Friday, September 25, 2009

quote of the day



"I hope my dad doesn't hate me when i tell him i want to become a porn-star"

-Girl at Chevron/Mcdonalds combo in Milipitas California. Said to her friend who is shoving a burger down her child's throat.

now THAT's class act.

....i continued to enjoy my double cheeseburger mini-meal.


i'm learning to love this place :)


happy friday!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

wicked.


i'm going to it.

on wednesday.

6th row.



:)

Friday, September 18, 2009

firsts

so...it's been a week of firsts for me....we'll start on sunday.

I decided to go up into the city and attend "Opera in the park" which featured the San Francisco opera company.




It was at Golden Gate Park, which i had been to once before in my life. The IDEA of the concert was great.....but halfway through i just realized that it's not as much fun if you can't understand what they're singing....but it was fun to people watch. I learned the "Essentials" for picnicking....according to bay area residents:
1) Wine.
2) More wine.....and cheese.
3) whole loaf of sourdough
4)Cutting board & knife to cut the loaf of sourdough
5)A Centerpiece (yes....like one you would put on your dining table....)

....i felt a little inadequate with my water bottle and fruit snacks. but maybe next time i'll be a little better prepared...without the wine of course. Along w/ making a visit to the park, i did my first "city" parking job on the street. It actually wasn't too bad....my little car fits nicely into smaller spots...and thankfully the spot i parked in on was a little on the larger side of small spaces. i drove straight into it :) no parallel for the rabbit! woot woot. it was fun to walk around the park and become more comfortable with the area.........but yes, i'm going to hell for not attending church on sunday. There's always this week right?!...don't judge.

After the opera, and seeing all this food around me, i was ready for some lunch. so here comes confession #2....i purchased my lunch....on sunday. although this wasn't a first for me (confession #3).... it was my first time at this little sandwich shop called "Little Luccas sandwhich shop" in south san francisco. Discovered this little place thanks to "Yelp" (my new favorite i-phone app/website...it's how i've found all my delicious foods). The sandich was everything BUT small. seriously...this place puts gandalfos to shame........i'll just show you:



this thing was MASSIVE....and so delicious. i can't wait to go back......i think i'm still full from eating it...and i'm not even kidding.

My next "first" came at work........... i'm learning just how sheltered life was back in Utah (which really is NOT a bad thing) but I was in the back getting ready to leave work for the day, and some male coworkers of mine were discussing their fraternities (....that's a whole new world for me that i hope to never ever have to deal with) and then one of them turns to me and says "yo, mike (yes.....the new coworkers i have use "yo" on a constant basis...as well as "man" and "bro") do you drink?"...referring to alcohol. I'VE NEVER BEEN ASKED THAT BEFORE!! i felt so cool when i said "Nope..." it was just like all those seminary/primary videos that i watched. so...even though i didn't go to church and i bought something on the sabbath....at least i don't drink alcohol right?! earlier that day i was asked if i drank coffee as well..which i don't because, like i explained to my coworker "the smell of it makes me want to vomit"...if you don't agree...cool.

I think my final "First" of the week came yesterday..... not having any clue where to even begin searching for a job my lovely sister-in-law Kaylinn suggested i go with the temp agency route. i had been considering doing this but just hadn't gotten around to it.... her little nudge inspired me and so i set up appointments with TWO different agencies.....might as well right? i don't know why, but i always thought of temp agencies as kind of ghetto/cheesy/whatever. and....from my experience thus far....i was right :) but i'm hopeful something good will come out of it. I really wish that i was getting paid enough at banana to survive out here....but that's just not happening. my favorite part of the temp agency experience was when the secretary was complaining to her coworker about her ex-boyfriend (i assume).. "all he wanted was a sugar momma, and I ain't goin' to be that! if anything, he should be my suga' daddy!"....coworker nods and purses her lips "that's right sister." :) i love people.

so yes, i'm having fun....and experiencing alot of firsts and really starting to get into the groove of things, leaving more time for me to just relax. which i love. i'm all caught up on my reality tv shows, and watched the amazing "Vh1" divas show last night which included almost all of my favorite female artists: Kelly Clarkson, Jennifer Hudson, Adele, Leona Lewis, Jordin Sparks, India Arie, Melissa Etheridge, and the list goes on and on!....yes....Miley Cyrus was also in attendance, and i admittedly.... enjoyed her song! gasp!

i'm done rambling....but remember that story about the guy on the public transit who ate his cheesecake factory leftovers (or scroungings from the dumpster) with his hands although a fork was 2 inches from him? ...well i stumbled upon a picture of him in all his glory that i sneakily took:

he was fun.

the end.

oh...p.s. if you haven't yet, check out my newest blog creation photogblahg.blogspot.com if you're bored.

BYE!

Thursday, September 10, 2009

INTERNET!!!!! oh..and first week or so of life in california.

so.....yes......i finally have the internet at home. it's a delightful thing. Since i have nothing better to do tonight until 8 pm (big brother..and then project runway) i thought i'd update the OW (online world).

OK so while i did update a little bit ok...it was picture-less....so this will be picture-full.

I Drove out here on August 28th, 2009 with my wonderful father who offered to help me move.



we spent that friday night at my brother's house and then got up the next morning to head down to Santa Clara, my new hometown.

After arriving at my lovely apartment home and unloading all of my belongings from my tiny little lovely car we headed out to find some furniture: first on the list: a bed and a lamp (no overhead lighting in the bedrooms.) so....we went to IKEA.......big mistake. This place was a freaking nightmare on saturday..... but i somehow survived and escaped w/ a bed and a lamp. my apartment was still very bare at this point:

(box look familiar BYU records office?)




Dad left sunday morning and i was all on my own! my roommate wouldn't be arriving until later that week so i had alot of time on my hands. The next couple days were spent doing more furniture shopping, essentials shopping, movie watching, napping, job hunting, eating typical single male food:

(otter pops have saved my life....once again.)

etc. I kind of waited to do all the sightseeing stuff til my roommate arrived so that i didn't have to do it twice. After spencer's arrival and more shopping, my place started to look a little more like home. My roommate (spencer) lived in the city last year for his internship so he knew of some good places to sight-see.

One night we went up to a beach near the city to view the golden gate bridge. It was pretty incredible to see the bridge right up close. I had been to san francisco once in my life, but we didn't get that close to the bridge during that trip. This was an AMAZING view.


We had to hike down to the beach, and on our way we had to cross an old military base.... this was my favorite grafitti :)


After this little trip we were starving so we "yelp"ed a good place to eat near our house and stumbled upon this little indian restaurant just down the street. The reviews made it sound amazing....and let me tell you....it was. It looks like something that escaped from the toilet, but i assure you, it tasted like heaven. hands down the BEST indian food i've ever tasted.


The next day was sunday, so i went to church (something that's a little difficult for me at times, but i decided to grin and bear it (is that the right phrase?)) and it ended up being OK. I felt like i was back in utah....everyone seemed to have some sort of contact w/ utah in some way...and yes...the BYU football game was discussed in elder's quorum. i guess it really is true: the church is the same everywhere you go. After church i was missing home and sunday dinner's with the family so i decided to cook up a decent sized meal to make my apartment feel even more like home. I made the main dish (parmesan chicken) and spencer worked on the rest. it ended up being pretty tasty! since we don't have a kitchen table yet...we ate out on our deck where we put some folding chairs and a small table and the food was delicious! only thing that was missing was my loud and lovely family...but hopefully sometime soon i'll be eating w/ them again.



I had an "on-call" shift that monday morning at banana...and thankfully i was told i didn't need to come in. So we decided to go into downtown San Francisco. Thankfully spencer knew his way around a little bit and got us there. we decided to try to use public transportation to get there...and...well.... i won't be doing that again. Yes, it would maybe save me the hassle/money of driving into the city...but i'd much rather pay $15 for parking then have to sit on stinky/dirty/germ-ridden public transportation seating surrounded by crazies. some of my favorites from the day were:
-the people who started asking those around them if they wanted some beer, cause they had plenty.
-The homeless man who asked us for money on the train and we simply said no.
-The man who was eating his leftover cheesecake factory dinner w/ his hands (....and left his fork in the container)....i'm still trying to decide if he paid for the meal or if he dug it out of the garbage.
-The overly confident girlfriend who was drilling her boyfriend for answers that he just couldn't seem to answer correctly....ending in a temporary breakup
-my all time favorite: as we were sitting on the train, some sort of juice started dripping on spencer's shoulder....we've named it "the chicken juice"

and all that came just on the public transport into/out of the city! while in the city we did some cool stuff. shopped around at some of my favorite places (H&M, Urban outfitters, Banana etc.) all of these stores were HUGE compared to those back in good ol' utah and it was fun. for a while. then we decided to go down to fisherman's wharf and get some food. to get down to the wharf we had no other choice but to ride one of those trolley cars, which while yes they are tourist attractions and kind of cheesey, that ride ended up being kind of fun. We went up and down the crazy-steep hills of san francisco while holding on to the outside of the trolley (it was completely full, we had no choice) we drove past lombard street and saw some really cool houses in downtown before we arrived at the wharf.

This is me hanging out of the trolley. so fun. but a little expensive. (expensive seems to be a recurring theme in my life now.)

One of many street performers we saw. This was a One-Man-Band. pretty cool and impressive.



boats everywhere.


Alcatraz


While looking out at alcatraz we also saw a group of Polygamists! it was great! ....can't wait to go back to the city and do more sightseeing/people watching.

Since then i've survived my first day at Banana Republic out here. It's a nice little store (smaller than the one at home) that seems to remain very slow.....which i don't mind. It's definitely a different feeling store than the one at home but i'm sure i'll get used to it. Everyone i worked w/ seemed to be a little older so i'm hoping there are some younger people so that i can you know...socialize w/ people.

I've also been doing a little more shopping here and there and just got cable/internet/a couch yesterday . so life is progressing well and i'm enjoying my time here. next stop: find a job that will pay me enough to survive out here :)


Still now exactly how i'd like it....but it's definitely getting there.


Yes, i'm missing people at home...but i'm enjoying my time learning and growing. For now, i'm just trying to get caught up on all my reality TV.. project runway and big brother tonight. can't wait.

p.s.: LOVED the season premier of Glee last night. can't wait to see how the show unfolds.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

i'm alive.

well...my internet time is limited...i'm sitting in starbucks and paid $3.99 to use their wi-fi for 2 hours. whatever. i was desperate. i'm sure i could've found free somewhere else, but i'm too lazy. it's been entertaining to watch people interview for a job at "Spencer's Gifts" right outside the window. classy :)

SO....i made it! moved into my apartment on saturday w/ the help of my wonderful father. Then went shopping for the essentials. Stopped by Ikea...which was seriously a nightmare.... i will NEVER go there on a weekend again. so many people. and yes, pretty sure i was the only white one there. Anyways, after surviving that nightmare, i ended up w/ a bed...and a lamp. woo hoo. i was well on my way to apartment beauty :) anyways.... things have been good here. except for the DMV...which was another nightmare, but i'm learning as i go.

Today i've been applying for jobs online and will shortly be going around town hoping to find other job opportunities. Yes, i will be working for banana republic. but after speaking w/ them yesterday, i won't be making enough/working enough hours to sustain life. so...second job: here i come again :).

I would post pictures but i forgot my camera at my apartment....so be patient and once i get internet setup, i'll post some lovelies of my beauty of an apartment.

I now know where the goodwill is, Walmart, ross, & chili's so life is good. Who could ask for anything more right? i only feel slightly white-trash and am loving every minute of it.

time's almost out.........bye.