Sunday, June 24, 2007

the three Bs

a {B}aby shower and a {B}uddhist {B}azaar

That's how I spent my Saturday.

First, the baby shower.I used to work with her mom. Her mom was our bookkeeper and worked at home but came into the office every afternoon to pick up the paperwork. She'd bring the kids with her. The first time I met them, they were 9, 6 and 3. The mother-to-be was the 9 year old. I was a mere young'un in my 20s. If you refer back to my original dumass post where I said (#5) that I gave away my beanie babies...it's this family who adopted them. I think that was the last time I saw them. The family, not just the beanie babies. I'm fairly certain we won't wait that long again to see each other. There's a birth of a baby and a graduation to get together again, but maybe we can actually just get together for lunch or something, too. It was good seeing all of them again.

A few hours later, I watched my friends perform Taiko at the San Mateo Buddhist Temple Bazaar.Deanna's in the background on the big drum (there is a technical name but I don't know it) and Sharon's in the foreground. They are soo good! And one of the coolest thing is their troop has little kids in it, too.Too bad I'm not standing in a good position to photograph this adorable guy. I was talking to Sharon afterwards and she said he LOVES playing the drums. His parents confirms that he practices all.the.time and beats on Everything.

Here are a few more shots I couldn't resist showing:


One of the stamp clubs I'm involved in meets monthly at the temple. We have several members who are also members of the church and whenever possible, we volunteer at festivals. So after the Taiko performance, I helped serve Udon and bus tables with 3 other club members for a couple of hours.

9 comments:

Ragged Around the Edges said...

What a cool way to spend your day. . . you get around!

The little boy's expression is priceless.

phinner said...

Ummm, I think the big drum is called the Odaiko.

Ginnie said...

Very, very cool, Mad. Don't you just love all those connections with people from the past!

I think I'd like to belong to a drumming group like this. In fact, I really want to get my own drum and start getting soulful with it. Hmmm. Need to do something about that, because I've been thinking of it for some time now.

Ex-Shammickite said...

I saw a drumming display at the Japanese Cultural Centre in Toronto a few years ago.... fabulous! The Taiko group were terrific, loud and rhythmic. Made me wish I was a drummer, but I tried drumming on a drum set of a friend who played in a rock band, and I was hopeless, no sense of rhythm at all, so perhaps I'll stick to just listening.
Nice to catch up with old friends.... when is that baby due?

Luke said...

great series, those drums are so interesting! nice shots!

Jodi said...

Taiko is so cool. I went to a show many years ago at UCLA and loved it!

Jodi said...

Taiko is so cool. I went to a show many years ago at UCLA and loved it!

Nan said...

You got some great shots...full of energy!

Lilli & Nevada said...

Oh i think that would of been fun to go too, I love stuff like that. Try to go to the Indian Pow Wow's around here whenever possible.