I might be a little too opinionated for my own good, but I also tend to give people plently benefit of the doubt.

I put my heart into everything I do. If you're going to look silly, you might as well do a damn good job at it.

I'm 25 and a second year student, which makes me feel incredibly old among my classmates. I didn't go to school after high school — I just lived the grown-up life for 5 years aaand now I'm here.

I've got a bit of an interesting story, not something I broadcast but then again it's not something that I won't share with you if you ask. So in lieu of asking me, you can read about it here.

Before moving to Davis from the Southern California desert, I worked as a vet tech.

I live in West Davis with my boyfriend Mark, Diego the Doberman, and Mrs. Socks, the lab mix that I've had since 5th grade.

I ride a fixie, but I'm fairly certain that I'll never be able to trackstand or do fancy bike tricks. Not flying off again has been my best trick to date.

I can really appreciate a great vegetarian meal... I'm a big fan of Raja Indian Cuisine. If you haven't been there, GO!

The March 4, 2010 Public Education protest made me want to start working for the CHP.

Wells Fargo Home Mortgage nearly screwed me out of my home because of their horrible customer service and papershuffling, so I ran to the media. My 3 month long battle with them was solved in 15 minutes, on the day that the news crew filmed my story.

For that reason, I am a firm believer of making noise.

About 2 years ago, I took my truck to EZ Lube for an oil change where they proceeded to empty out my old oil and not replace it. They sent me on my merry way and I didn't get very far before my truck broke down. They denied it and gave me the run-around for months, until I took them to court over it. Jerks. The local news did a story on that one, too. Video! I moved to Davis because I ran out of local TV channels. Ha!

The Dogs

Diego looking serious Diego's natural state Mrs. Socks, 1/96 - 5/11/10


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2008-08-12 07:30:31   Welcome to the Wiki. —JasonAller

2009-10-13 17:54:13   indeed! Likewise

why does diego look so serious in that photo ¬_¬ —StevenDaubert

2009-10-14 18:19:24   is there any links to the news story pertaining to the mortgage shenanigans? —StevenDaubert

2010-01-05 09:50:59   Well, I hope bringing anonymous users out of the woodwork isn't always a bad thing. ;-) But I know what you mean. Honestly, I think it's just a function of being an active wiki editor and caring about the wiki. It's worth the fight, I think. Anyway, thanks for your comment — I'm glad to know that others see the salon situation as I do. —CovertProfessor

2010-02-03 00:50:26   If you ever feel like creating a page, type the name of the page you want to create in the search bar and run the search. Click the link that says "create a new page with this title." =) —WilliamLewis

2010-02-03 00:52:36   Heh. Thanks... I have to blow off frustration in some way, and humor works for me. I do sleep, although I like working late evenings and/or early mornings and often take an afternoon nap. Two short bits of sleep make it seem like I'm on around the clock, but I'm actually away from the computer quite a bit during the morning and evening (and I don't use my phone to check the wiki, ever!). For instance, we had a dinner party earlier this evening, throwing dough and making pizzas. I'm sure that gap is in there. I normally just pop on Recent Changes fairly often as I work (a cycle of email/RC/work queue) so it creates the illusion that I'm always around. Of course, right now I'm neglecting the project in front of me I should be working on. ...and Diego is awesome. —JabberWokky

2010-02-03 01:32:48   The IRS is concerned with for-profit businesses using the wiki, a nonprofit, to profit. This gives us our one hard and fast rule: Any pricing involving a non-profit is ok. So anything on SPCA thrift store is fine.

The other ok for adding prices is for educational purposes. If it's educational, it's ok. This includes prices on apartment listings.

What we want to avoid things that are promoting business. Straight price lists are not kosher on a page, although we can link to them. Posting the price of a buffet is probably ok.

The standard I have in my mind (and others may disagree) is that if it is the type of thing a business would write about themselves on a website, flier, or brochure, then it isn't ok. If it's something members of the community without a commercial interest in the subject would write, then it's fine. We should aim for this, anyway, without the IRS breathing down our necks. Alder Ridge Apartments is an example of a page with promotional material that needs to be cleaned up. "Take a dip in the pool, relax in the hot tub, or enjoy a great game of tennis on the lighted tennis court." That's straight out of a brochure, I'd guess. It's not something a normal person would write.

So yeah... straight price list, nuke it from orbit. —WilliamLewis

2010-02-03 01:46:10   I use a guideline of "if it looks like something printed at OfficeMax and placed under your windshield wiper", it needs at the very least a hefty rewrite. If you can't, it needs to not be an advertisement for the business. Representative prices (the way newspaper articles list about a restaurant) are probably okay. Again, these are my guidelines (which aren't necessarily other people's guidelines). It is admittedly fuzzy right now. There is a discussion (with no real resolution) located here. —JabberWokky

2010-02-03 22:11:31   Actually, I did not put everything together until your boyfriend made his own page and his name was not Diego. —hankim

2010-03-18 03:06:06   Really. It's very sad. There was a sign up on the door, and people were packing up stuff tonight... :-( —IDoNotExist

2010-03-19 14:57:25   That would explain it! —IDoNotExist

2010-05-10 22:26:05   Apparently, Nameste Nepal Restaurant is supposed to open on the 15th, too. —AlexanderHo

2010-05-12 08:10:14   Aww, I'm sorry about Mrs. Socks! That's horrible. Hang in there. —TomGarberson

2010-07-05 21:15:49   Michelle > awesome, even when Michelle < lazy. —JabberWokky

2010-07-25 15:54:54   Just viewed the E-Z Lube video.. wow.. talk about audacity.. they appealed? Hope you received something for all the trouble. —WesOne

2010-07-26 11:25:30   As soon as you go from giving money, to taking money AND time they h8h8h8h8h8 —StevenDaubert

2010-08-10 21:13:22   Hi Michelle (& Diego)!!! :D —TrishAng