One Norwegian Alaskan in Madison.


Nine days ago I was looking for some way to do a small trip abroad and found out about a Habitat for Humanity trip over Christmas to Ghana that fit my college schedule perfectly. I applied that day, and after a telephone interview before work this morning, I'm going! I can't believe it. Now I need to read up a bit on the country and figure out how to raise $3000 in a few months, but I'm so excited! They still need three people for the trip, so if anyone can make it...come with me!


hehe - favorite 404 message reads:

"Ceci n'est pas une Web page.

The file you requested does not exist. We apologize for any trouble, inconvenience, heartbreak, migraines, difficulty in sleeping, vague unfocused angst, roiling hostility, unexpected drops in barometric pressure, surliness in yourself or your co-workers, mouth sores, sexual dysfunction, unwanted celebrity, or distant howling on the very edge of your range of hearing that this may have caused.

I found out from the Brunching Shuttlecocks Pompatus of Love Personality Test that "You are a Joker/Toker. You're a grinner and a picker and a sinner, but not a lover. You are rarely on the run, and you don't get your loving there."



wow. five and a half hours of solid customers - no break in the line at all. where do these people come from? seriously, no opportunity to take a break, eat, or stand up the entire time. karma for yesterday? maybe...

when i got home my north face jacket had arrived, and it fits perfectly! :D that's what online shopping is for.

aww yeah! a month and a day until classes begin! *does a little dance*

Random site for fast computers (turn sound on): Wow! No computer effects used. It's all physics. If you want an detailed explanation, I have an email that goes through it bit by bit. Thanks Sophia!

Random equal opportunity site: Goldberg machine!


Question: Is irony connected with iron, on some level of English?

Work started yesterday, and time went by so quickly :D. For the first part, at least. I took tickets for 5 hours at Red Gate and talked the entire time with another ticket seller from last year whom I love. She's about 50 and has a very nice way of manhandling the people coming through. I admire that.

About 50% of our customers have no idea what they're doing, 50% are irate at something involving the fair/life, and the third 50% (:P) are really nice, normal, concious human beings. If only they could have kids at twice the rate of the other 100% of the population.

I volunteered to take tickets at the concert last night to earn a little more money, and that triggered the rain to come on down :-/ I ended up standing there for 2.5 hours before the silly people realized they shouldn't buy tickets anymore, as the concert was almost over. The weirdest people come out of the woods for the fair...but I love the part where I earn money for sitting around talking to crazy people. It's the perfect people-watching job, too.


Have been very good and am doing physics seriously. Except for now. Will work again soon. Promise.

Rena has come back from boy-scouting unscathed and for the better. I'm so happy she had a great time...and met certain people. ;-) Sadly, my birthday gift to her didn't get there, but returned to me today minus the sending address. No good.

Work at the fair starts tomorrow. I'm kind of looking forward to doing something besides a)homework, b)reading, c)staring blankly at the wall. And the money will be good too. :D Guess who's playing at the fair this year? Everclear...and American Hi-Fi, who're filling in for Cheap Trick. Am I the only one who thinks they've gone crazy? Or maybe it's the whole world. I'm not complaining. Just bemused.

The books I need for fall quarter came online at the su bookstore the other day. Can I get away with using an older edition of the o-chem book I need? It's an issue of $60 vs. $130, so if I can, I will. According to the publisher's site, however, the new version has "substantial" updates involving nanotechnology and so on. Hmm...that sounds important. No doubt Spyridis will do something with it. Maybe if I wait a month used copies of the latest edition will show up online.

So...I filled out an application to go to Ghana the other day. Dad put it in the mail this morning, so it's official. It's pretty random, but I was thinking about what I want to do in the next few years, and one of them is getting out of the U.S. a few times. I found out that Habitat For Humanity, Int'l does trips to various countries, and the only one that fits with SU's/my schedule is a trip to Ghana for a few weeks over Christmas. In four months! So I applied. I don't know if I'm what they're looking for, but I'll find out. If they want me, it's going to be interesting (read: hella hard) to raise all the money needed. But that comes later. Mom was really cool about me wanting to do this, especially since I found out about it and applied in the same day. But when it feels right, why wait? Thinking about it makes me wonder what the hell I'm doing, so I'm going to try not thinking about it and see how that goes.


Rrrrrrgggg. Do. Not. Want. To. Go. To Church. Help.


I'm taking this personality test and they ask whether it is better to be just or merciful. And I'm not sure. So I went to the dictionary to start figuring out what I think is better.

Just: honorable and fair in one's dealings and actions; consistent with what is morally right; properly due or merited; valid within the law; suitable or proper in nature; fitting; based on fact or sound reason; well-founded...

Merciful: unwilling to give pain; compassionate; disposed to pity and spare offenders; unwilling to punish...

With that done it sounds like a choice of right vs. right, really. Hmm... Justice is important to uphold equality in a community; mercy seems like icing on the cake, in that it gives someone more than society thinks they deserve.

Anyway, I made my choice on the test and am forging on, but if you have any comments or arguments for one side or the other, let me know. ;-) I'm kinda curious what you think.


For Slate's run of the 2004 presidential candidates, check out their Campaign 2004 Field Guide. You know you should. Then you'll be smart and cool. :P


::grins:: new favorite movie: Bandits. Absolutely great! I was laughing at so much stuff - it's a pretty smart film. Maybe I'm not the sharpest crayon, but the ending was super, and I didn't exactly see it coming. Though in hindsight... But i'm a little loopy anyway, so that might be it. :P It was perfect for the mood i'm in.

I got done with Bridget Jones 2 last night. It took a while, because in large doses she becomes extra stupid. Not that I didn't enjoy it - I just had to vent sometimes. I was also distracted by these two other books I have going - Pearl Buck's "Imperial Woman" and Robert Forward's "Dragon's Egg". The former is about Tzu Hsi, the last Empress of China, and is a novel following her rise to power and the rest of her reign as basically a goddess in the eyes of her subjects. I started it before the other two books, but it's so dense I'm only a third of the way through it. Buck is great, and next comes "The Good Earth" which I believe is her most popular/well-known book. We'll see how long that one takes me.

The other book is this story of a race of creatures living on the crust of a neutron star that revolves 5 times/sec., so the gravity is incredibly huge, their life span is really quick, and they're incredibly small. Humans gathering data about the star from a ship in orbit aren't aware of the society on the surface, but at the moment their presence and different actions are giving rise to new variations in the species' religion. Apparently they end up able to communicate directly at some point, but I haven't gotten there yet. Will get there soon. My favorite character just died/was murdered, however, so maybe it can wait. :P

Hmm...physics. About that...*cough*electricfieldssuck*cough* so do picky people...*ahem*patrick*ahem*


I'm having a crisis of national identity...hmm...i'm still red and white, however, which are the colors of both WHS and SU, as well as my shirt. Coincidence, you ask? I think not!


Switzerland -
A neutral power for as long as most can remember,
it has avoided war for several centuries.
However, it is still considered highly advanced
and a global power.





Powerful without Force.

Makes Excellent Watches, Etc.


Target of Ridicule.

Constant Struggle to Avoid Conflict.

Target of Criminal Bank Accounts.

Which Country of the World are You?
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pom pom
You are Pom Pom. Your intelligence helps out all
your friends. Apparently you have 27
girlfriends, but sometimes you make us wonder.
. . Big and bouncy, who could ask for a better
friend, especially when you sound like bubbles!


morally deficient
Threat rating: Medium. Your total lack of decent
family values makes you dangerous, but we can
count on some right wing nutter blowing you up
if you become too high profile.




Which one of Captain Jack's bizzare sayings am I? Glad you asked!

jack and eliz on island
You are "Welcome to the Caribbean, love."
You're more than a little world-weary, but also
intelligent and you keep your head when things
get dodgy. You're everybody's favorite
drinking buddy, but your stubbornness does get
in the way sometimes.


Yay for figuring out my national identity so painlessly! Since I haven't really said anything about what I've been doing for the last 5 days, here's what I remember.

On Saturday dad and I went over to Midas for a wheel inspection and they told us that my crapcar handles pretty loosely and drifts to the left because the front left lower ball joint is slightly loose and the front left inner tie rod is also loose. Evidently that tie rod is a bitch to work on. And then they told me how much it would cost for them to do the work. So I'll be driving a wobbly car unless dad finds some cheap parts and we do it ourselves. That would be fitting, since we've done pretty much everything else ourselves *thanks dad!* Mom randomly stopped by while we were waiting for the quote, bringing us sushi and drinks, and then went off to do more shopping in town, so that left dad and me to eat down by the lake in the sun while he explained various things the inspection had discovered. Mmm, sushi is soo good...

Sunday involved church :-/ because i couldn't get out of it like i did the last two weeks...but then Kat picked me up and we drove into Anchorage to look for...well, i think we were supposed to be looking for porn/naughty things, but we went looking for Subterranea first and found it after making fun of tourists and wandering around. They had some "interesting" clothes there, but we agreed that they were trying a little too hard and left. With that out of our systems for the moment, we went not only to the Gap, but Old Navy too. Kind of a 180, no? Because we hadn't stayed out late enough, we stopped in Eagle River on our way back to the valley and watched Pirates of the Caribbean! :D So good! Huzzah.

I think the rest of the week involved lots of swimming at the pool and watching movies, which is fun, if completely mind-draining. Kat's leaving for Macalester today, so last night I went over and we watched The Little Mermaid. I found out that more people I know are pregnant. Ok, a word on that. If you are a teen, don't get pregnant. It's as simple as that. DON'T DO IT! Not the sex part, i mean, but the getting pregnant part. Wait for a few years, k? How about till you have some money to raise your kid with? Sound smart? Yes, indeed. I know you didn't mean to. If you used condoms and the pill and still ended up pregnant, then don't ever gamble, please. You don't have any luck, apparently. But if you forgot one or both of the afore-mentioned items, then you are a moron. And pregnant. Please be nice to your child and don't blame them for your life.

Ok I think that's out now. Chris is leaving for France soon, and I hope he loves his family immediately, and vice versa! Chris, if you read this please let me know where I can send you letters and such, or I'll have to resort to other means to find out :O Kat's leaving tonight for a longass flight to St. Paul, and then lots of driving. Good luck! Since you already like your roomie, I'll just wish for you that you guys are good friends for the whole year! Talk to you on the 30th. Patrick's leaving soon too, for MIT. He wants to see my boobs, but won't send me a photo of him in "special" clothing, so negotiations will continue. And I'm leaving for Seattle in a month! I'm so excited! I got my ticket for the Dashboard Confessional/Brand New/MXPX/Vendetta Red concert on the 28th and it's sitting in my desk right now. :D If anyone in seattle wants to come, buy a ticket and come with Jenny and me. No better way to start the year!


You're Canada!

People make fun of you a lot, but they're stupid because you've
got a much better life than they do.  In fact, they're probably just jealous.
 You believe in crazy things like human rights and health care and not
dying in the streets, and you end up securing these rights for yourself and
others.  If it weren't for your weird affection for ice hockey, you'd be
the perfect person.

the Country Quiz at the href="">Blue Pyramid


Proof that I'm so very, very uncultured:

"Bold the ones you've read/seen. Have fun. "


1984, George Orwell <-- (read the first 20 pages or so...)
The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
Alice's Adventures In Wonderland, Lewis Carroll
Animal Farm, George Orwell
Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
Anne Of Green Gables, LM Montgomery
Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer
The BFG, Roald Dahl
Birdsong, Sebastian Faulks
Black Beauty, Anna Sewell
Bleak House, Charles Dickens
Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
Bridget Jones's Diary, Helen Fielding (v.g.)
Captain Corelli's Mandolin, Louis de Bernieres
Catch 22, Joseph Heller
The Catcher In The Rye, JD Salinger
Charlie And The Chocolate Factory, Roald Dahl
A Christmas Carol, Charles Dickens <-- (seen the play, so half credit for me)
The Clan Of The Cave Bear, Jean M Auel
Cold Comfort Farm, Stella Gibbons
The Colour Of Magic, Terry Pratchett
The Count Of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
Crime And Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky *cough*lawtonsucks*cough*
David Copperfield, Charles Dickens
Double Act, Jacqueline Wilson
Dune, Frank Herbert
Emma, Jane Austen
Far From The Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy
Girls In Love, Jacqueline Wilson
The God Of Small Things, Arundhati Roy
The Godfather, Mario Puzo
Gone With The Wind, Margaret Mitchell
Good Omens, Terry Pratchett and Neil Gaiman
Goodnight Mister Tom, Michelle Magorian
Gormenghast, Mervyn Peake
The Grapes Of Wrath, John Steinbeck <-- (Seen the play, so half credit)
Great Expectations, Charles Dickens (not such a happy story...)
The Great Gatsby, F Scott Fitzgerald
Guards! Guards!, Terry Pratchett
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets, JK Rowling (aww yeah...)
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone, JK Rowling
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, JK Rowling
Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, JK Rowling
His Dark Materials trilogy, Philip Pullman
The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy
The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
Holes, Louis Sachar
I Capture The Castle, Dodie Smith
Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
Kane And Abel, Jeffrey Archer
Katherine, Anya Seton
The Lion, The Witch And The Wardrobe, CS Lewis *points to christian parents*
Little Women, Louisa May Alcott (yeah, mom read this to me long long ago, so i'm counting it)
Lord Of The Flies, William Golding
The Lord Of The Rings, JRR Tolkien
Love In The Time Of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
The Magic Faraway Tree, Enid Blighton
Magician, Raymond E Feist
The Magus, John Fowles
Matilda, Roald Dahl so good!
Memoirs Of A Geisha, Arthur Golden (hey i just read that! does that mean i'm cultured?)
Middlemarch, George Eliot
Midnight's Children, Salman Rushdie
Mort, Terry Pratchett
Night Watch, Terry Pratchett
Noughts And Crosses, Malorie Blackman
Of Mice And Men, John Steinbeck (poor guys, patrick had to tell me i'd read this one)
On The Road, Jack Kerouac
One Hundred Years Of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Perfume, Patrick Suskind
Persuasion, Jane Austen
The Pillars Of The Earth, Ken Follett
A Prayer For Owen Meany, John Irving
Pride And Prejudice, Jane Austen *thanks, mrs. lawton... :-/*
The Princess Diaries, Meg Cabot
The Ragged Trousered Philantrhopists, Robert Tressell
Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett <-- (my part)
The Secret History, Donna Tartt
The Shell Seekers, Rosamunde Pilcher
The Stand, Stephen King
The Story Of Tracy Beaker, Jacqueline Wilson
A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth
Swallows And Amazons, Arthur Ransome
A Tale Of Two Cities, Charles Dickens (ahh, how i don't miss english class...but i liked this one)
Tess Of The D'urbervilles, Thomas Hardy
The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCollough
To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
A Town Like Alice, Nevil Shute
Treasure Island, Robert Louis Stevenson
The Twits, Roald Dahl (hehe this is the best *classic* ever!)
Ulysses, James Joyce
Vicky Angel, Jacqueline Wilson
War And Peace, Leo Tolstoy
Watership Down, Richard Adams
The Wind In The Willows, Kenneth Grahame
Winnie-the-Pooh, AA Milne
The Woman In White, Wilkie Collins
Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte (so depressing...perhaps worse than great expectations)


Godfather, The (1972)
Shawshank Redemption, The (1994) (one of my all-time favorites)
Godfather: Part II, The (1974)
Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The (2001) (so good!)
Schindler's List (1993)
Citizen Kane (1941) <-- (got through half before i almost fell asleep)
Casablanca (1942)
Seven Samurai (1954)
Star Wars (1977)
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
Memento (2000)
One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Rear Window (1954)
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The (2002)
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
Usual Suspects, The (1995)
Amelie (2001)
Pulp Fiction (1994)
North by Northwest (1959)
Psycho (1960)
Silence of the Lambs, The (1991)
12 Angry Men (1957)
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
It's a Wonderful Life (1946) <-- (i think i caught most of it from repeats...every year...)
The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)
Goodfellas (1990)
American Beauty (1999)
Vertigo (1958)
Pianist, The (2002)
Sunset Blvd. (1950)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Some Like It Hot (1959)
Matrix, The (1999) *aww yeah*
To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
Taxi Driver (1976)
Third Man, The (1949)
Paths of Glory (1957)
Fight Club (1999) (it's in my "weird" section of avi cds)
Boot, Das (1981)
L.A. Confidential (1997)
Double Indemnity (1944)
Chinatown (1974)
Requiem for a Dream (2000) (freaky, yo)
Maltese Falcon, The (1941)
Singin' in the Rain (1952)
Bridge on the River Kwai, The (1957)
Sen to Chihiro no kamikakushi (2001)
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
All About Eve (1950)
M (1931)
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) (*whispers* i live with special people)
Raging Bull (1980)
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Se7en (1995)
Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon (2000) (one of my favorites)
Wizard of Oz, The (1939)
2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) (i should watch it again)
Vita e bella, La (1997) (*tears* so sad and good)
American History X (1998) (i didn't know you could kill a guy with a curb *cringes*)
Sting, The (1973)
Touch of Evil (1958)
Manchurian Candidate, The (1962)
Alien (1979)
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Rashemon (1950)
Leon (1994)
Annie Hall (1977)
Great Escape, The (1963)
Clockwork Orange, A (1971) (ultraviolence, yo)
Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Sixth Sense, The (1999)
Jaws (1975)
Amadeus (1984)
On the Waterfront (1954)
Ran (1985)
Braveheart (1995)
High Noon (1952)
Fargo (1996) <-- (caught most of it on tv, but missed the start)
Blade Runner (1982) (still don't get it...but it was 3 am...)
Apartment, The (1960)
Aliens (1986)
Toy Story 2 (1999)
Strangers on a Train (1951)
Modern Times (1936)
Shining, The (1980) (all-time best horror/psycho/suspense movie ever)
Donnie Darko (2001)
Duck Soup (1933)
Princess Bride, The (1987) (on my most-favorite-of-all list)
Run Lola Run (1998)
City Lights (1931)
General, The (1927)
Metropolis (1927) (god i WISH)
Searchers, The (1956)
Full Metal Jacket
Notorious (1946)
Manhattan (1979)
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The Graduate (1967)

So this has pretty much confirmed that:

a) i'm so out of the loop it's almost back to funny
b) movies are the devil/the best way to waste my time :D Speaking of which, I have quite a few that were on that list that i have now been shown i *should* see, so if you have some popcorn we're set!


hehe so dad wanted to know exactly how bad my crapcar has been running lately. i told him it's getting me scared with how much its hunting and loose steering has worsened since i reincarnated it a few weeks ago. we took it for a test drive after dinner (which is fun, because dad likes to "test the brakes"...) and i convinced him to buy a pack of ice cream drumsticks (mmm...) along with his coconut popsicles *shakes head*. yay for free dessert! we *couldn't* let them sit lonely in the bag after we got out to the parking lot, so we had to sit there and eat at least one before heading back down the parks.

out of poor planning, we'd parked right by all the dumbass high school kids in bad clothes who think the carrs parking lot is better than anywhere else to hang while we ate our ice cream we got to make fun of the girl in scary tight clothes crying hysterically while clutching onto this one guy, who looked uncomfortable and tried to peel her off himself for 5 min while maintaining his "coolness", as well as the guy sitting in his dad's little black car, wasting his dad's gas and turning the bass up hella high...mmm...have i told you how much i love not being in high school...or wasilla? a month and a half to go...


mmmff. i was so happy. i was dreaming about something random...i can't remember. and then mom woke me up at 8 to drive her to the dentist. it was a half-emergency, because she was hurting a lot, but now we've got her a double-prescription of vicadin, so the next few days should be pretty funny. she gets really loopy and silly when she's on...pretty much anything.

dad brought the van into town so we could have it looked at, because it's been slightly off since it got rear-ended a week ago. we got mom to the dentist's and went over to a place by schuck's on the parks to get the van looked at, and in the meantime someone in a dump truck had rear-ended this poor guy in a pickup at parks and main right outside the window. evidently his head broke the glass window behind him, but he'll be ok after a while.

at the same time, there was a big problem up towards talkeetna and another somewhere near us in wasilla, as well as a chase on crusey, so all the ambulances were stretched pretty thin for support (emt's are volunteers out here in the valley) and dad (who was an emt 3 forever...up untill a few years ago) went over to help the dude in the pickup at the intersection and didn't come back for quite a while. Now that we've got mom back and dad has disappeared again, I get to start in on the books i got from the library: two by pearl buck, and two by helen fielding. that's right, bridget jones 2. :D


So yesterday i was at home, doing absolutely nothing, waiting for marissa to call so i could go raid her closet before she leaves for bu. I was upstairs doing nothing memorable for a moment, I think, and I came back downstairs to start the laundry and do other forgettable things, when i hear this voice from my room say "Hi Sarah!". Ok. That was kind of freaky. Kat was standing in my room putting the screen back on my open window...which she had just climbed through...evidently our front door is too hard to use :P can we help this girl? she may be beyond us...

Anyway, after realizing that she's weirder than i, we followed marissa to the hamrick compound (complete with a TALL wooden fence blocking the neighbors with a big sign reading "THE WALL OF SHAME"...hehe...) and got to steal some of her clothes, after making it past her parents. We ended up staying there late, talking about certain *cough*robots*cough* and other people we know...kat and i continued that conversation on our way to our respective houses. I think i've filled up my "complain about my family" allotment for the month, so i'm going to try to be good and say nothing bad...or just say nothing...


Yarr. I want to go see the Pirates of the Caribbean, but all my friends don't want to/already saw it. I'm planning to go with my brothers (even though patrick's already seen it once), but it's not working thus far. *sad* Tim wants to see it, and that's really cool because he almost never gets excited about anything. That, or he doesn't let us see when he likes something. Anyway, we've almost gone two times, but have had to drop it first because he wasn't feeling good, and then tonight because he hadn't been doing his math test like mom told him to (he's doing Algebra 2 over the summer...and he's going into 8th grade. scary...), and proceeded to get in a fight with her later. Help! I thought i was the cranky one. Tomorrow night we'll go... Avast!


1. Full name: Sarah Ruth Slauson
2. Nicknames: Patrick has a special one for me, but if you don't know it, that's ok. :P
3. Eyes: Brown
4. Height: 5'4"
5. Hair Color: middle brown. kind of light at the moment, but that will change soon.
6. Do u like to sing in the shower? only at school - i get too much crap about being tonedeaf at home
7. Birthday: July 28
8. Singer/rapper: Singer
9. Address: lovely wasilla
10. Sex?: not yet...
11. Right or left handed: right, though it would be cool to be ambi
12. What's your style? geeky/robot/dorky/too serious
13. Marital status: Single
14. Do you have a car?: yup. see July 22 entry
15. What kind of car do you have/want? I have a crapcar, but I have my eyes on a silver Prius like dad's.
16. Favorite Movie: too many...x-men, gattaca, amelie, matrix, moulin rouge, fiddler on the roof, frequency, bridget jones' diary, boondock saints...
17. Song: Different Drummer by Black 47...for now...
19. TV Show: I watched ER the other day...i like the West Wing...Simpsons always...and Scrubs...
20. Actor: Ethan Hawke (just watched Gattaca ;) or maybe Hugh Jackman...damn
21. Actress: Anna Paquin for X-Men
22. Food: sushi
23. Number: good question. 7? 2?
24. Cartoon: simpsons
25. Disney Character: the Genie :D
26. Color: blue. no, yellow. ahhhhh! (k, whoever gets that is as bad as i am, admit it) :P
27. Do you plan on having children: yeah, someday far, far away
28. Do you want to get married?: I like the idea, but let's just wait and see
29. Hmm no question here. Cool.
30. How old do you want to be when your married: Silly. Whenever it happens. I don't think I could say "hey can we just hold off till i'm 28?" :P
31. Would you have kids before marriage: nah that's just silly. unless i did, and then i'd eat those last words.
32. Do you have a b/f or g/f: nope
33. Music/TV: music and tv :)
34. Guys/Girls: guys
35. Green/blue: blue
36. Pink/Purple: purple
37. Summer/Winter: summer because i love going outside without a jacket. winter because i love the snow. did i have to choose?
38. Night/Day: Night for the people, but day because i'm concious then
39. Hangin Out/Chillin: Hangin out
40. Dopey/Funny: Dopey
41. Weird saying you have? hmm. putain!
42. what school do u go to? SU. Go jesuits!
43. Have you ever taken drugs? nope
44. What's a major turn on for you? that little spark when you brush hands. ok, probably body contact in general
46. About Friends:
A) Most blonde: Rena. I miss you, ro
B) Best personality: everyone on the 10th floor is beautiful
C) Nicest: Sarah Patrick...I can't argue with Chris on this one!
D) Funniest: jenny! (my old roomie)
F) Strangest: hehe. you know it's you!
H) Smartest: mr. mit and ms. bostonu. Patrick and Marissa are mental giants!
I) Best All Around Person: yeah right can we say "to answer this question would be a death wish?" (i couldn't have said it better, chris)
47. Which person would u trust the most? I trust all of you :P
48. What do you think of soul mates? to find mine would be incredible, but i'm not sure if i believe. if i found him, i'd believe!
49. Is it right to flirt if you have a bf/g/f? i suppose, as long as it's not serious
50. What was the last thing you cried over or got teary about? packing up and leaving everyone in june
51. What's something about guys/girls you don't get: Drama. i'm with chris on this one
52. Are you happy? I'm satisfied. Not really happy.
53. Why? I've got stuff to do, but no strong direction. I'll be happy once school starts again and my day fills up
54. What's one object you can't live without? food :) and the internet's pretty cool too...
55. Love or lust: Love
56. Silver or gold: silver
57. Diamond or pearl: Diamonds
58. Sunset or sunrise: sunrise, though i'm rarely awake to see it. this makes it all the more special :P
59. Have you ever gone skinny dipping? no, but i've done the opposite many, many times...
60. Do you sleep with stuffed animals?: used to. i think mopsy is still around here somewhere
61. Do you have any piercings? only the ears so far, and that's a conservative one hole/ear...
62. What color underpants are you wearing right now? pink
63. What song r u listening to rite now? clicking keys. hold on...better! The Bouncing Souls - Break-Up Song
64. What are the last four digits of your phone number? there's 8698, and there's 8071...
65. Where would you want to go on your honeymoon? to bed ;-)
66. Who do u want to spend the rest of your life with? See #28 and #32
67. Football/soccer: Soccer
68. What makes you happy? music, friends, reading, silent moments when I'm completely me (that's for chris)
70. What's the best advice given to you? "will it matter in a year? 5 years?"
71. Have u ever won any special awards? yeah, a lot of them were silly, but i like the scholarships
72. What are your future goals? med school, peace corps, learn more languages
73. Worst sickness you ever had? lots of strep throat and ear infections as a little kid :-/
74. On the phone or in person? In person
75. Hugs or Kisses? Hugs
76. What song seems to reflect you the most? lots and lots of them get a part of me (and lots of other people) pretty close, but i don't remember...
77. If you died tomorrow who would you leave everything you own to? wacky question. hmm...i have no idea.
78. Do u have any enemies? I don't think so...let me know, just as a heads up, k?
79. What is your greatest fear? not doing anything with my life. totally screwing up the opportunities handed to me. not being what i could be
80. Would you rather be rich or famous? rich for all the things i could do that only money allows
81. What time is it in Alabama: time for lunch.
82. Have you ever been in love: Not yet
83. Have you met Santa? Yes. I've been to the north pole too! (north pole, Alaska...)
84. If E.T. knocked on your door holding up a peace sign asking to use your phone what would you do? Go get the phone, and then go on a bike ride with e.t. and chris, since he already claimed the ride.
85. When was the last time u talked about how u REALLY feel with someone, someone u can trust? wow, a long time. sometime in the middle of the year with chris in his hideout, i think
86. Do you have any pets? no more :( they've been gone for a few years
87. generator_00 gotcha.
And 88 is outta here! k
89. Are you an alcoholic? nope - never even been drunk, just slightly buzzy
90. Who sent this to you: i lifted it from chris ;-)
91. What do you think of this person? I like him! He's pretty smart about things. I never spent enough time talking with him, and he'll be gone in france first quarter, but after that...
92. Do u want your friends to write back? go for it, even though it's a post
93. Do u believe in love at first sight? hmm. lust at first sight, yeah. don't know about love. i think that takes more time to develop.
94. Which is better, League or Union? er..da hell?? hey, league brought us "a league of their own" and "the league of extraordinary gentleman"...
95. Name all your friends?, and you, and...hey, see answer #46i
96. What would you do if a person of the same sex tried to hit on you? flattered?
97. What religion are you? not much of anything, but i don't have strong convictions about atheism. i'm a doubter, i would say, and i need to get it figured out.
98. Do you agree with religions? it's so easy to write them off as rituals passed down in the family or solutions for people who need something to follow, but that doesn't explain a lot of the people i've met who have really strong faith, but don't ascribe to their religions out of conditioning or lack of direction, but out of recognition of the truth, for lack of a better description. So the short answer is, I think i just don't get what they get.
99. Are you one of those people who wait for things to happen, or go out and make things happen: I end up waiting a lot though I generally mean to make things happen
100.What is the thing you look forward to the most in your life? the future


We got back from Chitina Sunday evening with 75 reds. That's so many fish, and I gutted a lot of them! I've just been unwinding here since then, unpacking things and cleaning out everything we took. The silt there is pretty insidious and ends up everywhere. Overall, the trip was one of the best we've had as far as work goes, and we've been making the drive at least once or twice a summer for...I don't know how many least four.

Usually we get there and set up camp later than we should, walk down to the river to check the wheel, and spend a few hours in the wind fixing the gangplank/adjusting the wheel's postion in the river/getting wet and dirty. Then we get it running at the right rate, in the right position, and go to sleep, hoping to wake up to a basketful of fish.

We were on par with the other trips up to the point where we went to check the wheel and found it turning perfectly and with a basketful of fish already :D We went back to camp, set up a really big shelter with a huge tarp over the branch of a tree, and took it easy. The next day was perfect - lots of sun, no clouds, and me in control of the music (dad's into easy jazz, frank sinatra, and acapella christian at the moment...).

I'm still surprised at the people that wander down to the row of fishwheels on the bank of the Copper River where we are. It's happened every time I've been there, but I wonder how people find out about/are interested in people processing fish by a river in a town with as many people as my neighborhood. Some of the tourists are from the states, but the majority are German. I met three German kids, though only one spoke english, a separate group of german women, some dutch guys, a guy from maine, a woman from idaho, and a guy from israel. How random is that? They were all really nice and just seemed to want to know what it was like to do what we were doing.

So I've been vegging since we got back, but I got up this morning and went for a run for 30 min before going to lap swim as usual. :o I ran into Atali lifeguarding at the pool, but she was talking to someone else so I just got in and did my laps, and then drug myself home. Maybe if I did that more often I wouldn't feel like taking a nap right after i got done? Hehe and I'd be less of a bitchy person. I think maybe when I don't have much energy left over, I have to conserve and can't be such a jerk to my entire family. Hmm that's a pretty sound theory. Alright, since physics hasn't happened for days and isn't looking too hopeful tonight, I'm going to fold early and just watch a movie. Gattaca sounds interesting...


We got just past Palmer in Dad's pretty silver Prius when mom and dad called on the radio to tell us that they'd just been rear-ended in the van on the Palmer-Wasilla. The trailer (small with a metal platform and wooden frame) took the brunt of it and is pretty much unuseable (lots of splintered wood, twisted metal, and exploded water jugs), but there's also a nice big dent in the back of the van. With this in mind, are we going to skip the fishing trip and sort out all the damage and insurance crap for the next few days? No no, we're going fishing! Back in a few days...

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