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Archive: April 2007

red sox kick butt.

And we sweeeept the Yankees!! Yes! And set new records in the process…how amazing were the four home runs in a row?? Anyway, I’m super excited and some of my bitterness is starting to melt away. Yes, I was/am extremely bitter that Trot Nixon is no longer a part of the Red Sox. Honestly, Trot WAS Boston to me and I never thought he would be gone, and I don’t think I’ll ever like a player as much as I like and respect him. I even secretly hoped for J.D. Drew to suck hardcore (but still have the Sox do well despite him, of course). I wanted Boston to regret their horrible decision to let Trot go. But Drew is not sucking, and was part of the home run quartet tonight, so I can’t be too mad. If he hadn’t taken Trot’s position, I might even say I like him a little bit. I still stand firm that he shouldn’t have taken #7, however.

Hopefully the Sox will continue this domination. At least for now they have overcome that horrible fall they had to the Yankees last year. But I do still miss Trot. He should be here. GO SOX!

remember pokemon? they’re still alive!

Today I semi-attended Boston’s Anime Convention. No seriously, this convention was going on in Boston. Who knew, right? My friends and I certainly had no idea what we were getting ourselves into when we decided to do a bit of shopping in Copley and the Prudential. As we crossed the bridge over to the Pru, we slowly began noticing people in strange costumes. And as we neared the center of the Pru, there were suddenly people dressed in costumes ALL around us. “Is it some sort of Halloween thing?” my friend asked. “Umm it’s April,” we replied. “Well then, it has to be some sort of video game convention,” she determined. We finally asked the employee at a nearby watch kiosk and he informed us it was an anime convention that was lasting all weekend.

So, we did what any other normal human beings would do: we went and got lunch at Au Bon Pain and sat in front of the entrance to Hyne’s Convention Center for over an hour, just watching all of the action. You would not believe the costumes that these people were wearing; I’m not even going to try to explain them because I could do them no justice. I don’t know much about anime but I do know we saw some characters from Pokemon, a few Sailor Moons (remember her??), some Yu-Gi-Oh characters, and even a couple Marios (a la Mario Brothers) and Princess Toads. We also ran across a Jesus Christ, a Hello Kitty, the green Power Ranger (Tommy), and a Jack Sparrow; and we heard through the grapevine that there was a Waldo wandering around. Not quite sure how they fit in, but they were there.

The highlight of the event was when two people dressed in giant brown boxes realized they were both dressed as the same character. “Look!! Turn around!! There’s two of you!!” one of the brown box’s friends yelled to him. He turned around, both of the brown boxes began running toward each other, and they embraced (as well as they could dressed in boxes). The crowd in front of the convention center erupted in applause and cheers.

Apparently Anime Boston is the biggest anime convention in New England and last year they had 9,000+ attendees. My friends and I spent a lot of time discussing the kinds of people who are obsessed with anime, how you become interested in it, the amount of artistic skills it must take to make some of the costumes, etc. There were little kids there and grown adults, but the majority of attendees were probably in their teens and twenties. I, for one, never knew such conventions existed nor did I have a clue about the extent of them.

Check out the website http://www.animeboston.com/ to learn more. All kinds of events were going on, including 24 hour video gaming and an Anime dating game. One of the best parts of the website is the dating games FAQs. One atendee asks “My costume has moving parts/large weapons/gets in other people’s way. Is this a problem?” which renders a long explanation about costume restrictions. And let me tell you, some of these costumes were NOT “street-legal” (hello, excuse to dress skankily and excuse for men to wear dresses!) and I have no idea how these people were allowed to walk around a mall with all sorts of fake guns, swords, and huge knife-like weapons. But they did.

We didn’t even enter the conference center (it was $30), but we learned oh so much about a whole subculture of New England we didn’t even know existed.

why…

I just have to take a moment to say how much I feel for everyone affected by the Virginia Tech tragedy. While I didn’t know anyone who died, I feel like we are all affected by what happened in so many ways. Every time I see students talking about their experiences on the news, I feel so emotional and can’t help crying. What happened could have happened anywhere, and I can’t even imagine how scary it was and the pain everyone is going through right now.

We live in such a beautiful world, but there is also so much sadness in it. It’s hard to understand and we probably never will. Sometimes it just really sucks to think about. We can all be the best people we can be, but we can’t control anyone else. I know I’m lucky; I have a great life…loving, caring parents, amazing friends, and all of the opportunities I can dream of. And I appreciate everything and everyone and that I have so much, but things like this make me so scared I’m going to lose it.

My mom left me a message while I was in class last night and ended by saying, “Please get home safely. That’s all I want for you…to be safe. I love you.” I know she worries that I’m in class late and take the T home after 10 p.m. during the week. I always blow her off telling her I’m fine and she’s being silly for worrying. But I can’t even imagine how hard it is for her, as a parent, to have her baby walking around a big city at night away from her, knowing that anything could happen. I’m trying to be more sensitive to this. Now I know the true meaning of every parent’s favorite words, “I trust you; it’s other people I don’t trust.” I go to bed every night thinking about how grateful I am for everything in my life.

To everyone at Virginia Tech, you’re not alone. We’re all thinking about you every day.

cook me dinner. please.

I love food. I love eating. I love cooking. But I love it even better when someone cooks for me.

My dinner the other night:
A salad with basically every veggie ever and delicious, perfectly cooked salmon. Yummsooo good. Speaking of, did you know Rachel Ray doesn’t like salmon? I can’t even believe it; she does, however, include recipes for it in her cookbooks.
I have been the laziest cook ever lately and I need to snap back into it (can you snap back into something like you can snap out of it? I think so). Anyway, I also discovered that I can take pictures on my cell phone and send them to my comp. I know, wicked smahht, right? But I may be the last person on Earth not to own a digital camera…not sure why. Actually, I do have one; my mom gave me her old one (whaaaat? my mom had a piece of technology before me? yes), but I didn’t feel like uploading the software to my new computer. So, I think every time I have a delicious dinner I’m going to take some camera phone shots of it. Such an exciting life I lead…

i’m a little bit country.

One thing I absolutely love is country music. I don’t understand why there are so many people out there who are so quick to say “I like all kinds of music…except country.” I don’t understand why so many New Englanders have a disgust for country music. First of all, it’s beyond me how someone can automatically reject an entire category of music, especially one that has soo many different sounds within it. Second of all, I really feel like everyone should be able to relate to something in country music.

I think I love country music so much because it’s the only genre that has the power to make me cry. Wow, that sounds wicked cheesy, but it’s true. Sure there are songs in other genres that can bring a tear to me eye, but country makes me so emotional. I don’t understand how you can’t feel something when listening to Garth Brook’s “The Dance” or Rascal Flatts “What Hurts the Most.” But it’s a genre that also makes me so completely happy and care-free. I don’t get how anyone couldn’t start singing and dancing along to Toby Keith’s “I Love this Bar” (or anything Toby Keith sings really) or Dierks Bentley’s “What Was I Thinkin‘.”

I totally understand that people think country music is cheesy, because some of it really is…but it’s also a hell of a lot of fun. And it also really says something; something that everyone can relate to.

I watched the CMT Awards tonight and they reinforced my love of country. American Idol winner Carrie Underwood took away a lot of the awards and she deserved them. If you haven’t hear her song “Before He Cheats,” listen! It’s an amazing “I’m pissed off and need to let out my anger” song.

That is my country music rant. I grew up with Garth and Willie Nelson and though I do not look at all like a country girl (hello, 100% New Englander here), I am definitely a little bit country. Oh, and Kenny Chesney is just hot…and yes, I think his tractor’s sexy. Gotta love it 🙂

“So maybe you could walk with me a while, and maybe I could rest beneath your smile. Everybody stumbles sometimes and needs a hand to hold, ’cause it’s a long trip alone,” –Dierks Bentley