February 7, 2019

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The first thing that popped in my head when I was getting ready to write this was a song from Rent, called "Seasons of Love." The song starts "Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. Five hundred twenty-five thousand moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand six hundred minutes. How do you measure, measure a year?" A year ago I got the email that would change my life forever. A year ago "Buckle Up, Skip...

November 14, 2018

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I never really considered myself easily inspired, but I guess the fact I still haven't thrown away my Beto for Senate bumper sticker proves otherwise. I frequently use external influences to motivate changes in my life. I am uncertain whether that is a good or bad thing. I was asking the Sane One what I should write about this week, and she said that I hadn't shared the "lead bicycle" story with you guys, which I think is one...

June 30, 2018

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Progress is a funny thing. Lots of times I'm bitching and moaning that progress isn't fast enough. Patience has never been my strong suit and I think that, in topics that are unjust and un-American, I have even less patience. Progress still exists. I was listening to The Daily Show on Comedy Central Radio on the way to work yesterday and they were talking about the end of Pride Month. The topic was the overwhelming public supp...

May 26, 2018

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I sleep naked.

Woah! Is this the TMI Part 2 Post? This feels like the TMI Part 2 post! Calm down, Sparkles. It's very relevant to this story. And shit! I do need to finish that story! But agreed, it's not the ideal way to start a story. Or is it? It's so important that I'm going to say it again. I sleep butt ass naked. Stark naked. Sans clothes. In the buff. Nude. Betty White style. Come to think of it, it was the strangest tra...

May 5, 2018

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Ready for a huge revelation? I was on the high school Quiz Bowl team. Ahhh, the elusive unicorn: an Asian on a high school academic based competitive team. Can you hear Sir David Attenborough's whispery voice: Observe the diminutive member of the group cautiously attempting to gain societal relevance. Will he be successful in gaining the attention of the females entering heat? Ahhh, lurking in the shadows are the pack of footb...

May 2, 2018

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Ahhhh, the impertinence of youth. As I'm making the uncomfortable turn around the second half of my life, I'm frequently prone to reflecting on just the sheer audacity I possessed in my younger days. I started a habit when I hit puberty that I still practice today. On my birthday, (Thanks, Visit to Korea, for fucking that up for me!) I will initiate a very thorough and brutal performance evaluation of myself one year prior. I...

April 29, 2018

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Potential titles of this post were, "No, gout is not fatal...dammit" and "Googling gout and hoping for terrible results." Maybe you can now understand why I selected the title I did. Buckle up, Skippy, you're going to get a guided tour of my descent to imaginary hell.

Many adoptees develop a need to discover their roots and find out more about their birth families. I was definitely not one of those individuals. I was quite cont...

April 27, 2018

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I'm going to start a new section of the blog called, “People I Have Been Confused For.” As most Americans have an incredibly hard time differentiating between Asians, I expect there will be a lot of amusing stories of mistaken identity amongst you readers. I want to hear them! And, I'm guessing the rest of the audience does too! I will start off with one of many such stories I have of mistaken identity.

Back in 1996, I was livi...

April 17, 2018

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Nestled in the foothills of the Chicago mountains, on the corners of Lincoln and California Avenues lies Woo Chon. Woo Chon is a traditional Korean BBQ place where almost all the patrons use chopsticks properly and drinks soju like a Russian death row prisoner drinks vodka. I found this place by accident many years ago in the first of the four times I have lived in Chicago. If you have never been here, I urge you to go. Nothin...

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