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Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
9:05 am - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Does any one read her books? I read Purple Hibiscus when it came out, and I'm finishing Half of a Yellow Sun now.

Is any one else feeling her?

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Thursday, January 18th, 2007
9:04 am - Obama 2008?
Well it looks like Obama is running for president. I'm still not too sure about him yet but I hope he at least pays homage to the people in our history who came before him that paved the way and made this opportunity possible ... like David Palmer.

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Saturday, December 16th, 2006
6:07 pm
Rubyphoenix posted in her journal a few weeks ago asking for people to list their favorite misheard lyrics. I know I mishear lyrics but I couldnot think of any ... until now.

Maxwell- Til the Cops Come Knockin
Misheard: 1) Didn't you tame the way I rubbed your pincurl
2) Didn't you take the way I rubbed your paint girl

Actual: Didn't you dig the way I rubbed yo back girl


On the flipside, ever heard a lyric that you just knew had to be a mishear but turned out to be real?

For Example:
Maxwell- Til the Cops Come Knockin
Misheard: I'll be your lotion
Actual: I'll be your lotion

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Thursday, September 14th, 2006
12:00 pm - SEPTEMBER 14
HAPPY BIRTHDAY BRANDI!!

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2006
5:46 pm - Need Laptop, Need Advice
I'm thinking of getting a laptop. I'm completely clueless as to what I should buy. I really just need it for word processing and internet. It should be inexepensive and relatively cute.

I had only been considering PCs but I've been hearing really good things about Macs so I've been considering that as well. I went to apple.com and the Mac lap tops look crazy expensive ($1000+). ... There is the Mini Mac that's only $500-600 ... it's quite tiny but can you really carry it around with you.

Advice about what I should buy would be appreciated...

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Thursday, February 24th, 2005
12:44 pm
http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/23/opinion/23kristof.html?hp

Photos don't normally appear on this page. But it's time for all of us to look squarely at the victims of our indifference.

These are just four photos in a secret archive of thousands of photos and reports that document the genocide under way in Darfur. The materials were gathered by African Union monitors, who are just about the only people able to travel widely in that part of Sudan.

This African Union archive is classified, but it was shared with me by someone who believes that Americans will be stirred if they can see the consequences of their complacency.

The photo at the upper left was taken in the village of Hamada on Jan. 15, right after a Sudanese government-backed militia, the janjaweed, attacked it and killed 107 people. One of them was this little boy. I'm not showing the photo of his older brother, about 5 years old, who lay beside him because the brother had been beaten so badly that nothing was left of his face. And alongside the two boys was the corpse of their mother.

The photo to the right shows the corpse of a man with an injured leg who was apparently unable to run away when the janjaweed militia attacked.

At the lower left is a man who fled barefoot and almost made it to this bush before he was shot dead.

Last is the skeleton of a man or woman whose wrists are still bound. The attackers pulled the person's clothes down to the knees, presumably so the victim could be sexually abused before being killed. If the victim was a man, he was probably castrated; if a woman, she was probably raped.

There are thousands more of these photos. Many of them show attacks on children and are too horrific for a newspaper.

One wrenching photo in the archive shows the manacled hands of a teenager from the girls' school in Suleia who was burned alive. It's been common for the Sudanese militias to gang-rape teenage girls and then mutilate or kill them.

Another photo shows the body of a young girl, perhaps 10 years old, staring up from the ground where she was killed. Still another shows a man who was castrated and shot in the head.

This archive, including scores of reports by the monitors on the scene, underscores that this slaughter is waged by and with the support of the Sudanese government as it tries to clear the area of non-Arabs. Many of the photos show men in Sudanese Army uniforms pillaging and burning African villages. I hope the African Union will open its archive to demonstrate publicly just what is going on in Darfur.

The archive also includes an extraordinary document seized from a janjaweed official that apparently outlines genocidal policies. Dated last August, the document calls for the "execution of all directives from the president of the republic" and is directed to regional commanders and security officials.

"Change the demography of Darfur and make it void of African tribes," the document urges. It encourages "killing, burning villages and farms, terrorizing people, confiscating property from members of African tribes and forcing them from Darfur."

It's worth being skeptical of any document because forgeries are possible. But the African Union believes this document to be authentic. I also consulted a variety of experts on Sudan and shared it with some of them, and the consensus was that it appears to be real.

Certainly there's no doubt about the slaughter, although the numbers are fuzzy. A figure of 70,000 is sometimes stated as an estimated death toll, but that is simply a U.N. estimate for the deaths in one seven-month period from nonviolent causes. It's hard to know the total mortality over two years of genocide, partly because the Sudanese government is blocking a U.N. team from going to Darfur and making such an estimate. But independent estimates exceed 220,000 - and the number is rising by about 10,000 per month.

So what can stop this genocide? At one level the answer is technical: sanctions against Sudan, a no-fly zone, a freeze of Sudanese officials' assets, prosecution of the killers by the International Criminal Court, a team effort by African and Arab countries to pressure Sudan, and an international force of African troops with financing and logistical support from the West.

But that's the narrow answer. What will really stop this genocide is indignation. Senator Paul Simon, who died in 2003, said after the Rwandan genocide, "If every member of the House and Senate had received 100 letters from people back home saying we have to do something about Rwanda, when the crisis was first developing, then I think the response would have been different."

The same is true this time. Web sites like www.darfurgenocide.org and www.savedarfur.org are trying to galvanize Americans, but the response has been pathetic.

I'm sorry for inflicting these horrific photos on you. But the real obscenity isn't in printing pictures of dead babies - it's in our passivity, which allows these people to be slaughtered.

During past genocides against Armenians, Jews and Cambodians, it was possible to claim that we didn't fully know what was going on. This time, President Bush, Congress and the European Parliament have already declared genocide to be under way. And we have photos.

This time, we have no excuse.

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Tuesday, November 2nd, 2004
6:30 pm - What to expect on election day
Civics books make voting look like a breeze, but it can be hard work. Voter rolls are inaccurate, ID requirements vary and are erratically enforced, partisans try to disqualify likely supporters of their opponents, and lines at the polls can be excruciatingly long. In 2000, as many as six million presidential votes were lost for technical reasons, and this year the number could be even larger. Voters, particularly in battleground states, should head to the voting booth prepared to fight for their vote to be counted:

1. Know where to go. In many states, you will not be allowed to vote if you show up at the wrong polling place. Worse still, you may be given a provisional ballot to vote on that will later be thrown out. Your board of elections can tell you where to vote. If you can't reach the board, a nonpartisan hotline, 1-866-OURVOTE, has a polling place locator. So does the Web site mypollingplace.com.

2. Bring proper ID. The rules vary by state. If you have a photo ID, it's wise to bring it, just in case. Too often, poll workers demand ID when it is not required, or demand the wrong ID. If you do not know the law in your jurisdiction, you should check your local board of elections Web site.

3. Review the sample ballot before voting. Ballots are often confusing, and their designs can change considerably from election to election. And as the infamous "butterfly ballot" showed in 2000, a poorly designed ballot can trick voters into choosing a candidate they did not intend. If you have questions about how to vote on your ballot, ask a poll worker or poll monitor for help.

4. Check your ballot before finalizing your vote. As we saw in 2000, if punch card chads are not punched out precisely, votes may not be counted. On electronic machines, a brush of the hand can erase or change a vote. On paper ballots, stray or incomplete marks can disqualify a vote.

5. Know your rights concerning provisional ballots. No voter can be turned away in any state this year without being allowed to vote. If there is a question about your eligibility, you must be allowed to vote on a provisional ballot, the validity of which will be determined later. But if you are entitled to vote on a regular ballot, you should insist on doing so, since a provisional ballot may be disqualified later on a technicality.

6. Know where to turn for help. If you experience problems voting, or if you see anything improper at the polls, you may want to get help. There will be nonpartisan poll monitors at many polling places. (There may also be partisan poll watchers, and it's possible one of them may be the person objecting to your voting.) It is a good idea to bring a cellphone, and phone numbers of nonpartisan hotlines like the Election Protection program's 1-866-OURVOTE and Common Cause's 1-866-MYVOTE1.

7. Be prepared for long lines. In some precincts, the wait may stretch into hours. Try to get to your polling place very early in the morning, or between the before-work and after-work rushes. As long as you are in line before the polls close, you are legally entitled to vote. Do not let poll workers close the polls until you have voted.

(Taken from NYT)

current mood: annoyed

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Tuesday, October 12th, 2004
7:48 am - frustrated
cant
figure
out
how
to
upload
new
userpics

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Thursday, September 30th, 2004
10:31 am - dont read if you're not in the mood for something heavy
OP-ED COLUMNIST
Sentenced to Be Raped
By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF

Published: September 29, 2004



MEERWALA, Pakistan — I'm still trying to help out President Bush by tracking down Osama bin Laden. After poking through remote parts of Pakistan, asking for a tall Arab with a beard, I can't say I've earned that $25 million reward.

But I did come across someone even more extraordinary than Osama.

Usually we journalists write about rogues, but Mukhtaran Bibi could not be more altruistic or brave, as the men who gang-raped her discovered. I firmly believe that the central moral challenge of this century, equivalent to the struggles against slavery in the 19th century or against totalitarianism in the 20th, will be to address sex inequality in the third world - and it's the stories of women like Ms. Mukhtaran that convince me this is so.

The plight of women in developing countries isn't addressed much in the West, and it certainly isn't a hot topic in the presidential campaign. But it's a life-and-death matter in villages like Meerwala, a 12-hour drive southeast from Islamabad.

In June 2002, the police say, members of a high-status tribe sexually abused one of Ms. Mukhtaran's brothers and then covered up their crime by falsely accusing him of having an affair with a high-status woman. The village's tribal council determined that the suitable punishment for the supposed affair was for high-status men to rape one of the boy's sisters, so the council sentenced Ms. Mukhtaran to be gang-raped.

As members of the high-status tribe danced in joy, four men stripped her naked and took turns raping her. Then they forced her to walk home naked in front of 300 villagers.

In Pakistan's conservative Muslim society, Ms. Mukhtaran's duty was now clear: she was supposed to commit suicide. "Just like other women, I initially thought of killing myself," said Ms. Mukhtaran, now 30. Her older brother, Hezoor Bux, explained: "A girl who has been raped has no honorable place in the village. Nobody respects the girl, or her parents. There's a stigma, and the only way out is suicide."

A girl in the next village was gang-raped a week after Ms. Mukhtaran, and she took the traditional route: she swallowed a bottle of pesticide and dropped dead.

But instead of killing herself, Ms. Mukhtaran testified against her attackers and propounded the shocking idea that the shame lies in raping, rather than in being raped. The rapists are now on death row, and President Pervez Musharraf presented Ms. Mukhtaran with the equivalent of $8,300 and ordered round-the-clock police protection for her.

Ms. Mukhtaran, who had never gone to school herself, used the money to build one school in the village for girls and another for boys - because, she said, education is the best way to achieve social change. The girls' school is named for her, and she is now studying in its fourth-grade class.

"Why should I have spent the money on myself?" she asked, adding, "This way the money is helping all the girls, all the children."

I wish the story ended there. But the Pakistani government has neglected its pledge to pay the schools' operating expenses. "The government made lots of promises, but it hasn't done much," Ms. Mukhtaran said bluntly.

She has had to buy food for the police who protect her, as well as pay some school expenses. So, she said, "I've run out of money." Unless the schools can raise new funds, they may have to close.

Meanwhile, villagers say that relatives of the rapists are waiting for the police to leave and then will put Ms. Mukhtaran in her place by slaughtering her and her entire family. I walked to the area where the high-status tribesmen live. They denied planning to kill Ms. Mukhtaran, but were unapologetic about her rape.

"Mukhtaran is totally disgraced," Taj Bibi, a matriarch in a high-status family, said with satisfaction. "She has no respect in society."

So although I did not find Osama, I did encounter a much more ubiquitous form of evil and terror: a culture, stretching across about half the globe, that chews up women and spits them out.

We in the West could help chip away at that oppression, with health and literacy programs and by simply speaking out against it, just as we once stood up against slavery and totalitarianism. But instead of standing beside fighters like Ms. Mukhtaran, we're still sitting on the fence.

current mood: shocked

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Monday, June 7th, 2004
1:00 pm - Have you seen this?
It's a cartoon version of Survivor featuring Bush, Cheney, Tom Delay, Katherine Harris, John Ashcroft, and Ann Coulter...
www.dtriptv.org

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Monday, February 23rd, 2004
7:43 pm - Dilenma
I have a dilenma. It's political. I usually leave these things to userillusion. I read today that Ralph Nader is entering the election. I really respect a lot of his politics. I even voted for him in the last election out of principle. If Gore and the Democrats weren't willing to do what it took to get my vote well then tough for them. When Gore lost, I didn't feel too sorry for him. They better learn their lesson for 2004 I said. Well here it is 4 years later, I'm sick of Bush and I'm not sure if I have the balls to vote for Nader this year. But I can't just be givin my votes out for free. Black people always blindly votin for Democrats and they damn sure don't respect us for it. Well we'll see. The Democrats better get their shit together, that's for damn sure.

current mood: hungry

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Monday, December 22nd, 2003
1:23 am - all taxi drivers should be mute
Hello World,

Every form of transportation- bus,subway,taxi- has its good and bad points. Though the subway is cheaper, I risk my life trying to take it during peak hours. During these peak hours (when people are getting on/off work) the subways are completely packed. Now when I say packed perhaps you think oh there are just a lot of people... NO! I mean it is physically impossible to get on the subway. One morning I walked the 10plus minutes plus (in the rain) to discover I was unable to get on the subway yet again. I have to make a choice between saving money and having breathing priveleges for a half an hour, I'll have to choose the latter. Which leaves me with taxis.

Taxis are nice because they provide you with door to door service. Unlike Detroit here you have to call taxis and wait for it to come and get you, Taxis in Beijing rome free and I usually do not have wait longer than 5 minutes to get one.

Now the bad- I like SILENCE in the car during my morning commute and many mornings I get this. However there are those drivers who see me as their opportunity for intellectual stimulation (which I suppose I cannot blame them for) and I wouldn't mind engaging in except EVERY SINGLE EFFING DRIVER starts their conversations the exact same way: Where are you from?, How long have you been in China?, Do you like China? Are you used to eating Chinese food? blah blah blah
I always say I could just put all the answers on a card.
One of my friends jokes that you could teach a person who can't speak any Chinese to memorize 5 phrases and it would appear to a taxi driver that the person could speak Chinese.

Anyway, I have now learned to sit in the back and give short, vague answers to avoid this monotony. However, the drivers have found a new way to irritate me.

The place I work at in in a very obscure location so even if I were to tell a driver from the get go exactly where I work they wouldn't know it so I just tell them to go to the Temple near by. Unfortunately as soon as we get on the street of the temple, the drivers starts getting upset that he is no longer in control of the journey because he doesn't know exactly where we're going. So every two minutes they'll ask still straight ahead? Where are you going exactly... whine whine whine. Indescribably irritating! People are always trying to find professions for handicapped people blind massueses etc. I think there's a huge market for mute taxi drivers!

Have you heard Strom Thrumond has a Black daughter? All I can say is that I am not surprised one bit. All that surprises me is that some enterprising journalist didn't bust this out while the old bastard was still alive.

One more thing, "Rosa Parks" is trying to sue Outkast for the song they have by the same name. The reason I put Mrs. Parks' name in quotations is because I strongly suspect Mrs. Parks is not the real motivation behind this. I mean really. What was she chillin at the crib one night listening to her WJLB (it's six o'clock baby, it's six o'clock baby) and heard this offensive song? I think not. When I graduated from high school I met Rosa Parks at her scholarship ceremony. Even then it was clear to me that Mrs. Parks is not in charge of her own life. They march her in an out like a pedigree puppy on parade or rather one of those cut out cardboard figures.
I suspect this a plot on behalf of her people to get money out of the group.

I read the song is false advertisement and used her name without permission. As a result she wants all future references to her by the group removed from songs, albums and videos. So okay, if that's all she really wants. I say they go ahead and oblige her as a sign of respect but if there is $omething more nefariou$ in the work$...

It's just so sad that there's really no one to stand up for her best interests...

current mood: self righteous

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Saturday, December 20th, 2003
2:54 am - Laser Tag!
I'm coming down from a laser tag high. It was my friend Parsons' birthday. Can you believe I have 35 year old friends? Dude I'm getting up there. Anyway, I hadn't played laser tag since I was an AKA Teen in high school and let me tell you it showed. I don't know why the military is trippin about gays in the military cause I'll tell you the way I shot tonight nobody would want my hetero-sexual behind trying to protect the country.

And to think I almost didn't go. I went to Nicks house to check in on the animals (did I mention there are also 2 chickens that I have to put into a box and place in one of the bathrooms everynight so they dont freeze to death or something). I've been reading Nick's copy of Red China Blues. Its about a Chinese Canadian woman who goes to China during the Cultural Revolution to join the Communist/Maoist revolution... its fascinating it makes me realize I don't know China at all in comparison and I need to find a way to better understand it ... if that's even possible. A big part of the reason I think she's able to understand it so well is because she is ethnically Chinese and can blend in which CERTAINLY can never do here. I get so sick of being a foreigner all the time. People are always asking "Where are you from?" I feel like it's not because people care about you and are interested but because they want to put you in a category. It's kind of like when people ask what you do for a living back in the States. If you're from a "good" Western country that's ok but given that I'm Black people often think I'm from an African country which of course doesn't get put on the pedestal. I have hugely contradictory issues about this. Before nationality I'm BLACK. Not just to fill out a box on a census or SAT form but really BLACK. It's a huge part of my identity. When people pass me on the street and say "feizhouren" (African). I bristle. "Why is this person making assumptions about me? Don't they know Black people live all over the world?" What really gets me is when I tell a taxi driver or shop keeper I'm American and they tell me "bu xiang" (you don't look it) "Don't they KNOW there are Black people in the US?? What? 'cause I'm not White I'm not American?" But then I start thinking "But hey you ARE African ALL BLACK PEOPLE ARE AFRICAN. Of course our African-ness isn't the same as those people who are born in raised there but still" With any other ethnicity its perfectly acceptable to identify someone by their continent/country. Asians,Italians, Middle Easterners this type of labeling is alright for everyone but us. We seems to think the label "African" is an accusation. The comment that really gets me is when I walk by and I hear one Chinese say to another. "The Black people are so dark!" hat comment used to really irritate me. Until I realized what a stupid comment is is. (It's not like Chinese people understand the concept of varying shades of blackness. Anyone not dark is not thought of as really Black. Anyone the Love Princess' color or lighter seems to be relegated into another racial category...) So given that they realize I'm Black what are they expecting? Blond hair? Blue eyes?? If I'm talking to a person I'll probably never see again. I say I'm from an African country. Others-usually people I meet through work- who say "oh you're American? I thought you were African. I knew a Nigerian who looks just like you!" I just say that I'm ethically African but an American citizen

Anyway, I've completely digressed. Back to house/pet sitting. As I was sitting there I started feeling sleepy and decided to take the shortest of naps and leave the house at 8. That sleepy feeling is really delusionary. I know good and well I'm not able to take 20 minute naps! But try I did and awoke after 9. The bed was so warm and the house was so peaceful I considered not leaving. But in the end my not wanting to be perceived as a ho who doesn't show up when she says she will prevailed. As I arrived I discovered there weren't many people I knew in attendance. I discovered later *none* of them were planning to attend laser tag. I panicked, looking for an excuse, a phantom illness, appointment that I could claim to get me out of this... but alas I could think of nothing plausible and (again) I didn't want to go the way of the ho. In the end there were able 10 of us. We had a great time. We played three rounds. If you ever have a group of people who need to break the ice I highly recommend laser tag.

I didn't mean to go on so long. The room I'm in is freezing. I'm off to bed.

night!
(I hope everyone states side realizes my time of posting is thirteen hours ahead of you which means while you all are still slavig away at work, my weekend has begun!)

An interesting article about LOTR movie mistakes.
http://msnbc.msn.com/Default.aspx?id=3540652&p1=0

current mood: high

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Wednesday, December 17th, 2003
10:54 pm - afro picks
Can some one help me find a picture of an afro pick? Everyone has a graphic to represent them on the LJ but me. I want something that shows my Black pride without actually using a picture of myself... A picture of a girl with a pick might be nice... I tried to find one myself but... let's just say I was let than successful. I tried to find a black fist but I got mostly porn sites...(eew) who knows what that's about.

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12:39 pm - Love Princess ROCKS
Yes, Ladies and Gentlemen that's why she's called the LOVE Princess because she does those things that make you LOVE her. Oh Yes. The Love Princess' Christmas Gift arrived today. I walked into work this morning and there was a box on my desk. I debated about ten minutes whether to open it now or wait until Christmas. I noticed the customs declaration form it read "christmas-gift" book. I thought "Christmas Book?" "Why would Amanda get me a book about Christmas and then put it in such a big box?


I opened the book to find ... (drum roll) A RIGHT TO BE HOSTILE THE BOONDOCKS TREASURY

AAAAHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

How did the Love Princess know that I have the first two books but was missing this third and most recent part of the collection. Is she the Psychic Love Princess?? Dude!

I'm really worried know because I'm not sure if the LOve Princess can possibly Love what I got her the way I love what she got me . (It does make me glad I decided against sending a fruit basket)

Can I really love this way again?

THANK YOU LOVE PRINCESS!!!!!!!!!!
-bb

current mood: ecstatic

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Monday, December 15th, 2003
1:21 am - Ma Doufu.... INTERUPTED
Ah! Alone again in the office having lunch.

Feels so good!
...

From now on I will not answer the phone when I am in the office at lunch time! Damn someone just called for Zhang Dong. Chinese people can be so trifling sometimes. When I answered the phone the woman asked to speak to ZD. I said "he's eating now, is this an important matter?" she says "yes. this is his aunt." I get ZD. No when ZD gets on the phone I can hear him saying "I'm eating... that's ok blah blah." In other words she's going to act like she didn't know he was busy and apologize for disturbing him.

For those of you who don't know alot about China: in the name of progress (and the 2008 Olympics) the government wants to do all of this reconstruction so they are making people who live in certain areas move out of their homes so they can be torn down and rebuilt as something that will make China look like a big time country. Anyway Z to the D was one of the many people who got tapped to move. The government will give them a subsidy for their trouble but I guess they had to find a new place BEFORE they knew exactly how much the subsidy would be. Anyway... I'm not clear on all the details but after they quickly bought the new place they decided to sell it and buy an even better place. However now, the new place has been sold, its time to move out of the old place and they have no where to go... So this hurried phone call from his aunt had something to do with that.

Like I was saying about ma doufu. We had it for lunch today! Ma Doufu is a kind of toufu that is very soft and creamy and tastes like a combination of cheese and pate. We haven't had it in forever. Other than that lunch was rather uneventful. If you ask most Americans what they think Chinese people eat for an average meal they'll probably tell you stuff like Toufu, mushrooms, bamboo shoots, tree bark, and the occasional dog. If you ask them what they think we eat they'll probably think something along the lines of what you can find in McDonalds, Pizza Hut and KFC (remind me to finish this KFC/fast food thing later). For the most part we're both wrong.

Chinese people eat a lot more meat than people realize. Not eating is associated with being poor and not being able to afford meat. We eat vegetarian in out office most of the time to keep thecost per person down (we also have two vegetarians in our office) While most foreign guests probably just assume this is how Chinese people eat all the time, Chinese guests ALWAYS remark "oh, you all are eating vegetarian." Anyway, this was just a small cultural point I found amusing and would like to bring up...

(more on us fast food in china later)

BTW, Saddam was captured yesterday. I feel oddly disapointed...

current mood: blah

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Wednesday, December 10th, 2003
3:22 pm - Casualty of a Heat War
I just realized Zhang Dong has to die and it must be me who kills him. It's too bad because he's really a nice guy.

He just turned down the heat AGAIN! Not only did he turn down the heat. He left one of the doors open so any remaining heat will be sucked out of the room!!!

It's particularly freezing outside today; we had a dusting of snow last night. And this fool thinks its a good idea to leave the door open!

W're the only two people in the office today. I thought he might try to act a little bit reasonable.

He must go... now... how shall I commit this dirty deed?
Poison in the tea? Keyboard electrocution? Old fashioned hand-to hand combat? There are so many choices. I will have to wait another day to thoroughly implement my plan...

AUGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHH

current mood: pissed off

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Thursday, December 4th, 2003
9:49 pm - Is anyone out there?
I thought it would be kind of a pain to keep up the LJ.. but it's actually quite addictive. I'm drawn to the site!

Nothing really exciting to report since the last time I wrote.
I'm writing from my apt this time.
I'm bored.
I stayed home to work, as usual a didn't get as much done as I planned...

Has anyone seen the color purple (the movie!)? I bought the dvd a while back and I'm trying to hype myself up to watch it... My weekend looks good. I've got a murder mystery Friday night, a going away party for one of our murder mystery members Saturday night and plans to watch Antoine Fisher with a friend Sunday. Anyone who has not seen this movie SEE IT IMMEDIATELY! It is absolutely beautiful. I saw dead presidents a while back too it was beautiful in a very disturbing/haunting way. I cannot bring myself to watch it again...

Alright... I'm really rambling... don't want to get over exposed like beyonce. Speaking of which E.E found what he claims is naked pictures of beyonce. It's so not her but he does not believe me. He has trouble telling famous people apart. I wish I had a dollar for everytime he asked me: isn't that Lauryn Hill or Tyrese or DMX? Are you sure?

Ok I'm going for real now.

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Wednesday, December 3rd, 2003
12:22 pm - Hello World
This is my very first Live Journal Entry. I'm not really technically proficient so try not to have too many great and grand expectations of me.

Thanksgiving just passed. I planned this big all African-American Thanksgiving. The date got changed at the last minute and I decided to protest by not attending. Of course I'm not sure if it can be really called a protest since I pretended to have work to finish as opposed to saying my ego was bruised by having the date changed with out my "approval." Though I do not regret no attending, I know it was childish not to go. Two people sent me emails thanking me for spearheading the event. I feel better.

I'm trying to better develop my interests. In a way, I feel like my life revolves around my boyfriend. Which is true and untrue all at the same time. We're both very much homebodies so it's very normal for both of us to stay home and hang out together but when he wants to go and hang out with his friends for long periods of time I get kind of bitchy and I vow to spend more time "out" to spite him. But the truth is without other things/people in my life I feel unfulfilled. I envy the unity that my boyfriend has with his countrymates and I wish I could have the same thing with mine... Hence the starting of the Beijing African American Society. No, this is not an oxymoron. I'm not the only one here. In fact, there are At least 12 others that I know of and dozens more that I do not.
I have posted an announcement in our local English magazine which loads of people read so...

I have also within the last few months started gaming again which I'm thrilled about. We've played D&D (3rd Edition) a few times. Our D&D is great. But mostly we get together and do murder mysteries, which I love too. I'm really starting to feel like I belong to a group of my own. I'm not sure yet how high I rank but for now it feels good to be asked along. (Which, sadly, is far more than any of my African-American 'friends' do)

And finally, I've gotten back into cooking! I made an egg nog last week, a sweet potato pie on Sunday and beef stew Monday. The egg nog was good just not enough of it. The pie itself was good the crust was terrible (the boyfriend liked it though) and my beef was soft like butta!!

Unfortunately Chinese people do not cook with ovens therefor most apartments do not have one. I am forced to use one of those tiny electric toaster ovens!

One more thought. People seem to think I live this very Chinese lifestyle and I must just feel like I am one with the hearts and souls of Chinese people.

I don't.

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