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Machiavelli,
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Monday, November 29, 2004
I just got back from the library. I had fewer than five books checked out and I was starting to get worried about the relative lack of reading material. Having plenty of books around is very satisfying so I checked out two more to add to my reading list. Unfortunately I also returned a book before remembering that I wanted to copy a quote from it to post here. It was such a great quote too, but I guess it’ll have to wait until I can afford to buy my own copy. Owning books has become problematic, though, with the time constraint imposed by library due dates. I bought three books on October 10 that I have yet to open because I am reading library books instead to make sure I can return them on time. I’ll get around to reading the books I already own one of these days, but it’ll probably be when I can afford to buy more. I’m fighting a losing battle here. I really need a larger bookshelf for Christmas.
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Wednesday, November 24, 2004
Catalina Island from the Seal Beach Pier on 11.21.04 Seal Beach homes with mountains in the background on 11.21.04 Snow covered mountains among the clouds in the distance on 11.21.04
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Tuesday, November 23, 2004
I am going to Tampa tomorrow night for Thanksgiving, but I will post something new before I leave. I have several things I want to write about, but I haven't had a chance to do so yet. Hopefully I'll have some free time soon.
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Thursday, November 18, 2004
I started to regret getting a haircut today when the guy at Supercuts repeatedly told me how weird my hair is. I was tempted to tell him, “Just shut up and cut my hair!” However, that might have resulted in a really bad haircut and I was willing to brave his comments to make sure that didn’t happen. At least the guy didn’t cut my hair too short, which has happened in the past at Supercuts, so I am pretty pleased with the outcome. I gave him a good tip, but it might have been more if he didn’t insist on criticizing my hair. No one likes that.
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Have you ever bought something as a present and liked it so much that you went back and bought one for yourself? That’s happened to me twice this week. Fortunately neither item was very expensive. That’s good because I had a nightmare about my dwindling back account last night. I dreamed I bought something from a catalog that cost $3004 wound up with almost no money left. Maybe I need to watch my spending a little closer. And try to dream about something more pleasant.
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Monday, November 15, 2004
I found out that I won’t be starting my job at Boeing until December 3 because of the Thanksgiving holiday so I was hoping to spend more time in Florida next week than originally planned. But after almost two hours trying to get in touch with Delta on the phone I discovered that changing my flight plans would cost almost $500, as much as the original ticket. So I am still scheduled to arrive in Tampa at 10:30 AM on Thanksgiving Day. I’ll be tired and jet lagged, but the extra $500 will be available to buy Christmas presents while I’m there. It’ll be put to much better use that way.
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Sunday, November 14, 2004
When my favorite Harry Potter fan fiction author, Cassie Claire, offered to send Christmas cards to anyone who wants one I couldn’t help but put in a request. Receiving a card from her would be like the time a relatively famous author replied to my comment on her Livejournal. Very cool. However, this means I’ll actually have to send out Christmas cards myself this year in order to repay Cassie’s kindness. It’s a small price to pay. Especially since I still have the cards I bought last year and there’s no reason they can’t be used now. If anyone would like to receive a card from me just leave a comment in my Livejournal and I’ll be happy to send one during the holiday season.
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I have got to stay away from eBay. It makes me justify purchases other than Christmas presents.
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Saturday, November 13, 2004
I love the antiquated technology in “Mission: Impossible.” Using floppy disks (clear ones to make them look cooler) to store large amounts of information is perfectly acceptable and sending email to extremely vague addresses works just fine. When the movie was released the internet was still a relatively ambiguous concept and I think the filmmakers were relying heavily on that. What they didn’t realize was that a time would come when cell phones were smaller than a brick and laptops advanced beyond floppy drives. Not that I wouldn’t mind if my laptop had a floppy drive. That would be nice. But USB data sticks are so much more reliable.
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I bought Christmas wrapping paper and bows today at Kmart. I always find the best stuff there, even if it is the Martha Stewart brand. My goal for wrapping paper is to find some that I can use all year, not just for Christmas presents. I think I succeeded this year, but I forgot that I also need tissue paper and gift labels. And some presents to actually wrap. It’s unfortunate that wrapping paper is the only part of the gift giving process that I can afford right now. I should be starting my job at Boeing soon, though, and then I won’t have to worry about money as much. Won’t you be glad to stop reading about how poor I am? I’ll certainly be glad to stop writing about it.
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Thursday, November 11, 2004
I was under the impression that Bridget Jones’s Diary was an innovative contemporary work of fiction until I saw the movie tonight on TBS. Now I know that it is simply a modernized retelling of Pride and Prejudice, even keeping the name of the male protagonist the same. Its concept is similar to the “Clueless” which was also a retelling of a Jane Austen work, Emma in this case, for a new audience. The difference is that I actually finished reading Pride and Prejudice so I can recognize all of the references in the movie, but Emma was just too boring and I couldn’t get all the way through it. Unaware of the Austen/Jones connection I watched my copy of the BBC miniseries version of “Pride and Prejudice” the other day, which also includes Colin Firth in the role of Darcy. While I liked the movie version of Bridget Jones and I am looking forward to reading the book, I don’t think there can be a cinematic equal when the BBC is involved. There’s much to be said for being faithful to the original work.
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Tuesday, November 09, 2004
I learned something very important today. Before starting a cross stitch project you need to sort out the string first. Even if you think you know which colors correspond to the labels on the instructions, don’t just jump into the sewing because you might be wrong. I screwed up two Christmas ornaments today because of that. Fortunately they are both for me so it doesn’t matter. Also, I learned that if you watch “Gladiator” too late at night the shouting of the soldiers at the beginning starts to sound like, “Four more years!” I think this can be blamed on the outcome of the recent election as well as drowsiness.
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Sunday, November 07, 2004
Yesterday I discovered that the file where I compose my updates before posting them contained exactly one year’s worth of my thoughts and reflections. And it was forty pages long. After creating a new file to contain my next year’s worth of updates I realized that I might be able to use my modest talents to write something longer than a paragraph. To be continued...
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Saturday, November 06, 2004
My latest diary entry is called “Extra Credit” and tells a funny story from my freshman gym class. As usual it is available in my diary and my Livejournal for anyone who wants to read it. I promise to post a more involved update tomorrow.
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Record of my travels:
US states I've visited
European countries I've visited
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Thursday, November 04, 2004
With the arrival of cooler weather in Southern California I realized that an electric blanket is a necessity. Especially when the pilot light in my heater is out and it’s really cold in my apartment at night. Besides being the wrong size for my current mattress, my old electric blanket is navy blue and sheds all over the place. I had to get rid of an off-white cotton blanket when I moved because I couldn’t get all the blue fuzz off of it. So now that I need since I need a queen-size electric blanket I was really hoping to buy one that was less fuzzy. Unfortunately the one I wanted at Bed Bath & Beyond was $150 and even with a 20% off coupon there was no way I was going to spend that much. So I walked next door to Target and bought one for $75 instead. It sheds as much as my old electric blanket, but at least it’s off-white so the fuzz matches my sheets and other blankets.
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Tuesday, November 02, 2004
“I never thought I would ever hear Dan Rather use the phrase ‘the mother-load’ [sic] but you never know what will come to pass during a presidential election.”
11.07.00 diary entry
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Monday, November 01, 2004
"There was a comedian on Conan O’Brien the other night that said with this vote count we are telling ourselves that we don’t want either one of these guys as our president! I am beginning to think he is entirely correct. Talking to my friends in aerospace they mentioned that whoever wins this four-year term in office will probably be displaced by someone else in the next election."
11.10.00 diary entry
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