To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment. - Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, March 2, 2007

Signs of the times

I am one of those people who would be called "an observer", which is a nice way of saying that I stare at people, a lot. I can't really help it, I just find myself thoroughly amused with people, and I stare! I am sure that someday I am going to get shot or stabbed or both for being an "observer", especially since I spend most of my days in the 9-0-9 (Pomona to be exact), and well... I am sure they don't take kindly to "observers" around these parts, or blonde girls for that matter.

But, as an "observer" I often find myself totally in awe of my surroundings and I am always looking around wondering if anyone sees what I see and if so, why are they not stunned at the ridiculousness of it all! (For example, a while back I saw a man walking down a main thoroughfare in the 9-0-nizzle with his sheep - yes sheep... baaaaa... on a leash... what the?!? Moments like these will now be captured and documented for your enjoyment, just as soon as I learn how to use the camera function on my cell phone. What can I say, I am my mother's daughter... and proud to be!

Good thing I have a pocket-size digital camera. Until I figure out that camera function on my camera phone, I just parked in the parking lot of this jewel of an establishment located on the very same street I saw the sheep-on-a-leash, and sheepishly slouched down in my car to snap this photo. Is it shameful that I find this sign really amusing? Come on, "100s of pretty girls, 3 ugly ones." (See the green portion of the sign). The feminist in me should be mortified that I find this so hilarious... oh, wait, that's right, there isn't really a feminist in me. Ok, I should be fine then.

This incident reminded me of an experience I had a few years back. I was meeting my friend, Jake Stevens, in L.A. for some reason. Anyway, we were trying to decide on a landmark we both knew. He picked the "Nude Nudes" establishment near LAX, because who hasn't seen that sign a gazillion times !?! So, I parked there and I waited... and I waited... and I waited. Until finally a security guard came to my car and asked me to roll down my window... um, ok. He proceeded to ask me if I was looking for a job?!? I said “no thank you.” I furiously called Jake to see where he was, he just laughed. I am pretty sure he was late on purpose!


Paige said...

Ali...I am so glad you joined the blogging world. Seeing how you love strip clubs,(ha ha) there happens to be one two block from my house!! I can't wait til you come visit.

Ali B. said...

My sister Kimberly just emailed me this. "Wouldn't it be sheep on a leash? Or is he leasing the sheep somehow? It is California I know so anything is possible.." -

Apparently, I made a spelling/grammatical error. I guarantee you that will happen on this page a lot. Good thing I got a B.A. in English (thanks mom and dad). - I don't know how to edit anything yet, so I stand corrected. Plus, I thought her email was so funny. My sister if fabulous!

Clean Slate said...

I totally do the same thing! The guy I went to Catch and Release with (the one I never called back...bad Mindy!) totally lost whatever chance he had when he said, "You stare off into space a lot, don't you?" And on Monday I was totally glued to the window during takeoff when everyone else was looking suave and business-like reading the paper.

And I have a blog...I make no guarantees of briliance, but you're welcome to visit.

Ali B. said...

Look at that! I learned how to use the edit function!

What can I say, I am getting smarter by the minute!

f*bomb. said...

I am still giggling at this one...STILL LAUGHING...