Saturday, January 26, 2008
Seriously....Rambo is probably one of the MOST intense movies I've seen in a long time. It reminded me of the brutal action movies back in the 80s, and Stallone doesn't hold back in this new installment.
Monday, January 21, 2008
Although Memorial Day is still quite a bits away, I figure I put down some things that I've been thinking about for VO4. Judging from the responses that I've gotten, it looks like there'll be 5 people coming, which is a nice number because the Cove will sleep 5 comfortably. If you have your own favorite sleeping bag you want to bring along, feel free to bring it, but there're 2 couches, 2 inflatable queen-sized beds, and 1 sleeping bag available for use, so sleeping accommodations shouldn't be too much of a problem.
Like I said before, I'm gonna pick up Rock Band and a Xbox 360, which means we should never be bored on this trip :P Catnipped, if you have room to bring one of your GH guitars along, that would be great :) I don't know how warm it'll be when May rolls around, but my apartment complex has two swimming pools with hot tubs if you feel like taking a dip. The apartment complex also has a movie theater (it's basically a really nice home theater) stocked with movies, so if everyone wants to watch some DVDs on a projector and surround sound, I can reserve it.
There aren't as many cool things to see in Columbus as compared to Seattle, but there're some things that might be worth seeing if everyone is interested.
COSI: This is one giant interactive museum where you can play around with robots, fly a flight simulator, and do a bunch of other sciency stuff. It's pretty fun the first time through, and you can see some pictures of the exhibits here from a previous trip.
Columbus Zoo: I was pleasantly surprised by the number of different animals that the zoo has to offer, so it's definitely worth a visit for animal lovers.
Cedar Point: This place is the roller coaster capital of the world. But I also know that Catnipped and Grapes aren't the biggest roller coaster fans, so it probably won't be as fun for them as for others. It'll also probably be a day trip, but I figure I mention it in case anyone is really dying to go.
Dave and Busters: Velius had mentioned he went there, but didn't really get the full experience, so I'm gonna put this as another point of entertainment.
As for places to eat, here are some places that came to mind.
Hang Over Easy: Velius expressed a wanting to eat at some mom and pop places, so this is one of the two breakfast places that came to mind. This is a popular venue for OSU students since it's located on the edge of campus. I can't vow whether their food can make hangover's easier, but their breakfasts are pretty good, and they have a lot of creative names to their menu items.
Marshall's Restaurant: Here's the other mom/pop breakfast place I had in mind. They serve food all day, but I've only ate their breakfast, and it's pretty darn good. They serve some pretty huge pancakes (we're talking like basketball diameter-sized), but they also have a variety of omelets, and Dragon approves of their biscuits and gravy.
Jeni's Ice Cream: A mom and pop ice cream parlor with a bunch of unique flavors that you'll probably not see anywhere else.
House of Japan: This is the Japanese steakhouse that I'm sure I've mentioned before. Dragon and I eaten there so many times we have nicknames for all the different chefs, but it never gets tiring to eat there especially when it's prepared well. If we do want to eat there, definitely bring your appetite because it is a LOT of food. Their lunch special is probably the best deal, but you get more food variety and a better show for their dinners.
Cap City Diner: This is one of the many Cameron Mitchell restaurants around Columbus. They have a variety of different foods and deserts, and I've been pleased every time I've come to eat there. Just make sure you don't attempt to eat the Seriously Bigger Chocolate Cake by yourself like I did...
Restaurant Hama: I just went there over the weekend, and this place has some incredibly good sushi. And with sushi names like Sunday Morning and Area 51, how can you go wrong? Restaurant Hama is part of the Easton Town Center shopping area, so if you don't feel like sushi, there're a billion and 1 other choices there to eat :P
Graeters: Before any of you leave Columbus, I will have to take you to Graeters for some ice cream, since I heard or read somewhere that you should have some Graeters' ice cream at least once before you die. And boy, their ice cream is good...
I was also thinking of having a BBQ maybe on Sunday or Monday and inviting some OSU friends from out of town. Therefore we could have a huge game of Bang! or Mafia going, and we would have a live audience for all of our Rock Band performances :P
Someone had mentioned golf, and there is a driving range relatively nearby if everyone wanted to go and take a couple of swings. We also have a 9 hold golf course really close by that only costs about $10 to play, but as a part of golf etiquette, everyone who plays needs to have their own clubs, so it would be hard to get our group to go play.
OSU also recently revamped their rec center, so we have some pretty awesome facilities for sporting activities like wall climbing and racquetball. The thing is it'll cost like $10 to get access to the indoor facilities. If the weather is nice, there're outdoor basketball and tennis courts available for free as long as we get to the courts first.
Anyways, that's all that I can think of for now. If there's something you want to do or see or comment on, please let me know :)
Monday, January 7, 2008
Sunday, January 6, 2008
It's time again to give yourself some new goals for the new year, and I'm looking to see if I can improve on my 0.500 batting average on last year's resolutions.
Graduate this year/Find a job: Yeah, I know that Kira won't be happy with me repeating some of my resolutions, but I have a much better idea of my graduation schedule now, so hopefully this'll be the year that it happens. I'm combining this with the job resolution since my advisor thinks that there're opportunities for me this year to find a job before I graduate.
Lose some weight: M is convinced that I've somehow gained weight, so to keep her from nagging me, I'll strive to lose some weight this year. I'm about 858 Newtons at the moment, so we'll see what the scale says at the end of the year. I think ideally, I want to be in the 823 Newton range.
Wake up a earlier each day during the weekdays: I've been typically getting up at around 8:30 am to 9 am, so I'll try to make more of the day by getting up an hour earlier, like around 7:30 am or so. Maybe I need to move overseas or something, because I was getting up at around 5 am without any problems while I was at Taiwan :P
Cut back on Ice chewing: This can be a good or bad habit depending on how you look at it. I can chew through a bowl of ice as if it were a bowl of pretzels, and on one hand, I could look at it like I'm replenishing lost water for my body (and maybe burning some extra calories at the same time since my body needs to warm the ice into water). But on the other hand, it's easier to drink water, and ice chewing probably won't be good for my teeth in the long run. I've already had practically every teeth-related health care done on my teeth and don't particularly care for any more in the near future, so I'll take care of my teeth and cut back on the ice chewing.
Maximize fun for Veg Out IV: Columbus Edition, and Veg Out V: EVACuation Edition: The task has been put on me to plan the next two Veg Outs, but I sorta enjoy planning get-togethers. Hopefully I can follow in the footsteps of Catnipped's awesome hosting in Seattle, and we can finally have Grapes attend a Veg Out :)