England. I am going to England in just over a week. :DDDD Although the leadup to that is less spectacular.
So my mom has long been saying that we need to have one last big family vacation. My mom has been looking on various travel sites.
As a bit of background my mom goes berserk in regards to vacations. We can never do anything that is relaxing. It's always GOGOGOGOGO to see as many museums and landmarks as possible. She gets all stressed out, and the entire family is suicidal by the end. And I've seen 36 states this way. Although I've only been to Canada. So I just finished Spanish this year. I really DETESTED it. Do I care about spanish people for the most part? No. Will it be useful? Probably. Is French a hell of a lot easier and more fun than Spanish? yeah. So I was bitter over that. So I recommended "hey, why don't we go to mexico. My mom attacked me like somehow I had a deathwish. Although there has been a significant amount of border violence, in 5 years only two tourists were killed, nad that was because they basically went into the biggest drug town in Mexico.
Second plan: Travelocity, Kayak, etc. I really do want to go to Asia. We were looking. Turns out you can get round trip tickets to Korea for 800 USD per person. Japan for 900, China for like 920.
And then it turns out I have a Chinese friend who we could go with. They would take us around, because their family is boring.
Same thing with Korean friend. And I was like Korea
And guess what the parent said. So my mom said you need to come up with an itinerary. So I talked to my friend, and we came up with some activities. I'll actually post the itinerary in the future, it is quite interesting, but that's not the point. In any case, my mom said no. But then I needed to have surgery. So we assumed it would be next summer. but then PT made my pain decrease, and the possibility of me missing school was too high, so I put it off until next summer. And i had already committed to stuff for MUN. So we changed dates around, and I reintroduced Korea/China. And this time around my mom was like
1) Language is too hard
2) Don't trust your friends
3) Fuck asians, I'm an AmeriCAN (alright, not entirely, but there was an undertone in that direction)
So then I said why don't we do like New Mexico/Texas, and stop back at Disneyland. AT THE SAME TIME AS MLG MWAHAHA. Uh, they didn't buy that.
So they were looking on lastminutetravel, and found some deals to London. And I found some deals to Spain/Korea/Chicago. But they had stupid shitty feeds, so it doubled the prices. But my mom was fixated on London. She said she was open, but actions said otherwise. She booked some trip to London, and it's right over MLG. Now she's freaking out cause we don't have much time to plan. We're spending one week london Area, and one week Either France, Ireland, or Scotland. We're doing wales in the London time. Any UKers have advice?
But NO MLG (
Independence: I have been feeling pretty down lately. My mom keeps on saying I'm not responsible enough to do anything, but i'm taking on responsibilities at school, and in volunteer work. She's not realliy letting me leave the house, except to go to the library. Can't go to a friends unless their parent is home. Can't get a drivers license :/
I"ve been trying to do all the stupid stuff she says, but even doing that she doesn't seem to be willing to bestow more responsibilities, whatever she defines those as :/
RANDOM INTERLUDE ALERT:
Shopping: just thought of it
I went clothes shopping today. I would like a semi-formal sweater. No local clothing stores cary one thoug hcause it's out of season. Trying to figure out style/where to get it. Any ideas?
Hmmm, I wonder which tl.net shirt I should get. I'm running low on good shirts. I might get both the horse one and the always epic ESPORTS power one. if I get that hopefully it will be on time so that I can wear it to the UK, and hopefully attract the attention of a random tl.net netizen.
Internet; For some reason I had a 3.5 second ping today. Played ladder games, lost ling/bling stuff because of it. I can't pinpoint the cause. I'm switching to Sonic.net but they use approximately the same infrastructure as AT&T so I hope it works out. Basically the bandwidth was fine but the ping was HORRENDOUS. :/ Should switching to an ISP that still uses the CO fix some of these problems?
Korean: After watching a bit of Destiny's stream today, and learning of his wish to learn Korean, and talking to various others I figured there should be some sort of central thread in Community, an initiative of sorts. I've been working on the OP, and after I get a bit more help from some native speakers it will be up. Hopefully it can be a centralized place for discussion, questions, and keep random isolated questions out of general.
I will also try to announce something in that post that may or may not come into fruition. Ala Incontrol