Monthly Archive for October, 2008

Twitter Updates for 2008-10-31

  • is watching the pupppeeeez again. #
  • is trying to clean her desk, but part of it keeps avalanching down back on her. #
  • Holy moly! I’ve cleaning my desk all night and it’s almost 4am! WTH is wrong with me?! Time for a little shut-eye before I’ve got to work! #
  • Good morning. Boy I need to go to bed earlier than 4am. What’s up with the circling choppers outside my window? (Hollywood area) #
  • I got “python-rolled”. #
  • Congrats to the happy couple! @seanbonner and @tarabrown #

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“Trick-or-Treat Goodies (our way)” – A slight revision for year five

One year ago today, I was still in school, working at a different job, and worrying about the health of my then-ailing Grandma.

Today, I am graduated and staring down student loans, working a new-ish job, and still mourning the loss of my last grandparent 3 months ago. I was able to work from home today so I haven’t left the house, haven’t seen anyone in costumes, nor have I handed out any candy.

But all that is fine by me. Yoshi and I enjoyed a quiet night in and I have my own Halloween tradition here on my blog and that is to recycle this Halloween story… but this year, with some revisions.

Earlier this year, I took part in a special Mother’s Day performance at the Pacific Asia Museum called “Chinese American Stories: My Mother” and read this story on-stage. Since it was for Mother’s Day, I re-wrote some of the story to focus a little bit more about my mother and less on Halloween.

So though it’s the same story as always, it’s a “new and improved version,” dedicated to my Mom.

To anyone who has read it in previous years, I hope you’ll read it again with fresh eyes. To any first timers, I hope you enjoy.

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?”
Continue reading ‘“Trick-or-Treat Goodies (our way)” – A slight revision for year five’

Twitter Updates for 2008-10-30

  • am proud of myself for talking to Mom. She said she was confused by the Chinese voting guide and is now leaning toward voting NO on Prop 8. #
  • @nicole The Obama thing on YouTube, minus the live stuff #
  • is up waaaaaaaaaaay past her bedtime. Dang. How’d it get to be 2am?! #
  • @lomara Welcome to twitter! Nice to see you here! #
  • @MarsPhoenix Thanks for all the updates and new knowledge you’ve shared with us! #
  • @kentnichols Condolences on Grandma Iowa. #
  • @moye Live puppy cam!? What are you doing to me???!!
    I’ll never stop watching! #

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Twitter Updates for 2008-10-29

  • wants to go to Scoops tonight for FLAVORS FOR CHANGE, but is afraid of the crowds. #
  • is not sure why everyone is making fun of me because I think fractals are cool??? #
  • @ernie and @moye I’m MORE amazian than you amazians!!! #
  • @the17thman Hey you! My emails to you are bouncing! #
  • hopes YOU have an AMAZIAN day! #
  • @xenijardin Yipes! #
  • Debating on what to have for lunch #
  • It’s Cobb Salad time! #
  • is a month behind on HEROES and is considering just deleting the unwatched episodes off the Tivo. #
  • has a friend who just got one of these: Anyone else have one and have tips to share for him? #
  • @jc22 I also like meaty salads. I was tempted to get a tuna salad, actually. I guess that would be “fishy.” #
  • wants to smack @stkyrice for saying “Joz has gazongas.” WTF, yo?! #

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Twitter Updates for 2008-10-28

  • OH NO! Just heard from reliable secondhand sources that my Mom is planning on voting Yes on 8… WTH!?!??! KILL ME NOW!!! #
  • is trying to figure out why Mom isn’t voting NO on 8. Is it because the yard signs in the neighborhood (OC)? Influence of religious friends? #
  • can’t bring myself to call Mom tonight. Too upset. #
  • Midnight. Bedtime not just because I’m tired but because Yoshi hates it when I stay up too late. #
  • @the17thman Are you getting my emails? I keep getting “warning messages” that my emails aren’t getting delivered.I sent 3 in the last 3 days #
  • Heading out to on-site client meetings. #

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Twitter Updates for 2008-10-27

  • wants to thank the person who offered me gloves when I was digging in the trash to separate recycables at #barcampla yesterday.Who was that? #
  • @krix Hey you! I miss you! #
  • Among the many cool ppl met at #barcampla yesterday, @skyvan who’s giving away a Wii Game randomly to a follower when he’s at 250 followers #
  • yelping… Perrins Restaurant (3)/5) on Grumpy = Waking up super early to go to an .. #
  • @cyn3maticI can’t want to see your NO ON 8 ads! Be sure to send me the links!!! #

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Twitter Updates for 2008-10-26

  • Home now. I want to nap since #barcampla really took it out of me. But I have soooo much to do… meh. #
  • @faboomama Sorry we didn’t get to talk more today! #
  • @thorpus Are you in Track 1? #
  • @faboomama I can only go back to #barcampla tomorrow if I finish my work tonight… so it’s a maybe… #
  • @SquashBlossom August Rush was totally lame! #
  • @Veeyawn NICE! And I missed that!? #
  • Amused that the power is out at #barcampla ROCK! #
  • @MackReed how many barcampers did it take to figure out the cause of the power outage?! #
  • @dewelch So @mackreed said it took a dozen barcampers to fix the power problem. You say 1… who to believe???!!! #
  • @Underseen Was at barcamp today and picked up your card… don’t think we got to meet tho! #
  • @the17thman haha! Then we kind of met! I think that was so early that I was still coffee-ing up! #
  • @stkyrice Wish I could have been at your 8Asians rock out party dinner boozefest whatever thing #
  • @the17thman Thank you for the comment! So speedy! #
  • @faboomama Daylight Savings is NEXT weekend! #
  • @the17thman The first time today someone mentioned 8Asians was probably me! I hope I’m not annoying you like some other person we mentioned! #
  • @stkyrice Yeah, like I’d believe you guys would get together and not have A LITTLE booze. Sheesh. What do you think I don’t know y’all?! #
  • @drumgit Daylight Savings time is NEXT WEEK!!! One more week! #
  • @the17thman I have NO idea what you are referring to! ;P #
  • @the17thman I was really bad and only did half my work. :( I think I’m going to be a no-show tomorrow. #
  • @skyvan You are cracking me up. Maybe I’ll stay up and do my work instead of sleeping… #
  • @the17thman Oop. I mean YOU are cracking me up now. @skyvan cracked me up DURING one of the presentations today. #
  • Am I getting a second wind??? I think so! Going to try to stay up and finish my work so I can go back tomorrow for #Barcampla part 2! #
  • is a loser and did not finish her work last night, so she cannot return to #barcampla today. On the bright side, I slept in until 10am! #
  • @tanjab Much love to you today. My father also passed away about two years ago and I think about him everyday, too. #
  • @Neilochka Ok, I kind of knew I wasn’t going to finish my work, either. But way to have faith in me, Neil! #
  • @greenlagirl Uck! Yuck! Beets! NO!!!! #

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Tweet of the Day – 10-26-2008

Tweet of the Day - 10-26-2008

Follow up IMs:

joz: omg @ your tweet about that thing about asian am bmi

Ernie: i know.

Ernie: it was like being kicked in my very large belly.

God, I love Ernie.

PS – The tinyurl points to an article with the headline “Asian American? You may be fatter than you think!”

Twitter Updates for 2008-10-25

  • Fell asleep on the couch; awakened by Mom on phone who started yelling @ me. When I yelled back at her, she’s like “why are you so loud?” #
  • It turned out she couldn’t hear so she was yelling. Couldn’t figure out why I was mad she woke me up and started yelling at me. #
  • Was so happy to meet @cyn3matic at lunch on Friday! #
  • at @barcampla. Coffee good. #
  • @weskimcom Yeah! It was SO GREAT to meet @cyn3matic yesterday. Total fluke, but I feel so lucky to have met her! #
  • @jasoncalacanis Thanks for the space! It rocks and there are a ton of ppl here! #
  • First session #bcla #
  • Messing up Tanja’s live stream #barcampla (in the shot) #
  • listening to @jasoncalacanis talk about the economy in a “death spiral” Happy talk! #
  • Yes, you’re right, @dewelch I should’ve mentioned that the “death spiral” isn’t necessarily a bad thing for the tech industry,says Calacanis #
  • I’m at 902 Colorado Ave (902 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA 90401, USA) – #
  • @dewelch and @skyvan Keep your hands to yourselves! #
  • @dewelch just POKED me! I don’t know WHERE that finger has been!!! #
  • I swear I am listening to the session here that @jasoncalacanis is doing. I blame @dewelch for all the distraction. :P #
  • @dewelch If you’re going to dance, let’s make sure the cameras are pointed at you! #
  • Refusing to give up my seat. Listening to whatever is in Track 1 #bcla today. Speakers, come to me. #
  • @skyvan I can barely SPELL multithreading! #
  • This is what I’ve got: The first rule of synchronization is that you don’t talk about synchronization. Oh wait, that’s the Fight Club. Doh. #
  • leaving #barcampla. Rock star parking space opening up!!! #

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I went to BarCampLA6 today

at Mahalo HQ in Santa Monica. (BarCampLA6 info here)

And I claimed my seat, not realizing I was in the way of Tanjab’s livestream.

So someone (Scrivener) accused me being a camera hog.

Joz waves on Tanjab's livestream at BarCampLA6

Joz says HI to Scrivener and PodCampHawaii from BarCampLA6!

Joz on Tanjab's livestream at BarCampLA6

Who me? A camera hog?

I have NO IDEA why he would call me that! The nerve!!!

Twitter Updates for 2008-10-24

  • was going to attend the LA Times blogging event OR go phonebanking for but decided I deserve to stay in for once. #
  • @lisalee Yay! #
  • @ChefJoAnna Are you sure you’re not using the pepper SPRAY!?!?!? Geez! #
  • @ChefJoAnna I hope you and Kelly recover quickly from your pepper attack!!! #
  • yelping… No on 8 Headquarters – West Hollywood (5)/5) on So this is just an empty.. #
  • @JPhilipson Your day is just starting and it’s already been a long day?! #
  • is jealous of all her East Coast friends who already began their weekends, but laughing at her Hawaii friends who are 6 hrs behind them. #
  • Waiting for a client to call so she can wrap up her work. #

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  • Yoshi would kill me if these were in our house. But these are so geeky, they're cool!

Twitter Updates for 2008-10-23

  • phonebanking – vote no on 8 #
  • back home from phonebanking – Californians Vote NO on Prop 8 #
  • GRUMPY! Left the house early for a dr’s appt which got canceled before I got here. & parking ticket. Bah! #
  • d?00000z #
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  • 85027 #
  • d?zij0000xd?zisjs11111142zw #
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  • oooooooooops #
  • I hate my Motorola Q sometimes. Thanks to Mr Don for the call #
  • I know I’m from OC, but I can’t get over how many people on my friends list on FB are voting Yes on 8 #
  • For the non-Californians like @pineapplejuice — No on 8 would preserve the right for same-sex couples to marry. #
  • @misterdon If PROP 8 passes, gays and lesbians CANNOT get married. #
  • @pineapplejuice You’re right. And in the end, Hawaiians said “NO” to gay marriage. Californians need to say NO inequality; NO to Prop 8! #
  • @bruin Right! The law states,”no religion will be req’d to change its religious policies or practices w/ regard to same-sex couples” NoOn8! #
  • I password protected a document about 5 months ago and now I can’t remember the password… DOH! #
  • My facebook status page and wall belongs to ME. Which means if you’re going to shit on it, I will delete your crap. #
  • @nabine Why don’t I ever see you on gChat anymore? #

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Twitter Updates for 2008-10-22

  • has reduced the number of unread items in Google Reader to 666. #

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Does anyone miss me?

I know it seems like I’ve forgotten how to write a blog post, but if you’ve been reading the Twitter updates, then you see I’ve been running around like crazy.

So, in lieu of a “real” blog post, I’m going to do a marketing survey* to see if I haven’t driven all my readers away with all the blog neglect. Please leave comments so I know you’re still paying attention, please. (If you don’t want to answer the questions, just leave me any old comment, because now I’m just blatantly whoring for them. And we really need to end this sad, sad scene.)

1) Do you visit my site directly (click a link/bookmark/type in URL), follow via RSS, or some other method (what method would that be? telepathy?)?

2) If you visit my site, is it too ugly for words? What would you like to see on it to make it more visually appealing?

3) If you follow via RSS feed, do you hate the “excerpted” feed? Would you rather see a full feed? If I had a full feed would you be more/less likely to leave comments?

4) Why don’t you leave comments, dammit?! Must you make me beg for them?

5) If you had any suggestions for my blog, what are they and can you help me implement anything that takes time, energy or effort?

*Not a scientific survey

Twitter Updates for 2008-10-21

  • Still has over 1000 new items in Google Reader to look at. Arrgh. #
  • @macratlove Added your new blog to my reader… now you are adding to my 1000+ unread items! #

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Twitter Updates for 2008-10-20

  • Today: work, LAist BBQ, home to watch the Rays beat the BoSox, to the garage to see Yoshi’s new workroom and tool setup. Sleep soon! #
  • Holy cow! How did it get to be 1am!? So much for going to bed early to get some extra Zzz’s. #
  • Going to bed now. I swear. It’s only 1:36am, no biggie. #

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Twitter Updates for 2008-10-19

  • Heading off to work. Yes, it is Sunday. Yes, I did say work. Hoping the AIDS Walk doesn’t cause me to be late. #
  • is hoping her allergies don’t any worse than they already are. #

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Twitter Updates for 2008-10-18

  • is sad that I didn’t get to have more free time this week in Honolulu. #
  • @scrivener I have a few free hours before I have to hop on the plane. What should I do??? #
  • @AiYahhHowie Safe travels! Say hi to Efi for me!!! #
  • @MackReed. I’m rooting for our team!!! Whoo! Have a great time at Trivia Bowl!!! #
  • @scrivener I just starting walking and am near the Hard Rock. I need to be back at my hotel by 7:30ish #
  • Omg. Crazy. Was crossing Kapiolani and ran into Sophie. Just met her two nights ago. #
  • @scrivener what’s it called? #
  • Thx! @pineapplejuice and @scrivener gonna see if I can check them out. #
  • walked around Waikiki and sitting in the food court at Ala Moana Center having a quick bite while hoping my hiccups go away. #
  • cheering on Team LA Metblogs at the AAJA Trivia Bowl in LA. Thx for the updates @MackReed and @edpadgett #
  • @dote I *heart* L.A.!!! #
  • Trip to Honolulu almost over. About to head back to my hotel and pick up my luggage before heading to the airport. #
  • Anxiously awaiting final Trivia Bowl standing and winner from @MackReed #
  • @Bytemarks I think this has been one of the best business trips I have ever taken! I am so glad to have met so many awesome people here!!! #
  • Thx @wendelldotme for those characters but no cut/paste on iPhone #
  • Yeah! @scrivener It would have been great to stay the weekend or wander outside of a one mile radius of my hotel!!! #
  • In the cab heading for the airport. Until next time, Honolulu!!! #
  • Whoo hoo! Sitting at my gate. Got through security line in record time due to free first class upgrade!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! #
  • @mackreed thanks for the updates! hope you all had fun. say thx to darleene too! #
  • first class rocks! boarded plane first (after wheelchair people) but someone here steeeeenky! #
  • note: stinky person on plane is NOT me. #
  • Thx @NctrnlBest I regret not ordering dessert at Longhi’s the night I arrived!!! #
  • whoo! @nctrnlbest that would rock but i would prefer a chance to hang out again! #
  • Definitely not my imagination. I think the guy next to me has some serious b.o. funk… ewwwwwwwwww #
  • Dammit! It has been almost a year since I got to fly first class and it will be marred by el stinko. Anyone got a clothespin for my nose? #
  • you are so right @nctrnlbst i shoulda had the mai tai #
  • full flight. and first class aint that big #
  • time to turn my phone off! you’ll hear from me next when i’m in LA #
  • just landed at lax and taxiing to the gate. Barely slept and looking forward to a breath of fresh LA air. I’m not kidding, yo. #
  • I am sad to report that Smelly Man still smells. #
  • Yay! Landed and breathing normally once again! #
  • @wildbell have a great walk! just landed #
  • Home sweet home! About to shower and catch some zzz’s. Have a bridal shower to attend at noon. #
  • WTF. I only slept on my flight 1-2 hours max. Why am I wide awake?!?! #
  • Trying to wake up and get to that bridal shower. a #
  • already late #

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Twitter Updates for 2008-10-17

  • @outoutblogger Happy anniversary! We can’t wait to celebrate with you both on Saturday! #
  • Just met @Bytemarks and @pineapplejuice Whoo! #
  • at KIPO-FM with@Hawaii and @bytemarks. Ryan is on the radio!!! #
  • If I hadn’t been stuck in meetings all day, I could have had lunch with @NEENZ @lorelle @Hawaii @bytemarks DARN! #

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