June 13, 2004


We've been so busy that I haven't had time to keep you all posted on our whereabouts, so here is a quick update...

Today (Sunday), Jed and I depart for Seattle where we will be frantically trying to meet the luggage requirements for our flight on Wednesday morning. We will have a 3 hour flight Weds. morning from Seattle to LA and then roughly 13 hours from LA to Osaka.

I'm going to stretch the truth and tell the airline that Jed and I are on our honeymoon (we are definitely not so don't panic) in the hopes that they may bump us up to first class, or at least business class. Keep your fingers crossed for us! 13 hours for poor Jed on a plane is too much when he is too big to put his food tray down all the way.

We will be without internet for a while so please be patient as we try and set up. Somehow, I have faith that you all will survive a few weeks without new posts, if it has to come to that.

Sayonara...for now.

Posted by karen at 07:48 AM | Comments (0)

June 12, 2004

Karenla99 Sets the Record Straight

As many of you are aware, my screen name and sometimes nickname is Karenla99. Anyone who has tried to pick screen names knows that it can be very difficult because about a million people have the same name and initials as you. I have had this particular screen name for about three or four years and have recently realized that there is a misunderstanding with what this name means.

My name does not stand for Karen Los Angeles. And I did not go there in 1999. I dislike Los Angeles and I was in CT for almost all of 1999. The name stands for my name. Karen the L for my middle initial and the A for my last initial. Oddly enough someone had already had this name. I decided to add numbers instead of more letters and 99 had a good ring to it. Say it out loud, it's a lot of fun.

I hope this clears up any misunderstandings.

Posted by karen at 09:49 AM | Comments (3)

June 04, 2004


When I was little, I thought my cousin was so famous because he was a DJ on a local radio station. He still is a DJ, on occassion, but I am older and realize how small the local station is and that my cousin isn't famous at all.

My contact with famous people has been pretty limited all my life, largely in part because I am usually oblivious to everything going on around me. I've had a kiss on the cheek by Magic Johnson and a hug from Patch Adams and no matter how many encounters big or small I will have with celebrities throughout my life, I will always be awe-struck.

This brings me to my "encounter" yesterday. In my many visits to NYC to visit Anni and Chris, I have never seen anyone famous. But yesterday, while Anni, Jed and I were indulging in the wonder that is Dippin' Dots outside the only Dippin' Dots outpost in Manhattan, Anni casually announced that Neil Patrick Harris (aka Doogie Howser, M.D.) had just walked into a neighboring restaurant. She acted like it was no big deal, Jed continued to be ignored by Chuck on his cell phone and I paced back in forth of the restaurant staring at the former teen idol. Jed casually snapped a picture, which I am sure you can find on his website.

I would like to extend a special thanks to Beckie who at least pretended to be as excited as I was about this star sighting. Apparently, this kind of thing happens to Anni "all the time." I guess soon to be famous actresses do run into famous people more often than regular folk like me.

I also want to point out how wierd I find it that I ran into Doogie of all people since I was just telling Trina how much her boyfriend Geoff looks like Doogie. Other than that, I hadn't thought much about Doogie until yesterday, except for marvelling at his brilliant role in Undercover Brother.

Thank you to Anni and Chris for your horsebrutality and thank you to Beckie for letting us invade her apartment for the afternoon and play with beautiful little Princess Lilly. Lastly, thank you to Jed (we finally got to the Consulate for our visas!) for paying for everything short of my trailer home.

Posted by karen at 11:23 AM | Comments (3)