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Friday, January 2nd, 2015
12:13 am - ...
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current mood: awake

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Thursday, August 24th, 2006
11:02 pm - stuff about our universe
There are only eight planets now. Pluto is no longer a planet. It's been voted out by scientists because of its small size and irregular orbit. After the decision, they showed a montage of Pluto's most memorable moments with Daniel Powter's "Bad Day" playing over it. It was sad.

current mood: okay

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Saturday, August 12th, 2006
10:35 am - muttley
Last night, Katie and I went to the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City to see the Pretenders and friends at the VH1 Decades Rock Live concert. We went for one friend in particular: Shirley Manson. It was weird seeing her perform without Garbage. I guess it was a little taste of what is to come with her rumored solo album. But it was so cool to see her performing with the Pretenders (she idolizes Chrissie Hynde). Shirley came out to perform three songs with them. I don't know the title of the first song, but the second song was Talk Of The Town (a song that Garbage actually sampled for their track Special). And then they whipped out Garbage's Only Happy When It Rains. It was awesome, but it was totally different from Garbage's performance of the song. Then everyone came out at the end for a monster jam on a song to which I don't know the title. Anyhow, it was really cool to be in the same room as Shirley again and to see her performing with the band that she worships.

current mood: tired

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Monday, July 24th, 2006
12:45 am - i wouldn't change a thing...
I miss Australia.
I miss the Confessions Tour.
I miss having no power. Wait... no I don't.
But I do miss the first two.

Australia and New Zealand were amazing. I'll never forget that trip.
And Madonna (x4) was beyond words. Her tour was the best I've ever experienced, and it has ruined me for other shows.

But now everything is over. And it's back to normal...

current mood: tired

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Monday, July 17th, 2006
4:59 pm - from queensland to queens
In the last two weeks, I did the following things:

1. saw Madonna perform at Madison Square Garden in NYC
2. hung out in Los Angeles, CA for two hours
3. luged down a mountainside in Rotorua, New Zealand
4. rode the world's steepest train in Australia
5. shopped on Oxford in Sydney
6. visited the Sydney Opera House
7. fed a kangaroo
8. lived in the middle of a rain forest for three days
9. snorkeled over the Great Barrier Reef
10. flew on seven different flights
11. gambled at Caeser's Palace in Atlantic City
12. saw Madonna perform at Boardwalk Hall in AC

And now I'm really tired...

current mood: tired

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Thursday, July 6th, 2006
5:45 pm - down under
Greetings from Sydney, Australia. It's great hanging out down under. I haven't seen any kangaroos or koala bears so far, but we'll probably see them tomorrow in the Blue Mountains. Oh yeah, and I was in New Zealand two days ago. Never thought I'd ever type that sentence.

Gotta go. My twenty-four minutes are almost up. See everyone in the northern hemisphere soon...

current mood: happy

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Thursday, June 29th, 2006
12:47 am - i've learned my lesson well
Today was the last day of the 2005-06 school year. And tonight was the first show of Madonna's run at Madison Square Garden. Please go see her on the Confessions Tour and see why she's the ultimate pop star. Her performance of Like A Virgin (a song that's 22 years old) was something for which I've been waiting for years. I've never seen her perform that song live in concert (she didn't sing it on the previous two tours), but tonight was worth the wait. It gave me chills. And her seamless transition from Lucky Star to Hung Up was exceptional. There will never be another like her.

Madonna @ Madison Square Garden 06/28/06
01. Future Lovers / I Feel Love (medley)
02. Get Together
03. Like A Virgin
04. Jump
05. Live To Tell
06. Forbidden Love
07. Isaac
08. Sorry
09. Like It Or Not
10. I Love New York
11. Ray Of Light
12. Let It Will Be
13. Drowned World/Substitute For Love
14. Paradise (Not For Me)
15. Music / Disco Inferno / Where's The Party (medley)
16. Erotica
17. La Isla Bonita
18. Lucky Star
19. Hung Up

Now if only I can see her perform Dress You Up, then I can die having experienced the Virgin trinity (Material Girl was performed on 2004's Re-Invention Tour, and Like A Virgin was performed tonight). Those three songs made me a Madonna fan.

And now I'll be off to Australia and New Zealand. See you in a few weeks.

current mood: tired

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Thursday, June 22nd, 2006
8:21 pm - say it right
The good parts of today were all about Nelly Furtado. Nicole and I woke up super early to see her live on the Today Show outdoor plaza. She was amazing and sexy and cool. She performed I'm Like A Bird and Turn Off The Light, and Timbaland joined her for Promiscuous. But we caught soundcheck, too, so we heard each song twice. And then I went to Virgin Megastore later in the day with my meet-and-greet pass to get her autograph. I have to say that this was the coolest meet-and-greet that I've ever been to. I talked to Nelly for a good minute about her various plans (that sounds like no time at all, but it's eons in the world of meet-and-greets when you're lucky they even take four seconds to talk to you). She asked me for my name and my favorite song off the new record. I asked her if Maneater (which was my answer to the latter question) would be the next US single, and she said that it most likely will be. I then asked her about her tour plans. Nelly told me that she isn't sure if it will be a fall or winter tour, and then she said that it might be a joint tour with Justin Timberlake (so you heard it here first). And I told her that I would definitely be there, followed by a heartfelt thank you for being so awesome. It was the best minute and a half of my year. She was so genuine and cool. She even personalized my autograph. I love her...

p.s. The new album "Loose" is beyond words. There is not one song on that record that I skip. Timbaland and Chris Martin... come on.

current mood: happy

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Thursday, June 15th, 2006
8:51 pm - love you love you long time
My summer is soon to be under way. Next week's Nelly Furtado-ness is just the appetizer. It feels good to have completed my first year of teaching. Plus I made loads of money. So here's my summer itinerary:

June 28 - last day of teaching for 2005-06
June 28 - Madonna @ Madison Square Garden
June 30 - leave for Australia & New Zealand
July 13 - return from Australia & New Zealand
July 16 - Madonna @ Boardwalk Hall (in Atlantic City)
July 18 - Madonna @ Madison Square Garden
July 19 - Madonna @ Madison Square Garden
July 24 - start teaching summer institute
July 25 - have a birthday
August 4 - stop teaching summer institute

And then, who knows...

p.s. Nelly Furtado is performing live on that show with the dancing people tonight.

current mood: excited

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Sunday, May 21st, 2006
8:37 pm - loose
Tonight is the first show of Madonna's Confessions Tour. It will be tempting, but I'm not going to look at any pictures, read any reviews, or look at the setlist. I want to be 100% surprised when I see her. Well, 99% surprised. I know that "Like A Virgin" will factor into the set somehow, with the x-ray from her recent horse accident providing the backdrop. Okay, that's it... starting now.

p.s. I am completely obsessed with Nelly Furtado's new US single "Promiscuous" (the UK got "Maneater").

current mood: pleased

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Monday, May 1st, 2006
7:44 pm - red top kitchen
Grades for the second marking period are in. Students will hopefully see the error of their ways and change.

I went to Pennsylvania for the weekend with the sole purpose of calculating said grades (using my pre-determined mathematical rubric). But all I ended up doing was playing with my month-old nephew. He is the most amazing person in the world, and he has completely changed our family. I didn't even mind being woken in the middle of the night by his cries. I actually walked him around the dark dining room just to get him back to sleep. I miss him...

And then I got home to find my tax refund check and mad foreign cds in the mail. I like getting things.

current mood: okay

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Saturday, April 15th, 2006
9:43 am - superpop
Important things that happened yesterday:

1. I got my Australian visa. With that, I can visit Australia for up to three months within the next year. And it only cost AUD $20.00 (approx. $14.57 USD).

2. I babysat my nephew for the first time... by myself. Well, I wasn't completely alone. I had been hanging out with Jamie during the day, and she was still over when this momentous event occurred. Kelly, Chris, and my mom decided to go to Babies R' Us to buy some things (apparently $150.00 worth of things), and I was asked to watch little Anthony while they were gone. It was a very intense hour. Anthony spit up twice all over his little jacket. Then he had a wicked case of hiccups. And then he wouldn't go back to sleep. But we managed to get him to close his eyes and rest. Chris had set up his animal mobile over his playpen, so the music lulled him to sleep. And every time he would stir, I would rub his back and he would relax again. So cute...

3. And I finally decided on the fate of my summer Madonna concerts.

current mood: okay

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Wednesday, April 5th, 2006
9:42 pm - charlie sheen
You know what song I miss? "Intuition" by Jewel. Whenever I see the razor commercial, I get nostalgic.

current mood: tired

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Saturday, April 1st, 2006
10:25 am - ...
I'm an uncle.

current mood: okay

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Tuesday, March 28th, 2006
9:50 pm - the lonely goatherd
Upon discovering at her Christmas tree trimming party that I'd never seen The Sound of Music, my friend Emily insisted that we watch it. Fast forward to last Sunday: we have dinner with her roommates and watch the movie (which she Netflixed). It's actually quite good. And I always knew Rolfe was trouble. That Nazi...

And we decided to end all our classes with "So long... farewell..."

Just thought I'd update before March ended. There. That's done.

current mood: busy

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Tuesday, February 28th, 2006
9:49 pm - iraqi civil war log
My pay will increase somewhat substantially within the next two months or so. Now that I have 30 credits above my Bachelor's Degree, I'm in a different salary bracket. I've actually had enough credits for a year now. Oh well... And I'm doing mad per session activities (mostly for the Great Books program) to make extra money. I guess $30 an hour is worth it. Plus I always take coverages, which increase my check. But then I spend it all on unnecessary things like the Australian version of a CD single that I already have in the UK, European, and US formats. But isn't that what life is all about? At least I don't spend my money on mundane things like food or movies. It's all about merchandise and travel. It's nice knowing that I have financial backing for it.

current mood: accomplished

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Sunday, February 26th, 2006
9:36 pm - no housewives tonight...
Work tomorrow after a week off... bleh. At least I get my big monster check on Wednesday. This is all I've accomplished this week:

1. attended three parties (two of which were the birthday kind)
2. attended Aida's show
3. visited the MOMA (Edvard Munch exhibit was tops)
4. shopped, bought, and spent money (see also: dropped mad bills)
5. eBayed for Project: Garbage Discography (as in buying, not selling)
6. cleared things up at Queens College, plus class
7. settled up my Australia and New Zealand payments
8. planned my sophomore English class for the week

I should have planned my freshmen English classes for the week, but that has to be done on a day-to-day basis (i.e. based on what we accomplish each day). But I did make all my copies of the read-alouds. The other ramp-up classes are reading the selections from the book, which are super boring (i.e. edible bugs, pigeons on the subway, dog artists, etc.). I am not having that. I copied pages from the Horrible Histories books that I purchased in London that are about way cooler things like British history and the French Revolution. Plus I have British candy for them tomorrow to eat after we read. My project kids will become cultured and knowledgeable about the world beyond America if it's the last thing I do...

current mood: okay

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Monday, February 6th, 2006
6:21 pm - school
I'm no longer teaching history and government/economics. I finally have a full English schedule, and it only took five months and eleven classes to get here. And I have only one classroom. It's so going to be the neatest, coolest, most organized room in the school. And I'll crush anyone who messes it up.

p.s. Project: Garbage Discography is on, bitch.

current mood: okay

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Thursday, January 26th, 2006
9:29 pm - grrrr
I hate Queens College. If the earth opened and swallowed the entire campus, I'd stand on the crumbling edge of the circle and laugh. Then I'd spit in it and wish that every single person who was even remotely affiliated with the administration of that joke of a college was burning in the fiery, molten magma of the Earth's core.

Yes. It's the spring semester, and I'm loathing every minute of it.

current mood: angry

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Wednesday, January 11th, 2006
10:48 pm - pole position
So now Angelina Jolie is pregnant with Brad Pitt's baby? They so did this in an attempt to rival Gwen and Gavin's upcoming hottest baby ever. It's no contest. Gwen and Gavin's baby will win hottest baby ever contest.

p.s. We are getting a sixth single from L.A.M.B. It's "Crash." Most likely to coincide with the release of the Harajuku Lovers 2005 Tour DVD. She just can't stop working, that one.

current mood: tired

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