Saturday, February 21, 2009

paradise cove...

I'm lucky to have a maven for a roommate. He has a certain knack for knowing where to go eat in the greater Los Angeles area. Although I don't think it would matter where we were, he would somehow find the places to hit up. This morning we drove down to Malibu to go eat at a place called Paradise Cove. You have to pay $25 to park unless you spend over $20 at the restaurant. Good thing we can eat whatever we want. And since the price of food is not really a problem for us, this was a perfect place to go. It's actually a private beach with the restaurant right on the sand. I had cinnamon french toast while sitting on the sand. What an awesome experience. I just sat there looking at the ocean and was in awe. I ate and then laid down on one of the outdoor beds they had and just read.
I have to admit though, part of me wished I would've had a significant other to enjoy it all with. Oh well, someday. But for anyone coming down through LA I would definitely recommend taking a morning to go check out this place.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

spinal tap anyone?

so, im on here now because my mom reads this thing religiously and complained that I had not updated it recently. I've been sick lately and there's not much to talk about. But let me tell you I now have this bump on my left hand near my wrist bone. I think there is something growing in my arm. It doesn't hurt or anything, but man I do have to worry a little bit about something growing that shouldn't be there. Mom says I should hit up a doctor.... however, seeing as how I have no health insurance at the moment, I do not think a doctor will be in the future plans anytime soon. hahah, I love having no real job. Haha. So I gues for now I'll let it keep growing and we'll see how big it gets.

Oh, on a separate note I spoke with another friend today was recently made unemployed. Tough times. I have a bunch of friends facing some serious problems with employment. For all of you, you're in my thoughts and prayers and soon enough I'll be joining all of you on the unemployment market. Haha. But my buddy mentioned that we can go get medical tests done for some quick cash. Spinal tap = $4000. 15 minutes of hell for some serious money doesn't sound too bad at the moment. Any takers?

Saturday, February 7, 2009

done and done.

Even though I knew I had finished all the necessary requirements for graduation I was still a little skeptical of being completely done. Well, my small doubts were removed this past week as BYU made it official. After 17 years of school, yes 17, I put myself on the 5 year plan at BYU, haha, I am DONE. Picture me smiling right now as I write these words.....

lightning could strike....

“As I stated before, the guys here (BYU) are just like all guys everywhere. They will make a wonderful first impression, leaving you in the clouds, then drop off the face of the planet entirely. They play games and mess around, date you’re girlfriends behind your back. They are immature and self centered.”

Ah yes, another bitter diatribe centered on the nature of dating at BYU. A real rarity, right? Wrong. The first paragraph comes courtesy of a good friend of mine from a recent essay of hers. It seems there is a running commentary about how every guy has failed miserably at being "prince charming". Just as common is the incessant whining about the dating failures of the ladies of Happy Valley.

I’ve done both. I have sat down with many a girl friend and said, "man that guy is a jerk, what was he thinking doing that, you totally deserve better." Come to think of it, at times I have probably been the jerk being discussed in a situation just like that. (I'm sorry!) I have also spent countless nights with the guys talking about why you girls do some of the off-the-wall things you do. (To be honest I don't even think you girls know)

But these discussions are just fine because actually I think they are all based on truths. I think that as guys we can do some really stupid things. Sometimes we premeditate our stupidity, but more often than not I think we do it in ignorance. And girls, well you can be pretty brutal at times yourselves.

And so, to my friend, I'm not here to disagree with your point that “A perfect man does not exist in any non-fiction realm.” I agree with you. But I do have a bone to pick with you about several other comments you made. And whether or not you actually believe these things you wrote is not important, I'm going to comment on them anyways.

“So maybe it’s our fault. Maybe the perfect man for us does not really exist. We will eventually just find someone that puts on an act believable enough, and then spend the rest of our lives being too forgiving. He will hold the title of “Prince Charming” in our minds as we block out reality. It must be our fault.”

Put on an act? Wow. Ok, does anyone really want to spend the rest of their life with someone who is “putting on an act”? The correct answer should be, NO. And I don’t believe you have to. I honestly think that you can find an imperfect person who can love you perfectly. So you’re wading through a swamp of guys “pretending” and doing whatever stupid things it is we do, big deal. There will come a time when, if you allow yourself to not be so cynical, someone with a host of imperfections will devote himself to you, and only you. And I do not believe it will be an act. They will truly love you, with a perfect kind of love.

“I want to be fooled.”

This is how my friend wraps things up. Interesting. But I know she can do better than being “fooled”. And if I were to ever know that she or any girl settled for something less than they deserve than I would have to say this:

“I want you to get swept away out there. I want you to levitate. I want you to sing with rapture and dance like a dervish...Yeah be deliriously happy or at least leave yourself open to be. I know it's a cornball thing, but love is passion, obsession, something you can't live without. I say, fall head over heels, find someone you can love like crazy and who'll love you the same way back. How do you find him? Well, you forget your head and you listen to your heart. The truth is, there's no sense living your life without this. To make the journey and not fall deeply in love, well, you haven't lived a life at all. But you have to try, because if you haven't tried, you haven't lived. Who knows, lightening could strike!” (Anthony Hopkins, Meet Joe Black)
Great quote from a great movie. Ok, so maybe I watch a little too many “chick flicks”. Is it a bad thing? Well, I think the guys in the crew would definitely say I’m a little out there. But someday I hope even each of them will find somebody who will give them the love they all deserve. But provide me an interesting predicament about relationships and love and I’ll most certainly have a movie quote ready for you. Haha.

I think my friends piece of writing was great to read and was well written (except for the typo in the first paragraph, see if you can spot it. Haha), but just in case she believes more than she lets on I would like to say, DON’T. Haha. There are too many cynical people in the world. People will find what they leave themselves open for.

You ladies are not going to get a “perfect” Prince Charming. But you can definitely find someone who will love you in that perfect way you have always dreamed of. Leave yourself open and who knows "lightning could strike."

Ok, so because I’m such a big fan of these movies, I figure I’ll test your knowledge and see if you can tell me the movies these quotes come from :

1. “The greatest thing you’ll ever learn is just to love and be loved in return”

2. “You must know…. Surely you must know it was all for you… You have bewitched me, body and soul, and I love, I love, I love you. I never wish to be parted from you form this day on.

3. -“Tell me what was so special about your wife?
-“Well how long is your program? Well it was a million little things that, when you added them all up, they meant we were supposed to be together….and I knew it.

4. “I always take a relationship to the next level. If that works out, I take it to the next level after that, until I finally reach that level when it becomes absolutely necessary for me to leave.”

5. -“Go ahead, say it.
-You don’t deserve her.
-I don’t, I know that; but I need her, and I don’t need anything.”

Sunday, February 1, 2009

this is me.

Several of my friends recently did these "25 things about me" posts on Facebook and so of course I decided to get in on the action, so I decided to repost it here as well.

1. I'm a bboy. Nothing beats the rush of dancing in front of a crowd, in front of other bboys and even just practicing in the studio.

2. I love public speaking.

3. I've broken my right arm twice. Once, scoring the game winning touchdown in 4th grade at recess. I was a champion on the playground. Haha. The other time was when I first started to breakdance.

4. When I'm driving and I see a red light I will take my foot off the gas and just roll until it becomes absolutely necessary for me to begin braking. I feel like for some reason I'm saving gas or something.

5. I think I might have a slight obsession with Justin Timberlake.

6. I get easily hooked on tv shows, so I'm trying to limit how many new shows I watch otherwise I end up having to sit down and catch up with every previous season.

7. My middle name is Kealoha. It's Hawaiian and so am I. It means "Beloved".

8. For almost my entire youth my only goal was to be President of the United States when I grew up. I'm not sure how close I am to that goal. Haha.

9. I love to shop. But I have a special love for hats and shoes. New shoe smell is one of the greatest things!

10. I bite my finger nails even though I know I shouldn't.

11. I played the french horn for 7 years and loved it. Someday I'd love to get back into playing it. Love the intro horn parts for Til Eulenspiegel by Strauss.

12. I have spent my entire life on Apple Computers and will never switch. ever.

13. I'm a sucker for romantic comedies. It doesn't matter how terrible or cheesy it is, I'm going to love it. I seriously believe that everyone is entitled to that amazing movie love you see in those movies.

14. I am going to write a book someday.

15. The month of December is by far the best month of every year. The Christmas vibe is a special one.

16. Yes, I have read all of the Twilight Series. And yes, I liked them.

17. When I was in 2nd grade I won a National Invention Convention for my age group for the "Stay Dry Mail Bag". Those were my glory days.

18. Out of all the amazing Book of Mormon characters my favorite is definitely Alma the Younger. I love reading about his life. It gives me so much hope.

19. I would love to always have a song playing out loud as I go about my life that matches my current mood.

20. I think my biggest physical flaw is that I can't grow a full beard..... Although some might argue it is my "hunchback". Haha

21. I would love to stop everything; grab my camera, my laptop, and go travel the world taking pictures and writing about all the amazing things other cultures and places have to offer.

22. There is nothing I won't do for my family and friends. Well, maybe one or 2 things, but once I know you I will gladly help you with anything you might need.

23. I love teaching. Loved teaching on the mission. Love teaching Sunday School. Love teaching my kids breakdancing. I want to spend the rest of my life teaching in some capacity.

24. I hate being late. Even when you're supposed to do the "fashionably late" thing, I still secretly have a weird anxious feeling.

25. I like to pretend that I don't have a care in the world and that I'm always relaxed and nothing phases me, but if you really know me, you'll be able to tell when something isn't quite right.