It’s a Poppy

Melrose Los Angeles

We decided to spend the day in Los Angeles starting with lunch at Ping Tung, a Chinese restaurant on Melrose Avenue.  The restaurant specializes in Dim Sum despite Ping Tung is actually a Taiwanese city.

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Little Tokyo Los Angeles

We planned to go to LACMA.  I checked their website before leaving the house to see what exhibits they have today.  They have a few going including something called “raining room”.  But, we got there to find the place is closed off due to some special events.  So, we decided to go to Little Tokyo instead.  There is a lot of construction going on there now.  Lots of new buildings and renovations.  Shops seems to be doing better business, but parking seems to be more of an issue.

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Anaheim Packing District

We were here just a few weeks ago but decided to come back because of their un-godly good mac n’ cheese and gumbo.  But, the mac n’ cheese was actually very piss poor this time around.

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After Ellis was born, nurse asked us to fill out the paper work for her birth certificate.  So, we had to decide on her name.  Before this event, we always called Ellis “Peony” shortly after Ellis’ elder sister passed away when the elder was only two weeks old in her mother’s womb.  I picked up the name Peony because of a certain flower we saw in Long Beach and thought it’s a cute name to commemorate our first which we then passed the name to our second.

It was years later that we learned that the flower that I thought was called Peony is actually called a Poppy which is the flower you see below but different color.

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On another note, Ellis is about two and a half years old now.  Considering that she’s going through the terrible twos, Ellis is very well behaved.  She has a hard time adjusting when she first wake up in the morning and exhibits some grumpiness which isn’t such a big deal.  She just needs some time to acclimate.  But, she does show some rebellious streaks mainly when we’re crossing the intersection.

For some reasons, she demands to cross the intersection by herself.  And, when I refuse to let her, she pushes my hands away and cries.  But, after a few episodes, she’s convinced that safety is more important than her developing independence too quickly.  Convinced might not be the right word.  Perhaps it’s more appropriate to say I made her realize there’s no room for negotiation regarding this matter.

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Some readers might not be convinced that a two year old could make decisions and knowing what resulting consequences are on her own.  Ellis is actually quite adept at making conscious choices such as keeping her promises and towing her end of the weight such as putting away her toys after she’s done playing with them.

  • Kpkafle

    Ellis is a wonderful name. She’s a cutie. Cherish these times with her, they go by fast. Forget my last post, spending more time with Ellis is much more rewarding than arguing about JLin with the crazies.

    • http://etane.net/ etane

      thanks for the nice notes!

  • Phonow

    little ellis looks just like her daddy– esp the coffee shop pic. it’s all in the smirk. lol. :)

    poppies are so beautiful–strong & fragile at the same time. always loved them.

    • http://etane.net/ etane

      that coffee shop is actually a chinese restaurant with a rather unique atmosphere for a place serving dimsum = P.

      and, thank gawd ellis looks like me…

      • Phonow

        haha. you’re awful. i hope the mrs. does not read yo site. wag finger.

        my goodness. I did not see the Good Luck kitty cat lol. I assumed the bottles lined up on the shelf was torani coffee syrups. haha. Does LA have dim sum places w/”steamer” carts or do you order from a menu?

        • http://etane.net/ etane

          what i meant was it would be a problem if she doesn’t look like me but looks like someone else instead.. you know.. another guy…

          the restaurant decorates itself like it’s a small grocery store selling asian snacks and sauces. not in the pic, but the wall we sat by was a wall of pocky sticks.

          • Phonow

            i understood your meaning. lol. but i wag my finger at the even the thought that wife was unfaithful. or, your statement could have meant, wife not so pretty. with either interpretation, you owe her flowers. :)

            gosh. pocky sticks. wish i never tried them. i don’t go bonkers over sweet desserts, but man, pocky sticks are good.

            btw, did you read kevin mchale got fired?

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            yeah it was mentioned on a social media page…. most people in the comments say harden and the tall guy are coach killers and mcfail lost the locker room. finch is actually morey’s right hand guy, right?

          • Phonow

            what does harden have to grumble about? he gets catered to. don’t know the new players in rockets– are there players who would refuse to cater to harden? maybe it was howard who led the rebellion?

            why mention finch? did he have anything to do w/firing? bickerstaff is temp new head coach.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            harden catered to = have to blame someone for going 4 for 7.

            houston pgs probably don’t want to cater to harden in this case we’re talking about lawson.

            finch is the only one with basketball brains. morey knows that and that’s why he stole him from some european team. i think it’s only a matter of time before finch is hc.

          • Phonow

            jeez. sad to think harden (or any other cornerstone — kobe, melo) has that kind of power. mchale was just a convenient scapegoat for harden’s ego.

            was finch the guy who sat with Lin during the rocket years? don’t remember.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            no that was this black dude i forgot this name i think kelvin sampson. finch actually worked with lin quite a bit during practice when lin was still in houston.

          • Phonow

            is ty lawson a hotshot player? i mean, good enough that he could have demanded mchale’s firing? the private players meetings were re: harden’s “style.” ie. ball in hand ballhog.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            harden is morey’s manufactured superstar. but there’s so many holes in harden’s game not due to lack of skill but lack of effort. and, lawson’s presence allows harden’s hole to glare even more. mainly, we’re talking bout ball stickiness.

          • Phonow

            yeah, not good for morale. morey really is the problem child of houston’s organization. alexander shoud handle him better. i mean, let the kid genius do his thing, but keep morey’s hands off of the team.

          • http://etane.net/ etane
          • Phonow

            wow, finch sounds really good. the (obvious) problem is how to get harden to buy into the system. finch will need the backing of alex and fat boy to pry the ball out of harden’s hands. harden is gifted offensively, but he has turned into a cancer on the team.

            oh gosh, i hate conversing on bb. especially since i know nothing about the game at all. haha

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            it’s ok most everyone on the forum learned about hte game post linsanity. harden wasn’t initially a problem in houston. his behavior was well rewarded by adidas et al though. hard to close pandora box up after it’s opened.

            http://basketball.realgm.com/analysis/236243/Cutting-Up-The-Revisionist-History-Of-The-James-Harden-Trade

          • Phonow

            i must confess that i smh & roll my eyes when the jlin newbies talk bb. BUT if you want to cut me some slack– i’ll take it. hypocrisy is a Good thing–when you’re the one benefiting.

            harden turned diva when the rockets turned him into one. they allowed him to concentrate solely on offense, and the rest of the team had to make up for his lapses with none of the glory. Gawd, sounds like some places i have worked in. lol

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            harden was a diva on the thurnder too…but fisher was there to keep harden’s hat size in check. houston didn’t do that but instead try to increase his hat size.

          • Phonow

            derek fisher?

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            jyeap they were teammates

          • Phonow

            harden and fisher could not have been teammates for long. lol. good for fisher. harden saw him & decided to split to the rockets.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            harden wanted max but thunder was offering close to max… so houston offered harden not only max but derek rose max. all harden has to do is to get voted into an all star game and morey is giving him every opportunity to do so.

            http://www.cbssports.com/nba/eye-on-basketball/24418962/daryl-morey-complains-on-twitter-his-guys-didnt-get-the-votes

            morey has been hard selling harden as the next kobe.

          • Phonow

            morey is doing a good job. harden has kobe’s attitude. does not care about the team, only his own stats.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            then morey could turn around and claim his analytics helped him find an all star who was an under utilized bench player.

          • Phonow

            co dependent.

            some people on jlinet says that morey is next to go. forget the source. i wonder if les is tired of analytics and wants to start anew.

          • http://etane.net/ etane
          • Phonow

            defense. homie don’t do that. lol.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            the wizard spins it well..

            http://espn.go.com/blog/houston-rockets/post/_/id/1447/a-rockets-qa-with-leslie-alexander

            the players no longer respond to mchale…

          • Phonow

            oh gawd. just blasted my eardrums out. lol.

            oh crap. harden is just having “stuggles” at this point in his career.

            les sounds like a little kid throwing a tantrum. I just waaaannaaaaa win.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            this is what many said lin shoulda done… haha

            http://www.thedreamshake.com/2015/11/17/9751916/rockets-ty-lawson-calls-for-players-only-meeting-nba-2015

            actually maybe lin did do this. but, mchale got the team back later on.

          • Phonow

            no ways. lin does have the political pull to call a meeting like that. bb players consider him the four eyed geek w/a ball.

            in a way, linsanity kept his career going, but also made him the Target of everyone– bb players, fans, & media. unless the flying spaghetti monster swoops in, i don’t see lin having a chance in the future.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i remember he owned the rockets for about two months during his first season with the rockets. teammates were listening to him and not mchale.

          • Phonow

            yep, until fuzz face arrived. but lin’s clout was at a high at that time (right after linsanity–and w/a $25m contract). since then, lin has been marginalized to the point that he does not have the clout to call a team meeting.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            no this was when harden was already there. harden and lin were playing off of each other and steam rolling over every team and whole team was ignoring mchale.

          • Phonow

            oh. now i remember! those two were being billed as the best backcourt in the league.

            wow. must be nice to have a memory.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            well that was based on the first two games of the season when both players averaged like 50 pts combined per game. but, they were really on a roll a few months later when the whole team “bought in”. then the jeremy lin documentary came out….

          • Phonow

            then the lin documentary came out…. players got jealous, and decided to freeze out the asian guy.

            was lurking at portal yesterday. some mods are ridiculous–they have no sense of being fair (or balanced). they protect nut cases like joyce or khuang, but delete and/or ban people who question their judgement. people “disappear” and some of the crowd cheers, and others silently look the other way…. (grabs another handful of popcorn)

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            khuang “disappeared” to portal? i did read his comment visa vis kaminsky and porzingins. probably lost a lot of credibility hence the exodus.

          • Phonow

            kh posts on both jl.net & portal. joyce had a beef w/kh months ago, and kh left portal. psalm emailed kh to come back. since then, all of the mods allows the anointed one to run wild in portal.

            eh, more & more posters are leaving jl.net for portal. and, portal is becoming “looser” on what they allow. eg. kh is allowed to call anyone TROLL, and gentle criticisms of jl’s game is okay. haha

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            there must be some google analytic analysis done that determined kh is good for readership

          • Phonow

            if charles wants to study group behavior, he should study the movement of jl.net people to portal. no different from let’s say…. protestants breaking off from the catholic church. the great Lin Reformation?

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            charles can then proclaim mass pronia.

          • Phonow

            haha. perfect. he can publish a short paper in abnormal psychology, or, if rejected, bleacher report.

          • Phonow

            .

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            well no wonder jl.net has been more fun to read of late. all the losers went to portal.

          • Phonow

            i miss a few posters– arsenium12, brent yen, for his sense of humor. i wish reaganyears would STAY at portal (please gawd). If JOE leaves, that would be a disaster.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            wouldn’t bother me a single bit if joe left.. since i am not there anymore anyways hahaha… dunno ars..

          • Phonow

            i guess you are not missing much. as kpkafle mentioned, spending time w/ellis is more important. :)

            do you celebrate thanksgiving? i’m not looking forward to the gathering. growing up, my fam would eat turkey, only because it’s cheap at that time of year, but never went psycho over it. hubbie’s family, on the other hand :(

            i dislike holidays as a whole, to me, it is just a way to force people who don’t like one another to gather. it is society’s way of preparing you for workplace company meetings. Bite your tongue & pretend that the village idiot is not speaking.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i just enjoy the days off. i always recall the year when my sister’s beagle jumped onto our dinner table and took with him our cooked turkey.

            i just saw an anime this morning, and the protagonist said school trips are a way of preparing students for work life when they have to go to endless meetings with people they don’t so much like.

            the matriarch of our family does all the plans and the kids come unwillingly.

          • Phonow

            haha. +1 for beagle! is beagle still invited for thanksgiving? hey, are you going to get a dog for Ellis when she is older? dogs are the best friend for any child to have.

            school is good for preparing kids for work life. you have to be there on time, do work, interact with buddies & psychos, and look endlessly at the clock for the day to end.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            beagle has been “sent to the farm” by maternal unit. i would definitely want a dog regardless. waiting for ellis to be a bit older though and not sure how my allergy would react to whatever type of dogs…

            at this point most stimulus is good for kid. worse for kid is not stimulus at all… at least according to this study i read where kids who grew up in eastern europe orphanage with no stimulus were worst off than kids who grew up with bad stimulus…

          • Phonow

            yikes. i hope you mean stud farm. :( beagles are notoriously hard headed–difficult to train.

            darn. forgot about the allergies. hope you can find a breed that is child friendly, and hypoallergenic.

            the orphanage stories are more than i can bear. ironic that they were considered the ‘lucky ones” for finding shelter while being condemned to a different kind of hell altogether.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            GMO hypoallergenic beagles…. easy to train, no dander hair and good to eat. also do not feed after mid night no matter how much it begs for food.

          • Phonow

            gmo doggie: hypoallergenic AND fillets itself for BBQ.

            http://i.giphy.com/6qG4WO0ezvjSE.gif

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            that reminds me of this…

            this page is getting heavy…

          • Phonow

            yeah, it is responding badly for me too. let’s skip elsewhere, OR you can get off your butt & do another entry. :)

            oh my. just saw the beginning of the wicked city. that lady should have wrapped him up in a tidy little package for a snack later on. (smack lips)

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            i’d get off my butt tomorrow. sleep has been very good lately.

            yah how did he escape her … teeth(s)! shoulda been some bobbitt action there.

          • Phonow

            the cooler weather helps. good to know you’re sleeping better.

            haha. let us not speculate on the lack of bobbit. ;)

          • Phonow

            hey, bad chit happening in your corner of the world. hope all is okay.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            what you mean the shooting? it’s about 2 hours from where i am at. we’re sinking deeper and deeper into the rabbit hole.

          • Phonow

            yeah, the shooting. :) i somewhat recall you live around LA, so was checking in. Silly me. haha

            i think i better stop reading the news. too many bad stuff happening in the world.

            Anyway… will await yo new post. the site is sticking.

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            it will take awhile haha

          • Phonow

            lol. will wait. have a great weekend!

            Llips may drop by your site. she’s a free spirit, so don’t hold breath. :)

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            haha she’s one of the OG members.. = X

          • Phonow

            hope she comes over. original gangsta. lol.

            am reading an interesting article about PC politics in colleges today. i can see myself in the article– too sensitive re microagressions or “sucky” humor (higa vs silverman). http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2015/09/the-coddling-of-the-american-mind/399356/

          • http://etane.net/ etane

            learning about new things sometimes/often means learning things that will make you uncomfortable because they challenge what you consider normal/acceptable. this element of learning is obviously removed by these “liberal arts” students who I think are really fundamentalist in their approach. they are removing nuance as well as removing their stake in the game in how words are used either in their favor or against.

            but, like that aoiki guy, i doubt many of the people who claim to be offended really are. they are pushing the threshold or merely trying to draw attention to themselves by saying “hey I am the new rosa parks” when in reality they are helping the klan.

          • Phonow

            lol. Aoki, not Higa. oh well, “they” all sound alike. I did not realize how far the “PC” crowd were pushing their agenda at college campuses. dayum.

            Whenever i protested, signed petitions, or whatever, I always believed that things would end up somewhere in the middle. I did not believe that admin would cave in altogether.

            Policies on sexual harassment, bullying, racism, etc. depends too much on having administrators with common sense–good judgement. Sounds nice on paper, but in reality, does it really work?

            noticed you have a new post. lol. just in the nick of time. very sticky.