I'm home this week for the holidays. Came back on Monday afternoon after the aforementioned Borders work. Monday night we went out for Sushi after the family picked me up. There was a good deal of traffic so it took a bt longer then usual to go to the good place in Brooklyn, but we made it. They were fairly busy. That in itself isn't so surprising so much as most of the patrons were young Brooklyn yuppy types. Like my dad said most of the people eating there tonight are probably young people who couldn't get home to California or Wisconsin or wherever they're from.
Unfortunately the movies stopped after around 7 so we had to wait until Tuesday to do the Jewish dinner and a movie on Christmas thing. We went to Peter Luger's for dinner which was pretty crowded. My parents said it looked like a lot of tourists. And is there a new room open now? Anyhoo, good giant steak as usualy which I almost finished the rest of last night.
After dinner we were able to make it back to the movies in time for Charlie Wilson's War. Strike that, we were back in time to be 50 minutes early for the movie. Steve and I eventually played an overpriced shooting game in the theater. I've never seen so many giant animated spiders in my life. And why were swarms mutant bees the hardest thing to kill?
The movie itself was great. I really enjoyed it. Philip Seymour Hoffman, as my deis friend Dan Levy would already know is fantastic. It was only 90 minutes which is about as long as it can be to explain something that took so long to occur in reality. Either you make some sort of epic film or a short and sweet little thing. I won't spoil it for anyone else other then to say it was fantastic. Aaron Sorkin's dialogue was great and Tom Hanks did a good job too.
Then yesterday I met Dlo, Sniz, Kelly, Jane, and Ted at the French Tart. Haven't been there in years. Seems the same. Still good food and everyone liked their French dessert stuff. No Dessert for me, naturally :-p
Like last time I had a meal with Dave and Kelly, she inited Ted. He's in officer training school for the air force. Crazy but sounds really interesting and he'll do great.
After a looooong meal and hanging out in the place Kelly and Jane had to do stuff, Ted left and then Sniz and DLo came back with me to my house. (My bro had the car for the day and he dropped me off there in the afternoon, making me the first one to arrive at a hang out, for once). Suzanne brought her Wii so we plaed that for awhile. Mmmm, Guitar Hero. There are pictures of us rocking out on FB.
Geez, Sniz must have played a lot to be able to play medium. She goes super fast there. I got the hang of it though and am confident I am set to do consistently better each time I play the guitar.....hero. because it is nothing like real guitar. I tried Graham's once or twice last year and I get how to play it. I have no inherent skills though...yet. Mwhahahah. Eventually I will be able to serenade all women everywhere!
Yea, so I eventually got sme pizza from the place nearby. Btw, apparetly Staten Island pizza places are doing so badly they allow Verizon to advertise on the boxes themselves? Really?? Its Staten-friggin Island. We're overflowing with pizza places. How can there be an opening for pizza box advertising?
So while eating Verizon presents: A cheese pizza low-cost long-distance delicious plan for you we watched a few Scrubs episodes on tv and finished with a family guy to end the night.
Later today I'm going food shopping with my dad (I have no other car access today and i don't want to drive it, plus he's on vacation). Seldom have I gone food shopping with dad. Huzzah.
Then maybe latet tonight DLlo and Kelly will be free. We shall see. Both you and me. ...I couldn;t resist another rhyme.
Well thats all folks.
Oh yea, I;m not shaving this week so my face is kind of itchy. Huzzah!
Current Music: the sound of itunes burning cd's to rebuild my lost music collection
Dec. 27th, 2007 @ 01:57 pm
I worked t Borders again this weekend, an hour extra each day. Surprisingly it was not realy any busier then other weekends. Saturday night there were a healthy amount of customers but the line never exceeded 10 people and even then it only laster for 5 minutes at a time. On Sunday it was even lighter. It probably makes sense because we're in the middle of a business district in a city so I imagine the Barnes&Noble back here at home was probably quite a bit busier.
Hmm, I just realized I didn't get to do one of the fun new things I learned to do as a Jew during Christmas time. Go to the mall when it crazy busy. Sure I think I went the day after Thanksgiving to get a present for myself, but its also a little fun to watch people rushing in the days an hours before the gift-giving time. Its prime people-watching entertainment. I can get into the psychology, sociology, or commercialization of the craziness some other time but for now its just sort of fun.
People running to and fro. And now that I've had some solid retail experience maybe i can try to better understand why some people are so damned angry randomly. When you're perusing a store for an hour then you finally get online and buy a few books why are you almost yelling when the cashier forgets to ask you if you want a gift receipt and you ask for one after signing the receipt!?
Its not too complicated: if you want a gift receipt and the cashier forgets to ask you if you want one because there's a line of 25 people each with 10 more things each then you, you should try to understand you can;t get one after the transaction is complete. If you still want one I can do an even exchange to essentially re-do the purchase but don't get all angry on me because that's not going to make me move any quicker. Also, why are the angry people always so paranoid with the numbers on a receipt? We already went over how the coupons are helping the price and what each thing costs.
But I digress.
It can be fun and educational to watch people run around stores. Its almost heartening to know I'm not the only one who does last minute gift shopping, the rare time that I buy gifts. i don't really feel too obligated to buy gifts for people on the holidays. The family gives our younger generation the requisite reciprocal holiday and birthday checks. Otherwise I do the card thing, but in recent years for immediate family I make my own card. As in either using spare colore construction paper or even jsut writing a letter.
Why buy someone words written by someone else with a simple-Love, Richie at the bottom when I can write thngs i really feel or want to say. Honestly I'm beginning to run out of nice things to say to my mom for Mother's Day and her B-Day, but i don't think she minds if i repeat myself in the general feelings are the homemade card.
and for friends? well for a birthday I might get something depending on the friend. Ok, I just realized this post is going absolutely nowhere and randomly trailing off from borders to holidays to people-watching to my personal gift-giving. After this last point I'll just end it. Sheesh I'm bored tonight.
So for friends you don't want to spend too much, especially when we in general aren't thick in the wallets. But my friends have tended to get me awesome gifts in the past few years and i can;t remember what, if anything I've gotten them. So this year my only real stereoptypical "New year's Resolution" is to buy my good home friends good birthday presents. I dont know what yet, but it'll be great you guys. SOmething to even out the Homer Simpson alarm clock , Simpsons chess, and any other possible simpsons-scale gift.
EDIT: so seems like this post didn't post whenever i wrote it a few days ago. I guess I'll post whats left now. Hope you enjoyed it
well, this is going to be a boring week and then a very anticipatory break and early January. I guess I'll join the Washington Sports Club to use up some energy and frustration. THen I can go to the NYSC with Dave at home next week. fun times.
At least New Years should be fun at DL's (Brandeis DL not home DL).
And borders this weekend plus 2 extra hours there during the busy time, just where I want to be in this situation, when she's not at least there to make it possibly exciting/fun/challenging.
Well when I get home Christmas Eve I'm going out for Sushi and then seeing a movie! NY sushi rocks. maybe not as much as Sushi in Japan, but its still yummy. Any other jews or other non-Christmas practicers out there want to join me? Its either with you or the family.
More sushi for me. And maybe i can catch up on some reading to distract myself...
Current Music: queen
Oh right, I was gonna post that thing from last night. Well here it is, cut and paste. Enjoy my thoughts from hours and hours ago:
Why am i still up? i should go to sleep.
Hmm, I haven't updated this in quite awhile. Well I;m here in DC working at the Sunlight Foundation. The internship has been pretty cool but soon i should be moving on to something else. If I'm luky it will be closer to the whole international relations stuff, but we'll see what connections and luck brings me.
Oh, so if you clikc on the link there, the first post on the site, the Punchclock Map? Yea, its all me.
And by all me, i mean I've been doing 70% of the mind-numbing repetitive work. Its a project that uses google maps to show you who congressmen and senators who post their daily schedules online met with via showing where their offices are. Who researched who these random names were when companies or orgs weren't listed? Mostly yours truly. :-D
And who's been imputing the info into the project? You guessed correctly. Woot.
Exciting I know, but at times it can be really boring, especially since i stay up late like this and can get tired at work. Fortunately I have my trusty old ipod but more recently I've been listening to streaming live NPR. Yes, I am a geek, so there! I'm sorry if I like to be informed of stuff. I'll probably branch out and try other streaming radio to get through the boring parts of the day.
Apart from the punchclock map I've also been working-a-plenty on Congresspedia.Org. It's like wikipedia, but smaller/younger, relating to government (particularly congress), and so probably moderated more. The headlines on the right side of the screen? Maybe 1/2 of those are mine, if not more. Thats means I typed up to summary of the relevent news story and put it in to the appropriate CP(how I refer to congresspedia) page formatted and all. Then I quckly make the headline for it, linking to my summary. I think I go into too much detail with my summaries, but on the psu side i really know a lot about the stories now. FISA bills? Oh yea, ask me. Alaskan Senator Ted Stevens and Rep. Don Young? Boy they're so corrupt-seeming they might as well not even try to hid it and carry big burlap sacks with big green dollars signs on them. That would make everyone's lives a little bit easier.
Oh, also the top right picture/link called WIKI the Vote? Yea, I do oodles with that too. I helped do the grunt work with setting up all the incumbents and challengers in the state portal pages. I did some of that my 3rd weekend down here I think working overtime. Oooh, it was worth it. Time and a half to type in lots of stuff an copy and paste code? No problem!
So if anyone ever needs help dealing with a wiki, I guess I'm your man. Mybe i should try to work for Stephen Colbert....damn writer's strike!
The post is getting long, but I also work at Borders part-time on the weekends. Woo, 33% discount on stuff I don't have time to read. Hmm, I guess i now have retail experience. Weird. Well, its not too bad. That people and managers are pretty nice. Asl ong as i don't get assigned to the info desk too much. I'm not such smarty-pants on the phone with strangers.
Speaking of phones (nice segue!) I've been getting calls from this number I don't recognize, but I'm on the do-not-call registry for the damn telemarketers. SOmetimes I like to screen my calls (I have voicemail for a reason) but this number never leaves any message. I'd pick it up next time I get the call but they always come wen I'm getting ready for work, at work, or about to leave work, so not the best times to call. Maybe goode olde google can help...e.
Oh great, my internet here decided to take a time out again. I might as well copy and paste this to the good old text editor to back it up...
Well I guess I'll have to save this and post it tomorrow or something. Jeez, I need to go to sleep anyways.
ps:I also finally have my own place. A nice group house with seemingly nice people, my room is nice and big, not too far from buses, etc.
Alright, maybe I'll start updating this a bit more, if for anything my own benefit and record.
Alright, nightski, or for whenever this is posted: afternoonski, morningski, eveneningski.
location: D to the C'zay
music: I've stil got Johnny Cash stuck in my head since last night...
Current Music: scrubs playing in the background on my macbook
I tried to post a moderately long update post last night but the wireless at my place decided against it, so I'll be posting it when I get back there tonight after work.
Mmmm, lunch break. Ok, time for more south asian take-out buffet food. Yum.
Current Music: I still have some Johnny Cash stuck in my head...
Aug. 18th, 2007 @ 03:21 pm
You're probably from somewhere near New York City, possibly north Jersey, or Connecticut or Rhode Island. If you are from New York City you may be one of the types who people never believe when you say you're from New York.
If you are not from here, you are probably one of the following:
(a) A Philadelphian who can't stand the way other Philadelphians say "on";
(b) A Yat from New Orleans; or
(c) Someone from England, Australia, or New Zealand, in which case why are you doing this quiz in the first place?
Take this quiz now - it's easy!
As correct as I thought it would be. And who would say bag rhymes with vague?? Ah, my New York/northeastern but not overly New Yorker accent
Today is the anniversary of when the Continental Congress, in 1776, adopted the Declaration of Independence. The actual day of declaring independence was July 2. July 4 they adopted the document outlining the reasoning, etc.
Here are some important reasons for which we declared our independence from Great Britain, and perhaps they are still concerns to some extent today.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public Good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing Importance, unless suspended in the Operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the Accommodation of large Districts of People, unless those people would relinquish the Right of Representation in the Legislature, a Right inestimable to them, and formidable to Tyrants only.
He has called together Legislative Bodies at Places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the Depository of their Public records, for the sole Purpose of fatiguing them into Compliance with his Measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly Firmness his Invasions on the Rights of People.
He has refused for a long Time, after such Dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the Dangers of Invasion from without, and Convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the Population of these States; for that Purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their Migrations hither, and raising the Conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes and our sacred Honor.
May. 20th, 2007 @ 06:29 pm
I graduated from college today with a BA in Politics with a minor in Economics from Brandeis University.
Lame T-Shirt Party was tonight and it was great.
I think I can safely list a checklist of college stuff, now.
- Got drunk 1.5-2 times? Check.
- Got a gassy stomach ache from a bad mix of too much not low-acid Orange juice and water afterwards? Check.
- Had a killer 2 game winning streak in beer pong my 2nd or 3rd time ever playing? Check.
- Mod 10 had a Lame T-Shirt Contest after all these months? Check.
- Got complimented on my lame shirt that said "Feel Free To Compliment My Shirt" that my parents (!) bought me? Big Check.
- Had a dog in my suite? Check.
- Converted the common room and dining part of the kitchen to a party-friendly set up with a borrowed table for beer pong? Big Check.
- Had loads of fun, even if not playing sobering-up-Risk? Check.
Ready to graduate? Umm....let me check back with you on that one....
May. 15th, 2007 @ 02:13 am
So I'm as semi-drunk/tipsy as I have ever been before. Apparently my tolerance is as low as i thought it was. Got kinda dizzyish at 2 beers while drinking water and having some chips and eating not too long before. And then I had an elephant beer. Not as good as sam adams wheat something, but decent enough I suppose.
Yea, when somewhere on the drunk scale my typing skills aren't too bad, yet. I'm not even making too many more typos than usual.
So yea, I'm kinda thinking of this kind of like an experiment. I had been wondering if being drunkish was kind of like what I felt like after really bad all nighters. It is, sort of. Except I have less balance.
Anyways, this week should be fun.
Last week of college. Wow. shit.
I'm sure I'll take some pics and facebook them.
And I'm also on a kickball team. We won today so we play at noon tomorrow/today and then play every 2 hours until 4-4 game after which we play Wednesday. Its pretty fun.
Alright, I'm outta here.
I should enjoy my time while it lasts. Wooo.
ps: hahah, first time I'm using the drunk mood icon.