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December 31, 2005

I like being hungry...

because when you're hungry everything tastes like the best ___ ever... in this case, dumplings at this place right behind my hotel.

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December 30, 2005

Sir, would you like stir-fried beef or spicy squid?


Spicy squid of course. You all know how I like alliteration.

I take this to mean that come January 1st, 2006 they start hating each other again.

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December 23, 2005

Sasha visits from old Europe

I present to you Sasha Zamler-Carhart.

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Le Sanglier

Dec 22, 2005
Le Sanglier
Tarzana, CA

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The Founding Fathers' War on Christmas

From http://www.historychannel.com/exhibits/holidays/christmas/real3.html:

In the early 17th century, a wave of religious reform changed the way Christmas was celebrated in Europe. When Oliver Cromwell and his Puritan forces took over England in 1645, they vowed to rid England of decadence and, as part of their effort, cancelled Christmas. By popular demand, Charles II was restored to the throne and, with him, came the return of the popular holiday.

The pilgrims, English separatists that came to America in 1620, were even more orthodox in their Puritan beliefs than Cromwell. As a result, Christmas was not a holiday in early America. From 1659 to 1681, the celebration of Christmas was actually outlawed in Boston. Anyone exhibiting the Christmas spirit was fined five shillings. By contrast, in the Jamestown settlement, Captain John Smith reported that Christmas was enjoyed by all and passed without incident.

After the American Revolution, English customs fell out of favor, including Christmas. In fact, Congress was in session on December 25, 1789, the first Christmas under America's new constitution. Christmas wasn't declared a federal holiday until June 26, 1870.

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Your December 03, 2005 LSAT score is 175. The percentile rank is 99.

Damn it! If I had gotten more than 3 hours of sleep the night before...

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December 18, 2005

The People's Bureaucracy of China

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North by America West

Rendezvoused with Maria, flying back from D.C. via Phoenix.

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Into the ghetto... mmm...

Now that I'm no longer driving an expensive car (Acura or a Lexus), a good excuse to jaunt into the ghetto to Mandy's completely unhealthy Fish and Chips. In fact, a little too ghetto to bring my camera into the store.

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all the good things in life...

The open road, the sunset, a fully charged iPod, NPR, an EOS 20D, a 175W inverter, and finally a reason to eat fast food...

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Desert Eagle (well, actually a hawk)

Yes, I know! My camera needs cleaning.

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The Malay Malaysians

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The establishment

The Grill, Tucson

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Caught a mixer

Tucson inter-collegiate mixer - the Ivy's + Stanford and a few others at the Westin la Paloma resort. Surprisingly high turnout for a town in the middle of the desert... probably around 50-60 attendees.

Got caught up talking with an economic consultant about... well, the economy stupid! Forgot to take pictures until the last few of us were leaving.

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Morning in the desert

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Covorting with counter-counter-revolutionaries at the [Hotel] Congress

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Randy left his home for Tucson, Arizona

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Point me to the hipsters

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Plenty of room at the Hotel Arizona

Metcalf Hostel

(highly recommended)

1026 North 9th Street
Phoenix, AZ 85006

Lindsey's guest suite

Tucson, AZ 85743

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Roadrunner Hostel

346 East 12th Street
Tucson, Arizona 85701

(free waffles in the morning)

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Forcing a gift horse down his mouth...

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December 14, 2005

hey guys, it's just like Morocco...

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December 12, 2005

Phoenix landing

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It's Dem Holidays again...

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Hobo Fire!

Saturday night on Venice Beach at the house with the picket fences... fences surrounded by real hobos.

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December 07, 2005

Holiday Card for the 21st century

Instead of holiday cards, I'm going to send off a narrated PowerPoint presentation. I've just about finished my Morocco section.

Automated slide show starts on the Casablanca page:

http://hrtv.student.harvard.edu/randy/Morocco2005.ppt - my take on rural Morocco (50MB - may want to right-click and save)

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December 04, 2005

Tucson, AZ

I think I might head on over to Tucson for a little American accilination** before the craziness of Korea and China. Hopefully I catch the semi-annual Tucson 4th Ave Street Fair...

alpacalon (2:41:51 PM): i hear you're visiting tucson
alpacalon (2:41:55 PM): word gets around
Xuthoria (2:42:18 PM): i like to travel, particularly on short hop flights, since I hate flying.
Xuthoria (2:43:04 PM): I'm like the Doc McCoy of travel - I go from planet to planet but hate using the transporter

** - When I stayed at the American Embassy in Japan, I remember learning that diplomatic staff get an bonus month of vacation every year. But they have to spend it in the US. It's to prevent them from "going native."

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It ain't fair

Took the LSAT. Not the wisest thing to do on 3 hours of sleep (couldn't sleep the night before), but I expect to have done fairly well however... the problem is that for most of my recent years, I've been judged by a different standard than most other people.

When I was in elementary school and junior high and getting C's, no one judged me. But now... I'm the kid who went to Harvard so I'm supposedly "wicked smaht". If I don't break 175 (99.6 percentile I think), I'm a loser.

Whatever score I will end up getting, most of the people in my testing room would gladly trade me for. But it still probably won't be good enough... Life just ain't fair.

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December 02, 2005

There they are!

y equals F of x (12:47:31 PM): so like
y equals F of x (12:47:36 PM): jimmy eat world
y equals F of x (12:47:52 PM): they're playing at caltech
Xuthoria (12:48:27 PM): oh i remember them
Xuthoria (12:48:40 PM): that's a real 'where are they now'
Xuthoria (12:48:56 PM): apparently caltech
y equals F of x (12:48:59 PM): playing free concerts

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Just booked now . . .

Chinese New Years in China - and American New Years in Korea!

From: "Bill Adams" (billa-AT-loyaltychina.com)
To: jhackenbracht-AT-apcochina.com
Cc: Randy
Subject: FW: Chinese New Years in China (fwd)
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2005 15:05:31 +0800

Hey Julie,

Did you know Randy Xu? Class of '04, lived in the quad, kind of crazy?
Well, he just called my cell to say he's coming to China [redacted]


Bill Adams
Loyalty China Manager of Regional Operations
Suite 1707 Hyundai Motor Tower, 38 Xiaoyun Road
Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027
T: (010)8453-9616x.101, F: (010)8453-9618

Subject: RE: Chinese New Years in China (fwd)
Date: Fri, 2 Dec 2005 15:13:13 +0800
From: "Hackenbracht, Julie" (jhackenbracht-AT-apcochina.com)

Randy - I'll tell you what. I'll help get you information on an
agent, if you take down the text on your website that [redacted]

The pictures can stay, [redacted]


glad to hear you're actually coming, randy! Something tells me that I
only responded to the e-mail you sent in my head. I actually did mean
to reply...

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Fiesta de la Pizza

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