From Chatsworth Train Crash 09-12-2008

So I am getting into this whole Fall semester thing. Between all of the classwork and the job, I’m staying pretty busy. Not too busy to post a blog entry every once in a while, of course.

The picture above is from the day almost two weeks ago when a train crashed a mile and a half from my house. I verified to myself that I am not a journalist by not wanting to get close enough to the accident to get any good pictures. I just kept thinking that I would’ve felt incredibly weird standing around taking pictures in the midst of a tragedy like that. So instead, I stood around a mile and a half away taking pictures, mostly of police cars and helicopters.

Just last week, I had the pleasure of coming home to find some folks in the park across the street shooting footage for a porn, though not for the x-rated scenes. Just one of the pleasures of living in Chatsworth.

My sister bought a $500 Amtrak ticket that is apparently good for as much travel as she wants to do within a certain time frame, so this weekend she was in Northern California visiting our brother and his family. I drove up late Friday night/early Saturday morning to pick her up from the train station and spend the weekend with the lot of them. I had a nice time, but didn’t get around to taking any pictures. Maybe next time. I think I was a little preoccupied thinking about the homework that I should’ve been back in LA working on.

As if I wasn’t busy enough with school and work, Heroes and the Office are back now to eat up more of my time. If it weren’t for series television, I think I would probably be a much more prolific blogger. And maybe if it wasn’t for the Internet, I would be a much more prolific writer. Sigh.

Last night I went to a blogger meetup in downtown LA and met some local bloggers. It was a nice time, but definitely helped me feel more like a negligent blogger. Oh well.

Anyway, I’m just counting down the days ’til my next trip to Japan. 92 days. Actually, more like 91 days, 12 hours…to departure, that is. I’ve been keeping up with my Pimsleur audio Japanese lessons. Ima, nihongo-ga skoshi wakarimasu. Ja, mata.

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It’s the End of the World As We Know It

(h/t to lexelectric for the link)

So tomorrow this Large Hadron Collider thing kicks off, and it’s bound to create a black hole that annihilates Earth and the rest of the solar system. For nihilists, annihilation must be pretty exciting. For the rest of us, it might kinda suck. Oh well.

In other news, I received an interesting random spam(?) message today:

>Donna Werner wrote:
>From: “Donna Werner”
>Subject: voter registration info
>Date: Fri, 5 Sep 2008 07:51:12 -0600
>Here are a couple sites about registering to vote and mail in ballots. The tricky
>part for all of you in Nicaragua is that the mail in comes to your home and then
>someone will have to send it to you and then you have to make sure to mail it back
>to the right office here in Boulder. The other sneakier way it to have someone you
>trust fill out your mail in, forge your signature and mail it back. It’s such a
>crucial election that the 4 votes from you boys really is important to get counted!
>Xx donna

I’m puzzled. Maybe someone legitimately meant to send this to someone else? It almost reads like it could be the sort of thing meant to scare uptight xenophobes into thinking that Nicaraguans are trying to steal the election, but that really wouldn’t make any sense at all. Everyone knows that Nicaraguans hate democracy. Oh well.

By the way, I’m giving up on the spam blog. I simply don’t have time. Sorry for all of you who’d hoped that the Internet would reveal the Ultimate Truth by way of spam messages to me. What can I say; not everyone is cut out to deliver salvation.