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A Set of Ideas that Rocked My Political Orientation as a Republican-Leaning Teenager

November 6, 2013 by


“There is no such thing as a “black” and “white” world.” “There is no such thing as those ‘eeeee-vil’ men.” “There is no such thing as “good guys” or “bad guys.” I remember that it was in an AOL chatroom about politics in the year 2000 where I realized, well, I guess I’m on the […]

The Good Time to be Had at Filipino Family Parties

October 19, 2013 by


I felt like a grown man every time I shook his hand. Uncle Rene. As a kid, I used to think of the Disney’s Jungle Book character King Louie when I saw him.  That song about being a human would instantly play on queue when I thought of him.  A super-laxed, balding, easy-smiling-but-not-cheesy brown man […]

Marty and his Dad

December 10, 2012 by


When I was in the 6th grade at my elementary/middle school, there was an overweight, light-skinned Mexican kid with thick, combed hair named Marty. The only thing I knew about Marty:  after the school day ended and we were in the school yard, I saw him run to and hug his dad with such a […]

Basketball as a Little Filipino-American Boy’s Religion: Be Like Mike

October 15, 2012 by


There was something magical about throwing a round orange ball in hopes of getting it through a cylinder with a net hoop.  It was fun.  So fun that every morning, I would be obliged to take a few shots.  30 minutes worth of shooting.  From my designated “3-point line.”  From close up.  Against the backboard. […]

Easy-to-Follow Trajectories: The Answer to Why I Care So Much About Sports

August 15, 2012 by


In December of 2011, I was wondering:  why do I care so much about sports? Now that I have been engorged in all things pop culture since that time, while staying somewhat abreast of Anthro, Philosophy theory, I have come across a major realization:  we care about sports, celebrities’ personal lives because we generally like […]

2012 Summer Olympics Coverage Journal – 8/5/2012 – Insane Usain and Missy Franklin

August 13, 2012 by


Today’s Observations 2nd day of track, most of which I missed.  During prime-time was the 100 Meter Final. Before that though, they showed the qualification rounds to the 100 Meter Final.  They did a segment on sprinter Yohan Blake and how he played cricket.  Yohan Blake was billed as the man to beat Usain Bolt […]

2012 Summer Olympics Coverage Journal – 8/4/2012

August 12, 2012 by


Today’s Observations I missed a lot of the coverage because I ran my own (slow) race.  Hey, I ended up winning my “bracket”, the 20-29 Mens.  Ate a champion’s brunch as well, so I missed a lot of Olympics action. Big news was Serena Williams winning the gold and doing a cripwalk.   I watched […]