Old TV

We haven't had cable for about a month now, so that means no TV. Ideally we are supposed to find new and exciting things to do with all of the new free time, but we are still adjusting. Part of the adjusting was figuring out how to keep up with the NBA finals (important to me), which meant going out to places and/or listening to the game over the radio and internet. Not quite as satisfying, but I still got to participate. Tonight Jason is over at a friend's house and I wanted to watch some TV, so I decided to check out the Netflix stuff that you can watch online. TV shows seemed easiest (overall selection is not that good) and I ended up watching an episode of Gimme a Break and two episodes of Kate and Allie. Wow! I had forgotten what these shows were even about. It seems like single-parent family shows were REALLY popular back then. Kate and Allie are both divorced women who are raising their families with little support from the ex-husbands. I know I watched this show, but I have no memory of my reaction to it. I'm glad I stumbled across it tonight.
  • Current Mood
    nostalgic nostalgic

Cool Places in LA

So I've been putting together a list of places I'd like to visit in LA before we eventually move. Jason and I were initially planning on going to the Huntington Gardens today, but I changed my mind at the last minute. It is expensive and a bit of a hike away - I think I might wait until my mom visits again and take her with me. I'm pretty sure Jason won't be jealous! We decided instead to go to a place called the Self Realization Fellowship Temple Lake Shrine. It is in Palos Verdes on the Sunset Strip and it is BEAUTIFUL! I took 71 pictures as we leisurely strolled around the lake, breathing in the fresh air. Green was all around us, with flowers and swans (!) and ducks and even a cute little turtle. Some of Gandhi's ashes are there in a tomb and there is a silent room overlooking the lake for meditation. We didn't actually go into the temple, as there was a memorial happening while we were there. The lake was an experience in itself.

Here are the pictures:
Self Realization Fellowship Temple Lake Shrine, March 8, 2008


I would love to hear any suggestions you have for other places Jason and I (or just Jason or just me) should visit. Thank you!

Ayn Rand

So I picked up a copy of Fountainhead tonight. I really like the book and it has been a while since I last read it. I am reading the introduction to the 25th anniversary edition (written in 1968) and I really like what Ayn Rand has to say:

"The man-worshipers, in my sense of the term, are those who see man's highest potential and strive to actualize it. The man-haters are those who regard man as helpless, depraved, contemptible creatures - and struggle never to let him discover otherwise. It is important to remember here that the only direct introspective knowledge of man anyone possesses is of himself.

More specifically, the essential division between these two camps is: those dedicated to the exaltation of man's self-esteem and the sacredness of his happiness on earth - and those determined not to allow either to become possible. The majority of mankind spend their lives and psychological energy in the middle, swinging between the two, struggling not to allow the issue to be named. This does not change the nature of the issue."

May we all be man-lovers.
  • Current Music
    Robert Plant & Allison Krauss, Raising Sand

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So I went to work today, and yesterday, and I worked an hour from home on Monday. Nothing special about that, except that it turns out I am not allowed at work until I get a release from the doctor! An HR Generalist happened to walk by my desk today and immediately stopped to find out why I was there. She said I needed to go home right away and stayed with me until I turned off the computer. I can't even check work e-mail from home! Not allowed to work. Normally that would be cause for celebration, but I am bored and unable to do much of anything with that big-ass sling on my arm. Ugh! I am going a little crazy at the moment and just thought I'd share. Thank you for reading.

Surgery

So Jason said I should post an entry tonight because I am having surgery tomorrow. This means that typing probably won't be so easy for a little while. :-( But it also hopefully means that I'll have a shoulder that stays in place! :-) Be kind to Jason, as he will be sitting in a hospital from 11:30 to 5:00 or so. Ouch. Other cool things are happening this weekend, like an Earth Day Festival in Manhattan Beach (Polliwog Park all day - it is a lot of fun!) and a Bahai celebration, but I am not sure that I will be able to do any of it. We will see! Jason is dancing in front of me while wearing no clothing, so I can not concentrate. I know it is disappointing, but I will have to end this message here. Wish me luck!

not trying to be clever

stealing mike's meme, which he stole from someone else (but that's what memes are for)

And a one-word meme, stolen from alex_victory:
1. Where is your cell phone? purse.
2. Describe your boyfriend/girlfriend/husband/wife/lover? lovely.
3. Your hair? dirty.
4. Your mother? handful.
5. Your father? stoic.
6. Your favourite item? music.
7. Your dream last night? blank.
8. Your favourite drink? water.
9. Your dream car? hybrid.
10. The room you are in? den.
11. Your ex? numerous
12. Your fear? boredom.
13. What do you want to be in 10 years? excited.
14. Who did you hang out with last night? friends.
15. What you're not? boy.
16. The last thing you did? ate.
17. What are you wearing? pajamas.
18. Your favourite book? multiple.
19. The last thing you ate? fish.
20. Your mood? drab.
21. Your friends? geeks.
22. What are you thinking about right now? this.
23. Your car? dirty.
24. What are you doing at the moment? watching.
25. Your summer? travel.
26. Your relationship status? happy.