Friday, September 30, 2005

Slow days And Ramadan Coming

These days are growing slow and uneventful. Most of the day I learn my programming stuff and in the evenings I play my favorite MMORPG. Other than that, I expect most Universities to give me their decisions in the coming week. I have been rejected admission by Iowa State University. It was the lowest on my list anyway so I won't lose any sleep over it definately.

I am still waiting for my USC letter.. Lets hope the news it gives is a favorable one.

Ramadan is coming up shortly and I wish all my fellow muslims the best of Ramadan.
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Tuesday, September 27, 2005

USC ? Maybe? Perhaps?

Well I called USC today and this time I got a very mixed signal from them. The Lady on the phone told me they had reviewed the decision regarding my admission and that I will know about it soon via Mail. I am kinda confused and and a little bewildered by how a decision is reviewed and what it would mean for me ? IN either cas I will know soon and even if I don't in, I will know they lost a good student to another University. Their loss. I am hoping I either get into ASU or MSU now. I have already gotten into UIC.
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Saturday, September 24, 2005

Video Card Issues resolved and other developments

Well I fixed my laptop's videocard. The problem was dust buildup due to which the temperature of the video card was reaching about 104 degress celsius while gaming. Clearning the video card resulted in a peak temperature of about 80 degrees celsius. The computer used to shut down before to preserve the videocard when playing anything videocard intensive such as videogames and 3d animations. Now the card runs cooler, the left palmrest is barely hot anymore compared to scorching before and my lappy stays on humming away smoothly.

MORALE: If you have system shut down problems, especially in laptops, clean the videocard as well as the system fans and check for dust buildup. If that doesn't resolve the problem, chances are you either have a defective videocard, a defective stick of memory or an abnormally hot CPU.

In other news, the letter from the University of Southern California has still not reached my destination and I am going to have to push USC to mail it via UPS/Fedex to me. Waiting is a hard thing and especially when you are being told over the phone that you are in USC and the letter is just a heartbeat away. A paper proof is still a very valid thing. Am I being paranoid? Perhaps. But you can't blame me if you know the full story of the USC "letter that never came to me".

I have been experimenting with a new layout for my weblog and will be shortly putting it up for all of you to comment on. Based on those comments, I will either keep this layout or make the new one permanent. You get to choose :).
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Wednesday, September 21, 2005

Teenage Violence Getting out of Hand?

Direct Link: "Tuesday, September 20, 2005"

A friend of mine brought this to my attention recently about an incident in an upscale institute where a party was being hosted. You can read the full description of the incident at her weblog. To make it short guns were used at the party and a boy was wounded and another shot dead. The prepetrators were arrested. But the thing is this never got public. Noone knew about it. The parents of the attackers hushed things up I presume. Misha articulates her feelings well on her weblog and I can't say anything new and agree with her completely.

One solution I do propose though is for all Pakistani netbloggers or people who want to share this news with the world so that we can get public awareness of this incident on the move, please do so with a link to Misha or my post, preferably Misha's. Newspapers can be hushed up by money, but Bloggers are a scion of free speech and thus we have a duty to make this public and to let people know, so that something can be done about it and no kid has to lose his life over someone's egoistic selfishenss at having their reputation not being tarnished. For all I care any parent who doesnt teach their kid to not use firearms, has to pay the price.
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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Harassment or Stupidity?

Ok so here is a guy who has been trying to harass me using various means of subversion lol. The story is a long one but to make it short here is how it goes. This guy who likes to call himself IMMI, has been harassing and flirting with a lot of girls over the chatroom where I frequent. He insulted me personally and continues to do so by using my family name as Ma lik. The intelligent ones can see he is also implying something about my mother. Now he has gone to my Orkut profile and used the words Reza Ma Lik , got your pic. He has been telling me he wants my pic in his fights :D. So childish. I think he is going to do something nefarious with it but this is just to warn all of you who use ORKUT to steer clear of the guy and If you can give your testimonies to the ORKUT admins, please do so on my behalf :D. One less pervert and harasser on orkut makes it fun for all. Misha you know how it feels to have an idiot like that get on your nerves. This time someone is getting on mine. You can view his Orkut profile here after you login:

Btw he is not 23. He is 29. Liar Liar beware :).
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Sunday, September 18, 2005

Musharraf or Someone Else - Who's to Blame? - Musharraf denies rape remark - Sep 18, 2005

So Musharraf now says he was not the one to utter the callous words about rape victims in Pakistan. I wonder who was there with him. Sheikh Raheed Ahmed, has been known to say callous things about women since his own personal track record regarding women is not that golden. Don't know if he was accompaying Musharraf to the Interview. I personally think it wasn't Musharraf who said the remarks knowing full well he was going to address the Pakistani-Women Congregation a few days later. He can't be that stupid. Whoever did say the remarks, Musharraf should boot him out of office and let that be a lesson to callous and insensitive people who sit in their air conditioned rooms and pass comments on the poor, helpless victims of rape and violence in Pakistan.
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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Love Happens

I am sure some of you know my male Turkish Angora, Casper. Well we decided he was Baligh and needed a mate. That and also the doc made a wrong diagnosis for his restlessness heh and proposed he was desperate for a mate and thus Casper finally found the love of his life it seems and is quite satisfied I must add, well at least for the time being since males never take one mate for life (Male cats I mean :D). But anyway without further ado, Ladies and Gentlemen, let me present to you his love, Twinkle, a Persian. Here you can find them engaged in their so called cuddling, shall we say? To the left you see Casper making the first move and Twikle, ever so gingerly, with masterful elegance, tilting her head every so sligthly, for Casper to oblige her with a kiss.
Ah love. Such a wonderful thing, and seeing cats engaged in it gives us all humans hope that we are destined to love someone, somewhere out there.

Here to the right Twinkle returns Casper's affection with a wet lick. Casper, as with all males, is stretched full and enjoying his bask in the attention sunshine from his new wife. These days both are content and have consummated their marriage so to speak and the kittens are due sometime in November, if my estimation is correct. I hope they get healthy, wealthy kittens. What do you get when you mix a Persian with a Turkish Angora? Persio/Turkish Cuteness. I must add that with love comes squabbles heh, and these two are no exception and have had a fight since their so called marriage. But I think they have learnt to compromise like two mature err cats now.

PLEASE NOTE: IF you use Internet Explorer move on to Mozilla Firefox. Its faster, securer and much better at displaying webpages. My webpage works 100% corrently in Firefox and is syntatically correct. It doesnt display correctly in IE 6.0. Until I can find a way around this, try changing the text size to small, one below medium to view the webpage correctly in IE. In Firefox you don't need to change anything to view it correctly.
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Friday, September 16, 2005

Damn Uneventful Day

My day today was the most uneventful, boring, laid back day of my life. I woke up late after talking to a dear person for SO Long and then I got to doing my chores, did some cleaning around the house, talked with an old pal from my college days and then preety much learnt my web techs all day and went out two times to Subway to eat lunch and dinner. Nothing extraordinary happened so any of you reading this should not be discouraged. Have faith in Allah to make my days more eventful and hectic when I go to University of Southern California :D. More work is good. It keeps you from being bored!
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Added HaloScan

I apologize to Misha, Suleman and Beautiful Stranger before hand for having all your comments removed but they were part of the Blogger comment system and I added the Haloscan comment system today. The reason for my moving to HaloScan, was that people who are not members on Blogger can post their comments without having the Anonymous Tag. That way I can find out who comments when they are not Blogger members. One good thing about Blogger commenting though was, that, with the CommentsHack you could have a dropdown comment system and you cannot have that with Haloscan. In Haloscan, the comments link opens in a new window. But its still better than Blogger Comments iMHO.
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This month I have been rather unpopular with people. Maybe I am a hard guy to get along with, with my weird morals and ethics that I adhere to. Maybe my views on life are a bit too conventional or a bit too orthodox. Maybe I live in the past where feelings actually meant something and that have no place in this fast paced world. Sometimes the most dumbfounded thing that has shocked me the most is that I try to be nice to people and in return, almost always, I get a very cold or luke warm responce and even if I do make a friend, I am one that is easily forgotten. Sometimes I think people in today's world think, that, being nice means the guy is a wimp and a softie. Maybe I am too impatient? But I like to give time to people, I wait and in the end they still need more time. Maybe over the years ive become harder, more rigid? Whatever it is, currently my circle of friendship contains only a 2-3 people who I really am close to and who know me and stick by me.

In this world we are so in a rush, we forget that the other person has feelings too. The world has grown calloused, rigid and hostile. I wish there was way time could be made to slow down, and a way for people to think before what they say. I am guilty of it too. Over the years i've hurt a number of people. I try not to but I guess I am a byproduct of this fast paced and calloused world as well.

A solution to all of this would to be to just stick to my own buisness and keep a very formal contact with people I don't know. To be just non chalant and keep on being busy in my own little hobbies. But then why should I have to pay for the price of this world being calloused?

Ah I guess only time will tell, if I indeed make a friend who is truly a friend in the truest sense and meaning of the word Friendship.
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Thursday, September 15, 2005


A person is known by the company he keeps and the kind of friends he has. Someone said that once. I believe it is true in some ways but then a man doesn't have to be known by the friends he has. He doesnt have to pick up the qualities of those around him and thus not be influenced by them, and thus not be source of scrutiny by others as to what his friends are like. For all we know, unless you know the person themselves, you will never know the true person in them. Friends or no friends.
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Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Music Recommendations - Part 1

Starting a section on recommending some of the music I hear on the US internet Radios. If you can get your hands on them, more power to you. The songs are not numbered in any specific order just what comes to my head and what I remember listening to that i liked. The Genre is noted infront of the song. Enjoy!

1. Fourteen 14 - Another crack in my heart (Trance)
2. Groove Coverage - Poison (Trance)
3. Mario Winans Ft. P Diddy - I dont' wanna know (Slow Rap)
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Random Stuff and Happenings

Slow day today mostly and lots of thinking involved. I finally decided to learn XHTML, CSS and XML. I realized I know all the Computer Science mambo jambo they teach you at University for your Bachelors but it doesn't have a lot of emphasis on the web aspect. Thought i'd brush up on some of my web mambo jambo. I had started learning CSS and XML about 2 years about but due to some factor, which I don't recall now, I stopped the endeavour. I want to continue it now since I have the time and I will probably won't get it again. It might also give me some new ideas about spicing up my blog and spending time on learning something takes my mind off other hurtful and not so happy happenings in life, hence this effort really sprang into my mind this morning.

Other than that USC says they will resend my letter soon. I was thinking they would have already sent it. AH well I am in for some more waiting. It also looks like my family funds are kinda in a little bit of jeapordy and I MIGHT not be able to go to USC. I will find that out by the end of next week. I hope it all works out and I can go to USC otherwise I will pray I get into Texas A&M / Arizona State University / Michigan State University. Any of the three.

On the topic of Computers, the tech guys at my Computer manufacturer will send me a new Video card and Fan module to cool it for a deposit for about $430 Bucks, which they will remove once they get my current broken, defective and crappy card and fan. Hope third time is a lucky charm and it doesnt break on me again otherwise this manufacturer is gonna lose a customer.
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Quotation Legality

Sadly, I won't be able to continue the Quotations thing after the first one because of intricate and complicated copyright laws involving the quotations and where you get it from and the correct words of the quotations. So, I won't post any more quotations. Although there is a great website called

where you can find TONS of awesome quotations prepared by the Michael and Laura Moncur. Worth visiting and bookmarking.
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Monday, September 12, 2005

Quotations - 13th September, 2005

Here are some quotations I came across which I'd like to share. I will starting a regular with 6 quotations every day or every other day If I can manage:

Pray as if everything depended upon God and work as if everything depended upon man.
- Francis Cardinal Spellman

Reveal not every secret you have to a friend, for how can you tell but that friend may hereafter become an enemy. And bring not all mischief you are able to upon an enemy, for he may one day become your friend.
- Saadi

Success is a journey, not a destination. The doing is often more important than the outcome.
- Arthur Ashe

Money was never a big motivation for me, except as a way to keep score. The real excitement is playing the game.
- Donald Trump

Sometimes being a friend means mastering the art of timing. There is a time for silence. A time to let go... And a time to prepare to pick up the pieces when it's all over.
- Gloria Naylor

The truth that many people never understand, until it is too late, is that the more you try to avoid suffering the more you suffer because smaller and more insignificant things begin to torture you in proportion to your fear of being hurt.
- Thomas Merton

All quotations remain the intellectual property of their respective originators.
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Sunday, September 11, 2005

My Crappy Computer problems

And yet again my crappy computer is giving me problems. The video card is the likely suspect as in the earlier case. The computer shuts down on its own when playing something graphic intensive. I believe it gets too hot and thus the system shuts down to preserve the card. Whatever the case may be, I have contacted Customer Service to get me a new card and hope they will grant me my wish. If they dont it is going to be a long debate and lots of headaches for me and my poor computer. Lets pray and hope.
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Murder blamed on MMORPG

Get the Details Here

Games are only fun when they are meant to have fun and as a time passing endeavour. When they take control of your lives, it is never good. Apparently the woman was fed up with her fiancee playing games and not looking for a job and planning for their wedding. Personally if you ask me, If I had a fiancee, games would be almost have neglible importance for me then. All in all very sad news and a reminder to us all who love games, Don't let them take over your lives and your minds. Play games as they were meant to be player, as a time passing endeavour.
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Moving has always been a dreaded proposition for me over the years. I remember when my family moved all over the country due to my dad's work, I was always scared and kind of sad too. I never stuck for more than 3 years in one place and whatever friends I made had to be left behind and I had to make new ones to where I moved. Now, as time of my moving to California approaches, I find myself looking forward to moving. I am finally going to my dream school, one I have always wanted to go to. I will be going to the sunny state of California with all its thrills and frills. Still there is a nagging feeling at the back of my mind about taking care of so many things and getting there safely :D. Call me paranoid but I have never moved on my own before so maybe that is why. I still have to sell all my stuff here, which I will probably start tomorrow and then send everything packing into boxes from now. I will have to get the rates from U-Haul and some spare boxes. So much to do, so much to plan :D.

On that note all of that cannot happen unless I get my letter of admission from the University of California and that, my friends, is the biggest snag. I am still waiting for it :D. Maybe next week my hopes will turn up and I will receive it. These days I go down to my mailbox in earnest anticipation and open the mailbox to find it either filled with junk CDs like the ones from American Online or some other form of useless correspondence.
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Saturday, September 10, 2005

The Supermarket

Had an eventful trip to the supermarket. For some reason there were a lot of people around today at noon. I don't know the reason. Maybe cuz they were replenishing their supplies after the Labour Day weekend. :D. Some hilarious situations arised due to the commotion and the amount of people. The situation wasn't helped by the fact that the supermarket had changed its layout and nobody who was visiting after a while could find what they wanted. The Shampoo Aisle was gone to the farthest corner of the store, the milk displaced, the bread's place changed. :D. Me and my brother were grocery shopping in this mess and I am pushing the trolly. Suddenly he goes off looking for the aisle that has eggs. And I try to follow him with the trolly and I see this old guy come infront of me. He holds a pie in one hand, walks with a stopped gait and stops at every aisle looking at the signs. There is a whole line of people behind me too with their trollys. The old man moves a few steps to the next aisle, looks at the aisle and moves on, rinse and repeat. :D. I could hear exasperated sighs from behind me lol. It was funny but the poor guy was very old and I didn't mind going slow behind him.

Other than that I am still waiting for my freakin letter from University of Southern California. I hope it comes soon cuz my patience is at an all time low now. Lets see if it does.

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Friday, September 09, 2005

I Got Tagged

So I got tagged by Misha. Now It is my turn to pass this ball around. Sending this to:

All the rest of my friends have already been tagged :P. So without further ado,

5 years ago: I had just arrived from Saudi Arabia to Pakistan and was desperately trying to get into a University in Pakistan, applying all over the place, giving enterance tests and what not. Finally the race ended and I got into a Local startup university, from which I later transferred my credits to the US.

1 year ago: I had entered my final semester and was desperately looking forward to graduating and trying to imagine how it would feel with a professional degree in your hand. In the end the moment came, and passed. And it left an impression that I had to change myself into something more mature and made me feel I had to go a long way before finally considering me a full adult. I still sometimes have the moments where my childish head rears itself up.

5 songs I know all the words to: ABBA - I have a dream, ABBA - Voulez Vous, Koama - Lambada, Iron Maiden - The Nomad, Kid Q - This Feeling

5 Snacks I enjoy: Halwa Paratha, Salted Cucumbers, Nashpathi (Pears), Pringles, Cake and Jello Custard

5 Things I would do with $100 million dollars: First of all I would buy everything my parents wanted but could never afford and set aside a huge chunk for them (Total of about $1000,000). Then I would set up a foundation for the research and treatement of Vegners (the incurable disease my mother lived with all her life), so that noone else on earth has to suffer so much again ever (Total of about $5000,000). With what's left, I will buy the best Computer money can buy, with all the coolest and high tech accessories for it eg. A laser mouse, a nitrogen cooling system, two top of the line dual interleaved graphics card, neon lightening for my custom built case, 5 GB of memory, to name a few (About $100,000), Buy the Ferrari Testarossa ($300,000). From the rest I will put the rest aside for life and whatever I find necessary to spend it on. Although lol all of this is hypothetical and I presumely will never get $100 million dollars in life.. But hey one can dream.

5 places I would run away to: Ireland, Switzerland, Kashmir, Hawaii, Heaven (if i could - hey I can wish can't I?)

5 things I would never wear: Excessively red clothes, a Bikini, Women's underwear, a Karakulli cap, a Bandana.

5 favorite shows: Friends, The Family guy, Everybody loves Raymond, That 80's Show, The Simpsons.

5 greatest joys: Getting a new tech gadget, Helping someone less fortunate than me, Playing a good PC game, Meeting someone I can relate to and make become friends with instantly, Seeing my parents happy.

5 favorite toys: The Commadore 64 which I started playing my first game on, my snow white teddy bear I got when I was 5 and I still have today, A stuffed dog that barks when you clap your hands, The electronic Piano I bought at 10 and started playing my first tunes on and my little light shooting yoyo that I got while vacationing in Jeddah and broke the same day.
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Thursday, September 08, 2005

Mail System Problems

I still have not received my offical letter of admission from the University of Southern California. I called them and I found out that a large batch of letters they sent 2 weeks ago did not reach their intended destinations. I was under the assumption that the US mail system was considered the best in the world but this is a long series of delays in me receiving my mail which makes me think otherwise about the mail system. Ah well, I hope it gets here soon and then I can offically rejoice :D. USC said they are sending out emails to everyone again in the batch even if they did not contact them about not receiving their mails. Hope mine makes it through as well.

Other than that I will be moving to California soon. I have to make a Huge list of stuff I am going to sell since I will be living in a dorm there instead of an apartment since housing is too expensive in California. A lot of the kitchen stuff has to go as well as my old PC. Anythign that might bog my moving :D. A house sale is in order.

I will be moving sometime in October I believe. That is still upto debate.
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Monday, September 05, 2005

Gaming addicts do time for neglecting kids | The Register

Gaming addicts do time for neglecting kids | The Register: "Neighbours spotted two of the children standing naked on a window
ledge, and called the police. The subsequent investigation uncovered
what Arbroath Sheriff Court, Scotland, was told was one of the worst
cases of neglect seen by police or social workers."

Reading this story shocked me at first and then I started to laugh. I am a gamer and I have been called fairly addicted to gaming but this is plain ridiculous. Kudos to the kids being found and now I hope they will have a better childhood. To all you gamers out there, don't forget the more material and important things in life :D. This isn't only with games though. This should be wake up calls to all kinds of addicts. Computer, TV and whatever the rest of the world is addicted to and ofcourse drugs.
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Katrina-themed malware attack hits the net | The Register

Katrina-themed malware attack hits the net | The Register

Now how sick can one get using a natural catastrophe to launch attacks of their own and using it as an excuse. You guys should be aware of this attack and read up on it at the above link. Keep your eyes open. In this dirty and dangerous world, anyone anywhere will use a low down trick to cause more havoc than already is.
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Hacking Firefox: Speed Up Your Browser

Hacking Firefox: Speed Up Your Browser

If any of you guys use Mozilla's new browser Firefox this is for you. The link tells about ultimate speed tweaks you can do to make your Firefox speed up immensely. I have tried it and the results were very positive. Try it out and see if it works for you. Chances are it will!
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US tests $3.5m computerised lie detector -

US tests $3.5m computerised lie detector - "US tests $3.5m computerised lie detector"

This is going to be interesting. I don't know how effective it will be but certainly it will be something law enforcement all over the world can use. The basic concept behind it is to take images and media with a camera and then feed it into a computer which analyses it and then gives a real-time result of the likliness that the person is telling the truth. It will use slight gestures such as postures, shoulder shurgs etc among others to come to the conclusion.
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Sunday, September 04, 2005

Bungie responds to disaster in South - Xbox News at GameSpot

Bungie responds to disaster in South - Xbox News at GameSpot: "'Fight the Flood' T-shirts on sale now; all proceeds go to help victims
of Hurricane Katrina; SOE also asks for EQII players to donate."

Bungie, that Microsoft Studios that produced Halo and Halo 2, have started selling special T-shirts and the sale from the T-shirts from go to the disaster Katrina victims. It's a good way to get everyone involved in the recovery effort. SOE has added a /donate option in Everquest II that will take players to the red cross homepage. All in all gamers coming together to help victims.
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Hurricane Katrina

I want to say my heart and prayers go out to all the victims of the natural clamity that is Katrina. I hope aid reaches everyone as soon as possible and they can resume their lives. If any of you more fortunate people want to help the victims, you can do so by going to the following organizations' webpages and reading the relevant information:

American Red Cross
Federal Emergency Management Agency
United Way of America
Hurranice Katrina Recovery on Firstgov
Network for Food
USA Freedom Corps
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University of Southern California Woooohoo

As one of my previous posts said, I've gotten into USC and am so glad. I still haven't received my letter of admission and I was told it was sent but somehow it got lost in the mail. I was informed today that there was something wrong in the system and many mails sent out did not get to their intended destinations. Well I can wait :D. I am in now and all that. Waiting for my I-20 now. I will have to sell a lot of my stuff, my PC, My TV and all my electrical appliances since, unlike here, I will be living in dorm over at USC :D. Apartments are just too expensive for me as a student to live in, in California. Other than that nothing much is happening.

Sarah you seem to have gone to france and gone lost. I know I haven't updated my blog so I guess many of you guys stopped coming or somthing but hey I am still here so don't deserte me my blog buddies :D. I hope you all are having a blasted good time. Sarah in Frace. Rachel over in SP :D. and all the rest of you ladies and gents.
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