Procuring Furniture

Submitted by michelle on Mon, 2006-11-27 20:27.

I like having furniture, but have no interest in it. It never occurred to me that I would eventually have to procure furniture until about two years ago. My old roommate was about to move into her first unfurnished apartment. We both thought acquiring furniture was the most horrible thing. Sort of like grocery shopping.

I had always lived in furnished dorms, co-ops, and apartments. True, it was often makeshift furniture, but it functioned nonetheless. Used a bookcase as a dresser, threw a piece of wood over an end table and called it a desk. Well, I also had to wrap it in a trash bag since it had splinters.

Once, I wanted some extra storage space and copied my friend who put milk crates under his bed. Unfortunately, I did not get the cleanest crates and they started to smell after a couple days. So, then I tried washing them in bleach. I can’t remember if I forgot to rinse or just did not rinse thoroughly. The chemical started to irritate my eyes and I finally gave up on the extra storage space.

So, today I have mimicked my aunt’s taste in furniture: simple, practical, and pine.

Meeting for Coffee

Submitted by michelle on Mon, 2006-11-27 20:26.

My aunt lives 5 blocks away from Japantown, She got lost on the way there.

I have also been known to share this talent.

I will take a shower as soon as I find my underwear.

Submitted by michelle on Mon, 2006-11-06 19:03.

The joys of moving.

Spiders and Filters

Submitted by michelle on Mon, 2006-11-06 19:03.

I have a balcony now. And it’s warm enough to enjoy. At least for today.

There’s a table and two chairs with a spider web connecting them. I looked for the spider and wondered
if you could burn one with a cigarette?

(This one’s for you, Jessica!)

12:00, FLASHING

Submitted by michelle on Mon, 2006-11-06 19:00.

I plugged in my alarm clock and was ready to set it.
I looked at my cell and it was 11:10 p.m.

I can wait. I don't want to scroll through all those numbers. I finally did it at 1:01 a.m.

Bring Back Capitalization!

Submitted by michelle on Sun, 2006-10-29 13:21.

I applied to be an assistant editor for the online periodical, Sexuality Research and Social Policy: Journal of NSRC. My application included a cover letter, resume, and writing sample.

They require their articles to use the American Psychological Association (APA) standard of style usage. This format has so many rules that it necessitates an entire book, 439 pages, to explain it. It spans from margin size and font choice (Times New Roman, only Times New Roman) to citation, with its diverse and subtle differences. Depending on whether the passage is a direct quote or paraphrase, the proper placement of the citation could be at the end of the sentence or in the middle. Sometimes the style calls for the author and year to be cited and in other cases, the page number is required as well. i.e.:

At the turn of the century, the term “bisexual” referred to someone whom displayed characteristics of both females and males, not to someone who was attracted to both sexes (Chauncey, 1994).

(Imagine the Times New Roman! oohh!)

Jessica, whom has a Masters in Social Work, helped me with the nuances of this format. She clarified that when a book is listed in the References Section, only the first letter of the title is capitalized. Not the entire title. Only the first letter of the title and first word after the colon and proper nouns are capitalized so you get this nasty string of lower-case letters. i.e.:

Chauncey, G. (1994). Gay New York: Gender, urban culture, and the making of the gay male world, 1890-1940. New York: Basic Books.

It's disgusting. We both hate it.
And research-based texts always have long titles, so you can't escape.
It's intolerable.

When Jessica campaigns for APA President, she will run on a platform to "Bring Back Capitalization!"

9:47 a.m.

Submitted by michelle on Thu, 2006-10-26 22:51.

I coughed and coughed and shut my eyes. When I opened them, drips of light got stuck in the bathroom,
all around
with the occasional spin.

door and mirror mixed with sky

I waited for them to fade away and felt ok again.

Are you going to dress up? What's your costume? What are you going to go as?

Submitted by michelle on Wed, 2006-10-25 16:15.

Halloween stores litter the streets.

I feel pressured to dress up and do something, go to a party or walk and gawk in the streets. But don't know if I want to.
One year, I was going to do nothing, and then my friends came up and I threw on a hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and wrote "From: The Unabomber" on a priority mail envelope.

I want to go trick-or-treating.

Oh yeah, this cracks me up:

EXP 2006/12

Submitted by michelle on Wed, 2006-10-25 16:07.

I started throwing things out. I forgot 2006 was the current year.

YouTube Guys Need a Vacation

Submitted by michelle on Mon, 2006-10-23 11:23.

I saw pictures of them in Forbes the other day. Steven Chen, the chief technology officer, is 27 and Chad Hurley, the CEO, is 29.

I told my aunt their ages and she goes," Damn! I thought they were almost 40!" Well, she didn't actually say "damn", but it conveys her intonation.

So, people, is it worth it?