Monday, April 20, 2015

Police Report

I filed a police report yesterday.

This time, I called the police at around noon so that they wouldn't show up at 2 in the morning while I slept again.  They arrived after 6pm.

Two guys came in; one looked like Mike from Mike & Molly (but slimmer).

Highlights included:

"'s gone." - when talking about my phone.

"The bus was full and nobody helped you??" - said in disbelief.  Nope.

"So you were on the bus, not paying attention to your surroundings..."
Seriously?  Who is alert for a 60 minute bus ride that's taken twice a day ever day??  I'd have an ulcer.  Again.

"My daughter wants to play cello...god knows why," he says with misery.  WHAT?!
"Because cello is awesome??" I respond.
"Yeah, I guess," he says halfheartedly, while looking at my cello.

Needless to say, I'm not holding my breath.

But at least I did SOMETHING, right?

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Mugged (a.k.a I hate my bus)

It started with waiting for the 47 on Tuesday.

I waited for 5 minutes.  It finally showed up and stopped behind another bus.  Some people got on, and the other bus left, so my bus driver put up his hand to stop the rest of us from getting in.  He closed the doors and started scooting forward...and then drove away.


Next bus: 14 minutes.

I then called a Lyft, since I was at a hotspot.

I was pickup #2, but saw the driver was going to drive past me to get to the first pickup, so I called to let her know.  Apparently, this confused her, and she decided to instead drive the opposite direction of both of us.  As I stood in confusion, watching on the map as she got farther and farther away, I wondered if I should call her again to let her know she had gone the wrong way.

Instead, she canceled my ride.


At that point, the next bus was coming in 4 minutes, so I decided to stick it out.

I got on the 47.

I like the seat by the back entrance, where you scan your clipper card.  You only have to sit next to one person, it's easy to get out of and make an exit (which is challenging on the 47), and you can tuck your feet under the seat so people don't step on you.

There's a pole for people to hold onto, a little window-like area, and then a plexiglass partition that I can rest my head against.  I like it.

I had just finished my game of scramble with friends when some man reached through that little window and aggressively grabbed my phone out of my hands.  The only problem headphones were plugged into it, so he got stuck and I got stuck.  I couldn't get up to go after him, and he was a little confused.  My first reaction was, huh?  What just happened?  Am I stuck to something?


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

UPDATE - April

I am a bad blog updater.

I'm tired, you guys.  For reals.

Some things I have done in the past month:

- I went to OC for a former co-worker's wedding.  I wore a dress that touched me.  I was uncomfortable about it.
- I went to Disneyland and ate everything.  Seriously.  Everything.
- I decided to have the bed of my dreams.  That's still a work in progress.
- I had Reese's Oreos.  They were okay.
- Saw Punch Brothers!!
- Fought with the company who replaces m-audio keyboards for Guitar Center.  They suck.  BOO!
- Saw David Bazan perform in this guy's loft in SF.  He's pretty great!
- Got stuck to a ukulele.  It happens.
- Scored the complete Avatar: the last airbender series for $10!
- Bought an exercise program from an infomercial.  I am in week 4 of Body Beast.  It's hilarious.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Bus Adventures

The bus.

I was not shameless enough / brave enough to go running up to the first bus, as it was pulling away from the stop.  Some people will run up to the bus and bang on the door, but I have yet to acquire that level of courage.  I'm more inclined to say, oh man...well, 10 minutes isn't that long of a wait.

I'm not sure if this is a good thing or totally sad.

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Boyz II Men

Oh, man.

I liked them in middle school.

But listening to them now, I have even more respect for them.  They are a GOOD group!  That bass singer?!  So good, you guys.

In retrospect, it's probably a little weird that we were in middle school awkwardly slow dancing, 12 inches apart, to "I'll Make Love To You".  It also begs the question: what are kids slow dancing to these days?!  Actually, I kind of know that answer since I used to chaperon dances.  But the music was so unremarkable that I don't remember.

Kids, you are missing out.  Boyz II Men, man.  Heck yeah.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Hozier - Take Me To Church Cello Cover (OneNaoko)

That moment you write an entire blog post, and then inexplicably press "ctrl-z" and you can't undo your undo.  Or redo?


So here is yet another song I discovered through work.  Actually, I might have first heard it on tv for random commercials and show trailers.

What got me about this one was the bass moment.  "DUH DUH!   DUH DUH!"  Yeah.  Exactly like that.  The scoop also got me, which is why I transposed the song down.  However, after listening to a few live versions, Hozier actually does sometimes sing it in this key!


I just really want to hit the top of the scoop on a harmonic.  Full disclosure.  I'm keeping it real, people.  Real

I have a running list of songs I'd like to do covers of.  One day, when I have time again, I may actually make more videos more often.  One day.  One day.


Sunday, February 8, 2015



"Hey Naoko, what's Sketchfest?" you may ask.

Uh, it's this comedy thing?

It's a series of events held over a few weeks.  You buy tickets.  You go.  You laugh.  You see celebrities.  Happiness ensues.

Last week, I went to see Christopher Guest, Harry Shearer, and Michael McKean.  If you're not familiar, they're in a series of movies together, including Waiting for Guffman, Best in Show, Spinal Tap... (just IMDB it).  I'm not actually a huge fan, but figured they'd have fun anecdotes (which they did) and would be entertaining (which they were).

I had been on the fence about seeing anything else, as it costs money.  However, after enjoying myself so thoroughly I decide I had to go see...


You guys just don't know.