i gave myself a scare earlier when i accidentally spilled piping hot tea on both myself and my big laptop. i turned it off, dismantled it, cleaned it out, and took a blow dryer to it. i put it back together and turned it on but was alarmed when i found that
A B D E F H K L N S T W Y
were the only letter keys that were working. i pulled up and tried XP’s onscreen keyboard but then decided to try rebooting. success! everything is working now (but with the occasional ‘sticky’ key).
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z
i was poking around some big rocks on the beach recently when i noticed that some of them were covered in mussels and barnacles. now i love mussels and i hear barnacles are dangerously tasty but i don’t know if there’s a California law protecting these sea creatures from someone like me with a big plastic bag and a crowbar. also, someone suggested that it might not be the best idea for me to go around eating things i find on the beach in pollution-rich Los Angeles.
so the question is, should i get myself some mussels and barnacles?
being a warm, relatively dry environment, California is a great place to find interesting/rare/vintage cars which somewhat dulls the horror of being here. so, starting now, i’m going to be posting some of the interesting/rare/vintage cars that i’ve come across here in Los Angeles. so let’s start things off.
as the name might suggest, the Karmann Ghia was a Volkswagen collaboration between Italian design firm Ghia and the German coach builder Karmann. unfortunately, i don’t know a whole lot else about it other than that it’s gorgeous. i saw a lime green example once back in Chicago but i’ve seen three or four of these babies here just within a month or so. fantastic.
anyway, that was the first of probably many installments of interesting/rare/vintage cars in Los Angeles. these will get better, i promise.
well, Jasper the tuxedo cat is gone. his owners came and took him away a couple of hours ago. all the shedding, the clawing, and the constant jumping on top of everything got sort of annoying after a while but it was nice having a cat around for the companionship. the whole purpose of looking after Jasper these past few days was so i could see what owning a cat is like and, now that i have, i think i’d like to have one. it probably won’t be anytime too soon but i’m confident that it’ll happen someday.
in the meantime, i’ll be cleaning up all this cat hair.
i experienced my first L.A. earthquake last night. woke the cat up and everything.
it wasn’t like previous earthquakes i had felt in Taiwan where entire high-rises rocked back and forth for several seconds; this one was sudden and was over very quickly, more like a blast than an earthquake. it reminded me of the burning semi i saw in Toronto last year and how the highway shook as the flames spread, causing minor explosions.
shortly after it happened, i went online to see if i could find any information and all i saw on the L.A. Times website was an article about how California is long overdue for a massive earthquake.
i went to the beach the other day for the sunset but ended up watching this boy play with his dog instead. with a piercing laugh, he would pull the dog into the water, pick it up, and toss the poor thing into the waves. then, when Fido would recover from its fall and try to escape to dry land, the kid would grab the leash to reel it back in only to throw it into the water again. he kept this up for about 15-20 minutes until the pooch finally broke free and sprinted for the sand. i walked past the dog on the beach a little later and found it dripping wet and shivering violently.
this is Jasper, a curious little tuxedo cat we’re looking after for a few days. he likes to burrow into paper bags, climb closet shelves, lounge in the (empty) bathtub, and stare out the window for hours on end.