Wednesday, August 18, 2010

#122- Perfect or Imperfect?

I am a perfectionist and a clean princess (I don’t want to use negative word, “a clean freak”).

The other day, after I saw the movie “EAT PRAY LOVE” (movie was ok…I just enjoyed “EAT” part and Julia Roberts’s smile), I wanted to read the book “EAT PRAY LOVE”(I guess, the book is better than movie), so I went to the next door, BARNES & NOBLE (at the Americana at Brand).

I asked the guy who works there, “Where is the EAT PRAY LOVE”?

The guy at the BARNES & NOBLE: Follow me…here you go! (He picked the book for me. Thank you, but no thank you…)

Oh…no…the “EAT PRAY LOVE” books are on the top of the shelves…I need to pick “perfect one” by myself… (I prefer the product which nobody touch or try)

Me: Ahn…excuse me…I know sounds crazy (I don’t think so…but I was polite!)…I always pick clean book by myself…I mean I would like to pick the book by myself, you know what I mean. I want to have a book which nobody read or touch…But…I can’t reach the top of this shelf…do you have a chair for me?

The guy: Sure! I will be back.

Me: Sorry!!!

He was sweet! He brought the chair for me! And I was trying to pick the “perfect + clean” book.

The other guy: Are you all right? Do you need my help?

Me: Oh…thank you. I mean no thank you! I always pick “perfect ones” by myself.

The other guy: ???

And when I went to the casher…shoot…there were many “EAT PRAY LOVE” books on the lower level shelves…

I asked the first guy, “Do you display this book at the other lower level shelves?” But he said, “No. only here”… I guess, from now on…I should find the shelves by myself as well…

P.S. I think the book from the higher shelf has much better energy than one from the lower level shelves, yes! Perfect!

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At the Paperchase

I wanted to purchase “Filofax Classic Pink Personal Organizer”, but I need the “brand new” product, I mean…I would like to buy a product which nobody touch yet…so I asked the store person, “Could you tell me when do you sell 2011 products?”

“We don’t know yet…probably in this September or October.”

“Could you call me when you receive new products? I would like to purchase right away. Would you call me before you display the products at your store?”

“Sure! What is your name and phone number?”

Yes! I am going to have a perfect “Pink Personal Organizer” soon!

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Perfect window?

This morning, the cleaning staff at my apartment was washing the pool furniture (chairs, tables and parasols) with water / a hose and she made water splash mark on my bed room window…so I asked her, “Good morning E****! Do me a favor, when you have time, would you wash my bed room lower window from there with a hose? You made water splash mark…so I want you to wash my window perfectly!”

Oh…she is so sweet! She brought the paper towel & window cleaning stuff and she was cleaning my window… (I live on the second floor…she climb a fence…)

I felt bad for her…

Me: I am so sorry, I didn’t ask you to cleaning my window this way…Thank you so much!!!

Yes, my bed room window is perfect today!


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This morning, my new neighbor(who moved in last night/ their parking spot is next to my spot in the parking lot)...they parked their car too close to my car, so I went to their room(across from my room) and I said to them(a couple), "Could you park your car in the middle in the spot? Please don't park too close to my car. My former neighbor hit my car two years ago and I don't want to hit your car as well. Do you understand what I mean? Not on the line...please park your car in the middle...Oh what is your name? J***? My name is Yoko. Thank you!"

I am just afraid of the scratch from the car next to me or something else…you know what I mean.

Then, when I went out, I also left a note (a piece of paper) for his car, "Hi J***, Thank you very much for understanding for parking in the middle. Have a nice day! Yoko"

Am I too much???

Yes, my parking spot is perfect (I hope…I want to make sure, tomorrow again!)


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One more funny (I don’t want to use negative word, “crazy”) episode…

Many mornings, I see the woman with very noisy three kids at the pool area. I am sure that the kids are not hers, because she and kids have different colors and she never say anything to kids to be quiet (most of mothers and fathers are usually telling to their kids, like “Don’t do***. No ***. Thank you”).

One morning, they were so noisy again and I was being patient during their time at the pool area…but,I couldn’t help it, so I called the manager at our building.

Me: The woman and three little kids are picking the flowers from the trees and making mess on the floor behind the building near barbeque area. Could you come and tell the woman don’t do that? I feel bad for the trees & flowers and cleaning staff.

Manager: Sure!

10 minutes later, nobody came and they were still picking flowers and making floor mess with flowers (they killed more than 20 flowers and floor was really mess…) poor flowers...

I couldn’t help it! 10 minutes later, I went to the woman and said, “Excuse me, would you tell these kids, don’t do that? These kids are your client’s kids, right? Please tell your client’s kids, ‘don’t do that?’ ”

The nanny: Yes, I am a nanny. I already told kids, “You can’t do that”. But they are not listening…

Me: Please stop kids to picking flowers and make floor mess. Do you know how our cleaning staff and maintenance people work hard? I always watch them cleaning here after people make mess. Please think about them. We also pay too much money for them and those flowers. If you make mess, we have to pay for it. I feel bad for cleaning people. They have to clean you guys mess. And…I feel bad for those flowers too. Please don’t hurt flowers… I don’t want to see flowers hurt. If kids want to do aggressive things, you should take them to the park.

Then…this nanny went back to the place where many dead flowers on the floor with kids were, and they (the nanny and kids) were picking the flowers from the floor and cleaning.

Oh…I feel good, there were no mess and no more hurting flowers…perfect beautiful view!

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When I see something wrong, I want to fix it and make it perfect!

I know, my perfect thing is just for me. I am perfect for myself! ha ha ha…

But...comes to men…I like someone who is “imperfectly sexy”…ok… I am going back to read “EAT PRAY LOVE”…

By the way, there are many imperfect sentences in my blog…please forgive me!

By the way + By the way, are you perfect or imperfect???


By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
August 18, 2010

Copyright © 2010 Yoko Fujimoto

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

#121- EAT. WALK. WRITE.

EAT.

With Keasha at my home on last Friday.

Keasha visited me at my home and I cooked lunch and dinner for her.

For lunch: Caesar Salad, Japanese Shrimp Curry Rice, Lemonade, Chocolate Gelato with Peanut Chocolates, Café au lait and English Tea. For dinner: Corn Cream Soup, Avocado & Goat Cheese Salad (with Walnut Oil & Vinegar dressing), Toasted bread with butter, Lemonade and Milk Tea. (P.S. My new diet strategy is dinner = breakfast / if I eat too much during the day or I want to lose one more pound for one night.)

Keasha and I talked about Keasha’s job, my job, Keasha’s family, my family & my friends, Atomic bombs (Two atomic bombs were dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki 65 years ago, on August 6th and 9th, 1945 by U.S.A.), Japanese pension scams(one story: Tokyo's 'oldest man' had been dead for 30 years and police are now investigating his family on possible fraud charges), our weight, English and Spanish language(how to learn and study), Our memories at the Entrepreneur Media Inc.(we talked about our former chief editor, Rieva how she was the best boss and greatest journalist), Keasha’s experience (when she was shopping at the Target the other day) with a nasty customer (the lady was mean to Keasha), Movie “Pulp Fiction” (why we are not into Quentin Tarantino etc…)…we had fun conversation for 9 hours and a half.

Keasha has so many different views about things (compare to mine) and I learned so much about her and her society. She is very intelligent and beautiful woman. I am very happy to have her as my special friend.

She told me, “I am having fun at Yoko’s café! ” Oh…she is so sweet.

“She was the fun guest at my home”. Thank you for coming to my home, Keasha!

Fun life = EAT with great people

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WALK.

At the Fashion Market Week in Downtown L.A.

During the fashion market week in Downtown L.A., I always walk a lot. Go to many trade shows, fashion shows and showrooms.

I walked into the New Mart office and asked some comments on the fashion market week to Ms. Joyce Eisenberg Keefer who is a president of New Mart. When I opened the door at the office, Joyce said to me right away, “I remember you! You sent me a newspaper and photos with a letter!” and OMG…she showed me my old letter which I wrote to her on June 25th, 1997!!!

What a nice woman she is! She has kept my letter since 1997! (I always send the thank you note with publication to people who I interviewed with.) On June 25th, 1997, I sent a copy of Senken-newspaper and some photos to her (at the time, I took photos by old fashion way / with films, so I had some extra photos which I didn’t use for newspaper and I sent them to her as my little gift…)

Joyce has such a nice heart. She has not changed her sweet and kind attitude since I met her in 1997. Make sense that New Mart Building is doing well even though recession time, because of her integrity. I had a great interview with her again! I didn’t have an appointment for this interview, but she gave me her valuable time.

P.S. She showed me her wonderful photos with Mr. Bill Clinton & Ms.Hillary Clinton, Mr. Colin Powell, Ms. Elizabeth Taylor and more important people & celebrities in U.S. She is really powerful woman! Oh…she said to me, “You look 26 years old!” (I am 46 years old)…she is really sweet!

At the FOCUS trade show,I met Ms. Salma Schempp (originally she is from Afghanistan) who is a fashion designer from San Francisco. She is so beautiful inside and out and she has such a nice lifestyle! Her brand is showing a beautiful power of her life! (today, I can’t write about the detail in my blog, because I am going to write about it on Senken-newspaper this week). Oh…she also said to me, “You look 26 years old”. I guess, “26” is a new number for me! ha ha ha!

On the street (in front of the California Market Center), some man said to me, “Hi beautiful!”…oh…he made my day too! Of course, I smiled back to him. Thank you :)

Another sweet word from Barbara (who is a co-owner of D&A trade show) said to me, “Yoko! Pretty in pink! This color looks great on you! Oh…your toe nails are pink too! ”(I was wearing the pink T-shirts by Dirtee Hollywood / The T-Shirts said “LOVE IS IN FASHION” It’s a cute T-shirts and my favorite one in this summer!)

P.S. My bag is pink too (Suzie gave me the pink Neiman Marcus bag for my last year birthday).

When I translated the article of Senken-newspaper which I wrote (about the fashion market week in June,2010) to Ms. Liza Stewart (who is an owner of the showroom, Liza Stewart at California Market Center), she said to me, “Your article is great! I really appreciate your work.” Oh…she is such a nice person. She gave me a great comment about the fashion market week and I could write great information for Japanese readers on this paper. Thank you to Liza! I am the one who really want to say THANK YOU! (The other day, when I need some help for my Japanese TV project, she helped me right away. Even though, she had to wake up early in the morning for the meeting next day, in the mid night, she wrote me an email with great information which I really need it…THANK YOU Liza!)

I really appreciate those people who were so nice to me during this fashion market week and I feel so appreciate to hear those sweet complements from those sweet people!

Walking in the fashion market week is my favorite thing.

Happy people MAKE people happy. WALK at the Fashion market week = A happy week.

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WRITE.

Besides eating, I love writing.

At home, I write everything. Diary (for 33 years), Food diary (for 23 years), Beauty check note book, Books & Movies note book, Dream diary, Emotional diary, Schedule note book (I still write what to do for each day like an old fashion way), Financial note book (about my money story), Twitter, blog, novel and articles(my real job!)…

Right now, during the fashion market week, I am writing, writing, writing…What a nice life I have! I am having fun!

WRITE=my life


I hope you are having fun with your “EAT, ???, ???” things. Have a nice day!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
August 10, 2010

Copyright © 2010 Yoko Fujimoto

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

#120- At the GELSON’S

Me: I want to tell you that rainier cherries were soooooooo sweet last week!!!

Woman who works at the GELSON’S in Silver Lake: I know. I am glad that you liked them!

Me: Oh…I loved them! I had dinner with my friends at my home two days in a roll. My friends loved the cherries too! Could you tell me where these cherries are coming from? From California?

Woman: I don’t know…the man over there is the manager, so he can tell you about it. Do you want me to call him?

Me: Oh, it’s all right. I will walk to him. Thank you.

(I walked to the produce manager.)

Me: Hi! Can I speak to you now?

Otto (the produce manager at the GELSON’S in Silver Lake): Sure!

Me: Oh…last week I got the rainier cherries from here and they were so sweet!!! I had two times dinner at my home with friends and I served cherries after each dinner for my friends and my friends were so surprised how sweet cherries!!!

Otto: I know, the cherries have 23% sugar. Regular cherries have 16% sugar, so the cherries are the sweetest! But, the cherries were here only one week.

Me: What??? Why???

Otto: Because one tree, one season. So, it was only one time thing.

Me: Oh…My…God…!!!!!!!! (I guess, my voice was too loud! ha ha ha!) Oh…!!! So…my friends and I were lucky!

Otto: Yes, you were lucky!

Me: Could you tell me where are the cherries coming from??? I want to find out about the cherries!

Otto: The cherries are from Washington State. I am going to find out the name of the place right away for you.

(After couple of minutes. He came up to me and said.)

Otto: Here you go. (He gave me a piece of paper.) The cherries are coming from the Auvil Fruit growers.

Me: Oh…you are so kind!!! I will research more about these cherries. Thank you so much!!!

You know what, I always amazed by GELSON’S products and services.

The other day, I was wondering where are the pink toilet papers (by Scott) and the person who works here told me right away, “The pink ones are no more from May 10th (he told me exact date!). Scott discontinued the pink toilet paper. ”

You guys are amazing people! I love GELSON’S! Really high-end products and services!

Otto: Oh, thank you!

Me: Can I write about this cherry story and your name in my blog?

Otto: Sure!

Last week,the sweetest cherries were $9.40/1.75 lb ($5.99 lb instead of $7.99 lb), but it was worth it! Marie and Emi-san enjoyed them too. I am very happy that I met these cherries this year (I had only one time chance in this year! What a lucky me!)

If these rainier cherries from Auvil Fruit growers sell them in Tokyo, Japan, the price might be $100 which I got last week. I am sure that! I feel like I am really lucky to live here for many reasons!

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Got Filet mignon. I am going to have a steak dinner with baked potato and steamed vegetables tomorrow! ha!

Got Cashew Chicken, Walnut oil & White Vinegar & Goat cheese & Avocado ($8.97 for three avocados, so I am sure that the best avocados!) & Sliced Almond. I am going to have a Kimberly’s recipe salad and Cashew Chicken for tonight’s dinner!

Got GELSON’S French Roast Coffee (I always buy Peet’s coffee or Starbucks coffee. Emi-san told me last week, “GELSON’S coffee is great”)and Chocolate Croissant package(Tomorrow’s my breakfast!).

Got more groceries from GELSON’S.

And got Yellow daisies (sorry GELSON’S…I got them from next door, TRADER JOE’S…They usually have reasonable price flowers…ha ha…) and some groceries from TRADER JOE’S.

I always park my car at the GELSON’S and shop at the TRADER JOE’S first, and then I shop at the GELSON’S later. TRADER JOE’S have small parking lot and I can’t take it, because I am not good at parking (I am a great driver, but I am not good for parking…ha ha ha!)

Recently, cashier always asks me at the TRADER JOE’S, “How was your parking?”…Do I look like a bad driver, because I am Japanese girl??? (ah…They have small parking lot and always many cars…so I guess they ask about the parking for everyone, right?)

Anyway, GELSON’S has comfortable parking lot and hand wipes (as a clean freak, I need to wipe everything include my hands). GELSON’S has high-end power and great energy, so GELSON’S products make my body & soul fresh. I feel like the positive energy from their products into my body. This store is the best in town for me.

Got fresh flowers, fruits, vegetables, meats, breads etc…What a nice feeling!

Oops…time to fix my dinner and eat!

Have a great time at your store (maybe your GELSON’S?) and have a healthy & happy life to you!

By Yoko Fujimoto
Los Angeles
August 4, 2010

Copyright © 2010 Yoko Fujimoto