Sunday, July 17, 2011

36 out of 100...

I have 36 more movies to go until I finish all of the top 100 AFI movies of all time. Considering I started off having already seen about 50, I still have a ways to go. Some I could cross off my life, for example I could cross off Dr. Strangelove, but in reality I did miss the first 20 minutes of the movie. Sure, 20 minutes isn't that much but I can't say I've seen the ENTIRE movie. Same goes for Jaws, Rocky, and The Godfather Part II. I'm missing about 20 minutes of each movie. Some I'm not even sure I want to see. The Searchers--not so much. Not into the Western genre. The General--silent film. Not into the whole black and white thing with no sound. After seeing visually tasty movies such as AVATAR, seeing a audio and visually lacking movie isn't so appealing. But, I told myself I would get through it. So I will. Here are the movies I have left:

"City Lights"
"The Searchers"
"The General"
"High Noon"
"The Godfather Part II"
"The Bridge on the River Kwaii"
"Treasure of the Sierra Madre"
" Dr. Strangelove"
"King Kong"
"The Deer Hunter"
"The Gold Rush"
"Duck Soup"
"Sullivan's Travels"
"The African Queen"
"Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?"
"Saving Private Ryan"
"In the Heat of the Night"
"All the President's Men"
"Modern Times"
"The Wild Bunch"
"Easy Rider"
"Night at the Opera"
"Swing Time"
"The French Connection"
"The Last Picture Show"
"Do the Right Thing"
"Yankee Doodle Dandy"

Saturday, June 4, 2011

I have no idea what's going on....

How can life be so hectic and boring at the same time?
As Kevin likes to say "I am a real person now". I have a job, with benefits, gettin' paid, living on my own. I have a routine I abide to just so that I don't fall asleep at work or forget to pay my bills. It all seems so boring compared to the hectic life of college.

And yet, organizing my life so that it seems mundane is hectic enough. Recently I've been trying to slowly but surely move into a new apartment. That plus trying to have a social life is taking a beating on my physically. Not enough sleep, too many things to do, too many things to pay off, too much time at work.

I have no idea what's going on anymore. My life is being turned upside down. Being a real person is hard work.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

I have a confession to make

I confess: I am a nerd.
And I'm proud of it.

I'm an engineer who gets excited when reading anything related to science, particularly energy. And I love proving people wrong when they think they are going to die due to the "nuclear disaster" in Japan. I love Star Wars and Lord of the Rings. Though if I have to be honest, I do love the LOTR trilogies just for the fact that I like watching the behind the scenes stuff. I like comic books, but I love mangas. I love Rurouni Kenshin, Cowboy Bebop, Trigun, and Fullmetal Alchemist. I like robots, especially Battlebots. I know too much trivia about the Beatles and I don't care. I like watching Modern Marvels and Mythbusters. Yay science! I like the fact that I went to CMU. No we didn't party as hard as most of you in school, but we embraced our inner nerd and had fun with it.

I am a nerd. And I'm proud of it.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


Apartment hunting is so frustrating.

Friday, March 11, 2011

Grown ups...

The past few days I have been feeling a bit overwhelmed. My start date has been finalized, my moving is starting to take place, my last few days in Miami are coming full blast. I've done all my taxes, looked up new car insurance, looked at new apartments, had my car put in my name, and have started paying all of my 1039248 credit card bills. It all seems surreal, and yet all very natural to me.

It's scary being a grown up. Too many things to do that I'm not sure I'll do well or correctly. Too much responsibility.

But you know what? I know I can handle it.

I'll be okay on my own. I may even like it.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Lady Gagaaaaa!

Last July my friend Dan and I purchased tickets to see Lady Gaga in concert here in Pittsburgh. For the last months its been more of an afterthought. The tickets hiding in my drawer, unseen and forgotten. But the date Feb 26th was engraved in my mind. After many trials and tribulations, I was able to see Lady Gaga in person, and only a few feet away from me.

This journey began a few days ago. After visiting Adam I was headed back to Pittsburgh. I had a connecting flight in DC, however that flight was so delayed that I didn't see a point in staying in the airport. I changed my flight for the next morning leaving from Reagan into Pit. This was a close call, because if I missed that flight I would have to wait later, and perhaps not arrive on time for the concert. However, I did make it (though barely). All was well and I had a few hours before heading to the stadium to wait in line.So naturally, I took a nap.

After picking up Daniel, we headed downtown to the Consel Energy Center. We found the line outside an joined the mass of people. We stood outside from around 4:00 til 7:00. During this time, we witnessed an array of people. Lots of normally dressed people, but mostly scantily clad girls. Lots of fishnets, mini skirts, and hooker heels, ala Gaga. What I don't understand is how they could dress like that when it was about 40 F outside with the sun out and about 30 F once it got dark. Weren't they freezing? I guess to each her/his own. We also saw many people dressed like Lady Gaga. Lots of Telephone like costumes, some men in drag (with heels and all), and one girl had her own Grammy Awards 2010 dress (not sure how to describe it, look it up). Lots of pictures taken, lots of laughs, but cold feet. During this time we befriended the people behind us--a brother sister team who were seeing this for he 3rd and 2nd time, and a college age couple who were there their 2nd time. They were nice people. They were so nice that they even helped the people behind them hide themselves while they peed in cups. That's right, the fans are so devoted they won't even leave the line to use the bathroom. They will pee in cups. Gross? Yes. Hilarious? Absolutely.

After 3 hours of standing outside we finally made it inside the arena. We rushed to get a stop as close to the stage as possible. We were about 4 rows of people away from the stage. It was pretty sweet. However, the opening act didn't start until 8, so another hour of waiting. The opening act was a band called the Scissor Sisters. The weren't bad. They are apparently very big in the gay community in Europe. And since I do not fall in either category, I wasn't too impressed with them. They played for about 30 minutes, and then the wait for Lady Gaga herself began. We were getting so desperate that with every minute that passed, I was getting so irritated and frustrated. During the waiting time, they played Michael Jackson's greatest hits. Every time I heard
another MJ song, I thought I was going to kill somebody! I had been standing for so long I was in physical pain and all I wanted was to see Lady Gaga! The worst part was, I couldn't just leave to sit somewhere. If I did I would lose my spot and I'd regret it later. So I sucked it up.

Finally at 9:45 we heard the music for 'Dance in the Dark' and baby, was the wait worth it. Lady Gaga is such an entertainer. It was amazing! So many crazy costumes and sets, awesome songs that she actually sings and not lip-sing. She did every hit song plus two new ones and some others. I just can't describe how amazing it all was. What also helped make it amazing is how close we were to her. I could see all the blood, sweat, and tears (literally) on her body. And to make things more awesome, dance Mark from season 4 of 'So You Think You Can Dance' was one of her dancers, so that fulfilled one of my secret fantasies to see him dance live.

I just loved my journey to the Monster Ball with her. My favorites two songs, 'Paparazzi' and 'Bad Romance' were two songs she sang towards the end, so the show ended on a fabulous note. :)

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Must allow dogs...

Looking for apartments is much to stressful for me. Especially when most of the time I'm doing it away from the place I need to be. I want too many things in a place, and it's becoming difficult finding it.

I just really want a place that will be my own for once. For the past three years I've had to share some part of an apartment/home with other people. I'm ready to have my own place with my own stuff.

And most likely a doggie. I don't want to be too lonely.