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Devora's Best Discoveries of 2009

  • Oct 23, 2009
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le sigh, 2009's coming to an end and since a bunch of fellow Lunchers have created lists of their best/favorite things for 2009, I decided to hop on the band wagon and create a list of my own, too!  Sorry, but I will not be handing out anything on this list to audience members-- erm, Lunchers who read this (who do you think I am?  Oprah???).

Well, I guess I'd be willing to share #1 with you, but I know that everyone's got at least #3! ;D
Friends are awesome. I'm 99.99999% that that's universal knowledge. I was lucky enough to meet many really, truly amazing people this year who I'm fortunate enough to call my friends. I kept around some of my old ones, too :P I've learned so much from them, as well has had such fun times. This year's been a blast.
If you didn't already know, I work for Lunch, as a community manager, to be exact, but that's besides the point. I've been a member of several other review sites, but have never come across a site quite like Lunch that has such an emphasis on quality content as well as a peaceful, respectable community. This is seriously one of the best and most fulfilling web communities that I've had the pleasure of being a part of. Furthermore, Lunch has totally changed the way that I think because whenever I'm out experiencing things in the world, I tend to think more critically about them now, and craft ways to describe them into a Lunch review in my head. Oh, and it's great practice for my writing, which I love!
iPhone 3Gs
With thousands of apps and so many innovative features, it's hard to find anything to complain about this amazing piece of technology. I'm never without my iPhone now and can't imagine living without it. The best part is being able to do everything on the web on the go. So convenient! I love the way it looks, too.
See the full review, "iPhone 3GS: I Don't Ever Wanna Be Without You.".
Toyota Camry
After a not-very-bright guy ran into my fifth generation Camry, it was time to upgrade to the seventh generation. My car's name is Swoopy. Toyota has made such huge changes in the past few years. I was a little iffy on the exterior design at first, but now its totally grown on me. Even my friends with luxury cars are jealous of Swoopy. Why? Because their cars that they paid an extra $40-$50k don't have nearly as many features of my car. They only paid for the name, plus their maintenance costs are way higher. Oh, did I mention that every time I turn on the car at night, it feels like a night club inside?
Apple MacBook Pro MB986LL/A 15.4-Inch Laptop
I don't have one of these yet, but several of my friends have gotten these after Snow Leopard was released.

...And now I want one!  So pretty to look at and incredibly easy to use.  Would make quite the Apple team with my iPhone!  I love how all the drivers are installed, though I guess that's available in Windows 7, too, but I digress.  I think I'm going to get myself one of these for my birthday!
I was recently introduced to Kombucha and my fridge has been stocked with them since. People keep asking me what my favorite flavors are, but honestly, they all pretty much taste the same to me. And that taste is akin to vinegar water. So why do I drink it? For the simple fact that I dig bubbly flavored beverages, but don't want them to be too sweet. Kombucha by Synergy does the trick, and it's an added bonus that it's raw and claims to have health benefits.
Google Voice
Could Google Voice be anymore awesome? The only complaint that I have is that I didn't get a phone number that spells out something cool. I tried, "kittens", "puppies", "awesome" and a few other choice words, but nothing. I guess the other San Franciscans beat me to the chase for the 415. So I just went with the Asian voice inside my head that told me to pick a phone number with the number eight in it. Now I have a lucky phone number for life. I can block people, listen to my voicemail and transcribe my voicemail all online, among many other nifty features. Talk about working on the cloud!
(500) Days of Summer
I'm a sucker for love-related movies and stories, whether it's a good situation or bad. I also love Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon Levitt, so it was a winning combo for me. Another example of how things don't always work out for mysterious, unexplainable reasons, but that when one door closes, another one opens.
Lady GaGa
Yes, I like Lady GaGa and I'm not afraid to admit it. I don't care what people say! The Fame is awesome and I love her latest video for Paparazzi. I'm not a super huge fan of most of her outfits, but I love the concept of them and that she's not afraid to rock it. I super uber fell in love with her when she spoke at the National March for Equality earlier this month. GaGa's fierce!

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November 16, 2009
You're so iCentric! :D

I had no idea that 8 was a lucky number for Asians. 

Lady GaGa - no words

When we gonna get a Google Voice review out of you? Is it your *main* number or do you still give people your cell?  I was gonna switch my cell to use GVoice, but I love a couple of features of YouMail and I can't bring myself to switch.
November 17, 2009
I'm a proud mama to my iPhone! And yes, 8 is lucky in Chinese because it sounds like "wealth", whereas 4 is unlucky because it sounds like "death". Why are you picking on Lady GaGa? Beezy is fierce! I'm still learning the ropes of Google Voice! I give out my GV and cell number to different folks. I'm pretty disappointed that Apple rejected the official GV app. I'm hoping this'll change someday soon. Thanks for your comment, JD! :)
October 25, 2009
Quite an entertaining write up! he-heh. Kombucha? you have me curious...
October 26, 2009
Thanks, Woo! And yes, Kombucha. Try it! I've picked them up at Bristol Farms, Andronico's and Raley's before. I'm sure they're available at Whole Foods, too!
December 22, 2009
picked one up the other day at Bristol farms. Happy Holidays!
October 23, 2009
I too am goo goo for GaGa, and not afraid to admit it. How about that MTV music awards performance?? I LOVED it!! So reminiscent of Madonna.
October 26, 2009
Yay for another Luncher who's goo goo for GaGa! :D That VMA performance was off the chain! She's like a 21st century Madonna, except racier!
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