Friday, December 31, 2004

Moved out of Berkeley

Today I finished moving all my shit out of my apartment and cleaning it up. It took 2.5 hours of scrubbing, vacuuming and mopping to clean up the mess. All the stuff that was left in the apt is still sitting in my car. I had no energy when I got home to take it out and figure out where to put it. Too much crap. Most of it will get sold, donated, or thrown away. I don't need any of that stuff anymore.

On another note, I have a special place in my heart for that apartment. It was my little home away from home. My own little corner of the world. Sure, it was just a studio, but it was my little studio. It was really cozy.

I am hoping the next home I live in will at least be a one bedroom. I think it is time for that :). For now, my home is back at my folks. Which is fine for the time being.

Wednesday, December 29, 2004

Tsunami Aftermath

If I am not mistaken, Tsunami is Japanese for tidal wave. (Believe it or not, I took 3 years of Japanese in high school. Didn't do anything for me cuz I really don't remember squat.) I tried avoid watching the news and hearing about what was going on but finally last night, I forced myself to watch the news. I couldn't believe it. I was horrified. All I could think was how scary it must have been for those poor folks who were just enjoying the day out on the beach and suddenly were swept away. And just like that, their lives were devastated or sometimes even worse, their lives were over. And for the millions of people who lost everything. Those who lost loved ones. I can't imagine the amount of pain that is gripping that region of the world.

I keep remembering back to one summer when I worked for a man who was from Sri Lanka. We had long conversations of how beautiful the country was and how I need to go visit it. I looked up some beautiful pictures of the tiny island nation. Now, the beaches have been pretty much completely destroyed and I keep praying that the man's family is doing ok.

There are no words to describe the horror. All other news seems so miniscule and unimportant next to it. We have enough problems dealing with natural disasters and yet we add on top of that all the unnecessary bullshit of politics and killing eachother.

Everytime nature shows her mighty strength, I am humbled and reminded as to how weak and fragile we are.

Tuesday, December 28, 2004


I am leaving SOOO SOOON for New Zealand! I still have so much to do around here:

1. Finish moving out of my apartment in Berkeley (eek it is still a gigantic mess...my parents offered to help! They are the best!)

2. Finish up lab work...Kinda hard to do when the essential tool to do it is broken...fuck.

3. Make sure I have everything I need for my trip. I got most everything already but there are a few items that I might still need to get.

4. Clean up my room at home!

5. Get over being ill! I have had this friggin' cold for like a week and it hasn't let up! It's like a mutant virus or something. It's holding on really strong. I feel like crapola. I've had soo much trouble sleeping lately because of it.

6. Get in touch with the Chabad there so that I can see how the Kiwi Jews spend Shabbos.

Yalla, I am off to see if I can fix the microscope so I can progress with this work. Wish me luck!

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