Walking in LA

Fall has decided to make a reappearance in the land of eternal sunshine. This past weekend, after several weeks of sunshine and temperatures in the 70’s and 80’s we finally had some rain. After the rain left, the temperatures cooled, the air was brisk , the skies were washed blue, and to the north, the lingering rain clouds hung over the San Gabriel mountains. It was a picture postcard kind of day. The kind of day which makes you want to walk in downtown LA,  something Juan and I did during our lunch hour.  Besides it gave Juan the perfect opportunity to take some photos with his NEW iPHONE 4!

Here’s a look at our lunchtime route:

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Guess What Today Is?

There have been two occasions that I can recall when  my husband Juan, upon waking in the morning,  was so happy that the day had arrived that he proclaimed with joy like a child on Christmas morning, “Guess what today is?”

One of those occasions was the morning of our wedding day. He woke up, rolled over and with a sleepy, but happy grin said:

 “Guess what today is?”

 Of course, I responded, “Our wedding day!”

To which he replied, “No. Kiss/Aerosmith concert tickets go on sale.”

Did you think I was joking when  I told you before about his obsession with the rock band Kiss?  So, I really should not have been surprised when I learned that on the morning of the day when we would pledge our lives to each other, he was thinking, not of our pending nuptials, but that the long-awaited Kiss/Aerosmith concert tickets would finally go on sale. So, while I was getting coiffed, made-up and dressed up for our big day,  he was at home, on-line , buying concert tickets for his favorite band.

The second occasion I can recall when Juan woke up happier than a kid on Christmas was yesterday. Juan woke up and announced,  “Today is the day I am  finally eligible for the iPhone 4 upgrade!” Yes. It was the long-awaited day when he could upgrade his phone. But his joy was short-lived when I reminded him that we had discussed it and he had already decided he would wait until January to purchase the upgrade. Like a kid who found coal in his stocking, Juan sighed and agreed that he was going to wait.  I thought that was the end of the discussion until Juan called me while I was driving home from running an errand at the local shopping mall. The conversation went something like this:

J:   Did you buy anything?

Me:   No. Nothing for me, but I bought Diego a pair of shoes.

J:    Really? Didn’t you want to find something for yourself. Maybe you should go to another store and check out what they have?

Me:   No. I am tired. I am coming home. Why? What have you been doing?

J:   Well, Diego and I went to the yogurt store.  

(Hmmm… Since when does a husband need to encourage his wife to go shopping? How suspicious that the yogurt store happens to be across the street from the Apple Store.)

Me:   Did  you buy the iPhone?

J:    Well….yes. We can talk about it when you get home.

Of course, when I got home there was nothing to talk about. It would have been like telling someone that Christmas was cancelled. Besides, Juan was already playing with his new phone, and had completed configuring his old iPhone for my use. So, Christmas came early for Juan, and now I guess I’ll be learning how to use his old iPhone.

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The Apple of His Eye


There are many things I love about my husband Juan. He is funny, loving, kind, and generous.  We have been together for 10 years and have experienced quite a lot together. I feel like we know and understand each other as only soul mates can. Still, there are a couple of things about my husband that continue to surprise and amuse me. The first thing is Juan’s obsession with the rock band KISS. It’s quite shocking really, how much he knows about the band, how much he enjoys their music and what a big fan he is. Last year, Juan took the kids to see KISS in concert dressed up like this:

In fact, there is so much good material about Juan and KISS that it will make up a whole other blog post.

The second thing about Juan that still surprises me is his love of tech gadgets.  When I first met Juan, and I learned about his love of gadgets I found it charming. Like any person in new love, I thought the fact that he wore his cell phone and CD-sized MP-3 player on his belt loop was quirky but endearing. In the early days of our courtship Juan shunned the iPod. He is a true music lover and therefore thought the Nomad MP-3 player was the superior product. He would carry a large, round MP-3 player, which he wore like an extra appendage, on his belt loop around his waist.

When Apple released a new iPod with greater memory Juan succumbed to the sexy, slimmer, rectangular gadget in white, and dumped the Nomad. It was his new obsession. With each new iPod version Juan upgraded. Juan’s gadget loves became slimmer, smaller, more colorful. But at least they were smarter, because they had more memory. I consoled myself with each new purchase because he managed to sell or upgrade his old models with little expense. But of course his “hobby” of organizing and reorganizing his music playlists and purchasing music also managed to preoccupy him. His habit of walking around the house listening to his iPod with headphones on began to grate on me. It was especially irritating when I would be halfway through a discussion before I realized he was listening to KISS with his headphones on, and I was having a conversation with myself.  I complained that he couldn’t hear me or the kids,so he took to wearing his headphones throughout the house with only one side in his ear. Marriage involves compromise.

And then Apple launched the iPhone. Juan was hooked. He dumped that iPod like a bad habit. I saw the same pattern repeat itself with each new version of the iPhone. A younger, slimmer model launched and he was there with all the other Fanboys, waiting to purchase one. On the day the iPhone 3 launched he took the day off and waited at home for it to be delivered. I had the day off from work too and I sweated it out at Disneyland with Nico and Diego. In the middle of my day waiting in line for Thunder Mountain, I received this text message and picture of my husband gleefully welcoming his new gadget:

Oh Happy Day!

Now the iPhone is a part of our life.  We wake up in the morning to the iPhone as an alarm.  Juan rises and takes it with him to the kitchen while he gets his morning coffee. He returns and heads to the bathroom with the morning news blaring from his I Heart Radio App. He checks weather on it before he dresses for work, making sure to inform me of the day’s forecast. We have a No-Electronics–at-the-Table-Rule during meals, except for breakfast, when Juan eats his morning cereal while reading the iPhone’s bookmarked news blogs for the day’s headlines. Before Juan is out the door he has checked his traffic app and let’s me know what’s ahead on the freeways. The iPhone is with us all the time. So, Ieven though this video isn’t promoting the iPhone, I still found it so true it was only half-funny:


Really? Yes.  Just like Juan and his iPhone. But guess what? Not long ago Apple launched a new technology. Granted it was much larger, and couldn’t possibly be worn around the waist. But it had had more memory and it was an even better multi-tasker than the iPhone. It is the IPad. Juan was hooked and as much as he tried to resist, he succumbed. Although to be fair, I was an enabler. We bought it as an anniversary/Father’s Day present. It is now a part of our lives. Really. The Ayyyye Pad.