Chile Vacation photos finally
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they are all here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/30414688@N00/sets/72157624458522091/

Fresno
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Its hard to believe i have lived here since February of 2009-almost a year and a half! Despite all my good intentions i haven't written about my experiences in the central valley at all. I have learned so much from being here and because I don't know how much longer I'll be calling Fresno home-i really want to push myself to write/document as much about this place as possible starting now-so stay tuned..

Fres-Yes

( The parking lot of the Mexican market next to my house)

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Today when I got to brunch I parked on Telegraph in front of this car that had a 40ish yeah old man sitting inside. He honked his horn and asked me to move up a little because he said i wasn't giving him enough room to get out (he had at least a foot on each side). I rolled my eyes but moved my car up another foot and a half-so that my car was just touching the red zone. When I got out he started complaining and my friend Sarah yelled back "chill out you have more than enough room." We walked away to him yelling insults.

After brunch (where I had an awesome fig, blue cheese and walnut custard w/ beet salad btw)we came back to a note that said "the ugly, flabby, funky, pastey, dog faced girls :) And he threw some black motor oil on my car too. Oh how I miss living in Oakland..

Does Progressive City = White City?
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This article analyzes demographics in most of the cities that are considered to be the most "progressive." The results are not super shocking (they are much more likely to be white) but definitely have a new meaning for me now that I have been living in Fresno, a "less desirable" city for almost a year. The city has a poverty rate of over 40%, the county has the largest concentration of poverty in the nation coupled with extreme pollution, bad water and high unemployment-its also incredibly diverse. I definitely do my fair share of hating on Fresno-but I often find myself in situations where i feel like I have to defend it, especially when talking to people from the Bay Area. I understand why living somewhere like SF, NY, LA would be more desirable (heck i'm already planning my escape), but I'm sick of the inevitable- "i could never live there," as well. Especially when i read stuff like this article calling Fresno "Dumbest City in America" with no analysis of why so few people here have access to higher education.

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karasone

Should I start writing in here again? Hmmm

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Yesterday I got officially sworn-in as a CA attorney and it feels completely surreal but awesome.

I am now going home to Buffalo for christmas which I am really happy about but it will involve me doing a lot of traveling by bus. I am flying from SFO to JFK because it was half of the price to fly from SFO to Buffalo (which is bulllshit), necessitating a 6.5 hour bus ride each way. I'll be home the 23rd to the 27th-so Buffalo people call me and save me from my family for a little while.

I have some interviews coming up that I am excited about-but they are both out of the Bay Area. They are both jobs that I would really love to have but the thought of leaving my home of over 6 years makes me really sad (but exscited for a new adventure at the same time).

Thanksgiving is for 90's rock videos
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YO LA TENGO- "Sugarcube"




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I found out I passed the California Bar Exam last night!

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I woke up in a motivated mood full of good intentions of writing cover letters and sending out resumes. Before I got started I decided to go to wells fargo to check out my balance and I noticed that my savings account is shy of $820 dollars. I click on the account history and see that this money has been transfered to some random person via paypal. I called my bank immediately and file a fraud report. Then I called paypal and before I tell the fraud department person too much he immediately cuts in "wait..do you have a wells fargo account?" When I tell him that I do, he tells me that he has taken a bunch of similar calls all from people with accounts there. He then proceeds to tell me that wells fargo had some computer issue and that they reassigned active savings account numbers to new people. He filed a report and I decided to call wells fargo back. After being hung up on once, getting transferred to the wrong department twice I get this crazy woman on the phone who seems to be speaking gibberish to me. i finally get to talk to her supervisor who says " I'm glad that paypal is blaming us when it is their fault.!" I told her i didn't care how she felt about it or whose fault it was, only that I want my money back ASAP. Supposedly they are going to follow up with me tomorrow but i am planning on calling them first thing tomorrow. This couldn't have happened at a worse time considering how broke I am, but I am trying to stay positive because their is not much else I can do.

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Bar exam results come out Friday..I am a nervous wreck

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