Tuesday, January 30, 2001

It's great that the anime club at this University is so large. It's nice to have a lot of people around who will rant with you about the good and the bad of j-pop.

posted by Alison 1/30/2001 11:48:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Oh, and let me mention the reason that Ben and I got away with our clothes is that we are 'internet professionals.' We can get away with stuff like that because we are a part of a professional group that for now has eschewed formal wear. I hope I never have a job where I have to wear a suit everyday.

posted by Alison 1/30/2001 11:46:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Yesterday I went to a business lunch at a very posh DC restaurant. I went with my friend Ben and we showed up very underdressed (i.e. forbidden jeans and sneakers). I was half expecting the people there to throw us out, but they were quite nice. While we waited at the bar, the excellent barkeeper had fixed me a Shirley Temple; I got to have fun munching in maraschino cherries. The food was also quite good, but I was not quite feeling up to eating. The best part of the meal was that the whole thing could be written off. I am beginning to see why people own their own businesses now.

posted by Alison 1/30/2001 11:39:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Today should have been a bad day, enough things did go wrong, but I don't feel that horrible. Maybe it's just the delirium of being sick and doubling your workload at the same time. I did end up dumping a jamba juice into my backpack, but I did manage to save most of the stuff I had in there. I was just covered in sticky goo for a 2 1/2 hour class, but that was easily remedied.

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Sunday, January 28, 2001

I am verrrry sick right now. But that didn't stop me from getting up really early and going to a tour guide training session and then working for another 2 1/2 hours on schoolwork. Of course, I feel miserable right now and have spent the rest of the day either shivering or sleeping. Ugh.

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Saturday, January 27, 2001

Have you ever wanted to watch one of those reality TV shows, but felt that it was just too cheesy to even bother. Well, now Salon.com has episode guides for all of those programs. They cut out all of the boring moralizing and just give you the highlights with as many insults to the participants and producres as possible. Pure comedy gold.

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Thursday, January 25, 2001

When I was home (I think) I took care of some buisness that had been weighing on me. It was realatively painless and I feel better for it. Plus I got to sleep on these wonderful flannel sheets that my mom put on my bed. When I left I should have stuffed them into my suitcase. They had such a nice warm feeling that made me feel it was a shame that I had to get out of bed so early this morning.

posted by Alison 1/25/2001 10:50:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

I went home for less than 24 hours and came back. It's like I never went back at all. Maybe I just made that up.

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Tuesday, January 23, 2001

I'm on the mailing list for a local sushi resteraunt, so usually they send me updates if there are any specials or menu updates. Apparently the resteraunt has gotten its hands on some deadly blowfish (fugu) and is offering this special menu at $150 dollars per person. Pay special attention to item #3:

Following is the typical full course fugu dinner. No matter how cold the weather is you would be very warm with this menu and hot HIRESHU.

1. Yubiki or Teppi (Fugu skin with ponzu sauce)
2. Tessa or Fugu sashi (Fugu sashimi sliced paper thin)
3. Shirako yaki (Grilled Fugu sperm)
4. Kara age (Lightly marinated fried Fugu)
5. Tecchiri or Fugu nabe (Fugu cooked in dashi with a lot of vegetable, tofu and noodles. Usually more than one person share the nabe (pot))
6. Zosui (Rice cooked in the soup from Tecchiri and at the last moment, a beaten egg is dropped in)

Yep, you read that correctly. They are offering sperm as a menu item. Personally, I'll probably try fugu someday, but I'm going to have to decline eating male fish gametes. Of course people eat female gametes all of the time, that's what eggs are. But this is where I draw the line.

posted by Alison 1/23/2001 10:46:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Last night I watched Queer As Folk. After spending a weekend with very conservative people, it's great to watch a show that's about gay men. Equally great about the show is that most of my male friends respond to it in much the same way that I respond to porn; the responses range from indifference to fright.

posted by Alison 1/23/2001 10:34:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

the white house front porch I was slightly unimpressed with the White House tour. It was self-guided, so it was little more than shuffling through immaculately decorated rooms and peering at historical antiques. I did enjoy peeping out of all of the windows and seeing what the white house grounds look like from the other side. The paintings were also much appreciated, especially the portrait of Angelica Van Buren. We were only allowed to take pictures when we were outside, so I snapped one of the fromt porch.

posted by Alison 1/23/2001 04:31:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Somehow I believe that this was written just for my friend Ben.

posted by Alison 1/23/2001 12:49:00 AM : (0) comments : splink

Due to the parade I couldn't get to any of the Metro stations. never really got this sign. nice font face, though I decided to walk home and talk to people on my way. I ran into lots of protesters; apparently a lot of march routes had been unexpectedly closed off, even after the right permits had been procured. I talked to lots of NOW marchers and disgruntled Democrats. I was never able to find the black bloc, but they were seemed to be in areas that I wouldn't have been able to get to anyway. I talked to a lot of Bush supporters, also. Some were nice and others were not so nice. A few even questioned my moral principles for disagreeing with them, but most of them just wanted street directions.

posted by Alison 1/23/2001 12:18:00 AM : (0) comments : splink

Monday, January 22, 2001


the capitolfaulty and amusing AV equipmentI woke up early to go to the inaguration. I managed to get one of those magic Willy Wonka style golden tickets that entitled me to stand on the capitol grounds. Actually, I got it from some dear friends who I ran into before the ceremony. I stood as close as I could get, against the fence, which was still too far away to make out faces. It was very cold and only after a little while both my hands and feet were aching. On top of all of that, I was surrounded by very smug Republicans in fur coats. Most of their time was spent bitching about the protesters and the mud (it ruined their fur coat). Whenever a Democrat was announced they would jeer. I drew many annoyed looks when I cheered loudly for Jimmy Carter. George W. arrived in a very big helicopter at around 11:15. Meanwhile protesters were gathering along Pennsylvania Ave. The one thing that really irked me about the ceremony was that the prayers were not non-denominational, they envoked Jesus quite heavily (Ordinarily, the prayers at inagurations are not religion specific, for the sake of the 1st amendment and to include everyone). George W's speech wasn't all that great, and the protester/police clashes were much more interesting.

posted by Alison 1/22/2001 11:41:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

inaguration fireworks The fireworks started on Thursday night. Being in class when all of this started, everyone in csci141 assumed that we were being bombed or that there had been an accident. It was unusual how placid we were, but of course we had been warned about possible accidents and attacks in preparation for inaguration weekend. But when we went outside we saw that they were indeed fireworks. They seemed to surround the mall; the closest were at the ellipse. I went up to the roof of my dorm to take pictures, but without a tripod they were kind of blurry. After the explsions ended, a thick cloud of smoke floated into campus; our lungs were coated with gunpowder.

posted by Alison 1/22/2001 11:32:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Sunday, January 21, 2001

For the second day in a row I got up early (5:00 am) to stand in the freezing cold. This time it was to get special tickets for the White House open house today. I must look like a #1 Bush fan, but really my justification is that I'll get to see everything with the Clinton Decor still intact. My tour starts at 4:00 pm, I'll have to add more later.

posted by Alison 1/21/2001 08:50:00 AM : (0) comments : splink

Saturday, January 20, 2001

I went to the inaguration today. It was quite cold, but I had an excellent spot. I'll post more later once I get to my computer in order to upload the photographs I took.

posted by Alison 1/20/2001 10:29:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Wednesday, January 17, 2001

I've found a solution to my robots.txt "problem". Literature can be used to fix software mysteries, too.

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Monday, January 15, 2001

Everyone has been talking about the Eden.Garden produced by Entropy8Zuper!, since I had time today I checked it out. It's interesting to watch the pulse player generated program interpret the different web page tags and turn them into animals, trees, rocks, and artifical things like houses and fountains. It's fun to fly through the different worlds, but other than moving around there isn't much interaction. It's fun for a little while, but once you've seen everything there isn't much left to do.

posted by Alison 1/15/2001 08:54:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Okay, so that harrowing experience that I mentioned earlier, I'm finally getting around to writing about it. Basically, my mother's Dodge Caravan broke down; so instead of buying a tow truck my Dad decided to tow it home himself using the '88 Toyota Camry. I drove the Camry, which pulled the van by way of a big tow belt. My dad was at the wheel of the van making helping it to negotiate turns (the power steering was dead). The driving itself wasn't that bad except for the knowledge that I would be wrecking two cars instead of one. The problem was that every time I stopped I had to somehow get going again while lugging a much heavier car. If I didn't really ease on the gas then the belt would pull taunt but the van would remain inert and the Camry would be yanked to a stop. The sensation was very much like bumper cars except that it wasn't any fun at all. Actually it shook me up because every time that happened I thought that I was ripping the bumpers off of both vehicles. Hopefully I never have to do that again.

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Friday, January 12, 2001

This is a bunny that I found in my second cousin's back yard. It didn't really belong to Marco or his family, but it was quite friendly and let me scratch its ears while it nibbled on the grass. Marco told me that they had named it 'Winnie' and it came around quite often. I guess Winnie is one of those escaped/abandoned animals that makes it's way around the neighborhood nibbling on landscaped greenery. It looked pretty healthy, but we fed it carrots just in case.

posted by Alison 1/12/2001 10:08:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Quick question: is it so wrong to teach your 70 year old grandmother how to use Napster?

posted by Alison 1/12/2001 12:34:00 AM : (0) comments : splink

Very harrowing experience involving one of my Dad's hair-brained (but well tested) schemes just finished a minute ago. I'll have to write the whole story at a later, calmer time.

posted by Alison 1/12/2001 12:31:00 AM : (0) comments : splink

Tuesday, January 09, 2001

My dad took me to this shopping center that was state of art during the sixties. It lies across the street from the flagler dog track and is subsequently filled with the same shady people who bet on the greyhounds. We went into this one store that was blandly labeled 'Government Discount.' It was a fire trap with narrow aisles stacked to the ceiling with boxes of junk, but that was okay because everyone was parked in the fire lane. What surprised me most was the sheer number of people pouring in and out of there all on a Tuesday night. There were lines five deep of people just waiting to buy lottery tickets. Of course I felt bad for the people who wanted to put so much into something that was likely to be fruitless. But then again we drove around for the rest of the evening stealing rocks.

posted by Alison 1/09/2001 10:48:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

I now own two shirts and a pair of pants from Old Navy. I'd been rather proud of the fact that all of the Old Navy clothes that I had once owned had been either trashed or donated. (BTW I have never owned anything from the Gap) And for a little while I was free of the Gap Corporation and its many subsidiaries. But I really needed a pair of Khaki pants, and I made the fatal error of letting this little secret get out to my grandmother. Now my grandmother is quite tenacious; nothing short of going to the ends of the earth was going to stop her from buying me pants. After searching endless bargain bin stores we found many things that were either my size or not hideous, but they were never both at the same time. So I gave in and went to one of the generic Miami malls with my father and grandmother in tow. I stepped into the Old Navy almost as a dare. Of course, the store was replete with Khaki pants and in a sign of defeat I tried on a few pairs of pants. A pair fit. My ambiguity was taken as a rave review. They were purchased despite further ambiguity. And so I walked out of the mall with a shopping bag glowing faintly of evil and a pair of pants that fit.

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Monday, January 08, 2001

I'm helpless when it comes to shoe shopping. I haven't a clue as to what separates a stylish shoe from one that is 'so last season.' Thus when I went shopping today my dad had to help me pick out my new sneakers. We bought sneakers because we were both completely baffled by the rows and rows of dress shoes and boots. I think he made a pretty good choice, a pair of gray sketchers.

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Friday, January 05, 2001

People keep keep giving me chocolate (not that that is a bad thing, at least not yet). It seems that during Christmas lots of families were inundated with chocolate as gifts. Now whenever I visit a friend I walk out with pockets full of truffles and nougats. My favorite so far have been the little non-alcoholic chocolate liquors shaped like champaigne bottles. Kahlua goes very very well with dark chocolate.

posted by Alison 1/05/2001 11:30:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Glen left this morning. I spent last evening with him and Melanie. Though, I do feel guilty because it was the only time I saw him while he was home from Japan. Glen will be in Japan for the next year and a half and probably won't make it home for another year. I'm sure his mom will really miss him.

posted by Alison 1/05/2001 11:15:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

Today I saw Chicken Run. It was an amusing little movie. I already like Wallace and Grommit, so it wasn't hard to win me over. Yesterday I watched Young Frankenstein, but it was so late at night I fell asleep in the middle of it. I kind of feel bad. I'd really been meaning to see it, but I was so sick that I couldn't help falling asleep.

posted by Alison 1/05/2001 11:07:00 PM : (0) comments : splink

My great grandmother died just a few hours ago. She was a century old, long enough for Willard Scott to mention her birthday on TV. Wow, the means she was my age in the roaring 20's and almost retired when Kennedy was shot. Tomorrow my family and I will be headed down to Jacksonville for her memorial.

posted by Alison 1/05/2001 10:58:00 PM : (0) comments : splink


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