Sunday, November 30, 2003

 
Apartment hunting now. Can't find a good deal though - everything is too pricy, or terrible quality in one way or another. I'll have to settle on something soon. May get one as soon as Monday, as late as Christmas. The wheels are in motion.

Movie Review
Bad Santa


This was a bad movie. Not funny, just depressing. It's been done before, and in fact, I even heard another show on TV which was in no way related to this movie advertise EXACTLY the same plot, just packaged around some Itallian Mob-Santa. Oh well, they both probably suck equally. The bartender's role in this movie was ridiculous - but I guess if you have a thing for Santa, EVERYTHING ELSE about the person is just transparent.

0 out of 10. Don't rent, even!

Tuesday, November 25, 2003

 
Hey! After another 2 hours at the DMV, I have paid all my taxes and fees, so now I just wait for some paperwork to go through and I get Cali plates. I also passed my M1 class motorcycle test so I can finally get a CA D/L also. That should help to establish my residency so if I want to start college in the fall of 2005, it should be decently cheap. I am viewing an apartment today over lunch which is .7 miles from the new office - that means I could easily walk to work which is my ultimate goal. I want to only use my car occasionally and not have to use the freeways if I dont absolutely have to.

My parents are also shipping my stuff to me so I'll have all of my things to move in within the next week and a half. I'll need to buy a bed and maybe a refrigerator. I'm not excited about those expenses...

Friday, November 21, 2003

 
To those of you who throw cigarette butts out the windows of your cars..... F&#( YOU!!!!!!!!

Thursday, November 20, 2003

 
To the people who leave their high beams on while they drive - F$*# YOU!

Wednesday, November 19, 2003

 
Victoria's Secret Fashion Show

I just watched the Victoria's Secret Fashon Show 2003 on CBS tonight. It was the most amazing television I've seen since last season's 24. They mixed the show with a ton of interesting cameras behind the scenes, and also mixed in the director's audio. That was great - everything was perfect.

The music was also fantastic - Sting, plus the remixed songs by Shaggy and also Kylie Minogue really enhanced the experience. 26 models, all the best in the world. That's all you really need.

10 out of 10. Watch the webcast at: http://www.victoriassecret.com/

 
Just workin'! Gotta ship my stuff out here because I'm needing more long sleeved clothes. Shipping my bed from home would be a fortune, so it looks like I'm buying a new bed here soon. I move out to my own place in probbaly 2-3 weeks. I'm shooting for Costa Mesa.

I was in 24 for a half second two weeks ago! I have this feeling I may not be on any future episodes - so essentially Fox paid me for four days of work at $6.75 for .5 seconds of final footage. That has to be typical though - just funny.

Buying my own camera is a few months off, yet. I still have a lot of start-up expenses here that I have to get out of the way.

Friday, November 14, 2003

 
Ok - i'm over the GRE thing. Now i'm just working and getting into the groove. I will move out in a month.

I got my car smogged and tried to get a licence here. I flunked the motorcycle test (missed 9 out of 21 total) so I've gotta go back and retake that. Woops! I had no idea it would be so hard.

Saturday, November 08, 2003

 
I'm a little frustrated because I was going to take the GRE monday, but I had to cancel due to a meeting at 11am. Having to cancel the exam means I lose all of the test fee that I paid, and I don't even want to say how much that was. I guess this means I wait a few weeks to take it - and it also means that I will not get my scores back in time to apply to grad school for the fall of 2004. That is alright though, because I won't have established residency until 2005 anyway.

So I just sat around today and chatted with ECS all day. It's nice not having to do much on the weekends.

I am having my car finally smogged this week and then I'll licence it in CA probably. I have to see if the insurance company requires me to licence here to get insurance here first...

Friday, November 07, 2003

 
Got my first paycheck! Things are good.

Survivor is good - I think it is more entertaining than 24 so far this season. Go CBS!

Wednesday, November 05, 2003

 
Ok update on the job:

I'm a week and three days into the job working full time and things are going well so far. I am on my first few projects still and multi-tasking is proving challenging. I am working on the control logic to a jail here in orange county, but if no one told me, I'd have no idea: I get a stack of 250 pages of old code and I'm charged with translating it to a newer language on a different PLC. That means I'm pretty much doing a monkey's job for now, but it does have to be done for this project to be a success. Anyway, it may give me a chance to work at home next week: We'll see.

Also, I'm signed up to take the GRE's on Monday. I will study all this weekend and be ready no problem Monday. My boss was nice enough to let me take a half day so I can test in the morning. I think I may start school in the fall, though I may need to wait until fall 2005 when I will have residency. That is all something to think about - grad school applications are due in December and January.

Next week I will smog my car. I've also decided just today to stay at my aunt S's place for another month before getting a place; news has come down at work about us moving the office as soon as January, so that forces me to stay as flexible as possible. We will be moving to Costa Mesa if we do move. I am excited about that because I like the area; it is close to the beach.

Saturday, November 01, 2003

 
Movie Review - Lost in Translation
This movie struck me like a semi - the way the visuals and situations captured how I've felt before were uncanny. Both happy, sad, in love, and being lost in life - it's all in there, portrayed wonderfully by Johansson and Murray. Many of these other critics out there are saying we don't get much information about Japanese culture from the movie, but I disagree fully. S. Coppola portrays the nights out in Tokyo accurately, summing up my experiences in Japan in an unbelievable package available in a theater near you.

I can't seem to put my finger on what makes this movie better than Notting Hill-type romatic garbage. This movie somehow nails love right on the head while the "chick-flicks" just are sorry attempts at portraying love. Lost in Translation pulls you into the relationship and you begin to love the characters - there is no physical love to blur the line of lust and love here. As a viewer, we don't need to see hardcore sex to understand desire - and this movie does not treat us like idiots. Yes, that's the difference between mush and this.

I can't say any more - go see this.
10 out of 10. Can't beat this with a stick.

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