Sunday, August 31, 2003

ha! that's funny.

Z, you are a dirty smelly hippie.

Thursday, August 28, 2003

Angie - that new IKEA sounds amazing. Have you looked at their 2004 online catalog?

Wednesday, August 27, 2003

Well, Angie. I got a job. Parttime, but cool in a lot of ways. Its at Deep Roots Market, which is a natural foods store. I'm sure that Kainui would gasp at its inadequecies, but I like it quite a bit. I've only worked two shifts but its seems like its going to work out well.

I'm still working at the record store. I got a lot of cds all the time. This month, I bought four Neil Young reissues, three Van Halen albums, three Aerosmith, the new Neil Young, the new Superchunk, TV on the Radio (my pick hit), Double Nickels on the Dime by the Minutemen, Damaged by Black Flag, Two Trojan Reggae sets (UK Hits and Originals), Off the Wall and Thriller by Michael Jackson, Mr. Show season three, Sports Night complete, and I tried to get two Mel Torme albums on cd, but the goddamn things were out of print.

I'll try to post more.

Ok, I'm calling all the Lake Effecters out. Of the last 25 posts prior to this one, I have written a quarter of them. That is crazy, I really don't like to see THAT much of myself in anything! Besides, I find it difficult to believe that anyone on this here blog has nothing to say about anything. The Friday Five admittedly has gotten us inking again, but still. We should all try to make it a point to post once a week. That is my dollar's worth.

Stephanie, they are building a huge new IKEA next to the current location. It will have like 50 show rooms and two model homes. Not to mention a 370-seat Swedish restaurant. Dried fish anyone?

Mike F. did you watch the little league world series? There was a 12-year old Japanese boy who was bigger than me -- 5:2 and 185.

Upma I have been eyeing Asian men, too. I never thought I would see the day.

Shelly did you get your card? I found what I had to mail you last night. It might make the trip in next year's b-day card. Ha.

Zach, are you still working at the record store? If so what CD's have you scored as of late? Last night I actually had a dream with you in it. All I remember is sitting across from you at a table with about 12 other people, and we were all in arguement. You and I took the same side though I have not a clue as to what the arguement was about.

JT, I recently thought of you because I saw something about a robot band. Or maybe it was a band callled Robot. My memory has gone to pot!

Kainui, what continent are you on these days? Still in Portland?

Monday, August 25, 2003

shelly! celebrations. happy birthday ol' gal.


this has been the wackiest summer on record... if not the wackiest year. so many good things. so many bad things. so many boys. and a whole, great, big identity crisis to go along with it all. i've been feeling rather South Asian lately. i find myself suddenly surrounded by not only men, but South Asian men. and rather liking it. who ever woulda thought? i'm glad summer is over, i think i would like for it to stop raining men. i wouldn't mind if one of the two hotter south asians wanted to actually be my boyfriend. i could totally be down with that. otherwise, it's all fun. mostly.
i'm gonna go eat my indian food dinner now.

So I've discovered a 70's pop music station on VH1. It's great, I've been listening to it all day. I was listening to the Down Low station but it started getting all foul.

Wei Chi (spelling) started making frozen foods that are pretty decent. Today I had the curry chicken which was good, next on my list is the beef udon. I may have to go back to Chinatown for more. When you buy two or more packages, they give you a free can of lychees, which I don't eat (at least canned ones). One of co-workers does, she uses them in martinis. The lychees sparked another conversation. I've always pronounced it "lie-chees" while two of my co-workers called it "lee-chees." Turns out we are both right, I pronounce it the Cantonese way while the others use the Mandarin pronounciation.

Gosh I've been feeling very Asian lately. I also bought at the Chinese grocery ingredients for mao po tofu, black bean paste, chili sauce, pork buns, mango jello treats, soy milk and sweet tofu (the kind that comes with the sugary syrup). Oh but the best part. You can buy a two choice meatless lunch/rice plate for $2.50 or a one meat/one veggie for $3. I got the roast duck and the tofu. Hmmmm. It's enough for two meals. Where the hell else can you find such good, cheap finds?

HB Shelly!

1. Last time you laughed - this morning, when 30 lbs of big-eyed baby patted me on the arm to wake me up.
2. Last person I had an argument with - the drunk
3. Last person I emailed - my mother, who I will be trapped on an airplane with sometime in the next couple of weeks.
4. Last time I bathed - Angie, I am so with you on the nighttime bathing.
5. Last thing I ate - frittata made with leftovers from last night (roasted potatoes, green beans, tomato slices and watercress)

I was the baby minder yesterday afternoon. Once again: I LOVE children, and I'm not having any.

Happy Birthday, Shelly!

Friday, August 22, 2003

1. When was the last time you laughed?
This morning at Ted being goofy.

2. Who was the last person you had an argument with?
My sister (over the number of bathrooms a house should have) - I didn't say it was a worthy argument.

3. Who was the last person you emailed?
work - a message about Coqui frogs, personal - photos to my friend mo in Chicago

4. When was the last time you bathed?
This morning - with "smart cookie" bath stuff

5. What was the last thing you ate?
lunch - breaded chicken breast and pasta with veggies (thank you, Whole Foods)

1. When was the last time you laughed?

Literally? Beats me. I laugh a lot. The last two things I remember that made me laugh were:

a. Watching The West Wing. You guys ever seen the episode where CJ has to choose which turkey the President gets to pardon for Thanksgiving? The whole turkey subplot is pretty funny. Better than the dour rest of the episode, to be totally honest.

b. Watching I Love the 70s. Mo Rocca, the Daily Show guy, is one of the interviewees. His caption reads, "Mo Rocca, Media Gadfly," which I think is way funnier than it probably is.

2. Who was the last person you had an argument with?

I had an argument about money with Jamie from Party of Helicopters the other night. Tensions were high. I called him a liar. Turns out he was right and I was the asshole in the argument. I apologized, he accepted. He's a good guy. I felt bad about the whole thing.

3. Who was the last person you emailed?

Maybe Thad. Or Johnny.

4. When was the last time you bathed?

Last night after the show. I washed behind my ears and everything.

5. What was the last thing you ate?

Rigatoni, with beans, parmasan cheese, nutritional yeast and Bragg liquid aminos. Good, but it's better with kale or corn and peppers instead of beans.

Maybe I'm the clueless dumb ass, but what's up with Theta?

1. When was the last time you laughed?
This morning sometime. I called my mom briefly, and she was yelling as we talked. I said, "Ma, why do you have to yell?" She says, "So you know." I lost it, and said, "Well mama, I will still know if you tell me in a conversational level." Funny thing is that my mom is really not loud in person, just over the phone for some reason.

2. Who was the last person you had an argument with?
Depends on what you call an argument. If it involves a smart ass come back, then it was probably minutes ago. If it involved yelling, probably about 2 or 3 weeks ago -- a very intense moment with my aunt.

3. Who was the last person you emailed?
Work wise, a business contact. Personally, my best friend.

4. When was the last time you bathed?
Last night. I'm all about night showers.

5. What was the last thing you ate?
A bag of Cheetos and a peach (great combo I know). This afternoon well be breaking in a peach cream pie and a sweet potato pie (for a going away party).

1. When was the last time you laughed?
just a second ago

2. Who was the last person you had an argument with?
maria.

3. Who was the last person you emailed?
erica

4. When was the last time you bathed?
yesterday at about this time.

5. What was the last thing you ate?
lamb rogan josh. mmmmmm.

Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Steph, hope you feel better. Colds suck.

Just got back from San Diego for a conference of Asian journalists. Probably about 75 percent of us grew up in predominately white areas, so aside from our careers, our personal interests/hobbies, we all are struggling with our ethinic identities. It was really cool to be around the peeps. Also San Diego itself is a beautimous city. Our hotel was on the marina. Managed to go to the Zoo, Sea World, the city sights and Tijuana. In Tijuana, my fellow Chinese American friend and I were greeted by the Mexicans who threw out Chinese phrases. What the hell? I did manage to do some fast talking/bartering. I came away with some good shit.

Has anyone else been effected by that damn computer virus? It's killing us! I had to delete more than 300 e-mails today, and it's been clogging up our entire network.

So my cousin joined Friendster, and he added a testimonal that made me proud. So true, so true.

Am meeting a group of 13 people for the Astros vs. Cubs game tonight. Should be fun, I hadn't seen some people in forever!

Monday, August 18, 2003

I've been struck down with a summer cold - so today has been about napping, nose blowing and not working.
Kanui - what awesome travel plans - no wonder your toiletry bag is always packed. Mine doesn't have much - contact stuff, toothbrush and toothpaste, comb and glasses. In fact, when I went traveling last week with three other girls, I realized yet again how little I travel with - but then I look in my shower at the 17 (yes, seventeen) different bath products in there and feel like if I had someone to carry my bags, I would bring much more.

Flying to Portland on Weds., there for two weeks, then meeting up with my mother somewhere so we can fly to HNL together, then back to PDX briefly, NYC for a couple of weeks (Philly too maybe?), Sonoma CA late Nov/early Dec...it looks like my plans to be nomadic for the rest of the year are working out nicely. I'll come up with the money later.

Friday night I stayed up until 5 am with an MC Capt. who just got back from Iraq. Here's what I don't get: he's an interesting, intelligent, and well-read man - not my type but the conversation was pretty lively and thought-provoking. If he'd just said that he'd enjoyed our conversation and given me his contact information, I probably would have stayed in touch with him...but! Add 15 beers, his describing me as the devil (because I'm beguiling - his words), and comparing me to Timothy McVeigh. And THEN he made a pass at me. Not that racist, homophobic, slurring/staggering drunks are my type, but a play like that just can't be dignified with a response. Why was he surprised when I shoved him out of my face, got in the car, and drove away?

The worst bit: I had stayed so late mostly because he sounded lonely.

Friday, August 15, 2003

I could really care less about what party a canidate is associated with. For a while I was all gung ho Dean, but then I learned about his stance on gun control (or lack of). Plus there have been some inconsistencies in his speeches. maybe he will work through this and come back strong in my book. the election is so stinkin' far away. besides RI, NH and IA are going to be the big decision makers. We'll just pick from the leftovers.

Toiletries bag: Mary Kay 3-in-1 clenser, Clinique dramatically different moisturizer in sample size, Biologe (sp?) shampoo for color treated hair, pony tail holders, Glide dental floss, Colgate toothpaste, tweezers, finger nail clipper, tea tree oil stick from the Body Shop, a comes-on-clear deodorant, sample of some random body wash in case the hotel has a funky kind of soap (like Dial or Ivory -- I just don't feel clean or feminine after using those soaps), lotion of the moment (this time it's magnolia scent from Garden Botanika, usually it's J&J creamy baby oil). Depending on my destiniation I sometimes bring a clay masque of sorts.

Thursday, August 14, 2003

I've been following Dean's campaign more or less from the beginning. I like him a lot, and I think he stands a decent chance, plus the campaign is very modern (like taking small donations over the internet from individuals). Even if he doesn't make it, I think his campaign style will catch on.

Toiletries bag - always packed and ready to go. Tom's of Maine toothpaste, Eco-Dent toothbrush, Tom's of Maine dental floss, comb, empty vial of Aveda Intuition Chakra IV perfume (I keep meaning to buy a new vial when I'm in a city with an Aveda salon, which means I've had several opportunities but for some reason I never get around to it), weeny sample containers of Better Botanicals sandalwood moisturizer and juniper toner, half-empty bottle of liquid soap (the label is worn off and I don't recognize the container), tweezers, nail clippers, adhesive bandages, moist towelettes, hairclips, rubber bands, hairband, bottle of grapeseed oil (don't remember the brand name), condoms (currently Avanti ultra-thin).

answers:
1. What's the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country?
D.C.

2. What's the most bizarre/unusual thing that's ever happened to you while traveling?
can't think of any.

3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go?
the moon.

4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car?
i like all of the above. depends on my mood and the situation. i like ships too. no, acually, that's a lie. oh, but i do like hovercrafts.

5. What's the next place on your list to visit?
um... D.C.? no wait. Ohio. no wait. GREENSBORO!

in my toiletry bag:
revlon matte makeup. make up sponge. neutrogena astringent in a travel sized body shop astingent bottle. cotton squares. blue eyeliner. sample lotions from various places. nail cutter. tweezers. hair gel... what's that target brand? mozzimo? got2be playful. q.tips. that's all i can think of off the top of my head, i'll update this when i get a second to go home and look again.

questions

what are your general (informed or not) opinions on Howard Dean?

If Dean were Green, would you still be interested in him? (if you currently are a supporter)

Toiletry bag? Sister, I'm on top of things if I bring more than one pair of socks.

The rock band had a very C- show last night. We weren't on it, nobody liked us, the magic was somewhere else.

We've been together (the rock band, I mean) and we have seventeen songs.
That is a shitload of songs.

Working temp at the publishing company again. A few other jobs are on the horizon. Things are maybe looking up for Zach.

here's a question, independent of the friday five. when you travel, what do you carry in your toiletry bag? (include name brand of products). my list to follow later.

Tuesday, August 12, 2003

philadelphia got broken today. it seems like it might be fixed now. i just hope i have internet access at work tomorrow.
total weirdness.

Monday, August 11, 2003

Ooooooooooooooooooh. the big news of the weekend, how could I forget? My mom and I were watching Jerry McGuire, and I had to explain to her what "stealing the pooty" was. MY MOM.

Agreed, these questions are way similar. Shelly, your last post cracked me up, under the wire.....

Stephanie, the house sounds way cute, can't wait to see pics. You're in for a ride, but you'll find that it's all worth it at the end.... This week, I'm having some electrical work done. Whewhoo for a central light fixture in the living room! For the first time, I am breaking down and paying for lawn service this week. It's been in the 100's!

Mike have you been watching the Little Leguers? They are so cute! There is a team from Texas.....

Have any of you seen "Three Kings" with George Clooney, Ice Cube and Marky Mark Walberg? When it came out in 1999 I had no desire to see it b/c of its cast, but it was really a great movie. Puts current events into context....Great soundtrack, too!

Sunday, August 10, 2003

Providing the inspection and closing go off without a hitch, I'll be moving into new digs next month. It's got hardwood floors, a sunroom, a great backyard with pecan trees. The bathroom and kitchen need a little polish, but at least now comes the fun part. (I was getting so worn down by the Austin market of houses selling in a day - nevermind that the house we got had only been on the market one day). I'm going to the bookstore this afternoon to look at books and get inspired on paint colors, tiling ideas, daydream renovations. Perhaps I need a pillow room...

Saturday, August 09, 2003

This Friday Five seems awfully close to one we had a few weeks ago, doesn't it? That's okay with me though.

1. What's the last place you traveled to, outside your own home state/country?

I went to Philadelphia a few weeks ago. Saw Iron Maiden, Dio, Motohead, and Upma. Philly seems like an alright place. I don't think I'd want to live there, but I definately liked all the people I met. It's a friendly place.

2. What's the most bizarre/unusual thing that's ever happened to you while traveling?

I saw a monkey shit from a tree into a river in Belize. I think Audrey shit in the same river only moments later. I got chased by a guard dog in Atlanta. I rode in the driver's seat of a backward-facing VW bus that was being towed through the overpassing of New Orleans. I visited the WTC in April of 2001, which wasn't so weird then, but feels totally weird now. I jumped in a freezing swimming pool in Florida (it was December). I took a bitching puddle jumper in Belize. I saw a dude with a bad ass, well-oiled revolver in the front of his pants in Guatamala.

3. If you could take off to anywhere, money and time being no object, where would you go?

I'd like to tour Canada. But, I'd also really love see to Europe, especially the Scandinavian countries. I'd love to go to Japan with the rock band. I'll go just about anywhere, anytime. Man, I wish I was in SF right now. I'd like to see NYC in the winter. The last few times I've been there, its been very hot.

4. Do you prefer traveling by plane, train or car?

I wish I had an airplane to take me everywhere. I told Shelly, and Kainui, and Jt once that if I get Bill Gates rich I was going to get a glass bottom plane and never leave it. I still plan to do that.

5. What's the next place on your list to visit?

I have no plans to go anywhere. Which sucks. The band has tentative plans for a tour early next year. So, I guess I'll see most of the major cities of the East Coast then.

My apologies for using the term "snackie cake" earlier this week. I should also avoid the following: muffin, crumpet, tea-cake, biscuit, kuchen-lips, and in short anything that reduces a human being to the status of a breakfast treat or snack. Like "cupcake" and "dumpling." Why "cupcake" and not "frosting"?

So much house hunting. We should find out today on a few places we liked.
Angie - yes, I've been to the happy hour bingo at the Continental Club when El Orbit plays. I even won once (my prize was their CD, some bug spray and a bag of Lays potato chips).
I went to the Guadeloupe River the past few days with some ladies. One is about to move to D.C. and so we had to visit some water in Texas before she left. It was three days of eating and swimming (my perfect vacation, I must say). The cabins where we stayed had paddle boats and baby peacocks and free movies. God bless the internet.

Friday, August 08, 2003

I have a confession: I've become hooked to TV. For the longest time I never had cable. But now I am a subscriber to DirectTV. One night I stayed up till 2 a.m. watching the top 200 pop icons of all time. I'm a huge fan of Queer Eye for the Straight Guy. And last night I got into All the Presidents' Movies. Did y'all know that the first film ever screened at the White House was The Birth of a Nation???? Tsk, tsk.

Thursday, August 07, 2003

Z, I look *amazing* for 40, don't I? Which makes my current snackie cake half my age!

1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings?

This week I have been waking up at 6:30 because I have been sleeping on a couch next to a very large window with no curtains. I am moving to a couch in the country where I hope to sleep until 7:30, when the six cats materialize and begin the Feed Me Staredown.

2. Do you sleep in on the weekends?

Week...ends? Now that I'm no longer working the farmer's market, sure. And I adore staying in bed until noon on Sundays, when possible.

3. First thing I do

Tomorrow it will be trying to slide out from under the cats. If I have had vivid dreams, I scribble them down. Otherwise I spend some time reading and stretching out under the covers.

4. How long does it take to get ready?

Can be done in 10 - 15 minutes, while at university I could do it in 3-5.

5. Favorite place for breakfast

I love breakfast foods but I don't get hungry until late morning/early afternoon. On Sundays I have my one cup of coffee for the week - Turkish, made with milk.

Under the wire:

1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings?

between 7 and 7:30 most mornings closer to 7:30, or 7:38, at least that is when i actually get out of bed and acknowledge wakefulness

2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late?

between 10 and 1:30

3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning?

turn off the alarm, trip over something, pee, check the rats, brush teeth

4. How long does it take to get ready for your day?

about 10 minutes on work days up no later than 7:38 out no later than 7:45

5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast?

no current favorite

Al Gore announced that he wasn't running in 2004 on the Tonight Show. He's credible.

I was wrong and I want to apologize. Kainui isn't 37. She's 38! It's her un-birthday!

Ok, how can anyone who announces their intent to run for a major political office on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno should not and cannot be taken seriously.

Shelly whenever you make it here, we have to go play bingo to lounge music. The band played everything from Willie Nelson to Frank Sinatra to Fats Domino to Barry Freakin' Manilow. It was great. They even had a soul food buffet complete with chicken casserole, green bean salad and crackers. Yes, crackers!!!! Unfortunately I already had dinner before I got there.

Steph, do they do bingo at the Austin Continental Club? Have you ever been?

Wednesday, August 06, 2003

Hey everybody, Kainui's 37 years old! She's been living a lie!

z - the article about Slave? I lost the link and can't seem to find it...thought it was posted here but was I wrong?

Had a very pulp sort of dream. I was in a huge old house, which had a configuration similar to my grandparents house if it were 300 years older and gigantic, cobblestone path to the door. I was there with a group of other people. We were there because in the house was a man who could give us what we desired most, but we would lose something precious in exchange. I don't know what it is that I desired (one of the other "guests" wanted to write a great novel...Mike? was that you?), but I did know that if I found the man and defeated him I could have the precious thing he had taken from me. I wasn't sure about what that was either, one more motivation to find him. After a long series of adventures going through the house (which I don't remember clearly), I found the Man, in a white linen suit, red tie, and fedora. I was angry and had him pinned to the floor. He conceded, reached into his jacket, and held out what he had taken from me - a roll of film. Unexposed, ready to put into a camera.

I told Shelly I think it was meant to represent all the memories that have not been created yet, but that I think I'm just talking through my BA.

Tuesday, August 05, 2003

1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings?
anytime between 7am-10am

2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late?
not so much. this past weekend i slept till 11 both days. wise i'm usually up by 9.

3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning?
turn on computer, do my bidness, pop in contact lenses

4. How long does it take to get ready for your day?
30-60 minutes depending on how i want to do my hair and how many times i get distracted by the computer

5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast?
i have not found a fave in philly yet, but there are many great weekend bruch places. i usually hit the whole foods across the street for my morning coffee. but i'm trying to frequent a joint a couple blocks north that sells only fair trade and free trade coffee.

Sunday, August 03, 2003

Weekend recap: saw Chicago the musical -- it was FANTAB. Baked some salmon (marinated one filet in a pesto sauce, the other was in a seasame oil/soy sauce -- I preferred the later). Was reunited with a college friend who recently moved here.

1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings?
Between 7 and 7:30 a.m., depending on how much of a lazy ass I am.

2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late?
No, I run on automatic pilot. I generally am awake around 8:30 even on weekend mornings, but if it was a rare, rough evening the night before it's 10 a.m.

3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning?
I think to myself, "What the hell am I going to wear?" -- depending on whether or not I have an event or a big meeting. Or more importantly, "Will I be wearing opened or closed toed shoes today?" -- depending on the weather and how much walking I have to do that day.

4. How long does it take to get ready for your day?
I'm a low-maintenance morning person so it can take as little as 15 minutes (I shower the night before), but I prefer 30 minutes to lounge about.

5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast?
Hmmmm, depending on what I am in the mood for. There's a great kolache place down the street from my old apartment, an elderly Czech man runs the joint. There are plenty of taquerias that sell breakfast tacos/burritos. Then there is the standard brunch type places with made to order omlettes, etc. A plain ole smoothie does the trick, too. And believe it or not I love the 99 cent French toast sticks from Burger King.

Saturday, August 02, 2003

1. What time do you wake up on weekday mornings?

I try to get up early, but I rarely do. Especially in the summer when the weather is really hot and I have trouble sleeping. I'd say I get up at like 9:30 or so and go to bed at 2. I should totally fix this schedule, though.

2. Do you sleep in on the weekends? How late?

What is a weekend? Every day of the week is the same to your's truly.

3. Aside from waking up, what is the first thing you do in the morning?

Take a whizzer, brush my teeth, check my email.

4. How long does it take to get ready for your day?

uh...

5. When possible, what is your favorite place to go for breakfast?

I like a hearty breakfast when I can afford it. Pretty much any greasy bfast joint will do.