Archive for June, 2003

June 30, 2003

I left my house to go for a walk/jog this evening at 7:45 pm, which is one of the few times you can go out and experience a decent amount of light, yet avoid the heat of Hades. Ahh, summer in the San Gabriel valley. It’s hot. Too hot. But I digress.

Anyway, I was still in my neighborhood when I noticed a red plastic Vons basket lying in the middle of our street. The kind you would use to carry your groceries. What was it doing there? Did someone leave it there on purpose? One wonders about these things … why the sky is blue; if snails feel pain; what kind of person leaves a grocery basket lying in the middle of the street. The stuff of life.

June 30, 2003

I think I have officially caught the travel bug. I want to be on a plane going somewhere. It doesn’t matter where … one of the lesser-known group of Philippine islands, Batanes, or Homer, Alaska, even. I want to be any place but here. I want to be engaged with the rest of the world.

It’s a sad thing to be bitten while you have no wherewithal to treat the bug. *Sigh*

June 30, 2003

Today while I was at church, someone stuck a discount card for Souplantation under my windshield wipers. I discovered it after service let out, plastered to my windshield. I looked around, expecting to see a sea of Souplantation flyers on all the other cars in the parking lot. But there weren’t any. Just mine. I wonder who put it on my windshield! Did the person think, Michelle likes salads; I should leave this Souplantation discount card here for her?? Heh heh Well, thanks whoever did it. I think I’ll go have me some Caesar salad, cornbread and fro yo this week.

June 26, 2003

Unexpected Visitor

I forgot to mention in my earlier entry that my mom and I found a lizard in the kitchen today. We had a few, good hearty laughs in between a few really loud screams. We (or should I say, I) managed to trap it under an old shoe box and then left it for my dad to take care of after he came home from work.

After the whole ordeal, my mom turned to me to ask, Are you going to write about this on Xanga?

June 26, 2003

Today was a bona fide summer day. Mid 80’s, maybe. Popsicle weather.

June 20, 2003

Can You Spell Dysphagia?

What an awesome week of respite this has been. It’s great to be back in LA, catching up with old (and new) cronies! Yesterday, met up with danaY and me_less for some grub at Wahoo’s in the South Lake Avenue district of Pasadena (the city that I love!). Had a good, long chat and then parted ways. Then headed off to Zona Rosa on El Molino and Colorado to meet daisylowe. Zona Rosa is a quaint little coffehouse next to the Pasadena Playhouse in the city’s theater district. Hadn’t seen daisylowe in a while, so we had a good time catching up. She recounted her recent travels to Japan. It does good for the soul to travel; am a firm believer in that.

After she left, I wandered over to Vroman’s, which is probably the best independent bookstore in Southern California. A few changes had taken place since I last visited, but it was still the same warm, inviting place that I remember. Good for standing around and reading books that you know you’ll never get around to if you do buy ’em.

After reading a few chapters of a piece of fiction by Paulo Coelho (by the way, he wrote a little gem called The Alchemist which is a quick, good read), I went next door to the Laemmle Theatres and saw Spellbound. Filmmaker Jeff Blitz draws you in to the lives of eight different youngsters from different parts of the country, all vying for the National Spelling Bee Championship in Washington DC. Very poignant and a real nail-biter towards the end. The underlying theme was really, The American Dream: if you work hard enough, you will achieve it; no matter who you are. Really good film. It was edited on Apple Final Cut Pro, no less.

Strange LA weather yesterday.

June 19, 2003

Uhhh…

Anyone care to explain French deconstructionism??

June 19, 2003

That is fascinating is that Scripture makes incredibly clear what we all know and feel–the human heart is easily distracted. Through many voices,God has communicated this truth. Though sadly, His is one voice many are absolutely uninterested in hearing. Even so, distractions abound. And undeniably, we see people all around us who are held captive by many things including time itself. But this is not unique to our culture or distinctive of the information age. Indeed, in the 16th Century, John of the Cross admonished: “Live in the world as if only God and your soul were in it; then your heart will never be made captive by any earthly thing.”

June 18, 2003

Kids These Days

Hello, my name is Adam, and I have 3 monitors in my bedroom. During a furious forty-five minutes, my godson revived an old CRT monitor that had been parked in his closet for 6 months and added it to his existing collection of two screens. So now this eleven-and-a-half-year-old is running three monitors in his bedroom! He can watch TV, surf the net and play games on his X-box at the same time! Amazing. He is truly a product of the twenty-first century.

Some conversation around the dinner table:

Me: So Adam, when you grow up, what’s the first computer you’re gonna buy?
Adam: A Mac.
Me: I’ve taught you well, young Jedi.

June 17, 2003

Wherefore Art Thou, O Romeo?

It’s that time of year again–vespertine Shakespeare performances in various parks in LA for the next nine weeks–San Pedro, Torrance, Redondo Beach to name a few locations. The best part: it’s FREE!

Click here for detail-age. Anyone interested?