Archive for August, 2008

College Flyering Day 2: CSULB + CSUDH + LBCC

Sunday, August 31st, 2008

Our Sunday College Flyering outing started out with some drama. By mid-morning though Luis and I had gotten over it. We started out adventure in Long Beach. Most of the colleges we were hitting up were in the area. We went to Staples first to make our copies! We went across the street to Starbucks to start the morning off right and then we were off to the Cal State Long Beach(CSULB) campus.

The CSULB campus was huge! There were some Japanese Gardens that I wanted to check out but we were on a flyering mission, so I didn’t have time for fun stuff. There was a gigantic pyramid in the middle of the school. It looked like their Performing Arts Center. It was very cool and blue! We walked along the campus flyering away and were really taken aback at how beautiful this campus was. There was an outside swimming pool in the Student Center, beautiful fountains everywhere, and a lot of Art Deco architecture everywhere. We were already exhausted, and had used up all our flyers for CSULB, but we had to head to our next stop which was Long Beach City College (LBCC).

The LBCC campus was not that big but it was really pretty. The architecture was amazing. The best part of the campus was that there were wild bunnies everywhere! It was so cool!! Since the campus was small we flyered it pretty well. This was the campus that we got the best response from! I think it’s because it was smaller and we really canvased the area well! We used up all our flyers again! After the LBCC we went to this Chinese Buffet that Luis really likes. I had never been there before. I’m not gonna lie, the food was not appetizing at all to me. Everything looked real nasty. I had a few things. But I wasn’t loving it the way I love Soup Plantation’s buffet!

After lunch we headed to Cal State Dominguez Hills (CSUDH). This campus wasn’t as big as the other ones. It was still pretty big though! What was cool about this campus was that it actually holds the Home Depot Center. The Home Depot Center is where the Galaxy Soccer team plays! Hello David Beckham!

We used up all our flyers at CSUDH! By this point we were fucking exhausted! We had covered three campuses. The next day we were supposed to do USC and some other schools, but that didn’t happen. We needed a break!

Check out the gallery that I created for the College Flyering Weekend by clicking on: College Flyering Gallery I.

College Flyering Day 1: UCLA + SMC

Saturday, August 30th, 2008

Luis and I decided to flyer a couple of local colleges around the Los Angeles area. There are tons of colleges in LA and we wanted to flyer them and also explore them. For the first day we decided to hit up: University of California: Los Angeles, Santa Monica College, and Pacific Western University. We never really found Pacific Western University. We drove by where it was supposed to be, but no luck!

We started our adventures at Duke’s in West Hollywood. It’s a great breakfast spot, it’s very close to our house, and the food is great! We went to make copies at Staples, since we needed to make all the copies for our flyering. It was very exciting to get our day started. We made the copies and then headed off to UCLA. The campus was huge!!! I started taking tons of pictures and Luis and I began flyering. We were very nervous because our flyering was of an adult nature and we were not sure of where we could post our flyers. We forgot to get tape so all we had was a staple gun!

The campus was beautiful. We did the best we could and put flyers in a whole bunch of places. Towards the end of our exploration we found the UCLA store, and we bought some tape! We decided we would come back and flyer more thoroughly next time since we now had tape.

While we were by the Law School at UCLA I had to take a poop!! I hate to use public bathrooms but I had to go!!! The Law School said it was closed but the doors were open. I went in to the pubic rest room and used it. I was so nervous because I thought someone would say, “what the hell are you doing in here, you don’t belong here!”. No one ever bothered me! I did here people coming in and out though, so I guess it wasn’t a big deal.

We were exhausted but we had one more stop: Santa Monica College. On an unrelated note, I applied to SMC for a photography certificate which I will start in the Spring!! It should be exciting!! When we got to SMC I didn’t think it was as big as it was!! It was huge! We used up all our flyers for SMC! We went all over the campus. It was great. They had a huge swimming pool area. It was amazing.

Once we finished flyering SMC we were exhausted. It was a hot day and we walked all over the place! We headed back to WeHo and we were hungry. So we stopped at one of my favorite restaurants in West Hollywood, Koo Koo Roo. It’s great because Koo Koo Roo has so many healthy food choices, and their Macaroni and Cheese is to die for!!!

Check out the gallery that I created for the College Flyering Weekend by clicking on: College Flyering Gallery I.

Rafael Tries the Wii Fit

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Rafael Tries the Wii Fit

Trouble The Water

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008

Trouble the WaterI dragged Luis with me to see this documentary for the Laemmle Sneak Preview Club. The Preview Club picks a movie and shows it in one of the Laemmle Theaters for free for people in the Los Angeles area who register for the club. This time around they picked Trouble the Water and it was playing at the Laemmle near our house on Sunset 5. Even though we both were hesitant to go, we were both glad that we went! What can we say we are lazy! It was an amazing documentary.

Trouble the Water is a documentary about a couple, Kimberly Rivers Roberts and Scott Roberts, who experience and document with their camcorder surviving through Katrina. The documentary uses footage that Kimberly took interlaced within the documentary to give the viewer a feel for what it was like to be in the hurricane. The documentary itself was amazing but the shining star of the movie was Kimberly (Kold Medina as she’s known on her HipHop album).

Kimberly has definitely gone through some crazy times in her life. She had her home destroyed by Katrina, went through a tough childhood, had her mother and father pass away, and yet she continues living life with hope, dignity, and such a full sense of positive energy that transcends through the screen. I have to say there were some deeply emotional parts of this movie. The overall message in the movie is hope and strength, but it was hard seeing the poverty and desperation that less fortunate Americans have. Coming from humble beginnings myself, I know how important it is to stay positive and focus on the things that bring you happiness in life. None of which are material.

I knew that there was a question and answer session with the directors after the movie, but what I didn’t know was that the two stars of the movie were there! It was so amazing! I feel so lucky to be in Los Angeles where we have the privilege of having a question and answer session with the director and the people in the movie! It was so amazing. Luis and I were both blown away by it.

The movie is hitting New York and Los Angeles on August 22nd and then hopefully to the rest of the US and the world. If you have a chance go see it! Kimberly started her own record label, Born Hustler Records. Many of the songs in the movie are hers and I have to say they are very catchy and pretty good. She was selling her CD outside the screening but I didn’t have any cash on me and I was broke, so I’ll definitely buy her album on iTunes or on her site! She’ll probably get more money off her site.

If you do catch a screening of the movie let me know what you think. After all,

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