From the monthly archives:

May 2009

6yo was slaving over a project this morning, and he proudly showed it
to me…

It made me laugh. And then pause. And then laugh some more.

He even named his pet "No. 17"…

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(I promise. This is going to be the final rant from me. There is a bit OCD in my personality, and sometimes things just bother me and I cannot let go. Most of the time these are “trivial” by most people’s measure. But are they REALLY trivial? Perhaps they are only trivial because you are not affected by it?)

Here is what I have been thinking…

No matter where you are in the world, the advantage of being one of the majority, the mainstream, the dominant society, is that you have the freedom to just be you. No REPRESENT! No speaking for your race, nationality, gender, etc. No “Tell us something about your culture” as if by the nature of being who you are, you automatically are well-versed in the history/culture/geography of where you are supposed to come from. And nobody will ever ever say to you,

“You people…”


Tropic Thunder You People meme gif

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“No, Newt, You’re the Racist” Thank goodness someone more elequont wrote this rebuttal…

May 29, 2009 imho is just a polite way to say I know you don't give a hoot what I think but I'm going to say it anyway

to the charge by some Republicans against the Supreme Court Nominee, Sonia Sotomayor, as being a racist against the white people, and specifically, white male people. I first saw this charge when I was waiting to board the plane. (You know the CNN scrolling texts on the bottom that drive everybody crazy but, I have […]

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Bring your swimming trunks when you visit the Crown Fountain in Chicago…

May 27, 2009 through the looking glass

This is one place that we keep on going back in downtown Chicago, the Crown Fountain at the Chicago Millennium Park, lovingly nicknamed the Face Fountain. Public art pieces based on water features are known to draw people together, inviting people to participate in shared activities and to create an ad-hoc community. Here is what […]

What do tennis balls have to do with soft drinks?

May 23, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

Well, please let me know if you do know. Because I don’t! p.s. I missed the word “table” in the title of this post… Sorry if you read this post because you’d rather learn about tennis balls & soda BUT not table tennis balls (aka ping pong balls) & soda… (added May 27, 2009)


Red Bull milk shake? Just seems wrong…

May 23, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

They say money can’t buy happiness

May 23, 2009 a picture is worth a thousand words

Well, money makes me smile here…

I GTalked my kid to ask him what he would like for breakfast today…

May 23, 2009 no manual for parenting

As over-thinking, ironically introspective, neurotic, obsessively over-analytical as I am, this incident strikes me as seminal. SEMINAL. Mark it on the calendar. We have all seen those cartoons, parodying the increasing importance of texting in the life of teens and even preteens, showing kids texting each other while sitting next to each other on the […]


We are like The Simpsons. Yellow like The Simpsons.

May 22, 2009 no manual for parenting

My 6 yo drew this picture of us today. This would be one of the 86,337 pictures drawn from the teacher asking “Please draw a picture of your family” before he graduates from high school. Surprised at his choice of color. But thank goodness that they no longer call the pale pinkish color “Skin”. That’s […]