Saturday, December 28, 2002

Help! I am damn scared of escalators!

No, really. Some of you may know and like me well enough, but I am about to tell you something that will drastically change your opinion of me from a reasonably confident person into a wuss. This all-important truth that I must share? (thanks ever so much to Snooooopy for giving me the inspiration)

I am damn scared of escalators.

Now, I know that most people don't have a problem with them; in fact, they just use them for the convenience. But for some reason, I don't like them. I don't have a phobia of them, nor am I so petrified of them that I won't go on one. (of course I have in the past, and am probably likely to do so again in the future) Maybe it's the whole "moving staircase" thing, the "being afraid of heights" thing, or some other thing that triggers it. In fact, I'm not likely to go to Vegas anytime soon, as I hear from my brother that they have these HUGE escalators that span six-lane highways. So whenever possible, I use the stairs or the elevator. (despite my brother warning me that elevators could get stuck or have something else wrong with them)

Yesterday, I went shopping with my brother and our dear friends Nathan and Eric. Whenever possible, I took the stairs at the mall and at the Skytrain stations. However, there was this particular station (Granville) that didn't have an elevator. So I had to take this loooooooooooooong extended escalator (the same one that I took back in July, in fact) up to where we could take the stairs to get out to the downtown area. That might not have been TOO bad if my brother hadn't insisted on riding backwards right in front of me, and making like he was going to ride on the rails too! I just concentrated on getting to the top of the thing, which was hard to see with a hundred people in front of me. When we were in the middle of the long ride (or so it seemed to me), my brother decided to make a comment which I didn't react well to at all:

Quote: "Hey Eric, you know what would happen if someone in front of us were to fall? That means we'd all fall with them! That would be cool.. a really huge domino effect!"

*Not* the most pleasant thing to hear. When we were nearly at the top (thank God), my brother then decided to see if he could do a little dance. Not now, not here.. it obscured the top for me, so I told him to just get off this thing ASAP. So no, that was not the most pleasant experience I had yesterday. (and yes, I am well aware that there are far worse things going on than a little escalator ride, but this is MY fear!)

It didn't help that during the ride, my brother commented to us that once at the top, we could go down the long escalator and back up again. I was definitely quite adamantly against doing that, let me tell you. At the end of the ride, I was slowly getting my breath and heartbeat back when my brother commented that since I'd conquered my fear, we could do this over again any number of times. Yes, I've had to conquer that fear many times, but it doesn't get too much easier for me with each successive time. (wish it did, though!)

So any similar stories / tips / general comments to share? (and please don't post that I'm a wuss of the highest order.. I know that already, thank you very much)

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Friday, December 27, 2002

Animals, who secretly loves me, household items, and more!

what animal would you be?

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who secretly loves you?

the demon in my backyard
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Oh my... demons, eh?

What household item are you?

stereo: you are the life of all parties... you're the one who makes all the noise
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**are you made for him**

maybe - he might think you're the one, but he also might not
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What do people think about you?

they think you're smelly
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... I take offense to that! :P

You Are......

In love... or soon will be ;)
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what holiday are you?

CHRISTMAS!!! you are Christmas, so get ready to go broke with all the presents you have to buy =]
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what is your favorite gum flavor

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How will you die?

Your head will fall off
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who do you secretly like.

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Predict your wacky future!!

You will marry a rock and you will make 10 dollars a year.
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what is your true love's name?

Captain Jack Sparrow
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You may look only all right, but you taste pretty good once things are added to you.
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What's your quote?

I gave you blood! Blood!
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Find out!

Your mother goes to college.
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You are a tuba. Some people think of you as a troublemaker, and sometimes you can be. You are lazy, but know how to have fun.
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What Kind of Pie are You?

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you're okay to him... just work a little harder... he's almost there
good luck
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What is your inner animal??

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What is your lover's name? (girls)

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What's your true love's name, and have you met them?

Joshua - yes, you have
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Who has a crush on you? should you ask them out?

Andy - yes
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you love who? and do they love you?

Spencer - yes
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What is your true last name?

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You are a caring outcast who just wishes to be loved. You are a very good person.
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What Schoolhouse Rock song are you?

You are Conjunction Junction
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What is your ridiculous comeback?

You smell really weird
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What will your obituary say?

Died by choking on a Fairytopia Barbie, and will be greatly missed by Kid Rock.
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You are Victoria's Secret!
Being sexy, flirty, and fun is all you care about!
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What is the name I would give you?

Bobby McJimjim
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You're a total Fashion Freak
You are way popular and have tons of friends on your side. When it comes to accessories, you rock! All your friends come to you for all the hottest tips. You're Daddy's little angel.
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Not really...

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