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Such as a grandpa who was awesome enough to teach a 12-year-old me about binary as well as the difference between analog and digital.

People Who Adopt
I wouldn’t be here were it not for a kind couple who opened their home and their hearts to my foreign-born mom and her siblings.

Really Thick Books
Along with other reading, I’ve been working my way through Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Cycle. Even if I only make it through a few pages a day, it’s always a delicious experience.

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“Waltz #2” by Elliott Smith
Because with each listen, it’s still as beautiful as the first time I heard it.

Musical Theatre
Because Eponine's "On My Own" and Elphaba's "I'm Not That Girl" break your heart, while Marguerite's "Vivez!" and Sister Sarah's "If I Were a Bell" make your spirits soar.

Small Los Angeles Venues
Because a night at Largo or the Hotel Café does wonders to recharge me.

The Golden Spoon
Pinkberry is great, but it's the Golden Spoon that has captured my heart. I crave their tasty active cultures.

Because I've met such interesting, talented people and have gotten to write about everything from creepy mannequins to Civil War reenactments.

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Scripted Television
I still can't get enough of shows like "The Office," "Battlestar Galactica" and "Arrested Development" (may it rest in peace).

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