Friday, December 26, 2008


Well I hope you all (whoever you may be) had an enjoyable and blessed Christmas. I also hope no one is suffering from PCL (Post Christmas Letdown). There's the days before Christmas filled with the joy of the season and anticipation of the big day, then the big day itself, and then the letdown afterwards when it is all over (especially if you have to work the next day -- ugh.. thankfully I don't!).

In a material sense, this year is kind of different because I received some money for Christmas so I am still in anticipation mode, about to head to the stores to take advantage of their last gasp to stay in business drastic pricing anything goes sale mode prices.

In a spiritual sense, the joy of Christmas should be with us the entire year and that is what I am going to attempt to remember, and practice.

Yesterday was nice. My folks and the kids came over for the day part and we spend the evening part with Julie's side.

I guess the most memorable thing from yesterday was when my mom got up to use the bathroom and after a little while I kept hearing water running - like on and off, on and off. So I went to the bathroom and knocked on the door to make sure she was okay. She opened the door and I asked her what she was doing.

She pointed to the bathtub and there was a giant cricket that she was trying to wash down the drain by turning on the faucet. "There's a big cockroach in there," she said.

"It's a cricket, and don't try to do that," I told her. I didn't want her slipping or anything when she bent down trying to get rid of the pest. I got a kleenex and squashed the menace (I know, I know, crickets are supposed to be good luck in some households but I hate crickets so I delight whenever I can reduce their population).

"Gee, that was easy," my mom said.

Then we had dinner at the only game in town (only kind of restaurants open on Christmas - Chinese). This was at the Empress Sea Harbor in Monterey Park and it wasn't very good. The food itself was okay but it took forever to get it (they forgot about our order or misplaced it or something) and the portions were downright miserly. They didn't even have kung pao chicken that someone ordered. Instead they brought this pathetic chicken dish with little pieces of boiled chicken, cashews and two or three pieces of green something to add color.

Also, I managed to watch a short portion of one of my Christmas presents:

I don't think there would be much general interest for a DVD like this, but for me I was very happy to receive it. The main "movie" (documentary) is 70 minutes long but it also contains 75 minutes filmed from the top of a vehicle going the entire distance of the street from Wilshire at the north all the way to Palos Verdes. Now I think you'd have to have grown up in the 'hood to really appreciate something like that.. which I did.

Like I said, I only watched part of it, the drive portion from Wilshre to Leimert Park. Interesting to see the places you grew up with committed to a DVD.

Well.. that's it for now. I'm off to try and stave off the material side of PCL by heading over to Costco!

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

For those that don't want the DVD, here's the link-