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What a dizzying day. Class is back in session and it is always strange to go from a summer of no classes to a day with 4 classes. A little overwhelming at first, buying the books, figuring out where to be at what time since you dont know your schedule yet, finding and doing your reading… Then after a few minutes you realize, eh, its the same ol same ol.
Today was especially dizzying though. Just got back from a cruise and I don’t actually have my land legs back, so all day I felt like I was on a rocking ship – dizzy!

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Help my friends win their dream wedding!!

For those of you in SoCal, I’m sure you have heard that KIIS FM is letting couple compete to win their dream wedding.  As soon as I heard about it, I wondered if any of the soon to be married couples I knew were going to make their couples page and compete to win.  Not long after the contest started accepting entries I heard that a good friend of mine from law school, Nick, and his fiance have entered! Take a few minutes and help win by just visiting their couple’s page:  Leaving comments (either on the page, pictures or blogs) also gives them extra points towards winning, so they are definitely welcome [but you must become a KIIS VIP member (see instructions at the bottom of this post for that)].

A quick background on Nick and his fiance Jess, how I know them, and why you should visit their page and help them win:

Nick is one of my friends from Law School, and aside from being Canadian, he’s a really great guy.  Easy going, always nice, not like the usual douche bags you come across in law school…Sincerely a great guy.

Last February, he proposed to his girlfriend of almost 2 years.  The way they met and their relationship developed is a great story.  Back in the ’70s, both Nick and Jessica’s parents — no, not the same “Nick and Jessica” from TV — worked at Xerox.  Their families became great friends, and kept in close contact throughout the ’80s and early ’90s.  In 1996, however, Nick’s family moved to California (if you ask me, it was a good move, but you know, put a small bump in the development of a great relationship).  Although, their dad’s remained in contact, 1996 was the last time either family had seen each other.  Nearly 10 years later, Nick was working full time in southern California, and Jessica was finishing up her last year of University in Hawaii.  While on her last Christmas break of undergrad, Jessica and her parents decided to take a two-week vacation in California (maybe we should call this “when the stars aligned”).  Jessica’s dad called up a long lost friend — Nick’s dad — and arranged for the two families to meet up for dinner.  Neither Jessica nor Nick knew that the other was going to be there, and both had only vague memories of each other. However, when Nick walked into the room to greet “the St. James family,” he saw Jess, and it was love at first sight.  They chatted all night long and arranged to meet up the next day, which was Jess’s last day in California.  The next night they had an amazing date but a very tearful goodbye when the night ended — Jess was going back to Hawaii … for good.  However, Nick and Jess remained in contact throughout the following months, and later that Summer, Jessica decided to attended Pepperdine University to get her Masters in Education (which happens to be where Nick and I go to law school, I know, you’re shocked).  Now, Nick is finishing up Law School and Jessica is starting her 2nd year of teaching High School Biology.  They are, of course, still madly in love, and still in shock that they managed to find each other after all those years.  I should probably add that they are absolutely adorable together…  Really.

Anyway, after Nick proposed, Jess accepted, and they started planning their wedding, they heard about the KIIS FM wedding contest.  They have an amazing back story and really deserve to have a beautiful wedding that they wouldn’t be able to give themselves on the budget of a law student and high school teacher.  The way it works is each couple creates a “couple’s page” and detail why THEY are the “perfect couple.”  Nick and Jess have made their page and would really appreciate your support.  They have until the 29th to get as much page activity as possible to wow the judges. So GO TO their couple’s page:  If you want to go the extra mile… LEAVE COMMENTS!!

After the 29th, the judges will announce between 10 and 20 finalists.  Then the voting period begins.  Lets hope they make it so I can let you guys know to vote daily!!

Thanks a lot everybody.  Your support is much appreciate by both myself and Nick and Jess.

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Solving those Club Live puzzles

Finals are OVER!  Sure I don’t really have a summer break, but at least finals are over. 

Now I’m back to playing videogames, watching tv, sleeping, and blogging.

Speaking of games, for those of you who play word games, you should check out this site.  The guy who runs the site is a talented programmer who just put up a script that solves word scramble puzzles.

Check it out…. great for cheating in scrabble too :-p

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 No posts for the next week and a half.  Sorry.

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Tivo, why do you suck at life?

So, I’m happily outlining for finals…ok, maybe not happily, but I’m doing it, and I have my TV on. Watching things on my tivo… Next thing I know it goes silent. What? Why? I look up and the screen says “Welcome! Powering up…”

I think to myself “well thats strange, its never powered up by itself BEFORE”

A few minutes later the next screen says something to the effect of “Just a few more minutes…”

Ok, you’ve totally interrupted my viewing experience, thanks Tivo.

I look up 5 minutes later and it says “Installing an important sevice update”

Ok, fine, this sounds legitimate…

A few minutes later, I get this AWESOME message “Preparing the service update. This may take up to an hour, possibly longer”


WHAT?!?!?!?! Wait a second, I never asked to install anything, why are you ruining the rest of my night? Couldn’t you prompt me for this?

Next thing you’re going to tell me you had to reformat and you’ve lost all my season pass info and my recorded programs…. I guess in an hour or “possibly longer” we’ll find out.

:shakes fist at tivo:

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Treatment comes in many forms

Every semester I take a variety of classes which cover an even larger variety of topics.  Something that has caught my attention recently has been the discussion of rehabilitation of adolescents (whether emotionally or criminally).  I always hear about parenting advice and other methods but rarely do we hear discussions about the juvenile system or therapeutic programs. 

Recently I began to research therapeutic programs, such as Three Springs Paint Rock Valley and a few local programs here in LA.  It is interesting in how these work to help kids be able to solve problems on their own.  Many a kid I grew up with could have used places like this to learn to make better choices.  These days everyone is obsessed with kids making better food choices, I wonder if they ever cover that….

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It’s all starting to wear on me

As my journal article deadline gets close, and midterms are even closer, I feel like I’m losing my mind just a little (a friend of mine would claim Dementia, but after reading some dementia information i don’t think dementia is the case here).  Though i enjoy multitasking, it is always a challenge balancing, work, school work, friends, family, and other extra curricular activities (volunteer and what not).  I love it all, but it’s starting to wear on me.  A vacation from it all would be welcome.

To manage all the different responsibilities I have I am thinking of using a personal task manager or maybe something more like LiquidPlanner.  At times I get overwhelmed with all the different tasks I need to complete, so it has become important to me to split everything up into small goals to prevent myself from being overwhelmed and shutting down.  I’ve found it be very effective and hopefully one of these tools will allow me to automate that system.

Time to get productive!

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Back to the Grind

I’m back to the grind here.  It seems the rain has finally subsided so I can stop carrying an umbrella around (woohoo).  I really am not a fan of rain.  I used to be even less of a fan when I wore glasses….water on my glasses? NO GOOD!

Started my new job and classes again yesterday.  Job seems like it could be pretty cool, I’m actually excited about it.  I think I’m going to be working on a lot of projects that I will really enjoy and can learn a lot from.  Unfortunately with my student loans still building, even with a job I don’t think I could ever afford to even buy Used Cars let alone my dream car, the BMW Z4 coupe M series.  I just keep telling myself that all this hard work will pay off one day, and for now no need to buy another car…
On the bright side, at least I’m not Britney Spears.  Who knew 4 years ago that things would go so bad for her now?

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Having Fun in Los Angeles

Like I said the other night, now that I have some freedom from law school I have a little time to have fun in LA.  Last weekend got a little busy, right after our last finals a few of us went out and saw The Strike Show, which was absolutely hilarious.  Lots of familiar faces like Brad Garrett, Emily Deschanel, Kat Foster, Nick Kroll, and Michael Urie.  It was a great show and we were lucky to be able to go see it since there were only two showings  (I don’t know what made me laugh harder, the saved by the bell scene, or ronna and beverly).  After that was over headed out for the usual drinks on the town.

Saturday night was pretty awesome too.  Headed out to Ketchup, on Sunset, with some friends.  Was my first time there though a few in the group were repeat offenders.  It was an interesting crowd, but the food was great.  Their tomato soup (called American Comfort on the menu) was really good.  As for the ketchups, personally I hate ketchup, but the ranch-ketchup and maple syrup-ketchup were both pretty amazing.  Then of course we rounded the night out with the usual…. drink on the town.

Now?  Oh now I recover from finals and try to become a normal human being again.  I wish my TV shows would come back on…



Finals just wrapped up for those of us in Law School.  It is an amazing feeling being able to come home and NOT having to study for my next final.  Yes, I know, I should get started on my Journal article, but that can wait until Monday… I need a quick breather first to gather myself.  Went out to a lot of great places in LA this weekend, I’ll blog about that after I get a little sleep!

It is just so freeing to be able to sit down at my computer and browse gadget blogs, read the news, google my own name, even look up the Shanghai weather (though I’m not going there), without feeling guilty that I should be preparing for my next exam.  I’m going to go enjoy my freedom now and go get some sleep before I get some wii playing in.  mmm, I love the freedom.


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