i met an old Chinese woman the other day at a local auto body shop who turned out to be an acupuncturist from Harbin (way up in northeast China by Russia and North Korea). she’s been in the US for 16 years already, having spent the first seven in Detroit with her own practice and the last nine working in an American clinic somewhere on the south side of the city. as we chatted while waiting for our cars, her warmth and candor began reminding me of my late maternal grandmother.
after about half an hour, the mechanic popped in and told her that the reason she was having problems stopping was because the rotors were completely warped and her brake pads had all but disintegrated. repair time was estimated to be three to four hours but she didn’t have time to wait; she had things to do and places to go and so she left.
my grandmother was definitely smarter.
sweet. a million thanks to my old friend Brian in the Bay Area who has generously agreed to donate his old mp3 player! that was fast.
Beka and i went to watch her little cousin’s grade school basketball game today. surprisingly, it was only the second mainstream American sporting event* i’ve ever been to, the first time being back in 2005 when i watched the Chicago Bulls skillfully lose to the San Antonio Spurs.
today’s game was more entertaining, i think.
* it’s stupid that i have to resort to this wording because virtually nobody in the US recognizes MotoGP despite the fact that it far outshines any other sport popular in this country.
anyone out there have an mp3 player (preferably a cheap one that can play every audio format known to man) that A) they’re not using and B) are willing to donate to me? :)
got four new tires today to replace the balding ones on my mom’s old car which i’ve been driving ever since mine packed up and gave in. the car feels tighter and more precise with fresh rubber, a definite plus when you’re sharing slick roads with idiots.
for the longest time, the only thing holding me back from shooting high definition video (besides money) was that i didn’t have a computer that could handle even playing it, let alone editing. but now that i’ve got a monster on my desk, i can finally shoot to my heart’s content.
so here it is: my new pocket camera. like i mentioned before, it’s shock/water/dust/walrusproof and should, in theory, take pretty much whatever i throw at it. i haven’t had a whole lot of time to play around with it but it seems pretty nice so far. the still image quality is pretty mediocre but it shoots 720p which is good for me because that’s all i’m really going to use it for anyway.
my new pocket camera came in today and i’ve already dunked it into a jar of water. more details to come tomorrow.
this is a screenshot of my facebook profile. the new layout is pretty alright: name, brief info and photos up top. everything is pretty normal, right? well, not really.
to be fair, i don’t keep any photos of myself on facebook but come on, dead squid?
Beka and i both had a bit of stomach trouble, ostensibly from the stunningly unexceptional Middle Eastern restaurant from yesterday. we’re okay now but it was definitely a fitting end to last night’s meal.
in other news, i have an inexplicable craving for fried chicken.
went to an exceedingly mediocre Middle Eastern restaurant for dinner tonight.
here’s a top tip: don’t eat at a place if it’s almost completely empty at 7:00pm on a Saturday