Monday, August 31, 2009
I went downtown with two friends (of the male variety) and one of them wore a FREE HUGS T-shirt. We here a huge hit at the bar...all the ladies loved him. And he even got hugs from big manly men. We had a few people turn him down, but they'd usually agree to a high five instead.
After the bar, we ran into a homeless man and my friend quickly opened his arms and offered him a hug. The man was not interested and even started to get a little angry with us. I could tell he wasn't dangerous, just seemed a little confused and nervous...so I offered up a hug from me first so he could test the waters...make sure we were OK.
He was still hesitant, but finally agreed. I gave him a good squeeze and he wouldn't let go. He then proceeded to give both of my other friends hugs and explained that he'd been on the street too long and you never know who to trust. We chatted a bit, he thanked us and we were on our way.
I really wasn't sure who made whose night.
Sunday, August 30, 2009
He just stopped in the path and kept doing it. Sadly enough, I was so focused on his broad chest and perfectly placed tattoos, that I didn't see the whole picture. I couldn't understand why he would arbitrarily slow people down.
Then I noticed the two ladies next to him. It was a woman about 60 years old helping another woman about 80 years old cross to the beach. She was moving slow, but she was making it.
His action was so subtle and seemed so natural. After he was sure the women had cleared the path, he went on his way and they didn't even make eye contact.
Cute, local, tall, surprisingly considerate....too bad I didn't say hello.
Saturday, August 29, 2009
My favorite part about Field Day, Game Night or anything encouraging people to have a little fun is the moment you see the shift in demeanor. People start out a little nervous, apprehensive and sort of "I can't be bothered to run around and look silly".
But there's this aha moment when people suddenly give in and the smile that follows is soooo great.
Friday, August 28, 2009
I popped open the lid and before I could squeeze, it sort of bursted out at me and then kept a slow steady stream for like 10 seconds. My mind went directly to the gutter and I sat at the stoplight and laughed until my cheeks hurt.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
As was tonight.
Hollywood Bowl. Classical music. Average crowd age: 64.
Four friends, wine and giggles.
We were THOSE people in the row in front of you that you hate. But someone has to be those people. And we DID appreciate the music, we did. We just had the giggles.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
People, that doesn't happen in LA.
In fact, my roommate had to take the bus to work one day because someone had parked so close to her that she couldn't get out. And my other roommate was scolded by a fellow parallel parker.
So, yay Beverly Hills man in your sexy Landrover. Thanks!
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Monday, August 24, 2009
I immediately checked my back seat because it felt like someone had thrown something at me.
So I started feeling around on the floor and low and behold, a penny. I wish there had been a video camera because my eyes got all big, I looked at the penny, I looked up...looked at the penny, looked up. Looked around to see if anyone had witnessed it. Looked up.
Then I realized it didn't matter.
It was heads up.
Sunday, August 23, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
And it rocks your world when it's at 3am in Vegas from a couple who you feel you can only aspire to be someday.
Vegas has beautiful surprises sometimes. Including: jumping up and down like 12-year-olds on the dance floor, embelishing in alone time and finding a married couple who...in my mind...just gets it.
Friday, August 21, 2009
(that's his last name - Galatte)
Say it with me....Gu-laAAAAaawwt-y. Oh, it's so pretty.
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Please check out his pajama pants.
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
In West LA, SM Blvd has those little side roads that join the main road. There's a yield sign at each of them, but most people just come right out and try to get on the main thoroughfare.
I was riding dead even with a Mercedes SUV on the main road and this car came flying down one of those side roads ready to merge. Mr. Mercedes honked (aggressively I might add) at this guy and pointed at me and then shook his head at the speeding guy.
Thanks for looking out! Most definitely an uncommon gesture.
Monday, August 17, 2009
When the doors opened he said, "Thought you might be out of strength...so just a little help."
Sunday, August 16, 2009
Saturday, August 15, 2009
Looking down at my hands covered in flour, I laughed because just a few hours earlier, they were completely covered in black car goodness. And I couldn't help but think of the two people who taught me to get my hands my dirty...my friend Jesse Biltz and my mom.
Friday, August 14, 2009
It's so interesting watching people from a distance when they have no idea you're looking. I feel like it should be similar to watching TV, but its just SOO much better.
Thursday, August 13, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
It reminded me of watching it with my family and it being one of the only shows EVERYONE got a kick out of.
Geez, people running into fences and animals falling off of couches is never going to get old. Thanks, American TV, for a much needed laugh tonight.
Tuesday, August 11, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Sunday, August 9, 2009
Looks like a couple of my friends got the same gene...we drove about an hour and a half out of way tonight, but it was well worth it.
First of all, we saw part of the Sequoia National Forest we may have never seen AND in an effort to wake up a little and take a quick break, we stopped in the middle to stargaze.
About 5 minutes after we got out of the car, we saw the biggest, longest shooting star I think I've ever seen. Truly breathtaking.
Saturday, August 8, 2009
This happens to be the one moment when all the kids had fallen off and me and Super In Shape Old Guy were the only ones left on the log.
40 years from now, I will take this picture again. And I'll be the Super In Shape Old Lady.
Friday, August 7, 2009
Hume Lake is in the Sequoia National Forest and while still public, is the grounds of a Christian Youth Camp. My friend and I were getting situated in our kayak and almost ready to push off, when the spitting image of Ralphie from A Christmas Story paddled in to the shore.
He looked straight at us, huffing and puffing and said:
"Man, there's a nasty headwind out there. I've been trying to get in for an hour and half; I was stuck out there! And now I'm late for a baptism....I'm in so much trouble."
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
But I somehow forgot the even better version of drivers who wave.
In TN, and in most of any "country", drivers wave simply to say hello. There's no agenda behind it, it's simply a friendly gesture.
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
Saturday, August 1, 2009
After my mom enjoyed her bar special (fried balogna sandwich, PBR and a Moonpie - $5) we headed to stop number two and ran into a guy I used to swim with in high school!
He's actually a Navy Seal and just happened to be in town for the weekend.
So AMAZING to see him and such a surprise!