Daily Archives: March 14, 2013

Jeff Gordon and Pepsi MAX

Some of you may have already seen this video, it’s been pretty popular on YouTube this week. For those of you who haven’t, take a few minutes to watch and enjoy. I sent this to my brother earlier this week and his comment to me was “Wish we could have done something like that to dad when he was teaching us how to drive.” May sound a little extreme, but you weren’t taught to drive by Manny Lopez. My brother and I each had our memorable experiences with my dad while we were behind the wheel. For me, it was my sweet father pulling the emergency break on me one of the first times I was driving to “see how I would react” while my brother (about 13 at the time) starts shouting “we’re going to die!” from the backseat. It was slightly traumatizing. My brother’s experience was a little less frightening and mainly Alex’s fault. While driving for one of the first times, Alex somehow started driving on the wrong side of the road. Instead of calmly addressing this, our dad started yelling “ARE YOU BRITISH?!” to which my confused brother replied “Dad, I’m American!” “Then why are you driving on THE LEFT SIDE OF THE ROAD!” “Ohh….” Nice one, Alex. If anything, we value these memories and are prepared for just about anything now on the road. And had mom taught us to drive, we’d be driving at least five mph under the speed limit. But watch out dad, we may take a page out of Jeff Gordon’s book on you. ;)

Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Let’s be real, I think we’ve all asked ourselves this question at some point or another (I know I have! And in the cases of junior high through high school, the answer was “mm yeah, probably”). This is the title of Mindy Kaling’s book and is one of the reasons why I had wanted to read it for so long. The way I saw it, with a title that clever, the rest of the book had to be good. After reading the book I can full-heartedly say the wits of Miss Kaling delivered, although I’m sure that’s not a surprise considering her writing skills on The Office. This was one of those few books that had me literally laughing out loud the entire time. I started reading this book on a flight to Minneapolis for a work trip and had to stop because I was laughing to myself so much that people were starting to look at me. So I stopped for a bit and resumed my reading on my return flight; didn’t want people to assume I was cray cray or anything.

I finished the book within a couple of days and recommend it to anyone who’s looking for a light, fun read. Her stories and humor are such a pick me up. From sharing about her chubby childhood, to high school friendships, to college plays and her move to New York (which included a play about Matt Damon and Ben Affleck that she co-wrote and starred in called Matt and Ben) and then LA with The Office, you’ll finish this book loving Mindy Kaling and wishing you could hang out and chat over a mojito or cosmo. On a more serious note, I could also really relate to her upbringing as a nerdy child of two hardworking immigrant parents and found myself cheering for her in her childhood stories. I’d like to think that if had we met in elementary school, we’d totes be BFF’s and ace group projects together. Right, Mindy?

I leave you with two of my favorite quotes from this book. Hopefully this is all the convincing you need to go pick up the book.

 “As it is, I guess I find “Jack and Diane” a little disgusting. As a child of immigrant professionals, I can’t help but notice the wasteful frivolity of it all. Why are these kids not at home doing their homework? Why aren’t they setting the table for dinner or helping out around the house? Who allows their kids to hang out in parking lots? Isn’t that loitering? I wish there was a song called “Nguyen and Ari,” a little ditty about a hardworking Vietnamese girl who helps her parents with the franchised Holiday Inn they run, and does homework in the lobby, and Ari, a hardworking Jewish boy who does volunteer work at his grandmother’s old-age home, and they meet after school at Princeton Review. They help each other study for the SATs and different AP courses, and then, after months of studying, and mountains of flashcards, they kiss chastely upon hearing the news that they both got into their top college choices.This is a song teens need to inadvertently memorize. Now that’s a song I’d request at Johnny Rockets!”
“Haley and I would talk for hours about which member of ‘N Sync we’d want to marry. After long deliberation, the answer was always J. C. Chasez. Joey Fatone’s last name was going to be “Fat One” no matter how great he was, and even though they didn’t know at their age that Lance Bass was gay outright, they sensed he’d make a better good friend and confidante. As for Justin Timberlake, well, JT was the coolest and hottest, but too flashy, so we couldn’t trust him to be faithful. J. C. Chasez was the smart compromise.”