Category Archives: television

poor character

It was the afternoon/evening rush hour. A line of cars waiting at a short signal. This street is always packed during this time. As I walked by, I heard one car honking a very long honk. It’s when you hold your hand down on the horn and not let up. It’s shorthand for extremely angry/agitated.

I wondered who could be so angry (or possibly deaf or dead at the wheel) when there was simply a line of cars and I saw no accidents or anyone hurt anywhere. Where was that honk coming from?

An elderly lady in her silver car.

Complete with handicap tag, she was waiting in line behind a red car with two younger women. She partially opened her door, pulled her cane out, and started banging on her door to get the red car’s attention. She also started yelling obscenities at them. I was amazed that an old lady could be so grumpy, so mean, so ugly. She wasn’t in an accident. I think maybe the red car pulled out in front of her in the line of cars inching toward the intersection.

The women in the red car were distressed. I didn’t want to stand around and watch this ugliness from the old lady. I felt sorry for her because I knew what it was like to get really mad for other people’s driving, especially in Los Angeles.

But that degree of ugly made me think of an episode of “The Mind of a Chef” where a NYC chef said it was hard for her to love people of poor character.

It’s easy to not love people of poor character. Not hard at all.

It does take a miracle to love people of poor character. And we need lots of those on a daily basis.

the mind of a chef

I’m watching the PBS series “The Mind of a Chef” and I’ve learned stuff already from it. Like maybe I want to go to Japan and eat lots of ramen and seafood there (that’s from season one with David Chang). There’s a segment where they do cook a dish and talk about it and I learned some cooking tidbits, but already forgot them because I watched but didn’t practice the cooking technique.

Anyway, it’s good because they’re half-hour episodes, which to me is a digestible size of program. Did I just make a food pun? Because I would never ever use puns. Puns are terrible.

Price: $15.75

stand up

Some of my favorite comedians talk about food. Two I really like are Jim Gaffigan and Gabriel Iglesias.

Gaffigan’s material on food is really funny, basically observations about Americans’ approach to food in today’s culture. And food is a universal topic as well as a way to connect with a foreign culture. I’m sure that any non-American can watch a few of his specials and probably understand Americans. Not really, but maybe.

Iglesias is the same, but he mostly talks about food with a different approach. It’s more personal, and he makes it more personal by telling stories about his interaction with fans.

One thing both of them do very well is voices. They can tell jokes with many different kinds of accents and voices. They’re great storytellers. Gaffigan can do great East Coast accents and a raspy female voice. Iglesias does an amazing sexy female voice and amazing sound effects.

I’m not sure how to end this post, so I’ll just say this is the end of the post…

And I don’t care about Game of Thrones. At least not until I watch the show, and I won’t do that until the series is finished and I can binge watch sometime in the future.

Price: $7.99

suits

Someone recommended the TV show “Suits” and I had no interest at first because it was about two male lawyers. Sounded so boring. But when I started to watch I had to admit it was good and it looked good. The name of the show is quite fitting.

The wardrobe makes a huge statement for each character. The female characters wear amazing dresses and they look so good while not being glamorous. Yet you know nobody dresses like that in real life…or do they?

Anyway, it’s a good show and worth watching. It’s a real drama in the sense there’s no smiling, all the characters are dealing with multiple fires at once, they appear to never sleep, and the whole season is to arrive near the end with a few smiles and laughs after overcoming the huge obstacles in the way, while the last few episodes set up the next season’s dramatic problems for the main characters.

Price: $19.99
Was: $39.98

random June thoughts

In LA there’s a “season” called June gloom, which is basically cloudy days with cool temperatures. For locals the lack of constant sun can turn someone into a depressed person, as if they are severely deficient in Vitamin D and moping about as if the world is ending.

Personally, I love the June gloom. The temps are comfortable enough to leave windows open and the clouds keep the sun from frying my skin. The sun in SoCal is rather intense.

Yet, like the rest of this year, it’s been abnormal weather, for good (with the extra rain) and maybe bad (a sunny, hot June). Perhaps this year will simply not be normal.

This makes me want to go to a cloudy and cool place. Maybe Portland? It’s on my list of places to go.

I also randomly want to eat a lot of wheat products like ramen noodles, croissants, and bread. I also want to go to Paris but I think it’s actually hot there too.

But honestly, I am in the best place to be right now. I love LA.

I watched the rest of the first season of The Grand Tour on Amazon Prime. When the show originally premiered I watched the first couple episodes and thought it was terrible, which is terrible to say about these three brilliant car freaks. I stopped watching.

Then, after I saw a news story of one of the hosts getting into a serious but non life-threatening accident, I decided to watch another episode. Turns out the show gets better towards the end. It’s still got parts I really don’t care for or are completely stupid, but overall I’m a fan again.