I’m in the middle of sorting through five years worth of pictures to update the 643 Portfolio (stay tuned!) to be more comprehensive.

In going through these pictures, I have realized two very awesome things.

1. I spend an awful lot of time in trees. And for some very odd reason, there are tons of pictures of me in said trees:

Me in a tree that I apparently shouldn't have been in.

Me in a tree that I apparently shouldn't have been in.

Me jumping out of a tree!

Me jumping out of a tree!

#2 Tanaya and I have be wreaking havoc for a very, very long time. I don’t know why I’m surprised we’re as bad as we are right now because this has been going on for years and years…..

I'd say about half of the time we look like this.

I'd say about half of the time we look like this.

And the other half of the time, we pretty much look like this.

And the other half of the time, we pretty much look like this.

Conniving Idiots & Things We Do

I think we explained it best this way: Separately, we are both very humble people. We don’t draw a lot of attention to ourselves. We work quietly and efficiently, expecting no praise.

Together? Together, we are force to be reckoned with. We border on arrogant. We talk outloud. To each other. About each other. About other people. We act like we’re the only two people in the entire universe.

Tanaya and I are nuts, and we will admit that.

The truth is, I blame things like Facebook and internet design software that allow us to go totally off the wall.

Prime example from today:

picture-4(Maybe arrogant was a bit harsh. Sorry, Tanaya.)

An Open Letter to T.J. Simers

The one part of baseball that Tanaya and I aren’t entirely thrilled about is the prospect of paying $15 a game for parking. Being the resourceful people that we are, we came up with a plan. The plan calls for a Dodger player to drop us off at home after the games. We figure that we can walk up the hill to get there, but walking back to my apartment through Echo Park just seems silly.

We’ve enlisted the help of Los Angeles Times reporter, TJ Simers. Here’s the email we’ve sent him:

Dear Mr. Simers,

We were very excited to purchase our mini-plan of 27 Dodger tickets this year. We sat down with calendars and computers open to make sure we picked all of the match-ups and dates we wanted. We saved money to be able to purchase these tickets and were so excited that we would be able to be at Dodger Stadium for a third of the games this year!

We are so disappointed to hear that the Dodger Trolley will not be continued this year, in essence doubling our investment from $7 a game each to $14.50 a game to include the parking we will now have to purchase. We are deeply disappointed that alternate transportation options are not being provided to fans, and we’re, in essence, being forced to spend $15 to drive in circles around Dodger Stadium.

Fortunately, we have come up with a solution, and we need your help! We came up with an idea yesterday, and we think that you’re the perfect person to help us out.

We propose having a rotation of players who can take us home after the games. We live within 2 miles of the stadium, and it wouldn’t take anyone out of their way more than 10 minutes. Perhaps, this can be part of Manny’s community service? In exchange, we would offer pleasant conversation and our fan-ship. We hope that you can help us to find a player and arrange this plan.

Thank you for your help in this matter!

I’m kind of disappointed that he didn’t print it just as a joke. It seemed like it would fit right in with his column.


I had the opportunity to visit my friend Danae’s classroom today. She’s pretty amazing with what she’s done with her technology curriculum. I was blown away by all the elements she incorporated into a unit plan. Technology aside, she covers marketing, finance, budgeting, self-esteem. You name it, she covers it. And I could tell how much her students love her. All in all, it was pretty awesome.

The other cool thing was she introduced me to two websites that I haven’t used before. The first I just spent an hour trying out, playing around with it like a little kid. Glogster is the name of the site. Basically, it allows you to create a poster. So, this is my first hand at a glog……



-It was nice to read this  morning that Shawn Estes had been cut from the major league roster.

-Me taking joy in Estes being cut does not make me a mean person. Just one who doesn’t forget.

-It was not so nice to read that Chad Billingsley had suffered a groin injury. Argh! That cannot be good.

-I feel kind of “off” right now physically.

-I love that Desperate Housewives is online for free.

-I need to start reading again. I’ve totally blown the 52 books in 52 weeks plan.

-Tanaya and I redid our website for the millionth time (ok not millionth, but it feels that way). I wonder how long we’ll like this version.

-I don’t get why people are mean. I really don’t. It’s tiring.

-I’m happy with the way my first wave of spring cleaning went. I love the space in my living room now.

-I want to paaaaint!

-Going back to teaching is simultaneously exciting and terrifying.

-I have a very strong desire to see stars in the desert sky.

-We devised this plan to circumvent paying the $15 parking fee at Dodger Stadium. It mostly involves Manny Ramirez and his car.

-I appreciate responses to job inquiries.

-I need to stop doing searches on the Century 21 website.

-The pastrami and jalapeno sandwich at the Yardhouse is positively amazing and well worth the gallon of grease I probably consumed.

-I’m on a super high caffeine intake plan right now and still sleepy as heck.

-I can’t wait until the sun is rising at 6 a.m.

-I’m a sneezy mess right now thanks to the wind, but I love the clear days so it’s a pretty fair trade.

-I found out that there’s a “Mary” at the Alameda post office, which is my home one. “Mary” at the Boyle Heights post office is one of my favorite people on the planet.

-I’m excited to get actual prints from Shutterfly.

-I’ve become a little addicted to stretching.

-I have realized that I jaywalk in front of the Hollenbeck police station far too much. It’s a wonder I haven’t been cited.

-I like Chris Matthews a lot more now that the election is over.

-I have a huge desire to get on an airplane and go somewhere. Like now.

-I don’t like falling asleep when I’m cold.

-I’m ready for something electric. Like electric blue.

Blogging My Alter Ego

In a perfect world, I would wake up at 6, go to the gym, have a cup of coffee or three, and set about the work of a freelance writer and photographer.

Even though my world is not quite perfect yet, I still get the opportunity from time to time to indulge in this alternate universe in my head.

Yesterday, Tanaya and I shot a wedding. It was a long day, but it was fun. We’ve become used to these things, and I think we both found the perfect clothes and shoes for the day…comfortable and functional.

I also know that my new workout regimen paid off big time. This is the first wedding that I’ve shot that I didn’t end the night with a ridiculously sore back and wanting to scream to take my shoes off. Nope, all in all we got that one down. A couple of equipment upgrades, and I think we might actually have something pretty fruitful going.

But until that time, this is just me enjoying the sun and my camera….


A Cactus Kind of League

Talk about dreams come true! I think I’d be equally excited to be a 20-year-old kid making the major league roster as I was to arrive at Camelback Stadium last weekend.


The pure excitement of know that baseball is just around the corner was enough to drive me to get out of bed at 3 in the morning so Tanaya and I could be on the road at 4 a.m. For a few days before the trip, I doubted the sanity of leaving for anything at 4 a.m., but the rationale was that we’d make it to Joshua Tree in time for the sunrise. We were a little late, but it was just as beautiful as I could have wanted.

So while Tanaya was over in the cacti snapping some pictures, I got the brilliant idea to lie down in the middle of the empty highway and snap this shot….

I really think that I’m going to have to frame that one!

We also had some fun with the self-timer on this little stop:


And, of course, we had to replicate my shooting of the road so there was proof that it actually happened:


Even though, I had just returned from New Mexico, I was thrilled to be headed out to the desert yet again. The drive was absolutely beautiful, and I was thrilled with good company, music, and just blurring in with the desert outside my windows.


If that wasn’t enough for me, our eventual stop was Camelback Stadium, the new home of the Dodgers. And this was the fulfillment of one of my lifelong dreams to see Dodger Spring training. I certainly was not disappointed as we came within touching distance of most of the players that I am absolutely in love with.

So, yes, that means Matt Kemp was literally three feet away from me. I stood next to Jeff Weaver for a picture. And I was able to see Clayton Kershaw pitch firsthand. All of the above, coupled with brilliant sunshine, made for an amazing weekend.