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Old 08-13-2019, 08:53 PM   #76
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Yeah it's crazy, I think this market is so inflated that some of these buildings just put up any number and expect people to pay.

After my excursion to Del Rey, I had lunch at Quarters and toured a couple of buildings in Koreatown yesterday afternoon. Really liked the first building better, and it was in the middle of everything, but vacant building and homeless guy next door. Plus the views weren't as good. Think it's going to run like $2,100-$2,200ish when all the discounts are factored in. Second building was in a nicer, but also more removed area, great views, but felt like shoddy construction and motel vibe. I don't know, just didn't like it as much. $2,500+.

Both places were basically brand new.
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Old 08-13-2019, 11:59 PM   #77
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Choices:

Koreatown building
-$2,000+ studio, best views, but tiny, felt cramped, 400-something sq ft.
-$2,200 1bed, not so good views back of building, but spacious 700+ sq ft

DTLA luxury skyscraper
-$2,400 studio on 30th floor, floor-ceiling windows, cramped, 400-something sq. ft.
-$2,800+ 1bed 31st or 32nd floor, floor-ceiling windows, 610 sq. ft.
-this building has every amenity you can ask for, downtown (good and bad)

Hollywood
-$2,800 1bed 750 sq. ft, corner with three different balconies
-pretty damn good amenities, kinda quiet sleepy part of Hollywood

Decision time soon. Should I add a poll?
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Old 08-14-2019, 08:40 AM   #78
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No to the pole. Not even if there is a stripper attached.

It is very easy for people to spend someone else's money and what might be important to them might not be important to you.

I would make a list of what things are important to you and it should be in order of importance. Then fill in the name of the place that checks that box. This should help keep emotion out of it and you'll make a better decision.
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Old 08-15-2019, 10:45 PM   #79
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Thanks for the feedback Doc. Sincerely. I'm a bit drunk on soujou right now so I can't discern my tone. There are a lot of people at this Korean restaurant/bar, but all dates or groups. Just kinda sitting here eating and drinking alone.

I will make a decision soon and wasn't really going to do so based on some stranger poll. Honestly, thinking about Ohio State Girl right now. We met in September in a highrise on the 23rd floor, and I'm strongly considering moving into a DTLA highrise with plush amenities on the 32nd floor. Seems poetic. Even more perplexed that she has recently reverted to using maiden name on a scientific paper this year, though I dare not go down that road.

Anyway, lots of people here. A woman asked me about the chumchurum I ordered, so I offer her a shot. Otherwise just sitting here by myself. No idea what to do next. Guess I ordered a bed and otherwise take it one day at a time.
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That was definitely the last night of drinking for me. I am pretty determined about these kinds of things, so looking forward to getting rid of this hangover, getting a new place to live today, and starting a brand new life.
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Good for you.

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Old 08-17-2019, 12:56 PM   #82
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Thanks, Doc.

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Old 08-19-2019, 04:43 PM   #84
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Slept on hard floor one night this weekend, then mattress and box spring were delivered but still no blankets or sheets or anything. Spent a few thousand on this, it's some extra plush double chill model hybrid bed. Feels really good. Cleaning supplies, trash can, water in the fridge. Not much else going on in this empty one bedroom apartment, but I did finally get the bathroom put together. Shower curtain and liner are up, double hooks, towels, everything else now good to go.

Need to find a bed set and furniture next. Still have a dirty car with cracked windshield, but everything else is kinda on hold right now until I get settled in.
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Old 08-19-2019, 04:47 PM   #85
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Forgot to mention, I can see the Hollywood sign out my windows. That's another plus. It's not the best view, but if I sell a script or song or something in the next year, maybe I will upgrade.
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I don't think you said which place you went with.
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So I'm here in Koreatown. The only three apartments I liked:

AVEN (Downtown luxury highrise): just under $3k per month with concessions
Hollywood: $2,800 per month
Koreatown: $2,200ish

Prices included parking.

I was going to pick DTLA because it was my favorite. Nice luxury apartment building, less than a year old, apartments never lived in before, every amenity you can possibly think of (movie theater, pool, half court basketball on the roof, beach volleyball, fitness center, bar, lounge, etc.) almost like I would have been going off to college again, except with a bunch of mostly young professionals. Loved the floor to ceiling windows 30+ stories up, just a really classy look.

Anyway, I signed up for my online account and started filling out the application. By the time I finished, the apartment on the 31st floor had just been rented. They had one more on the 32nd floor I thought I would take, but turned out it wouldn't be available until September and I didn't want to wait that long. All of their other 1 bedrooms were either taken, on higher more expensive floors, or mostly just much bigger and more than I needed or wanted to spend.

They did have one studio left, $2,400something per month, but I remember from the tour, it felt too small and cramped.

So that left Hollywood and Koreatown. Honestly, the Hollywood apartment was a little nicer, (but not a huge difference), the area was kinda sleepy, it was more expensive, and someone had just moved out.

This place is fine; there are all kinds of people on the streets and bars and restaurants all around. My particular apartment has never been lived in before and it's in the back corner of the building. Nice and quiet. I can see the Hollywood sign from my living room and bedroom windows-- though there are a couple of those skinny tall Los Angeles trees in the way, partially obscuring the view. If I go up to the rooftop lounge, I can see everything, including DTLA.

I don't have my internet hooked up or any furniture yet, so I'm sitting here in the indoor lounge and fitness center using the building's WiFi. Feels like a small Google or Facebook workgroup area. There's no pool here but at least I can work out whenever I find the time.

Definitely some regrets that I'm not in the AVEN building downtown. At the last minute, reminded me of when I left home and moved into my dorm room on the top floor of one of the towers at Ohio State. Did my Hell Week as a midshipman, then the other students started to arrive. Made friends with one of my roommates, met a beautiful girl from my hometown that first night.

Well, it didn't work out so what can you do. I'm here now and hopefully it turns out ok. The other night I went for a walk around my neighborhood, decided to try one of those million Korean BBQs that are all around. Three different ones turned me down! You have to have a party of 3 or be willing to spend like $60-$100 minimum at a few of these popular restaurants, unless you go to the smaller places in the strip malls.

So that first night I got tired of trying to find a place to eat. Finally the last spot had an open bar outside, so I stayed there. The bartender informed me that I could only order appetizers and drinks, so I chose fried tapas and a bottle of soju. Everyone else was just couples or groups doing their own thing, mostly waiting to get seated in the restaurant. After awhile, three attractive young ladies arrived without any dates, so I walked over to them and bought a round of drinks.

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"Thanks!"
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"And oh by the way, we're all taken!"
Took them about five seconds before they blurted that out and went on their way.

Embarrassed, I sat there and finished the second bottle of soju I had just ordered and drank it by myself. After that I returned to Thai Angel, but there was another bartender there with a bitchy attitude that I didn't really like, so I was kinda disappointed and depressed. The only thing waiting for me back at my new, empty apartment was a night of sleeping with no blankets or pillows on a hardwood floor, so I kept downing glasses of whiskey or attempted to keep downing glasses of whiskey until close.

I vaguely remember being escorted out to my car, and I politely followed. The cook put me in the passenger seat and drove me around to the back lot. I woke up some hours later and drove home.

That was a low point for me. Returned to Thai Angel and had dinner another night so I could retrieve my other set of keys. The beef pad thai was good but I politely declined all drinks. There are these two guys I've sat next to there a couple of times, one of them is apparently a famous TV or Netflix actor. How famous? I don't know, I don't watch Netflix or TV. I told him this happens to me a lot at the poker tables, I'll be playing with some TV actor everyone else at the table recognizes, and just have no idea.

So anyway, almost a week without drinking now. Tried a sushi bar and restaurant for dinner last night, but I stuck with water and tea. The bulgogi was good, but the eel and cucumber rolls were even better. That really is a favorite small dish.
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Took another stroll around my neighborhood tonight. Grabbed a burger and chili cheese fries takeout for dinner... I'm a good old American boy after all, I can't eat only Asian food all the time.

Returned back here to eat and internet at the fitness center lounge, and I'm satiating my urge I've had all day to listen to Simon & Garfunkel's The Boxer. I have an odd history with this song. First I heard it often on the radio and television when I was growing up, but I never knew what it was called. Whenever I heard this song, I always had a bad day that day, literally every single time... so much so that I developed an irrational fear. Like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day, my alarm clock would wake me up at 5:30 a.m. and this song would be playing. That day was ****ed right from the start. Another morning I was eating cereal for breakfast and watching the news as I woke up before school, and the newscast used this song for one of their intros coming back from commercial. They don't stop the broadcast and tell you "that's Simon and Garfunkel's The Boxer" or apologize or anything, it's just that same damn song that always haunted me and I didn't know the name, it just kept coming out of nowhere and ruining my ****ing day. Over and over again. So help me God.





So finally when I went off to college, I heard this song once more and decided I would find out the name at all costs. It was not an easy task. Whenever I heard the song on radio or TV, it was always the chorus at the end, which had no lyrics that I could easily discern. Google kept failing me. Those illegal file sharing programs that were ubiquitous in our dorm rooms...nothing seemed to work.

Finally, I stumbled upon the title: The Boxer. I don't exactly remember how. Instant download and yeah, that was the one. That ****ing song. It's actually a great song, obviously a classic, and I made peace with that bizarre little chapter of my life story. The Boxer became one of my favorites and I added it to my college queue for about a year.


That Last Night

As I went over earlier in the thread, I left school at Ohio State in not the best of circumstances. There was that fateful night with my girlfriend, Westerville Girl, the one who looked exactly like a more beautiful teenage version of Robin Scherbatsky; the resignation of my NROTC scholarship; and, perhaps most consequentially-- the total lack of romantic progress with Ohio State Girl, who I was in love with, even as just a friend.

She was one of those college girls who didn't need to wear a lot of makeup, didn't wear anything slutty, just girl next-door type who could look beautiful rolling out of bed. Her idea of putting herself out there was wearing a cut-off shirt and comfortable, loose (but not baggy) black sweat pants that were tight at the hip, the kind that somehow managed to expose the waistband of her thong whenever she walked into my room. That's what I mean by effortlessly sexy. A future scientist with an impossible to forget smile, sometimes wearing nerdy glasses, sometimes not, someone who always started our conversations with a shy, timid demeanor that belied her innate confidence, the kind of comportment you might expect from a cute 18 year old girl who, like me, had the courage to pack up and moved away to another state where she didn't know anyone either.

By that last night at OSU, in the middle of our second year, I had already given up hope that we would be anything more than just friends. I just assumed that regardless of the choice I made about leaving school, we would just continue to be friends for life. How could we not?

Then suddenly, as I finished packing my dorm room around midnight, full of regret-- regret about her, regret about Westerville Girl, regret about whether or not I was making the right decision returning to Indiana-- I had an urge to listen to The Boxer. That Simon & Garfunkel song, the one that haunted me for so many years. The one that turned into a favorite refrain, accurately predicting my life, my destiny, even from a young age.


I was poor
Never told my story until now
Just squandered my existence
For nothing more than empty promises
All lies and jests
Just heard what I wanted to hear
And disregarded the rest.

Now I left my home and family again
I'm still no more than a boy
Always in the company of strangers
Railway stations
Homeless people
Poorer quarters where the ragged people go
Only places we would know.

Lie la lie ...



I listened to that song on repeat all night that night, hour after hour, over and over again, just staring at my computer screen, the same way one might stare and reflect at the dying embers of a campfire on a warm summer night. The instant messenger names of Ohio State Girl and Westerville Girl were both offline...permanently offline now, long since gone.

And I never listened to that song again until tonight.







I'm not exactly an interior decorator, but as I'm sitting here listening to The Boxer on repeat again for the first time in over 15 years, having once again packed my things and moved away to another state where I don't know anyone either, I'm trying to order things like bedding and furnishings and tableware for my new apartment. Going to Home Depot and Bed, Bath & Beyond only got me so far.

That's the comforter set, sheets and pillows I purchased for a few hundred bucks because I thought it might match the shower curtain I bought last weekend. But I really have no idea. I also don't know what is appropriate to spend on sheets and blankets and stuff like that. I found some online for $20 and I found some for thousands of dollars. A few hundred for decent quality with all good reviews seemed reasonable to me.

That's $3,xxx on my bed so far, including the mattress and box springs. Haven't even bought the frame or headboard yet!

As for the shower curtain, I asked the sales associate at the store last weekend to help me pick out some matching towels. She chose teal(?) micro-cottons. I'm not exactly sure what color they are, maybe some combination of green and brown. It turns out they actually had matching towels, but I think it would look super goofy to have the shower curtain, towels, and bathmat all have the same pattern. I think I will stick with the ones I already bought.

So that's it for tonight. Silverware should arrive this weekend. Next I need to order plates, bowls, cups, pots and pans, stuff like that, so I don't have to eat out every night. Couch, TV, entertainment center, desk, maybe a table, my place needs furniture bad.

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Thanks, I am older than you but I don't recall knowing the name of that Simon and Garfunkel song either until your post. I just had our home speaker system play it and I was like, "oh, that song."

It sounds like you have some regrets, especially in regards to OSG, but you have to let them go or they will consume you. I speak from experience. Fortunately, that period of time did not lead me to drink again because while the fall off the wagon is a short one, the climb back on is a long one.

Your apartment is looking nice. Everything being matchy matchy in your bathroom would have been okay and not weird at all.

When you do find some lady to bed, I hope she appreciates the expense you went to on the surroundings.

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My comforter arrived. High quality and feels amazing. Just what you would expect when you buy a $300 blanket

Deserves its own post.
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Doc, sorry to hear about your wife and I hope her recovery goes well. Hang in there.

I keep coming back to the college thing because I haven't done anything with my life since then. There was a brief attempt at becoming a writer, then shelved while I was playing poker for the past decade. A would-be naval officer, a would-be engineer, a would-be research chemist, a would-be polymath. When I was contemplating where I might go after Las Vegas this summer, I decided on L.A. for the following reasons:

1) Unless I found what I was looking for, I vowed never to return back east. Las Vegas, West Coast, or travel the world.

2) While I was there this summer, I realized I hate Las Vegas. Every year I go there it's hot and dusty and miserable and I run terrible. Always. This year was by far the worst. I had a drunk Monday morning rendezvous with a 27 year old Canadian woman in a skimpy top and red leather pants before her flight home. I asked out this early 20s Italian girl working at a restaurant that I liked to frequent. She was tall and lithe, industrious, seemed to have a very good work ethic, sunny disposition, so I enjoyed admiring her one evening; but she was also just a random girl working at a restaurant. Then the second night I returned, she remembered me, and she seemed interested and flirtatious. Maybe it was just my imagination. After some wine, I figured what the hell, might as well ask her out ... not only did she turn me down, but she implied that I was too old. Ouch. That was the first time that has ever happened in my life.

Of course, she was right, I was too old for her, or rather she was too young for me. I wasn't trying to meet a wide-eyed 21 year old college hostess anyway; my target range is women in their mid-20s to early 30s, never married, no kids, someone mature and ready to settle down, but still youthful and fresh like we're both starting out in life.

3) So then my friend who is an engineer at Google returned towards the end of the summer. His girlfriend just broke up with him, the one he was thinking about marrying. I took him out drinking one night and found him a woman that he liked. She was 32, blonde, Chinese, and works in a luxury boutique at one of the major Vegas casinos. Attractive, pretty smile, perfect. Great. Except she was interested in me, not him. We accidentally bumped into each other again the day before our first date, playing next to each other in the Little Drop. Then we had a nice evening together, dinner at Lamaii, some cuddling at a movie ... but this brief encounter was doomed with bad karma from the start.

My friend had left Vegas already, but still. Then she told me she was just getting out of a very long term relationship which just ended a few weeks earlier. How long...10 years? I don't know exactly, but I consider that a marriage anyway. She said they had become distant to each other and basically lived separate lives in the last year, and now she was enjoying her chance to be single and date again. All perfectly healthy and understandable on her part, but major red flags with regards to what I'm looking for. The interest must have been lukewarm both ways, because I texted her the next day and we had one last conversation, but neither one of us ever initiated again.


Los Angeles

So I hate Las Vegas, had no reason to stay there, wanted to get out of there, which left California or somewhere on the other side of the Pacific. San Francisco is even more expensive, and a sausage-fest with an impossibly high male:female population ratio ... and then I remembered something: I wanted to become a writer and get into filmmaking anyway.

All these years, I viewed poker as a short-term life goal: something that satisfied my competitive desires, earned me money that I could live on and invest, something that gave me a great deal of personal freedom and taught me a lot about life at high cost; but also something that would eventually give way to my real goals. A career in writing and filmmaking. Getting married to a nice wholesome girl and starting a family.

So I'm here in L.A. now. Time is running out.

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One more post tonight before I get back to my online shopping:



Last night while I was listening to The Boxer, a remarkable thing happened. I've debated whether or not I should post about it here-- some things are too personal, or too embarrassing, you just keep them to yourself. Crazy **** always happens to me though. Oh well...

So I had my online dating apps open, not that they are useful for me anymore. Because of the numbers and statistics approach to online dating, there's a decline in your appeal to the opposite sex after you turn 30, but not a major one in my experience. I was still able to easily get dates with quality women in their early-mid 20s when I was 31, 32, 33 etc. That's how me and my ex-girlfriend met, the Vietnamese college student, when she was still in school. Eleven year age difference, no problem. We were together three years, by far my longest relationship, and if the timing of certain events had happened slightly differently last year, we might be engaged or married by now. C'est la vie.

But I do think there is a huge decline in your options after you turn 35. Especially now that swipe culture has taken over online dating. You can't just cold open anyone anymore, you have to match before you interact, and that includes both parties entering the parameters they are looking for in a partner, the first one being age. By default, the settings might be 18-35. Mine are set at 24-32, for instance.

Anyway, the algorithms aren't perfect, and sometimes these apps will show you other people. This happened yesterday when I started messaging with a 19 year old Japanese girl who just moved to L.A. from Japan. I'm 37 and she's 19. It's not going to happen. But she's extremely cute, perky, and she's not just Japanese, but she's Japanese Japanese!

I decided to indulge myself with harmless flirtation. What else is a lonely guy to do?





This would have been a totally inconsequential event, not worth mentioning, except for one small detail: her necklace. I didn't even notice at first. Our messages had started yesterday morning or yesterday afternoon, and then I was sitting here in the lounge last night, typing up my blog post, listening to The Boxer for the first time in 15+ years, thinking about an old friend and flame long since gone ...

And then I looked at this cute girl's picture again, and noticed the necklace. Letters. Must be a name. A closer look. Yes, it's a name.It's that name. What the ****? A name I've only encountered one other time in my entire life. Ohio State Girl's middle name.

What in the actual ****?

Suddenly, my interest in this girl went up ten or twenty or a hundred degrees. No, don't think about that Mark. It's hopeless. You're 37. She's 19. But that necklace! What could it mean? I decided to ask her about it today. She said it's her first name. I confessed that I once knew someone with that middle name, and we met in similar circumstances, and this new development means we were either destined to meet, or life is playing a cruel joke on me. I'm sure it's the latter, but I got her number anyway.





I haven't decided if I will text her or not. Seems insane. Would we meet? What would happen? Nothing but delusion and disappointment could possibly come from this. I wouldn't even consider it, except for that necklace, and those eyes, and that smile, and that song in the background. The Boxer. That girl and that name.

If nothing else, this might cause me to watch the Setsuko Hara film Temptation very soon. A prominent film critic listed it alongside Delbert Mann's The Middle of the Night as the two most beautiful movies ever made about May-September romances. Setsuko Hara plays a new college graduate who moves in with the colleague and best friend of her dead father. Haruko Sugimura plays the cholera-stricken wife who watches on helplessly as they fall in love.

I have no idea how the story turns out, but preview on the back-half of this double trailer here:





I actually have this movie on DVD with subtitles in a box in the back of my car. I'd like to keep watching in order, but my Ozu / Setsuko Hara project is on hold right now, since I still need to find a new translator, don't have a watchable copy of the next film, and I've been pretty busy being homeless and stuff.
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Until you breathe your last, there is always time.
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You have her number. Get off your ass and call her or whatever it is you young people do nowadays. Better to try and fail than to not try at all.

Everything in the past could be leading up to this. To her.

I feel like everything, good or bad, in my life led me to where I am. To the life I lead and my final wife.
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I'm going to text her because she's cute, and because of the necklace. I'm a sucker for those kind of fate and destiny romantic storylines too. But I'm not sure how I could ever be emotionally satisfied dating a 19 year old. I guess there's only one way to find out.

What would Scott Disick do?

It's usually in these situations that I step back and ask myself what would Chow Mo-wan do? But I'm still waiting for that sequel with Wong Kar-wai, Tony Leung, and Gong Li.
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By the way, I've been informed that The Boxer was Leonard Nimoy's favorite song. I guess they played it at his funeral or memorial service.

My favorite song is probably Pure Imagination. The original Gene Wilder version.





I would like to cover this on my first album (which is half composed) but I would have an entirely different interpretation. Imagine what Pure Imagination would sound like in an Anne Frank musical, and that gives you an idea.
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For those of you who didn't get the Chow Mo-wan reference, he's my alter-ego, Tony Leung's character from the WKW film In the Mood for Love.

SPOILERS below!





Chow and his wife move into a Hong Kong apartment next-door to Maggie Cheung's character, Su Li-zhen, and her husband. Chow and Su Li-zhen soon discover that their spouses are having an off-screen affair. Devastated, they turn towards each other and develop a close bond.

They are in love with each other, spend countless hours and even nights together, but they never act on their feelings because they don't want to be like their cheating spouses. They go on "dates" and then write a serial together, but that's as far as their relationship goes, which is never consummated. At the end, Chow asks Su Li-zhen to go away with him, but she never shows. The next day, she changes her mind and rushes off to meet him at his hotel room, but it's too late. He's divorced his wife and gone to Singapore. She stays with her cheating husband instead.





Some years later, Chow returns to Hong Kong and looks for Su Li. But when he sees her with her kid, he's reduced to a painful, bittersweet smile. That time is gone. He decides not to intrude upon her life.





2046 is the sequel, where Tony Leung returns to play Chow again, who has transformed from a good but heartbroken man, into a stone-cold womanizer. He runs the gauntlet with a bevy of beauties: Zhang Ziyi, Gong Li, Carina Lau, Faye Wong.











2046 is a masterpiece or near-masterpiece, that is equally unsatisfying. Chow runs through these women, "borrowing" them, to respite his pain. There's even a sequence where it's intimated that he has a fling with one of the women's underage sisters, or at least the teenage girl keeps coming around his room with her lollipops, trying to seduce him.

Gong Li's character, Black Spider, is a professional gambler who also has the name Su Li-zhen. He writes another serial with Faye Wong's character, the same way he did with Maggie Cheung in the first movie.

This man does everything he can to find something in life after missing out on love. He tries to relive his memories through similar experiences with other women, he tries to find someone completely different (a high class prostitute) who becomes his drinking partner and gives him the best sex of his life. There is some resolution when he doesn't use one of the women, and instead helps her get back together with her true love ... but otherwise nothing seems to work.

It's a messy story that doesn't really end well. Wong Kar-wai spoke of making another sequel with Tony Leung and Gong Li, but he never did. I'm guessing he didn't know how to solve Chow's problem either. That's a scary thought on its own.





I will visit Angkor Wat this year when I go on my trip to Japan. That's the temple in Cambodia in the clip above. Like Chow, I'll whisper my secret into a hole in the wall, and then return to L.A. and try and get on with my life. I want that experience. I'm not sure how I can possibly succeed in the romance department, but at least I'll have my writing and music. This is my last stand.

Good news though! I have finally settled on a title and theme for the rest of my album. Like I said, it's half composed ... just some songs I've written over the years, some of them finished, some of them not. My dad was a musician when he was younger, guitar in particular, something he picked up after he destroyed his knee, ending a promising basketball career. He wasn't the best father though. When I became a teenager, I asked him to teach me how to play guitar. He bought me a cheap, used one that was out of tune, the cheapest one the store had, in case I didn't stick with it and then he wouldn't waste more money. We got a chord chart and then sat down for our first session. He demonstrated something, then riffed on the guitar by himself for about 5 minutes, told me to practice, and walked out of the room.

Well, I stuck with it for awhile, but didn't receive much encouragement so my lessons went half finished. Story of my life.

I intend to remedy that here in L.A.

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About the Japanese necklace girl though ...




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I'm guessing The Matrix reference means you are following the rabbit.
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Yeah I texted her. We may go out next weekend.
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