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November 7, 2006   

Lately, I feel like all I do are summary posts, but I’m busy as hell.

Tonight, I went to dinner with Hoa. Which was awesome. I don’t know what it is, but it’s so easy to talk with her. She is defintely an active listener, which is something I really appreciate, but I also think we had some similar experiences growing up which gives us an easy rapport. Or so I think from my side of things, while she sits on her side of things wondering why she feels sorry enough for me to meet me occasionally. 😀

Uyen finished her half marathon at the astounding time of 2 hrs and 3 minutes! Holy crap! They both deserve to be mucho proud of themselves. Congraulations!!

We opened a savings account at at 5.5% APY. I had been looking into CDs with a CD ladder scheme in mind (ask me about CD ladders because I will be glad to answer), when I found that the highest non-credit union CD rate I could find for an amount we could afford topped out at 5.65% APY anyway.

Don’t be an idiot; vote. Don’t make excuses; vote. For the love of God, this is what makes a democracy. And if you see any funny business at your polling site, report it. I have no idea where. But I’m sure you’ll figure something out.

Both Seppo and I are making great progress. They both seem like they are telling stories, like they are really a part of a greater narrative. It’s very satisfying. This year is different because I’m not plagued with thoughts/fears of whether I can do it or not. The last two years have taught me that I can do it. So this year has been about the quality of the content. Caring about the quality has made this a much more all-consuming process. I feel so nervous when Seppo reads my words. Not that he will or won’t like them, but more that they will feel meaningless or trite and leave him feeling nothing. He’s my only audience so far, so all the pressure is on him. 😀

On the reading front, Colin lent me The Time Traveler’s Wife. I am only about a quarter way through it, and I love it already. It’s clever, but not self-important, interesting, and warmly written. It’s a little awkward when it’s called for. I have an awful feeling about something I am guessing will happen in the story, but I hope it doesn’t. But if it doesn’t, I’ll think the author will have wasted a really great opportunity. Oh, the conflict.

Still busy. Going pretty well.

Berkley Bowl.
Wow, I had never been to Berkley Bowl before. And we’ve lived in this area for more than five years. It was great! The vegetable selection was astounding. Two thumbs up.

Battlestar Galactica.
Wow. Times ten. I can’t believe the stuff that’s happening in the second half of the second season. Definitely give it a try, but it’s really best to start at the beginning.

November 7, 2006 at 5:24 am

Re: Voting
On the off chance anyone is living abroad and trying to use that as an excuse, suck on and die, chump!
Er… I mean, suck on and participate in the democratic process from abroad, chump!

Re: Battlestar Galactica
*Resist urge to gush and give away everything up to the 3rd season*

OMG Adama is soooo hot!


November 7, 2006 at 9:29 am

You found a better interest rate, damn you! I looked for a while before I chose HSBC (5.05%). I wonder if the eLoan rate is something new or something I missed.

You’ll have to let me know how the customer service and interface are. I’ve been very happy with HSBC thus far.


November 7, 2006 at 9:56 am

I found my rate info at the Fat Wallet Forums. They are really good at searching out the nitty gritty details of deals, so I made sure to read their dissection of the terms and services.

The eLoan rate is indeed a newish thing. The whole savings account is a new thing for them.

November 7, 2006 at 1:48 pm

OMG Adama is soooo hot!

How did I let this comment go by unanswered?

I hope you mean the elder Adama.

November 7, 2006 at 11:12 pm

Go Uyen! That’s a fantastic time! I just ran 3 miles today at that pace, and felt pretty good about it, but now I feel like a slow slug.

I so thought “Berkley Bowl” was a bowling alley…

November 8, 2006 at 6:41 am

Actually the original building that the Bowl was in used to be a bowling alley. Then they got themselves fancy new digs across the street. If you can’t find it, try the Bowl. I do like their produce selection, not the cheapest though, their ethnic foods choices are amazing, however Seppo mentioned the two things that bug me about the Bowl without promting. The parking and the F’in’ line to get out.

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