Here are the main highlights and lowlights of year 2000 off the top of
- I did the school thing. The stress over my thesis sent me
spiraling down into a year-long depression/ nervous breakdown that I
haven't overcome yet, as I ended up having other academic and
self-esteem problems as a result.
- Learned and worked intensely with a computer program whose
commands I've now
- Had my eyebrows waxed for the first time. Didn't hurt.
- Was stuck in a bus for 3 boring hours because of the snow earlier
in the year -with no radio/walkman, no one to talk to, no food to
eat, nothing interesting to read. Yes, I'm one of those
Vancouverites that carries her umbrella when it snows!
- Completed the Vancouver 10K Sun Run on a beautiful Spring day. To
my amusement and chagrin, about 9K along, I saw some middle aged man
AHEAD of me who was limping/ hopping on one foot along using a cane.
I don't remember if I finally passed him or not. I had also enjoyed
the training along Northwest Marine Drive and the beach too.
- Became better friends with someone who's from my neck of the
- Attended a party at a home in Point Grey that overlooked the water
and had paintings by the Group of Seven, Gordon Smith, and lots of
other famous Canadian artists on the walls, and photos of the hosts
with Julia Child on the hallway counter. I mention only the
setting because unfortunately, that was the most exciting part.
- Had a job that was impressive only by the organization's name and
its superficial trappings. Endured some unnecessary commotion at the
end that I haven't written about.
- Was called "Sir" by a waiter at some outdoor cafe on
Water Street in Gastown even though I had shoulder-length hair. Was
probably mistaken for a male a couple of times too -once at school
(Overheard conversation: Girl in Cantonese (perhaps referring to
me): "Is that a male or female?" Boy: "A
female of course!") and another time on a downtown street when a
deliberately walked quickly from behind me to be in front of me in
order to view me from the front.
- Got paid to tour the entire Vancouver waterfront by boat on a
brilliantly gorgeous summer afternoon. Yes, I got very close to
those yellow piles of sulfur too.
- Attended the annual Lantern Parade at Trout Lake.
- Saw a dead man's limp body on the ground. He had just fallen about
- Did some hiking on the North Shore mountains.
- Attended a summer barbecue where I finally got to hash about
Survivor for a contentedly long length of time.
- Tried swing dancing.
- Had hardwood floors installed by these Polish men.
- Clogged the drain with possibly my hair.
- Went sailing for the 2nd time in my life.
- Spent more time taking care of the niece than her own father had -with no
compensation or even thanks in return.
- Watched a shit load of TV:
- Loved: Survivor (I couldn't find anyone at work who
watched this show!!! Thank goodness for Mighty Big TV.)
- Really liked: Freaks & Geeks, The '70s (a TV movie).
- Really liked but can't remember if it aired this year or last:
an awesome PBS documentary about a couple of young farmers in
the US that kept me riveted for about 3 hours and motivated me
to check out the website afterward (A city kid mesmerized by a
documentary about farmers, you might ask? I wish I had written
an entry back then on how moving it was)
- Liked: Malcolm in the Middle, Who Wants To Be A Millionaire,
Will & Grace, Oprah (except when she invites celebrities on
to promote their movies), Rosie O'Donnell, Ed, That's Life,
Gilmore Girls, The Painted House, The Decorating Challenge
- Thought was lame but still watched: Big Brother - 'cuz I was
rooting for Curtis.
- Wasn't impressed by: The Sopranos
- Haven't really gotten into: The West Wing (I'd like to star
opposite Rob Lowe on this show.)
- Of course watched: The Olympics (highlight: Eric the Eel), the
death of Pierre Trudeau.
- Is okay, but am don't really watch: Dawson's Creek (though
Jack is darn cute)
- Tired of: all lawyer, police, and hospital dramas
- No longer watch: Felicity (no TV station runs it here this
season. Besides, Julie's gone now.), Ally McBeal (on occasion,
it's still good, but maybe I'll watch it regularly if Calista
Flockhart promises she won't stick her thumbnail to her mouth
- Watched only a few movies. Nothing of worth this year.
- Saw a lame musical.
- Saw the graduating art show at Emily Carr
- Discovered online journaling in a big way and started my
own online journal. Tied up the phone lines a lot.
- Toured a TV station.
- Made an attempt to celebrate Christmas this year, unlike all the
other years: Set up a Christmas tree and put up lights, Ate turkey
(albeit the drums, and my aunt's "extras"), Baked
pineapple cookies, Stuffed stockings in the Downtown Eastside.
- Can't recall if I had read a single book from cover to cover this
year even though I'm surrounded by books. I did read a lot of
newspapers and items on the Web though.
- Barely cooked.
- I did other stuff too: mainly procrastinating, sleeping, having
lunch or dinner or tea with friends & family, being late, rollerblading,
shopping, arguing with profs and family, writing, daydreaming,
internalizing, being anti-social, flaking on family/ social
events, walking, bus-riding, SkyTrain-riding, driving, getting a parking
ticket, getting library fines, having computer problems, writing letters on behalf
of others, taking photos, having our garage broken into ...I'm grateful that I didn't really get
sick this year, knock on wood. If there was something else more
exciting, I can't remember.
Wow, Netzero is going to limit free Internet access to 40 hours per
month from now on. I had signed up for service on Dec. 10 and I had used
45 hours in December! That meant I averaged 2.045 hours per day! That
doesn't mean that I'm only on the net for that few hours though; I have
another dial-up access. Still, I'm going to cut down on using the