One of the things I was always jealous of was those people who walk into Starbucks and the barista asks, “the usual?”
Well, it’s not always like that. Usually its, “Venti Decaf?” or “Grande Americano?” or the barista will ask the customer about something that happened in the past because they talk about their lives to each other in the brief minutes they encounter each other in the morning.
It’s lame, but I always thought that it’d be so cool if I could be able to converse with the barista like a friend!
Anyway, about a month ago, I went into the Starbucks on Duarte and the barista says, “Creme Brulee Latte, right?”
AHHHHHHHHHHHH it was awesome yet sad yet awesome, but after that week I didn’t go to Starbucks for like a week so I thought they forgot me :((
Sidenote: there are like 4 baristas I know by appearance. There is a young african-american lady who recognized me as Creme Brulee Latte, a young caucasian girl who reminds me of Dr. Arizona Robbins from Grey’s Anatomy, a non-skinny caucasion lady who is always doing the cash register and pastries, and a caucasian guy with a mustache.
I go there a few times a week and sometimes there’s that look of recognition but never something solid. But today, I walk in and Dr. Robbins girl starts talking to me! And then as I grab my drink the Creme Brulee girl says, “thanks Ray!.” It didn’t hit me until I reached the door that I didn’t give my name! So…
YAY! BARISTAS KNOW ME BY NAME.
Okay, I’m not weird okay, don’t hate on my new accomplishment.
BTW, hilarious story about Woodin. Today, I wanted to sleep in like an extra half hour so I planned to arrive at school after tardy sweeps were over. It’s about 8:05 and I’m leaving my house and Leslie texts me saying that Mr. Woodin wants Starbucks. So I go to Starbucks, get to school around 8:30 but there’s NO PARKING! New observation: PARKING IS SUDDENLY A BITCH. I find a spot really far away on Campus around 8:40 and I walk in class 45 min late at 8:45 and handed Mr. Woodin a Viviano smoothie. Not only was it awkward for me because the class stared at me as I walked in 45 min late, but I looked like such a kiss-up. But it was hilarious, and awesome because I got an extra half-hour of sleep :D
I complain way too much through almost every form of communication, especially this blog. But I realize that I am very lucky.
I have a home to live in, food to eat, parents who love me, friends who support me, teachers who educate me….
This post is kind of late but I think it’s fitting as the Haiti disaster begins to disappear from the front pages of the news. It’s sad how our nation’s media forgets about these things so easily, inadvertently causing most of us to forget. Most Haitians will be struggling to recover from this disaster for the rest of their lives. While we sit here in a heated home in suburban Los Angeles, Haitians struggle to find food, water, shelter, and safety each and every day.
This disaster made me want to think about what I want to do in life. Over the past week, I wished that I had an education in medicine so that I could volunteer with Doctors Without Borders, take a three-month hiatus from pampered American life, and go to Haiti, endure hardship, and save lives. I’m not trying to sound noble or anything, but seeing and hearing all the gruesome stories made me feel so guilty for not being able to do something tangible.
And donating money? I heard that over 50% of the money to Red Cross goes to administrative costs, while most fundraisers are slow to act. In fact, the money that we donate now will only be spent in Haiti after a couple of months. Wouldn’t it be cool to be a doctor and have the ability to go down there and save lives in person? To be able to visibly see, feel, and touch the difference that you made in the lives of dozens of Haitians?
We complain alot (we’re Juniors, what can you expect?) but sometimes, we all need to take a step back and look at the big picture. And in doing so, we realize that we’re pretty fortunate after all.
Today, Jason, Carl, and Andrew came over for what turned out to be an EIGHT hour speech practice. We freakin did EVERYTHING! LOL Jason and I fine-tuned our duo. Carl and I picked up a duo. Jason cut and choreographed an HI. Andrew and I worked on PF….man so productive and fun!
You know you love an activity when you can practice for eight hours without realizing it.
First day of finals and the beginning to the end of the middle of the year!! This year has really gone by fast and I’m so ready for this week to just END NOW.
Today, I took my APUSH final. It was not too bad but it was long and I got kinda tired (thank you Starbucks VIA for saving my life yet again). We did an FRQ (which I think I did pretty well on) and a 90 question multiple choice portion. The MC was pretty difficult, ESPECIALLY EFFING CHRONOLOGY HOLY CRAP, but overall, I’m feeling alright.
And Speech was my second final. I’m proud of the class for staying in to watch speeches today! I tried not to be mean about telling everybody to stay inside, and it went relatively well.
ON A SIDE NOTE Jason and I put the final touches on the Spring Varsity version of our duo. When we timed it a few days ago, it was 11:30 (QQ) so we made changes and now its 9:57 (omgsoperfect)! I’m so excited to compete duo now hahahaah.
My schedule didn’t change at all! Hopefully none of my friends move out of my classes cause that would suckkkkk.
Aright…time to study for stupid AP Calc. I heard the final is ridiculously hard. UGHHHHH I NEED A MIRACLE!
Today’s election confirmed most of our fears: the Democrats’ reign in Washington will soon be over. As midterm elections near, the Democrats will be going up to the chopping block.
For us, even filling Ted Kennedy’s seat was hard. What the hell? And in Massachusetts? Obama won by over 25% in 2008, and Martha had a tremendous lead just a few weeks ago. And on top of that, in the last few weeks, I’ve been getting bombarded with emails from the Obama and Newsom campaign organizers trying to mobilize former volunteers to secure healthcare reform. Thousands upon thousands of Democrats from around the country, including President Obama himself, rallied around Martha’s campaign, only to be defeated by a decisive margin.
I don’t want to even get into the subject of Martha’s campaign (or lack thereof) but…
…not only does the outcome of this election symbolize of the loss of the Democratic filibuster in the Senate, but quite possibly the end to healthcare reform as we know it. How are we supposed to get healthcare legislation passed with 41 votes of NO?
Robert Gibbs released a statement today saying that he and President Obama believe that healthcare reform will still succeed (nevermind the political implications that would follow if they said anything else). How can anybody possibly believe this? Are we supposed to magically win the approval of 1 Republican senator (nevermind winning approval of 59 other Democratic senators heavily funded by pharmaceutical lobbyists and swayed by the lack of public support…oh and the House of Representatives too)? And even if we did, what kind of bill would we be voting on? Surely not one that would be able to adequately address the healthcare crisis, and definitely not the one that any of us had in mind one year ago.
Today’s results have been so shocking that I don’t even want to think about what will happen in the midterm elections in a matter of months. How many more solidly blue seats will be up for grabs?
This post is very cynical, and I wish I could be more optimistic (Junior year’s toll on me :D), but I find myself seriously doubting the possibility of reform while bracing myself for losses across the board come November. And then, where will we be headed?
I guess I’ll end this post with a quote by late Senator Ted Kennedy,
"The work goes on, the cause endures, the hope still lives, and the dream shall never die."
I hope the dream never dies, but it’s lying in a very deep coma right now.
So to avoid studying for finals (I am very bad), I found a 2 feet high stack of work from Sophomore year, and decided to file it (I bought these awesome filing tubs you’d use for extemp or policy to file all my shit). So I’m basically going through every page of work and all these memories of Sophomore year came pouring back! Cordero, AP Bio….man. I loved that year hahahaha, albeit how tough it was, it was definitely very awesome. I really miss it to be honest, but junior year is awesome in its very own way :)
Jason and I made some revolutionary changes over the past week to our duo, but we were wary of showing these changes to the class. The thing about Arcadia is that most people have a hard time accepting the fact that most duos are dramatic, especially ones that do well, and our class didn’t respond well to the first version of our duo (albeit our mild success). It sucks when you work hours and hours on a speech that you are very proud of, then have people waltz in and criticize your duo until you lose all confidence. It’s even harder to hear people bash your speech that has so much emotional investment.
Don’t get me wrong. I love critique, and I think that it is essential to improvement, but it’s important to remember that critique has to have a net positive message, or it’s just difficult to listen to.
Anyway, that’s a side thought. So we performed it in class, and to be honest, I was pretty scared as we finished and waited for critique. Fortunately, people only had positive things to say, and it really made my day. It reminds me of that assembly we had about bullying, and how the compliments you make throughout a day really go farther than you think.
This post is pretty much just complete mind vomit. I haven’t posted in such a long time and today I had alot of thinking time.
Overall lesson of today: we should all brighten up the world, one compliment at a time. It makes a bigger impact than you think.
I had a deep hatred for Parli for about a year until today! Parli is actually really fun and I think I got better at impromptu speaking. It was so entertaining, especially those rounds where you know that no matter what you say, you will win (hence, existence K?). And I’m over the results…stupid round 5 judge…even though I really wanted to have matching first place trophies with you LOLOL.
Regardless of the results, debate is so fun. I’m glad I competed; I haven’t done any debate since March of ‘09. This makes me that much more excited for Berk (even though we’ll get owned amidst our legit expandos).
And you probably haven’t started counting, but 42! That sounds light-years away but it’s only two weeks.
Mary Poppins at the Ahmanson Theatre today, and it was so good! I sat in the second row LOL I could reach out and touch the orchestra conductor’s head…and dude, Mary Poppins freaking flew over the audience and this dude tap danced upside down on the stage ceiling. Shows are very awesomesauce.
Oh dude…something else I noticed. The people on stage have microphones intertwined in their hair that comes down on the forehead LOLL.
This post is like a non-stop ramble, but it’s good because I haven’t blogged in a while.
This week has been pretty good! I have been finishing my HW super early everyday, and sleeping at a good hour, while having lots of fun! It doesn’t feel like finals is looming around the corner….which is kinda bad but whatever! I’ll feel the pain next week. I seriously have 4 super major tests next week! WTF man! And then finals! Gahhh…so much stuff to do.
Spring Debate this weekend will be a good break from school, and I dunno if you realized it, but it’ll be the first time I’ve seen you in a MONTH! That’s way too long ahaha. I’m glad we’ll both be there for two days, and looking forward to this weekend helped me get through my week.
I’m so scared about grades. I’m somewhat confident about most of my classes, but my ultimate worry is AP Calc. Is is still possible to get an A? I like to hope so…
PSAT was kinda disappointing but whatever…I didn’t study and I don’t really care that much about it so it was just whatever. I’m pretty sure that will be my last SAT related shit I’ll ever complete.
My parents are non-stop talk about colleges..but that’s like every asian parent, right?
Duo is frustrating. Tournaments really fuck with your mind sometimes, and you can go from having a ton of confidence, to having no confidence. Jason and I are going back to the starting block and changing a lot of things so a) it can be legal, and b) to make it better for judges. Duo is tough…speech in general is just tough.
Oh, and swimming. Okay, like, I wont be at swimming much next week, and I’m skipping the two big January meets because of finals…YAYFORGETTINGYELLEDAT!!
Firefox is doing this really annoying flash everytime I scroll over the tabs….screw you Firefox add-ons…just kidding I actually am in love with Firefox add-ons; I have like 20 add-ons that totally make Firefox like the most amazing thing in the world.
OH AND I ACTUALLY GET MATH THIS WEEK! Omg, like I can do the majority of all the homework and even though there are some hard questions, I completely understand the concept…YAY FOR PAYING ATTENTION AND DOING HOMEWORK! I should try this more often.
Oh so for CAHSD, we had this online meeting on dimdim.com…OMG SO COOL! Like, if you ever need to have a meeting for your organization, use DimDim. I’m not advertising, I promise.
Final thought: I’m spending money like crazy. I need to stop.