Thursday, December 09, 2004

Finals approaching

Well, it's that time of year again. While everyone does Holiday Shopping, I am sitting and studying. OK, I won't lie. I haven't really started studying yet and that's part of the problem. I really need to. Tomorrow begins cram session 2004. I need to finish already!!!

I spent the day yesterday doing non-school related things like shopping at REI. I love that store! For me, it really is like being a kid in a candy store. All the camping and outdoors gizmos! A guy that worked there helped me to set up a tent that I was interested in buying. I wanted it so badly but it was too expensive :(.

But I left with a few little things: a water bottle, iodine drops, and insect repellent. All very important items. I also bought thermal underwear yesterday. For those who don't know, I am preparing for my trip to New Zealand. I still have a bunch of things I need to get but they will all have to wait till after my exams. *sigh* So annoying.

Wednesday, December 08, 2004

Palo Alto High School creepiness

As you may or may not know, I graduated from Palo Alto High School in 2000. My class had a lot of very motivated and smart individuals that ended up at the top universities in the country. Truthfully speaking, most graduating classes from Paly are like this. Even still, it seems that there might be, dare I say, some kind of curse on my class. Since we graduated, 4 people from our class have died. 4!!! That's one a year. I think that's a lot and when you hear about the causes of death it will creep you out even more.

1. The first guy died due to alcohol poisoning during rush at a fraternity.

2. The second guy committed suicide by throwing a chair through a window at a top floor of a New York City building and then plunging out after it. (I think there is reason to suspect he was on drugs)

3. The third, sadly, was a girl who died from Cystic Fibrosis. She was a sweet girl and had been fighting the disease her whole life. She even underwent a lung/heart transplant which bought her a few more years.

4. And then this last friday, a guy from my class was stabbed to death by another student from my class in Mexico. There is reason to suspect the murderer was on drugs.

The moral of the story here is:
Drugs are bad so don't do them.

I am so disturbed by all this.

In addition, there is a train that runs alongside the school. In the years since I've left, 2 students (both at the young age of 15) have jumped in front of the train and ended their lives.

I want to know what the hell is going on with the youth of Palo Alto!

Tuesday, December 07, 2004

Happy Hanukah!

Chag Sameach!!! and eat lots of greasy fooooooood!!!

Working out

I want to know why it is that I seem to get the smelliest individuals who decide to workout right next to me. It took a lot of willpower to leave the warmth of my apartment and go to the gym last night. I was working out on the elliptical trainer and the guy next to me had very bad breath. So it really didn't help he was breathing really hard. Finally he left! I thought I was finally going to be able to breathe again. Alas, no. The next guy was worse! He smelled of stale cigarettes and molding clothes. When I finally left, I almost told him to take a shower, wash his clothes and chew some gum. But I don't have the heart to say that to anyone.

As the weather gets colder, getting to the gym is harder both because walking in the rain is no fun and also I need a lot more motivation to put on workout clothes and get moving. It's a problem because it is during the winter that working out is more essential since I become a lethargic slug. I much prefer summer when I can go on a nice hike outside. Don't underestimate the wonderful health benefits to an hour of exercise a day. I find that if I go more than 4 days without exercise I get very cranky and anxious. And I have trouble sleeping. It definitely destresses me too. An hour a day is the way! That's my new motto

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