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C'est   Moi!

Well, okay guys, here's the general info on Yours Truly.

Name:  Y (DUH!)
Age:  19
Birthdate:  January, 1980
Birth Place: Winnipeg, MB
Current Residence:  Toronto, ON
Parents:  Two - Mom and Dad.  :)
Siblings:  Three
Occupations:  University student at the University of Toronto, editor 
of a skating fanzine, writer, actor, resident artsy 
Career Plans:  Teaching English to high school students, writing 
bestselling novels (in my dreams), becoming the next E.M. Swift (a 
figure skating journalist), starting my own skating magazine, and 
doing a whole bunch of other things that seem as ludicrous as the 
others on this list!  :)
Hobbies:  Reading, writing, drama (acting and going to the theatre), 
watching figure skating (I'm an obsessed nut), e-mail (hee!), 
listening to music, baking and fiddling with making fancy desserts, 
and ... well, that's all I can think of right now.

Loves   and   Hates

I love a lot of stuff.  I also hate a lot of stuff.  So here's the 
list of things that will forever be on Yaz's Love/Hate list.


Music:  Moxy Fruvous, Barenaked Ladies, Meredith Brooks, Wild 
Strawberries, Jann Arden, Chantal Kreviazuk, Jewel ... and a lot of 
others, but we'll stop there.
TV Shows:  The X-Files, E.R., Caroline in the City, any televised 
figure skating (!), The Royal Canadian Air Farce, Due South
Sports: (to watch, not play) Figure skating (like I said, I'm 
obsessed), gymnastics, synchronized swimming
Foods:  Pizza, mashed potatoes, pasta
Things to do:  Shopping, going to the theatre, movies, TV, 'Net 
surfing, reading ...
Actors:  Jodie Foster, Emma Thompson, Paul Gross, Sarah Polley
Athletes: (well, they're all skaters :)) Shae-Lynn Bourne and Victor 
Kraatz, Isabelle Brasseur and Lloyd Eisler, Kurt Browning, Michelle 


Music:  The Backstreet Boys (a.k.a. The Evil People - UGH!), the 
Spice Girls, Aqua, Madonna, Mariah Carey, Celine Dion, any annoying 
rap stars who think they are gods
TV Shows:  Sailor Moon, soap operas, 90210, Melrose Place (anything 
Aaron Spelling, let's just say) ... and ... I'm blanking here
Sports: Football (takes up way too much good airtime on TV), golf
(boring!), and any kind of wrestling/boxing
Foods:  Zucchini
Things to do: Boring homework, household chores, sitting around doing 
Actors: Jim Carey (annoys the hell out of me), Alicia Silverstone 
(talentless, overrated ditz), anyone else who thinks they can act but 
Athletes:  Overpaid basketball thugs.  Overpaid football thugs.  
Overpaid hockey thugs.  Not all of them.  Just the greedy, 
pretentious, thug-ish ones.  And then come the skaters ...
Skaters:  Pasha Grishuk and Evgeny Platov (The Evil Ones), Tara 
Lipinski, Marina Eltsova and Andrei Bushkov, Alexei Urmanov

Current   Obsessions

Geez, I've gotta start updating this thing more often.  Anyways, 
life's been hectic as usual.  Holidays have come and gone and now 
it's 1999 and back to the same old grind.  Lecture lecture lecture 
reading reading paper paper paper test test test.  *sigh*  Ah, well.

Let's see, what else?  Well, I've got a ton of articles to write 
'cause we're way behind deadline for Glint.  Bad us!  
At the end of the month, it's off to Ottawa for me to play 
spectator/reporter at the Canadian Figure Skating Championships.  
Can't wait!

On the computer front, yes, I'm still an e-mail junkie, and my 
total number of webpages with all my linking pages now totals 
something like 120.  :)

Now onto the current obsessions list.  :)

SKATEFIC ONLINE:  Those of you who know me know that over the last 
few years, I discovered a great form of escapism writing known as 
Skatefic.  Skatefic, basically, is any kind of fictional writing 
about figure skating.  For me, it's a chance to forget all writing 
restraints and be as shamelessly Harlequinesque as I please.  :)  
Anyways, lately, I've been putting some of my trash online, and it's 
spawned two epic pages as well as a Yaz's Skatefic Headquarters.  
Check out Beyond the Ice to figure out what I'm talking about. 

SPIRIT:  My favourite pop-folkie, Jewel, finally 
released her sophomore CD.  It's called Spirit, and I love 
it.  It's been getting non-stop play in my CD-ROM drive, especially 
track 11.  Check out Hands for the lyrics to the first single 
off this new CD.

ANNA QUINDLEN:  Sometimes, movie adaptations of books can be a 
good thing... in more ways than one.  When One True Thing 
first came out late last year, I knew it would be my kind of movie, 
and it was.  Right after I saw it, I went straight out and read the 
book, written by Anna Quindlen, that the movie was based on.  Turns 
out this woman is a writer after my own heart.  Not only does she 
write incredible, realistic fiction, but she also happens to be a 
Pulitzer prize winning journalist.  Rock on, Anna!

CUPID:  I love this show.  I don't watch a lot of TV, 
but there were two really good new shows that premiered this season, 
and this is one of them (keep reading and you'll see what the other 
one is).  Unfortunately, they stuck this clever, witty program in the 
nightmare Saturdays at 10 slot, so it hasn't gotten much of a 
viewership, but ABC is moving it to Thursdays at 9, so maybe it'll 
have a better chance there.  Watch it - Jeremy Piven is 

FELICITY:  And here's my other new favourite.  It's not just 
another teen soap - this show is intelligently written, well-acted, 
and just plain addictive.  Plus, any first-year university student 
has gotta be able to identify with Felicity.  I know I do!

Current   Pet   Peeves

Okey-dokey.  Let's see what I have to vent about this time...

THE WEATHER:  We were having a lovely winter before the biggest 
snowstorm Toronto's had in 42 years decided to all come down at 
once.  :P  Now, thanks to the snow, it takes me two and a half hours 
to get to freakin' school every day.  Let's just say that it's not 

WRITER'S BLOCK:  Do you know what it's like to be in the middle of 
three stories, plus have five articles to write, on deadline, and be 
totally blocked?  Three days in a row this week, I've turned on my 
computer, sat there, and stared at a blank screen for an hour before 
giving up and turning it off.  Argh!

BRITNEY SPEARS:  My little sister, Classic Teenybopper of the World, 
has discovered yet another really really annoying new pop star 
to add to her collection of The Evil Ones (BSB) and Friends.  :P  
This time, it's a sixteen-year-old chick named Britney Spears who 
sings bubblegum pop in an annoying nasal, completely unmelodic 
voice.  Heaven help us all.

&*#@$! NOTEBOOKS:  Why do all notebooks that aren't spiral bounds 
have this tendency of breaking in half if you try to bend the pages 
over?  It's very very very annoying.