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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 […]

2012 Summer Olympics Coverage Journal – 8/3/2012 – Track, the Cult Sport

August 12, 2012 by


Today’s Observations: The first day of Track. Finally.  One of the things Al Michaels said about track, “It’s become a cult sport.” “Cult” sport, as if track and field events weren’t arguably the genesis of the modern-day Olympics.  Needless to say, I was trying really hard to find the video, but couldn’t locate it. Earlier […]

2012 Summer Olympics Coverage Journal – 8/2/2012

August 3, 2012 by


Today’s Observations I didn’t catch much of the Today show today, had to leave early. Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps show on Today again, though I do appreciate Lochte shouting out how he and Phelps have “Lil Wayne” bumping on their radio. I notice that the track commercials are finally surging up.  August 3, tomorrow […]

2012 Summer Olympics Coverage Journal – 8/1/2012

August 2, 2012 by


Today’s Observations Caught a huge swath of the Today Show today after the US Women’s gymnastics team won gold in the team competition. The women’s gymnastics team was the story, as was seeing their parents.  The past few nights we’d seen Aly Raisman’s parents, Jordyn Wieber’s mom, and Gabby Douglas’ mom.  This was the first time […]