Becoming American

Since I have started telling you English words that I simply have a hard time pronouncing, I thought I'd mention this: What is up with the name DOUG? I tried and tried and so far I don't think I've managed to pronounce this name correctly. It sounds somewhere in the spectrum between "dog" and "da-g". [...]

Missing a hole here

I woke up to a bad allergy attack this morning: runny nose sneezing itchy, watery eyes itching of the nose or throat p.s. I just copied that litany from the back of my bottle of Zyrtec. I've got them all. As I was using up the last tissue from the giant Kleenex box, I was [...]

The Rocky Horror Picture Show

. Jack B referred to The Rocky Horror Picture Show in his comment, and all of a sudden I was transported back to when I first arrived in this country. I started remembering these bits and pieces of my times in the US when I was, for all intents and purposes, an FOB. You may still [...]

Lost in Translation

The comment by Justin from Here where I Have Landed on my earlier post Things I Missed echoed my experience and feeling: ... when I tell people that I wasn’t born here, and that I came here to go to college, they’re consistently surprised, “What? But your English is so good!” like it’s completely unnatural [...]

Things I Missed

I have been back to my real life since two Sundays ago.  After a week on the beach, doing nothing, having no appointments to make, no place to rush to, I find it hard to adjust back to life in the suburbia 100%. On the first few days after The Beach, I caught myself thinking [...]

My Love Affair

On July 4th, at around 5 pm, I loaded the boys into the car, against all best judgement, headed towards the community park where half the town had been and the rest of the town was heading towards.  We were determined to be there for the long haul. The final prize? The July 4th fireworks. [...]

What better way to celebrate Independence Day by watching this clip from Independence Day again? WE WILL NOT GO QUITELY INTO THE NIGHT! WE WILL NOT VANISH WITHOUT A FIGHT! We are going to live on. We are going to survive. Today, we celebrate our Independence Day! . . . What better way than to [...]

Becoming American

The Monster Birthday Month Bash continues... July 3rd. Happy Birthday to Franz Kafka, Dave Barry, and one Thomas Cruise Mapother IV aka Tom Cruise. Kafka is dead. Cruise will live forever. Dave Barry used to be funny. Tom Cruise is still scary. . . My oldest's gymnastics practice is right by where the Hometown Fest [...]

July 2nd. The party goes on... Happy Birthday to Lindsay Lohan and Larry David. They should hang out together more. Happy birthday to Hermann Hesse. To this day I am sometimes still Emil Sinclair looking/waiting for my (inner) Max Demian. Thanks a lot, man. . . The following is my entry for this year's Pulitzer [...]