Ba-Ba Day (2017) + This blog isn’t totally dead

2017: A special happy Ba-Ba day to my Bro, dad/”BaBa” to my two darling nieces!

Originally written 8/8/07 and accidentally posted to 8Asians:

8/8 (Eight-Eight in Mandarin is pronounced “ba-ba.” Father in Mandarin is also pronounced “ba-ba”) is Father’s Day in Taiwan. Even though we refer to him as “Dad” in English, 95% of the time, we called him “Ba-Ba.” Usually, my Dad would be in Taiwan at this time of year, so I would have to remember to call him on 8/7 so I could wish him a happy Ba-Ba Day on the right day.

Happy Ba-Ba Day, Dad.

We miss you.

Dad & Joz - 10-04-2007

I originally couldn’t remember where this picture was taken. I knew that it was taken on October 7, 2004, and thanks to my blog, I was able to go back figure out the context of this photo. I think this was taken in Rowland Heights, just before my Dad was going to get on to a shuttle bus that would have taken him to LAX to board a flight back to Taiwan.

My 2017 bowl of #ozoni! 

Shared it with Baby, who had more of it than I did! #HappyNewYear

Happy 2017!

Hello from chilly Silicon Valley! It’s my (almost) annual New Year’s post and picture, but I’m going to change it up a little bit for 2017.

There were some big changes in our lives in the last couple of years which didn’t get documented on this blog since it was broken for the last half of 2015 and most of 2016.

The biggest news, which people are still finding out about, is that we have a baby! He is actually already walking, so I guess that actually makes him a toddler, but in December of 2015, he showed up in our lives and nothing has been the same since.

Unfortunately, just a few months after the baby’s arrival, we were shocked and saddened by the unexpected passing of Yoshi’s Dad. I remember when my Dad passed away 10 years ago, how difficult that first year without him was. All the milestones he missed felt especially difficult the first time through.

This past year has been a year of milestones in two ways: the first time for everything with our son, but at the same time, the first time without Yoshi’s Dad.

Although we did our best to see and visit with Yoshi’s parents year round, New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day has special significance for Japanese American families and over the years we created our own special traditions together.

The one that I think I’ll personally miss most is waking up early to drive out to Half Moon Bay on New Year’s Eve to pick up fresh crab from the boats in the harbor. That’s where I would take my annual photo before we went to have brunch/lunch at Ketch Joanne’s and then we would head back home where we would spend the evening helping prepare crab for New Year’s Day. Dinner on New Year’s Eve was fresh crab, with sourdough bread. Sometimes we would pop some sake or champagne at midnight.

Since we always had fresh crab for dinner on New Year’s Eve, I would never actually have crab on New Year’s Day and instead, we would have a huge spread of osechi-ryori at both Yoshi’s mom’s (in San Leandro) and dad’s (in Sacramento) sides of the family. New Year’s Day would be a day full of driving, eating, family, more driving, more eating, more family, and then more driving.

Last year, we spent New Year’s in Los Angeles with the baby, but this year, I didn’t know what to expect… except that it would be different without Yoshi’s Dad.

We had thought about bringing the baby out to Half Moon Bay for lunch (no crab this year), but unfortunately, Yoshi’s Mom came down with a bug, so we ended up staying in and helping her out with the New Year’s cooking. It was pretty quiet, except for our noisy baby running around the house!

I’m going to stay up until midnight and give Yoshi a kiss, but the baby is sleeping so I’d better sleep while I have the chance!

HAPPY 2017!

Here are the annual New Year’s photos from over the years:
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#Thanksgiving Dinner Poll: Would you still eat this? 

#oops

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What a year for my site to go down.

I was having WordPress problems last summer but was so busy I didn’t have time to look into it.

Then last November, my site totally went down.

And then a few weeks later, in mid-December, our new baby arrived a month earlier than expected.

Fixing my blog was way low on the list of priorities.

A few weeks ago, one on my blog fairies came over to visit and helped me troubleshoot the combined issues that caused the site to go down. There are still some minor issues, but it’s back! (Not sure if I’ll write here, though, to be perfectly honest.)

July 31 is #FranklinDay! Celebrating Franklin’s first appearance in the world of Peanuts!

PIC: Marquee at @s_m_playhouse is ready for Opening Night for #AlwaysPatsyCline #MyDayInLA

Sierra Madre Playhouse
Sierra Madre, CA
7/30/2015.

Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for typos!

PIC: First look #AlwaysPatsyCline at @s_m_playhouse #MyDayInLA

Sierra Madre Playhouse
Sierra Madre, CA
7/30/2015.

Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for typos!

PIC: First look #AlwaysPatsyCline at @s_m_playhouse #MyDayInLA

Sierra Madre Playhouse
Sierra Madre, CA
7/30/2015.

Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for typos!

PIC: VIP fun! @jozjozjoz at #missionimpossible #gorogue screening. Thx @TCL_USA, red carpet treatment! #MissionTCL

Advanced Screening of "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation"
TCL Chinese 6
Hollywood, CA
7/28/2015.

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PIC: @jozjozjoz & @kenchoy ready for #missionimpossible #gorogue Thx @TCL_USA #MissionTCL

Advanced Screening of "Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation"
TCL Chinese 6
Hollywood, CA
7/28/2015.

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PIC of my TV: Watching @TroutNetGuy27 on @FOXsports #TroutNetGuy

Best hashtag!

7/26/2015.

Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for typos!

Screenshot: Best text message that received today, from @GoJunko. #LOL

I was on a call, leaving a work session in Little Tokyo, when I got this text message from Junko.

What’s funnier is that a few seconds later, while I was still on the phone, Junko walked by and waved at me. And then half an hour later, 3 blocks away, she was the first person I ran into at the Higashi Honganji Obon Festival.

Little Tokyo
Los Angeles, CA
7/25/2015.

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PIC: Party in the Presidential Suite of @notmegawattage at #NN15. #latergram

Netroots Nation 2015 #NN15
Phoenix, AZ
7/17/2015.

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Netroots Nation 2015 #NN15
Phoenix, AZ
7/17/2015.

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PIC: The unofficial hungry people caucus of #NN15! @cyn3matic @jozjozjoz @Curtischin @rxi

Netroots Nation 2015 #NN15
Phoenix, AZ
7/18/2015.

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Screenshot: I just got an emergency alert on my phone. Scared me to bits it was so loud.

Netroots Nation 2015 #NN15
Phoenix, AZ
7/18/2015.

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PIC: “You don’t get what you don’t fight for!” –@SenWarren asks #NN15 to fight for America

Netroots Nation 2015 #NN15
Phoenix, AZ
7/17/2015.

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PIC: @SenWarren addresses the #NN15 audience with the morning keynote.

Netroots Nation 2015 #NN15
Phoenix, AZ
7/17/2015.

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PIC: Congressman Raul Grijalva introducing Elizabeth Warren! #NN15

Netroots Nation 2015 #NN15
Phoenix, AZ
7/17/2015.

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Screenshot: Getting excited to watch @SenWarren at @Netroots_Nation #NN15

Netroots Nation 2015 #NN15
Phoenix, AZ
7/17/2015.

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PIC: So happy to meet @estherxlwang in person at #NN15

I already had her on my "Awesome Wangs" Twitter List but now I can add her to my "IRL" Twitter List, too!

Netroots Nation 2015 #NN15
Phoenix, AZ
7/16/2015.

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PANORAMIC: Construction outside Terminal 1 at LAX

LAX
On my way to Netroots Nation 2015 #NN15
Los Angeles, CA
7/16/2015.

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PIC: Well, this is a new shade for my toes. #NN15

7/15/2015.

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PIC: Oh no! What does it mean if #AntMan is bigger than me?! How small am I?!

El Capitan Theater
Hollywood, CA
7/13/2015.

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PIC: @CartoonFlophous & @jozjozjoz at advanced screening of #ANTMAN! #Aushenker

El Capitan Theater
Hollywood, CA
7/13/2015.

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