My Daughter’s Class Election, AKA The Star Wars Campaign Poem

My daughter, Ashley, is running for a student government position in her 5th grade class. I encouraged her to be as creative as possible when writing her speech, so she’d stand out among a sea of candidates. Since her classroom is Star Wars themed, she decided to run with that angle.

Election is on Friday. Fingers crossed.


A long time ago
In an election
far far away…
In the big galaxy
Lived a rebel, Ashley

Who wanted to lead
And hoped to succeed

I’ll work hard like a Wookie,
And I’ll never play hooky

Though green milk makes me puke,
I’m trustworthy like Luke

Like Leia, I’ll lead
With the grace of light speed

I’ll be your crusader
Unlike Darth Vader

I will clean up our school
And tackle the trash

If that sounds real cool
Then please vote for Ash

I will listen to all
With opinions to share

I am loyal like Ewoks
With compassion to spare

So as Yoda would say
In his own special way,

“Vote for Ashley, you must.
She’s a girl you can trust

“She will always be true.
May the force be with you.”

Doubletree CopyCat Cookies

At the beginning of the pandemic, Hilton posted their Doubletree Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe. You can find it here.

I tried my hand at these cookies, and surprisingly, it didn’t end disastrously. In fact, they tasted quite good and were a hit with my family. Did they taste like Doubetree’s iconic cookie? Hard to say since it’s been ages since I’ve had one. They sure were yummy though!

Where are the Crumbs?

Why do grocery stores put bread crumbs in the baking aisle next to chocolate chips and frosting and cake mix, etc? I went crazy trying to find them at the store today. Spent forever in the croutons and salad dressing aisle!

Sneak Preview

Today our family was part of the first ever audience to see an upcoming movie musical. I’m not allowed to mention the name…had to sign an NDA…but the kiddos were excited. My outgoing Ashley even shared her thoughts with the movie’s creative talent after the screening.

The movie won’t be released until December so it will be a long time for me to keep a secret. I’m terrible at keeping secrets.

Noah’s Arkade

My mom never liked La Mirada Mall in La Mirada, California. She disliked its oddly-shaped, meandering layout and found it a pain to navigate.

As a kid, I thought La Mirada Mall was the coolest. It seemed massive at the time, and it had everything a kid could want: movie theater, arcade, food court, and plenty of shops to help you waste an afternoon with shopping.

I spent a lot of afternoons at Noah’s Arkade in the La Mirada Mall. The early 1980s were the height of the arcade video game craze. For a while it seemed like every mall had an arcade. Although I was never a huge video game junkie, I did enjoy the arcade scene from time to time. We didn’t have internet, streaming movies, or downloadable books at our disposal, so it passed time quite nicely.

Noah’s Arkade was located next to the mall’s food court. Unsurprisingly, it was designed to look like Noah’s ark. It wasn’t the most impressive arcade in the area. That honor probably went to Show Boat in City of Industry, but it had enough games to entertain a kid for hours. Back then, I thought it was a two-story arcade . In hindsight though, the “second floor” was a ramp to a small overhang area with more games.

Whether I was at the mall with friends or my family, we always capped off a trip to the movies with a visit to Noah’s Arkade. My parents would order a drink (and Orange Julius or maybe it was a copycat beverage) and pretzel from the food court, find a table, give us a handful of coins, and my siblings and I would head to Noah’s Arkade where I’d usually blow my quarters on Galaga or Galaxian or Space Invaders,

My older brother loved Noah’s Arkade so much that my parents bought him a t-shirt from there for one of his birthdays. I remember playing with him in our backyard, having a disagreement, him saying something rude to me, and turning to walk away. Before he could make a clean getaway, I grabbed the back of his Noah’s Arkade shirt to stop him and rrrrrrrrrr-rip. For weeks afterward, my brother stubbornly wore the shirt around the house anway. I always felt a pang of guilt when I’d noticed the ripped part of his shirt flopping around whenever he moved. He probably wore that shirt to make me feel guilty for ruining it. Mission accomplished, bro.

If you want to leave your own memories of Noah’s Arkade in the comment section, I’d love to read them.

Take care.

Cobra Kai Eve

My kids are seriously more excited on Cobra Kai Eve than they were on Christmas Eve.

They’re getting up every few minutes and asking what time it is and if they can watch just one episode before they go to sleep.