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January 8, 2008

Happy Birthday Mom

It's the beginning of what I'm calling "Honest 08". I'm moving into an apartment by the NEST in a few days. I've got my reasonable resolutions but I'm mostly aiming for staying active/motivated, staying honest to others and true to myself. There will be no quarter-life crisis knocking on my door.

It's my mom's birthday today, as well as Elivis's, but we celebrated it on Sunday at my parents' house. My cousin Jeremy came over with his friend/roommate. After a pizza dinner we were getting ready to play Balderdash when Jeremy suggested my parents watch 2girls1cup, the disgusting shock video I was tricked into watching. I wanted to say no, but thought of the opportunity in filming their reaction. I first showed them the video of the grandma reacting so they'd know what to expect...


January 14, 2008

Still bangin'

Kids like to come into the Apple store and use the iSight cameras built into the computers to take pictures of themselves. A group of kids were in yesterday for quite a while and I didn't pay much attention to them, except one younger kid who was running around more and listening to the iPods, asking/singing (not sure which), "You got party like a rockstar?" I saw him take an amusing picture and decided to retrieve it after work. I remembered that his friends took quite a few pictures and thought I'd get those too. A coworker has a funny picture in his locker of a person proudly displaying her new shoes so I thought I'd get mine.

I first got my young friend's picture. I wasn't sure, but suspected he may have been throwing up a gang sign.

I told someone I was doing this and they mentioned that we have to kick people out of the store if we see them flashing gang sings after the gang-related stabbing at the mall (same link as before).

A few other pictures seemed innocent enough.

Then a bit baller.

Then...

This whole Bemis Boys / East Ave Boys thing fascinates me. I was terrified of gangs when I was in junior high... in the northwest suburb Walker where people claimed gang affiliation but didn't seem possible. From more googling/checking on Bebo I found more pictures from the Apple store...from the East Ave Boys.

From what I can tell the Bemis Boys are aligned with the Bloods and the East Ave Boys with the Crips. How does this happen? Two rival gangs in a Midwest city hate on each other and one looks into franchising themselves and the other just joins the other? Americans love a two-party, corporate-affiliated system.

January 21, 2008

Billy Ocean had it all wrong

I've had some troublesome dreams these past few weeks. Not like every day or anything, but I had the second ever dream where I witnessed my younger brother's death last week (the first one was about 6 months ago I'd say). I don't remember it fully but it involved a heist we were all a part of, perhaps, and someone was against us and sprayed bullets everywhere, shooting my brother's head off. It was gruesome and I didn't know what to do. Somehow I was able to make the killer think I didn't know she killed him. In an act of cold vengeance I eventually pushed her into oncoming traffic. Not proud...

Yesterday I actually was in a car accident. I wasn't driving. No injuries. Rich older white guy pulled out of one of those stupid left turn-arounds on the East Beltline, didn't see us behind him, went too slowly and we hit him. Gary, the driver, from GVSU's The Lanthorn, called the police since we debated and eventually determined it's illegal not to. The cop asked for the details and Gary, still a little shaken, gave a distance of "30 yards" and the cop found him at fault and gave him a ticket. We were so pissed and he's going to fight it.

But ANYWAY, that most likely influenced my dream last night in which I got into TWO car accidents. Whenever I drive in a dream I lose control of the vehicle, spin around, can't stop it and most often crash. The dream is too foggy now, but I know I did this in a car where the weather was pleasant and got a ticket. Then I crashed into another car a bit later in the dream and muttered to myself how that made two accidents in one day and how it reminded me of my dreams where I crash all the time. I woke up and was grateful that it was a dream, but fell back asleep and thought of how it was just a dream but it still happened and I'd have to pay for it. I hate cars!

January 29, 2008

A long trip to Jimmy John's, driven by Seth


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Green line = fastest route
Red line = our route
(?) = times we went away from restaurant
(i) = back on track
P = parking 3 feet from curb

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