Sunday, March 29, 2009

Le Driving Rules for Life

Adorable Roadtrip Car

My roadtrip with Zenmaster K last week got me thinking how driving and driving rules are very applicable to life as well. Like in life, I managed to follow most of them on the road (except for speeding up when changing lanes and not letting your foot off the breaks in traffic). So in honor of an excellent roadtrip, I would like to share my driving rules for life as well as photos of my roadtrip:

- Always watch where you're going.

- If you reverse, make sure there are no people or objects behind you.

- If you are changing lanes, speed up. It's safer that way.

- If you make a minor mistake mid-road, don't stop to contemplate. You have to keep going.

- If you hit another car or a person, always stop and make sure they're okay.

- If you hit a parked car, leave a note.

- If you are going long distances, make sure you have good music and a bottle of water in the car. Enjoying the journey is important.

- Know how to use the car, including the windows. It's important when you go through a toll booth.

- If you need to stop don't do it mid-road where you will get in the way of other cars. Retreat to a quiet parking spot.

- If you are putting on a sweater in traffic, do not let go of the breaks (I speak from experience).

- Fear is your worst enemy. It will cloud your judgement and can cause you to make mistakes.

- Never ever close your eyes because you are afraid.

- In the beginning it is important to have a good companion to be your second set of eyes.

- If you feel like just enjoying the view, forgo driving for the passenger seat. It's also an ideal spot to control the radio.


Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights

Amusement Park in Seaside Heights - Getting Ready for the Season

Empty Amusement Park

Empty Amusement Park

Empty Amusement Park

Empty Amusement Park

Half Open - Half Closed

Half Open - Half Closed

Half Open - Half Closed

Half Open - Half Closed

Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights

Seaside Heights

Beautiful reflections

Successful parking job at the end of the day

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Le Retraction


Le Blog would like to formally retract the statement "big brothers" used in line 13 of the post "Le Roadtrip" from March 20, 2009.

Le Blog does not condone the use of judgmental and potential hurtful words that allude to any age, size or status, and would like to apologize to any offended parties.

To clarify, the term "big" was meant in the form of "lordly", "cool", "hip" and "the best damn driver the world has ever seen".

Le Blog thanks you for your understanding.


Friday, March 20, 2009

Le Roadtrip


When I my boyfriend and I broke up, I lost one of my favorite driving teachers. I got my drivers license in October last year, after three months of lessons from a school in Chinatown and a whole lot of luck. It was great and I learned a lot, but I still don't have the confidence and skills to drive alone. In order to practice, I used to go on roadtrips with my exboyfriend, but now that we've broken up, I decided it wasn't such a good idea anymore. I'm a very emotional person and you're not supposed to operate heavy machinery in that state of mind.

However I still want to learn to drive alone by summer so I can take full advantage of being in a new country. Therefore I've turned to my pseudo 'big brothers' ie. my awesome guy friends in order to help me out. Tomorrow I'm going on a roadtrip and I'm mega excited. I'm a bit nervous but I'm hoping it all goes well.

Here are some driving videos to start off your weekend!

Happy Friday!


Jennifer Lopez - Que Hiciste

The Cardigans - My Favourite Game

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Scar Tissue

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Le Playlist of Breakup Songs

No Doubt - End It On This

Dusty Springfield - You Don't Have to Say You Love Me

Coldplay - Viva La Diva

Britney Spears - Unusual You

Madonna - Revenge

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Le Gregor Samsa

One morning, as Sabrina LeBreens was waking up from anxious dreams, she discovered in her hallway Gregor Samsa, a monstrous verminous bug, searching through her trash. Sensing someone watching him and hearing the terrified screams, he quickly scurried into the bathroom. He hid as he listened to the fearful panting coming from the next room. The lights came on, and he watched Sabrina grab a tall yellow rain boot. It would be her weapon of choice. She examined the boot to make sure he wasn't hiding in it, then scurried back into the other room. Both vermon and human were equally terrified. He heard curses and waited. She curried back into the corridor, grabbed the trash - his trash - and left the apartment. He watched sadly from behind the toilet as she closed the door behind her. He waited until she was asleep, and made his way into the apartment next door.

At 7:37, two loud bangs on the wall were heard coming from Sabrina's neighbor's apartment. Silence ensued.

The End.

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Le Commercial Interruptus


Commercial Interruptus
By Tim Manners

A pair of research studies finds that we enjoy television programs more when they include commercial interruptions, reports Benedict Carey in the New York Times (3/3/09). This is true even when the commercials suck, according to Leif Nelson, an assistant marketing professor at the University of California, San Diego. "When I tell people this, they just kind of stare at me, in disbelief. The findings are simultaneously implausible and empirically coherent." But in some ways, it's not unlike the way "people eat chocolate bars in pieces, waiting and savoring."

In one study, two groups of students watch episodes of the old sitcom, Taxi -- one group watches with commercials and the other without. The group watching with commercials rated the show more enjoyable than did the commercial-free group. A followup study, "using other video clips and a variety of interruptions" produced similar results. The phenomenon did not hold up "for irritating experiences, like listening to vacuum cleaner noise; a break only made it seem worse, they found." Apparently, irritating television programs weren't tested.

Lief's explanation is that even enjoyable experiences quickly become routine, and the commercial breaks renew one's enjoyment. Wharton's Gal Zauberman meanwhile suggests that "people are not fully aware of what makes them happy, especially when there's a temporal component, when one experience affects another in time." However, as Sonja Lyubomirsky, author of "The How of Happiness," explains: "If you adapt so quickly to pleasurable activities, and the pleasure decreases, how do you sustain a level of happiness or ever move up on the scale?" It's simple: You watch the commercials.