Math is Self Understanding

>> Wednesday, December 17, 2008

One of my professors quoted this: pre-calculus is a self-understanding study. Four exams, countless assignments , and many weeks later I still have no clue what this philosophical mumbo jumbo is supposed to mean. Maybe he said it just to wake people up or get their attention. Or perhaps it was actually supposed to have some relative meaning on the subject, who knows. As I flip through my notes and test papers I ponder about this random adage I happen to write down during the semester. At the same time I dread the final that I have yet to take for the class...

The symbolism in this reference raises a few thoughts about life. You see, after thinking about it, life is like a complex multi-step math problem. Often times we'll skip over the easy steps we already know. We feel as if we already know it, so why bother writing it out? We skip parts because we think our understanding perceives us. The same goes for friendships, relationships, our religion, etc. Why should I get that loyal friend a present when we already hangout everyday? Why should I say, "I love you" when they already know we do? Why should I bother to pray, doesn't God already know what I am thinking?

In the words of my professor, "It's the baby steps that determine whether you get the question right or wrong". Writing what you already know makes all the difference in the result. The result being the solution or a mistake. It's worth the time even if it seems unnecessary to get a present showing you appreciate that friendship. Or the fact that just because he or she knows you love them doesn't mean it hurts to say it. Why would you ignore the creator of everything, some people would die for that freedom. (The last one is a bit of a tangent but whatever)

So my dear friends take the time to make the baby steps. It might just get you that passing grade you're hoping for.


Cartoons No More

>> Tuesday, December 16, 2008

A holiday classic movie for me has always been Charlie Brown's Christmas. I'll admit that I am not always in the mood for it, but it sure can bring back some memories. Not to mention it has one of the best Christmas scenes of all time. They sure don't make cartoons like that anymore, which is rather scary if you think about it. This brings me to my next point: What on earth do kids watch on TV nowadays? There are all these random no name shows with ridiculous ideas. I sometimes wonder how on earth they get on TV in the first place. [Like what on earth is this show?] I watched an episode of this and I was so confused and a little terrified. What ever happened to the days of innocent cartoons? What happened to care bears and smurfs? It frightens me to know young children watch things like this:

[sorry to all you SpongeBob fans out there, I never understood the humor behind him...or it.]


Let's Do Laundry!

>> Monday, December 15, 2008

I stole this title from one of those cheesy signs in the laundry room. Being away from home and living the college life has taught me many things. It's changed my perspective of people and the justification of certain actions. A lot of this change can be seen in my many adventures of washing my own clothes.

#1 Society is like a broken dryer that gives you double the time for one payment. When people see an opportunity to break the system they generally take it. People enjoy sticking it to the man; it’s a shame that honesty is not praised in our society.

#2 People in the real world have the same manners as when they do laundry. A person's characteristics and true colors are shown in the image of washers. Jerks that hate waiting for a person to come back will empty a machine by throwing the contents on top. They disregard the fact that the clothes don't belong to them. Thus the washer reveals all.

#3 Laundry is a choice. Just like many other things in life, no one is going to force you to wash your undies. If you are so compelled, you can gamble a little and stretch the "clean span" of your clothes. Or if you dare, not wash anything at all. (Good luck with option two; it’s the fun one)

#4 Interpretation is creation. I've used this phrase before but this time it’s in a different context. Everyone has their own opinions and perspectives about many different subjects and topics. Such as religion, politics, or portion control with detergent. No one can tell you to think different, even when the bottle is clearly labeled for the second line on the cap.

#5 The wash and dry cycle are a lot like someone's life cycle. There's an objective in mind whether to get that ketchup stain out or drag yourself to a class you're failing. Everyone has goals and we all hope to get that clean fresh scent.



>> Tuesday, December 2, 2008

No please don’t go on a shooting rampage and hijack a bus full of school children demanding millions dollars and a plane out of the country while holding a detonator for a nuclear bomb. (It’s funny what you write about when you’re tired…) Anyway, when was the last time you really spent time to play? I am not talking about going out to a club and partying or kicking back with a drink. I talking about tag you’re it or dodge ball galore, the good old fashioned out door scrubbed knees and dirt in fingernails.

How on earth did I start thinking about this? In recreation and leisure class- that’s right apparently you can major in recreation- the thought came up. If you were ever looking to do a 180 in life recreation would be the one to choose. You get to teach other people how to have fun as your job. Basically every day would be play…kind of…actually I am not really sure but you get the point.

Don’t get me wrong I love video games and I guess “grown up” activities are fun too. But there’s something about “play” that connects me to childhood. There are countless memories of careless times and the freedom to do as I pleased. It goes to show that we all probably grew up too quick and didn’t realize it till maybe just now. Can’t complain I suppose.

Reminds me of childhood:


What My Life Has Come To

>> Monday, December 1, 2008

So, I find that I seem to have a lot of time on my hands lately. This is, most likely, attributed to the fact that I have failed all 4 of my classes this semester (for reasons varying from not going to just not doing any of the work; you know, same old high school stuff). Anyways, it is because of this that I have come into some down time; which, as we all know, undoubtedly leads to some time to think about stuff. So, the last few weeks have been mostly a time of self-reflection and inner thought...and attempting to organize myself. Due to the swift change into college, I have been thinking only about the person I should try to become and what will make me happy later and what I need to do in order to ensure what I could have or be doing in the future. I haven't been paying enough attention to myself, and what I need out of myself right now and what I need in order to be happy now. That is what, I've discovered, is really important right now (and probably contributed to why I failed my classes).

So, my life lately has consisted of:
1) uploading, downloading, and re-ordering music in my itunes folder
2) talking to my girlfriend a lot
3) getting slightly better in Guitar Hero
4) still sucking in Guitar Hero
5) figuring out what I'm going to take next semester
6) meeting new people and making new friends
7) pestering old friends
8) updating lists (I'm a list maker)
9) catching up on my reading
10) I've taken up meditating.

It's pretty cool, and I enjoy the irony that I'm only just living at college, and not taking any classes. Though, I still go to math class everyday at 8 am, just to sleep and/or read. There is no point, as the teacher already told me I've irrevocably failed, but it's something to do, and I have a lot of friends in that class.

So, there is no lesson to be learned here I guess, other than…stay in school. And don’t do drugs.



Old Life to New Growth

>> Monday, November 17, 2008

It is somewhat ironic, or at least somewhat interesting that in the English language, the word “growth” is a synonym of the word “growth”. While this may seem obvious to some of you, and while maybe it only seems interesting to me because it’s 3:37 in the morning when I’m writing this, you must admit it is a nice thought. When we are given life, by whatever force you personally believe was behind that act, it’s kind of reassuring to believe that we are guaranteed to grow, at least a little bit, physically and mentally. Life=Growth. So, if this is so true, then how come it’s so hard for most people to accept change for what it is: a means of stretching beyond our previously accepted limits and finding out something new about ourselves.

My life has changed a lot, as you have no doubt all experienced yourselves over these past couple months. As some famous person once said (no idea who the hell it is) “Change is inevitable, growth is intentional.” I personally love this quote; not only is it true, but it is also, ironically, going to inevitably at one point be the slogan for how you’re life is going. Everyone experiences change, and everyone, after times of great change, has moments of clarity where they look back on the change they just underwent. This is innate within all humans, and, in many ways, this is one of the core distinctions that makes us human beings in the first place.

In the last few months, I have moved out of the house I’d been living in for my entire life, said goodbye to my mom, who raised me alone, moved into an almost entirely new place, changed schools, lived with an entirely different person, changed roommates, lived alone, rekindled old friendships, and in some ways, all the while, become an entirely different person along the way…without even realizing it. Change isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. Change only really feels good after the process has ended, and you have grown up enough to understand the process that just transpired.

For the first couple of months, the transition has been hard, and I can’t say that every day I’ve woken up with a lot of enthusiasm for continuing on this course I’ve chosen for myself. However, I feel like I’ve hit a turning point in my college experience, and especially in my life. I have hit the point in this whole big change where I have just come to accept it all. I tend to try to think about it like evolutionary patterns throughout history, because without change and growth and adapting to new environments, no species would be here today. Even the planet has changed dramatically to fit with the growing tide…no pun intended. So I figure I have no chance whatsoever in stopping the imminent alterations in store for me.

Now, faithful readers, I hope you all the very best in your past, present, and future changes; there will be many, more than you will desire.

Not all of these will be as heavy, but this was all THIS half of the writing staff could think of writing about.


The word of thanks is hardly enough

>> Sunday, November 16, 2008

LT & C would like to send a thank you out to everyone who helped with opening week. We surpassed our goals and are very proud of the work we’ve been putting out. None of this could have been made possible without the many readers out there. We still have plenty of plans that are yet to be put into action, but in the mean time tell a friend and get the word out. Thank you.

Honesty Is H-A-R-D

>> Thursday, November 13, 2008

The title speaks for itself. It’s hard to believe that our modern society doesn’t necessarily promote honesty. (Or at least in my opinion) Typically there’s no reward for being that Boy Scout that always does the right thing. The only prize or incentive for this lifestyle is a clear conscience. I recently experienced such temptations of wealth and personal gain in the most unexpected manner.

Yesterday I decided to run a few errands since my last class for the day was canceled. One of the things on my to-do list was to pay off housing fees for the following semester. I made my way down to the payment building and was greeted by a friendly lady behind the counter. After a few clicks on her computer she asked me how’d I like to pay. “Debit please” I swiped my card through the machine. ERROR. Lets try again she said. ERROR. I walked off to the side and made a call to my bank. The amount I was trying to pay was too high. I had to split the payment, HALF today and HALF tomorrow.

I waited in line again and by chance I went up to the same lady. “Can I just pay half right now?” “Sure, debit again?” “Yes please” I swiped my card, got a receipt, and said thanks. I decided to walk over to the office next door and get a print out of all my transactions. The lady behind the desk prints me out a copy. “I see you paid off ALL your fees today” Half way out the door I look through the print out a little bit puzzled and confused. Turns out the computer system made a rare mistake. I was only charged for half, but it received a full payment.

This was to become thee alpha decision of my day: I could walk off, basically have free meals or housing for a semester, no one would know. I had the printout as proof I paid for it; they wouldn’t be able to do anything anyways. I’d have a little over two thousand dollars to spend on anything I want. OR I could go back to the lady at the counter, tell her she made a mistake, this isn’t my money, this isn’t right.

And so my friends, against every fiber in my body, I went back to the counter. She corrected the mistake, stamped my printout, said sorry for the inconvenience and thank you. You might call me crazy, but at least I can sleep at night knowing I did the right thing. Go forth and do the same.

Everyone Does It

>> Saturday, November 8, 2008

No, it’s not what you might be thinking you dirty monkey. (Get your mind out of the gutter.) I am talking about sitting on the can, draining the dragon, using the toilet, pooping. Ever since entering college using the restroom has not been the same. I have been forced out of the comforts of my own home facilities into the unknown. Through my experiences I have made several observations:

Seat Covers
In the interest of saving paper I have gone from double sheeting to a single sheet. I used to always go double no matter what. But after feeling a little guilty, and manning up a little, one is enough. Also, I found out that the cover really doesn’t do much; it’s more of a mental comfort.

Luck and Chance

Over the past several months I have developed a mental timetable and map for restrooms on campus. Each restroom has its certain hour and day for which it is clean or useable. If I get lucky there are special ones that are always clean. However, in the same way, there are hazardous ones that are used in life and death situations. On occasion there are also the uncharted ones that are a bit of a gamble. Anything can happen with those.

Smelly Soap
I never thought that soap could smell bad, but low and behold look what I found. In the majority of the restrooms I use most frequently there is always the “bad” soap. It literally smells like puke; I can’t stand using that stuff. It’s so bad I sometimes question if it’s even antibacterial or if its some sick janitor joke. I always hope to find the “slightly” better soap that smells like almonds.

It’s a scary world to poop in out there but everyone has to do it. Good luck and happy pooping.

(Special thanks to C. Ching for the inspiration on this one, someone who has always made me believe anything is possible if you try hard enough)

Lincecum for Cy

>> Friday, November 7, 2008

The San Francisco Giants are a favorite team of ours here at LT&C. (For all you Dodger fans out there; sorry we didn’t grow up down in SO CAL.) We regularly keep up with the going ons and happenings of our beloved pastime. In case you’ve been out of the loop, wonder boy pitcher Tim Lincecum is a candidate for the Cy Young Award this year. Nicknamed “The Franchise” this young gun boasts a major league high of 265 strikeouts for the season. Not to mention he pitched his first complete game shutout this year. In short, he is a force to be reckoned with.

However, he will still have to outshine several strong competitors such as: Arizona’s Brandon Webb (22-7, 3.30 ERA), Milwaukee’s CC Sabathia (11-2, 1.65 ERA after joining the Brewers), Philadelphia’s Brad Lidge (41 for 41 save chances), New York’s Johan Santana (16-7, 2.53 ERA), and a few possible others. Sadly we will have to wait and see what the verdict is in the following days. We wish the best of luck to the young phenom.

Dawn of a New Day

>> Thursday, November 6, 2008

It seems altogether proper and fitting (and rather ironic for that matter) that the start of this blog also marks a change in American history. I woke up this morning like any other following my normal routine. It was Wednesday so I went to get my morning muffin and tea at the nearby coffee shop. The news reports had continued coverage of the presidential election through the night. In a sense nothing really was “different”; it was just another day.

But for some reason there was a slight sense of change in the air. Maybe it was because for the first time the lady at the register said, “Have a nice day”. Or maybe it was the increased number of people I saw smiling that day. Or the fact that they had the banana nut muffin I loved. Or perhaps it was because of the newfound hope many felt in the freshly elect president. That possibly we are all truly living as a single people on a spinning rock in space. That the country I live in believes that any goal can be reached. I pondered about this while eating and taking in the atmosphere. It was just another morning.

Congratulations to Barack Obama, the soon to be president of the United States of America. And to Senator John McCain, you put up a great fight.

Greetings and Salutations

>> Wednesday, November 5, 2008

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Lemon Tea and Cookies is a idea born between two of the most unlikely friends. The duo wanted to share their thoughts and opinions with the world thus creating this blog. Typically we talk about college life, social issues, artsy fartsy things- any subject is usually fair game. We're interested in reporting what the average young adult thinks about these days. In short, we're just two college kids writing for the sake of writing.

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