Monthly Archive for September, 2007

Blur of a Weekend

-Yoshi was sick all weekend. Boo!

-On Friday I started to feel ucky so I left work early. Mom and Bro came over in the afternoon since we had to do something together on Friday. Mom and I went to visit Grandma shortly in the evening and we went grocery shopping together. Mom and Bro stayed at my place until almost 11. We watched the episode of Bizarre Foods episode that Andrew Zimmern did in Taiwan. Woot to Andrew Zimmern for describing Taiwan as an “independent nation” during the episode.

-Mom, Bro, and I went on Saturday morning to visit my Dad’s ashes together. We didn’t stay long, but it meant a lot for us to all be together again.

-Spent all Saturday afternoon working on a class project for school. It’s a tough project and I’m frustrated at the slow pace at which everything on it is progressing.

-Had dinner Saturday night with Mom, Bro, and Bro’s gf. This was the first time Mom met Bro’s gf, but I think it went pretty well. Second time in a week that I dined at Olive Garden, after not having it for many, many years. Yoshi couldn’t join because of aforementioned sickness.

-Sunday: Woke up and watched a little TV. I worked the auction and came home to watch a little more TV and then actually do some work. I didn’t play the Wii today, but I made Pro at Wii Tennis earlier in the weekend, after only having the Wii for a week. It will probably take me a long time to master the other sports. I’m quite terrible at them, especially golf.

-Oh yeah. It’s nice having Mom back.

WTF, NetBank!

I’ve had a NetBank account since pre-Y2K.

I also had a CompuBank account, which got bought by NetBank, which resulted in me having multiple accounts of the same type at NetBank.

The point is, I banked with NetBank (amongst other banks) and logged on tonight to find the following:

From the NetBank website on 9/29/07:

FDIC Information for NetBank of Alpharetta, GA

On September 28, 2007, NetBank, Alpharetta, GA was closed by the Office of Thrift Supervision and the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) was named Receiver. All insured depositors are now customers of ING Direct Bank, member FDIC. No advance notice is given to the public when a financial institution is closed.

The FDIC has assembled useful information regarding your relationship with this institution. Besides a checking account, you may have Certificates of Deposit, a business checking account, a Social Security direct deposit, and other relationships with the institution. The FDIC has compiled information which should answer many of your questions.

Please select the link below to read more about this event:
FDIC Bank Closing Information for NetBank

I’d just like to say that nothing makes one’s day more than reading that your bank has failed.

NetNank’s site is down until Sunday evening when “normal bank operations” are supposed resume again. We’ll see…

From the ING Direct Press release site:

ING DIRECT Acquires Deposits of NetBank

Nation’s Largest Direct Bank Acquires Deposits and Customers of the Nation’s Oldest Direct Bank September 28, 2007, Wilmington, DE –

ING DIRECT, the nation’s largest direct bank and fourth largest thrift (part of Netherlands-based ING Groep NYSE: ING), today announced it will acquire $1.4 billion in deposits and 104,000 new customers of Netbank for $14 million.

Headquartered in Alpharetta, GA and established in 1996, Netbank was the nation’s oldest Internet bank serving retail and business customers in all 50 states.

The acquisition further strengthens ING DIRECT’s position as the leading direct bank which aims to meet the financial needs of “Main Street, USA.” “ING DIRECT has a passionate focus on delivering a first-rate, technology-enhanced customer experience and we want to ensure the early adopters remain at the forefront of branch-free online banking,” stated Arkadi Kuhlmann, CEO of ING DIRECT. “The acquisition of Netbank’s customer relationships is part of ING DIRECT’s goal to broaden its reach and inspire Americans to become a nation of savers. We anticipate a seamless transition for Netbank’s customers into the ING DIRECT family,” added Arkadi.

Since its inception in 2000, more than 5.5 million Americans have entrusted their savings with ING DIRECT, building the bank to $57 billion in deposits, $23 billion in mortgage loans and $75 billion in assets.

The transaction was approved and closed today by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC).

I’m glad the ING Direct press release paints a much more positive picture.

Hooray to the FDIC for insuring accounts up to $100k. I certainly didn’t have that much money in my NetBank account, so I’m good.

Whew.

Busy Joz = Boring Blog

Sorry.

That’s just the way it is.

A few cool things:
-The other day, Dave stopped by my office briefly after lunch. Twas nice to visit with him, however briefly

-Been hanging around with my friend at work, whose last day is today. Yoshi and I had dinner with him last night at the Olive Garden. Thanks for dinner, E!

-Found out one of my favorite peeps at the office is leaving today, starting a new job at one of the studios. So happy for him, but shall miss him greatly.

That’s it for now.

Tired. Stressed. Cranky.

Mom’s been back since Tuesday and the only time I got to spend with her was the night I picked her up from the airport.

It’s been nutzola.

Mom is back from Taiwan!

Yay!

Just picked her up from the airport tonight and she’s staying with us tonight.

I missed her so much and am glad she’s back.

Also, she brought so much stuff back, but the things that brought tears to my eyes were my Dad’s things and photos that meant a lot to him.

How Not to Use Powerpoint

In a few minutes, my small team and I will be doing a short presentation on Google.

Of course, we used Powerpoint for our presentation, but in keeping with Google’s minimalistic look, we didn’t put too many bells and whistles on our PPT.

Last week in my other class, we watched this short video by Comedian Don McMillan: How Not to Use Powerpoint.

I hope we didn’t violate any of those tips.

P.S. – Though we used Microsoft Powerpoint to put the bulk of the presentation together, we loaded it into Google Docs and tried to collaborate via their new Google Presentations feature. Verdict? Nice, but still buggy… please keep improving it, Google!

1,001 Thank You’s

to our friendly neighborhood Sharky the Kid for steppin up to the plate and helping me paint today. such a relief to have some most of the things to do crossed off my list. joz called her last night to see if she could help out today and she was willing to get out of bed early on a sunday to prime and paint a kitchen and bathroom. whoo hoo!

so now all i gots left to do:

  • paint closets (inside and out)
  • sand, prime and paint doors
  • sand, prime and paint kitchen drawers
  • prime and paint bathroom cabinet
  • change outlets
  • change light switches
  • replace switch plates
  • change out door hardware
  • replace drawer/cabinet pulls
  • install shelf above kitchen sink

and i have a whole week to do it!

What happens when I wake up at 4am because it’s raining outside?

First, I go to the bathroom, because, WOW! That’s a lotta water out there…

Then, I wake Yoshi up and go, “Listen! It’s raining hard!”

Then Yoshi asks says groggily, “Yeah, it’s raining. Why are you awake?”

Then, I say, “Because I heard it rain and then I had to pee.”

Then Yoshi says, “Great, now I have to go, too.” And gets up to go.

Then Yoshi doesn’t return right away and I hear futzing in the office. Yoshi is taking the fan out of the window because rain was getting it wet and rain was coming through the window.

Then I go and take the fan out of the window in the den. Same reason.

Then we both go back to bed.

But I can’t sleep now, so I get up.

And Yoshi goes back to sleep.

And then I get down with my nerdly meteorological self and make a post on blogging.la about how there is a drought in L.A.

Now it’s 7:30 and I’m tired. I might take a nap before all my meetings (group projects for school) start up today.

We got a Wii!

Whee!

What Have I Done To Deserve This?

Lego Pet Shop BoysOh my darling Pet Shop Boys

What “logistical issues” have caused you to not be able to play at the Hollywood Bowl next week?

The Pet Shop Boys, who were scheduled to perform at the Hollywood Bowl on September 27, 2007, have cancelled their performance due to logistical issues. This concert will not be rescheduled.

This was going to be a rare North American appearance and I don’t know when I’ll get to see them live now.

I can’t believe the concert I’d been waiting for all summer has been canceled.

Doh.

(If anyone else needs to refunds or to exchange their tickets like I do, check the Hollywood Bowl website)

Photo of Lego Pet Shop Boys by Dunechaser, used under Creative Commons

2 AM and she calls me ’cause I’m still awake…*

Ok, no one is calling me.

But it’s actually 2am.

And there are ghetto birds (police choppers) flying nearby and setting off car alarms.

Left the office around 12:30; stayed late to finish up some homework due tomorrow.

Have a 7:45 appointment in the morning.

No ability to write coherently anymore.

Sorry.

*Lyrics from the first line of Anna Nalick’s – Breathe (2am)

Up til 3:30am last night/this morning

Or maybe it was later.

Who knows.

*yawn*

2 bz 2 b bloggin…

Yuck to all the homework and reading I’m drowning under.

The last few weeks have been such a blur and I wish I’ve had the time to blog so I could have an iota of a chance of remembering what the heck has been happening.

A few things…

Back in July, I had to change cubes at work. I lost my “premium” cubicle (location and size) and had to relocate to the opposite side of the building to sit with the group of people I was actually working with (versus in my little island far away from the action). The bad news is that I LOVED my old cube and didn’t want to leave it and the neighbors around me. The good news is that I’ve gotten to know a whole new group of folks a lot better than before. It turns out one of the guys (who is leaving soon) and I have a shared high school experience (albeit a couple of years apart). It was really strange to go so many years since high school and then meet someone who was just as familiar as I was to this group I was once involved with, but also to realize that he was just as involved as I was and understood what that was like. Anyway, we’ve been spending a lot of time together lately, not just at the office. We’ve been going out to eat (sounds nicer than “pigging out,” which is what we are actually doing) including going to the Palms Thai restaurant and enjoying some Thai Elvis.

While at the Palms Thai with that guy on Thursday night, I stopped to talk to the manager who was the pretty gal who seated and served us on the TV piece that we did back in February. She mentioned that she had been calling the production company that did the piece every week about the segment that aired because they never put it on their website. She said that she’d been waiting to get the the video clip so they could put it on their website. I mentioned that I had a copy of it on my MySpace page, but I didn’t have one to give to them on DVD (without the MySpace logo all over it).

Then I realized I never made a post letting people know the video was there. (Or more accurately, I was sooo freakin’ embarrassed about the whole thing, I didn’t really want anyone to know it was there.)

Anyway, I realized that our friend Dave had recorded the segment on his TiVo (which he could burn to DVD) so I gave him a call, asked him if he could do me a favor and burn a few DVDs so I could have a copy, but more importantly, so the folks at Palms Thai could have one, too. We made plans to meet for dinner on Saturday night there. Yoshi couldn’t join for dinner, but I was glad to have a chance to hang out with Dave all night. When Dave showed up with DVDs in hand (Thanks again, Dave!), the manager of Palms Thai was so excited she hugged me and Dave, too (even though she doesn’t know Dave).

Dave and I had a great conversation over dinner and we continued it when we headed over to Scoops for some ice cream for dessert.

Aside from having the yummiest ice cream, ProfEric happened to drop by so we got to chat with him before he goes out of town on work for a month. Tai, the owner of Scoops, also stopped by to chat with us. It was so cool that this last minute trip to Scoops to turned into a visit of so many pleasant surprises.

Dave and I weren’t done chatting yet, so we went and crashed out in the living room sofas and talked the night away.

Yoshi got home really late, so we didn’t all get to chat too much, but we were all pooped by that point, anyway.

Thanks to Dave, the Prof, and everyone else who made the evening a great one!

Smelly Pen

(Please sing quietly to yourself in the tune of Phoebe Buffay’s “Smelly Cat.”)

Smelly Cat Pen, Smelly Cat Pen,
What are they feeding you?
Smelly Cat Pen, Smelly Cat Pen,
It’s not your fault.

Ok, so I know no one feeds pens, but whatevs.

This afternoon I was sitting in the conference room for a meeting and since we couldn’t get the projector to work, we did things the low-tech way: whiteboard and dry erase marker.

But the green dry erase marker was especially stinky. Its noxious fumes caused my friend to cough incessantly and me to have a headache.

Oh Smelly Pen, I know it’s not your fault. It may not be a bed of roses. But you’re no friend to those with noses.

Chirpy

There is a cricket in our living room.

It is chirping incessantly. And very loudly, too.

When I walk into the living room to try to find it (so I can capture it and put it outside), it stops chirping so I can’t find it.

Arrrgh.

*poof!*

Homework be done!

*looks around*

Did it work?

Aw, phooey. It didn’t.

I guess I have to do homework the old-fashioned way… doh.

Long day.

I woke up this morning before the crack of dawn for no apparent reason and couldn’t go back to sleep.

I estimate that it was approximately 4am when this happened. I just laid in bed, staring at the dark and trying to sleep, but my mind was already whirring.

I tried to calm my mind by playing video games on the Nintendo DS, but to no avail. Sometime a few hours later, after the sun had come up and when I was supposed to be showering and getting ready for work, I finally got sleepy. But then I had to get up and go to work.

Blah.

I had a busy day at work, culminated by a scintillating* class lecture this evening.

It’s 10:30 and I’m finally home.

But surprisingly enough, I’m not pooped. I’m wide awake again.

Gah.

*And by scintillating, I don’t mean that at all.

Lashes: One Tokyo fashion that can stay in Tokyo.

Tokyo Lash Bar Or, as Glenda, the reader who submitted this item, so wonderfully put it, “yo… wtf.”

Maybe I’m just woefully out of touch, since it looks like extreme lashes are totally in. (See this fashion156.com shoot)

Japanese Schoolgirls Go for Over-Engineered Lashes

Standard schoolgirl uniform it’s not. Hip teens are hitting the Tokyo Lash Bar in the city’s Omotesando district for eye-poppingly over-engineered fake lashes. Using a unique applicator and a special latex adhesive, makeup pros install a set of these architectonic master pieces, like the high-end Velvet Feather for about $43 and Yellow Flash or Dazzling Diamante for less than $20. A bit steep, but the lashes can be reused as many as 10 times. Plus, the falsies often have unexpected features. Take Lucent Sky and Lucent Sun: When light hits these translucent lashes, they cast colored patterns on a gal’s face. If only they made a pair that blinked when her keitai rang …

We can blame Shu Uemura for this one.

But unfortunately, the Tokyo Lash Bar has already made it stateside. There is one at the Neiman Marcus in Newport Beach. Check out Hoyen Tsang’s coverage in the OC.

Welcome to the world, Junior!

My cousin “LL” finally had had her baby boy yesterday morning.

Funny enough, it was just a couple of hours after she made this post:

Only Time Will Tell

September 7, 2007
loislanelive @ 7:07 am

The days are ticking on and I’m still living life as if I’m 6 months pregnant. I go everywhere, do everything, and haven’t slowed down. I guess it’s primarily because I’m in no pain whatsoever and the contractions are kinda fun. If Junior stays in for another week, I guess I’ll be going to my Chinese Women’s Club and MOPS meetings next week. Only time will tell (does that remind you of the song from the 90’s by the twins The Nelsons and why is that guy drumming shirtless?).

Congrats to LL and SuperHusband on the new addition to your family!

Because all I have is time on my hands to deal with this crap…

[/sarcasm]

I’m kind of a busy person. I don’t like my time wasted. As a result, the last thing I want is to deal with problems, or even BE a problem.

So if I hire someone to do something, I expect it done… honestly, quickly and effectively. The last thing I want to do is to complain, unless I have to.

In addition to the million and one things I have going on at work, school, etc, the Yelp review below of West Coast Chief Repair (www.chiefappliance.com; no linky dink for you!) describes the week long drama I’ve had in trying to repair the air-conditioner that broke during the heatwave of this past weekend at a rental property I manage. These are VERY GOOD tenants. They never bother me and handle most things themselves. So when something goes wrong for them, I try to fix it as expeditiously and conveniently as possible.

They told me on Monday (of Labor Day) that their a/c was broken. I called on Tuesday morning to make an appointment with the company above. I called them due to good recommendations I’d heard about their service.

This review on Yelp (Yelp account needed to click link) describes what happened. I had only 5000 characters to write the review, so some minor editing was done to reduce the length of the piece.

I called on Tues to make an appt to fix an a/c. The soonest they could get out was Thurs between 4-7p. We know what is wrong with the a/c; the same thing happened before. I got a call today to confirm the appt; I said that a specific part that was broken & to have it on hand. I was told this would happen.

My tenants got home early & started waiting at 4pm. At 7:15, they called me: no one had shown up. I called the company, asking where the technician was: dispatch took a msg. At 7:20, the tech finally showed up. (I didnt receive a call back from the company until after 7:30)

As I mentioned, we knew exactly what the problem was. The tech tried to tell the tenants that the fan was broken. This was not true because my tenant works with electronics & was able to bypass the broken part (a circuit board) & get the fan to work. The tenants questioned him about the fan being broken.

The tech backtracked & said the compressor was broken. This was a lie. Not only based on the fact that the compressor does work (again when that circuit board is bypassed), but by the fact that a broken fan does not equal a broken compressor.

How the tech changed the diagnosis after being confronted is extremely fishy. He said he would have to leave, come back & charge for another visit and then order parts, etc. At 8pm, my tenants called me, livid at the experience. Not only had their time been wasted, they felt like they were jerked around.

My tenants are very good people & I felt like I had failed them. I said I would call the company right away & get some resolution on the issue. Shortly after 8pm, I called the company again. Again, it was a dispatch operator. I asked for a call back urgently from a manager. I did not get a call back for an hour.

At 9:02pm, I called the dispatch operator again. My name was still in the system from the previous hour, but the operator said my message had already been relayed.

At 10:15p, I called the dispatch operator for the 3rd time after the visit; the 4th time in 4 hrs. I complained that I hadn’t gotten a call back EVEN THOUGH THEY CLAIM TO BE ON CALL 24/7.

At 10:20p, I received a call from Michael, the Manager. Despite being pretty pissed off, I calmly explained of the story above, starting with the tardiness of the tech.

His first response to me was that having a guy show up 20 min outside of the window “was not a big deal” & “not unreasonable due to traffic.” I told him that this was indeed a big deal, because a service window is a service window; an apology was appropriate (not having my complaint dismissed as if our time wasn’t valuable). The appointment was not from 4-7:30, it was for 4-7pm; my tenants were inconvenienced as a result of this; & I said that if the tech was indeed going to be late, a phone call to either myself or the tenant (both #s were provided) would be appropriate.

(Throughout this conversation, I could hear Michael’s kid crying in the background. I get it. It’s 10:30p. If it were my choice, I wouldn’t be having this conversation either.)

Michael got upset because I challenged him about the tardiness of his tech & told me I was being “unreasonable.” At this point I hadn’t raised my voice yet & had been trying to keep my patience. I think I may have sounded frustrated, but I certainly hadn’t gotten upset.

But to have the manager tell me I’m being “unreasonable” & not even attempt to acknowledge any problem began to set me off.

It gets worse. He said, “I don’t have time to deal with this right now. I will talk to the tech & call you in the morning.”

I asked, “I thought you were on call 24/7.”

He said, “You are unreasonable.” AND HE HUNG UP ON ME.

***HE DARED TO SAY *I* WAS UNREASONABLE?!?!?!***

I AM SHOCKED THAT A COMPANY THAT CLAIMS ON ITS WEBSITE “WE TREAT YOU LIKE FRIENDS” TREATED ME LIKE THIS.

On their website, the Better Business Bureau badge of Company Rating A shows prominently on the homepage.

If you go to the BBB website, you’ill see that the ACTUAL rating is NOT an A. It is a “BBB” rating, LOWER THAN an A. This is still a high rating, BUT IT IS NOT WHAT THEY ADVERTISE ON THEIR SITE.

Also, check out the review from the BBB site on 8/26/2007 by bdblack, who says they are crooks.

I certainly wouldn’t disagree.
~~~
UPDATE: On 9/7, I rec’d a call from the office at 8am. I spoke to Alex who politely listened to the whole story. When I was done, the first thing he did was apologize for the bad experience, which is what I should have received last night from Michael. Then he offered to try to make it better. I requested a second opinion from a senior technician who admitted via phone that the circuit board could be the problem, not the fan. But the soonest they could make a new appt was for Monday afternoon.

Instead, I ordered part online; arriving Sat. The tenant fixed it himself by replacing the bad circuit board. The fan is fine.

While I appreciate the professionalism of Alex, it was too little too late. He said that I would not be charged for the first visit and that a senior technician would come out on Monday afternoon, as scheduled. But since the part is already fixed, I am canceling the service call.

I will be filing a complaint to the Better Business Bureau for false advertising (the wrong rating posted on their site) and also to file a report of this incident.

And if I get charged for the visit, I will be disputing it on my credit card, as well.

PS – I received EXTREMELY GOOD service from ClimateDoctors.com, the company that I bought the circuit board from. Not only did they have great prices, the customer service was EXCELLENT. When I called their toll-free number to place the order, Chris Auger (a technician for 20 years himself) answered the phone, took the order, and gave me some advice. Then he made sure that the order was indeed fulfilled immediately so that the part arrived on Saturday to the tenant via FedEx. Even though the shipping costs were almost as much as the cost of the part itself (FedEx’s fault, not ClimateDoctors), the order arrived with no problems. He even faxed me a copy of the invoice and also sent a tracking # so I could track the FedEx package.

I absolutely recommend ClimateDoctors.com for excellent prices, customer service, and value.

In Memory: Wai ‘Ray’ Ng

Ray NgEvery so often, I surf through Facebook and I see a heartbreaking group such as this one:
R.I.P Ray Ng we miss you (Facebook account needed to see link)

Son gives his mom night off, is slain
From The Miami Herald (May 15, 2007)

TAMARAC – For Mother’s Day this year, Wai Ng may have saved his mother’s life.

His gift to her was simple: The 28-year-old son, known to friends as Ray, offered to work his mother’s shift on Sunday at the family’s Chinese restaurant in Tamarac.

But late that night, authorities said, a gunman stormed into the almost-empty restaurant and demanded money. Before making his exit, cash in hand, the stranger fired a single shot, leaving Ng dead on the floor.

…Ten years ago, Ng’s older sister died of breast cancer. She left behind The Hong Kong City BBQ, the Chinese restaurant she had owned on North State Road 7.

Pui Ng (Ray’s Mom) took over as owner. Ray Ng dropped out of high school to help.

Even though this happened in back in May, I thought this was worth mentioning because I know so many Asian Americans work in family businesses and can relate to the hard working owners of a family business. This is one of the saddest stories I’ve heard, particularly because Ray’s mom was a single mom and had already lost one of her children 10 years earlier. Now to lose a second child on Mother’s Day is absolutely heartbreaking.

Some additional coverage at this Yelp Talk topic (Yelp account needed)

One of the good things to come out of this tragic event was that the local Chinese community joined forces with the local police departments to hold two Crime Prevention Community Forums to address the issues of protecting oneself when a crime occurs and how to minimize potential risks of a crime.

SAFETY TIPS
Source: North Miami Beach Police Department

What to do before, during and after a robbery.

Before
• Make sure your business is well lit on the inside and outside.
• Make sure your windows are clear so you can see in from the outside.
• At night leave your cash register open so people can see there is nothing in it.
• Keep ruler tape or some form of measurement gauge on the door to estimate the height of the intruder.

During
• Never resist, don’t scream or do anything that will call attention.
• Only talk to answer the robber’s questions.
• Pay close attention to details of the intruder.
• Stay calm.

After
• Call police immediately.
• Do not disturb the crime scene.
• Write down everything you remember about the intruder immediately.
• Try to separate the witnesses so that each has his own story of what happened.

Ray did everything right and still lost his life. What a shame.

Even though it’s months later, my deepest sympathies go out to Ray’s friends and loved ones.

::Ray Ng Memorial Website::

Bye-bye T-Mobile…

Hello (again) Cingular.

Er, I mean the new Wireless from AT&T.

(Funny. When I changed to T-Mobile, I had a very similar post title. Just goes to show how NOT creative I am.)

My contract was up and due to crappy connectivity at my parents’ place with T-Mobile, we’ve decided to return to the network we used to be on for some still-crappy-but-less-crappy-than-T-Mo service.

In the process, I got a new cell phone, which I might decide to sell. (My magenta Motorola RAZR is still in working order and I’m not too picky about cell phones.)

I got a Motorola KRZR K1 in blue.

It’s still in its box.

After everything was said and done, I paid $190 for three new phones, but will be getting $130 back in rebates. My brother got a new Nokia N75 and we picked out a simple Nokia 6126 for my Mom to use when she gets back from Taiwan.

It makes me a little sad because in this process, we dropped my Dad’s cell phone line from the family plan. But it’s been over a year and I’d been paying $9.99/month for it to be sitting there, unused.

Still, it made me sad.

Anyway, the point is, sorry to all my T-Mo friends, no more free mobile-to-mobile calls for you! I am now going to chat away with my friends on AT&T.

Question is: Do you use AT&T Wireless and do I have your #?

Car drama in front of the Arclight/Amoeba

Overturned carThere is some weird car mojo out on Sunset near the Arclight today.

This morning, there was a 3 car accident in front of Amoeba; the three cars were facing sideways on Sunset in a row.

About an hour ago, I was sitting in a meeting when I heard the sirens for a fire engine and an ambulance get louder and louder. I looked out the window on Sunset, right across from the Arclight: a white car was overturned on Sunset.

Sunset was closed between Vine and Cahuenga, so all kinds of traffic was backed up around the area.

It is all cleared up now, like nothing happened, but I swear, I’m not driving that stretch of Sunset today.

Here’s another photo by Jason:

Accident Scene.  Photo by JasonEscapist

Photo credit: jasonEscapist, used under Creative Commons

Original Blogebrity

I was an original Blogebrity (I was a C-Lister back in 2005).

As of today, I’m a B-Lister. Woot!

Making this post just to claim my blog again.

Check out my Blogebrity profile!

Hot.

Not Jeri Ryan this time.

This time it’s the weather.

They said it was cooling down, but it’s 1am and I’m hot. I know it’s cooler than it has been in days, but it’s still hot.

Time for sleep.




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