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Wednesday, January 26, 2005

Texas Love Affair, Gay Humor, Black Outfit

SKL:


(Picture from Fox Sports)

Ewan ko lang a.
:p Is it just me who finds something funny with this pic? Hmm....

Homophobic tendencies aside, I recently went to a videoke / comedy club just this Tuesday. It was a first for me to witness such a program, where guests sing their guts out and the hosts wrench it from them afterwards with "imagined and fictional statements that might be close to the truth," to loosely translate the warning that precedes their spiel. Otherwise knowin In the vernacular as "pang-o-okray". Here is where you see Filipino humor in its basest form: crassness = laughs. Bawal ang pikon dito. One guy got scorched because he said "Ano?" to each question, giving the hosts license to call him "Bingi" and "Tanga". A group was thoroughly noted for their getup, gender, and age, calling them "CWL" and making references to prayer meetings, pray-overs and such. A rotund lady was called "Mommy Mojacko". That sort of stuff was being tossed around by the hosts as Chokoleit was making the rounds among the audience.

Me? I was just glad he didn't spot me as I was wearing all-black --- same as the waiter's unis there.

Anyway, they sang as well, but the best singer by far was Anton Diva, who not only had a nice "girl" singing voice, he had the face and the body to match it. I was watching and I was like, shit, he could pass for a girl if I saw him at the street! He adeptly hides the first thing I look for to verify gender: the Adam's Apple. And he looks like a cross between 2 of my pretty women friends to boot. Nakakapraning.

After that, it was the audience's turn. I was expecting some heckling to ensue when the less talented took the mic but no! The first singer actually did OK singing "Before I Let You Go", the second singer had a decent rendition of a James Taylor song that I can't identify right now, and the third.... The third singer came to the stage with his son(!), they each had a guitar(!!), and after singing they promoted their album(!!!).

Potsa ano to, Star Search???? Pinoy talaga o. I guess, knowing that scouts are present at times in such bars, they took the opportunity to showcase their stuff... Cheesy, but the whole show was anyway....

It's nice that I experienced it for the sake of small-talk points, but the gay vibe ain't for me. Not because I don't find it funny, I do, but if I watch them more often, I might like their humor too much and adapt it to my own set of laugh lines, and I'm not up to that: gods know that I crack one too many gay hirits, davah? Charing!

Shit. Too late.

Saturday, January 22, 2005

Disgruntled Personnel Carousel

The Jazz and the Pistons worked out a trade: Elden Campbell and a 1st round pick for Carlos Arroyo. This trade has a semblance of fairness in terms of talent and team need. Detroit gets its backup point guard it sorely needs, and Utah reunites Memo with a veteran center who can teach him and Boozer a few tricks.

With Arroyo, Utah has gotten rid of a player who has fallen from grace with its coach. Sloan banished Arroyo to the bench for playing less than stellar defense, and this benching was something new to the Puerto Rican star, who started for the Jazz just a season back and led Puerto Rico during the Olympics. It's refreshing to see that some franchises hold the team concept first, personalities second (as with the case with Carter and Toronto) and this trade was just waiting to happen.

Speaking of trades waiting to happen, Jim Jackson was finally shipped out of New Orleans for 3 practice bodies. This of course is very good for Phoenix- they get someone for practically nothing, and at least now they have an 8-man rotation, once they have everyone healthy. But you'd think New Orleans could've gotten a better offer in the market. But since they are currently just waiting for the lottery, they may have thought, "Ah, to heck with it, at least I'm getting someone who could be better down the road." And they're also getting someone who is not a journeyman primadonna. Can you imagine that Chinese Guy from Ocean's 12 saying "I don't want to sign up for this ridiculous sequel, so I'm gonna sit out on all of you, producers and all-star co-stars be damned!"? Well, that was kind of what Jimmy J did, except that Ocean's 12 had the star power to do well at the tills. New Orleans had Baron Davis' balky back. But at least JJ didn't get paid while sitting out games, unlike T-Mac who openly admitted that he was only giving a partial effort into the games he played in for the 21-win Orlando Magic last season.

Can the Magic then claim part of McGrady's salary from last year? :)

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

Season 2005 Pre-Midseason NBA Post

I've posted a past article about preseason picks for underachieving. Hey, 2 out of 4 ain't so bad. The Kings are doing what is expected of them this season: not as good as last season, but if they were any better they'd be overachieving. The Heat have been healthy thus far, except for the last two games. Against the not-so-lowly-but-nobody-cares LA Clippers, they missed Wade terribly, especially in the fourth quarter. Corey Maggette hit big shot after big shot after big shot in 2OT while the Heat were scrambling for a clutch player to perform. Shaq tried but he was a missed free throw waiting to happen. Butler tried but missed, Damon Jones had more success, but only a bit more. Wherefore art thou, Eddie Jones?

The Kings however have addressed their recent slide (if you call a 25-11 record a "slide") by trading away their top perimeter defender, positive locker room presence but sliding offensive threat. Offense for defense, Doug Christie for Cuttino Mobley. I was at first skeptical on the trade, thinking that the other team lost too much to be offset by the gains to be had. The Magic will lose 16ppg, and that's nothing to sneeze at since I believe their top 2 offensive performers (Francis and Hill) are already stretched as it is. No way the other Magic players, including Hedo, was going to make up for that. (of course, he then averages 16ppg over the past 5 games, probably just to spite me :p ).

As for the Kings having Mobley, he and the Kings are doing just fine. The Cat buried a clutch 3 to bury the Clips. He had 19 points, 4 assists, 3 steals, 2 blocks, and the only clue he was new to the team was his 4 turnovers. But you gotta take the good with the bad, as many Fantasy NBAers such as myself know. :)

One more thing: I can't believe I didn't write in the Nuggets to fail! I promise I had it in my head before the season started, I just didn't get to blog it down. Why? Lesse: They've got 3 very talented bigs competing for 2 slots on the floor but they have no shooters to speak of except for overachieving (and hopelessly injured) Voshon Lenard, their "star" is acting like he's in LaLa Land (he may as well be, who buys 9-carat diamonds anyway??), Lenard was their only shooter (and is now hopelessly injured) and their best offensive threat right now is 5'5". Overall, it spelled doom for Bzedelik and the Nugs.

But otherwise, its been a wildly entertaining NBA season. :) But for some reason, I'm not (yet) excited over the All-Star Game. Maybe if LeBron enters the Slam Dunk contest along with Vince Carter and Kobe? Coz
the return of Grant Hill, injury free ain't enough for me to get excited, and this edition of Corvette vs. Brick Wall shouldn't really produce a Kobe dunk-on-your-head or Shaq-clotheline-from-hell highlight. It's an All-Star Game for crying out loud.

But then again, no one ever thought an NBA player would be crazy enough to charge into the stands and start laying punches....

Monday, January 17, 2005

Mabuhay ang Bagong Kasal!

Two friends of mine got married recently. I've been quite out of touch with them, so I was deeply honored that they invited me to witness this event, their event. (quick shout out: Thanks so much!Ü) A few thoughts while I was there:

  1. Words on my lips upon seeing the church, situated near St. Paul QC (and yes, PC Options) - Pwede! :) Hopefully my friend won't sue for plagiarism if ever. ;)
  2. I loved the touches on the ceremony that screamed "this is OUR wedding"! How he used his talent (and non-talent, sorry pare) to express his love for her during the reception, how some songs were sung as intermission numbers because it reminded people where it all started (during an extra-curricular activity),how she had her bridal march to the tune of "Nothing But Love" (Mr. Big). I also liked it that it seemed that I was the one of the few in the church who actually knew the song. Heheh.
  3. I said I was out of touch and it showed:
    1. I don't really *know* any of their other friends there, but this was excusable since we all were in different cliques way back when anyway;
    2. As a consequence, I came in ultra-safe clothing: Long sleeves. Not quite casual, not quite formal either. Most of the other guys came in barong. Why was it a consequence? Because if I had known that they were coming full formal, I would've eschewed the "safe" outfit in a heartbeat.
    3. I didn't know any of the back stories, the problems, the inside stuff about the wedding. I mean, you know the difference between being part of a ceremony as opposed to being just a witness? Somehow, this fact bugged me no end. The feeling that I was there, but not quite. Basta, I didn't like it. Maybe because we were close back in the day, and now... Now the door is open. As it always has been.
  4. One friend said that she cried for them not because they were getting married, but because it signified that their barkada has graduated into adulthood with all of the problems that come with it. I was thinking that this particular group of friends was probably, IMO, her "escape" group from the bites of reality, and now life has caught on with their barkada. Now that one of them is going to face husband problems, motherhood, family budget constraints, it may mean a different atmosphere for their circle of 10. Then again, that may not be a bad thing, change is good right? :)
  5. Funny thing, she constantly said "kids acting like adults" referring to herself. Di ba, at 25/26, that should be "adults acting as kids"? Heheh. Peace. I'm not putting her down or anything like that. In fact, I can relate a bit... I certainly am not above this all, being a quarter century old already, I still can't acknowlege that I'm old getting older. Remember just 7 years ago you were attending their debuts? Now it's their wedding. Birthday parties of your friend's kids. Being godfather in their baptism. And worse: your friend's parent's funeral (I attended 2 during the Christmas break, God bless their souls). Sooner or later lampas na ng kalendaryo ang edad natin... [our age will not be within the number of days in a month] Wala lang... ang bilis ng panahon... Time flies.
Friend, congratulations. Here's to your 25th wedding anniv, 50th wedding anniv, and in general, here's to forever. Cheers!

Look Which Post Made It At Last...

One week delayed. 'Nuff said.

(Look at post below)

Saturday, January 15, 2005

Publishing Through Email and Other Interesting Stuff

I'll just share a few things I picked up this early on 2005:
  1. For some reason, my office does not like my blogging activities, which they showed by blocking the Blogger site. Pasaway kasi nagba-blog during office hours, heheh.  Lesson: use Unipeak whenever possible :)
  2. As a result, I can't post new entries conventionally! Fortunately there is a feature in Blogger that lets me post via email. Coolness!  You need to email to [USERNAME].[SECRET]@blogger.com, where [SECRET] is a word you enter somewhere in your configuration.  It's under the "email" tab.  Easy, right? :)
  3. Oblation is actually a word that means something.  Heheh... 7 years in U.P. and all that time I thought it referred only to the Poe Sr. inspired naked statue.  Courtesy of Dictionary.com's Word of the Day:
Word of the Day for Friday January 7, 2005

   oblation \uh-BLAY-shuhn; oh-\, noun:
   1.  The  act of offering something, such as worship or thanks,
   especially to a deity.
   2.  (Usually  capitalized)  The  act of offering the bread and
   wine of the Eucharist.
   3.  Something  offered  in a religious rite or as a charitable
   gift.
           Ohhkaaaayy.  Someone explain to me why Oble was named that way, and why he's our... uuuhh... official school icon.  Some sort of representation that we are offering our intellects to the country? Or is it the government who is "offerring" its graduates to a company, or another country? Or is it just harkening to the cliche, "lambs to the slaughter"? Offerings in the Old Testament DID call for a sacrifice....
 
Wala lang. Just testing the post-via-email thing. :)

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

New Things to Know

I'll just share a few things I picked up this early on 2005:
  1. For some reason, my office does not like my blogging activities, which they showed by blocking the Blogger site. Pasaway kasi nagba-blog during office hours, heheh. Lesson: use Unipeak whenever possible :) The ban has been lifted, as of now. Best not to take any chances though. Publish away! :)
  2. As a result, I can't post new entries conventionally! Fortunately there is a feature in Blogger that lets me post via email. Coolness! You need to email to [USERNAME].[SECRET]@blogger.com, where [SECRET] is a word you enter somewhere in your configuration. It's under the "email" tab. Easy, right? :) Actually, it's not really easy. It's been 2 days and my email/post hasn't been published yet. I wonder what went wrong?
  3. Ala Paredes' blog contains a reference to the Famicom game Contra and a cover of the video game sounds. I googled for the mp3 over the net and I can now say one thing: Vomitron rocks! Check out the sound file here. (Registration required.)
  4. Oblation is actually a word that means something. Heheh... 7 years in U.P. and all that time I thought it referred only to the Poe Sr. inspired naked statue. Courtesy of Dictionary.com's Word of the Day:
Word of the Day for Friday January 7, 2005

oblation \uh-BLAY-shuhn; oh-\, noun:
1. The act of offering something, such as worship or thanks,
especially to a deity.
2. (Usually capitalized) The act of offering the bread and
wine of the Eucharist.
3. Something offered in a religious rite or as a charitable
gift.
Ohhkaaaayy. Someone explain to me why Oble was named that way, and why he's the Isko's... uuuhh... official school icon. Some sort of representation that we are offering our intellects to the country? Or is it the government who is "offerring" its graduates to a company, or another country? Or is it just harkening to the cliche, "lambs to the slaughter"? Offerings in the Old Testament DID call for a sacrifice....
Wala lang. Just testing tried to test the post-via-email thing. :) And failed. Ehe Ü

Wednesday, January 05, 2005

Blog Hopping...

I just found Ramil's new blog, still named "The Trailer", because of the linkback feature on Blogshares. It contains reviews on movies and is not a blog that sells those things attached to trucks. :p Foolish of me to think that...

Jochan found out how freakishly accurate the Personal Style Inventory Test is.

Reg in all her Jolie glory narrated her Awitan experiences that spans the past 3 Eng'g Weeks. Made me miss singing, college even more so! And makes me realize that I'm almost 2 years removed from graduation! really can't accept the fact that I'm growing old.. Also, she reminds me of my pessimist / self-protection mindset that I so strongly have...

Regarding Soloflite's first post of 2005? How true, how true! Err... if she reads this, my girl will kill me >:)

As always, Jake's photos are amazing. Though Markku's are a close 2nd :p Heheh. :)

Just some of the blogs I frequent... More next... month?

Monday, January 03, 2005

What 2004 Hit Song Are You?





100 Years by Five for Fighting





"Every day's a new day...
15 there's still time for you
Time to buy and time to choose
Hey 15, there's never a wish better than this
When you only got 100 years to live"

2004 was about thinking and reflecting - but isn't every year?



What 2004 Hit Song Are You?