Book Burning

I’m no literacy scholar. Nor am I someone who’d go through 100 books a year. So when I say I hate a book, you don’t have to agree with me.  I don’t expect you to. I have a policy when it comes to reading a book.  Once I start, I must finish even if I don’t enjoy it all that much.  You know, the whole finish what you’ve started thing. There have been occasions, however, when I just couldn’t go through with it.  Sometimes it was because it was boring. Sorry, Dickens. The Great Expectation will be read someday…as soon...
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10 goals for 2010

We’ve seen how I did last year.  Let’s see how many I can accomplish this year. 1.  Lacto-vegetarian Tuesdays Vegetarian or vegan diet is nothing new to this Buddhist. However, the most I’ve ever done was 2 days a week of loosely vegan diet during Catholic lent of back in high school.  That was tough too since there was no soy milk or tofu available in nearby grocery stores like there are today.  In college, I started back on vegetarian on Tuesdays, the day of my birth.  You know, one day a week of not taking any lives.  My mom...
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That was so 2009

2009 in pictures * 2009 Awards Drinking Buddy of the Year: Brandon, actually. Surprise!  The mister doesn’t usually party down, but he has taken up a beer here and there this past year, a stressful one for his work.  So we had gone out for a beer together more than the year before.  Cheers to you, honey bunny! Bar of the Year: Hennessey’s Tavern and Beachwood BBQ in Seal Beach. These two places never fail to deliver cold pints and some great eats.  They’re our go-to places when we want to run away from the daily life for a little...
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You win one, you lose one

My epic battle with time this week?  I guess it’s a draw. I didn’t start on Monday morning as planned.  Because, as you all have heard, we plan and God laughs.  Or something like that. Last Sunday night, the night I wanted to go to bed by 10 to wake up at 5:15 and work on my stuff? I ended up going to bed closer to midnight and woke up the usual call time for morning with hair wash of 5:45. I was up peeling and scraping the piths off of 25 lemons to go into my first ever batch...
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Onward to 2009

Not resolution.  Goals. Back in my Taekwondo days, our master had us turn in our 10 goals for the year and recap what you’ve accomplished the year before.  Guess I’ll start that tradition here on the blog this year. 1. Explore Kung-fu.  I did like Taekwondo but as strange as this may sound I’m looking to do something more flow-y.  Dance-like.  Capoiera would be cool to explore too. 2. Drink more water: one glass in the morning and one before bed.  Ah, the yearly goal.  I tend to give up after trips to the bathroom in the middle of the...
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Put out the flames

Support Banned Book Week, y’all!  About time we stop those crazy nutcases from burning them books! According to the ALA, here are the “10 Most Challenged Books of 2007” with the reasons why they were challenged. 1) “And Tango Makes Three,” by Justin Richardson/Peter Parnell Reasons: Anti-Ethnic, Sexism, Homosexuality, Anti-Family, Religious Viewpoint, Unsuited to Age Group 2) The Chocolate War,” by Robert Cormier Reasons: Sexually Explicit, Offensive Language, Violence 3) “Olive’s Ocean,” by Kevin Henkes Reasons: Sexually Explicit and Offensive Language 4) “The Golden Compass,” by Philip Pullman Reasons:  Religious Viewpoint 5) “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn,” by Mark Twain...
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