How Can I Freak You Out Today?

I’ve said in the past that I’ve always been an excellent judge of character and that those I keep in my small, close-knit circle of friends – online or IRL – deserve to be there. There might have been a few mistakes along the way but deep down inside I always knew something wasn’t right.

And those who get cut from the circle? I have no problem cutting them off because they proven themselves to be not worth my time and therefore, I have zero emotional investment in them. In other words, it doesn’t hurt to say goodbye. You might even say I welcome the departure – one less problem.

I’m talking about emotions and feeling here, and I’ll be the first one to tell you that I’m a strange duck. Granted, “strange” is a subjective term but the strangeness I embrace is on an artistic level. Again, emotions and feelings.

For the past month, I’ve been doing a little research on empathy and while I don’t have all of the most common characteristics (read: introversion), I do have most. And I have a few examples of that.

Last week, I decided to walk through downtown Long Beach during lunch and take pictures as opposed to my usual bike ride near the beach. This alone was unusual and it sets up the rest of the story.

While walking past Hamburger Mary’s, one of the many LGBTQ establishments in the city, I noticed an addition to their outside wall:

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It seems every city has a pair of angel wings somewhere and these were completed in time for Pride Weekend. Not satisfied with just taking a picture of them, me and a coworker Neena went back the next day so that I could pose in front of the wings and have a new social media profile picture.

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(Why yes, I’ve lost 10 pounds!)

I was pleased with the result but decided to add some effects to it before I made it my ubiquitous profile picture. It reminded me of my friend Ray’s profile picture, the last one he would post. He passed away unexpectedly in July 2017 at the age of 43. I miss him.

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Where is this going? We’re getting there.

Later that same day, after posting my picture everywhere, I get the following Facebook notification.

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You’re reading that right. On the day I took that picture, Ray and I had become Facebook friends seven years prior. And if I had not taken a walk instead of going for a bike ride the previous day, I would have never seen this or made the connection. It seems I knew, or felt, this and had to act upon it.

Moving forward to today. During my Sunday morning bike ride yesterday, I decided to do something completely out of the ordinary. Instead of riding down the bike trail, I made use of the city’s many bike lanes. I had no itinerary; I just went wherever I wanted to go.

My adventures would take me 18 miles down streets I’ve never been down and even some alleys I never knew existed. It was while riding down one alley that I came across a bunch of dumpsters along the rear of a shopping center. Exciting stuff, I know.

But my coworker Neena sees them as art. Her Instagram account is filled with abstract images that were mostly on dumpsters we’ve discovered around downtown. At any rate, I saw one dumpster in particular that I figured would be a good fit for her account. I took this shot and sent it to her.

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She didn’t see it until this morning but when she did, she immediately said it looked like a pastel she did about three years ago.

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If you’re not entirely sure if they look the same, here’s a side-by-side.

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The big, black splotch. The diagonal lines on the right. The dominant yellow-and-red theme. The fold on the bottom left of her pastel and the black on the bottom left of the dumpster picture. Note that this is exactly how I composed the picture – I did not crop it at all.

There are definitely lots of similarities that again, if I had not had the urge to try something different, would have never been tied together. Something told me to do it. This is the result.

And yes, she slightly freaked out.

So when it comes down to it, yes, I consider myself in many ways an empath. There’s just no other way to put it. I acted on instinct and it turns out I was picking up someone else’s vibes, and the proof is all up there for you to see.

As for that vivid dream I had the other night of the plane crashing near my neighborhood? Let’s hope it remains that. (It was about a mile away from my house but I can still see it.)

That’s a wrap for this one, folks. You didn’t think I was this deep, did you?

Is It Me Or…

I was driving down the street today, just minding my own business, when I stopped at a red light. Next to me was a Long Beach Transit hybrid bus.

These buses have been a part of their fleet for quite some time now and the observation I’m about to point out never really occurred to me until today.

So I’m at the red light and I happen to glance over at the bus. Looks familiar for some reason.

And that’s when it hit me.

Is it me or does this bus (or its color scheme at the very least) resemble the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile?

I don’t know. You be the judge.


Whatever the case may be, I suddenly want to stop the next bus I see and ask for a Wiener Whistle. Or drive the Wienermobile around town and pick up passengers at the bus stops.

Disney’s New Mouse Ears Know Where You Are

I know the very notion of this sounds a bit absurd but with the introduction of Disney’s Glow with the Show Mickey ears, it’s definitely something to think about.

On the surface these ears look just like any other pair of souvenir Mickey Mouse ears that you can buy at any Disney park, but these ears pack a little something extra that Disney hopes will make you drop a cool $25 per pair.

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As you can plainly see these ears glow but ah, they don’t just glow when you turn the switch on and off. The multicolor LEDs in the ears have been specifically designed to interact with Disney’s California Adventure’s World of Color and Disneyland’s Fantasmic! shows to change colors, flash, etc. in sync with said shows.

And yes, it does look pretty cool when they are in action. Check out this obviously staged video, staged because a) they are not available as of this post, b) the chances of the entire crowd buying a hat are slim to none and c) the crowd is practically lifeless during the show.

Oooh, look at all those pretty colors. Nice, eh? While it’s fine and all, keep in mind the angle at which the video was shot. Unless you are Shaq or some dude standing on a ladder, you will not get the same effect. In fact it could be considerably worse if you are shorter than the average bear. Additionally, this video was shot with almost 100% audience participation. I have read that it was made up of Annual Passholders who were given complimentary ears for this video. Anything less than 100% of the crowd wearing the illuminated ears would make the effect look like a string of Christmas lights with bulbs burned out, and nobody likes that.

And hey, did you pick up the part on the video where Chuck Davis mentions that each hat has its own serial number and, using infrared technology and different zones in the crowd, they can be made to interact for entirely different effects such as flowing water?

That’s where I kind of went “Huh?” and really started to think twice about them.

In short, buying and wearing this hat is pretty similar to having an RFID chip on your head in that The Mouse will be able to track where you’ve been inside the park as they expand the range of the ears. (They currently work at a few other places as well as the aforementioned shows.)

Granted, your identity is not required (at least I don’t think it will be) when buying these hats but it’s a bit freaky just thinking that if I wear one of these hats while strolling through Disneyland, somewhere there’s a computer with my hat’s ID that knows where I’ve been.

And I’m sure the argument can be made that with cell phone technology and GPS (plus granting countless permissions on apps), we willingly give up a piece of our privacy in the name of convenience, and this is no different.

Point taken. But hey, Disney’s plan is all in the name of fun, right? Well, okay, I’m sure cash registers ringing up $100 for a family of four might have a little to do with it as well.

Just remember: selling cool souvenir hats with flashing lights is exactly how Plankton started controlling minds of Bikini Bottom residents in The SpongeBob SqurePants Movie.


Just sayin’.

I Sense A Disturbance in The Force

I may be rather slow in some aspects of my life but if there’s one thing I take particular pride in is my astuteness. It’s come in handy many times but more often than not, it’s in the workplace where it’s come in most handy – and I’ve always been dead-nuts on my instincts.

With all that said, I’ve heard and seen a few things around the office which may not be red flags to many but to me, they definitely make me wonder.

First off, we were told at a meeting last week that our Head Honcho’s boss was either a) leaving the company or b) moving to another position within the company. I forget which but in either case, there will be a vacancy.

The other two observations occurred today.

The Head Honcho used to have a bunch of framed family photos on top of their storage cabinets and I couldn’t help but notice as I passed their office today that they were all gone. Interesting.

Then, as the coup de grâce, I offer this.

We have three TVs in the lounge with two dedicated to showing CNN and the middle one being connected to a computer and showing a PowerPoint presentation with news and other company information. One slide gives the names and extensions of three of the building’s contacts should you need to contact them.

Today there were only two people listed. The Head Honcho had been removed.

I sense many changes in our future…

Hey, Did You Ever Notice…

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nissan frontier

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Okay, so that last one is a bit of a stretch. What do you care? It’s free entertainment!