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15 Hours

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Home, Out of Town, School with tags , , , , , , on November 8, 2009 by Jeremy
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It has been one of the busiest days of my life.  I was out of the house for the majority of the day.

  1. Left the house for Montclair at around 7:30 am
  2. Took the SATs from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm
  3. Went to buy food from Chipotle’s;  I’ve been craving that for a while.
  4. Got home at around 1:50 pm
  5. Had to run to the public library to watch a small show by Bern and the Brights, a band from Montclair, at 2:00 pm
  6. Went home at around 3:30 pm
  7. Stayed home for a bit until I got picked up to conduct an experiment for the Sociology project at around 5:00; destination – mall
  8. Got lost; fell asleep in the car
  9. Walked around the mall for an hour, giving random high fives to everyone; that was the experiment
  10. Went to a friend’s house at 8:30 because I left my keys; family went to New York for an engagement party
  11. Walked around for a while with friend
  12. Got home at 11:30 pm

Though it was definitely a lot for one day, I think I enjoyed every single one of them. Even the SATs.  I felt that it was much easier than last time, but that scares me.  I’m expecting a terrific grade, but we all know where optimism can get you.

Man, I enjoyed the band in the library today.  I really did.  They were supposed to play back in August, but there were some complications, so their performance was postponed to today.  They’re definitely unique, from their eccentric yet amazing voices to the quite random yet truly complimentary violin.

I was just disappointed when they didn’t have a CD for this album that I wanted to get, “Wartime Lullaby.”  I can get it in iTunes, but I want the physical copy!

So, what did I do when I got home?  I watched “Ugly Betty.”

Remember…about “brain-drainers,” you know, people who create unnecessary drama?…I don’t want to seem harsh, but isn’t this what you were complaining about—all this stress coming at you, ruining your clarity?  I don’t think this stress is coming from you.

– Natalie, an assistant, advising her boss, Ugly Betty, 2009

Yes, I watch “Ugly Betty.”

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You’ll Get There*

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Work/Volunteer with tags , , , , on October 14, 2009 by Jeremy
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Started volunteering again.  Now with some friends.

*Hopefully, I will.

Autumn Begins

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Work/Volunteer with tags , , , , on September 23, 2009 by Jeremy
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Indeed, it is officially autumn.  No more scorching summer days and sweaty walks to friends’ houses.  Summer, I used to hate you, but I’m now coming into terms with your heat.

Leaves aren’t exactly falling yet, so I present to you this autumn-themed piece of paper from our public library.  I accompanied my friends to the library today so they could inquire about volunteering during the fall.

Although summer has ended, pain from college-related events continues.  Essays still need to be completed, and the thought of the SATs continue to plague my mind.  They’re all doable, but they become increasingly difficult to manage as the days between right now and the due dates and test dates pass.  I feel overwhelmed, but I can do this.

“It’s for a Project!”

Posted in Belleville, Summer Vacation, Work/Volunteer with tags , , , , , , on August 20, 2009 by Jeremy
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I went to the library again this morning.  My volunteering schedule has always been Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, and every Tuesday and Wednesday, I had to attend a program called “Reading Buddies,” during which I had to help an elementary school child read.  Today, I was assigned a Colombian kid who immigrated to the U.S. last year.  He had a really cool strong accent that heavily affected his reading.  Nevertheless, he was able to read the words quite smoothly, even though his pronunciation wasn’t exactly on point.

Afterwards, I was sent to the children’s room, where there was a huge ruckus.  Apparently, there were activities being held for small children.   Some were listening to a reader, while others were running around.  Others were actually reading.  It was a nice noisy atmosphere, although not exactly what you think of a library.  I thought it would have made a nice photo for today, since I had to work around the energetic children while putting the books away.  However, I had a feeling that as soon as I posted that picture here, I would be branded as a creepster, not to mention what the adults present there would think while I snapped some pictures.  Of course, I could’ve asked, but Mr. Shy Bones here didn’t want to.

So, now you are presented with quite a boring shot of my task after I left the children’s room.  Taking the returned books back to the second floor to be put into the shelves.

High Productivity Level

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Out of Town, Summer Vacation, Work/Volunteer with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 12, 2009 by Jeremy
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Should I recount all the events of the day?  Why not?

First, the dream.  It was ten minutes before a formal ceremony I was supposed to attend.  I was standing outside when I realized I forgot to bring something I needed.  When I saw my friend who drives, I eagerly asked him to take me home really quick.  Weird thing was, I ran to my own car and drove behind him.  Then, here comes the fun part.  We were on the highway and I was dying repeatedly.  Crash.  “I’m OK!  Keep going!”  Crash.  “That’s fine.  I’m still alive.”  Crash.  That happened until I finally did die, and I saw my neck broken with a huge gash, blood oozing out.   The next scene suddenly appeared with my friend and I at my house, eating.

Second, volunteered at the library.  Getting pretty boring.  I need to take a picture of this soon.

Third, summer work.  I need to get more done by the end of the week.

Fourth, Jersey City.  I wasn’t really up to going to Jersey City, but I didn’t want to be a downer anymore and keep on declining invitations, so I went, scouring my room for some cash.  We got some bubble tea and went to a nearby mall.  Lawrence, who was in my dream, was with us (me, Bryan, and Marison), and we poked him into doing the escalator trick, in which a person lies down on the rubber parts of two adjacent escalators going on opposite directions.  If done correctly, the person would then rotate on the escalators as they move.  If done incorrectly, you may fall off, like Lawrence did.  Don’t worry.  He fell on the floor, not down the escalators.

Fifth, we went to the tennis courts in my town to play imaginary tennis because we couldn’t find balls.

Sixth, Anthony, Janelle, and Dana passed by the tennis courts, and after getting their attention, all of us began to just talk about the summer, the upcoming year, and college.  We rarely get to see them, so it was definitely nice to catch up with them.  We then went to Anthony’s house to continue talking about school, not about the subjects but more about the funny events that happened in high school.  We’re all becoming seniors now, so it’s something to be expected.

Who the heck throws a stroller into a trash can?

Not Zombies, But…

Posted in Belleville, Friends, Summer Vacation, Work/Volunteer with tags , , , , , , , on July 30, 2009 by Jeremy
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I started to volunteer at the library yesterday, and I went again for my second day today.  Both days required me to help a few kids with their reading, and yesterday, I also had to return some books to the shelves.  I’ll eventually take some pictures of me doing some work.

[So, today, after helping a kid read his book for the summer, I browsed through some shelves of books and realized that I had placed some books yesterday in the wrong section.  They had a special sticker that indicated where they were to go, but I completely disregarded them and put them in a completely different floor.  I discovered my error when I was browsing around because that area was were the special-stickered books were supposed to go.  Hoping to mend my mistake, I stealthily grabbed the books I misplaced and returned to the room where they belonged.  However, I encountered another problem.  Only one of the two books I recovered looked like it was supposed to be there, so, hoping to avert an error that might embarrass me, I decided to borrow that book that didn’t belong.  Hence, I carried Pride and Prejudice and Zombies on my way home.]

Pride and Prejudice and Zombies looks like an interesting novel, but I feel obliged to read the original first before moving to this adaptation.

Speaking of the supernatural, some friends came over late afternoon.  (No, they’re not the supernatural ones.)  I decided to entertain them with some activities involving ghosts and other scary subjects.  First, I presented to them quite a terrifying game, called “The House“.  Then, I showed them this website, where we looked at some mildly creepy videos, but it was really “The House” that got them.

This Hallway Needs to Be Renovated!

Posted in Belleville with tags , , , , on July 21, 2009 by Jeremy
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In my high school, there’s a library in the center of the first floor.  On its doors, there’s a sign that reads:

The library is the hallway to knowledge, not to your next class.

I wish I can actually call our town’s public library “the hallway to knowledge.”  Although it has a “decent” collection of books, I just don’t think it holds a candle to other libraries I’ve seen, one of which is only a few towns away.  OK, I can’t actually say that I’ve been to many libraries, but knowing that a nearby town has a fantastic library makes me think, “Why can’t we?”  OK, sure, that town may be rich, but my point is, “Why can’t my town spend some time on improving our library?”

The biggest issue with me is the lack of a variety of books.  Not just fiction, but more importantly, reference materials.  I always try to find a book in the electronic catalog, and more than half the time, I come across, “No search matches found.”  Something like that.

Maybe that’s it.  Electronic. The technology age is eating us!  Well, I can’t say that I haven’t been consumed by it yet, because I already have.  Still, I would like to have a nice library to run to when the computer begins to bore me.

In other news, I updated the “Bonus Pictures” page!