Amazing Does Happen

>> Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Impossible. It's a unique word right next to never and unattainable. It gives off the connotation of no hope or chance even in a million years. However, when the amazing does happen, you're left in silence. Everything you know to be a fact or certainty is broken. There are no words to describe how you feel other than a hush. There have been many "amazing" moments in bay area sports such as...

However my friends there is no other moment like the one I am about to share. Yes sir, the impossible has happened. Our dear Alma Mater has made the impossible nothing. Sacred Heart Cathedral Prep has finally brought back the Bruce Mahoney Trophy to its rightful home. After a decade of shortcomings and the graduation of many classes including my own, it is done. Congrats to this years amazing basketball and baseball team for making this dream a reality. We are proud to say the writers of Lemon Tea and Cookies are both alums. Yes, indeed it is true, today is a glorious day for the Fighting Irish. WHO WE BE?!? SHC!!! I-R-I-S-H! IRISH!
For more read HERE and HERE


>> Monday, March 30, 2009

Let’s face it; staying awake in class is one of the hardest things to do. Cold days and a warm sweater only make the sleepiness more inviting. Add a boring teacher and a non-ventilated room into the mix and you’re passed out. Here are a few classroom stimulants we enjoy using that you might too.

  1. Peppermint. Peppermint tea, peppermint candy, peppermints. It’s an all natural stimulant that can smack some life into you. We usually carry a few in our pockets.
  2. Gum. Orbit, Winterfresh, Dente, or whatever your fix is. Moving your moth and chewing something keeps your brain from going numb.
  3. Hamstrings, triceps, biceps, and everything in between. Trust me, 5 minutes a day consistently keeps you alive. Stretching are my drugs and alcohol. It makes oxygen fly through my body. It’s quite the experience.
  4. Root beer, Cola, or Lemon Lime. It’s got sugar and packs a rush. Down side is the aftermath of having one, like a car accident or plane crash. I only drink it on occasion now.
  5. Cappuccino, frappuccino, or a straight up cup of joe. There’s a certain beauty in a well made cup of coffee. Honestly most of the time when I do get it I don’t need the caffeine. I just like the taste. Nowadays people seem to have brewing methods down to a science.
  6. If all else fails there’s always these bad boys. Monster, Rockstar, and Redbull. Try to stay away from this stuff, please. Drink enough of it and it’ll melt your teeth. But if you’re going all out no holds barred then down a Redline or Bawls. You’ve been warned.

What ever your fix is make sure you stay healthy by keeping it moderation. Remember, nothing is better than actually getting a decent night of rest.

Subtle Brewed Musings

>> Friday, March 27, 2009

There are few things in life that I get to slow down and enjoy. College life can be a little too fast paced at times. After a while life is all routine, a simple reflex of sorts. One of my favorite things to do is go to a local coffee shop, order something, and let time pass by. On this particular visit to a Starbucks I ordered one of my usual: blueberry scone and iced green tea. As I drifted off into a sunny day dream an older gentleman needed a seat. The place was packed. I offered him the seat across from me at the tiny table I was sitting at. A little head nod and we resumed our business; me writing and him doing a word find. Him drinking a cup of coffee, me with a mouthful of blueberry scone. There’s a silent interaction among strangers that normally goes unnoticed. This could of been one of them for all I know. The man on the other side of the table was in his later years. Where would I be when I shared the same place in the path of life? Would I have a degree? Would I have a job? Would I be married? Would I be alone? Would I have a home of my own? Would I be happy?

“What are you writing?”
Reality hits.
“Excuse me?”
“What are you writing”, the man asks.

I tell him I am a blogger, college student, do this thing for fun. He tells me he used to write, he does the word puzzles now. Keeps his eyes and mind sharp. Day dreams are a funny thing. Maybe word finds are more fun than they look…I’ll have to wait and see. For now I need some more iced tea.

College and Money

>> Thursday, March 26, 2009

4400. That's the number of students who are going to be turned away from our school. Four thousand and four hundred potential Spartans, (from what we know) more than any other California State University. Due to California's budget crisis San Jose State University has to turn away perfectly qualified students. Official's say this is a first in San Jose State's history for freshman applicants. Lucky for us current students the administration won't result to kicking anyone out. However they will be tacking on a extra $300 or so per semester. Sigh.

I must say this is a new experience for the writers of this blog. You see... we both attended the same private high school and before that other private institutions. In fact one of us never even set foot in a public school before attending college. (Yes, hard to believe, but oh so true.) Tuition or "money for an education" was something we never thought about. We both kind of figured that it would be taken care because our parents were dependable. Fast forward to the present, we have no money, credit, job, or real food. One of us is on complete loans and financial aid. The other one keeps track and charts every cent he spends on excel. Our idea of a vacation is taking public transit around town. The word "humbling" is hardly enough to describe how we feel.

Words of advice:
#1- It's never too early to start saving a few dollars.
#2- There's nothing wrong with being frugal, or if as MOST people say "cheap".
#3- (For the SJSU incoming freshmen) 4400 people would kill for your spot. Show them you earned it.

Technology Doomsday

>> Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Conficker C. That's the name of the potentially deadly virus set to hit computers on April 1st, April Fools Day. This computer worm, now in its third variant, has been driving people crazy since it first appeared in 2008. Currently everyone is panicking and a $250,000 bounty has been put on the worm writer. (Can you believe it? A bounty on a worm writer!) It must be exciting for some people out there who do nothing in a cubicle all day. It makes their job interesting for the next couple of weeks or until they fix it. And the writer is probably getting a kick out of this as well. (If he or she happens to be reading this, I tip my hat to you. You got some serious skills, but maybe you should do something else with those skills of yours.) Word of advice to everyone else: update your anti-virus stuff, lay off downloading, and use common sense. Let this be a lesson that you should be nice to the tech people behind the counter. They're human too.

The Equation of Love & Death

>> Monday, March 23, 2009

Recently I had the pleasure of being able to attend the Asian American Film Festival in San Francisco. I've been hearing nothing but good things about this festival for a quite some time. Plus, tickets always seem to sell out in a matter of hours so you know its has to be good. It wasn't until this year I had the time to attend. I was recommended to see The Equation of Love & Death so I figured I'd give it a try.

It's not often I watch smaller and more independent movies, but this one was memorable. The sense of space in the cinematography was certainly on key in this film. The story was poetic and organized with a stylish appeal. However, this is the kind of movie you definitely have to pay attention in order to keep up. Extra props to the leading actress, Zhou Xun, who did a terrific job with her character. If you get chance to watch this it is a definite must. For a sneak peek watch the trailer (sorry, can't find a good English version).

Tonga Volcano Erupts

>> Thursday, March 19, 2009

Found this today while reading some news, thought it was interesting. A underwater volcano erupted near the Tonga Islands in the South Pacific ocean. No one was hurt since it was six miles off the coast but it was still a sight to behold. It's rare to see such an amazing natural event happen. Read the full story and see more photos. This makes me wish I was still taking middle school science for some reason. Oh to be a kid again...

Chucks, Dunks, Originals, and Runners

>> Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Maybe it’s just me…wait…nope, definitely not just me. No way- it can’t be. OK maybe it’s a certain guy thing or depends on the person. But a nice pair of shoes is hard to keep your eyes off. The brand, the choices of colors, the design- it can speak silent words about the kind of person you are. It defines image, transcends human nature, and lets you strut and fret your hour upon stage until you’re heard no more. [Insert brand name here] Dang that’s advertisement worthy, I might just sell that one. Never the less, they’re nice to look at and sort of get you pumped up inside.

Just to be clear, I am not talking about that fancy foot wear stiletto string like thing ladies wear to parties. I am talking about feel good sneakers. One’s to have a slice of pizza and ice cold soda in. I am talking about one’s where some people pay an insane amount of money to own. Like this pair. Yes that is a real eBay auction and those shoes were sold to a living person. Priced for an out of this world amount and bought at the price of multiple college tuition. It’s simply unbelievable. That’s also the reason why I frown on people with dozens of shoes they don’t really need. It does hurt to think about how some companies produce their products. Shoes, kicks, footwear, it’s a complicated relationship. As for now, especially being a student, they’re just something nice to look at. Ending the exciting series, back to normal posts until we're inspired again.

The Essence of Free

>> Friday, March 13, 2009

Free Food. It almost speaks for itself. Nothing is more appealing to a college kid than something FREE and FILLS the stomach. The whole concept of free just makes it taste all the better. Over the past month or so we’ve been filling up on some free-ness. Jack in the Box has been going crazy with free food the past couple of weeks. Ihop had national Pancake Day, get your short stacks! We won free gift certificates to Sweet Tomatoes. Burger king is giving away burger shots this Saturday (3/14, 11am-2pm), we’ll probably be there. Sadly that’s also the reason why we haven’t written anything in a while…

A - “Hey you write that blog post yet?"
B - “Nope, I went to jack in the box, they’re giving away food today."
A - “SCORE!”

Yes, indeed our big fat tummies decided to take a break for the better. I don’t know if all these giveaways should make me nervous of the economy or my weight. Anyways, the main point of today’s lesson is that once you get to college there’s going to be a lot of free food. Whether it’s cookies in class or some fast food joint, there’s plenty of food. The challenge is picking the right stuff. We normally go with legit looking deals, and not the guy giving away “secrete ingredient” brownies. Eat away friends but remember to be cautious.

Gamer Nation

>> Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Exciting Things 2. It is without a doubt that college kids love their video games. We can’t get enough of them and can’t live without them. We might even wait in line for days or hours for certain releases. I can still remember my earliest video game memory of play duck hunt on the original Nintendo Entertainment System. Fast forward to the future, lo and behold, modern gaming. It’s amazing to see what we’ve accomplished in such a short time. Thus we proudly bring a list of the video games we commonly see in the dorms (enjoy):

Smash Bros (all versions): It’s as if a childhood fantasy came true. What if all our favorite characters came together for a brawl? There’s nothing better than talking a little smack while smacking another guy’s character off the screen. The music soundtrack on this gets incredibly annoying very fast. “You C-sticker”

Madden (any year): He’s going, going, he just might…go…all…the…way…TOUCH DOWN! Yeah baby, yeah baby, [insert wail, scream, or roar]. How do you like that sucka?!?! You can’t touch this! This basically goes back and forth for hours on end. We never get tired of it unless the other guy is being a jerk and show boat.

Starcraft: Yes indeed, you better believe it, this game is still played on campus. It never gets old and will only be replaced by the highly anticipated sequel. What can be more fun than a late night/early morning eight person free for all? “Die Zerg, die, die die!”

Left 4 Dead: The recently released new roller to the playing field is this shoot’em up. A four-person team co-op style, this game is quite the zombie stress relief. For a week I heard nothing but gunshots coming out of people’s rooms. “Boomer, boomer! Oh no! Oh no!”

Halo (any version): Friend playing for the first time, she's a girl, other friend sitting next to her trying to teach--

Girl: “Where’s the rocket launcher? Wait who’s that? Ahh, stop, stop!”
[Guy is smacking girl's character with pistol]
Guy: Haha
[In panic girl shoots guy in head with shot gun]
Guy: What the ****!?!
Girl: “I killed someone?!? YAY!!”

Nuff Said, Game On

Who Watches the Watchmen?

>> Monday, March 2, 2009

Back from a break and we’re fired up in full force. We’re starting a series on things that excite us/college kids. You know…like that stuff that makes you want to get up in the morning. Or its the little extra something that makes your day. Or the stuff that makes you want to scream and shout while running through the streets in your hello kitty boxers because you’re so ridiculously stoked and can’t wait another living second? Like such…

It has come. After many days of torment. One of the most celebrated graphic novels of our time. Made by the highly acclaimed duo of Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. One of Time Magazine’s 100 best novels. Winner of the Hugo Award. Hailed as “brilliant” and “groundbreaking”. On March 6th all we know will change. The Watchmen have arrived.

When I first saw the trailer for this movie I was amazed that it was a comic book. (Not to mention the music in the trailer was beyond words) My co-writer and I picked up a copy and read it cover to cover. I soaked in every detailed image and studied the writing. It’s the most original and unique comic book story I’ve read to date. We both agree that its well written for a comic book and worth going to the midnight screening. (Nearly 3 hours of cinematic fun here we come!) How highly anticipated is it you say? Some guy bought sold out IMAX tickets for a midnight screening for $100. It speaks for itself.

Watch the trailer then watch the movie then watch the novel…I mean READ the novel. Watchmen!

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