Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The New Age...

Sure we all complain about how bad, generally, asian drivers are (i can't exactly defend my cultural hemisphere along those lines because we are, admittedly, pretty bad), and especially asian women drivers. BUT, there is a new subculture on the rise that threatens to surpass, by leagues, even the worst asian female driver on the road...and they are coming, or are already in, a neighborhood near you--if not already in your nieghborhood or on your block.

The Prius Driver

Yes, these gas-saving, tree-hugging, anti-large corporation, obama-voting contingent provide the next great nemesis to a peaceful day on the road. They are the ones that don't understand that when you merge, you merge every other car to make things go smoothly. They always insist on letting one other car in before then to screw up the system. They are the ones that drive in traffic with a 20 car length buffer between them and the car in front of them so that every car getting on the freeway gets to cut in front of the both of you. They are the ones that clog up the fast lane even during non-rush hour times because they think the carpool lane belongs to the people with the stupid yellow stickers on the bumper. They are the ones that only seem to understand the written rules of driving...like the guy who studies a sport, knows how the game is played, but never plays it...except Prius drivers play the driving game...and play it REALLY BAD.

I'm not sure exactly how to classify them because outside of driving a Prius, the individual drivers have many different backgrounds, races, ethnicities, preferences, and what not. The only thing they seem to have in common is lack of driving sense and an abhorrently ugly car. This is a strange phenomena that like minded road nusances find road havoc in similar vehicles, but as many things in life, the empirical data is undeniable, and like many things in life, it is truly quite irritating.

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Mile High Club...

No, this isn't what you think...it's the blogging version and yes, I will keep it clean.

There’s only so much Spider Solitare you can play on one plane flight. And after you lose enough in a row and realize that you’re not even playing the hardest level, for an idiot like me that thinks in some ways he may have some intellectual capacity, it’s degrading. Two suits, match up the cards from highest to lowest, win cheesy firecrackers at the end. Simple…yet so freaking hard to win…so now I type because at least I can convince myself that talking to the wall (or typing to the wall) has some sort of redeeming value…of which I’m probably wrong.

I think I caught a cold. I take a 30 minute nap, wake up all warm and cozy, and have the sniffles. Thanks to my kindness, the kid I let sit next to me (that I now know has a cold) because his parents wanted to have him near them will either cost me $10 in Nyquil or a day of work. Kindness kills…and I’m not even all that kind…just kind at the wrong times…call it stupidly kind.

Movies in the plane are funny. People pay $5 to buy the (probably used) headset and watch a movie on a 10” overhead monitor 10 feet away. Where else would anyone do that? Then there’s always the guy that laughs like he’s Santa Claus delivering presents at the orphanage. Where he laughs and half the plane wakes up because no one was interested in watching “The Invention of Lying” in the first place. It’s like a bomb went off and I see people jolt up like they were just tasered as a practical joke.

On this flight I almost feel like I’m on a cruise ship. Average age of the people in my general vicinity is about 60…and that’s including me and the sick kid. If the sick kid and I weren’t here, everyone in the plane would probably be dead. Okay, that’s ridiculous, but I’m just saying...

I almost bought a new ukulele in Hawaii. I was totally jazzed to find a really nice one at Best Buy of all places, but it was over $700…pure koa wood =). If it were a voice it could even make Britney Spears sound like she could sing. The sound was so big and bold that I thought I was playing into a microphone. Beautiful instrument, not beautiful price…but I’ve got my eye on it. I’m not sure where this topic comes into play with the airline theme, but damn I wish I had a uke to play here on the plane…so there.

Damn, I type too fast (probably all of about 10 words a minute, but we haven’t landed yet and I’m out of things to say…sort of…because I’m never out of things to say)…blog getting too long, you’re falling asleep, I’m getting CTS…not a great combination no matter how you slice it. Anyway, your break time is probably up, so let’s call it a flight and reconvene at a later date…same plane time, same plane channel…shoot, that doesn’t sound at all enticing…

Monday, February 8, 2010

Superbowl Commercials...

This year's lineup was pretty impressive...at least for the first half of the game...a quick recap of the highlights for those that may have been caught up in the game instead of the real reason we all watch the superbowl...

Apparently Denny's is having a Free Grand Slam day this tuesday at all participating Denny's locations. I was not amused by their chicken adds after the first zillion Denny's commercials that flooded the second half of the game (i guess they were just too cheap to run an add in the first half). There were too many to post, so i won't waste anyone's time and i've made the executive decision to post none of them.

Lots of adds with men without pants. I'm not sure where the trend came from, but it was alarming and a little scary...this one was not particularly subtle...

Gotta love the efforts of this company trying to break into the male market...sorry guys, but from the boos we heard after their commercial (which was actually quite entertaining), they've long way to go before it becomes mainstream in male showers across the nation.

What was that weird add with Tim Tebow and his mom? Yeah, just like both of us thought...abortion...WTF? I had to do some research myself because i was confused about the point of his mom getting tackled by him in that commercial. But in the end the message was subtle...we don't want to talk to you about abortion during the superbowl, but log onto our website and read about our agenda on the pro choice/pro life debate.

Punch Buggy...damn, that's old school!

I would eat them with or without those commercials. Most of them were pretty lame...until the lamest of them all came out and i was rolling on the floor...enjoy!

The superbowl wouldn't be the same without a Betty White commercial

But the top ads had to go to this company for their Synthesizer work...

...their Lighthouse...

...and their LOST parody...

The commercials were actually a good complement to the game...the game was boring in the first half and the commercials were pretty awesome, but just as the commercials started to suck, the game got good...it's strange how things work out that way!

Hawaii Trip Concludes...

And I have been thinking of the randomest things...like...

It would seriously suck to be the one cropped out of pictures...that would piss me off...but then again, if i was in a picture with someone that i didn't want to be seen with, i'd be even more upset, so then i guess i should just shut up...

What happened to my "I'd rather stick anchovies in my ears" anti-drug poster that was on the door of my closet in Hawaii?

My sister complained to me the other day that i don't take all my junk from my parents house (accumulated through high school) and move it to where i currently live. The obvious problem with that is that i live in California and my parents live in Hawaii. So i turned the question on her and asked her if SHE was moving all her junk out with her as she moves into her new apartment in Hawaii. She said "yes." GOOD. Stupid sister.

If i can help someone grow millions in wealth and save them millions in taxes, they don't give me the time of day, but the second i want to take them out to lunch, they are free for at least an hour or two.

My black Ecko Unlimited jeans my mom bought me had drawn two responses. In Hawaii people really like them and ask where i got them from. In California, people ask me if i'm Mexican. Seriously, what the hell kind of jeans could possibly illicit those two responses?

Good friends are hard to find...and i'm finding that maybe I've been a little too liberal about the term "good friends"...

After 15 years of not attending my Hawaii high school's carnival, i managed to not attend it again this year...shit...but i did have a friend nice enough to buy me a serving of Portuguese Bean Soup...which is a little bit of heaven on earth without going through the hell of finding parking at the carnival...THANKS!

I found out that a long time friend from high school just had her father pass away on Saturday. Life is too short to not experience every day to the fullest, and to take advantage of every hour we are on this earth...A.S. R.I.P.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Food for Thought

A list of all the notable food i have eaten on this trip:

Kuru Kuru Sushi: Ample amounts of Hamachi, Sake, Saba, and Spicy Tuna...the best sushi deal i have ever seen...i would eat here every day but the line is usually so long i'd starve...how ironic.

Grandma's House: Bulgogi, Kal Bi...best korean bbq ANYWHERE...but i am biased.

Ryan's Grill: Pork Ribs, Lettuce Cups, Crab Dip with Focaccia, Raspberry Iced Tea...not bad for happy hour...everything half off!

Home: Leftover Bulgogi and Kal Bi...still the best korean bbq ANYWHERE.

Home: One of the best Chicken Salad Sandwiches I have ever eaten...and it was only comprised of bread, chicken salad, and cheese...i must have been desparate.

Nico's: Seared Furikake Ahi with Garlic Aioli...this one seriously broke da mouth!

Coco Ichibanya: Stewed Chicken and Spinach Curry with Rice...not a great meal to eat at 10pm after the meeting, but it was soooooooooooooo ono!

Other than that, not much going on here in terms of food! :-P

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

27 Hours Into Hawaii...

...And one thought...damn the food is bad for you here! I ordered a mixed plate at Queens BBQ and ended up with what probably amounted to 3 scoops of rice, 1 scoop of macaroni salad, two large ladels of chili, a hamburger patty, and an extra large piece of teriyaki beef. Seriously, just the thought of it made me a bit nauseous...then the reality...i ate part of it, took the rest home and filled up my brother AND sister with the leftovers...yowzers!!! I can't expect to survive here doing lunch and dinner appointments...i will arrive back in San Jose on a freight plane rather than your standard airplane...i will have to start doing coffee and tea instead...or maybe just water and iced tea...

Dave's Ice Cream has just been upgraded from the World's Best Ice Cream to the UNIVERSE'S Best Ice Cream. I'm sorry, but Bubbies ice cream just doesn't cut it...and at three small scoops costing just over $9...yes...NINE FREAKING DOLLARS...i'll stick with the better tasting, more economical Dave's Ice Cream...I don't like Rachel Ray, but she's got one word I'll use...DELISH!!!

3 more accounts went in today...that's three more families on their way OUT of financial failure. If people had common sense, i'd be wealthy beyond belief...but since (as my professor used to say) "common sense is the sense most commonly lacking," I will need to work for at least the next couple weeks before i retire :-P

Oh well...off to one more meal this week...Ryan's Grill in Ward Center...mmm...

One Last Thought...Isn't it weird when someone tells you that they wish people could think more for themselves on important matters, when you were thinking the exact same thing about them just a second ago?

Sunday, January 24, 2010

For Fun on a Sunday Night...

I never do these, but i hear mercury is in retrograde...whatever the heck that means...

1. Where were you 3 hours ago?
I was driving to an appointment that got cancelled...boo...
2. Who are you in love with?
This is inappropriate for only question #2...sheesh
3. Have you ever eaten a crayon?
No, but i would for the right price.
4. Is there anything pink within 10 feet of you?
Yes, there is this ugly pink clothes hanger here on my bed...now it is across the room, so no.
5. When is the last time you went to the mall?
It's been weeks...
6. Are you wearing socks right now?
I am not wearing socks...boxers and black socks are not sexy.
7. Do you have a car worth over $2,000?
Yes, it was bought for me by my grandfather...it's priceless...
8. When was the last time you drove out of town?
This evening...drove all the way from Milpitas to Fremont :-P.
9. Have you been to the movies in the last 5 days?
No, but I have talked about movies in the last 5 days.
10. Are you hot?
It's got to be about 62 degrees in here...i'm freezing.
11. What was the last thing you had to drink?
I just had some crazy apple cider caramel concoction at Starbucks...it was like drinking sugar dissolved in sugar.
12. What are you wearing right now?
Not the socks...
13. Do you wash your car or let the car wash do it?
I just let the rain do it. If not, i usually let the car wash take care of this...i'd like to think my time is worth more than the $12 i pay to have it washed.
14. Last food that you ate?
I ate M&Ms earlier...and oreos...not the ideal snack, but neither was what you had earlier today.
15. Where were you last week at this time?
What i wouldn't give to be where i was at this time last week...
16. Have you bought any clothing items in the last week?
No clothes shopping for me last week...my company continually buys me clothes, so there's no need to buy any.
17. When is the last time you ran?
I ran earlier today during my soccer game...it was freezing then too.
18. What's the last sporting event you watched?
I watched a Kentucky basketball game on the internet the other day...not as exciting as watching it live, but i didn't have time to drive to Kentucky.
19. What is your favorite animal?
Like dogs...but the non-smelly kind.
20. Your dream vacation?
Tahiti...going there next year...any takers?
21. Last person's house you were in?
My own, right now.
22. Worst injury you've ever had?
I was playing soccer once in high school and i sprained my ankle. Then, the next week i went out and sprained my other ankle...yes two at the same time...it totally sucked.
23. Have you been in love?
I think so...yes...i think so...
24. Do you miss anyone right now?
Does it matter if you don't know if they miss you? Okay, that was cryptic...but i don't yet know if they even care, so the discussion is moot.
25. Last play you saw?
August...this play is crazy awesome...the whole world should see this one...and yet no one has heard of it.
26. What is your secret weapon to lure in the opposite sex?
A taser and handcuffs...
27. What are your plans for tonight?
I have a serious cereal run going on later...
28. Who is the last person you sent a MySpace message or comment?
I don't use MySpace...it probably would have been a message i sent about 5 years ago...
29. Next trip you are going to take?
Hawaii in about 12 hours...Vegas in July...much more to come...and inbetween...
30. Ever go to camp?
Yes...this one time...at band camp
31. Were you an honor roll student in school?
Yes, Cum Laude from SCU
32. What do you want to know about the future?
Nothing...life is too much fun to ruin the suspense...
33. Are you wearing any perfume or cologne?
Nope...i don't need to impress myself...i've been trying to do it for the last 33 years and have yet to succeed :-P
34. Are you due sometime this year for a doctor's visit?
Isn't everyone?!?! See your doctor every year people!!!
35. Where is your best friend?
I don't have a best friend, but i do have several friends i would die for.
36. How is your best friend?
Did you read the answer above?
37. Do you have a tan?
Yes, but it's fading...thank goodness for Hawaii tomorrow.
38. What are you listening to right now?
"...I still...haven't found...what i'm looking for..."
39. Do you collect anything?
Yes...cards, comics, women...oops...
40. Who is the biggest gossiper you know?
I would say, but i don't want them to talk bad about me.
41. Last time you got stopped by a cop or pulled over?
Thursday morning at 2am for talking on my cell phone...but i talked my way out of it (no pun intended).
42. Have you ever drank your soda from a straw?
Yes, what the hell are you asking this question for?
43. What does your last text message say?
i think it said something like "okay."
44. Do you like hot sauce?
Yes, but not in public.
45. Last time you took a shower?
Took one after soccer this afternoon...much needed.
46. Do you need to do laundry?
I just did laundry this weekend.
47. What is your heritage?
Half japanese, half korean, 4th generation from Hawaii.
48. Are you someone's best friend?
Maybe...i don't ask...i just do my best to be a good friend.
49. Are you rich?
This is a stupid question...so i'll say yes...but not yet.
50. What were you doing at 12AM last night?
I think i was cleaning my room or something exciting like that...