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Date:2007-07-23 15:14
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After much consideration, I've decided to revive my LiveJournal. For what reason? I believe I was inspired by a particularly charming blog I came across online, came across years ago really but have recently found my way back to.
"What pushes your buttons?" It took me years to truly understand what this phrase was referring to, partly because I have a problem, when I fail to understand slang or any kind of native-speaker language, I tend to just nod and go along with it. So when asked the question recently (now with the understanding of what it means)...I couldn't come up with much, which led me to draw the premature conclusion that I'm just a terribly easy going person. Far from it. Here it is, things that push my button no. 1: people who clean my things. I am not a clean person, far from it, I get by fairly well if only for the fact that...I do not happen to own very much and thus, do not make use of very much. I do not mind when people use my things, put them in different places and such...it is this deliberate re-organization and "tidying up" of my things. I can feel myself go insane when someone insists on cleaning my things. It's mine damn it, mine mine mine, I feel a twitch coming on if someone reorganizes my things, they don't know how I want it, how it is supposed to be done..Mine! Only child syndrom.

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Date:2007-02-25 10:22
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To say I've never been a friend of bacon would be a great understatement. I've always despised bacon, just like I've never been a fan of say....those children's fruit cocktail, cinammon flavoured drinks or the "empire" waistline. That's all fine as i tend to stay away from them, but bacon..bacon's another story. These days, it seems like bacon is in absolutely everything. I chalk it up to a "male thing". What is it about men that makes then like bacon on everything. It starts out as a breakfast side, then moves itself into the eggs, then invades lunch time with blt (which is all great) but then it appears to have reproduced exponentially and can now be found in all sandwiches, you order a chicken club? There's bacon, how about a southwestern burger?....bacon. Then bacon is broken up into bits and tossed on top of potatoes, then in the mashed potatoes. You pop by a fast food joint and can pretty much find bacon on half the menu, and none of them are even close to where bacon originated from. Why is there bacon in salad? Is it not bad enough that Americans put crutons in their salad, then you stuff in some bacon?
Here's what bacon is to me, you take a child sized pig, tie it up on the sun for a few weeks, say in the sahara, watch as all the fluids are sucked right out and the whole animal condenses in on itself. Then you take this Sarah Jessica Parker of a pig and chop it all up into bits and Cook some of the fat right back into it and serve it up next to absolutely everything.

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Date:2007-02-18 11:43
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A. I'd like to see how the Volvo blind spot sensor works exactly. At times I truly think we are creating too much for cars these days, or perhaps I'm simply biased because it's Volvo. Whenever Lexus (in this new LS) or the Mercedes S-class comes out with anything I think it's completely brilliant. The Mercedes because pretty much every new luxury/security feature of cars today all began with in the S-class, first ABS, airbags, turbo diesel, air suspension, hydropneumatic suspension, electronic stability control, all wheel drive, and let's now forget the first hardtop convertible....everything, if you'd like to see what will be in cars five...ten years from now, just look at the S class of today. The Lexus because they'r'e trying to usurp Mercedes's role as the first of everything, what was up with the infared LED, self parallel parking, Pre-collision system (PCS), VDIM, ESA, DMS, LKA, in fact the Top Gear joke is that Lexus has so many features condensed into acronymes that the rest of the world has simply no idea what they're looking at when presented with the list of features.

B. I've never had couscous that I liked....or could even tolerate. I've been watching the food network and I love the "Everyday Italian" girl, the rest of the women tend to scare me.

C. Saw the 2007 Chinese New Year Spring...festival...gala...thing last night. Is it just me or is there a great deal of comedy this year. I remember a time when I loved every little performance, but in recent times they have these terrible...terrible pop stars. In fact, I was embarrassed to call myself chinese. These days they have horrible young women who cannot sing...cannot dance....(the lyrics are just ridiculous) they simply stand about doing that "cute" whispering thing into the microphone and moving from side to side in that "cute" manner...in fact, they just stand about in all their 0% body fat glory looking "cute." The men are worse, these young male pop stars are not even good looking (which you might be able to argue for the girls), these men go up on stage....cannot sing again,...cannot dance, and move about with all the confidence in the world (at least the women have a bit of....humility?) and come now! They look and dress like women! This annnual show (5 hours long) is supposed to represent the very best of Chinese entertainment yes? So I wonder what happens when the old people finally all trail off leaving it to the twenty-some year olds.

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Date:2007-02-11 01:30
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On the few occasions I've come across this Motor Week, I am always amazed....well rather suspicious really. It's like the time I saw an infomercial for "doggy-steps" (literally a block in the shape of a three step staircase, to give your pet easy access to your couch, bed, car...etc etc.) The point is I keep on wondering if it's a joke, certainly looks legit enough, but my eye always trails to the bottom right hand corner of the screen for the "comedy central" logo...no it's never there.
My question is, how did a show like motor week even get started, the entire half hour is a huge series of car commercials, all I see are clips of cars driving at ridiculously legal speeds through nice scenery. More importantly, the completely bland tone of the narrator is probably comparable to spending the half hour with a loaf of bread. My favorite part was when he introduced the interior of the Audi TT with its brand new makeover that included this...this this....and the "focal point of which is the flat bottom steering wheel." Yes, they mostly took a circular steering wheel and "flattened" the bottom quarter or so. Yes, the exact words used were "focal point." Is there anyone at all who actually enjoys this show, and if so, do tell me if there's some impossibly advanced humor somewhere in there. I've given this show a few tries and they seem to have gotten the idea that you can host a motoring show with absolutely no criticism....of any car, any aspect of a car even, in fact every episode is a book of praise, no activities are every done with the any cars in question, in fact, nothing at all. I've never actually seen the host make physical contact with any of the cars he speaks about.
Their car of the year? The Honda Fit. While I might be inclined to give them the benefit of the doubt (I've never driven a Honda Fit), they certainly did a terrible job of selling it since the description did not differ whatsoever from the rest....praise praise praise.

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Date:2007-01-15 10:27
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I watched the two hour premier of this new season of 24 last night. I have one thing to say, middle-eastern men in suits...with that accent, wow, just damn sexy. I am not at all deterred by the bombed strapped underneath that immaculate dress shirt, ads a bit of torso definition really.

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Date:2006-12-28 15:32
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Just got back from Costa Rica last night. Fantastic really, tiring. Ended up getting sick on the plane right back. Flying doesn't go well with me.

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Date:2006-11-29 22:20
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I am not officially signed up for this uh...2008 Olympics translation program. Actually, I lie, I am not entire sure what this several week long "activity" will consist of. My uncle asked, I said sure and in 2008 I will be shipped back to Tianjin. Should be a nice experience.
I now come to the realization that being on a university campus means the majority of people do not agree with my view of well uh, any issue. At times I do not exactly love how being on a UC campus and mentioning to a friend: no, I am not sure I would exactly like joining the campus democratic org. (or some such sort) because I would not declare myself completely a democrat...means I'd get stoned with shocked glances. Don't mention the UCLA "tazing" incident...I might be lynched in the street.

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Date:2006-11-19 16:03
Subject:Blonde, James Blonde.
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My favorite 007?
Still Pierce Brosnan, hands down.

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Date:2006-11-18 14:21
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I have to admit, I was less than enthused about the nomination of Daniel Craig to the position of 007 a while back. Mostly, it was the rumors of Hugh Jackman as the potential successor that threw me, he would have been my first choice...for most er positions in fact. The man's a genius, doesn't hurt that he's one of the few men I do not mind seeing shirtless (I'm a big fan of men when they're clothed). Craig is well, blonde, blonde and blue-eyed, never been a devout follower of the recessive genes. He also has that face, quite unremarkable. Then the trailer came out and I was even less impressed, I got the impression that the character had been more expressive with sentiment than before. (He does profess some deeper than sheets sentiment to this lovely little Mediterranean looking thing.) As female as I am, it goes against the trend of bond, each skirt should be the same as the next, the feeling should be that he'll tumble with you but never even bat an eye when you turn out to be working with the man with the scar, eye patch, cat, teeth, turban, etc etc. In the end, I'm still looking forward to seeing it, especially for the scene where he flips the aston to swerve 'round the girl in the road. Speaking of Astons, the San Francisco International Auto Show is going on all this week through to the end of Thanksgiving weekend. I will definitely be going.

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Date:2006-11-02 11:07
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Just completed my midterms. I believe I deserve a bit of fun and relaxation right about now.
Borat: opens 11/3

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Date:2006-10-25 13:27
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I have just recently decided to revive this journal, in fact, not five minutes ago. It will replace all in its path, a path to becoming my new goal in life. Although, I suppose my other (also relatively recent) life goal is to visit a feel-good European nation where I might be able to (and will) make my way to a park on a nice sunny afternoon and enjoy a nice novel, after having removed every article of clothing that is. So there, I wish to read naked in a public park with absolutely no passerbys giving me even such much as a look. Well, not so much of a look might do well to insult my oh so female sensibilities, but alas, we sacrifice much in our pursuit of happiness.

Note: Borat opens 3rd of November.

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Date:2006-09-15 14:18
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Just returned from cabo san lucas on wednesday night. Fantastic vacation, I am becoming quite a fan of mexico.

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Date:2006-09-05 13:52
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If there was ever anything to turn me off of the idea of plastic surgery...nip/tuck does it.

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Date:2006-07-12 00:44
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(Click here to post your own answers for this meme.)

× I miss somebody right now. × I don't watch much TV these days. I own lots of books.  (Although not as much as I would like. It is always been a childhood dream of mine to have a formidable library...only second to the aspirations of becoming an autopsist.)
I wear glasses or contact lenses.  (Alas, I must reveal my genetic inferiority to the world.) × I love to play video games. × I've tried marijuana.
I've watched porn movies.  (Only enough to discover that my taste is not American porn, the women are too overly made up, too many tattoos, piercings, and most importantly...much to loud and free with the dirty talk. Ultimately, that is not what does it for me.) × I have been the psycho-ex in a past relationship. I believe honesty is usually the best policy.  (Save for when I have to l have to lie. I will admit that I am usually a bad liar, in fact, I often times get so nervous about lying that I kill myself with anxiety before I even open my mouth. Terrible isn't it.)
I curse sometimes.  (I swear, watching the worldcup brought out a bit of cursing in me. However, I usually find cursing very unattractive, especially with the way that men do so nowadays.) × I have changed a lot mentally over the last year. I carry my knife/razor everywhere with me.  (Cannot be helped, my cousin gave me a very nice little knife that is hooked on to my set of keys.)
it goes on...Collapse )

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Date:2006-06-11 09:17
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I was so disheartened by Sweden vs. Trinidad and Tobago that I cut my jogging off at 2.5mi (I was watching it at the gym on a treadmill).
At the moment, watching Iran vs. Mexico (but really just looking forward to Portugal and Angola). Actually, in all the games so far I've always thought one team had awful defense...negligent realy, but both Iran and Mexico are strong in that department. Mexico's Franco...in my opinion, is the man to watch.
Watching the games at home is just a bad idea, I keep indulging myself with ice cream. Which is why I left at half time yesterday to watch the other part at the gym (at least I'll be doing something).

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Date:2006-05-09 20:48
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I have been made completely and ridiculously senseless, by a man..one male, one young man. Cristiano Ronaldo. I spend my time watching collections of clips of his best plays...no doubt put together by another adoring female. Fabulous, why do I love Manchester? Well....it could be the attractive men they've got to offer as eye candy. I like Milan actually, but am always reluctant to admit so. Alright, I Ronaldo (portuguese) is somewhat uh...too flashy, he is almost a even more fickle version of Beckham....god damn these players...after our hearts really, but I cannot stop watching him, gods, nothing like that boy.
Totti's very eye catching as well (obviously not as attractive, I like dark features for some reason). His plays are more attractive, they are...less glam, more masculine, more substance.
Lastly, I love Giuseppe Rossi, and this time, simply because he is good looking, half way decent plays, but eh....eh.

A man after my heart is a man who knows how to handle his balls.

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Date:2006-04-20 10:16
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First off, I enjoy my job very much, my very part-time, barely above min. wage job no less. The point is, I actually look forward to going to work every afternoon. Then some creepy men have to come and ruin things, bah. There is creepy guy number one, who positions himself a few feet in front of the computer department, leaning over a railing (conveniently directly in front of where Theresa and I are usually positioned)...he wears sun glasses in doors and a hat, this hat that he puts his hand over while simultaneously stealing a side glance over my direction every few seconds. It's creepy, but creepy in the way that he's almost made himself out to be unnerving. Once in a while he comes over, and this is when I realize his face is creepy, in that loser who could never move up the ranks of the gang in Westside story (he certainly dresses like one). So he comes, looking kinda twitchy and casually gestures to the first thing nearest to his hand.."So, tell me about this thing." To which I respond, "Eh, I'm sure you know how an ipod works...not to mention what it is." To which he says "No, no I don't, tell me about it." Yes, just like how he needed to know about the iMacs and the MacBook and the lenovo tablets. The thing is, it is not only myself, Theresa (my co-worker) thinks it more disturbing than I. She made a big deal out of it, telling Shelley (my manager) who told me to just call security. Yes, I'll do that alright, a complete idiot I'd be...the man's not doing anything at all.
Creep number two is a little more vocal. We met one time, I helped him with some questions...etc etc. So then he says:
"Where are you from honey?"
-"Mainland China"
"But you have this lovely, almost a british accent."
-"No I do not."
"Where did you get it?"
-"Do not have an accent, sorry."
"Oh, sure sure honey." (wink)
This guy also had no idea of uh...personal space. Now, I have not an issue with being close with people, friends, but generally, it bothers me to hold a conversation with a man who positions himself less than a foot away from me. He comes to the store a lot, and has this habit of using my name. Right, I know I have a name tag for a reason but I dislike some people (well only him) using my name "aaamy, honey, can I bother you for a sec? Yeah, come here."
Bah.

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Date:2006-04-17 12:04
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I am done, free, released from Proust. Now that my research paper is handed in, I feel as though a sudden lightness has come over my mind. Free, I'm completely, free, well for a little while I suppose. I need to get rid of all the literary criticism sitting on my desk.
I've been meaning to read Crashing the Party, by Ralph Nader. Surprisingly decent so far. Also on my list is uh...Daniel Deronda and Within a Budding Grove (well also by Marcel Proust, but this is for pleasure, thus, it will be entirely different).
Decided to head to China in a month or two, for a month or two. Living in a house of two women is starting to take its toll on my sanity. I walk through the door and all they want to do is feed me, after which they tell me to stop "feeding that ass" before it becomes "grotesque" even by "american standards." Ah, family, charming as always. I am so tired of constant them constantly nagging me...Why do you insist on dressing like a man amy? Why don't you take care of yourself more amy? Why are you so fond of ugly men amy? Why why why why why. Can we just clarify that I do not dress like a male, alright? Ugh. If I do not go to China, they will most likely propose visiting Australia as a "family" and I am not too certain I can take that.

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Date:2006-04-02 14:51
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Saw V for Vendette yesterday and it was very much up to par, or at least my expectations. Very phantom of the opera elements in there. I actually enjoyed natalie portman's performance, although her accent, hah. Blood stirring, just how I like it.

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Date:2006-03-06 13:45
Subject:It's all in the Mind
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I'd like a shirt that says "I am the Stig"
I'd like apple to go back to the ipod minis.
I'd like to weigh 25pounds less than I do.
I'd like to stop this need for lazying about.

Good day people.

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