Name: neener
School: USC Marshall School of Business
Status: Employed...finally
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Reason for blogging: I'm incredibly self-absorbed.
I'm listening to...
::"Stay Beautiful," The Last Goodnight
::"Spaceman," The Killers
::"Green Light," John Legend
::"Superstar," Lupe Fiasco

I'm watching...
::The Office

I'm reading...
::Taiwan, A Political History, by Denny Roy
::The Devil and Miss Prym, by Paulo Coehlo

I've just seen...
::Slumdog Millionaire
::I Love You, Man
::The Reader
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Friday, July 30, 2004
Money, money, money, money..  
I just submitted an application for a private loan to cover this upcoming school year's expenses. I am pretty much neck-deep in debt. Yay!

Thursday, July 29, 2004
Supporting My Asian Brothas..  
Saw Harold & Kumar Go to Whitecastle yesterday.  It was funny.  Go see it.

Tuesday, July 27, 2004
Serena Williams, If You're Reading This..  
please listen to my plea.

A-Cash got tickets to finals of the J. P. Morgan Chase Open, so YJ and I got to watch Serena Williams and Lindsay Davenport play.  For some reason, Davenport was a lot taller than I thought she was.  Anyway, it was a quick match, and Davenport won.  The entire time I was watching the ladies play, I was thinking, "Odd.  The ball never does that when I hit it.  Hmm.  So that's what the ball does when you're good."  After the match, we watched the doubles final, which featured past Wimbledon winner Conchita Martinez, who has a very cool, calm demeanor.  The two teams seemed pretty equally matched.  The first set was 7-6, and the first game of the second set went on for at least 20 minutes.  The game was at deuce for the longest time, and at one point, one of the spectators yelled in exasperation, "Win the point!"

Anyway, A-Cash got us awesome seats.  Our seats were 8 rows from the front, and 4 rows behind a whole group of Serena's family and friends.   Which brings me to my first point.  I don't know who he is, but one of Serena's friends sitting in front of us was absolutely gorgeous.  His back was to us most of the time, but during one of the breaks, he stood up and turned towards us.  He was talking on his cell phone and scanning the stadium for a friend or something.  When we saw him, YJ and I simultaneously melted and started drooling.  Sooo hot, and a stylish dresser to boot.  Serena, he was wearing a light blue hat and a blue, green, and white striped, short-sleeve button down.  I hope you can figure out who I mean, because if he is single, HOOK A GIRL UP!

That's all. 

Tuesday, July 20, 2004
What Happens at Halo, Stays at Halo  
People are weird.  We recently got together at a classmate's house to play 16-man Halo.  That's right.  We hooked up 4 X-Boxes and 4 TVs, and played Halo for many, many hours with all sorts of teams.  We played 4 on 12, 8 on 8, and 16-every-man-for-himself.  It was crazy.  In addition to the gaming action, we also had lots of food, including a lot of spam musubi (ah...there's nothing like "processed meat product" encased in its own protective jelly). 
So why do I say people are weird?  Because all of these people wouldn't let me take their picture!  It was if they were ashamed!  Why?  What is so bad about being a young single male living in Los Angeles who has opted to spend a nice, balmy Saturday evening hauling TVs and gaming equipment to a friend's apartment so that you participate in a kill-fest with 18 or so guy friends?  That's not geeky in any way, is it?  I mean, it wouldn't be at all nerdy to spend the days before the gathering in giddy anticipation or to frantically worry about getting a router and ethernet cable for the event.  No, not at all.  I mean, it wasn't like a sausage-fest!  There were girls there!  OK, I admit that the female-male ratio was very, very small, but still.  People, don't be ashamed.  Be proud! 

Tuesday, July 13, 2004
It's Not As Easy As It Seems..  
My cell phone contract expired, so I am in the midst of shopping around for a new wireless provider as well as a new cell phone. Right now, I'm leaning towards Verizon and trying to decide between the LG VX6000 and the Samsung a670. It's a toughie. Plus, I have to deal with getting a new phone number (my sister is getting my old phone and my old number). It's not a huge problem to notify my friends, but then I think about all the forms and crap I've filled out this year with my old number as my primary number, and don't even get me started on my business cards, which all have my old number printed on them. What a royal pain! I guess I should get back to work instead of reading reviews online...

Monday, July 12, 2004
It's the Little Things in Life..  
They changed the soap in the Popovich restrooms. It smells nice. I like it.

Monday, July 05, 2004
Density is Mass Over Volume  
Oooh. It hurts, it hurts. How much food can I stuff into my body? My body density has increased immensely. If you threw me in water, I probably would sink. I'm recovering from my July 4 celebration, which was just spectacular. I had a barbecue at my house and had a whole slew of people over. Being someone who always follows through on my promises, the food was abundant, especially the "carne." Plus, a lot of guests brought stuff too. Some people are about variety, whereas some people focus on quantity. At my house, it's both. No compromise. That's just the way it is. Here was the menu:

Tortilla Chips with a choice of Angi's Special Dip or traditional tomato salsa
Potato Chips

Side Dishes:
Potato Salad
Macaroni Salad
Green Salad
Chinese "Cold Noodle" Salad
Garden Vegetable Skewers (eggplant, white onion, zucchini, cherry tomatoes, and assorted bell peppers)
Grilled Corn, Chinese-style

Baked Chicken Drumsticks, marinated with Mom's special sauce
Barbecue Chicken
Korean-style Short Ribs
Assorted Hot Dogs

Almond Tofu with Fruit
Roasted Marshmallows
Brownie Bites
Apple Pie a la Mode
Assorted Ice Cream from Fosselman's and Fubuki, featuring vanilla, cookies and creme, and green tea flavors.

We didn't even get around to grilling the fish! Any wonder I can't move? My stomach is too full. My plan to "get in shape" has not been going well, as you can see...But I'm not going to be too hard on myself because my philosophy has always been: "When you are on holiday, you are on holiday...including your diet." Frankly, if you were to do something as crazy as restrain yourself at one of my famous barbecues, you'd be doing me and yourself a disservice and disrespecting the holiday. It'd be freaking unpatriotic. Did the Founding Fathers hesitate from doing what they thought was right when the British were all up in their face? I think not! So do you think you should hesitate from gorging yourself until your stomach explodes because some diet says you shouldn't? Yeah, that's right. I thought so.

After we ate, we headed over to Lacy Park to watch fireworks. As a kid, the fireworks show was kinda lame, but it has improved immensely! It was actually really good! I had a great time sitting at the park, which I have always liked, with a great crowd of people whose sole purpose in being there was to just enjoy themselves with their family and friends. There were so many cute children running around with glowsticks and dressed up in red, white, and blue. I've always like July 4 because (1) it's in the summer, (2) it's an event that demands a barbecue, and (3) unlike other holidays, you don't get that tension that comes from everyone being stressed about making their fancy dinner perfect or rushing to buy the right gifts. One of my favorite things in the world, I think, is just to spend time with my friends in a mellow, laid-back atmosphere, where we really aren't doing anything in particular but just talking and laughing. Good times, good times.

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