Self’s Recent New York Trip

Self’s last trip to New York — she wanted it to be about music.

She wanted to see Carnegie Hall, the place where Dearest Mum played with the New York Philharmonic, at age 14.

She wanted to go to the Russian Tea Room with Dearest Mum.

Or attend a concert at the Lincoln Center.

Instead, self only had time to watch one concert, and it was one she just happened to stumble on, when she gained admittance to the Whitney.

And the man banged on the piano keys (a Yamaha, self couldn’t help noticing — in Manila, in her childhood home, there were three pianos, all Steinways) with his elbows. And even struck the piano strings with a pack of cards.

Dearest Mum was a student at Curtis in Philadelphia, and self hasn’t ever laid eyes on that august institution.

Self, you are too, too wanting. Always wanting.

This Sunday at the Asian Art Museum, San Francisco

October is Filipino History Month (Let us give thanks to the pioneers who made this commemoration possible, and who continue to inspire self as well as untold generations:  Carlos Bulosan, Bienvenido Santos, NVM Gonzalez, Linda Ty Casper, Al Robles, Shirley Ancheta and Virginia Cerenio, just to name a few)

As they did last year, the Asian Art Museum of San Francisco has programmed a day-long festival of activities, all centered around Filipino American culture.

Reading from 1 – 2 pm are Daniel Gonzales and Barbara Reyes, moderated by Oscar Peñaranda

Reading from 2 – 3 pm will be Karen Llagas and Aimee Suzara, moderated by the iconic Vangie Buell.

Readings will be in the education classroom/ studio on the ground floor of the Asian Art Museum (near the information desk)

This Sunday, the Museum will be open to the public free of charge (This made possibly by the generosity of Target).  There will be, as well, an exhibit:  “Filipino Journeys of American History and Art.”

Self will simply quote from the e-mail announcement by Aimee Suzara:

There will be a focus on early sea trade connections between the Philippines and California, how they formed our Filipino American communities, and how they shaped artistic production in Asia and the Americas

Excellent!  Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

Zeitgeist, Redwood City, October 2010

Hubby is cleaning the tub.

Is that not a wondrous spouse, someone who cares so much about tidiness and cleanliness?

Self is one lucky woman.

So, where have we arrived at, in the month of Halloween, only a few months left before Christmas (and Costco already full of Christmas card displays and what not)?

Self did get to catch one of the debates:  the one between Jerry Brown and Meg Whitman.  And, on the basis of that debate, she has decided to vote for Jerry Brown.  She can’t honestly bring herself to vote for a woman who has rarely, herself, ever voted.  And who thinks one day spent on the border is enough of a backgrounder on the immigration issues that beset this state.

Hubby was leaning towards Meg, but self told him he better not.  We are both registered Democrats, how can we vote against our own party?

Besides, Brown is looking very spry for his age.

Gracie has a list when she walks.  Self returned from New York, and the poor li’l crit was lame.  Self glared suspiciously at hubby, and he swore he had nothing to do with it.  She just presented with a lame leg as if by magic.  And self took Gracie to her regular groomer, and the groomer felt around and said that she didn’t think Gracie had a broken joint or anything like that.

But she is definitely not herself:  panting excessively, etc.

Both of self’s beagles are old.

Costco had no lines.

Where is this state going?

Are people just going to keep getting meaner and meaner?

Stay tuned, dear blog readers.  Stay tuned.

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