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"I hate you."
-Event Staff

In The Off Hours
Books :: None currently...
TV :: Stargate SG-1, Stargate Atlantis, The 4400, Entourage
Anime :: Naruto, Bleach, Gundam SEED Destiny, Sousei no Aquarion
Music :: DHT - Listen to Your Heart

happiness is...
• Annoying Event Staff
• No More Work
• Night Pictures
• Winning at Poker
unhappiness is...
• No income
• Expensive gear
• Integrating flash and DBs
• Driving long distances

:: Thursday, September 23, 2004 ::
Baghdad Year Zero...
If you have any interest at all in what the US is doing abroad in Iraq in our name, read this article. The article appeared in this month's Harpers and was written by Naomi Klein. I heard about it today when she gave an interview on Al Franken's show on AirAmerica Radio. Anybody who writes a line like "When facts threaten true believers, they simply close their eyes and pray harder." deserves a few minutes of your time.

:: posted by Z [1:26 PM] ::

:: Wednesday, September 22, 2004 ::
Medical Advice on Vitamin C Deficiency...
MatTrix700: eat oranges
MatTrix700: drink the juice
MatTrix700: just down it
MatTrix700: make screwdrivers
Kris2fur: what? take shots of oj before work

You know I think event staff has actually drank during work, so now he's just nitpicking and frankly, we here, and by "we" I mean me, at aglimpseinside.com just won't stand for that. We will however sit idly by while workers get intoxicated at work following the advice of a soon to be medical professional. This has been a public broadcast announcement, thank you.

:: posted by Z [1:45 PM] ::

:: Tuesday, September 14, 2004 ::
Event Staff on Open Bars...
isamu619: you bringing your new fone to my party?
Kris2fur: yea
isamu619: i filled up the pool with an extra two inches of water
isamu619: just for you
Kris2fur: im not going outside
Kris2fur: this guy
isamu619: if you want, i can preheat the spa
Kris2fur: im really not going into your backyard
isamu619: if you say so
Kris2fur: this guy
isamu619: you know if you just didnt drink so much it would be completely safe
Kris2fur: dood... its an open bar
Kris2fur: thats like giving an arsonist keys to a gas station
isamu619: what an apt analogy

:: posted by Z [3:00 PM] ::

Birthday Shout Out...
Oh yeah, before I forget... Happy Bday to MOI! And to Chris too, who is fortunate enough to share the same bday as me. 26 years and counting... where does the time go honestly. I blinked and it was over. Think if I had taken that nap I wanted. Anyway, see everyone who can make it Friday!

:: posted by Z [11:35 AM] ::

Political Humor...
"There are now a lot of questions about the authenticity of these memos shown on '60 Minutes' about President Bush and his service in the National Guard. Let me tell you something, if there's one thing you don't want to see, it's a president who really didn't win the election being brought down by phony documents."

"Meanwhile the White House is scrambling to bolster President Bush's image. They're saying that it's true Bush did not go to Vietnam, but he did attend an early screening of 'Apocalypse Now'!"

"John Kerry unveiled his newest campaign slogan: 'A mind is a terrible thing to make up."'

"One thing about Kerry -- Kerry just can't seem to shake his rich guy image. Like today he challenged President Bush to three debates and a yacht race!"

"The candidates are arguing about the exact format of the presidential debates. Kerry wants to stand behind a podium and Bush wants to stand behind Dick Cheney."

"The nationwide ban on assault weapons is scheduled to expire at midnight tonight. ... John Kerry criticized President Bush for not fighting to renew the ban. Well, you can understand why President Bush doesn't want to renew the ban on assault weapons. These are the first weapons of mass destruction he's actually been able to find!"

"You know I'm not sure if our homeland security has improved that much. Like today the CIA called the state of Florida and said, 'There might be a hurricane heading your way."

:: posted by Z [11:34 AM] ::

:: Wednesday, September 08, 2004 ::
Vegas Weekend Wrap-up...
Well its officially Vegas + 3 days and it’s safe to say I’m still not fully recovered, or at least not fully motivated to jump right back into the mundanity that is my regular work week. But enough of now, at least for the time being, I should probably talk first of Vegas before I start griping right?

The original plan was for us to leave at 9am Friday morning. Needless to say, no one in the group actually expected to meet that timetable. There’s just no way that 9 Asians are going to go anywhere on time. The only thing we hoped to and succeeded to do was minimize the overall latency. We were on the road by 10 and on our way to pick up Nela in Ontario. After that, so began the drama of drawing straws to see who would drive the next of the three legs to Vegas. Because someone, who will remain nameless *coughCASEYcough*, this process didn’t proceed as smoothly as planned. It should be noted that Jorge kept volunteering to drive but we, for some inexplicable reason, kept ignoring him. But despite all that, several hours and a couple of pot brownies later, we arrived in Sin City ahead of schedule because we managed to stay ahead of the labor day weekend traffic for once.

After checking in, setting up the bar, and unpacking, we headed down for dinner. There, Vu and David were still feeling the effects of the THC laced desserts they had ingested and some difficulty eating their dinner. Vu ended up missing his soup and spilling a good amount of pepper on the table and David had a hard time keeping tomatoes off the floor. After the dinner, we conked out for the rest of the day. We awoke a couple of hours later, got ready to go clubbing and started pre-partying. At that time we still had no idea where the destination of the night would be, but we never let little details like that hold us back in Vegas. We ended up at Venus in the Venetian and for once, I didn’t black out. It was my crowning achievement of the night, sad as that may be. Besides that, we all had a good time and met up with the rest of the crew arriving from LA for a late night snack afterwards.

The next morning, Chester and Steamin’ managed to sneak into the topless pool at Mandalay Bay but Event Staff ended up getting left behind. So sad, I know, but I guess he’s use to it by now. Haha. Later on, the rest of us went down to the Excalibur pool and had fun drinking pina coladas and strawberry dacaries, going down slides, and just laying out. After all that fun in the sun, everyone agreed it was time for another nap. Unfortunately, I couldn’t sleep for long and eventually wandered downstairs, found Mat, and started playing poker. I know this is a departure from my normally anti-gambling stance, but playing against other people is drastically different than playing against the house. Well at least that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. I was up $55 at one point but ended up losing most of that. I left with $7 in profit. w00h00. It was the last chance I’d get to gamble for the weekend.

After poker, Mat and I went back upstairs where everyone was almost finished getting pimped and hoed out (pictures to come soon). Compared to last year, I think the costumes this year way outdid what we wore last year. A lot of the guys, including myself, even rented costumes. I think a party like Pimp n Ho is just more fun if you go in theme. When we got there, we heard the party was sold out but honestly, once inside, it didn’t seem all that crowded. And in fact, around 2am, began clearing out quickly. It ended up closing down around 4am, a full one hour ahead of schedule and even had last call, something is almost unthinkable in Vegas. So while I had a good time, I tend to think last year was more fun. Or maybe it was just last year there was still that element of novelty since it was our first time going. Who can say really? This year however, there was no after-party. We just headed back to the hotel and slept.

The next day, we woke up at 10:10 and had to check out by 11. So you know that meant a mad scramble to get ready and packed up. After all the hotel business was taken care of, we instituted an SD tradition, the Sunday pho session, in Vegas. Unfortunately the closest thing we could find was a Vietnamese restaurant/karaoke bar with no pho. While it was hard to contain our disappointment, somehow we did. We basically took over the restaurant and stayed there for a good 2 hours. During that time, Vu somehow got it in his head that we should go see the Hoover Dam. He got what he believe to be reliable information from a teenager about its location and directions. Long story short, what was suppose to take 40 minutes took about 3 hours.

But we eventually did get to the dam. There we treated ourselves to soft serve ice cream and a little bathroom break, though steamin’ had to wrap his shirt around his head in order to use the port-a-potty. Eventually after 6 hours in the Van, we ended up back in Vegas. I think only with Vu driving can things like this happen. We stopped by Prim Valley to drop off Chester and Event Staff, they were going to catch a ride back down with Tim, and began our long trek home. It was a crazy ride back filled with show tunes, slow jams, Bob’s Big Boy photo ops, discussions of odd bathroom behavior, toxic farts, long naps, and finally relief at returning home sometime around 1am in the morning. I’ve noticed no matter how many times I do it, coming home always feels good.

Well that’s it, you’ve finally reached the end of my long-winded post. Congrats on making it this far. Oh yeah, just so everyone knows, September 18th, 9pm, my house – birthday party for moi! More info later. But for now, I’m out.

:: posted by Z [3:18 PM] ::

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