Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
There has been good news this week though, it turns out that I won the VP slot for my school's FBLA chapter, whoo! The president is a junior I met last year, he's kinda weird and has a false eye(!!!). Also, maybe the gods are working in my favour these past two weeks since I've had lunch with Matt alone at a table by ourselves every other day since last Wednesday. He also seems to be getting a bit friendlier around me as well, we've some of the most in depth and deep conversations I've ever had with anyone in high school this or any of the past three years so maybe that's a good sign...? *sigh* one can dream. I'm still distracted by his beautiful aqua blue eyes whenever I look at him....gah
Also, my friend has informed me that Britney Spears has a new single out so here it is fresh off Youtube. What do you think? I think it's catchy, but it isn't exactly my favorite song in the world
**So Sony Music has done some copyright claim jazz and they removed the video, so I guess search the magic land of the internet and find the song, it's worth it ;D**
Hopefully I'll make a more legit post post this weekend.
All the best,
Sunday, September 27, 2009
btw, this is Aaron Loftin, seriously, I could look at him all day.
Friday, September 25, 2009
The rules: Answer a series of questions and find a picture to represent each question, then create a photo mosaic here. Make the mosaic 4 columns by 3 rows. The questions are:
1. Where are you from? (You can choose to answer with your country, state/province, or city.)
2. What's your favorite food?
3. What's your favorite drink?
4. What's your ideal/favorite (future) job/career?
5. What's your favorite thing about yourself?
6. What's the place you most want to visit?
7. What's your favorite body feature on someone else?
8. What's your favorite movie?
9. What's your favorite TV show?
10. Choose one word that best describes you.
11. What time period would you most like to have lived in (in the past)?
12. What's the next thing you're (probably . . .) going to purchase?
1. Well, I was born in Washington D.C. and lived there for the first four years of my life. I have since moved into the suburbs outside of the city but still live in the area.
2. Properly made Pad Thai is simply one of the best things I have ever eaten. Tender chicken, beat sprouts, and a tangy sauce, mmmmm. I just had lunch and I'm getting hungry again!
3. Hot tea pure and simple. Nothing is better than a piping hot cup on a snowy winter afternoon sitting fireside with a nice warm blanket...care to join me?
4. I would love to become the owner of my own small business but becoming a manager or entrepreneur are also high on my list.
5. I personally love two main things about myself and that would be my eyes and my lips. My eyes are very soft and warm and I like my lips because I think they are well proportioned and very soft. Weird answer, I know.
6. I would love to go visit Sweden one day, maybe after I graduate from university I will go and spend a few weeks there and learn about Swedish culture. The first place I would like to visit would be Stockholm and then go to smaller cities. The cities are beautiful as is the landscape and the climate is wonderful in the autumn.
7. A good smile would be my favorite feature on another person, and the more one smiles, the better.
8. My favorite movie for the longest time was Titanic, but ever since I saw Pan's Labyrinth, I decided I had a new favorite film. This dark and deeply riveting story is completely in Spanish which I believe adds to the depth and emotion of the film. O Spanish, what a beautiful language.
9. Top Gear all the way. Required viewing for anyone who has even a modicum of interest in cars. Actually, even someone who does not like cars will enjoy the show, it's that good.
10. Caring. I really am truly concerned about the well being of others and will often put my friends before myself. If someone I know is not happy, I won't be comfortable until I know I have done all I can to help them out.
11. Hmmm, this is a hard one but ultimately it would be the 1920s, prior to the stock market crash. Great music, dancing and a free and lively atmosphere, what's not to love?
12. Well, I'm leaving in an hour or two for a birthday party so I need to buy a gift for my friend so that will likely be my next purchase.
Voila, my answers. This was actually really fun and I guess it's time to pass this along to the next round of competitors. Hmmmmm, I guess then I shall pass this on to...
Pierre from A Not-So-High-Profile Life
Jonathan from Finding Myself In All the Odd Places
Have fun guys and have a great weekend!
All the best,
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Hope that made you chuckle
All the best,
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
All the best,
Monday, September 21, 2009
Lastly, I watched a really good movie this weekend called Were the World Mine, I really suggest see it if you have the time, it's about an hour and a half and you can find it free on the LOGO website (just google it). It's a sorta movie-musical type thing and it has a really sweet storyline, good acting and great music, and all on a comparatively tiny budget which makes the movie even more amazing.
Have a pleasant week :)
All the best,
Sunday, September 20, 2009
So....in no particular order....
1. Georgetown University (Washington DC)
By far and away the nicest school aesthetically and also the most I feel at home at when I visited, Georgetown is one of my top 3 choices. It takes only about 30 or so minutes from where I currently live which means it is really close to home. It's located in Washington DC and despite being in an urban location, the campus feels small and intimate. The people were really nice, especially our guide who was a recent graduate. The school is a Jesuit University which means it has connections with the Catholic Church but while on campus, it did not feel so bent over on religion which is good considering my entire family isn't religious, our tour guide was actually agnostic too and she said she felt right at home, I will be required to take a religions course though. Georgetown does have a good business school, comforting atmosphere and was also the only school which outright mentioned during the info session to have a Gay-Straight alliance and gay student organizations which pleasantly surprised me. This is also my second choice in a tie with UVA.
2. University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA)
UVA was also a really nice school, unlike Georgetown, the campus felt a lot more open and big, I actually got lost initially trying to find the admission office. The school was established by Thomas Jefferson and is located in a much more rural area than most of the other schools. It had a nice campus, though not as nice as G-Town but the people seemed equally friendly. UVA has the best undergrad business school according to Businessweek magazine and on top of that, the school is comparatively very cheap admissions wise because I'm an in-state resident. Also, there are apparently many secret organizations and fun traditions at the school.this is probably my second choice in a tie with Georgetown.
3. Columbia University (New York)
Thoroughly grand and thoroughly New York, Columbia ranks up there in terms of campus beauty and overall prestige. I visited Columbia during a four day whirlwind college visit extravaganza over the summer and of the schools I visited, this one was the most memorable. The campus was beautiful in a thoroughly urban way, a lot less trees and greenery but elegant and classy. The people were really nice but everything seemed a lot more fast paced than the other schools. The info session was good, though not the best I've been to. Also, while being a very prestigious school in a very liberal, gay friendly city, it was also very pricey.
4. Harvard University (Boston)
Harvard was an interesting school to visit. Few colleges in the world are as well known and prestigious as Harvard University. When I visited, I missed the information session because of issues finding parking but I did catch the tour. To be honest, while the school was nice, the campus wasn't nearly as inviting or distinguished as I expected. Also, the people there seemed to be rather stuck up compared to other schools. Maybe I just went at the wrong time of year but still, I was slightly disappointed with what was supposed to be the premier school for higher education in the United States. Expensive too.
5. The College of William and Mary (Williamsburg, Virginia)
W&M is a beautiful school rich with history and charm. I went with my friend Maria over the summer so it was nice and quiet. It's a good school and has some very nice people, the tour guide was especially amicable and they provided us with free bottles of water :D. Anyways, the school is located in a rural-ish location, Williamsburg is a very historical small city and when I say small, i mean it. It's a very quaint and comfy feel walking through campus and the town while being only 4 hours away from home. Williamsburg is also home to Busch Gardens Europe which is personally one of my favorite amusement parks. Another bonus - in state tuition is reasonable.
6. University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia)
The latest school I visited, UPenn was also a very nice school. It's only 2.5 hours form home and is located in a another nice, historical city. UPenn also has what is considered the best business school in the US. The campus, like Georgetown, feels like a small town within the hustle and bustle of a big city. Yes, it will be very difficult to get in but the prestige and education that comes attached with it is well worth it. The people I met, including a few students, were all very friendly and came from a very broad background from across the US and internationally. Another observation, when I went there, I don't know how many jaw droppingly hot guys I saw going on tours with me. Maybe I just caught it on a good day, but even if half of the guys were that good looking, maybe that alone would be worth it to get in. How much? It's pricey, but they do give out plenty of financial aid. This is probably my first choice school.
7. George Mason University (Fairfax, Virginia)
Safety school. Let's leave it at that.
So those are the seven schools I'm considering. If you have any ideas or input on any of the school please make your ideas and voice heard. I would love to get as much thoughts and info about every one of these schools as possible.
Also, I mentioned I visited eight schools but only applying to seven, that other school would be Boston College. Like Georgetown it's a Jesuit school, but religion was emphasized way, way more, uncomfortably so for a non religious person like me. I don't think I want two statues of Saint Peter and John watching my every move when taking a test and the Virgin Mary watching my every move in my dorm room. >.<
All the best,
Friday, September 18, 2009
I found this video back in the Winter of 2008 and I found it very interesting and at times highly amusing to watch. In the end, I believe it helped me understand myself better and gave some interesting facts and details for me to ponder over which I continue to do to this very day. It is a bit long (so perfect then for a weekend post) at 6 parts, and about a hour or so in length, but I hope you will take the time to watch the video in its entirety and find it as interesting as I did.
I hope everyone has a fantastic weekend!
All the best,
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Though I haven't mentioned it for a while, I'm one of the Ad and business managers at my school's newsmagazine an done of our jobs is to try and get local businesses to place ads in our paper. This year, we had a quota of about $2,000 per issue which in any year apart from 2008 to the present would be easy peasy, but because the world is in a giant economic meltdown this is no longer the case. Tomorrow is deadline day, meaning, we have to finalize everything for the first issue, and the grand total for the hours spent over summer break, after school and in class making over 600 phone calls, mailing out over 450 letters, sending out over 600 emails and designing multiple custom ads free of charge resulted in a grand total of $889.75 for this first issue. This time last year, the paper was making about double this which gives you an idea of just how hard the economy is sucking right now. What's even worse is that me and my partner's grade depends largely on how much money we raise which means we are not in great shape, our only hope now is that sending out another batch of about 150 letters will reel in some more money into our dwindling reserves.
Sorry if I sound rather angry/cranky/emotional right now, the last four hours of staying after school pretty much drained any remaining energy I had and has left me with a massive headache. As for the cherry on top to finish off the day, tonight I have to take two quizzes online, read a chapter in my Physics textbook, finish Calculus homework and study for a test I have tomorrow. Now please excuse me so I can drown my frustration and sorrow in a giant mug of hot chocolate, that makes everything better.
Question of the day-
What's your beverage of choice?
It can be anything - hot, cold, carbonated, exotic etc.
All the best,
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Also, recently, I did some math to see approximately how many potential gay senior guys there are at my school, and here' the break down-
Total students = aprx 2,600
% gay/lesbian/bisexual = aprx 2.5-3% based on the research I have done
Total gay students = 65(2.5%) or 78(3%) in all grades
Total number of seniors = about 650
Total number of gay seniors = 16-19
Total number of gay or bi guys = 8-9
I currently know of only one out gay senior guy at my school which means there is statistically 6 or 7 other gay guys out there excluding me. There is likely another one or two out male seniors at my school I just don't know of or have just slipped my memory but I found this quite interesting. It just goes to show then that based on what I know, only about 12% of all the gay guys in my class have come out, now, hopefully I can change that number soon enough but nevertheless I found this to be quite a productive and thought provoking bit of math.
I've also thought I should share another blog I found a little while ago. It's written by a really nice guy named Jonathan who has recently been going through a rough patch in his life and could really use some friendly support, so go pay him a visit if you can.
All the best,
Monday, September 14, 2009
Anyways, this past weekend I went to visit UPenn which is the final school I'll be visiting which effectively finishes my college visit rounds (thank god) for my student career. It was really nice and I suspect it would have been even better if it wasn't so cloudy and drizzly the night before. Also, I don't know if it was because of the day or just the people who apply there but some of the guys I saw going on a tour as well that day were GORGEOUS and I mean jaw dropping which I did a few times; maybe this is one more incentive for me to work extra hard these last few months before applications have to be mailed out ;D. But yeah, the visit turned out well and me and my parents went to have lunch afterwards so we did a comparison between Pat's King of Steaks and Geno's Steaks in South Philly, the infamous rivalry between those two places in the battle for cheesesteak supremacy is well documented in the food lovers journal. But the winner for me at least was obvious- Pat's beat Geno's hands down, more flavourful sandwich and 4x better fries, maybe Geno's shouldn't invest so much in flashy neon signs and instead focus more on the product. I'll probably make a college exclusive post in the near future to get people's input and opinions.
In the mean time, enjoy my most recent stuck-in-my-head song, Does It Offend You, Yeah? - Epic Last Song
All the Best,
Friday, September 11, 2009
So the good part - the food was amazing, I ordered something called Ouzi which apart from being very fun to say was a delight for my taste buds. It's a lamb and rice dish with plenty of spices, almonds and a tangy yogurt sauce. The appetizers we ordered were also good and we might have found a new most addicting food in the form of their fresh made flat bread which was crispy on the outside and hot and steamy on the inside. Dessert finally also was a good and because we went for my birthday, instead of getting cake, we got birthday baklava and honey ice cream, yay! haha. So the food part of the dinner was great, flavourful, fresh and refreshingly unique and innovative.
Now the bad part - If you go to any restaurant you expect to be treated well- courteously and with respect- this is no problem if you are an adult but if you're a group of teenagers, not so much. I'll be blunt, our waiter was rude, inattentive and looked down on us the whole time he waited on us. The first thing we asked for, separate checks, he flatly said no to saying instead "No, I'm going to bring one check and you guys just pay each of your own parts" giving us a disapproving look after. So then came time to order, by now he was getting impatient with us because we had originally sent him back twice because we needed more time so things didn't get better. When my friend ordered a lamb kebab dish, he asked how she wanted it done, he said "medium", my friend does not really like her red meat red so she said medium well which he promptly responded with a shocked/disapproving look, making a face as he wrote it down. Now, while we ate our appetizers we quickly finished our addicting bread and three of us ran through our glasses of water, he never once checked in on us while the table he waited one table over was checked on literally ever 3 minutes. By the end of the meal we paid for dinner, Maria paid for my portion as a gift while the others paid on their own, two with cards and one with cash. Now on the check, there was a section labeled "suggested tip" which was about $20 or so dollars which the waiter had circled, (wtf?) So I guess you can expect that afterwards when we got the receipt sans the change for my friend who paid in cash she was supposed to receive, we had all reached the last straw. We ended up filling out the comment card in the bill and gave it to the maitre d' at the front detailing our experience and we didn't provide any additional tip apart from the money he failed to return to us.
Some of us felt somewhat guilty afterwards but we all agreed that the way we were treated was completely unacceptable. We felt belittled, looked down upon, and discriminated against just because we were a group of teenagers rather than adults. Sure the food was excellent, but any dining experience consists of two parts, the food and the experience, yes, the food was fantastic, but the experience left much to be desired.
Anyone else had a similar experience at a restaurant or any store in general?
It is important to remember all those lost on that day and also important to remember and thank all the rescue workers who valiantly faced danger to save the lives of many individuals who survived through this terrible event. If it were not for the heroic deeds of all the firefighters and rescue workers, many more might not have made it out alive.
Back in 2001, I was in 4th grade in elementary school when this happened. I remember exactly where I was, what I was doing and how I was informed as to what happened. I was in a trailer classroom for a GT program when the first planes crashed into the twin towers. Up until then, it was an ordinary class, we were doing logic puzzles as we normally did when the class met once a week until our teacher came back into the room after being called out. Now, most teachers would not want to bother little children with news such as what happened but I remember her clearly explaining to us that even though we were young, this was something we would remember forever and we deserved to know. She explained what was happening at the time, by this moment, planes had struck both towers but they had not collapsed. She explained that people had taken over two planes and had flown them into the Twin Towers in NYC and that it was likely that many people had died as a result. Now, at that time, I was only 9 years old, I did not fully understand quite what was going on, I sorta knew what the Twin Towers were but the concept of terrorism was not something I, or any little child knew much, if anything about. By now, televisions were tuned to news reports about what was going on and terrified parents were now arriving in droves at the school to pick up their children, most of whom still did not fully understand what was going on. My mom's office in Maryland was shut down early due to the attacks and she ended up picking me up form school not too long a while after I learned about what I was going on. Back at home I would see later on the video of the two towers on fire, the panic on the streets of people fleeing from danger away from the smoking buildings and eventually the collapse. I also learned that closer to home, there had been another attack on the Pentagon, the headquarters for the US military in Alexandria which is not very far from where I live. While back then I might not have understood the true scale of what was going on, today I do.
The attacks on September 11th marked the beginning of a turning point in the world. Gone were the days of general people, the fragile bubble of security everyone lived in was shattered, opening the US and the world to a age of fear and anxiety. But in spite of all of this, 9/11 should not be remembered as a day that marked an time of fear, but rather a day of remembrance for all the lives lost and all the families impacted by this terrible event. In spite of all this, 9/11 did have one positive outcome, the attacks reunited the American people into one again, we became again one nation strong and free, a collective of voices and people who all shared the same cry that attacks on our land were not to be tolerated, because if you mess with one of us, you mess with everyone. America needed an event like this to make us remember that the world isn't an ideal place, but one principle will always stand true no matter what happens, We are the United States of America, the land of the free and the home of the brave, and even in the face adversity, we will always stand united and strong.
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Anyways, I need to get to bed, and tomorrow is Friday, September 11th.
Bless all the families who were impacted by such a terrible event, and may everyone take a minute out of their day and pay their respects to all those innocent people who were killed, and pray for all the families who lost a dear loved one that day 8 years ago.
Wishing you all the very the best,
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
If you would like to send a birthday gift, a hot guy is always appreciated ;D
All the Best,
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
So how would I rank this summer to other years? Well, pretty high actually, apart from the occasional drama (creepy guy asking me for money in Vegas and not being able to actually say goodbye to Ben), I had plenty of fun. I found plenty to do in Vegas from shopping and exploring the various attractions in Vegas and I got to meet some very nice people on the cruise and I even got to bond a little with my cousin who I never actually see more than twice a year. So, buying stuff I don't actually need and making new friends, sounds like a plenty productive summer for me. But probably the most memorable aspect of this summer would be how much this blog has grown - from my first subscriber Fer way back when to the current 11 (do my eyes deceive me!? Love Y'all), I really believe I have found a permanent outlet for myself to express my true personality and self which I would otherwise have to keep bottled up from 98% of people. So I guess the main thing I can say is a giant "Thank You" to everyone for making my summer truly the most memorable I've had.
I'll probably end up spending my evening reading over my summer work one more time and make last minute corrections as my OCD self kicks in, but tomorrow I plan to spend Labour Day doing what I do best - relaxing and spending way too much time on the computer. oh the joys of technology.
In anticipation of the new school year, I'm bracing myself for some high school drama once schools gets going Tuesday, it's about as inevitable as the rising sun and taxes.
Also, my 17th birthday is in 4 days and I'm so excited!! :D
Friday, September 4, 2009
Anyways, the meeting went all well and smooth in the end. The guy we worked with was funny and very likable and we worked out every possible discount we could, a good student discount and a some safe-driving booklet thing was was essentially like a homework book that I had to do- essentially, I had to fill out a book totalling an hour of work which eventually ends up as an $240 savings per year that I get in return, nice! Despite all of this though, I still effectively almost doubled my mom's yearly rates, one of the great bonuses associated with being a male, teenage driver.
Being Friday, it means there is now only three days until school officially starts up again for me. I finally got my schedule a few days ago and I got lucky this year and got some classes with friends I haven't had classes with since freshman year, I am also guaranteed at least 4 classes with Matt this year including journalism which I will thoroughly enjoy. I plan to enjoy this last weekend of summer with some quiet relaxation time before the inevitable bustle of Labour Day packing and getting everything ready for school. Anyways, I hope everyone who starts school this coming week a pleasant final weekend of summer, and for everyone who has already started school, I hope you had a pleasant return back to school and I wish you a successful year.
Also, for anyone who lives in the great state up north known as Maine, I implore you and anyone you know to please vote "no" on Proposition 1. Proposition 1 is much like the highly covered Prop 8 initiative in California which aimed to limit equality for gay couples. Even if you do not live in Maine, it is imperative that everyone try to contribute something to the effort to prevent Prop 1 from being passed in November.
More Info - Protect Maine Equality
Wednesday, September 2, 2009
1. AP French
2. Journalism 2 (newspaper)
3. AP US and Comparative Government
4. AP English Literature
7. AP Calculus AB
There are a few issues with my schedule since my schools operates on block scheduling, on "A" days I have all regular classes and AP french and on "B" days I have all AP classes. Since I don't really want to die on "B" days, I'm trying to see if my counselor can change around my schedule so it can be a bit more balanced.
Receiving my schedule today for me is a little bittersweet, while this effectively means this is my last year or standard education, it also means this will also be the last year that i will probably see many of my friends. It's sad since I've known so many friends since middle school or even elementary school and I consider these people almost as family since we've known each other for so long. We know each other's quirks, odd habits, likes and dislikes as if we were siblings. I plan to cherish my senior year in high school and I plan to spend as much time with my friends until the very last minute when we will inevitably have to say goodbye as we go off and reach for our dreams. In the mean time, I'll continue working on college applications and essays, I'll probably make a college post in the near future.
In the mean time, I'm going to share a hilarious video one of my friends sent to me.
All made in good spirit, hope it made you laugh :)
(I don't know why it's cutting off, I suspect it's because embeded isn't in widescreen like the actual video.)
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
The E-class had always been the luxury marque to beat in the mid size segment of the market, BMW rules the sportier side while Lexus and Audi rule the technological field. For the 2010 model year, Mercedes will be killing off the CLK class and introducing the E-coupe as it's replacement, this sounds great but it's rather misleading which annoys me. The E-class coupe in reality shares more of it's important bits, namely the platform, with the C-class rather than the E-class. Maybe this is some clever marketing move, which, being interested in business, I applaud, but the car lover in me is really annoyed by this as I suspect many wealthy buyers will purchase an E-coupe thinking they are getting something they actually are not. Yes they share engines and according to MB 60% of the coupe's parts shares design with the E-sedan, but the important bit, and what plays a major role in determining how the car drives is the platform which it shares with its less expensive sibling. So maybe it's some clever marketing but the petrolhead in me does not approve.
The car.......commercial that is
In other news, I sneezed a record nine times in a row while randomly walking my dog, three passer-bys clapped when I finished. yay lol.
-Also, nice new layout, Fer, snazzy.