Archive for October, 2008



Honestly Speaking…

So, I’ve been labeled by Bekki as ‘honest’ and given an award, and now I am following these rules:

“When you receive the prize you must write a post showing it, together with the name of who has given it to you, and link them back. Choose a minimum of 7 blogs (or more) that you find brilliant in their content or design. Show their names and links and leave them a comment informing they were prized with ‘Honest Weblog’.  List [if you can and/or dare] at least ten honest things about yourself. And then, pass it on.”

Apart from Bekki and Bryan, listed below are fellow bloggers who I feel are exceptionally transparent in their posts that it’s always refreshing to read them, as if you and they are just talking in the same room together.  And, yes, I think they’re brilliant:

inProgress

inWorship

Mandy Thompson

Curlywurlygurly

Darkly Dreaming David

My Everyday Life

Rejecting Your Reality and Substituting My Own

Now for my list of ‘honest things’:

I hate politics. I keep up only so that I can contradict my uber-political friends during their tirades, even if I don’t feel particularly strongly about the contrast position.  I just like to irritate them.

I love anime. My Netflix queue currently has at least 84 titles in them and, you guessed it, they’re 99% anime.  Yup, I’m a freak.

I don’t really enjoy wine tastings. I think they’re pretentious and a waste of time.  But, I go because I love the fruit and cheese tray.

I hate family gatherings. I only attend to appease the parents and siblings.  I can stand maybe only 5% of my extended family.

I love getting haircuts.  If my hair grew quickly, I would get a haircut every week.  But, alas, I’m limited to having one only once a month.

I miss my dog, Albert. He was a family pooch, but I think he was closest to me.  He was a cool dog, and I hope he’s having a blast in dog heaven.

I would love to live in Japan. I am a big-time Nipponphile.

I’m going to stop at seven because I think that’s an awesome number.

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Up In Smoke

Is there like a smoker’s karma or something?  That something horrifically terrible will happen to you if you don’t succumb to a request from a fellow smoker who was bumming a stick from you?  I’ve often wondered about this.

I used to be a smoker but I quit back in the late 90s.  I remember always having a pack on me; I never had to bum a cig from anyone.  Okay, that’s a lie — I did bum cigs from my friends (to whom I would reciprocate), but never from total strangers.  Hmm, come to think of it, I actually don’t recall having total strangers bumming cigs from me back then either.  Anyway, I wonder what will happen if a smoker purposefully denied a cig-bummer.  Will their lighter suddenly run out of fluid, and they then have to bum a lighter from somebody?  Will their cigarette inadvertently explode in their face?

This afternoon while at a bus stop, I witnessed a woman asking a guy who was smoking for a cigarette.  When the guy handed her one, she said, “Do you have another for my friend here?”  The guy was visibly annoyed but handed another stick for the woman’s friend.  I shook my head, thinking: “If you don’t have money to support the habit, try to kick it.”  Of course, that woman may be trying to kick the habit, which is why she didn’t have any cigs on her.  But, it sort of defeats the purpose if you can bum a stick from a fellow smoker anyway.

I’m so glad I quit smoking dedaces ago.  For starters, I don’t think I’ll be able to condition myself for running if I was a smoker.  Oh, and I would like to live a long life.

It Doesn’t Always End Like This…

One lucky bastard

One lucky bastard

Derek Mamoyac, a climber, lost for five days on Mount Adams (in Washington State), was found alive on Friday afternoon by rescue dog crew.  A happy ending indeed.  It’s interesting to read how varied people’s thoughts are in terms of the circumstances surrounding this young man’s plight and eventual rescue.  There were as many raking him through the coals for being “a dummy” or “unprepared” as there were those who came to his defense.

Thankfully, it looks like this guy must’ve been a regular viewer of Man vs. Wild because it seemed that he knew how to stay alive, by subsisting on centipedes and other bugs when he ran out of food, and hydrating himself at nearby creeks.  Yet, I can’t help but wonder if this story would’ve had a different ending had we been in the middle of winter.  I shudder to think…

Longer, Harder, and Faster!

Of course, I’m talking about my run this morning, you sick bastards!

It was tough this morning...

It was tough this morning...but I still ran at 8:26 pace. Woot!

Bullet Thoughts // 10.18.08

  • I was at my favorite pho place the other day when I heard a (truly lousy) instrumental version of Auld Lang Syne playing in their in-house music system.  The first thing that came to my mind was “Is there ever really a good instrumental version of that song?”  The next thing that came to my mind was, “Wow, it’ll be Christmas again soon.”  Granted Auld Lang Syne is actually a New Year’s Eve ditty, but it somehow reminded me of Christmas.  Fine, let’s just call it the Holidays.  Perhaps it’s because Halloween is just around the corner, and next thing you know, it’ll be Thanksgiving.  By then, there’s no turning back — we’ll have reached the point of no return.  But it’s also probably because I’ve started to see Christmas stuff popping up in stores.  I mean, can’t we get All Hallows Eve done first before the reindeer and the snowmen and the elves are put on display?  It seems like it was just yesterday when I was celebrating the start of a new year, and here I am nearly at the end of it.  Where has this year gone?  And, then, an epiphany occurred to me: It’s all because of that fucking writers strike at the start of the year.  The strike that stunted the TV shows, and made summer blockbusters go out in the spring instead, effectively making two or three months disappear just like that.  A butterfly effect of sorts happened, and everything got screwed up somehow.  And all of these thoughts came rushing through my fragile being because of a (truly lousy) instrumental version of a (truly lousy) song!  Stupid Auld Lang Syne
  • I am truly stressing over what I should wear for tomorrow night’s hip hop party.  I know, I know.  You’re probably asking yourself, “What the fuck is Jon doing at a hip hop party?”  I know, right!  I mean, I’m the whitest Asian there ever was.  I listen to Metallica, fuhgodsakes!  What could I possibly have in common with people who go to hip hop parties?  And, seriously, should I even try to wear some bling?  Would I look even more like the poseur that I am if I did dangle some ice around my neck?  Please, G-d, don’t make me wear a track suit!  I’m too short to pull that off.  They won’t be feelin’ it, yo!  I knows it!  Sigh.  Maybe I won’t go at all…
  • Babies who look too much like their parents frighten me.  I mean, I know that genetics is playing a role in the likeness between parents and offspring, but when a baby is like a miniature version of the adult you know, it’s quite creepy.  It’s as if cloning was involved somehow.  And these days, who truly ever knows?
  • Nothing is safe anymore.  Bottled water can kill you.  Your walls can kill you.  That lego piece that came from China that you’ve been chewing on can kill you.  What the hell happened?

You May Be Surprised…

…from whose blog this was purportedly pilfered:

As most of you know I am not a President Bush fan, nor have I ever been, but this is not about Bush, it is about us, as Americans, and it seems to hit the mark.

The other day I was reading Newsweek magazine and came across some Poll data I found rather hard to believe. It must be true given the source, right?

The Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the President. In essence 2/3 of the citizenry just ain’t happy and want a change. So being the knuckle dragger I am, I started thinking, ‘What are we so unhappy about?’

A.. Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 Days a week? 

B.. Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? 

C.. Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job? 

D.. Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year? 

E.. Maybe it is the ability to drive our cars and trucks from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? 

F.. Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? 

G.. I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is jus t not good enough either. 

H. Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital. 

I.. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. 

J.. You may be upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames, thus saving you, your family, and your belongings. 

K.. Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes, an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss .. 

L.. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90% of teenagers own cell phones and computers. 

M.. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? 

Maybe that is what has 67% of you folks unhappy. 

Fact is, we are the largest group of ungrateful, spoiled brats the world has ever seen. No wonder the world loves the U.S., yet has a great disdain for its citizens. They see us for what we are. The most blessed people in the world who do nothing but complain about what we don’t have, and what we hate about the country instead of thanking the good Lord we live here. 

I know, I know. What about the president who took us into war and has no plan to get us out? The president who has a measly 31 percent approval rating? Is this the same president who guided the nation in the dark days after 9/11? The president that cut taxes to bring an economy out of recession? Could this be the same guy who has been called every name in the book for succeeding in keeping all the spoiled ungrateful brats safe from terrorist attacks? The commander in chief of an all-volunteer army that is out there defending you and me? 

Did you hear how bad the President is on the news or talk show? Did this news affect you so much, make you so unhappy you couldn’t take a look around for yourself and see all the good things and be glad? Think about it……are you upset at the President because he actually caused you personal pain OR is it because the ‘Media’ told you he was failing to kiss your sorry ungrateful behind every day. Make no mistake about it. 

The troops in Iraq and Afghanistan have volunteered to serve, and in many cases may have died for your freedom. There is currently no draft in this country. They didn’t have to go. They are able to refuse to go and end up with either a ”general” discharge, and ‘other than honorable” discharge or, worst case scenario, a ”dishonorable’ ‘ discharge after a few days in the brig. 

So why then the flat-out discontentment in the minds of 69 percent of Americans? 

Say what you want but I blame it on the media. If it bleeds it leads and they specialize in bad news. Everybody will watch a car crash with blood and guts How many will watch kids selling lemonade at the corner? The media knows this and media outlets are for-profit corporations. They offer what sells, and when criticized, try to defend their actions by ‘justifying’ them in one way or another. Just ask why they tried to allow a murderer like O. J. Simpson to write a book about how he didn’t kill his wife, but if he did he would have done it this way……Insane! 

Turn off the TV, burn Newsweek, and use the New York Times for the bottom of your bird cage. Then start being grateful for all we have as a country. There is exponentially more good than bad. We are among the most blessed people on Earth and should thank God several times a day, or at least be thankful and appreciative.

With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, ‘Are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?’ 

~ David Letterman

Thoughts?

What Can You Do?

Last night, I managed a fun event for a group of out-of-town corporate guests.  Near the end of the evening, one of our attendees received very tragic news that her sister and brother-in-law — who lived in Denver, Colorado, as she does — had perished in a car accident earlier that night.  She was devastated, and it was all we could do to calm her down.  I tried my best to get her a flight home last night but, by that time, all the flights out of Portland to Denver had already departed.  We got her back to the hotel as quickly as possible; thankfully, a co-worker of hers chose to accompany her.  I had the hotel deliver to her room hot tea and a light snack, hoping that it would usher her to a sense of calm.  A little note accompanied it, stating: “Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.”

Most of the other guests were unaware of the incident, and gleefully went about enjoying the evening’s festivities until time came for them to all return to the hotel.  For those few who were aware, an overwhelming feeling of helplessness remained.  Although we all collectively believed that we did all that we could do to respond to the situation, a few of us wished we could’ve done more.

Right now, that young lady is boarding her plane to head home.  She undoubtedly had a restless sleep, and probably was on autopilot this morning as she prepared to depart the hotel.  I’m certain a million different thoughts are racing through her mind right now, and the flight home will be just as restless.  I truly hope that she will be alright.

And although she and her family are anonymous faces to you, please keep them in your prayers as they try to move forward.


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