All posts by Thu Tu Koelling

If only I had a missile launcher on my car…

Since I can’t install a missile launcher on my car to rid the world of bad drivers, I’ll express my road rage here. :rocket: I don’t profess to be a perfect driver; I make mistakes. However, there is a difference between mistakes and bad habits.Let me list the ways that drivers piss me off, in no particular order. I distinguish [color=gray]my thoughts to look like this[/color], so it’s not necessarily directed at you the reader:

- driving too slowly. [color=gray]Buddy, if your car is too crappy to keep up, or you’re afraid to drive, stay off the road, or at least the freeway![/color] Instead of a carpool lane, which is infested with slow minivan drivers anyway, there should be a speeder’s lane. A huge peeve is people going the speed limit (or slower!) in the fast lane. [color=gray]If you’re afraid of getting a ticket, get out of the way![/color]

- not turning on the lights when there is low visibility, such as fog, rain, or cloudy weather. [color=gray]Dude, just because it’s daytime and you can see in front of you, it doesn’t mean I can see you through my dew-covered back window.[/color]

- SUV drivers who drive with the mentality, “What are you going to do? Hit me?” [color=gray]Well, buddy, you’re lucky I don’t have a missile launcher.[/color] And when I see those guys with the really big trucks: [color=gray]Then again, maybe I should pity you for having such a small phallus that you have to overcompensate with an oversized vehicle.[/color]

- depth perception problems: some people hit the brakes although there’s absolutely no one in front of them, and no police around. Or, they make a left across my path and I must slow down to avoid hitting them.

- people who disrespect my right-of-way (when they come out of a driveway, or turn right on their red when I have the green going straight), and then have the nerve to go slow. [color=gray]Dude, if you’re going to be rude enough to dart in front of someone, might as well speed.[/color]

- can’t stay within the lines. A few years ago there was a commercial where they had kids in school saying, “stay within the lines” as they colored. The car company extolled the virtue of a car that didn’t have to stay within the lines, ie, off road. Damn that concept. Cars should stay within their lanes.

- people who don’t signal when they change lanes, but instead creep across. Talk about passive-aggressive. But sometimes it’s hard to disinguish these drivers from the previous group.

- people who don’t stop for emergency vehicles with sirens on. [color=gray]Shoot, one of these days, it’s going to be your house burning, or you having a heart attack waiting for help to arrive.[/color]

- incompetent multi-taskers. Some people can’t walk and chew gum; some people can’t drive and talk on the cell phone. People think that driving and talking are two different activities using separate resources. Although they use difference senses, they share processing power. Some people just don’t have that much processing power to spare, like the computers from 10 years ago. For those people, hands-free headsets are useless.

- illiterate drivers. [color=gray]The sign said no U-turn! Oh, wait, those aren’t words, just pictures. What’s it called when someone can’t read pictures?![/color]

Whew! I feel better already.

Yay! Stanford #1 in Mens Basketball

Go Card!

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aww… this brings me back to the days when I was a freshman… in the midst of studying for finals, and cheering on Stanford as it played in the March Madness Tournament. :) I don’t remember if Stanford was #1 back then, but they were doing well. I think they lost before getting to the finals, though. :cry:

Darn, it looks like none of the tournament games are near me, or at least in California.

http://www.ncaasports.com/story/6889481#d1_m_basketball

However, the Pac10 conference championship is in Staples Center in LA.

I checked out the ticket prices at Staples. The all-sessions package (3-day ticket) is $135. :( The individual games are only being sold as part of the all-sessions package. There are 7 games, so that’s like $20 a game. I guess it would make sense that they make people buy all sessions, since we wouldn’t know ahead of time who will play when. argh.

Does anyone have hook-ups to help me and fellow Stanford fans see any of these games?

We will be so grateful!

First Baby Shower

Today I got an invitation to my first baby shower. :) Included in the envelope was a card that showed where my friends were registered. I went online to locate the closest store, and saw some of the online gift selection. There are soooo many cute things! This is adorable:He Knows Your Name Elmo.

However, I must control my enthusiasm, and go to the store and buy something my friends have registered for so they get what they want or need. This is one of the reasons why I want to have nieces or nephews… just to get cute kid gifts for them. hint, hint, to my siblings. j/k. :lol: I’m the oldest, so it’ll be a while before I see any nieces or nephews.

I also feel the same way about gifts for boyfriends: [color=gray]Aw, that’s such a cool gift that I’d get for my boyfriend–if I had one.[/color]

Since I have no man or kids, I’m resigned to shower gifts upon… myself. :D It’s such a difficult thing to do, but I’ll do it for as long as I need to. :wink:

lost my sweet tooth

Now that I’ve become an exercise junkie, I am no longer a junk food junkie. It’s not like I made a conscious effort to cut down calories to lose weight.

Some claim that exercise increases appetite and others cite the opposite. I think both is/could be true, at least for me. Overall, my appetite has increased a lot. When a food item says “serves 2,” I read: “serves Thu.” However, I just no longer crave sweets. I’ll eat junk food if I’m starving and there’s nothing else to eat. But when given a choice, my body will just say no. If more time has passed since I last worked out, I’m more likely to be able to eat sweets.

I first experienced it this week while I shopped at Trader Joe’s after working out at 24 Hour Fitness (they’re next to each other 8)). Out of habit, my brain thought to get chips. At that thought, my tummy said no, and it won. A few days later at TJ’s, they were giving out free samples of yummy cookies, and though my visual system wanted them, my visceral system rejected them.

Now, at work, I no longer consume the chocolates in the candy bowl.

Oh well, I guess I’d rather have this than the opposite problem… where the body craves junk food and the brain must fight very hard to stop the body for its sake.

I do admit that I’m addicted to banana chips, but they don’t seem to be junk food. Also, after eating enough, my jaw gets too tired to eat anymore, so it’s a good way to control the amount of intake. :)

Immortal Evanescence

I’ve been a fan of Evanescence since I first heard them through launch.com last year. When I found out that I could see them in concert at a reasonable price, I couldn’t wait to see them. Although I was reserved about how good they would be live, I was so excited to see them later that day–a work day–I just couldn’t sit still. :D

The concert was general admission, so we got there as early as we could to get a good spot in line. By the time we got into the venue, we saw that we could be in the area right in front of the stage. Although we had to stand for over three hours, it was worth it to be so close to Amy Lee. We were maybe 20 feet away, close enough to see her blue eyes. :!:

She was an amazing singer and performer. Her vocal skills blew away my expectations. One moment, she could be head-banging, and a few minutes later she would be performing a beautiful ballad on the keyboard. Props to her for being the only female out of three punk rock bands that night. She holds up her own.

After the concert, I got one of Evanescence’s CDs and have been listening to it in my car. I love putting “My Immortal” in repeat mode and singing along to it. Before I could sing along to it, I had to look up the lyrics.

My friend and I puzzled over the meaning of the last lines:

i’ve tried so hard to tell myself that you’re gone

 

and though you’re still with me

i’ve been alone all along

It’s kind of confusing because the song could be about someone who died, or a lost love. I finally decided that it was about a failed or failing relationship. I know how it feels to feel lonely even though I’m right next to that person, because he’s emotionally not there. :( My interpretation of those lines, then, is that even though he is still physically with her, his emotional absence makes her feel “alone.”

I’d be interested to hear what others have to say about their interpretations.