Archive for January 2009

Woohoo~ Cartoons

January 31, 2009

This week has been crap. It’s amazing that I even got through it. Today was the first time I had a chance to youtube guilt free. And upon strolling the Intertubes, I found a new spin-off animated TV series: The Spectacular Spider-Man. I find it quite intriguing and not to mention, it has Spider-Man. That’s always fun. And to top it all off,the theme song is ridiculously good. It’s one of the few TV themes that I don’t fast forward through. There’s something about it that just screams New York to me.

…Yeah, I’m a geek. If I was born in the 1970’s, I would’ve been into the whole comic book scene, for sure. Oh, and I’ve noticed something else. If you put an established superhero and tweak it to put him in high school, it instantly becomes more appealing. Batman Beyond, X-Men: Evolution, Spectacular Spider-Man, you get my point.

…Yeah, definitely a geek.

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I Want a TV

January 22, 2009

I just finished writing my pre-lab assignment for my Chemistry lab tomorrow, and not quite yet ready to fall into stupor, so I blog. And let’s talk about television, or lack there of. 

I was never really a person who paid attention to television schedules before college. But slowly I began to care about it and I blame Talton for it. Him and his stupid Scrubs. Which I now adore, by the way. Now, before we left for winter break, my roommate said he would bring a TV for our room. So we started to make plans on how to rearrange our room to accommodate the new piece of equipment. The day before I come back, he says that he wouldn’t bring the TV. It bummed me out, but it didn’t bother me too much. And now that I had the the possibility of a TV in my room, I continuously lament at the it’s ghostly presence. I started caring about more of the shows I watched online. Monk, House, Scrubs, The Office, Big Bang Theory. The possibilities. 

I’ve come to realize what a magnet of conversation television is, because of this experience. Most of the time, it’s the subject that connects random people. Now that I don’t go to high school with many of my friends, we now talk about television. Television is society’s substitute for High School drama. And I’m O.K. with that, only because it’s drama that doesn’t hurt anybody.

So for those who have televisions handy, treasure the box that give imagination-stunting entertainment. I envy you all.

Stop Slouching

January 9, 2009

I was sitting at my computer yesterday afternoon (January 8th) and had a back spasm. A spasm so painful that I was unable to do anything for the entire day. Literally, I had to have my roommate, bless his heart, smuggle food from the dining hall for me so I could even eat. After nine hours or so of pain I gave my mother a ring. And she told me it was most likely a muscle spasm (the only other thing it could have been would have been a broken rib) to take 600mg of pain killers and to see how I feel in the morning.
I bring this up for several reasons.

  1. One, I have never felt this old before. I mean spending the entire bed at my age means you’re either sick or lazy, not because it’s painful to move. 
  2. Two, I love my mom. I may not act it, but she has saved my life so many times, figuratively and literally. I take her for granted and I probably will never stop. But I know it now, and I hope to make it up to you, Mom. 
  3. Three, because slouching will literally come back and kill you. Or at least make everything painful. I’ve had many people joke about my no slouching note on my desktop. I like to note that I needed that sign. See what happened when I ignored it?

So this is a friendly reminder to all of you, whoever you are, to appreciate your moms and your health. And hopefully, something this crippling and/or embarrassing happens to you ever.

Winter Begins

January 7, 2009

Due to a trick of college self-scheduling, I had two extra days of winter break. I spent my first extra day at Lowell High and received several different gifts to take back to Santa Cruz.

Various DVDs to enjoy. From various people, including my brother, azoore, and myself. 

A tissue box cover from Macau. To brighten up my dorm room.

Another gift from azoore. One that I won’t (and can’t) take off. 

I come back to Santa Cruz dreading it, not wanting to be here. But that’s O.K. I’ll bear it. If the incident last quarter is any indication, I might just study this quarter. 

My dilemma right now, however, is whether I should purchase a ticket to Southern California for the weekend January 17 and 18. Less than two weeks. What a pressure cooker.

New Year “Thank You”s

January 1, 2009

This was THE transition year. The year where I became legal and graduated high school. Supposed to be one of the most memorable years of my life. And one thing I have to say is I think this year was one of the most volatile years of my young, young life. I had so many ups and downs, it almost seems ridiculous. College applications, the disappointment from those applications, more high school dances, curious haircuts, great roommates, rocky starts, rockier finishes, it’s all in the year 2008. Anything that you could feel, from either side of the spectrum, I’ve probably felt in this past year. Melodramatic, I know, but just to give you a sense of how 2008 treated me. 

This time last year, I still had a xanga. And I still do, technically. I think it’s the diary I never wrote down. I can’t just get rid of it. It’s hard. Also, last year, I made new year resolutions. I failed all of them. Well, most of them. I didn’t get much done, and got the short end of the stick more often than not. There’s such a disconnect from then and now, and it’s really really hard to stay motivated about promises you made spontaneously one day. So I think I’m done with that. No more resolutions for me, not ever (probably). Instead I’m gonna take a page out of Phil’s book. If I had to choose a role model or idol of blogging, it would be him. The first real blog that I ever followed has got to be his, and I feel that this is the best way to say goodbye to the old, by thanking people for making my transition year memorable.

Thank you to godbrother Chris Shinn for talking me through the rough patch that was college applications. Thank you to Thomas Tran for being a cool kid and letting me tag along and for being a great coach. Thanks to Seth Wong for being the soccer hooligan that I can’t live without. Thanks to Edward Cho for always keeping the 10 minutes of REG interesting. Thanks to Gordon Huang for keeping me humble. Thanks to Jessica Wong for keeping me social. Thank you to Riza Inumberable for being the rock online. Thank you to Melinda Wong for being the greatest friend that I could ask for. Thank you to Rayson Lui for keeping me balanced. Thank you to Pheobe Tang for letting me know how big of a dork I am. Thank you to Lauren Jeong for talking to an old geezer like me and sharing in some of my obsessions. Thanks to Amanda Arenas for making me feel like the stud I’m not. Thank you to the Class of 2008 for making my Senior year memorable. Thank you to the Track and Field team of 2008 for making my Senior season awesome. Thank you to Geneva House floor 2,3, and 4 for making college what it was meant to be. And for everybody else who I failed me mention, Thank you for making 2008 the most memorable year of my life.

So that’s it for 2008. Hopefully 2009 will be much, much kinder to me. Hope to see you all in the new year.