June 26, 2005

My Hero

Friday evening, Aaron and I went to Great America for eBay's company/community picnic. We were under the impression the park was going to close early for maximum enjoyment by employees, eBay sellers and random eBay nerds, but sadly the park stayed open to the general public and lines were still very long. Also, the food wasn't that great and it was super windy while we were trying to eat. We sat with a coworker from southern India, his wife and their incredibly cute 2 year-old daughter who was wearing the most darling matching anklets.

The line for Top Gun was super long, so we rode the Vortex, which is always a bad idea because it's rattles you around so much in the harness. On the way to the Demon, we stopped at the game booths to watch some other eBay employees attempt to throw a ring onto a bottle to win the largest prizes available in the park. After watching them for a little while, Aaron bought a large bucket of rings and promptly managed to land a ring on a bottle, winning me a very large and very awesome Scooby Doo dressed as a detective. I can't begin to describe how much this delighted me or how proud I was of Aaron's mad skillz. In the line for the Demon and then the Invertigo, people were very envious of our Scooby and kept asking Aaron what momentous feat he had to achieve to win such a large and wonderful prize. It made our night and Aaron once again cemented his place in my heart as my ultimate hero, but now we have a massive Scooby Doo in our house...

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In other news, I'm leaving for Paris on Tuesday and won't be back until August 8th. I'm excited for my trip, nervous about how I'll do at my internship and dreading how much I'll miss Aaron while I'm away. I rented an apartment on rue Rodier in Montmartre, very close to the Sacre Cœur, these famous steps and where some tourists now go to be like Amelie. In fact, since Joy will be staying with me for the first week, she found this place for me because she wanted to stay in Montmartre like Amelie. I'm just glad to have my own place that's not ridiculously overpriced... it's just the kind of overinflated rental cost that I'm already used to because I live in San Francisco. I'll try to update my blog while I'm away and fill you all in on my (not-so) exciting adventures. Á bientôt, mes amis!

My apartment is on rue Rodier

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La Basilique du Sacré Coeur on Montmartre

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Aaron, you're such a pimp.
But you knew that.

Have a good trip, doll.
We'll be missing you.

Posted by: kati at June 26, 2005 12:21 PM

I'm sure the time in Paris will be great. It's going to be summer, I'm going to be there for Bastille Day, I'll have weekends free to explore the city and sit in cafes, and I'll learn a lot about EU and EU members' laws regarding corporate and expatriate taxation, labor, environment, etc. What really scares me is flying. I was just watching Myth Busters and they debunked the myth that the brace position you're supposed to assume in a crash is "designed to kill you." It saves your head and neck from serious injury, and is even more effective in first class because you can bend all the way over and grab your ankles.

However, in both economy and first class, the chances of breaking your FEMUR(S) are shockingly high. While the brace position uses the tops of the seats in front of you to absorb a lot of the impact, most seats break away and you smash the front of your legs into the bottom of the seat in front of you (or the floor in first class). So, your leg(s) is broken AND there's an impossible jumble of broken seats to try to get out of. 80% of people survive the impact of takeoff/landing crashes, so most of those that don't survive die of smoke inhalation or burning alive because their legs are so severely injured that they can't get out of the seat tangle and to the exits.

Scary. Flying is scary. It scares me... more so when I fly alone. However, my practical mind tells me that such incidents are rare and flying is statistically safer than driving. Also, I'm somewhat comforted that Aaron will be a rich man if American Airlines ends my promising legal career before it even begins.

Myth Busters also confirmed that driving while talking on your cell phone (about things that require a lot of brain power) impairs your driving at least as much as driving just below the legal B.A.C. limit on an empty stomach. However, they made a good point that it's always possible to put/throw down your phone when you need to respond to something, but you can't suddenly sober up.

Posted by: Kristina at June 26, 2005 01:35 PM

The Scooby is so big that I don't think we can keep it. I've decided that I'm going to give it to the toy drive at my company that happens every Christmas. Until then, it'll be a massive trophy.

Posted by: dr v at June 26, 2005 09:21 PM

Dude, why don't you sell the Scooby on ebay?

Posted by: Renee at June 28, 2005 12:52 PM

I think the Scooby's size makes it impractical to sell on eBay. The cost of the packing alone would be outrageous.

Arrived in Paris safely. My bag, however, is not yet here so I'm stuck wearing jeans in this heat. Details and explanations coming to a blog near you very soon (as soon as I have pics).

Posted by: Kristina at June 29, 2005 09:10 PM

Hiya !! I'm french, and... I'm the biggest Scooby Doo fan !! I'm really impressed of your photo, it's so great !! you know, I love him... oh... so much !! I'd really like to know you !! Thanks !! Bye !

Posted by: Amy at March 10, 2006 11:38 AM

We donated Scooby to a children's toy drive in December. I kind of miss him, but I like to think of the look on some kid's face when they found out he was theirs. Awww....

Posted by: Kristina at March 11, 2006 05:54 PM