Mar 30, 2010


at the library. He had trouble concentrating because of the noise level and kept looking up at the loud people at the checkout counter.

Mar 28, 2010

A woman

at the cafe who I originally thought was a man.

Mar 27, 2010

Quick Drawing

of a woman at the cafe. She was wearing jeans underneath her dress.

Mar 26, 2010

A Regular

at the cafe. I must be a regular too since the cashier knew what I wanted to order without me saying it.

Mar 24, 2010

Woman Asleep

at the library.

off topic: Cupcakes

I must be in a weird emotional space lately.

After meeting up with Snafugirl for Thai food tonight, I dropped by the neighborhood grocery on the way home and decided to pick up baking ingredients. I made a batch of chocolate cupcakes, channeling my recent emotions into the effort. These decadent treats are called Celibacy Sucks Miss-My-Ex Cupcakes. They contain enough butter and sugar to put down a horse. In terms of how the calories will balance out in my six-pack abs regimen, I think it will be okay indulge as long as I don't eat for the next 3-4 days.

Mar 23, 2010

Man at the Library

who kind of reminds me of Warren Buffett.

Mar 22, 2010

Two Women

at the cafe, speaking in Korean.

off topic: Where will I be in 10 years?

Snafugirl was nice enough to tag me with a "Where will I be in 10 years?" post.

I used to do a lot of these types of projections when I was younger. I would get very disappointed by not achieving my goals as the various milestones approached and passed. To prevent this from happening again in 10 years, I'm listing very modest goals which are mostly within my control to attain (unlike getting married, or getting represented by a New York art gallery).

In ten years I'd like to:

-not be paunchy. I want to keep up my workout regimen and keep eating healthy. Although presently I don't have the body and youthful vigor I had in my twenties, I do know for a fact that I am in better shape, based on my workout regimen.

-learn a language. I've been listening to Pimsleur language lessons.

-possibly not be living in New York City. It would be nice to hear crickets outside my window at night, have a pet parrot, and have a small yard.

-not be growing old alone. Okay, so I don't need to find my immortal beloved soul mate. A normal, okay-enough girlfriend will do.

-not end up like Henry Darger. I don't want to be an eccentric old guy living in a cramped basement apartment surrounded by stacks of old newspapers and hundreds of empty Pepto Bismal bottles.

-not be wearing "dad jeans". I hope Solis Company doesn't go out of business any time soon.

-not need Viagra. This might be TMI, but I seriously hope I can still function.

-not say things like "eh, sonny, speak up" and "these kids today..." and "when I was your age..."

Mar 21, 2010


at the Flushing Mall. He ordered the same thing I did.

I noticed he wore a wedding band. I seem to be more aware of that lately when I see men who are close to my age. With all the difficulties of the dating world, I'm amazed that anyone gets together at all. I wonder if this guy had to go through the same nonsense, or if he had to exercise and skip lunch everyday in order to have six-pack abs. Or spend $165 on Diesel jeans. Or do speed dating and online dating.

Mar 20, 2010

Man at the Playground

and the weather is getting warmer.

Mar 19, 2010

The Laundromat

on a not so busy day. It was nice and quiet.

Mar 17, 2010

Mar 16, 2010


at the library listening to her friend's problems. She was really cute and I tried but couldn't quite capture the likeness. I started fussing over the drawing but by then she noticed that I kept looking at her.

Mar 14, 2010

Woman studying

at the cafe. I think I've drawn her before.

Mar 10, 2010

Mar 9, 2010

Mar 8, 2010

Woman at the Library

reading a Chinese language magazine.

Mar 7, 2010

Mar 5, 2010

Depressing night

at the cafe. Most of the tables were empty and this man was camped out asleep on the soft seats. Usually the staff doesn't let people sleep there, but tonight they didn't say anything to this man.

off topic: Ultimate Music Compilation

for feeling like a piece of fresh road kill.

My ex left a voice mail the other night and we talked last night. Without summarizing all the complex circumstances, it hasn't felt over or resolved between us and I had hope that things might work out. But she told me that she wants to move on. So now it really is over.

Prior to this I had songs picked out for our imaginary wedding CD. Now it's more appropriate to have a compilation of songs to feel miserable to.

So far I have:
  At Last by Etta James
  La Vie En Rose by Edith Piaf
  I'm Not in Love by the Pretenders
  Take a Bow by Madonna
  Slave to Love by Bryan Ferry
  and of course
  In Your Eyes by Peter Gabriel

Any thoughts on other songs that should be included?

Mar 4, 2010

Two men

at the cafe on a crowded night.

Mar 3, 2010

Mar 2, 2010

Mar 1, 2010


at the library. It was very loud and the air smelled bad that day.