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Monday, October 10, 2005

Rainy Weekend 

It rained all weekend. It was nice because we haven't had rain for over 30 days.

Friday night, we had a couples date with Brad and Imran. We ate out at La Lomita in Eastern Market. Cute little place. The food was alright, I didn't like the chicken chimichanga that I ordered. Chimichangas, in other places, are usually topped with melted cheese. La Lomita doesn't do that with theirs. However, I'm willing to go back and try something else.

Anyways, we had a good time getting to know each other more, throughout our meals. Afterwards, we headed over to my place and had some homemade margaritas. Well, actually, it was just me and Imran, drinking 'ritas.

Overall, we just had a grand time.


For a brief time on Saturday, I got to chat with an old childhood friend of mine on VP. We have been wanting to chat for a long time but keep missing each other or something had came up to prevent us from meeting.

Afterwards, I met Cliff in Georgetown to catch a flick, Serenity. The movie was alright. There was too much talk than action. I usually don't mind movies that have a lot of dialogues. However, I like sci-fi movies to contain more action scenes than dialogues.

Afterwards, we came over to my place and had dinner. Then, KT joined us as we headed out to go bowling. Had a good time!

I never really use the camera in my SK2 until I saw Cliff using his pager to take pics. So, here are a couple of pics:

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Afterwards, we came home and watched The Crash. I have to say that this was a very interesting movie that is worth watching. The site for this movie says "moving at the speed of life, we are bound to collide with each other".

Before the movie had started, we were all talking about one particular comedy movie, which was filled with some racial comments and jokes. Well, then we started to watch The Crash and it was just racial comments, stereotypes and views from the beginning to the end. I had to sleep on it before I could actually evaluate this movie.

To me, the movie was portraying that everyone, in one way or another, is a racist or at least sterotypes people, whether we realize it or not. While we've been taught to be color-blind or tolerant of another race or ethnic or cultural group, our own experiences and such actually build our perceptions of others.

Or maybe we aren't racist but other people may view our reasons as racist or steroptypical? For example, if you have taken cultural classes, you'd be made aware how you react to certain people. For example, some of you, whether you're aware of it or not, lock your cars, when driving through a "bad" area of town or rather through a section where certain people live...such as a Black neighborhood. Why do you lock your doors when arriving that section when you don't lock your doors when driving through other parts of town? Did you have a bad experience to "justify" your action? Did you feel uncomfortable? Why did you have that uncomfortable feeling? Because of the way these people have been portrayed in the media and literature?

Sandra Bullock, as Jean Cabot, was in this movie. There was 2 black guys walking down the sidewalk. One of the guy was talking about how people perceived them as dangerous and such stuff. The other black guy was like..."well, no shit, look at the way you're talking and the way you're dressed up, you're not exactly a friendly sight".
Anyways, Jean (Bullock) was walking out of a restaurant with her husband, arm in arm. When she saw the black guys walking down, she switched her purse from one shoulder to the other, between her and her husband. Then, she clutched her husband closer and steered him further away from the two. The black guys noticed it and commented how they always see that in their presence and how racist and stereotypical that was.
However, within seconds, when Jean and her husband were getting in the car, they were carjacked at gunpoint by those 2 black guys. Of course, they called the police and all that.
However, the interesting point was the conversation between Jean and her husband. The husband was trying to play this whole thing as cool as possible. He kept telling Jean to calm down and to sleep it off. The argument escalated to the point where the husband accused Jean of being racist. She was like...fuck this! So what if she moved her purse over to the other shoulder? So what if she crossed the street to get away from those 2 guys? She had her own reasons...security reasons. Then, she had a gun pointed in her face and was told to get out of the car. Did her reasons and actions imply that she's a racist? Is she allowed to do the same the next time she has a similar encounter? Or would her reasons still be frowned upon?

There were so many scenes between people of different races and ethnic groups. There encounters with Asians, Blacks, Mexicans, Arabics (misconceptions) and a couple others. Abuse of power was also portrayed here between cops and Blacks. (A good example...New Orleans cops beating up a guy.) There was even a part where some Blacks are disgusted with the negative images carried by other Blacks.

About negative images, I agree. There's been time where I'll drive by or hear some anecdotal accounts and I'll be like...why?!?! Why do some Hispanics have to act this way or whatever? Why do some Deaf people have to do such stuff, such as faking stupidity to get out of some situations? Why do some gays have to do some risky stuff or be such snobs? Yadda, yadda, yadda.

Overall, a great movie to watch, which will lead to some self-evaluation. This film presents racism right in your face, which may be hard for some viewers to swallow.


Sunday was just a relaxing day for me. I had been reading Drop City but it was just a boring book that I just had to stop at the halfway point. Now, I'm currently reading Dan Brown's Deception Point. So far, it's really good!

ta ta for now...