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  1. 1. be more assertive
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  3. 3. fake it 'til i make it
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  10. 10. learn mandarin chinese
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  11. 11. read at least one book per month
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  13. 13. “Have a kick ass body that stops traffic without jumping in front of it”
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  14. 14. Just wanted to say...
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  15. 15. cook more often and eat out less
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  16. 16. buy my first house or condo
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  17. 17. hike a new trail
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  18. 18. run a 10K
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  19. 19. learn how to use my dSLR
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  20. 20. have a daguerreotype taken of myself
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  21. 21. Join a field naturalists' club
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  22. 22. Participate in this year's Great Backyard Bird Count
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  23. 23. Identify the 43 albums I couldn't do without
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  24. 24. earn a masters degree
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See Cher in concert
Cher at the Staples Center

I saw Cher in concert at the Staples Center in Los Angeles on July 7, 2014, one of the last stops of the first leg of her Dressed to Kill Tour with Cyndi Lauper as the opening act. To go to this concert was kind of a spontaneous decision. The day before Andrew and I were looking up availability for an Elton John concert at the Staples Center that I wanted to go to in October for my birthday when we noticed that Cher was going to be performing the next night and that tickets were still available. Since we both liked Cher and neither of us had been to a concert at the Staples Center and the tickets were cheap in the “nosebleed” sections, we decided to check it out.

We both got out of work a little bit early and took the Metro from Koreatown to downtown LA instead of driving in and trying to find parking to make it well before the 7:30 start time. When we got our tickets at Will Call, we were told we had the option to upgrade to a better section with no additional charge. Apparently, the concert didn’t sell out which turned out to be good for us. The crowd skewed a bit older, which I guess shouldn’t have been a surprise, and also gay which was also not surprising.

The concert started when Cyndi Lauper came out with a very “goth” look, with red hair dressed in all black and with boots and some sort of hooded cloak as she sang “She Bop”. I felt like I was taken back to my childhood in the mid 80’s as her mix of pop and punk contained sounds I don’t hear in the music of today. It made me feel old to realize that it has been 30 years since the release of her breakthrough “She’s So Unusual” album. Even her band, including member who have been with her since her start, had gray hair and wrinkles. It’s a little bit funny because I don’t really think of old people rocking out, but as I get older myself I find it less funny. Anyway, Cyndi Lauper, who is 61, had no lack of energy in her performances as she jumped around the stage quite a bit. Her banter was kind of humorous too and she seemed like she would be a fun person to chat with. One thing she said to the audience was “I love you but only in a metaphorical sense because I don’t know you.” She sang her most popular songs like “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” and “True Colors” but my favorite that she performed was a more obscure song that I hadn’t previously heard before called “Witness”.

After a longish intermission, Cher finally came out in an ornate show girl costume and I then understood they needed so long set up for her. Her show was a much more elaborate production with different set designs, video monitors and a crew of dancers. She sang her recent dance hit “Woman’s World” followed up by “Strong Enough” from her “Believe” album. Her voice sounded powerful and at 68 could still pull off wearing a variety of revealing costumes. She was not as agile as the talented dancers surrounding her and it was a bit weird to think of the sexuality that shirtless men young enough to be her grandsons exuded toward her, but the way she commanded herself made her seem timeless. It was so cool when she said something like “So what’s your grandma doing tonight?” She sang some of her hits from the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, 2000’s and today. That longevity I find awe-inspiring. I mean, how many artists can say they have had actual hits in all those decades?

From her Sonny and Cher days, she sang “The Beat Goes On”. It was almost poignant when she sang “I Got You Babe” as a duet with archival footage of Sonny Bono who appeared on a screen behind her as he “sang” his part. After a set and costume change, from the 70’s she sang “Half-breed” and “Dark Lady”. That was followed by another set and costume change when she performed some songs from her “Burlesque” movie, probably my least favorite part of the concert. There was some occasional banter, but nothing that interesting except her complaint that Dr Pepper never thanked her for promoting them as she took a break to drink some. What really got the audience up on their feet was her performance of “If I Could Turn Back Time”. That was followed by my all-time favorite Cher song “Believe” which was the soundtrack of my last months in college and first months on my own. She closed with “I Hope You Find It” one of the songs off her new album while being transported above the audience in some sort of canopy covered with little lights, a fitting end to what was a fun experience.

list three things every day that made me happy (read all 847 entries…)
Monday 7/7, Tuesday 7/8, Wednesday 7/9 & Thursday 7/10

Thursday, July 10

1) I and one of my staff members were shocked to see one of the senior managers wearing an unusually flashy shirt…

2) Birding at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve after work… Today was the first day I had seen an osprey there in over a month…

3) Watching episode 113 of the Korean drama “Shining Romance”... Less than 10 episode left to go…

Wednesday, July 9

1) Some coworkers pointed out to me while walking to lunch today that my average walking pace is a lot faster than average…

2) Lunch with the Chief Actuary at Kate Mantilini with some colleagues… The food was so-so; I think I just ordered the wrong thing…

3) While birding at the Sepulveda Basin Wildlife Reserve after work today, I photographed an unusual looking bird with a long tail that was black with a large blue beak, long tail and yellow and white wing patches. I figured that it was an exotic species, perhaps an escaped or released pet. It was eating grass seeds and seemed tame. After a bit of research, I determined that the bird was a white-winged widowbird, a bird that is native to Africa. In eBird, users are requested to report all birds seen in the wild, even the exotics (even though those observations are invalidated), so white-winged widowbird was species #300 on the list of birds I have seen in Los Angeles County in 2014…

Tuesday, July 8

1) When explaining that I went to a Cher concert last night, I admitted to some coworkers that “Believe” by Cher was one of my favorite songs which seemed to result in some surprised reaction…

2) Talking with a Korean-speaking coworker about some of the Korean expressions I had picked up from watching the Korean dramas…

3) Watching episode 111 of the Korean drama “Shining Romance”...

Monday, July 7

1) Light summertime traffic during the morning commute…

2) A shorter than normal staff meeting this morning…

3) Going to the Staples Center in downtown LA tonight to see Cyndi Lauper and Cher in concert It was the first time I had been to a concert in four years… I think I should go to concerts more often…

See the collage of photos I took while birding during these days…

list three things every day that made me happy (read all 847 entries…)
Thursday 7/3, Friday 7/4, Saturday 7/5 & Sunday 7/6

Sunday, July 6

1) Running this morning despite not getting enough sleep last night… It was already hot at 7 AM…

2) I went to Colorado Lagoon in Long Beach this afternoon to see an eastern kingbird that some birders had found there this morning. Luckily, I easily found the bird when I got to the park as another birder was already looking at it. Eastern kingbird was species #299 on the list of birds I have seen in Los Angeles County in 2014…

3) Watching the Miley Cyrus concert special that aired on TV tonight… I don’t think her singing is all that great, but I view her whole act as performance art…

Today was my 7 year anniversary on 43Things… Too bad it’s highly likely to be my last…

Saturday, July 5

1) All the lack of sleep last week had finally taken its toll on me as I could literally not get out of bed all morning…

2) Recycling this afternoon…

3) Fresh guacamole to snack on…

Friday, July 4

1) A drive up the Pacific Coast Highway through Malibu with Andrew on my day off today… The beaches were so crowded for the holiday that we didn’t even stop anywhere…

2) Our drive ended in Oxnard where we had fish tacos for lunch…

3) Staying in tonight and relaxing instead of going out…

Thursday, July 3

1) Talking in the office about how people often “covertly take the day off” (i.e., do as little as possible while in the office) just before or after a holiday… I would never do that of course…

2) It seems I had found a solution to a data problem that had been plaguing me all week…

3) Birding and (mostly) people-watching at Malibu Lagoon after work (see the collage of photos I took)...

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