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25 random things

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25 Random Things:

1. I am the youngest of six children. My parents had five HS aged and up kids when they became pregnant with me. I became an aunt at 3.

2. My first love has always been photography. In HS I learned darkroom techniques. I also worked as a photographer for the local city newspaper for 3 yrs.

3. My first job was as a waitress and I loved it dearly. I was even given an award of excellence from the Tourist Board of California for customer service.

4. I went to a community college with no idea of what I wanted to be when I grew up. I eventually got an AA in Child Development.

5. I am divorced but still friends with my ex. He was a part of my life for a long time and I appreciate that.

6. Even though I had a shared computer I never really used one until my friend maiki introduced me to flickr and 43 things in Jan 06. I bought my first computer later that year, a 20 in. iMac.

7. I went to Germany when I was in the third grade for a month with my parents, aunt&uncle and two cousins. I brought my school work with me and we traveled all over the country and to London for a few days. I went to the Oktoberfest and drank orange Fanta.

8. maiki introduced me to anime and it changed my life. I joke that the reason I chose to go to art school was because of Honey & Clover. I still watch Bleach and Naruto every week after its released in Japan.

9. I am an aunt of nineteen children and I have worked with about a hundred different children. They are all very special to me however I still doubt that I will ever have any children of my own.

10. I love to cook and eat but I have a bit of a limited diet. I am lactose intolerant and chose to not eat meat. It makes it hard sometimes to order food in many restaurants.

11. In HS I learned some Spanish and used it more while working in the restaurant. I want to learn Japanese next and think that through reading subtitles and hearing it spoken in anime helps a lot!

12. I finally decided what I really want to be when I grow up and that is a Graphic Designer. I hope to someday work and get paid instead of just going to school!

13. I am a character in a web comic called one more robot. My housemates have created something amazing and its based on the five of us all living together.

14. I have a tattoo of a butterfly on my stomach that I got when I was 18. I really want more of them, but I am scared of the pain.

15. I think that the funnest job that I have ever had was to plan my wedding. People were surprised at how mellow of a bride I was. It was just like a big party for 150.

16. I began blogging on Vox in Oct. of 2006 and loved it. I still have a blog but its on my own domain.

17. I think that Facebook is lame sauce but I like it for networking. It has been a great resource in getting in touch with really old friends and peers.

18. Since I worked in a bar when I turned 21 I have pretty much tried all the alcohol that I want to. I really enjoy certain drinks every now and then but not in as often. I loves me some dark beer or red wine. New fave is sake/ginger ale!

19. My sister Barbara has always been one of my best friends. She is like 16 yrs older than me but we are still very close.

20. I love all kinds of different music. My obsession for the last couple yrs has been the soundtrack to Samurai Champloo with hip hop by Nujabes, Fat Jon & Tsutchie. It dominates my last.fm.

21. I am a big fan of Ray Manzarek and the Doors. I have seen him live twice in very small venues where he played liked twenty feet away. My parents are only two years older than Ray Manzarek. It doesn’t seem possible.

22. I have become quite geeky as of late. I have been indoctrinated by my housemates into a culture that has inspired and invigorated me creatively.

23. I love the taste of coffee and been drinking it daily on and off since high school. It is not good for me but I am addicted. I stop for a week, a month, or a year and go right back to it. Its the only substance that I have gotten hooked on.

24. When I was 19, I decided that I would stop paying for cable because it was just too expensive and I haven’t had TV since. Nowadays I pay for an internet connection and download the shows that I like to watch (on a computer monitor or with the projector).

25. In two weeks I am changing my name for the second time in my adult life. I will legally known as Susan Magnolia.

spring semester and a trip to the bar

As you have most likely noticed, I have been super excited to talk about graphic design lately. This week began the spring semester for me at the Academy of Art and it my second semester studying graphic design there. When I began this journey I was undecided about which part of the design world I wanted to be a part of. Last spring it occurred to me that graphic design was where it was at for me so I switched majors from computer arts & new media. I realized that I love print design and packaging and am much more passionate about them. It was a wonderful moment and I have never looked back. This semester I am taking History of Graphic Design, Typography 1 and Digital Photography. I am really excited and inspired by my new professors.

Last weekend maiki and I visited the Magnolia Brewery on Haight St. in San Francisco. It was a surprising place and I was enamored with the designed typographic elements (seen in the menu, etc.). It was modern and cool, but older elements of the architecture remained. The print identity, designed by NY’s Nothing Something, was sophisticated and reflected this place beautifully. It was quite a moment for me. I worked at a restaurant for a long time so I am picky to say the least. People tease me that I will never get good service but its not always true (and I am always very grateful when I do). Magnolia’s had it all for me: good beer, good music, curry nuts, and a lovely atmosphere. I will be sure to return!

name change process begun

After 1 year of procrastination I have finally decided to brave the courts again and filed paperwork for my name change. I had purchased a book at Nolo last fall before they closed their Ninth St. store and this week dusted it off and finally read through it. The book was a great resource and easy to follow. I wish that I had bought a book like this when I was filing my divorce paperwork. It would have saved me lots of time and tears of frustration.

Today I took the Bart to Lake Merritt and went to the Alameda courthouse to turn in my paperwork. They line was not terribly long, the people were super friendly, and the process was painless. The filing fees of course are pricey but it is worth it to me. Now I have to wait until spring of 2009 to actually be done with it but I am glad to have begun the process. More to come regarding my productive week!