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“I can’t find my pink sports bra. Have you seen it?”

“Yeah, I needed some support the other day and used it.” Said with a sarcastic tone.

“Yeah right! My bra would be too big for you.” Checks the size of the man’s chest, “yeah, too big, your boobies are just the right size for a training bra!”


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What does this video make you think?

Right now, just at the end of this video I think about:

  • The amzing growth of technology in the past few decades and where it is headed in the future
  • As someone who is involved and interested in Education the state of our education here in the US really worries me in a sense that we will not be able to keep up with the intelligence and opportunities that children from other nations will bring to the table. The continuous budget cuts will further hurt the educational core of this country.

What do YOU think?

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Protesters for No on Prop 8 have been very vocal since the day after the elections.  There was an article in the LA Times yesterday about the protesters targeting El Coyote Mexican Restaurant. You can click here to read about it.

I personally think this is a classic example of “don’t bite the hand that feeds you.”  I used to live down the street from El Coyote before I moved to the South Bay. The aformationed restaurant is located in West Hollywood.  I went there a couple of times, and let me tell you, their food is plain bad Americanized Mexican food. Let me repeat myself, BAD FOOD which by the way costs a lot of money. So recapping: you go eat bad Mexican food and pay lots of money for it. Did we get that out of the way?

Yet the place is very popular and is always packed. Why is that? I have no idea but celebrities are known to hang out there as well; It is just the place to go. One of the two times I went there one of the actors from Buffy was there with his twin brother. They were both flirting with a girl that was sitting with them and all three were drunk. Which brings me to the next point. The drinks are supposed to be good. Frankly, I didn’t like either of them and the place was too pretentious for yours truly.

In case you were wondering, there are many from the gay and lesbian community and from West Hollywood who frequent this establishment.  I am not saying that harrassing the costumers is OK by the protesters, but what I like to know is: why bite the hand that feeds you?  If you are going to donate money to a controvertial issue such as this, then why not be smart about it and do it anonimously instead of insult a good portion of your costumers? Not to mention taking business away from your parents’ restaurant and financially hurt the rest of your co-workers? All of that for a lousy $100.

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It is fire season folks and the fires have been burning with a vengence for the past 24 hours. They started in Montecito and as of right now there are fires in Orange County as well.  The closest fire to us has been reported in Rancho Palos Verdes and as of 12:40pm it is contained and out according to NPR.

It is hot and smoky in San Pedro and the air quality is absolutely horrible. Charlie is here since Mr. Ocifer is out of town with Ms. Witty and both dogs are inside spread out on the hardwood floor. Charlie is chilling under the table right next to my feet and Indi is doing the same a few feet away.

Update 4:30pm:

We took a drive to asses the situation along the coast this afternoon. People were out and about, many taking pictures of the beautiful sun as it was getting ready to set. Others were playing golf on the DT golf course. Below are some pics taken on our drive.



Construction in the old Marineland area

november-2008-178-mediumDriving on Hawthorne Blvd. towards PVD

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America you have spoken. Thank you! I am so proud of you!

We ate our celebratory dinner while listening to NPR. How excited am I!!!


We had a delicious leek and pumpkin soup with garlic and cheese bread. In the back ground you will see my hat with Obama’s pins which nearly got me kicked out of the republican rally in Carson last month. I simply attended the rally out of curiosity and because I thought it would be an interesting subject to write about in the creative non-fiction writing course that I am taking. Well it was an eye opener at many levels and I am so glad they didn’t win. More on that on a later post…

Cheers Ya’ll!

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I just realized today that we have reached a little milestone here: 100 posts since Aglio & Olio first appeared in the Internet world. WOW for me, I didn’t think I would actually accomplish this, granted the majority of the posts are about Indi. It’s all good though, my mom gets to keep track of Indi’s growth from the other side of the planet and probably grow more anxious about meeting her. The poor dog is feared and she has yet to meet her maternal grandmother!

Anyway, something cool happened today. J and I went to pick up our marriage license at the LAX courthouse, which by the way, is a nice looking building right where the 405 and 105 meet.  In front of us there was a gay couple who were waiting for the same thing. I felt all warm and fuzzy inside when I saw the excitement on their face.  They only do civil ceremonies on Fridays, but apprently, in light of the elections they decided to add another day to allow those interested in getting married before the election. I thought that was cool — I am keeping my fingers crossed!

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I feel compelled to post the follow email I received. I have never met Celeste because we don’t live in the same city, however, I have heard so much about her.  I am very fond of her mother as she is a dear friend and I consider her family.

I have been blessed to grow up in a non-sheltered environment and have friends from different walks of life. One thing has always been very clear to me, in the matters of love one can’t choose based on race, religion, ethnicity, color, or gender.  I believe that a love based on who fits the right category is not true love but conditional love. I also believe that the more we categorize ourselves, the more we drive ourselves apart from each other.

I think people should be free to be and marry whomever they want because such a decision must be based on love.

I hope Celeste’s candid words will prompt you to think about the importance of voting no on preposition 8 in California.

Dear Friends
My daughter Celeste, who is 35, wrote this letter and wishes to have me forward it to my friends. Some of you know her and will recognize the voice of the lovely woman she is, some do not know her, but can imagine that having her as  my daughter is a gift.
You might not agree with her, but I must say her words ooze with gentleness.
Please feel free to forward it .
May you vote wisely

Dear Family-

I wanted to reach out to you in these 30 days before the upcoming
election.  These are my original words.  I am not following the directive
of a letter-writing campaign led by another organization.  I am following
my own personal directive to let you know how your vote on this issue not
only affects thousands of Californian families, but how it will affect me,
and thus, how it will affect OUR FAMILY – the

Proposition 8 calls for a state constitutional ban on same-sex marriage.
Same-sex marriage was recently made legal in California by a State Supreme
Court decision this last spring, making our state one of two (including
Massachusetts) that grant this right.  Soon after the decision was handed
down and made into law, opponents of same-sex marriage mobilized to put
Proposition 8 on the November ballot.  This is a contraversial and
polarizing issue.

I am blessed to have so much family in California.  I know that we may not
all agree on politics and on social or ethical issues, but I know that we
are all intelligent and compassionate, and I know that I love you all very

Here’s how Proposition 8 affects me, and how it affects us all.  As most
of you know, I have been in loving relationships with women in the past.
I also have been in loving relationships with men.  Take it from me – the
love is the same.  The commitment is the same.  The responsibilities are
the same.  The compassion is the same.  The problems are the same.  Two
men or two women cannot “naturally procreate”, but more and more so,
same-sex couples have children, and provide for them as heterosexual
couples do.

Mom and Dad raised me outside of any church, but within a household of
strong ethics.  When I was growing up, I didn’t know all that many gay
people, and those that I did know (all men) seemed destined to perpetual
bachelorhood – they didn’t seem quite “real”, and it was so easy to think
that they were different and strange.  It was only in University that I
became more aware of my capacity to love both men and women, and that I
thus became aware of the fundamental equality in loving either sex.

We are alive at a time when not only are gays, lesbians and bisexuals more
visible in society, but with that visibility, comes an acknowledgement
that like the rest of heterosexual society, we are complex, nuanced people
who cannot simply be defined by our sexual preferences.

We are just as able to be smart or stupid, bad or good, selfless or greedy
as anyone else in society.  We’ll be just as competent (or incompetent) at
handling the responsibilities of marriage.  We’ll be just as good (or as
bad) at parenting, and at taking responsibility for our spouse’s families.
If we are not given the right to marry, we will never have the full
resources to provide for and to protect our families.

Some of my family may have moral convictions against homosexuality.  I do
not know for sure since I have only had the opportunity to share this part
of my life with some of you.  I dont want to strong-arm you into dropping
your convictions.  Just recognize that someone in our family (myself) has
loved people of the same sex, and feels no different from her friends and
family for it.  I am proud to be who I am, and will be even more proud if
I know that you love me for who I am.

Rather, I want to encourage those of you who have moral reservations
against homosexuality to not take your convictions out at the ballot box.
If you vote for banning same-sex marriage, you are voting for government
intrusion on individuals’ privacy.  You are affirming the State’s “right”
to enforce a moral agenda that is not universal to all religions.  This,
in my mind, violates the fundamental separation of Church and State in
this country.

I would like for this e-mail or letter to reach all of the family in this
State.  Please feel free to forward to whomever I have missed, especially
if they are a California voter, or to pass this along to others.  Also,
please feel free to respond to me.  If you disagree with my position, I am
able to listen to your side with compassion.  I hope that if you are a
registered California voter, that you will vote NO on Propostion 8 in
November.  Regardless of what you do, I will always love you!

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Celeste XXXX

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