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I am discussing shoes with the Ambassador

Posted by quirksalight on September 9, 2010


See – shoes are great convo points, not just for shodding your feet. We were talking about getting shoes custom-made in Korea.

I did ask her if there were a season or two in the year that had more visitors than others, or if the number of visitors peaked at all, as it seems like it’s continuously climbing during the entire (short) time I’ve been here. She laughed, and said that fall is a popular time for visitors to Korea.


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Anatomy of a concluding date

Posted by quirksalight on March 1, 2010

1. Late for everything… I guess that’s what happens when your day gets moving at noon.
2. Barrage of e-mail chatter. Working? Maybe. 🙂
3. Joining my friends and I for drinks…smooth intersection of worlds
4. East Village wander… not so good in heels
4. Sushi run…Oops, 30 mins before closing!
5. Just….talking.
6. Bunk beds are fun.
7. Early morning (comparatively), without questions or answers
8. Great coffee – sharp, just as how the end of a whirlwind week feels.

Mon evening –> Friday morning. 38 hours. Interesting math, eh?

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Anatomy of a great date

Posted by quirksalight on February 25, 2010

1. Dinner, with musicians and watching spontaneous dancers
2. Hop out to Brooklyn’s Hotel Delmano
3. Sample fantastic concoctions and discover new single malts in an ambiance reflecting a speakeasy from the ’20s, all the while in a bewildering, curiously confusing thrall over the other and the situation
4. Chat up and make friends with the bartender, who in turn, generously offers the two of you samples of some brilliant single malts.
5. Close down the bar
6. Laughing, jumping in a cab to a hole-in the wall pizza joint
7. In-hand, onward to the next destination!
8. Musings, laughter, further down the rabbit hole
9. Separating due to previous commitments…..
10. Cancelling your noon appointment due to fatigue. Oops.

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Posted by quirksalight on February 25, 2010

Now that I’ve got a start date, it seems that it’s so far away and at the same time, so soon. I’m in NYC, and there are so many people I want to meet up with and places to see, things to do, etc, before starting. It’s nice; freelancing and living in an awesome town on a bit of a working vacation for two months. I’m one month in, one two go, and I am definitely going to miss living here. Living the single life in Manhattan is friggin’ awesome! Apparently my life is a) the beginnings of a Rom-Com; b) a real-life sitcom; c) Karma at work; d) Sex in the City. 😛 Not too sure about the last one, but hey, I think it’s flattering.

On the upside, the paperwork is chuggin’ along…. Got the final salary determination settled, signed and faxed my agreement letter yesterday to State HR. The immediate baggage (UAB, or the stuff that gets sent to me in training) is scheduled for pick up, and I’m working on arranging my storage stuff for later in the year, as the majority of my stuff is in my parents’ basement, close to FSI.

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An anatomy of a good date

Posted by quirksalight on February 17, 2010

1. Spontaneous dinner date
2. Oops… minor location error
3. A good start over dinner and conversation
4. Wandering for brew under the glare of Times Square
5. Ginger Man drawing us through the cold to spar over brews
6. Closing the bar down
7. Willingly diving into spice
8. Movies and Music with tongue-in-cheek humor
9. Scent
10. Heading our separate ways in the wee hours of the morning.

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Boarding and Love songs

Posted by quirksalight on January 24, 2010

Thursday, Jan 21, was a day trip to Mountain Creek for the 2nd snowboarding trip this season. I bought a rental/lesson/beginner lift ticket combo in December to learn how to board properly. The lessons definitely helped, as I can use both edges, turn and link my way down the mountain. Of course, not without injury… my knees are a kaleidoscope of colors…

Stopping in Philadelphia to visit friends after boarding, a very bizarre incident occurred in front of Brauhaus Schmitz, a new German place on South Street. Three friends and I were heading into the restaurant, when a guy walks up to KC and I to ask, “Do you mind if I sing a love song to one you?”

We look at each other with incredulous looks on our faces and I reply, “Excuse me?”

The Guy: “No, just a verse. It’s for a scavenger hunt. It can be whatever song you want.”

At this point, two fellows ran up to join The Guy, apparently his teammates in the venture. They’ll be referred to as Guy2 and Guy3.

KC at this point had stepped off to the side, and I was like, sure, why not, it’s just a verse. The Guy then asks what I want him to sing. KC and I are laughing at the absurdity of the situation, and because I really don’t like the majority of the “love songs” out there. As it’s Philly, Boys II Men were mentioned by Guy2 and we settled on “I’ll Make Love to You”, even though The Guy protested that he barely knew it. (tsk, tsk, you’re a male from Philly and don’t know that song?)
So The Guy is standing in front of me, about to start, and then Guy2 whips out a cameraphone, and I exclaim, “You’re going to record this?”

Guy 2 replied that they had to for the hunt, and KC asked one of them if this was for a Bachelor party.
Guy2: “No, we’re on an amateur hockey team and doing this scavenger hunt.”
The Guy, apparently trying to be soothing and not lose his scavenger hunt point: “It’s just for the hunt, we have to prove that we actually did this.”

At this point, we had a nice little crowd around us, and I was still thinking, sure, why not. Guy2 had his cameraphone, and The Guy was about to start when he grabs my hand, gets down on one knee and tells me, “This will be a little involved.”

Involved? WTF? As I was thinking this, The Guy launches into the chorus from “I’ll Make Love to You” and starts ad-libbing choreography while singing. Seriously. Dancing, taking his jacket off and tossing it at me (I ducked – which is the natural instinct when something is thrown at your head!!!), dancing with me swinging me this way, twirling, and all throughout, singing. Yes, I’m participating in the debacle, laughing, considering that I’m already “pot committed”, so to speak.

And what performance is without a grand finale? At the end of the chorus, The Guy pulls me close (apparently close enough for KC to think, “Holy crap, is he going to kiss her??”), puts my arms around his neck, grabs my torso and then proceed to spin us around in a circle. And it’s not a singlet, but a continuous spin that’s fast enough to swing my legs out in a 30 degree angle!

The Guy finally puts me down, and I’m staggering as if I’m punch-drunk because I’m that disoriented from the spin. At this point, our other two friends come out of the restaurant, telling us there was a two hour wait for a table at the Brauhaus. Our group and The Guy exchanged some pleasantries then split. After, KC and I regretted not getting a copy of the recording. Oh well. Another random night on South Street…

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Happy New Year!

Posted by quirksalight on January 2, 2010

Technically, it’s not the next decade yet. Considering the real start of the century was 2001, the next decade is in fact a year away. I guess it’s just sexier to call 2010 (Ooo, it has a zero at the end!) the next decade.

This is also the time when many people make resolutions for the year that end up being discarded by the wayside in a month or two, with the few that actually stick. So will you make a resolution this year? I’ve been thinking about it…. I usually don’t. I’ll probably just stick to the “Carpe Diem” attitude to try to live by. Oh, maybe patience. Though most of 2009 was a practice in patience, perhaps it’s something that I should stick to. 🙂

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Circling about is amusing

Posted by quirksalight on November 13, 2009

I used to be on the debate team in high school. In fact, the public high school I attended was well know on the national level for policy (team) debate, and my partners and I did quite well. (It also probably helped me get into college, but that’s another story or another time.)

A big part of policy debate was to have evidence to back up whatever argument or counterargument you were laying out (at an extremely rapid clip). So I and the other members of my high school debate team would spend many hours every week digging around, clipping and preparing evidence sheets for any and every argument we could think of that may have some tenuous connection to that year’s topic.
We always found a tie in to some apocalyptic scenario for every topic; don’t you see that changing the juvenile crime policy in the United States will cause a global nuclear disaster? 😛 Yes, seriously, totally.

Now, however many years later, in those same policy journals we read and clipped for evidence, I’m beginning to see some familiar names. Some of my fellow debaters are now publishing the articles in journals we used for sources way back when, and that the high school policy debaters are now cutting. How funny is that? Don’t know about you, but it definitely brought a smile to my face.

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So You Think You Can Douche | The Daily Show | Comedy Central

Posted by quirksalight on August 3, 2009

I ❤ the Daily Show

Vodpod videos no longer available.

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Mounds of Fabric

Posted by quirksalight on July 28, 2009

This pile of fabric represents a good portion of my future wardrobe.

I’m about to turn 30, and have never held a job that required me to wear business clothes, suits, etc, on a daily basis. (That what academia does to you) So, now that I’m facing the very likelihood of working for the government, I am faced with the classic, stereotypical problem of, “What am I going to wear!”

Ah, but I have a secret weapon in the clothing struggle, which is my mother. She’s a professional tailor, and has a store in Falls Church, VA called Tailor Lee.

The benefit of this is that I get custom designed, custom fit clothes, and my mother gets great advertising. The downside is, as my mother, she prefers her progeny to wear rather conservative clothing. I prefer more edgier and unusual designs than what she would like for me to wear. However, as a future government employee, maybe her more conservative ideas of what I should be wearing would be a good thing. (Damn! There goes the red and purple plaid…) 😛

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