Archive for April, 2007

First Game

So last Friday, I attend my first Golden State Warriors game. Growing up in the Bay Area, that was the basketball team to cheer for. So you root for them, but for so many years, they didn’t do well. You still hope for them to do well enough to win the championship, or at least make it to playoffs.

Finally after 13 years, they made it, and the crowd at the game was insanely enthusiastic and excited. The energy at the arena was lively and great to see and be a part of.

With a sea of gold cheering you on, how can you not push hard for every point? Heh. Overall, I’m glad to have been present for the first playoff game in Bay Area for our “home” team in so long. Killed two birds with one stone. Got the watch the Warriors in action and also watch a post season game.

Now I just need the Giants to make it to the playoffs and get my hands on some tickets. Of course, I still have yet to attend a game at the Stick. I better go before they move to Santa Clara (if that goes through) and then they really won’t be the “San Francisco 49ers” anymore.
Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Commuting Sucks: Another Caltrain Adventure

The other day when I boarded the train, I searched for a seat in the usual area. A forwards facing seat as close as possible to the exit, but not the seat directly behind the seat that is oriented face to face with another seat. I happened to notice one time that there is significantly less leg room. Also, I would sit on the left window side so the sun isn’t shining in my face.
Anyways, I sat down at my seat and O-M-G, somebody STANK…big time. Total BO!!! It was so foul. I looked around trying to find the source and I think it was the guy behind me. I wonder if he ran to catch the train on time, or if he’s just a smelly guy. Ack. I should watch where I sit more carefully next time.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Commuter Checks

So one neato program that the government participates in is the Commuter Check program. It uses pre-tax dollars from your paycheck to purchase “checks” which you redeem at the ticket booths when you buy transit passes (BART, Caltrain, Muni, etc).

I believe that the main purpose of this program is to encourage people to take public transit so that the roads wouldn’t be as clogged. It also rewards those who already do to encourage them to continue taking public transit. Afterall, who doesn’t love the freedom and flexibility of driving to work?

Anyways, they recently introduce “ParkChek” to the program, which allows commuters (of the driving variety) to use pre-tax dollars to redeem for a monthly parking pass at nearly any parking garage.

Uh… isn’t the point of the pre-tax benefit supposed to take cars off the congested highways? I bet you the people who make the rules drive cars to work every day.

Scarf girl, signing off.

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Wedding Menus

So I was looking at my blog stats once again and noticed that nearly one-third to half of the previous’ week’s Google hits came from wedding related searches. Gosh, wedding season must be upon us. Anyways, somebody searched for “wedding reception menu layout.”

I suppose most couples make their own menus and want to get ideas from the internet. But of course! Sometimes the restaurant/caterer will provide menus, but that’s more rare. Anyways, I designed my own menu for my wedding day reception as well as the Chinese banquet that I also had. I found keeping it simple is a good way to go.
For the “American” style wedding, I’d say to keep the layout simple and clean as opposed to cluttering up the sheet of paper. A nice black lettered font on a good sheet of white cardstock does the job well. Left aligned or center aligned works.
For a buffet. One menu per person or one for the entire table.
Appetizers
Item 1
Item 2
Salads & Dressings
Item 1
Item 2

Main Courses/Entrees
Item 1
Item 2

Dessert
Item 1
Item 2

Wedding Cake
Flavor 1
Flavor 2

For a plated and served dinner. Each person gets their own menu corresponding to which entree they selected in their response card.
Appetizer
Item

Salad
Item
Entree
Item

Wine
Red wine
White wine

Dessert
Item or wedding cake if no separate dessert

For a Chinese (Asian) Banquet. Only one menu for the entire table will do. There is no need to label the course number. Menus are often center aligned with the English item first then Chinese name of it directly below. Chinese can go before English if that is what you choose.

Item 1
Chinese Item 1

Item 2
Chinese Item 2

[etc.]
Item 3
Item 4
Item 5
Item 6
Item 7
Item 8
Item 9
Item 10
Wedding Cake

Alternatively you can have 2 columns, one with Chinese on the left and its corresponding English dish name to the right of it. If you like this method better, then it is best to put the Chinese characters as the left column because often, the dishes have the same number of characters in the dish name and it lines up perfectly. This allows you to left align your English dish names and things look very clean and lined up. Happy menu making!

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Racial Colors

So I was listening to the Alice Morning show on my way to work today and they have this segment called “Half-Assed News,” which is basically No Name citing off random news articles that are funny or messed up.

Anyways, they mentioned this article where a family in Toronto bought a couch and the color used to discribe it was “N***** Brown.” !!! Omg, what has this world come to? You can read an article about it here: http://www.thestar.com/Article/200265.
Apparently, the manufacturer is in China and their translation software had made a mistake. Um, I’m not a software programmer or anything, but if that particular vocab word wasn’t in the system then this never would’ve happened. I’m sure the folks in China aren’t well versed in American racial slurs. Then again, it could’ve been the programmer’s idea of a joke.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Water & Wine

Someone forwarded me this and I thought it was pretty funny. Don’t know the source though.

[begin forward]

It has been scientifically proven that if we drink 1 liter of water each day, at the end of the year we would have absorbed more than 1 kilo of Escherichia coli (E. coli) bacteria found in feces.

In other words, we are consuming 1 kilo of Poo. However, we do not run that risk when drinking wine (or rum,  whiskey, beer or other liquor) because alcohol has to go through a purification process of boiling, filtering and/or fermenting.

WATER = Poo
WINE = HEALTH
Ergo: It is better to drink wine and talk stupid than to drink water and be full of crap. There is no need to thank me for this valuable information.

[end forward]

I have no idea if any of this is true, but at least it’s ironically funny.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Lucky Commuting?

So last Friday was “Friday the 13th,” the date synonymous with bad luck. It occurs one to three times per year and for some reason, it’s in our heads that we should watch out in case something bad happens. Of course, if it does, then people will say it’s probably because “today is Friday the 13th.” Of course, if nothing happens, then you were lucky.

Well, what about all those other days when bad stuff happens? Heheh.

For me, Friday was pretty normal, with nothing unusual happening, although, I had the best drive to the train station thus far. I hit a personal record as to how long it took me to drive to the train station because nearly every stoplight I approached was green. It was awesomely strange.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Gift Registry Oddness

So some of my friends are in the process of setting up their wedding gift registry. It’s kind of a fun thing to do as you get to pick items that you’d like for your home and you don’t have to pay for it. Heheh. Well, you pay for it in other ways (by throwing a wedding…) but it feels different somehow.

Anyways, I remember when I was in my Crate & Barrel registry, I wanted to add a silicone mat. The weird thing was that I could see it when I was browsing through the store items, but when logged into my registry, I couldn’t see it.

I could never figure out how to add it online, so I just went into the store and added it. It must’ve been some weird glitch in their system.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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Suburbia Chronicles: Sunny Days

One thing I must say that I like about the SB is the weather. I definitely don’t miss the drastic temperature swings throughout the day that you get in the city. I’ll get to work and it’s in the 50s. By lunch it’s 75 and sunny. Then when I leave, it’ll be in the 60s and raining.

Of course, being down here and all, it gets pretty darn hot in the summers. I mean, having an air conditioner unit is quite a foreign concept for me because in the city, the weather rarely got hot enough to need one. And on those heatwave days, I just make sure to drink a nice refreshing glass of ice tea and eat a hearty scoop of ice cream. Yum.

Scarf Girl, signing off.

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$3.50+/gallon

I was just reviewing some receipts and noticed that I’ve finally paid for my first tank of gas where it was over $3.50 a gallon. Yikes, it costs so much to drive these days. Doh!

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