April 2, 2006

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Anthony and I went to a Korean restaurant. We had slices of beef
cooked at the table. It was a great dinner. We had a lot of fun
chatting about Japan and other places. I’m really glad that my parents
took us on trips and that I had all these opportunities to travel.
Those stories make it much easier for me to connect with people. =)

I can explain my research to other academics easily. All I have to do
is talk about collaborative bibliographies and they immediately
understand why social computing is just _so_ cool. Talking about my
research made me understand it a bit more, too.

At coffee time, I ended up talking about Toastmasters with Brian, the
pilot taking up biblical archaeology. Yeow Tong, Brian and I chatted
about teaching, presentations, and other things about academic life.

I’ve figured something out. If I’m going to eat out, I might as well
eat out somewhere nice, having something I can’t easily prepare
myself. It doesn’t have to be extravagant, but a little bit of
atmosphere and style would be good. Dinner today was much more of an
experience than grabbing pizza somewhere. =)

That said, I’m still looking forward to learning how to prepare
fancier meals…

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Random Japanese sentence: テーブルに猫の足跡が付いている。 There are footprints of a cat on the table.

Pictures from Brian’s party

http://www.bubbleshare.com/album/23305.c632b93a729

In the thick of things

Come to think of it, my social life really is very different from,
say, what I’d gotten used to in high school. I used to be part of one
or two clearly identifiable groups, but now I’m a part of all these
different groups and dyads. I’m a lot better at introducing myself
based on something completely random, too.

And yes, I’ve actually said that talking to people is fun. I love
establishing some kind of common ground with people, appreciating
their differences and the insight I gain from their perspective. I
look forward to cooking for friends, meeting people for lunch or
dinner, running into random strangers in the piano room, and chatting
with people over billiards or table tennis. I also love keeping in
touch with my friends and family back home. I miss them, too! =)

As long as I don’t forget to pay attention to my own life, it should
be fine. <laugh>

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Random Japanese sentence: この種の猫にはしっぽがない。 The tail is absent in this type of cat. Kono shu no neko wa ni wa shippo ga nai.

Brian’s birthday party

That was tons of fun, and very much worth it. =) I blocked off all
evening starting from 4:30 for Brian’s birthday party, and I really
enjoyed hanging out with him and his other friends.

We ate at a fancy steakhouse. I didn’t go for a full steak, opting
instead for a delicious chicken dish that made a light dinner. (Wise
choice, as I’d been eating all afternoon!) After dinner, we had
another party in Brian’s suite. We played Apples to Apples, a
hilarious party game of strange comparisons. I got to meet a few new
people, too. I took plenty of pictures which I promise I’ll edit and
upload by Wednesday, after my next major requirement is done.

Spending $20 on a single dinner is quite odd for me because I
sometimes think in terms of my starving-grad-student budget, but I
felt it was very much worth it. They’re a great bunch of people. If
it’s all right with my parents, I try to think of it as making the
most of the opportunities I have here to get to know people well. I
feel somewhat guilty about the fact that I’m not scrimping and trying
to stick to a strict budget. I hope it’s like taking the first circus.
I won’t be extravagant – eating out all the time or buying expensive
things – but I _do_ like the company of friends, and I’ll spend for
that and for experiences. =)

A lot of fun was had by all, and a lot of good conversation too.

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Random Japanese sentence: 私はこの猫の世話をしなければならない。 I have to look after this cat. Watashi wa kono neko no sewa o shinakereba naranai.

Backlog – 2006.04.01: Breakfast: Bacon and eggs

Steve deserved a break from all the hospital food, so I decided to
cook him breakfast. It always takes him a while to get up, so I walked
to Dominion and bought bacon and eggs. Trent let me into their suite
and showed me where to get all the things I needed. I discovered the
joys of having a proper crepe pan. =)

I fried bacon, prepared eggs, and toasted bread. Steve was touched
that I had prepared both sunny-side-up and scrambled eggs for him, and
kept praising my cooking. We had chai latte (well, just milk for me)
with Trent and Keri. Apparently, Trent’s quite the chai latte master.
=)

It was fun chatting with Trent and Keri as well, although some aspects
of that were just a little bit odd, like that singing in the shower
thing… <laugh> It was good having breakfast with friends,
though – it gave me something for which I should wake up early. Might
do it again sometime. Heck, might even do it tomorrow…

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Random Japanese sentence: テーブルに猫の足跡が付いている。 There are footprints of a cat on the table. Teiboru ni neko no sokuseki tsuite iru.