Memorable Moments in an Alien World











{August 2, 2014}   Knowing Where to Buy Quality

Last week after I dropped a visiting friend off at LAX, I decided to walk around Abbot Kinney for the afternoon. It was a blast just walking around, talking with random people, overhearing audacious conversations. It is particularly dangerous for me to shop without a specific purpose, but nothing jumped out at me in the very trendy, ridiculously overpriced stores I visited. That is, until I stumbled across an open air shop. Read the rest of this entry »



{August 5, 2013}   When LA Makes an Effort

If I have the time to do so, I enjoy getting lost. Immensely. Just taking a drive down a random street and seeing exactly where it will take me. In doing so yesterday, I made the most remarkable discovery about Los Angeles.

It all began in Culver City. I decided it could be worth my while to see where Slauson Ave would take me, if I took it eastward. Turns out, much to my amusement, it leads me to a neighborhood where every home looks like the fictitious Mr. Brady designed it. Wow. But, not surprisingly, that grew really boring, really fast. So I u-turned it and headed north on La Cienega.

What I saw astounded me. Read the rest of this entry »



One of the few perks of being a teacher is getting summers off and I have decided to make the most of it this year, by having the most random adventures fathomable. The most recent of these randomosities is when I decided to see how long it would take me to get from Westwood to downtown Los Angeles if I took the Metro #4. It’s practically right outside of my apartment complex and since parking in LA in general and downtown in specific, is such a nightmare, I thought I’d give it a whirl. Read the rest of this entry »



{June 14, 2013}   Networking.

I am a planner.

That being the case, while I was completing my mild/moderate special education credential, I was concurrently hitting the pavement, trying to find an “in” at any school district I could. I dropped by district offices to give my resume (which, by the way, they really frown upon – it’s all about online contact nowadays!), went to job fairs and daily filled out and submitted online applications.

For my proactiveness, I was rewarded with an abundance of rejection. It was a magical time. Read the rest of this entry »



I have been trying to sublet a room in my apartment for a number of months. It is conceivable to believe that finding a flatmate in Los Angeles can be a bit of a bizarre search. There are few things in life that are as intimate as asking someone to live with you. Yet Read the rest of this entry »



{February 20, 2013}   First Waking Thought

Every morning without fail, though grousing about what the day holds may soon chase the it away, when I open my eyes in the morning my first thought is always, Read the rest of this entry »



{January 19, 2013}   Punching the Impossible.

Occasionally, something unbelievable happens. Like the pilot who landed his plane on the Hudson River. Or the mountain lion that wandered into downtown Santa Monica from the Santa Monica Mountains.

This is one such account.

Many people have been inquiring as to how I injured my right hand. It’s been in a half cast for over two weeks now and never before I have realized how much I truly utilize my dominate hand.

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It happened like this: Read the rest of this entry »



{December 20, 2012}   Power Colours

Approximately one year ago, I was getting ready for my first IEP meeting (for those outside of the special education realm – which I do hope is most of my readers – all 3 of you! – an IEP is an individualized education plan. Every one of my students has one, that has highly specified academic and life skills goals that legally must be worked on and documented and PROVEN as either having been met or not met in the yearly aforementioned IEP meeting. It’s a legal meeting to discuss a legal document). As a new teacher, I was pretty psyched out for this meeting. There was going to be a lawyer and an advocate and all of these outside service providers. And I’m leading it all.

Short version? I was freakin’ terrified. You know, in a totally in-control, calm way (of course). Read the rest of this entry »



{December 12, 2012}   Dated.

I have a confession to make. It is one of my great comforts and it is slightly embarrassing.
As I am a person prone to stress, I have pieced together a system that seems to work (for the most part) when I am under the gun. Read the rest of this entry »



{December 8, 2012}   Sidetracked

Living in the second largest city in America, I find it within wisdom’s bounds to get lost every once in a while. Not Watts or Compton lost, mind you, just affording myself the freedom to explore the knotted, congested roads of LA, unbound by obligations, with no real destination in mind. Read the rest of this entry »



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