Monday, December 03, 2007

Today's Grammar

Do you notice that so many people now are ending their sentences with "so..."? I hate that! The people on my soap operas even do that (if you watch Y&R, it's Lily that does it). What are you supposed to say after someone ends their sentence like that? Are they going to start a new one? Or wait for you to respond?

Take this conversation for example:

Person 1: Yeah I went to the store and my credit card didn't work, so....

Person 2 has a few ways to respond. They can say "so, what happened?" or "oh that sucks" or "well, one time that happened to me" or just shake your head in disagreement/amazement/confusion. The choices then are 1. ask the result of the story, 2. just make a comment, 3. share a similar situation, or 4. make some body movement.

That drives me crazy!!

Thursday, November 15, 2007


Santas warned 'ho ho ho' offensive to women

Wed Nov 14, 11:04 PM ET
SYDNEY (AFP) - Santas in Australia's largest city have been told not to use Father Christmas's traditional "ho ho ho" greeting because it may be offensive to women, it was reported Thursday.

Sydney's Santa Clauses have instead been instructed to say "ha ha ha" instead, the Daily Telegraph reported.
One disgruntled Santa told the newspaper a recruitment firm warned him not to use "ho ho ho" because it could frighten children and was too close to "ho", a US slang term for prostitute.
"Gimme a break," said Julie Gale, who runs the campaign against sexualising children called Kids Free 2B Kids.
"We are talking about little kids who do not understand that "ho, ho, ho" has any other connotation and nor should they," she told the Telegraph.
"Leave Santa alone."
A local spokesman for the US-based Westaff recruitment firm said it was "misleading" to say the company had banned Santa's traditional greeting and it was being left up to the discretion of the individual Santa himself.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Halloween question of the day

Should you give candy to kids/teens not dressed up?

I say, if they cannot afford to dress up, there are still other things you can do like dress in a sheet, glue things on clothes, dress as a boy if you are a girl and vice versa, etc. At least be SOMETHING. I say that if you do not put forth the effort, then you don't deserve the treats.

Saturday, October 27, 2007

Last One Standing

My new favorite show is LOS (wow, what a coincidence that the initials are LOS bc that's my favorite restaurant in Tally hahaha). Anyways, LOS is on Discovery at 8 every Thursday, and repeats at midnight that next day and then again Saturdays at 10 AM. This show is amazing from many standpoints, and I also have TONS of questions about the logistics too. Of course I would because I travel and also take students overseas too. For anyone that doesn't watch it, it's about 6 "Westerners" (3 Americans Jason-a BMX racer, Corey-outdoor guy, and Brad-strongman; 1 Aussie Mark-kickboxer; and 2 Brits Rajko-fitness guru and Richard-rugby player) who travel the world to compete in indigenous tribe fighting (stick fighting, wrestling, kick fighting, running, etc.). Mark is my favorite. hahaha

First, I wonder who the consultants are. Anthropologists, I assume. Who picked what tribes? How did they pick them? Did the people here consult with the tribes first? What is in it for the tribes? (Well, I am sure that teaching "Westerners" their culture and having them respect it is almost enough from their point of view). What kind of insurance do the travelers have? Who got their visas?

I really do admire these 6 guys bc traveling the world like this, competing, and putting themselves in different environment after different environment-it is really really tough yet so exhilirating! I wonder how much time they have between trips too. During the opening credits, the announcer says "will their 'Western' skills be enough to challenge the locals" (something along those lines). Well, what we have seen so far is that these locals are amazingly fit, skilled, content where they live, and SO PROUD OF THEIR TRIBE. The 6 guys keep up but it's tough!!

Anyone else watch? I love it!!

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

The world we live in

I saw The Kingdom last week, and the last lines are just chilling. I won't ruin it for people that haven't seen it yet, but it really made the whole audience just sit there and be scared and nervous. And I don't know why we SHOULDN'T be scared about what is happening today. Country vs. country, religion vs. religion, globalization vs. old ways, information at your fingertips with the internet, guns, murder in broad daylight, and the list goes on. Every headline is either about some celebrity or death or war. Yes there have been periods in world history of violent times, but nothing like this. NOTHING. And it's not going to stop.

Tuesday, October 16, 2007



Thursday, October 04, 2007

Few things

Again, I am going to make a list.

1. I was walking on campus the other day and two students were sitting watching something in the tree. One guy said "I would miss class for this!" so naturally I looked up. There was a hawk chasing a squirrel and it was really neat. I thought I saw a nest too, so I am sure the hawk wanted some food for the babies. I stood there for about 10 min watching this chase. The crowd got bigger too, and after some time there must have been maybe 30 people watching this and taking pics with their camera phones. It was something that Discovery or Animal Planet probably would have videoed! Finally the hawk gave up and flew away. You should have seen the way the squirrel's heart was pounding though-I have never seen a squirrel that nervous. :( I even got nervous for him.

2. The Rock and his wife donated $1M to the FOOTBALL facilities at U Miami? What? Can't that money go to better use? Like starving kids? Cancer research?

3. My friend and I were driving to dinner the other night and we crossed the train tracks... well we saw the train with its lights on (yes, it was CLOSE) and the freaking bar things weren't even down. Nice to know they work! The train looked like it was stationary, but still, the bars didn't even go down and it was close.... very close.

4. Go visit my brother-in-law's forum-it's really cool!;www

Monday, October 01, 2007

One size lower!

Mom was in town this weekend and we ate and went shopping. :) At the mall, I bought new pants, and they are one size lower. Hooray! And BTW, I really love JCPenney!

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


Today I am 30 and I feel awesome. :) There are no clouds in the sky, it's warm, people have been calling and emailing and texting and IMing and saying happy bday to me in person all day, I am ordering something good for lunch, and tonight will be fun. I LOVE MY BDAY!!

Only one thing is missing. :(

Friday, September 14, 2007

Shakira-something cool

Shakira Rests Hips to Study at UCLA
Sept. 14, 2007, 6:55 AM EST
LOS ANGELES (AP) -- Shakira may get high grades in singing and swiveling her hips, but what about ancient Western history?
For the past month, the Colombian pop star has been taking a class at the University of California, Los Angeles, called "Introduction to Western Civilization: Ancient Civilizations from Prehistory to Circa A.D. 843."
"She went when she finished her tour, for the summer," Shakira's manager Fifi Kurzman told The Associated Press.
For years the 30-year-old has studied on her own, also taking tutorials on the history and languages of the countries she visits, Kurzman said.


Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I forget, what decade are we in?

If you read the news headlines on CNN today, you see "Nooses, violence divide town" and "Swastikas burned into golf fairways". You have to be kidding me. I know in this day and age there has been a resurgence of ideas of hatred that happened back 40, 50, 60 yrs ago (just go to Barcelona too, where neighborhood signs say "we are anti-Skinhead here" or "Nazi-ism not welcomed here"), but with all the cultural diversity and immigration going on in this country and everywhere else, people can't disregard skin color or background and get to know a person and who they are on the inside? I am so sick of this. When I have kids someday, I am going to have them be friends with everyone. African-Americans, Hispanics, Muslims, disabled people, etc.

Is anyone not scared about this???? My friend said this today when I told her about my blog idea: "Amazing how we can come so far and yet not go anywhere at all". Excellent summary. :(

Friday, August 17, 2007


This recent article named the top 10 best and most disappointing global and UK sights. I am more concerned with the global sights, so here they are (according to the article):

1. The Eiffel Tower, Paris; 2. The Louvre, Paris; 3. Times Square, New York; 4. Las Ramblas, Barcelona; 5. Statue of Liberty, New York; 6. Spanish Steps, Rome; 7. The White House, Washington DC; 8. The Pyramids, Egypt; 9. The Brandenburg Gate, Berlin; 10.The Leaning Tower of Pisa.



Quote: Travel expert Felice Hardy explained why many tourists, often after spending inflated amounts on reaching and then viewing the most famous places, are left with a feeling of anti-climax. "It's easy to be swayed by brochures that opt for the mainstream and focus on clichéd tourist sights around the world," she said. "But many of them are overcrowded and disappointing."

WHATEVER. I am too miffed to even talk about this.

At least the article had enough sense to put Kapadokya and Lake Titicaca (which my mom went to and loved) on its 10 best.

1. The Treasury at Petra, Jordan; 2. The Grand Canal, Venice; 3. The Masai Mara, Kenya; 4. Sydney Harbour Bridge; 5. Taroko Gorge, Taiwan; 6. Kings Canyon, Northern Territory, Australia; 7. Cappadoccia caves, Turkey; 8. Lake Titicaca, Peru and Bolivia; 9. Cable Beach, Broome, Western Australia; 10. Jungfraujoch railway, Switzerland.

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

You know you are bored at work when...

... you look up the engagement and wedding announcements from your hometown online newspaper.

... you check your bank statement 3 times in a day. Logging in separately each time.

... you get excited when someone IMs you. Not that I wouldn't ordinarily, but even more so now.

... you send emails to people and hope they are bored too and respond right away. Especially coworkers bc you know they are bored too.

... you eat every hour at your desk.

... you look at the poster on your wall and study the topographical features of every country of the world.

... keep looking at your cell phone to see if someone has texted you. And the last time you checked was 8 minutes ago.

... you blog.

... you go to the bathroom even when you don't have to go.

... you start sorting out your email inbox. Oh, and outbox too.

Any other fun things?

Friday, August 03, 2007



Papua New Guinea

So I have been watching SHARK WEEK :) and last night was the best night: the show was called Shark Tribe. It's a native tribe of Papua New Guinea (I think on Buka Island-I forget the town names) that calls and captures sharks by hand (like the Lemon, Blacktip, Mako) by banging shells like rattles on the water's surface and under it. It was so amazing. The most amazing part was that the people on this remote island spoke English-even the elders (and the oldest living shark caller who is 70!). All through the episode, I was even distracted by thinking the whole time "Man, these people know English". And it's pretty good. :S

So the guy who went there (who has also hosted specials on Discovery like one where he was determined to be able to sit by a lion pride w/o them attacking... and he did it) and his friend a shark specialist and PhD student, also showed the shark callers a video of the Great Whites they study. The shark caller looked at it in awe and said yes I can capture that too. His confidence was really amazing! I know I am using amazing a lot, but it's the only word that fits.

Great episode-maybe I will put the DVD on my birthday present list. :)

Thursday, July 19, 2007

Helping out with a baby for the weekend...

I went to visit my best friend in the whole world up in NC this past weekend, and it was SO great to spend time with her! We have only seen each other at Xmas for a couple hours or at my bridal shower, etc. and I felt the need to spend a few days with her and her son and husband. You only live once.......... We went around her town, to UNC-Chapel Hill and Duke, the NC Natural Science Museum in Raleigh, and a GREAT Mexican restaurant called El Dorado. It's ALMOST as good as Los-I would say close second! And that is saying a lot!

I also got to see first hand what it would be like to have kids right now, and honestly, I am not ready for that yet. hahaha It is SO much work... getting up with him at 6 AM, feeding, playing, putting him down for naps, bathing, car seats, strollers, high chairs, sippee cups, toys, crying (and laughing too!-he really is a happy kid :) ), diapers, stair gate things, protective things for the outlets, daily routines, etc. They are such good parents though, and I know I learned some things from the best: especially that I am not ready for this. hahahaha I was good for the weekend, but glad that I could just go home after work and chill out or go anywhere I wanted or wake up when I wanted. Maybe in 4 yrs I will change my mind. ;) Well, I have to change my mind bc we already planned to take trips so our kids can play together!

Thursday, July 12, 2007


I am so sick of lazy and irresponsible people. "Oh I forgot" (when I reminded them every day). "Oh your paperwork got messed up". "We fixed your leak" (for the second time, and now there's no hot water). "Oh I didn't know that" (could have looked it up on the internet and it takes 5 min.). Can no one do anything right anymore? Do your jobs! I sound bitter, but it's not just me who has been saying this. Friends, family, other people have been complaining about people too. I am just speaking for them. ;)

Saturday, July 07, 2007

A very very very good friend of mine (one of my best in Tallahassee) passed away a week ago. It's been a hard week......................

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Turkiye is (and will be) sizzling!

According to

Thursday, Jun 28
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Sizzling sunshine and very hot. Winds from the N at 9 km/h.
Realfeel®: 46 °C
High: 38 °C

Or, in the US system:

Thursday, Jun 28
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Sizzling sunshine and very hot. Winds from the N at 6 mph.
Realfeel®: 115 °F
High: 102 °F

Monday, June 25, 2007

Garage sale mania/UK politics

I was out of town this weekend, and my friend had a garage sale. She made a TON of money there!! But, that is not the reason for the post. The reason I am writing, as usual, is to say WHAT IS WRONG WITH PEOPLE? First, the sale started at 8 AM. Guy shows up at 7 asking what she will be selling, when it starts, etc. She has to say to him 3 times to come back at 8 (as the article in the paper said). Then at 757, a FLOOD of people come. I guess they are part of a big neighborhood area garage sale interest group. By 930, half of the stuff was gone. My friend had a pair of pants on sale that she had gotten her husband at a warehouse for over $100 and was asking $2 for them. $2. The lady that wanted to buy them said I'll give you a dollar. (Are you kidding?) My friend said no, and the lady says (in a really nasty tone): "WELL, this IS a garage sale after all" and walks away without buying them. Talk about cheap! Then, a guy was buying $2 worth of stuff (VHS tapes, etc.) and said I'll give you $1.50 for everything. WHAT DIFFERENCE IS 50 CENTS?? At that point, my friend was so pissed that she said fine. But really. Trying to negotiate at a garage sale? Isn't there any protocol for that?!

On another note, Tony Blair is gone. I am really wondering what UK politics will be like with Gordon Brown as prime minister.........................

Thursday, June 21, 2007

Tally food establishments

What is going on in this city??

1. For the first day of summer, Bruegger's Bagels is having a snow celebration with fake snow, snow angels, iced coffee, snowmen, etc. If only people here knew how awful snow is! Some people haven't even seen snow before! And why would you want to ruin the first day of summer by thinking about it? Apparently it was so crazy that it made the newspaper in Syracuse too.

2. I went to Subway and on the receipt it said "Subway for the Glory of God" as the name of the restaurant. I have talked about this so much over the last day that I don't even know what to say about it anymore. Other than I am STILL dumbfounded.

Tuesday, June 19, 2007

Age of Love

**Disclaimer: I am only watching this show b/c Mark Philippoussis is a tennis player. I usually hate reality tv (except Real World and the reunions/challenges).

So does it make me old that I am hoping he picks a 40-something and that the 20-somethings are just SOOOOOOOOO annoying???? Go older women!! They look absolutely amazing!!

Miss Manners

I write a lot about manners and basic courtesy because I think people don't have them anymore. Well, today I was proved wrong. I was getting into the elevator after lunch and a guy was already going up and the door was about to shut. I said "don't worry about it" but he stuck his hand inbetween the doors and said "oh, I have a chemical in this bottle and it might smell so I didn't want you to get in and have to smell it. I just didn't want you to think I was being rude [by not keeping the doors open so I could get in]". Wow. So, again, he opened the doors just to say that he was going to close them and didn't want me to think he was being rude by not letting me in.

(Then I got into the other elevator and a lady got out and the elevator smelled like fart, so maybe I should have been in the original one hahahahaha).

Just thought that was nice. (The first part, not the fart).

Thursday, June 14, 2007

International current events

Two things have left me disheartened (it's another list-I like to make lists for my blog):

1. The blasts to Sunni mosques in Samarra, Iraq have made me sick to my stomach. Literally. These are HUNDREDS of years old. The Al-Askariya Mosque has now lost its minarets from this attack, and its dome back in 2006. When I heard this news, I felt sick and nauseous. It's just so sad. It was built in the 900s! According to Wikipedia, Al-`Askarī or the `Askariyya Mosque/Shrine (Arabic: مرقد الامامين علي الهادي والحسن العسكري; transliterated: Marqad al-Imāmayn `Alī l-Hādī wa l-Ħassan al-`Askarī) is a Shī`a Muslim holy site located in the Iraqi city of Samarra 60 miles from Baghdad. It is one of the most important Shī`ite mosques in the world, built in 944.[1] Its dome was destroyed in February 2006 (see al-`Askarī Mosque Bombing).
The remains of the tenth and eleventh Shī`a Imāms, `Alī l-Hādī and his son Hassan al-`Askarī, known as "the two `Askarīs" (al-`Askariyyān), rest at the shrine.[2] It stands adjacent to a shrine to the Twelfth or "Hidden" Imām, Muħammad al-Mahdī. The `Askariyya Shrine is also known as the "Tomb or Mausoleum of the Two Imāms", "the Tomb of Imāms `Alī l-Hādī and Hassan al-`Askarī" and al-Hadhratu l-`Askariyya.
Also buried within the Mosque are the remains of Hakimah Khatun, sister of `Alī l-Hādī, and of Narjis Khatun, mother of Muħammad al-Mahdi.[3]

2. FIFA decided last month to prohibit international tournaments and World Cup qualifying matches above 8,200 feet (2,500 meters). That rules out the capitals of Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and the stadiums of leading teams in Peru, Chile and Mexico. (La Paz is the world's highest capital BTW). In protest, Evo Morales of Bolivia and some of his staff played soccer at above 19,000 feet and said they were fine. Here is the rest of the article: Totally unbelievable and NOT FAIR!! It's not their fault that their cities are high. They still want to host international soccer events! Players will be fine.

Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Being foreign is my dream...

... and I think I have come as close to that as possible. :) Especially because the other day when I was walking down the hall to work, my coworker says "it's the girl from Ipanema" and I said WHAT?! and she said yeah, I didn't recognize you because you looked foreign. Mission accomplisted!! I went nuts! I told her that was the greatest compliment she could have ever given me. Really the greatest compliment ANYONE can give me would be to say something like that. Like in Turkiye when everyone said I look Turkish... and the airline stewardesses spoke to me in Turkce!

Monday, June 11, 2007

Just some things

1. I wish immigration didn't take so long. :(
3. All these blasts from the past this year-Baby Jessica is back, new things about Princess Di. I still remember back in 1997 right when I arrived in Madrid at my host family's house, the first time I saw my host mom she was watching her funeral. Later that fall I went to Paris and flowers were still fresh (put there by mourners) at the place where she died.
4. Yesterday at the French Open, the tennis players could speak multiple languages. Of course they could-they are not from the US. Nadal knows Spanish, English, and probably others; "Guga" (Kuerten) knows French, English, Portuguese, and probably Spanish; Federer speaks French, English, German, and probably others. *sigh* Why can't we all be like them?? Even the commentators (McEnroe, Carillo, and the other guy who I can never remember) said it puts Americans to shame. DUH.
5. This morning I had a little panic attack-I woke up and my boncuk necklace from Turkiye was missing from my neck. I said OH NO what if I lost it in the pool, while playing kickball yesterday, or somewhere else ...... After investigating, I saw the chain on the strap of my PJs, but the charm was nowhere in sight. Then I panicked less because I knew the charm had to be in my apt. somewhere. I tore off all the blankets and shook them, looked under the couch cushions, on the table, then finally in my gym bag. Phew-I heard the "tink" and the charm fell out. Relief!!!!!!!!! I would have cried!! I guess it got there by falling into the bag as I was getting something out of my purse this morning.

Sunday, June 03, 2007

Why I take time with friends and call and email and everything else..... :)

The Hug Drug
Friends are just as effective as Prozac.

It just may be that no drug is more effective than a good, meaningful chat. A British study has demonstrated the healing power of friendship. A group of chronically depressed women living in London were randomly assigned to receive a volunteer "befriender" or were placed on a waiting list for one. The befrienders were instructed to be confidants to the depressed women, meeting them regularly for chats over coffee or outings.

Tirril Harris, of Guy's, King's and St. Thomas' schools of medicine in London reports that among the women who saw their volunteer friends regularly throughout the year, 72 percent experienced a remission in depression compared with just 45 percent in the control group. That's about the same success rate as antidepressants or cognitive therapy, says Harris.

The women who benefited most from the friendship prescription typically experienced some kind of "fresh start": they reconnected or made amends with a person who was estranged from them, or left an unpleasant job for another that seemed more promising.
In one case, Janet, a depressed woman who took part in the study, had been working overtime for no extra pay. Her befriender pointed out that this was unfair and suggested she ask for compensation. Janet approached her boss, who was "amenable and apologetic," Harris recalls. "These types of experiences—an acknowledgment of respect—made the formerly depressed women feel differently about themselves and about the world."


Tuesday, May 29, 2007

How do I do it??

How is it that I have been to Costa Rica 6 times now, and still managed to take 355 fotos this time?? Oh well-they are still great. Unreal pics of the sunrise over the Caribbean. :)

Wednesday, May 09, 2007


So at Curves, sometimes it gets way too hot in there, and the ladies that are working out go to the thermostat and turn it down w/o the Curves workers knowing it. Well, apparently they knew what was going on, and when we went to work out yesterday, the thermostat was covered by a locked box. LOL I laughed so hard. One of the ladies I go with pointed it out to me and I could not breathe from laughing. hahahahaha I am still laughing! I can't stop! Maybe I will take a picture and put it up sometime.

Thursday, May 03, 2007


I weighed myself at Curves yesterday and since I started Curves, I have lost 14 lbs. :)

Thursday, April 26, 2007

A camel kills someone in Florida?

Well, since I have been away for a while, I haven't heard a lot of the news stories around here. Work was just ending today, and one of my coworkers came in and said did you hear about the camel that killed a woman on her farm (I don't remember how we got on the subject... maybe because I start blasting Arabic music in my office at approx. 440 PM every day)? This happened to be in the same town another coworker is from, tiny little Wewahitchka, FL, and she ended up knowing the woman. If you have ever been near or on a camel, you will know that this death could not have been pretty. It's really sad.

It even made the LA Times too:

Fla. Woman Dies After Camel Sits on Her
By Associated Press6:46 PM PDT, April 24, 2007
WEWAHITCHKA, Fla. -- An owner of an exotic animal farm has died after being kicked and then sat on by a camel. Cathie Ake and the 4-year-old camel were being filmed by a local television station on Sunday when the camel kicked her and then sat down during a break in filming.The station was doing a story on Mini-Akers Exotic Animals, the 15-acre farm Ake owned with her husband.Cathie Ake's husband, Donnie Ake, said he would find a new home for Polo, the camel, The News Herald of Panama City reported Tuesday. He believes the 1,800-pound animal was agitated by mating season.The couple bought the camel at an auction three weeks ago and kept him in a 50 foot by 80 foot pen."My wife did a lot of rescue," Donnie Ake said. "She wouldn't let an animal suffer."We might not have food in the house, but she made sure they had something to eat."A reporter called 9-1-1 when Ake fell under the camel."To be honest with you, I don't think there's much that she could have done," said Gulf County Sheriff Dalton Upchurch.A deputy and paramedics moved the camel and recovered Cathie Ake's body.Donnie Ake said he believes his wife either suffocated or was crushed by the animal. The Akes started their exotic animal farm nearly 10 years ago.,1,896120.story?coll=sns-ap-nation-headlines


Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Discovery Channel is amazing

So if you have not been watching the mini-series on Discovery called Planet Earth (made in cooperation with the BBC b/c you know the Brits are smarter and better than we are!-that's the truth-I am not making fun of them), you are really missing out. Just the opening makes me have goosebumps! The music together with the various habitats and animals around the world... it's spectacular.

It's an 11 part series filmed in over 200 locations over 5 years. Wow. Animals and places no one has ever seen or visited. Chacma Baboons wandering through flooded water in Botswana which I have NEVER seen before, lions attacking and killing an elephant, tiny little Pygmy Seahorses only a 1/2 inch long in the Indo-Pacific seas, wild yaks, birds dancing, Bactrian camels in the Gobi.... it's awesome!!

I especially love it because it bounces around the world and each episode focuses on a particular habitat. :) GO TO IT!! I love the Earth! I want the DVD.

Also watch Deadliest Catch Tuesdays at 9 on Discovery. It showcases the most dangerous job on Earth in my opinion: King Crab hunting off the Bering Sea. There are 5 fishing boats with captains, deck bosses, etc. and it goes through the crab season and weather, personal conflicts, boat breakdowns, and other things they have to endure.

Tuesday, April 03, 2007

This world makes no sense

A Zamboni is a VEHICLE, no? And he was drinking, NO? Isn't that DRUNK DRIVING?

No drunk driving charge for Zamboni operator
N.J. judge rules that ice rink-grooming machines aren’t motor vehicles

Updated: 11:24 a.m. ET April 3, 2007

NEWARK, N.J. - It’s not drunken driving in New Jersey if it involves a Zamboni.
A judge ruled the four-ton ice rink-grooming machines aren’t motor vehicles because they aren’t useable on highways and can’t carry passengers.
Zamboni operator John Peragallo had been charged with drunken driving in 2005 after a fellow employee at the Mennen Sports Arena in Morristown told police the machine was speeding and nearly crashed into the boards.

Police said Peragallo’s blood alcohol level was 0.12 percent. A level of 0.08 is considered legally drunk in New Jersey.
Peragallo appealed, and Superior Court Judge Joseph Falcone on Monday overturned his license revocation and penalties.
“It’s a vindication for my client,” Peragallo attorney James Porfido said after the hearing. “It’s the right decision.”

Morris County Assistant Prosecutor Joseph D’Onofrio said no decision had been made on whether to appeal.
Peragallo, 64, testified at his trial that he did drink beer and vodka, but not until after he had groomed the ice. However, he told police he had a shot of Sambuca with his breakfast coffee and two Valium pills before work.

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Monday, April 02, 2007


THANK GOD APRIL IS FINALLY HERE!!!! That means not very long until my wedding!! :) <3

Monday, March 26, 2007


I just don't understand them sometimes. And I AM one. Go figure. Why aren't they happy with a man who treats them right?? And who is nice, smart, funny, has a good family and nice friends...?? Why don't they want to keep him?? Help me understand.

Sunday, March 25, 2007

Happy (half) birthday to me!

Today I turn 29 1/2. That means only 6 months left in my 20s..... but I have a feeling that my 30s will be amazing. :)

Monday, March 19, 2007

"Special delivery"

No, not a baby. hahaha Well actually, close.

I was reading the Smithsonian's website and found this fascinating: little kids used to be SHIPPED in the mail back near the year 1900. Yes, shipped in the mail.

"Through snow, rain, gloom of night and...diapers?"

"This anonymous c. 1900 photograph from the Smithsonian's National Postal Museum spoofs the idea of sending a youngster through the mail, but the scenario wasn't that far-fetched. In 1914, a 2-year-old boy was sent via Parcel Post from Oklahoma to Kansas (postage paid: 18 cents), and the service delivered at least two other children before it officially barred the mailing of human beings later that year."

To see the pic go to .

Wednesday, March 14, 2007


Guess who is boycotting the NCAA tournament? Me. Guess why? Syracuse did not make it. So, I have absolutely no interest in the tournament, any games played, the Final Four, the championship, or anything.

Instead, I will be watching intently for SU and also FSU to make it far into the NIT later rounds. Go 'Cuse and 'Noles!!

Thursday, March 08, 2007

My play

I was at a conference this week, and the guest speaker was talking about a lot of different things, including how important people are in your life. He was saying that life is one big play, and that people audition to get a role and be in your life. I liked that. I started to think of how people have come and gone in my life, and if they are gone, I guess they didn't win the role. I can think of so many people that would be in the running for the Academy Award for best actor, actress, supporting actor and actress in my life. Best picture? Hum. There are a lot of events/contenders for that too. Best screenplay? Best musical score? Best costume? Best director? Producer? Foreign film? (Now THAT would be a good one). Animation? Maybe I should write some of this in my storybook. :)

Wednesday, February 28, 2007

"Growing Pains"

As kids, we all know that everyone watched "Growing Pains" and all those sitcoms (of course my favorite was and is "Family Ties"... which NEVER shows on Nick at Nite or ION or TVLand or any of those, but that's another story). Well I have been watching GP reruns for a while and suddenly I realized some things that I never realized when I was little:

1. I talk like Carol. The accent... the "A"s are SO New York/northeast US.
2. Jason Seaver is a douchebag. Why did Maggie marry him? At times he is so pompous!
3. Kirk Cameron is not cute. I should have stuck to my original plan and liked Ralph Macchio more b/c he looks more foreign/dark than Kirk does.
4. Carol used to be my favorite character, but now it's Ben. He's the comic relief.
5. I didn't realize Carol had so many boyfriends-I thought she was a "geek" the whole time. Her football captain boyfriend Bobby-I totally forgot about him. And he's cute too!

Guess that's it for now. Anyone want to help me get FT rerun again?

Friday, February 23, 2007

What the h*ll is this sh*t????

Anger over NY 'immigration game'

A Republican student group in New York has sparked claims of racism by organising a game called "Find the Illegal Immigrant".

Students will act as immigration officers in Thursday's game and try to find a student in a crowd designated with a badge as the illegal immigrant.
The game has sparked protests from other students with hundreds planning to demonstrate against it.
The New York University College Republican club denied it was racist.
It says the game is intended to raise awareness on immigration issues in the United States.
The winner of the game will take home a gift certificate.
The game is scheduled for New York's Washington Square Park.
College Republican campaign chairman David Laska told the New York Daily News: "Is it politically correct? No. But is it racist? Absolutely not.
"You have to do something like this to get people's attention."
College Republican President Sarah Chambers added: "Just because we don't want illegal immigrants being able to completely disregard the laws of our country doesn't make us racist."
The Daily News said up to 600 students were expected to protest.
One message on the website where details of the game were given read: "Let's not be lazy; instead, let's be just as organised as they are and bring out as many protesters as possible. Bring banners, voice boxes, picket signs."
Illegal immigration has remained a key issue at all levels of society.

Story from BBC NEWS: 2007/02/22 17:21:53 GMT© BBC MMVII

Monday, February 19, 2007

Always an adventure on the bus and the mall

On the bus to the mall this girl got on, and she had a big stain on the back of her pants right where her butt is. It was either red or brown... I didn't want to look closely at all, but I thought to myself, didn't you see this before you put them on?? Or, don't you check?? BLECH.

Then at Wendy's, I got my meal for free somehow. I had $1 off card (Curves promo), and handed the card to the cashier, and said "this is supposed to be $1 off" and he said "oh okay" and called the manager over and zeroed out the entire order I gave him. Then he said "it will be up in a minute" and I said "um okay thanks" and waited for my order on the side of the counter. That was great-I guess he didn't hear me right. He didn't even scan the card, so I STILL have $1 off when I go again!

I love when stuff like that happens.

Friday, February 16, 2007

Ricky in the news :)

Ricky Martin defends anti-Bush gesture
POSTED: 12:15 p.m. EST, February 16, 2007

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) -- Ricky Martin, who was a headliner at the 2001 inauguration ball for President George W. Bush, has a message for the American commander in chief about war.
At a recent concert, the 35-year-old singer stuck up his middle finger when he sang the president's name in his song "Asignatura Pendiente," which includes the words, "a photo with Bush." The gesture last Friday prompted cheers from thousands of fans in the San Juan stadium.
On Thursday, the Puerto Rican heartthrob repeated his criticism of the Iraq war and explained his changed position on Bush.
"My convictions of peace and life go beyond any government and political agenda and as long as I have a voice onstage and offstage, I will always condemn war and those who promulgate it," Martin said about his action in an e-mail statement sent to The Associated Press via a spokesman.
Martin, like other artists, has been highly critical of the war in Iraq.
Best known to international audiences for his smash hit "Livin' la Vida Loca," Martin is a huge star in Puerto Rico, where symbols of national identity -- such as the Puerto Rican flag and anthem -- are widely adored, and residents have complicated feelings about Washington.
The United States seized Puerto Rico in 1898 at the end of the Spanish-American War.
Puerto Rico's 4 million people are U.S. citizens and can be drafted into the military but cannot vote for president and have no voting representation in Congress. They also do not pay federal taxes.
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Thursday, February 08, 2007

HYPERVENTILATING and trying not to throw something


Vandals attack Gaudi's dragon

POSTED: 7:05 a.m. EST, February 8, 2007

MADRID, Spain (Reuters) -- Vandals have attacked a mosaic-covered dragon statue by Spanish artist Antoni Gaudi in Barcelona's Guell Park with an iron bar, damaging the head and torso, police said on Thursday.
Locals said a group of youths dressed as punks attacked the statue on Tuesday evening, police said.
Police have arrested a 22-year-old man on suspicion of damaging the historic monument, which lies at the entrance to the park.
The park is a UNESCO World Heritage site crammed with benches and walkways designed by Gaudi.
Built at the start of the 20th century, it was one of the first sites where Gaudi used his signature "trencadis" method of covering curved surfaces with tiny pieces of smashed, multi-coloured ceramics.
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HERE ARE SOME PICS OF PARK GUELL FROM WHEN I WAS THERE IN 2005 (in the 4th pic, the dragon is right behind the circular disk you see):

Monday, February 05, 2007

Errand weekend

JCPenney had a crazy sale Saturday-75% off everything.... so I got boots marked down from $70 to $17. :P And a few other things.

So with the Super Bowl-glad Peyton finally silenced his critics! And what is with the thousand Coke commercials? Don't enough people around the world know what it is and drink it that Coke doesn't need to promote it anymore? Obviously in the business world and for money reasons, they should have new creative advertising to compete... yadda yadda, but really. It's so dumb. Spend that money on kids that are starving. Or Darfur. Or cancer research. Or a million other things.

The Noles won too-AT DUKE!.. by one point, but still it's a W on the schedule!

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

A couple things to ponder

1. I was watching 60 Minutes on Sunday, and one story was on messy desks at the workplace. If I remember right (which I think I do), workers with messy desks (as opposed to neat and clean) were 36% more effective at their jobs. I am trying to find the story on their website, but I can't right now. I have a messy desk (and apartment!), and people laugh at me all the time, but now there may be something good about it. I always knew that, but now I have proof. And wasn't it Einstein that said if someone is messy they are smarter? ;)

2. I think my Spanish is slipping.... but not much of course. I just speak Turkish so much now that I feel like my mind is so mixed and jumbled... today I went to the Costa Rican welcome dinner for the group that is in Tally for 2 weeks, and when I went to say "si", it almost came out as "evet". It took me half a second to realize "oh wait, SPEAK SPANISH IDIOT!". I don't know what that means, but it's good that my brain is working that much I guess. :P

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Why can't we do this in Mexico? I'LL GO!!

EU to start African job centers to promote legal migration
POSTED: 10:02 a.m. EST, January 25, 2007

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Reuters) -- The European Union will open the first job center for legal migrant workers from Africa next month, the EU's justice chief said on Thursday, while appealing to EU states to provide resources to combat illegal immigration.
The experimental center in Mali would be the first of a planned network aimed at matching the supply of legal migrant labor for low-skill sectors such as agriculture, public works and tourism to demand in EU states, Franco Frattini said.
"People can have guaranteed periods of work and illegal undeclared labor will be combated in a very stringent way," Frattini told a European Parliament committee.
"We want migrants to come here legally then go back to their countries of origin when their contracts have ended," the EU commissioner for home affairs and justice said.
The centers are part of an EU drive in 2007 to control a big surge in illegal migration to Europe while meeting a need for low-skilled labor. It also seeks to increase jobs in Africa by promoting investment in labor-intensive sectors there.
The legal migration effort required EU states to declare quotas for the migrant workers they needed, Frattini said, adding he hoped for progress in ministerial talks next month.

Thousands of Africans die trying to get into Europe
The EU has been struggling to contain illegal migration to Europe by Africans searching for jobs and a better life.
More than 31,000 sub-Saharan migrants reached Spain's Canary Islands last year, six times as many as in 2005. Malta and Italy faced similar problems. Thousands of would-be migrants are believed to have died during their perilous journey.
The executive European Commission sees quotas as leverage to persuade African countries to take back illegal migrants.
Some EU states are wary of such a system, but Frattini said that in ministerial talks this month in Dresden, EU states showed a "concrete availability ... to give us the political leverage to negotiate, so I have some hopes".
He said he could not say how many migrants might be involved in the legal scheme. "In my own country, we talk about 400,000 people -- that's for Italy," he said. "But I don't know how many migrants are expected in Germany or in Belgium and so on."
He called on the 27 EU states to announce by a mid-February ministerial meeting how many boats and helicopters they would provide to help the fledgling EU border agency Frontex.
"I strongly hope that ministers will respond in a very positive way," he said. "If not, a blaming and shaming exercise will be possible in this case."
"If we wait until next summer, I think there will be problems ... We will go into the summer completely unprepared."
Frattini said Frontex was currently a tiny operation with just 60 members of staff. "We do need more resources that need to be provided by the member states."
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Here is the link:

More annoyances

1. When people are getting onto a bus, I hate when they don't wait for people to get off FIRST before they get on. Then it creates havoc.

2. Some people think my last name is my first. Easily screwed up? I don't think so-even my email has my names in order on it.

3. When people walk on the wrong side of the stairs, hallway, sidewalk, etc. Walk on the RIGHT!
3a. When people see friends or whoever and stand in the middle of the stairs or hallway or sidewalk and keep their conversation going. Another hallway/staircase/sidewalk, etc. traffic jam.

Wow, a lot of these have to do with transportation issues.

Saturday, January 20, 2007

Pet peeves

As I was riding the bus home today, I was thinking of things that annoy me. Here are some:

1. Sneakers + khakis
2. People that sit on the bus on the OUTSIDE seat, as if they are too good to have someone sit next to them. They hog the entire row, and then the person who needs a sit b/c all the rest are taken feels bad that they have to "inconvenience" the outside sitter, when really the outside sitter should have anticipated the move they would have to make.
3. People that say they will do something and don't do it. Don't promise if you won't be able to deliver!
4. When people are trying to speak to someone that speaks a different language, and that person isn't seeming to understand, the other person speaks LOUDER. As if that will help! Speak SLOWER, not louder. Sheesh.
5. People that talk on their cell phones at the gym. While running. Can you not take a break for an hour?
6. People who let their dogs poop everywhere and don't bother to clean it up.

I have to go to dinner, but those are just the beginning. :P

Friday, January 19, 2007


So I set my alarm today for 430 AM. Why? TENNIS. The Aussie Open. The time difference is rough, but I do it every year. (Askim, hope you are ready for that hahaha). : * Roddick was playing Safin, who is one of my favorite players. I fell asleep and woke back up at 530 and watched the match until I had to take a shower. I was mad b/c I missed the end of the 4th set... Roddick won, which makes me happy too b/c I have liked him since he started (but I still love Safin). Plus the Connors/Roddick duo is awesome. It was raining at one point during the match, and the roof had to be closed. Safin complained that the court was too wet to play (especially the slippery lines), but the chair umpire (one that umps a lot) said you still have to play. I sided with Safin-what if he fell and twisted his ankle just b/c they wouldn't dry the court? Stupid. Safin got warned b/c he swore, but I don't think anyone cared b/c that is the way he is.

Federer will still win the Open, and win his 10th grand slam title. 4 away to tie Sampras! I can't believe I am priviliged enough to be watching one of the all-time greats in the making!

On the women's side, I am hoping for Clijsters before she retires after this year, but I think it may be Mauresmo or Serena. Hingis would be great too. I would love to see her win.

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Why I love languages

Being bilingual can delay onset of dementia
Study: Keeping parts of brain active can stave off Alzheimer's up to 4 years

Updated: 2:52 a.m. ET Jan 14, 2007

OTTAWA, Canada - People who are fully bilingual and speak both languages every day for most of their lives can delay the onset of dementia by up to four years compared with those who only know one language, Canadian scientists said Friday.

Researchers said the extra effort involved in using more than one language appeared to boost blood supply to the brain and ensure nerve connections remained healthy — two factors thought to help fight off dementia. “We are pretty dazzled by the results,” Professor Ellen Bialystok of Toronto’s York University said in a statement.

“In the process of using ... two languages, you are engaging parts of your brain, parts of your mind that are active and need that kind of constant exercise and activity, and with that experience (it) stays more robust,” she later told CTV television. The leading cause of dementia among the elderly is Alzheimer’s disease, which gradually destroys a person’s memory. There is no known cure.

Bialystok’s team focused on 184 elderly patients with signs of dementia who attended a Toronto memory clinic between 2002 and 2005. Of the group, 91 spoke only one language while 93 were bilingual. “The researchers determined that the mean age of onset of dementia symptoms in the monolingual group was 71.4 years, while the bilingual group was 75.5 years,” the statement said.
“This difference remained even after considering the possible effect of cultural differences, immigration, formal education, employment and even gender as (influences) in the results,” it added.

Delays but does not prevent dementiaBialystok stressed that bilingualism helped delay the start of dementia rather than preventing it altogether. Psychologist Fergus Craik, another member of the team, said the data showed that being fully bilingual had “a huge protective effect” against the onset of dementia but he added that the study was still a preliminary finding. The team plans more research into the beneficial side-effects of bilingualism.

The Alzheimer Society of Canada described the report as exciting and said it confirmed recent studies that showed that keeping the brain active was a good way to delay the impact of dementia. “Anything that staves off the time when the risk factor (for dementia) overcomes the defenses is wonderful news,” scientific director Jack Diamond told Reuters. The society estimates that in 2000 -- the latest year for which data is available -- Canada spent C$5.5 billion ($4.7 billion) taking care of people with Alzheimer’s disease.

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Friday, January 12, 2007


I am back. Believe it or not, I did try to post on this a few days ago, but it wasn't working (imagine that). So now that work has calmed down, I am doing it now.

Turkiye was something I will never forget.... everyone reading this blog knows about that anyways, so I don't need to repeat it. : ) I have the man of my dreams forever.

I do have one aggravation: while I was in Turkiye and NY, I submitted a request online at to have my mail held and to have the postman deliver it when I got back. Well, when I got back into town, there was no mail in my mailbox, and not in the bigger locked boxes either. I said, hum, no mail for 3.5 weeks? Must be something weird going on. So I call and call the local post office and keep talking to different people who can't tell me anything. Finally I talked to the supervisor who told me that what happened is that I have a new postman. Apparently the postpeople bid on routes, and my old postman (who was great) won another route, and my route was empty. Nice. So it probably got screwed up because of that, and also because the request was submitted online and sometimes the local post offices don't get the requests.

To make a long story short, my mail from 3.5 weeks has disappeared. Anyone who sent Xmas cards may have them sent back to them, or they may not-I have NO idea. I love it! (NOT) I am pissed as hell. The supervisor told me to check my apt. complex office to see if maybe the mailman gave the stack to them, but they said no. Watch, I will be like those stories you see on the news when people get postcards 45 years later. : /

Next time, I will pay someone to get my mail every few days. It would be worth the money rather than go through this crap again! Maybe if I complain enough, I will get free stamps. Or better yet, free shipping to Turkiye. ; )