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Zanzibar
Age. 33
Gender. Female
Ethnicity. that of my father and his father before him
Location Cherry Hills Vil, CO
School. Other
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The Link To Zanzibar's Past
This is my page in the beloved art community that my sister got me into:

Samarinda

Extra points for people who know what Samarinda is.
The Phases of the Moon Module
CURRENT MOON
Croc Hunter/Combat Wombat
My hero(s)
Only My Favorite Baseball Player EVER


Aw, Larry Walker, how I loved thee.
The Schedule
M: Science and Exploration
T: Cook a nice dinner
W: PARKOUR!
Th: Parties, movies, dinners
F: Picnics, the Louvre
S: Read books, go for walks, PARKOUR
Su: Philosophy, Religion
The Reading List
This list starts Summer 2006
A Crocodile on the Sandbank
Looking Backwards
Wild Swans
Exodus
1984
Tales of the Alhambra (in progress)
Dark Lord of Derkholm
Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
The Lost Years of Merlin
Harry Potter a l'ecole des sorciers (in progress)
Atlas Shrugged (in progress)
Uglies
Pretties
Specials
A Long Way Gone (story of a boy soldier in Sierra Leone- met the author! w00t!)
The Eye of the World: Book One of the Wheel of Time
From Magma to Tephra (in progress)
Lady Chatterley's Lover
Harry Potter 7
The No. 1 Lady's Detective Agency
Introduction to Planetary Volcanism
A Child Called "It"
Pompeii
Is Multi-Culturalism Bad for Women?
Americans in Southeast Asia: Roots of Commitment (in progress)
What's So Great About Christianity?
Aeolian Geomorphology
Aeolian Dust and Dust Deposits
The City of Ember
The People of Sparks
Cube Route
When I was in Cuba, I was a German Shepard
Bound
The Golden Compass
Clan of the Cave Bear
The 9/11 Commission Report (2nd time through, graphic novel format this time, ip)
The Incredible Shrinking Man
Twilight
Eclipse
New Moon
Breaking Dawn
Armageddon's Children
The Elves of Cintra
The Gypsy Morph
Animorphs #23: The Pretender
Animorphs #25: The Extreme
Animorphs #26: The Attack
Crucial Conversations
A Journey to the Center of the Earth
A Great and Terrible Beauty
The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
Dandelion Wine
To Sir, With Love
London Calling
Watership Down
The Invisible
Alice in Wonderland
Through the Looking Glass
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
The Host
The Hunger Games
Catching Fire
Shadows and Strongholds
The Jungle Book
Beatrice and Virgil
Infidel
Neuromancer
The Help
Flip
Zion Andrews
The Unit
Princess
Quantum Brain
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
No One Ever Told Us We Were Defeated
Delirium
Memento Nora
Robopocalypse
The Name of the Wind
The Terror
Sister
Tao Te Ching
What Paul Meant
Lao Tzu and Taoism
Libyan Sands
Sand and Sandstones
Lost Christianites: The Battles for Scripture and the Faiths We Never Knew
The Science of God
Calculating God
Great Contemporaries, by Winston Churchill
City of Bones
Around the World in 80 Days, by Jules Verne
Divergent
Stranger in a Strange Land
The Old Man and the Sea
Flowers for Algernon
Au Bonheur des Ogres
The Martian
The Road to Serfdom
De La Terre เ la Lune (ip)
In the Light of What We Know
Devil in the White City
2312
The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August
Red Mars
How to Be a Good Wife
A Mote in God's Eye


want to read: Last Hunger Games Book, Honeybee Democracy, The Bell Jar
The Juanes Module


Juanes just needed his own mod. Who can disagree.
Don't Play with Matches
Sunday. 10.5.14 7:16 pm
I joined Match.com. It's been interesting.

I realized that I'm not attracted to anyone who seriously puts what they are like and who they are looking for in an ad on the internet. Which I guess kind of defeats the point of online dating. The only guy who piqued my interest was a guy who used his "About Me" section to tell a long, rambling story about a cat that used to come to his house but doesn't anymore.

Oh well. So far I've had one exchange with a guy... he said he didn't realize that "inky" was a word...... another guy wrote to tell me that he didn't believe that "volcanology" was a word until he looked it up... are you guys trying to impress me with your ignorance of words? Is that what gets the ladies these days?

From looking through pictures of these guys, you get the impression that most of them fall into the category of "the friend"... you know... there's a cool, attractive guy, and he has some cool, attractive friends... and then he also has some friends who are just always there hanging out but they never themselves do anything which is cool and/or attractive? So they never get any ladies because they never stick out for any reason? Poor guys. I guess I never thought that much about them until now.

The other type of guy who really gets me is the type that says, "NO DRAMA" or "NO GAMES" in his description. He gets crossed off the list immediately. Ok, almost anyone who writes anything in all caps and/or posts exclusively mirror selfies gets crossed off the list. Oh well, my friend Rhodes and I are going Match.com bowling later in October... at least if it's a total failure we will have each other.


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Life in the Real World
Monday. 9.22.14 7:25 pm
Me: Ok, then, I just fill out this thing?
Secretary: I can do it for you.
Me: Whaaaaat?
Secretary: No problem, I'll email it to you when it is done.

______

Secretary: I am planning your travel for your upcoming trip. Which airport do you want to fly out of?
Me: I don't even have to pick my fliiiight????
Dude I'm Traveling With: I put us on United because I get miles. Does that work for you?
Me: Uhhh... you get to pick your airline? Like, based on preference?



SECRETARIES ARE AMAZING

LARGE ENTERPRISES ARE AMAZING

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Uggh
Friday. 9.19.14 5:18 pm
I'm trying to finish a paper that I've been writing for the past three years...

I'm sort of close, but every time I sit down to write it my eyes get heavy and I start to fall asleep at my desk. (Not a good sign for the people who'll have to read it!)

I think I need to hire someone to slap me in the face every 10-20 minutes, just to keep me on my toes.

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Lanzhou
Saturday. 9.13.14 8:40 pm
"This part of the campus is only for graduate students," Professor Yang explains as we stroll through the shady trees dotting Central Lanzhou University.

"We had to put all of the undergraduates in on a new campus outside of town. That's the only way we can keep them safe."

"Keep them safe from what?" I wonder aloud. Lanzhou is surrounded by huge mounds of dull brown silty dust for miles in every direction.

"We have problems," continues Professor Yang, delicately, "with suicide." He explains that after a rash of suicides, the University placed each professor directly responsible for the safety of his students. If one of the students hurt himself now, the professor has to answer for it.

"I can't possibly keep track of all of those students," he says, resigned. The university decided that the only way to keep them safe was to essentially imprison them in their university, far away from the dangers of the provincial city of Lanzhou.

"If I were imprisoned in my university campus," I said, "I think I would end up more likely to try to take my own life than if they just let me walk around free."

Professor Yang shrugs. He knows. There is nothing he can do about it. Last year they lost two of his close colleagues to suicide. They threw themselves from the window of a tall building, just like all the others.

"Are they under as much pressure as the students?" I ask.

"That is the strange thing," Professor Yang says, "they were successful researchers-- both of them. At the top of their fields." Of course they were both divorced, also, with high child support payments. Not all of life's stresses come from the University.

The town of Lanzhou would be considered a large city in any other country. It has more than 3 million people. In China it is something of a provincial backwater. As far as a provincial backwater can have an 8-story mall. I am staying at the Lanzhou Hotel, which is classically communist in that the lobby is over-the-top in its extravagance while the rooms are barely acceptable habitations. Professor Yang says that when the hotel was first built in the 1980s, it was the finest building in Lanzhou. He remembers when people used to come from all over the province to have their picture taken in front of it.

The Lanzhou Hotel is now shadowed by the tall hotels that crowd all around it. There are several nicer hotels on the same block. Dozens and dozens of 30-story buildings are in the midst of being hastily constructed.

I wonder if all the windows on the highest floors will be sealed shut.

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Need Your Advice
Friday. 7.25.14 10:08 am
Be it extremely emotional, controversial, messed up, or whatever, this entry has been password protected.

If you know it, enter it; or, ask me for it.

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Improvising
Wednesday. 7.16.14 9:16 pm
I like to drive. When I drive somewhere new, I strictly follow whatever directions that I was given, just to be safe. On the way back, I sometimes follow the directions, but I also like to improvise. The second time I go, I go the proper way, and then, on the way back, I improvise some more. I start with small improvisations, like taking a parallel street for a few blocks. Then I get more daring, taking an unknown highway, or getting off a highway an exit too early or too late. In Paris I improvised, too, but it was with walking. Get off at a random Metro stop, try to find your way to the one you were supposed to be going to. Slowly but surely, you learn the town.

This week I have been driving around Pasadena, looking for a place to live. I've been doing a lot of improvising.
Allen St., Lake St., Hill St.
California, Colorado, Orange Grove.

Which ones will become old cow paths, and which ones will I never go down again? The streets of South Pasadena, with their pleasant green lawns and globe-like street lights? The area between Altadena and Pasadena, with its rows upon rows of shitty little over-priced houses? Empty lots, mansions, weeds, cacti, grass, "retro" fifties buildings, Ralph's. Grapes spilling over the neighbor's fence. Eating lemons and kumquats right off the tree. Southern California in all of its beauty and ugliness, crammed in together on tiny lots. Where will I live?

I'll have to improvise.

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NASA
Tuesday. 6.3.14 1:09 pm
I got the job at NASA !!



I'm moving to LA in September.






Pending my drug test and my criminal background test. Hopefully I will pass those.

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Tickets to China
Wednesday. 4.23.14 3:44 pm
Well pals, I just spent a lot of money on an airplane ticket to China. After I clicked the button, I lay on my floor, thinking, "That was a lot of money I just spent," and hoping that I picked the correct dates since my ticket is non-refundable. It should be a great time, and I'll get to finally see some yardangs in person, which is obviously a life-long dream. Ever since I figured out what yardangs were, of course. So more like a 1/4th of a life's dream.

My summer is shaping up to be pretty crazy:

May 1st-29th: Field work in Hawaii, finish writing novel
May 30th-31st: Climb Mount Quandary
June 1st-30th: Explore Colorado/New Mexico, finish writing grants, hang out w/the fam, climb some more mountains
July 8th-13th: Road Trip across the American West from Pasadena to Denver
July 13th-19th: Mars 8 Conference, Pasadena
July 19th-August 3: China
August 4th-August 6th: Drive back across the American West
August 9th-August 23rd: Ocean City, Maryland
September 1: Start job????

The hardest part is keeping it all organized.
And knowing what to pack.

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