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Funny Phone Call March 24, 2006

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Caller : Hello, can I speak to Annie Wan?
Operator : Yes, you can speak to me.
Caller: No, I want to speak to Annie Wan!
Operator: You are talking to someone! Who is this?
Caller: I’m Sam Wan. And I need to talk to Annie Wan! It’s urgent.
Operator: I know you are someone and you want to talk to anyone! But
what’s this urgent matter about?
Caller: Well… just tell my sister Annie Wan that our brother Noel Wan
was involved in an accident. Noel Wan got injured and now Noel Wan is
being sent to the hospital. Right now, Avery Wan is on his way to the
Operator: Look if no one was injured and no one was sent to the
hospital, then the accident isn’t an urgent matter! You may find this
hilarious but I don’t have time for this!
Caller: You are so rude! Who are you?
Operator: I’m Saw Lee.
Caller: Yes! You should be sorry. Now give me your name!!


Smart People March 21, 2006

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Why some people are just smarter than normal people?  Should you consider yourself stupid when you are around with too many smart people? 

During a job interview with Jerry Thomas, he mentioned that when you work with smart people or surround yourself with smart people, you become smarter.  Is it really so that you will become smarter when you work with smart people?

You spent all night trying to make a model work and a smart person can just drop in saying “oh, here is what you do wrong, try this. And it will work out in 5 minutes.”  How do you justify yourself (5 mins vs. 5 hours)?  Makes you wonder “am I really that stupid?” 

A coming up wedding… March 15, 2006

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Marina is getting married this summer. A cute ring and a happy face out of her.  I am really happy for her.  They look cute together.

I hope she doesn’t invite me to go to the wedding.  It’s really not fun anymore for a single girl over 30 with no boyfriend, no husband, and no kids to go to a wedding ceremony.  I mean, it’s nice to be involved in a happy moment.  In reality, it’s really a tortue.  Deep inside myself, I will be crying miserablly, but still have to put a good smile out.  It’s like “Fine, I know I am a loser. But do I have to go out there to prove it to myself again and again.”    

It’s even worse when you receive questions like “do you have a boyfriend?” “why don’t you get married?”  “why don’t you quit your PHD and find a husband to get married?” “you are not young anymore and you need to make some progress on getting married?” 

It’s like a huge crime to be a single woman in this society.  I mean, give me a break.  If I know why I am not married, I won’t be single.  Quiting the PHD doesn’t guarantee a husband.  And thanks very much for reminding me that I am “OLD.”

OF LOVE AND FRIENDS March 14, 2006

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  •  Most people walk in and out of your life, but
    only friends leave footprints in your heart.


  • Love starts with a smile, grows into a kiss, and ends with a tear. 
  • Don’t cry over anyone who won’t cry over you. 
  • If love is not a game, why are there so many players? 
  • Good friends are hard to find, harder to leave, and impossible to forget. 
  • You can only go as far as you push. 
  • Actions speak louder than words. 
  • The hardest thing to do is watch the one you love, love somebody else. 
  • Don’t let the past hold you back, you’re missing the good stuff. 
  • Life’s short. If you don’t look around once in a while you might miss it. 
  • A best friend is like a four leaf clover, hard to find, and lucky to have. 
  • Some people make the world special just by being in it. 
  • Best friends are the siblings God forgot to give us. 
  • When it hurts to look back, and you’re scared to look ahead, you ; can look beside you and your best friend will be there. 
  • True friendship never ends. 
  • Friends are forever. 
  • Good friends are like stars…You don’t always see them, but you know they are always there. 
  • Don’t frown. You never know who is falling in love with your smile. 
  • What do you do when the only person who can make you stop crying is the person who made you cry? 
  • Nobody is perfect until you fall in love with him/her. 
  • Everything is okay in the end. If it’s not okay, then it’s not the end.
  • Oscar Movies March 13, 2006

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    Pride and Prejudice, Walk the line, and Capote. Love the first two, but absolutely hate the last one. 

    Pride and prejudice – got to love the mom and dad and the troubles that they have to go through to marry their five daughters to the “richies.”  Of course, a happy ending movie.  Love always prevails (such a cliche). Not necessary happening in the real life, but hopeful for the hopeless love searching crowds. 

    Walk the lines – Big learning for “don’t do the drugs” as Vic mentioned.  I am impressed with the “propose” skills of Jonny Cash.  Never take no for an answer, just keep asking until she said “yes.”  Good skill to have for salesperson and for man who wants to have a wife.

    Capote – Just can’t stand the way Trumen talks.  It’s like killing me every time he starts talking.  Slow movie again.  Probably worse than brokeback mountain on the slowness.  What’s up with this year’s Oscar?  It’s a good story, but the guy is just annoyed when he talks.  I am sure not all the gay guys have to talk like that…

    Of course, murphy’s law, miss the Crash.  Strongly recommended by Vic for “an Oscar movie with the most cursing words.”  Got to catch up on that one next…

    Thanks to Oscar.  Now I know “It’s hard out there to be a pimp.”


    A cult brand… March 13, 2006

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    “Cults will flatter you.  They will make you feel special and individual in a way that you are unlikely to have felt before.  They will celebrate the very things that make you feel different from everyone else; the members will get to know you deep down, and they will love you for what they find.

    And you will love them.  It will feel good to be recognized for who you really are.  All the little compromises that you may have made to “get alone” in life – the small or large tradeoffs most of us make for social acceptance – will disappear.  You can be yourself. 

    To generate this response cult organizations need to separate themselves from the status quo.  They must exist outside the norms of the culture to appeal to those who feel alienated by those norms.  The cult will provide a perfect fit.  It does this by both recognizing and celebrating its potential menbership’s difference, and establishing its own.  It needs to say “you’re different, we’re differnt too.”

    Having a good teacher; priceless March 9, 2006

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    Never feel that having a good teacher is such a fortunate thing for a person’s life until I met one.  Since I started the program, I haven’t been able to make any decent grade so far.  I guess I am lucky to meet Sung.  After I made a single digit grade again on the first quiz in the statistics class.  I knew the history is replaying again and I have to do something.  With my desparation, I forced Sung to tutor me on statistics either he wants to do it or not.  Thank God he is a patient guy and a good teacher.  No more single digit grade on statistics and I am actually learning much more from him than any teachers I had in the past.  The difference is like night and day.  It’s priceless having a good teacher….

    Sung actually named my brain as a “stone.”  He said in Korean, if a student has a bad brain, they said the student has a “stone brain.”  He said he is carving my “stone brain.”  So philosophical.  Never known any Koreans in the past.  I wonder if all Koreans are like this one.  

    Hum, is he actually telling me that I am a “moron” on my face or is he just making an analogy???  Anyway, it’s still much better than Vic’s comment about “dying in a car accident is much better than sharing an office with me” the other day.  Godly, I am so used to all these verbal abuses that they will just throw them on my face without even a second thought…  Guys are so lack of sensitivity.  Doesn’t matter if they are Korean or Indian…  Might need to remind them to be more sensitive with the other girls (because some of them might cry)… 

    When your dog is mad at you… March 9, 2006

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    Momo is obviously mad at me.  I know I am hardly home to take her out, but I am consistently letting her out in the morning before I leave and in the evening when I get home.  Most of the time, she is happy to see me and eager to go out.  But now she is ignoring me when I try to let her out both in the morning and at night.  I have to beg her to go do her business now.  It’s such a struggle to get her ass out to the backyard.  She will just pretend that she didn’t hear me.  The sad thing is I know I deserve the attitude since I am the one who is not home all the time.  Godly, I hope she will forgive me someday, probably need to do something to fix this before Jen also gets mad at me…   

    To Do List March 1, 2006

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    Life is full of little trivia.  Sometimes I feel that my life is a complete mess because I don’t take care of little things and they overwelme me little by little…Time to take care of little personal trivia in the following two weeks:

    1.  Finish Bass presentation

    2.  Deposit the paycheck and mail the bank letter

    3.  Go to the post office and send the package

    4.  Attend Julian’s Baptism and pick up the food on Sat

    5.  Take Momo to the park

    6.  File the tax return

    7.  Do the blood test

    8.  Get a hair cut

    9.  Drop off the dry clean

    10.  Clean the room

    11.  Work on Bass Term Paper

    12.  Study for the Statistic Test 2

    Hopefully, by making a list, I will take care of it one by one…