“Trick-or-Treat Goodies (our way)” – Year 11

Since 2004, it has become an (almost) annual tradition for me to re-post this story, usually with some sort of update at the top.

This is Year 11 of the post and I’m honestly just tired. I’m physically exhausted from a week of business travels and meetings and I’m just tired in general from what has been yet another nonstop year for me.

I won’t go into great detail about the highlights or lowlights of 2014, but I can say this: while I am indeed doing a lot less for AAJA/AAJA-LA than I have in previous years, I still continue to do a lot. Denise Poon and I helped lead the third hugely successful V3con, but more importantly, we have retired from “being in charge” and have gratefully passed the torch to a very capable team. Trivia Bowl this year celebrated its 20th anniversary and under the leadership of Denise Poon, I think it was particularly amazing. As much as I love Trivia Bowl, I took on a greater share of responsibility this year than I had in the past, and it took a lot out of me. I’m still on the National Governing Board and co-chair the Marketing and Communications Committee with Niala Boodhoo and we had a great National Convention in August in one of my favorite cities, Washington DC. I’m looking forward to a great 2015 convention in San Francisco next year.

There continue to be many joys in my life… my family and friends, and especially my Yoshi. It’s my ongoing goal to spend even more time with Yoshi after all these years of neglect from extracurricular activities. I admit this is not much of an update, but that’s OK. You can follow the day-to-day on Twitter or Facebook.

So without further ado, here’s my annual Halloween story posted in honor my Mom, who is currently traveling Asia with friends and family. I hope you enjoy it (again or for the first time).

Happy Halloween.

Joz at the pumpkin patch in 1984.  I like how my eyes are closed in this shot.  (How did 20 years go by so quickly?!)When my brother and I were kids, we learned about most American traditions for the first time either on television or in school. Since our parents had come from Taiwan to the United States only a couple of years before I was born, they pretty much learned about American holidays at the same time my brother and I did… and that was usually when I came home from school talking about something I’d learned in class.

Of all the various American holidays we’d learned about, Halloween was especially exciting because my Mom had fun with “dressing us up.” Although she claimed that she didn’t know how to sew, she always came up with costumes for us… like the year my brother was a cowboy with a little red cowboy hat and matching vest, and I was an Indian squaw complete with feathers in my hair. Having costumes meant that we were sufficiently prepared to go trick-or-treating and to come home with a bag full of candy that we weren’t actually allowed to eat, since it would “rot our teeth out of our mouths.”

My mother has a background in medicine, having gone to medical school in Japan and then becoming a pharmacist in Taiwan. Although she liked getting us in costumes and taking us trick-or-treating, she never allowed us to eat the candy we brought home because it was full of sugar and artificial flavors and colors. Since we weren’t allowed to eat the candy, the strategy was to take us out early & to give away the candy that we had received earlier in the evening. We didn’t mind having our candy passed back out again; Mom had scared us about the dangers of sugary treats and really, the candy wasn’t important to us… we just loved the costumes and going door-to-door.

One year, my Mom informed us that our cousins were planning to come to our neighborhood so we could all go trick-or-treating together. We would be going at later time than our usual “early shift.” Since our cousins actually kept their candy, Mom decided that rather than re-distributing the candy my brother and I got via our front door, instead, our lucky cousins would go home with a double-bounty of candy, theirs AND ours! That also meant that Mom would actually have to prepare treats in advance for Dad to pass out while we were trick-or-treating.

And since I was starting to have neighbor kids in the same classes with me, I started becoming concerned about exactly what candy was being given away at our front door. I still remember the day Mom returned from the supermarket, proudly announcing that she had purchased “the BEST trick-or-treat goodies” for the neighborhood kids. My brother and I excitedly went through the grocery bags but we didn’t find any Smarties, M&Ms, little Snickers bars, or even candy corn.

“Mom?” I asked, combing through the groceries. “Where are the treats?”
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Ooops. My blog broke right before #AAJATriviaBowl

And I haven’t had a chance to see what’s wrong.

Here are posts that didn’t make it on to the blog, but live on Flickr:

10/10/2014

10/11/2014

10/15/2014

10/18/2014

10/19/2014

Screenshot: Uhhh, I guess I’ve been to @ABC7 a lot for #AAJATriviaBowl. I’m the Duchess on @Yelp!

ABC7 Studio B
Glendale, CA
10/10/2014.

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PIC: Peek of @ABC7 24 hrs b4 #AAJATriviaBowl! Emcee @ABC7DavidOno, co-commishes, Scoreboard + social media here!

ABC7 Studio B
Glendale, CA
10/9/2014.

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ABC7 Studio B
Glendale, CA
10/9/2014.

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PIC: At the MidAutumn Moon Celebration at The Huntington Library

Huntington Library and Gardens
San Marino, CA
10/7/2014.

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PIC: @VictoriaLane & @jozjozjoz at the American Horror Show Premiere. #WeAreAllFreaks #AHSpremiere

TCL Chinese Theater
Hollywood, CA
10/5/2014.

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PIC: Walked the American Horror Story Freak Show Premiere Red Carpet w/ @VictoriaLane! #AHSpremiere

TCL Chinese Theater
Hollywood, CA
10/5/2014.

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PIC: The girl next to me is really wearing these “shoes” out in public.

10/1/2014.

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PIC: Leaving the @lacountyfair… THANK YOU!!! #discoverLACF

Los Angeles County Fair
Pomona, CA
9/28/2014.

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PIC: @jozjozjoz + Giant Turkey Leg = Awesome times at @lacountyfair! #discoverLACF

Los Angeles County Fair
Pomona, CA
9/28/2014.

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PIC: Had to bring home fair food for dinner. Corn & a smoke turkey leg! #discoverLACF @lacountyfair

Los Angeles County Fair
Pomona, CA
9/28/2014.

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PIC: Ran into @originalspin @hudsonrules111 @TheAmyAnderson & @AubreyLily at @lacountyfair! #discoverLACF

What a great surprise to run into these awesome folks at the fair! We were on our way out as they arrived. Hudson and Aubrey are total BFFs and hilarious together.

(I must also say that Hudson is quite demure in this pic.)

Los Angeles County Fair
Pomona, CA
9/28/2014.

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PIC: Lunch at @lacountyfair “The Works” baked potato & blooming onion! #discoverLACF

Los Angeles County Fair
Pomona, CA
9/28/2014.

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PIC: I made it to the LA County Fair. Last day! #discoverLACF

Los Angeles County Fair
Pomona, CA
9/28/2014.

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PIC: This is gonna be one of those games. 1st inning & Puig got beaned. Benches cleared! #Dodgers #SFGiants

Dodgers Stadium
Los Angeles, CA
9/23/2014.

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PIC: Tommy Lasorda blowing out his birthday candles. Happy birthday, Tommy! #Dodgers

Right before this, Frank Sinatra Jr led the entire ballpark in singing Happy Birthday to Tommy Lasorda.

Dodgers Stadium
Los Angeles, CA
9/22/2014.

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VID: 11 seconds of hell of the Dodgers Express. (Just audio really

On the bus. Kill me now.

Los Angeles, CA
9/22/2014.

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Stuff That Should Stay in Asia: Singing & Spinning Happy Birthday Flower Candles

Have you seen these fire hazards known as “The Amazing Happy Birthday Candle?”

Easily found on the Internet and evidently legal and available in the United States (via Amazon and other websites), these candles have been popular in mainland China and other parts of Asia before making their way here.

Over the weekend, Taiwanese pop star Amber Ann (安心亞) posted a video of herself lighting the candle (and I presume screaming for her life):

8A-2014-09-22-AmazingHappyBirthdayCandleI know I am a total fuddy-duddy by being all “safety first” about these things, but seriously, do these things LOOK like they’re safe to light in your home?

First, you light it and it shoots a FIREWORK in the air.

Then, presuming it works correctly and doesn’t immediately fall over and set your table on fire, it opens up and spins while playing the “Happy Birthday” song (although the song can supposedly be disabled for non-birthday uses).

Do you feel safe blowing out the candles on this thing?

I wouldn’t because I already have visions of my hair igniting if I leaned in and the flames spun into my hair.

And, according to Chinese language news reports, a 7 year-old kid in China lost an eye when the candle exploded in his face in June. (Yes, this really happened.) The news report says that basically, the battery overheated (when the flame hit it) and exploded. Lovely.

So if you don’t extinguish the candles fast enough, not only could the flower melt (and start a fire), but it could also BLOW UP IN YOUR FACE AND MAKE YOU BLIND.

Please parents, don’t get any ideas about buying this for your kids for birthdays or the holidays. It would give new meaning to “you’ll shoot your eye out.”

(This has been a public service announcement from jozjozjoz.)

PIC: @KogiBBQ truck caters D & E’s wedding reception! (Haven’t had Kogi since @V3con 2013!)

Unique Space LA
Los Angeles, CA
9/20/2014.

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PIC: Conga line has started at D & E’s wedding!

Unique Space LA
Los Angeles, CA
9/20/2014.

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PIC: Orange you glad I took a picture of my place setting at D & E’s wedding?!

Unique Space LA
Los Angeles, CA
9/20/2014.

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PIC: Holy smokes! That voice! @LisaFischerSing is amazing!

Catalina Bar & Grill
Hollywood, CA
9/17/2014.

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PIC: It must be Dylan night. 1st @DylanMcDermott & then OMG! Ran into our old neighbor @DylanKussman!

Miss him so much!!!

Ramen Jinya
Studio City, CA
9/15/2014.

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PIC: It must be Dylan night. 1st @DylanMcDermott & then OMG! Ran into our old neighbor @DylanKussman!

Miss him so much!!!

Ramen Jinya
Studio City, CA
9/15/2014.

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PIC: @STALKERcbs star @MaggieQ is here for a “Maggie Q&A” with the audience, brought together by @CBSEntDiversity

CBS Studio Center
Los Angeles, CA
9/15/2014.

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