Thursday, November 23, 2006

[The Life of Shaun #81] Happy Xgiving!

Happy Xgiving everyone!

Xgiving was always my favourite holiday in the US - all the good things, friends, family and lots of food, without the stress of Xmas and Xmas shopping.  So it's a little sad here where they don't celebrate it.  But fortunately there're enough Americans in my class to comfort one another.  :)

And Dollar, a restaurant just around the corner (of course) is having a Thanksgiving menu tonight and I am going with Natasha and some friends.  And it's gon' be good!  Dessert: pumpkin pie with Jack Daniels cream - YUMMAY!  Looking very forward.

So have a great holiday, all of you in the US; and the rest, well, enjoy your day at work.  ;-)

Cheers,
Shaun

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

[The Life of Shaun #80] 24 v. 9.0

You know, forget all the hubris, what's so bad about getting older? Life just seems to be getting better and better.

Thank you to all that helped me celebrate in body and in spirit. Here are a few pics of the night in the flesh. (Thank you, Eugennie!)

Cheers,
Shaun

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From: Eugennie Chang
Date: 15-Nov-2006 00:17
Subject: Pictures from Eugennie
To: scoley@gmail.com




Pictures for you!



View
shaun's birthday pics, as promised.

enjoy!

From:Eugennie Chang

View album
(1 of 9 pictures)



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Clerkenwell, Islington
London, UK
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Friday, November 10, 2006

[The Life of Shaun #77] VOTE VOTE VOTE!

Hi all,

Just your friendly reminder to go out and VOTE today! It'd be so nice to have the first nice first Tuesday in November in years, wouldn't it?

As the brilliant auditor MD wrote (sic):


Here is your horoscope for Tuesday, November 07, 2006 (Happy Erection Day!
(What? Oh…really? Never mind.) But seriously, people, get out and vote.
Because if you don't vote, you can't b1tch. And l0rd knows if I my ownself
personally couldn't b1tch, I'd never get any exercise at all. And if the
races wherever you are are uninspiring, come vote with us in Pennsylvania…we
are on the verge of flushing out once and for all the frothy mixture of
f3cal material and lube that is sometimes a by-product of @nal s3x,
otherwise known as santorum. And this particular fetid turd has been
clinging to the @sshole hairs, avoiding being swept away by the sewers of
life for far too long. (Can I paint a word picture or what?)):


Have you ever read a more fitting metaphor?

Now VOTE VOTE VOTE*!

Cheers,
Shaun

*I sent in my absentee ballot a couple weeks ago with my happy votes for Hillary & Spitzer cast - this is going to be a wonderful day in New York**!

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Clerkenwell, Islington
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Thursday, November 09, 2006

[The Life of Shaun #79] And we have it...

...finally!  Obviously I'm joyed.  An election day that doesn't leave me in tears of desperation.  Could it be?  Could it be things will start to get better?  Well, Rumsfeld and Santorum are gone, so that's two giant YESES right there.

But, no, I am not ignorant or overoptimistic about the situation.  Bush still has the veto pen, and the Democrats have had such a special knack at incompetence for years, so there's no guarantee.  What's done and dusted, though, is that Bush no longer has a rubber stamp, and that's brilliant.  All I can hope is that this will be a catalyst to break the Democrats out of their paralysis.

First up, raising the minimum wage -- will Bush be willing to veto that now that he no longer has complacent underlings to do it for him in Congress?

Doing a happy dance,
Shaun

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Thursday, November 02, 2006

[The Life of Shaun #75] Endings

Block 1 of school is over - woo woo!  Last Thursday was actually the last day, but I've lacked the mental energy to write much, so getting to it today.  The last week wasn't lectures, but a pretty intense series of group projects on a tight deadline.  The last day we had to make a poster (?) and a short commercial (??).  Odd, yes, but it all came together well.  This week is "career development", then block 2 starts Monday -- economics, finance and marketing - oi!

I've also reached another ending today - with my apartment in New York.  I sent off a letter today to terminate my lease.  It was time; I made the emotional cut long ago.  I've grown forward enough that if I went back to New York, going back to the same apartment would feel like a step backwards.  I would want a new place in a new neighbourhood, a new experience.  Still, despite all that, it is a big step giving up my Chelsea lease - I'm now totally committed to London.

On that note, off into the night in my city - meeting a friend out in South London since I actually have a Friday off.  Good times!

Cheers,
Shaun

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