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:: Plug ::

The circus is coming to town

William Shakespeare's
The Comedy of Errors
directed by Tinette Villanueva

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:: Choke ::
I think I've bitten off more than I can chew.

Wait - I was thinking that several weeks ago.

I have bitten off more than I can chew.

:: Ask Away ::
For a previous post where I asked a whole bunch of questions, I got four replies, three of which were anonymous. This has prompted me to ask even more questions, with the question bugging me the most being this: who are you?

Of course, since I've asked one already, I might as well ask a whole bunch of other questions. Having said this, here is another round of questions. Sarcastic answers are welcome and sincere ones more so. In any case, entertaining answers will definitely be appreciated.

  • Did you post answers to my previous bunch of questions?
  • Again, who are you?
  • Do I know you?
  • How do I know you?
  • How do you know me?
  • How did you first come across my blog?
  • What is your favorite gift from last Christmas?
  • What is your favorite color? Why?
  • With whom do you live?
  • Would you prefer if I had phrased the previous question another way? How?
  • What toys, if any, do you keep in your room?
  • What games, if any, do you have in your computer?
  • What drinking games do you enjoy the most?
  • What TV shows do you make it a point to watch? Why?
  • What lip balm, if any, do you use?
  • What is your deepest, darkest secret?
  • Whom would you contact first in an emergency?
  • How many phones have you owned?
  • How many pairs of shoes do you own?
  • How many pairs of sandals or slippers do you have?
  • How many of them (shoes, slippers, sandals, etc.) do you use regularly?
  • When is your birthday?
  • What is the best birthday gift you've ever received?
  • How big is your bed?
  • How many lights are there in your room?
  • Do you have a favorite spot in your room? Where is it?
  • Curtains or blinds?
  • Coffee or tea?
  • Call or text?
  • Coke or Pepsi?
  • Drive or ride?
  • Tired?
  • When was the last time you went out on a date?
  • What is in your bag now?
  • How much cash do you have in your pocket right now?
  • Cash aside, what do you keep in your wallet?
  • What is your favorite scent? Why?
  • What shapes or figures have you seen in the clouds?
  • What is your preferred brand of mints?
  • How much water do you drink each day?
  • Are there any books you would recommend I read?
  • Good reads aside, do you have any advice for me?
  • Are there any other questions you think I should ask?
  • Do you have any questions you want to ask me?
  • Aside from posting on this blog, can you suggest a way for me to get my answers to you?

  • :: Fight! ::
    I'm watching the Pacquiao - Morales Rematch now and blogging betweeen rounds, so forgive me for not being very articulate. Why am I blogging? Well, I've got nothing to do between rounds, and I'd rather focus my attention on my computer than on the terrible ads they show here. Also, just for the record, I see a Pacquiao win by KO in the 9th. Of course, I'm no expert, so the recap I give might say otherwise. Anyway, here are my (not-so-well-constructed) thoughts.

    Round 1
    10 - 9 Morales. Nothing really significant, except for a flurry from Morales midway into the round. Pacquiao fought back, but couldn't make up the distance.

    Round 2
    Undoubtedly the PacMan's round. A nice left hook staggered Morales - almost knocking him down. The only thing that saved him there was his grip on the top rope. I'd give Manny a 10-8 advantage, but there wasn't a real knockdown. I have to say 10-9 Manny.

    Round 3
    Uneventful. I give the slight edge to Morales 10-9.

    Round 4
    Likewise uneventful. Manny 10-9.

    Round 5
    Still uneventful. I don't know anymore. I guess I'm getting bored. Pacquiao 10-9.

    Round 6
    Manny all the way! He went on the attack early on, putting Morales on his heels. Relaxing a bit in the middle minute of the round, he seemed to have a sense of when the third minute was starting, unleasing another barrage of blows on Morales. Morales seemed pretty confused from that point on - he looked slow and seemed unable to punch back. In the last 5 seconds or so, Manny let out another flurry, almost knocking Morales down again. His last staggered Morales, and if the referee wasn't in the way, Morales would have staggered back a little bit further, if not fallen down right at the bell. 10-9 Manny.

    Round 7
    Morales started the round as expected, hitting hard and hitting fast. He controlled the first minute of the round. He seemed to lose steam though, and let Pacquiao take over in the second minute. Neither boxer really took control of the round though, with both relaxing a bit in the latter part of the round. I think Morales won the round though - Manny's counter-attack didn't seem as impressive as his opponent's initial strike. Morales 10-9.

    Round 8
    Pacquiao definitely outpunched Morales this round. Just into the second minute, Manny landed a 1-2-3 combination that set Morales reeling. While Morales fought back and landed his own barrage soon enough, Manny wouldn't let him take over. Pacquiao seemed to be able to connect at will - Morales' defenses just didn't look as sharp as they had in previous rounds. Morales, in fact, was obviously tired. Manny, on the other hand, looked just as fresh as he did in the first round. Could my knockout prediction be true? We'll find out in the next round. For now, it's Manny 10-9.

    Round 9
    Morales looked slow. He landed a good blow early in the round, but didn't seem too inclined to follow it up with an agressive attack. Morales was also moving back a lot. Nothing really significant this round though. My knockout prediction is now officially out the window. I guess it'll be fairly safe to say Pacquiao will win this fight though. I'd still like to see a knockout, but a decision in Manny's favor seems likely. I'm not sure if Morales has enough steam in him to knock Pacquiao out. In any case, this round goes to Pacquiao 10-9.

    Round 10
    It's over!!!

    Some two minutes into the round, Manny sent Morales down on all fours with a sharp left hook, forcing a count. When fighting resumed, Pacquiao pounced on a defenseless Morales, forcing a stop. TKO - 2:33 in the 10th.

    Before Morales went down though, he still looked pretty dangerous. A punch midway into the round sent Manny back, but then this only seemed to make Manny mad. Pacquiao then let loose, and Morales seemed all but defeated. When Pacquiao relaxed al little, Morales fought back, sending a final flurry Pacquiao's way. All he did, however, was spend his last few ounces of energy on some wild blows. This totally opened him up, and let Manny land the killer blow. The blow, honestly, didn't look like much. Of course, this is because I wanted to see a spectacular fall. I'll take this though - a win is a win, and my prediction was only off by a round. b

    Rounds 11 & 12
    Irrelevant. The fight is over.

    :: Breathe ::
    Things will be fine.

    I know they will.

    Just breathe.


    :: Questions ::
    I've been reading George Orwell's Animal Farm, and as much as I try, I haven't been able to put the book down. I've been trying to keep myself from reading too fast - my current limit is one chapter a day. Why? I don't have a lot of books on hand now. Once I finish this one, I'm going to have to go back to re-reading the other titles sitting on my shelf. Animal Farm aside, I haven't read a new book in several months. My question now is - does anybody have any books they'd like to lend (or give) me?

    If you glance up again and check out the title of this post, you won't see the word "question," but rather, its plural form. You see, I'm bringing back something I've done in previous posts - I'm asking you a whole bunch of random questions. The question on books to read is simply the first in a long list of many. So now, without further ado, I ask away:

  • What is the last book you've read? What can you say about it?
  • What items do you carry with you everyday (or almost everyday)?
  • How often do you need to shave?
  • What is the last play you watched?
  • How many blogs (if any) do you maintain?
  • Is your name often confused with other names?
  • Did the previous question confuse you?
  • How long was the longest relationship you've ever had?
  • Were you tempted give a sarcastic answer to the previous question?
  • What is the longest time you've been single?
  • Boxers or briefs?
  • Gel, mousse, wax, putty, or something else?
  • To pluck or not to pluck?
  • How often do you shave?
  • What toothpaste do you use?
  • Are you tired yet?
  • What is your most-often-used pair of shoes?
  • How often do you wear a cap?
  • Have you ever been involved in a vehicular accident? How many times?
  • Umbrellas or jackets?
  • Do you consider yourself a geek?
  • How fast can you type?
  • What time do you usually go to sleep?
  • What time do you usually wake up?
  • What is usually the first thing you do before you get out of bed?
  • What is usually the first thing you do once you get out of bed?
  • What items (if any) do you keep within arm's length of your bed?
  • How many pillows do you use when you sleep?
  • How many questions have I asked (including this one)?
  • What gift(s) do you want to receive for your birthday or for Christmas?
  • What gift(s) do you think I would want to receive?
  • Now are you tired?
  • I should stop now, shouldn't I?

    Yeah, I guess that's it. I'm getting sleepy already. Ciao!

  • 1.03.2006
    :: Shit ::

    I can honestly say I've had coffee that tastes like shit. The thing is, to me at least, it tastes pretty much like regular coffee. It smells like regular coffee too, but still, I can also honestly say it smells like shit. Then again, it really is shit.

    Kopi Luwak beans come from the droppings of the Luwak (Paradoxurus hermaphroditus), a small, tree-dwelling marsupial found in Indonesia. These nocturnal creatures, though primarily carnivorous, occasionally treat themselves to ripe coffee cherries. The coffee beans in the cherries somehow pass through the creature's digestive system intact, but not before going through some significant changes. It seems that the beans ferment in the animals's stomach and react with some enzymes, adding "something unique to the coffee's flavor." When the beans come out, they are carefully cleaned, roasted, and sold.

    Mind you, this shit doesn't come cheap. These excretions will set you back at least $5 a cup. A quarter of a pound will cost you some $75. Compare that to roughly $40 for a whole pound of Jamaican Blue Mountain - one of the more expensive types of coffee.

    So, would you care for a cup of brewed shit?

    :: 2006 ::
    2005 has come and gone, but we have a whole new year to fill with new memories and experiences.

    Happy New Year!