It’s the most wonderful time of the year a.k.a. the holidays are back. As much as I give off the Grinch vibe, I have to say I really enjoy this time of year. And there are certain things that get me in the proper spirit and one of them is A Charlie Brown Christmas.
I’ve been watching the Peanuts gang learn the true meaning of Christmas since I was a little kid and it’s something that I revisit every year and never get sick of. When everyone gets together at the end of that to decorate that sad little Christmas tree that Charlie Brown picked out and transforms it into something beautiful–that gets me every time.
But what I really love about the special is the music by Vince Guaraldi. This has to be some of my favorite Christmas music. It doesn’t get any more perfect than this:
Or any of the other songs on the soundtrack.
What are the things that get you in the holiday spirit? Read more...
By the time you read this, I may or may not have stuffed myself with a bunch of food I otherwise wouldn’t have to celebrate good ol’ Thanksgiving. But if I have, I can guarantee you one thing: not one of those plates will be turkey.
I’m sorry – call me a heathen if you must – but turkey is just one food I cannot get into. When I was a kid, the turkey iconography surrounding Thanksgiving made me look forward to tasting it each year and each year, I kept wondering if it would get better. It never did; it still hasn’t; and I doubt it ever will.
I’m not allergic and I’ve had it in many ways. I’ve just resigned myself to the fact that chickens are the superior birds when it comes to flying into my stomach.
What’s one food that you just can’t find yourself sinking your teeth into?
ROGER: I’m in the same boat, Jerome. Every year Thanksgiving rolls around, I find myself wondering why turkey just isn’t as satisfying as chicken or duck. That being said, I LOVE processed turkey that you get at Subway or Jersey Mike’s. Why? Perhaps b/c it doesn’t taste like Thanksgiving turkey. Read more...
On the morning of November 1st, I dropped my husband and his parents off at the airport at LAX, Terminal 3. They were waiting for a wheelchair for my mother-in-law when all of a sudden, Paul Ciancia came through the doors and began his shooting rampage, killing a TSA officer and wounding others. They were about 40 feet away from him. Luckily, they escaped with their lives. Luckily, my husband and father-in-law were able to literally drag my mother-in-law out the door to safety. Luckily, the killer who glanced their way didn’t think my husband was a TSA officer despite his TSA blue shirt.
Marketed as a “beautiful young girl sex doll for men,” the product has been drawing controversy for seemingly creating a seemingly underage sex doll that promises the customer that “all three holes can be used.”
My fiancé and I went house hunting last year. We considered bidding on a few places, but the mortgage amounts seemed too high for our budget. Two weeks ago, we resumed the search and found that home prices had risen 26% since we’d last looked (oops).
I’m curious about your thoughts on home or condo ownership. If you own a place, how do you feel about it – financially, emotionally, etc.? If you don’t own, would you like to? On one of our early dates, Michael mentioned that he’d always looked forward to living in his own house. I replied that the idea of home ownership made me feel trapped.
Ever since VIP seafood on Wilshire/Bundy closed, I swore off any Chinese food on the Westside in LA. And when I say Westside, I started to feel like that encompassed pretty much anywhere west of the San Gabriel Valley. But finally after many years, a generous Singaporean friend took me to Joss in Beverly Hills which claims to be healthy but authentic Chinese.
I have a 17 year-old son, so this fall is college application season around our house. Granted, I applied to college back in the Paleozoic Era, but I’m still shocked by how much the process has changed. First, it’s so much harder to get into some of these schools! I did my undergraduate at Stanford, which would probably never admit me today, since my SATs were mediocre. Second, I applied to like three colleges, whereas students nowadays seem to go for around ten. The rise of the Common App makes doing so somewhat easier, but each college still seems to require its own extra essay or set of questions. And nowadays, kids are encouraged to visit the colleges they’re interested in, so there’s that. Read more...
I’m sure you had one or both kinds of bosses in your life as an employee. I had the fortunate experience to have both.
My first job in California was creating graphic artboards for attorneys and my MEAN BOSS made me work 60 hour weeks, learn other people’s jobs which I had no training for and making me feel like crap when I failed my task.
Luckily he sold his business a year later which merged me into another company.
This time a GOOD BOSS emerged into my livelihood. Never yells and always calm (really), what I didn’t know he was patient for me to learn and made sure that I was enjoying the work environment we were in.
In Brian DePalma’s “The Untouchables”, Al Capone played by Robert DeNiro says, “You can get further with a kind word and a gun, then just a kind word.”
How true is that?!
Well, my mean boss did make me learn good, useful skills… FAST! Got me tough skinned and learned to endure grueling work hours.
But I hated him.
My good boss gave me grace to my failures and enjoyment in my work environment. Felt like a great team… like the Justice League!
Now he’s one of my best friends for the past 17 years and still going.
I can say that there is no room for mean bosses… the energy is just plain bad. You need good energy to carry on… and that comes from being a good boss.
I say… be good.
What are your experiences with these kind of bosses?
You whipper snappers want a 40 hour work week? Preposterous!
The world is changing. I am the daughter of a San Francisco bus driver, and one of my memories as a child was mom used to stack up on canned goods because dad was ‘going on strike’. If I remember right, it felt like months when he wasn’t working and he would come home tired from being on the picket line. And I vaguely remembering asking him why didn’t he go on vacation if he wasn’t working, and he said, “Because I want to work.” Fast forward to today, my dad is happily retired, and thanks to a good retirement package (one of the things he walked for), I as his daughter, am relieved of the duty of having to make enough money to support them. So in a sense, his union made MY life better. Read more...
Halloween is creeping up really fast. It’s probably been some years since I’ve gone all out and dressed up. Granted “all out” doesn’t really mean too much since all my Halloween costumes are usually ghetto. They’re usually home made, mix and match, or hand-me-downs but sadly in no way does it ever look good. I don’t mind looking silly since I’ll probably be drunk anyways. Probably the best ghetto looking costume that I can remember would be about 8 years ago. Back home in SF, I put together a Cat in the Hat costume. Hat was good and tall, makeup wasn’t makeup, and instead of a cat suit of some kind, I wore some ridiculous clothes with fake fur coming out. It was definite an epic fail. But it didn’t really matter since every hot girl had to ask me what I was, followed by taking a shot with me. So it still became another epic Halloween night.
What’s the most ghetto costume you’ve ever worn for Halloween? Read more...
Now that the government has shut down because of GOP / Tea Party resistance to Obamacare, even though it’s already ratified law (from way back when the President signed it in 2010, but never mind that), is there any hope for Congress? In our lifetime, has the US government been this inept and the chasm so big between the two political parties? This is, indeed, a USA that is divided, more than ever. It hasn’t been this way since the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s where it’s essentially white people versus everybody else. Some people see this as a consequence of the status quo scared shitless and it is just a matter of time to ride this out so that the country can “adapt” through these major cultural changes.
I feel the same way, for the most part, but I also feel that this psychological “civil war” could become something more real. The character Will McAvoy from THE NEWSROOM refers to the Tea Party as the American Taliban, made up of extremists who will hold the country hostage to get their way. I am slowly thinking this is true.
Even in popular culture, dark, apocalyptic films and shows are the norm and resonate with audiences, ranging from REVOLUTION to THE WALKING DEAD, UNDER THE DOME, WORLD WAR Z, just to name a few.
What are your feelings about the current state of our country? Is it something we ride out and all for the better, or should we prepare for doomsday?
When I find something I like I tend to binge on it. For example, I recently discovered the wintermelon boba at Half & Half (a boba place in the SGV) so for six days straight I got the wintermelon boba until I got sick of it and stopped. For me, it’s about the strategy of intentionally binging on something until I get to the point where I don’t crave it anymore and can move on. It’s about enjoying something to the max. What about the rest of you? When you find something that you like, how do you approach it?
ROGER: I do a version of your watermelon-boba-dance with clothes. Sort of. I hate to shop and I have a very, very small wardrobe. When I do find something that I like (which is super rare), I tend to wear it…EVERYDAY. As I type I am looking down at my shorts. I’m pretty sure that I have been wearing them for 8 days straight. All day and all night. As for when I stop wearing my singular clothes addiction, it’s much less that I tire of them and much more about when the fabric is falling apart and too much butt cheek becomes publicly obvious or offensive. Then I switch to something else and wear it out until it’s all worn out. Next!