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I have a novel idea. Well actually I had it after a lazy afternoon game of Ultimate in the church mini park with a bunch of friends and the weather was nice and relaxing was on the agenda.
Seeing that many of us were in a stage of readiness to do something different with our lives. I suggested that we should all go and live on a farm and be self sufficient. How cool would that be????? Seriously!!! It would be the radest to live on a farm with a bunch of friends and totally work and live together. Albeit it would be sort of “real world”ish. But the hope would be that we wouldn’t have so much drama. Being christian and all. But I’m sure there would be some. You’re probably thinking to yourself, Andrew you don’t know the first thing about farming. Very true. But I know someone who does know the first thing about farming, be it he only knows the first thing and no other things but a first thing is a start. I could cook and I think between all my friends we could get the farming and the house things together, we even have a John to be Farmer John. We all agreed that we would have electricity and indoor plumbing. And even internet, since we are all techno junkies. We would make it work. I said I’d even be the one to kill the animals if needed be.
I wonder what it would be like to actually live detached from all the rest of the world, that in its self is a really interesting thought. Actually read this, proof that it could work, and we’d actually have a house, well farmhouse. And even a BARN!!! Oh yea!!!
This post has nothing to do with being a hobo-blogger. I thought that finally leaving college and living in a house with roommates would put an end to a hobo lifestyle that is commonly associated with college. Moving in and out ever four months or so, never really feeling like you have a permanent place to call home. After moving into my current house was such a blessing because it meant that I was in a more permanent place to live and it wasn’t my mom’s garage. But alas as of the 31st of May I will be moving back to my mom’s house. It’s really probably a good thing. 1 I’ll be saving money and 2 I think I just need my own space. I like having roommates but with such a hectic schedule I feel as if it is better to have my own space. The worse part of this whole experience will be having to pack up all my stuff and relocate it to my mom’s house. It wouldn’t be so bad if I was just moving right into a room, but one of my friends is currently staying in the room that I will be moving into, so essentially I have to move 2 times. One back to my mom’s and then again once she leaves and then I can have the space to myself. Bugger!!! I think I don’t do well with transition. And then there’s the question concerning what I’m going to do with my life. If you know me at all then I’m sure you know Jamba is not my lifelong career choice. Ultimately I’d love to be in a full time youth ministry position. As for now I’ve committed myself to LA through summer. Especially for 2 reasons. 1 The youth groups I work with and 2 ULTIMATE FRISBEE. After that, who knows. I guess I have about 3 months to figure things out. So don’t be totally surprised if by Sept I’m living in another state or town. Who knows…lots o prayer will occur between now and then. Then there’s the dreaded transition again. Great. I guess that’s one of the main reasons I’ve stayed where I am now. Suffering in a way.
I guess that’s what it comes down to. Maybe my life is supposed to be exactly like “Lost in Translation” but I’m the asian guy in america trying to find my way, minus the girl and all.
Yesterday was John’s birthday, today was Gretna’s and tomorrow is Rebecca’s, nonetheless there was a lot of partying to do.
For dinner we headed out to P.F. Chang’s which I had never been to. We ended up with a party of 19 people, basically making it a serious event. As a sophomoric food critic, I’d have to say that the fare was fair, somewhat overpriced for the portion size, yet taste and quality was apparent in the selection of produce and meats making for a well rounded experience. Yet I was fairly unimpressed when I ordered a black russian and found that what the server brought me had cream in it, making it NOT a BLACK russian but a white russian. Although the best black russian I have had came from the Cheesecake Factory, mainly because the barkeep put a maraschino cherry in the drink which added depths and levels to the drink. But back to P.F.’s, unfortunately even with sharing a few dishes with people, I left unfilled and somewhat disappointed. The evening was capped off with one of the best pieces of chocolate cake called “the great wall of chocolate” that came complimentary for John’s birthday.
After dinner we headed to a concert that Amy’s boyfriend Justin was putting on with Andrew Enns as part of one of their classes in the music industry department at CSUN. There were a number of bands playing at this venue called Songs and Flight which is basically run out of a guest house at this guy’s house in northridge. There was this band called Relax to Paris and as I was watching them I had the strange feeling that most of the members looked really familiar. After a while and a few discussions with Megan Rockney I realized that I went to high school with the bass player in the band. But although I knew I went to high school with her, I still had that feeling that I couldn’t place her. But then I spent my attention on the other members in the band and realized that I also went to school with 2 of the other 3 members. And finally it dawned on me. That Matt and Cassie had been in the same Jazz ensemble with me. It did not come sooner because they didn’t sing with us but had been the instrumentalists with the group. After their set I said something to Matt the guitar player and he nearly flipped his lid when he rememberd who I was. It was quite a sight to see.
Our time at the show also brought two other unexpected visitors to my attention. None other than my fellow bloggers Jenny and Kathryn. What fun to have 3 of my blogging community in the same room, Amy, Jenny and Kathryn.
After the show we headed back to Laura, Jen, Rebecca and Gretna’s apt for some hangout time. It was a fun evening to relax and enjoy some good company. But by far was Angela Michael saying “that was a Seinfeld moment”. Basically what it boils down to was a bunch of us were sitting around talking about laundry room etiquette, i.e. whether or not it’s ok to take other people’s stuff out and place it on a table or other surface if you need to complete your laundry and then time has expired and the person is nowhere to be found. Not really a exciting topic, but everyone at the table was absolutely engaged in the conversation and someone else walked up in the middle of the conversation and Angela looked over at them and simply stated it was a Seinfeld Moment and enough was said. A really fun night was had by all. We ended the night sitting in Rebecca and Laura’s room playing guitar and myself dozing on the floor.
And today I spent all day at a training class for the job that I’ve been doing for the last 8 months, a bit unproductive since I should have gone to the class 9 months ago. But not too bad to get paid to sit around a talk about what I already do. I did get a bit of sad news today though. A few days ago I posted about how I was getting my promotion to assistant manager at the brand new Simi Valley store, but today I found out that there was some miscommunication between my manager and the district manager and the manager of the new store, so my final destination will most likely not be Simi, which is somewhat disappointing since I had really wanted to go there. The good news is that I do get to still go to the new store for a while but not permanently, but I will have the opportunity to do some training there and spend sometime in a new store, but as to where I’ll permanently be, that is yet to be determined.
Now that you’ve read all the way through this incredibly long post I’ll leave you with something to do to make up for the time that you’ve felt like you’ve wasted reading this. Here is something fun and entertaining that will occupy more of your time. (play any of the games they are all really fun)
I spent time at home tonight and watched Adaptation. How I love that Spike Jonze. If you haven’t seen one of his movies or music videos stop what you are doing and go and rent one. Interestingly enough Adaptation and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotlessmind and Being John Malkovich where all written by Charlie Kaufman. Who I think is genius.
Anyways this could be a separate post. But 3 movies I think are splendid.
I thought of something to post about. I was feeling hungry and decided to make some Top Ramen. Knowing it had been sitting in my cupboard for a while I decided to do a quality check, and so I sniffed the noodle cake. It smelled of 1982. Seeing as how the stuff only cost 10 cents when on sale, I guess it didn’t really suprise me that it could go bad. But at the same time, somewhere in the back of my mind, and after having consumed 1000′s of packages of the stuff, I didn’t really ever expect the stuff to “go bad” and I would have to say you could probably still eat it, but justifibly tasting stale and like 1982. So that is my post for today. Man, I love this stuff. In college I had a whole drawer in my desk devoted to Ramen, people would periodically drop by my room at 3 in the morning asking if they could have access to my “stash”. One night when I was an RA, I hosted a dorm activity of Ramen night, all I had to do was spend 3 bucks and break out my hot pot and everyone was enjoying the full and robust flavors of Ramen.
I got the official word today that when my promotion comes around in a few weeks that I’ll be moving to the BRAND SPANKING NEW Jamba Juice in Simi Valley as the Assistant Manager. I’m so excited for this, I get to train my own team so they know how to do things right in the first place and, oh this makes me drool, the store will be sooooooo clean that I won’t have to spend half my time cleaning a dirty, dirty, dirty store. For now I have to keep at it in my store until I get moved.
Sad thing is that I won’t get to see a lot of the people I’ve become friends with now. Even some of you bloggers out there. Sad times. Well if you are ever in Simi Valley and getting off at Tapo Canyon head to the new shopping center on the west side of the north side of the freeway, and most likely I’ll be there.
Toodles for now.