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Chang-Lin Tien, UC Berkeley chancellor from 1990-97 and an internationally known engineering scholar, dies at age 67.

A moment of silence for a great man… I think I met him only once during my freshman year at the Chancellor’s Ball. Otherwise, I saw him at football games and in the Daily Cal doing his thing to make life better for Cal students.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Me: “Hey, do you know what Boxing Day is?”
M: “Isn’t that the day where everybody makes a box?”
Me: “What? No! That’s no right! Why don’t you just say you don’t know instead of making it up?”

SG, signing off.

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I was chatting with Andrey for a little bit today and she seemed slightly freaked out about not finding a job yet. A couple of months ago, I was in that same position. I had been laid off for quite some time and nearing the end of my unemployment-check-days. I wondered why nobody called me for interviews and when I would get a job. It’s scary sometimes not knowing what you’re doing or when you’re going to be doing it.

Eventually, I had to calm myself down. I mean, I’ve learned that a lot of things are kind of all in your head. It’s basically that you feel the way your mindset is. If you look yourself in the mirror each day and say, “Today is going to be a great day!” then it will be. If you look in the mirror and say, “Aww man… I gotta go to work at again… sh*t.” then it’s going to be a bad day.

I’m sure life isn’t nearly so black & white, but that’s merely and example I suppose. Basically, it is what it is. If you worry about something you don’t have much control over, then you’re kind of bringing anxiety upon yourself. Sure, being jobless is stressful, but if you keep searching for that job, while having a cool relaxed head, then you’ll feel much better. Worrying does nothing but, well, worry you.

During my 9 months of unemployment, I kept myself busy and tried to relax because a couple of months back into the working life, my break would probably end up feeling like a very distant memory.

Take care Andrey and good luck with the hunt. I know you’ll find a job soon. And for any readers out there who know of some job leads, Andrey is a smart and really cool person who will do a great job! Hire her!! Now let’s see how well she can climb a wall…

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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I was taking the train home from work the other day and I noticed this teenage girl standing around on the train. She was wearing what appeared to be pajama pants. I would like to know when it became socially acceptable for people to wear actual pajama pants out. I want to know if they are okay with that at school. I suppose the expression “rolling out of bed” really applies here.

I want to wish you all a Happy Halloween tomorrow. Have fun, eat tons of candy, and be safe.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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I was thinking back to a while ago when my ex and I split up. I remember us talking about how we’d still be friends and all that. I think in my less-wise days (as if I’m full of wisdom nowadays), I thought that it was possible. Now, in retrospect, I should’ve known that it was just words out of his mouth to probably ease the already awkward situation.

I mean, guys would say anything just so that they can get out of trouble or get what they want. Hmm.. I figure, if you’re never going to see each other ever again, and most likely you’d never date his friends (because that’s totally against “the rules”), then you should just let him have it. Heheh. Make a scene, spill out all the truth you thought about him and the relationship and really let ‘em have it.

Heheh, vindictive of me to suggest such things but hey, if they’re going to not be honest with you, it’s only fair to just release the hounds.

I’m not saying it’s impossible to be friends with your ex. I’d say it takes 2 extraordinarily laid back people to still be friends. The thing is, the guy never really wanted to be your friend in the first place. They did that because they figure that girls like to be “friends first” before getting into a relationship. So, when the relationship doesn’t work out, they don’t want to be your friend anyways. That’s my theory. Heheh.

SG, signing off.

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Boohoo. I think all of San Francisco was crying tonight after the Giants lost. Yuck, it was sad. The final score was 4-1 which our only run scored early on. *sigh* perhaps they’ll make it next year. Either way though, I think there’s going to be a parade of sorts in downtown tomorrow. Hopefully, I can snap a couple of pictures. I should go find out when it is though.

Here come’s yet another Monday. Hope it’s a good one.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Boo. The Giants lost even though they had a 5-run lead. I suppose it’s never over until it’s over. One more chance to bring home San Francisco’s first World Series title ever. GO GIANTS!

Why is it always a show to Chinese people? I wonder why people like to one-up each other and all that. A couple of weeks ago, it was my aunt’s bday, so my cousin hosted a 2-table dinner at some restaurant. The bill was fairly high I’m sure, and the food was quite good. Then tonight, it was an uncle’s bday celebration at a different restaurant with a slightly higher price-tag. So my dad’s bday is coming up in a week or so and my cousin was casually mentioned that and wondered if we were going to have a similar dinner with all the relatives.

We said no, and we’d probably wait till he’s 70, but instead, we bought him a new computer. Hey, if we’re going to spend $1000 on a dinner and it’s only going to last for a few hours, we’d rather get a computer. Heheh. We gave him the computer a bit early, and he was very happy with it. He also thinks this is WAY better than a big dinner, since his computer has been dying a slow, painful death.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Go Giants! Hope they bring home the title. It’s been over 40 years since they’ve last won one.

Mmmm… pancakes. Yum. I just finished my brunch of pancakes and sausages. I was going to have some eggs too, but I was starting to feel kinda full and decided not to make any. I’ve always wondered how those restaurants make the pancakes with such an even brownish color on both sides. I mean, it’s completely perfect. Maybe they’ve got that gadget which lets you make those perfect pancakes. Heheh.

Woohoo, I’m getting my car back today. For months, my brother has been bugging me to borrow it for the week. This past week, I figured that if I lent it to him, he’d also do me a favor and get it serviced. Heheh. I just hope it’s still in good condition after letting him go crazy in it for a week.

I think for the first time yesterday, I said to myself, “You know what? I don’t care.” This is in regards to the little things in life that may bug you. The little things as well as the big things bugged me a lot. I always wanted to have things go a certain way, but sometimes, they just can’t, you know? I suppose I also would take things personally, but try as I might, to be the nicest/best person possible, that is merely half the job. You need cooperation from other people as well.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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How do you put together a Halloween costume in a few hours? Hmm.. I suppose the stores are all sold out. I guess I won’t be dressing up.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Woohoo! The Giants won by a whopping 12 runs. Gosh, couldn’t they save some of those points for Saturday’s game? Heh.

Sometimes I envy those people who have their whole life kinda planned out. They know what they want to do and they are on the road to getting there. I mean, who wouldn’t want to have those major decisions figured out already?

I started thinking about that because I had dinner with one of my friends who’s currently in med school. Since college, I remember him wanting to be a doctor and being a pediatrician more specifically. He had it figured out. He’d do his 4 years of college, then move on to med school and all that stuff after that. Then he’d be a doctor until he retires. Pretty straight forward is what I thought.

Well, while we were talking, I asked him more specifically if he’d want to work for a hospital, open his own practice or whatever. He didn’t know. He wasn’t even quite sure if he wanted to do pediatrics anymore. Maybe he’d enjoy the ER more. I guess even though he’s figured out the field that he likes, he doesn’t have everything figured out.

I always figured that if I knew exactly what career I’d want, everything would kinda fall into place. Turns out that I was wrong about that. There are tons of little specialties within a field that it’s pretty hard to pick one and stick with it. I suppose you end up doing a job at this point in your life that you happen to be interested in. That job, takes you to your next job/task, and so forth.

I’ve always wanted to have all the answers. I thought I could plan out my life pretty much years in advanced and everything would happen accordingly. I have always been more comfortable with a checklist and a pen to tick off the the items that have been done. I suppose I like to know what’s going on and to have control over situations, instead of something having control over me.

I know that every year, when I look back, I always say that I’ve learned so much and that I’ve changed. Well, I suppose it’s been true every year. I was just thinking about how Halloween is coming up. I remember going to last year’s Drink Club Halloween event. I won’t be going this year, but I can’t believe a year has flown by so quickly.

Looking back, I know I’ve learned things and have opened my eyes yet even more. I think I’m more comfortable these days with just kinda winging it. Last minute things still kinda bug a bit, but since my work is fairly last minute, I’m getting used to it. In fact, I see it as somewhat of a challenge to take care of all the stuff my boss dumps on me at a moment’s notice.

Sometimes I look at the world while I’m walking around and say, “Bring it on.” I think life’s too short to look down at your feet. Get up. Get out. Move onwards in life.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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