Sunday, February 05, 2012

Sunday Reflections

Life feels like it's been moving very fast lately, so I am grateful to have a moment to pause and reflect on this current season I am in.

1. I started school two weeks ago.  American History 1865-2008

Tuesday nights at Merritt College in Oakland.  More reading than I know what to do with.  For the most part it's  interesting, but discussions in class are not my long suit and my mind goes blank when called on.  Fortunately, I love to write and there will be alot of writing papers in this class.  It's usually when I start typing, that my thoughts flood to the surface.

This Tuesday night class was the only one that was open by the time I registered for school.  Ironically, all the online classes were filled.  What does this say about today's students?  No one wants to sit in a classroom to learn about history? People are too busy? Crazy.  I would rather be in class for this topic and I don't even like discussion groups.

Oakland is a very diverse area, so I like to play, "count the white people" sometimes.  I counted five white people in my class last Tuesday night if you include me- a half Mexican.  It's like a freakin rainbow.  Toto, we are no longer in Martinez. 

And of course, as in most night classes that I take, there is always one "older" person.  One gray haired ex-Vietnam vet, who knows everything who bonds with the teacher because they are around the same age.  Yeah, we got one of those in class.  Teacher's pet.

I can't wait when we start talking about the cold war, Russia, communism, etc.,  That is the part that interests me the most.

2. This hand is your hand.  This hand is my hand...  In an episode of FRIENDS, Joey insists that he has found his "Identical Hand Twin" in Vegas and he is going to be a millionaire.  Now, I didn't quite find my identical hand twin, but I did do a little hand modeling in a commerical that is to air today, during the Superbowl.  I signed a "confidentiality agreement", so I won't say too much else.  But if you happen to see female hands on a steering wheel in a car commercial, you could be looking at my my hands....

3. Speaking of hand modeling and wierd ways to make money..... I had been praying about possibly taking a creativity class at my church, but I didn't have the funds to pay for it.  Then boom, I got the hand modeling gig.  The check came in the mail yesterday.  It pays for my creativity class.  Where God guides, God provides.

4. And continuing on the thread of God's provision....  I will be doing some background work on an American Express commerical tomorrow in the wine country.  Since I am union, it pays well.  I will be portraying a "restaurant patron" and no, we don't get to eat the food.  Usually food is a prop on a plate and it just sits there all day and you do not want to eat it.  With this paycheck, I will buy a pair of boots that don't have holes in them.  I hate shopping and I will wear shoes, socks, and jeans until they tear apart.  It's time for baby to get a new pair of shoes!

5. I finally rinsed the seashells that I collected last week from the beach in Santa Cruz.   Okay, so I pretty much pillaged the beach last week and when I got home, I put my plastic bag of seashells in the kitchen sink to rinse later.  But then life got busy, and the next thing I knew, a whole week had gone by and boy, if you don't rinse those shells right away, well, did you know that seaweed just WREAKS? 

So I put the bag in my refrigerator.  Then my refrigerator smelled. 

Favorite shell that I found (if you don't count the starfish that Tati and I released back into the ocean):

Speaking of Tati....

6. Words With Friends is highly addicting.  So what if Tati has an 100 point lead on me? At least I am winning against my mom and my mom's friend from high school.  Two out of three ain't bad.  Now if I can just figure out how to decline a rematch, so I don't end up having five games going with my mother at one time and three games going with Tati....

7. Support our short film  A group of my friends and I have entered a speed film making contest. We have to make a film in one week and we desperately need to raise funds before filming starts on February 16th.  I have collaborated with this group of people before and it's alot of fun.  To read more about the project, go here:

8. It's gettin real in the Berkeley Y Parking Lot....  DJ Dave, originally from Berkeley, came out with a rap called "It's Gettin Real In The Whole Foods Parking Lot" and the video went viral on You Tube.  As in standard hip hop tradition at the Berkeley Y, my girl Pegeisha and I will be be performing a parody rap take on this about our own Berkeley Y Parking lot.  I just need to finish the lyrics so it can be ready a week from today for our February Birthday Hip Hop Interactive Tea Party. 

In my last blog, I said I was tired.  After reading all of the above, THIS is why I am tired. But it's a good kind of tired. I am also getting over a cold, so that might have something to do with it. And the fact that I went to Art Murmur last Friday Night and was out late last night for Peggy's 28th Birthday.  Now it's Sunday afternoon, my apartment needs a cleaning, the Superbowl is going to start in a few hours, I have to read about History and get my wardrobe ready for the American Express shoot tomorrow.

See ya.

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