Cô Hường Trả Lời

Sau khi đọc bài về Ký ức người Thầy, cô Nguyễn Thị Hường nhắn tin cho tôi:

Đọc bài viết của con cô thấy lòng mình ấm áp một tình thương niềm vui len vào kí ức là niềm an ủi cho những người làm kỉ sư tâm hồn.

Kỉ sư tâm hồn. Nghe hay đấy.

Vĩnh Biệt Bác Hải

Sáng nay được tin bác Nguyễn Thị Hải qua đời. Bác Hãi là người chị cả của mẹ vợ. Lúc về Việt Nam, tôi đến thăm bác và trao lại những lọ thuốc mẹ gởi cho bác. Không ngờ lần đầu gặp bác cũng là lần cuối cùng. Xin được chia buồn đến gia đình và người thân.

Tốt Hơn


Anh đã có người mới, cô ấy tốt hơn.
Không như em đâu, lâu lâu cô ấy không lên cơn.

Kính Ướt


Nhìn em qua lăng kính,
anh chỉ thấy căng và trơn
Để thay cái lens zoom
chi tiết trên người em nó rõ nét hơn
88, 59 và 90 là căng
Đường cong của em
cũng là lý do trên người anh có đường thẳng

Pulp Friction

Had Jay Z’s records on shuffle and struck by this: “Orange juice style, beat niggaz to the pulp.” Without context, this bar is horrifying, especially with the current police brutality. Jay, however, is licensed to use it. Though it’s the wordplay intrigued me—not the context. Can’t wait to listen to his new album 4:44.

The Neighbor

The neighbor texted me:

I gather u must be on vacation. But wanted to let you know that apparently you left your garbage on saturday night in a box And some animal destroyed it at night. It was spread on your sidewalk. The truck picked up some of it on monday. But there is still plenty on the ground.. smelling..

I asked him to help me clean up and offered to buy him some beer. He texted back:

I picked up what I could. But trash is still on the ground as Everything is loose, not even in plastic bags, papers, cans, napkins, food.. Just plain gross!

Oh, no need for beer or anything.

I made a dumb mistake. I should have used the trash can. Since we will be away for two weeks, I didn’t want to leave the trash can on the sidewalk for that long. In addition, we only had two trash bags. I didn’t think about the damn animals.

Cow Milk

In his New Rules segment from episode 430, Bill Maher joked:

If you happpen to meet one of the seven percent of the American adults who believe chocolate milk comes from brown cow. You must tell them that nonfat milk comes from skinny cows, and condensed milk comes from constipated cows, and skin milk comes from cows from the Mafia.

Lamott’s Number Two

In her inspiring and musing TED talk, “12 truths I learned from life and writing,” Anne Lamott shares her number two:

[A]lmost everything will work again if you unplug it for a few minutes—including you.

Summer Reading List

Books I want to read this summer:

  1. To Pixar and Beyond by Lawrence Levy (reading)
  2. Theft by Finding by David Sedaris
  3. Careful by Steve Casner
  4. Pretend I’m Not Here by Barbara Feinman Todd
  5. The Word Detective by John Simpson
  6. Twitter and Tear Gas by Zeynep Tufekci
  7. My Life with Bob by Pamela Paul
  8. Daring to Drive by Manal al-Sharif
  9. Al Franken, Giant of the Senate by Al Franken
  10. Fierce Pajamas edited by David Remnick and Henry Finder

Books I have read.

Popeyes Customer Service Sucks

I went to Popeyes located at 9661 Fairfax Boulevard to pick some mash potatoes for my kids. I ordered two large sizes with gravy on the side. I received two large containers for the mash potatoes and a tiny container for the gravy. I asked for extra gravy and the cashier would not give it to me. I was willing to pay for it, but he rang up almost $3. A regular side of mashed potatoes cost $1.79, and yet an extra gravy cost $3. I cancelled my order and the manager didn’t look happy. He tossed the entire bag in the trash right in front of me before provided me my refund. I went to 29 Diner and ordered 4 portions. They gave me plenty of gravy too. I love Popeyes chicken, but I won’t go back to this location until the manager gets retrained in customer service.


I went to Boston Market and ordered a large size mash potatoes. They gave me generous gravy with no extra charge.