Saturday, June 14, 2003

Ok, rare weekend post...I was parking near my place, talking on the cell, and saw these kids playing football disregarding traffic. These kids need yelling mothers! Not long afterwards, a motorcycle crew drove by. One of the bikes spilled over, and two people fell, one scraping her side arms. It was insane, seemed like everyone was alright, but what a crazy Saturday the 14th!

Friday, June 13, 2003

Just bought tix from expedia to go back to Kali...decided to pick a connection flight for 306 bucks. Yeah, I could pay 60 for more for nonstop, but I figure...I won't be working anymore by then, and I've got free time. Heck, if someone needs to fly back more badly, I wouldn't mind giving my seat for $$$. If it's REAL emergency, I'll give it up for free.

Everyone, pat me on the back...this is the first time I'm paying my own way to go back home. Before, I was unemployed or very poor (i.e. my previous job as substitute counselor at Catholic Charities).
1. What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never have?
Ride a motorcycle...definitely a beemer bike. Ride it cross country. Booooorn to be Wild!!!
2. When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest?
No...inside I'm barely containing fits of laughter, on the outside, my face is smiling politely, "It's very nice, I like it very much."
3. Have you ever found out something about a friend and then wished you hadn't? What happened?
Nah...I've been tipped by a buddy that another friend was talking smack behind my back. It was good info to know to watch out for
4. If you could live in any fictional world (from a book/movie/game/etc.) which would it be and why?
Super Mario World!!! Wouldn't it be cool to kill Koombas, throw fireballs, jump and fly by grabbing mushrooms and feathers and then save the beautiful princess??? EET-SA MEEEE, MAR-IO!
5. What's one talent/skill you don't have but always wanted?
You know how people can twirl their pen all the way around successively? Boy, do I envy them!
Also, break dance. Dang, those guys on the streets are amazing.
Things one learn from work. Did you know...the first IVF baby was born in 1978? He/she is just a bit older than me. What's even more amazing is test tube babies...

I browsed Jacob Lee's page...a former Hops student. Yo, some of the medical pics on his blog are sick! (Both cool and disgusting)
This weekend...
Friday...prolly pool wit da boys again. See Ladder 49 shoot at inner harbor maybe... permitting, a nice bike ride nearby where bros (other ministries) live
Hip hop dance class at 12...I didn't practice ANY of the moves. Busted...
I want to go somewhere, secret and quiet.
Sunday, bike run...maybe Yung's bachelor party? I have orders from my SG leader that I better bring tons of people to church. Sheesh. If I even bring one, that WOULD be a big score for the hometeam. May God give me the opportunity and guidance to find him/her/them.

I'm pretty excited to get started with med school. There's no way I would be happy with a 9 to 5 job, even if I was paid twice as much. It IS nice, and no complaints, but after half a year, I'm ready to move on to bigger and better things. Jacob's blog entries sound way cool.

Thursday, June 12, 2003

Called Maryland to see whhasssup? waitlist hasn't even started yet at Maryland! I want to bring some pots and pans and ring it outside their office in protest. Oh well...Penn State, here I come.
(secret mssg to briguy) :

winter's coming soon, real soon!
Concert news: The current list of performers for the Korean American Peace Concert at Washington DC's RFK Stadium on June 28 includes Shinhwa, Boa, Baby VOX, NRG, Bi, CAN, Eugene, Fly to the Sky, Seven, Lee Sun Hee, Patti Kim, Jo Young Nam, Seol Woon Do, Kim Gun Mo, Jo Sung Mo and Kim Jong Hwan. The male host is scheduled to be Cha Tae Hyun with the female host still to be announced.

I don't know most of these people. The ones I do know are Shinhwa, Boa, Baby Vox, Eugene (yeah! You go girl!), Jo Sung Mo. I've seen the MV for Seven, nothing too impressive. I wish there was a Taiwan Soverignty concert, with Jay Chow and A-Mei. Heck, if that happens, I'll volunteer to be MC. Oh wait...isn't that Mike Yao's job? hehe...j/k.
So yesterday I went off-road biking by myself for the first time. I went to Robert E. Lee Park, which is off Falls Rd. near 83 where the Roland peeps live. I had a hard time finding the bike trail, because there were no signs. Eventually, I spotted two small openings off the main trail. It looked like a big drop. But I went ahead and jjj-jjj-jittered my way dowwnnnn :o) Then I crossed the Light rail tracks and into a small beaten path. At first it was a smooth ride, but then the road got muddier and muddier, and the path smaller and smaller. I was ducking under fallen trees and stuff. Eventually I became really winded, and decided to head back for prayer meeting. But I got kinda lost, as there were 2 or 3 offshoots to the trail I was on. Ended up with branches catching me and my bike. I found my way back to the main road. Luckily another biker reassured that I was going the right way. Rode my muddy bike back and put it in my back seat. I need to carrier for it, my car is caked with mud inside now. I hosed it down at the sisters backyard in Roland. Lucky for me it didn't rain till late at night.

Wednesday, June 11, 2003

I'm feeling a bit homesick. I want to go back home to Kali. For awhile. Told my boss my end date...JULY 11. Last Friday of the pay period. Then I'll be in Kali from July 12-25. Day after I come back hopefully I can make it to the Shenandoah Valley Bike Festival. Then slowly pack and move out, whether it's in Maryland or elsewhere.
Ok, I'm not a usual impulse buyer, but after searching online for a nice bike yesterday, I decided to go to Sports Authority to window-shop. Was looking through their selection, and not interested. One bike, however, caught my eye. It is the 2003 Mongoose Solution, on sale for 249.99. Original retail was 599.99! I was skeptical, and told the personnel to take that and another similarly priced bike down. The other bike was only a 60 dollar saving. Upon explanation and inspection, I learned that the 'Goose' had a thicker body, Shimano Shocks, derailers, brakes, the works. And full suspension. I knew this was the one. Picked out a portable mountain pump, cage with bottle, and chains to go with the helmet and gloves I bought previously. I guess I will be very prepared for Sunday fundraiser run in terms of equipment. So to add to my collection of things I've taken up since graduation: guitar, golf, rock-climbing, sailing, hip-hop dance, pool, and now off-road biking! Hey...I'm only young once!

Tuesday, June 10, 2003

"You can't follow Christ if you stand still. It is often better to make a mistake than not to move at all."
--John White
I have to share this awesome passage from John White's "The Fight"...he's a sailing fanatic!

"Being guided is something like learning to sail. It is a process of learning. At first staying upright is more important than reaching your final destination. If you find yourself floundering under water beneath an upturned boat, it is all part of the fun, however alarming it may seem the first few times. Then little by little as you learn how to make the boat repsond to different winds, you can take a more intelligent interest in your destination.
In the same way, God's object is to teach you how to be guided. You will capsize from time to time--but no matter. Capsizing is part of learning.
Back from lunch at Szechuan Best. I'm going to go shopping with John Gong soon...I told him 3 accessories ppl (esp opposite sex) notice about men...their watch, belt, and shoes. Then some more up-to-date shirt and slacks. He's gonna be even more of a stud than he already is! :)
Looking into getting a bike...Trek Bike, Gary Fisher, Jeep, they all look equally impressive and good to me. Definitely want some shimano parts on it. I'm EXCITED about this Sunday's run.

Yesterday was a lot of fun. We had both the mainsail and the jig sail up this week; last week was just mainsail. The wind was a bit better this week in my opinion, and the weather was AWESOME! Yeah, I love being out there in the open sea. It's a lot of work, though to control the lines and everything. I'm planning to go to open sail on Wednesday before prayer meeting and to a social gala on Friday. I wish I could bring people to these events, but they have to be members. Otherwise Open Sail is the only option for them.
New sailing terms:

main halyard: line that runs along the mainsail to pull it up.
tiller: The control that leads to the boat's rudder

Monday, June 09, 2003

It's fun catching up with old college peeps...just never thought it'd happen during work.
For those of you interested in the music video:
Warning: Sap level HIGH! weird. Walked into an elevator at work this morning, and on the next floor walks in Cindy Yen, a classmate from college. She just started. Small, small world. :O