A Napolean Dynamite Moment

My oldest son danced a K-Pop tune at his high school’s Ethnic Night. K-Pop is Korean Pop Music. We are not Korean, but my oldest son’s good friend is Korean, and he convinced my son to dance. My son is not a dancer. He’ll play the music or watch, but he has never had much enthusiasm for dancing. But in the case of K-Pop, he made an exception.

He practiced with the group for two months- two months for two minutes of dance time. When we saw him perform on Ethnic Night, I wasn’t sure what to expect. For the first minute I was so worried he would mess up, I couldn’t concentrate. But my son was doing really well! I relaxed, and enjoyed the last minute of the dance, and then they were done. We aren’t the kind of family that brings our own recording devices to events, so I’m afraid I have no video to share of the actual performance.

He didn’t dance as well as these guys, but you get a feel for what they did on this video here. My son’s group only went out to minute 2:01.

While they did pretty much dress like the guys in the video, my son’s group consisted of girls and boys, with two tall boys at 6 ft and then sizes ranging down to one 5 ft tall Filipino girl. This range of sizes actually made the choreography a little more interesting, in my opinion. Also, of the six people in the group, only one was actually Korean. Everyone else was a mix of Filipino-South Asian-Polish-WASP ethnicities.

Horaay for Ethnic Night!

Horaay for K-Pop!

Horaay for a friendship that prompts you leave your comfort zone!


May Student Show

These are the paintings I’m entering into the May Student Show at the art league. I took my paintings in to each teacher and asked the teacher which paintings they liked the best/wanted to represent their instruction for the show. This is what they chose:

‘Between Scylla and Charybidis’               Instructor: S. Bieniek        mixed media      11 x 14
‘Apollonia at the beach’              Instructor: J. France              oil                 9 x 12

Mixed media = fluid acrylic + eggshells + GOBS of gloss media (to glue down and preserve the eggshells.)

Popular Performative ‘Intimacies’

“37% of all internet traffic is pornography.”

  • Jared Dunn from Episode 7 “Adult Content”, Season 2 of HBO tv series Silicon Valley



I can’t fact check this because my laptop is on nanny edit mode and won’t give me anything when I even type in the word ‘pornography’.

Still. That is over 1/3 of all internet usage.


The Cool Sweet Spot

Earth Day finds my family and me at a lecture series being given in a Theology school building on a campus the other side of town. God and Creation, our roles as stewards of the environment, what do religions have to say about reduce, recycle, reuse? One of the lectures is given by the theology school site manager. Even though the building is over 50 years old, he is proud of the fact that they have been able to convert it over to green energy  and more efficient energy usage over the last three years.

Unfortunately, the climate control has not caught up to the fact that it is an unseasonably hot day in April, topping out in the high 80s F. The lecture hall is quite warm.

At the close of the talk, many of us bolt outside the room seeking relief. I am looking for a women’s lavatory, and even though there is a men’s room right outside the hall, there is no women’s  to be seen. A little sign directs me to the stairwell 30 feet away, and then down a hall, and then down another hall. I suspect that when this building was constructed 50 years ago, the architects presumed that only men would be using the building, hence only one gender of washroom was constructed. As I walk to my farther destination, I notice that three exceptionally fat male students roaming the halls, looking for cold air. They complain about the uncomfortable lecture hall, and given that they have more surface area skin to heat up, they are seeking cold air vents. But this is a difficult task, the halls have cement walls lining one side and full panes of glass on the other side.

Coming to the stairwell towards my intended ladies destination, I am confronted with a blast of cool air in the doorway. I motion to them, “Here! Here there is some really cool air!” They stare back at me, bug eyed. I shrug my shoulders and proceed down a dimly lit hall in search of my ablutions. I figure it would have taken the overweight students quite some time to find this zone, seeing how far away it is from the lecture hall.

I turn on the sink and as I wash my hands I consider the theology school ladies’ room. Was this rabbit warren constructed for a discreet secretary pool? Was it a converted chairman’s private lavatory? I remember that the Engineering Building of my undergraduate university was constructed at about the same time. They too, had assumed that all engineers would be of one gender. Since it was a seven story building, they decided that every other floor would be designated a women’s bathroom. I wonder what they have done to accommodate the currently fashionable gender-less bathroom? Knowing California, they have probably knocked down the old building and built something completely new, with politically correct washroom facilities.

As I return to the lecture hall, I see that all three fat men are positioned in the cool, sweet spot zone in the doorway leading to the staircase.


Junge2 looks at Amma’s t-shirt which says “Paris is always a good idea”. His brow is furrowed for a moment, then the lines clear and he says,

“Paris is not a good idea if you are Romeo and Juliet. And I don’t think the Greeks thought Paris was a good idea.”


In for April show

The theme this month was “Pansies, Tulips, and Daffodils, Oh My!”

Spring Tango                                    fluid acrylic                                       11 x 14
picket fence
Picket Fence                                       oil                                                      16 x 20