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Monday, May 30, 2005
I am now the proud owner of a pair of Steve Madden shoes! The fact that I got them at a discount store is of no importance. It only means that they were cheaper than if I bought them at an actual Steve Madden store. I am trendy and thrifty! I guess if I was really thrifty I wouldn’t have gone shopping at all today, considering how much money I’ve spent this month. Oh well.
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Friday, May 27, 2005
I’m watching "An American in Paris" and I’m insanely jealous of Leslie Caron’s dancing ability. My envy is strengthened by the fact that I was such a lousy ballerina and she looks as if she was born with pointe shoes on her feet. I would give anything to be able to dance like that.
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Wednesday, May 25, 2005
Have you ever had a dream that you didn’t want to wake up from? Well, the one I was having when I woke up yesterday was something like that. Taken as a whole I wouldn’t like it to happen to me outside of a dream, but I liked the general gist of it. I would have liked to avoid the lead poisoning, but the outcome was quite pleasant. I know there was a lot of my subconscious thought in that dream, but I wonder where I got the idea to replace sprinkles on an ice cream sundae with lead shavings? And why did I eat so much ice cream after I realized what I had done? Weird.
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Tuesday, May 24, 2005
I wish I had kept a consistent diary throughout my life, but I am glad I started my online diary when I did. May 1999 marked the beginning of my summer session at UF and the release of “Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace.” Thanks to the timing, and fairly regular entries between then and now, I have a record of my initial opinions of all three of the Star Wars prequels. I’m not exactly proud of these opinions, but it’s tough to deny them when they’re available on the internet. I’ve taken the most interesting bits and pieces of my Star Wars musings and posted them in a diary entry (the first one in almost five months) so everyone can see how terrible my taste is. Don’t think less of me because I liked Phantom Menace, OK?
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Monday, May 23, 2005
After Star Wars on Saturday
Guy outside the theater: “Who’s Qui-Gon?”
Me: “People who haven’t seen the others should be banned from Episode III.”

P.S. If you don’t know what I’m talking about you haven’t seen Episode III yet. Go see it.
Posted at 7:35 PM, 1 Comments

Sunday, May 22, 2005
There were a lot of things about "Star Wars III: Revenge of the Sith" that bothered me, but one question in particular stands out from all the rest. Why exactly did Anakin have HAT HAIR? As far as I could tell he didn't wear anything on his head until the Darth Vader helmet at the end. Was the flattened hair look the fashion on Coruscant at that time? Or do the Jedi just not wash their hair regularly? Obi-Wan's 'do looked a little greasy at times too so maybe that's the explanation. Even though the hairstyles were a bit weird (even considering what I expected from Padme) I really liked Episode III. Despite the fairly significant inconsistencies between it and the original trilogy, I was pleased with several of the minor loose ends that were tied up to make them fit together. Like when Obi-Wan picked up Anakin's lightsaber after their battle. It's the same one he gives to Luke in Episode IV and I was happy that that little detail had been included. Too bad it was the wrong color. I'll have to see the movie a few more times before I figure everything out, but until then I like what I saw. I'm sure no one is surprised by that, though.
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Friday, May 20, 2005
I've discovered that everything is more fun when I'm with Dan.

And to save Dan from having to add it - there's a message here, too bad I don't know what it is.
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At Target this afternoon I got a $10 bill as change and I noticed that it said, “See where I’ve been at!” with an arrow pointing at the US Treasury. I thought that someone who had been to Washington, D.C. had just scribbled this on the bill, but upon closer inspection there was a website written there too. It was www.wheresgeorge.com. I don’t know if anyone else has heard about the site, but you can enter information about any bill and see where else it’s been. The listing for my bill only had one previous location before I added my information, but it was still interesting to see that it was listed there at all. In case you were wondering, the first listing was from Nisswa, MN on May 14, 2002, meaning that particular $10 bill traveled 1,524 miles in 3 years and 6 days.

P.S. You’d think in three days I’d find something more interesting to write about.
P.S. I’m going to see Episode III tomorrow!
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Tuesday, May 17, 2005
Lisa Simpson: “It’s author J. K. Rowling! You’ve turned a generation of children on to reading.”
JK Rowling: “Thank you, young Muggle.”
Lisa Simpson: “Can you tell me what happens at the end of the series?”
JK Rowling:*rolls eyes* “He grows up and marries you. Is that what you want to hear?”
Lisa Simpson: *sigh* “Yes”
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“You sense Lucas is fascinated by medieval royalty, but can't quite make up his mind how he wants galactic politics to function. Naboo, for instance, elects queens, yet apparently appoints senators.”
MSNBC article, “Forced to explain: 10 things the final ‘Star Wars’ should resolve”
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Sunday, May 15, 2005
My new area rug in my apartment
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Vignette #3 – What Dreams May Come
Me: “I dreamed that I was having lunch in the Boeing cafeteria.”
Dan: “Maybe someday you can make your dreams come true.”
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Saturday, May 14, 2005
Yesterday was Friday the Thirteenth and that’s the reason that I overslept. (That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it.) When I woke up I thought it was Saturday...for about five seconds. Then I saw my shirt hanging on the door, ready for me to wear to work, and I realized that it was Friday. A glance at the clock today me that it was 8:19 AM and I was late for work. Very late. Fortunately I had gotten everything ready to go the night before so I was able to leave about fifteen minutes later. Getting to work late was not a big deal, but waking up more than an hour after I should have been at work was a shock. My explanation is Friday the Thirteenth. Yeah, that’s it.
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Friday, May 13, 2005
Right now I'm watching the extended version of "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets," but I'll have to turn it off in an hour to watch the series finale of "Enterprise." Even though it usually bores me to tears I figured I should watch the finale just to see what happens. And when that's over I'm planning to watch "Spider-Man 2" for the second time since I have to return it to the library tomorrow. Isn't my life exciting?
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Thursday, May 12, 2005
Dan at the Cubs game Lauren at the Cubs game

Here are some pictures that Dan took while we were at the Cubs spring training game in Phoenix in March. I forgot to bring my camera to the park that day so he had to use a disposable one instead. And then it took me until last week to get the pictures developed. So, without further delay I decided to post two of them. Enjoy!
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Wednesday, May 11, 2005
It seemed I missed my chance to take a picture of the "Fill Sandbags Here" sign at the Seal Beach Naval Weapon Station entrance. At least it wasn't there when I was driving to work this morning. Bummer. I'll have to make sure to get a picture of the "FLOODED" road sign left over from the winter storms instead. When it was raining every other day that sign didn't lie. But since it never rains in the summer I'm not sure how much longer it'll be before someone laughs and tears it down.
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Monday, May 09, 2005
My own personal big cat

I saw a calendar at work from a wildlife organization that said “Adopt A Big Cat” and I realized that my family already had! We adopted a four-week-old kitten just about nine years ago who is now a 20-pound tabby named Bob who likes to drink from the bathroom sink. Definitely a “big cat.” This picture was taken yesterday while Bob was sleeping in the wrapping paper left over from my mom’s Mother’s Day presents. He’s always liked to be in the middle of things. Preferably doing nothing, as you can see.
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Sunday, May 08, 2005
Two months and four days after I put it on hold at the library I finally got my hands on a copy of “Spider-Man 2” yesterday. What a great movie. I saw it twice in the theater and I am determined to watch the DVD at least twice before I have to return it next weekend. However, I have the extended version of “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets” that I taped off ABC last night to watch as well. So much geeky stuff to watch, so little time left in the weekend. Speaking of geeky stuff, I finished The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy last night around midnight. Too bad I went to see the movie with Dan and Dave Shear about five hours before that. I had read just enough to be confused at that point. I did like when Arthur and Ford turned into sofas, though. Funny.
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Which Fantasy/SciFi Character Are You?

I always knew that if I were a character in Lord of the Rings I'd be a wizard. Anyway, more updates to come later today.
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Friday, May 06, 2005
On the Snow Summit website:
"Join us this summer for a ride on the Scenic Sky Chair or a round of glof at the Bear Mountain Golf Course."

And, hence, a new sport/recreation was invented called "glof."
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Thursday, May 05, 2005
I hate being sick.
Posted at 7:52 PM, 3 Comments

Wednesday, May 04, 2005
I saw two women at work today wearing the following combinations – brown shoes with black socks and black shoes with navy blue socks, respectively. Now, I’m not exactly fashionable, but even I know to stay away from those pairings. Just because you’re an engineer doesn’t mean you have to dress like one.
Posted at 10:37 PM, 4 Comments

Tuesday, May 03, 2005
The usual arrangement

Dan told me that the effect of the micro-earthquake on my Homestar Runner figurines was unclear to anyone who didn’t know their typical configuration. So I took a picture of how they are usually arranged to show the difference. As you see it’s like night and day. Or not. If I continue living in Los Angeles it’s inevitable that I will experience a much stronger earthquake that will have a greater effect on my belongings, but for now I can laugh at the little ones.

P.S. I’m not sure if you’d call this a “decent update,” but I figured it was high time I posted another silly picture. Maybe I’ll have something interesting to write about later in the week.
Posted at 7:49 PM, 1 Comments

I wasn't feeling well when I woke up this morning so I decided to stay home from work. When I woke up at noon I felt much better. You'd think that having a day off would give me plenty of time to write a decent update, right? Maybe later.
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Sunday, May 01, 2005
I just used my Tae Bo DVD for the first time and it was much harder than I expected. It’s just the original basic Tae Bo workout that was released in 1998, and I even did it a couple of times in college, but it made me feel like a wimp this morning. Even though it is a fairly short and simple routine, I couldn’t complete some of the exercises and I didn’t recover as quickly as when I go to aerobics at the gym. I guess that’s the mark of a good workout, but it makes me realize that I still have some work to do on my fitness. I’m waiting to take a shower until I stop sweating and my muscles let me stand up. At least I got my workout out of the way for the day.
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