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May 17th, 2009

12:31 am - Email I just sent to H&M
To Whom it May Concern:

I have just experienced the worst shopping experience of my life in your Powell Street store in San Francisco, and feel compelled to tell you.

My fiance and I went shopping for new clothes for our summer wardrobe.  Of all the stores in Union Square, yours was the only one we chose to shop at.  We spent 2 hours shopping in your store.  We went through the whole store, picking out a selection of clothes that we thought would be valuable additions to our summer wardrobe.

As it got toward the end of the night, we noticed the music in the store turn off.  Figuring that must mean it was getting near closing time, we finished going through the last section we were in and went to find a fitting room.  The fitting rooms no longer had attendants, so we just found an open room we could use.

Not 2 minutes late, a store employee came into the fitting room and told us that the fitting room was closed and we must exit it at once.  When asked if there was another one we could use, she said no, they were all closed.

Um, what?

I took the only item I could purchase without trying on (a hat) to the checkout line, and at the front counter, complained that we had not been allowed to try on any clothes.  The response of the girl behind the counter could effectively be summed up as "that sucks."

I'm sorry, but my time is MUCH more valuable than to waste 2 HOURS in your store and not be allowed to try on a single article of clothing. What kind of retail shop are you running?  There was not even an intercom notice (e.g. "fitting rooms closing in 15 minutes; please proceed to the fitting toom"). 

Not only have you lost our potentially $200 purhcase, but you have lost all my business permanently, and I will be posting reviews of my experience on every website I can find and informing every friend I've ever known.  I have NEVER had an experience shopping where, after spending 2 hours collecting armfuls of potential purchases, I was kicked out of the store without being allowed to try anything on.  And I don't intend to ever again.

Clearly you are unaware of a) the concept of customer service, and b) the concept of how to make money in a retail store.

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Current Location: Menlo Park
Current Mood: pissed offpissed off
Current Music: hmm. maybe I should turn some on.

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March 3rd, 2009

10:13 pm - Trip!
I seem to have failed to mention our Disneyland trip! No sightings of the rare Mickey Mouse, but I have determined, after an 8 year lapse, that Space Mountain is still definitely my favorite ride.  And that I'm not alone.

Ted and I drove down to LA late one Friday in February to celebrate a combination of Valentine's Day, our anniversary, and a 4-day weekend; we spent a couple nights with his uncle and managed to pick the sunny day (V-Day) to drive out to MouseTown (after super sleeping in; oops).  At the end of the night was, like, the most awesome fireworks show ever. Seriously. We missed Fantasmic though; the line at Space Mountain was too long, even at 10pm.  Also, you can now go inside the castle, inside which you visually experience the story of Sleeping Beauty set within the walls.  Oh, and the lines, as expected, were _ridiculously_ long everywhere.  Even just to get into the park took around an hour, lol.  I wanna go back and see the rest of it.

The drive home 2 days later took much longer; we decided to take the scenic route home and drove up a combination of 101 and 1 rather than the boring yucky I-5.  And fortunately for us, as that day was stormy and the Grapevine was... apparently closed.  Late in the afternoon, we stopped at Hearst Castle for a tour and saw a plethora of Middle-Ages lavishness set in the beautiful San Simeon countryside. I'm still not entirely sure what possessed me to suggest we take highway 1 back through Big Sur from there after dinner... I'd wanted to enjoy the beautiful scenery of the drive, but by the time we were heading through Big Sur... it was dark... and rainy... and the roads were wet and windy.  We had to pull over and I got out of the car just to convince myself we were near water. :P

That's all for now. Back to the doldrums.

Current Mood: boredprocrastinating :P

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February 10th, 2009

09:58 pm - Knowledge Gained
Something new learned today:

"Hominy" is NOT corn.

That is all.

Current Location: Sunnyvale
Current Mood: surprisedstartled
Current Music: "You Rock My World," by Michael Jackson

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December 10th, 2008

12:00 am - Yay College
I am glad to note that I can still pull out a 2000-word essay beginning 3 hours before its deadline.

Go college.


and Cheese.

and Stuff.

Current Location: at a desk in an office in Mountain View
Current Mood: accomplishedaccomplished
Current Music: hail, that musical keyboard

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December 3rd, 2008

05:27 pm - This one goes out to the ones I teach
Fumbling your confidence
And wondering why the world has passed you by
Hoping that you're bid for more than arguments
And failed attempts to fly, fly

You were meant to live for so much more
Have you lost yourselves?
Somewhere you live inside
Somewhere you live inside
You were meant to live for so much more
Have you lost yourselves?
Somewhere you live inside

Dreaming about Providence
And whether mice or men have second tries
Maybe you've been livin with your eyes half open
Maybe you're bent and broken, broken


You want more than this world's got to offer
You want more than this world's got to offer
You want more than the wars of your fathers
And everything inside screams for second life, yeah

You were meant to live for so much more
Have you lost yourselves?
You were meant to live for so much more
Have you lost yourselves?
You were meant to live for so much more
Have you lost yourselves?
You were meant to live
You were meant to live

Current Location: Home!
Current Music: "All Eyes on Me" by the Goo Goo Dolls

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June 13th, 2008

02:48 pm - Geeky Much?
64% Geek

Created by OnePlusYou

Current Location: Menlo Park
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Pink Elephants on Parade", by the UC Men's Octet

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May 15th, 2008

10:47 am - One small step for man...
"The California Supreme Court has overturned a voter-approved ban on gay marriage, paving the way for the state to become the second in the United States where gay and lesbian residents can marry."

Current Location: San Francisco, CA
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: keyboards and meetings

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February 28th, 2008

12:20 pm - The City Mouse Meets the Country Mouse
While walking to work through the city streets this morning, I was wondering what it is about a city that draws me.  I've always been particular to the countryside, being fond of nature and natural beauty, and I've always found pictures of city buildings and other man-made structures a bit ugly in comparison.  But I find being in cities like Berkeley, San Francisco, New York, and Boston to have a certain appeal to me, and I pondered it this morning.

I think what it is about cities that is more absent in the countryside is the sheer vibrancy of human life and activity.  In the city you find people of all walks of life going about all kinds of daily tasks and interacting with each other on numerous indescribably levels.  You come face to face with life, death, fear, hope, anxiety, exuberance,, love, and hate.  And you can be privy to the many wondrous feats that human life has been able to accomplish, as well as near immense centers of lore and learning.  You can pass a sky-rise office building, various cultural centers, and a one-story health care unit on the same walk, and see the realities of both the beggar in the subway station and the wealthy shopping in stores you dare not enter.  All of these things come together in a dynamic city setting.

It is the countryside, however, that has a sense of calm, tranquility, and restfulness to it.  Next to the city, the walk of life in the country seems to happen on a different, less hectic time scale--the New York minute is absent.  True nature, untouched (or mostly untouched) by humans, seems almost to exist without time at all, except for the gradual changes it undergoes naturally.

It is places like Central Park that juxtapose these two settings into an amazing blend.  Within Central Park, there is the calm, the beauty, the freedom of life and activity, and the ability to feel as though you've "gotten away from it all"--and yet just outside its borders, you can see the skyrises of Manhattan soaring above the treetops, hear the subway rattling underground, and feel the bustle of life that hurries by.

Current Location: San Francisco
Current Mood: thoughtfulthoughtful
Current Music: city traffic

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December 13th, 2007

02:48 pm - Tales from the Writer's Block Blog
So I stayed up all night last night to do research for my paper, and there was this singular moment...

I walk out of my room to determine the source of a noise, and discover Samba (the cat) trotting towards me with a cockroach in his mouth.  Alive.  And wiggling.  And because it was wiggling, it was caught in this cycle... wriggle free, run, pounce, caught in mouth, wriggle, drop, run, pounce, caught in mouth...  After grabbing a bottle to whack it and breaking 2 nails instead, my 5am senses slowly alerted me that the critter was running around on the floor, and I was still wearing shoes.

Samba wasn't quite sure what to make of it when it stopped wriggling/ scurrying...

I clearly have Selective Writer's Block.

Current Location: Berkeley
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Casanova 70" by Air

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October 19th, 2007

05:05 am
I just found out that Robert Jordan died a month ago.
I knew he'd been sick, but I think my life just ended.
I should keep more in touch with the world around me.

To end on a lighter note, Confessor comes out in a month
(though this is not new news, but getting closer!).

Current Location: Berkeley
Current Mood: shockedshocked
Current Music: "Sing, Sing, Sing" by Benny Goodman

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