Tuesday, October 30, 2007
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
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
And here is Smurfette, with Hunter S. Thompson (man, I just had to rack my brain to remember that name).
Handy Smurf, and a Newsie!
Thursday, October 25, 2007
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
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.
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.
Monday, October 22, 2007
UPDATE: Yup, my neighborhood's on fire, and more family has evacuated.
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
Saturday, October 20, 2007
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
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
This is just a really great week =)
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Monday, October 15, 2007
A few more Aruba pictures:
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.
...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
Sunday, October 14, 2007
Friday, October 12, 2007
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.
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
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
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
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
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."
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!
...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.