Monthly Archive for October, 2011

“Trick-or-Treat Goodies (our way)” – Year Eight (is Great!)

Long time readers of this blog will remember the original version of “Trick-or-Treat Goodies (our way)” post made in 2004. This story received an update in 2008, but it remains the unedited (save for some formatting corrections) for Year Eight (2011).

This has been such a crazy busy year, that I can’t remember what I did for a costume in 2010 (did I even get dressed up last year?!). This year, I recycled that ugly red dress I originally wore to the first Blogger Prom and added a few more red pieces to be Jozzy Red Riding Hood. (Or in Ernie’s words “Jozzy Joz Riding Joz.”) I wore this redtastic getup to work even though I had a in-person/video conference presentation at 9am.

At lunchtime, a group of us took a trip to the Disney Studio Lot to check out costumes and watch a bit of the Halloween Costume Contest (judged by Bob Iger, Anne Sweeney and other big time Disney execs.) Before getting to the fun and games, however, my passengers and I had a small adventure in the parking structure where we had to squeeze into a teeny tiny parking spot because other people don’t know how to park. The short version is that with the help of @unpoete, I was able to get my car into a parking spot where the car was literally TOUCHING a concrete post (but not scraping). Even more amazing, we were able to dislodge the car without any damage… it was magic via teamwork! (Unfortunately, this entire situation apparently caused a bit of stress during lunch for @microhan who, along with @unpoete and S, seemed way more concerned about my car than I was.)

What else? Since another Blogger Prom hasn’t happened yet, I’m still the reigning Blogger Prom Queen. On the homefront, we have decidedly less annoying neighbors– so less #neighborhooddrama or #neighborhooddorama to report. On the downside, we continue to live out of boxes and I still have no idea where the vast majority of my stuff is.

2011 has been NON-STOP for me… off the top of my head, major extracurricular activities I helped organize/produce included: Banana2 Conference, IWMF International Conference of Women Media Leaders in DC, Passport DC’s Around the World Embassy Tour, AAJA LA’s 30th Anniversary Trivia Bowl, IWMF’s Courage in Journalism Awards show in Beverly Hills… all this in addition to my responsibilities as Co-Editor of 8Asians, Secretary of the Boards of East West Players and the Asian American Journalists Association (Los Angeles Chapter)… and oh yeah, a day job that actually pays the bills.

Ack, I’m tired just thinking about it. Anyway, here’s my annual Halloween story posted in honor my Mom, who is in Taiwan (again) this fall. 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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PIC: Happy Halloween from Jozzy Red Riding Hood!

Yes, I found another way to re-use that horrible red dress.

See also:
2009 – Blogger Prom bit.ly/w4DgTv

2009 – Miss Scarlet from Clue bit.ly/toZEYK

2011 – Audrey Magazine feature bit.ly/uNDMKM

Halloween 2011
Los Angeles area, CA
10/31/2011.

PIC: Lunchroom Hijinx. Someone brought a chocolate truffle torte & left an “Eat Me” note. Thx @sambr for being torte-stylist!

See note. See torte.

Get it?!?

Los Angeles area, CA
10/27/2011.

PIC: At @LudoTruck for lunch! Guerilla fried chicken. (Better than chicken fried gorilla. I would guess)

Burbank, CA
10/27/2011.

PIC: Running on empty today. Got 17.5 gal into my tank. Red light was on for a while. $3.75/gal. Livin on the edge!

Los Angeles area, CA
10/26/2011.

PIC: Dessert while everyone else has dinner service!

2011 IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards Gala

www.IWMF.org

Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills, CA
10/14/2011.

PIC: I’m first to eat! The head of hospitality had them bring me my meal in advance!

2011 IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards Gala

www.IWMF.org

Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills, CA
10/14/2011.

PIC: Joz moonlights as Secret Service. J/K. Actually, I’m the Technical Director tonite.

2011 IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards Gala

www.IWMF.org

Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills, CA
10/14/2011.

PIC: A sneak peek at the Crystal Ballroom at @IWMF Courage in Journalism Awards Gala!

www.IWMF.org

Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills, CA
10/24/2011.

PIC: Joz on the way down to the Crystal Ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel

Walkthrough for IWMF’s Courage in Journalism Awards Gala in L.A.

www.IWMF.org

Beverly Hills Hotel
Beverly Hills, CA
10/23/2011.

PIC: Joz & 1 of the #hapatwins! aka Spawn of @TimTwigg

HapaTwin Z!

SGV, CA
10/22/2011.

PIC via @candymusicfood: Best Team Attire at @AAJATriviaBowl at @ABC7! Team @Toyota / @IWGroup in matching t-shirts & hats! Thx @bimada!

Due to popular request, the long-awaited team photo of the Best
Dressed Team at AAJA Trivia Bowl 2011! Thanks to Bill Imada of IW
Group for having the team with the most fashionable threads of the
night!

Photo courtesy of Yulree / @candymusicfood

Taken 10/14/2011 at Studio B of ABC7
Glendale, CA

(I can’t believe this was a week ago… it feels like yesterday!)

-Joz
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Due to popular request, this is my signature:  (-_-)  Did someone blink?
www.jozjozjoz.com

Joz’s Chinese Mom Zodiac

On the 8Asians internal mailing list, Moye shared an article with the subject line: Dragon moms are the new tiger moms. It’s no big secret there that I’m totally over anything labeled “Tiger,” especially Tiger Moms, which started the whole recent phenomenon.

So I responded to the email with this:

Must the word “Mom” be with prefixed with every animal in the frakkin Chinese zodiac?

Fine then.

Here is my Chinese Mom Zodiac*:

Rat Moms – : They infest old buildings and crowded, unsanitary areas that exist in an urban environment. Rat Moms are pests because they eat food and contaminate it with urine and excrement. Sometimes they, or the parasites they carry, (such as fleas, mites and worms) spread many diseases. Rat Moms pass on their fuckin’ diseases to their kids and the world at large. They suck.

Ox Moms – : Oxen are commonly castrated adult male cattle, so by that train of thought, Ox Moms are already pretty effed up. Ox Moms are pretty much only good for lugging stuff around and for their dung, to be used as manure or fuel. They stink. And they suck.

Tiger Moms – : A lot has been made of Tiger Moms because the tiger supposedly represents fearlessness and wrath in many Asian cultures. Although this may have been true in the wild, Tiger Moms in captivity are known for their penchant to maul gay magicians on stage. They suck, too.

Rabbit Moms – 兔: Rabbit Moms have a very rapid reproductive rate. Famous examples of Rabbit Moms include Octomom and Kate Gosselin. ‘Nuff said. They suck (+8!).

Dragon Moms – : Topping the list of Moms Who Need Dermatologists, Dragon Moms are vaguely reptilian, possessing typically scaly or feathered bodies. Yuck! Dragon Moms are actually mythical and wish they were real moms. Because they’re creatures of fantasy, some people think Dragon Moms are pretty fantastic. Actually, they’re pretty sucktastic.

Snake Moms – : Snake Moms lack limbs, but this does not impede their movement. They can be seen swallowing prey much larger than their heads in one giant bite with their fanged mouths. Because of their fangs, they are often mistaken for vampires. And everyone knows that vampires literally suck (blood).

Horse Moms – : In the past, Horse Moms were considered unintelligent, with no abstract thinking ability, unable to generalize, and driven primarily by a herd mentality. In the present, it turns out this is true. And they’re pretty slutty because they let men ride them, often in public. I bet they suck, too.

Sheep Moms – : Sheep Moms are perpetually stuck in the 80s and desperately need fashion upgrades. You can spot them in flocks, usually with crimped hair called wool and often with horns forming a lateral spiral. Ewe. (Is that a bad pun? Frankly My Dear, I don’t give a lamb.) You’re baaaaa-riliant if you already knew that Sheep Moms suck, too.

Monkey Moms – 猴: Monkey Moms like bananas. Actually, Monkey Moms ARE bananas; if you have a Monkey Mom, I hope you have money saved up for psychotherapy. Do they suck too? You bet your bonobos, they do!

Rooster Moms – 雞: Why did the Rooster Mom cross the road? To cockadoodle dooo something (sucky).

Dog Moms – : Dog Moms are total bitches. Dogs Moms may seem fetching at first glance, but a childhood with a Dog Mom is a ruff childhood filled with sheer terrier. I saw a Dog Mom treat her kids so re-pug-nantly that it really ticked me of and made me want to pinscher! I’ve heard so many paws-itively horrific tails of woe that it would make you hot under the collar. If you’re the child of a Dog Mom looking for new leash on life, schnauzer chance! Flea in a hurry and run away from home! It’s Siriusly the only way to get away from that suckage!**

Pig Moms – : Pig Moms are most commonly associated with eating not only their own feces, but those of other beings. In parts of the third world, where villager dwellers excrete in the open, Pig Moms are known to eat this excretia. Wow, I knew Pig Moms were disgusting, but that was even grosser than I thought. Oh yeah, they suck, too!

* with apologies to things I copied and pasted from the Internet. Mostly from Wikipedia.

** I didn’t come up with those. Blame these people.

Please Note: My Mom is not any of these… she is a Joz Mom and there is only one and she is awesome!!!

PIC: My new desk decor. My Jack O’ Persimmon on an Autumnal MacBook. (Persimmon via @ChrisChandler)

I did not draw directly on the persimmon. I colored on some clear tape & put it on the fruit.

Also, I tried (but failed) to make a mustache for my persimmon, so I turned it upside-down into a funny smile.

Los Angeles area, CA
10/17/2011.

PIC: A tweet from @AAJA Natl Prez @DorisTruong on the Twitter Wall at #AAJATriviaBowl

Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA Los Angeles Trivia Bowl XVI

KABC7 Studio B
Glendale, CA
10/14/2011.

PIC: The tix from #AAJATriviaBowl Tweet-Off tix are in the bin!

Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA Los Angeles Trivia Bowl XVI

KABC7 Studio B
Glendale, CA
10/14/2011.

PIC: We should award a prize for the team that drank the most Primo Beer at #AAJATriviaBowl

Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA Los Angeles Trivia Bowl XVI

KABC7 Studio B
Glendale, CA
10/14/2011.

PIC: Candice at the @UnionBank table w/ her leather @PanAmABC bag! Congrats! She’s also going to see #DWTS results show!

Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA Los Angeles Trivia Bowl XVI

KABC7 Studio B
Glendale, CA
10/14/2011.

PIC: Round 4 #AAJATriviaBowl scores being tabulated by the QuizMasters!

Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA Los Angeles Trivia Bowl XVI

KABC7 Studio B
Glendale, CA
10/14/2011.

PIC: @jozjozjoz & @unpoete wrapped w/ #AAJATriviaBowl tweet-off!

Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA Los Angeles Trivia Bowl XVI

KABC7 Studio B
Glendale, CA
10/14/2011.

PIC: Thx for all the entries into the 1st #AAJATriviaBowl Tweet-Off! Good luck winning the #iPad2!

Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA Los Angeles Trivia Bowl XVI

KABC7 Studio B
Glendale, CA
10/14/2011.

PIC: Wing Lam of @WahoosFishTaco & @jozjozjoz at #AAJATriviaBowl!

Asian American Journalists Association

AAJA Los Angeles Trivia Bowl XVI

KABC7 Studio B
Glendale, CA
10/14/2011.

PIC: Stupid things at Fry’s. USB Humping Dog

Who would spend $10 on such a thing?

Orange, CA
10/8/2011.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

PIC: Fruits & Flowers from visitors this week.

Mom stopped by late on Thursday night and left some persimmons and heirloom tomatoes.

The my Uncle T stopped by on this way home from work on Friday to say hi and brought in some of the plumeria blossoms from my yard.

Los Angeles area, CA
Taken 10/7/2011.
Posted 10/8/2011.

-J
Pecked out on my iPhone. Sorry for any typos.
www.jozjozjoz.com

PIC: Apple.com Homepage: Steve Jobs (1955-2011). #RIPSteveJobs

Hard to believe. Kind of sad. The world lost a true visionary today.
(Sent from my Mac laptop.)

Remembering Steve Jobs from apple.com/stevejobs

"Apple has lost a visionary and creative genius, and the world has
lost an amazing human being. Those of us who have been fortunate
enough to know and work with Steve have lost a dear friend and an
inspiring mentor. Steve leaves behind a company that only he could
have built, and his spirit will forever be the foundation of Apple."

Screenshot taken of apple.com
10/5/2011.

-Joz
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Due to popular request, this is my signature:  (-_-)  Did someone blink?
www.jozjozjoz.com




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