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Lazy Sunday [Aug. 8th, 2007|11:24 am]

I haven't had much to say lately. I'd update about all the cool things going on in my life, but a) I don't feel like it, b) I don't have time, and c) I don't think it really matters all that much.
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9 years... then and now.... [Jul. 31st, 2007|01:27 pm]
It's been nine years as of today, and though it's not always been some storybook crazy love, I wouldn't trade a minute of it for anything. She is and has been my dearest friend and partner, my drive to excel, and my motivation to better myself at every opportunity.

Here's to nine years. :)

Then and nowCollapse )

She just gets more and more beautiful every year.
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We are a society of victims.... [Jul. 30th, 2007|09:48 am]

Look... let's destroy the lives of two thirteen year old boys! Why? Because we CAN!

Imagine being branded for LIFE as a sex-offender because you slapped someone on the ass. Getting your ass kicked by the girl's football-player boyfriend? Sure. But 10 years in jail and a lifetime on the sex-offender registry?

Fucking insane.

This whole "Think of the children!" crap has GOT to stop.
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Rue D'Auteuil at Sunset Toward the Northwest [Jul. 24th, 2007|09:46 am]

Dusk is, by far, my favourite time of the day... seeing the world around me after the harsh glare of daylight had faded, and there is nothing left but the quiet of night.

It's a nostalgic feeling. Crickets, frogs, warm tungsten lights in the window of a house set against the darkness.... it all creates a feeling of magic and warmth. It reminds me of my childhood.... sitting in the cold spring and winter evenings, looking out across the dark farm fields toward the lights in the village down the lane -- wondering what sort of warmth and life lay just beyong my reach.

With fewer people outdoors, and the white noise of life dying down, individual noises seem to travel forever, and you can sit in the quiet and listen to occasional sounds from the lives of people all around: The dog barking two miles away in the distance; the neighbor a mile away calling out to her cat to come in for the night; the clink of dishes as someone washes up after dinner. It all creates a sense of home that no other time of the day seems to have.
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Finished. [Jul. 22nd, 2007|12:44 am]
Okay.... I finished Harry Potter. I can now officially do other stuff this weekend besides just reading.
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Congratulations, Tiff! [Jul. 18th, 2007|08:10 am]
Tiffany has made it to the Olympic team!!! YAY TIFF! JIAYO!

To see her in action in the team tryouts:

(required changquan):

Her invincible straight sword:

And her less favourite, but nigh invincible spear:
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Canton Cooks as the 'In' Spot [Jul. 16th, 2007|08:35 am]
Some friends were in from LA this past week. One friend of mine called me up Thursday night and wanted me to meet her at Canton Cooks for lunch on Friday. Two other friends called me up on Friday afternoon and wanted me to meet them at Canton Cooks for lunch on Saturday.

Good thing it's the best Cantonese cuisine around.

Finally saw the Harry Potter movie this weekend. Absolutely incredible. It ranks up there as the best of the lot. I very much enjoyed movie number 4 because of its skilled editing, allowing them to tell a majority of the story in a short time slot. This movie does an even better job. Comparitively, movie number 3 was the worst of the lot with bad directing, horrible editing, and a focus on all the wrong aspects of the storyline.

Very full weekend overall and quite enjoyable.
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Rue du Petit-Champlain at Night [Jul. 13th, 2007|07:38 am]

Rue du Petit-Champlain is Quebec city's tourist zone. While the Old City is considered the touristy area, in reality, it's much more just a collection of boutique shops and overpriced restaurants, surrounded by old buildings and lovely architecture. It's about as tourist-focused as Manhattan... which is to say, it's a big draw for the non-locals, but it's not specifically catered to them.

Rue du Petit-Champlain, on the other hand, has pretty much NOTHING but tourist souvenir shops. Dozens of them, all lined up in a row by the water. Native Canadian art, art shops, craft shops, crappy t-shirt shops galore, etc. She wanted to go to check it out, but when we got there, we rapidly discovered there wasn't much to see (this isn't to say we didn't look ANYway, as we're both avid shopping fanatics).

To GET to Rue du Petit-Champlain from the Old City, you have to either take a cable car or walk down an ungodly number of stairs, as it's a good 70-100 feet below the rest of the town. We opted for the free route (stairs), which wasn't so bad going down.

On the way back UP we saw some old guy who just didn't seem to be able to complete the climb. We sat and discussed for a bit over whether or not we should go down and help him -- not wanting him to feel pitied, but not wanting someone who genuinely needed help to go without. Before we got a chance, though, he got back up and huffed it up the rest of the stairs.

Quebec city was quite lovely for an afternoon/evening/morning sort of visit. Arriving mid afternoon and leaving just after lunch the following day. I can't imagine what people would do there for days at a time, but I suppose I've never been one much for cities. Nice restaurants. Some nice shopping. But life... life is out there in the hills and along the coastline villages. THAT'S where the excitement happens.
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Cthulhu fishies. [Jul. 12th, 2007|02:38 pm]
I found a supply of Cthulhu fishies to replace the one that went AWOL. It's the old style like I had (not the cheezy new one).

I ordered four silver ones, and they send me two silver and two gold. I think they did it to be nice, so I won't pester them about it, but I abhor gold coloured things.

SO... I have two gold cthulhu fish magnets for the cars of the first two people to express genuine interest. :)
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Avalon [Jul. 12th, 2007|09:14 am]

The title of this one comes from the first impressions of my friend Sarah, who looked at this picture and simply said "Avalon!" It does have that sort of feel to it. The island across the mists.

Sometimes, there is such striking beauty in isolation.
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