Friday, February 26, 2010
Today on the bus I noticed that the driver was being pretty risky and I didn't feel too safe. First off, he didn't buckle his seat belt and I tried to look past what may seem like a minor detail, but couldn't. Second, while we were driving, he pulled out his blackberry and proceeded to text. Now we were on a straight away but still! You do not text while you are driving and you do not text while you are driving a bus. Driving a bus with one hand is just bad. And finally, while we were on said straight away, he tried to adjust the bandaid on his finger. To do this, he didn't reach across and keep one hand on the steering wheel. Instead, he took both hands off and continued to drive. Despite these issues, I remained calm and said nothing. I just watched the road like a hawk.
So yesterday I was watching the women's figure skating long program. I was amazed at not only at the difficulty of the routines these girls were performing, but also their age. Tara Lipinski was only 15 when she won gold for the US a few years back. One of the girls for the US, Rachel Flatt, is only 17, and the announcers were joking about how she had homework to do, due the next day. The other girl for the US was only 16. Now, don't get me wrong here, I absolutely loathe Justin Bieber and Miley Cyrus, but they are only 15 and 16 or 17 respectively. And Taylor Swift (who I have absolutely no disdain for) is 20. She's in my graduating class of 2008. All of this just makes me think, "Geez Jaclyn, what are you doing with your life??"
Posted by Jaclyn at 12:11 PM
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Today on the bus I looked up above the seats and saw an advertisement for BuyBack. Asked "need cash?" I thought, well yes! How'd you know? It continued on to say "Last year BuyBack bought back a total of 2.2 million dollars from students!" Initially I thought that sounded like a pretty good deal. But when I really thought about it, I realized I was extremely wrong. If the total UC Davis population of 31,000 students received $2,200,000 for their books last year, thats a grand total of $71 given back to each student per year! But it gets better, with three quarters a year and lets say four textbooks per quarter, you can sell your $200 book back for $6...an unbeatable price you won't find anywhere in stores. I'm on to you BuyBack, your tricks don't fool me.
On the note of false advertising, Rhode Island isn't an island. What's up with that?
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
Oh my, feels just like I don't try; looks so good I might die. All I know is everybody loves me. Apparently that's my theme song, according to Jaclyn. I'll take it, because, hey, it could have been the song "Dancing Queen" or something like that instead.
How come when ever you sleep in too late, you wake up right when you need to be somewhere? It always happens the same way: you wake up, you look at the clock and realize your class starts in five minutes, or the bus is pulling away from the bus stop at that very moment! So yesterday, I was supposed to catch the 7:09 bus to Davis High School. I slept through my alarm at 6:30, woke up, looked at the clock...7:09. Sometimes alarm clocks just fail.
So as you know, this school is dominated by Asians all around, but especially in science classes. If you ever sit in the back of a big lecture hall, you can really see what I mean. Today in my organic Chemistry Class, we counted a total of 12 blondes. Everyone else had either dark brown or black hair. Out of 200 or so people, this works out to be about 6 percent. This made it really easy to count them actually, cause they pretty much stood out like a sore thumb.
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
"Gonna get a better set of clubs gonna find the ones with tiny nubs so my irons aren't always flying off the backswing." That's a lyric from One Week by Barenaked Ladies; it's the SUPER FAST part. Totally sung it, full speed, for the first time today. Then I patted myself on the back. It was awesome.
Today I was sitting in my history class, listening to my professor lecture, and I was still struggling with the dilemma that I had had all quarter. I know I've seen this professor somewhere, but I can't seem to remember what I know him from. As he was wrapping up his lecture on the Second Great Awakening, it hit me. I remembered where I'd seen this guy! He looks just like Jafar from Aladdin!!
Monday, February 22, 2010
Today I took the D to my optional one o'clock class (yay me!). At the Arlington & Shasta stop, I saw a girl furiously pushing the button to cross the street so she could board the D. She kept looking back and forth from the bus (which was paused momentarily so that other passengers could get on) and the red hand that told her to stay put. I think if I were in her position I would've just looked both ways and crossed without the permission of the little green man. So then the bus ended up leaving without her. I hope she didn't have a midterm. She looked really upset.
A few things that I learned while grading my class's World War I tests:
1. The Triple Alliance was made up of only two countries
2. Germany's primary war strategy was called the Schlieffen Plant
3. The ants on the slices of Asia and Africa were capable of being enslaved
4. The five main long term causes that led to the Great War were: Imperialism, Nationalism, Militarism, and the Alliance System.
Sunday, February 21, 2010
Wow. I finally understand what the title of the show, "Biggest Loser" means. They mean 'Loser' as in: Biggest "Loser of Weight" since the winner of the show loses the most pounds. Can you say, "lightbulb?" I did.
This whole time I thought they were making fun of all the contestants by calling them losers. I guess I'm the loser. But that's no surprise... right Jaclyn?
Friday, February 19, 2010
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Isn't it weird that people often ask strangers to watch their stuff from, well, other strangers. In most cases you need to leave the area for a quick second, and you don't feel like gathering up all of your belongings only to have to take them back out again, or even to have the possibility of losing your spot. Naturally you seem to trust the person sitting near you that you can see, whereas you fear someone unknown to you would hijack your stuff. Maybe it's because when you ask someone to watch your things, you get a visual of a suspect and you can blame someone if there is a robbery, although this wouldn't deter this person from actually stealing your stuff, now that he/she knows that your belongings are vulnerable for the taking. In most cases you return to your stuff untouched and you continue on with your day, but to think that you could have just said, "Hey I'm gonna be gone for a few minutes and totally trusting that you watch over my stuff, and would have no idea that you're a possible criminal with the intent to steal all of my personal belongings, only for me to find out in a few short minutes when I come back and all of my stuff is gone. K thanks!"
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Saw a guy bike by me today wearing overalls. Yep, you heard me, overalls. They looked faded and worn, so this definitely wasn't the first time he donned them. It was lovely overall weather- cool, breezy with blue skies all around. And I gotta hand it to the guy, he pulled 'em off pretty well. Props, Overall Guy.
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Today I bought a baguette and made some ham sandwiches. It was good. Then I did laundry. Oh! and today was the first day that I didn't fall asleep in my 7:30 am chemistry class; stayed awake the whole time! Granted, Asha and I only stayed for 20 minutes before we got up and left...
Today, I got a headache as soon as I sat down in my second class today. I have a ten minute break between my next lecture, so I decided to go outside for some fresh air to perhaps help my headache. However, there were people outside smoking...EVERYWHERE!! All I wanted was some fresh air. This pattern continued during my next break too. Smoking is bad.
Posted by Jaclyn at 7:40 PM
Monday, February 15, 2010
I jumped out of a plane today at 13,000 feet. NO BIG DEAL. My instructor guy said that skydiving is just like being a bird except you don't have to eat worms. Good call, man. And for anyone who's afraid of doing it because they think they're going to die or something, traveling in a car is a lot more dangerous than skydiving.
Made a trek to a place called the "IHOP" for breakfast today; it was the first time I have ever been there. Needless to say, it was a very delicious meal, but in my opinion, very similar to Denny's. Regardless, I came hungry and left happy (which we discovered was their slogan... haha).
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Today, while sitting calmly at my kitchen table, I noticed a large sort of bird waddle nearby from the corner of my eye. Obviously he was outside. At first I thought it was a large crow, so I went to the sliding door window to investigate. It was a giant mutant duck! No joke. This beast had a few red bumps on its beak, talons, dark green body feathers and a black and white spotted neck. It saw me in the window, and actually waddled up to say hi. When it got onto our "porch" it pooped a giant poop that looked like it came from a dog. Awesome, right? After a few minutes of capitalizing on such a grand kodak moment, it bumbled away towards the street, staring at every car and passerby. Rock on, mutant duck. Rock on.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
As I was leaving my class in Olson today, I heard some sort of music carrying through the halls. I was a little curious, so I followed the sounds to Olson 146. I looked in the window, and the lecture hall was filled with Asians singing the theme song to Pokemon. A cappella.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Everyone knows that in order to cross the pathways behind the MU, where all the tables are, you must dismount your bike. We've all seen the signs on the lamp posts. There's a bike, in a big red circle, and there's a big red line through the bike. So today in between my classes I was reading at one of the tables and there was a bike cop patrolling the area. In rides a guy on a unicycle. The bike cop did nothing! I have seen this cop before and he will stop anyone on a bike. But this guy was not on a bike, but a unicycle. Clearly there are no signs post prohibiting unicycles on the quad. This rider showed guts, and he obviously knows how to find loopholes. He must be pre-law.
Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Today I made friends with an old lady who works at the Tercero DC. Her name is Liz and she cleans tables. She seemed like a nice lady... I always wonder what happened in people's lives that led them to certain outcomes. As in, how did Liz get to have that job? Does she have any interesting life stories? Most people do if you actually take the time to ask them about it. It's just something random to think about I guess.
Friday, February 5, 2010
Whilst walking near the Tercero dorms after a scrumptious lunch at the DC (onion ring burger... yum) I witnessed something unusual. In one of the first-floor dorm windows I saw, what appeared to be, a person sitting right up near the window playing a game boy or something. Upon closer inspection, I saw that it was indeed a person, but they were smiling at something, and I could not decipher what it was. They were sitting so still, without any hint of movement, that I first thought it could be some sort of game. (I guess the ones where you stay perfectly still to mess with the random passer-by). But why were they smiling? I walked a bit closer, and then I realized what was going on. There was a squirrel near the window poised eating a nut or something, and this girl was almost leaning out her dorm window taking a picture of it. How weird. I mean, squirrels are everywhere here, and if you haven't gotten over your enthrallment with them you must come from somewhere quite devoid of the furry little creatures. This hypothesis made sense, because, as fate would have it, this person was Asian. Go figure.
After grabbing a few things at Safeway this evening (and by that I don't mean stealing them), I went over to Panda Express to grab some dinner. It was pouring rain and as I walked up to the door, I could see that the line curved around the counter and back towards where the restrooms are (even if you haven't been there, you can just imagine a long line). I stood right outside the door in the rain and kind of stared at the line for a few seconds. I could see that some of the people in line were watching me because they agreed that the line was longer than it should be and they probably wanted others to share their pain. So instead of going in and getting Panda, I laughed and said, "Fuck that" and headed back toward my car which I think amused my spectators. They read my lips.