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!

5 comments:

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.
cleanslatesquareone.blogspot.com

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...