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June 26, 2005

celebrity? what celebrity?

well, it seems the success i had with finally actually recognising a celebrity in the wild was a fluke.

this morning, due to the usual production circus, we were given a call time that was an hour too early. so the camera operator & i decided to get coffee and sit outside at a nearby cafe. the table next to us included an exceptionally good-looking man in a beanie cap eating an exceptionally good-looking plate of food. of course i was fascinated.
by the food.

"what is that delicious-looking dish you're about to enjoy?" i unhesitatingly asked beanie man, with a winning smile. now, one of the good things about being engaged (i.e. completely off the market) -- and believing that the man you're engaged to is pretty much the hottest guy EVER -- is that it gives one an incredible amount of confidence when it comes to chatting up men, exceptionally good-looking or otherwise.
"huevos rancheros," he replied, giving me an enormous grin. "you should give them a try."
"are you offering?" i jokingly said.
beanie man tipped his plate towards me and i swear he winked.
"thanks," i laughed, "but i'll get my own next time."

when we left the cafe, my camera operator asked me if i realised who we'd just had breakfast with.
"huh? who?" i asked. "you mean the good-looking beanie man?"
he rolled his eyes. "no wonder you had no problem talking to him."

seems i almost ate Fez's huevos. thanks, Wilmer Valderrama!

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June 20, 2005

in my prime

as much as i loved my long adventure in NYC, i am very happy to be back again, sleeping in my own bed and enjoying the much greener landscapes of Los Angeles. i'm happy that i didn't completely miss the blooming of the jacarandas, possibly one of my favorite events of spring.

and i'm happy to be another year older and still feeling quite sprightly. i'm having a very minor surgical procedure tomorrow, and during my pre-operative visit this morning, the surgeon noticed i'd just had a birthday. "congratulations!" she told me. "you must be happy to be in your prime right now."

huh. in my prime? well...i think i first thought i was "in my prime" about 15 years ago. the world was very shiny and full of possibilities. then i thought i'd hit my prime about 7 or 8 years ago. the world was even more exciting and i was young and full of energy. now, pondering Dr. Tom's comment, i realise that i agree: i still think i'm in my prime, and yes, the world is still a big adventure chest with lots of drawers still waiting to be opened. i'm still young & full of energy...

...although i really wish i could still stay up until 2 or 3 a.m. and live on 5 hours of sleep without feeling like i got hit by a truck. ah well.

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June 15, 2005

trading up

i am celebrating my birthday tomorrow by returning home to my future.
i'm trading in my carefree run-around-town single girl New York City adventure job for jumping fully into planning the beginning of the rest of my life as a happily married woman...once my plane touches down. it's quite a transition, even if it's actually a trade up.

although honestly, i've gone through so many back issues of wedding magazines that i'm glazing over. i'm sure taking myself out for a final black sesame ice cream cone in Chinatown will perk me up though...

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June 8, 2005

idle & blessed

i would like to practice this sort of meditation more.

i don't know exactly what a prayer is.
i do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what i have been doing all day.
tell me, what else should i have done?
doesn't everything die at last, and too soon?
tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?
-Mary Oliver, The Summer Day

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June 5, 2005

Central Park


even though i'm living on the 17th floor of my building, it amazes me how noisy this city is. people abuse their car horns here in New York City almost as much as they do in India! okay, i'll qualify that: in India, i think horn honking may be the national performance art form; in New York, it's just a reflexive arm spasm.

anyway, this makes the lovely and justifiably famous Central Park all that much more an oasis of calm and relative quiet. it's enormous enough that all those Manhattanites can spread themselves out, so unless you count getting briefly steamrolled by a herd of field-tripping junior highers, it feels much less crowded than the streets.

i've been in Central Park many times; probably every one of my trips to New York includes a stop there. it's a familiar sight in movies, and the recent Christo & Jeanne-Claude installation "The Gates" put it in the global spotlight earlier this year. however, it wasn't until this visit that i actually learned about the history of the park, which has given me a much deeper appreciation.

Central Park is more than just nice place to walk -- it is a true redemption story. it used to be an enormous rocky swamp, and if not for a staggering half-million cubic feet of topsoil carted in from New Jersey, there would be no trees, no plants there at all. just getting it built was a miracle of perseverance, due to engineering difficulties and political corruption. then, in the last hundred years, the park has gone through at least three cycles of awful decline, followed by restoration, usually thanks to the vision of one or a few determined souls.

nowadays, Central Park has a conservancy that contracts with New York City to keep it the lovely haven that it is. talking to random locals there enjoying the greenery, i get a sense that they view it as their personal park, and take great pride and pleasure in it.

i guess this makes me a temporary local.

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