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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
    This was lovely. The post is by a novelist who was asked how to encourage a young writer. It sounds eerily like the story of my life -- now all I need is to keep reading and keep writing (and, okay, start submitting). From: M Molly Backes' blog, 07/12/11


    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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February 26, 2007



I went to see steely dan during one of their reunions in 94. We were way out in the grassy part past the stadium but was happy to be among these hippy families, kids rolling around. It looked more like a Sunday picnic (and believe me, I am a Steely Dan fan - even my HS yearbook saying was from them) but I was fine. I guess that was better than giggly girls who didn't get it.

I remember entering with a thermos of vodka. The ticket guy opened it, took a whiff and said, "smells like water to me" with a wink.


American Express at Ticketmaster will always get you better seats. You can even get tickets before they become available to the public. John Legend though?


Frayed - Geez, my friends and I must have been so wholesome compared to the rest of the crowd. All we brought were picnic sandwiches and sodas (allowed at Universal Amphitheater). Everyone else brought weed and rolling paper. And maybe Vodka. :) Which line(s) from which song did you quote in our yearbook?

Dennis - Really? I thought the only way to get advanced tickets was to sign up for the "John Legend Fan Club" at $30/year. I'm a fan all right, but I'm not paying for the privilege, you know? I heard Corinne Bailey Rae was joining him on tour, but I don't know if she's doing so for his CA gigs (but I wish). Too bad I didn't know about the AMEX thing -- I even used mine to pay for the tickets. Thanks for the info -- will check it out next time! (PS: Why not John Legend? :) )


I envy you Gigi! Will be waiting for your post about this.


I wish you had called me. I'd love to see John Legend.
I've got myself signed up for Ticketmaster updates on Corrine Bailey Rae concerts. She's perfoming in LA and San Diego in July.


BTW I'm going to see "Wicked" this weekend at the Pantages:) My bookclub friends and I are going for sushi and then the show. I'm so excited!
Are we still on for Saturday?


Julianne - I'm trying to figure out if she will be performing with Legend at UCI. Some sites say she is, others don't mention her at all. By the way, do you want to come with me on the 3rd? The hubby's not into their kind of music and I have two tickets. I'll email you!


"If you're feeling lucky
you best not refuse
It's your game, the rules are your own win or lose"

from "Your Gold Teeth II" on Katy Lied album.


wow, john legend! truth be told, i just heard him sing and play the piano for the first time a few days ago, during "ellen" (which we watch because it's right before the news - haha, defensive). anyway, john legend was singing "where did my baby go?" and i just stopped in my tracks. his voice is amazing! and to think he's only 29!

btw, regarding advanced sales: we were waiting and watching for "the police" concert tickets to come on sale ever since we heard they were doing a reunion tour. we got them through the best buy rewards program pre-sale promo. that was a good thing, because the other seats in our row are now selling for 3 or 4 times the amount we paid for them. so yeah, pre-public-sale promos are a good deal. :-)


and to borrow my sister's fave expression: ADIK!

but i can't really fault you, i also adore John Legend! :)



nosebleed seats are known for the area where the herb is passed around. sorry to hear about your exposure to second-hand smoke. that was a little rude of them to smoke around people. they should have baked it in brownies instead !!

have you wondered how they came up with the "steely dan" name for the band? hahaha


Bushido (aka BlueEagle)

see, "pacifist" doesn't always necessarily refer to one who eschews violence. it could mean someone who's originally from the pacific.

from corny pinoy humor file #3,212,001


Hi Bugsybee - Sorry I didn't reply to your message -- for some reason I didn't see it until now! Yes, I will definitely post about the concert.

Frayed - Good one! I must be old because I don't remember this. I remember P's was from a Lennon song...also don't remember which one. Was it from "Imagine"? PS: I don't even remember what my quote was...I need to borrow yearbook so I can see if it ended up having any relevance to my life.

Petite - You got Police tickets???? What???? Oh man, the nearest I got to hearing them live was the time Andy Sumners left a voicemail on my former neighbor's answering machine complimenting her on her work. We kept playing it over and over and giggling like mad. Okay, so maybe it's nothing close to watching the group perform live, but it was a thrill nonetheless. :)

Delish - ADIK talaga! Can't wait!

DatuPanot - Didn't they get their name from "Naked Lunch" -- from the, uh (wink wink). :)

BlueEagle - I just bet somewhere out there someone thinks your definition is true. :)



i'm so sorry i'm not familiar with "naked lunch". is that a new group(?), if it is,then it shows that i'm really detached from today's music. i'm more in tune with steely dan because that's the music i grew up with. steely dan got its name from ...ehem....
an electronic gadget, contraption,
tool(?), apparatus, well you get the drift.....



Hi dp - Yep, that's it then! "Naked Lunch" is a book by William Burroughs (adapted into a movie in the '90s, if I remember correctly). So the band was named after a dildo (okay, I decided to call a spade a spade -- or maybe I should say "tool" or "toy" eh?) mentioned in the book.

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