The Pre-party never stops!

So I leave for the Netherlands in 5 days. My big international high school reunion is one week and ain’t no party like a my pre- party, cuz my pre-party don’t stop!

So, after the jump, music clips and some more pics. Because Bonita is going on a journey twenty years in the making and I’m taking all of you along for the ride.

More

Advertisements

Bonita Applebum – Party for One

What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

This weekend I was hanging out with a neighbor and fellow geek. We were talking tech  and I told him about the issues I was having with the live blog parties I was hosting last weekend. He said, in a very kind way, “I don’t really get the live blogging thing.” I laughed, “Yeah, I’m still exploring what it means myself.”

It’s nice to hear feedback.  Everything I’m doing makes so much sense to me, it’s fun to hear what others are making of it. Thinking about his comment, I realized what it looked like from the outside. I declared it a pre-party but I was the only person there. And for me, that is completely normal. But I probably should have mentioned to readers on the blog that I host parties for one all the time.

More

ISSE Reunion Pre-Party Kick Off

Alright, I’m kind of loving this live blog concept. Today I continue the live blogcast as we get ready for my twenty year high school reunion. Oh, did I mention it’s in HOLLAND. That’s right, the Applebums are going to the Netherlands, land of cheese and tulips. My class reunion is less than two weeks away, so in honor of the party that’s been 20 years in the making, we are live blogging all day. So strap on your swatch and best benetton shirt, we’re going back to 1988-1991. What up Jerusalamlaan! It’s a Reunion Pre-party! Word to Mr. Zey! Woot!

My UK Homegirls

My UK Homegirls

After the jump, videos, music, stories and lord knows what else. It’s an ISSE Reunion Pre-party Kick Off, cue the music.

More

Saturday Night Blog Party!

This is the beta party ya’ll. That’s right, the first evah saturday night blog party:

After the jump, music, video and links to read. And I’m gonna try my hardest not to dance on camera, but the spirit keeps moving me folks. What can I say? God made me funky.

More

These are the people in my neighborhood

A theme is emerging this week, so let’s just go with it. I have spoken about how we’ve helped create a tight-knit neighborhood. But if you think my zone of friendliness and community stops at the end of my street, well, then you don’t know me at all.

My homies at central.

My homies at central.

These are both people that have become friends over the years. We have been friends with Octavio and his family since I recognized him at our garage sale last year. He and his wife, Chavela,  hung out with us on our lawn for hours while the kids played. We have been friends ever since. We’ve been to each others houses and Chavela is schooling me on how to make posole and flan.

I met Jonathon through Octavio. He is a nice kid, a bit shy but always polite. A few weeks ago, out of the blue, I handed Jonathon a cd (and in my head it’s pronounced the way Octavio says it: Yonathon). Crazy music in the purse lady strikes again! Next time I saw him, he said, “I just got a new system in my car, the cd is great.” I was so glad to hear he liked it. ” That’s exactly what it’s made for,” I said, “A boomin’ system.”

More

It’s a revival, ya’ll

I posted on how to dig some roots into your neighborhood. It is long term investment that involves years of friendly waves and tiny gestures. I shared a heartwarming list of all the wonderful things that now go on in our neighborhood including: babysitting, garden tours, birthday wishes and condolences. It has been a rewarding process, we have created a tight-knit community and made life-long friends.

Don't you stop the party and don't you lose the faith!

Don't you stop the party and don't you lose the faith!

And this past weekend, we celebrated: Block Party 8.0! We had a revival  and everyone was invited! So sit back and relax, because I am going to tell you a story that is going to make your heart happy. The song of the day is Revival by Me Phi Me, so play it if you got it. And hopefully this will inspire you to reach out to your neighbors to start building up your hood and strengthening your community!

More

Blogging Live From Blockparty 09

The competitors got the grills fired up and the smack talk is reaching deafening levels. There’s a kids parade, a barbecue cook-off and all kinds of fun to be had.

After the jump, pictures and vid from the kids parade and the cooks starting up. And later, vid from a major rager.  So pay attention kids, because we are gonna show you how to throw a party p-tine style. More

The belly of the beast

Our modern world is taking us in directions we do not want to go at an alarming rate. And we are too overloaded and stressed to do anything about it. I heard a story on NPR yesterday about how productivity has grown at the fastest pace in years. Turns out, businesses are starting to recover, which should be be good news for us all.  But it never is, is it?

Another day, another dollar.

Another day, another dollar.

Many companies have reduced their work forces by good amounts (25% – 50%) and then had their remaining employees work twice as hard to pick up the slack. Uh, okay. And then the kicker? The story ended with an explanation that the only way we can really get the economy back on track is to get our consumer spending going again:

Mr. John Sylvia, Chief Economist at Wells Fargo Securities, says the rise in productivity is a good sign for corporate profits, but it’s probably not enough to spark a hiring spree at most businesses. He explains, “Okay, the company is in good shape, but we still need demand. We still need final sales for that company to grow. And that, I think, is one of the biggest challenges we see out there when you’re looking at the demand from the consumer. It just doesn’t seem to be all that much.” Consumer spending makes up about 70 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Mr. Silvia says, “It’s hard to see how the economy really improves, and hiring picks up, without people really starting to spend again.”

Come again? We are working harder than before, and for the record, we were working too damn much before this recession struck. But that’s not enough, we need to get back to running up insane amounts of debt, because that’s what fuels this wicked machine. I got four words for you, Hell to the no. More

Digging some roots into your neighborhood

When we bought our home eight years ago, one of the selling points was that the neighborhood was “very close with a block party every year.” It sounded idyllic, and it wasn’t exactly the vibe we caught when we moved in here. It’s not that people were rude, just stand-offish. A few people introduced themselves, but that was about it.

It took years to get to know our neighbors. It has been a bumpy, slow process. We did get the block party going for a few years, then it evolved into a birthday party a few years ago. This year, it is a barbeque cook-off.  We have organized two neighborhood garage sales and have many spontaneous happy hours and “in the yard” visits along the way.  In the process, many genuine friendships have been formed and our neighborhood now looks like something out of the 1950’s. Seriously. And you can do it, too. So here’s my five tips for digging some roots into your hood.

Block party 1995

Block party 2005

More

Be here now for the occasion

Does that look like a relaxed face?

Does that look like a relaxed face?

I really have trouble sitting still. I’ve always been energetic and busy, but this is different.  I will sit for 3 or 5 minutes, then see or think of something else I need to do, and I pop back up. Some days it feels like I’m bouncing around the house like a pinball. It’s not important stuff,  it’s just all those little things always need doing all the time. And I resent it, yet really can’t just let it go and sit still for awhile.

In the post A mind like water , I talked about how an overstressed mind tends to overreact or underreact to situations. I definitely fall on the over-react side of things. Unmanaged, my brain leaves me making things overly complicated, giving too much weight to insignificant things and worrying incessantly about things that never happen. And the more stressed or tired I am, the more I do it. That’s why I had to embark on the cosmic colonic, I couldn’t continue to live in that stressed-out, uptight state. More

Previous Older Entries