PIC: #V3con #BambooCeiling #GlassCeiling talk w @abc7davidono, Jeanne Mau of @CBSEntDiversity & @MrJoeZee #V3ceiling

V3con 2015
Japanese American National Museum
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
6/27/2015.

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PIC: Thx @McDonalds. I’m 1st to eat #WasabiFiletOFish sandwich ever served in U.S. at #V3con! #McDLovinV3 #V3bingo

V3con 2015
Japanese American National Museum
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
6/27/2015.

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PIC: Morning #V3con plenary @amara_media @mazet @blupixelz #V3experience Thx @vzwken!

V3con 2015
Japanese American National Museum
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
6/27/2015.

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PIC: Looking over #V3con #V3bingo over breakfast from @McDonalds #McDLovinV3. #parfait

V3con 2015
Japanese American National Museum
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
6/27/2015.

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PIC: @wheeler_forrest challenges other @FreshOffABC cast members to find/sign this at #Suehiro #LittleTokyo #V3con

V3con 2015
Japanese American National Museum
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
6/26/2015.

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PIC: @wheeler_forrest & 2 of his 3 Moms. RealMom on left; @jozjozjoz =WriterMom! TVMom @ConstanceWu not there! #V3con

I’m not a Mom in real life, but I’m Auntie Joz to a lot of people.

Tonight, Forrest told me I was one of his Moms. I said, "but you already have a real mom and a TV mom! I’ll be your Auntie Joz!"

Forrest refused to accept this and said, "No, you’re my Writer Mom!" and proceeded to inform Real Mom of the addition to their family.

Precious!

V3con 2015
Japanese American National Museum
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
6/26/2015.

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PIC: Achievement unlocked! @jozjozjoz & #RandallPark. 2nd time in a wk! #V3con

V3con 2015
JANM
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
6/24/2015.

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PIC: #V3con besties! @wheeler_forrest & @jozjozjoz all glammed up! #FreshOffTheBoat

V3con 2015
Japanese American National Museum
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
6/26/2015.

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PIC: Achievement unlocked! @jozjozjoz & #RandallPark. 2nd time in a wk! #V3con

V3con 2015
JANM
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
6/24/2015.

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The closing paragraph by Justice Anthony Kennedy of the #MarriageEquality ruling

The closing paragraph by Justice Anthony Kennedy of the #MarriageEquality ruling

via @Slate
www.slate.com/blogs/the_slatest/2015/06/26/supreme_court_…

6/25/2015.

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PIC: What @AltonWang & @jozjozjoz had for lunch at #HuiTouXiang. (Deelish but no pic of Alton bc I suck!) #XLB #SGV

Hui Tou Xiang
San Gabriel, CA
6/24/2015.

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PIC: @NPR & @KPCC folks at #StreetsAndBeats hosted by @NPRMichel. cc @KPCCForum @NPRnews

"Streets and Beats: Personal stories of cops and community from across LA"
NPR Presents
Los Angeles Theatre Center
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
6/24/2015.

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PIC: Panelists take the stage for #StreetsAndBeats hosted by @NPRMichel . Live videostream available via @KP CC​ @KPCCforum

"Streets and Beats: Personal stories of cops and community from across LA"
NPR Presents
Los Angeles Theatre Center
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
6/24/2015.

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PIC: Performance by @CabralRichy of @AmericanCrimeTV starts off @NPR #StreetsAndBeats hosted by @NPRMichel & @KPCC

"Streets and Beats: Personal stories of cops and community from across LA"
NPR Presents
Los Angeles Theatre Center
Downtown Los Angeles, CA
6/24/2015.

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Nine years ago today…

…my life changed forever.

Incidentally, I just looked back in my archives in 2013 and 2014 and I didn’t make a blog post like this for the last two years. (I may have tweeted something out, though… who knows?) I know the reason for this is because for those two years, I was in the throes of putting on V3con (V3con 2012 was in August).

V3con 2015 is coming up this weekend and it will be the fourth one… and the first that I am not in charge of. I am grateful for the team of new leaders who I worked with for the previous two years and who stepped up to organize it and allow me to (finally!) retire from conference planning. I’m so proud of what they’ve accomplished for this year’s event and put together for what will surely be another memorable weekend! (Randall Park! Joe Zee! Dao Nguyen! And that’s just Friday night!) More importantly, their leadership allows me to have time to do things like sleep and write the occasional blog post.

Coincidentally, I happened to have pulled an all-nighter last night, but (mostly) not because of V3con, for once!

I just have a lot on my plate, a lot in my calendar (upcoming business travel ahead), and then a lot to deal with unexpectedly.

Last night (Tuesday), I went to a special screening of Awesome Asian Bad Guys (in celebration of their digital release) at East West Players in Little Tokyo. Around the corner at JANM, the V3con team was busy with their last planning meeting before the big day. I had planned to stop by after the screening to drop off some stuff/equipment for the event and then leave to join all the revelers at the AABG afterparty at Far Bar.

Anyway, when I got to JANM, Bel saw my new-ish Hello Kitty iPhone5 case and she took my phones (yes, I carry two) AND THEN PROCEEDED TO DROP IT HARD FACE DOWN ON THE TILE FLOOR. At first I wasn’t worried about it because the screen looked fine and I was able to power the phone on and off, but it wasn’t until later that I realized the home button was broken!

What I haven’t mentioned is that my iPhone5 had been out of my possession and at the “iPhone Hospital” (that’s what I call it, but it’s really the home of my friend Jenny, who does mobile device repair) for 3 days because we were waiting for parts to come in to repair my power button and back camera. I swear, my iPhone5 should be renamed “Frankenphone” because I don’t know what’s left that’s an original part!

Anyway, I had just gone on Monday night to get my newly repaired phone back from Jenny and I didn’t even have my phone back from 24 hours from the iPhone Hospital when Bel tried to kill Hello Kitty and killed my home button instead! The phone was stuck in text messaging mode, so I texted Jenny who happened to be home and up late so she said “Come over and I’ll fix it for free.” And she did. The cost to me was my time and one highly anticipated AABG afterparty. But thankfully for Jenny and her generosity, now my iPhone is now back in working order and staying far, far away from Bel.

I wanted to share a humorous anecdote because I also have some heavy news, not for me personally, but for a close friend I consider family: Todd. This past weekend was Father’s Day (see my post about my Grandpa, if you missed it), which has been tough for me ever since Dad died because Father’s Day 2006 was actually the last time we were all together as a family. I wasn’t really online all weekend so it wasn’t until Monday that I found out that Todd’s Dad passed away on Friday night. Todd and I met around the time that my Dad died and even though I’d just met him, he was a huge support to me at the time and has been since.

So on a day that I’m remembering what it was like to lose my Dad suddenly and unexpected, my heart aches for Todd, who is living it now. Sending him lots of love and support, whether or not he knows I’m writing this.

What I wrote every year on this day:
:: 2014 :: no post
:: 2013 :: no post
:: 2012 ::
:: 2011 ::
:: 2010 ::
:: 2009 ::
:: 2008 ::
:: 2007 ::

PIC: It’s my goal to see this guy 3x’s this week. (1 for every Joz!) #RandallPark

Awesome Asian Bad Guys Screening
East West Players
Los Angeles, CA
6/23/2015.

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Random. This photo was my first ever post on Flickr, back in 2004

Glass head!

It’s a photo of a glass head, which I recall Mike Doss had a thing for, so I remember taking a picture and posting it on buzznet and flickr for him.

Remember buzznet? (It was founded by my old buddy Marc Brown). I’m not shocked that it’s still around, but I AM shocked that my stuff there still lives on. See my buzznet profile?!

Buzznet makes me think of the earliest days of “moblogging” (mobile blogging) and “cameraphones.” Looking back, the quality of the images are so terrible by today’s standards… well, it HAS been over 10 years now. I remember I had one of the first “cameraphones,” in the pre-iPhone days. It was a Sony Ericsson phone which had a CAMERA ATTACHMENT, which I occasionally wore on a chain around my neck so I could attach it and snap a picture. Getting the picture off the phone was a different issue– cellular data was kind of pricey back then and extremely limited on a monthly basis. I had to be pretty selective about the pictures I posted (or even emailed) directly from my phone.

I think the earliest mobile phone pictures I posted were on buzznet, using that Sony Ericsson. At some point, I got a magenta-colored Motorola RAZR phone and did a bit of mobile posting with that, too.

But this glass head picture was taken with a digital camera (metadata says it was my “Olympus / Stylus 400”) and then uploaded to buzznet and flickr.

This picture raises all kinds of questions for me…

I wonder if I even have all those digital images from buzznet stored anywhere else?

And who would have thought that I’d still be using Flickr as a place to post my blog pictures after 11 years?!

Most importantly, does Mike Doss still have a thing for glass heads?

Original Flickr post here:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/jozjozjoz/38121354/in/photostream/

Happy Father’s Day 2015. In memory of my Grandfather & Father.

I don’t know where this picture was taken– I don’t recognize the
bougainvillea or hibiscus from any place we have ever lived– but the note
written on the back of the print in my Dad’s handwriting puts the timing of
this so that I am about 10 months old.

Dad is standing next to us, but I’m being held by my paternal Grandfather,
who died in 1997. I haven’t written very much about him online because he
had already been gone for a while by the time I started blogging.

If the first man I ever loved was my Daddy, then a close second behind him
was Grandpa, or Gong-Gong (公公), as we called him. I grew up really only
knowing one grandfather as my grandparents on Mom’s side were almost always
in Taiwan.

Outside of my parents, my Grandpa was my first family member to move from
Taiwan to the United States. The way the story was told to me, my father
was going to graduate school at Syracuse, where my Mom had joined him for
at least one miserable winter. When Dad was done in New York, they packed
up the car and drove across the country to sunny Southern California and
never left. I think Grandpa was on this cross country trip, though I could
be off on the details here.

When they got to L.A., Mom, Dad, Grandpa (and later Uncle Peter) lived for
about a year in an apartment on Rampart Boulevard, maybe a block or two
away from the Original Tommy Burger location. They would occasionally walk
to get Tommy Burgers, in their minds as their definition of "quintessential
American food." To this day, whenever we bring my Mom a Tommy Burger, it
brings her memories of their earliest days in their new lives.

It was in this Rampart apartment that I grew in my Mommy’s belly (on
saltines and Tommy Burgers?!) and when it became apparent to the mean
landlady that the family was about to expand, she threatened to evict
everyone because they didn’t allow babies in their building.

What she didn’t know is that my parents had already been shopping for a new
place to live and they were in the process of pouring all their savings
into buying their first property in the U.S., in the San Gabriel Valley–
before the masses of Asians arrived. They closed escrow on the day I was I
born and moved that week.

This building was my first home and where my earliest memories were made.
Later, when my Dad’s work took him to Orange County, my immediate family
moved, but my Grandparents (and various other family members) stayed.
Rather than playing with neighborhood kids, my childhood memories involved
weekly drives from OC to SGV to spend time with my grandparents. Now that
I’m older and understand how far away OC really is in traffic, I’m
impressed that my parents made that drive numerous times a week to check on
my Grandparents. The building remains in the family today and is still
considered our family’s "home base."

I don’t really know what life was like for my Grandparents in Taiwan,
although I have heard bits and pieces. I kno that my grandfather came from
a very wealthy family and stood to inherit a great fortune as the oldest
son, but he was never into that sort of thing and rejected living off the
family’s riches, choosing to live a simple and humble life with my Grandma,
instead. Although I know they had some difficult times, this self-reliance
and independent spirit is something they gifted us without even knowing it.

By not caring about material things, Grandpa lived kind of a happy-go-lucky
life. In fact, I’d say that his main goal in life was enjoying it! I wish
I was more like him in this way! Whenever I think of him, he is always
laughing and enjoying himself.

By the time my Grandpa moved here, he would have been in his early 50s (so
young!). He was a handsome, active, and athletic man– passionate about
sports, especially rugby and golf, and he enjoyed living near multiple golf
courses and driving ranges. Later in life, he became an avid baseball and
basketball fan, adopting the Dodgers and Lakers as his home teams, even
taking the bus (to Inglewood!) to watch games.

He was gregarious and had many friends. His friends were always visiting,
taking him out, drinking, and golfing with him. On special occasions like
New Year’s, he’d drink until he’d get red, happy, and sing to Japanese enka
songs on TV. He was no stranger to the kitchen and had a passion for
delicious foods.

He was also a smoker (pipes and cigars were preferred, but cigarettes were
more convenient) and so my earliest memories of being with him were going
out for "walks" with him, me in one arm and the smokes in his other hand.
My Mom hated that he smoked in my proximity– he’d literally blow smoke in
my face and laugh because he thought the faces I made were funny! More
than once, my grabby little hands did get burned, but those were different
times back then, and I know he did these things without malice. As a kid,
I used to help my Grandpa prepare his pipes, clean them with pipe cleaners
and stuff the tobacco inside. I’m no fan of smoke these days, but I’d be
lying if I didn’t admit that I still love the smell of tobacco in a cigar
box because it reminds me of being close to Grandpa.

My father had a deep respect for his own father and in many ways, a typical
Asian father-son relationship. They did not talk about emotions or say
things like "I love you," but the love was always there in the things they
did and sacrificed for each other. One of my father’s greatest sources of
pride was giving his parents a good life, which he did, here in America.

My father was an incredibly devoted son and I’m grateful for his example as
I think about how I try to take care of my Mom and give her the life of
enjoyment she deserves for taking care of all of us for so many years.

So on this Father’s Day, I am thinking of my Grandpa, Tony Wang and his
son/my Dad, Yensan Wang. I love and honor you both.

(A bonus "Happy Father’s Day" to my Bro, who is now the father of my two
nieces!)

PANORAMIC: Warm July afternoon @Dodgers game vs @SFGiants. #baseball

Dodgers Stadium
Los Angeles, CA
6/20/2015.

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PIC: There’s a #Minion in my bushes. @TheOtherYoshi said “garden” was less inappropriate, but my friends will make it sound dirty no matter what.

6/18/2015.

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PIC: @kenjeong + @KANGisMAN + @jozjozjoz at @SeoulSearching_ @LAFilmFest 80s Afterparty at @LALIVE #LAFF #LAFilmFest

Los Angeles Film Festival
LA Live
Los Angeles, CA
6/17/2015.

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@jozjozjoz: PIC: Napping with Potato on the couch. #puppy #nap #nofilter #nomakeup

6/16/2015.

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PIC: Smiling Potato! #nofilter #puppy

6/15/2015.

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@jozjozjoz: PIC: Joz + Potato! He is spending the night with me tonight.

6/15/2015.

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PIC: How did I manage to get gum stuck all over the back of my left pants leg?

6/14/2015.

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