Tuesday, February 28, 2006

Then & Now

I may get in trouble for posting this, but ...

I can't resist. :)

1989:



2006:

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Tom W.

Heard back from Tom! He's in London working at Deutsche Bank. Apparently he is married with child; can't say that I know much more than that for the time being. I'm waiting to hear back from my British correspondents.

Also, Jen is helping with the hunt for Pete; we've got a couple of so-so leads already. [Unlike myself, however, Jen actually has a life and a real job, so if any dirty work needs to be done, I'll volunteer to take it upon my own emaciated shoulders.] [And oh yes, that's right ... sometimes "dirty work" needs to be done.]

Saturday, February 11, 2006

Jen H.!

OK ... I am on a roll!! - Jen H. was the hardest to find so far, but she is found and is livin' la vida loca in L.A., apparently not too far from where Jenny C. lives (depending on traffic!) ... it's amazing they haven't bumped into each other yet, given that there are only 20 million people there.

The phone number and address in the 'yearbook' are long defunct, and I'd given up hope (something I do fairly commonly) until it occurred to me that maybe I should look for a "Jenny," not a "Jen" - since the yearbook has her as Jenny.

This led to a listing at a "Whitney High School" in Cerritos, CA for a Jenny H. who went there in the late 80's. (I'm trying not to put full names on the blog since that might be a lead for other stalkers ... only I'm allowed to stalk!!).

She hasn't told me the gossipy stuff about her life yet (oh I know it's there), but she's living and working in West LA near UCLA. She may also have some idea about where Tom is ...

Jen - welcome to the CCSC 1989 blog!!

for the broke among us

I got this at work and thought I would share with you guys (not that you need it, but just in case!). Feel free to pass along if you know anyone who might be interested. It's a reality TV show seeking to showcase people with financial problems. Could fun and profitable - and maybe only a little humilating ... which brings us back to the fun. And profitable!

Also, I haven't checked up on them but I assume it's legit bc it was in the form of a press release, not spam, and I've heard of this author.

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Personal Finance Reality TV Show Seeks America's "Broke Folk" Stories

NEW YORK, NY - "Broke folk," a new reality TV show from HearstEntertainment (Modern Marvels) and Atchity Entertainment International(Joe Somebody, Life Or Something Like It) and featuring financial authorand speaker Peter Bielagus (Getting Loaded Book Series, Mastering YourPersonal Finances) is looking for people in their 30's who cannot makeends meet, no matter how hard they try.

The show is now conducting a nationwide search for unusual, extreme, andentertaining stories about real money messes from funny, outgoing andinteresting people who are in over their heads in their financial life.And, the biggest turn around story may end up winning the cash resourcesto start saving Bielagus says interested distributors have wanted tohear more stories from contestants in their 30's.

Offering a financial makeover to contestants with stories unusual ordramatic enough to capture America's hearts, the show is now acceptingemail stories nationwide from people. In addition to appearing on theshow, winners can receive financial coaching to help them solve theirmoney problems."We want to hear the emotions and frustrations behind your situation,"Bielagus said. "Maybe you are 34, earning $57,000 a year but have

Bielagus says the show wants personal financial tales from people whorange from a married couple ready to buy their first home, to a soldierjust home from the war who had to put on life hold for 24 months, tosomeone who had to declare personal bankruptcy and is now struggling toget back on their feet."Maybe you and your spouse are ready to have kids, but are out of money.Perhaps you are so far in debt that you use credit cards to pay yourcredit card debts," said Bielagus. "We want to hear it - and we want tohelp."

Applicants are encouraged to send an email describing your situation andwhy you think you would be a good candidate for the show. "Remember,"says Bielagus, "we want more than numbers, we want to hear your story:what are the emotions, frustrations and pressure that got you where youare?"

Stories can emailed to stories@brokefolk.com

For more information, please visit: www.brokefolk.com

$23,000 of credit card debt. How did you get there?"Bielagus says the show wants personal financial tales from people whorange from a married couple ready to buy their first home, to a soldierjust home from the war who had to put on life hold for 24 months, tosomeone who had to declare personal bankruptcy and is now struggling toget back on their feet."Maybe you and your spouse are ready to have kids, but are out of money.Perhaps you are so far in debt that you use credit cards to pay yourcredit card debts," said Bielagus. "We want to hear it - and we want tohelp."Applicants are encouraged to send an email describing your situation andwhy you think you would be a good candidate for the show. "Remember,"says Bielagus, "we want more than numbers, we want to hear your story:what are the emotions, frustrations and pressure that got you where youare?"Stories can emailed to stories@brokefolk.comFor more information, please visit: www.brokefolk.com###

NY/NJ reunion

Edwick will be in NYC from Friday, Feb. 24 to Monday Feb. 27. How many of us can be around for a small gathering in NYC sometime over that weekend?

Is this thing on?

Now we know it's an Internet blog because there's pictures of people's dogs and stuff all over it:

This is Brownie the dog, our puppy since 1997 when we moved to Brooklyn. He's a German Shepherd/Chow Chow mix, now 12 years old, who's completely neurotic and totally food motivated. He's also exactly as adorable as he looks unless he's getting into fights with other dogs or small children. My wife Frances and I figured we'd try the dog first to make sure we could handle kids.

9 years later, we're still making sure. It never hurts to be too sure.

For pictures of the wife, you can visit the honeymoon photos page from long, long ago (1998) when we were both a non-trivial number of pounds lighter. There may also be photos coming soon from our trip to China in January, if I can manage to get off my ass to edit them and get them into Flickr.

Other than that, we're attempting to be homeowners in Princeton Junction, NJ. I just got back in from changing the oil in the snowblower and filling her up with gas. I feel Manly (tm) now. >grunt< >belch<

Great to hear from the CCSC crowd again. Maybe technology will make it easier for us to stay in touch better now.

Procreation


while i love my neice & nephew like crazy, i must admit a day with them doesn't exactly leave me with warm & fuzzy thoughts of motherhood. my neice in particular is a handful (& they say boys are difficult). so here's a picture of my baby attached for your viewing pleasure! :)

Friday, February 10, 2006

Another funny Asian...

Let me share with you an excerpt from one of my favorite blogs written by an Asian-American dad living in NYC. Check him out at: www.metrodad.typepad.com He nicknames his wife "Bosslady" and his baby girl, "Peanut"....

'Fess up!

When the BossLady and I started dating, we got into a ridiculous debate about something or other. As usual, neither one of us was willing to yield. And so in the heat of the argument, I casually mentioned how much smarter I was than her. To her credit, the BossLady turned to me and said, "Oh yeah, wiseguy? What'd you get on your SATs?" Immediately, my devious mind started thinking that she wouldn't pull that particular question out of the hat unless she had scored really well. And even though I did fairly well on my SATs, I figured that I'd have to do a little grade inflation in order to retain some credibiliy in the current debate. So I blabbered back "1400." Unfortunately, the plan backfired due to the fact that my lovely wife actually scored 1450 on her SATs. Ever since then, whenever we've gotten into an argument, she'll just look me in the eye and say, "1450." Pretty much shuts me up every time.

Last week, in an e-mail that I sent to someone else but c.c.'ed the BossLady on, I wrote that I scored a 1340 on my SATs. I'd lost track of my own little white lie and I got completely busted. It's just one more reason that I don't lie. My memory's not good enough to keep track of anything, much less imaginary stories. Much better to always go with the truth.

Anyway, the experience got me thinking. Not about lying to one's spouse (which I'm obviously adamantly against). But it got me thinking about things that our spouses might not know about us. I'm not talking about the deep, dark secrets of one's past. I'm talking about the little private parts of the world that you carve out for yourself and that nobody else knows about. It could be things that you do when nobody else is looking. Or things you think about that nobody else knows. It could be anything!

So that being said, I've decided that, in the interests of full disclosure, I'm going to reveal a few secrets that I've been keeping from the BossLady (up until now). So here you go, honey. Here are a few things about me that you might not have known...

-The other day, the Peanut farted on my hand while I was holding her. So I put her hand near my butt and farted back on her. We both thought it was pretty funny and had a good laugh together. For some reason, I didn't think you'd find it as funny as we did.

-Many moons ago (back in the pre-child days), I got high with our dog. That's right, honey. I'm not proud of admitting this but I actually smoked pot with our dog. We both got the munchies, ate a whole bag of peanuts together and watched a baseball game. Remember, honey? You walked him the next morning and his poop looked like a giant Babe Ruth bar.

-I've always had a little thing for Kate Winslet, Zhang Ziyi, Diane Sawyer, Michelle Yeoh, and Uma Thurman. I don't feel bad about this because your obsession with Colin Firth far outweighs any of my secret crushes. Seriously, honey. Do we really need to watch the 5-hour BBC version of "Pride and Prejudice" every six months? Mistahhh Daahhhcy!

-As you know, I'm a morning pooper. As you also know, the Peanut is a non-stop crawling machine who needs to be watched on a constant basis. Sometimes when it's my turn to get her in the morning, these two aforementioned facts have collided. To make a long story short, there have been more than a few occasions where I've sat her on my lap while I'm "dropping the kids off at the pool."

-Since you tend to fall asleep several hours before me every night, I often stay up late to read, do some work or write an entry for the blog. But most of the time? I pour myself a glass of scotch and watch ESPN's Sportscenter. This you knew about me. What you didn't know? Sometimes before I go to bed, I set the channel to CNN so when you wake up in the morning and turn the TV on to check the weather, it looks like I stayed up late watching Lou Dobbs. This way I hope you don't think I'm as much of a sports nut as I actually am.

-I know we already have 5 digital cameras, 4 ipods, and a video camera. Don't kill me, honey. But I bought another new gadget. It's being shipped now and we'll get it next week. I know. I have a problem. But it could be worse! I could be spending our retirement money on crystal meth, hookers and gambling, right? Look at the bright side!

So that's all I can think of for now, honey. I'm sure my phone will be ringing as soon as you read this post. But really, I think my little secrets are pretty innocuos, don't you? Fairly harmless. I don't have a secret life. That's not to say that I'm an angel. It's just that you already know the true depths of my depravity. And you still love me for it. But secrets? Not much. This is pretty much the sum of all my secrets. What about you? Anything you want to get off your chest? We'll speak later.

As for the rest of you? Talk to me, people. Spill it. If not here, then where? An inquiring mind wants to know. What doesn't your spouse know about you? C'mon and confess. You'll feel better. If your spouse reads this blog, post anonymously. But really, what are the things (major or minor) that your spouse doesn't know about you? The time you posed nude in college for beer money? The time you went skinny dipping with the drummer from Kajigoogoo back in '82? Your secret fetish of wearing women's panties? Doesn't have to be anything sordid, scandalous or depraved. Just come clean.

Because here at MetroDad, absolution is available 24 hours/day. Except on Sundays. So 'fess up!

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Theory of 2005 baby boom

I kind of believe in the recycling of souls, so when the tsunami happened in South Asia in 2004, I thought that there may be a population boom coming to make up for all those lost lives. Sure enough, many of my friends, including myself, got pregnant within 3 months of the tsunami.

As for the large number of boys, one mother told me that the Chinese astrological calendar predicted that this past year would see the birth of more boys than girls. Has anyone else heard anything like this?

Tuesday, February 07, 2006

Jenny C.

Just spoke to Jenny C. - she's a lawyer now in LA, and guess what?

She ALSO just had her first child in 2005, a boy!

That makes SIX Feng Chia babies in 2005, all SIX of them boys, five of them first children!

What are the chances of THAT happening??!

Seriously - a couple dozen 15-18 year olds together at a camp, and then 16 years later five of them have their first kids, all of them boys? (And all named Emilio? That's the weirdest part.)

Anyhow, I didn't find the following until after speaking to her, but here's Jenny's law firm:

http://www.linerlaw.com/

If you click around a bit, you can find her in the "attorneys" section, under her married name.

Anyways, I've sent her the blog invite, so Jenny if you're reading this, hope to see you on the blog soon! :)

Monday, February 06, 2006

Ed!

I've found Ed!

http://members.macconnect.com/users/e/edwick/

Hmm, he might know something about computers:
http://www.edwick.com/resume.html

Also check out: Honeymoon photos, plus guitar tabs and lyrics he's posted.

And some reviews he's written on Amazon, and stuff he's selling on eBay ...

Damn, I'm good. :)

I'll call him later today ...

Thursday, February 02, 2006

Cathy

Armed with Viv's architecture tip and a little too much time on my hands, ...

Here's Cathy:

http://www.diynetwork.com/diy/press/article/0,,DIY_13703_4082765,00.html

Her company: http://www.cmcwdesign.com/

Her TV show: http://www.tv.com/cat-wei/person/286200/appearances.html

Hobnobbing with the (probably) rich and (not quite) famous: http://dmiphoto.com/browse.php?id=30824023&subject=Cat+Wei

Always knew, though, that she'd she'd be involved in the glamorous world of art & fashion somehow!!

I'll call her tomorrow. She'll likely be creeped out by the above ...

Wish me luck.

Let's find ...

I'm having trouble locating:

Ed
Betty
Cathy
Pete
Tom
Jenny C.
Jen H.

That's just off the top of my head ... the numbers in the 'yearbook' don't work anymore.

Anyone have any ideas on where to start looking?

(Maybe they're all living together in one apartment somewhere ... it's a possibility)