NYC Wrap-Up!

If it doesn’t sound like we did a lot in NYC it’s because most of the time was spent walking around Manhattan, which is the best thing to do ever. Sure you can sit in buildings and watch a lot of plays and performances and shit but it’s not really experiencing NYC unless you’re really just walking the streets and seeing the everyday sights. …And sharing a one-person room with four people.

Dec 24
Arrived in New York finally, took a bus then the subway into Manhattan. Met up with the peeps, Hannah and Brendan. After a bit of chillin’, we headed to Chinatown and met up with Beau, then alls of us got some vegetarian dim sum, which was greatsome. The shrimp was especially convincing. But then we walked around town (after having these awesome cream puffs) and saw the new David Lynch movie and my night was ruined. Oh well

Dec 25
We walked really far to a diner in the morning where I had quiche which was probably better than mine. They used this awesome cheese. Oh well. Later in the evening, Hannah and I headed to her sister’s apartment in Brooklyn, where her family was there makin’ some awesome Christmas dinner. They even had presents for me and I was pleasantly surprised!

Dec 26
Birthday time! Met up with my cousin Carol and had some pizza and beer. Then I headed to her apartment just to have a look. It was like really high up and I could see the entire city. Lucky Carol! Afterwards I met Hannah’s family again and went to the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a bit. Saw some awesome German caricatures which scared me a lot. Later the fearsome foursome headed for some cheap but awesome sushi, where I had some sake. That’s about all the alcohol I had! Then we went to the Strand book store where there were a lot of books, and went back to the hotel to watch A Hard Day’s Night.

Dec 27
The next morning we went and walked around the lake in Central Park. Afterwards we headed to the nearby design museum or something where there were a lot of awesome modern designs from places like Google and Apple. Later we met up with Hannah’s mom and sister again and ate at this massive deli where there was everything, and were about to go ice skating when we realized that the line to rent skates was like two hours long. Later in the day we ordered some vegetarian AND kosher Chinese food to the room and watched monster movies.

Dec 28
Met Meredith for lunch in Times Square after being utterly horrified by the rampant consumerism surrounding us. Later in the evening we saw Nels Cline and some other harpist perform and it was really avant-garde and noisy. Not my kind of thing but I sort of enjoyed it. Later we ate at Pukk, which is like the most awesome designer vegetarian Thai place in the world. I’m totally going back to it next time I’m in NYC. It’s really cheap too.

Dec 29
This day was the day to go home, but beforehand I visited my grandparents and we went out to lunch at Applebee’s. They brought the entire staff over and gave me some ice cream and sang a song for my birthday. Hooray.

Okay then I went home so that is my trip goodbye!

Yearly meme

WHAT?! It’s a meme! Last year’s answers here.

1. What did you do in 2006 that you’d never done before?
Kissed a dude.

2. Did you keep your new years’ resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
Yeah my resolution was to get an office job on my own and I did! I think next year’s is to get into grad school!

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
I sort of forget.

4. Did anyone close to you die?
Nope

5. What countries did you visit?
New York

6. What would you like to have in 2007 that you lacked in 2006?
A place of my own.

7. What date from 2006 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
Saying goodbye to Shiranne. Limoes away!

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Working at Autodesk.

9. What was your biggest failure?
Hmm… having to pay Sun for my overpayment, I guess.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
I still have some skin problems, and this weird bruise on my lower back. I should go to a dermatologist soon.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
A DS lite.

12. Whose behaviour merited celebration?
Bill and Melinda Gates’, Warren Buffett, my cousins’ (graduation)!

13. Whose behaviour made you appalled and depressed?
Bush and co. as usual, and my aunt’s over the summer…

14. Where did most of your money go?
Sun. Otherwise, gaming.

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
Traveling on my own. Now I’m not sure if I’m going to do it that much, but I was quite passionate about wanting to “find myself” abroad.

16. What song will always remind you of 2006?
Kelly – Shoes

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:
i. happier or sadder?
More emotional. (I think this is the fourth year in the row that I’ve said this!)
ii. thinner or fatter? Same.
iii. richer or poorer? Same.

18. What do you wish you’d done more of?
Being productive, attentive, meditative.

19. What do you wish you’d done less of?
Letting myself get pushed around near the start of the year.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Spent it in New York, celebrating it over dinner with Hannah’s family. Also left my family back home some presents.

21. Did you fall in love in 2006?
Yes!

22. How many one-night stands?
One.

23. What was your favourite TV program?
Dunno. Don’t like Lost as much, and that’s about all I watched still.

24. Do you hate anyone now that you didn’t hate this time last year?
N/A

25. What was the best book you read?
Making Comics by Scott McCloud

26. What was your greatest musical discovery?
OiNK and its resulting things. I got a lot of albums from artists for whom I havd singles.

27. What did you want and get?
A job, a DS lite. I didn’t really want a new car but I got one of those too!

28. What did you want and not get?
A new iPod because I am holding out for 6th gen.

29. What was your favourite film of this year?
An Inconvenient Truth

30. What did you do on your birthday, and how old were you?
Turned 21. Met my cousin for pizza and beer. Then met with Hannah and family for the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Then ate a whole bunch of sushi for $10, went to a big ol’ book store. Then went back to the hotel room and watched A Hard Day’s Night.

31. What one thing would have made your year immeasurably more satisfying?
Keeping old friends, not watching them slip away.

32. How would you describe your personal fashion concept in 2006?
Same ol’. Some new shirts, that’s about it – but now I have new non-sneaker shoes, so that’s probably my new fashion statement for 2007, or something.

33. What kept you sane?
Animating, then eventually video games.

34. Which celebrity/public figure did you fancy the most?
Dunno

35. What political issue stirred you the most?
Global warming, midterm elections.

36. Who did you miss?
Shiranne, and my grandpa.

37. Who was the best new person you met?
Shiranne, and all my new hallmates.

38. Tell us a valuable life lesson you learned in 2006:
Listening is sometimes better than responding.

39. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year:
I don’t think I quoted any song lyrics this year and I’m not good at interpreting them. This stays blank!

I have arrived!

Here I am in Chicago! That sure was a long day but I’m glad it’s over!

…Note how I did not say I am here in New York; rather, I said I am in Chicago. Ayup, there WAS a delay (see my prediction!), a two-and-a-half hour delay from LA to AZ, so when I arrived in Chicago my final flight had long since left.

Fortunately, the friendly ATA crew hooked me up with a “distress discount” at a local Holiday Inn, so here I am now. This is actually a really nice turn of events. Had a nice dinner instead of more peanuts, my flight’s been rescheduled to a nice 10AM, and I get Internet! Wowee!

Anyway, enough of my personal life. Here is some food I made yesterday.

Latkes! Or “potatoe pankakke” for you Amuricans. This was a professional recipe, meaning I got it straight from a chef, and not from Internet. It turned out awesomedome and everyone ate them all up. I grated up a little bit of carrot as well as onion in there too.

Anyway I’ll see all y’alls in New York tomorrow.

OH MY GOD

My flight plan tomorrow has been slightly altered from the two-part flight I originally planned, it seems:

8:00 leave from Oakland to Los Angeles
9:45 leave from Los Angeles to Phoenix
12:30 leave from Phoenix to Kansas City
16:25 leave from Kansas City to Chicago
19:05 leave from Chicago to New York City
21:59 arrive at La Guardia Airport, NYC

…yeah RIGHT. I’ll be extremely lucky if there aren’t 3-hour delays in EACH STOP.

See ya when I see ya!

Lyrics thing

Here are 30 songs I like with lyrics. I didn’t choose my entire library because even I don’t know the majority of the songs. Find out which songs they are and I’ll bold ’em with your name. But don’t use Google because that’s pretty goddamn lame.

do it!

Cooks

Today I gone made


Pee Butt Cookies!!!

Unfortunately they are not as good as UCSC’s peanut butter cookies. Not as creamy or sweet. But they are still tasty! I think if I make this again, peanut butter will not be an afterthought and I will actually follow a recipe that is more specific, instead of using the “master recipe” like I did.