Sunday, September 30, 2007

Kevin C. Chan

Friday I learned that friend and former coworker Kevin Chan died last Saturday in his sleep.

While I worked at Viz, especially full time, Kevin was always teasing me but always offering to drive me home or even to work (we lived a few blocks from each other). He even babysat my car when I was out of town, making sure it wouldn't get a parking ticket on street-sweeping days. We'd stop by the family's restaurant so I could try the egg rolls, and sometimes we'd stop at a bakery or two on Irving. Sometimes Oliver Chin would join us, and the banter between the two of them would be painfully funny for me. I can't listen to Chinese pop music without thinking of him blasting it in his car while bragging about his New Economy stock investing. Thanks Kevin, for the commuting, the food, the teasing, and for checking up on me on a very bad day in 2001. You are a great friend! I should have told you sooner.
Thanks to Douglas Nerad who had this picture on his blog. I don't have any digital pictures of Kevin of my own. A fortnight ago this photo would have had me giggling.

Thursday, September 27, 2007

Whole Wheat Bagel with Cream Cheese

An article in the San Francisco Chronicle featured my favorite place for coffee and bagel, Pri Pri Cafe. I have some 5 different places to choose from in 15 minutes of walking to work, but these guys get most of my money.

I suspected Kei was pregnant, but I had to read it in the newspaper to be sure! At a posh West End party I once asked a girl about her due date, but it turned out she just had a massive beer belly. I try not to repeat that, especially in America.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

"A good mix tape to put you in the right mood."

Patrick Macias has another Hot Tears of Shame podcast out called CITY POP that is available for download now. Don't forget to read the description before AND after listening to CITY POP.

The music reminds me of a friend who fretted over the right music to be played when she and her boyfriend hosted dinner parties. Easy, breezy tunes sung in mostly Japanese with only some English would have fit the bill. So sad. Thankfully, I rather like CITY POP.

Monday, September 24, 2007

My Nephews are Cuter than Yours

Note Andrew tugging at Jonas's hair...

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Cousin Chris

Back in first grade my show and tell for the month was to talk about getting a new cousin named Christopher. A boy in my class said that my cousin couldn't have that name because it was his already. Upset, I later told my grandmother and her advice was to put the classmate's head in the toilet and flush. I couldn't figure out how to get the boy into the girls' bathroom, so it was just as well that I didn't do it.

Twenty-some-odd years later, my cousin Chris visited while on a week's leave from the Army. Having served in Iraq, he managed well on his own in our Baghdad by the Bay. He needed a rental car to get to our hometowns, and though he reserved a compact, I got him a Mustang instead. It's not my fault! It was all the local rental agency had...

Monday, September 17, 2007

Photos from the Hindu Wedding Ceremony!

Finally, I'm getting through some of the photos from India! Granted, this is from my older camera with only a few shots on it. Here you'll see the Hindu ceremony for Purvi and Gilles' wedding at the resort in Goa.

What I loved most about the ceremony is that during the puja, people were walking around, chatting, making mobile calls, etc. It only quieted during the actual wedding part, and then it required audience participation, in which I think I threw too much rice into Gilles' ear.

Humidity & Humility...?

I just wanted to point out my awesome hairdo whilst in India. I hadn't seen it this curly since I was visiting family in the Ozarks. That's right, the Ozarks. I get everywhere!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Curried Brain

I've been back from India for nearly one week but thanks to my worst case of jet-lag ever, can barely find time to begin sorting and labelling over 2K digital images. And to think I had plenty of memory to take more photos!

The key thing was that the trip was a blast and I can't remember having that much fun crammed into less than two weeks. Plus, within a day of arriving in Mumbai, I had clear skin, no stomach troubles, and never needed my inhaler. Within a day of returning to the Bay Area, I had spots, stomach woes, and a small asthma attack. Hmm...