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disneyland 2007 [Oct. 8th, 2007|05:26 pm]
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So, people, Disneyland this year.

I'm going to be down south from Dec. 21 to Jan. 7. Give me ranges of dates that look good to you. Do we want to go before Xmas? After Xmas?
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(no subject) [Aug. 20th, 2007|10:01 pm]
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My flute teacher of 7 years passed away today.

She had cancer, which was a shock in itself. It started in her stomach and spread to her liver. She went in for chemo last Friday and passed away today.

Like my grandmother, she was always a very sprightly person. Very confident, in tune with musical sensibility, and deeply religious. She didn't drink and didn't smoke.

I remember being probably one of her worst students: she found in me a natural talent in a provisional audition, and she took me despite her two year waitlist. I was lucky, but I was a brat back then. Still am, I guess. I never practiced. I had the volume and control, no doubt, but never developed it, despite the years and years of lectures and advice she tried patiently to instill in me. She never yelled at me, unlike other students, despite me being the most trying, and she often fed me, which I suppose is the Asian way of telling me she was fond of me.

I haven't spoken to her once since I moved, and now I'm left with all this lingering regret. I should've gone to see her some Xmas after we moved back. I should've told her that this summer, yes, when I picked up the flute for the first time in 9 years, I finally got what she was trying to tell me. I should've told her how I realized how lucky I was, how grateful. God, I'm such a fool.
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lets hang out [Jun. 24th, 2006|09:51 pm]
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angelinos! I'll be in the area july 6-9. lets do something summery.

p.s. a new "kazuma"?!?! i'm certainly deserving of my name.
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COME CAMPING [May. 7th, 2006|05:48 pm]
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When? memorial day weekend
Where? san gorgonio mts (near big bear)
Why? because its super fun!! and the more people that come the better! we're caravaning down from norcal, and its super easy to get to from socal. look at that squirrel, he's saying "come visit me in my natural habitat"
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Another birthday shout-out [Feb. 5th, 2006|03:21 pm]
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[mood |contentcontent]
[music |see-saw - Annani issho datta no ni]

A day late (I had guests over) but happy birthday, Gluttony! Hope you had endless cake :p
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Because there are so many avid readers among the sinful ones.... [Jan. 29th, 2006|03:13 pm]
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[music |Confessions on a dancefloor - Madonna]

Meme: Copy and paste this into your journal. Bold the books you've read, italicize the ones you are working on or might read, and leave the rest visible.

The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
The Catcher in the Rye - J.D. Salinger
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy - Douglas Adams
The Great Gatsby - F.Scott Fitzgerald
To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
The Time Traveler's Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince - J.K. Rowling
Life of Pi - Yann Martel
Animal Farm: A Fairy Story - George Orwell
Catch-22 - Joseph Heller
The Hobbit - J. R. R. Tolkien
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time - Mark Haddon
Lord of the Flies - William Golding
Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
1984 - George Orwell
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban - J.K. Rowling
One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
Slaughterhouse 5 - Kurt Vonnegut
Angels and Demons - Dan Brown
Fight Club - Chuck Palahniuk
Neuromancer - William Gibson
Cryptonomicon - Neal Stephenson
The Secret History - Donna Tartt
A Clockwork Orange - Anthony Burgess
Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
American Gods - Neil Gaiman
Ender's Game - Orson Scott Card
Snow Crash - Neal Stephenson
A Prayer for Owen Meany - John Irving
The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis
Middlesex - Jeffrey Eugenides
Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
The Lord of the Rings - J. R. R. Tolkien
Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
Good Omens - Terry Pratchett, Neil Gaiman
Atonement - Ian McEwan
The Shadow Of The Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Old Man and the Sea - Ernest Hemingway
The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood
The Bell Jar - Sylvia Plath
Dune - Frank Herbert
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Older and wiser [Jan. 24th, 2006|07:47 pm]
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[mood |happyhappy]
[music |Kino no Tabi OP - All the Way]

Happy birthday, Sloth! And congratulations on your new job! *partaaaaaaay*
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where are the Movie Images of yesteryear? [Jan. 16th, 2006|07:43 pm]
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[mood |coldcold]
[music |The look for less]

So I noticed a year or two ago that Movie Image was no more. But it was just a boarded up part of that old building. They didn't attempt to put a new store in there. Then suddenly today I was walking around berkeley and almost half of that block is now a huge Longs Drugs! its so not berkeley! but, unlike the gross walgreens, it is clean and super well stocked and not filled with pertini. But still, they are evil for buying out the small berkeley movie rental place.
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Where my sins at? [Jan. 10th, 2006|09:55 pm]
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[mood |apatheticapathetic]
[music |Frou Frou - Let Go]

Comin' back to da home turf, yo. I'll be kickin' it w/ Sloth in Bezerkeley. Feel free to join us for some manlove and ice cream.

Oh, and I want to see Tristan & Isolde. And I thumb my nose at all of you if you think I'm the sappiest person in the world, I dun care. Just come with me to see it.
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So, ladies... (and you men, too, if you'd like) [Dec. 2nd, 2005|11:28 pm]
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[mood |quixoticquixotic]
[music |Do As Infinity - TAO]

Colin Firth as Mr. Darcy? Or Cary Elwes as Wesley?

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