A good weekend

… might look like this:


[L to R: dinner at Oggi’s; home for firepits and s’mores]


[L to R: surfing at HB (Bolsa Chica) with Jeff]


[L to R: brunch with Jeff at Longboard; cycling back along the PCH]


[L to R: getting ready to go; sunset over the mountains; Vegas in the distance]


[L to R: food, food, food; all from the Wynn Buffet]


[L to R: excited to be in Vegas (finally); the Bellagio; view from our hotel room]


[L to R: outlet stores in Primm; back in Orange; sunset over Pasadena]

Human trafficking videos

Sex trafficking:

Ukraine – US

Nigeria – Italy

Nigeria – Denmark

Russia

Argentina

India

UN Office of Drugs and Crime PSA

MTV PSA, featuring the Killers – “Goodnight, Travel Well”
60-second version

Full-length version

Also: Sex trafficking in Nepal

Human trafficking in the products we buy:

MTV PSA, featuring Radiohead – “All I Need”

“Tony’s Chocolonely” – human trafficking in the cocoa trade

My niece is a teenager!

Happy birthday, Aimee!

Love, Uncle Jus.

[back in 2002, when she wasn’t almost as tall as me]

A little bit on human trafficking

There are an estimated 27 million people in modern day slavery around the world.

Between 600,000 and 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders each year. Approximately 80% are women and girls. Up to 50% are minors.

Around 14,500 to 17,500 people are trafficked into the US from overseas and enslaved every year.

About the same number are murdered in the US every year, but while the national success rate for solving murders is about 70% (11,000), in 2006 only 111 were charged and only 98 were convicted, which is less than 1% of all human trafficking cases nationwide.

An estimated 1.2 million children are trafficked every year.

[All info taken from the US State Department’s Trafficking in Persons Report, apart from the last entry, which was from UNICEF UK Child Trafficking Information Sheet, January 2003.]

You’re a star

Close your eyes, take my hand;
no need for words–I understand:
you let him in, he let you down,
and you shattered when you hit the ground.

When all you ever got from love was hurt,
won’t you let me show you what you’re really worth?
I can see you building up your walls again;
won’t you let me hold you close, my friend?

Coz you, you’re a star;
yeah, I see all that you really are.
And somehow I think we’ll go far;
somehow I think we’ll go far.

To turn the page and start anew,
to trust and hope again is the hardest thing to do.
To let the past fall away
and breathe in a brand new day.

When all you ever got from love was hurt,
won’t you let me show you what you’re really worth?
I can see you building up your walls again;
won’t you let me hold you close, my friend?

Coz you, you’re a star;
yeah, I see all that you really are.
And somehow I think we’ll go far;
somehow I think we’ll go far.

And the tears fall coz it feels like you’ve lost it all …

But you, you’re a star;
oh I see all that you really are.
And somehow I think we’ll go far;
somehow I think we’ll go far;
somehow I know we’ll go far.

written on July 23, 2009

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On July 27, 1968, my parents got married.

As one of my models of marriage, I’ve seen from them what it looks like to choose to love, to choose to sacrifice for the other, and above all, to choose to trust God. I know that they remain firm in the belief that everything good (including a marriage spanning for decades) is only possible by the grace of God, and the testimony of their lives together reminds me that God is good, even through the hard times.

Happy anniversary, Mom and Dad! I love you guys.

Favorite movie of the year?

It’s certainly in the running. Plus, it revealed a side of LA I’d never seen but look forward to discovering a little before I head east.

Go watch it.

P.S. Zooey Deschanel may be my new fave.
P.P.S. It has a rocking soundtrack, too.