The Fog to Jess' Big Date
When the fog clears we find ourselves in the realm of tankas
When the fog clears we find out what happens when a super spy goes on a date
The Magic (tanka)
Trying to break the secrets
Of the magic show
That he had totally missed
The magic he gave away
The Fog (tanka)
So strange was the fog
Which had settled in his streets
That cold summer’s day
That when it finally left
He found himself all alone
Settling Hours (tanka)
The settling hours
Which brought comfort to the day
Now scours through the night
Searching for some reasoning
To make it all feel worth while
Since I have our minds going with these tankas, let's let our minds trip a little further. As many know, I live in San Francisco I find it hard to believe, that all races of people were not represented in my elementary school. I can't remember. I first learned about race when a teacher, Mr. Land became a major influence in my life. It was then my mother told me all about races, and I found out why my friend Michael wasn't welcome in my house. Michael was Jewish. Mr. Land was black. My mother was a racist. When I entered high school The Chinese gangs, the Joe Boys and the Wah Ching were at war. At the time, a predominately black school, Polytechnic, was closed for repair. Most of the students came to my school,. Galileo. An interesting thing happened. The gang war was put on the back burner so that the gang members could make the blacks' day a living hell. We non-Asian and non-blacks tried not to be seen. I was protected, because I was on stage a lot. My star status gave me certain privileges. I wonder how privileged I'd be if the gang members found out I was seeing a Chinese girl? When I first worked for Chevron, in 1972, all of the executive's floorwalkers were black. Floorwalkers were men who ran errands for the executives. When Chevron realized there might be a problem with this, they brought in an Asian man to be a floorwalker. When Chevron finally saw the error, they eliminated the position of floorwalker. When I joined the Masons in 1991, blacks weren't welcome in all Lodges, even though Masonry is not supposed to be racist. It was explained to me. the fraternity's membership was old and living in a past. I was privileged to be one of the secret members of a "secret" organization who helped correct this idiosyncrasy. When I started courting Amor, my current wife, I took her into my world. I did what every boy does and showed her off. She, being Filipina, I introduced her to the Filipino communities that I frequented. Amor comes from the very poor part of the Philippines. My friends would introduce me to classism.
To take us one step further (or bring us back): Gnarls Barkley "Going On"
Let's enter the world of dating on another level
Many people don't know that George Washington was a member of The Culper Spy Ring, an American spy network. His secret code number was 711, like the 7-11 "corner markets". Coincidence!? A little more down to earth but in the realm of Wow, Freddie Wong and Rocket Jump bring us Jess. Jess is an American super spy. Her current assignment has her battling a Russian mob ring. But all that has to be put on hold for now because Jess has a date for the evening.
What's Jess' secret code number? Watch the video and find out why I'm not telling. "Jess' Big Date"
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When people ask where I studied
to be an ambassador, I say my
neighborhood and my school.
I've tried to tell my kids that
you don't wait until you're in
high school or college to start
dealing with problems of people
being different. The younger you
start, the better.