Stokage Renewed!

April 18, 2009

This Is Beautiful.

April 13, 2009

I’m sorry for not updating.  I promise I will update moar.


Sluggish Saturdays

April 5, 2009

I feel sluggish.  At least at the moment.  Worship practice, cleaning up my home, watching Ruth & Genessee film their video entry to Amazing Race, Dodgers exhibition game, late-night nonsensical traffic and The Hat + Orange Bang to finish out the day.  Here are some photos.





It’s A Dog Eat Dog World

April 2, 2009

As some of you may know, I brought my puppy Mia to the shop this week (when she wasn’t plastered in her own fecal matter!) because my parents took a little vacation to the Pacific Northwest.  She had a good time checking out the city.  At least she knows now to be afraid of cars.



She was quite mischievous today, nesting in the clothes (polybagged to retain freshness!).  Funniest moment this whole week was when she was playing out in the front of the shop and my buddy Gio walked in with an expression of awful trepidation etched across his face and when I walked to the front to see what was up, I literally gagged from the stench.  It was clear to me that Mia had found herself a cozy little area to squeeze out a pungent dookie or two.  The problem was that we are literally out of power in the front area so we didn’t know where the poo was so all three of us (Gio, Ian & me) were daintily stepping around trying to avoid stepping on it whilst using our noses to zero in on ground zero.  After a while, we came to the conclusion that either our noses had gotten used to it, or she had just let out one of the most rankest, most god-awful hell-raising farts I’ve ever encountered thus far.

When Worlds Collide

April 2, 2009

I haven’t been able to blog recently.  I’m not sure if its because I’ve been extra-busy at work, extra-busy at home taking care of my pup, or I’ve hit that frightening wall known as blogger’s block but I have the feeling I’ll be getting over it soon.  I did write a couple entries but they just weren’t ‘me’ and did not warrant the ever-elusive publish.

I did want to share this video though.  It’s a hilarious depiction of the changing of the times from print to digital.  And I love the old-school, newsie vibe to it.  I grew up on that movie.  Christian Bale’s greatest work, hands down.

And The Hits Just Keep On Coming

March 28, 2009

This whole year has been a doozy.  Mostly a bitter-tasting, life-is-sucky doozy that leaves foul-smelling streaks all over every facet of my life.  To put it in a culturally-relevant context, I’m experiencing “epic fail”-ure on a regular basis.  How so, you ask?  Let me count the ways.

1.  A couple of months ago, my trusty silver Honda Civic just started over-heating and breaking down randomly.  I had to utilize AAA roadside assistance like 4 times, which I’m glad to have survived in and of itself.  I paid $200.00 bucks to get my CAM chip fixed (which didn’t fix the problem), another $200.00 to replace the radiator, and s’more money to fix the leaky coolant, all for a car that got a dealership trade-in appraisal of $1000.00.  On top of that, my parents dropped another G to completely fix it up and eventually sold the car for $3100.00 (more on that later).

2.  My work is seeing hard times, and I’m all for working there and I enjoy being somewhat involved in the ebb and flow of the fashion industry, but there’s only so much ebbing you can take.  Especially if you had to buy a new car to replace your old car that was giving you a massive headache (see point 1).  Basically, my savings got wiped clean and on top of that, I have a $200.00 car payment that rips my wallet a new one every month.  I’m also owed around $6000.00 in back pay that I’m not really complaining about.  As long as I meet my credit card payments, I’m happy (more on that later).

3.  I got a speeding ticket (my fault) that I have yet to pay and even inquire to how much the ticket will be.  I fear the worst and because of that, I’m putting off finding out.  I wish I was more willing to challenge life rather than be subdued by it.  I also got an overnight parking ticket right in front of my house & on the wrong side of the street.  The sad part about that scenario is that I had tried to be proactive and clean my room, wash my puppy and wash my car.  I had finished the day parking it across the street in the waning sunlight and forgot to move it back into my driveway.  I guess you just gotta learn sometime.

4.  My trusty credit card went missing tonight.  I either misplaced it after paying the tab at KBBQ lunchtime, or someone reached into my wallet when it was lying in plain sight at church and re-appropriated it for themselves.  The good thing is I found out really quickly and have already canceled the card.  It also helps that my wallet was devoid of cash-money-dollars.  Now I don’t even have a credit card payment that I need to meet (see point 2).

5.  I just came home and my mom said to me, “Did you get a parking ticket in Los Angeles?” and I said “I guess so”, thinking she found the speeding ticket (see point 3) I have lying in plain sight on my desk.  But no, she wasn’t referring to that.  Apparently the persons my parents sold my old car too (see point 1) got a parking ticket (good ‘ol street cleaning ticket) in Los Angeles with my old car (671 S. Detroit St. to be exact) and now I have a notice of delinquent parking ticket in my name.  There’s a bunch of redtape and paperwork I have to do to avoid paying this fine which will more than double if I don’t deal with by April 15.

Wah wah wah.  I’m not one to complain much, but I guess this is just my way of venting it outwards.  I could write something cliche like, “when life throws you lemons, make lemonade”, albeit the truth in that statement, I prefer a tasty can of Coke, fresh with condensation dripping of the edges.


Life is still good.  I’m thankful for much more than I complain about.

Mine Own Personal Beautiful Word Cloud

March 24, 2009


Wordle helps you create beautiful word clouds with your own text, either through manual input or rss feed.  I chose to manually input because it seemed like it was only reading a couple of my recent entries and I wasn’t getting the effect I desired.  I posted the last 20 or so of my posts, anticipating what sort of beautiful word cloud I would get.  It’s cool because it helps you see the trend in your writing so you can remind yourself to not use certain words with such regularity.

With that said, my big words are as follows: “just”, “like”, “much”, “life”, “going”, “people, “really”, “good”.  I must write this phrase a lot: “life is pretty much just going really good, people”.  I don’t know if that’s a good or bad thing.  Have fun with your own word clouds!