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"If the day and the night are such that you greet them with joy, and life emits a fragrance like flowers and sweet-scented herbs, is more elastic, more starry, more immortal- that is your success. All nature is your congratulation, and you have cause momentarily to bless yourself. The greatest gains and values are farthest from being appreciated. We easily come to doubt if they exist. We soon forget them. They are the highest reality. Perhaps the facts most astounding and most real are never communicated by man to man. The true harvest of my daily life is somewhat as intangible and indescribable as the tints of morning or evening. It is a little star-dust caught, a segment of the rainbow which I have clutched." - Henry David Thoreau
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domingo, 1 de octubre, 2006
I've visited my family up in CT several times now, and it's very nice to be away from NYC to be in a suburb-like area (though technically Norwich is called a city). There's absolute silence during the night (except the crickets), there are more stars to be seen (though, not much).

Yet one of the things that will keep me rooted in the city is the water. NYC WATER IS AWESOME! Drinking Connecticutian water left a weird aftertaste. Now I know why children have so many cavities, because they drink juices and soft drinks in lieu of their sucky drinking water supply. Hah, j/k. But that'd be an interesting theory.

Welp, in conjunction to the previous paragraph, I'm off to the dentist.

Edit OH NO! I HAVE A CAVITY! MY NIGHTMARES HAVE BECOME TRUE! This is my first cavity ever... my perfect, pale yellow teeth are marred...

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Really gross
domingo, 8 de marzo, 2009
As of late I keep noticing dudes lovingly stroking the poles on the subway as if it were their own phallus. It makes me throw up in my mouth a little, not because of what it seems to imply but because it takes me back to a story a high school teacher once told my class:
A homeless man boarded the subway with a rank and odor so pungent he befouled the entire car immediately. He readied his money-collecting device. His conduct was unlike that of the other panhandlers; instead of God blessing everyone and placidly soliciting his request, he made a threatening announcement that if he didn't get any money, he would reach down his pants and touch all the poles.

Although there's no need to start having phobias about the whole thing, it doesn't hurt to have a little prudence. People who are sick get on on the subway all the time. Some people who have no etiquette cough and sneeze with abandon like they are marking their territory. Children with their sticky little fingers touch everything. I'm pretty sure I've caught some colds riding mass transit.

If it's a short ride I hold onto the pole with my wrist or use my knuckles. If it's a longer ride I only use my left hand, never my right. Just because you can't see them doesn't mean they aren't there. Like eyelash mites.

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Sin asunto
viernes, 24 de abril, 2009
When I wear white shoes I am painfully aware of how white they are and HOW MANY PEOPLE SEEM TO STEP ON THEM! ARRRRRRGH!!!! (The NuTROL baboon image is very apropos. He knows how I feel.)

I haven't been on much, I mean I still click around and read people's nublogs, but I don't really participate as much as I used to... not that I participated a great deal in the first place, but definitely more than now. And it's not a total mystery as to why, either: I have too many blogs! I'm just stretching myself too thin.

Perhaps I'll cross-post more. I've only done that a couple of times, but I'll increase the amount. Yay?

So here's the biggest news, cross-posted: I chanced upon Law & Order: SVU filming (photos); Sorcerer's Apprentice is still filming in my backyard (tweeted); and I found out I was one of the first 100 people to sign up for Hulu.

That oughta hold the S.O.B.'s.

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It's been a long time coming
sábado, 26 de septiembre, 2009
Been pretty busy lately... to those who commented on my last entry: sorry for commenting back so late! Oh and the guy Robert Pattinson is grinding on is the singer Prince! LOL @ Nuttz, who incorrectly guessed that Prince was in the Twilight movies. Though he is a bit eccentric-looking, so I could understand. And there's still Bella's monster fetus to come, so who knows.

So I pretty much think there's some kind of prostitution ring going on down the block from me. I don't have definitive proof; in fact, I have little circumstantial evidence, if that.

Here's what "evidence" I have:
  • It's a massage parlor.
    That doesn't necessarily mean anything, but it's not the greatest vote of confidence. Down the block the other way, a hair salon was recently shut down due to unlicensed massages (and prostitution).

  • It only serves men.
    This might not be entirely true, but the fact of the matter is that they have a middle-aged woman passing fliers or holding a big advertisement, who only targets men. I've walked by dozens of times and nearly half of that she is trying to convince males to get a massage or personally leading them to the door, which is only a few yards away from her "post." The other half of the time, she's just standing there like she's searching (for customers?). Which is all the more suspicious to me because some places explicitly state "women only" (at least, I'm pretty sure they mean women clients only, not women masseuses only?).

  • It has fishy advertising.
    Or lack thereof. The signs basically let you know you can get a massage here, but beyond that? Not much. Other places have a list of types of massages that are offered along with pricing. I mean, I learnt that the main point of businesses are to attract as many customers as possible, UNLESS YOU DON'T WANT TO BECAUSE OF THE PROSTITUTION.
Uhm, that's pretty much it. I haven't been up there personally, so this is all conjecture. Oh and the business is new, it used to be a dental office.

Edit: Just checked my pps because of the strange, unfamiliar number, and it turned out I got 25pps because I was in the top ten most popular! Huh????

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