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Down the rabbit hole

Posted on 2009.10.11 at 12:36
Current Mood: grumpy
Current Music: "Hotel Room" Pitbull
I think I might finally be adjusting to life here - as I was walking around campus yesterday, I stumbled across a monarch butterfly among the flowers.  And I felt at peace with this country - it is a magical country, you just have to relax and experience it.  

Friday night: Megan and Kerry's party.  I had a fantastic time (although I did wish a certain someone was there with me.)  After talking to Alan in the afternoon, I was feeling comfortable with Spanish - I spent the evening watching the dancing, dancing (a little bit, and very badly) and talking to other people.  I re-met a boy from my Hazardous Waste class (although he didn't recognize me at first).  He said I looked different - that I never smile in class.  I ended up going with him, two friends, and Courtney to a local ranchero for a friend's birthday.  He and I walked up and down the street and talked a bit about Mexico.  He's nice, but I do hope he doesn't bother me too much in class after this.  We tried to go to IHOP at 4 AM, but apparently IHOPs are only open 24 hours in the US. So Courtney and I decided to go to IHOP on Saturday morning (b/c well....pancakes are pancakes! :-) )

Saturday: Started off the day at IHOP. (fantastic!) I had a coupon, the food was yummy and the waiter was great.  (When I asked for change for a $200 he gave me $100, 2 $20, 2 $10, 3 $5, 4 $1 and 2 50 cent pieces.  The engineer in me was happy.)  I headed back to Tec and went with Laura to the Centro de los Artes to look at a photography exhibit and then we went to the Cintermex to check out the Feria Internacional de Libros, which was fantastic.  (My camera battery died though, which really frustrated me.)  That's going to be this Wednesday's trip: a trip to Hogar 3 and the Cintermex.  Hopefully more people can come this time around!

Today is going to be a lazy sort of day, although I do have a meeting at 4 PM.  (ick!)  I really wish I could go spend today outside hiking, like at Turkey Run.  It's getting to be very nice weather here (which is better than sweating ridiculously all day.)  I probably should go get lunch sooner or later. Adios!


(Anonymous) at 2009-10-12 13:20 (UTC) (Link)

IHOP's major problems

Sounds like Friday night was a blast! Hey, next time folks go out for a meal, we may all want consider that IHOP has been exposed for food safety and animal cruelty issues. Check it out: www.humanesociety.org/ihop
(Anonymous) at 2009-10-12 22:07 (UTC) (Link)


Hi there - this is the Communications team at IHOP. Glad to hear you had a good visit, and got the change you needed!

We saw the anonymous post above and wish to clear up some of its inaccuracies. IHOP is against animal cruelty and has supplier standards that go beyond what is required by law to ensure the dignified, humane treatment. If we find a supplier is not meeting our standards, we address those issues with the supplier.

The Humane Society of the United States, a multi-million dollar organization, that many feel like PETA has a vegan/vegetarian agenda for the country (like PEA), has launched a campaign against IHOP because of our refusal to meet their demands to use cage-free eggs. Animal welfare experts’ opinions differ, and science has still not determined that cage-free housing is any better for laying hens then caged hens – in fact there are a number of reports that document the advantages and disadvantages of different systems for housing laying hens. Additional studies on how best to house hens are being done, and we remain open to the scientific-based outcomes of these reports. You can read more about it here:


Ensuring a great guest dining experience is important to us at IHOP, and we hope that you and your friends will dine with us again soon.
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