Friday, June 30, 2006

Ask a Ninja- Do Ninja's Need Love?

Wednesday, June 28, 2006

“Just as a picture is drawn by an artist, surroundings are created by the activities of the mind.”

A few weeks ago I wrote about someone here at the office having a crush.

And how it was a little wierd.

Just now,
The mail cart comes along, and they drop off an envelope not addressed to me.

Not that big a deal-
Sometimes happens, and I just look up the person in the directory, phone them, find out where they sit, and walk it over.


So I look up this persons name, call them, and leave a VM saying something to the effect of, "Hi. Someone delivered a piece of mail for you by mistake. My extention is 4448, give me a call to tell me where you sit and I'll bring it over."

A couple of minutes later, the phone rings, I answer it with my normal, 'Hi this is' blah blah blah and am hung up on.


A few seconds later phone rings again, Give my normal, hi this is me, and there's a strange pause.
Then the guy identifies himself as the person I left the VM for, says he's not in the office today, and asks if he can just pick it up from me tomorrow.

I say sure, or if he'll just tell me where he sits, I'll drop it off on his desk for him.

Another strange pause.

Then he gives me directions, but asks me to wait 15 minutes before I take it over.


I hang up, don't wait 15 mintues, follow the directions and find myself in a row of cubes just off the main stairwell for the building.

Look around...
find his name on a posted sign on a cube....
Drop the envelope...
start to leave...

Then notice a desk calendar with little stick figures on each day-
and the stick figure for yesterday had drawn on and colored clothes like what I wore yesterday-
and so on
and so on

Right as I'm turning around someone runs into the cube full speed, stops, and says, "oh fuck" and walks away.

Don't know if that was the artist in question, or a friend who didn't make it in time to hide the calendar.

Am now debating going up and introducing myself in hopes he doesn't feel wierd,
leaving a different shade of red colored pencil for him that better matches my hair.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Sam Jackson is my Bro

Sunday, June 25, 2006

New Crush-

and he's only 43-
so there!

Friday, June 23, 2006

Wednesday, June 21, 2006

From Cynthia

She's not only clever with videos, but she makes great stuff!

Buy some of her Red Tango stuff and keep a talented LA designer and artist in business :)

Monday, June 19, 2006

Explaining the off-sides rule for World Cup-thanks to Fimb :)

You’re in a shoe shop, second in the queue for the till.
Behind the shop assistant on the till is a pair of shoes which you have seen and which you must have.
The shopper in front of you has seen them also and is eyeing them with desire.
Both of you have forgotten your purses.

It would be totally rude to push in front of the first woman if you had no money to pay for the shoes.

The shop assistant remains at the till waiting.

Your friend is trying on another pair of shoes at the back of the shop and sees your dilemma.
She prepares to throw her purse to you.

If she does so, you can catch the purse, then walk round the other shopper and buy the shoes.

At a pinch she could throw the purse ahead of the other shopper and, whilst it is in flight you could nip around the other shopper, catch the purse and buy the shoes.

Always remembering that until the purse has actually been thrown it would be plain wrong to be forward of the other shopper.”

Took this for Jeff in Paris and forgot to post it

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Paris in 24 Hours Part 1

They city of lights, the city of love.
Can you really do the entire city in 24 hours?
You can!
If you wake up early, stay out late, and rush the Louvre, it can be done!

Arrive Paris Thursday night 11:30 p.m. via Eurostar-
Wander around train station-
Find your way outside, pick a hotel at random.

Drop your bags and head out into the Paris night to grab a glass of wine before the local cafe closes.

Head back to the hotel, set the alarm, get some sleep.

When I say wake up early, I mean EARLY. Whatever time it takes you to get up and get ready, plan accordingly so that you are ON your first Metro by 7 a.m. We got up at 5:30.

Paris is not an early riser.

You'll have no morning rush hour starting out at this time of the morning.

The Metro can be confusing, and exiting the station sometimes a scavenger hunt for the way out.

Carry a map with you, and remember that Metros list direction by the final stop on that particular line.
Also, the color of the line on the map will not be the same as the color on the signs to find the train.
Pay attention to your map, and don't rely on riding the purple to the green, because while it will be purple on the map, the signs leading to the train platform will be orange, yellow, or some other color that will seem the farthest away from purple possible.

First Metro stop- Pierre La Chaise.
We caught the 2 train at Gore De Nord.

Find the Metro exit and turn right.
The large wall along one side of the street is Pierre La Chaise.
Cross the road and follow the wall to the front gates.
They will be locked.

Go past the gates, turn left, and go towards the gate house door.
This will also be locked.
Read the sign.
Realize it is not 8:00 a.m. yet, and walk back towards the main road.

Across the street you'll see a flower shop.
Left of that is a grave marker salon, and left of that is a cafe.
Go there for sweet coffee and a croisant.
It will cost 1.95 Euro.
Take a seat and watch sleepy Paris for a few minutes.

You'll be able to see the large front gates open.
The gates will open at 8:00 (or 8:30 in the winter).
Enter the main gates, say Bon Jour to the attendent, and ask for a map.
There will be a large map posted near the entrance, but trust me that you will NEED the map to carry with you.

Colin and I have visited La Chaise before, had an idea where we were going, looked it up on the internet before we left the hotel, had the hand map, and STILL got turned around.

Pierre La Chaise is a city of the dead. There are roads, addresses, and one can easily end up walking in circles without realizing it.

With map in hand, head up the center road, and up one of the sets of stairs. Stay along the center til you come to the chapel. You'll want to make the long hike to visit Oscar, then as you make your way downhill, you'll find Chopin, bizet, and Morrison.

Don't be afraid to ask for directions, EVEN directions in French.

They all speak with their hands and you'll understand what direction to go, even if you don't understand the directions you're given to get there.

Return your map back to the attendent and say and extra thank you.

Follow the wall back to the Metro, and figure out which train to catch to get you to the Louvre!

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

a Flurry of Travel or Pet Travel Scheme

Got a call and a fax from the Immigration Attorney today-
The list of what to do in prep of sending The Flurry to England...

PETS only applies to dogs, cats and ferrets travelling between the UK and certain countries and territories. Dogs, cats and ferrets must not have been outside any of these countries in the 6 calendar months before entering the UK.

Dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK under PETS may only do so on certain sea, air and rail routes.

Dogs, cats and ferrets entering the UK from non-qualifying (unlisted) countries must spend 6 months in quarantine on arrival.

Before travelling, you must make sure that your pet cats and dogs (including assistance dogs) or your ferret meets all the rules of the Scheme.

To bring your dog or cat into the UK under PETS from one of the listed countries you must have it first microchipped, then vaccinated against rabies and then blood tested. There are no exceptions to this order of preparation apart from the exemption explained in the next sentence. If your pet is resident in France, Denmark or Sweden these procedures maybe done in a different order.

There are no requirements for pets travelling directly between the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Your pet can be fitted with a microchip in any country. The rabies vaccination (including boosters), blood sampling, issuing the PETS documentation and the tick and tapeworm treatment must all be carried out in the UK or any of the other qualifying countries

Your dog or cat may not enter the UK under PETS until six calendar months have passed from the date that your vet took the blood sample which led to a satisfactory test result (see below). Once the vet has issued the PETS documentation and that six month period has passed, the PETS documentation is valid for your pet to enter the UK.

The procedures
Have your pet microchipped

Before any of the other procedures for PETS are carried out, your pet must be fitted with a microchip so that it can be properly identified.
Have your pet vaccinated

After the microchip has been fitted your pet must be vaccinated against rabies. There is no exemption to this requirement, even if your pet has a current rabies vaccination

Arrange a blood test

After your pet has been vaccinated, it must be blood tested to make sure that the vaccine has given it a satisfactory level of protection against rabies.

Get PETS documentation

For animals being prepared in an EU country, you should get an EU pet passport. If you are preparing your animal in a non-EU listed country you will need to obtain an official third country veterinary certificate although note that Gibraltar and Switzerland are also issuing passports.

Animals can also enter the UK using a PETS certificate issued before 1 October 2004 until its “valid until” date. Certificates issued on or after that date will not be acceptable for entry to the UK.

Before your pet enters the UK, it must be treated against ticks and a tapeworm

Your pet must be treated against ticks and a tapeworm not less than 24 hours and not more than 48 hours before it is checked in with an approved transport company for its journey into the UK.

Arrange for your animal to travel with an approved transport company on an authorised route

Your pet must enter the UK from a listed country travelling with an approved transport company on an authorised route.

You may use any of the routes and transport companies on the following lists to bring your dog, cat or ferret into the UK under the Scheme, subject to the transport company’s agreement. All companies have been approved by Defra to carry dogs, cats and ferrets but not all may wish to carry ferrets. Check with the company before booking your tickets that they are prepared to carry your pet.

Your pet may travel to the UK via any qualifying country or countries. It must not have been to any non-qualifying country in the 6 months before entering the UK.

You may not bring a pet into the UK under the Pet Travel Scheme from a private boat or plane.

Please note that there are no approved routes to the UK from the following PETS countries:

EU: Slovakia, Slovenia.

Non-EU: Andorra, Aruba, Ascension Islands, Faroe Islands, Fiji, French Guyana, French Polynesia, Greenland, Grenadines, Guadeloupe, Hawaii, Iceland, Jamaica (which although rabies-free is excluded from PETS by Jamaican law), Liechtenstein, Martinique, Mauritius, Mayotte, Monaco, Montserrat, Netherlands Antilles, New Caledonia, Réunion, St Helena, St Pierre & Miquelon, St Vincent, San Marino, Vanuatu, Vatican, Wallis & Futuna.

Approved Route from Los Angeles:

Los Angeles to London Heathrow on British Airways World Cargo or Virgin Atlantic Airways

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Doug points out Robot Chicken and Snape hitting on Hermione

oh the email from Teh Coin

fron Sofia

travel updates

heres the thing-
I was all set to transcribe something I'd writ while traveling-
only some unexpected interaction with an ex has gone and fucked it all up.

Paris is like ex's

You never realize how desirable you are until you set foot in Paris/run into an ex.

That may not make sense to the boys who read this, but the gals will get it.

No matter how a relationship was left, the mystery of what if is enough to make the possibility compelling-
no matter engagements or living arrangements.

I should have bought shoes and writ-

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Pere Lachaise, Paris


I actually took a camera with me on this trip-shocking isn't it :)