Thursday, September 14, 2006

facebook hopping

yesterday, i decided to facebook hop. i found groups to join, people to add, and very few to stalk. but my most interesting find is that timi wusu is a rookie for the raiders! i never had a class with him but i think i took a cooking xl with him back when we were at jordan. when he was skinny and not football bulky. his website picture makes him look mean and scary. but his facebook and myspace (yes.. i'm a stalker) have him in happy pictures. so yes. i think i might become a raiders fan. except that i've always been much more of a 49ers fan. another nfl guy from paly is drew hodgdon of the huston texans. i remember seeing him around paly and thinking that he was uber bulky. but i guess you need to be uber bulky in football.

REI, petsmart, chipotle, etc all moved into a new shopping complex thing near costco recently. and because of the stores, a left turn signal light was installed. but the lights were on timer instead of sensor. i have to pass through it every day to get to 101 for work and having the light on timer mode slows things down. i got annoyed enough to email the public works dept of mountain view to ask them what was going on with that. and this is what they emailed to me today:

Thanks for taking time to notify us of your concerns. Yes, this is a temporary condition related to the construction. This project required traffic signal modifications and removal of an existing power pole at Charleston/Independence. The electrical sub-contractor is scheduled to complete their work today and the signal should be operating in actuated mode (“on sensor”) by the end of the day.

that email pretty much made my friday. yay for sensor traffic lights!

Monday, September 11, 2006

Ghiradelli chocolate festival!

on saturday, i went on an adventure to sf. except that i missed the 1:30 train which ment that i had to wait an hour for the next train. missing that hour made it so that i only had a bit less than an hour to spend exploring the vendors. but i did have time to try goats milk ice cream, fudge, cake, and cookie vendors. but since i got there after 4 (it closed at 5), alot of the stalls were already empty. i'm assuming that they ran out of samples. at about 4:30, sara met me and we walked around a bit and then headed for dinner in japantown. i had udon for dinner. sara had a tekka bowl. good stuff. but they were a bit understaffed and we had to flag down a waiter to order and get more tea. after dinner, we got a hold of my cousin jake and decided to meet up. we spoke in korean/spanglish to each other and finally met each other at tommy's tequila bar and mexican restaurant. jake the tequila connosauoir pointed out all his favorites, which ones were only worth drinking a shot of at the bar, which ones went through what process.. yes. jake likes his tequila. when i told him that tequila and i are not friends, he said that we just weren't introduced correctly.

on sunday, sarita, her friend jessica, and i went to watch breakfast at tiffany's at the stanford theater. good movie. then we went to the nuthouse b/c we were supposed to meet up with sara, michael, and travis there. but they weren't there and only creepy old guys were there. so we went to starbucks instead. i had the pumpkin spice latte. i like pumpkin spice but don't like coffee. i asked for extra pumpkin spice but it still tasted like coffee to me. then jessica went home since she had to be up early for work and sarita and i headed back to the nuthouse to meet sara, michael, and travis. lots of pool was played. little beer was drunk. personal low point: when michael, sarita, and i played cutthroat and he sank all our balls and all his were still on the table. personal high point: when i beat travis. then kristin, travis and i went to happy donuts to play scrabble. kristin won and travis and i tied. i think it was 160 to 92. pretty ridiculous. i pretty much suck at scrabble. i could not put down a word longer than 4 letters. but in my defense, i kept drawing vowels. specifically, "E"s. for three rounds i had 4 or 5 "E"s, 2 or 3 "I"s or an occasional "U".

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

funny little things

last night, as i was driving down alma, i saw mr. mid-life-crisis. he was an older man in a red convertable with the top down. at a red light, i realized what he was listening to in his car. it was a language cd. i wish i remember how to say thank you in the mystery language. in any case, it was a fun drive after seeing that.

i was at the free jazz concert at santana row yesterday. it was in the grassy area behind hotel valencia and maggiano's. as i was sitting and waiting for kristin and sara to show up, i started to people watch. one guy who caught my eye had clearly just come from the gym, club one. as he walked past me, the first thing i saw were his feet since i was looking down. that's when i saw that his toes are painted black. once i noticed the painted toes, i had to do a once over to see how normal his looked. he was wearing a tshirt, shorts that looked like they could be swim trunks, and sandals. and normal looking. which allows for my imagination to run with ideas about him. maybe he likes to look punk when nobody's looking. or he somehow banged up his toes so he thought he'd paint them to make them look ok. or his girlfriend thought it'd be funny. or his friends thought it served him right for passing out. the possibilities are endless.

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

labor day weekend fun-ness

on thursday night, sarita and i decided to go for a bike ride and we went to the new soccer field and stanford. then sarita gets a birthday surprise from jason (he came to visit for the weekend). but now jason must think that all we ever do late at night is bike around since that's what we were doing the last time he surprised her.

on friday i hung out with sara, kristin, and sam. sam said that he had never experienced so much girl talk before in his life. haha... later on, sara, kristin, and i went to the old pro where we ran into a very drunk michael f. and his coworkers. he gets a bit cocky when he's drunk but i think it's hilarious b/c when he's sober he's so shy and quiet.

on saturday, sara, michael h., sam, and i went to an a's game. they lost to baltimore. sadness. they were on a home game winning streak. sam taught me a lot about baseball and baseball strategy. on the way home, we saw an accident happen on 880. a girl braked (i'm going to assume that braked is a real word) really hard and lost control of her car. she tried to over-correct her steering wheel and went from the 4th lane all the way to the 1st lane and hit a car. i guess that technically the car hit her. kind of like a "T". michael pulled over and we stayed with them until the cops came. both drivers were fine but pretty shook up. the girl's car is pretty much totaled and the guys car will need work done. he was saying that he lives in hayward but works in redwood city and was worried about how he'd get to work. hopefully his insurance will pay for a rental. the airbags deployed in both cars. craziness. and the girl's car's front wheel was in a 45 degree angle, was leaking oil and other fluid, and looked undriveable. but a cop drove it to the shoulder of the freeway. i was pretty impressed that the car could do that at all. after michael gave his info to the two drivers, we went home. so eventful! later on that night, kristin, sharon, esther, and i went to boss, a korean club in sf. there was a $15 cover (BOO!!) but we know the bartender so all the drinks were free (WWOOOOTT!!) they don't carry seagrams so i couldn't have my usual 7&7s (boo) but they had fun music (yay!). they played sexy/back three times. which i thought was a bit excessive. but they also played a couple 80's songs. overall: good day.

on sunday i went to anna marie's bbq. good times. i hadn't seen her in a few months and got to catch up with rachel. she just finished archaeology field school so she had alot to say about it. and i was able to sympathize since i when through the exact same thing last year. when i got back, kristin, sara, and i went to the nut house and felt like we were intruding on a wedding reception. a bunch of ppl descended upon the nuthouse for a wedding afterparty. apparently, they used to come to the nut house all the time and wanted to wax nostalgic. i was ok with it since they picked good songs on the juke box.

weekend rating: good times and fun had by all. well, except for those two in the car accident.