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Believe to take the leap [Jan. 2nd, 2011|04:40 am]
[mood |determineddetermined]
[music |the radioheads.]

the idle lounge welcomes you to the year of eleven. A new decade in idle loungin' .

2011? It's not joke 1 year past the decade and we're in a new one. So is this now called the 2010's? the 10's? we called the decade of 2000 the 2000's. Comes a new generation of identifying what our interests were. But it's so much more dense. For instance, we try to bundle up the 90's into handful of characteristics. But one can imagine there is a huge difference between 1993 and 1998. Only but 5 years apart. So then we get to try to identify what the heck each part of decade is. Can we do this with the 80's? or is that all the same because it's been 20 years. Will there be a time where we identify everything from the 2000's into one genre? probably.

If i would define the 2000's i would say this:
-this was the decade of the reality tv show- all the like. where if you were dramatic or beautiful (or both) enough you could become famous.
-this was the decade of relentless exposure to music thanks to the internet.
-this was the decade of society becoming more connected and less connected at the same time thanks to the internet and the increasing technology of mobile phones.
-this was the decade where people both became more conscience of their health and liberal about it at the same time
-this was the decade of youtube.com
-this was the decade of facebook.com and how they beat out friendster and myspace: there are theories but nothing proven yet.
-this was the decade that people became interested in reading again because of the eclectic-ness of fancy bookstores where little do people know they were free at the library this whole time.
-this was the decade where, thanks to the internet, anyone can seemingly become an expert at anything.
-this was the decade where gas will never ever be less than 2 dollars ever again.
-this was the decade where New York is the center of the universe, and Los Angeles thinks it's the center of the universe. though this could have been true for longer than this.
-this was the decade of the Lakers. And how everyone hates them.
-this was the decade of the instant message now known as texts. and it's subgroup- sexting. (sizzle)
-and finally this was the decade of the i-_________. (fill in the blank with your respective apple product. i filled it in with "pod."

in a nutshell. I would have gone political but the list would have been longer and less fun.

so resolutions you ask? let's see. well years back i've always had my top 20 things i wanna do for the year. so whats going to stop me from doing that now? nothing.

Top 20 things I want to do this year: 2011
(again never in no particular order)
1. get awesome computer that can movie edit and play awesome games in awesome graphics and "awesome" etched on the side.
2. get new electric guitar. poor Leena has been defunct for a while.
3. go to coachella.
4. have wicked spring break. where you say " damn what a spring break." i remember last year i had no real spring break as i had to still student teach in one, and still go to class at davis in another. let's get it this time.
5. vegas. again. maybe that's spring break. and to top the last vegas triumph.
6. have wicked valentines day. i'm not sure what i did last year but i remember the year before - i studied in a cafe till 1 for the stinkin gre. was actually fun and was not alone
7. go to London. Let's Rock
8. teaching: get through the school year. 1st year 1st semester - nuts. 1st year 2nd semester - holy shnikes.
9. teaching: have a good 2nd year 1st semester - less rough please.
10. enter casino poker tournament. just to see...
11. having more quick feet. in more ways than one.
12. film another documentary/mockumentary/full length. which means..
13. get video camera. no hd-camera. no
14. get healthier amount of sleep - more often.
15. teaching: be less scared and even more firm.
16. teaching: master the balancing act of caring for students. at least be better at it.
17. eat breakfast more often.
18. wake up in time to eat breakfast more often. (which extends from #14)
19. fall semester: take more ballroom dance lessons.
20. take more shots. (you can interpret this in more ways than one).


and there we have it. you can throw in go to more niner games and be a more devoted fan.

fact of the day: wing stop is actually called wing keep eating.
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new endings of new beginnings [Sep. 2nd, 2009|01:33 pm]
[mood |tiredtired]
[music |Wallpaper]

Yes the idle lounge is still here. Glad you could make it. Booty tweet is the new booty call.

Anywho, for those of you with any interest I created a separate weekly blog of my teaching experiences which is required of me to turn in to my Professor. I'm really not supposed to share it with everyone I know, but I want to because it's important to me.

here is the link:

in other news:
finally found a place in the D. Move-in is on the 15th. I like the place and complex. Price wise let's just say a place like this would cost 12-1400 dollars in the Berk. I'm flying solo and a little bummed to be doing so but I think it's that time in my life to have that "alone-ness." But of course come by should you want to party down or watch me party hard.

The D is stupid hot. See there's regular hot and stupid hot. It's stupid hot all the time. wtf. See the berk gets this kind of weather sometimes but every damn day.

Though I did find a thing that really intrigued me about the campus which is that it has it's own stream or river if you will. Beautiful as heck, which is next to it's own "arbitorium?" which is fancy for "tree sanctuary." I have yet to really fully venture these areas as it's too damn hot to stay outside longer than 30 minutes.

Cuisine-wise, I have had nothing specific to Davis that you can't find on a gas-stop on highway 5. (aka fast-food chain restaurants). Of course I haven't been living here yet so hopefully with some networking I can find the joints. What is the La burrita of the D? What is the Barney's of the D? Only time will tell.

In terms of people, no serious douches yet. Though it is quite common for these folks to have those metal water containers. PLATIC? fuck that apparently, your water bottle must be metal. And those rubber shoes that I hate seem to be popular. But of course should the oppurtunity allow it, men in flip flops al le lui ya. Like crazy. Old men, young men, all men. Am I going to convert? yes sure i'll convert once my skin gets light in color. but no, my complexion unfortunately will stay the dark cream all of you have become aquainted with so no, no outdoor/public flip flops going on these feet.

I wonder if the D-anese ( you know like Vietnamese or Chinese) get upset by me wearing my Cal baseball cap. It's the only one I have and my hair looks like crap. But then again, I have no problem wearing stuff from other colleges as other people have done that to me back in the berk. Though I remember the first time I saw a fellow wearing a UCLA sweater at berk, I was like, who the hell are you? ass wipe. So yes I would say I'm causing some destruction with my undergraduate attire.

in any other case, it's been alright. but will all be different when I actually start living here.

Fact of the day: plastic water bottles apparently are bad for enviornment.
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readiness for the heaviness [Aug. 11th, 2009|12:06 am]
[Current Location |vtown]
[mood |tiredtired]

and a new chapter starts here at the idle lounge

so first day of my student teaching: no students yet just admin shizz. but it's hot as hell. met my mentor/master teacher dude- cool guy. psyched and scared. we'll see how it goes. did i mention it was hot as hell? i left a subway sandwhich in my car for like 4 hours untoasted. when i came back the beat was cooked and the bread was crunchy. tasty as hell. natural toaster oven suckas.

anywho, did you guys hear? FOOTBALL SEASON IS UPON US. first 49er pre-season game THIS FRIDAY. you have no idea the excitement coming down on me. And we needlessly forget of course college football- with Florida at #1 which is well deserved. Tim Tebow. So this is the season to be jolly.

I'm back in town this weekend. and when we say back in town you should know what i mean. i really want to hang with you. no not you, you.

fact of the day: being at a highschool again is like being back in highschool.

and i just can't hold my self away, under her spell i can't take I just can't stop, i just can't stop
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warmth in the soft [Jul. 14th, 2009|01:08 am]
[Current Location |berktown, usa]
[music |dean martin]

it's shit hot again, air conditioner is broken so we got fans blowing behind ice blocks at the idle lounge

i was looking at old pictures, well not really old just the past year or so and i came to one unfortunate conclusion:

gee i need to revamp my wardrobe

The same shirts, jackets, and outfits keep reoccurring and i got really embarrassed. Not that I should care but I actually should as the pictures featured are from special occasions and apparently I had no trouble wearing the same set of "going out to nice places" clothes repeatedly. Sheezus. But in everyday behavior i don't care so much but going and dressing slick is flipping fun.

So where does that leave us? I tend to think I know what I want in terms of wardrobe but through the years I've learned that in order to successfully handpick clothing is through the opinion of women. why? because dudes really don't give a rats ass. anyway, come along and help me look slick again.

in other news i'm pulling 4000 damage in that lovely game i've been playing. why? because i have the nobles deck:greatness which is +90 str and everytime i deal damage i have chance to increase my strength by 300 for 10 seconds. suckas.

i also downloaded virtualdj and a crap load of random acapellas and instrumentals. real fun you should check me out. still trying to think of a dj name. maybe dj graham cracka or something.

fact of the day: "you're nobody 'till somebody loves you." - Dean Martin

oh yeah someone go with me to the new samurai exhibit at the asian art museum.
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welcome to transatlanticsm [Jul. 4th, 2009|03:51 am]
[Current Location |berktown]
[music |ne-yo for your scree-yo]

happy independence day, watch the sky go boom here with the idle lounge .

reading random articles about stuff i read about one that discussed the following:
in general it's better to live being able to admit you're wrong.

i think people will like hanging out with you more if you live by this mantra.

i was reading old entries to this here online journal/blog, or whatever you want to call it. times have changed so hard. but i'd like to think we work to improve the things we don't like about ourselves, and relish in the things we do like.

i finally got the oppurtunity to try zachary's the other day, and it was not bad. i can't say it was the best pizza i've ever had. a bit saltly- i'm thinking they use canned tomatoes for their smothered tomatoe-y deeep dish pizzas. but is nice to try but i wouldnt go here on a saturday as even on a random afternoon at around 1pm lunchtime iwe wiated for a while for our food.

i also tried this korean place in oakland that is famous for a 10 dollar lunch buffet. they had this interesting pumpkin porridge sort of deal going on. I enjoyed it a lot, amonst the vcarious other items. though iprefer the whole "cook your own shit" sort of deal like most korean bbq's do. or hot pot city. every been there? it's a fun experience in my opinion.

in other news i'm still in search of other culinary finds that are specific to this area. ive been on yelp a good times a many, so i've got another growing list since i was able to knock out a lot of my previous list of eateries. let's discuss some of them shall we, since we've been talking about food a good amount so far:

brazil cafe: no doubt this stuff is tasty as hell. Whatever the green cilantro milky sauce they use alongside the very nicely marinated pieces of tri-tip, the problem witht his place you're only left more hungry considering how much you get and most of all spend. The first time i ate here was amazing but i only ended up going to mcdonalds for some french fries afterwards because i was still hungry. so my advice: don't go here starving, but just a hint of appetite to fulfill.

The Pig Brick House Bbq: now this place is a bit of distance down san pablo, but great food. it has that bbq stuff that you normally see on like diners drive ins and dives- tri tip and ribs sort of things. and a smooth creamy but yet tasty potato salad, mini min corn muffins, and a really good baked beans recipe. and of course the meat portion of the meal was incredible witht he tangy spicy yet sweet tasting sauce. the price isn't too bad too, if you tell them what you want or how hungry you are they'll fix you good. the place is owned and run by an older couple who are nice as hell and treat you so pleasantly. though when we ate here they kept running conversation with us while being the only ones in the restaruant so it was a bit awkward to have them watching us eat. either way, great service and owners, incredible soul-food-esque bbq, and not to shabby of a price.

San Francisco Soup Company: though this is somewhat a chain, it is a bay area specific chain and so deserves some mention. it was pretty good though a bit pricy for soup. DO NOT GETTHE BREAD BOWL. it is pre-made pre packaged stuff and was stale like mad. but of course you should go here for the soups. the soups i got to try were the clam chowder, chedder beer, pea soup, and chicken noodle. all tasty as shit. the cheddar beer is insteresting and the pea soup- organic fyi- was great. it may seem a bit salty but they are subtle and pleasant to eat. you can potentially sample as many soups as you want before making a final order, which is what we pretty did, and the people are friendly. the bads? no sitting area to enjoy, and soup is not exactly a thing you'l like to take to go. but we ended bringing the soups to campus so it was nice. try it if you're in a soupy mood.

interested on hearing more? tune in next time, i've got food review up the ass.

fact of the day: dance as much as you can, it's the best way to appreciate how the potential of how the body can actually move. other than sexual intercourse. hey-YO
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no sense like any other [Jun. 5th, 2009|11:52 am]
[music |wallpaper]

rain in the bay in june? that's like having a chocolate cake with fried chicken. Both of them seem okay but together? idle lounge

Ryan's Berkeley week didn't turn out to be what I had planned to be. In any case, doing that much in a week, more so, eating that much in a week was just impossible. Especially with a work schedule and an addiction to that one game.

im mad sore from moving shit.

at fsm roite now. Hello everyone and your readers and apple notebook laptops.

that "o" in the word "right" was on purpose.

i had a dream that I went to work with a case of MGD. I drank them before the hours began. I cleaned up went to my boss and told her what happened, and all she said was " okay don't let it happen again." soon after i went back to work. when i woke up i was all, " i didn't get fired?!" Someone give me $2000 to test this out in reality.

let's bring back "Don't you just hate.."

= don't you just hate it when you unintentionally make eye contact with someone and both of you do this fidgity, awkward bunny look away thing.

= don't you just hate it when you're carrying a plastic clear dresser down the street with clothes in it, and when you finally arrive to your destination you discover that your unmentionables were in clear display the whole time.

= don't you just hate it when you just did well in class without having to use any of the books you spent about $50-100 bucks on

= don't you just hate it when you compliment a woman on how she looks nice and they give you the unappreciative thanks, when you indeed know they are trying to look nice.

= don't you just hate it when women find ways to negate your compliment by turning it around to make you look like a douche i.e
"you like very nice today?"
"so are you saying i didn't look nice yesterday? the day before?"
"uhhh whaa mmm HOLY CRAP A QUARTER!"

= don't you just hate it when you sit down in a public place near strangers, you find that the woman sitting next to smelled really nice, then she gets up and leaves but oddly enough you still smell the nice scent, then the guy next to you gets up and leaves and then the scent goes away

= don't you just hate it when you're with your at some dance social or clubbing event, and you start dancing with your guy friend, after a few songs, you discover that it's not your guy friend anymore you're dancing with

fact of the day: two iced coffees is bad times. one = win
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penny for some thoughts [May. 17th, 2009|09:07 pm]
and nickels for kisses. yes at the idle lounge .

I had orientation at the D the other day. yes we are going to call it the D from now on. Mixed opinions, reactions, and feelings. we can discuss it later.

the weather is starting to get too hot too handle. just like rachel green from seasons 2-3 of friends. or like tia tanaka.

these next few weeks are going to be hectic. friends are graduating, i need to move to a temporary apartment in berkeley, and i need to get my freak on.

one time i bought a luna bar because i thought it was your average protein, tasty, weird oats and grains bar. I had no idea it was specific for female consumption such that it has estrogen in it. I walked to class while eating it. I'm nuts for doing that. but was funny though.

i'm on the weirdest sleeping schedule that i don't appreciate.

i'm playing too much of a game that i will keep disclosed, but i'm sure many of you can guess what game that is.

im beginning to feel more comfortable being able to eat alone in public. it's kind of nice and you get the job done fast. i did it at in & out the other day, and went okay. this good looking female came in also by herself, so i was a little relieved. perhaps she could sit in the adjacent stool which i assumed was meant for people that eat alone. then i got let down when she ordered two #2's to go. yes that's right. two of them.

lately i've been trying to get my mind back on track.

on a lighter note:


fact of the day: sleep is underrated. get as much as you can but still be up in time to enjoy the day.
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nothing more nothing else [May. 8th, 2009|04:58 am]
[music |the dmb]

stumbling on memories, waiting for new ones oh at the idle lounge .


One of my students, a freshman in high school, said this to me the other day:

" You know I've had many tutors. A lot of tutors. And I think I remember working with you once before and I've been going here for three weeks. And I think you teach math better than anyone I've ever had."

there's nothing left for me to do now. this is destiny.

i need to find a place to live this fall in old town davis.

fact of the day: once what you know what you gotta do, you've gotta do it.

no turning back-
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sentiments [Apr. 30th, 2009|05:03 am]
[mood |blahblah]
[music |jason mraz]

it's may- wow. Where did my spring go? where did my april go? idle loungin' is running out of time.

Going off of aimee's recent post about teaching, i enjoyed your post so much i wanted to tell my own stories.

let me take a moment to talk about my current job in which i have so much to say. I'm still deciding whether or not to make this private and only to my livejournal.com friends. but then again, i think it's okay so long as i keep certain things classified. so disclaimer: any names mentioned are not real names whatsoever and have been altered for the purpose of indisclosure-nnment.(?)

anyway i currently teach language arts and mathematics. Language arts you ask? Ryan you're terrible at language arts. Well in the end, any college graduate (or anyone that paid attention in their english classes) has the ability to teach english. we speak it everyday and when reminded of the basic principles, it's easy, with patience, to teach. We're talking what's a synonym vs. antonym, predicting what will happen in a story based on the context, figuring out definitions of words using the context, stuff like that. All these abilities are almost developed by nature. I suppose it's our job to point out to students that these are there and that they can all do it.

So on to mathematics. I discovering more and more how much mathematics I actually know. I think to truly know something, or learn something, is to try and teach it to someone else. I think I've said that before but this concept has repeatedly bit me off the ass almost everyday I teach. I know I may sound like I'm blowing fire up my ass but it's amazing how much mathematics I am able to teach. And I've said it before, math has become something I love teaching more than actually doing.

And in previous application essays and whatnot expressing my interest in teaching mathematics, that is all bullcrap compared to what i've experienced in the recent months. Meaning, I did have a profound interest to teach math, but now I think that interest has become so much more real ever since starting to teach here.

It is here I have had a true opportunity to work an extremely diverse set of students. The youngest I've taught being 5 years old to senior's in high school. We have our really smart kids, kids that actually need the teaching, kids that have apathy for learning, trouble makers, privileged kids, white, black, latin, asian, etc etc.

I've never felt so exposed as an instructor.

Out of the students i've had I've only really had one trouble student that i absolutely could not work with. though that story is a bit graphic, not in the physical sense, but I'll withhold it for the time being.

the thing i like about this teaching experience is that about 90 percent of the students are there because they do really want to learn and do well academically. many of them have their good days and bad days, lazy days and hard-effort days, ultimately they are all there because they care enough to do well.

at the end of each day i only hope i did not let down those who have this desire. gee i hope that student really understood what you can do with the midpoint formula. or dang i hope that kid understood what i meant by "ratios only work when you're told they're consistent" and that the "cross multiplication algorithm" is the key to any proportion problem.

there have been a few days where i had felt i didn't do a good job. these are my bad days. these are the days i hate and i only wonder for the rest of my night what i could've done to make it better for the student.

i really do want to help people. i don't want to let people down. though i'm only referring to those who actually care about their education. i have no time whatsoever for any other kind of student. though there shouldn't be any other kind of student.

but the odd thing is, i still feel a certain sense of uncertainty about doing. will work things out.

fact of the day: leonardo divinci could write with one hand and draw with the other at the same time.

need sleep. was almost late for work yesterday.
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the sun always shines when you're near [Mar. 16th, 2009|06:55 am]
[Current Location |peet]
[mood |indifferentindifferent]
[music |weezer - miss sweeney]

i need some fried food, i'm feeling too healthy today here at the idle lounge .

So I suppose this is somewhat a sequel to our previous entry. Anyway I was looking more into the Aggie's program and I'll admit I'm very excited about it. Some recent alumni have been awarded teacher of the year honors and that's right up my ally. can you imagine that, "Ryan Viernes was named teacher of the year in the ______ Unified School District" .. " Ryan Viernes was named teacher of the year in Northern California" .. "Ryan Viernes was named teacher of the year of the WORLD."

forgive me for looking at the bright side.

So anyway I realize it's nothing but a few months 'till friends of mine graduate this year. And a little longer until I say the hard goodbye to Berkeley. So what do I have plans for in these last months? Well let's introduce this as sort of a top 20.

eh screw that let's claim that one of the weeks in the next few months will be denoted as

Ryan's Berkeley Week: Live it out, because it's kicking me out

So in one weeks time I will do my best to experience everything that is significant to Berkeley, and I suppose to the Bay Area. Eh no, Berkeley only. SO... This means enjoying Berkeley only foods, sights, sounds, and all that good stuff that I'd imagine most previous and current CAL students have done.

So each day of Ryan's Berkeley Week, we will live it out so that we hope to cover everything on the following top 20 list. Though I get the feeling that I'm going to go beyond top 20.

SO now we present to you the
Top 20 things that will happen on Ryan's Berkeley Week

1) Go to Lawrence Hall of Science.

It is the best view of Berkeley. Well at least the highest view point next to a plane I've had of Berkeley. It rocks. Preferably this will be done at sunset.

2) Go to the Botanical Gardens.

I have yet to do this. I hear it's good stuff. And especially with the Spring coming up.

3) Go up the Clock Tower.

Yeah I haven't done this yet either. What a Cal Bear I was.

4) Bear's Lair. - Beat The Clock Friday

Though I may do this again even after Berkeley Week, this should be included. And of course drink only Berkeley Beer like their infamous Honey Wheat or Golden Bear something.

5) Drive by and laugh at people eating on the little patches of grass that lays in the middle of the street in front of Cheese Board.

6) Go Photographer for a Day on the Berk Campus

Of course this can be accomplished whilst doing other things on this list. Though there are so many other incredible "unnoticed" spots up and down the campus. The Northside, between Tolman and the New Southeast Asian Library, and South Side- near faculty glade, uhh it goes on and on. Need good camera for this one.

7) Eat at the following Berkeley eateries

a) La Burrita
I can at least say the best burrito in town, that is cheapest as well. And fuck Chipotle, the minute they give free chips and infinite salsa I'll come running. for now, Give me my oily meat packed burrito and free pico de gallo.

b) Gipsey's
Everything here has never dissatisfied me. I would say the best italian cuisine in all of Berkeley. Period. Because of the very reasonable price and extremely good food.

c) Zachary's Pizza
Keep hearing stories. Though the only thing I dread is the massive wait. I suppose I won't come here starving. Deep dish pizza, can't say I haven't had it ever. And this is place is specific to berkeley so hey that's why it's on the list.

d) Barney's
I've concluded after tasting many Berkeley specific burger places (Bongo Burger, Oscar's, IB's) that Barney's is the best Burger place around. I know it's somewhat a franchise with several other locations in the area, it's just so gourmet good. So far this place is 15 for 16 great experiences here. Just the one time they served a Popeye's Burger with way too much blue cheese. It was pretty much a blue cheese patty. mmm mm.

e) Steve's Korean BBQ

Thought he cooks themselves aren't korean, this place almost never fails to give a big plate of rice, bean sprouts, kimchee, and a crap load of meat. Spicy Pork. And like many locations near this one, you get free water and tea. The meat though is where they excel. It may not seem to be the highest quality, but the taste worth more than the 8 dollars you paid for it.

Eat at Crossroads/DC3 (or for you older folks, the Super D.C)

I enjoyed the time of being able to eat a buffet almost everyday. I would love nothing but to enjoy the sweet mass produced yet delicious foods one last time.

f) Ann's Soup Kitchen

Ironically enough I don't come here for the soup but for the breakfast. The eggs, pancakes, toast with applesauce jam, and last but not least the homefries. It has always been a great way to start a late morning or afternoon because I've usually come here at a time of waking up too late to enjoy the empty seats of the early morning grind. On weekend mornings this place is packed but always worth it.

g) Kabab and Karahi

It is only recently I discovered this place. Out of the minimal indian/pakistanian food I have had the opportunity to indulge myself in here at berkeley (and ever), this place is the best. The tandoori chickens and the curries are all delicious. The naan and meats is as fresh as can be and of course you get all the infinite chai you want. And the best thing it is nothing but seconds away from my current apartment. What? Naan Curry or House of Curries? Fuck you. go here. go on yelp and you'll see i'm not the only one.

h) Get a coffee at the various Berkeley coffee shops (All in one day?!)

I'm not sure which I can say is the best one since the one I go to often is a nationwide franchise which is Peet's Coffee. Though I have been to Cafe Milano a few times. The sitting experience is just so eccentric feeling as with any other urban coffee shop in berkeley. Make it look like you're reading or find someone to have an intelligent conversation with. Win win. Such places include : Cafe Strada, Milano, Cafe La Mediterranean

i) Kingpin Doughnuts

Why is the place good? Well for one thing they serve fresh doughnuts and are open really late. But of course we need not forget the very cheap bag of day old doughnuts that I seem to be the only that enjoys it in all it's entirety. Most people have gotten the bag and take a bite and give me the rest. That's the kind of friend I am. And is it the best doughnuts in berkeley? I'd say so without having to experience any other bakeries around here too much.

j) Order Chicken Strips and Chili Cheese Fries from Golden Bear Cafe

I used to do this as a weekly ritual back in the dorm days. Every Tuesday after getting off at 3:30 (or 5) i'd venture here and have a nice cardboard take out box full of fried, cheese, and chili. I had to request them to put it all in the same box, it's just so much better that way. This probably accounts to why I usually sweat easily. How unattractive was that statement.

k) Get a tapioca drink from Sweethearts. No not Quicklies.

Sweethearts knows what they're talking about. Quicklies can eat crap and their nasty tapioca balls. And of course need we forget the popcorn chicken and fried squid. (or octopus?)

l) Skates by the Bay

I've been here for drinks and stuff but have yet to try the food. The food looks good but I suppose it's all for the location. The food, by looking at other people's tables, looks exceptionally presentable, and also where I'm going offers no "by the ocean" eateries. And the ambiance is pretty damn romantic of course. need hot date. no not just a date. "hot" date.

m) Ahn Hong

This is a vietnamese place where you order a certain meat and they give this huge platter to constantly make burritos (aka spring rolls) they give these plastic sheets and you soak them in hot water to turn them into the clear wrap used for these rolls. the platter of veggies and such is gigantic and it's just a burrito making fiesta. It is one the nicer places I've eaten at berkeley and very delicious. And reasonably priced for the quality of the food.

10) Go listen to Stoney lecture in front of Dwinelle one last time

Stoney is this balled guy with glasses who rants about politics, pop culture, and the UC Berkeley bureaucracy while mocking students on Ipods trying to ignore him.

9) Give the Happy Happy Happy guy a hug. Or high five. Because he's on that thing for hella long. Though I haven't seen that guy in a while.


11) Spend 6-9 hours at the FSM Cafe

Oh those were the days. But a year ago. How...shameful yet I loved every minute of it. I'll be sure to bring my laptop, education research, books to pretend to read, and sunglasses and never buy anything.

12) Go to the top of Evans and enjoy the closed off balcony and math lounge.

this is infamous to be a location where a suicide occurred. Other than that, it's a good location and has a math lounge for math studiers. I'd like to hope to mock them by telling them that shit is easy as hell. or perhaps memorize some obscure proof and do it on the chalkboard in there. that'll show em. This place used also served free bagels every thursday. I once cut myself with the butter knife- i didn't bleed that bad but let's hope noone got sick. or filipino.

13) Tilden Park hike.

It's too bad a car is required but I'll somehow think of a way to get there. Tilden park is fairly nice, but then again it's specific to this area and it's worth it to go at least once. Though it would be twice for me. they also have spot called Inspiration Point. That oughta get you to come with me.

14) Go to the Down Low (on a Thursday night because of the 3.00 drink special)

As much as this place is hit or miss depending on the crowd and music, it's a bar/club/lounge/?? I've been to the most in Berkeley. It's nice to just sit back and dance it off later in the night. Since there usually is a small crowd, you're free to pretend to break dance all you want. Check me out.

15) Beckit's Irish Pub

I love this place, specifically on Saturdays because of their live music. The inside is old-Irish looking I suppose. But it's just always a chill laid back vibe and everyone seems to know each other, no one is dressed particularly too nice which means everyone isn't to find the next sexual encounter nor are they there to get over a break-up, or nor are they there to meet women/men and have that weird drunken conversation with them outside as the bar is closing about maybe just maybe being able to add them on face book. just a nice laid back place you'd be able to go to with jeans and a shirt.

16) Go to one last lecture and office hours session by my mentor/Professor

This guy changed my life and perspective. One of the best experiences I've had here at Berkeley, and perhaps the best academic-related experience, I need to give him my so-longs.

17) Have one last football game with berkeley homies

We have had some fun times. Though we've never done tackling, it is competitive. I remember one time running a no huddle offense and scoring a few TD's then the other team copying us. Assess.

18) Spend a brief evening with Doe/Memorial Glade, the Big C, and the Campanile.

I've done this a few times. It's just amazing to go out there and just sit down at the Memorial Glade and the Campanile because they're one of the only locations sort of well-lit.

Well I suppose I'd do the Big C first prior to visiting the above on the way down. The Big C is a tough hike but makes you feel better about going to La Burrita afterward. Gorgeous Gorgeous view, especially at night.

19) Farmers Market (both of them bitches)

I know there's one on northside near the safeway and there's one on west side down the street from the BART. I suppose this would give me a taste of Berkeley's desire for organic foods and other products. But screw kettle corn, I stay away from that crap. Give me my roasted corn on a cob and leave me alone.

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Anyway, It's a lot to get done in a week but hey come fly with me we'll have a great week together. Or whichever day you want. This list subject to change, but hopefully I'll get the exacto dates and schedule of Ryan's Berkeley Week.

I feel like a douche bag talking in the third person. Or at least titling in the in the third person.

fact of the day : living life day by day is the best way to enjoy it. unless you've already graduated college.
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