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Maria Tolentino Goldstein

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  1. I can let go of other people's typos, misspellings, etc. as long as they are not in legal/professional documents (if it's an attorney or any licensed professional who misspells, shame on him/her!). What I cannot stand is the mispronunciation of a name even when it has already been pronounced for the person. I am the only Asian in the office where I work. I get really irritated whenever I hear the name Nguyen pronounced "Nuwen." Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I pronounce it as I see it. Ngu-yen. These people always pronounce the nasalized ng when they use the gerund form of a verb. Do the Vietnamese pronounce the letter y in a different way? Is the Japanese currency yen pronounced 'wen?' The worst part of the whole situation is that I have to hear it everyday and the ones mispronouncing the name are on the other side of my cubby! :mad: Heck, even the Board administrator pronounces it the same way (remember that I already pronounced the name for them and they continue to mispronounce it!)!

    I am curious as to how they would pronounce the Chinese surname Ng. When I was working at a bank in Beverly Hills back in the 90's, I heard people (non-Asian ones) pronounce it 'Ing.' When I was working for a multinational company in Manila in the late 80's, however, I heard a Chinese lady from Hong Kong pronounce just the nasalized Ng (no short i before it).

    Heaven forbid that they try to pronounce Thai names!

    XD I'll one-up you and see if you can pronounce my middle and last names (83 appropriately enough are Thai and Laotian)

    Middle Name: Nuthitia

    Last name: Sipayboun

    XD i'll leave my first name up to the imagination but it's not hard since it's a latin name. :3 good luck

  2. I admit I can see it 2 ways

    1. YES girls like me and Maria over there will be size Xsmall/Small for a long time

    2. It is a downer for girls who are bigger maybe feel upset or offended by it to be thinner but view t as an encouragement.

    Anyone ever see that Yogurt commercial of the chick who ate yogurt and hung a yellow-pokadotted bikini on the wall? She would walk by it smiling as she ate the yogurt and by the summer time she lost the weight ,went to the beach & wore her bikini.

    So view it like that. Unless you got big boobs then please don't get Small thinking your all that. your something else but you don't want me posting that.

  3. I can let go of other people's typos, misspellings, etc. as long as they are not in legal/professional documents (if it's an attorney or any licensed professional who misspells, shame on him/her!). What I cannot stand is the mispronunciation of a name even when it has already been pronounced for the person. I am the only Asian in the office where I work. I get really irritated whenever I hear the name Nguyen pronounced "Nuwen." Please correct me if I'm wrong, but I pronounce it as I see it. Ngu-yen. These people always pronounce the nasalized ng when they use the gerund form of a verb. Do the Vietnamese pronounce the letter y in a different way? Is the Japanese currency yen pronounced 'wen?' The worst part of the whole situation is that I have to hear it everyday and the ones mispronouncing the name are on the other side of my cubby! ^_^ Heck, even the Board administrator pronounces it the same way (remember that I already pronounced the name for them and they continue to mispronounce it!)!

    I am curious as to how they would pronounce the Chinese surname Ng. When I was working at a bank in Beverly Hills back in the 90's, I heard people (non-Asian ones) pronounce it 'Ing.' When I was working for a multinational company in Manila in the late 80's, however, I heard a Chinese lady from Hong Kong pronounce just the nasalized Ng (no short i before it).

    Heaven forbid that they try to pronounce Thai names!

  4. Oh yeah, Otakon attendees at BWI hotels! BWI hotels are nice and quiet, and I notice a number of really well-behaved Otakon attendees (some are even whole families! I remember riding with a family [mother, father, daughter] on the Marriott shuttle one night, since the daughter was going either to the Rave or to the Masquerade [? the cosplay event at night]) around those hotels...well, at least the Marriott ones, since I dealt with attendees who stayed at the different Marriott hotels. My son and I stayed at the Residence Inn last year, but this year we will be staying at the Towneplace Suites (after I heard the Marriott shuttle driver talk highly of it last year).

  5. I disagree about women "getting smaller," unless you mean "shorter." From what I hear, women are getting shorter in the US, but they're definitely not getting thinner. And sizes, unfortunately, mean much more about the width of your frame than your height.

    Every few years, the fashion industry readjusts sizes for various reasons, such as marketing or the changing of the general demographic.

    When I was in high school, I wore a US size 2. When I got to college, I wore a US size 0. Now, a US size 0 fits like a bag. I haven't gotten any thinner in the last 15 years either. Most of my petite friends have all complained that US sizes have gotten bigger. Where things used to only come in S, M, L and XL, now you have XXS, XS, M, L and XL. There are no new smaller sizes. Just the same ones with new names.

    I'm 4'11 (short by both US and Japan standards) and thin by US standards but a bit curvier than the average girl in Japan. While it's certainly more convenient to buy things that fit straight off the rack, I don't expect it to always happen. I either get the item altered or move on. Something else will show up eventually.

  6. I think there were a few pub style bars opposite the Convention Center. That is a possibility. I guess the question is...will there be enough seating and would other people like to go to such an environment.

    Repost post - Is the time frame 1:00 - 2:00 starting or so suitable for you all?

    Most likely in my case, I'll stop by the meeting place just to say "Hi" again. While I know that once we enter the BCC my son will leave me to go to the panels or video screenings he wants to go to, I still have a duty to be inside the BCC. After all, my son is only thirteen and, as his parent, I have to make sure that he is okay. I will not exit the BCC while he is there.

    Understood. That duty...is paramont for a parent. Totally understandable.

    I personally have been wanting to see who you are:) We should definitely say "Hi" at least once lol.

    There's still the singles meetup, right? You'll easily know who I am by my hair (mahogany and very long, goes past my behind. My back will have to be turned, though, for you to see that. Again, do not look for a 47 year old lady because I don't look it) and the teenager beside me. And, since I'm Asian, look for an Asian girl with a half-breed Asian boy beside her. I would put on my zills and play a line of longas (now that will tell you that I'm there!), but I don't think that would be very considerate to whoever is singing at the Otacafe.

    He has shorter hair now, though (he's also very little there. He's taller now since he's going through a growth spurt).

    But yeah, I just might stop by to say "Hi," since it's by the entrance.

  7. I think there were a few pub style bars opposite the Convention Center. That is a possibility. I guess the question is...will there be enough seating and would other people like to go to such an environment.

    Repost post - Is the time frame 1:00 - 2:00 starting or so suitable for you all?

    Most likely in my case, I'll stop by the meeting place just to say "Hi" again. While I know that once we enter the BCC my son will leave me to go to the panels or video screenings he wants to go to, I still have a duty to be inside the BCC. After all, my son is only thirteen and, as his parent, I have to make sure that he is okay. I will not exit the BCC while he is there.

    Understood. That duty...is paramont for a parent. Totally understandable.

    I personally have been wanting to see who you are:) We should definitely say "Hi" at least once lol.

  8. Growing up in Hawaii, we had a lot of delay on shows. When I was little, I remember watching things like:

    Tom Slick

    Underdog

    Electric Company

    Sesame Street

    Mighty Mouse

    Merrie Melodies

    I never liked Tom and Jerry, though.

    And one of the things we watched on Saturdays was the reruns of the old Mouseketeers, when the show was two hours long and included segments of the Roy Rogers show, Flash Gordon, and Junior GIs.

    We also watched Kikaida, Kamen Rider V3, Rainbowman, Go Ranger and a really dumb anime that was listed as "Honey Honey" but I believe was titled "Candy Candy" in Japanese.

    Oh, and does anyone remember the Hair Bears?

  9. I am speaking as an attendee of this convention in between shifts of gofering. I get tired of the attitude presented in this thread (if you don't like it, then don't get). I don't like what you are presented, so I don't want to go is a wrong attitude to have. I don't prescribe to either school of fannish thought because a convention is to broaden your fannish tastes (especially Otakon).

    Many fannish experts say that these two attitudes helped to kill the Science Fiction convention. Science Fiction fandom had a chance to keep Anime in it's realm, but lost it when Anime East, Fanime and especially Otakon happened. It has hurt literary Science Fiction cons because they don't have much young blood. I am afraid that as anime fandom gets older that we will start doing these things. Please remember this when you do posts like this.

    If they're close-minded, there won't be any getting through to them. You cannot change a closed mind. If they're open-minded enough, fine, their horizons will be broadened; however, if their minds are so closed up to only those things that they like and they won't allow any room for something different, then the heck with them, they shouldn't go to a convention and keep complaining. There will always be others who will go because of the word of mouth that gets to them from those with open minds.

  10. I am speaking as an attendee of this convention in between shifts of gofering. I get tired of the attitude presented in this thread (if you don't like it, then don't get). I don't like what you are presented, so I don't want to go is a wrong attitude to have. I don't prescribe to either school of fannish thought because a convention is to broaden your fannish tastes (especially Otakon).

    Many fannish experts say that these two attitudes helped to kill the Science Fiction convention. Science Fiction fandom had a chance to keep Anime in it's realm, but lost it when Anime East, Fanime and especially Otakon happened. It has hurt literary Science Fiction cons because they don't have much young blood. I am afraid that as anime fandom gets older that we will start doing these things. Please remember this when you do posts like this.

  11. -Is wearing a sticker saying that your single and looking tacky? Definitely. It makes a person look desperate (sorry but I had to be blunt on that one).
    LOL, don't be sorry, it was more of a reinforced point rather then an idea. A "Singles Event" is another type of label. And like having the word Single put on a person's clothing, the event has that same attribute.

    I have High standards I know. Sorry. ;-;
  12. Batman that starred Adam West and the other older Batman series (the type shown in those old Nickelodeon type cinemas) where Robin's hair looked like ice cream and the enemy was an Asian guy. It was followed by others like the Green Archer, Black Commando, etc. Superman with George Reeves was also a favorite. There was also Lost in Space and The Green Hornet. And I shouldn't forget the Tarzan series with Ron Ely.

    Three Stooges, Laurel and Hardy, The Lucy Show (the one with Gale Gordon as Mr. Mooney. Ironically, I saw I Love Lucy in my late twenties, not when I was a kid), Dennis the Menace.

    Of course, Onmitsu Kenshi (called "The Samurai" in the Philippines).

    Then there was also The Outer Limits (the old ones) and the Twilight Zone and One Step Beyond.

    Cartoons? There was Popeye (both the King Features Syndicate and the older one), Harvey Toons, Mighty Mouse, Gigantor.

  13. ...the chances of making a connection that could lead to love is fair at best
    Agreed.

    New questiona arise:

    How do men define a connection?

    How do women define a connection?

    How does one "make" a new connection?

    How do we increase the frequency of new connections? (Naturally and unnaturally occurring)

    Off tangent questions:

    -What are somethings women are naturally interested in? (Could be non dating also)

    -Is wearing a sticker saying that your single and looking tacky?

    -A friend of mine (female) said she posted a dating add on craigslist and gets flooded with real requests from real men. When I post a request, all I get is manipulative heartbreaking spam. Confirmation?

  14. I agree with all of the above posts about the convention. If you don't like it just because it's not the guest that you hoped for, not the panels you hoped for, then just don't go. Others who will appreciate what is lined up for the convention will go to the con (I remember months ago, when I took my son to the local Game Stop and he was looking for a Gundam game, I mentioned SRW when I saw the SD Gundam one. The guy who was helping us started talking about SRW. When we were paying for the game, he continued talking to me about SRW, and I mentioned that I just liked the group that did the songs for the game. He then went, "Oh, JAM Project?" I nodded enthusiastically and told him about their performance at Otakon. He then started telling his co-workers about it, and said that he might as well go to Otakon to watch JAM Project).

  15. I think I gave up looking for a girlfriend or even a girl buddy a long time ago at the con...for one thing it's hard to keep up a long distance relationship when I'm working at my office job like crazy...for another...the girls that do usually talk to me are already taken. So in the end it's pretty counterproductive. (It FEELS that way). Those who are not taken...well...talking to any of the females...in America IMO...is quite difficult. Don't know why, just is.
  16. One thing nice about working for the government is the benefit package. As long as you've proven yourself to be a good worker, your supervisor does not have a problem with leave. Fortunately for me, August 8 is an alternate work schedule day (I get every fourth Friday off. Having this benefit depends on the agency that you work for, though), so I don't have to request leave. I just requested my leave for Thursday the 3rd of July (two days from now), Thursday the 10th and Monday the 14th (a week from now?). July 11 is a fourth Friday, so I am off on that day (needed the 10th to the 14th for my trip to St. Louis, MO). Civil service has allowed me to be a mother, it has allowed my ex-husband to be an observant Jew, and it enables both parents to be there for their son when he has a special event. I suggest civil service. Although it does not pay as well as private enterprise, it has a better benefits package and it allows you to be a spouse, a parent, and whatever else you want to be.

    I agree that no con is worth losing your job for. Termination is not a good thing on one's employment record. It's easy to say that you'll look for another job; however, your future employers do reference checks. If they find out the reason for the termination, they just might not hire you. If you were laid off or furloughed for economic reasons (current economy necessitated the layoff, no budget led to temporary furloughs), that's not bad. If you were terminated, however, the future employer will find the cause and it won't make you look good. There's a reason for having a day job and if you mess it up, you mess up your income and your reputation as a worker. If you need to find another job, be proactive instead of reactive.

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