Sunday, July 31, 2005

Random shit before going to bed...

--Borrowed and ripped MIA's new CD--fucking amazing. Political, sexy, thinking person's hip hop. Favorite songs: "Bucky Done Gun," "URAQT," and "Galang."

--Burned about 7 CD's full of old MP3's from my old iMac. Songs on heavy rotation: "Get To Know Ya" by Maxwell, "Sleep While I Drive" by k.d. lang and Melissa Etheridge, "Pleasure Principle" by Janet.

--Was finally able to listen to "This Woman's Work" (unplugged version) by Maxwell without crying. I used the song a lot to help me get over my mom's passing.

--Doing a 5km tomorrow morning as part of the festivities for the SF Marathon. Thinking of whether I'm crazy/stupid enough to do another marathon in Honolulu, or do a long-distance open water swim or train for a triathlon.

--I should really start planning how to lose weight. If I'm going to do decently in a tri or open-water swim I should lost at least a little bit. I'm getting sick of my eating patterns and I'm probably going to see a nutritionist about it soon.

--Figuring out what classes to take at CCSF next semester to prepare for med/pharm--either human phys or intro to bio, or maybe o-chem if I'm that crazy to do it.

--Downloading a huge Trivia no Izumi batch from BitTornado. 50 episodes--woo hoo! Also showed a bunch of clips of it for a friend's ex-bf. He was laughing through most of it.

--Funniest trivia: #785 from 7/20/05: There's a robot designed to practice kendo (Japanese bamboo sword fighting). It's actually pretty funny because the robot doesn't really fight--it just moves back and forth while the trainee just learns how to make various strikes. According to my friend, it costs $8500 (!) and 25 have been sold (wtf?!). But, there are problems--you can't place it on a hill as it'll roll away, and you can't have cell phones or any major electronic equipment as it'll interfere with the controls of the robot. Pretty stupid stuff, but I guess people are willing to pay for anything.

Anyway, I'm off to bed. :)

Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Woo hoo! Friendster spam!

Jesus, spam is invading friendster?! Or maybe I'm just so far out of the loop that I didn't get any till now (I don't really check my friendster account all that often, except to chat with friends from UCR).

How stupid can the group who sent this be? It says that I'm married and a picture of my husband is prominent in my profile?!

Here's the spam from the bot.

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Hey there, just browsing around trying to meet some people from around here. I just moved to San Francisco a few weeks back and I hardly know anyone. So how's your Wednesday night going? I figured I'd give friendster a shot and see if I have any luck. I'll keep this short until I know you're interested. Just looking for someone to hang out and have a good time with....not looking for anything serious. I RARELY get a chance to check this account on friendster so if you want to chat hit me up at xxxxxx@xxx.xxx and I'll send you some more pics. Talk to ya soon hopefully.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

More trivia from Trivia no Izumi...

#779:

In Colorado, prairie dogs are vacuumed as a form of pest control.

Apparently, it's harmless to the prairie dogs, as the tubes are pretty wide in diameter, and they're placed in a padded room after they're sucked up. After this, they're sent off to the US Wildlife Service.

It's pretty hilarious to see the prairie dogs fly through the vacuum tube and hear them eep as they land in the padded room. I'd post a little clip, but I'm not sure how to do it and I'm afraid of "cease and desist" orders from Fuji TV.

Sunday, July 24, 2005

No more ants (and other scintillating details of my life this weekend)...

So after a week and a half, the ant problem's finally gone. We had ants come in about 2 weeks ago when the husband and I went down to LA/OC, and nothing worked..washing down the walls to clean off the ant scent trail, our trusty orange oil based repellent...nothing.

Finally, after looking up non-stinky and relatively environmentally friendly solutions to getting rid of this problem, I came across Terro, which is essentially sugar syrup with borax in it. The ants licked it up, and while it was pretty gross seeing hordes of ants around the trap, it worked--we had a small pile of dead ants around the trap since many of them OD'ed on the syrup.

Also, I have a job interview tomorrow over at one of the hospitals in SF doing transcription. In Pathology. At 5-8 in the morning. While I'm pretty sure I'll get the job, and the pay's pretty decent, do I really want to type up autopsies that early in the morning?

I told a co-worker about this and he seemed too fascinated.

"Wow, you'll get to learn all the various ways people die! What if they put you in the morgue while you work? That'll be SO cool!"

Uh, yeah.

Wish me luck tomorrow, though I'm pretty sure it'll be ok.

Wednesday, July 20, 2005

Finally doing it...

After years and years of going in and out of sociology grad school, I finally left the doctoral program at UCSF in medsoc. I highly recommend the program, but for me, I left after realizing that my heart wasn't it. After my mom passed 2 years ago, I went through this period questioning whether I should stay or leave the program, I tried doing dissertation ideas, and just realized that I wasn't all that interested in becoming a Ph.D.

The final nail in the coffin was that when I was the executive director for FTFA, I realized that I had more drive and desire to do that and had absolutely none for doing my doctoral work.

When my professors and I agreed that I should leave the program, I was sad for about a day, and then I was fine the next. Guess it really shows how much I really wanted it.

I just have to file the last bit of paperwork this week, and then I start selling all these soc books that I don't have any use for.

Right now, I'm actually thinking of going into pharmacy school so I'm planning on taking some refresher courses at City College, and I've been talking to people who are students and who graduated. My career path seems to be headed towards medicine anyway and at least with pharmacy it's less of a committment (4 years) than doing the 10 years with doing med. We'll see what happens. :)

More trivia from Trivia no Izumi

#640:

The English word, "nice", originally meant stupid and foolish.

In Japanese, the word that was used was "baka," which is considered extremely insulting.

Anyway, after pointing out that trivia to the wonderful husband, he's now saying, "Oh, honey, you're just so NICE!"

*roll eyes*

Now we argue over ... who's nicer.

Friday, July 15, 2005

Another reason why I love living in SF...

Along with balancing coke cans on its rim, the husband and I were shopping at Sports Basement, one of the best kept secrets in SF. It's a discount sports store that has the most amazing deals, since they buy overstock and sell it at cheaper prices. We buy most of our sports stuff there, and nearly all of our clothes now. The next thing I want to buy there is an MP3 player you can use while you're swimming. Apparently, it works through bone conduction. Sounds pretty neat. :)

Anyway, they were throwing a party since they're planning on moving to a new location while they prepare their permanent location in the South of Market/Potrero Hill. The other location is in the Presidio right by Crissy Field. If you're in SF, check it out--or if you come to visit, take me with you (I get a 10% discount since I work at UCSF.) :)

This is another view of the coke can from a different angle. It actually started to move about in a circle after I took the pic. The husband was pretty amazed that the trick worked. I ended up drinking the rest of it. Try it, it actually works!  Posted by Picasa

This is what happens when you watch too much Trivia no Izumi and actually attempt to try a trick out. I was watching a sequence where if you drink 3/4 of a coke can, it's possible to let it rest on its lower rim at an angle. This is what happens when you actually try to do it. :) Posted by Picasa

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

So much to blog about!

Let's see...

Little bits and pieces (hopefully to explain later) of what's going through my mind right now.

Saw A Dirty Shame, a movie by John Waters about sexual fetishes and found it curious that bears figured prominently in the movie, even though bears probably doesn't qualify as a fetish as much as most of the other things there (like people getting off on having food thrown at them or being into dirt). Realized that if people really knew all the stuff I've done, I'd probably be kinkier than most of them. :)

Trying my hand at writing erotica (which I haven't done and haven't been published in 10+ years) since I was invited to submit something for a friend's anthology on queer men's erotic writings.

I got called by LOGO, the new queer MTV network, since they wanted to do some reality TV show on queer APIs. Considering I've already gone through most of my drama (Jesus, isn't having my marriage broadcast all over Asia, Australia and North America enough?), I'd probably be pretty boring. The husband and I were joking that we could probably do some major dramatic thing just for the show (those of you who know us could probably guess what we'd do), but I have such a horrible poker face that I'd probably start laughing as I would try to be dramatic.

Placed 1st in my division at my most recent archery tournament last Friday (well, really 3rd, but the other two guys have been doing archery for years and we were placed in different categories), even though I was tired as fuck. I got a new bowstring a few weeks ago at the new archery store in Daly City called Pacifica Archery and it's Filipino owned! They're going to start a Filipino archery league this Friday which I'm totally excited about.

Ants have invaded our house. I'm trying Terro, this ant poison which is basically sugar syrup with borax. Odorless and relatively painless (at least for me). Hopefully the damn things will be gone soon!

I have a job interview (well, audition, technically) for the Princeton Review on Saturday, teaching test prep for the SAT and GRE to overachieving anal high school and college students. Hopefully there'll be some cute (and legal!) guys if I get hired. The audition is a 5 minute teaching session--I'll be doing it on basics of wine tasting. Wish me luck!

Sunday, July 10, 2005

Googling myself (in private, of course)

So I looked at what happened when I googled myself...

the #1 page is my blogger.com profile?!

Well, at least it's no longer the minutes from SFDPH...sheesh.

Friday, July 08, 2005

Suicidal sheep?

Here's an interesting, but tragic, story of suicidal sheep in Turkey--1500 jumped off a cliff, killing 450.

Boycott Wild 94.9!

Well, I don't listen to that station anyway, but whoever decided to hire the producer of the Tsunami Song over here in SF needs to get fired right quick.

Here's the link.

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

What are your most cherished memories and dreams?

So I've spent the past few days in LA/OC hanging out with friends and checking out the Anime Expo thanks to my friend who scores us some VIP passes for the whole weekend. I took time out on Saturday to be with some old college friends, most of whom I hadn't seen in 10+ years.

What amazed me the most is how we all looked the same, all though we all have grown up substantially, but that we've managed to maintain how we looked when we all graduated when we were 21/22. It also made me think of the memories that I've kept over the years and what I hold dear to my heart more than anything.

I've never really been one to hold on to physical reminders of major events in my life, mainly because I tend to lose things a lot, but also because until I moved in with the husband, I had gotten used to moving once a year and casting off a lot of superfluous stuff. Most of what I kept from college 10+ years ago is just a bunch of papers, printed e-mails (since we only had 1 MB of storage in our e-mail accounts, this was the only way I could keep the correspondence going), and lots of pictures. I've gotten significantly better with keeping things, primarily because of the internet, but also because my husband's taught me the value of keeping souvenirs.

What strikes me the most when I think of what I've kept are e-mails from friends that I made when I was coming out who've all supported me, and also from closeted guys who had sent me messages that they were interested in going out with me, but I was too clueless or unwilling to take them up on their offers. It's also reminded me of the dreams that I had when I graduated and that how these dreams have modified and developed as I've gotten older.

One of the recurrent themes that has gone on with me personally in the past few months is that I'm at a crossroads of sorts in terms of my career and what I want to do with my life, and how the dreams that I had are really not what I wanted. I'm getting used this uncertainty, especially since it seemed that whenever I said, "What else can happen?", more just happened. I am now at a point where I'm tired of having stuff happen to me and ready to move on. I have noticed that my dreams are becoming clearer to me, even if at this point, I still have no idea what the fuck I really want to do with my life.

One of the things that I think about is a movie that I saw a number of years ago--I think the name is Polaris, but I can't verify that for sure. It was a Japanese movie where recently deceased people are given the chance to live in one memory for the rest of their afterlives. The two that I want to remember the most are either the first kiss I had with my husband, or when I married my husband in SF last year. There are a number of memories that I have that I wouldn't want to forget, such as feeling my mom's spirit wash over me when she passed (I know this probably sounds freaky, but that's what I felt), graduating from UCR and UCSB, among others.

So right now, I'm getting comfortable with being confused, and ok that I don't have to have everything in my life planned to the second. I guess at this point I just need to find the direction and my dreams will probably follow from there.