Pack Patience This Memorial Weekend

As I have witnessed yesterday the agony of waiting among the long line of cars, I crept through traffic at the time. 

Left work early so I can enjoy my child’s performance in school – sadly, time allotted was not enough.

All had left.
Lights were turned off.
Parking lot’s almost empty.
Gone out the car with water stinging my eyes.
Hair lashing my hot face.
My child inside my hubby’s car waiting for me. 

While we were all geting emotional, my ever-comical toddler ‘broke’ the moment by shouting, “Pee!”

Rushed back to the school’s bathroom.

Afterwards, greeted by few remaining school staff, one I recognized as the principal, we stopped by to chat. His teacher, whom I only realized later on after, was all praises for my child, particularly for filling in for one who didn’t make the event. 

With the principal citing the promising future of my child with a phenomenal imagination, intensified by the teacher’s efforts by lending books above grade;

That small, maybe insignificant, moment for the teachers, is enough to make me mewl.

But enough mewling!

Today is not for the soft-heart.

Brave the freeways tonight.

Pack your COOLers (get it?).

Make your favorite playlist extra long.

Pack your blues, jazz, rock ‘n roll, or whatever gets you going.

Hoard good vibes all day.

Double up on those party socks and let’s get this party on the road!

**My butler teased me this morning that I look like a CHP officer with my slacks and tall boots on. 

  
I think he just gave me an idea for Halloween.

Do You Know Who Is Watching You? A Woman’s Safety Issue

Walking to your car at night

Walking to your car at night

In these modern times with widespread technological use, mindless activities are rampant.

From watches that sync with smart phones and tablets that seem to do almost everything imaginable,

From available apps that range from counting your steps to checking your emails to blogging to watching your favorite shows, a lot can happen in between that you may not be aware of.

Take this for example:

Some time ago (back in my singleton life) in a party at my sister’s office, I got introduced to her co-workers.

One particular one that I met actually thought I had stalked him. The second I saw him, I told him I knew him already. Though I didn’t actually know his name, I told him I know where he lives, what he does in his spare time and what he does (NOT) wear, which school he went to and what he majored in.

Come to think of it, THAT actually does sound like I had followed him – for years!

It was just simple: We happened to have attended the same university – in the Philippines and I instantly recognized him on my way home one day walking everyday from work – here in America!

He’s lucky I am not a wacko :-)

My point here is I could be that somebody who could be watching you.

Take that man, who you don’t notice, who’d been following you while you were walking down the dark alley while you were on your mobile phone with your friend gossiping?

Or while doing grocery shopping or in the mall, you may have not noticed this man holding a shopping basket passing you by with four items in it. Two hours later, there’s only one item left in it. You never notice him because you were busy taking selfies and texting incessantly.

Or suddenly finding yourself feeling the ‘creeps’ whilst talking to this never-before-seen man on the train?

What are you going to do?

I have had the opportunity to attend a Women’s Self-Defense class taught by no less than Dave Young, a nationally-recognized defense tactics trainer, held here in our very own town at The Victorville Taekwondo!

 

A hundred-minute class with simple-to-follow instructions and ‘scenarios’ where you find yourself in — leaving you with strategies ranging from verbal to physical, engaging moves which don’t really require one to be a ninja like Cynthia Rothrock or Amy Jo Johnson. (But it does help if you actually are one!)

The class tackles on real-life settings of everyday life. Here are a few:

What to do when someone does attack you?

What to do if someone suddenly strikes a conversation with your child? And they give you the creeps. 

What you can say to them and, more importantly, what your child can do if you’re not nearby. 

What to do if you find yourself at a train station at night walking to your car alone, or in a parking lot walking to your car alone at night?

Even tips on what you can do to protect yourself while running (for exercise) at night.

Key is AWARENESS. Pay attention.

I make it a point to at least know who the people are parked in the same place as I usually am and where they normally sit in the train and what cars they drive and their plate numbers. Most of the time, I’d like to keep close to them. Yes, they are my usual suspects.

I like to keep tabs on tall people, too. Especially helpful for a petite one like me. Navigating through the crowd when train gets delayed, it helps to know their faces so I can just follow where they go. 

That’s exactly what happened one time when the train’s changed platforms or just when you’re having one of those ‘on autopilot’ days. I saw this ‘familiar’ tall guy turn then just realized in the end that the train left from a different platform number than our usual place.

If you wear heels to work, keep sneakers in your bag. Apart from making it easy to run for the train, it’s easier to run from a potential trouble than when wearing heels.

If you see something suspicious whilst on the train, report it to the conductor.

It’s best to err on the caution side than be sorry in the end.

Aside from being aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts. Your gut feeling.
It could save your life. 

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I believe there may be another class in the works in August or September. 

For information on the Dave Young’s Women’s Self-Defense classes, please call the Victorville Taekwondo at (760) 955-1119.

Snow in May

Made it to Friday! 

It’s been colder and more windy making it even colder! 

I just had to wear a coat. What can I say? I was born tropical.

We’re already in May! You’re probably thinking. 

Well loookyy who got snow last night?

  
No, we didn’t. 
Folks in the mountains did. 

  
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So, Big Bear had about three inches of snow overnight. 

Better than nothing, I suppose. 

Here are today’s morning commute snapshots:

   
 

Big, puffy clouds hopefully carrying some rain

  

These look really nice against the dark clouds – what are these officially called anyways? Power towers?

Accident on I-215 South

Thankfully, I don’t go that way. 

Or at least didn’t make the mistake of waiting until the last minute changing lanes. 

No, these lanes don’t offer that anymore. 

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Fly Me To The Moon and Back

I did sing for rain.
Now it’s damp and cold
And everything’s gray.
Guess I’ll take anything Nature has given,
Even if it’s just a spray.

Both hands on the wheel.
Don’t you wish you could fly?
Pray not be stuck behind,
This jalopy that could use some of these 50mph wind gusts.

Dare fly me to the moon and back
Where love there is measured and stored,
I heard in many stories told,
’tis a much better place than being here in the tarmac tenfold. 

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The Traffic Nebula That Ate Me

Looks like there was no escaping this nebula.  

 

No matter how much mass you got – you’ll get sucked in!

  
It’s coming!

  

Inevitably, my fate was in there too. 

 
Oxygen level was low. 

BP was climbing up. 

Readings were off the charts. 
  
 

It continued long and slow. 

More were being sucked in!

Friday Maddening Run

Nothing really new, I saw, on my way to the train station today, on the I-15 South as the first day of the reversible freeway taking effect. 

There was traffic, for sure. It had all cleared up at Kenwood. 

By this time after passing through the wreck, I just thought I won’t make my train. I’ll keep my pace and not hurry. What’s the point?

Believe it or not, as I entered the Metrolink Rancho Cucamonga parking lot, people were waiting on the platform. 

The usual suspects. 

That means, the train still hadn’t come. 

As I had just put my gear into park, the train’s head came into view. 

Yipes!

Pulled my key from the car’s ignition, grabbed my phone and my bag. Shut the door. Clicked it locked. 

And ran!

As I went back to my now-woken up self, I just realized that I hadn’t displayed my parking permit out and forgot to stick my car’s new registration stickers out as well. 

I hope the police recognizes the car’s a regular and the permit IS IN there (if you look inside – just not displayed outside).  

Now I’m afraid the car’s gonna get towed away… Aaaarrrgh!!!

Reversible Freeway

As I was driving home on the I-15 North X-over lane last night, a sign says Reversible freeway to start 5/1

Reversible freeway???


Here’s Oxford Dictionary’s definition:   

  

Hmmm… could it be this??? 
Driving backwards is hard – at 60mph. 

Believe me this is the first thing that came to mind. 

Like in the Wacky Races – only going backwards. 
  
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Fastest I’ve done is probably at 2-3mph – trying to park the car. 

Perhaps it’s this meaning?

 

Ignore the example sentence.


Awww! 

So it’s going back to what is was before???

 

Who wants to go back?

 


Just when I’ve started to enjoy going on the Crossover lane…



Sing for More Rain!

Since my nose has been all bunged up, humming has been wonderful!

Can’t hear myself singing so I just hum (especially while waiting for the train). 
Feels (almost) like singing in the shower with built-in better acoustics!

  
Aaaaand hopefully that will bring in more rain!!!