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And believe me, I am still alive! [26 Dec 2008|01:03am]
Rhymes so loud and proud you hear it
It's Christmas time and we got the spirit
Jack Frost chillin, the orchestras out?
And that's what Christmas is all about
The time is now, the place is here
And the whole wide world is filled with cheer

My name's D.M.C. with the mic in my hand
And I'm chilling and coolin just like a snowman
So open your eyes, lend us an ear
We want to say

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Merry christmas, flist!
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And the bells were ringing out for Christmas Day [24 Dec 2007|11:16pm]
Merry Christmas, everyone! Flist, I love you all and I hope your day is magnificent, and that your nextyear is just as good.

They've got cars big as bars, they've got rivers of gold,
But the wind goes straight through you, it's no place for the old.
When you first took my hand on that cold Christmas Eve,
You promised me broadway was waiting for me.
You were handsome--
--You were pretty. Queen of New York City,
When the band finished playing, they howled out for more.
Sinatra was swinging, all the drunks they were singing,
we kissed on the corner and danced through the night.

The boys of the NYPD Choir were singing Galway Bay,
And the bells were ringing out, for Christmas Day.
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november, december, yeah, all through the winter, I'm alive [04 Dec 2007|09:20am]
I hate when you hear a lyric that's really beautiful and amazing and you go and look it up and it's actually not at all what you thought it was.
I've been listening to Next Train by Miracle Fortress, and I thought this one lyric was:
"I made a truce with my fascinations, I left my cellphone and my feelings with the earth." I looked it up in the booklet, and it actually reads:
"I made a truce with my fascinations, I drilled myself on my dealings with the urge." I like the first one better. :V

I'm now Campus Chair for my student union, woop. I don't know how I'm gonna get my Race and Ethnicity project done by the time it's due (tomorrow) and do my take-home English final for Thursday (You may be as surprised as I am with that). In more relaxing news, our Sociology professor has invited us to her house for fondue! It's been a year and a half in her classes, and she usually does this for her second year students at the end of the year so far as I know, but she's been teaching us a grad-level course in second year, so maybe she felt bad for us? I dunno. I haven't minded the course. Fondue and good company!
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a travelogue [02 Dec 2007|04:42pm]
and hopefully I finish it this time. Over the last few weeks, I had a lot of great memories, and mental images that will stick in my head for a long time. I figured it would be worth it to describe them. The concert reviews will be written in a different style, but I haven't really flexed my creative writin' muscles often lately, so I'm actually going to try and be descriptive.

Penticton, Nov. 15, Vancouver, Nov. 15-16Collapse )

When I get the pictures from Stars, I'll post a review of the concert/description of the day. It'll probably be in a different tone than this. The tone feels kind of strange, but I hope it came out interesting.
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We won't let the sun go down, we're gonna chase the demons out of town. [30 Nov 2007|10:39pm]
Well, Vancouver and Gatineau over the course of a week and a half, then school again. Quebec was AMAZING, and I really loved the CFS General Meeting. Expect seperate entries describing that and Stars in a bit. The CBC Radio Orchestra was also excellent.

Since then, I've been grinding out the end of the term. These next few weeks are ridiculously loaded, but when it's all done, it'll be vacation tiem. Maybe I'll get a part-time job for a few weeks? Who knows. dragon_faere will be down, and we'll hang out like champions. Other than that, I don't have a lot of holiday plans. How am I going to afford christmas presents, though...
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oh my god they played the aspidistra flies [18 Nov 2007|02:36am]
Stars was amazing. Simply amazing. More to come at a later time.

oh also I found out yesterday that I'm going to quebec on tuesday for the first time ever woooo
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poetry came through this time [15 Nov 2007|02:06am]
I've been busy, recently, and so I apologize for the dearth of updates; if it's not working or schoolin' or student unionin' or just plain bein' lazy, I haven't got around to updating in a while.

- Summer was alright. I enjoyed working at Salty's, but I'm not sure if I'll do it again next summer. I got laid off in October, but that's all good because...

- I've been volunteering with the Student's Union. I'm their External Co-ordinator--in Penticton there's a lot of work to be done and not a lot of people to do it. I really enjoy it, though, and think it's really rewarding. I also get an honourarium that is way better than what I was making working at Wendy's last year.

- Amongst all that, I've still got college. I'm hammering away on second year alright; really enjoying english, sociology, and political philosophy. Next year I'm thinking of moving to Vancouver, but I don't really have a good plan for that.

I've been packing tonight to go to Vancouver, as I'm seeing Stars twice, in the same day, on Saturday. I'm going with a friend of mine named Jenelle. I'm also going to the CBC Radio Orchestra with Jenelle and Lu, who I can't wait to see again--haven't talked to her much since she moved out to big old Vancouver. I'll probably run into other faces there, too; if you live in Vancouver and wanna hang out, let me know!

I'm hitting the bus tomorrow--expect some starsian updates this weekend!
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(pre-emptive apologies for table-breaking) [20 Aug 2007|11:33am]
Life's been good lately, mainly working. I've been going out to bars now that I'm legal, and having adventures such as hanging out with Vancouver blues legend Jim Byrnes. I also bought a DS, and am playing waaaaaay too much Phoenix Wright. Seriously, way too much. (also bought Mario 64 DS)

Oh, and something's on my desk. What is this on my desk?

Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

That's right, two different shows. I'm going to two in one night. 8)
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Welp, there's like 3 minutes left before I turn 19. [24 Jul 2007|11:53pm]
It occurs to me that I need to actually post regularly here. >_> An update on Salty's adventures, driving, and Naramata are upcoming, I promise!

Birthday's tomorrow. It's awesome and scary at the same time; Getting older is starting to get more realistic. XD It should be cool, though, I'm excited.
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[03 Jul 2007|12:04pm]
June 27th, 2007

Dear Wendy's Management,

I have thouroughly enjoyed working at Wendy's. I joined in June 2004, and learned much about professionalism and teamwork in the three years between then and now.

This letter serves as two weeks notice of my intent to leave Wendy's. I plan on focusing on advancing at my new job at Salty's Beach House, as well as using my spare time to cultivate other personal interests.

Read more...Collapse )
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Summer chillout songs [02 Jun 2007|04:15pm]
dragon_faere recently asked her F-list for some good songs to "lie down on the grass with a tall glass of iced tea in hand" to, and I produced a list inhumanly long for a LJ comment. My next thought was, why don't I let the rest of my flist benefit too?

Here's some good summer chillout songs, lifted straight from the comment on her entry:

lie in the shadeCollapse )
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A happy conundrum! [01 Jun 2007|08:30pm]
So I've gone from "oh god I need a job but cannot find one" to "oh god, I have two or three possibilities which should I choose =OOO"

It's between a bunch of places, all restaurants:
  • Salty's Beach House, which is classy and pirate-esque, but wants to start me in the back, as a cook. They said that eventually I could try and branch out to the front, which is good because I want to try and go bus-to-waiter, but either way it's good money. It's also seriously across the street from the beach.
  • Shades On Main, which, while being not classy at all, will give me bussing. It's right by my house, but pay will probably be not so good.
  • Denny's, which, while being slightly more classy than Shades but not as classy as Salty's, will not give me a front position, also wanting to make me a cook at comparable wages to Salty's. It's also pretty far away from both my house and the beach, which sucks.
  • Boston Pizza, which may or may not hire me at all, but might give me a position out front.
Also, I have a hair cut and a digital camera! =O But I haven't taken any pictures just yet. DUN DUN DUN

EDIT: oh hay, it's June now! sup, June, how's it going? (yes I just personified a month, I AM A REBEL)
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I feel it all, I feel it all. [30 May 2007|10:51am]
Jobhunting has been interesting; got an interview at Denny's, but I dunno if I want to get a job that's not close to me or the beach when it's DENNY'S. Maybe Salty's or Boston Pizza.

Went for my first swim of the summer yesterday; it's still WAAAY too cold. It's "oh god can't stand in one place" cold.

On my jobhunting route, I was attacked by, no exaggeration, goddamn ravens. I was wandering down the street walking on a patch of grass, and I heard some cawing from a big car dealership sign but took no heed. I saw them flying around, and they were wheeling and seriously divebombing RIGHT BY MY HEAD. Like, WHOOSH by my ear. I don't know if they were just trying to scare me off, but it worked: ravens are big heavy birds with sharp beaks and claws, and after about the third pass RIGHT BY MY HEAD, I started running away and one of the two birds actively chased me for twenty feet.

In other news, Feist is coming back to the pacific northwest! Only problem: it's Seattle, and NOW I'm broke. Ergh, but I want to go!
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Oh man, I'm posting. On the Internet. [25 May 2007|08:35pm]
It's been a while, hasn't it? I finished college, which was cool. Brought all my marks up to 70s, but I have less 80s. Oh well. After that, I languished for two weeks swearing up and down I was going to go look for a job other than wendy's but not quite managing it, instead kicking around. XD

Then I went and volunteered at Shakespeare Fest, which was pretty awesome, a good transition year. One of the nights I zipped out with Dad to watch Apostle of Hustle and Memphis at Habitat in Kelowna, which was an awesome show.

The day I came back, I got a message from Taylor saying "dude, pack your bags, we're going to Vancouver." Weeks earlier, I asked Taylor (who I haven't got to hang out with since his liscense was suspended and he moved to kelowna) if he wanted to go to Feist; he said he'd give me a ride to Feist, because he and Kim were going to Virgin Fest in Vancouver. Turns out I gave up on Feist, but I still went, AND I got to go to V-Fest, which was awesome!

In not-awesome news, Sister Lita Camozzi was a friend of the family for a long time. She knew me when I was just a baby, and when she lived in Penticton, I always went over to her house for visits, then she moved around the country to visit other friends, but still sending me a post card every once in a while. I met her again when I saw her last summer, and my Nana and I went and had ice-cream with her. On Thursday, she had a massive stroke and died. I was sad for a while, but I've started to come to terms with it. In the biggest of co-incidences, she randomly sent me some biographies on Copernicus and Galileo and sent me a letter because she was thinking about me finishing college about a month ago, and it arrived at my Nana's house at about the same time as the news. It was an awwww moment. Rest in peace.

I still haven't got a non-wendy's job yet, and I almost got a part in a play but it was canceled. Need to make some money, though (Vancouver drained me), so it's good that I have some shifts tomorrow. I'm writing a travelogue of my adventures, which I'll fling on here when I'm done (because I'm writing it in reverse order so that the freshest things remain fresh, I'll have to wait until it's all done to post it.) Kim, your Boomtown Rats record and whatever the other one is are terrified in my hostage. I'll have to make some crazy plan to come up there, or vice versa.

How have you dudes been, f-list?
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the last two days [25 Feb 2007|10:23am]
Woke up at Stacey's at a far more respectable time, wandered around making myself ready. Had a shower, but no deoderant or toothbrush--I wasn't expecting to stay that long. After confirming plans, I walked out (late) to jump on the SkyTrain to go see Laura in downtown Vancouver.
As I was stupid, though, I fatally forgot to validate my ticket before getting on the train. I wasn't worried, though, because hay, they never check, do they?
So yeah, they did. And just a night after I was having a conversation with Surrey Taylor about how if you leave things to luck they often bite you. >_>
The traffic cop was nice, however, and after a conversation canceled the $173 ticket she was about to write me but gave it to me as a warning. That certainly gave me a shock.
Eventually, I got downtown and met up with Laura, a Naramata Centre friend, and her friend Ella. We wandered around Richards and Robson, saw the Olympic Clock. I'll bug Laura for the picture later. =P
In an American Eagle on Robson, Laura prodded me into buying a polo shirt. Eeeew, polo shirts. I still feel icky, but I dunno. I'll take a pic when I get home.
After wandering around for a while, we took the skytrain back down to Metrotown, a gigantic mall, where Laura and Ella left and I bummed around for a while before going back up to the Quay and meeting Auntie Marie on the other side of the SeaBus. After some driving around for other misc errands, we finally returned to her place with two boxes of Fish 'n Chips. The night was uneventful after that.

I woke up feeling really sick and stuffed. My throat was a bit sore the rest of the week, but I had practically no voice at this point. I wasn't feeling well.
Order of the day was Matthew (cousin)'s 2nd birthday; it was held at Parkgate Community Centre, and was a full scale event with a sausage tray ( 8) ) and full gym access. It wasn't bad, I wandered around and perhaps had a bit too much fun running around. XD
After I got back, I just decided to have a big nap, and did for about 3 hours. Felt better, and just meandered around the house till the end of the night. Packed some--it's the last day!

dimanche partie un
Well, that's it. I'm all packed and I've eaten; in just a while we'll be leaping in the van and heading back to Penticton. It's been a good trip, and to get away, I guess, has really helped. It was nice to see my friends again, although there were some that I missed. I better get back on track for school, which involves rereading the Rime of the Ancient Mariner and Gulliver's Travels book One again. I've got Neverwhere too, so between that and my CDs it should be a decent trip.

See you in Penticton!
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apparently I suck at travelogues [23 Feb 2007|07:07pm]
but that's okay because nobody's replying anyways

Didn't do much Monday; babysat more and almost went and ate with some goons downtown. I let lack of rides weasel me out of it, though.

Much the same, almost hung out with cakebot_san (Jenelle), cruised around in North Van a bit with my aunt.

Things finally got rolling! I went with my uncle, who is a longshoreman, to the docks to watch them work; they used machines to pick up big sheets of steel that came off bigger boats. =O
After that, I grabbed some Wendy's and successfully navigated the bus system to get me to the Lonsdale Quay; this is where a ferry runs from North Vancouver, a smaller suburb squished up against the mountains, across the Fraser to downtown Vancouver. I took the SkyTrain from there to Broadway, where I met up with Jenelle and we went to the prestigious fashion school she wants to apply to.
After that, we mounted our assault on Kitts Alano. Just as soon as we could find it. (And spell it correctly, i.e. Kitsilano) Once there, we went to Zulu records, where I bought some Stars, Apostle of Hustle, and a vinyl i've never heard of by a band named Wolf Parade. Cost me $64; the stack I walked up to the counter with probably weighed in at $150.
Kitsilano business done, we hopped a bus to UBC, which is easily bigger than Naramata and arguably bigger than Summerland. Overwhelmingly huge! My cell started dying, I began spending my energy frugally. Then back on the bus and to sutaseiu (Stacey)'s place, where we hung out, talked, listened to music, and then watched Shakespeare in Love before finally sleeping. (At 3:30 AM.)

We didn't wake up until 1 PM, at which point I made eggs and we hied out to Surrey to meet Saydool, Stacey's interesting friend. After roaming that mall for a while, we ended up meeting Taylor, another friend of Stacey's, who was having a bad day and so hung out with us. We bused to Gilford, a bigger mall, where we floated around, I bought a soccer jersey, and we ate at Whitespot. (While having the most irreverent conversation ever.) Eventually we went back to Stacey's place, invited some other friends, had some Captain Morgan's (I never usually do much drinking but I held it well) and watched Team America and Robin Hood, Men In Tights. Eventually everyone left and me and Stacey fell asleep again.

Vendredi (friday) tomorrow! It's my cousin's birthday in the morning, and it's waaay too late already. Good night, LJ.
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trip report: jours deux et trois [18 Feb 2007|06:45pm]
Saturday was rather uneventful. Kicked around and hung out with relatives, eventually went on a drive around with those same, came home and ate pizza. Stayed up until 3 AM playing scrabble on play.atari.com. :V

Today I got up, dressed, and we headed out. First was dim sum, which was pretty good. After that, we went downtown; It's the Chinese lunar new year, and Chinatown was packed. We wandered around and went into random shops. Jacob was a bit of a handful, but it's okay, because it made it possible for me to have a nice conversation with a cute girl in the trader's shop. =O I bought a Night Before Christmas cellphone case for my sis, and for me I got these decorative oriental partition replicas and a small jade Buddha. I like having one in my room, it's good luck.

After the lengthy trip home on transit, sat and minded the kids for a while. Auntie Marie came home, and is cooking supper, which should be awesome. No other plans tonight, but that's okay. It was a good day. =D
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trip report, jour 1 [17 Feb 2007|11:36am]
The bus day was okay. I woke up with 4 hours sleep at 6:45 and Mom had the brillian idea that I should do lice shampoo then and there, an hour before I had to leave, just in case my sister got it and gave it to me again. After a modicum of stress, I was off and at the bus station.

The bus trip was long and reasonably uneventful. There was a
teenage pair ahead and in front of me, and the only real talkative ones were construction worker snowboarder types in the back that swore compulsively.
So I threw on my headphones and listened to music and read. A lot. Macleans, a weekly newsmagazine, first, then Exclaim, a free canadian music mag. After that, I broke out the serious reading. I finished the end of Book Three of Gulliver's Travels in Hedley, started in on The Tempest and then opened a book I'd bought a few days ago and an electrifying piece of literature: Eleanor Rigby by Douglas Coupland.
The book is about Liz Dunn, a lonely thirty year old woman convinced of her own social inability; morose at times and shut in. An odd person to be sure. Then, the night the Hale-Bopp comet appears in the skies of Vancouver, the hospital calls; there's a guy in makeup and fishnets, he's sick, and he has a Medic Alert bracelet on his forearm that says "In emergency, Contact Liz Dunn." IT IS A MYSTERY.
The book is amazing because Liz does what Douglas Coupland characters do best; reflect in a twisted but human way. I reccomend this book to anyone with eyes.
Click here for an excerpt of the first ten pages. There aren't any chapters, so they couldn't divide it that way. :V
The bus ride wasn't as bad as people often say it is: I read, listened to Stars, Metric, Broken Social Scene, and drew for 6 hours. Not bad at all.
Got to Auntie Marie's in Vancouver, and chilled out there for the night. The chicken took FOREVER to cook. Seriously, it was done at like 10:30. I watched the first episode of the new Top Gear and then went to bed.

Woke up and had some Tim Hortons breakfast sandwiches. They were totally good. Don't have any plans for today, but I'm looking for them. =O

EDIT: fixed a few niggling things like 34 hours of sleep instead of 4 and the fact that the post was dated in May :V
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vacation time YES [16 Feb 2007|02:23am]
I finished up my midterms this week and am now heading out to Vancouver for a 10-day reading break vacation. I need some time just to recharge my batteries and visit some friends.

The week was alright, didn't do much for valentine's day but trucked on.

Cut my hair! =O

Have a good week, everyone. =D
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Mraaaah. [25 Jan 2007|04:44pm]
Things have been going alright. Sloshing through college. XD I've been staying Tuesday nights at Dad's cause not only does it make sense (his house is literally 3 minutes on foot from the college) but I felt really guilty last semester about not seeing him enough. The visits have been pretty cool. XD

I've been listening to waaaay too much Metric/BSS/Stars. Come next paycheque, maybe I'll buy someone else's CD and listen to it. XD

I want to sing. (yay for repeat endings)
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