Sep 18, 2014

The Adventures of Shen and ShaSha: The Big Move

Hey hey folks!

Yes I know it's been a while. It's been a really busy few months for Shen and I. Earlier I mentioned our house hunting so I've just decided to elaborate on it a bit.

Shen and I decided to start the house hunt in April. At the time we weren't sure of where we wanted to move to, we just needed to be out of our apartment. Over the course of four years these are the things we've encountered in this place:

- My car was broken into
- My car was hit in the parking lot of the complex
- A bee infestation
- A wasp infestation
- Mold...lots and lots of mold
- Neighbors who part from 1 am til 8 am
- Monthly water outages that sometimes come without warning
- A pipe that burst under the tub leading to nasty shit IN the tub
- The ceiling caving in a little due to a flood in the upstairs apartment
- Humidity so thick the carpets were wet

Jun 9, 2014

Network TV Attempts to Add More Diversity But Will It Work Out?

Hey everyone!

Taking a bit of a break from the housing stuff to write a blog post. We're still in short sale hell and the house we want apparently had more problems then we'd initially thought. So yeah...that's not put either of us in a good mood lately. So I needed to take a break from the housing stuff to write about something to take my mind off of it.

So even though we have a bit of time before fall comes, but trailers for the upcoming fall TV season are already out. Although most of the lead roles are predominately white, we're starting to see a few more people of color getting this chance to shine. Shows like Scandal and Sleepy Hollow were a big hit and even the super campy yet somewhat controversial Devious Maids brought us TV series with more people of color in lead roles. The Mindy Project is having its ups and downs, but managed to hang on. In terms of supporting roles, New Girl, Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Helix, Hawaii Five-0, Almost Human (though now cancelled), Elementary, and a few other newer series had roles with POCs at least as supporting characters. And despite the shows somewhat Highlander rule towards it's black male cast members, The Walking Dead is still going strong with the diversity of its cast. And of course the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black is very blunt with its use of a diverse cast.

This year is going to be interesting because it's one of the few times in TV history we're going to get shows that will predominately feature POCs on network TV. The network TV part is important. Yes most people do have cable these days, but a lot of people still rely on staple channels like ABC, FOX, CBS, and NBC for their entertainment. We're getting several TV shows that will feature not just lead or supporting characters that are POCs, but we'll see entire families. It's not just the supporting black character who seemingly never mentioned their family even though we've seen the cousin's brother's uncles' sister's mom of the white leads. Well we will see a few more characters that will likely fit that mold, but it's still good to see that there's some effort being put into representing an entire family. So I wanted to take a look at a few trailers for upcoming series. Yes I will be judging a book by it's trailer. That's what the trailer is for.

May 24, 2014

The Adventures of ShaSha: Where Have You Been!?

Hey folks. I know it's been a long time since I've touched this site. I just wanted to give an updated on what's been going on in my life right now.

Mar 12, 2014

Dating Asian Guys 101: Live and Learn

Hey folks! I wanted to post this over the weekend, but I ended up deleting the entire thing and started over a few times. This is another of on my Dating Asian Guys blog posts. I came up with this blog post because recently I've been reading some of the journals I kept while I was in Japan. I'm considering writing a novel based off my experiences, but in terms of priorities that comes after honeymoon, house, website revamp, and blog, LOL. Anyway, I as I was reading I was reminded of how big of a mess I was.

I was fucking terrible at dating.

And this was confirmed when I started reading some journals I kept when I moved back to the states. As I was reading, I took note of some patterns and hang-ups I had. I didn't know what I really wanted most of the time, I ignored flags, I was impatient, basically I was a mess. Eventually I got into a much better dating groove, gained more confidence in who I was and wanted I wanted. This was a gradual thing, and life didn't always work out the way I wanted to at that time, but it just meant that I learned even more about myself.

So I wanted to discuss some of the common issues I had from my dating days. Some of these I've probably mentioned in an old blog post or two, but hey sometimes things just need to be said again in more paragraphs. The majority of what's been said here focuses on the earlier stages of dating.  I had a hard time thinking about a picture theme for this post, so no pictures.