Halloween is nigh, the days are getting shorter, parents everywhere
Hello Everyone! In case you are wondering, the title is a Haiku in honor of National Novel Writing Month, i.e. November! Yes, I know it is hard to believe, but November is just around the corner. Every November there is a novel writing contest, and every November I say, "I'm going to do it this year!" but once again, I don't think I will be partaking. In case you are unfamiliar with the NaNoWriMo competition, basically you have from midnight on Halloween until midnight on Nov.30 to write a novel. The idea is quantity, not quality, but it is a competition. I forget what the prize is if you win, but it doesn't matter. The idea is to have fun and challenge yourself! Even though I probably won't be writing a novel this month, I might as well be with all the writing I will be doing. November means term papers, and I happen to have quite a few to write this semester.But enough talk of papers! I haven't posted in awhile, but I have been busy collecting pictures and stories to tell you all! Lately, earthquakes have been on my mind. They always say, "The Big One's coming!" and considering that I have never experienced even a small tremor, these words strike fear in my heart. Whenever the floor shakes from someone walking down it or slamming a door, my first thought is always,"It's an earthquake!!" (It never is). One day, something like this is going to happen:
There is a point to this confession; the Thursday before fall break, there was an earthquake simulation chamber on campus. So of course, I went. To tell you the truth, it was actually kind of fun. It was supposed to emulate an 8.0 magnitude earthquake, and it was quite violent, but it felt like a roller coaster. Mind you, if it were a real earthquake, it would NOT be fun. At least now I know... and knowing is half the battle. A lot of people use it to catch up on homework, but to be honest, I spent most of fall break sleeping. Of course, no one can sleep for four days straight--even I would get bored with that. Though I've been here for a year already, there is still so much of the city I haven't seen. One such place is Olevera Street, which is something like a street market in Downtown LA. It reminded me a lot of Santa Fe, only it was more like Cozumel. That's not a very useful comparison if you haven't been to both places, so I took pictures, because a picture is worth a thousand words, right?