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10 Unique Things I Have Done

weather: clear
outside: 3°C
mood: tired but
can't sleep
Not that impressive, but it's a neat writing prompt...

  1. I spoke my first word at 7 months ("").
  2. I had a crush on a boy in Elementary school for 3 years and didn't tell him, didn't tell my friends, didn't tell anyone, didn't write or doodle about it... basically didn't do anything to leave evidence.
    1. I was the only girl in Grade 8 that took Shop (Woodwork, Metalwork, Drafting, Electronics) instead of Home Economics (Cooking, Sewing).
    2. I was one of two girls taking Electronics 9/10 and the only girl taking Elx. 11A.
  3. I took the SAT just so I could use the "I need to study" excuse to not do things with other kids.
  4. I was the youngest person to be added to the British Columbia Volleyball Association payroll as a Local level referee.
  5. I was accepted to the University of Waterloo and withdrew my application. I know, I know... the queue to smack me upside the head starts to my left.
  6. I have tripped over carpet fibres, a painted line in a parking lot and my own toes.
  7. I was the organizing committee chair of a very successful career fair.
  8. I worked several jobs and took a full course load at the same time, one year while I was an undergrad.
  9. I was a guest lecturer for a senior level Technical English class at the Guangdong Engineering University in Guangzhou, China where my father is alumni.
  10. I have been underworked and overpaid.
  11. I married the only guy I ever dated.
  12. I have never carried a balance on any credit card I have ever used.

Okay, so that's 10 things in Base-13. XD


( 27 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 23rd, 2005 08:24 am (UTC)
...that character pulls up as "older sister" in Japanese, but isn't the character I know for "older sister"...

Gah, confusing! :)
Feb. 23rd, 2005 02:51 pm (UTC)
older sister
*nods* 姉 is the more common character for "older sister" in Japanese, and the one used in "shimai" (the equivalent of jie3mei4).

I think that both Chinese and Japanese use 妹 for "younger sister", though.
Feb. 23rd, 2005 04:56 pm (UTC)
Re: older sister
is for a "true sibling" elder sister (as in, an older girl who shares both parents with you). But it's almost exclusively used in the written language and rarely spoken.

is just a title for any elder girl (a friend, a classmate, for example).
Feb. 23rd, 2005 08:42 pm (UTC)
Re: older sister
Huh. In Japanese, they're the same word (ane, or onei-chan, depending on it being yours or someone else's).

I suspect there was a simplification somewhere in there.
Feb. 23rd, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
Re: older sister
*smack* oneechan, even.
Feb. 23rd, 2005 07:29 pm (UTC)
Japanese-to-Chinese and vice versa is very surreal =) It's like dream interpretation, you really have to mentally stretch to understand. =)
Feb. 23rd, 2005 12:50 pm (UTC)
I remember 1 from Japanese lessons: Oni-chan!

Granted. 11 is freakishly special.
Feb. 23rd, 2005 05:00 pm (UTC)
Re: #11 — heh, it sounds sweet, but it wasn't a good place to be from a technical standpoint.

I left before my "probation" period was up (because I could leave with as little notice as possible). Shortly after I was gone, they stopped paying their employees. It was a classic Dot Bomb.
Feb. 23rd, 2005 07:46 pm (UTC)
actually, with nothing to do, you'd have me bouncing of the walls in no time.
Feb. 23rd, 2005 08:43 pm (UTC)
Umm...isn't that older brother?
Feb. 23rd, 2005 08:51 pm (UTC)
I think you're right.
Feb. 23rd, 2005 08:56 pm (UTC)
Yeah, although I prefer to romanize it as "oneechan", but that's because I'm odd like that.
Feb. 23rd, 2005 09:10 pm (UTC)
depends on whether you see the chan postfix as a seperate word or an extension.
Feb. 23rd, 2005 10:43 pm (UTC)
More, how you handle long vowels. I prefer onee-chan or oneechan, as opposed to onechan or one-chan, with long marks over the vowels.

But that's just me.
Feb. 23rd, 2005 10:50 pm (UTC)
So, is the long 'o' the only one that is lengthened by an 'h'? I'd heard of a guy who spelled his name "Ohta", but is that a non-standard romanization to preempt the problems if he spelled it "Oota"?
Feb. 24th, 2005 02:39 am (UTC)
Using the 'h' to lengthen the 'o' feels like something new to me: in "Osaka", fo instance, the 'o' is lengthened.

I can't say I've seen it for any other vowels in Japanese. But my experience is admittedly limited.
Feb. 24th, 2005 02:46 am (UTC)
in "Osaka", fo instance, the 'o' is lengthened.

Oh, that's a new one... it doesn't sound lengthened to me when my husband and his family says it...
Feb. 24th, 2005 03:23 am (UTC)
Huh. In kanji, it's 大阪, and that first character is the first half of "ookii".

Usually when I hear it, it doesn't sound lengthened, but it is. I make an attempt to lengthen it, but it's hard to remember.

I also have trouble remembering to lengthen Toukyou.

Curses upon Englishization! :D
Feb. 23rd, 2005 03:22 pm (UTC)
Do you have a "jiejie"? I selfishly hope my child's first word is "dad" or "baba" or "ba."

Feb. 23rd, 2005 04:51 pm (UTC)
No, it was the girl who babysat me =)

For some reason, I find that various forms of "Mom" and "Dad" are the second and third words for babies. The first is usually something else. But it would be cute if Amy asked for you first =D
Feb. 23rd, 2005 04:53 pm (UTC)
I says:
it would be cute if Amy asked for you first =D

Oops, I thought I was replying to pne, sorry =D
Feb. 23rd, 2005 06:12 pm (UTC)
In reply to #2, 4, and 12:

Awww.... you shy pup.

BTW, my grandparents are from Fujian province. I speak Minanhua, but my Mandarin sucks.
Feb. 23rd, 2005 07:24 pm (UTC)
Heh, I'd like to learn MinNan hua just so I can secretly "gey bo" at the Husband's family's conversations =)

I only know a few funny phrases in MinNan hua. "gey bo" and "ngang giang" ("stubborn as hell")... oh, and I know PLP from the political furor late last year XD
Feb. 23rd, 2005 11:19 pm (UTC)
I had a crush on a boy in Elementary school for 3 years and didn't tell him, didn't tell my friends, didn't tell anyone, didn't write or doodle about it... basically didn't do anything to leave evidence.

Aha! We have the evidence now!

I have been underworked and overpaid.

Me too!!! (It was a blissful, but boring 7 months)
Feb. 23rd, 2005 11:36 pm (UTC)
Aha! We have the evidence now!

Heeheehee, I actually bumped into him quite recently. It was interesting =)
Feb. 24th, 2005 06:53 pm (UTC)
i got you on 7, 9, and 11 babe! :)
Feb. 24th, 2005 07:01 pm (UTC)
D'oh! =)
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