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I hate chinese. I really hate chinese class. This is ridiculous. I am not learning anything, toiling my butt off and yet I AM FAILING. I AM FAILING!!! This is total bullshit. And you think why so many Chinese Americans today don't know chinese or aren't in touch with their culture. Well guess what? It's because of these ridiculously hard chinese classes that make me not care about my heritage anymore. You know what? Screw my heritage. It's not worth staying up to 5 or 6 in the morning for. It's not worth getting Fs on test for. I don't ever want to learn chinese again. At least not from this institution!
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List of Teas

This is probably going to get me screwed later but I need some time off from reality.

Loose Leaf Teas:
- Green Tea

Bagged Teas:
- Organic African Nectar
- Ginger Twist
- Good Earth Original
- Red Rooibus

Bigelow (BT):
- Earl Grey
- English Breakfast
- Sweet Dreams Herbal
- Chamomile
- Vanilla Chai
- Organic Green Tea

Tazo (BT):
- Awake
- Chai
- Decaf Chai
- Passion
- Earl Grey
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This Traffic Is Perfectly Still

If I say who I know
It just goes to show

You need me less than I need you

But take it from me
We don't give sympathy
You can trust me, trust nobody
But I said you and me
We don't have honesty
The things we don't want to speak
I'll try to get out but I never will
This traffic is perfectly still

We're only taking turns
Holding this world
It's how it's always been

When you're older you will understand.
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Anti B-Day List

My “I don’t want it” Birthday List
1. Calendars
2. Homework helping software
3. Stuffed animals
4. Small erasers
5. Non-fiction books
6. Shower gel, body lotion, bath accessories etc.
7. Perfume
8. Books
9. Stickers
10. Anything with NUTS, dark chocolate, or cherry flavored or grape.
11. Disney soundtracks
12. Sports video games
13. Pajamas
14. Magnets
15. No more SWEATSHIRTS please
16. Key chains
17. Photo Frames (Don’t use very much)
18. Photo Albums (Don’t use at all)
19. Anything in ORANGE or YELLOW
20. THONGS!!!
21. Stuff from rap artists or heavy metal bands
22. Clothing with brand labels stitched boldly across
23. Clothing in acrylic
24. Pottery
25. Notebooks or Daily Planners
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B-Day List (Revised)

CDs (In order of what I want most):

1. Clarity [2007 Reissue] –Jimmy Eat World
2. Shanghai Restoration Project
3. Mix CD of your favorite songs or the saddest songs you have

DON’T buy me CDs over $12 dollars!! They’re not worth it!


1. Tissues (Sniff brand, preferably)
2. Bow and arrow! (real)
3. Buttons with cute sayings on them
4. A Cool Belt
5. L’Oreal’s Anthelios SX (if you can find it for cheaper than $20)
6. A poster of bands/artists I like (Jimmy Eat World, Apocalyptica (no creepy skulls), Something Corporate, OneRepublic, Mew, Lee Hom Wang, Fahrenheit, Trading Yesterday, Backstreet boys, Backstreet boys, BACKSTREET BOYS)
8.  A Poster of CHRISTIAN BALE (but not as batman because most of his face is covered with that mask). Something like this:
8.  A poster of Jiro Wang
9.  An ipod case for the 30 GB iPod (3rd Generation??) that has an armband so I can take it running.
10. A super cool umbrella (cool enough to bring out in the sun...kind of like the one Sunshine has)


1.  A really soft scarf that doesn't itch (not pink, white, orange, yellow) and not 100% Acrylic
2.  Green/Purple socks.(I’m a size 5 in shoes so you figure it out)
3.  Biker shorts that go down to a little above mid-thigh for wearing under skirts (black or white)
4.  Anything with the Superman or Batman symbol on it (with the exception of the items my “I don’t want it” list…SPECIFICALLY, thongs!)
5.  Cool Clothes (Shirt size: SMALL or 4? Gosh. Really depends on the store.)
6.  Shirts with bands I like (Particularly Backstreet Boys)
7.  Trench Coat
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8 Ultimate Flat-Belly Summer Foods

1. Spinach
It may be green and leafy, but spinach is no nutritional wallflower. This noted muscle-builder is a rich source of plant-based omega-3s and folate, which help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Bonus: Folate also increases blood flow to the nether regions, helping to protect you against age-related sexual issues. Aim for 1 cup fresh spinach or a half cup cooked per day.

SUBSTITUTES: Kale, bok choy, romaine lettuce

FIT IT IN: Make your salads with baby spinach; add spinach to scrambled eggs; drape it over pizza; mix it with marinara sauce and then microwave for an instant dip.

2. Yogurt
Various cultures claim yogurt as their own creation, but the 2,000-year-old food’s health benefits are not disputed: Fermentation spawns hundreds of millions of reinforcements for the battalions of beneficial bacteria in your body. That helps boost your immune system, provides protection against cancer, and even does duty as a cavity-fighter. Not all yogurts are created equal, though, so make sure the label says “live and active cultures.” And watch out for high-fructose corn syrup; stealth sugars are worth avoiding in yogurt and everywhere else.

SUBSTITUTES: Kefir, cottage cheese

FIT IT IN: Yogurt topped with blueberries, walnuts, flaxseed, and honey is the ultimate breakfast — or dessert. Plain low-fat yogurt is also a perfect base for creamy salad dressings and dips.

3. Tomatoes
There are two things you need to know about tomatoes: Red are the best, because they’re packed with more of the antioxidant lycopene, and processed tomatoes are just as potent as fresh ones, because it’s easier for the body to absorb the lycopene. Studies show that a diet rich in lycopene can decrease your risk of bladder, lung, prostate, breast, skin, and stomach cancers, as well as reduce the risk of coronary artery disease. Aim for 22 mg of lycopene a day, which is about eight red cherry tomatoes or a glass of tomato juice. Plant some now for a health harvest in July and August. This Men's Health video will show you how.

SUBSTITUTES: Red watermelon, pink grapefruit, Japanese persimmon, papaya, guava

FIT IT IN: Dress sliced heirloom tomatoes with torn basil and olive oil; guzzle low-sodium V8 and gazpacho; roast cherry tomatoes and serve over grilled fish or chicken.

4. Carrots
Most red, yellow, or orange vegetables and fruits are spiked with carotenoids — fat-soluble compounds that are associated with a reduction in a wide range of cancers, as well as a reduced risk and severity of inflammatory conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis — but none of them is as easy to prepare, or have as low a caloric density, as carrots do. Aim for a half cup a day.

SUBSTITUTES: Sweet potato, pumpkin, butternut squash, yellow bell pepper, mango

FIT IT IN: Snack on baby carrots; grate raw carrots into salad; toss a carrot into a breakfast smoothie with frozen mango and OJ; roast carrot chunks with olive oil, salt and cumin.

5. Blueberries
Host to more antioxidants than any other North American fruit, blueberries help prevent cancer, diabetes, and age-related memory changes (hence the nickname “brain berry”). Studies show that blueberries, which are rich in fiber and vitamins A and C, also boost cardiovascular health. Aim for 1 cup fresh blueberries a day, or a half cup frozen or dried.

SUBSTITUTE: Açai, an Amazonian berry, has even more antioxidants than the blueberry. Mix 2 Tbsp. of açai powder into OJ or add 2 Tbsp of açai pulp to cereal, yogurt, or a smoothie.

FIT IT IN: Mix fresh blueberries into plain yogurt; blend with ice, yogurt, banana, and OJ for a 60-second smoothie; toss with baby spinach, red onions, goat cheese, and raspberry vinaigrette for a summer salad.

6. Black Beans
All beans are good for your heart, but none can boost your brain power like black beans. That’s because they’re full of anthocyanins, antioxidant compounds that have been shown to improve brain function. A daily half-cup serving provides 8 grams of protein and 7.5 grams of fiber, and is low in calories and free of saturated fat.

SUBSTITUTES: Peas, lentils, and pinto, kidney, fava, and lima beans

FIT IT IN: Wrap black beans in a breakfast burrito; use both black beans and kidney beans in your chili; puree 1 cup black beans with 2 Tbsp olive oil and roasted garlic for a healthy dip; add favas, limas, or peas to pasta dishes.

7. Walnuts
Richer in heart-healthy omega-3s than salmon, loaded with more anti-inflammatory polyphenols than red wine, and packing half as much muscle-building protein as chicken, the walnut just needs a cape and we could call it a superhero. Other nuts combine only one or two of these features, not all three. A serving of walnuts — about 1 ounce, or seven nuts — is good anytime, but especially as a postworkout recovery snack. Keep a can of Planters Nutrition Heart Healthy Mix in your desk drawer or glove compartment, and use them to lead you away from temptation.

SUBSTITUTES: Almonds, peanuts, pistachios, macadamia nuts, hazelnuts

FIT IT IN: Sprinkle on top of salads; chop and add to pancake batter; mix 1 cup walnuts with a half cup dried blueberries and a quarter cup of dark chocolate chunks.

8. Oats
The original wunderkind of health food, oats garnered the FDA’s first seal of approval. They are packed with soluble fiber, which lowers the risk of heart disease. Yes, oats are loaded with carbs, but the release of those sugars is slowed by the fiber, and because oats also have 10 grams of protein per half-cup serving, they deliver steady muscle-friendly energy.

SUBSTITUTES: Quinoa, flaxseed, amaranth, pearly barley

FIT IT IN: Eat granolas and cereals that have a fiber content of at least 5 grams per serving; sprinkle 2 Tbsp ground flaxseed on cereals, salads, and yogurt; sub quinoa in for brown rice.


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Handwriting Experts Scrutinize Presidential Candidates

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Hillary Clinton is smart and forceful, John McCain is proud but has a volatile temper, and Barack Obama is a diplomat who deals well with different people and situations.

At least, that's what graphologists say their handwriting reveals about them.

"Handwriting is a reflection of the inner personality. It shows a person's ego strength, how good they feel about themselves, their intellectual, communication and working styles," graphologist Sheila Lowe, author of "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Handwriting Analysis", told AFP.

Graphology -- the study of how we loop our Ls and cross our Ts -- is not taken as seriously in the United States as in Europe.

But every four years, when a US presidential election rolls around, practitioners of the arcane science are much sought after as Americans try everything to analyze contenders for the White House.

"Each time there are elections, I get invited to TV shows, radio shows," Lowe said. "There is always somebody who wants to know something, even if they don't take graphology seriously."

Just the signatures of the candidates are revelatory -- at least to the eye of an expert.

Republican John McCain's signature shows a proud, idealistic but impulsive, if not uncontrollable man, according to the experts.

Lowe saw impulsiveness and a "short fuse" in McCain's variable writing style.

New York graphologist Roger Rubin agreed, and also saw a powerful ego at play in the senator from Arizona.

"The unevenness of the rhythm reflects the unevenness of his temperament," Rubin said.

"The capital J is the largest letter, which shows his strong belief in his own ego. The size of 'John' overwhelms the size of 'McCain' -- this shows how distant he is from his family roots."

Obama's signature reveals similar traits.

The vertical straight line of the B in Obama cuts through the large O -- which is nonetheless smaller than the B in Barack.

"The very large B shows he also has a very strong sense of his own ego," Rubin said.

"And he is crossing out his family name," he added, recalling that Obama's father left the family when the front-runner for the Democratic nomination was just a young boy.

Another graphologist had a different interpretation of the bisected O.

"He draws that circle and a line through it, and it's really like he has two different worlds," said Paula Sassi, who has been interpreting handwriting for 28 years.

"I think it shows his black and white heritage."

The fluidity of Obama's signature is a sign of high intelligence, while its illegibility shows he is protecting his privacy.

"He doesn't want you to know him too well," said Arlyn Imberman, author of "Signatures for Success."

"He shows a part of himself to the world but not everything," said Lowe.

The large letters in Obama's signature show that he is ambitious, self-confident and views himself as a leader, said Imberman.

"The fluid letter forms reveal that he can form a coalition, be diplomatic and get along with both sides of the aisle," she added. "He's the type of guy who could tell you to go to hell and you'd enjoy the trip."

Clinton's legible, balanced signature shows a woman of great intelligence.

It's simplicity portrays a "what-you-see-is-what-you-get" personality, said Lowe.

Her straight-up-and-down writing indicates that she "thinks with her head, not with her heart," said Sassi.

"But there is enough roundness in her writing to show that she cares about people," said Imberman.

The fact that the second leg of the H and the second L in Hillary are higher than the first show ambition.

And she's a perfectionist: "Every thing is written carefully, legibly," said Imberman.

It is difficult, the experts say, to tell the sex of a person from their handwriting, or to discern if they are left- or right-handed.

But, interestingly enough, Obama and McCain are lefties -- just like four out of five US presidents immediately before them: Gerald Ford, Ronald Reagan, George Bush Sr and Bill Clinton.

Lol. I think this is so amusing :P
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Elaine's Brain Fart

Elaine: Are you going to school on Friday?
Me: Well I have to go to English.
Elaine: Why?
Me: Because it's Norwegian Constitution Day.
Elaine: But you're not even from Norwegia!

-----End of Elaine's Brain Fart-----