Thursday, April 26, 2007


1. Blue skies, trees with full leaves and warm atmosphere.
2. Beautiful Irish setter that didn't need a leash to be walked.
3. My clean living room.

Tidbits for today-

Introducing my little brother
SVA is my pride and joy. My brother is a fantastic kid, has grown up to be an even better adult and continually keeps me laughing. As a professional, he works for an engineering company in a Texas and makes lots of money doing so. However, the only "downside" to this is that his job requires him to work some funky hours, 7P-7A. He has learned to work with this schedule regarding his personal/social life, and I get weekly phone calls on how he's doing. A snippet from our conversation today:
Me: "So, things going well with the schedule and such?"
SVA: "Yeah... I get Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights off, so it's cool for going out. Just during the day, everyone else is at work, and I don't really have anyone to hang out with. You know what I need?"
Me: "No, what?"
SVA: "I need a good-looking girl that has nothing to do all day that I can hang out with. Yeah, that's what I need, a girl with nothing to do all day."

That's my little brother, a great supporter for independent women.

The 5-second rule
The 5-second rule: if one is to drop a piece of food on the floor, that individual has T minus 5 seconds to pick it up and eat it. After that, it is inedible.

I don't actually practice this theory, because, ewww.... but it comes to mind every so often. Today, while I was eating my edamame, I happened to drop a bean on the floor. As I went to pick it up, I kept hearing in my head, "5-second rule! 5-second rule!" I picked up the bean in like 3.5 seconds. It had a hair stuck to it. 5-second rule still apply? I think not.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

A belated weekend update-

Only because I must post a plug for one of THE BEST concerts I have been to: Railroad Earth.

On the quick: UGS went to a bachelor party this weekend in Vegas (I haven't asked, he hasn't told, we're going to keep it that way). I spent Friday night in the city with co-workers getting horrendously inebriated. There were some mixed drinks, perhaps a shot of tequila and quite possibly some nicotine... but I digress. I spent an oxymoronic Saturday in production and massive hungoverness. I became an official Californian - plated my car and got my driver's license!
*Side rant: WTF is up with paying the difference on taxes for a car you have already bought in another state AND for not giving me my license right away? In Indiana, they have this zippy little machine that prints out your license for you, so you leave with it. Here, in CA, I get to drive around with a piece of paper like I am 15 with my permit and no license for two weeks. TWO WEEKS?!End rant*
Then after spending way too much time at the DMV, got a haircut, Bhagavad Gita class, mondo-uber-delicious dinner cooked by some fantastic aunties, and then off to the city for a concert.

Concert recap: The Duhks from Winnipeg, Manitoba started the show off amazingly. Their lead singer sang the roof off and the music was just foot-stompin' good. Railroad Earth then took the show to another level. I was in a trance for most of the concert, eyes closed, body moving and just letting the music become a part of me. It was a holistic experience, that concert. Holistic in the sense that everything was in place that evening - the driving, the bomb-ass parking, friendly homeless folks, the group at the concert, the music, the intoxicants (beer and such) and especially, the after-eats.

Then, drove back to my part of the Bay Area, came home and passed out. Good times.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Is there a reason?

I've a firm believer in a higher power. I won't get into my official religion, rites, etc. that I choose to practice, but I BELIEVE in a higher power. Many things have happened in my life that confirm that belief, as there are many things that have questioned it. It is because of this belief that in my life, "whatever happens, happens for a reason." This school of thought has given me the strength not to dwell, but also not to take the good things for granted. I'm extremely blessed and have a fairly postive outlook. When times are bad, I know that it is for a reason, and things will get better.

something happened that shook that belief to the core. Why? What can possess a person to commit so much heartache to so many people? What is going on in their head that allows them to carry on such violent acts; and then selfishly surrender themselves to their violent act and not face the consequences? Why were there parents of the students left to wonder in the first few hours of this massacre, left to wonder whether it is their child that was one of the 30+? Why did so many people have to die? Why?

I have no explanations. Only questions, and only looking to my beliefs that this will get better and somewhere, we will find the reasons/answers that so many are now looking for/need.

My condolences go out to the families who have lost their children, and to the students who have lost their friends. To a school and to a country that lost its innocence in such a grotesque manner. May God rest their souls in peace.

Thursday, April 12, 2007


3BT is a site I found through a friend. It is a pretty nifty concept - record three beautiful things that have given me pleasure, or made me smile. The friend does it on Thursdays, so I'm going to do a Diddy* and follow her lead. Here are my three beautiful things for today:

1. Watching the sun rise and light up all of my neighborhood during this morning's jog.

2. An elderly couple leaving the car; the husband got out (slowly); walked over to the other side (slowly); opened the door (slowly); and helped his wife out of the car (slowly). They then both smiled at each other as they went about their way (slowly).

3. Chatting with my Ma this morning for a decent amount of time. Since I moved to the Bay and with the time difference, it's hard to get good quality phone time with the Ma on a weekday.

*Diddy claims his success is due to Russell Simmons. When he (Diddy) started; he did everything Russell Simmons did. Diddy is now worth $350 Million...

Friday, April 6, 2007

Friday Fun

Something fun I found, if you are into celebrities:

Wednesday, April 4, 2007


So I usually go to YouTube to "listen" to music. It's fun to find videos, clips, etc. So, I'm on a Hindi music kick today and decided I wanted to listen to "Dekho Na" from the movie Fanaa and I clicked on it... and then I was taken to this page:

And if you cannot read the fine print:

Hmm... I've watched this video a few times. I'm not really sure if there was anything that needed to be flagged as inappropriate. I mean, Amir Khan does "rip" off Kajol's shawl in the beginning of the scene, and there is some heavy petting here and there and I'll question the last 30 seconds of the video (focusing on the final 15 seconds). But I've seen much worse things on YouTube that HAVEN'T been flagged ... you be the judge: