Monthly Archive for March, 2004

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And it starts again!

Remember those good ol’ days?

Where I stayed up working ’til all hours of the night?

They’re back! At Office #2 until 3am. Up til 4am working from home… wheeeee!

AND we still don’t know where we’re going to live and I haven’t started packing yet!

Thanks for those cheers… keep em’ coming!

Head hurts

What a nightmare all this is.

Thanks, thanks, thanks to all the people sending us leads!

Everybody needs some cheering up!

So here is a poem that a friend shared with me that made me really happy today. Hope i don’t get a cease and desist for republishing someone’s works… enjoy. -the prof.

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From Blossoms

From blossoms comes
this brown paper bag of peaches
we bought from the boy
at the bend in the road where we turned toward
signs painted Peaches.

From laden boughs, from hands,
from sweet fellowship in the bins,
comes nectar at the roadside, succulent
peaches we devour, dusty skin and all,
comes the familiar dust of summer, dust we eat.

O, to take what we love inside,
to carry within us an orchard, to eat
not only the skin, but the shade,
not only the sugar, but the days, to hold
the fruit in our hands, adore it, then bite into
the round jubilance of peach.

There are days we live
as if death were nowhere
in the background; from joy
to joy to joy, from wing to wing,
from blossom to blossom to
impossible blossom, to sweet impossible blossom.

-Li-Young Lee

The search begins…

… so no luck yet.

We spent the day Sunday looking at places all over town. We are looking at everything at this point.

The first one was practically under the 405 freeway. It was noisy from the traffic and best of all, had caution tape around the entrance. Um, no…

Then we went to Costco to get gas ($2.09/gallon) and I dragged Yoshi to my Office #2 and we worked like mad. Yoshi got stuck moving crap around the office while I made as many calls as I could so we could spend the rest of the day looking at places.

After leaving the office, we headed over to look at a place in Loz Feliz… except that the L.A. Marathon was still happening and traffic was horrendous. We were almost late to the appointment we had. This place was not so bad, except it is slightly out of our price range and there was not a lot of storage… oh and there is no street parking.

Then, we headed out to look at a place in Eagle Rock. Yoshi forgot to mapquest the directions to this place, so we had to mapquest the low-tech way… with my old, grungy Thomas Guide (the first one I got after I moved to L.A. almost 10 years ago). Although the street had several nice houses on it, we only drove by the place we were supposed to see. Not only did the place look like it was about to fall down, but there was a U-Haul parked in the driveway and there were still people moving crap out. From what we could gather, someone had converted a garage into a “living space” and they were trying to pass it off as a “house.”

We then proceeded to get lost trying to get back to Hollywood from Eagle Rock. Without intending to, we ended up on the 5 (lucky we could choose between north and south… so we went towards L.A. instead of Sacramento). I desperately needed to empty my bladder, so we swung by Office #1 so we could check email and so I would stop doing the pee-pee dance in the car.

Upon checking email, we found that our friends had sent all kinds of leads for us to follow with. We called about 2 or 3 of them, drove by at least 3 or 4 more places and then headed toward home.

On the way home, we got a call from one of the places our friend recommended, so we detoured and went to see this place. We really, really loved this little house, but it was more house than we were prepared for & it was definitely out of our price range, even though they were willing to lower the rent considerably for us (due to the recommendation from our friend).

So after a whole day of looking we didn’t feel like we’d made any progress, except losing one day and becoming depressed at the fact that we aren’t going to find anything else anywhere near as nice as what we have for anywhere near what we are used to paying.

And you thought I was crazy BEFORE all this…

Ok, I seriously need…

those cheerleaders… RIGHT NOW!

I bet Yoshi wouldn’t mind having some right now, either.

I’ll take a guy with a kazoo, too!

Breathe in…

Breathe out…

Repeat.

[I’m just trying to remember how to breathe.]

Moving sucks, but Silver Lining #2 is…

… I got a neat-o lesson on how to pick up dog poop.

Really, it should be “Looking for a place sucks” instead of “moving sucks” because we still don’t know where we’re going and the act of moving is still one of those things we’re in no way prepared for.

Moving sucks, but Silver Lining #1 is…

…funny ads on Craigslist. This is one is our favorite so far. (No, we are not considering this place)

[snip]
$850 / 2br – Cheap Ass rent part 2
Date: 2004-03-03, 7:57PM PST

OK heres the deal my old lanlord is 120 years old and doesn’t know anything about computers, I have gotten him renters in the past through craigslist and he gives me a small finders fee. So small that all I am going to do for him is post this add. The place is cheap, I haven’t seen it but I am sure it is not that nice looking from the outside, but relatively nice inside, and as I said it is cheap. With that said I will try and answer any questions you might have. Its a small 2 bedroom place for $850 and they would also need one month rent as deposit up front. No pets allowed, 1 or 2 parking spots are included. Its got a new fridge, new stove, and new tile floor. You would have to sign a 2.5 year lease but they are cool if you need to transfer it over to someone else if you are moving (they just want the rent). The place is available now and they are looking for someone asap. It is located at xxxx Elysian Park Ave. just off Sunset (towards Dodger Stadium) inbetween Echo Park and downtown. If you are interested in the place please contact Mr. W[at 213 xxx-xxxx] either in the morning or at night. Please leave your phone number very slowly and loud, he is 120 years old and doesn’t speak very good english. Phone number SLOW and LOUD.

Thanks, and if you end up renting the place tell him it was through Matt’s craiglsist add and he’ll give me a hundred bucks or something.

Ok, I’m still in shock…

…but I am breathing now. Kind of.

I spent the entire afternoon in complete and utter panic and trying to give away our tickets for Die Frau ohne Schatten at the L.A. Opera tonight. Although I’d really been looking forward to this critically-acclaimed production (set design by David Hockney, conducted by Kent Nagano), I wasn’t quite in the mood for any more drama tonight. But I also didn’t want our $80+ tickets to go to waste, either. We were originally supposed to attend the performance on opening night, but I switched out our tickets since we had gone up north for Yoshi’s birthday instead.

Anyway, while I was busy trying to see if anyone wanted the tickets… all the while trying to remember how to um, you know, BREATHE, Yoshi had the wherewithal to go on craigslist and start looking for places. In fact, within a couple of hours of getting the news from our landlords, Yosh was out looking at an apartment nearby. Yosh convinced me to go over there and take a look at the place, which I did… reluctantly… it hadn’t quite sunk in that we have to find a whole new place to live within a couple of weeks & I was being cranky and obnoxious. The place we saw was nice, but we’re going to keep looking…

Since I wasn’t able to give the tickets away in advance, I convinced Yoshi to go to the opera anyway (even though we were dressed in our gym sweats!). We got to the Music Center in time to park & go in, but at the last minute (much to Yoshi’s relief), I changed my mind and decided we should just give the tickets to someone who would use them.

I guess it was a sold out show because there was a lady complaining about how she was “still waiting for her tickets.” Our tickets found their way to a nice young couple standing in line, hoping for some seats. I’m just glad our tickets got used. You can call us the opera angels now.

We ended up having dinner in Little Tokyo and doing a little window shopping. And I had lychee ice cream for dessert… yummy!

And then we came home and sent out desperate emails telling our friends to help us find a new place to live.

Speaking of which… if you know of any leads or just want to offer to help, please email them our way… the address is: newcrib @ jozjozjoz.com

We can also provide you a description of what we’re looking for in a new crib. THANKS!

Can’t breathe…

Gonna pass out…

HOLY SHIT

Our landlords are putting their house up for sale and we need to be out by the end of the month.

HELP!

I’m in love!

With this dorky looking dog.

I want to adopt him!

Yoshi found him last night while surfing petfinder. He’s coming out to Brentwood tomorrow. Too bad we can’t have dogs where we live now.

I hope whoever adopts him will send me pictures so I can adore him from afar. (sigh)
Continue reading ‘I’m in love!’

Irritated.

I just am.

An update from Valentine’s Day

So you may recall that our friends stkyrice & aiyahh got married at San Francisco City Hall on Valentine’s Day (and, of course, that jozjozjoz got to be the Maid of Honor in an Undisclosed Location™!).

Evidently, aiyahh (Howard, on the left) and stkyrice (Efren, on the right) are now the World’s Most Famous Married Gay Asian Male Couple™.
JUST MARRIED!  Outside of City Hall!

If you’re in the SF Bay Area, you may be able to catch them should know that they are being interviewed on KTSF TV tonight to be part of a 5 part series on queer Asian couples in SF.

They’ve also been writtenup/interviewed by NHK (Japanese) TV, Kristina Wong, Fridae (Singapore), and at least one Filipino and Taiwanese newspaper. Unfortunately, it looks like the Fridae link went away before I could screen capture it. Grrrr…

If you find links or clips about Howard & Efren, please let me know!

So BossMan turns on the radio just now…

…as he is prone to do in the afternoon to catch a drive-time talk show to catch up on the latest news…

…and what do I hear, but…

SHE BANG! SHE BANG!
She Bangs!  She Bangs!

So I practically shrieked… WILLIAM HUNG!!!”

BossMan: Huh?

My assistant and I both get up and walk into his office to see what he was watching because we thought he had the TV on.

He’s one of the most popular guys on the internet right now!
Marry Will!
So then we ended up having to explain to BossMan who Will Hung is and why he has been the internet’s hottest heartthrob since his appearance on American Idol. He thanked us for teaching him something new today. Hee hee.

BossMan had been hoping to get the latest scoop on Martha Stewart, but instead got the Will Hung version of the Ricky Martin song… BWAHAHAHAHA!

What? The UPN is doing a reality TV show that might be offensive?

THAT’S SHOCKING! [/sarcasm]

I don’t want to judge before seeing the show, but despite what UPN says (see excerpt below), I really doubt that UPN is the network that will depict the Amish with”utmost respect and decency.”

UPN Show Is Called Insensitive to Amish

By BERNARD WEINRAUB

Published: March 4, 2004

LOS ANGELES, March 3 — Several weeks ago UPN, a sister network to CBS, announced a new reality series tentatively called “Amish in the City,” in which Amish teenagers would face the shock and temptations of the big city for the first time.

The idea seemed similar to CBS’s plan last year to fashion a reality comedy out of a 1960’s sitcom, calling it “The Real Beverly Hillbillies.” which was to follow the lives of a rural, lower-middle-class family as it moved into a luxurious Beverly Hills house. That plan foundered when rural groups protested that the show was intended to denigrate the rural poor.

“We couldn’t do the `Beverly Hillbillies,’ ” Leslie Moonves, the CBS chairman, who also oversees UPN, told television critics and reporters in January. But the Amish, he joked, “don’t have quite as good a lobbying effort.”

Mr. Moonves may have been mistaken. Within the last few weeks a campaign to stop the show has been started by lawmakers, rural groups, Pennsylvania Dutch tourism officials and representatives of the Amish. The opposition to the Amish show seems even more powerful than the one that has grounded the prospects of a new “Beverly Hillbillies.” Chris Ender, a CBS spokesman, said of the “Hillbillies”: “It’s an idea that’s still being considered, but we haven’t made a production commitment toward the show.”

The Center for Rural Strategies, a nonprofit organization based in Whitesburg, Ky., has helped organize opposition to the Amish show, at the request of groups representing the Amish. Dee Davis, the president of Rural Strategies and a former documentary filmmaker, singled out Viacom, the owner of CBS and UPN. “Once again Viacom has created a reality show where rural people were going to be these curios,” Mr. Davis said. “Viacom’s got plenty of ways to make money without ridiculing rural people.”

Tim Marema, vice president of the group, said: “From our perspective this is a replacement series for `The Real Beverly Hillbillies.’ It’s another way of attacking rural people and employing scorn and ridicule on a group of Americans because of where they’re from, what they look like, what they sound like. What CBS and Viacom are saying about the Amish is they’re rural and therefore they don’t count.”

UPN, in a statement in response to criticisms of the show, denied that the series sought to demean the Amish and said it would depict them with the “utmost respect and decency.” No date has been set for the series. The statement said that since the show “is still in the early development stage, we sincerely hope that any judgment will be reserved until the show is produced.” UPN and CBS officials declined further comment. [full story, subscription required]

And I know that ProfessorEric’s ‘friend’ (not the one who worked on ‘Playing It Straight,’ but another one… we need to give her a name instead of just calling her “friend”) really thought that “The Littlest Groom” on FOX depicted little people in a positive light, but just like The Professor’s “Bad Gay Media” rant, I think portraying marginalized groups of people through stereotype and gimmick is dangerous. In “The Littlest Groom,” folks argued that the little women live in a world of regular-sized women with whom they must compete… well, then the regular-sized women should have been contestants from the very beginning (instead of being thrown in later on as a stupid “twist” gimmick).

As much as I’m happy that Queer Eye has been such a success, one unintended consequence seems to have been that folks think it’s okay to play up stereotypes in these “reality TV” shows, so long as it’s funny or will draw ratings.

Stay tuned for more reality TV, dumb stereotypes, and stupid publicity stunt rants to come… I don’t think professoreric or I are anywhere near done yet…

Elizabeth Richson is a spammer!

So I got the strangest email today from an “Elizabeth Richson”… no attachment… something that sounded oddly like spam, but it didn’t have the horribly-misspelled-all-caps subject lines I’m used to seeing.

The reason I thought it was strange was because the cc: was to agordon@unitedmedia.com (that person who sent me the cease & desist for that Hey Ya, Charlie Brown video last month).

I checked the website at elizabethrichson.com, which doesn’t exist. A google search of the name shows that other people reported getting similar messages. My gut feeling is that someone is trying to get people to respond to harvest email addresses.

Here is what my message looked like… beware! And don’t reply to “Elizabeth!”

Elizabeth Richson [elizabeth@elizabethrichson.com]

To: jozjozjoz

CC: agordon@unitedmedia.com

Subject: jozjozjoz.com ranked # 18 in Google for year of monkey prediction

I’m a web master, and I was just searching Google for year of monkey
prediction. I found your domain, jozjozjoz.com ranked 18, which is pretty
cool.

My site is all about Society – Religion and Spirituality – Divination, too. Maybe we should link up? I wouldn’t be stealing any of your sales, because all
I do is write informational articles…not selling anything on my site at all. And most of my visitors write back to say that they love the fact that I only write good, quality info. As a matter of fact, I’ve got a pretty loyal following of people that come back over and over again (they use the site as a reference), so if you link to me, you should get some pretty good traffic from it — which is always nice.

Anyway, let me know if you’d like to swap links. I’ve already linked to you,
and will keep it up there for a few days until I hear back. Hope to hear from
you soon!

Elizabeth Richson
RAC IM: 759340.

You know what I could use right now?

My own cheerleading squad.

Not a squad for me to lead/cheer in, but a squad of people who will follow me around and jump up and rah-rah-sis-boom-bah for everything I do.

Yeah, I could get used to that.

Why I feel icky…

… I get a little quiet.

*hack, hack*

Hooray Oregon, indeed!

From CNN.com:

Oregon county issues same-sex marriage licenses
Wednesday, March 3, 2004 Posted: 2:12 PM EST (1912 GMT)

PORTLAND, Oregon (CNN) — Multnomah County, Oregon’s most populous county, started granting marriage licenses to gay and lesbian couples Wednesday after the county attorney said refusing to do so is unconstitutional. [full story]

Hooray Oregon!

So yet another state has some gutsy people in its gov. to start making sure that gays (lgbt… whatever…) are coupling properly… Soon we will spread our gay marriage all over this country… and then… we will marry the world! Bwahaha!

i got dibs on marrying nicaragua (so warm and curvy!)

I give up.

I can’t do anything on my computer.

I am going to bed and cry myself to sleep now.

GRACK!

Why is nothing easy today?

So I couldn’t download Opera because my stupid trial browser kept locking up. Yoshi was nice enough to do it and then I transferred the file over to my computer.

AND IT WON’T INSTALL!

It freezes and locks up at 15% and my Sharpie just fell behind my desk and I’d have to move everything to get to it. Dang it!

*cry*

Stupid “Smart Explorer”

What the hell kind of crappy browser is this?

“Smart Explorer,” my ass.

It won’t let me “save as” (it keeps crashing). I can’t even download Opera or anything right now.

Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

Help.

THIS ALSO SUCKS.

Something weird has happened to my computer and IE won’t launch.

Yes, I rebooted, multiple times.

Yes, I virus scanned, with the latest versions of both AVG and Norton. My machine is clean.

I am now using something called “Smart Explorer” to download Opera or something. But I want to know why my IE won’t work.

Grrrrrr.




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