Saturday, December 15, 2007
Monday, November 12, 2007
so if you thought you were in the city with the most percentage of Lao people, you might be wrong. cause you didn't think consider there are some towns out there (like venus, texas) with only 910 residents to begin with. so look at this website to plan your next move (or your next vacation.) it would be sad to move somewhere with no Lao people at all. where would you get your padek?
top 101 cities with most residents born in Laos
and many thanks to katie, my social-worker-turned-librarian friend, for sending me this link.
for the whole website look at
Tuesday, November 06, 2007
i went to vote today and one of the election workers was laughing and talking to himself as he read the voter's pamphlet. he said, "this guy says 'screw seattle!' i gotta vote for him!" so i pulled out my own copy of the voter's pamphlet and found the guy he was talking about. here he is (and somebody GOTS to vote for him - so seattle get out there and do your job):
America is being destroyed by corporate corruption, and we must fight back. Yet how can we bring George W. Bush and Bill Gates to justice if we can’t even reform our own local school board? In other news, did you know this may be Seattle’s LAST school board election? The media, public officials and school board candidates are complicit in their stunning silence on this issue.
A former Seattle Schools employee turned whistle-blower (see “The Olchefske Files” online), I’ve advocated an authentic audit of the district since my first campaign in 1999. (Our new superintendent hasn’t earned $250K!) Let’s replace the Seattle Education Association with a real union (e.g. the Wobblies) and ban the WASL, a tool used by corporations to keep children down.
I also advocate socialism - not Soviet-style, but more in line with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez’ vision. The oil industry should be nationalized, and money spent on weapons used to murder civilians in Iraqistan would be better used to fund free medical care. (By the way, as a children’s advocate, I cannot support the troops who have slaughtered so many children in foreign lands. Shame on them.)
Our schools should similarly be un-privatized, and the Alliance for Education given the boot. (How many schools have been ruined or closed since Bill Gates began “donating” money to the Seattle School District?)
I say screw Seattle civility, and embrace children and democracy instead. Even if your only concern is rising property taxes, you ignore Seattle’s Education Mafia at your peril. Beware candidates who proclaim themselves “national education consultants” and avoid the issues yet are endorsed by our corrupt media. (Remember: The Seattle Times endorsed president AWOL.) (Continued at www.seattle-mafia.org; Bonus: My adventure with the privatized U.S. Postal Service!)
his website is:
and can you believe he is running for a school board position. his opponent might as well be listed in the pamphlet as "unopposed." but its contests like this one that cause me to sit back and just smile about everything american. and in case you didn't notice, i centered his picture to the left... way left.
Wednesday, October 31, 2007
the smoking gun
CNN's paula zanh
we got a long way to go.
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
This is where your calls are directed when you contact customer service for assistance with your new computer or airline reservations and you get somebody in India that is difficult to understand. Maybe it's the wiring......
now for my commentary:
aren't emails like this really funny? makes me glad that i live in amerika where the wires are now finally being put underground so i don't have to see how ugly they look. (but joking aside, these pictures really just make me wanna buy a ticket for india. it's gotta be so completely different from the western world, and with a billion plus people there... ) traveling in asia has to be one of the most exhilarating experiences - it challenges your whole world view. so when you see an email with these type of pictures- if it doesn't evoke a sense of awe in you, but instead makes you wanna laugh, push the delete button on yourself.
(now that's funny.)
Saturday, September 22, 2007
but like i said, i made some mistakes. i tried to clean the carpet first with lemon juice and baking soda, and then i went at the carpet with the rug doctor before putting the plastic underneath the carpet. so with all the water squirting out of the rug doctor, i inadvertently spread the fish sauce into a larger (a much larger) area of the carpet and padding underneath. so even though i cut out the soiled padding to replace it, the fish sauce had bled far beyond the original area. i figured out what i shoulda done after it was too late. and the baking soda idea? i don't recommend it. cause now - although you can't see the fish sauce stain on the carpet - the front room where the incident occurred still has this smell... and it's not just fish sauce, but fish sauce and baking soda. and i don't smell it all the time - just every so often it will hit me. and in some ways it's worse - cause i never know when to expect it. i'll just be doing whatever - watching tv, paying bills, ironing a shirt, and then it gets me - real-life ptsd going on here.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
if anybody has heard the cd, let me know if i should go out and buy it.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Three Crab Fish Sauce 24 oz.
Monday, August 06, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
in the kitchen. behind the scenes. from now on when yall go to a restaurant, yall gotta be nice. i didn't realize how much is happening back there in the back. so quit the yelling and complaining and the small tips. if you want your food that fast, then go to jack in the box or stay at home and see how fast you can make pad thai and curry chicken.
Friday, July 13, 2007
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
so i am glad to see that the sacramento bee has this article about them:
Thursday, June 21, 2007
to understand why the hmong are so intent on regime change in Laos, look at this video about the persecution of the hmong. beware, this is very graphic video posted on youtube - part of a larger series.
Saturday, June 09, 2007
Thursday, May 03, 2007
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
let's wish him a safe return.
Friday, March 16, 2007
I just received great news from HR Director that you have accepted the position with us. I and the team look forward to be working with you!!!
I understand that you will have about 3 weeks for transition from your former position. When you know more about your first date here with us let me know.
In the mean time if you have any other questions, please also let me know.
Have a great weekend.
so i need to go tell the branch manager now...
wish me luck.
Monday, March 12, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
but my friend katie is the best resume helper ever.
Sunday, February 04, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
read this article for some background...
read this article for the backdown...
read this article for the usa backup...
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
i am leaving hawaii for snowy seattle tomorrow. this will be my last post until i get back to the northwest of whatever. so i close out with natahli and ko'olina performing "pate pate" - (this is from sunday night - and this dance aint easy) but, once again... it's not tahitian, it's tokelauan.
for more on te vaka, the group that performs this number:
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
and, shawna, if you are looking at my blog, i promise i will post that video soon! maybe sunday? sometime in the evening? check back again!!!
Thursday, January 04, 2007
tom and jenni stopped in to say hi.
"i wanted to play the drum," said tom.
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
run forest. run.
someone should tell jeff not to look back when they're after you. (this is clearly his first time).
"a direct hit"
thanks to amy for these photos that i am posting without her written consent (or verbal for that matter...)
yall are awesome. wish i coulda been there.