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The Cost of Education

January 27, 2010 by


Another loving mother-daughter conversation I happened to overhear on the street. I couldn’t help but laugh to myself. Mom: I can’t believe how much I’m spending on your tuition. This semester alone drained half of my bank account!Daughter: If it’s any consolation, I’m doing really well in my studies. Aren’t you at least proud of […]

An interesting BART ride

June 6, 2009 by


I was riding the BART train to work this afternoon when a class of 2nd graders boarded and filled the seats around me. They were chaperoned by their teacher and seven volunteer mothers who were brave enough to take 15 kids on a field trip using public transportation. The kids were chatty and excited, but […]

Giving words new meaning

April 4, 2009 by


I overheard one of my aunts talking to one of her nieces. She’s still trying to learn English. Aunt: So, you have boyfriend?Cousin: Um… Yeah.[awkward pause]Aunt: So, you hooked a man?[second awkward pause]Cousin: Um…Aunt: Aha! That’s my girl! You’re a good hooker!I think something was a little lost in translation.

Who said chivalry was dead?

April 3, 2009 by


I spent an hour this afternoon helping my friend Rebecca film a scene for her film production class. We were inside the Booksmith bookstore on Haight St. and we had the camera pointed outside the window at the actors standing on the sidewalk. The scene was supposed to be a boy in the bookstore witnessing […]

I think they already exist

March 30, 2009 by


Overheard conversation at a rest stop somewhere between Bakersfield and Vegas. Woman: That must be hard to be a biker (motorcyclist).Daughter: Why?Woman: You’re going 80 mph and you get all these bugs flying in your face.Daughter: That’s why they have helmets.Woman: Plus it’s kind of dangerous. They should invent a motorcycle with an extra set […]

Random Conversations: Third graders on a bus

February 1, 2009 by


The other day I boarded the bus at Park Presidio and a class of third graders got on the bus too. They were chaperoned by a pair of teachers who were brave enough to take 20 hyper 8-year-olds on a field trip. The class took up the whole back section of the bus and they […]

Last night’s memorable quotes

January 3, 2009 by


“I have to burp, but I don’t want to!…Oh, God! Here it comes!…Bleghhhhh!”-Estevez* “Be gentle with the diamonds.”-Estevez upon indicating her upper chest region “Monasteries are not clothing optional.”-Moto “I would sit on your lap, but I would probably break both of your legs.”-Moto *Names have been changed to protect the innocent and the not-so-innocent