Saturday, June 11, 2005
Friday, June 10, 2005
As a kid, before I'd even learned to drive, I was a car geek. I devoured back issues of Road & Track, Car & Driver, Motor Trend, AutoCar, Autoweek, CAR. My monthly copy of C&D would come, I would relax on the *ahem* throne and optically inhale the thing from masthead to classifieds.
Hell, at the age of 13, I could recite the specifications of a Bristol 602's ELECTRICAL system, never haven seen the car in my life.
I was also an airplane geek. I knew aviation backwards and forwards, able to name almost everything from Splads to Hinds and everything in between. I read the massive Jane's Aviation Annual tomes for FUN.
In college, I wondered why I was so into the Beau - so I became an Astrological Geek. I dove into the deep end there.
My computer Geekdom, didnt really kick in until my mid to late 20's. My First computer, I built, ending one day when I realized I had FIVE computers in my house. (Oh wait, i have four now, but only one is operational, so I feel Ive cut back.)
As you can see, when something catches my fancy, I dive in deep. If not, Im ever so lackadaisical.
I geek out.
Now, I realize Im a camera geek.
I wouldve been one much, much earlier... but photography had been an expensively disgusting habit, I couldnt afford to dive deep. And although the affordability and accessibility of digital has resparked my early interest, the high cost of good cameras, lenses and other accoutrements has kept me from really getting into it.
Today. It was today that It dawned on me that I am indeed a camera geek, because I saw a chica reading a Canon 20D manual. That was my entre for a convo. Man, i lit up.. and tho I can sociable, Im rarely THAT sociable unless I know the person.
I couldnt help myself.
You know - it might currently be kool and somewhat hip to call oneself a geek, but I dont think anyone REALLY wants to be a geek.
Frankly, I dont really want to be one either.
You're feeling expansive -- big ideas and lots of love to give. Your schedule and job could be cramping your style, or even worse, constricting your soul! Figure out how to free up some time and energy so you can embrace the new.
Maybe I just need to get outta town.
(Practising my 'Hang Loose, brah' hand sign. Gah.. pinkie won't co-operate.)
Thursday, June 09, 2005
Wednesday, June 08, 2005
Tuesday, June 07, 2005
Over-dressed for the weather? - Check.
Catching up on sleep in the midday? - Check.
Carrying more than one bag stuffed? - Check.
Euphimism? - Residentially challenged.
Just cause someone doesnt look homeless, doesnt mean you know what theyre going through...
Last year, talking to a Thai lady who had come up to Northern Cali to sell her wares at a Asian Pacific Festival in berkeley:
"Where do you live?"
"Do you see anyone who live in shelters down there?"
"Nooo, we dont have that kind of stuff down there."
That woman was either clueless or in denial.
Most people are.
Blogger If someone with too much time on his hands calls you something awful on his website?say, a Dale Earnhardt Jr. groupie or a remorseless wasabi junkie?it's as libelous and as actionable as if someone called you that in this magazine. If the insult isn't that clear-cut, or you're not prepared to go nuclear, you might try a maneuver suggested by Ken Layne, editor of the news blog Sploid.com: Set up your own blog devoted to your many sterling qualities, and get all your friends to contribute. "That way, their compliments will drive the other guy's criticism way down your Google listings," Layne says.
Hahaha. Yeah, right. :)
Further bon mots:
A Toxic Relationship Make a clean, decisive break, says psychologist Charlie Unger, who has a practice in La Cañada. "None of this 'let's still be friends' stuff," he says. "Don't try to hang on, or let them try to hang on. This is the antithesis of healing. If you really want to be friends, give it a full year of separation. And then, if you still want to, you can get back in touch."
Yes indeedy. This falls under the category of "Something my momma shoula told me when I was a toddler".
IF YOU WITNESS A:
Multi-Tasking Freeway Driver If the guy in the next lane is engrossed in his newspaper, don't honk your horn to get his mind back on the road. He might lurch into road rage mode. Burch suggests that you note the guy's license number, location and direction of travel, and report it to the CHP on its nonemergency number. The CHP will "at least try to contact the registered owner of that vehicle," says Officer Tomiekia Johnson, who does these phone follow-ups. "They're usually astonished we'd track them down."
Public Display of Consensual Sex You can watch passively, marvel at the bad manners of homo urbanus or call the police. In Los Angeles it's a misdemeanor to touch the genitals of another person for the purposes of sexual arousal in public places. Other jurisdictions have similar statutes.
So. Would public dry humping be a crime?