Thank goodness for My LJ - now I know today is [ profile] da_guru's birthday! Happy Day to you, you handsome devil!
I think I embarrassed the minister at my congregation. This past Sunday I was standing at one of the aisle doors, doing my ushering duty, when the Senior and Associate Ministers approached me (they were preparing to enter for the service). I greeted them, and they nodded or replied in response. As they lingered there for a few moments, I noticed that the Associate smiled a little at me in a natural way. The Senior, glanced at my nametag and seemed to want to say something but didn't. She seemed to hover a bit, before suddenly asking:

Minister: So ... you are new to ushering?
CQ: Ohh, no, actually it's my 2nd or 3rd year.
Minister: Your 2nd or 3rd year ushering?
CQ: Yes, my 2nd or 3rd year.

Embarrassing silence. They depart.

Well, my minister doesn't even know who I am, even though I was in her house about four years ago for a "meet the minister" gathering. And not to mention that for the past "2 or 3 years" I've stood in front of her once a month with the service offering while she made her "thank you for your money" prayer. I guess she didn't see me.

I really do feel okay about her not knowing me, but I feel badly that I was cause for her to be embarrassed. Now she'll really never talk to me.
Yesterday afternoon was beautiful. Went to Vancouver to check out the Subaru that's for sale. It looks good. It's very bare bones inside, but what can one expect for $375? The fuel pump is missing right now, but the seller is replacing it. Then I'll have my buddy Tony or my dad test drive it with me (I don't drive a stick just yet) as soon as it's ready.

At last, my dining room sliding door is installed! Yes! The window work is complete (just some cleanup needs to happen - but the debris is in the yard, and will be picked up by my contractor). *happy sigh*

Went to Michael's last night and we hung out with his roommate and his roommate's new girlfriend. We all dislike George Bush equally. Michael's roommate just exited the Navy after several years. They played Super Mario Kart while Michael and I watched The Tron Guy on Jimmy Kimmel via iTunes.

Michael revealed to me his plans for Valentine's Day: we're going up to Seattle on Sunday morning, and checking into this hotel. We will sight-see for a bit, then have dinner with his brother and his brother's wife at the restaurant (supposedly one of the best in the state) where she is a chef at. On Monday we'll take the ferry to Victoria and spend the day there, then return to our hotel that night. Tuesday we'll get up whenever we feel like it and head back to Portland. Yay - two trips to Canada in as many months! Michael's excited about it because he lived in Seattle for a couple of years and he wants me to meet his brother, too.


Feb. 1st, 2006 10:59 pm
Watching African American Journeys on PBS, it occurred to me that I could settle the great great grandfather mystery once and for all by getting a genealogy test. Right now the question is: Chinese or Filipino? Most evidence leads to Chinese.

In other thoughts, Wow - I am really humbled by all that my ancestors did for me. Tonight, I light my chalice for them.

Tomorrow: bell hooks!
procrastination is going to keep me in the poorhouse!!!!!


And when will I ever learn to check car rental hours before going to pick up a car?!?!?!?!
Won't be able to start baking till 4 since I want to go to Amanda's documentary film showing.

Need to read the following books:
Ringside Seat to a Revolution, which I heard about on NPR this morning. More info here

Prisoners of the Japanese, which piqued my interest after reading that it's written by a former Catholic who lost his faith in the camps, along with many other religious people. The loss of one's faith interests me for obvious reasons, but the relationiship between it and war even more so. The fact that war can both reenforce and tear away one's faith is something I've been thinking about since late 1999.

Still dreary and wet here. Not inspiring.

p.s. Week by week I find more reasons to be disgusted by the power hungry. And the less that it is at stake, the more disgusting they are to me. I don't like feeling that way about any human being; I try to accept people as they are, to read it as something positive like "ambition," or "drive," but those are not really words that accurately describe people who seek status and power over others. I don't know. I need to process this more deeply; it's been bearing heavily on me ever since Opus 2005.
I think today was some sort of record. I received 27 responses to livejournal comments and posts today. Who knew so many people liked Muppets?! Now I am curious. I remember seeing them on Sesame Street and the occasional Muppet Show and thinking, "They're kind of weird." It seemed like everything with them ended in a mad musical number that left me feeling a little frazzled. Mostly, I was frightened by Miss Piggy. I didn't like the way she was always sexually assaulting Kermit. I did like Kermit and felt badly for him, but sometimes I wanted to speed his speech up a little (I'm from New York; what can I say?).

All right; time to pack, take out trash, wash some sweaters with Dry Cleaner's Secret and get ready for el hombre to pick me up. I think I need a new phone battery. It rings so low now that I can hardly hear it, and the other day I was holding it in my hand and it slowly dawned on me that it was vibrating.
The trailer for Albert Brooks' new comedy confuses me. The second protagonist in the movie appears to be a Hindu. Maybe "Looking for Comed in India and Pakistan" just didn't have quite the same ring.

Maybe the trailer is merely misleading and it really is about Muslims, but something tells me I'll never get around to actually watching the movie to answer that mildly curried question.


Jan. 19th, 2006 10:47 pm
Michael revealed last night that he loves the Muppets.

Hmm. Aren't Muppets for kids? The one and only Muppets movie I've ever seen was Muppets Take Manhattan, and that was sometime around 1985.

What's the deal with the muppet love?

If you know me in real life remind me to tell you about Cruella Deville and the puppies. LOL.


Jan. 17th, 2006 11:36 am
Michael is taking me to Vancouver BC this weekend! We are going with L&L, who invited us to come along with. Neither Michael nor I have been to Vancouver BC before so it's likely L&L will be our tour guides, but any ideas of what we should do?


Jan. 13th, 2006 08:15 am
I like how the spell checker in Apple Mail suggests that my last name be corrected to "Acuity."

Tee hee.
Well, it has rained 23 of the last 24 days.

It is forecasted to continue to rain for the next 7 days, unless the "chance of showers" on Sunday and next Wednesday translate into dryness.

Umm ?

Jan. 2nd, 2006 03:56 pm
Can someone tell me why the bags dispensed by the clothing store, Forever 21, have "John 3:16" stamped on them?

Interesting Jesus marketing.


Dec. 22nd, 2005 11:22 pm
I just realized ... in 21 years I'll be 50 years old!
heaven help me ... my boss wants me to take all of tomorrow off, and leave early today. Because of my workload, I'll actually be leaving an hour early today and only working about two hours tomorrow, so yay!

and I am eating a genuinely delicious bean pie after years of believing that no truly beany bean pies were to be had in Portland.


thank you, Cheezus.


Dec. 18th, 2005 02:26 pm
It's snowing!!!! The first snow of the year in Portland!
I think I've finished my Christmas Songs Mix. I will burn a few copies of this tomorrow and give them as gifts.

Carol of the Bells    John Williams    
White Christmas    Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters    
Someday At Christmas    Stevie Wonder    
Winter Wonderland    Aretha Franklin
Silver Bells    BeBe & CeCe Winans    
Oh Come All Ye Faithful    Kelly Price    
Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas Ella Fitzgerald
Go, Tell It On the Mountain     George Huff    
Give Love On Christmas Day    Jackson 5    
Do You Hear What I Hear?    Whitney Houston    
Please Come Home for Christmas    Aaron Neville    
Hark! The Herald Angels Sing    Kathleen Battle
Silent Night    Dinah Washington    
Jingle Bell Rock    Chubby Checker & Bobby Rydell    
Gee Whiz, It's Christmas     Carla Thomas    
I Listen to the Bells    Luther Vandross    
The First Noel    Mahalia Jackson    Christmas With Mahalia    
Little Drummer Boy    The Blind Boys of Alabama & Michael Franti    
O Holy Night    Mariah Carey    
This Christmas    Donny Hathaway    
The Christmas Song (Merry Christmas to You)    Nat King Cole

So the songs I'm using; the hardest part is finalizing what order to put them in. Ughghh. I hate that part.

But boy do I love Christmas songs.


Dec. 12th, 2005 12:20 am
Do any of my local friends here like classical music? I have tix to a concert tomorrow and don't want to see them go to waste or go by myself (if I don't have to).


Dec. 10th, 2005 12:17 pm
It suddenly occurred to me, when using the word "invalid" to describe an argument, that the use of the word "invalid" to describe people who are restricted to their beds or homes due to illness is really, really horrible.

I can't believe the number of books and articles I've read describing such folks as invalids. Yes, it's pronounced a little differently, but it means the same f*cking thing! I've used the word invalid to describe people more times than I can count, and it never sunk in what it meant.



Dec. 9th, 2005 08:37 am
yay -
-my coworker lent me his boxed set of Lost, the first season.
-Syriana and Brokeback Mountain come out this weekend.

It's funny because I can't drum up any enthusiasm for The Lion, The Witch, and the Wardrobe. I think I don't find it necessary; I might read the books again. Okay, no I won't; I don't have time.



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