Sunday, July 25, 2004


Caitline, my cousin's daughter, is four years old. While looking at pictures from another cousin's wedding in Vancouver at the beginning of July, she pointed to a picture of me with a wine glass in my hand. I was kinda shocked, I don't remember taking pictures that night. But I disgress... I was apparently toasting the camera. Caitline points to the picture and looks at me, "You were saying 'Cheers!' a lot that night." She mocks raises a glass, "Cheers!"

Yes, I was, Caitline. Thanks for reminding me...

Wednesday, July 21, 2004


Texas doesn't deserve the reputation it gets, particularly about being behind the times. For a state unabashedly rooted in a history of racism and discrimination, Texas has moved to embrace diversity and tolerance. Take... Hmmm... Well... Okay, well, take for example, a July 2004 decision by the Jefferson County to change the name of a street some of its citizens find offensive - Jap Road.

Originally named in honor of a Japanese rice farmer, Jap Road stretched for a little over four miles for over 99 years. That was until the Jefferson County Commissioners Court voted 4-1 on July 19, 2004 to rename the road. Some Texans, however, were upset to see such a rich part of Texas' history die.

"There is nothing racial about it," insisted Jimmy Norton, white guy/redneck.

You gotta love Jimmy Norton. Jimmy, here's to you and to Texas. Cheers!

Monday, July 12, 2004


I dig Altoid's Tangerine Sours and recently bought 3 containers of them. They are really great tasting mints. I notice that they don't have calorie information, but... The other day, when I offered a friend a mint, she informed me that they were not mints. Not mints? You've been eating candy she says. What? I'm eating candy?!? But I don't like candy!

Are they mints? Are they not mints? I don't really like Altoid's Tangerine Sours...

Saturday, July 03, 2004


• Maria Sharapova, 17, demolished Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 to win Wimbledon! in a stunning display of shot-making, intensity and fearlessness. Sharapova, in only her seventh Grand Slam appearance, becomes the third-youngest Grand Slam champion in Open era and will grace the cover of the upcoming issue of Sports Illustrated, marking the first in two years a tennis player will grace SI's cover.

• My stomach, 29, devoured generous and tasty helpings of sushi at Vancouver's Sushi Garden! He had soft-shell crab rolls, rainbow rolls and lots of sashimi. At the Sushi Garden, for $8.95 you get 8 California rolls, 8 Alaskan rolls and 4 pieces of sashimi. It's like $7 U.S. What a bargain! My stomach was so happy.

Maria Sharapova