Monday, January 21, 2002

MLK weekend + Reno trip report

So we went on a short trip to Reno over the Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. It was a little boring at first but turned out to be a great experience.

Day 1

Our trip to Reno with the Liangs in 1995 was a lot of fun. But things were very different this time. The place looked old and reminded me of a ghost town. There were few attractions besides casinos and a handful of shops. The fact that I'm not old enough to gamble didn't help the issue.

The other thing is that I didn't have my laptop or Game Boy with me. I left them at home because Mom thought I was silly for bringing my computer on our trip to Tahoe in December. Lesson learned: it's better to have something and not need it than to need something and not have it - my laptop in this case.

I'm not going to lie - we seriously considered canceling our reservation and going home. The only reason we decided to stay is that the fees were non-refundable. On the bright side, the hotel gave us a voucher for a complimentary hot dog and drink from the bar. So there's that.

Day 2

The plan was to head directly home after checking out of the hotel. However, Dad wanted to make the most out of our trip and decided to take a detour to Lake Tahoe. Our options were limited because the weather was too cold for skiing and most of the stores were closed, but we got to visit Donner Lake again. It was quite satisfying to smash through the ice with the hammer.

I later spotted a large snowball on the Truckee River, likely the remains of a snowman. Dad and I then decided to push it into the river for shits and giggles. The snowball rolled down the bank and made a gigantic splash as it smashed through the ice. This was definitely the highlight of the trip, although the rest of the day was uneventful because it was freezing outside.

On the whole, the vacation wasn't too bad. I'm glad we didn't go home early after all. Reno would probably be more fun if I were 21 - the legal gambling age - but that won't 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

The spring semester has started. Now that I'm back in school, I should probably be focusing on my classes.

Christmas break in review

The nice thing is that we went skiing in Tahoe right after school ended. The not-so-fun part is that I had to get my wisdom teeth removed right after Christmas. Studying for the finals wasn't too exciting either. On the other hand, the company of my grandfather and his partner was good for my morale. Despite the occasional disagreements, I enjoyed having Bien-Chuan and Ms. Chen over.

The other good news is that the recovery from my wisdom teeth operation is going really well. It looks like things will be back to normal in about a week - just in time for the Martin Luther King Jr. Day long weekend!

Currently playing: Tamale Loco

Tuesday, January 1, 2002

a bittersweet New Year

It's hard to believe 2001 is over. I hope everyone had a great New Year's Eve. To tell you the truth, mine kind of sucked. :-(

Because my paternal grandfather Bien-Chuan and his partner Ms. Chen are visiting from Taiwan, my parents took them and the Shiehs to a Chinese restaurant for dinner. However, I stayed home as I just had my wisdom teeth removed and can't eat most foods. It also happens that my finals are coming up. I'd very much rather have them before the break than having to worry about them over the holidays.

Though it was my own decision to stay home, Ms. Chen kept accusing Mom of grounding me. Even if that was the case, she was in no position to criticize my mother. Only when my uncle Dong told her to STFU did she finally stop. Go figure.

The rest of the evening was all right as I got to play computer games during study breaks. RuneScape and Alchemy were great time killers. Speaking of which, there were some unofficial events in RuneScape for New Year's Eve. That was pretty cool.

I also just finished setting up my own forum. Be sure to check it out if you haven't done so!

2001 in review

All in all, 2001 was pretty good. The highlight of the year was our trip to Canada in June. I love the outdoors and really enjoyed the unspoiled wilderness.

On the flip side, my least favorite part of 2001 was having my wisdom teeth removed. As mentioned earlier, I still can't eat any solid foods. The full recovery will probably take at least another 10 days. Blah.

Currently playing: Alchemy