Saturday, January 31, 2009


So I was at work today and I encountered one of the worst type of persons I have ever had the privilege of encountering. He was the type of guy that I would try not to judge as I walk pass him on the street, but I wouldn't be able to help myself. This dude wears the Ed Hardy type trash with his slightly tinted sunglasses and walks around like he's some big shot... only he's more like a wannabe Hispanic-American-Euro-Trash crossover that went terribly wrong.

I knew he was trouble the moment he sat down (sad to say)... this guy asks for a salted rim cup for his Corona... I inform him that we don't have a bar therefore we don't offer salted rim cups... so he asks me to make available all of the necessary accessories so he 'can do it himself'... SO, I save myself the hassle and salt the cup for his ass... no problemo...

I take this dudes order, he's unsure what the hell he wants, but it's cool... I gladly explain to him the ordering process and he orders for himself and the three kids that are with him. My bad... I forget to enter his order... so the food doesn't come out... my bad... it's about 10 or 15 minutes since his order... I frantically run over and apologize for the delay (of course I didn't tell him that I forgot to enter the order... I just tell him that the ticket didn't print out in the back...) the dude starts throwing attitude (which I can understand)... so I tell him that I will have the cooks rush his order and it will come up very shortly (it'd take the shrimp about 5 minutes to come out and about 7 - 10 minutes for the fried stuff to come out for his devil children)... he starts telling me he has to leave... so what did he want me to do? Lick his shoe? I kindly said that if he needed to leave, that I'd be happy to ring him up for his drinks and he can do so... dude flips out and says that I'm trying to put words into his mouth... he says he's hungry... well dude, you're the one that said you have to leave... so I gave him an attitude right back... dude was trying to get something for free... to make an already long story shorter... I end up putting aside my pride, buy the dude and his buddy each a beer... and for the rest of the time, the dude was still a complete dick. His kids made a mess (a mess!!!! How do you allow your kids to throw food all over the floor... literally) and he continued to bitch about this and that... I didn't expect much of a tip from him... he left like an 8% tip or something... which is fine, my bad...

The point? It's moments like these that teach me how to be a decent human being... I feel like I was raised in a family by parents and brothers and sisters who are good and considerate people... but ultimately, it's up to me to treat others accordingly... and moments like these help me appreciate good people in the world... Man, I wanted to tell that dude to shut the fuck up with his fake ass glasses... but it's cool... he contributed something to my life that I will be able to keep forever... and that's worth more than the $6 bucks that it cost for his beer and the $6 tip that he left.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I plead the 5th...

So it was the 5th year of our annual SF trip - 5 years of wine tasting (although I opted to be the double d this year), hitting the gay bars & clubs, shopping, museums, and most importantly - eating. I think most people take vacations to go site seeing and all of the things that I mentioned above, which we do. However, when we hit SF, we focus on the good eats first... which is what I'll do in this blog.

The first stop when we got into town was Cafe Fanny's. They offered a low-key breakfast menu which was a good way to start the weekend off. There was a tasty potato soup that was delightful. Right next door was a bread shop named Acme Bread. Their baguettes were warm and filling... in a good way... so much so that I had to buy a second loaf! We visited Sociale's, a little Italian joint that won favorite dishes of the weekend from 3 of 4 of the crew. My dish, the Brick Chicken dish (what they're known for) was probably the best chicken I have ever had the pleasure of experiencing. I try to stay healthy by ordering chicken when I go out and it can be boring at times... especially when members of your group are ordering things such as wild boar ravioli. This time however, the chicken was far from boring. It melted in my mouth like butter. As a matter of fact, I think they marinated butter in chicken with this mind melting dish. It was sooooo good that I have to post a picture of it. We also re-visited The House, an Asian fusion restuarant located in Chinatown. Our 4th member had her favorite dish there, the sea bass. They're known for their bass and I'm jealous I didn't order that dish... I will next time. We had amazing dessert dishes at each sitting (except for the Japanese Ramen restuarant... which we didn't order) and it'd be too crazy to sit here and list them all. I do want to mention that for the 5th year in a row, we stopped off at The Boulangerie, a French pastry shop that offers great fruit tarts, chocolate croissantes, and other delicious goodies that leave me feeling no remorse for all the calories I take in just from breathing the air inside the shop. You have to visit if you're ever in the Bay. We also visited Burma Superstar, which offers Burmese dishes (I've never tried) and the morning of the departure, we visited (also for the 5th year) Koi Palace and had 15 (or was it 16?) dishes of yummie dim sum!!! It was a good way to end the 5th annual SF trip.

The weather was perfect all weekend which was really strange because it's been very cold every single year we've gone up. I guess that was SF's way of saying, "Thanks mufucka's for coming up again... I'll see you next year and it'll be cold as a mufucka again!"

I spent time with my girlfriend and some good friends on a trip that comes up faster and faster with each passing year. We were discussing my bad memory and this blog of my experience of it is a good way of remembering our 2009 trip to SF... I hope you all have traditions or trips you take with your family & friends that will stay with you for the rest of your life. It's these moments that I cherish the most... moments that are worth more than all the money in the world.

I'm so Proust of you...

The Proust Questionnaire is a questionnaire about one's personality. Its name and modern popularity as a form of interview is owed to the responses given by the French writer Marcel Proust.
At the end of the nineteenth century, when Proust was still in his teens, he answered a questionnaire in an English-language Confession album belonging to his friend Antoinette, daughter of future President Felix Faure, entitled "An Album to Record Thoughts, Feelings, etc." At that time, it was a fad among English families to answer such a list of questions that revealed the tastes and aspirations of the taker.

1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?
Having your family & friends be with you through the good/bad times... doing things that you enjoy doing... there's no such thing as perfect... happy things change from time to time... but family & friends are always on the list.

2. What is your greatest fear?
Losing members of my family & friends.

3. What is the trait you most deplore in yourself?

4. What is the trait you most deplore in others?

5. Which living person do you most admire?
Those who chase their dreams

6. What is your greatest extravagance?
I'm too care free about my money

7. What is your current state of mind?
Inspired to finish school and chase my dreams

8. What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
All virtues can be overrated depending on how you apply them...

9. What is your favorite flower?
Don't have one... one's that smell good... I'll look into it

10. What do you most dislike about your appearance?

11. Which living person do you most despise?
Those who are selfish, greedy, and egotistical

12. What is the quality you most like in a man?

13. What is the quality you most like in a woman?

14. Which words or phrases do you most overuse?
Right now, 'What up'

15. What or who is the greatest love of your life?
Family & Friends, acting, performing, motorcycling, learning

16. When and where were you happiest?
When I am around my Family & Friends

17. Which talent would you most like to have?
To be more disciplined about things

18. If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
To be more focused

19. What do you consider your greatest achievement?
So far, going back to school and working on finishing it

20. If you were to die and come back as a person or a thing, what would it be?
Myself so I can learn more

21. Where would you most like to live?
Where people are kind to each other... I haven't traveled enough to be able to decide... but as long as the people around you are kind, then that's a good start.

22. What is your most treasured possession?
Material things do not matter... my Family & Friends... but they're not my possession... some come and go... perhaps the memories or lessons that I gain from each of them

23. What do you regard as the lowest depth of misery?
The experiences of those in the world who do not have the opportunities that each of us in this country are given... even then, many of them are able to pull themselves out of the so-called 'misery' and do wonderful things... so I'm unsure

24. What is your favorite occupation?

25. What is your most marked characteristic?
Friendly... I don't know

26. What do you most value in your friends?
Honor, loyalty, selflessness, kindness...

27. Who are your favorite writers?
Hmmm... those who write. I don't know a lot of writers by name... I just enjoy reading and taking things and applying them to my life...

28. Who is your hero of fiction?
Son Goku

29. Which historical figure do you most identify with?
We are all a part of history and I learn something new about myself through many different people I encounter...

30. Who are your heroes in real life?
My parents, selfless people, Valentino Rossi, people who try to make a difference in their own little ways

31. What are your favorite names?
Don't have any

32. What is it that you most dislike?
Selfishness, greed, egotism

33. What is your greatest regret?
Discovering that I actually want to finish school and learn something now instead of earlier.

34. How would you like to die?

35. What is your motto?
I have many... but one I always think of on a daily basis is, 'be kind'.

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

I Wish I Never Met Your Mother

The most recent episode (and many before it) from season 4 of 'How I Met Your Mother' was terrible. It has become very gimmicky and has followed in the footsteps of many other television shows of having key characters falling into a love triangle. One of my favorite shows (season 1 and 2) has now become one of my least favorite shows. Time to move on.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Hi, my name is Paul!

Okay, so I have never kept a 'diary' or anything like that because I have either been too lazy to write or I completely forget that I was supposed to do so on any given day. Any attempts I have ever had would start off one day, then it would jump to a few months later when I accidentally find said diary again... so I thought it would be interesting to blog about my daily, weekly, or monthly interests for those who are, well, interested... but mainly for myself. I guess a way of keeping aware of, well, myself.

I don't think you'll find anything too crazy here. I am simply a guy who is trying to make a living for himself... not with money necessarily... when I say a living, I mean just learning to navigate through this life that I live. Who cares, right? Nobody needs to... but I think we all go through this in some way or another... whether it's through our daily experiences as human beings or through our minds. We're always trying to figure out what to do next.

A little about me... I'm a student, in school and in life. I'm an actor. I'm a son. I'm a brother. I'm a boyfriend. I'm a bartender. I'm a server. Oh gosh, not another actor! Well, I'm one of those guys who cannot stand the expected normalities of a "successful" life... what does that mean? Working a 9 - 5? That's not me... it drives me crazy. I'm currently a server and bartender and I work about 20 - 25 hours per week... it leaves the rest of the week open to audition, be active, read, go to school, be with friends and family... it leaves the rest of the week to LIVE. I guess that's me in a nutshell... an extra small nut shell. I hope you find my blogs interesting, controversial (at times), thought provoking, not so thought provoking, fun, boring, exciting, and everything else... Life is all of these things and so a blog should be too... let's just see if I keep up with this better than I have with my 'diaries'!!!

Reading: 'The Forever War' by Dexter Filkins
Watched: 'The Wild One' and 'Julius Caesar' starring Marlon Brando
Just: Got back from indoor rock climbing... my fingers hurt