Tuesday, July 25, 2006


In my last post, I wrote about food. Since writing it, I've been too overwhelmed by heat to update my blog or prepare my own food. I've been living on snacks and eating out. I'll get more regular as soon as this heat lets up. k?

Thinking we might get some A/C climate, we went to see A Scanner Darkly last weekend. I thought it was kind of so-so, and I can't really recommend it. It looks really cool, so I'll give it that. On the other hand, the movie drones on and on with jibber-jabber like The Waking Life, only Scanner's conversations are really boring.

Other news: I'm bummed out about the invasion of Lebanon. I'm getting some ripe tomatoes from my scraggly plants. Our home has been sports-free for weeks now. Yeah!

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Shopping For Food

I just read an interesting piece about lobster and Whole Foods. The grocery chain decided to take lobster out of its stores. The writer criticizes Whole Foods (and PETA, the organization that takes credit for forcing the change) for doing something really easy while ignoring bigger problems.

Lobster's not my thing, but the other stuff in the article about salmon, beef, and pork (my favorite meats) was of great interest and concern to me. I hope to change the rules about meat in our household. We'll have to start the day after tomorrow since Elias already has plans to buy some beef at a carniceria down the street. We're going to have to plan better, but I know we have options in the bay area to buy better meat and fish.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Current Events

Italy won the World Cup. It's old news, I know. But I'm back to work and don't have a lot of free time right now. Anyway, I thought the head butt thingy was the most entertaining part of the final match.

Zinedine Zidane came in as Number Five on Xui's "World Cup Hooties" list. I'd rank him and Number Un! Number Un! Number Un!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Happy 4th!

Today is my first Independence Day outside of Pasadena since 2001. For the past five years, I've spent 7/4 at my old home on Palm Terrace where I joined in an annual block party. Many of my readers know exactly what I'm talking about, as I always asked friends to join me. The party includes a parade, eating contests, talent show, high temperatures, drinking, and of course the jumpy tents.

I got an email last week from one of my old neighbors, Lupe, asking if I'd be able to make it. She is such a cutie. She's been married over 60 years, and every day she and her husband walk for 3 to 4 miles. I'm a little sad to miss out this year.

While touring the NW, Elias and I have been doing lots of patriotic activities in spite of our on-the-road status. Just last week we watched a bald eagle swoop into a lake and grab a fish. It took its meal to a fir tree perch and ripped it to pieces. Good times.

We also went to a fundraiser for our friend Xui who is on his way to becoming a U.S. citizen. Our friend Jimmy coordinated and performed at the event. Elias played guitar and sang a song too.

If you're having trouble getting your flagginess in gear, maybe you ought to listen to the Star Spanglish Banner Song.