Tuesday, January 20, 2009

I, Too, Sing America

I, Too, Sing America
by Langston Hughes

I, too, sing America.

I am the darker brother.
They send me to eat in the kitchen
When company comes,
But I laugh,
And eat well,
And grow strong.

I'll be at the table
When company comes.
Nobody'll dare
Say to me,
"Eat in the kitchen,"

They'll see how beautiful I am
And be ashamed--

I, too, am America.

Friday, January 2, 2009

When polite becomes scary

It was a clash of cultures when I noticed an incredibly beautiful young Japanese woman wearing a surgical face mask, strolling down PCH. In Japan, it's common to wear a face mask when one has a cold, in theory to protect others from your germs. In SoCal? Ummm, errrrr .... not so much. I almost, ALMOST pulled over to tell her this but then my light turned green and I had to get going. Oh well. Happy New Year!