I missed both of these calls because I was busy jumping up and down and shouting to strangers, do you know what this means?? Cal is going to be number three tomorrow!!!!! Of course, nothing is certain until the rankings are released, but wow.

UPDATE: They're out! It's official!! Number three!!!

UPDATE 2: My disdain for Pat Forde grows even greater. Some of you may remember that I was livid this past summer over a column written by this jackclown where he said Cal just didn't care when we lost to USC in 2004. Well, I was about to link to another column written by him, talking about all of the crazy losses that went down this past Saturday, and I noticed that he did not care to mention Cal at all in the article! I mean, he talks about the Big 12, the Big East, and the Big 10, and the ACC. But the word "Pac-10" does not appear anywhere in this article! You'd think that two of the top three teams being in the Pac-10 would be something worth mentioning, right? (I mean, it wasn't official, but it was a reasonable assumption at the time.) It's crazy! And perhaps I'm being overly-sensitive, but I think, given his previously-documented attitude, this is more evidence of him being an anti-Pac 10 jackclown.

UPDATE 3: Finally, a little love for the Pac-10.

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Still trying to calm down

Oh my lord, what a game, what a game! I almost had a heart attack a few times in the bar I was watching at. I was annoyed with several huge missed opportunities of ours, but I got my wish in the end, we beat Oregon but they didn't get trounced. Of course, it was a little closer than I would have been comfortable with, but man that was the most exciting Cal game I've seen in a while. And our first victory at Autzen since 1987! As you said, Brian, a thriller until the end.

I'm just glad that we didn't fall victim to this crazy weekend--six teams in the top 15 have lost already (although I guess one of those was Oregon). Madness!

Pretend football

Ok, these simulations kind of baffle me. I don't really see how they're worth much, but regardless, I'll take their imagination of the game:




Ideally, we don't want to crush Oregon, because they're Pac-10 and we want them to still be highly ranked. So a high-scoring game where both teams play well, and we win, would be perfect.

I love Saturdays

Hooray for Cal football! And boo for the Georgia Tech/Clemson game being shown on ABC here instead of Cal/Oregon. I know that we're "in the South" and our game is "Pac-10," but come on, a game with one ranked opponent versus a game with two?? Our game is way more important. And look at this map of the tv coverage--there are random pockets all over for the Clemson, Wisconsin and Rutgers games. Why not one for our game--right here? Perfectly reasonable, I tell you!

Ha, I just realizedI got distracted while writing and forgot to actually post this. Oh Sparklebrainness.

Friday, September 28, 2007

Crazy foreign law

So, I'm not sure about this, but I think I may have Iranian citizenship, according to them, anyway. As I said, I'm studying for Immigration law, and one of the things I just read was talking about dual citizenship, so I decided to look into it a little bit.

According to the Iranian Civil Code, article 976, "those born [in] Iran or outside whose fathers are Iranian" are Iranian subjects. (As are "every women of foreign nationality who marries an Iranian man"...ha, mom!) Article 988 says that "the wife and children of the person who renounces his nationality according to this article do not lose their Iranian nationality...unless the permission of the Council of Ministers allows them to renounce their nationality." Now, my dad became an American citizen I think sometime between when my I was born and my brother was born (I'm not sure exactly when), so I'm not clear exactly how the renounciation of citizenship thing would work here. But, it might not matter, since I don't think that Iran recognizes a renounciation of citizenship anyway if you become American! And this interview with an Iranian "lawyer and scholar" addresses the situation in particular:

[Y]our question is just the opposite, i.e. if the father is an Iranian citizen when a child is born to him, but chooses to change his citizenship later on. In this case, the father's abandonment of Iranian citizenship doesn't end up in the child's losing it as well and the child remains to be known as an Iranian citizen; unless the abandonment of citizenship by the father includes the child as well.

As I said, I don't know how exactly this would come down, but it's interesting. It's too bad it's not for a country I'd actually want to go to ever, but oh well.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Brief reflections on Monday tv

I actually have a midterm next week...I haven't had a midterm in almost three years, it feels really weird! Anyway I'm supposed to be studying but I'm going to give you something to procrastinate with (reading my blog) and me something to procrastinate with (writing it!).

Some spoilers below (barely), but watch out...
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How I Met Your Mother was awesome this week! I mean, we saw the return of the Slap Bet (man I love it when they tie all these story lines in together, the writers at HIMYM are really good at it, makes my heart smile), which right there made my day. But we also finally got some hints about the mother, who I read actually makes an appearance this season, hooray! It really is so well-written and well-acted, and it makes me happy that more of my friends are embracing the awesomeness that is HIMYM.

I tried watching that show after HIMYM, Big Bang Theory, and after ten minutes I stopped watching, stopped recording it, and cancelled the entire season of recording that I had set. I thought it was just awful.

I saw Chuck, on NBC at the same time as HIMYM (so you know that was dvr'd, not watched live!) and that actually seems promising. Goofy guy, kind of ridiculous storyline...I like it. I'll keep watching it, for now at least.

I've DVR'd a bunch of other shows, seeing how the new fall crop turns out, but I haven't had a chance to watch any of them yet. I'm kinda bummed that Lost isn't starting up until January, but it will be worth it to have the every-week-a-new-episode season.

Ok, I had more to write but I have to go now, my dad's in town this week so we're having dinner, yay!

Monday, September 24, 2007

Finally, good tv!

Alright, I hope everyone has their dvr's set (what? You don't have dvr? Freak!) because tonight is the season premiere of How I Met Your Mother! I hate to steal Matt's email, but it's going to be legen...wait for it... =) And later tonight is the season finale of The Pick-Up Artist! I'm rooting for Kosmo...I was never a huge fan of Brady, and frankly, after his super harsh neg on the stripper, I just can't like him.

Also, a survey--who thinks that going as Mystery would be an awesome halloween costume? Because it would be. Not for me, for Chris.




PS: Thank god for the automatic save feature that blogger has now. My stupid computer has something really wrong with it, and occasionally when I try to google something, explorer freezes up and I have to close the whole window. But now my brilliance is saved!

Sunday, September 23, 2007

Some of the best Charleston pics...you can imagine your own captions







Hooray for more awesomeness

Did everyone enjoy the Cowboys' game tonight??? I did. =)

All I need is one good football school, anyway

And by good, I mean AWESOME!

From ESPN's top 25 overview, talking about the Ohio State/Northwestern game this week:

IT WAS OVER WHEN...
Northwestern lost to Duke. When you lose to a team that hadn't won in years, it's tough to bounce back with an upset of a top-10 team.


Oh Duke football...I feel bad for them, I really do. Football's just so much cooler than basketball, and the program gets no love here. Not just because they're so awful, but I think at another school, they'd care more and try to fix it, instead of just ignoring it and talking about Coach K.

I don't know if this is petty of me or not, but I got annoyed with one of the commentators for the Cal football game yesterday. They had a shot of the student section rolling someone up after a touchdown (as we do), and the guy made a comment about how students in the UC system (ie Cal) have just gotten back to school from summer break. Now, I don't expect people to know when Cal students start back up, but if you're going to voluntarily share this bit of information, shouldn't it be accurate?? Cal is the only UC school on the semester system--everyone else is on the quarter system, and so yes, THEY just got back to school, but WE have been in session for weeks! Again, I don't know if it's petty, but it seems like if he's going to brag about being from Northern California and knowing all this stuff, then he should be right at least. But what do you expect from the Versus network, who lost feed for like ten minutes? I'm glad I got to watch the game at least, I know I should be grateful, but it's my blog, I can complain if I want to.

Saturday, September 22, 2007

Bitter

I am TRYING to watch the Cal-Arizona game right now, but trying is the operative word. The stupid station showing the game had technical difficulties, so we lost video first, and then audio too! So they stopped the feed when we were up 14-3, and when we finally got it back, it was 28-3! But no, it's cool, I didn't want to see Jahvid Best run in a touchdown, and then see a sack force a fumble, which gave us a defensive touchdown. Nah, it's cool. I'll just read about it tomorrow.

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

At least we won one of the trivia games tonight

I was going to post some of my favorite pictures from Charleston, but those will have to wait until another day, because that'll take a while and it's getting late now. However, I will say that I must be giving out some sort of strange vibe the last week or so that says if you're old, obese, really drunk, or all of the above, please hit on me. It gets low marks.

Update: Yes, Adam was our phone-a-friend. He wikipedia'd the answer for us super quick! Very helpful.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

I love having a one-day week!

Charleston was really awesome -- I'm ready to move there now, pretty much. On the water, full of awesome history, super pretty...it was great! I haven't uploaded my pictures yet, but once I do I might post a few here (lucky you!). But I loved it =) I had wanted to go for years, so I'm glad I wasn't disappointed!

I'd be more annoyed about being number eight in the USA Today poll, but seeing as there's only ten votes between us and the sixth ranking there, and we're comfortably seated sixth in the AP poll, I'm pretty pleased. 6th!! That's so fantastic.

Also, this is the least of the reasons why no one should ever wear crocs. They're an abomination.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

The procrastinating is apparently drawing to an end

I figured that I'd be able to ignore the whole "going to graduate from law school this year, have to take the bar exam and become a real adult" thing for a while, but I guess I was wrong. I signed up for the MPRE last week, which is the ethics exam you have to take in order to be admitted to the bar. That happens in November. I reeeeaaaalllllly don't want to take this. So I figured I should just go and get it out of the way, but yeah, this makes it feel much more real. And, on top of that, I need to figure out what bar exam I want to take!

I haven't accepted a job yet, but if I go to DC, I can pick whichever bar I want to take (while DC does have its own bar exam, you actually can waive into DC pretty much automatically from any other state, so no one in their right mind does the DC bar). Of course, it makes sense to take the bar of whatever state I might want to move to eventually...as if I know where that is. Right now I feel like the leading candidate is California, but I'm not really sure on that at all. I just looked up the requirements for the California bar today and it turns out that I was supposed to register for the California bar 90 days AFTER STARTING LAW SCHOOL. Of course, it's not a problem if I haven't, I just have to pay a late fee. So basically it's a way for them to make more money. Bri has a similar thing with the Ohio bar, she was supposed to register to apply by November of 2L year, which was of course a year ago, but she just has to pay a late fee, too.

Also, I'm finally going to go to Charleston!! I've been wanting to do this for years, really, but we have next Monday and Tuesday off (which gives me a grand total of a six-day weekend, score!) so some of us are going to Charleston for a few days to check out all the awesome historical stuff. And of course go on the haunted jail tour!!

Monday, September 10, 2007

Movin' on up...

Ah, number eight. Not a bad place to be at all! Although I don't know what was with those two touchdowns we gave up at the very end--our score looked much better when we were up by 20. I'm just glad that the voters were smart enough to realize that they didn't really matter =)

Also, my friend Mauricio is a genius. The game was being shown on CSTV, which is of course not normal cable tv. I was going to go to a sports bar to watch it, but Mauricio pointed out that it actually is available on digital cable, so I should call up and see how much it is to order it. Turns out the answer is just $2.95 a month!! So hello watching Cal football from home! Unfortunately I don't see any other games on our schedule yet that are being shown on CSTV, but I have no idea when all of these decisions get made so I'm hoping some of the games that show up right now as only radio broadcasts will be available on my new favorite station! I mean, people will want to see Cal-UCLA, so it must be shown on something.

Friday, September 07, 2007

Creative Cats

Ok, I really should be getting some reading done right now, but I know if I don't post this now it won't happen until after the weekend, so I'll just procrastinate some more.

So, last night Bri and I were bored and didn't know what to do with ourselves. Chris was out of town, we didn't want to just hang out and drink...we needed something new. Something awesome. We realized that maybe we should take advantage of the fact that Chris was out of town...and that Bri has a spare key to his place. Chris has a two-bedroom apartment and lives by himself, because his roommmate last year was Adam, who of course moved to Boston. And ever since Adam left, we've been joking about turning the spare bedroom into a jello wrestling room. So, Bri and I decided to make it happen!

Well it was after 11 last night, so we headed to the 24-hour Wal-Mart to get supplies. However, when we got there they had no kiddie pools! Apparently it's too late in the season for outdoor water fun. Bri and I were very upset. Lesser people would have given up at that point. But we are way too awesome for that! We started pacing the aisles of Wal-Mart, looking for inspiration. Our first winning point was a tarp--we knew that would be the start of it. But we'd have to come up with walls of some sort, to make it a pool! That's when divine inspiration struck--we'd use mini-blind rods! I was just looking for a picture online of what we used, but I can't find them. They're the kinds where they extend, and they're long and flat, and each end curves in (to attach to the wall). I may be wrong on them being for mini-blinds, I don't know. You can kind of see them in this picture of us shopping:
So now we had that, we just needed a way to anchor the rods to the ground. And then more divine inspiration--vanity-sized trash cans! Oh yes. So with the elements of our jellow wresting pool FINALLY figured out, we got the important stuff--the jello! Just a little bit, so Chris would know that it wasn't just a regular pool we made:

So with that, we headed out of Wal-Mart, and got ready to work!

Of course, step one once we got back to Chris' place was to punch holes in the trash cans, to attach the rods:


It wasn't easy, but we got it down to something of a system eventually. Once we had the rods in the trash cans, then we duct taped them so they'd be secure.


Finally, the frame was ready to go!

We put the tarp down over the frame, but of course that wasn't the end of it--look how amateurish it would have been had we left it like this!


We're better than that. So we went around the edges, taping the tarp to itself, so it looked more finished. And then, finally, we had our pool!


Then we had to put the jello in it:


Of course, now that it was finished, Bri and I had to try it out!



I got the upper hand first.

But then Bri went all crazy on me!

In the end, however, we called it a draw, and just enjoyed the wonder that is our jello wrestling pool.


And this, my friends, is why Bri and I are awesome!
(Man, this took a long time to post. Probably because it takes forever to upload the pictures. Plus my computer sucks.)

Coming Soon

Bri and I had the awesomest night tonight. I don't have time to tell you all about it now, but I'll post about it as soon as I can. And we took pictures, too, throughout the whole evening, so it'll be almost like you were there. But not quite, because only we are awesome enough to have had this awesome night.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

My very important opinion

How on earth did I miss the fact that the Jets have a tackle named D'Brickashaw Ferguson? He sounds like a really nice guy, but really, D'Brickashaw?? And he's got a brother named Edwin. "These are my sons, Edwin and D'Brickashaw." Does that sound bizarro to anyone else?? According to Wikipedia, he's named after a character from The Thorn Birds, Father Ralph de Bricassart. Ok, (a) that's a last name, and (b) those aren't even the same names!! So Mrs. Ferguson, I'm afraid I just can't approve. There, I'm sorry, but it had to be said.

Also, I changed the taillight in my car, all by myself, yay! (well ok, *almost* all by myself) so now I can turn left without feeling guilty anymore.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

We rock

Top 10!! Whee!!! Also, interesting that Michigan didn't just fall, but dropped clear out of the rankings.

I'm not so good with cars, it seems

So apparently I'm the only dumbass who doesn't know that when your blinker goes crazy fast, it means a bulb is burned out. It's funny, I wasn't worried at all when I thought my car had just had a stroke, but now that I know that the bulb is burned out, I'm worried people think that I'm just a douche that doesn't signal, so I feel bad. I'll fix it on Thursday, though...I can't tomorrow because of the fun class bonanza.

Tonight we went to The Tav for trivia...and they were closed!! Apparently they decided to take a long weekend. Which sooo was not ok. We went to another bar that does trivia on Tuesdays, but it totally sucked and we're never going back there. The one redeeming thing of the whole night is that one of the categories was Saved by the Bell! And I have to admit, I actually got one of the five wrong. But it was a really hard one...what was the name of Screech's robot? That is from the way old school episodes.

Oh, also a note to professors who schedule make-up classes in the evenings, because they got stuck in jury duty and had to cancel regular class: don't make us be in class until 7:30, and then run over!!! That's just rude, lady, especially since you knew full well what time it was when you chose to go on to new material. Hypothetically, I mean.

PS Don't correct my spelling or grammar please, it's more than likely a typo. =) And if it's not...too bad!

Monday, September 03, 2007

Maybe physical therapy would help...

So, I think my car may have had a stroke. You know sometimes someone has a stroke, and they're mostly fine, but like one hand shakes or something like that? Well, that seems to have happened to my car. It's left blinker has gone nuts--it now goes twice as fast as it used to. And the right blinker is totally normal, goes at it's regular pace. The left blinker, however, is going crazy fast. I don't know what happened, I don't know why it started, but all of a sudden starting yesterday it's just racing. Hence my conclusion that it must have had a stroke. Which is a shame, because the fast blinker sound is really annoying.

Sadness of my heart

Guess where I am now? In class. But Reva, you say, today is Labor Day! Why would you be in class?? Well, because Duke sucks. That's why, friends. That's why.

PSA

So that Tide stain remover pen? Really works! No joke, red wine on my new dress, gone! I highly recommend it. And apparently it was the cutest dress ever (according to Cat) so I'm glad it was not ruined!

Oh, I forgot to mention earlier, I got like 17 text messages after the Cal game last night congratulating me on the win. That was pretty awesome, too =)

Sunday, September 02, 2007

More fun stuff

Ivan Maisel's take on our victory, because I know you want to read it.

It was good

Ah, the first punt returned for a touchdown of the season. I love Cal football!!!!!!!! Oh, and screw these guys.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

Technology has failed me

I don't know why, but the time stamp on my blog never caught up with daylight savings time, so it's been an hour behind for like five months or something (except when I was living in Dallas on central time). I just changed the time zone from EST to Anguilla so that it will be right, at least until Fall Back, but I don't know why it couldn't fix itself. Weird.

If I had the power to smite people...

Less than 8 hours until Cal football!!! Hooray!!!!

So, this happened like a week ago and it really pissed me off, but I forgot to blog about it. Well, I was at Target last week getting whatever, and I was walking back to my car and was (oddly enough) thinking about how silly it is for people to leave their carts out in that parking lot because Target is really great about having those little "cart corral" places all over, so it's never that far to put your cart away. (Quick background note--my dad really hates it when people leave their shopping carts randomly in the parking lot, so I tend to notice it more than a normal person would, just because I'm used to hearing grumbling about it.) Then I get to my car and I notice that the woman next to me, who was almost done unloading her items, had used two carts. I didn't have much, so I put my stuff in my car quickly and then walked the three whole spaces it took to get to the cart corral to put away my cart. As I got back, I noticed that the bitch with the two carts not only left both of them out, but one was behind her car, and one was behind my car, blocking me in!! See, she didn't have anyone parked directly across from her, so she was planning on pulling straight out, so she didn't give a crap. I was so pissed. I took the cart blocking my car and moved it next to her other cart, which was blocking her car. I got in my car, and right before the woman could leave, someone pulled in directly across from her! I was so happy right then, her evil plan was foiled. But then the whore got out of her car and moved both of the carts so they were straddling the dividing line between her car and the car next to her (not on my side). I mean, really, it was literally about 15 feet to have gotten the carts out of the way. And what kind of selfish bitch just leaves the carts completely blocking two spaces, including one where the person is right there and about to try to back out?? I hope she dies. And no, I don't feel that that's too harsh.

Why I decided not to be a vet when I was nine years old

Today Tram and I went to Chapel Hill, just to explore the campus and see a bit of the area, and on the way back we saw a cat get hit by a car. It was terrible, this cat was just in the road, and tried to dart to the sidewalk but he wasn't fast enough and this car hit him with its right tire. It was almost slow-motion. So it wasn't the car's fault, and it looked like it tried to avoid him, but then once it hit the cat it just kept on driving!! So I stopped, as did the car in front of me, and we went to the cat, who was still alive. It was horrible though, I didn't look too closely because it was so awful, but there was a lot of skin exposed that shouldn't have been exposed, and a bone sticking several inches out of his leg. Luckily there was an animal hospital almost right across the street, so Tram, this woman, and I brought the cat over there. But they said he was injured too badly, all they could do was euthanize him. I'm glad we were able to end its pain quickly, but it was so awful, by the time we brought him to the vet he had blood dripping out of its mouth. He didn't have a collar or anything, so I don't know if he belonged to anyone. But the poor thing...I've never seen anything hit like that, right in front of me.