Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Custom "Lava" painting by artist Dan-O Florez


Monday, June 22, 2015

Maroon 5 is right!

I got stung by a stingray while surfing yesterday at Bolsa Chica State Beach and it hurt like a mutha.  The crazy thing is after landing on my ass a few times and shuffling through a low tide all morning, the stingray stung me when I was standing still.  The sensation is not like stepping on a jagged shell or even glass.  My sting was like someone took a gigantic needle and jabbed it into the top of my foot with all the adrenaline and force he could muster.  The pain that immediately follows is intense, burning, and cramping.  The longer it takes you to get your foot into hot water the more it burns.  Luckily my husband was on the shore and helped me hobble to the lifeguard headquarters where I soaked my foot for 40 minutes.  I left a trail of blood from the lifeguard station all the way down the beach to where we had left my surfboard.  As I sat with my foot throbbing in the red stained water I told myself I was done with surfing.  I suck enough where it won't matter if I quit, plus why go through the potential of getting maimed by sea creatures?  About 20 minutes in another surfer arrived.  He had to hobble the distance of three lifeguard stations and get a ride from his wife after being stung, so his foot was on fire. By that time my pain had lessened and I remembered that I still had four lessons that I had paid for so I may as well keep surfing.

In the end I figure I each mucho pescado, plus as a kid I had more than one unfortunate aquatic pet.  I'll take a few painful stings and know that it's karma.  My husband says we have to get good enough at surfing to paddle to the outside breaks and stay out there.  Otherwise like Maroon 5 says, this summer's going to hurt like a mutha.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Things I don't like about "Jurassic World" (SPOILERS!!!)

If The Rock was still The Rock from the year 2000 I would have watched his flick, San Andreas, yesterday.  However, neither The Rock nor I are the same people we were 15 years ago so my friend and I settled on seeing Jurassic World, instead.  My friend jumped every time a dinosaur took a booming step or a dinosaur took a swipe and ate someone. 

Things I liked about Jurassic World:  (SPOILERS)
  • Jake Johnson (from New Girl) working the main control room
  • Bryce Dallas Howard running in pumps.  We all know women who can haul ass in heels.  I don't find it too far-fetched
  • The pterodactyls soaring in the air and swooping down to grab people
  • The park goers losing their minds over the incoming pterodactyls
  • When the geo-modified evil dinosaur (GMED) stepped on people
Things I did not like about Jurassic World: (MORE SPOILERS)
  • The two child characters.  They were horribly written.  The younger brother seriously needed to be stepped on.  Writers should have made the characters kids of a rich investor or something like that.
  • The scene where Chris Pratt comforted a dying brontosaurus. The scene was over the top.
  • In Jurassic Park, the T-Rex was the ultimate bad guy.  The entire movie involved people running for their lives.  Yet in Jurassic World, Bryce Dallas Howard lets out a T-Rex to fight the GMED.  Then people smiled and congratulated themselves after the fight even though THE T-REX WAS UNCONSTRAINED AND FREE ROAMING.  What's changed people?
  • Preachy messages like, "when you have kids" and "they're worth it, I promise." Judy Greer's character (the one pressuring Bryce Dallas Howard to have kids) cried through the whole movie. Yeah, lady.  You have kids and you look really happy.

Friday, June 12, 2015

If a Japanese surfer was wearing this suit at Pipeline while shouting "Banzai!" we might be on to something




Ah, the Japanese.  Leave it to our salaryman brethren to take the wetsuit to a whole new level. See the suit in action.

My girlfriend who lived in Japan for over a decade says that Japanese avidly surf, but their beaches are really dirty.  That is certainly not how I envisioned them.

Check out Quiksilver Japan's True Wetsuit website to see the collection.

Friday, May 15, 2015

They got my hair right

A few weekends ago I was on the Huntington Beach pier.  HB had notable waves that Sunday and skilled surfers were out in droves on the northside.  One kid stood out.  He was taking all sorts of waves, even ones other surfers were ignoring.  His pop up was interesting to me in that he'd appear get up late, almost where I thought he was going to miss the wave.  But then he'd be on his feet and tearing shit up.  I had no idea who he was but he was so damn steezy.  Being the dork I am I wrote a "Hey You!" to OC Weekly and they published it.  God, I wonder if I looked as creepy in real life as I do in the little illustration.  They got my hair right though! 

Update: It turns out the brilliantly awesome surfer who has nudged Nathan Fletcher down one notch in my list is a young pro from Huntington Beach (and number 22 on Surfer's Hot 100).   

The Muppets are coming back to TV


I'm about to embark on watching Game of Thrones and Black Mirror this weekend.  (My coworkers insist Game of Thrones is "the best show ever.")  My husband has pointed out that most of what I get into on TV involves dark themes of drugs and violence.  Listen, Mister, The Muppets are returning to prime time TV this fall and I'll be all into that.  Is there going to be drugs or violence on The Muppets?  I suspect we'll see some violence, like Crazy Harry causing explosions, Marvin Suggs and his Muppaphones, and Miss Piggy socking Kermit.  But unlike The Wire, I won't experience post-traumatic stress syndrome upon completing a season.  Welcome back, guys!

Notes from the trailer:
  • Witty writing
  • Even Kermit hates the 405
  • I still miss Jim Henson
More: Everything We Know About ABC's The Muppets So Far (Vulture)

Previously:

Thursday, May 14, 2015

I'd totally live here: Woodsy in Pasadena

We're going house-heavy these days on Ajumma's Pad. In the time I've spent away from blogging (long enough where I forgot my password) I've been scouring real estate.  A decade ago I was all about midcentury modern residences.  Lately I am more drawn to bungalows and craftsman styles.  However, I still have a soft spot in my heart for 50s and 60s architecture.

I'd snap up this 1955 three bedroom, two bathroom house (built over a creek) in Pasadena in a heartbeat.  It sold back in November for a whopping $1,450,000.  I didn't save how much sellers were asking last fall but I recall it was over a million.

This post and beam house occupies 1680 square feet on a half-acre lot.  It's built over a creek in a wooded neighborhood.  I am on the fence about the concrete floors, but that is about it.  I love this house!  It reminds me of the California-style 60s home I grew up in complete with a rocky creek flowing through the backyard.






 The house has a tastefully remodeled kitchen and bathrooms, and central AC. 









I imagine weekend mornings in the kitchen as sunlight drips in, sipping tea on the patio, and naps on the sofa as breezes drift through the living room to the backyard.  If only I had 1.5 million stashed away.


I had the thought that if I lived here I'd have to diligently watch my chihuahua in the yard so he didn't get snatched by coyotes.




















Previously at The Pad:
I'd totally live here: Traditional in Whittier
I'd totally live here: Naples

I'd totally live here: Hong Kong
I'd totally live here: Ortega-Vigare adobe
Heck yeah, I'd live here: Echo Park

Other home features:
Newport Beach cottage makeover
Neutra home my idea of heaven
San Diego Cinderella home for sale
One house, three exteriors
Venice home restaged, back on market
Dream midcentury house: 1966 post and beam

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

AAAA alert!

Awesome Asian American Artist (born in Texas, yeehah!) Christina Song knows her way around paper and an X-Acto-knife.  Check out her work.


Sunday, May 10, 2015

I'd totally live here: Traditional in Whittier

There was a two-year period in my life where I loved my job so much that on Monday mornings I'd bound out of bed thinking, 'I get to go to work today!'  That job was at Whittier College where I supported brilliant and able faculty in the Department of Education.  I consider Whittier (a city tucked into the Puente Hills about 15 miles east of downtown LA where the 60 meets the 605) my hometown in California.  I love its Quaker-founded college, its diversity, how it feels like a small town, and its proximity to San Gabriel Valley and DTLA.

I'd gladly move back to Whittier into this 1938 gem which boasts 2952 sq ft.  The classic home has been on the market for about year.  It's a traditional 3 bedroom, 3 bath home with a living room, den, formal dining, eat-in kitchen, attic, and (gasp) a basement.  It features wainscoting, crown molding, 2 fireplaces, ample storage, and copper plumbing.  Plus this house includes my must-haves of central AC (it gets HOT in Whittier), washer-dryer hookups, and off-street parking.  (There's a two car garage and a long driveway).  You'll also find gardens along the back and side of the home.

If I bought this house I'd paint the front door either dark green, black, or red.  I'd also add a U.S. flag at the front entry.

I love this little porch on the font of the home.

 Pretty, wide plank wood flooring




The sellers are asking $839K for the home.  I could see it selling for $800K.  I suspect it's a little slow in selling because buyers may not be able to look past its older decor, the fact it doesn't have a pool, and that the house sits right on Mar Vista St. which is a thorough fare for commuters.  Traffic zooming past the house will be thick every morning and evening.  I personally like the unspoiled interiors, even the blue tile in the original kitchen.

Update: This house has a sale pending!  I hope it's to someone who appreciates the home's architectural details.











Previously at The Pad:
I'd totally live here: Naples
I'd totally live here: Hong Kong
I'd totally live here: Ortega-Vigare adobe
Heck yeah, I'd live here: Echo Park

Other home features:
Newport Beach cottage makeover
Neutra home my idea of heaven
San Diego Cinderella home for sale
One house, three exteriors
Venice home restaged, back on market
Dream midcentury house: 1966 post and beam
Report: Lee Snijders at Home & Garden show