Tuesday, October 30, 2007

It's making the rounds

Above the Law talks about last night's How I Met Your Mother episode. A day late, ATL, a day late!! But it's cool, I guess you can't do everything. That's why I'm here.

In unrelated news, I was driving behind a car with the license plate "DIABETES" today. I thought that was weird. I mean, is it a guy with diabetes, a doctor who studies diabetes, someone whose favorite character from the Baby-Sitters Club books was Stacey McGill (as mine was)...it could be anything.

Monday, October 29, 2007

Oops

When I came upstairs to do work, it was 9pm. I have yet to start. This is not a good week for me to be procrastinating!!!

HIMYM spoilers below

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I love How I Met Your Mother. Like I want to marry it and have its babies. But it has managed to disappoint me tonight. You remember how awesomely/scarily realistic the law school party episode was? Well, apparently they forgot to discuss this week's script with their law school contact, because everything about the whole "Marshall has a job interview with a big NYC law firm" thing was just all wrong. All wrong!! And maybe I'm being nitpicky...but maybe, just maybe, I know how much potential you have, HIMYM, and it hurts me to see you hurt yourself like this. Because you can do better, I know, I've seen it. And Marshall who graduated from Columbia already last season and still doesn't have a job somehow, and gets an interview at this firm because his dad went to high school with one of the named partners, and then Marshall has no idea what the starting salary would be, and they offer him a company car, and he's going to be assigned to one particular client...this is not you living up to your potential. And you're only hurting yourself in the end.

Sunday, October 28, 2007

Doggie update

So today I met Josh the Dog. He's very cute in person! I brought my camera and meant to take pictures of him, but I totally forgot. He was actually more interested in meeting the other doggies than meeting me, but I did get a few kisses in there. I filled out paperwork so I'm in the system now, and I'm going to meet with Josh again sometime soon at his foster mom's house (turns out they live like two minutes from me!). So, no dog yet, but things are looking like there might be one eventually =)

Epilogue

Oh yeah, and we eventually did play flag football on Friday, we just did it in the rain. Oh, and it ended up being touch instead of flag, sadly. We'll do it right spring semester. But here's the post-game shot:

Halloween

Well, last night was the big halloween party here, and unfortunately I forgot to get any group shots, so I'll have to post them all individually.

Here we have a drunken gnome.

And here is Smurfette, with Hunter S. Thompson (man, I just had to rack my brain to remember that name).

And here's a slutty owl, and a girl scout (who is probably slutty as well...just look at her! Total tramp).

Handy Smurf, and a Newsie!
Ok, this is the costume I was trying to recreate...

And here is how it turned out (note me trying to mimic the pose...I did what I could, ok?)
Here's the original from the back.

And me from the back.

So, there you have it, Halloween at Duke once more! Sure, maybe only one person knew who my costume was, but he loved it. And other people went along with it, which is all I can ask for.

I shake my head

Just shoot me now. This is a complete and utter disaster. We haven't lost three in a row since Tom freakin' Holmoe was our coach! I'm done, let's just call the rest of the season off, and start back up in August. And I'm sorry, but if DeSean Jackson leaves after this sorry-ass season...I call bullshit.

Thursday, October 25, 2007

My apathy towards Duke basketball comes shining through

So for my journal, I'm arranging a social event so the 2Ls and 3Ls can get to know each other better, and I decided to a flag football game! It's supposed to be tomorrow afternoon, but of course after like months of drout, finally Durham decides to get rain this weekend. So I'm trying to think of alternatives, and Chris sugested some of the turf fields around campus, but those are all booked. But you know what wasn't booked? Cameron Indoor. And I thought to myself, wouldn't that be a neat thing to do, play flag football in Cameron? So I emailed the people who coordinate this and asked if we could reserve it, or if he had any better suggestions for me, given that grass won't be an option and the turf fields are booked (see, I anticipated some resistance to my Cameron/flag football idea). And I got this email back:

Are you asking to use Cameron Indoor Stadium for a flag football game?
Please tell me how long you have been at Duke University?


Now, I realize that apparently even asking violated some sort of sacred rule about Duke basketball (which, I'm sorry, just gets in my damn way), but I though it would be cool, and all I did was ask. And really, was it helpful at all to ask me a dumb question, and ignore the rest of my email asking for your help? No, it was not. And he has yet to respond to my reply, so I still have nowhere to play flag football tomorrow. I am displeased.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

It's not stalking if he's up for adoption

There's this dog that is up for adoption around here, and I'm kind of in love with him. He hasn't been adopted yet, and in fact he's in foster care. He's being brought to PetsMart on Sunday, because the shelter does a meet-and-greet twice a month, and I happen to have to go to PetsMart to get a new playground for my birds. I haven't mentioned him to my roommate yet, but he's pretty small, so I thinking she shouldn't object to him. In fact, he's smaller than I would prefer, but he's super cute, and really, I'm going to be living in DC next year, I should be reasonable and not get a great dane. I'm not saying I'm getting a dog...I'm just saying, I'm visiting a dog, and I have no willpower. That is all.

This class is boring

My former love of the Backstreet Boys (don't judge!) compels me to link to this photo. Although I am sad because my favorite member elected not to join with them for this album...sadness of my heart.

Today a squirrel ran in front of my car, and I had to slam on my breaks to avoid hitting him. I really wasn't even sure if I'd missed him until I saw him run to the other side. I'm just glad that there was no one behind me, because I sooo did not check. Luckily I was on campus already and thus going pretty slowly, but I've never come this close to hitting anyone before.

I'm not mad...just disappointed

Dear WRAL weather,

You lied to me. You said clouds in the morning, and rain in the afternoon. But it was pouring at 10am when I left class today! And so I got soaked. I had checked the weather specifically this morning, saw that it wasn't supposed to rain until the afternoon, and made a mental note to bring my umbrella when I left for my afternoon class. How hard would it have been to say chance of showers all day?? Not hard. Go back to weather website school.

Love,

Reva

Costuming

Do you know how long it takes to bedazzle a jean jacket sewing the gems on by hand? A loooong time. I should have stuck with my first instinct and just hot glued them on. Too bad I don't have my bedazzler anymore...that would have been really helpful. Who knew??

Monday, October 22, 2007

Ok, there is one downside to San Diego...

Deja-vu to junior year of college...my neighborhood is going to burn down again. I have at least one cousin who has evacuated already, and I'm guessing at least two other groups of family members will be out of their homes before the end of today. I'm just glad my grandparents moved, because their city has been evacuated, and they're in their 80s now--that would not be easy for them!

UPDATE: Yup, my neighborhood's on fire, and more family has evacuated.

Clarifications

Apparently my post from Saturday was not very clear...although I appreciate that I have people worry about me. The reason why I was so upset was Cal lost to UCLA. I assumed that people would thing, oh, it's Saturday, this is about Cal football. But apparently Cal football is not on peoples' minds all the time, heaven knows why. So, just a clarification. =)

And also, I am not going to move to San Diego. I have just been feeling restless and wanting to change up things, but I loved being in DC this summer and have a good number of friends who are going to be there, so it'll be great I'm sure. I'll just get a dog and then I'll be happy.

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Second-guessing

I'm starting to wonder if maybe I should be going back to San Diego instead of to DC. I'm pretty sure I could make that happen still...

Saturday, October 20, 2007

Baffled

Well, this whole year is just a disaster now, isn't it?? Last week I had to work hard not to cry (I'm not ashamed to say it). This week, I'm just in shock. I have nothing more to say because I just can't understand it.

I forgot to say earlier...

...hooray for 2+ hours conversations with Christine!!

It's late

I have nothing to post right now...what a waste.

Except, if your name is Matt and you're a senior at Duke, don't be mad at me! I wasn't being mean, I promise. And you're not reading this, so I'm only keeping this up for the amusement/confusion of everyone else. You're welcome.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Finally, class listings are (sort of) out!

I think I found an Italian class that I want to take next semester! AND, it meets at a time I can do!! This is so exciting. Assuming, of course, that I can get into the class--it's limited to 15 people, and I don't think I can get in until the undergrads are all done signing up. I looked up the professor, and apparently she taught at the University at Trento (where I went spring semester of senior year),which is pretty cool. So, I have high hopes! They came out with some of our spring schedule so I've been trying to figure out classes...right now I'm aiming for class Monday-Wednesday only again, which might limit my class selection, but whatever, it'll be worth it. Especially since it's not like I'd be skipping out on something I actually want to take--those classes don't exist.

Speaking of classes, last night I had my MPRE prep class (for the ethics exam we have to take)...five hours of watching a taped lecture. Exciting!! Actually it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be, but I'm not sure I can do it every day for six weeks(ish) straight, which is what studying for the bar will be. Plus going home and studying more on your own. Blargh. I mean, I guess it's worth it though, because you do it for a couple of months, and then it's over with--you pass the bar and you're free forever. Hooray for passing the bar and being done with it! California's results don't come out until mid-November though, so a year from now I *still* won't know if I'm a real lawyer yet! But, that is far away. Right now I will focus on whether or not/when I should get a puppy dog.

Thursday, October 18, 2007

I'm easily amused

One of my employment forms for my firm in DC asks for a list of all of my residences for the last seven years...I had to put down eleven different addresses. I just thought that was funny. Oh, the life of a student. I'm really looking forward to being in one place and not planning on moving for a while. Like, there's a good chance I'll move within the first couple of years in DC, but at the same time I can stay or go as I like--I don't know any particular end date (ie graduation), and that sounds pretty cool.

Funky Goats rock on

I forgot to mention that we won BOTH trivia games last night! Thanks to Adam for being our phone-a-friend...really, it's sad he's not here to play on our team, but it means we almost automatically get an extra question answered each week! So useful.

This is just a really great week =)

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Check the stupid schedule!

You know what drives me nuts? Professors who don't know what time their classes end. They have it written on their syllabus, they have it written on the covers of their coursepacks, and yet somehow they can't figure out that class isn't an hour long, it's only 55 minutes! So two of my professors--every week--keep us five minutes after class (and with one professor, that's five minutes plus how long she keeps us after when she thinks class should be over, because she can't shut up ever). I know it sounds petty, but think about it...10 minutes a week times 13 weeks equals over two hours of extra class a semester!! I feel perfectly justified in being annoyed about this. I just wish there was a way to anonymously tell them that they are running over, and it's not appreciated.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

It never ends

I like how I see that there's an email in my inbox that has the subject line of "explanation of email problems today" or something like that (because our email went down for hours again...shocking), but when I try to open it, the email system shuts down! Oh look, it's not working again. And now I'll never know why! Die Ken Hirsh, die.

Triumph!

So, I know you all have been wondering how the saga of the unfair midterm ended up. Well, after all that studying, and Bri and I knowing that crap forwards and backwards, the Immigration Gods have smiled upon us. We got the exact same score, oddly enough, which apparently was the highest score in the class. Yay for us =)

Monday, October 15, 2007

More pictures, finally

I am dumb and fell on my ass today in step class, and now my right foot is mad at me. Not like anything is really wrong with it, but I think I bruised it. I'm just hoping it'll feel better in time for cardio kickboxing tomorrow!!

A few more Aruba pictures:


Andy, Bri, Chris and Abby at dinner our first night in Aruba. Aruba is actually really dry, there's cacti everywhere, but that night there was this insane thunderstorm, it felt like a hurricane hit or something (and they don't have hurricanes there).


Me being attacked by hungry donkeys at the Donkey Sanctuary. We brought apples to feed them, and whoever was holding the apples at any given moment was a very popular visitor. The Donkey Sanctuary is a little off the beaten path, too, so I don't think they get many visitors.

Someone lying in the sand because he may or may not have been really drunk...who knows about these things.


Us on horseback, making our way to the natural pool!


Chris and Andy dancing up a storm. We did this dinner/all you can drink-type thing one night and they had this hilarious emcee who had everyone up and doing various things. I think this is the guys doing the chicken dance.

Here's the girls, it was our turn to dance (but we took a brief break to pose for this picture).

The three of us girls again, this time taking part in a beer-drinking contest! They needed three girl volunteers, so we stepped up to the plate. You bet we did! Abby won, and has the t-shirt to prove it.

Here's a video of an donkey at the sanctuary. There was a donkey scratching himself on a tree which was funnier, but I didn't get video of that, so you get this instead.

Ok, these I am not going to post here, but if you want to see short video clips of all of feeding ostriches, here we all are: Abby, Chris, Andy, Bri, Me. It's mildly entertaining.

...Alright, I uploaded these videos a few days ago, but didn't post them here yet (obviously) but all of them have been watched at least once on YouTube already. How bored are people???

My classroom is currently about 20 degrees colder than the outside...and I'm dressed for the outside, unfortunately

Ugh, this was a pretty crappy weekend. What a way to get back from Aruba. One of the things I hear commentators say about athletes is that they have to be able to shake off a bad play or whatever (like when a quarterback throws an interception...or maybe lets the clock run out instead of throwing it out of bounds so you could kick a game-tying field goal), and come back out onto the field without it hanging over their heads. I'm not very good at this. If something happens that leaves me angry and hurt, I have a hard time compartmentalizing it. I can't stop thinking about it, which is the opposite of what I have to do. So if something, say this awful game from Saturday, has upset me, it ends up lurking around in my brain for a while, and I hate that. It's ludicrous, because my life is awesome and if one bad thing happens, like this game for example, I can't let that get me down. Because this is one game in a lot of games. One shitty game which was important to me for a few hours of my life, but in the end will be pretty meaningless, when I look back at the season, and years worth of seasons. And if I want to murder someone for a few hours, that's ok, as long as I wake up the next day and realize that this person is so unimportant in my life that instead of wanting to murder him, I should just nothing him. Who cares if some stupid idiot played a game he wasn't prepared for and made horrible decisions, screwing over everyone around him. It's over and done with, and he'll have to live with this mark on his record forever. Hurts him more than it does me. I need to focus on next week's game.

Sunday, October 14, 2007

Homicide isn't *always* wrong

I was going to talk about how I'm going to murder Kevin Riley in his sleep tonight, but I realize it's moot. By the time I make it all the way to Berkeley, he will have been long dead. Hopefully in a super painful fashion. I think it'll be like Murder on the Orient Express, where (spoiler alert!) the killer turns out to be everyone--every passenger went and stabbed him once. So by this time tomorrow, Kevin Riley will have approximately 455,000 extremely violent stab wounds. I can't wait.

Friday, October 12, 2007

It's a start

Ugh, I can't wait to go home for Thanksgiving and have my dad do something magical to my hard drive, because my computer is painfully slow right now. I'm uploading videos to YouTube, and what should have taken ten minutes is instead taking hours, as is the uploading of photos online. Ick.

Before I post anything about Aruba, though, I have something very important that I meant to mention beforehand, and totally forgot. How have people not heard of the flying girl sign???


Seriously, I thought this was of universal knowledge, but lately I keep mentioning it to my firends and they have no idea what I'm talking about. Is this really unknown to the world at large??


Ok, I dawled too long and now I have to leave, so here's one quick picture before I go of the five of us (Chris, Bri, Andy, Me, and Abby, from left) in the Natural Pool, as it is called.

Durham is way too cold

Well I just got back from Aruba about an hour ago. It was awesome! High marks. I'll be posting pictures and videos at some point this weekend, probably, so try to contain your excitement for a little longer. I've spent a while now trying to catch up on emails and a few blogs and things like that, but man, I feel like I've missed a lot being gone for almost a week. A week with no phones and no internet! It was kinda nice. Although we did have television, thank god, so I could see that

CAL IS NUMBER TWO!!!!!!!

There, you were waiting for it, I had to oblige you. Now, I think I'm going to finish unpacking, watch HIMYM, and go to bed.

Friday, October 05, 2007

Too early...

It's never a good sign when you get up and your toothbrush is still damp from when you brushed them going to bed.

One last post before I go

I have to get up in less than five hours, but on the plus side, I'm almost finished packing for Aruba! =) Well, I'm really done for the night, the rest of the stuff I need to pack will have to wait until morning for me to be all ready to go.

Apparently Memorial Stadium is one of the top 10 scariest places to play!! That makes me so proud. (Thanks, Mike.)

Now, I'm not saying I endorse the following at all, I'm just posting it because (a) I have Florida and Rutgers people who read this, and (b) I like to see good football discussion come alive in my comments section! TMQ had this to say about the recent losses:

Florida, Rutgers Punished by Football Gods: Every college season has an Upset Saturday, and it fell last weekend for 2007. Top-10 teams Florida and Rutgers were upset almost immediately after displaying poor sportsmanship by running up the score: Oh ye mortals, trifle not with the football gods. Reader Jeffrey Camp notes that against hapless Norfolk State, Rutgers showed terrible sportsmanship by calling all three of its timeouts in the final minute of the first half, frantically trying to score again before intermission -- although Rutgers was ahead 45-0 at the time. Camp asks, "Aren't Knights supposed to be honorable and chivalrous?" Reader Chris Shirley notes that when leading Tennessee 49-20 in the fourth quarter, Florida still had Tim Tebow on the field and still had him throwing deep; leading 52-20 with first-and-goal with less than two minutes remaining, Florida could have taken a knee to end the game, but instead, Urban Meyer had his charges pound the ball into the end zone to run up the final score to 59-20. As Tuesday Morning Quarterback often notes, running up the score is little-bully behavior that evinces lack of character. And it always comes back to haunt you because when the pressure is on, little bullies fold.

TMQ is big on the Football Gods. And I have to say, I think they like me, because they set Cal's bye week during fall break, when I'll be out of the country and thus would be unable to watch otherwise! Incidentally, this is part of the reason why I went abroad in undergrad during spring instead of fall semester.

I bowled a 160 last night, and marked in every frame except for one! That's not my highest score ever, but my high score is in the 160s so it's darn close. I've still yet to get a turkey, though--I've gotten two strikes and something else (sometimes even a nine!) on several occasions, but I've never managed to pull it off. It does make me a little sad =(

I know what I want to be for Halloween, but I'm having trouble finding the right clothes...does anyone happen to still have their Bedazzler? I got rid of mine long ago. Which was just foolish and shortsighted, I blame my father and his penchant for making me get rid of things I "haven't used" ever. Ridiculous, I say.

Wednesday, October 03, 2007

I finally quit dawdling

Alright, it's finally official--I accepted a job! I'm going to DC. I'm excited =)

What about Conditional Permanent Resident Status???

Alright, I am not very pleased with that midterm, and I'll tell you why. It came nowhere NEAR testing my knowledge of immigration law. I can spout off exceptions like nobody's business, but he asked nothing! Instead, he did some easy questions (which I expected), and then some vague questions where I'm not really sure if I even put what he wanted or not. And I feel validated in these opinions, because Bri had the exact same reaction I did. Man, I wanted him to ask what one job still falls under the H-1B visa category as a leftover from the old prominence requirement (fashion models of merit and distinction!). And instead I got, What visa is for students. Ugh.

In better news, today is a double birthday! My little brother is finally 21, and my grandpa is 89 today. Hooray!

And in the best news, did I mention that next week is fall break, and I'm going to Aruba? Well, I am. And it's going to be legen...wait for it...dary! So I'll be updateless starting Friday, but I promise to have awesome pictures when I get back.

Oh, since Adam brought up the Fox Sports Power Rankings, here's what they have for Cal:

4. California (5-0)
W, at Oregon, 31-24 next game: Oregon State (Oct. 13)
The Ranking Should Be Higher Because ... winning in Autzen Stadium right now is as impressive as it gets. The defense, which was supposed to get torched thanks to injuries and ineffectiveness, was good enough, while the offense, even with a banged up Nate Longshore, got the job done.
The Ranking Should Be Lower Because ... it shouldn't be. Beating Tennessee and Oregon right now probably should make the Bears third.


I skimmed through the top 25 and didn't see anyone else who had a "The ranking should be lower because...it shouldn't be." Yay =)

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

But don't worry, the obsession isn't fading

I think I'll take the opportunity of my obsession with Iran So Far to bring up once more an awesome site Matt showed me years ago, The Lonely Island. I highly recommend watching The 'Bu (especially if you happen to be in love with Elliott...Mike!) and, for some reason, I love the Just 2 Guyz video. My favorite line--"fancy feet moves putting you in a trance." It's all much easier to watch now that You Tube exists, you don't have to download everything! Oh technology.

So...are you wondering what places can you be born a US national instead of a US citizen? I'll tell you...it's American Samoa and Swain's Island! Look it up, it's a place. Also, do you know how many H-B1 visas can be issued every year? 65,000! And how many EB-3s are reserved for NACARA applicants? 5,000! That's from the 10,000 unskilled worker visas set aside, from the 40,000 overall designated for EB-3s. And what crimes make you deportable but not inadmissible? Aggravated felonies, domestic violence, firearms offences, and high speed flight from an immigration checkpoint! Man, if I don't do well on this midterm tomorrow, I'm going to be disappointed. As disappointed as I would be if my parents weren't married and my dad was the US citizen in the pair, but he didn't legitimize me by the time I was 18! Oh, snap!

Monday, October 01, 2007

My puppies--like me--will NOT be visiting Iran!

These wackos (yes, wackos!) can't even leave poor dogs alone!

One of [these young dog owners in Tehran] is 23-year-old Banafshe, whose dog was recently detained in Tehran for 48 hours and then released on bail. Banafshe says she was walking her young puppy, Jessica, when Iranian police snatched the dog and took her to a dog "jail." The dog's crime was "walking in public."
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Reza Javalchi, the secretary of the Society to Defend the Rights of Animals, says dog ownership, more common in the West, is considered by Iranian officials to be a sign of Western influence. "But that is not the case," he said. "If we want to speak about symbols of Western civilization then maybe wearing a suit is also Western. These are issues that have become part of human life. Based on our research, domestic dogs were kept in Iran for hunting and guarding maybe long before it became widespread in the West."

Last month, a young person was arrested in Tehran for posting ads of his lost dog.
According to Mehdi Ahmadi, a spokesman for Tehran's police force, such ads spread depravity by encouraging dog ownership.


Activists say that officially no legal prohibition exists in Iran against keeping dogs as pets. But that is little solace to the dozens of dogs that kept in the detention center, or their owners waiting for the return of their beloved pets.

I think it's a teeny bit funny that they're mad about dog ownership being too "western," and one of the girls they talked to has a puppy named Jessica. But really, the whole thing is so ludicrous. I think the Animal Rights guy is right, it's not really a sign of a type a particular type of culture, it's just a part of human life now. I really doubt "arresting" dogs for "walking in public" is going to do much other than rile up the populace. Maybe we should tell them about what happened with Michael Vick--people get mad when you mistreat dogs!

(Thanks, Mom)

It's become an obsession somehow

I think I'm going through withdrawals, the Iran So Far video isn't on YouTube anymore, and it's not on working on the NBC SNL website, either. This is not ok!!!!

...Ok, thank god, I found it somewhere else. I just had to see Adam Levine singing "Jim Caviezel" again. My favorite part of the song, I don't know why. That and the part when Fred Armisen stares into the camera and says "I'm trippin' too."

Also, I hope you all noticed how much I posted last month. 33 months I've been blogging, and that was fourth most! 30 posts, and the most I've ever done was 33, so I was pretty close there. You're welcome.

Today I wore a Cal shirt to class, to celebrate. And I saw one other person wearing Cal shirt, and some random guy said Go Bears! as he walked by me in the halls. So it was a good day!

And, somewhat sadly, I'm one step closer to being a lawyer...I signed up for the bar review class I need to take. All I have to say is, thank God I don't have to pay for it myself, because it's damn expensive!!

I've mentioned guilt tripping this stupid weasel (weasel is I think my new general name for guys) to two different people, and they BOTH said, unprovoked, that I'm good at guilt trips. I'm proud of that, but I'm not sure if I should be.