Monday, January 27, 2014

Not too disappointed with the Aussie Open results.

Normally, any major that did not have the Bryan Brothers and Serena winning is a let down.  Which should have been the case with the 2014 Australian Open but I am actually OK with the results.   Why?  Well for starters, Maria Shriekapova got eliminated in the 4th round.  So the fact that she was not the champion, it was ok by me.  Then Victoria Screamarenka also got eliminated in the quarterfinals.  I hate her less but she is just as annoyingly loud.  Then that arrogant Novak Djokovic got beaten by Stanimal Wawrinka in the Quarterfinals.  That means he would not be able to defend his crown.  That was a plus too!  The eventual ladies Champion Li Na was very deserving in my book.  Asian power I say.   Li Na silenced Cibulkova who I am just noticing now to be a loud grunter too.  So I say not a very disappointing fortnight at Melbourne.

Saturday, January 25, 2014

It's not right but it's ok videos. Which do you prefer?

Two versions.  The first from Whitney herself and the second from Glee.  Honestly, I prefer the Glee version.

Friday night you and your boys went out to eat
Then they hung out
But you came home around three
If six of y'all went out
Then four of you were really cheap
Cause only two of you had dinner
I found your credit card receipt

It's not right
But it's okay
I'm gonna make it anyway
Pack your bags up and leave
Don't you dare come running back to me
It's not right
But it's okay
I'm gonna make it anyway
Close the door behind you
Leave your key
I'd rather be alone
Than unhappy

I'll pack your bags
So you can leave town for a week
The phone rings
And then you look at me
You said it was one of your friends
Down on 54th St.
So why did 213
Show up on your Caller I.D.

I've been through all of this before
So how could you think
That I would stand around
And take some more
Things are gonna change
That's why you have to leave
So don't turn around to see my face
There's no more fears and tears
For you to see

Was it really worth you going out like that
See I'm moving on
And I refuse to turn back
See all of this time
I thought I had somebody down for me
It turns out
You were making a fool of me

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Love my Prius.

I love my Toyota Prius.  For the past 6 months that I owned this car, I have been very satisfied.  It also helps that I am able to bring it to the Toyota dealership and get it serviced for free!

One reason why I love this car is its gas mileage.  I get about 4-5 weeks for a full tank of gas.  And the gas tank capacity is only 12 gallons!  Also for a hybrid, it handles pretty good.  The acceleration is decent which is not a big deal for me cause I am not the speed racer type.  The semi hatch back is also great for transporting bigger items.  The back seats can be folded down which extends the length of the back cargo area.  The leg room for all seats are amazingly roomy.  And the feature that I really appreciate is the back up camera.  I do not have to twist my neck so much trying to look behind while I back up.  Love it!

Thursday, January 16, 2014

First dates are like job interviews.

Now a days, it is not uncommon to meet people online.  The next step after contact is established is to meet in person.  I always say that first impression matters when meeting somebody for the first time.  Much like in a job interview.  It is the chance to show the prospective love interest a good impression of oneself.

Recently, I met a guy online and we started chatting online and via text messages.  We then agreed to meet one Sunday afternoon.  Leading to the said time, we have communicated via text many times and confirmed the meeting.  Then that afternoon came and I texted him again since he did not text me to finalize the time and place.  I did not hear back from him till 9 pm that day.  He said he overslept from his nap and he apologized for being a flake.  If this was a job interview, he would make sure he did not miss the interview.  The fact that he did not make arrangements to make sure he would wake up from his nap shows how important this meeting was to him.  For him it was no big deal if he missed doing it.  And that did not sit well with me.

Then there was this other guy I also met online.  We have chatted online, exchanged texts and even chatted on the phone.  We agreed to meet one Saturday afternoon.  That said Saturday came and I texted him in the morning to finalize the meeting.  He texted back saying he will have to reschedule for another day.  No explanation offered.  If this was a job interview, he would make sure he explained to the prospective employer why he is unable to come to the interview.  The fact that he cancelled last minute shows how unimportant this meeting was to him.  It was something low in his social calendar.  Whatever.  Needless to say I would not attempt to contact him again.

If these two guys still want to meet me, they just lost out cause I am not interested anymore.   Their behavior was not acceptable in a job interview and it not to me either.

Monday, January 13, 2014

Pet Peeve - static electricity and charge

When the air is super dry, we easily develop static electricity/charge.  When the dry Santa Ana winds come to the LA area, static electricity becomes a common occurrence.  It is bad enough that we get a mild electric shock when we touch some metal after developing static charge, what annoys me more is the fact that small thread, cloth, plastic or paper stick to us once we develop static charge.  We have to take extra measures to remove that thing that keeps on sticking to our hands.  Just super irritating.

Thursday, January 09, 2014

Gentlemen's clubs in the valley.

These are just two billboards I see here in the valley on my drive home from work.  I have seen others but I did not get the chance to photograph them cause the car was not stopped in traffic.  So I wonder what is up with all these billboards for "gentlemen's club"?  I know the valley here in LA is the porn capital of the world.  Does the abundance of stripper clubs here an extension of the porn industry in the valley?   I have also seen a lot of cheap motels in the valley specially along Sepulveda Avenue.  I suppose men can bring their date they met in the gentlemen's club to the motel.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Noncommital reply to a party invitation.

I do not host that many party but if I do, I want to know how many guests I will have so I can prepare the sufficient amount of food.  One of the reply I get from those I invited that piss me off is the noncommital one.  "I am not sure if I can make it."  "Maybe."  "I will try to make it."  Yes perhaps it is true that some of them are not sure if they would finish their prior engagement to make it to the party.  But I think some of them are just not sure if they would have something else better to do than attend the party so they won't commit to it in case something else comes up.  Maybe some of them are not that thrilled to begin with to attend the party so a noncommital reply is their fail safe reply.  I would much rather they say they can't attend or commit that they would come.  So if I get one of these noncommital reply, I just simply text or write them "Sorry you can't make it to my party, so have a great Christmas/New Year then.  See you some other time."  This way, I made it clear to them that I am no longer expecting their presence.  Sort of my way to "un-invite" them. 

Wednesday, January 01, 2014