Saturday, June 29, 2013

In about 6 hours, I'll be boarding a flight for Anchorage, Alaska.

The circumstances of my visit are saddening, but I look forward to paying my respects to my uncle.

Along with a lot of relatives, I'm also going to be reunited with my parents for the first time in over three years since I left NYC for Asia. They're currently living in Chicago and their flight will be arriving within minutes of mine, which should make for a nice meeting at the Anchorage airport.

It's been 15 years since I last stepped foot in Alaska. My family---along with practically all relatives on my father's side---have some sort of roots and connection to the state. I myself lived there from the 3rd-7th grade, and my memories of that time are very fond and often something I enjoy reflecting upon.

Returning after such a long time away will be nice.
"It feels so good,
When I think of you."

From the song When I Think Of You by Janet Jackson.

Friday, June 28, 2013

Rest in peace to my uncle, Young S., who was a great man.

큰아빠,  thank you for all that you've done for the family. You were a great example for all of us Yoon men, and your leadership and guidance as our clan's patriach will forever be missed.

May you rest in peace...
Life happens.
Purge.
"Blackbird singing in the dead of night,
Take these sunken eyes and learn to see.
All your life,
You were only waiting for this moment to be free."

From the song Blackbird by The Beatles.

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

"In a pair of major victories for the gay rights movement, the Supreme Court on Wednesday ruled that married same-sex couples were entitled to federal benefits and, by declining to decide a case from California, effectively allowed same-sex marriages there.

The rulings leave in place laws banning same-sex marriage around the nation, and the court declined to say whether there was a constitutional right to same-sex marriage. But in clearing the way for same-sex marriage in California, the nation's most populous state, the court effectively increased to 13 the number of states that allow such unions.

The decision on federal benefits will immediately extend many benefits to couples in the states where same-sex marriage is legal, and it will give the Obama administration the ability to broaden other benefits through executive actions."

From the June 26, 2013 New York Times article, Supreme Court Bolsters Gay Marriage With Two Major Rulings, by Adam Liptak.
Decisions must be made.

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

My neighborhood here in LA has been on lockdown all morning. 

Two police officers at a nearby precinct were ambushed with gunfire early this morning before sunrise, but managed to survive the attack. The LAPD have been on the hunt for the gunman since, and that explains all the helicopters that have been constantly hovering above in the sky. It's funny because it seems like LA already always had helicopters continually in the sky, but what's going on right now is like that situation on steroids. The street I live on is also closed off by police officers, and some from the parked cruiser at the end of my block even told me to get back in the house earlier before when I went out to walk Madden.

This police precinct the shooting happened at is apparently much larger and important than I imagined because it covers a lot of different parts of LA. Knowing of its proximity is comforting I guess. Anyway, it's my day off from work, and I wanted to go to yoga this morning but oh well. Guess it's another day of staying in.
Function trumps all.
*Insert Observation*

Monday, June 24, 2013

Appreciation.
A cloudy Monday morning is a great way to start the week here in LA.

Thursday, June 20, 2013

"Because there's beauty in the breakdown."

From the song Let Go by Frou Frou.
Pay attention.
The mind seems to race faster when vacuuming.
"It's the skins, have you seen them?"

From the song The Skins by the Scissor Sisters.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Magazines are magic.
"Thank you for being a friend."

From the Golden Girls sitcom theme song.

Saturday, June 15, 2013

Friday, June 14, 2013

"You need someone to love you,
You need someone to hold you,
Tonight."

From the song Need Someone by Mary J. Blige.

What a beautiful song.
We all need something to look forward to.
"The song 'Happy Birthday to You' is widely credited for being the most performed song in the world. But one of its latests venues may be the federal courthouse in Manhattan, where the only parties may be the litigants to a new legal battle.

The dispute stems from a lawsuit filed on Thursday by a filmmaker in New York who is seeking to have the court declare the popular ditty to be in the public domain, and to block a music company from claiming it owns the copyright to the song and charging licensing fees for its use."

From the June 14, 2013 New York Times article, Birthday Song's Copyright Leads to a Lawsuit for the Ages, by Benjamin Weiser.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

An adjective makes all the difference.
"Mr. Ho made his name as the chef in the crazy early days of bo ssam delirium at Momofuku Ssam Bar, and then, to more restrained applause, at Má Pêche. The second restaurant was itself meant to be a French-Vietnamese mash-up, which is what he now had in mind for Montmartre. Considering that his Asian roots were showing right from the start, though, and that snails with sausage had been on the opening at Má Pêche, the shift in emphasis sounded fairly incremental. 

But the effect was transformative, as if National Grid had finally turned on the gas. When I returned to Montmartre in May, Mr. Ho was tilting an impressive French boudin toward China by blending it with five-spic powder and surrounding it with a black vinegar reduction and a spicy-tingly oil of dried chiles and Sichuan peppercorns. Boudin's livery richness can start to taste flat over the long haul, but the Asian trick of playing blood against fire made each new bite as powerful as the first."

From the June 11, 2013 New York Time Restaurant Review: Montmartre in Chelsea, A Clearer Long-Distance Connection, by Pete Wells.

I believe in full sentences.
"Cause a chick got to live."

From the song All N My Grill by Missy Elliott.

Seriously! 

It's my day off and I don't know what to do.
"This will be our year,
took a long time to come."

From the song This Will Be Our Year by The Zombies.

Saturday, June 08, 2013

"There was a time
when everybody was around
and I was dancing with you."

From the song Heartbeat by Annie.

Friday, June 07, 2013

Edit, edit, edit.
It's past 1am and I just got home from work.

One thing I forgot about working in the service industry is the fact that the adrenaline from just having finished working a shift can stay with you throughout the night.

And now I'm home, pretty wired and channel surfing.

Ah, yes...

Wednesday, June 05, 2013

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Bliss.
"Anyone who has tried to park a car on a Manhattan street may already have deemed New York the world' most competitive city. A new study concluded that it is and will stay that way for at least another 12 years.

The study, conducted for Citigroup by the Economist Intelligence Unit, ranked 120 cities around the globe on their competitiveness, based on their ability to attract investments, workers and tourists, among other attributes."

From the June 4, 2013 New York Times article, A Study Makes It Official: New York Is the Most Competitive City, by Patrick McGeehan.
"Sometimes I think about you,
and I remember all the things we went through."

From the song Fallin' In Love by Faith Evans.
Ohhhhh, LA.
LA's pride celebration is this upcoming weekend.

I'm definitely curious to check it out, but we'll see.

Sunday, June 02, 2013

"Oprah: Gay men make great friends.
Drew Barrymore: They do!"

From Drew Barrymore's episode of Oprah's Next Chapter. OWN Network.
We all have a story, and this is mine.
"Let me tell you the only way you can get up a lot of these mornings is if you can't wait to see what's around the bend."

Said by Diane Sawyer in her episode of Oprah Presents Master Class. OWN Network.
Counter-culture.
Oprah already at 10am on a Sunday morning.
"As temperatures rise, life will become more unpleasant for teachers and students in New York City schools, which remain open through June 26, and many of which do not have air-conditioning. In New York roughly a third of public school classrooms lack this basic amenity; in other major cities, especially in poorer districts, the figures are comparable or worse."

From the June 1 New York Times article, Schools Are Not Cool, by Sara Mosle.

Some things haven't changed.

Saturday, June 01, 2013