Monday, August 30, 2004

Went to the Dave Matthews concert this past weekend at the Home Depot center. Words cannot adequately describe of how truly phenomenal it was.

Here's the setlist:


The Stone___________________________...Don’t Drink the Water
When The World Ends__________________...................Hello Again
#41________________________________.........One Sweet World
Joy Ride_____________________________...................Grey Street
Loving Wings___________________________.......Typical Situation
Where Are You Going__________________________.........Joy Ride
Warehouse_________________________________........Jimi Thing
Everyday__________________________........Song That Jane Likes
Ants Marching_____________________________............Sugar Will
Bartender__________________________________.........Too Much
Help Myself____________________________......Lie In Our Graves
Rhyme & Reason_______________________.......Drive In Drive Out
Hello Again________________________________........Crazy Easy
So Much To Say________________________________............Stay

Granny____________________________.......What Would You Say
Two Step________________________.....All Along The Watchtower

Jem and Ben Harper were the openers. Didn't like Jem too much but Ben was cool. The second night was by far a heck of a lot rowdier than the first night. I'll never understand why cameras are strictly prohibited, but weed isn't. Amazing five minute jams that were so good I got chills. Best songs were #41, Everyday, Ants, Typical Situation, Jimi Thing, Too Much, WWYS, and Watchtower.

One of the highlights was during Dave's guitar solo of the second night. As I was watching the big screen, he looked really pissed all of a sudden. I clearly read his lips and realized that he was cursing at his guitar midway through his solo. I think it's probably because he messed up. And then his string broke near the end of that song. It must be so cool to be a kid whose sole job is to run out and hand Dave (or any guitarist) another guitar whenever a string breaks.

This was sadly the best quality picture I was able to take.
(from left to right: Boyd on violin, Dave, Carter on drums, Stefan on bass, LeRoi on sax)

if you'll be my Dixie chicken, I'll be your Tennessee lamb
we can walk together, down in Dixie land

Friday, August 27, 2004

Recently watched this certain movie replayed on tv, and it has one of the funniest lines I ever heard. Which movie is it from?

"Your levity is good. It relieves tension in the fear of death."

Winner gets two pretend eprops.

Wednesday, August 25, 2004

Tonight's dinner consisted of:

*Costco's Pierre chicken breast sandwich
*Costco's french bread pizza x2 (the rectangular one)
*Costco's Posada shredded beef burrito
*a couple glasses of 99-cent Manzana Aga apple soda (thanks Brian)

My YAG life has to be pretty dang pathetic if I'm writing about what I ate for dinner, even though it tasted sooo good. But it's sad that I can't ever write any more posts relating to what cruel poker punishments were dealt this time, or about who kicked our butts in IM softball this week, or how perfect the weather is. The list goes on...

At least let me see the newly-remodeled Sproul Plaza!

I miss you Berk. I admire everyone who is away at college, where you still have the freedom to skip class for no reason at all and feel great about it.

Tuesday, August 24, 2004

Astro Pic-of-the-Day worth taking a look:

Earth at night. All those city lights make it possible to see the outlines of entire countries. It's somber to see the stark difference between North and South Korea. That lone small dot in N.Korea is Pyongyang.

Monday, August 23, 2004

Weekend recap.

Reunion with Mrs. Lucke. Me, Cindy, Annette and Jackie had lunch at Cafe Tu Tu Tango (@ The Block) with Mrs. Lucke, our high school english teacher. She's so cool. I haven't seen her since graduating high school, but she was still her bubbly ol' self with the same corky sense of humor. She was giving us the low-down on some of the teachers we had in high school, a lot of the low-down which shocked me. I guess when you get older, you really begin to see your teachers more as three-dimensional social beings who do have other things going on in their lives besides teaching. And it's even weirder to know that I have same-age friends who are about to become middle-school teachers starting this September (congratulations Cindy and Annette!). Anyways, Cafe Tu Tu Tango serves ridiculously small portions of food and I would never go there again.

Mom's 51st birthday. Happy 51st. Our family plus uncle celebrated at the same dduk-bo-ssam place in Cerritos we've been going for the past month. I can't believe my entire family's birthdays are in August except mine.

After-church softball. Had a friendly game with OMC. Afterwards, Dickee threw a big bbq at his house. What a nice guy.

Dinner with Carolina. 'Twas a miracle to actually have gotten a couple hours out of this busy-body's schedule. Talked mostly about how great of a senior she's going to be and how cute Kwan is. ;P Thanks for dinner!

Hold'em with Dickee, Mike and Phil. Got cleaned out. Afterwards, showed them the Petals Around the Rose riddle with the dice. It was fun watching them struggle for over an hour.

I cant wait for the Dave Matthews concert this Saturday!! I get so giddy thinking about it.

Friday, August 20, 2004

Hm, Chomp sushi house in Fullerton wasn't worth the two-hour wait. =(

Thursday, August 19, 2004

Today was an excellent day. Sophomore studs Brian Hwang and Richard Huh were gracious enough to drive all the way to Downey. I felt bad everytime they asked, "Dude, show us around Downey.. isn't there so much to do here??" but my only response thought to that was, You guys got played!

I showed them the O.E.M. (Oldest Existing McDonald's), but that was pretty lame. I don't know why I keep bringing people there. It's exactly the same as other McDonald's except that this one has a little crappy museum next door.

Downey's 99-cent store was next. Brian got a bottle of Manzana Aga for 99 cents, which was this shady-looking apple-flavored soda imported from Mexico. We all tasted it later that night, and it turned out not to be too shabby. He also got this 99-cent bottle of root beer, which for some reason, was located right in between the 99-cent booze and cheap wine.

We went to the ChoDang soondubu place in Cerritos for dinner. I swear the people there hated us because we caused so much trouble that night. It all started when Brian brought in his bottle of root beer since he wanted to make root beer floats using the free frozen yogurt machine in the back. But when the waitress came to take our order, she snatched it away from Brian because she mistakenly thought it was a bottle of hard liquor, which it really resembled. Brian gives a good narrative of what happened the rest of the night. Hahahah. Stinkin Richard and Brian, you guys are party animals.

I want some freakin soondubu right now. But I can't show my face there for at least a month.

Tuesday, August 17, 2004

More visual:

Gower & Mejeld's Wedding

Here are the guys at the hotel room a couple hours before the ceremony. Kevin being beautiful. Best man helping groom. Groomsmen changing. Sexy Tommy. Finished products! Guys in prayer. At last. P.Eug "in the zone." Slum, Andy, Basile, me. Basile between Kang sisters. Zoom in to see food in her mouth. Group picture with married folk.

random notes: Great to see familiar faces again. Andy on the brink of killing someone. Seeing Jahndee's "digestion dance" for the first and last time. Getting jacked by Dennis and John who switched the sugar with salt. Catching up with Billy Kim and Chongo.

Dodgers vs Marlins (lost 2-4) & hold'em @ Heuge's
Billy, Heuge, Elise, JiHoon, Karen. Look what you did Dreitfort. Shawn Green. Maybelline Ku. Never let this guy be chip leader. Heuge's pimp poker table that he handmade in one day.

random notes: Witnessing a fist fight between a guy and a girl on the deck above us. Wendy's jacking up our orders. Poker punishments: eating ketchup and a banana with the peel on. Talking about ddong-ggoh-mong hair. Billy showing the rest of us how to check for it.

Monday, August 16, 2004

Can't fall asleep. Too hot. Too many thoughts. Booga wooga neek nock nack.

Thursday, August 12, 2004

Visual recap of the last couple days:

Camping at Malibu State Park

Katelyn and her sad puppy pose. Kylie pretending to be a ghost. Daniel Pok. Sleeping under the night sky. The dark picture shows the butt-end of a skunk which was rummaging through our trash late at night. Dickee Cho. Who sleeps with their glasses on??

Dad's birthday
Happy 54th!

Star Party at Seal Beach
Sung jdsn & college group. Only got to watch for half an hour before heavy clouds set in and ruined the party. Saw a couple great "photon cannons" though. Why do girls hold hands? Get a room Sun and Jenny.

Tuesday, August 10, 2004

It's that time again. Take advantage of this year's Perseid meteor showers, which has been hyped to be the best meteor shower in recent years! Especially you lucky norcal people, take advantage of the Berkeley hills.

They'll be peaking on the nights of August 11th and 12th (tonight and night after), from 2am to dawn. There's no moonlight to get in the way, so one should be able to see close to 100 meteors per hour. Look eastward!
I'm scurred that bugs like these exist in my room:

Caught this sucker as it was crawling on the wall. Anyone seen these before or know what the heck these things are?

As I was taking pictures of this shek, I spotted its brother sprinting across the carpet, probably on a search & rescue mission. Too bad he's the one who needs to be rescued now, hahahah.

Scheduled to die by means of toilet.

Monday, August 09, 2004

I'm starting to tutor this 6th grader, Hyun-Woo, six hours a week. Six hours of tutoring the same kid every week is pretty dang demanding and unnecessary, but his mom was overly insistent. IVY league-bound boys only study during the summer. So we'll be going over six subjects (reading & comp, writing, vocabulary, science, math, history), all of which I'm hoping will be enough to fill up the time.

In the last fifteen minutes today, it was science time. I saw that he just finished lesson 3 from his science workbook, which had to do with cells and mitosis. Turning to the next page I saw the bold-faced words, "testosterone," "estrogen," and "ovaries." Um, heck no boy, we're not gonna be talking about this. We're gonna learn about plants. You can wait till health class in high school.

Happy birthday Roach!

This took me about ten minutes to figure out. Try it and don't think so hard!

Saturday, August 07, 2004

Almost couldn't make it to the testing site on time because stupid yahoo maps gave me the wrong directions. "Take 5N, exit Telegraph, make right." Okay, no problem.. Telegraph.. Telegraph.. where are you... should have seen it by now.. call mom to check.. and woe is me, that exit doesn't even exist on the map along the 5 freeway. Luckily I found an alternate route and arrived on time. The test itself really wasn't that bad, but it just took a long time to finish. 65 pages of questions tired me out.

Tonight, DFC went to Living Water's cafe night in Cerritos. This was P.Jerry's old church, where he's known and revered as a great guitar/piano/drums legend. P.Jerry is truly one of the best musicians I've ever met. Our group played a MercyMe song and "Meet Us Here" with a jazz twist. The performances I enjoyed the most were Ed's friend Jason (he was pimpin), and this Michelle Branch-esque girl who performed Sarah McLachlan's "Angel." I was completely mesmerized during that song. She even hit the falsetto parts perfectly. I salute you whoever you are!
Last day of VBS:
the good - popcorn, cotton candy, snow cones, and those big, animal-shaped, air-filled domes where you climb in and jump around.

the bad - when some people come by and steal your unguarded shoes when you're innocently jumping around inside. Also, when some people tell little children that I killed Snoopy.

Taking the CBEST tomorrow morning. I wonder if it's really as easy as some people made it out to be.

Friday, August 06, 2004

Oh, and Silmido is a definite must-see. A group of us went to Sung jdsn's place to watch it after vbs. I had my doubts, but I really consider it as one of the best movies I've seen this year. It's a korean movie (NOT an annoying korean drama. Sorry, no one dies of leukemia or surgically donates his eyeball to his blind lover). It's about a group of S.Korean convicts trained to infiltrate N.Korea, but something goes awry. If you can't audibly process more than 30 korean words a minute like me, there's english subtitles.

I've been at VBS the past couple days. Son-Olympics. Dude, the songs get cheesier and cheesier every year. There's this one song where the intro sounds almost exactly like 50 cent's "In Da Club." And this other song sounds like it was done by N'Sync. But not that the kids care any less.. they shamelessly dance out the motions and sing their hearts out, especially little Cady. She is freakin adorable.

The 5th grade boys presented us with a little skit at the end of the night. I applaud their efforts, but I failed to see the depth and message in their presentation:

Boy #1 walks to a chair and sits down
Boy #1: Ah, I'm so tired! I'm going to put down my red Starburst candy right next to me and go to sleep.
(places red starburst on the ground next to him and pretends to fall asleep)

Three other boys come into the scene. Two of the boys dance around and make faces at sleeping Boy #1, while the third boy picks up the candy. I hear a little boy sitting in the first row shrieking, "TICKLE HIM! TICKLE HIM!" They leave.

Boy #1 wakes up
Says: Hey, someone took my candy!!

Enters Boy #2 and takes Boy #1 aside
Boy #2: It's okay, always remember that Jesus is on your side... and uh... you will always have His grace.

the end.

(awkward applause)

Thursday, August 05, 2004

All blog users have an advertisement at the top of their blog page, which is supposedly determined by what you write about in your journal entries. Mine currently advertises Laker game tickets, probably because I wrote about them a lot in the playoffs a couple months ago. But there are some really random ones that I can't figure out:

Nancy's: buy effective goose repellent, or bird control products?

Tommy's: advertisement for goat cheese??

Carolina's: service for bee removal?? Oh wait, that's probably from the time she talked about getting stung by a bee at safeway... hahahahh

Andy's (this one made me laugh out loud): anyone looking to be a waitress??

Wednesday, August 04, 2004

If you're an astronomy nut like me, there is a cool website you can check that posts something new everyday relating to our universe. Every so often, they show some really neat things. This picture is taken in Iceland in 1991, which shows volcano Hekla erupting at the same time the auroras were visible overhead.

This is another picture of an aurora appearing in Oklahoma. I guess it's possible?

These are really amazing pictures which I hope you enjoyed, but the main reason why I posted them was to see if this program that easily uploads images to blogs worked correctly. So since it did, and if you are a user, download Hello (it's free) and post pictures too.

Tuesday, August 03, 2004 came out with a list of the must-see televised basketball games of the new season. Lakers play Miami on Christmas day.. expect everyone to spend the evening at home and glued to the set. It's going to hurt seeing Shaq in a different jersey.

Monday, August 02, 2004

Hallo there. My two-month hiatus from blogging and aiming felt quite good, and I apologize to the few who continually checked my blog and was greeted by my lame "Wild wild west!" post, which has been up there for the past two months. For those who didnt know, I was referring to the theme of this year's senior reception, not Will Smith's stupid song.

For my sake, I'm gonna try to squeeze out all the main events from my short-term memory that's happened since my last post:
*watched the Lion King musical at the Orpheum in SF with Phil, Carolina and Jane. Better than the movie!
*singing w/ Karen for P.Ting's wedding at the reverberating Palace of Fine Arts
*moving out of 2390 Parker Street, #14
*meeting up with Phil Sung when he came down to visit
*Magic Mtn. with a bunch of Berkeley peeps
*DFC EM intiation @ Huntington
*weekly church softball scrimmages
*a free hair-cut at Vidal Sassoon
*cheap guitar course at UCLA
*jamming with Pastor Jerry (who is incredible by the way)
*listening to a lot of AM radio (640 (talk) & 1190 (sports)) when bearing through traffic
*numerous outings to Costco for their $1.50 hotdog&drink combo
*"ignoring" Pablo's phone calls, hahah
*catching a big, 50-legged insect in my room and accidentally ripping off 25 of them
*Andy's visit to the oldest existing McDonalds and outing to peanut-floored USA Ribs
*adorable Cady (3) preferring me over her daddy
*couple interviews for job-hunt
*visiting New Life church in Cerritos with Cindy and Gee
*bro's 19th bday today. Dad's is on 11th and mom on 21st...always a busy month
*many more things that my short-term memory failed to retrieve

Freak, that took a long time. It's amazing how hard I had to think to produce this list. Anyways, it was good chatting with people again.. I'd really like to change my screen name to something that makes a lot more sense than boy52. What the heck was I thinking back in 8th grade?

The reality of being officially out of college hasn't fully sunk in yet. I sometimes catch myself thinking that it's almost time to go back for the fall semester, but too bad it isn't true. Some of the more obvious changes that have taken place for me are that I now live with my parents (pretty good) and I no longer have to do my own laundry (always good). There's still a lot of adjusting to do, like adjusting back to my "new" church and adjusting to this crappy socal climate.

But it's a comforting thing to know that despite all the change that's going around you, your relationships with some people will not. No matter the passed time or distance. Thanks God for always proving to be the prime example of that.

The birds around here start chirping at 5:30am too.