Monday, January 21, 2002

MLK weekend + Reno trip report

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend was pretty fun as my parents and I went on a two-day trip to Reno as planned. We left yesterday morning and got back just now. The trip had a rather boring beginning, but we still had a great time in the end.

Day 1

Reno was a lot of fun when we went there with the Liang family six years ago, so we had high expectations for this trip. However, the town turned out to be completely different from what we remembered. It just seemed like a very archaic place, and we could not find many attractions that interested us.

The hotel wasn't all that bad, except there weren't any good movies on TV. But what sucked more was that I didn't have my laptop or Game Boy with me. Mom thought I was kind of silly for bringing my computer on our trip to Tahoe in December, so I left it at home this time. Lesson learned: it's better to have something and not need it than to need something and not have it.

I'm not going to lie: the three of us seriously considered going home at this point. We might actually have done so had we not wanted our hotel fees to go to waste. Speaking of which, the hotel gave us a voucher for a complimentary hot dog and lemonade from the bar. So at least that's one redeeming thing about our vacation.

Day 2

The original plan was to head directly home after checking out in the morning. Dad still wanted to make the most out of our trip, so he decided to take a detour to Lake Tahoe. Our options were somewhat limited because the weather was too stormy for skiing and most of the stores were closed for the holiday season, but we still found a few things to do. Like in the case of our last vacation, my parents and I again visited Donner Lake. There was more ice on the lake this time, and it was especially fun to break through it with a hammer.

Sometime during our drive home, I spotted a giant snowball on an embankment along the Truckee River. I figured this was the remains of a snowman. Dad and I then decided to push it into the river for fun. The snowball smashed right through the ice and made a gigantic splash. This was definitely the highlight of the trip. Other than that, none of us spent much time outside because of the freezing weather.

As with all good things, the fun soon came to an end as it was time to begin our drive home. Despite the first day being kind of boring, I really enjoyed this vacation. Chances are Reno itself would have been more fun if I were old enough to gamble, but that's not going to happen for another five years. I guess it's time to play the waiting game!

Currently playing: Dragonheart: Fire & Steel

Monday, January 7, 2002

back to LAHS for spring

This was the first day of the spring semester, so I guess it's back to homework and studying.

The break had a pretty good start as my family went skiing in Tahoe right after school ended. But the rest of the holiday kind of sucked because I had to get my wisdom teeth removed right after Christmas, not to mention that I had several finals to study for. On the bright side, I still had plenty of time to relax at home. It was also nice to have my paternal grandfather and his companion over for a while, considering that they live in Taiwan.

All that having been said, the recovery following my wisdom teeth operation is coming along nicely. It looks like things will be back to normal in about a week or so - just in time for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend!

Currently playing: Tamale Loco

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

Happy 2002!

Happy New Year, everyone!

For New Year's Eve, my parents took Bien-Chuan, Mrs. Chen and a few family friends to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. But I stayed home for two reasons. For one thing, I wouldn't have been able to enjoy the food as I just had my wisdom teeth removed the other day. I also had several finals to study for, thanks to stupid schedule that puts them right at the beginning of the school year. Other than that, I got to play some RuneScape in my free time. There were several in-game events for New Year's Eve, which were kind of entertaining.

That said, there was one thing I wasn't too happy about. Although it was mostly my own decision to stay home, Mrs. Chen kept accusing my mother of grounding me for no reason. Even if she did ground me, it wouldn't have been any of Mrs. Chen's concern. The nagging continued on until Dad finally told her to STFU. Fun times.

I know I've already said this, but I started my own forum yesterday. Be sure to check it out if you haven't done so!

2001 in review

I'd say 2001 was overall a good year, the highlight of which was my family's trip to Canada in June. I love the outdoors, so I really enjoyed the unspoiled Canadian wilderness.

Getting my wisdom teeth removed was my least favorite part of 2001. As mentioned earlier, I could still barely eat any solid foods right now. It'll probably be at least another ten days before things go back to normal. *sigh*

Currently playing: RuneScape