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The Great Urban Race in San Francisco

While I was working today, I saw a lot of people running by with race tag numbers on their shirts. A couple people actually stopped by the cart to buy something small, and I was able to read what was on their shirts: “The Great Urban Race.” The whole time during work, I kept wondering what this race was all about. San Francisco always has a ton of marathons/races going on all year round, and it’s so hard to keep track of.

Well, I just now looked up information about the Great Urban Race, and seems like it’s similar to the reality game show, The Amazing Race. The things that make it different, though, is that it’s only for one day–several races happen around the US in urban cities at different points of the year–and there are final championships in Las Vegas in November. Interesting! I guess there’s also no TV camera rolling–just fun times and for a good cause.

I wish I had known about this earlier, because I definitely would have wanted to sign up with a friend. Perhaps I will go for it next year? Something to think about, at least.

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Celebrity Apprentice

I began watching “Celebrity Apprentice” from the start and at first felt a little bored by it–I even managed to skip a couple weeks’ episodes. But just now, I decided to catch up on those episodes and realize how much information I can glean from the show.

Granted, I probably should have watched the original “The Apprentice” shows before, but this one seems to follow a similar model. I like watching how each of their projects evolve from the brainstorming phase to the presentation. It actually makes me miss school projects since I notice a lot of the same kind of conflicts popping up (yet the feeling of completing a project is always rewarding, no matter the outcome).

I should catch up with the previous two episodes tomorrow so I can watch the new episode on Thursday.

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American Idol & My Hometown.

Just got word from people back home about one of our classmates, Michael Gregory, appearing on American Idol this past week. He went down to Atlanta to audition for the show and ended up seemingly baffling the judges:

For those people who knew/know him, Michael is quite a character. He always has been–I remembered in elementary and middle school that he was rather quiet but would occasionally have his moments of randomness. He became more “out there” in high school and most knew him as an excellent musician at first. My brother used to hang out with Michael a lot and they would film funny videos together.

I have lost touch with Michael, save for the fact we are friends on Facebook. I was surprised to hear about his little stunt on American Idol and figured, like most who know him, that his stunt was that: merely a stunt. His attire and the way he sang Akon’s song was just hilarious–you can tell that the judges were probably wondering “What the heck?”

Anyway, from this little morsel of news, I also thought about the aftermath of this small 15 seconds of fame: I bet Michael is getting a lot of friend requests and some sort of Internet celebrity status just from this short stint on television. I checked out his Facebook profile and it seems that a lot of people from our high school commented and congratulated him–I am betting most people who commented had not really talked with Michael for quite awhile before the American Idol episode aired. It’s just amusing to me to watch this unfold; I’m sure most everyone in our hometown knows about this by now. After all, news spreads fast in a small town.

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Tila Tequila’s breakup.

I read on Tila Tequila’s blog the other day that she and Bobby had already broken up.

Some would say it is sad, but…in some ways, I was expecting it. I didn’t think the relationship would end so quickly, of course, but I didn’t think it would really last in the long run. Due to Tila’s heightened celebrity status and Bobby’s tendencies to be jealous, I can see why the relationship didn’t last.

Some people speculate this is all a “scam,” that Tila wasn’t really interested in Bobby in the first place. Some are saying that Tila is coming back to MTV for the second season of “A Shot at Love”. I’m not going to speculate at all and just let the poor girl be. There will always be critics in the world I guess.

In other news, today I nearly fell out of a bus. Seriously, every time I ride the bus through Chinatown, I feel like it’s the worst time to be on the bus. Yeah, so I’m Chinese, and I’m pretty much “in” with the people who frequent Chinatown. But come on, people, learn some manners! They always crowd onto the bus as if it’s the last boat leaving the mainland to America (so harsh yet so true…you’d have to be here to see it). I was trying to get off the bus at my stop, but so many of them were looking at me as if I were telling them they needed to get off the bus and walk or something. They wouldn’t budge to let me out! So I had to push my way out, and I was nearly dangling out the door and feared I would fall out. Luckily, I escaped with no injuries, but I was pretty pissed off when I got off the bus. I’ve braved that crowd many times already since I’ve moved here, but for some reason today it seemed a lot worse than usual.

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Shot at Love Season Finale

Sigh. So, “A Shot at Love with Tila Tequila” is over, and I am a little disappointed in the outcome. Tila chose Bobby in the end, leaving Dani heartbroken and such. It made me kind of angry, but oh well. I thought Dani took it all well in some ways, even though I could tell she was very hurt by the decision. Still, at least there wasn’t any drama or bitter feelings (blatantly) shown.

I guess in the end, though, it was probably best that Dani didn’t end up with Tila. Not to downplay reality TV couples or celebrity couples, but a lot of times, these relationships do not work out perfectly, especially when people are very nosy about the relationship. Unless Tila and Bobby are smart about keeping their relationship details private, I don’t see them staying together for too long. If they do stay together, well, more power to them, but I really don’t see that happening. Maybe Tila will get tired of Bobby, or vice versa. If the relationship goes bad, would they still be able to stay friends? Who knows.

This is the reason why I hate getting wrapped up in shows. I get so worked up over the little details that I tend to forget that I have my own life to worry about.