School: USC Marshall School of Business
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|I'm listening to...
::"Stay Beautiful," The Last Goodnight
::"Spaceman," The Killers
::"Green Light," John Legend
::"Superstar," Lupe Fiasco
::Taiwan, A Political History, by Denny Roy
::The Devil and Miss Prym, by Paulo Coehlo
I've just seen...
::I Love You, Man
Dancing the Night Away I am recovering from a night of singing and dancing. I am so tired and sleepy. Last night was Marshall Idol, our school's karaoke version of the TV show, which serves a good cause: raising money for C4C, a charity organization. Disregarding singing ability and taking only "entertainment value" into consideration, there were some mind-blowing performances, including our new AGBS president doing Neil Diamond; a breakout performance by a PM-er doing "Baby Got Back"; a very drunk Chang-er doing "Easy Lover" with his very patient partner, Viv; and of course, me, YJ, and Jacqui as the C-premes singing "Stop! In the Name of Love." The judges included our management accounting professor, the Program Office director, and our core's very own Murph, who threatened me earlier that we were "going down," but ended up being very nice. It was tons of fun, and the music on the dance floor after the contest was great, too...If clubbing were like this every time, I'd go clubbing more often. Dubya (and her very cute new haircut) and Jenny were there too and did spectacular jobs as proxy photographers for me.
I was very nervous before the whole thing and was in total "I'm gonna vomit" mode, but everything turned out really well, considering that (1) we couldn't get the songs we wanted, and ended up choosing something the day before, (2) people were dropping out of our group due to illness, (3) traffic was bad, so Jacqui couldn't meet up with us to practice until one hour before the show, and (4) Jacqui had never heard of the song before and had to learn the choreography (by YJ and yours truly), the tune, and the lyrics in less than an hour. When we got up there, the mike was way too high for me, and by the time Seth adjusted it for me, the song had already started, and I got totally thrown off. I totally blanked out on the tune and on the choreography, and I couldn't hear myself, so I just grabbed the mike and hung onto it for dear life. Looking back at the video, I'm surprised I was on-key at any point (I did such a poor job compared to when I was practicing) or doing the same dance moves as YJ and Jacqui. YJ and Jacqui, as expected, did an amazing job on stage, showing everyone exactly how sexy the Core C ladies are. The adrenaline rush after performing was like nothing else, as was the onslaught of support from our fellow students and faculty.
Some choice lines from the night:
Andrew: "Mark...why are you holding two drinks?"
Shimi: "Uh...because I bought this one...while I was holding this one!"
Chang-er: "Before we start [performing], I just want to say that activity-based costing has changed my life, and I used to allocate overhead to direct labor, and now there's a whole, like, window of opportunity that has opened up to me, so I just want to thank Professor Young for giving me that love."
Murph: "Your singing was like two dolphins mating..."
Chang-er: "Dude, who doesn't love dolphins? I mean, give me a break, all right?"
Murph: "I haven't seen moves like that since my cousin had an epileptic fit."
Murph: "I've never actually seen someone make love to a microphone stand quite like [Neener]."
At some point, I'll try to get some pictures online....
Right now, I am working on an operations management assignment on inventory. We are supposed to manage inventory for a hypothetical company and answer two questions about inventory management strategies. I tried all these wacky equations for determining the optimal order size to maximize profit, but it turns out that I get the best results when I randomly guess. So I am thinking of writing the following in answer to my prof's questions:
1. What was your purchase decision process?
"My decision process consisted of guessing random numbers. "
2. Did you develop a general rule for purchasing decisions?
"No. But if you need to me say something, my general rule is to guess."
Then again, the prof might not appreciate that answer...
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