happy friday everyone!



this is pretty awesome

washington d.c.

here's a cool little series that the washington post put up showing different areas in d.c. great images and it gives a peek into the cool vibe the the city has. click on the image below.


Song of the Day


just on the side...

just a little something that i've been working on on the side...



maybe you don't watch SYTYCD, but Jeanine Mason won the title of AMERICA'S FAVORITE DANCER. she was recently on Regis and Kelly, but Ashton Kutcher was co-hosting.

you got kelly and jeanine, how could you go wrong? happy friday!!


i <3 architecture

this is a short film about one of the projects at SPF:a (Studio Pali Fekete Architects), an architecture firm in culver city that i used to intern for. the ideas of having music bridge people together and having the building become an experience are not new, but it's so interesting to see how designers and architects interpret that idea.

i am to say the least, inspired...

Sequencer from Studio Pali Fekete Architects on Vimeo.


i think we've got a WEINER!!!

it's a late night, probably b/c mando and jackie came over to the house and we ate at paco's with the parentals at like 10pm. i've been catching up with late night with jimmy fallon (specifically 7th floor west) and stumbled upon this. ENJOY! especially leia!!!

love hurts...

incubus on jimmy fallon!


happy friday everyone!

not sure where lester got this from, but he gave it to cile and she passed it on to me and it really just made my day! here's to a great weekend!



just in case you missed it here's this weeks episode, with who else than... NPH, and they're at the magic castle. to top it all off, the other diners include David Burtka (a lucky bastard), and Ed Alonzo ("Maxx" the chef from The Maxx in Saved by the Bell). pretty awesome!
fast forward to 25:00 to dine with NPH, David, Ed and the rest of the guests and judges.

btw, is it me or does chef mark peel sound like kevin spacey? you decide...



what do you get when you put four july babies, all their friends, feed them sausages and beer and have them dress up in german outfits??


this past weekend gwen, kay, joe and i celebrated at the MINERVA BEERGARDEN. the whole backyard was decked out with canopies, long table, tents, german decor and of course sausages and beer!!! and to make it complete, we all dressed up in german outfits!!!

here's a video that gwennie put together to highlight the events of the day.

BEERFEST09 from gwen78 on Vimeo.




this is pretty awesome. plinko was definitely one of my favorite games on the price is right, but they barely played it! now you can all you want!



just something relaxing to do...


just in case you missed it

the tonys were about a week ago, but it was really an amazing show. and it was only made better by the one, the only NPH.

here are just a few clips from the night.

The Opening Number:

NPH's Closing Number:

Next To Normal:

when Next To Normal comes to town, who's down to go? it's an amazing show, especially touching issues about family, mental illness, discovering yourself.



i just discovered this thing called igoogle and it's like a personalized homepage for my google account. the cool thing is that it shows you your emials and other things like the weather and stuff but you can also add things like youtube and translators. anyways so i added this thing called weird news and it showed me this! super crazy!

it's called a pygmy jerboa.



presented by


make sure to check him out as the host of the
tonight JUNE 7, 2009 @ 8pm et/pt
on CBS


magic happens when i'm with pat...

so pat calls me up this morning and goes "you want to go to a coffee shop today?" and i'm like "sure" not knowing what's in store for me.

anyways so we walk to ROYAL/T to check out the vibe and grab something to nibble and who do we see sitting there, probably talking to some important music people, none only than this seasons runner up from american idol:

(who funnily enough was wearing this jacket, i guess it is his) he's a lot taller probably about 6'2" and thinner than i thought. he was wearing make up but i was too star struck (i know, kind of lame, but my jaw dropped when i saw tori spelling at the mall when i was in high school) to really notice. and i did oogle for a quick second, maybe two...

and to top that off:

Daniel Franzese (the "TOO GAY TO FUNCTION" guy from Mean Girls)



IHO Jay Leno

with it being jay leno's last night as host of the tonight show, i thought that it would be fitting to put this on, the best of ross the intern. there is something endearing about this guy. enjoy!


need inspiration?

check this out. Ross Ching is this time lapse/video artist that i stumbled upon.

Death Cab for Cutie - Little Bribes from Ross Ching on Vimeo.

pretty awesome! if you feel daring this weekend, he give you tips on how to do this yourself...

The Making of Eclectic 2.0 from Ross Ching on Vimeo.

have fun!



This song was featured in one of my favorite episodes of "sex and the city," when carrie started seeing her high school sweetheart played by david duchovny. It also kind of reminds me of being little and sitting in the back of my dad's cordoba with mando, adrian, alvin and larnie all smooshed in the back. (sigh)


Interesting article about personalities. Did your personality make the top 8?

8 Toxic Personalities to Avoid

by Brett Blumenthal

Although we like to think that the people in our lives are well-adjusted, happy, healthy minded individuals, we sometimes realize that it just isn't so. Personally, I've had moments where I'll be skipping through my day, happy as can be, thinking life is grand and BAM, I'll be blindsided by someone who manages to knock the happy wind out of my sails. Sometimes it is easy to write it off and other times, not so much.

Maybe you are a positive person, but when you are around a certain individual, you feel negative. Or, maybe you have an idealistic view of the world and when you are with certain people, you are made to feel silly, unrealistic or delusional. Or, maybe you pride yourself in being completely independent and in control of your life, but when you are around a certain family member, you regress into a state of childhood.

Some of these situations, and yes, these people, can have a tremendously negative impact on our lives. And, although we are all human and have our 'issues,' some 'issues' are quite frankly, toxic. They are toxic to our happiness. They are toxic to our mental outlook. They are toxic to our self-esteem. And they are toxic to our lives. They can suck the life out of us and even shorten our lifespan.

Here are the worst of the toxic personalities out there and how to spot them:

1. Manipulative Mary: These individuals are experts at manipulation tactics. Is a matter of fact, you may not even realize you have been manipulated until it is too late. These individuals figure out what your 'buttons' are, and push them to get what they want.

  • Why they are toxic: These people have a way of eating away at your belief system and self-esteem. They find ways to make you do things that you don't necessarily want to do and before you know it, you lose your sense of identity, your personal priorities and your ability to see the reality of the situation. The world all of a sudden becomes centered around their needs and their priorities.

2. Narcissistic Nancy: These people have an extreme sense of self-importance and believe that the world revolves around them. They are often not as sly as the Manipulative Marys of the world, but instead, tend to be a bit overt about getting their needs met. You often want to say to them "It isn't always about you."

  • Why they are toxic: They are solely focused on their needs, leaving your needs in the dust. You are left disappointed and unfulfilled. Further, they zap your energy by getting you to focus so much on them, that you have nothing left for yourself.

3. Debbie Downers: These people can't appreciate the positive in life. If you tell them that it is a beautiful day, they will tell you about the impending dreary forecast. If you tell them you aced a mid-term, they'll tell you about how difficult the final is going to be.

  • Why they are toxic: They take the joy out of everything. Your rosy outlook on life continues to get squashed with negativity. Before you know it, their negativity consumes you and you start looking at things with gray colored glasses yourself.

4. Judgmental Jims: When you see things as cute and quirky, they see things as strange and unattractive. If you find people's unique perspectives refreshing, they find them 'wrong'. If you like someone's eclectic taste, they find it 'disturbing' or 'bad'.

  • Why they are toxic: Judgmental people are much like Debbie Downers. In a world where freedom rings, judgment is sooo over. If the world was a homogeneous place, life would be pretty boring. Spending a lot of time with these types can inadvertently convert you into a judgmental person as well.

5. Dream Killing Keiths: Every time you have an idea, these people tell you why you can't do it. As you achieve, they try to pull you down. As you dream, they are the first to tell you it is impossible.

  • Why they are toxic: These people are stuck in what is instead of what could be. Further, these individuals eat away at your self-esteem and your belief in yourself. Progress and change can only occur from doing new things and innovating, dreaming the impossible and reaching for the stars.

6. Insincere Illissas: You never quite feel that these people are being sincere. You tell a funny story, they give you a polite laugh. You feel depressed and sad and they give you a 'there, there' type response. You tell them you are excited about something and you get a very ho-hum response.

  • Why they are toxic: People who aren't sincere or genuine build relationships on superficial criteria. This breeds shallow, meaningless relationships. When you are really in need of a friend, they won't be there. When you really need constructive criticism, they would rather tell you that you are great the way you are. When you need support, they would rather see you fail or make a fool of yourself.

7. Disrespectful Dannys: These people will say or do things at the most inappropriate times and in the most inappropriate ways. In essence, they are more subtle, grown up bullies. Maybe this person is a friend who you confided in and uses your secret against you. Maybe it is a family member who puts their busy-body nose into your affairs when it is none of their business. Or maybe, it is a colleague who says demeaning things to you.

  • Why they are toxic: These people have no sense of boundaries and don't respect your feelings or, for that matter, your privacy. These people will cause you to feel frustrated and disrespected.

8. Never Enough Nellies: You can never give enough to these people to make them happy. They take you for granted and have unrealistic expectations of you. They find ways to continually fault you and never take responsibility for anything themselves.

  • Why they are toxic: You will spend so much time trying to please them, that you will end up losing yourself in the process. They will require all of your time and energy, leaving you worn out and your own needs sacrificed.

All of these personalities have several things in common. 1) the more these people get away with their behavior, the more they will continue. 2) Unfortunately, most of these people don't see that what they do is wrong and as a result, talking to them about it will fall on deaf ears, leaving you wondering if you are the crazy one. 3) Most of these people get worse with age, making their impact on you stronger with time.

Frankly, life is too short to spend your time dealing with toxicity. If you can, avoid spending mucho time with people who are indicative of these behaviors and you'll feel a lot happier. Have you encountered these personalities? What have you done? Any personalities you would add?



Tuesday May 19, 2009, 1:14pm


Hope you got my messages, that's what happens when you're acting "TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL." I'm always glad to put you in your place!

Hope you're having a better day!


p.s. BTW, did you get my second message to you today?


Tuesday May 19, 2009, 6:23 pm


Thank you so much telling me that i've been acting "TOO COOL FOR SCHOOL." yesterday when I got my first moving violation and I started hyperventilating, I thought, this must be the universe telling me something. Thanks! And today when that bird pooped on my forehead, I knew it was you again. You're a funny guy! I think I know what I'm supposed to do now.

Keep it real, like you always do,




i've recently become a fan of 30ROCK. the humor, the wit, and the ridiculousness of it really got me.

the season finale was killer! take a look, the ending has some of your musical favorites: Mary J. Blige, Elvis Costello, Clay Aiken, Sheryl Crow, Adam Levine, Sara Bareilles, The Beastie Boys, and others that you'll definetly notice.


Don't Stop Believin'!!!

i'm on an acapella kick! check this out, it looks pretty funny. right after the crowning of the next american idol.



are you out of your VULCAN mind?

dude i must be b/c i really enjoy the latest installment to the star trek series.

having not watched any star trek before (although i do enjoy some sci-fi like BSG and the final fantasy movies and games) i was pleasantly surprised by the fact that i didn't need to know anything about it. it really gave some good insight into the characters and as to how the relationships between characters were formed.

i have to give it up to j.j. abrams for creating a great film. although i'd have to say that my only disappointment was that keri russell wasn't in it, but it seems like there are going to be many films in the franchise for her to make a cameo or maybe even star in.


crazy in love...

check these guys out, MASS TRANSIT... they sing acapella and add dance moves to them... pretty awesome...

and a favorite song...


ready to get that BEACH BOD?

one of my friends from grad school has an aunt who is becoming a spin and yoga instructor for a company called YAS. you've probably seen them if you've driven down abbot kinney in venice or down hyperion avenue in silverlake or even in costa mesa. for the next TWO WEEKS you can attend a yoga, spinning or a yoga/spinning class at any of the three locations for FREE (just as long as you haven't been there before). Just print the image below and take it with you to your local YAS location, you'll fill out some forms and take your class. it's as easy as that!

i just took my first spinning class tonight and i totally KICKED MY ASS!!! i was sweating about 5 minutes into it and ready to throw up by the end... but it was so worth it. i'm going to be feeling in my thighs probably for the next couple of days... but it was really awesome. good, positive and motivating instructors and the whole process was hassel free! it ain't 24 hour fitness!

remember it's only good for the next two weeks! enjoy!

can you imagine...

what dance we'll all be doing?


NPH as the SHOE FAIRY!!!

don't you think having NPH around to magically put shoes on your feet would be fun? i'd like it! i think my mom could use the shoes that help you mop!

have a good weekend!






I was having pinkberry today with a friend on olympic and sawtelle, and my jaw dropped and my eyes got huge when i saw the world most famous hermaphrodite:


this is most likely an urban legend, but let's weigh the "facts" here:

1. her name, "jaime," is neither a male or female name. (hmmmmm....)
2. BOTH of her children are adopted, calling into question her ability to produce children (interesting...)
3. her short, manly hairstyle (sounding very plausible isn't it???)

but honestly none of these "facts" have been proven. they're all gossip and rumors. but don't you find it funny that most rumors are based in truth?! i'll leave it to you to decide. =)

DRESS CODES: How to Look Like a Grow-Up While Biking to Work

Read the NYTimes Article here.

one of my friends from high school facebooked this and i thought it was cool. definitely makes me want to ride a bike to a job. but doesn't this make you think why we don't have more a bike culture in la? there are some fundamental things that are halting a huge bike culture from emerging, namely we love our cars too much and that parts of the city aren't made for biking. why bike when you can get to places faster in your car, and there's parking everywhere? don't get me wrong, i love my car, but i think we're making small strides toward something that is beneficial not only our health but our environment. loft living in revitalized urban areas makes way for the opening of basic necessities (markets, restaurants...) that are within walking/biking distance. to be able to step out your front door, walk or bike to work, and them come home with groceries and the few sundries from the neighborhood market (can't you image the reusable bag filled with some leafy greens and a baguette?) is a dream that is slowly emerging in la, maybe in 15-20 years. also, with farmers markets emerging in cities everywhere, not only do you get access to fresh produce that is grown locally (which puts less carbon emissions into the air from delivery vehicles), they're located in places that are easily accessable to everybody. perfect for taking your bike out (with a basket!) or a walk with somebody. and with the food being so fresh most people only get what they need, so you're not carrying home cardboard boxes of food, only a few reusable bags! to find a local farmers market near you click here.

i'm going to stop while i'm ahead, and bust a lester and step off my soap box and put my two cents in the bucket.

BTW, earth day is coming up, APRIL 22. get more information here.


check this out. i'm sure most of you have seen this, but it's pretty inspirational...




Bravo's A-List ACTOR



the perfect day

yesterday couldn't have been more perfect...

a few weeks ago, i received an email from my favorite band, INCUBUS, saying that their new album MONUMENTS and MELODIES was coming out soon and that they were going on tour. also if i pre-ordered their cd (with 13 hits and 2 new tracks and a bonus disc of b-sides/rarities) you'd get a code for the presale. so no more than a minute later i as on the website ordering the cd and eagerly anticipating the code in my email.

flash forward to sunday april 5, 2009. check my email awaiting the code for the presale. it's not there. i figure, these concert things are usually a little late, so check again later in the afternoon and then in the evening. still no code. i'm worried. did i put the right city venue when i purchased the cd?! what email account did i use?!! (i have three, one which i'm trying to phase out and the others that i use for more "professional" correspondence and a "friend" email) was this whole presale thing some kind of scam that some hacker was using to get my money?!! you could say that i was A LITTLE stressed out. so i decide to email the preorder people and say, calmly an cooly "could you send the presale code, i have not recieved it" but i really wanted to say "GIVE ME THE CODE OR I"LL STARE YOU DOWN WITH MY CRAZY EYES AND EAT YOU!!" that night i didn't go to sleep till about 3am.

april 6, 2009. the day of the presale on the internet. i get up about 9:15, knowing that i have to go to the bank and then head out to downtown to pick up and elmo pinata, elmo balloons, and other party decoration for aiden's second birthday party (can you guess the theme?), have a little cereal and check my email. it was like the clouds parted, angels started singing "ALLELUIA" and a beam of light fell upon me and neil (my computer) and there it was... THE PRESALE CODE!! so i bought the tickets (HOORAY!), sent a copy of them to leia as a precautionary.

so i checked my email again and to my surprise they had sent me another code!!! i was so relieved that i did put the correct venue, i did use the correct email, the whole thing wasn't a scam and the concert people do respond!

but it doesn't end there. later that day i received their new single "black heart inertia," larnie got her new modality dvds (there were like a million dvds that got sent to her) and we finished up a lot of the things for tin and jeff's wedding. AND we had el pollo loco for dinner and then strawberry shortcake ice cream and drumsticks. perfection. =)


Song of the Day


Song of the Day


you have to check this out... incubus is just awesome... not only do they write great original songs that you can rock out to or just chill and lay back to, but one of the things that i look forward to in one of their shows is when they cover classics...

here they are with some band members from the police at KROQ's almost acoustic christmas in '04, doing some of your favorite police covers...

singing some lionel richie...

some classic madonna...

and "stand by me"

check out their site also: www.enjoyincubus.com


guilty pleasures...

reality shows are funny. you can say all whatever you want about them, how the concept of a show is lame, how the people are annoying, but once you start watching them (some of them, not all of them) you get hooked.

i've been watching the millionaire matchmaker, definitely a guilty pleasure amongst other things that i'd rather not say right now, and i can say that i'm definitely caught up on that show. patty, is refreshing, keeping it real with her clients. she told her latest client that his hair was too "bozo," as in the clown. and it really was. thank goodness that he got a haircut, not a great improvement, but better than looking like a bozo.

anyways, so at the beginning of this weeks episode, this guy named robbie love goes into the office. apparently he was an old client. i looked at him and started thinking to myself and then LIGHTBULB! i run into my room and pick up his CD. so you might be wondering why i have his cd... ROBBIE LOVE IS THE BIZZOMB!

yeah right, i got them free from somebody at gensler. she basically had a box full of them b/c she was going to host some sort of premiere party for him. RANDOM!

check it out... the vocal stylings of the ROLLER RAPPER!



i had the tv turned on for background noise and friends came on. i forget how funny that show is. definitely a classic. i caught the episode where monica and chandler get married but forgot about this scene. it really caught me off guard. i was rollin'!

elliiot gould and christina pickles are pretty funny.

here are some more DANCING scenes. fat monica is the best!


headshake eyeroll...

this girl must have been new, but while i was waiting for my order at titos tacos, and she goes to the cashier and goes:


(this is where i did the headshake eyeroll)

i should have said (just like ted mosby), "Lame girl, come on..." (she would have looked at me and then i would have said again) "...come on..."

drinking the haterade...



the newest addition to the BOQUIREN CLAN:

March 18, 2009
6.3 lbs
19 inches

he's ready to do some dancing just like his grandparents and parents! this is what he looked like on saturday, he was only about 24 hours old, but i'm sure he's going to look very different the next time i see him! and did you see all of that hair?! he's a boquiren (he's got his daddy's hair). and his appetite? he eats a whole meal in 15 minutes... DEFINITELY a boquiren!

The Grandparents and their Grandchildren (Tita Agnes, Mom, Dad and Uncle Tony)

The Boquirens of Las Vegas (Alvin, Aiden, Minette and baby Miles in the foreground

BROTHERS! can't you just hear Miles calling Aiden "Kuya"? Definitely one of my favorites of the weekend.


Q: On an episode of Punky Brewster...

Linda the "idiot savant", was made fun of for playing what?

A: A spray bottle and a feather duster (and pretending it was a violin).

answered correctly by Mr. James Landas. You're 2 for 2! and the lesson of this? james put it best: "Lesson learned: Don’t judge a book by its cover!"

allen is such a jackass

so what is savant syndrome? according to wikipedia:

Savant syndrome—sometimes abbreviated as savantism—is not a recognized medical diagnosis, but researcher Darold Treffert defines it as a rare condition in which persons with developmental disorders (including autism spectrum disorders) have one or more areas of expertise, ability or brilliance that are in contrast with the individual's overall limitations.[1] Treffert says the condition can be genetic, but can also be acquired,[1] and coexists with other developmental disabilities "such as mental retardation or brain injury or disease that occurs before (pre-natal) during (peri-natal) or after birth (post-natal), or even later in childhood or adult life."[1]

According to Treffert, about half of persons with savant syndrome have autistic disorder, while the other half have another developmental disability, mental retardation, brain injury or disease. He says, "... not all savants are autistic, and not all autistic persons are savants."[1] Other researchers state that autistic traits and savant skills may be linked,[2] or have challenged some earlier conclusions about savant syndrome as "hearsay, uncorroborated by independent scrutiny".[3]


Surf dudes with attitude...


i can remember waking up early on saturdays, after we ate our corned beef with eggs that our dad made, to watch the line up of cheesy, but addicting shows, like saved by the bell and of course, CALIFORNIA DREAMS. i think i was actually the only one to watch these shows. no one else really watched them with me, or if they did they'd want to change it. i guess i really like how they incorporated acting and singing into a show. granted, some of the songs were cheesy, but it was fun.

the saddest part of the show for me was when jenny (heidi noelle lenhart), the older sister left the show to attend a music academy in france, after that most of that family left. the parents, the little brother, and then matt. i guess their story wasn't that interesting. anyways, she was kind of sassy, but she could actually sing. you also might know her from her AU PAIR movies, where she plays a nanny but ends up marrying the father of the kids she's the nanny for. (fyi, b/c i know you all are so into it, AU PAIR 3 premieres on ABC family on march 15, 8pm.)

anyways, speaking of california dreams, i really liked the story line where sly (slyvester winkle) gets together with a blind girl named allison (nikki cox, pre-boob job). they were trying to show how such a self invovled guy could actually change for someone he really loved. kinda sweet, kinda sappy, but very good for teenage drama. but here's the kicker: they met chatting ONLINE! this show was so ahead of its time!

here's a clip:

speaking of nikki cox, i was at church and saw her and jay mohr (from gary unmarried). they left after communion. i guess they didn't want the rush of fans bombarding them after mass.

anyways, california dreams comes out on dvd this month! EXCITING!!!


what are you doing this weekend?!

well atleast for a couple of hours. here's a fun little activity to do at home, or at work, or before going to a costume party, or even before going out to complete your ensemble...


here's what you'll need:

- #6 plastic (look for it at the bottom of your favorite thai food place to-go containers (hint hint: thai thai bbq) or a ralph's muffin plastic container)
-sand paper (grit doesn't really matter, you'll just need to rough up the surface)
-colored pencils, permanent markers
-hole puncher
-a blow dryer, or an over (set not more than 200 degree, higher temperature is better, just make sure you don't burn down your house), or a heat gun

or just watch this video:

have a great weekend!

anyone want to do a mini moustache photo shoot?! i think all we need now is aloha shirts, OP cord shorts, and a red ferrari...


random fact #3: Crazy Robertson

this was a pretty amazing week for me... star sightingwise, well i'll call it starsighting. it's funny, if you keep your eyes open here you can see a whole bunch of celebrities/people who you see on tv/models.

so i'm at the gym heading out and who do i see walking in... and i see this model that's in all of these print ad for macy's and stuff. i guess it would be nice that i showed a picture, but i couldn't find a picture of him. and on ash wednesday i see brigette monahan at st. monica's. crazy!

but i think the sighting that caught me off guard was this:

i'm sure you've seen him dancing along robertson blvd. between third and doheny. John Jermyn, or more popularly called "Crazy Robertson," suffers from a form of schizophrenia and refuses to take medicine according to his sister. He grew up in Hancock Park, went to school at Pepperdine, and had a promising career in baseball. He had a short stint playing for the LA Dodgers. you can read more about him here.

the thing that caught me off guard was that i hadn't seen him in a long time and then there he was, popping and locking infront of a storefront window on robertson. i thought that something might have happened to him.


just for shits and giggles...

i was im'ing with cile today talking, talking about slumdog which lead to design. i was commenting on how i really liked the new advertising for ritz, how bauhaus it is. it's the colors and the way that the ritz box is drawn.

and then it just got silly...

click here for some fun with RITZ!
there are some pretty fun games on here


so i'm in santa monica...

on 3rd street, heading towards banana republic and all of a sudden i see the one, the only... LARRY DAVID. he was there with the curb your enthusiasm crew filming an episode. apparently they closed BR until about 3pm today to do some filming. i should have gone and asked for a picture, but i was all grubby, so i didn't. he looked surprisingly better in real person than he does on tv, but it could have been the makeup. anyways so i started thinking about all of my favorite episodes.

this one reminded me of the car ride up to mammoth when lester, cile, leia, fantone and we started talking about our "favorite" family on TLC, the Duggars (BOOO!). Read cile's post on Feb 9th to get the story.

and this one is just funny... one word... TOURETTES (my apolgies if you have it).


random fact #2: DOUGHBOYS

Doughboy is an outdated slang term for a United States Army infantryman, best known from its use in World War I, although it dates back to the Mexican-American War of 1846-48. (wikipedia)

The word has many different orgins, ranging from the food that these infantry men ate (fried dumplings which were possibly a precursor to our present day doughnuts) to the color of their clothing after being in the trenches.

But when I think of Doughboys, I always think of that place on 3rd Street, where I saw "L.C." when she was making the transition into being called "Lauren," that morning in December 2005. Unfortunately that location has closed, due to illegal zoning and complaints, and so has their new location on Highland Ave. You can read the story here.

Aside from thinking of that morning that gives me good nice memories about Doughboys, it was also the RED VELVET CAKE. It was probably where I had my first taste and where I fell in love with it, every moist, flavorful bite with a thick helping of cream cheese frosting.

The good news is that they are still selling it, maybe not the small little cakes that can satisfy an urge, but it's still around in 8" round, and 1/4, 1/2, and full sheets!



just for fun

random fact #1: SCOOTER

I was watching HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER last week, specifically the episode called "Something Borrowed," where Marshall and Lily have the not-so-perfect wedding, and the credits where rolling and then i see this name:

DAVID BURTKA as "Scooter"

i think to myself, why does that sound so familiar and then a split second later, LIGHTBULB! he's the boyfriend/partner of NEIL PATRICK HARRIS (aka Barney Stinson).

so here's the lowdown:
-NPH (dob: 6.15.73) and David (dob: 5.29.75) have been together since 2004.
-David has twins, through a surrogate, with his old boyfriend.
-According to Out Magazine interview (http://out.com/detail.asp?page=1&id=24000) Neil thinks that Anderson Cooper is "dreamy" (come on... who doesn't?!)
-David play "Scooter" in two HIMYM episodes "Best Prom Ever" (season 1) and "Something Borrowed" (season 2)

so sad...

the past two weeks have been tough, especially since my little 15" powerbook g4 (and funnily enough i haven't named, but let's call him... NEIL), which has gone with me to japan, europe, and to the east coast, seems to be slowly, dare i say it... the opposite of living.

he's shutting down randomly and can't handle multiple applications like he used to. granted he is almost 4 years old, which is pretty good in laptop years, and his battery only gave me about 10 minutes of battery life, but i've taken pretty good care of him. i've never dropped him (knock on wood) always kept him in his case when traveling, never put him in extreme temperatures, and if i did it was only for a few minutes. the few visits that we've had to the genius bar haven't been horrible, but hopefully he'll be able to make it till i finish my portfolio and then some after that...

but the upside is that i could get a new one, to help ease the pain of not seeing his big 15" screen.

i'm pulling for you NEIL!