I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas. I had a good time in Miami, even though it was rather short, only for the weekend. I sure do miss the month off I had when I was in school. That was so nice. But, getting paid is nice too. Ha!
The visit back home was pretty much just hanging out with family and church friends. I realized that my family and probably many other chinese families don’t really have Christmas traditions. I know Julianne’s family has some nice traditions, but my family has none, unless you count going caroling with the church on Christmas Eve and opening up presents at midnight and maybe watching Home Alone. That’s pretty much it for us. Hopefully when I have a family, there can be some neat traditions.
Work is closing early this whole week! So it is KINDA like a Christmas break, I guess.
My fantasy football season is over. I lost the playoff game this weekend. Apparently, everyone on my team decided to have their worst day ever, all together. Oh well. next week I play Lauren for 3rd place. Lauren, if you are reading this, watch out, because the Big Time Players step up in big games, except for last week.
Speaking of fantasy football, one of my youths, Norman, introduced me to Protrade, an online stock market for professional atheltes. It is similiar to fantasy football, but more complicated. You have a portfolio (of fake money) and get to buy atheltes based on how you think they will perform in their next game. If more people buy an athelete, his price goes up, and conversely, if more people sell him, his price goes down. It took me awhile to understand it, but I am starting to get it. It is quite fun, and there are some neat prizes, a 42″ plasma TV. SWEET!!!
Work is so slow right now. I think it is cause of Christmas. No one wants signs or graphics during Christmas. Hopefully thinks will pick up soon, or I will have to keep checking Protrade every 15 minutes.
Oh, ya. Last week, for Sunday School, instead of “regular teaching” we had a guest speaker…JOHN PIPER! Ok fine it was just via satellite (or DVD). Everyone learned a lot from it and really seemed to enjoy it. I was happy because I think John Piper is the man and really like it when I can introduce him to people that have never heard of him.
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This weekend was really fun/tiring. Here’s a brief overview:
Saturday: Went to Julianne’s early in the morning to do my laundry (because my house had NO WATER FOR 3 DAYS. I know that might not be ridiculous in other countries, but it is in America. And yes, the toilet was not flushed for 3 days. Thankfully there were no “deposits”.) and to help her with her company’s letter. I normally charge $50 per hour for my Graphic Design services, but settled for laundry and a BLT sandwich instead. Oh, ya, and I got to help Julianne, which was the real reward or something like that). Then it was off to Lydia’s (Julianne’s little sister) birthday party.
Julianne’s dad had some games set up for the girls to play at the party, and apparently, I was part of one without me knowing it. The first game was “Chase Ray”, where a bunch of girls (and Mark) chased me around the park. It was a unexpected surprise, but it was fun.
After the party, we got all dressed up and went to Julianne’s company Christmas party. I was expecting it to be very much like an episode of “The Office”. It wasn’t really, but Julianne’s boss did remind me of Michael Scott, a bit. We went to Vito’s Chop House, which has AMAZING steaks that are also AMAZINGLY expensive. But, we weren’t paying, so it’s all good! Julianne still wouldn’t let me get the Surf N’ Turf, which was for 2 people and came with 50 oz. Porterhouse Steak and 2 lbs of lobster, and was only $99.95. I settled for the 24 oz. Prime Rib instead. Mmmm…
Sunday: The Craziest Day Ever Part 2, as Nick dubbed it. It really wasn’t that crazy, because you can’t artificially produce a craziest day ever, it just has to happen. Although it wasn’t crazy, it was fun. Climbed Mt. Everest, saw the Yeti, flew over California on a hang glider, ate on a wilderness trail, and escaped from crazy Mayan killers. Pretty tame stuff.
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It has been a pretty crazy couple of weeks. My new computer is running great, so far, and now I bought a battery backup so, hopefully, Lord willing, my computer won’t die on me anytime soon. I never saw the value of a $60 battery backup until now. My old computer is now in the hands of my parents, where they can be “technologically savy” and do awesome stuff like e-mail my sister (who lives in the same house) and check the news in Chinese. Oh well. Here is a funny e-mail my dad wrote me after Thanksgiving:
|Denny Lau <firstname.lastname@example.org>||
you need to pay two dollars for the food tonight
Apparently, all my mom’s food is worth 2 bucks, to my dad. Ha.
It is always fun/not fun getting a new computer. Not fun is having to reinstall EVERYTHING. Pain. But, atleast I have a computer, which is good. I have missed having a computer for so long, I forgot how it felt to be able to check e-mail and surf whenever I want.
Saw Casino Royale tonight. It was excellent.
It might take me awhile to get back to my old blogging self.