Sunday, September 30, 2007

How My Garden Grew

Some things lived. Some things thrived. Some things just made it. And some things died. The summer was hot and dry. They fought off fungus and whiteflies. Ana, my neighbor, brought them magical potions to make it through the drought. Just don't say the "F" word--frost and they should have a nice fall.

Thursday, September 6, 2007

MS Challenge Walk

The walk is here. I'll be walking 50 miles this weekend! I am close to my fundraising goal of $3,500---YAY! I am not sure I am prepared for the walk itself but I am really happy to just have one thing to do this weekend. I have been so busy and scattered it feels good to have one task to focus on. My mom is walking with me. She has been training for the walk for several months so she will probably kick my ass. But competition is not he point of the walk---it's to raise money and awareness for MS. In talking about the walk with friends, I have been surprised to find out that it seems everyone I know has someone close to them affected by this disease. I am going to keep the stories that I have learned with me as a walk and in that sense hopefully make some sort of difference. You can check out my fundraising website at

Saturday, September 1, 2007

No Lights, Big City

Yesterday afternoon was really hot. I decided the only thing to do was to drink beer. Lots of beer. So Big D and I headed over to the The York to do just that. As we were heading into the bar at 5:00 on the dot, I could feel the heat rising up from the concrete and told D that it felt like the opening of Do the Right Thing, where you just know something no good is about to happen cause it is just so damn hot. So we drank several beers and headed home. At about 8:30 PM after just arriving home, the lights went out. Not a clean lights out, mind you but a sound like the world was a giant vacuum and had sucked in something it couldn't digest. And then mini-explosions filled the air and neighbors yelling "turn everything off, it arking its arking!" Then darkness and heat. The heat was so bad that we slept outside. That is when I knew for certain it is time to leave Los Angeles. The electricity came back on at about 2:00 PM today but it is still too hot.