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I am totally a 12-year-old, endlessly fascinated with things like mutant teeth and getting stitches. So this is totally cut for the easily squicked, and to spare erjika's sensibilities :D )

I just think it's so cool. And I get the BEST stories from customers about their sliced finger adventures. The gal at the bank told me a story when I was making a deposit. XD

Thing 2: http://www.strindbergandhelium.com.
My freshman year of college, my awesome roommate and I randomly surfed to the Sundance film festival page, and watched a bunch of animated shorts. This set of entries changed our lives. In the sense that I have spread it like a virus among my school friends and it continues to inform our conversations to this day. :D And after 8 years, there will be more!

...I pride myself on my Helium voice. :DDDDDD

Thing 3: @[livejournal.com profile] erjika: BALLS. :3

Thing 4: Going to the Lawrence Hall of Science in Berkeley tomorrow! Deaf event for ASL class, and first time going to that museum. Awesomeness.

Thing 5: Hope all you lovelies are doing well. ♥
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+ Survived the CBEST test!
- Frustrated the hell out of myself because I did the second essay first, but wrote it on the sheet for the first essay. D: So I had to transcribe it to the proper sheet and erase the wrong part. Wasted about twenty minutes, so I didn't finish essay no. 1.

+ Made a new friend at the test!
- Because the officials who collected all our cell phones at the beginning couldn't find hers!
+ But it turned out later to have been in the wrong box. Phone recovered! I basically spent time lending her my phone so she could call her ride, and we swapped stories. She told me about being a teacher in Colombia and coming her, learning English, and testing to be a teacher here. I told her about trying to be a speech therapist.

+ Found a recipe for Amazing and Easy Lentils and Rice. It really was that easy. Used some frozen lamb stock I had in the freezer for flavor, garlic, onion and tomatoes, and it was delicious.
- (?) Mom said that everything in her bathroom smelled like it afterwards. :P
+ Food porn at Queen's house! Photographs to come! Poached pears, cake, and my lentils and rice, and wine/sparkling cider. All to try the burnt caramel sauce I bought when Queen and I went to the SF Farmer's Market at the Ferry Building. Guys? The term 'foodgasm' is utterly appropriate here.

- Work was so boring because of the rain. Pretty quiet.
---Murphy decided to liven things up. I'm not sure if I was klutzy, forgetful, or the machine just went haywire. We have a stack cutter for cutting edges off photographs. Very low-tech, a bar for holding the photos in place and a blade on a giant handle, like a giant cleaver. Usually I'll cut, then put the handle back to vertical where a little catch keeps it in place. This time as I was getting the cut photos out, the handle fell down. So I caught it -- blade-first on my fingers. UM, THE EASILY SQUICKED MAY WANT TO SKIP THIS PART WHICH SHALL BE BEHIND LJ-CUT )

+ Birthday dinner for my grandpa, turning 79! Uncle and aunt came in, there was cooking of delicious food like corn soup, steamed fish, eggplant, mushrooms galore, and more tasty veggies than you can shake a stick at. :D And awesome cake from my aunt's friend's bakery in Chinatown, spongecake with fruit and this awesome light frosting, not heavy like buttercream (I can't stand American desserts because of the heavy frosting).

+ Bro showed me this hilarious video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JruqUIjl5Sw
The Muppets doing Bohemian Rhapsody. You have not lived until you've seen this.

Okay, long enough! Hope all you darlings are doing wonderfully! ♥
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I'm posting this from my mom's computer, because last night my brother turned it on, and it went from Compaq to a black screen, whirr-clicked for a bit, and then this message: Operating system not found. /o\

It also puts up a message about Incorrect Drive A, enter setup, but I think that's some kind of SOS because it doesn't have another way to express itself, since I haven't changed the floppy drive in any way. Won't boot from the CD, so I'm searching for another way. I bought this steady computer back in 2003, and it's worked, slow and steady til now. At least all the data's on a secondary harddrive, so I just have to get access to it.

In other news, got to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] erjika and most of the Lunch Bunch for the first time in...seven months? And erjika's setting off for Hawaii for work (omg envious) tomorrow, and T's back to the Caribbean for med school next week. I missed them, all of us together is a whole nother plane of weirdness. I always swear I'm going to bring a voice recorder to our gatherings because there are always hilarious quotes. This time mostly about balls, like the AC/DC song. :D Mmmm, tasty food. :D :D :D

Anyway yeah, I'm going to be flying to Saint Paul, Minnesota tomorrow morning for [livejournal.com profile] amoraj's wedding, will be there until September 1, so if anyone's in the area and wants to hang? Or if anyone has drabble prompts for me to write on the plane? ^__^

Much love to all <3
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But I finally found the motivation to post these.

Cut to preserve your flist page )

Rest of the pictures are here where I pose with my friend, the Gimpy Gypsy Queen. <3
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Hey everybody, this post is gonna really suck, since I'm just doing a general check in to prove to everybody that I'm still alive, if eaten alive by mosquitos. :P

San Antonio was awesome, the train rides were decent and I met some interesting people, though the trains took forever because of all the delays. I'm amused that letting it be known that I dated [livejournal.com profile] calculusdude16 gets me all sorts of street cred with the really nice Mexican people I met on the trains from San Jose to San Antonio. XD I got into New Orleans all right, and I've been here a week and a half, every day being a little different with all the activities I'm getting into.

Let's see- quick highlights: Mostly I'm doing office work of all sorts, helping to prepare, because August 29th is the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, and the People's Hurricane Relief Fund www.peopleshurricane.org is planning a united front commemoration, to remind people that hey, it's been a year and jack has been done with rebuilding, with bringing people in the New Orleans Black Diaspora home, with addressing issues of racism and classism that has permeated New Orleans from pre- and during Katrina, and since then.

So I've helped put names from 6000 people who were at the Convention Center (like the Superdome, only more so because that place was not equipped for evacuation, so no med or food or water supplies) in a survivors' database we're keeping, been to community meetings here and there, did administrative stuff, walked the streets of New Orleans doing flyering and outreach, and started learning the different neighborhoods that make this place unique.

Also I've seen the lower 9th ward (go to www.nola.com, to the Times-Picayune and they have a flash animation that shows the progress of the various levee breaks and flooding during Katrina- crazy) and the richer, whiter neighborhoods for contrast, and the divide is deep. I've hung out in the French Quarter with my lunchbuncher gal the Queen, watching tourists go by and marveling at the architecture and eating tasty Lebanese food at Mona's and lamenting the damage visible here, when it is so much worse elsewhere.

And I've been to a city planning meeting, where the city is planning to rebuild, and rebuild the black people right out of it. New Orleans here is the center of a storm, and at the PHRF we're trying to nurture a grassroots movement to get people organized, working class and poor folk across color lines, because the people most impacted negatively are the black people remaining in the city, and the Mexican and other Latino laborers being brought into the city to work in the construction and demolition and whatever.

It's kinda crazy, I guess. But I'm glad that I'm here, that I'm doing the work that I'm doing even if I don't see the results right away, like they do over at Common Ground where they're gutting houses in the Lower 9th for free because people are displaced and might not be able to come back to do it themselves. And meanwhile check out the UN Human Rights Committee, because they released a report July 28 criticizing and warning the US about human rights violations, and that is some interesting reading right there.

Am I sounding too radical and crazy for what people know me as? Maybe, but I've always had it in me. And now I'm glad I get to act, when at Scripps it was all talk-talk-talk, and all the action was limited to the campus. And yeah, I'm Asian American, but one thing I've learned is that movements that were led by and helped out African Americans, like the Civil Rights Movement, tend to bleed across society and help people across the board, so this is work that needs doing.

But since I don't feel like doing a crazy detailed online journal entry, when I've got various journal entries on paper, I'll link y'all to my photobucket. I've got photos from San Antonio posted, and some photos from New Orleans posted.


That's all for now, I prolly shouldn't lollygag too much longer. I'm a volunteer, so I'm not stuck with 9-5, but since I get housing, I figure I should put in the time. Most of us here put in lots of time anyway. :P Gimme a call some evening if you're so inclined, I carry my cell around with me, and I'm at CST so two hours ahead of home in California.
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Yesterday....was niiiiiice. My Queen was home for the weekend from Davis, we got together with Husband and Toe and a couple of their friends, and OMG Linh was there!!! I hadn't seen her since she graduated from ST three years ago. Turns out she's in LA, and Alice will be there too, so I think I'll have to bug her next semester...

Decided to get a little dressed up for fun, and we ended up going to the "meat market" that is our local mall, since Husband felt like shopping. It's weird, going there and realizing practically every youth there is in high school. When we were high schoolers, everyone was older than us, somehow. Now we're older than all the cute guys, hehe. Teased some of the others about cradle-robbing. Had Coldstone ice cream, yummy. With Toe in the conversation it descended into gutterness for a little while, but that's all right. I've built up a tolerance, what with having friends like Jessie and Trish at Scripps. :P

While the rest of the group was shopping for reals (I never realized some of my friends were so incredibly....girly before) Milady and I wandered around in the same store, goggling at the style of clothes a little, at the price versus the quality a lot. Heh. The two of us are rather more conservative in our dress than the rest of American society, I think. I don't mind looking sexy or nice, but I don't need to show everything to be that way, thank you very much. We joked that our fashion just wasn't of this era. It was either waaaay way in the past, or way way in the future. XD Also! Got lots of ideas for knitting and crocheting projects, wraps and hats and shirts and things. Fred, if you're reading this, I've found a pattern for a tartan for scarves. Fairisle knit, I believe. So if you tell me or preferably, show me what tartan you want, one of these days I'll be able to make you that scarf!

After the shopping, we went to the Tapioca place near Husband's house. Mmmm. Mango milk pearl tea, yumyum. And then to Husband's place, for talking, and photos and stuff. And predictably, discussion that somehow led to batteries. And the fact that Energizer keeps going and going and going....*facepalm* *laughs anyway* If my friends don't mind, I might post the photos we took. Maybe.

And late, hung out at the Queen's. Twas lovely. More silly pics, and Arabic coffee! It's called...awora(glottal stop) aneb, I think. Sadly my cup didn't have enough silt in it to make much of a pattern for fortune telling. Oh! and grape leaves with stuff in the wraps. Yum. We talked, it was nice. She'll be back next weekend too, so maybe we can go hiking, or some outside non-shopping activity. XD Fred, you were here in spirit. And you too, Funky.

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Yah, lots of recordering-type blogging today. Yesterday was....marvelous. Absolutely, mind-blowingly, warm fuzzy marvelous. ^___^ Lunch bunch, I love you all. Platonic!!! E, that's the word you were looking for, falling in love with someone but not romantically, learnt it in Neilson's (11th grade English) but I blocked it or forgot it. Though the word seems too...dry and distant. Whatever.

'twas me, Fred, Funky, Toe, and Husband. Queen was with us in spirit, since that's rather more cost effective that $20 worth of gas to drive here. :P Long dinner at BJ's, one of the new restaurants on the extended strip that was added to Oakridge. It's weird, the way Oakridge has gone almost...upscale, hehe. And that crazy carousel... So food. Yumness pizza and this thing called a...pizookie? Giant cookies in a mini-pizza pan with heaping scoops of icecream. Discussions of the wonderfulness of chocolate (endorphins!! *snickers*)and the cycles. Didn't know that guys had cycles like women, though I swear I know guys who get PMS though that's not quite the same. Testosterone cycle, though instead of PMS and monthly bleeding its a horniness cycle. XD I love having friends who just know a lot of random stuff. Since some of us hadn't seen each other since freshman year, there was a lot to talk about. Such as what we think's changed the most and least of us since graduating high school. Tho mentioned--we stopped using "like" as much! *laughs* Too true, helps to have intelligent conversation all around us. For me...most changed, I'm more likely to stand up for myself and what I believe in on the one hand, and more able to let things go and flow on the other hand. Stayed the same...I was trying to think, and Fred said "my melon-ness." *grins and huggles to fred* I decided it was my utter smartassyness, which has never changed, just varied in how much I showed to others, hehe. And apparently I swear now more than I used to, heheh.

Went to watch movie afterwards, Fred had her heart set on PoA, and I'd brought copperbadge's Naughty Spoilers which are hilarious, but we ended up seeing Shrek 2. And we didn't regret it one bit, it was so good! Better than the first one, even. oh, i wish I could gush but I don't want to spoil anything. They had digs at *everything*, it was so funny. And Puss in Boots! *fangirls* Antonio Banderas as Puss. *snorts* And, hehe, a picture of "Sir Justin". *dies* If you watch it, stay through the credits, you won't regret the extra bits. Hee.

Hopefully Fred and I can get together Friday to watch PoA, but we'll have to see. I hope so, since she goes back to SD on Saturday. Ah, my friends, my friends, you are so wonderful. More than friends, really, companions of my heart. Muah. 'm off, before I get any mushier and you have to peel me off my chair with a spatula. ^_^ *hugs*

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