Archive for February, 2006

Little Red Riding Beanie

So I felt like a little red riding beanie (beanie because I have a beanie, not a hood…) today as I was coming home from work. The “wolf” being the strong winds that greeted me as I stepped off the train.

As I crossed the street, I was fighting the winds and trying to keep my umbrella from flipping out and capsizing from wind blowing down on it. After a few very strong gusts, *WOOSH* and I found my umbrella in a completely flipped out state. The metal supports were in line with the stick part of the umbrella.

Well, time to buy a wind resistant umbrella!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Decaffeinated Blah

I’ve been drinking tea pretty much all my life. Growing up and going to eat dimsum often made me into a person who enjoys drinking tea. So, as an adult, I drink tea in various forms: hot, iced, or with milk. I also don’t really get the concept of adding sugar to my iced tea, but apparently, many people do that.

So when I encountered some herbal teas, I’ve noticed that many of them are have no caffeine in them. I suppose that’s the healthy part of it. One day a year or so ago, I decided to try an herbal tea. I took a sip and nearly spat it out. It was gross! The idea of it was good, but I just could not get myself to finish the rest of it.

Today, I was in the mood for some tea, and since my office finally got our new microwave, I decided to make myself a cup of tea. I had only Tazo teabags which I took a few leftovers from a recent ski trip. They all were decaffeinated, and once again, I could barely drink 8 ounces of this stuff. There’s just something about decaffeinated tea that tastes weird to me. Blah.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Happy BAR-ing

So it slipped my mind to wish those folks who are taking the BAR exam this week a big good luck! I know there’s a point where studying no longer helps, so chill out before your final exam tomorrow.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Poor Olympians?

I’d say that I’ve been a fan of the Olympic games for all of my life. I suppose it’s because my family watches it, and so I’ll tune in and cheer for the American athletes. If the Americans aren’t in the running for a medal anymore, then I’d default to the Chinese. Sometimes I root for Canada when there’s nobody else since they’re right next door.

Whenever I watch such amazing feats of athleticism, I always ask the question, “How did they learn to do that?” For example, how does one learn to luge or ski jump? You’d need facilities to go to and money to pay. At any rate, I was watching with my brother the other day and I challenged him to name a winter Olympic sport in which a person who grew up in poverty could participate.

He came up with nothing. He was able to come up with a summer Olympic sport like track/running very easily. So what does that lead me to conclude? Well, winter Olympic athletes are more likely to have come from wealthy families who could afford to take their kids to ski trips often and put them through training. I know I’m generalizing A LOT, but if you think about, how much do you pay nowadays when you go up for skiing/snowboarding?

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Public Curling

If you think I’m about to write an entry on Curling, well, sorry, you’re out of luck today. So during my train ride to work this morning, there was one lady who decided to use curl her eyelashes with a curler. This is not an unusual site for me as I’ve seen women holding more dangerous makeup tools at their face (mascara and eyeliner… you can poke your eyes out!).Well, I was reading my book and then all of a sudden, another lady sees the makeup lady and says, “That’s the FUNNIEST thing I’ve ever seen!” and begins to laugh very loudly as if she was watching an elephant trying to do ballet. I was expecting to see something to the degree of an elephant trying to do ballet, but it was merely the makeup lady curling her lashes.

Lady no. 2 didn’t stop at that, she kept laughing and said more things:

  • “Chicks are weird.”
  • “People do that sort of thing in their BATHROOM, and you’re doing that here! That’s so disgusting.”
  • “You don’t even have that many eyelashes! You can’t even see them!”

I was pretty appalled by Lady no. 2 and her rude remarks to the makeup lady. Lady no. 2 looked around and was hoping for some backup on her stance, but everyone just considered HER the weirdo since people pretty much keep to themselves on the train.

The makeup lady did her best to keep her composure under this verbal assault, but she did sarcastically reply with, “Oh yeah you think that’s funny?” and also immitated Lady no. 2’s loud cackling. For a minute,  I thought they were going to have a chick fight.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Underpants Portfolio

So I’ve constantly scolded myself for not taking better care of my finances. No, no, it’s not that I flush money down the toilet or use it to help me start a fire. Basically, I’ve got some money in my retirement accounts and I haven’t been very diligent with keeping up on my investments. I’ve pretty much picked a stock I thought was good and then bought it. I haven’t even sold anything. Looks like I’m really a pack-rat to the core.

At any rate, I’ve enlisted some help with that from J, who’s determined to help me if I want the help. First he wanted to see what my investments were, so that we can come up with a good plan of execution.

Well, while I trust J with such very delicate information, I realized just how hard it was to give out this sort of information. I mean, it’s really personal what a person chooses to invest their money. Then you ask yourself, “What if they laugh at my investments?”

I liken showing someone your entire porfolio to flashing your underwear; very personal thing and you hope that they don’t laugh. Yeah, I’m random sometimes, but tell me that you find it easy to tell just anyone in what and how much you’ve invested. Hmm… maybe next time someone asks me how much money I have invested in the stock market, I’ll ask them to show me their underwear first. Hah.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Wearing Red Day

Do a lot of people celebrate Valentine’s day? Why do people make a big deal about it? Is it because everybody else does? Is it because retailers place red and pink hearts in their window displays in an effort to create this romantic notion in your head that people want their SOs to live up to? Or if you’re single, then it makes you want to have someone special so that they can live up to that notion?

I wonder whether or not Valentine’s day is merely the “Hallmark Holiday” as many people refer to it as. Why do people say that anyways? Is it because they truly believe that chocolate and flower retailers all over the world had a secret meeting to plot and create this romantic day for couples and apply pressure on them to buy their super-marked up products? (flowers are usually at least double the price on that day)

I have heard the story about how the day came about, but some people I’ve talked to don’t believe in it. So where does v-day come from? Either way, v-day is out there and many people celebrate and some people don’t. On a side note, during my trip to work, I saw about 20 people wearing red or pink shirts. hehe.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Crazy Balance

I suppose there is balance in nature. For example, it’s the middle of winter here in sunny California and today was a beautiful warm day. I’d say it was around 70 degrees. That’s us out here on the West Coast. However, I hear it’s been insanely cold over in the East Coast, with more frost than usual. Craaaazy weather we’re having on Earth. What’s going on here?

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Buy Some Tea!

A friend of mine has recently started a tea business. Now I know that you’d think, “Why would I care about loose leaf teas when Lipton’s teabags are perfectly fine?” If you were thinking this, then you’ve been deprived for all your life of tea that could actually taste lightly fruity or interestingly flavorful. It means that you’ve had sub-par tea and pretty much didn’t know what you were missing.

Not to say that teabags can’t taste good, but I’ve found that I’ve enjoyed loose leaf teas more. Sure it may seem like a lot of trouble to make tea that doesn’t come in a handy bag, but you could buy a $2 mesh ball where you put some tea leaves inside and dip the ball into your cup…JUST LIKE FOR TEABAGS!

So here’s my plug for my friend’s company. Go buy some tea at Teality,  you’ll be happy you did.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Neato Tracking

So now that I’ve switched to a different work schedule than at my previous job, I’ve had the slight luxury of having the time to check out when the next streetcar will come by. I just log on to the tracking website and they tell me when the next one will arrive. Hooray for not waiting out in the cold!

But darn, when I logged on this morning, there was one coming in 4 minutes, but sadly I was still in my pjs. The next one after was 19 minutes away. :( So I’m just killing time till it hits around 2 minutes, then I’ll shut down and trot over to the stop. Public transportation is so great sometimes.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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