August Rush

I was putting the laundry in the washer yesterday, an automatic motion I usually don’t think about much any more. Coins in.  Water runs for a few seconds.  Add soap. Let water run some more.  Add laundry. A thought popped into my head. “When was that first time you used the washing machine?” I grew up in Thailand in a household full of service staff. In the 3-attached home complex, 3 families, each with its own maid, shared a cook,  a groundskeeper, a laundry lady, and a driver. Pretty much everything has always been done for me.  The cooking. The...
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Manic Friday

My brain refuses to shut off. I am simultaneously working on plotting the route to the Port of Long Beach boat tour tomorrow, then what to take to the Long Beach Tweet Up potluck tomorrow night. Then planning a baby shower for my coworker next Saturday. Then updating my LinkedIn status and checking in on the long-abandoned MySpace. Then connecting my family with my beloved cousin who hasn’t been back to Thailand from New Zealand in YEARS. And I’m thinking about the Italian lessons I will be taking September and if I should start prepping for that with a dictionary...
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Time Warp

There she was, staring at me when I entered the room.  A vision of beauty in red. Well, reddish brown. A baby grand piano at my friend Tony’s house was calling my name the moment I stepped through the door. I was at a potluck at a bus buddy’s house on Saturday.  Tony’s wife Irene is taking lessons now but she’s been practicing mostly on her little keyboard in the other room.  Their daughter who has moved away to the east coast used to play the piano.  So nobody has really played it for quite sometime. I surprised everyone there...
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Motherless Day

“So what are you doing for Mother’s Day?” asked the perky medical assistant taking my vitals. “Nothing,” I said. “Nothing?” “Well, if my mom hasn’t passed away, she’d be in Thailand so that’s kind of hard. Besides, Thai Mother’s Day is in August, so…” “Oh my gosh. I’m so sorry.” “That’s okay.” It still feels a little funny telling some strangers that my mom has passed on. A lot of “where are your parents?” question when people find out I wasn’t from here. I usually go with “My dad and brothers are in Thailand still” and hope that THAT would...
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Phototastic Friday: Winning Geek

I have been submitting “Action Shots” to ThinkGeek.com for a while now.  C.H.I.M.P. Bunny here and Expendable there. So when the final purchase of my shirt-tastic shopping spree came in (I mean, Rock – Paper – Scissors – Lizard – Spock!? How could you NOT buy?), it took all of 5 minutes for us to set up this shot Brandon took, and for me to submit with suggested caption of “You Spocking to me?” Ladies and gentlemen, you are now looking at the winning portrait of  ThinkGeek.com’s Action Shot of April 2009. It didn’t take ThinkGeek team long to approve...
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