happy birthday to me.

my friends are scattered around the world,
but i found a way for twenty of us to do something together for my birthday this year.

the request was simple.
1. blast wreckx-n-effect’s “rumpshaker”
2. hit record on the camera
3. dance
4. send me the footage

autumn in new hampshire

doctor burns celebrated his 83rd birthday at the family farm house in east washington with thirty friends.
after lunch, we wandered around their backyard all afternoon.

kalli and i doing the asian squat.


 

peter’s groundscore.


 

once upon a time, this girl saved me from a dark august evening,
and for that, i will love her forever.

oh, and this is my favorite picture of us together.
 

how darling is this schoolhouse?


 

currently listening to:
usually before i shoot a band, i check out their music.
fenster. wow. i really like these guys.

this one is a cross between santos & johnny, girls and jessica mayfield.

fenster / killer surf walker

boston, ma

realized i hadn’t seen linh or kalli for over a year.
told kalli i missed them and she said, “come visit this weekend!!”
“you mean tomorrow??”

kalli the killer shark.

friday night, we stayed up late in the evening being girls.
mixed drinks and gossiping about everything from old lovers
to the awesomeness of always infinity pads (never going back to tampons!).
 

i met jp, kalli’s curious, mischievous little nephew,
who grabbed my hand and took me into the living room
to show me this antique 2-d picture viewer.


 


 

i love his laugh, his curly, swirly hair.


 

kalli married into a beautiful, warm family who embraced me immediately upon my arrival.
their colonial home is 99 years old, brimming with original details,
lighting fixtures and tapestries.

this is mama and papa burns’ wedding portrait from, i think, the 50’s.


 

saturday night,
we stopped by church to catch rex’s (kalli’s friend who recently moved to new york) band.
here i am being smothered by everyone.
 

also ran into this old friend who i haven’t seen for over three years.


 

such a short, but delightful visit. i miss them already. :(

another eight hours in two hours.

so like i told kalli, i’ve developed this shyness of taking pictures of random strangers.
like they’re minding their own business, doing their thing
and then i feel rude coming up to them and snapping away,
like they’re spectacles or something.
so i’ve been shooting a lot of random, non-human pictures recently.

printed two rolls today and mailing out thirty-five of them as postcards
to those of you who requested them.

 
here are a few:

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mmm cubans.

i haven’t been in boston since i left three and a half years ago.

yesterday morning,
kalli was at work and linh was passed out, jet lagged
so i took the red line to a little coffee shop in central square
and sat in front of their window with my mint mocha and laptop for a few hours,
watching people go by.

i also finished up a sixteen-page distribution booklet.

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not sure what to write. about boston i mean.
i’m a little sad, a little nostalgic.
a lot of memories attached to this city.
not sure what to write,
but i know that i did miss boston and i’m glad to be back,
even if it’s only for a short time.

also a lot happy
because i get to hang out with my two loves, linh and kalli.

tomorrow we leave for new york.

above linh’s bathroom sink. made my morning teeth brushing happy time.

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currently listening to:
next week we’re having an “international karaoke night.”
jimmy said he’s gonna sing a punjab love ballad.

i’m gonna rock frankie laine’s

rose rose i love you

except in mandarin. :)

happy berfday to me. i smell like peepee.

this morning started off with an 8am phone call from jeremy
to remind me that i’m a year closer to menopause.

then i got teased by my coworkers for the flowers delivered to my desk with the note:
“happy birthday veanne, the best girl in the world. unf! love, your secret admirers.”
i’d say fess up now, but i think i know who the culprits are *ah hem*
(i really miss you guys, btw)

i’ve been pretty overwhelmed with work/school
and i have a deadline for various things tomorrow;
was going to reschedule dinner at miyaki’s with vi for another night,
but she called to tell me she was already on her way.

i thought it was just going to be the two of us….

but guess friggin’ what!
sixteen friends were sitting at a table, waiting for us.
“SURPRISE!!!”

i was befuddled for a good three seconds before it hit me.
i was really, really surprised.
tina and vi, i love you guys.. sneaky little bitches.

he had me stand on a chair while everyone cheered me on.
“drink it. it’s just water.”
am i gullible or what?

“when i say sake, you say bomb! sake -” “bomb!” “sake -” “bomb!”

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a big *huG* and thanks to everyone who made my birthday such an awesome one.

currently listening to:

here’s one for the old school ravers
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my world spins when he kisses me

first,
i traded therese a six pack of newcastle for bleaching my hair.

for kalli and linh, two former blondes. :)

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second,
last night at el rio,
while standing in line for the restroom,
in dim lighting..

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and finally,
i keep getting asked,
“so who is this sebastian?”

i can rant continuously about how amazing he is,
but you just have to meet him to know what i’m talking about.

and for once,
all of my friends,
from tina to joey to rick to even vi,
collectively adore him.

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[pic taken by my lovely roommate]

ps. we were little bo peep and the sheep
for the dj assault party on halloween.

currently listening to:
driving back from the underground, crossing the bay bridge in the fog,

this song came on
.

billy jean is not my lover

friday night:
linh, kalli and caitlyn picked me up and fed me pho.
then we sang and danced in a tiny box.

unlike most girls i have met in boston
(you know, the follow the leader, concrete nice girls with no volition),
linh, kalli and caitlyn have well defined personality quirks that
makes them.. special.

i like that.

ever hear an asian girl rap to eminem? it’s pretty dope.

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saturday night:
nat and i dropped.
he gave me butterfly kisses.

sunday:
brain shot,
nat and i walked through cambridge,
sat by the charles river,
holding hands..