In the MMIX .:Jan 02 09:.
The Oh-Nina began with another lovely day in Southern Cali. I was coming home from the gym and just missed taking a flick of the beautiful sunset by a couple minutes. This is all I could get:
Didn't really do much for NYE other than visit my Godson for dinner. Pauze came by the pad to borrow my Serato and brought his two dogs, Tank (the Corgi) and Burger (the ???). The highlight of this evening was when my dog started to chase Tank. Usually he sprints faster than both Usain and the Disney animated Bolt, but for some reason he couldn't catch him (or chose not to!):
Chaser from HGB on Vimeo.
My wife has a cleaning OCD so after Pauze and the fellas cut out, we spent the rest of the night making sure the house was spic and span for the New Year. By 11:30pm we were already in bed drifting in and out of sleep. Alls I rememeber was waking up about 12:03am to the sound of Firecrackers (or maybe Glocks!), giving her a New Years kiss, and then crashing out for the night.
Like I stated before, '08 was a very good year for me. I hope 2009 will prove to be a better one!
It should be the year of the DJ...
HAPPY NEW YEAR TO YOU AND YOUR FAMS!
Sittin' On Chrome .:Dec 18 08:.
There are several things I often see on the road these days that I wish I would STOP seeing.
Here's a few of 'em:
Chrome Rims. I think these things jumped the shark when GM or Ford started running that promo where you'd get free 22" chrome wheels with purchase of a Yukon.
Advertisements on center divide traffic signs. Its bad enough that we have to look at pop up ads while watching our favorite TV shows. Now we are forced to look at them when making a left:
Young kids driving luxury vehicles. OK, I'm just hatin' cuz I was pushin' an '88 Camry whip on hubcaps throughout my college days...
Those Naughty Angel/Devil stickers. Dude, these infamous silhouettes are seen on the most unlikely of cars. I often see them on minivans of families with several small children. Its like the Dad driving wishes he could attend a Pimp n Ho event but since he has several small children, this is the closest he will get:
Vanity License Plates giving the car props. You know like, "1BADBMW" or "UL2MTMB" on a bone stock entry level german car.
There should be a law, that your car must look like the ones below or better, before your ride gets big upped by the license plate:
Read These Nikes! .:Dec 14 08:.
Soul Travelin' .:Dec 12 08:.
Its been about a year since I wrote my last blog. My Pops had just passed away and my Grandma (Mom's side) was in the middle of battling stomach cancer. God finally called her home this past Summer. This Fall, right before our 2nd Anniversary, my wife and I found out we are pregnant. The projected due date was originally on my Grandma's birthday, just a few days after my Dad's! As some cultures say, when one family member leaves this world, another one enters. BTW, my cousin (Mom's side) and her husband are expecting their son a month after ours.
My Dad's prolonged illness and subsequent passing have taught me invaluable lessons that continue to sustain me. I must say, this has been a pretty dang good year for me. There were mad challenges throughout, but somehow someway my Faith got me through.
For this blog, I wanted to highlight some of the positive experiences I had in '08, namely the trips I was able to go on.
My wife and I kicked off Spring with a trip to Europe. I had been to Germany, Austria, and Italy before but this was her first time out of the U.S. We flew into London, took a train to Paris, flew over to Venice, took another train to Florence, and finished the trip in Rome.
The first day in London was unforgettable-it was straight snowing! It was the beginning of April and the flowers should have already been blooming, from what people were saying. The weather was VERY cold, for us at least. We saw folks making snowmen as we took the train from Gatwick to city. Before we left the airport, the customs official was sweating us big time, asking us for the reason why we came to London. He even started to quiz us on our top 3 sites to see and asked how many Towers there are in London!
"Please look after this Bear." Paddington Station:
10 Downing Street:
My wife's cousin and his wife surprised us by taking us to enjoy Tea at the Ritz Carlton:
photos were not allowed inside =(
The apartment where we stayed in Paris had no elevator, so we had to take four flights of stairs each day. I would almost always munch on this one awkward step near the bottom:
Davinci code status. This was one of the few days in Paris that the sun shone upon the city:
Centre Georges Pompidou -Inspiration for Tinker Hatfield's Air Max 1
For da ladies:
Macarons and French Toast from LaDuree With all the calories we were consuming I thought I was gaining weight. All the walking we did during our trip, however, must have burned all those calories cuz i actually lost 5-6 pounds in those two weeks!
Huge paintings inside the Orsay Museum:
inside Notre Dame:
The Pantheon. Pops was an architect for several years, so he would always teach me to have appreciation for amazing buildings like this:
On our way to the Eiffel Tower, I got hit up by some hustler who "found" a gold ring on this bridge as he walked towards us. He insisted that I keep the ring after forcing it into my hands, but then asked for some change for coffee. After I told him nah, he got pissed and snatched back the ring. My wife then got pissed at me for falling for it. Apparently there are warnings about dude in the trip advisor forums and Rick Steve's books...
Dusk, near our room in Venice:
There were so many throw-ups in Venice:
This room in Florence was the dopest one we stayed in the entire trip. Although the city was small, it had beauty and charm that made us regret booking only one night here.
Inside the Vatican:
Summer started with a homie trip to Portland, OR. We needed to get away from the craziness of Killa Cali for a minute, so we chose The City of Roses
The Japanese Garden:
DO NOT, I Repeat, DO NOT miss this awesome pizza joint if you are ever in Portland. Anthony Bourdain was jockin' this place on No Reservations. I am so glad we were able to find out why. Man i am freakin salivating just thinking about their pizza:
Cannon Beach and Haystack Rock. Y'all remember the Goonies, right?
For our Second Anniversary, my wife and I took another trip to Maui. She was experiencing really bad morning sickness, but still managed to have a great time:
On the Road to Hana, we saw a house with a few peacocks kickin on the front lawn. On the way back from Hana, one of the locals speeding down the hill freakin smashed a wayward peacock who must have been right around a corner. The owner of the truck was shooing another one back to the house. I swear that other peacock looked hella traumatized about his homie becoming roadkill!
Rest in Paradise .:Dec 17 07:.
4/2/33 – 12/06/07
Thank You .:Nov 12 07:.
My Dad was admitted to the VA Hospital today. Dude has been in pain for a minute due to a compression fracture, but that's a whole 'notha blog…
As I was eating my lunch in the lobby, two young women and an older lady came out from one of the hallways towards the exit. One of the girls came up to me, said "Happy Veteran's Day!" and handed me a homemade greeting card with candies attached to it.
I said thanks, and kinda laughed to myself for saying thanks in the first place. She had no way of knowing I had never been in the military. I was literally the only person in the lobby at that moment, sitting down munching on some pizza. After thinking about what just happened, I was reminded just how important today's Holiday is to a lot of folks.
All political views about war aside, I was really humbled being in the presence of courageous men and women who have served our country. Whether it be charging the beach with a rifle, or running around the kitchen with a spatula, these Veterans have sacrificed so much. I thought about how there are guys who are 2/3 my age and are coming back home as Iraq War Vets. My Dad's oncologist says the effects we will see from this war are going to last a LONG time. I couldn't agree with him more after seeing my Dad in and out of the VA Hospital for the past 10 years.
As soon as I finished up my last couple of bites, I went back to check on my Pops. He and my Moms also found it a bit humorous when I showed them the card given to me earlier. Again, I began to think about how much the Veterans should be appreciated. Later on, my Dad was assigned to his bed as my Mom and I got ready to leave. Another group of people, a Mother and three young kids, made their way to the wing from which we were leaving and began handing out Thank You cards to all the Vets.
We can argue about how the U.S. Military does or does NOT fight for our freedom til we are blue in the face. But for me, today was a day where I had to forget about all that. I had to take a step back, and honor those who have given much of their lives to our Country, especially those who are suffering from the effects today…