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Kountz or Bust! [11 Apr 2005|04:22pm]
[ mood | tired ]

So...crazy weekend. Woke up at like 4:30 on Sunday, drove about 2 hours to Kountz, Texas, home of Big Thicket National Park for Envirothon.

We got fourth, but I wasn't too disappointed, cause the overall experience was actually a lot of fun. On Sunday morning, we had "training" in which we listened to a bunch of park rangers and experts on various topics discuss what we were going to be studying later that day. The soils expert guy reminded me of Mr. Van Alstyne. I think it was the comb-over and the fact that I fell asleep in his lecture. Then I slammed my right index finger in the trash can after lunch, and it's still purple. Doesn't hurt much anymore though. The competition itself was aiight, we spent about 3 hours on the Kirby trail looking at random stuff, but many of the questions we could have answered indoors.

Then they gave us 3 hours after dinner to come up with a plan on how we can "revitalize the Big Thicket", such as attracting more visitors and conserving more of the ecological diversity. That was a lot of work for just three hours, but I was glad that my group weren't snapping and ready to kill each other by the end of it, unlike some of the other groups I talked to. There were five of us in one room, so it was a little crowded, but it was just for one night, so it was really no big deal. We then presented our proposed solution to three of the judges this morning.

The John Cooper teams got first and second, so that kinda sucked, but oh well, there's always next year, right?

I had fun and both of our teams were invited to present our solutions to a Woodlands based environmental company...at least that's what I think they are.

By the way, everyone HAS to hear Amy W.'s velociraptor impression. It is freaking hilarious!

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Unopened Letters to the World [17 Mar 2005|09:45am]
I'm sitting in newspaper right now. so I guess I'll give a shout-out to my newspaper buddies: ALISON, BECKY, CHELSI, and HARRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

One more day til Spring Break, but of course, Mr. Ullrich just HAS to give us a quiz tomorrow. Eh...

Okay, bell's about to ring.

Shoe........out.
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Somewhere a Clock is Ticking... [09 Mar 2005|06:39pm]
Ok, so I totally got some random call today from the University of Tennessee about some sort of Spring Fling they have for high school juniors. Yeah, like I'd drive/fly up there just to do that, haha.

Anyhow, I just took another practice SAT for this weekend, and I'm gonna be so freaking screwed on this thing. The math is like 10 times harder and even though there are no analogies, the critical reading's going to be murder. I think my biggest weakness right now is the grammatical section of the writing, cause I always tend to accidentally skip over it or something. I really want to do well on this test this time so I don't have to keep retaking it.

*crosses fingers*
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And so it is...the shorter story [07 Mar 2005|09:16pm]
[ mood | geeky ]

ALRIGHT!!!! I feel accomplished! I made my very own LJ icon, based on this song that's been haunting me for a week. For those of you who don't know, it's basically the theme song of the movie Closer and pretty much sums up the entire movie. It's called The Blower's Daughter by Damien Rice, and everyone should definitely listen to it if they have a chance. Later on when I have more time, i want to learn how to create my own layout on this dang thing.

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Remember this night...for it is the beginning of always [06 Mar 2005|08:13pm]
[ mood | hyper ]

Ok, no more complaining crap in this entry. This has been a very good weekend indeed.

So, we left for College Station Friday night right after DI practice and managed to get there in time for dinner at Freebirds, only the BEST burrito place ever. *sigh* I miss having it every week. Anyway, we stayed at my parents' friends' house, and they had taped the Oscars for me, so I watched a bit of that.

Saturday, we had to wake up pretty early to head for the Rec Center. The 7 Desperados (as the DI team was called) were the second to go. They did pretty well, I mean, how could they not after all that practice? We ended up not finishing two Easy detours because we ran out of time, but everything else went pretty smoothly, compared to some of the disastrous rehearsals we've been having. The kids were a little freaked cause most of the others competing were in Intermediate school, and like seriously bigger. There was this one team that had a tractor powered by gasoline that could go incredibly fast. So to get their mind off the competition, we went to Double Dave's for lunch. Later on, a few minutes before their instant challenge competition, there was some dissension among the group, but they pulled through in the end, thankfully. After that, we went to Gatti-Town and played arcade games and bumper cars for about three hours. I know it's sad, but I am a ten year old kid at heart, so it was at least fun for me. The awards ceremony took forever, but the team ended up receiving the Da Vinci Award for most creative challenge solution and won second. We lost to Caldwell Intermediate, so we're not going to state. But oh well, they did really well and I'm really proud of them. I think there's going to be some kind of party later. The AST teams did well too.

Not much today. We drove back from College Station around 2-ish and then we had a piano recital. That was boring, but we went to The Cheesecake Factory tonight and I had a piece of Toblerone Swiss Chocolate Cheesecake. I think I had too much sugar 'cause my fingers are now shaking uncontrollably and I'm feeling a little woozy. Eh...it's all good.

Yeah, my fun weekend, or at least the most fun weekend I've had in awhile. SATs next week. wOOt.....not.

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Quiet Things that No One Knows [23 Feb 2005|07:11pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Caaaaaaaaaaallllllliiiiiiiiifffffffffoooooooorrrrrrrrrrrnnnnnnnniiiiiiiiiiiiaaaaaa!

Here we cooooooooooome!

How come no such passion was ever sung about Utah?

Eh...it's not been the best day. I almost got into two accidents, through no fault of mine, just a bunch of dumbasses who should not have their licenses.

1) I was just turning onto 242 from the bypass and this van was on my right. I didn't think anything of it, since they were in the lane that eventually turns into Wal-Mart. I was a little cautious, 'cause they looked like they were weaving a little, but they had their right blinker on so I figured they'd turn into the shopping center. But noooooooooooo, they swerved right into my lane. Dammit person! You and your stupid mini-van!!!! RIGHT MEANS YOU MAKE AN EFFING RIGHT TURN!!!!!!!!!!

2) Also on 242, I was in the school zone of the Woodlands Christian Academy, going around 40 mph in a 35 mph zone 'cause there was a cop ahead. Right when I was about to pass the light with the cop mere cars before me, this car cuts in front of me like 2 feet before the intersection going 70 mph, realizes there's a cop, immediately slams on their brakes and then the light changes on me. I slam on my brakes, there's this horrible horrible braking sound and I'm about half a car past the stopping line. Some peope SHOULD NOT have their FFFFFFIng driver's license.

Lloyd, it just makes me so fricking mad. Ugh.

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And so we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past. [08 Feb 2005|06:34pm]
[ mood | lost in thought... ]

I really do think that line pretty much sums up life. It's the last line in The Great Gatsby, for those that have yet to read it. I don't know what it is about that book, but after I finished it (in one day, being a procrastinator) I found myself at a loss. I'm sure it sounds insane and inane, and there are many out there that probably hate it profusely, but I actually truly liked it. I actually went out and rented the 1974 version, the one with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in it and watched the first part today. It was strange, so far I like the book much much better, but the way the cinematography focuses on the soft tones of sunlight and white, it's almost calming.

It's strange though, I'm sitting here babbling about Lloyd knows what, feeling strangely at peace. I'm not rushed for anything today, no major tests tomorrow, not much homework that I need to do. I do have some Pre-Cal and I told myself I'd finish a couple of chapters tonight, which I will, eventually. It's a welcome change from last week, when I had no extra minute at all to spare. It was just an awful week, and ended pretty bad too. I got into my first accident. It wasn't a big deal, but the lady was retarded. Not literrally, but she was totally over-reacting. What happened was that JoAnna, Jennifer, and I were going to the thrift shop to pick up some stuff for our Spanish project, and I was attempting to squeeze into this tiny space in between these two SUVs that were parked way too close to the line. I would've made it in alright, if it weren't for the people in the drive through that prevented me from backing out all the way to reposition the car. I thought I got in, but later some random lady came out and told me I ran into her car. I didn't believe her, 'cause I didn't feel anything hit, and plus when I got out of the car, I made sure I didn't scratch anything. Well, apparently I had scratched her fricking HUBCAP. OMB, it just made me so mad. It was barely like a two-inch scratch, hardly noticeable, and when JoAnna touched it, it pretty much fell off, so it was probably more like dirt. She was talking a mile a minute going on about how I probably threw her car off its axis or something, like seriously over-reacting. Anyway, that was pretty bad and so I've been lying low on the parental radar since then.

Not much during the weekend. Sometimes, I think I'm missing out, never having any time to do anything. It's not like I want to go get high or drunk like some people (::cough::) but it'd be nice to get away at times. Lately though, I don't feel like hanging out at all. When given the choice of doing something completely pointless and stupid I'd rather stay at home or go somewhere by myself. I don't know what it is, but it feels like I've outgrown most of my semi-friends. I still like them and all, but I never invite them anywhere, they never invite me anywhere and then the cycle just goes on. I hear about these wild ragers sometimes and all I can do is just nod and smile politely while the words "That was the most pointless thing I've ever heard" runs through my head. And all those kids that hang out on weekdays, drive wherever they want to do whatever they want, all I can ask is, "How do you fricking have the time?" but then I'm answered when those complain that they never have time to do anything. They have no lives other than pointlessness and I can only wonder what'll happen to them in the future. I probably sound really lonely and crap and times it seems so, but I'm happy with my isolation, it leaves me time to think and for me, being alone is a lot nicer than being surrounded by idiots (not that I'm calling anyone that, I'm just saying in general.)

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Shadow on the Sun [03 Feb 2005|09:30pm]
[ mood | drained ]

Okay, so I'm currently suffering a massive headache. But I took some Aleve, and I think it's feeling a little better.

Oh well, even if it was a huge migraine, what am I going to do about it? I still have to get on with my life, do the homework, and wake up the next morning and go to school.

I just realized that I hadn't update my LJ since January 23, and I feel a little guilty. I'm sure no one barely reads these things, but I feel like I should somehow write down my thoughts every once in awhile so that my brain doesn't crash or overload, etc.

I did find a new band today, "Harry and the Potters" a group that dress up in Hogwarts uniforms and perform songs based on the HP books, such as "Gryffindor Rocks!" and "The Wrath of Hermione." Known primarily as "geek rock" their songs are nevertheless extremely entertainly.

I was also a little bored today, and was just browsing through the LJ communities and stumbled across all these extremely pretty icons. I think I'm going to change everything out. Maybe when the new server gets up and has a bunch more templates I'll revamp the place again.

Fun stuff...

Manana is Friday! This has been the longest week ever...

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Driving in the Sun [23 Jan 2005|08:39pm]
[ mood | cheerful ]

Today was a very good day indeed. In fact, the weekend has been the best one I've had in weeks.

On Friday, I had to work. But it wasn't too bad since there were no big movies opening and overall the night was pretty slow. Victoria and I just talked mostly in the box about the different film schools out there and the Sundance festival. When I got off, Mike and I went to Chick-fil-A for a snack and met Clint and Eric who had just gotten out of Lemony Snicket's because they had missed Sideways so went into that movie instead. We talked and I learned some gossip which was interesting. Went home and finally opened my Big Fish DVD and watched that.

Saturday - boring like always. However, the good piece of news is that my Jack Sparrow painting is almost done. I'm hoping another three weeks on it will be enough. Also, since my art class and my sisters' dance classes are moving to much nicer facilities, they're also rescheduling the times. Which means, I might actually get home before 10 o'clock Saturday nights. Starting in February, I should be able to be home around 7, thus meaning I can actually start enjoying Saturdays. I stayed up to 3 a.m. watching the 8th season of Friends and The Bachelor, with Chris O'Donnell (who I must say is pretty hot) and Renee Zellweger. It was very cute and was one of those that at the end you go "awwwwwwwww...." Call me a sap if you must, but I really liked it.

Today it was my dad's birthday, so we went to this Japanese restaurant on 1960, which has the best shrimp tempura rolls ever. I had seven and did not feel well for an hour, but it was all worth it. Afterwards, we went to this place called Mountasia, it's kinda like Celebration Station if any of you remember those. Went on the Malibu Grand Prix Go-Carts three times, and that was a blast. It's weird, they go slower than a car, but it's just so much more fun than driving a car. Maybe cause it's so close to the ground. A few tokens and arcade games later, I had to go to some DI meeting. Got home, had a steak for dinner (yum!) and now I don't feel well again, but hey, at least I'm rather chipper.

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The calm before the storm.... [13 Jan 2005|04:52pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Actually, I really don't know about the storm. I just felt like using a title that sounded extremely ominous. Not sure why...

Maybe 'cause I'm a little anxious about this upcoming FZKS test, that I'm sure I will fail again because no matter how much I study, I always do (or sometimes barely pass).

I look around at all those people with their perfect grades and they're all like, "Oh, I didn't study at all. Yeah, went into the class without knowing anything." Ugh. It just makes me mad sometimes.

I think I'm suffering from lack of sleep. Somehow before tomorrow, I have to write three articles: one on the Senior One Acts, a CD review on some CD I haven't even bought yet, and here's the kicker, an editorial-esque rant on the pros and cons of doing internships

As if I give a damn.

On the subject of eternal damnation, let's move this on to the stupid worksheets we have to do for English. Sure, I understand that it's to help us understand the movie, but believe you me, I'd much rather write a two page essay than analyze every fricking question.

Ahh...I think I shall stop now before this whole post becomes a four page rant about how much I can whine, haha.

On the plus side, I'm going to Main Event tomorrow, haven't been yet, so that should be interesting.

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Musings [11 Jan 2005|09:28pm]
[ mood | aggravated ]

For starters, the movie reviews have moved. I felt they were digressing too far from my own thoughts that I've moved them to another site. They can be found at The Shoe-In Reviews for those who are interested. If you visit, please comment and click on the ad at the bottom of the page so you can help support the upkeep and maintenance of the site.

Anyhoo...I was just writing my English homework, the answers to those dumb-ass questions about "The Victorian Internet." Sometimes, I think faster than I write, and when that happens, I often forget what "brilliant" (::cough::) thought had just popped into my head. In the end, I'm simply left with a pen hovering above the paper, mind entirely blank, and staring intently at the piece of lined notebook paper. It's a rather unsettling feeling, when all time stands still, and you had no idea what you were doing. Sometimes I wonder if that's what those who have Alzheimer's feel like all the time and I just feel this awful knot in my stomach.

Speaking of weird feelings, the substitute today in English gave me the creeps. Ms. Hardin, I believe her name was. She was just such a nasty woman, I mean, who yells someone just because they were sitting "incorrectly and unsuitably." She speaks in whispers, so no one can ever hear her, and when someone asks her to repeat something, she just glares. Of course, that annoying girl in our class was being annoying again. I swear, one day someone is going to hit her

Enough angry thoughts for now. I have now discovered the wonders of a little something I like to call "Punk Covers." They're simply well-known songs, sung by ska/punk bands such as The Starting Line or Noise Ratchet. I'm telling you, there is nothing funnier than a bunch of pop songs played by Lost Prophets or MXPX.

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*hides in bushes* (more random quizzes) [05 Jan 2005|08:10pm]
[ mood | awake ]

shoemeister's LJ stalker is quicherouge!
quicherouge is stalking you because you are really good at bowling. They are also in jail for murder!


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Start smuggling contraband in baby diapers.

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What is a good quote for you?
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Say what??"The monkey flew down and stole my cracker."
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Who were you in a past life?
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Your Harry Potter/LOTR/Kill Bill/The Matrix/X-Men character matches. Or, your character orgy. by darko_me_donnie
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Your Moulin Rouge Status:
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Your deepest secret:You've locked Christian in your closet.
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Your Job at the Moulin Rouge:Drunkard
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Favorite Quote:"All you need is love!"
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Your LJ Friends cast in Moulin Rouge?! by Sere
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Satine:miamigirl767
Toulouse:scouts_honor
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The Narcoleptic Argentinean:lanpingpong
The Duke:blonde_one06
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Which "Pirates of the Carribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl" quote best suits you?
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Weeks you will stay in the box office:12
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Song that will play during your death:Blind Lemon Jefferson - See That My Grave is Kept Clean
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the first to get killedquicherouge
the virginblonde_one06
the one having sex when killedakari_de_lis
the given "nude shot"scouts_honor
the given "gore death scene"miamigirl767
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the one framed as the killer but isn'tsammyboyma
the screamerquicherouge
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Favorite Orlando Bloom character?
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Music of the Niiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight [01 Jan 2005|03:11pm]
[ mood | energetic ]

My mom had been dying to see this for quite some time since she's a big fan of the stage production. Having heard the CD a few times (never all the way through, just bits and pieces) I eventually agreed to go with her.

First off, the theater was packed, even though it'd been out for over a week, and I noticed that most of the audience members were older, middling to elderly age. There were a scattered number of teenagers (I think all girls) but little to none children. There were some really good previews - Cinderella Man, Bewitched, Miss Congeniality 2, and that Colin Farrell Pocohontas/John Smith movie.

Anyhoo...about the movie. I personally thought the flashbacks were a little too predictable. When the auctioner's crew lifted the cloth on the chandelier in the beginning, it was waaaaaay too obvious that it was going to be a flashback. Perhaps the bits would have been improved by 'flashforwards'. Also, I had the hardest time figuring out who the old man in the wheel chair was and wasn't until like halfway through the third flashback that I got who he was. Props to the makeup people for that.

Yes, the movie was gaudy, with lavish attention to the details and production sets. However at times, it seemed almost overbearing, like it was trying too hard to impress. I've heard the original is supposed to be very dark, forboding almost; this one I wasn't like on the edge of my seat or anticipating what was going to happen. At times, it was just like, "Wait. So the phantom's coming? Uh....okay." I wasn't really excited or you know that feeling you get on the back of your neck when you realize something really extraordinary is going to happen?

On to the actors. Starting with the minor ones: Miranda Richardson was creepily matronly. Ever since seeing her in Sleepy Hollow, she's just always been creepy to me. I mean, she's a good actress, but everything thing she does, it's just a tiny bit scary. Wasn't it weird while in 1919, she looked like she had barely aged? Minnie Driver made a great diva. At times incoherent because of her fake accent, she was still funny. I loved the part where she lost her voice. Patric Wilson as Roaul was okay. I read about how they were attempting to make the character much less 'wimpy,' but somehow his weak chin always screams out "wimp, loser, pushover, etc." at me. He has a nice voice though. Emily Rossum surprised me tremendously with her voice. Very operatic (is that a word?), which was of course suiting for the role, and the times she was singing for the Angel of Music was touching. Throughout the movie however, it seemed like she had about three emotions - deer in headlights, wide-eyed innocence, and (please forgive me for using it) 'wilting flower.' The Phantom, played by Gerard Butler with more of a cynical edge, was a stark contrast to the naive Christine. His voice, though unsettling at first, began to grow on me. During the "Point of No Return," it was full of emotion, albeit a little raspy (Jacek Koman, anyone?), but I felt Gerard Butler played the part very well.

I know this is really long, but I can't seem to sleep, so I'm just going to ramble on a tad bit more. There are parts of the movie where the music nearly lulled me to sleep and there are definitely some shots reminiscent of Baz, such as the spinning vortex ones inside the opera house and backstage. And the rooftop scene, which was dominated by a bluish hue, I did expect Raoul and Christine to begin waltzing among the clouds. At the end of the movie, I looked over at my mom, who was crying, and noticed that she wasn't the only one. In the end, this is a story of unrequited love and sacrifice, and overlooking its minor flaws, definitely worth at least a matinee ticket price. The movie as a whole was beautifully moving and I found myself walking out of the theater whistling "The Phantom of the Opera."

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Random quizzes [29 Dec 2004|12:26pm]
[ mood | bored ]




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Mutinous first matescouts_honor
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The one with the glass eyequicherouge
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This week I have mostly been stealing...?
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Your loyal bosun is...quicherouge
Your sexual plaything...umm, I mean your cabin boysammyboyma
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The Long Road Ahead... [28 Dec 2004|10:06pm]
[ mood | zzzzzzz...... ]

Yeah, so I have returned from the 2004 Southwestern Expedition. It's only been ten days, but ten days without an Internet connection and no cell phone signal has been quite an experience.

I know this is kind of pointless posting this on here since no one ever reads these things, but there were some stuff I'd like to remember, and plus, this will come in handy when I have to write my Exploration paper. (Damn those 2.5 credits!)

A short (*cough*)recap:

Day 1: Exhausted from staying up the entire night watching the O.C. (admit it Dayna, you're hooked!), I slept for like 4 hours and then spent the remaining 6 dozing on and off and playing with my new iPod. I saw some of those energy windmills; it seems that most of the southwest uses those kinds of energy sources since there were like fields of them. We reached Van Horn on the western edge of Texas around 8 o'clock and I watched t.v. for awhile. All in all, it was a rather boring day.

Day 2: After a short stop at the Guadalupe Mountains National Park (*yawn*), we headed towards Carlsbad Caverns. Just outside the caves there was a small town called White's City who I swear had a population of 4. After a nice cool old fashioned bottle of sarsparilla, the "grand-daddy of all root beers", it was up the mountains. There were two trails, each averaging about two or three miles. My parents, being the insane people they are, purchased tickets to both of them. The first one, called The Natural Trail, followed the tracks of the old guano (ewwwwww) miners from the early to mid 19th century. It was basically a 7000 feet descent into pitch black darkness. The entrance of the cave reminded me of that one scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail where the psychotic rabbit attacks them and leaves blood all over the rocks. The next trail was a loop called The Big Room, where supposedly the most beautiful places in all of west Texas congregated. It really wasn't that impressive, just a bunch of stalagmites and stalactites and strange things called 'lion's tail', 'soda straws' and 'popcorn'. On the way to Carsbad city, the 'check engine' icon lit up and my dad was afraid that the car would breakdown in the middle of the highway, so we hauled tail to the nearest Honda dealership 'cause Lloyd forbid that an inexperience mechanic in some back-country town touch his Odyssey. The nearest official Honda service station happened to be in Roswell, New Mexico, home of the aliens, so we spent the night there.

Day 3: Woke up and while we waited for them to fix the car, we went to the official Roswell U.F.O. and Alien Museum. It was a rather sad museum, just basically filled with newspaper articles and 'artist depictions' of the supposed U.F.O. crashes near and around Roswell. There was a section devoted to comic strips about aliens and Roswell which was rather amusing and the area on crop circles was interesting. Doesn't mean I believe that aliens used the fields and symbols as landing targets, but nevertheless, a learning experience. Then we drove north to Santa Fe and went to buy some of those sleds.

Day 4: Headed up the mountains to check out the skiing area and ended up in Santa Fe National Forest where we went sledding. A couple of other people were there, but the snow was awesome. After that, we ate dinner at The Plaza Cafe, which according to its menu, has been serving Santa Fe since 1918.

Day 5: Since there was a near blizzard in Santa Fe, my parents decided to spend the day at the museums, if you can call a living room sized room filled with junk a museum. The art gallery was pretty neat though, it had plenty of artwork by Georgia O'Keefe, Frida Kahlo, and Salvador Dali. We were bored, so we somehow convinced our parents to take us back up the mountain to the same spot as the day before, but the powder was way to deep, that you could barely walk in it, or drag a sled up the hill. So, I gave up after half an hour and we drove back down the mountain. However, at the edge of Hyde State Park, there were two huge sledding hills. The park rangers were charging 5 bucks in order to use it, but it was worth it. Going down on your stomach at like 30 m.p.h. and ending up eating over a gallon of snow was, strangely enough, a lot of fun. Back to the plaza where the culinary chefs of some local hotel were serving hot chocolate and cookies while people gathered around to watch them carve Santa, his sled, and his eight reindeer out of chunks of ice. Amazing part was, the entire thing was life size.

I'm really tired right now, so I'm just going to go crash. I shall give you the full rundown of the rest of my "excellent adventure" tomorrow.

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Alexander conquered the world at the age of 33... [15 Dec 2004|03:50pm]
[ mood | productive ]

I was reading Quiche's xanga and commented.

The little insignificant comment has evolved into another one of my long rants.

Since I can legally drive now, I plan on conquering the known world. Not really, but at least learn how to drive standard, because according to some people, "Automatics are for pussies."

So yeah, on Sunday a couple of us (namely me, Keesh, Cass, Alison and Kaitlyn) were at Kaitlyn's house after a particularly *cough* study group @ Starbuck's where we ran into Mrs. Enright and Mr. Walker within a half hour or so and then got attacked by a flailing patio umbrella-thingy. Anyway, Alison ran off to some hospitar volunteer orgy/get-together so Kaitlyn, being Kaitlyn, had this great idea that she wanted to learn how to drive standard. After a rather vigorous cajoling session, I mean, we could hear her from downstairs with the television turned on, she managed to convince her parents to let her have the keys to her dad's car.

So...we took it out for a spin, and lo and behold I'm the only one (besides Kaitlyn, who'd driven it before) who can get it to go without stalling after 2 seconds. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I have found my true calling - NASCAR driver... All bow at my feet. <--- that's a demand.

Being as how I'd never touched a standard car before, other than quietly sitting, I had to have the rest of them talk me through it.

"Wait, what's a clutch?"
"The thing on your left, dumbass"
"This thing? I thought it was the brake. So how do we go?"
"Just ease off the clutch and press down on the accelerator."
[sarcasm] "Watch you get it on the first try"[/end sarcasm]


It was great fun, but enough about me. What's going on with you? I'm listening...

Oh yeah, here's the comic strip that I was talking about....Come to think of it, I think it kinda reflects on all us right now:



Wow, this entry is starting to seem a lot like Sam's 20 page posts (jk), so I'll stop now.

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I have my license!! [14 Dec 2004|05:42pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Yeah, just like a year too late, but baklava. So yes, I can drive, but does that mean I get a car? Nooooooooooooo....

Yeah, I read a hilarious Garfield comic, but can't for the life of me figure out how to upload pictures on this gosh darn thing.

More later. I think I shall download an El Jay client......muy fun...

Can't wait for my Fzks and Stats tomorrow. Not.

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What About Bob? [12 Dec 2004|08:37pm]
[ mood | relaxed ]

I hope everyone's loving the new layout...I certainly do. *nod*

Anyway, I played Scene It (the DVD board game) for the first time today. It was great fun, but some of them are like references to seriously obscure movies, i.e. "What About Bob?" that none of us had any idea about, except if you're Lanping......

It's still a great game, but right now I'm really tired and don't really feel like writing anymore...so I'm going to sign off.

Later my dawgs...

"I'm pretty fly for a white guy" *wink*

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I need to revamp..... [08 Dec 2004|09:35pm]
[ mood | amused......*nod* ]

I think I need to revamp around here. Everyone else's LJs are all so pretty.

But I can't right now....my right eye is hurting like a mother.

Hmmm.....how to make the pretty fonts?

This music is strangely amusing...of course, if it was really raining men, that'd be nice.

So, yeah, I saw Closer last weekend with Quiche. She hated it, I didn't think it was half bad. It was interestingly haunting, and even now, I find myself thinking about what caused whatever happened to happen in the story.

Since it's directed by Mike Nichols, of course the movie is arty. The acting is incredible, Jude Law and Clive Owen especially. The girls (Julia Roberts and Natalie Portman) were mostly the recepients of the horrible mind games everyone's playing on each other. They do a good job, but sometimes it seems as if they're in it merely for the shock factor. You know, "Natalie Portman as a stripper?!!?!" and "Whoa! Julia Roberts talks about blowjobs?!?!"

Now Clive and Jude on the other hand, do an incredible job. For those of you who have seen Jude in I Heart Huckabee's, the role in this is so different (pay attention to the way he cries) that you have to give him props as an actor. Though he can be kind of a jerk through the movie, ultimately you overlook that and realize the pain that he, and everyone else, is feeling.

Clive, as I've always felt, is a way underated actor, and this role could be his big break. It's hard to describe his performance, so only seeing is believing.

I'm not going to say much more for fear of spoilers, but here's a one sentence summary:

It's about four strangers screwing each other, both literally and emotionally............

....and her name wasn't even Alice! (<-----that's become kind of an inside joke)

You'll understand when you see it.

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Still Wondering...... [01 Dec 2004|04:54pm]
[ mood | pondering.... ]

I'm still wondering how the Burn "Book" ended up being printed out. Well, Ms. Lowenberg has it now, so I dunno what she's going to do.

It's not my problem, I didn't write it.

So anyway, tomorrow's gonna be a fun day, since all the seniors are going to be gone so most of the teachers don't really want to do anything. Even Mr. Ullrich was like, "Bring something constructive to work on tomorrow during class."

Then on Friday, I get to miss school to go on the Shopping with the Blind trip. Should be fun, but there's a ton of kids going....

Only six more days!!! 6!!!!!

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