Thursday, July 31, 2003

Old men that eat alone at restaurants make me sad. Is that what I get to look forward to?

Another reason to go early.

Wednesday, July 30, 2003

"For death and glory?"
"We'll get the rapies."


I read through some old blogposts yesterday, and it made me realize that I write some stupid crap on here. But it was kinda fun reading about what I was going through back then. Guess that's all that matters.

The mission team is back. Sort of. They had to go to Colorado for debriefing of sorts. I didn't plan on going to the airport for the whole "welcoming" thing, yet there I was -- at LAX, sitting on the hard, uncomfortable chair and waiting for them to emerge out of customs. I shouldn't have gone. I was tired and cranky, and I just wanted to be sleeping on my comfy bed at home.

Adrian and I had our share of laughs at the Korean restaurant where we had dinner. Why do we laugh at the MOST STUPIDEST THINGS? And how do we come up with them?

Dirty, your glasses are friggin' HOT.

Tuesday, July 29, 2003

CAUTION: CRAZY LONG WEEK AHEAD


Lots of stuff going on this week -- praise & prayer night, LAN party, softball, mission team coming back, preparing the "secret project" for the retreat, and so on and so on.

Oh and working 8 hours a day.

I had Islands for lunch yesterday. So greasy, but so good.

Thursday, July 24, 2003

From Brain Persuasion Test:

Daniel, you are mildly left-hemisphere dominant while showing a slight preference for auditory processing. This overall combination seems to indicate a well-working blend of logic and judgment and organization, with sufficient intuition, perception and creativity to balance that dominance.

You will at times experience conflict between how you feel and what you think which will generally be resolved in favor of what you think. You will find yourself interested in the practical applications of whatever material you have learned or whatever situation you face and will retain the ability to refine whatever knowledge you possess or aspects of whatever position you are in.

By and large, you will orient yourself toward intellectual activities and structure. Though not rigid, you will schedule yourself, plan, and focus on routine and continuity of operations, rather than on changes and disruptions

When changes or disruptions occur, you are likely to consider first how to ensure that such disruptions do The same balance is reflected in your sensory preference. You will tend to be reflective and measured in your interaction style. For the most part, you will be considered objective without being cold and goal-oriented while retaining the capacity to listen to others.

Preferentially you learn by listening and maintaining significant internal dialogues with yourself. Nevertheless, you have sufficient visualization capabilities to benefit from using graphs, charts, doodles, or even body movement to enhance your comprehension and memory.

To the extent that you are even implicitly aware of your hemispheric dominance and sensory style, you will feel most comfortable in those arenas which emphasize verbal skills and logic. Teaching, law, and science are those that stand out among the professions, along with technical sales and management.

"Wanna hear the most annoying sound in the world?"


Listen to three highschool valleygirls yap about thier "bomb diggity" phone that got stolen. And try not to reach out across the counter and slap 'em across their empty noggin'. I dare ya.

And it begins.


Everytime I think I've finished being young, I catch myself having fun.
But the moment passes as the sun moves on.
So I turn myself back to you.


I'm sorry ladies, but I'm officially off the market.

This boat has sailed.

All complaints shall be forwarded to the evil wench on the dirty boat.

Tuesday, July 22, 2003

What a crummy day. I messed up bad at work. For some odd reason it was busy at the store today, and the fact that it was Eugene's day off didn't exactly help. I didn't get a lunch break, and didn't eat all day, so I broke the fast today. I didn't eat a full meal -- just some snacks. The skate home was kinda tough on an empty stomach. I fell on the bed after getting home and nearly fell asleep, but I realized that I would wake up in the middle of the night if I slept so early.

Rebecca from Islands came by. We didn't really work together that much, but she still remembered me. She wanted to change her phone plan so I helped her out. I found out that Robert, my old host buddy, is still working there. I'm gonna pay him a visit soon.

Saturday, July 19, 2003

skateboarding at night = one of few simple pleasures of life

Going down Doojin's street was fun. Going beneath the train tracks on Dale was scary though. It was dark -- reminded me of the tunnel scene from 28 Days Later.

I'd just like to take this time to point out the fact that Johnny Depp is a friggin' good actor. Well everyone knows this now that they've seen Pirates of the Caribbean, but seriously, he's great in every film he's in. Check out Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas if you haven't already. Brilliant.
Shhh.

Just watch and be amused.

Friday, July 18, 2003

Wake up and smell the coffee. Let's get cracking on this little retreat thing, shall we? Maybe I'm just pissy now that I work fulltime, but tonight's meeting felt totally pointless. We have no freakin' idea what we're doing. We need to get with the program.

On a better note, I think the new 7th graders are pretty cool. It was fun breakin' ice with them.

I am so damn tired.

Thursday, July 17, 2003

This week has been relatively uneventful, except when I got abducted by a gangster alien from Mars.

Today I --

-- sweated to the oldies. I'm getting better on the skateboard, I think.

-- watched a goofy Japanese dude make Royce Gracie (only the 3 time UFC champ) look like a little chump.

-- fell on my ass right in front of a customer. Literally.

-- didn't sell any phones. Probably because I fell on my ass right in front of a customer.

Wednesday, July 16, 2003

Tuesday, July 15, 2003

Ascii Matrix. Pretty cool, but it takes a while to load.

You are what you eat. I heard about this on Kevin & Bean the other day -- turns out it's true.

Sunday, July 13, 2003

The Friday Five


Haven't done this in a while.

1. Do you remember your first best friend? Who was it?
Of course I remember him. Just not his name. "I was just a stupid kid back then."

2. Are you still in touch with this person?
No. Something craptacular happened, and we never spoke after that.

3. Do you have a current close friend?
Yes.

4. How did you become friends with this person?
Hmm... I don't remember.

5. Is there a friend from your past that you wish you were still in contact with? Why?
Matt Wheeler. We were friends since 6th grade, but in high school he became one of those popular kids and started hanging out with a different crowd. He got too cool for me.

Wednesday, July 09, 2003

"Wait, are those homemade? Nice!"

Mmmmm... cookies.

Today was the second day of training, and it went pretty well. Learned more about phones, rate plans, and all that good junk. I'm getting the hang of it. I got my first activitation -- basically means I sold my first phone, which was cool.

Eugene (the manager, and Robert's friend) had like 10 visitors (friends) today at work. He said that this "never" happens, and didn't know why so many people chose today to come. Meh. Whatever. I got a visitor too. Remember kids, it's quality over quantity.
I spent all day wearing a friggin' tie.

Looks like my prayer's been finally answered. No, not about the tie. I finally landed a job. I dropped off my resume at PCS Station (Cingular) in Amerige Heights on Monday, and I officially had an interview yesterday at their corporate office. I was supposed to do the interview with a lady named Vicki -- I think she's the regional manager or something like that -- but she wasn't there. So I had to do it with Leon. Who's Leon? Oh he's no one special. He's just the vice president of the freaking company. And a lot of people are scared of him. But I didn't know that until after the interview. It wasn't so bad, he was a pretty cool guy. He did make a comment about me standing with my hands in my pocket, though. I was officially hired, did all the paperwork, went to the La Habra store and did some training with Robert. The job itself doesn't seem too hard, but it was a bit overwhelming 'cause it was my first day. A big thanks goes out to Robert and his friend Eugene, they made all this possible. And thanks to Doojin -- he's been driving me around like the bus driver that he's become. (I could walk from now on, the store is pretty close.)

I'm on as a full-time sales rep. I'll be working pretty much everyday except Sunday. I've been praying for it because I have so much free time, and I need money, so I'm glad it happened. But now I'll have no life. You had no life anyway. Okay, true. But before I had lots of time to do something if the opportunity came up. Now I have no time. At least I won't feel like a worthless bum.

Sunday, July 06, 2003

Couple of job opportunies have popped up: Robert's friend is the manager at Cingular in Amerige Heights and they might have an opening. And Steve told me 24 Hour Fitness is looking for sales counselors that can speak Korean; apparently they want more Korean members. They both involve sales. Talking, interacting with people. Not really my forte, but we'll see what happens.

I'm giving the military more thought. Seeing Eddie today reminded me that I still have an option to join. Sounds much more possible than teaching in Korea, anyway.

A million thoughts are running in my head. I miss the days when life was simple.

The highlight of this week was sitting on the cool grass with her, watching little kids doing what kids do at the playground. For that brief moment, I forgot about everything.

I must be going insane -- I wish I was a kid again.

Wednesday, July 02, 2003



*edit: Arnold's looking damn good for a guy in his 50's. (credit: Solo)

The movie rocks. I was expecting the worst after I saw those horrible trailers, but thankfully it turned out to be much better than they suggested. Action was good, the fx were good, the new T-X was good, Arnie was good. I kinda miss Eddie Furlong and his cracking voice though. Cool ending too. Looking forward to T4.

Too bad for Paul, he missed out; we couldn't find him.

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