Archive for September, 2004

Grandfather passing away…

Sunday, September 26th, 2004

It’s been a while since I write in my journal. Lots of crazniess has been happening. My grandfather passed away Saturday September 18th. It’s still very surreal. While I wasn’t close to my grandfather, I did grow up with him in the house. It was my first wake and funeral. I tend to stay very far away from those. It was nothing of what I expected. When I saw him in the casket it seemed wrong. That wasn’t my grandfather. It didn’t look like him, yet it was. At least it was his body. The wake ran more like a family renunion than a wake.

There were so many people that I hadn’t seen in years. I usually tend to shy away from family events but this was good for me. I don’t know if it was the Lexapro that I was taking, but I was actually feeling calm. I’m usually anxious as can be. My grandmother and mother took it a lot better than I thought. At first they were very emotional but we had so many family and friends that it kept them busy. The most touching part of the night was when my grandmother said how lucky she was to have so many people care for her. Suddenly family made sense. I felt a part of my family, not like a stranger looking in, as I usually do.

It’s been a full week since my grandfather has passed away and I’m still in such a surreal state. I feel strange leaving for California in three months, but I have a feeling that if I stay in Southern Califonria for a long time that my parents will eventually come and live with me. While I dreaded that thought when I was younger, I now invite it.

It’s my mother’s birthday tomorrow and I am trying to do everything to make it special for her, especially when my grandpa passed away. I’m taking her to a day spa this weekend and I know she will love it! I wanted to update everyone on what’s been going on. I’ll be writing more this week.

Hurricane Frances and Flamingo Park

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

Hurricane Frances didn’t affect my apartment complex much. In fact I never lost power in my apartment. When I came back from my parents house I thought nothing had happened to Miami Beach. I was walking Lola along Flamingo Park when I noticed that a lot of big trees were down! All this and it wasn’t even hurricane strength winds! Can you imagine. Here are some pictures that I snapped when I was walking Lola. The first one is from the Dog Park. The tree on the left collapsed. The second one is a large tree in the middle of Flamingo Park which was uprooted completly.


Flamingo Park

Flamingo Park

Californication

Monday, September 6th, 2004
Californication

I was walking Lola and listening to my iPod when Californication came on by the Red Hot Chili Peppers. I was about to pass it, when I realized the song was perfect for my move. I’ve been very anxious lately about the move. It seems so soon yet I’m kind of stuck in this limbo. I want it to happen already! It’s funny even though I’m moving for a programming job, you can’t help but get a little californication into the mix.

I can’t wait to spot celebrities, and watch some of my favorite shows (even though it takes hours and hours of sitting down). I don’t aspire to be a struggling actor, but I would like to break into the game show circuit. Maybe I can win big at Lingo :)

These three days that I was couped up at my parents during Hurrican Frances really made me anxious to do something. I was stuck inside with nothing to do but watch tv and eat! It’s what I usually do but at least on the beach I live alone. Staying with your parents, especially when they smoke like chiminey’s. I’ve been so bored lately. It’s probably why I’m so anxious about the move, there is nothing else to do. Hopefully when Rafael comes back from Denver I’ll have my going out buddy again.

Twin Falls IdahoI know I watch way too many movies. I do need a life. But I would be nothing without netflix. I saw the ending of Spinal Tap and thought it had some funny parts but wasn’t all that impressed. The other mocumentaries were so much better! I saw Twin Falls Idaho. The movie itself was kind of slow and tragically boring. The only highlight, and the only reason that I think I kept on watching was because the conjoined twins (they aren’t really joined in real life) are very hot! Individually hot, not conjoined hot. I want to check out Vanity Fair in the theatres, since I love thos Renaissance type movies. Roscoe told me it was kind of lame though, so we’ll see :) Soul Plane comes out on video tomorrow and I really want to chech that out. The commercials look hilarious.

I forgot to mention that I went to the Loading Zone for the orgy party. The party happens the last tuesday of every month. I think I went to early because I was pacing around for like 35 minutes. This got me nervous and I started sweating. It was very cramped in the dark area and whenever someone started doing something everyone swarmed to that area. I got very, very claustraphobic! I decided to leave because it was way too hot and claustraphobic. I noticed that I as I was leaving at 12:45, the place started filling up. When I go next time I’ll make sure it’s very late to get a real flavor for the place. After all I have to get saturated with the dirty south before I move to LA. They don’t even have nude beaches there! You have to go to San Diego! Still I’m up for … Californication….hella yeah :)


Psychic spies from China

Try to steal your mind’s elation

Little girls from Sweden

Dream of silver screen quotations

And if you want these kind of dreams

It’s Californication

It’s the edge of the world

And all of western civilization

The sun may rise in the East

At least it settles in the final location

It’s understood that Hollywood

sells Californication

Pay your surgeon very well

To break the spell of aging

Celebrity skin is this your chin

Or is that war your waging

Chorus:

First born unicorn

Hard core soft porn

Dream of Californication

Dream of Californication

Marry me girl be my fairy to the world

Be my very own constellation

A teenage bride with a baby inside

Getting high on information

And buy me a star on the boulevard

It’s Californication

Space may be the final frontier

But it’s made in a Hollywood basement

Cobain can you hear the spheres

Singing songs off station to station

And Alderon’s not far away

It’s Californication

Born and raised by those who praise

Control of population everybody’s been there

and

I don’t mean on vacation

Chorus

Destruction leads to a very rough road

But it also breeds creation

And earthquakes are to a girl’s guitar

They’re just another good vibration

And tidal waves couldn’t save the world

From Californication

Pay your surgeon very well

To break the spell of aging

Sicker than the rest

There is no test

But this is what you’re craving

Chorus

    Californication

  – Red Hot Chili Peppers

My Baby Picture

Friday, September 3rd, 2004
When I was a baby.

Iris, my cousin, just brought this picture of me to my parent’s house.I wanted to scan it in and show you guys what I looked like when I was a baby! It’s a short blog today as we should start to get some really bad storms tonight thanks to Hurricane Frances. It died down significantly but it should still cause lots of trouble. I hear that there are lots of people who do not have electricity right now.

Hurricane Frances and the worst Movie Ever

Thursday, September 2nd, 2004

Hurricane FrancesWell here we are close to getting slammed by another hurricane. The last one, Charlie hit Punta Gorda. This one looks like it’s going to hit north of South Florida, but you never know with these tricky devils. I just hope that my apartment in South Beach doesn’t flood and that my fishes are ok!

I came to my parents to ride out the storm since Miami Beach was an evacuation zone. Not a good place to be right now. This nasty hurricane season we are experiencing is reason enough to move to LA pronto! I’ve very psyched about the move but yesterday I had a dip in the meter and was a little down.

It has to do a lot with my grandfather. He’s been in the hospital now for 17 days. He wasn’t doing so well and we thought it might be the end but he’s pulling through like a champion. He’s almost 88 years old now with Parkinson’s disease and he almost bled to death because of an ulcer. But we are a strong family and he’s still with it and not ready to let go. My fear of death has always been very strong. I can’t stomach funerals. I know death is part of life but it’s always been something that gets me worked up.

Yesterday I had high blood pressure, I was super anxious and every little thing annoyed me to no end. I thought a lot about how far I will be from my parents. It’s very depressing but I am also 27 years old and want to experience something other than Miami. Miami is a great city but I think L.A. will offer something wondefully different.

It seems like there is an endless amount of options for adventure in California. Since I was a little kid I dreamed about moving out there. I owe myself the chance to try it for at least a year. And it’s pretty much risk-free since it’s on the company tab. I think I will love it there. And my dream is to get my parents out there enough that they will fall in love with California too.

I’m not as depressed today. I’ve been chatting with a couple of guys from Los Angeles and meet some cool people that I will hope will turn into good friends when I’m out there. It’s always scary when you are in a new place and don’t know where to go. Luckily it’s not a new job, I just have to get used to working face-to-face with everyone instead of over instant messenger.

I saw the worst movie with Rafael and Tommy the other day. Exorcist: The Beginning. Don’t see it for the love of God. It was unbearably hilarious and ridiculous at the same time. It wasn’t scary. It wasn’t provocative, and the last five minutes of the movie when you get Exorcist I type of special effects were lame. The dialogue at the end is hilarious. Look out for the fucking the exorcist up the ass line. It was classic. It had us laughing through the ending of the movie.

I rented Princess Monoke and This is Spinal Tap from NetFlix.com. Princess Monoke was great. I very rarely get into Japanese anime but this was really nicely done and the story progressed nicely. It made more sense than the second movie that I saw first. That one was a little strange. I also rented This is Spinal Tap and saw half of it. It was a little slow with some funny stuff in between. I’ll watch the rest tonight and hopefully it will get better.

If I have power and DSL tomorrow I’ll let you guys know how the storm goes. It got downgraded to a category 3 hurricane so it just might be very bad weather. We’ll see. Wish me luck.


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