Project Dissertation

I moved to this fabulous city three years ago mainly to; be near an airport for travel, be able to not trade my stilletos for trainers, and to finish my doctoral studies in four years. Yes, that pretty much sums up my priorities at 30. So now I am ABD with nine months to go and San Francisco is no easy city to ignore. Although, I would argue that each experience that deters my academic writing is really just needed inspiration. Welcome and I hope you enjoy...

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Location: San Francisco, California, United States

Bilingual, Bicultural, and Dual Citizen. J School B.A., M.A. in High Incidence Disabilities, & ABD in Education.

Friday, January 26, 2007

Viva le Fuzzy

My male friends always know just what to say when I announce, "I am not going out with him ever again!"

This time it was a truly dull and jet set man, without an ounce of spontaneity in his blood, and if warmth could be measured then he was ice cold- even when he tried to be warm...but you know, when I met him, I thought he had potential, don't they all?

"You need someone with a fuzzy mind or appearance, everything else is boring or dull." Wait I asked, "I am a fuzzy mind right? I wouldn't want to be in the fuzzy appearance category." We laughed as we ate veggie cheese-steaks and drank beer from brown bags at Dolores park, "yes, you can be a fuzzy mind, only because you actually use it despite your non-fuzzy appearance." The sun was out and felt warm at last. Besides he added, "If you were homely I wouldn't even talk to you, much less be seen in public with you!" Male friends sure don't mince words.

He was onto something, "I think you are right, because every millionaire I have dated has been completely non creative or 'fuzzy'." Without a pause he added, "they are hollow as fuck." We laughed and I cheered, "to my first brown bag in the park!"

He has a brilliant mind, an MFA, and like most most New York transplants via LA the most irreverent humor. He is a writer and understands the nuance of creating. Never at nausea but often enough we have addressed the issue of not writing, usually over a drink at a bar as the bartender or someone else befriends us and we then turn the conversation to who they are hitting on, or who we would hit on, if either of us actually did that.

There are very few instances when men and women can truly be friends, in my lifetime at a given time I have had maybe two or three, fortunately they have all been brilliantly fuzzy and articulately platonic.

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

I wanna go!

Rage Against the Machine, the seminal L.A. band that made heavy music into political manifesto, will reunite after a seven-year lull for one show as the headliners at the 2007 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.Sources say Rage, which played the main stage at the first Coachella in 1999, will be joined by other familiar faces for the eighth edition of the festival, which covers three days this year and begins April 27: Red Hot Chili Peppers, which headlined in 2003, are back, as is Björk, who topped the bill in 2002.

Organizers were mum this weekend and it was not clear which day Rage or the other acts were slotted to play; that announcement is expected in the next few days. Other acts expected in the eclectic lineup: Arcade Fire, Interpol, Willie Nelson, the Roots, Manu Chao, the Decemberists, Arctic Monkeys, Sonic Youth, Crowded House, Air, Tiësto and Kings of Leon.

Tickets go on sale Saturday, via Ticketmaster. Three-day passes will cost about $250 and there will be a limited number of single-day passes available.

The headliners are not novel, but they are potent. The Peppers are up for their first best album Grammy right now, and Björk remains a mesmerizing figure to fans of avant pop. But in Southern California rock circles, there is very little that could compete with the excitement of a Rage Against the Machine reunion. The quartet's hybrid of funk, rap, metal and leftist ideology was as subtle as a Molotov cocktail; in the 1990s, its aggro-anthems made it the only band that mattered to a fan base that included East L.A. protest kids as well as those in Hollywood punk circles, college dorms and mainstream rock festival mosh pits, where politics were secondary to the group's feral energy.

The band is vocalist Zack de la Rocha, guitarist Tom Morello, bassist Tim Commerford and drummer Brad Wilk. Their split came amid rumors of bad blood between De la Rocha and his mates, who went on to work with Chris Cornell in Audioslave. However, Morello and De la Rocha appeared together at a 2005 rally for the urban farmers of a South Los Angeles community

Sunday, January 14, 2007

Top 7 of 2007

1. Bikram Yoga
2. Amee, Jess, Bek, Monica, Erika
3. Hermeneutic Participatory Research
4. The Marina
5. Cold Unfiltered Sake
6. Trader Joe's
7. TiVo