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(no subject) [Apr. 14th, 2008|03:01 am]
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I don't think I've ever heard of a nightmare about a mouth sore.

But plenty of English teachers abound.

This one had both.
Yes, over the course of my dream, I had a terrible mouth sore on the inside of my lip that made it slightly painful to talk. I really don't know where I was, but there was this large and steep metal staircase. Think a ladder with some tilt to it. At the top was...some courtyard or something. A restaurant. Friends were there, so I was shuttling back and forth on this horrifying staircase dozens of stories in the air.
Oh, right. My 10th grade English teacher was at the top, too.
At some point, I began to explain a story to a friend, pausing once to say, "...either-- or is it 'neither'...ah. anyway..."
Dr. Smith decided to chime in.
"Well, which one is</it>?"
"I don't remember. Anyway, as I was saying..."
"Don't you rememberthese things?"

It was at this time that I made the hilariously boneheaded move of waddling over to the stairs and mumbling "I'll tell you later" in a a David Byrne-esque style. I proceeded down the stairs quickly; they were horrifyingly steep!

My heart stopped in fear: the words "Time for a grammar lesson!" echoed down to me. A good third of the stairs were missing! instead was a thin service ladder placed adjacent. I swatted desperately with one hand to no avail.

And woke up with my head between a pillow and the wall.

Comically classic, eh?
The part that I don't understand was that I loved Dr. Smith and grammar was not something I ever feared.
Now, college-style research papers...not so much.
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(no subject) [Mar. 17th, 2008|01:44 pm]
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I opened up a glasses case I found deep in a closet and found a pair of spiffy black horn-rimmed glasses that I don't recall owning.
(I've worn rimless and tortoiseshell glasses most of my life)
They had absolutely no effect on my vision.

Which leads me to question the point of plano lenses and why someone would buy them.


I guess now when Leigh asks me to wear glasses and I'm wearing contacts, I can. heh.
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take a look [Feb. 5th, 2008|08:42 pm]
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...at my dA gallery or emerald_images




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and again
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(no subject) [Dec. 28th, 2007|10:21 am]
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I tried making a soy mocha cappuccino.
Recipe I used as follows:
1 shot espresso, ristretto (Tully's Bold roast)
4oz steamed/frothed Silk chocolate soymilk
topped with cinnamon to taste.

The espresso came out good. really good.
the soymilk flew everywhere.

I can only think of two baristas that can foam soymilk as well as dairy (as opposed to when I go to Starbucks and the foam comes out like shampoo). I NEED TO KNOW THE SECRET!

On top of that, the cocoa burned so it stank up the place.


The fun part of brewing your own coffee is trying different things out. I think I've got a decent handle on a straight shot of espresso. Now let's see if I can get down a cappuccino or even something called a Cubano (espresso poured into a cup with a little bit of sugar)

The term 'espresso' implies speed, and that's certainly true (it takes about...30 seconds for a single shot) when it comes to the actual brewing, but there's a lot more that goes into getting the coffee ready and cleaning up, especially when making more than two shots on a steam machine.

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(no subject) [Nov. 22nd, 2007|07:22 pm]
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Everyone enjoying Thanksgiving!
Contrary to popular speculation, my vegan Thanksgiving was wonderful. Whoo!


I watched "A Christmas Story" again. Great movie!

Not sure why, but that reminded me of Almost Live!, a comedy show on KING-TV a while back whose cast included Bill Nye and Pat Cashman.



If you didn't already know, Ballard is the Scandinavian district of Seattle. (and I am half-Norwegian and buy my shoes in Ballard.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hGlDVmBLibg here's another one with Officer Bill Nye. (I also failed to mention the large amounts of old people in Ballard.)
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WHOO! [May. 20th, 2007|10:23 am]
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Hey, guess what?
I just sold a 16x24" print of the Manhattan skyline with the Statue of Liberty in front of it the other day.
AWESOME, don't you think?
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Trespassing [Apr. 23rd, 2007|06:31 pm]
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Ran with T-Max, Li'l Max, RJ and Nick today at Ft. Lewis again.
We saw the "DANGER NO TRESPASSING" and "DANGER SMALL ARMS IMPACT ZONE" signs again, but we still ran.
Instead, we missed the yellow sign.

Ran down some double-track and passed a clearing wile we talked loudly about who knows what when T-Max yells "OH SHI--"

Click. Click.
We stop dead.

To our left, hidden in plain sight, are 5 men frozen stiff.
I was looking down the barrels of five M16s held by angry-faced soldiers.
Silence.
We backed away slowly and continued on our way...

The yellow sign at the trailhead said "WARNING TRAINING MOVEMENTS IN PROGRESS".


yesterday..what'd I do...
I walked entirely across the city. In the process of widening the SR-16 freeway, the city built the Pierson Trail, a wide concrete path running alongside the elevated roadway from S. Union Ave, past Cheney Stadium and the Ave (6th Ave., that is) through War Memorial Park, and across the existing Narrows Bridge.
An interesting walk, to say the least.
On my way back, I didn't walk along the freeway but cut through the Skyline district.
in a parking lot on the Ave, some band called Six Ounce Glove or something was playing...loudly. VERY loudly. Part of some customer appreciation for a store.

You have to remember I got in at 1:30AM that morning, woke at 5AM, then slept until noon. So that's quite a feat for me.
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I got my Fuji back [Aug. 16th, 2006|04:52 pm]
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and so I raced monday. it was really awesome because, well, I havent in a year. sooo good.

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Photo Time! [Jul. 25th, 2006|10:50 pm]
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Because we all know we want to see what I look like nowadays.

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(no subject) [Jul. 16th, 2006|08:35 am]
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So last week I was working in the back room and this lady comes up to me.
"Hii! I Michelle from Mongolia."
"...Hi?"
"I talk to you. I ask question."
"uh, wha?"
"I have question for yoouuu.."
"er, if it is about merchandise or fittings, talk to Jim, the other guy with glasses.."
"No, I ask you!"
"say wa?"
"No, I ask you!"
"come again..?"
"I ask you!" (hands me this card that says she is a missionary from Mongolia and needs $35)
"Well, I dont have any money..."
"I ask you!"
"I am sorry..."
"But I ask you!"
"well..I have $5..." (hands it to her)
"Bless you sir!"
I heard her do the same thing to some other customers, and walked out onto the sales floor and watched her go up to Jim.
"OUT."
"But I ask you!"
"You do not have MY permission to solicit donations in MY store."
"but--"
"OUT NOW."

I went to go get sandwiches for everybody at Round Table. The guy there asked me if we got some crazy lady from mongolia in our store. And then later that day, Mr. Matson and Robert rode in, and they mentioned that some "weird girl" came up to them at the coffeehouse asking for money.
That lady scared me.

So today is my day off. Whoo. I don't want to do homework and I want to drop newsmagazine next year because I just don't have the time anymore.
So instead I am going to go to Performance Bike or REI and buy a pair of bicycle shorts. Why not at Spoke and Sprocket?
Because they seem to not have a pair of decent shorts for under $130. And Performance is having a sale on Pearl Izumi clothing.

I also want to get a wool jersey. Yes, in the middle of summer. Jim says that wool is a much better summer jersey than technical synthetic jerseys and last a whole lot longer.
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-a pair of Axley Team Oberto (whoo, thats my team) edition Raptor glasses
-a new Team Oberto jersey (skinsuits are nice because they have attatched shorts, but trust me, for traning rides, people look at you funny for wearing a skin tight one piece jersey. It's not that I don't look good. it just is weird.)
-A black Cinzano wool jersey or a white and red Faema jersey. both teams Eddy Merckx raced for in the 60s and 70s. While there is nothing wrong with a jersey advertising coffee machines (my friend has a Saeco jersey), people who know me might be wondering why I would wear a shirt with a beer company logo on it.
-A Sigma cyclocomputer. I am too lazy to take the one off my old bicycle.
-either Descente or Pearl Izumi cycling shorts. I only have one pair and I have 3-4 jersey tops. or if we still had any, some Parantini-made Spoke and Sprocket shorts. those were the most comfortable things ever.

And speaking of which, anyone want a sleeveless Pearl Izumi jersey? it's bright yellow and I don't really like it.
so now I be off to look at cool new apartments. My personal favorites were the ones on 6th and Jackson..I forget what they were called.

oh, and if you haven't done so already, check out my dA ( http://takkunmonsoon.deviantart.com ) or buy something at my online store ( http://cafepress.com/takkunmonsoon ) !!
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