Saturday, January 28, 2006

Chinese New Year


Wishing everyone a Happy New Year!
On January 29, the Chinese will be welcoming a new year!
So, what is it? Well, the Chinese New Year (Spring Festival) is a period of celebrations. It begins on the 1st day of the Chinese calendar (the day of the 2nd new moon after winter soltice), and ends with the Lantern Festival (15 days later). This year will be the Year of the Dog (Xu). Tradition has it that, before the new year arrives, Chinese homes are thoroughly cleaned to "sweep away" any bad luck and welcome the good luck entering their homes. The day before all brooms & dust pans are put away so that the good luck does not get swept away. Some will even paint doors & windowpanes red. Homes will be decorated with Chinese phrases of "happiness," "wealth," and "longevity."
新年快樂 - Happy New Year
恭喜發財 - Congratulations & Be Prosperous

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

A good quote

I'm not quite exactly sure where he got this, but I heard this on the radio this morning on KIIS-FM. It was one of Ryan Seacrest's 'Quote of the Day.' He sometimes has stupid ones, but I liked this one. So, here goes...:

"Success is getting what you want... Happiness is liking what you get."
It's kinda true, though...

Sunday, January 22, 2006

'Nuf said


Saturday, January 21, 2006

Hockey night at the Fort! (the pics)

Christi, me, & Katie waiting for the caravan to leave.
Justin & Ben dancing for the camera (wrong camera, though!)

Luc's 551st goal scored on a breakaway

#1 star of the game - Luc Robitaille

Hockey Night at the Fort!

Thursday, January 19, 2006 was hockey night for some of us working at Fortanasce & Associates. We thank Anang, one of the PTs at the clinic, for organizing this work event. 20 of us headed to downtown L.A. to watch the Los Angeles Kings play against the Atlanta Thrashers at the Staples Center.

Prior to the start of the game, the Los Angeles Kings had not been doing well as of late. They entered the game 2nd place in the Pacific Division, four points behind Dallas, and losing four of their last five games. The Kings also had a few key players injured during that stretch – including forward Alexander Frolov (flu), Pavol Demitra (leg injury), Lubomir Visnovsky (neck strain), and goalie Mathieu Garon with a shoulder boo-boo. Atlanta, on the other hand, entered Thursday with a 23-18-6 record, and 2nd in the Southeast Division. They are on a five-game winning streak, and have a 7-1 record in January.

The game was an awesome game, with the Kings beating Atlanta 8-6. A few key highlights: Luc Robitaille scored three goals (a hat trick), and became the King’s career leading goal scorer, passing Marcel Dionne’s record. Luc tied the record at the 4:20 mark in the 1st period by intercepting a pass, and receiving a feed from Derek Armstrong. Goal #551 came on a breakaway when he beat goalie Mike Dunham between the pads, and both teams going 4-on-4.

It definitely was an amazing and fun night, and I enjoyed hanging out with my fellow co-workers (and a couple of the bosses) outside of work. It was great to see how different people interact with their co-workers outside of the workplace. I also was delighted to be a part of Los Angeles Kings’ history by watching Luc "Lucky" Robitaille enter the record books for the Kings.

Oh, yeah... #1 star of the game: Luc Robitaille... #2 star of the game: Kings' defenseman Mattias Norstrom (I love this guy!); and #3 star of the game: an Atlanta Thrasher player (can't remember who).

Sunday, January 15, 2006

So true...


Since working in the medical field, and having the Medicare cap (they only allow about $1700 combined for PT, OT, and Speech for the whole year) kicking in at the beginning of the year, I completely think that what Medicare is doing to the elderly, disabled, etc. is completely unfair. I have seen it so many times with a number of my patients. We basically are saying to them, "Sorry, I know you've had a stroke and all, but we're going to have to cut you off after 12 visits. You are screwed if anything else happens to you. So, be careful, and God forbid you break your hip... oh, well... see ya next year! Oh, yeah... If you do decide you want more therapy, then you'll have to pay about $75-$125 per visit." So, I totally agree with this comic strip. It hass become a game to the government for these patients to get the proper care, treatment, or medications that they need these days. So screwed, and there's nothing we can do about it!

Saturday, January 14, 2006

The memories...


I was cleaning out a desk drawer the other night & came across this picture... I would consider this shot one of the greatest moments I've ever encountered! It was taken during the summer of '99, while I was traveling through Europe with a couple of friends. We were on our way to Italy & had decided to travel through the French-Italian Alps. This was taken on the highest peak of the French Alps in Chamonix at an altitude of 3500 ft. This was one of the best trips I've ever been on... Just listening to that peace & quiet. Can you imagine what was going through that person's mind while sitting on top of that mountain peak? Just BREATHTAKING!

Thursday, January 12, 2006

If it was only that easy...


If only the world lived this way, we would have the most interesting topics to discuss.

Saturday, January 07, 2006

Stupid People, Stupid Questions


Can I just say that this just sums it all up?
How many times have you encountered something like this?
Come on now... why is it that you can take a person who is very book smart, but they always lack the common sense? I just don't have the time or the energy to deal with these kinds of people.