Monday, December 28, 2009

Happy Almost 2010!


My California trip has taken me north of Los Angeles. Currently, I am bunkered down at my mother's home in Santa Barbara, where I have been partaking in the sun and the sand and cooking with lots of vegetables (TJs was selling stalks of brussel sprouts, STALKS!).
This is a picture from the front porch where I can drink coffee in my PJs in the morning.  Which is why I am so against living in Harrisburg, I mean look at the picture, and that is in December, after Christmas! Imagine what it'll look like in July, except for the whole June gloom stuff...
Sadly, this was one of the last of a set of pictures taken by my camera. Today, at 16:00, my camera swam with the fishes, literally.  The great blue pacific, with its unseasonably warm water (seriously, like, it's in the 50s) snuck up on me and my camera, and decided to spare only one of us.  It was my fault.  I know never to turn my back to the ocean, especially when it's crappy like today, but I was looking for starfish, so my attention was turned towards the tide pools.
On a happier note, I have consumed In-N-Out, so that should quash my craving until at least next December, right?  Oh, east coast people who have not traveled to the west and discovered what a hamburger is, indeed, all about, let me drop some knowledge:
In-N-Out can be spotted in 2 fail proof methods-


The crossed palm trees, OR

The sign.
Either way, when you approach the parking lot, the lack of parking and the line of cars tell you you have arrived.  Once there, you will notice the menu is limited to only the basic things you need at a hamburger place.   

There is no chicken on this menu (or on the secret one).












And finally, the food.  What we have here is a cheeseburger, protein style, no onion, extra tomatoes, and a number 3 (hamburger), animal style, with a pink lemonade and a packet of spread for fries dippage.



And now, with the approaching new year, I shall be heading even further north, into the area known as Northern California.  This time, though, I will be without both the parents (praise someone), and I will be flying.  I would like to take a moment to thank the underwear bomber for the exciting new airport rules, really, cause standing in the security line at LAX was just too darn short of a wait last time I was there (about an hour, give or take an hour).  So, safe journeys to all over this busy travel fiasco of a holiday, and may all your resolutions be kept for at least the month of January!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Not to brag, but I'm in SoCal and you are buried under a foot of snow!

Just a quick post before I head a little bit north to Santa Barbara and then San Francisco...

First, I want to thank the Harrisburg Airport for letting my plane be the only one to take off.  Thank you!

Second, I would like to thank United and O'Hare.  United and O'Hare, I am so glad that I was given the opportunity to both get in my workout in and see the entire O'Hare airport by putting the gates I get off at and I pick up my connection at on opposite ends of your airport.  Also, the hour we spent in the "penalty box" on the runway causing me to have to sprint the entire airport to get to the gate seconds before they closed the door, brilliant!  United, I want to thank you for my flightmates, the UCLA mens basketball team; I have never felt shorter.  And UCLA, I mean they are my FAVORITE!! To sit on a plane with them for 5 hours, that was the top of my Chrismukkah list this year.  Also, thanks for the 3am phone call that my luggage made it to LAX and would be delivered around noon the next day, I was waiting up with baited breath for that one...

Thirdly, I want to thank California.  It is December.  I packed for December (that's not December, East Coast, mind you). This is what I was welcomed with last night at 5pm:

I did not pack for this weather, namely, I misguidedly assumed that shorts were not something I needed to bring with me this trip.  My bad, SoCal, I forgot about the whole global warming changing the entire year to short weather thing.  Also, I realize I have been away so long my blood has begun to thicken, so I don't need a parka at 70F anymore.

But, on a more positive note, I have Coffee Bean!

More precisely, I am on my third Coffee Bean Dream Tea Soy Latte, which smells like Christmas potpourri and tastes kinda like a Snickerdoodle.  This one here I have named Marvin after my driver cover that is a Marvin the Martian head (they didn't make K-9 ones :( ) who was bopping along next to me on my little golf outing this morning; which is to say, I am in a lot of pain at the moment (and the new owner of an awesome blood blister) and driving for an hour or so must wait, hence the blogging.




[Also the car I am driving does not have running boards and, due to my vertical impairment, the flying leap I must take to enter the vehicle is so not happening!]

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Where I am so ready for finals to be over, like, totally!

I have had very little motivation to do anything to prepare for finals this semester.  I am suffering from an extreme case of 3L-itis.  As finals are coming to a close, with one exam and a paper to turn in left, my brain has moved on to thinking about all the things I will be doing at this time next week back in California, far from the monotony that is life in the library in Harrisburg.

So as an ode to where my brain is I provide you with a theme song for my procrastination:

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Just a reminder to my family and non-law school friends-

I am graduating from law school in May 2010 (that's in 6-ish months). Gifts are expected; cash, check, and credit (hey, i'm not above setting up a paypal) are accepted. If you are unsure about what I, the shortKort of Law, would need (or want) for law school graduation and find cash impersonal or a lazy man's choice, I am here to provide you with some suitable options, in which, you may see a theme:

A Nintendo Wii- I do not have one; I should have one; feel free to include a Wii Fit or a Rock Band/Guitar Hero set-up.

A Nintendo DS- not the DSi, that one doesn't play my GBA games or allow me to use the Guitar Hero game. Also, who needs 2 cameras and a faster browser that doesn't even support sound or video.

The Google Phone- that's right, not the iPhone, people. Go look outside, i'll wait, you can go check if pigs are flying or hell is freezing over. I have been yearning for an iPhone, but between going back to school and switching to Verizon, the iPhone has been out of reach, something to admire from afar. And with these new "map wars" and the rumor that AT&T may raise the already oppressive data plan pricing for iPhones, it does not seem as pretty or shiny anymore. Hence, the want, nay need, of the Google Phone. Over the past few weeks, things have been showing up about the phone on these here interwebs. First there were the unsubstantiated rumors, then the pictures, and then yesterday all hell broke loose in the Twitterverse with people claiming that Google was handing out phones to employees. And then I woke up this morning and saw something I never thought I'd see, The Wall Street Journal reporting about the Google phone being sold early next year. So I want an awesome phone and I need awesome coverage, therefore Google Phone+Verizon=happiness.

Apple iTouch- this is to replace my need to own Apple's iPhone. Although the iPhone may not be the awesomest phone out there, the things it can do make me want the non-phone version, especially if they actually do put a camera on it.

As you may have noticed, 3 years of law school in central PA has turned me into somewhat of a gadget whore, which, I've discovered, is actually far more costly than being a label whore. But, as always, if gadgets with computer chips scare you or you are concerned I am trying to build a man-destroying cyborg in my living room, my old, label-loving self is still in there, waiting, to become strong enough again to fight the gadget-freak into submission like a ninja with a Prada clutch.