Tuesday, April 28, 2009

#38- Meeting 1000 new people!

Today, I went to the Los Angeles Convention Center for the Global Tex show (the tradeshow for apparel textiles and technology) and met many people for interview/writing my articles.

I had a lot of fun!!! Especially at the lunch time, I met one woman who is an important person for this industry and one cute 20 something model.

The woman said” Are you going to eat everything???”

Me: Yes…I know I shouldn’t eat this much…I gain 20 pounds in three years and I have to lose weight(I was 85lbs ten years ago)…but I love eating,so I am going to eat everything!!!

(I had two chicken salad wrap sandwiches, French fries and apple juice.)

The woman: You are so cute!

Me: Oh…thank you! Are you from ****? (I saw her badge)

The woman: Yes, I am from ****.

Me: I am a writer for Senken newspaper which is a largest fashion trade newspaper in Japan. Similar to WWD, DNR and California Apparel News. I am a freelance writer, so I do many projects beside this newspaper.

The woman: Oh really! I do **** as well. By the way, can I have one bite of your French fries? I had already vegetable wrap sandwiches earlier, but I want to taste it!

Me: Sure! Have some!

And a cute model walked near by us and this woman asked her that her grandson’s showroom is always looking for a model, so she needs her photos.

So this cute model joined our table…we had fun conversation for one hour and half.

This woman was sooo funny and we made another lunch plan for next week. It was nice to meet a new friend!

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Oh…I have run out of my 1000 business cards today…I have three cards left…Wow…I met new 1000 people in two years…

So…When I was on the way back to my home, I ordered my new 1000 business cards at Office Depot (I usually go to Staples, but I tried Office Depot at this time.)

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OMG…at the Office Depot in downtown LA…”20 something cute boy” (really stylish guy!) asked me out…

The boy: Hi, do you know ***?

Me: I don’t know ***, I don’t live in this area…so I am sorry.

The boy: Are you married?

Me: No…

The boy: You are so cute, can I take you out?

Me: What??? Oh…thank you……..but I don’t think so...I am old for you. You look 20 something…are you 23? 25???

The boy: No…30…I really want to take you out for dinner!

Me: Oh I don’t think so…You know…I am 45! 45!!!

The boy: It’s ok…I am just 5 years younger than you. I am 39! You are so cute!

Me: Oh…you are so kind and nice. You made my day! Thank you very much. But…I can’t go out with you.

The boy: Ok...take care. You really cute! Bye…

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So LA! Today, I really felt that I live in LA.

I love meeting new people, so nice!!!

My new 1000 business cards will be ready in 10 days, I can’t wait to meet another 1000 new people!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
April 28, 2009

Sunday, April 19, 2009

#37- Sushi cooking lesson & wasabi bath

Yesterday, I went to sushi school (Sushi Institute of America, 843 E. 4th St., Los Angeles, (213) 617-8090, http://www.sushi-instituteofamerica.com/) and took a sushi cooking lesson.

My friend, Sumiyo is a manager of this school and she told me about this special class for a day and I thought…I always spend around $80 for sushi bar…why not to make sushi by myself from now on and save money??? The class is only $120(3.5 hours), but it was worth than this price!!!

We cooked “nigiri sushi” (regular sushi)-maguro (tuna),salmon, ebi (prawn), unagi (eel), “maki sushi” (rolled sushi)-salmon roll,california roll, miso soup and seafood salad( left over tuna & salmon). It was sooo much fun! Two instructors were really funny and great. There were two assistants helped us and it was a great service & entertainment class.

This school owned by owner of Katsuya restaurant and president of Japanese food importer Mutual Trading Co.

I also learned how to prepare sushi rice and how to prepare tasty miso soup base. Glad that I found out how to prepare ebi(prawn)! I was always wondering how to boil prawn for flat. Now got a secret of flat prawn!

After the sushi cooking day, I took a “wasabi(horseradish for sushi) bath” at home. When I traveled Izu,Japan / hot spring spot couple of month ago, I got some “wasabi bath powder”, so I had a unique bath last night.

Yesterday, I enjoyed sooo Sushi!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
April 19, 2009

Monday, April 13, 2009

#36- My favorite project in spring is…

Maintenance manager at my apartment building always says “your apartment is the cleanest in this building!” So nice to hear that I am the number 1 of 263 units!

Yes, I am a clean freak…I love cleaning and beautiful rooms with fresh flowers and plants makes me sooo happy!

When I was working at Entrepreneur magazine, I used to help/cleaning my colleagues desk & office on the spring cleaning day. (Entrepreneur Media Inc. has a spring cleaning day once a year and company provides pizza lunch on that day.) It was fun memories.

My office at Entrepreneur Media Inc. (I had a nice room by myself) was always clean, so I didn’t have any special cleaning project on spring cleaning day…so I helped my colleagues on that day.

By the way, I started my spring cleaning days yesterday, on Easter! Bathroom cabinets, kitchen cabinets…about eight days…I am going to have fun with special cleaning days.

Oh…my favorite food this week is soybeans & baby beets salad. Thank god…I was crazy about kettle popcorn for last three weeks (especially after every dinner…when I was watching TV.)

Soybeans & baby beets salad and spring cleaning projects…I feel so happy! (Am I some other ”freak”???)

P.S. My soybeans & baby beets salad is really easy,some soybeans, sweet corns,baby beets with the soy sauce and sesame oil, that’s all. This dish makes me sooo happy. Try one!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
April 13, 2009

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

#35- Party pooper??? He said, She said…

Lately I use Facebook more than MySpace.

Out of the blue…I got many messages from strangers on MySpace yesterday…and I wrote some of them back.

OMG…the last message from someone said…”doh! party pooper...”

He said: I mostly attracted to the opposite of me - dark hair/skin/eyes, petite.... where in LA are u? we should meet for coffee sometime...

She (me) said: Thank you for asking, but no thank you... I like meeting people who care more inside than outside...sorry...! I am sure that you will find who you are looking for! Good luck to you!

He said: doh! party pooper...

She (me) said: Hello ****,Thank you for your reply. Good luck for everything. I am wishing for you. Have a good one.

It was funny that I didn’t understand what he wrote at first, so I had to search the word ”party pooper” in the dictionary. Oh…I see…the meaning of “party pooper”…

My nickname was “party animal” in 20 something…but…never “party pooper” until yesterday…ha ha ha! What a funny word!

Yesterday’s new slung word for me was "party pooper". What a day! :)

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
April 7, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

#34- April smart???

“Guess what! I have big news!!! I will interview Obama for ***TV news program tomorrow in London!”…this is my April fool’s Day joke for Suzie.

At first, she believed me and said,” What’s??? Are you going to work with ***TV?”

Me: Yeah, I have to go to London tomorrow.

Suzie: Oh…April Fool…Obama is not going to be in London tomorrow. **** (her six years old daughter) did April fool’s Day joke on me for every five minutes this morning…so…

Me: Oh…shoot…! You are too smart to trick…! Ha ha ha!!!

After this joke, she wrote me a text message said…You are too funny!!!!! I loved your April fool’s Day Joke.

She is so sweet to write me this email. It was fun to trick on Suzie.

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Yes, I have another sweet friend, Sumiyo.

Last night, I had a Sushi dinner with her and she treated me as my birthday dinner…

At this economic downtime, I told her that we have to save our money at this time, so don’t worry about my birthday thing, but she treated me a dinner last night. So sweet!

I don’t care about the material things, I really care about the spiritual things, but I am really appreciating Sumiyo’s friendship!

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Neely’ store, Xin (in West Hollywood http://www.xinboutique.com/) doing well and she has a great strategy at economic downtime, so I wrote about her(she is a co-owner of Xin and she is a fashion designer of Issho) and her store in Senken newspaper(Japanese top fashion trade newspaper, similar to WWD,DNR and California Apparel News) the other day.

The article came out well on March 30th in Japan and I told her about it on the phone today.

Neely told me, “You are the best! I will help your career as well.”

Oh…this is great friendship as well. Help each other, win win situation with friendship!

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Andrew who is a reporter for California Apparel News also helped me today for my research/writing for Senken newspaper.

I asked his help and I had many questions,but he wrote me back right away.

He is a great journalist and a great friend!!!

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I really appreciate all my friend are so sweet and fun!

Have a great one to you, my readers and friends!!!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
April 1, 2009