{ 30 August 2003 }
5:44 PM |  
hehe, i'm at work.... but only for the internet connection and the free newspaper.

i slept in for most of today. rather, i tried to, but kept waking up because my shoulder is absolutely killing me (remind me to alternate shoulders when carrying 35 pounds of camera equipment).

but after a couple tylenol, i was right back in bed. now i feel like such a lazy butt. on the other hand, i'm a lazy butt with a lot of energy.

time to go back to Walmart for the fifth time in four days.

{ 29 August 2003 }
7:45 PM |  
looong day almost over.

I woke up at 5:45am today because i had to be in Missoula at 8:45 a.m.... in a suit. it's more than a hundred miles away from Butte.

Met all the folks in the "big city," got my makeup consultation (my lips are chapped and my skin is uneven), got my portrait taken, got my TV ID (that 4 second thing that airs every now and then, with the voiceover "Owen Lei... KTVM News... working for you!" or something like that).

Frankly, the only reason I had to go so early was because they wanted me to bring the news car (i think from now on i'll call it the newS(u)baru) in for a new windshield and stickers. Wait, i think i'm repeating myself... I don't mind; it actually makes me look more official when my car doesn't have a broken windshield.

Anyway, i almost fell asleep like 10 times on the way back. maening it's time to turn in early.

{ 28 August 2003 }
7:21 PM |  
* moved into the second floor apartment. my neighbors are quirky but nice. i've never had my own 1-bedroom before. i have this whole room that I don't know how to decorate.

* done four stories already these past two days, but boss was here to help.... tomorrow, i'm going to go get makeup consultation and portraits done. oh yeah, and decals for my newscar, so everyone knows the crazy driver behind the silver Subaru is with KTVM-6/42. Monday is the first day I'm on my own.

there's news here, despite what people say. the newspaper has plenty of stories to report, which means there's at least one worthwhile story a day. i guess i just have to become a part of the community first.

* i like my boss.

* I'll probably be at the office over the weekend so I can blog some more.

* cooked some pasta last night. it's good to finally have settled in.

** last thing: weird, weird dream last night about being in San Diego and everything was flooded. I think it had partly to do with my going through business cards last night and also that PS2 game Maximo (I played some level with lots of puddles to hop through).

{ 25 August 2003 }
11:37 PM |  
and there are two potential apartments now, similar in price, location:
#1: spacious rooms, kitchen, small bathroom, has washer/dryer, but it's a basement apartment, thus lower ceilings and darker
#2: on the second floor, has storage room and a carport, good air circulation, avg. bathroom size, but smaller rooms, shotgun style apartment, no washer/dryer


11:29 PM |  
sliver of hope: no food tax

6:52 PM |  
oh, and ask me about the woman situation.... according to a confidential source.

6:50 PM |  
no live capability.... no news... half the time no microwave dish for transmitting....

6:11 PM |  
everyone's trying to leave Butte. why am i here?

apartment hunting was futile today, but maybe it will get better tonight... looking at two more places.

{ 24 August 2003 }
11:15 PM |  
We got food poisoning in northern Nevada.

Our most expensive hotel ended up being the worst quality one.

I still haven't found an apartment.

And I've just learned that Butte is the so-called "armipit of Montana." More specifically, I shouldn't drink the water because there could be mining contaminants in it.

What did I get myself into?

{ 22 August 2003 }
2:35 AM |  
from an email by Jeff
Well, O and I finally hit the road. The two of us mofos are driving from LA to Butte, Montana. After 420 miles, we've arrived in St. George, UT. Made a stop in Vegas for two hours. While I got liquored up, Owen won a few bucks (okay, that's not true... I only got one freebie because not enough waitresses came our way, but Owen did make some $60). I might not gamble, but it's fun watching someone else do it while being served free liquor. The rest of the trip obviously won't be nearly as fun, even if we do see the Delta Center and Olympic village.
The sure beats Peoria!

{ 21 August 2003 }
10:57 AM |  
What sucks is that the busier I become, the more things I want to write down in my blog, but the less time with which I have to do so.

(Grammar me that one something fierce.)

Anyway, I'm leaving for Montana today, and unless I splurge for the big bucks, that means this is the last blog i write for the next three days.

recap of last week: AAJA was fun, it was great to see everyone and to meet so many new people. Several people critiqued my tape too, and had great insight into how I can improve my writing. I learned that collar and tie angles must match face shape, and that surfers can be really... out there... while still remaining cool, bra.

Anyway, time to head out. See you on the flip side. Or more likely, the no-Flip side.

{ 10 August 2003 }
9:44 PM |  
Something big is about to happen. I don't know if it's the job situation or what, but I really get the strange idea that my life is hitting a major nexus point.

Does that happen to anyone else?

My reasoning stems mainly from a major major major convergence of all aspects of my life in this span of three weeks.

I've met up or will be meeting with friends from Northwestern, from Bethel, from Chicago, from high school, from high school band, from Medill grad school, from Hong Kong, from Chinese School, from CCAC (new church), from Houston, and from the old neighborhood. (heck, even people I never knew who live in my mom's apartment complex)

This, of course, is in addition to seeing all my siblings and their spouses and my nieces and nephews in the past month and a half. The only people I haven't seen in the last two months are my grandparents.

Everything's coming together, and and something's going down, I just with I knew what.

{ 09 August 2003 }
8:12 PM |  
okay, so what should i do as far as goodbye? hang out with different people from different "friend circles" on different nights, or just throw one big bash and invite everyone?

{ 07 August 2003 }
9:44 PM |  
Owen's goin' to Montana. That's right. I'm about to increase the Asian population percentage by about half a percentage point. It's a town of 34,000 people. You do the math.

The decision has been made. Wow.

3:58 AM |  
it's a good summer for the Asian-American man... First Harlemm Lee won Fame, and now Dat Phan has won Last Comic Standing. Soon, news will arrive that some Asian coorespondent is replacing Dan Rather or Peter Jennings on the evening news. then Gary Locke will throw his hat into the presidential ring. then it will be announced that the next Terminator is an Asian male. then Asian males will get leading roles in Shakesperean productions. then Asian males will become the majority of CEOs of Fortune 500 companies.

then I will wake up and see Auntie Em and all will be back to Kansas.

So I watched The Producers tonight. It was really really good. It was so irreverent and offensive that it was hilarious... kinda like the first couple episodes of South Park... But far more clever. I saw it with a bunch of people I didn't know. The only person I sorta knew was a church friend, and I barely know her either. But it was great.... socially speaking, I think everyone got along pretty well. It was fun.

The best part was that everyone had a portion of the Chili's Awesome Blossom we had for dinner, so... well... equalized bad breath. :) Anyway, this is my endorsement for The Producers. If you haven't seen it and have some money lying around, go see it.

(Been weaning myself off Civ III with more Freecell... currently at 48 wins and counting....)

{ 06 August 2003 }
2:37 AM |  
Dude, I know I'm going to get total flack from Jeff for saying this.... but I've really gotten into Queer Eye for the Straight Guy.

First off, it's hilarious... the gay guys that they've picked for the show are just sarcastic as heck, and some to a certain extent are quite... well... flaming.

Secondly, it's edited extremely well, especially with those little one-liners that the "Fab Five" like to throw out every now and then. The quick editing after certain motions and expressions add a lot of punch to the humor.

Thirdly--and this is where Jeff will feast--I theorize that there's a whole class of straight guys out there (myself included) who like to see what kind of changes gay men can enact upon a straight man. Because the man getting the "makeover" is straight, it's somehow not quite as bad for us to watch this show as opposed to say, Boy Meets Boy (speaking of, when did Bravo become the gay network?). Furthermore, there's this whole idea that gay men know how to dress or how to take care of themselves, and straight guys want to see what that entails. And yeah, isn't there another myth that gays get all the girls? hahahaa....heh...hmm...

Of course, some of the tips they give on the show are just awful.... If you ever catch me wearing anything with flocked designs, please shoot me.

But it's entertainment. And I watch. And apparently so do other people. Its ratings are up 62% in the last week alone.

{ 04 August 2003 }
11:19 PM |  
got this quiz from tony, from match.com.... this is me, apparently (and while that's a very big apparently, i'm just gonna throw my gloves on the table and say it sounds pretty darn close... so if you can suffer through all that text, you'll know who i am):

You're a pillar of strength
You bring real passion to your life. To you life is about connecting emotionally with the people in your life and trying to make a difference in the world around you. You refuse to settle long-term for a boring job or doing something just because it's expected of you. Love is the same way. Despite your natural charm, you can't pretend to care for someone if you're missing a deep connection. You know what real love feels like and you'll accept no imitations! You're ready and able to experience romance and a powerful "spark" with someone special.

What's dating all about to you?
You're a true romantic. Finding a loving relationship is a mission or journey with clear goals and even a timeline. Falling in love is an especially magical experience. You're suddenly free from the rules and thinking that guide your life. You usually keep your feelings and life under control. But remember, the bigger the dam, the bigger the flood when it breaks!
You face two major challenges in your life. First, it's easy for you to get too focused onfinding Ms. Right and getting married, rather than "going with the flow" and seeing where dates lead you. Second, you're at risk for missing a great woman because she doesn't initially seem to meet your standards.

How unique is your type?
Your personality profile is similar to a number of men your age. Looking at over 10,000 men who have taken the test, about 32.8% (or 1 in 3 men) have very similar beliefs, values, and habits. Of course, the way these qualities are expressed in you is what makes you so unique.

Quirks women notice
Like all men, you have your strengths as well as your quirks and shortcomings. Ultimately, you want to find someone who will love and accept you "warts and all."
- Because you're a private person, it's especially important that you find a partner who understands.
- Because you're a big-hearted man, at times you can be swayed too much by emotions and a desire to keep your friends and family happy.
You can worry too much about your relationship and need reassurance that things are okay.

She'll be an enigma
You're looking for a woman who's a natural leader. She has a successful career, and her charisma draws people to her. She'll probably "dazzle" you from the first moment you meet. Given her charm, energy and warmth, it won't be surprising to find she's loved by a wide network of friends and family. She lives a very ordered and busy life since she's always juggling her career, family, friends and her involvement in community or social causes. You'll soon learn that she's a woman you can respect and count on to do what she says she'll do.

Number of women your type
Women with the exact type of personality you prefer are rare gems. Looking at over 10,000 women who have taken this test, only 6% (or 1 in 17 women) have the exact combination of similarities and contrasts in personality you find extremely appealing.
However, there's a larger group, 26% (or 1 in 4 women), who have most, but not all, of the qualities and habits you like. These subgroups are charted below.

Opposites sometimes attract
You want to share your life with someone who has the same values, goals, and style you have. Research has shown that couples who have more in common tend to stay together longer. Still, sometimes differences can help create a "spark" and excitement about each other. Part of you wants to be more like her, or at least have her unique style in your life. She could be good for you in many ways:
- Because her eyes are always on the future, she can help you plan ahead and get excited about goals without being bogged down in day-to-day practicalities.
- Her outgoing nature will help bring you out of your "shell" socially and help you have more fun at parties or outings with friends.

Quirks you can tolerate
The truth is that everyone is potentially "high maintenance." We all have our quirks and shortcomings. The key to long-term harmony is finding a woman who can tolerate (or maybe even enjoy) your "quirks," or the little personal oddities that make you unique. You seem okay with several common quirks that might come along with your "ideal" woman:
- You can enjoy her enthusiasm for new ideas without taking her plans, which are often unrealistic, too seriously.
- You understand that she really enjoys conversation and will often talk more (and louder) than you prefer.
- You can understand her career drive and crises at work, even though she sometimes drags these hassles home.

Downside of your "ideal"
In addition to her quirks, your "ideal" personality type may have other qualities that are more frustrating or challenging to deal with. Under stress, her quirks can become serious "flaws." But remember, these quirks are the "flip side of the coin," or the extreme end of qualities you otherwise find appealing. So, be prepared if:
- She may talk a lot about her career ambitions and dreams for how to improve your community or the environment, but never takes practical steps to get there.
- She's energized by going out with friends and doesn't understand that such events have an opposite, draining effect on you. She doesn't always respect your need for private, quiet time to "recharge."

Deal breakers
You seem ready to adapt to the good and frustrating qualities of the women you're looking for, but there are types of women you clearly do NOT like. Women's habits and attitudes you'd have a hard time putting up with include:
- Women who become bossy or stubborn.

2:33 AM |  
still undecided on the montana thing.

man, i have three books that i'm reading, and i'm halfway through all of them.... and there's that real estate stuff too.

man, wouldn't it be funny if Mom gets back from Ghana and I'm gone?

tired now.

{ 02 August 2003 }
10:51 AM |  
i got the montana job. now i'm trying to figure out if i want it. and i thought life would get easier the moment i had a job offer.




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