Monthly Archive for June, 2007

One year ago today…

my life changed forever.

Today, my Bro and I went to visit my Dad’s ashes.

Because next week is the anniversary of my father’s passing, we will be doing a small Buddhist ceremony for him with some other loved ones.

But today was just for us.

Exhausting Day

The good news is I get to sleep after I take a shower.

The bad news is I have to get up early so I can prepare for tomorrow.

Ha! Fooled it!

What's My Blog Rated? From Mingle2 - Online Dating

Mingle2Online Dating

This thing says my blog is rated G! That’s because all the profanity is in the archives! Ha!

It did notice that I had two drug references and one instance of “bitch” on the page, though. I guess that still counts as G rated…

Saying “bye” to the Old Spaghetti Factory in Hollywood

Joz ponders what to order for this farewell lunch.Even though I actually thought ahead and brought food for lunch from home today, I decided to ditch that plan and walk over to the Old Spaghetti Factory with a co-worker for one last hurrah.

We weren’t the only ones with this idea. When the doors opened at 11:30am, there was already a line at the door. As people trickled into the lobby area, people took out their cameras and snapped some final photographs in this space. It wasn’t extremely crowded at lunch, but I assume that it will be busy tonight for dinner.

I took a few snapshots… not too many, just a few to remember the space by. We had our lunch and said “bye.”

If you can’t make it for a farewell dinner, consider the auction this Saturday… where almost everything, including the 1918 St. Louis Car Co. 28′ Trolley Car, will be sold.

For more info, check out the flyer:
http://www.facauctions.com/auctions/3/ad.pdf

Photo taken by jozjozjoz on 6/19/2007

Happy Father’s Day, Dad.

Joz & Dad at T's graduation party - 06-2006

This picture was taken almost exactly a year ago, on the night of my cousin’s graduation celebration at Macaroni Grill. I got to sit between my parents; I didn’t realize that it would be the last time for that. Bro sat with all the boy cousins.

For Father’s Day last year, we took my Dad to a Chinese buffet place, the kind where they serve about 100 different kinds of food and you eat until you think you’re going to pop. This was Dad’s favorite kind of place to eat, mostly because there was a huge variety of foods he could choose from. The place we went also gave out Father’s Day gifts. Since Bro and I were treating, we went to pick up the gift for Dad. It was an “I love you” mug with a little stuffed bear inside, which I gave to Dad. It’s still sitting by the front door where he left it when we got home.

I can’t believe Father’s Day 2006 was the last time we were together as a family.

I love you and miss you so much, Dad.

It’s been a day…

-We got up early to go to visit my Dad’s ashes today (instead of Sunday, to avoid the Father’s Day crowds)

-We went and did some work at the apartments (Yoshi and Bro demo’d the kitchen countertops and tile, unhooked the old dishwasher. I painted the hallway cabinets)

-Yoshi went to the store to pick up some fruit, patriotic cookies & apple pie for the party our neighbors were throwing in our “backyard”

-Bro and I visited grandma

-I got home in time to help prepare fruit salad for the party

-Neighbor party. Ate too much

-Took a nap

-Got up to go to T’s birthday party

-Home waaay past midnight.

High on a hill was a lonely goatherd…

Goats!

Lay ee odl lay ee odl lay hee hoo*, indeed.

I’m not sure if these goats are used to clear property, but residents rounded up a herd of goats Thursday that wandered into the Mountaingate (Sepulveda Pass) area.

A homeowner saw the goats in the street and asked some nearby workers to help.

The residents and workers tied the goats — about 12 of them — to trees. They plan to watch after the animals until the owner arrives.

“I just watch over them with my golf club,” said resident Kioko Morganstern. “If a coyote comes, or whatever, I’ll protect them. I will watch them, for tonight.”

Animal control officials said they could not guarantee when somebody would arrive to get the goats.

Photo taken from NBC4.tv (x-posted on blogging.la)

*Sorry if the song is stuck in your head now.

Squirrel attacks aren’t funny.

Oh wait.

Yes, they are!

RODENT ON THE RAMPAGE: Squirrel Assaults Three Before Being Killed By Pensioner

I love these headlines:
Three injured as squirrel goes nuts
Crutch stops squirrelly squirrel
Angry German Squirrel Injures Three People
Psycho squirrel attacks Germany

This is a shocking incident, considering it’s been less than a year since a family of squirrels stormed a German house.

Damn those angry German squirrels. They need to chill.

What to say?

Lots happened today but I cannot blog about it.

Someday I’ll look back on this and wonder “what the heck happened?”

Maybe you can guess it.

The return of Sneezy.

I took allergy drugs all day yesterday and as soon as I woke up this morning and I’m still sneezing up a storm.

I could go back to the allergist and get more drugs, but maybe I’ll just try to live through this.

(For kicks, check out my scary, scary photo of my allergy test here)

I feel miserable right now and I’m afraid to take Benadryl because I still have some reading to do for my Marketing midterm tonight and will need to drive my butt to campus tonight and take a 3 hour exam.

Give me a…

…”woot woot” for getting a perfect 20 out of 20 on my Biz Law quiz tonight!

Finally!

Now if I can just do somewhere near an A in my Marketing midterm tomorrow night, I will be very happy. (Until my next set of tests and quizzes, that is.)

“Sometimes I wish I wasn’t Asian…”

Before I say anything else, for the record, I am quoting someone else! I do not feel this way at all!

Ok, now that’s clear, I want to make some commentary on the statement above. I, for one, have always been proud of my Asian/Taiwanese heritage. Sure, when I was a kid on the playground and I went to a predominantly white elementary school, it was tough “not fitting in.” But I was raised by my parents to really understand our roots… that being Taiwanese was something special and that fitting in was less important than knowing who I was. I will admit there that I had passing thoughts of wanting to look like Barbie, but for the most part, I find it hard to recall a time that I wished to be anything other than Asian.

This morning, I was checking out the Yelp* threads and I saw this Yelp Talk topic started by a gal named “Anh T.

Here’s what she said:

Sometimes I wish I wasn’t Asian…

My main reasons:

1) My English is probably better than yours so you don’t have to use one syllable words as often as possible.
2) I’m not interested in talking to you about martial arts or Chinese horoscopes.
3) I’m not that compliant; in fact, I bitch all the time.
4) I do not provide pre-coital massages or post-coital tea.

Since I don’t know her and I don’t know where she’s really coming from, I’m not trying to judge her or call her out by saying she’s some sort of self-hating racist or anything beyond thinking that this would be an interesting topic for 8Asians. (I actually think she’s kind of kidding; she explains later: “I was just venting about some recent experiences. I’m not rejecting my background, I just wish that I didn’t have to deal with these dumb stereotypes from dumb people.”)

Anyway, it’s an interesting thread and I’m wondering what you think about it all.

Have you ever felt this way?

*Yelp account may be required to view thread.

(x-posted from 8asians.com)

Consumating’s Photo Contest

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Here’s your Paris Hilton summary for today

Sarah Silverman at the MTV Movie Awards:
http://www.ifilm.com/video/2861779

The reported scene in the court room:
http://www.tmz.com/2007/06/08/hilton-order-back-to-jail/

Paris crying:
http://www.tmz.com/2007/06/08/paris-sob-story/

Another angle:
http://www.laist.com/2007/06/08/parish_hilton_s.php

Reaction outside the courtroom:
http://www.bestweekever.tv/2007/06/08/icymi-oh-the-agony-screams-strange-man-at-paris-hilton-news-conference/
(Jimmy Kimmel’s fake Paris Hilton “fan” hijacks news conference, fools AP: It was none other than Kimmel character Jake Byrd who interrupted today’s live Paris news conference with face-licking, shouts of “Oh, the agony!” and “No! No! No!,” while inquiring about Paris’ hotness. Jake Byrd is a staunch Paris Hilton “supporter” who’s had a history of pranking the media, including the New York Times, in showing his vociferous support of past defendents Martha Stewart and Michael Jackson.)

The judge’s order for the Sheriff to bring her to court:
http://www.tmz.com/2007/06/08/aggressive-judge-signs-order/

Baca says “This lady has severe problems.” (He’s right about that!)
http://www.tmz.com/2007/06/08/sheriff-baca-this-lady-has-severe-problems/

I won’t be doing this all the time…

I have been posting like mad on blogging.la. Not only do I not want to be accused of not posting enough, I keep happening upon LA related things I want to post about.

Check out what I’ve posted in the last week or so at b.la:

MT&R is now the Paley Center for Media

Call for help: Help Joz not be a slum lord

Galactica fans, get in line for tonight…

More Roscoe’s news

Another angle on the aftermath of the Griffith Park fire

Lining up for Bob Barker

What’s going on at Roscoe’s? (again)


First came Red Mango.

LA’s best donuts?

Now I’ll never get one… (ok, this was a x-post… a violation of b.la policy… shhh!)

What’s going on at Roscoe’s?

Underground pipe dreams

In case you’re wondering, I don’t have an obsession with Roscoe’s. Things just keep happening there.

And I’m going to make an effort to write more at 8asians.com.

This is the only post I made that was exclusive to 8A:

Grow up, Michelle Wie!

The other posts (McPoopy and McYummy or McYucky?) were x-posted here. But I guess they should count because they were intended for 8Asians.

Grow up, Michelle Wie!

wie_8a.jpgActually, I like Michelle Wie. I kind of feel sorry for her. She’s only 17 and the whole world watches her every move and criticizes everything she does now that she doesn’t look like a kid.

But then I realize, she’s really a very lucky girl. She’s got parents who support her, she’s got immense talent and potential, and she’s going to be a very, very rich girl regardless of how well her golf career goes. Is there anyone out there who doesn’t think she’s going to get a ton of money in endorsement deals? Have a side gig as an athlete model ala Gabrielle Reece or Lisa Leslie?

I hate to jump on the bandwagon with all the Michelle Wie haters (Tim McDonald as one example), but I’ve got to say I’m less than thrilled by her recent behavior.

Michelle, I don’t care if you’re 17 or not. You’ve been playing golf for a long time, please show some sportsmanship. If you say you are injured, ACT like you are injured. Don’t pull out of a tournament you are losing terribly in and then come back shortly to practice some more right in front of the people who you were previously losing to.

Some have said you’re the next Tiger Woods.

Tiger Woods has always been a class act.

Grow up and live up to that standard, please.

Otherwise I might have to join the haters permanently.

Consumating’s Photo Contest

Everyone has shoes, but only the cool have Fly Kicks. Show us!

Vote for me at Consumating! (No, you don’t have to vote for me. This just automagically gets included when I do these things at Consumating.)

I haven’t done the Consumating thing in a long time. And that picture is ollllllllllllllllld.

Is it evil…

…that I want to buy one of these and install it in Bossguy’s former office (where the interns have now taken over)?

h/t: scamper

Very important news of the day

Warner purrs for Thundercats
’80s animated series heading to bigscreen

It’s Thundercats, ho! at Warner Bros.

Studio has optioned a script by tyro scribe Paul Sopocy to turn the popular 1980s animated series and toy line into a CGI-animated feature.

Warner-based Paula Weinstein will produce through her Spring Creek Prods. banner, along with Dick Robertson and Lew Korman.

Property revolves around a group of humanoid cats (with feline names like Lion-O, Tygra, Panthro and Cheetara) who must flee their planet of Thundera after it’s destroyed. Once crash-landing on another planet, Third Earth, they must thwart Mumm-Ra, an evil sorcerer, bent on killing them off.

Sopocy has written the script as an origin story expanding on the major heroes and villains from the animated series, with the plot focusing on Lion-O coming of age as the leader of the Thundercats.

Project was brought to Warner by Palek Patel, VP at Spring Creek. Dan Lin is overseeing the pic for Warners.

And now…

The TV (and cable box) is gone, too.

It has nothing to do with the corporate mandate, just changes happening at the office.

No more COSBY SHOW re-runs at lunch for me.

Disappointed.

Since I still had a tummy ache from those evil Sugar Free Jelly Bellys last night, I called in sick so I could rest and continue studying for my 2 Biz Law quizzes tonight.

I completed all the reading/review by 3:15pm, giving me time to put some extra study notes together by 4:15 and walk out the door for class at 4:30.

Despite all the studying I did all weekend and taking off from work today, I did not get A’s on either of my quizzes. I’m not sure what the exact grades were, but I would venture to guess I got a B on one and maybe a C on the other one. Better than the D/F I previously received, but still.

Considering how much effort I’m putting into this class, I expect myself to do better. I think I would have gotten one letter grade higher on each quiz tonight if I hadn’t circled the right answer, put too much thought into it and changed a correct answer to a wrong one. I did that at least twice on each quiz. Doh.

Excuse me as I try to console myself with a frozen treat.

Home again.

I didn’t make much progress on my reading today, but I got to rest most of the entire ride home since Yoshi was great enough to allow me the luxury of sleep by driving the entire way home.

Things I discovered today:
Sugar Free Jelly Bellys: They taste good, but don’t have the same consistency of regular Jelly Bellys… making them bleh. We actually discovered this when we tried them yesterday on the way to Vegas, but I ate the entire rest of the bag on the way home and decided I could get over the mouth feel because I like the taste of them.

-I should have paid attention when the bag said “WARNING: Consumption may cause stomach discomfort and/or a laxative effect.”

-I had a stomach ache for the last hour of the drive home.

-The bag absolutely did not have the warning that was on the website: “Individual tolerance will vary; we suggest starting with 8 beans or less.”

I’m not sure how many beans I ate but it was definitely more than 8.

Oh well, I’m home now and my stomach stopped hurting.

Now to make my head hurt with this Biz Law stuff.

This is being written when you think it’s being written.

It is Sunday morning, 10:30am. (Hmmm. I just realized the default timestamp on my blog posts haven’t “sprung forward” yet. I’ll have to fix that.)

I had a good night’s sleep and boy, did I need it. Even though it was approximately 2 or 3am when I went to bed, I got up on my own (no alarm) before 9am.

Now that I’ve continued by Business Law reading, I feel tired again, tho. *yawn*

By the way, I’m in VEGAS, BAYBEE! This is just a quick trip to visit a friend; no gambling allowed. You won’t be finding me in front of the Wheel of Fortune slots this trip. So there is no chance of a repeat of this joyous scene.

But aside from a really, really great (and expensive dinner) our friend treated us to last night, I’m not going to be doing much on this trip except as much reading as possible before my double-Biz Law quizzes tomorrow night.

Five chapters. I am only 2 down as of this moment. Three to go!

This was not written when you think it was written.

This is actually being written at 11:54pm on Friday night, June 1, 2006.

But I won’t really be around this weekend, so I am writing ahead and scheduling this go to up later.

Earlier this week, a monumental event happened, quite possibly the pinnacle of my blogging career to date: my cousin Nina chose me to be featured on her blog in her popular Focus on a Friend series.

But for me, she changed it to Focus on a Cousin.

I feel so special!

Thanks, Nina!

McPoopy

Ok, so this doesn’t have anything to do with McDonald’s, I just felt like making another post with a “Mc” word in the title.

Mr. T says "No Poop!"

I saw this image at weirdasianews.com and there was something funny about the juxtaposition of Mr. T on a flowery background on a sign in a Chinese coffeehouse saying “NO POOP!

The text says:

No Poop!
This is an old building with old plumbing, poop and paper won’t go down! There is a public toilet across the street. If we have to clean up after you there is a 50 RMB charge!

First of all, I’m not a coffee drinker, but I do know that I wouldn’t want to be reminded of poop while standing in line for a latte. I guess Salvador’s Coffee in Kunming is so upset about people pooping and clogging up the plumbing that they had to put this sign up, plus threaten a fine for pooping. I wonder how effective the sign is? How do they know if you’ve pooped or not?

Do they have people standing by on poop patrol doodie duty?

I pity the fool who has that job.




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