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Belgium = Australia [Mar. 3rd, 2009|04:52 pm]
Tim's mom's boyfriend sent an e-mail today inviting everyone to his house when I will be in Belgium for spring break. Most of the e-mail was in Dutch, except for one line at the end. I entered the e-mail into Google Translate, forgetting to get rid of the English line.
Google Translate took this original text:
PS 2: Rachel, you will be just in Belgium, so I hope you and Tim will join us.

And outputted:
"PS 2: Rachel, you will be just in Australia, so I hope you and Tim will join us."

I have tried some other combinations. When I enter "Belgium is cool" it translates to "Australia is cool." When I enter "Belgium is where Tim lives", it translates to "Belgium is where Tim lives." And the word Belgium on its own stays Belgium.
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Vote for my friend's shirt [Jan. 22nd, 2009|08:11 pm]
My friend Beverly is a huge fan of Threadless Tees, and she just submitted her first design. If it gets high enough ratings, it will be sold on the site (and she'll get money). You have to be a member to vote, and if you would buy the shirt, click on that before you click on a score.

Vote for this cute t-shirt design!
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Embarrassment [Jan. 14th, 2009|07:40 pm]
I used to get embarrassed very, very easily. And I hated it more than anything. I think things must be changing.

Today, I was an assistant for a class with about 40 students, all of whom are middle school teachers. It was the first day of class. Just after the dinner break, the instructor asked me to erase some chalkboards. I got up and knocked over the can of coke on my desk. It exploded like I have never seen a can of Coke explode. There was coke on the walls over 4 feet high. About a 4'x6' area of wall and window and radiator were covered with coke, in addition to a large area of the floor.

I could have been extremely embarrassed. Instead, I just asked the guy next to me to erase the chalkboards while I dealt with the spill. I then went in and out of the classroom several times with paper towels, cleaning as much as I could. I also talked to a janitor and told him to come when the class was over. Hopefully he remembered.

I was so incredibly lucky that the explosion went onto the wall instead of the other direction, where my computer and backpack were, as well as quite a few people who would have been covered. I think they were probably very thankful that it all went onto the wall. I am also thankful that the instructor, being blind, had no idea what a horrible mess I made.
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Nerdy hilarity [Jan. 5th, 2009|08:08 pm]
This is just about the funniest T-shirt I've ever seen.

Palindromes Shirt
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Voting in Chicago [Oct. 21st, 2008|09:39 am]
For Chicago voters:

Sample ballots are available online here.

As you will see, there are a ton of judges on the ballot. To learn more about judges, go to voteforjudges.org.
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Fun with OkCupid [Sep. 27th, 2008|10:24 am]
A guy sent me a message on OkCupid a few days ago asking how to be certified to become a teacher in Chicago. He also didn't realize I was in a relationship even though the first sentence of my profile clearly states that I am. Anyway, the latest message he sent was hilarious:

I met a girl who looked like you tonight, and by looked like you, i meant she was Jewish.
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Seattle area people: Dinner on Monday? [Sep. 4th, 2008|10:16 am]
Tim and I will be visiting Seattle for a short time next week. We'll only have about 3 days in Seattle, and Tim will probably be asleep all of the first day. So, I was thinking of going to dinner Monday night with anyone who wants to come. We could go to Araya's (vegan Thai) in the U-district, but if anyone wants to come and doesn't like Thai or can't easily get to the U-district, we can go somewhere else, including the Eastside, which is probably best for most of you.

Let me know if you want to come and what location works best. Also, if Monday night isn't good, it could potentially be changed.
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Something you don't hear every day [Aug. 25th, 2008|08:14 pm]
My mom: "Hey, Dad got laid off! Yay!!!!"
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The spam that can't be filtered [Aug. 11th, 2008|09:47 am]
Since Aug 5, I have received 6 e-mails at my gmail account intended for people who were not me. I'm getting kind of sick of it. They were addressed to at least 3, probably 4, different people. When I responded, "I'm not Rebecca. Wrong address." to the most recent, she replied that she was sorry she forgot my name and that she wouldn't be able to meet with me as planned. So I guess I have to go back to explaining in nice simple terms.

Also, does anyone else ever get gmail invites from people they don't know? I've gotten 2 about a week apart, both at my gmail account. I believe they are attempts to get full names and e-mail addresses, which are sent to you if someone accepts your gmail invitation. It's an interesting new method of phishing that will get through every filter.
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Peninsula trip advice [Aug. 11th, 2008|07:42 am]
Tim and I are going on a trip next month to the Olympic Peninsula. We have some plans, but I thought I'd solicit advice from the many of you who have been to the area more recently than I have.

Our plan is to stay a day in Forks and 2 days in Port Angeles with relatives. We are planning to go to Rialto Beach, the Hoh Rain Forest, Hurricane Ridge, and Port Townsend. Is there any must-see place we've missed? Is the Quinault Rain Forest better than the Hoh? Should we stay somewhere other than Forks (we don't want to camp)?

We'd appreciate any advice you can give!
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