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My weekend was really fun. Because Monday was MLK Day, Brian had a 3-day weekend, so I stayed at his place through Monday.

On Saturday, we went to Five Guys Burgers and Fries for lunch (I had never been there before). Really tasty. And then it was off to Fairway to spend my gift card that my brother and his girlfriend gave me for my birthday back in April. I attacked their olive bar and filled up a container with garlic stuffed, onion stuffed, and almond stuffed olives. :) Good stuff.

Sunday, Brian and I parted ways after having breakfast. He had to take his folks to the airport and I was heading into the city for the day. Got together with [livejournal.com profile] karistan again. We have spent a day each weekend together since [livejournal.com profile] kradical's NYE party. So, we met at the Borders upstairs from Penn Station and then walked over to The Morgan Library and Museum. Interesting fun fact: [livejournal.com profile] kradical's father works there. they have an interesting collection of stuff. Some things that caught my eye: Original manuscript of Mozart's Symphony No. 39 in D major, and original manuscript of JS Bach's Cantata 112 Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt. I'm such a music dork.

After The Morgan, we had lunch at BonChon Chicken which was really tasty. We wandered around a bit after that before heading to the movie theater to see The Social Network which turned out to be a very well done movie. We both liked it :) After the movie we headed to Tick Tock Diner across from Penn Station for dinner, which was also very tasty. We didn't want the day to end because we enjoy each other's company, but I was running out of train options, so it had to. We parted ways when [livejournal.com profile] karistan's train arrived.

When I got on my train, I was met by this very flamboyant man who made the trip between Penn and Jamaica quite entertaining. Brian picked me up from Ronk.

Monday was a day of lounging. Brian and I didn't leave the house, but we kept ourselves occupied. A good lazy day :)

Excellent weekend.

~*::Meow::*~
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On Thursday morning, I embarked on a journey to the Bronx to visit [livejournal.com profile] kradical, [livejournal.com profile] wrenn, Dale, Newk, Rhi, Belle, Sterling, and Scooter. I hadn't been to their place or seen any of them since September. And though I had more recently seen [livejournal.com profile] kradical, it was still back in September. Damn our non-compatible schedules!

I caught the 7:19am super express train to Penn with two #crankys (one of which I had never actually travelled with before, but have met on numerous occassions) and CSDave caught the train with us too, which was crazy in and of itself because he's usually on a later train. He took the train with us because he needed to lend me some things and give me a belated Chanukah present, which was really awesome of him. He gave me a *signed* copy of The Evil Gazebo by Bernie Mojzes.

I had some time to kill once I got to Penn before continuing on the next leg of my journey, so I decided I'd catch up with the world on the internet. Fat chance. Penn station claims to have Wi-Fi. It connected but nothing ever loaded, so it was as good as useless. Oh well. Time passed by and I hopped on the subway, shockingly got a seat, and was on my way to the Bronx. YAY!! The 1 decided to run express between 168th and 207th. Whoops. It didn't pass my stop, but complicated some things because of timing. I wasn't supposed to get to my stop until 10. I was there 20 mins early! Thankfully, it all worked out and [livejournal.com profile] kradical picked me up. Squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!! ::ahem::

I got a warm welcome from Scooter when we got to the apartment. This dog, OMG. I love Scooter. He's an almost 11 year old Golden Retriever puppy who really loves me. According to Wrenn, Scooter doesn't react to and interact with other houseguests the way he does with me. I'm special :)

Highlights:

  • Had really interesting conversations with Wrenn, Dale, and Keith
  • Went to the diner.
  • Went on an errand run: Got a bookcase from Target so Wrenn could complete her shelving of books (AND SHE DID!!), and went to a grocery store that had a crazy cheese section (mmmm free sample Extra Aged Gouda... nom nom nom)
  • All the kitties made themselves known and got snuggles and tons of scritches from me.
  • Scooter competing for ALL of my attention.
  • Went through all of Wrenn's book doubles and ended up with quite a few :)
  • Walked Scooter with Keith down to a Basketball court so Scooter could run around.
  • Watched Pulp Fiction, Midnight Run, and the first 3 episodes of Hustle. Great show that is. I have to watch more of it.
  • Keith made a scrumptious dinner.
  • Wrenn made a really tasty dessert.
  • Tons and Tons of Keith hugs. Seriously, he gives the best hugs.
  • Snuggled up with Scooter and Rhi when I went to sleep. Woke up to Sterling.
  • Listened to the 11th day of Riftmas, which featured Keith reading "Diary of a False Man" from X-Men: Legends and "Here There Be Monsters" from the Star Trek SCE series, both written by him. It was so great :) I love being read to, so this made my early morning, before everyone else was awake.
  • More snuggles from the animals.
  • Having conversations with each other while not moving from our rooms. This was silly and fun at the same time. Eventually I made my way into their room.

    It soon came time for me to head home. Trust me when I say I did NOT want to leave. I love Keith, Wrenn, and Dale. They always make me feel welcome in their home. I'm sad I didn't get to say goodbye to Dale because he was not awake when I left. Motivation for me to actually leave was [livejournal.com profile] alorarose offering to pick me up from the train station. I hadn't seen her since Black Friday. I bid Keith and Wrenn adieu when they dropped me off at the A train. So sad :( As I was going down the stairs to the subway, I missed them already.

    The MTA website lied and said there was a 1:10pm train. When I got to Penn, I had to do a mad dash because the train was actually at 1:05pm and I first had to purchase a Penn to Jamaica ticket. I made the train by the skin of my teeth. The doors were closing when I was still on the stairs. Yikes! My lungs hated me for the entire trip to Merrick. Random occurance: When the train got to Rockville Centre, I noticed someone I know on the platform and managed to get her attention from inside the train :) It pays to wave like a lunatic.

    [livejournal.com profile] alorarose picked me up and we went to Friendly's for foodage and then she drove me home. I rolled out and baked half a batch of Gingerbread (which yielded 40 gingerbread men) to bring with me to Brian's family Christmas celebration. :) So much gingerbread. I didn't feel like decorating them though. Oh well.

    ~*::Meow::*~
  • Friday

    Dec. 18th, 2010 08:52 am
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    Yesterday was the last Friday I'd be heading to Queens College for the semester (Thank goodness). I had to take my BIO final (booooo). As per my typical Friday mornings, I headed to Ronkonkoma to take the train in, because sometimes you just want to travel with someone. I waved to the #crankys that usually take the 719 (that I wish I could take but can't because it doesn't stop at Jamaica) and continued to wait on the platform. As I was waiting for the 732, I decided to send CSDave a text to see what train he was taking (the 740) and decided that for my last Friday, I will travel with Dave. So, I trekked to the opposite end of the platform to wait. Travelling with Dave is always entertaining and filled with many webcomics. And wi-fi... mmmm delicious wi-fi; something they really should offer on the trains.

    AM Commute continued )

    When I got to campus, I headed straight for the Library. After searching for what seemd for forever, I found a table that had an outlet near it so I could plug in my laptop and look over my notes (For those not in the know, I type the lectures because a) I wouldn't be able to keep up with them if I was handwriting the notes and b) My left thumb has something wrong with it so any time I spend writing really really hurts after a short while). Unfortunately, my choice of spot to study was not optimal.Studying woes )

    I have no idea how I did on my final because the questions were really confusing and repetitively confusing at that! I'm really hoping that I passed this one (I have yet to pass a test in this class in which the class average is a 40 and I'm on the other side of that). Thankfully, lab counts for 40% of my grade and I worked my ass off to fill in that lab notebook (thumb issue be damned)! After the exam, I walked my lab notebook over to my Lab professor's office. Further proof that my lab instructor is awesome: no points taken off because he understands my plight, he was listening to "Free Fallin'" by Tom Petty, and he made a Logan's Run reference, to which he knew I'd get and then run with it. I will miss him. He kept me sane when I wanted to kill my nincompoop lab partners.

    At this point, there was no way I was making the 303, not that I really wanted to because I hate Suffolk Transit with a passion (even moreso than I hate the MTA and that takes talent!) so I opted to take the 344 so I could get a ride home from the train station. There was an extra added benefit to taking the 344: Getting to see my old LIRR crew. I hadn't taken the 344 in about TWO YEARS!! A lot can happen over the span of two years, and I didn't even know if any of them would still be around. Still, I held out hope and sure enough...PM commute continued )

    When I got to Patchogue, I walked to the library because it was really cold and I had 40 mins to wait before my mom would get there to pick me up (this was previously arranged). I took the opportunity to renew my library card and browse the shelves of lacking proportions. I didn't find anything of interest, but that's ok. Now I can go to other libraries again and take out books :)

    When I got home, Dan (The Bean) called me. We hadn't talked to each other in quite some time. He updated me on life in Buffalo. He'll be in the area for all of 3 days for Christmas. I'm hoping to steal him for a few hours because I haven't seen him in FIVE YEARS :( That's a really long time to be without your best friend. So, we shall see. I'm really hoping. At least we have our Christmas Eve and New Years Eve traditions to look forward to.

    ~*::Meow::*~
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    This morning, they finally showed the segment on GMA with Albert Rizzi, the man who touched my life when I met him randomly on the train home back in May. To remind you of that story, go here.

    Since most, if not all of you, were either not home or not awake, or you just don't watch GMA, here is the video:



    It's fitting that I met him on my last day of Finals last semester, and that GMA decided to show the segment on the last possible day I could watch it live, as I go back to class tomorrow.

    ~*::Meow::*~

    Tomorrow

    Jun. 3rd, 2010 12:03 pm
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    I have been watching Good Morning America every day for the last 2 weeks hoping to catch the segment with Juju Chang about Albert Rizzi, the man I met on the LIRR who is blind and is CEO of http://www.myblindspot.com

    I believe the segment is going to be on GMA tomorrow morning. Robin Roberts announced what was going to be on tomorrow really quickly and she mentioned a man with a dog. So, if you wanted to catch the segment of Albert Rizzi, this might very well be it! Set your DVRs!!

    ~*::Meow::*~
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    On my way home from taking my last final of the semester, I met a very interesting man. When I got on the train, he was conversing with these three out of towners and telling them about all the interesting things around here and there and being quite hilarious about it. When the out of towners got off at Hicksville, I started talking to him.

    His name is Albert and he has been completely blind for 4 years now. He lost his vision when he came down with a bout of Meningitis. When he was still able to see, he was a Kindergarten teacher. Now, he is the founder and CEO of a website called My Blind Spot I advise you all to check out his website and read about his journey.

    Albert has a very sweet guide dog named Doxie (short for Doxology). I got licks and nuzzles from him :-D

    In about two weeks, Albert will be appearing on Good Morning America. The segment has already been taped and will be with Juju Chang :) He's also been on the BBC and News 12.

    I'm glad I chose to sit where I did on the train because otherwise, I would have never met him.

    ~*::Meow::*~
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    Oh fucking LOL!! Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] gamoid for posting this. ::snort::

    http://www.overheardinnewyork.com/archives/016344.html

    ~*::Meow::*~

    PSA

    Feb. 21st, 2008 05:25 pm
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    Due to the impending storm AND the rally going on tomorrow (more on that after announcement), I will not be going to school tomorrow.

    Rally:

    So...While I was on the bus going from QC to Jamaica, the bus driver was on his cell phone. He was talking to another collegue about Rallying tomorrow in front of Local 100 (Transit Workers Union) with fellow MTA workers. I didn't catch what it was about or what time it's going to happen, aside from something about timing, or something.

    I'm glad that I lost track of time and missed the bus I would have caught, otherwise, I wouldn't have known about this. There has been no mention on the news or anything about this rally. My mom thinks it could be a Wildcat Strike, where the MTA doesn't know that this is going to happen.

    ~*::Meow::*~
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    Or "What Happened on my Evening Commute Yesterday"

    On Mondays, I typically have class till around 4pm. I grab a bus and get to Jamaica Station around the time that the 4:49pm Express to Montauk arrives. Unfortunately, yesterday, I missed that train by about 30 seconds. So, I hopped on the 5:03pm train to Patchogue (this one is a local with added stops at Mineola and Hicksville).

    Everything was going smoothly until we reached approximately Amityville. We come to a dead stop. WTF?! The time at this point is 5:40pm. At this time the sun is still glaring my way and the Engineer of the train gets on the loudspeaker telling us that they will tell us what's going on when they find out. He proceeds to say this every 5 or so minutes for a good 45 mins of sitting in the same spot. Meanwhile, I'm calling my mom to let her know what's going on and talking to Brian in between and still we are sitting. I watched the sun set (one of the many benefits of sitting in the train facing backwards).

    Finally, they tell us that we are going to be moving back to Hicksville to switch tracks due to the fact that the switch broke at Babylon. So, we finally move from the spot at 6:55pm. When we got to Hicksville at 7:30, I caught the 7:02 to Ronkonkoma, which was running 27mins late due to a completely unrelated switch problem west of Jamaica. I got to Ronkonkoma at 8:20 and got home at 8:40. It took me 4 and a half hours to get from Queens College to Home. -_-

    ~*::Meow::*~
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    So...Today was my Dance Final, and I must say that myself, Eileen and Xue did a damn good job :) Choreographing a 5 minute dance is quite a challenge.

    Anyway, as per usual, Eileen and I, upon arriving at Jamaica Station, walk over to McD's to get an iced coffee. Today, we were running late and decided the hell with it, let's just go and then catch a later train. I am soooo glad we decided to do that because when we left McD's, I bumped into Jessica Potter. I haven't seen that girl since High School graduation. Crazy, right??

    She was in Queens because that's where her mother lives but she was on her way back to Farmingdale :) We caught up on each other's lives and it was awesome!! :-D

    So, it pays to grab an iced coffee, even if it means missing your train. Because you never know when the next time will be that you run into someone you haven't seen in 6 years.

    ~*::Meow::*~
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    Ok, so, my 1st week of class for Spring semester has come and gone. Here are some highlihgts:

    Monday: ACSM is on fire. Welcome back to school.

    Tuesday: On the way into Queens, a man in my train car decided today would be a good day to get arrested. Spent a Half hour in Babylon before we moved. I got to my 9:15am class 5 mins late.

    Wednesday: While waiting for my mom to pick me up from Patchogue train station, Jehovah's Witnesses decided to offer me some reading material. No thank you!!

    Thursday: Dance class of DOOOOOOOOM!! I used muscles that I haven't used in 10 years. Sooooo sore from that. But I felt great afterwards :)

    Friday: On the way into Queens, a little passed the Mineola train station, the switch to change tracks broke. No, really. It was broken!!!! So, after a bit of time, they had us travel to East Willeston (which is east of where we were) on the Oyster Bay line. Apparently that was the closest place to go to switch tracks. Got into Jamaica at 9am, 45 mins later than when we were supposed to get in. I got to class at 9:35am. Sooooo annoyed.

    When I got back to Patchogue I had two choices: Wait 30 mins for an unreliable bus, or walk home. I chose the latter. Today's journey was 4miles because instead of walking up East Main St. to 101 to Hospital road, I decided to go up 112 to Barton (by way of Clark and Washington) to Hospital. Took me an hour and a half to get home. Not bad considering I was wearing my black boots that aren't good for walking that long of a distance (I have blisters from them!).

    ~*::Meow::*~

    -_-

    Jan. 27th, 2007 07:17 pm
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    Because February doesn't start until Thursday, I have to pay $69.25 to commute to/from school Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday.

    Mother fucker -_-

    ~*::Meow::*~
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    Words of Advice: Never walk 3.5 miles.

    Case in point: So, the Suffolk Bus System fails at life. On Fridays, I have class at 3:05pm at QC. However, I have no other way to get to the Patchogue railroad station aside from taking the bus. Herein lies the issue. I was at the bus stop at 9:30am. Bus is supposed to get there 9:40am. It was now 10:10am and I figured I'd start walking and at every bus stop, look back to see if there's a bus there. Alas, no bus ever showed and I ended up walking the entire 3.5 miles (5.6 kilometers) to the train station. It took me an Hour and 20 mins, due to the traffic lights and the bastards in vehicles that wouldn't let me cross the street. I got to the station and onto the platform at 11:30am, when the train is scheduled to leave. by the time I got to the part of the platform where I could get onto the train, the train started to leave :( I missed my frakking train!!! The bus finally showed at 12pm. Either way, I would've missed my train.

    The next train wasn't scheduled to come untill 1:13pm. So, after walking to the bagel shop to get lunch, I plopped myself down on the platform. This woman, her son, and this other woman with her son and daughter arrived at the station. They all know each other. One of the boys was wearing Heelies. These things should have NEVER been invented kthx. The kid was rolling around *on the platform* dangerously close to the edge. I was waiting for him to fall onto the tracks. All the while, his mom wasn't paying attention to this at all and he wheeled right by me. I resisted the urge to give him a nudge because I was too sore from the walk.

    And then when the train was coming into the station, with the gates down, some jackass decided to ride his bicycle over the tracks on the street. The train was about 3 seconds away from hitting him. I have never heard this much frantic horn honking from a train before. Is it a bad thing that I hoped that the kid with the Heelies fell onto the track and that the guy on the bike got hit with the train??

    I am very much in severe pain :( 3.5 miles is a far trek. I need a leg massage..

    ~*::Meow::*~

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