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5th July 2006
"i feel like an extremely priveleged vagrant"
Life in NYC: :
Internship at Astralwerks
is going well. I like the people I'm working with, and I feel like I'm learning a lot about the process that is releasing an album. The overwhelming part at first was learning all the codes and terms for everything. It's a language all in itself. The internship is unpaid, but I think it's definitely going to be worth it for the experience... and I've gotten about 100 free CDs and LPs. Temping
is what I do to make money. It has worked out surprisingly well; the jobs pay anywhere from $10-23/hr, and they are usually brief assignments that work around my internship schedule. I've grown to really enjoy temp work, actually. I like going into a place I know nothing about and doing something I would otherwise never do for a few days. It's good experiene and gives me a glimpse into all these worlds I didn't know existed.
The living situation has been a trip. My apartment is in the West Village, which is a happening place. It's where everyone who likes fun and is our age wants to be. The problem is, my apartment is also extremely small (no, you don't understand, it's sooo small) and not air-conditioned. So that sucks. As for the people I live with, it's pretty funny. I live with a woman named Milly who does marketing for the history channel, and Mario (aka Perez of www.perezhilton.com). Milly is awesome; she likes all the same music I do and is just so much fun. I haven't really gotten to know Mario though. He seems like a nice guy, but living with him is awkward b/c he doesn't really make an effort to get to know me... at all. It's still fun though to have him as my roommate b/c of his celebrity status. Anyway... when I'm not at my apartment, I crash with Carey who is "apartment-sitting" (subletting for free?) his rich older cousin's upper west side disgustingly amazing apartment. We're talking a grand piano, 3 full bathrooms, several guest bedrooms... the works. Oh, and it has AC.
People-wise it's been entertaining. I've seen a million CTYers (Bara, Jon Good, Mer, Dot, Samantha, Alex Steingart and more) and a few people from home/Scripps. I'm amazed at how many people Carey and I have run into that we know just on the street.
Anyway overall I'm really happy here and it's been the most entertaining summer in years. We'll see how the next month and a half goes, and then I can't believe I'm going back to school to be a senior and graduate. holy crap.
9th May 2006
This is the first finals week of my college career where I'm not going: AHH!! I AM COMPLETELY AND TOTALLY FUCKED!!! The cost though has been that the last week or so has been totally boring. I've been studying and writing so much. I don't know what's better, blowing stuff off and having fun, or actually being on top of school and feeling good about that. Too bad I have never been able to find a balance. :
The tentative summer plan is: get summer internship at Astralwerks in NYC and sublet Katie Yang's apartment. I like it. I don't have the internship just yet, but I have an interview there as well as one at Vice Records as a backup, so I have my fingers crossed that I'll get one of them. Katie says I can sublet for sure, I just have to meet the person who she lives with so that she approves of me. I figure if she approves of Katie though, she'll approve of me b/c Katie is a crazy.
Oh yeah, and I'll be in Framingham for a few weeks starting this Saturday.
22nd January 2006
Being back at Scripps is a definite improvement on being "home" in Framingham (here: personal space, no crazy parents, friends who aren't total flakes, boyfriend, 70 degree weather, and did I mention no crazy parents?) :
First week of school went OK. I'm taking five classes and they all look great except for music theory four, which I don't want to talk about. Socially, Claremont is really weird. With Moira, Gwyn, Claire, Tasha, Anna, Lexi, Cheska, Sjuli etc gone I pretty much have no friends and have had to resort to Carey's group of friends. It's not awful, but I am looking forward to Moira and Alana visiting this week, and for senior year in general.
The truly exciting event of this past week was buying a futon. It makes my room fantastic, but things will be much better when maintenance fucking removes my bed! Scripps maintenance is so anal about this stuff. At Pomona or any of the other Claremont colleges, if you want to leave your bed frame in the hallway for them to take it away, no problem. At Scripps, if you do that, they take away your bed, and then they charge you as if you lost it! Ridiculousness.
Anyway that's my update. Oh, and 21st birthday this week, THANK GOD! I will be drunk and full of tapas. Mmm.
30th December 2005
goals for the rest of break
in order of importance: :
1. get over this nasty cold
2. apply for summer internships
3. make some more $$$ temping
4. read those four books i've been meaning to read all semester
5. clean out my room at home (i cannot come back here)
(ps i just got back from visiting carey in ohio. it was great to see him and his family etc but i got sick and they keep the house at 55 degrees so that didn't help anything. i'm happy to be home where there is heat and real orange juice, but really i just miss him a lot.)
29th November 2005
It's official: I'm sick. I took vitamin C every day, drank lots of hot beverages, got a lot of sleep, but I'm still sick. There was no avoiding it, I guess, but it could be worse. I don't actually feel that bad. It's more that I just want to be asleep all the time. :
These next three weeks are going to be such a bitch. For finals week I have to write a 20 pg paper, a 10 pg paper, compose art music in the style of schubert, and do a 15 min long electronic music composition. Yeah... we'll see how that goes.
Thanksgiving break was good, but it needed to be longer. I saw the Xmas light festival in LA, that new movie Syrianna, had Tday dinner in LA w/ Carey's aunt and uncle (food was SO GOOD), went to The Kettle, and hung out around Santa Monica and Manhattan Beach. 'Twas a good time, although it was sad to have the campus so dead.
My abuelita was about to die the other day, she has really bad pneumonia and didn't want the oxygen masks anymore etc, so I was sad but she is apparently miraculously better today and has a good chance of making it! Yay abuelita melba.
For those of you in Framingham, I can't wait til winter break. I'll be home Dec 17th to Jan 15th except for a brief trip around xmas, so we better hang out.
10th November 2005
BOOO PAPERS!!!! I have a 7-10 page paper due in 45 minutes, and I have written 5 solid pages and am trying to crank out at least another one and/or play with the character spacing. I am just mad at myself for choosing Family Guy over homework. The choice seemed so right at the time... :
OK BACK TO WORK
30th October 2005
Halloween night is probably the best party night of the year at the Claremont Colleges, aside from Smiley 80s, which is at least as good if not better. It was fun to see everyone dressed up in elaborate costumes and the drinks were delicious. Overall though, I didn't have THAT much fun. I mean, Moira's costume made my night (she was a GILF), but if the best party night of the year doesn't do it for me... what will? I think I've become a bit bored with the party scene here at school. Part of it is that being in a serious relationship you can't really go out and do the whole pursue someone thing, but also I think having so many friends abroad creates a more difficult situation. Maybe I'm just growing up, but lately I'd much rather throw a dinner party or have a night in with a small group than go out and get tanked in a slutty outfit with all my girlfriends. :
The worst part of the night was getting stepped on by a heavy girl in thick high heels who fell backwards; her heel landed directly on my big toe. Thanks for that, whoever you are. It really made it up to me that you called out "sorry" as you ran off with your drunken posse. I definitely got some weird looks as I hobbled off crying in my nun costume. Pictures soon.
27th October 2005
in case you need some suggestions (from espn)
Q: Do you have any ideas for cool Halloween costumes? I'm sick of the slutty nurse, slutty french maid, slutty [insert female occupation here]. What is the Sports Gal going as? :
--Jen M., Middletown, N.J.
Costume No. 1: "Taradise"
This bangs out the "I'm still cute, you might want to think about hooking up with me later" angle, but it's also funny -- you need a blonde wig, a slutty outfit, a liquor bottle, smeared lipstick, fake scrapes on your knees and giant fake knockers. And you just need to stumble around and scream crazy things while your friends hold you up. Later, when you get drunk and start acting like this for real, people will assume that you're still playing the "Taradise" role. This also works for Courtney Love if you want to go in that direction.
Costume No. 2: Stripper
If you're going slutty, go all out -- wear a stripper's outfit, stick dollar bills in your garter belt and carry around a makeshift stripper's pole. Why not go all the way? People will notice you. Especially if you're attending a party that includes Clinton Portis.
Costume No. 3: Nicole Richie
Dress in a skeleton outfit, only with fancy clothes on. Can't miss and a guaranteed laugh when someone asks who you are.
Costume No. 4: Generic Women's College Basketball Coach
My personal favorite. First, go to Marshall's and buy the ugliest beige pants suit you can find. Second, buy a Nancy Reagan wig. Third, buy 8-inch high heels and practice walking awkwardly in them. Fourth, learn how to do that whistle where you stick your index and pinky fingers in your mouth, then make an excruciatingly loud noise. And you're good to go.
25th October 2005
listen to tim fite! www.timfite.com
12th October 2005
This weekend is FALL BREAK WOO WOO, and I'm going camping in Joshua Tree, where I previously spent the most uncomfortable night of my life (two people in a one person sleeping bag = hell) and saw the most beautiful thing I have ever seen (desert sunrise). :
This week, on the other hand, is hilarious because I have five papers due, two projects, and a test. I didn't even know that could happen!
Classes I am taking this semester:
Electronic Music Studio
Music Theory 3
Nationalism and Music
Analyzing Rock Music
Sounds fun, right? Not so much. The only really cool class is electronic music studio because we get to play with ARPs and mixers and theramins and crazy computer programs and the professor is amazing. He has big white bushy hair, huge 70s glasses, and the energy of ten people. Our assignments are things like "make an interesting noise for next class". Analyzing rock sucks my butt because the professor is disorganized and obnoxious, and it's a rare occasion when someone says something interesting. My friend Emily described the class as "staring at a strobe light for an hour and fifteen minutes". That sums it up basically.http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2005/10/08/AR2005100801405.html
Lee-kai sent me that article and it's really interesting but makes me want to go to sleep so bad!
18th September 2005
My boyfriend slapped Bob Saget's ass.
Last night I went to a comedy club called the Laugh Factory in LA for Jesse Last's birthday. We saw 4 comedians that I sort of recognized from Premium Blend and Leno, and THEN the host was like "And now, one last comic... BOB SAGET!" I died laughing because it was so unexpected. We were sitting first row in this already tiny club, so we were merely a few feet away from him, and he was just so out of control. I don't know if you guys know this, but his standup routine is really fuckin' dirty. Practically every other word out of his mouth was "fuck" and he talked about his 15 year old daughter blowing guys and those aren't the worst of it at all. He ended with the song "Danny T is Not Gay" to the tune of the BSB's "I Want it That Way". Basically it was an amazing night. Oh yeah, and Carey took the opportunity to slap Bob Saget's ass as he walked off stage.
27th August 2005
bye bye summer
It is pretty unbelievable that I'm going to be in Claremont tonight. :
The summer was satisfactory, I guess. Neither good nor bad, mostly just boring. It'll be a relief to be back at school with good people and classes to keep me busy.
1. cross country road trip w/ jesse (world's largest prairie dog?)
2. visiting carey in ohio
3. daily trips to the gym with kate lee
4. making pies with katie
5. watching Kept obsessively
6. visiting Jon Good and his roommates in Boston, eating Jon Good's amazing cooking, going to crazy rooftop parties, drinking very strong black russians
7. celebrating july 4th BBQ style with jon good and co.
8. having dinner at Carmine's in NYC with an awesome group of CTYers and people from school and ordering lots of wine
9. having an even more random dinner the next night with Lee-kai, Bara, Jon Lii, and Alex Steingart and partying til 4am at Pioneer
10. getting to hang out with Lee-kai for a significant amount of time for the first time since CTY
11. working in the E.R., pushing people around on gurneys, getting hit on by the janitor who brought me icecream
12. visiting carey in lancaster
13. crashing bara's brother's party and seeing EMMA!
14. seeing Altar Boyz
15. going up to Maine with carey, peter, and jesse
16. gettings lot of new music from kate lee (you are the best)
17. seeing tyler's band at the middle east with phill
18. watching the rolling stones from a rooftop in boston
19. kate and joey lee's party where i passed out and the sink broke
20. going on the FREE SUNSET CRUISE with awesome people and then eating delicious pizza at Regina's
Not bad. I'd do it all over again. With that, I'm out. Come visit me in California, or else.
11th July 2005
captainbeefstain: hey when does that stupid ho friend of yours come to visit, i wanna shave someones head and it would be to my preference if it were someone that could only attack me for a limited number of days. :
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captainbeefstain: ONE TIME I KILLED A BABY WITH A HANGER
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captainbeefstain: IT HOLDS A LOT OF SPRITE
captainbeefstain: FOR AN AMATEUR
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captainbeefstain: I BET YOU COULDNT TIE YOUR SHOES WHILE GETTING YOUR HEAD CUT OFF
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captainbeefstain: THE MORNING
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21st May 2005
I am currently in Denver, CO at Dani's Mom's tiny one bedroom apartment in the gay slums. It is fabulous and I just had the best breakfast ever: blueberry/strawberry waffle with orange juice and coffee. Mmmm... :
It's been alright so far. Jesse's a pretty good travel buddy, although I wish he was the kind of person you could have meaninful conversations with. I also wish I'd brought more CDs because we're already tiring of his thousands of mp3s (which consist entirely of male classic rock bands and Heart).
Tonight we're heading to Las Vegas and then tomorrow we'll be in SoCal. Yay!
14th May 2005
For once I actually had a great flight home. Usually flying the red eye home is lonely and exhausting, but this time I sat next to a guy named Ray that was in the navy and coming back home to states for the first time in three years. He'd been stationed in Okinawa and been in Iraq for almost a year. I forget the official name of his position, but basically he's a paramedic. He told me all these stories about losing his buddies and dealing with hypochondriacs and what Japan is like. He told me about growing up the oldest of eight kids and why he decided to join the navy etc. Fastest six hour flight ever. :
Thursday and Friday were hell days though. So much packing, moving, and saying goodbyes that I was no where ready to say. Many tears were shed. At least I didn't go to the airport the wrong day of my flight... ahem... carey...
It's weird to think of Claire, Sjuli, and Tasha still packing at the apartment. I'm really relieved to be out of that living situation, I don't think I could do it again if I had to.
It's hard to be home. I really, really miss Carey and Moira.
4th May 2005
P.S. I SAW COOLIO AND TONE LOC AT THE DODGERS GAME
such a cali night
Last night was stellar: :
Went to Dodgers Stadium to see the Dodgers play. We had great seats, and it was a good game with the Dodgers down in the first four innings but then making a comeback. It was also entertaining to see several people get arrested and carried off the field for running onto the field in the middle of the game. Oh, I felt very at home, too, because the crowd would spontaneously start chanting "YANKEES SUCK!"
Afterwards, Carey and I dropped his dad off and drove to Manhattan Beach where we sat on the Pier amidst sketchy fishermen and couples making out. We asked the cop if we were allowed to walk on the beach and he said technically no, but as long as we don't cause any trouble we'll be fine. We walked for awhile until we ran into a couple having sex on the beach, which was lovely, so we turned around and just sat in the sand, watched the waves, and talked about life.
As it approached 1am, we realized we were gonna need some help staying awake, so we went to a really cute 24 hour restaurant a block from the beach and ordered lots of coffee and the most amazing appetizer ever: potato skins covered in tomatoes, bacon, and onions. Mmmm. We then drove back to Claremont singing at the top of our lungs to the radio (Bohemian Rhapsody, Rescue Me, Zephyr Song...)
Was asleep by 4am. Only problem is that now it's 7am and I have to write my research paper for my Jewish Christian Relations class that counts for 1/4 of my grade, and it's not looking good so far. I need to average about 1.5 pages an hour. Here goes...
14th April 2005
I went to bed at 4pm and woke up at 7am... and I'm STILL tired. LAME. Must stay awake. Must get better for the weekend...
31st March 2005
RIP Mitch Hedberg :(
21st March 2005
spring break woo
This spring break I... :
1. went to the beach in Santa Monica twice.
2. finally visited Abuelito Pedro.
3. drove around Beverly Hills and went to Beverly Center.
4. went to a Unitarian church.
5. snuck into the Pomona pool without getting caught.
6. had a dinner party.
7. got really, really drunk maybe four times.
8. got really, really sick from drinking (only once. I threw up pringles OUT OF MY NOSE... not only that, but they were the fiery hot kind and my whole face felt on fire. I do not recommend this experience.)
9. went to Vegas.
More on that last one. I went with Steph, Lexi, Rori, Neena, Moira, Cheska, Sean, and Carey, except that we made up aliases on the way there so our names went more like this:
Steph = MacKenzie
Moira = Phoenix
Cheska = Fiona
Lexi = Ella
Carey = Darrell Zephyria Wiggins
Sean = Seamus
Rori = Katya
Neena = Kyla
me = Pilar Lopez
We stayed in the Tropicana, which is pretty well located b/c it's right on the strip. There were 9 of us staying in a 2 person hotel room, which was fun, ridiculous, and a bit illegal. When we got there in the afternoon we pushed the two beds together and took pictures of all of us spooning. That night we all got wasted- some more than others- and then roamed the strip. Moira got herself in trouble before even leaving the hotel by throwing an ash tray, but it all worked out just fine. I loved the fountain show in front of the Bellagio especially because they were playing that cheesy song Con Te Partido by Andrea Bocceli, which we thought we knew the words to. So there we were, drunk and belting out the lyrics (or what we thought the lyrics were) and Lexi, I mean Ella, was doing ballet with Kyla on the sidewalk. It was a very surreal few minutes.
My favorite parts of the trip were the car rides, rendezvousing at the "world famous" Mad Greek Cafe, otherwise known as the sketchiest cafe I've ever been to in Baker CA, home of the world's tallest thermometer!, trying to nap in the hotel room and ending up just taking airborne pictures of ourselves diving into the beds, trying to guess what everyone's orgasms would sound like, and our trip to In-n-Out where the stickers resembled dirty, dirty things.( some not so flattering pictures of us in vegasCollapse )
14th March 2005
spring break update.
Singing Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of one's lungs while taking a drunk shower is excellent. Driving up Mt. Baldy in a convertible? Windy, but also excellent. :
Those two events are the highlights of break thus far, but going to the beach in Santa Monica and hiking up Mt. Baldy with Elihu, his sister Rosie, and Carey was a blast. We got dirt all over our clothes and in every crevice of our exposed bodies. I would have won the race up the steep slope of Baldy if Carey/Elihu hadn't trampled me. Yesterday we went to Beverly Center and it was a little funny to see all the swanky cars and the masses of label whore people.
I am too out of it to write anything meaningful, but I am having a better time doing "nothing" over break than I thought I would. Tomorrow should be excellent, lunch with Moira and visiting Abuelito Pedro in the afternoon. So happeh.