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April 2009 Monthly Archive

A recent instant message from my younger cousin pointed me towards the deliciously funny website:, which basically contains various stories and tidbits about how much one’s life sucks.

For example, here’s the top rated FML (f– my life):

Today, I received my passport in the mail. They got my birth date wrong. Then I picked up my birth certificate that I had sent in with the application. Turns out my parents have been celebrating my birthday on the wrong day for 16 years. FML

As with many websites geared towards sinking time, can often be a funny yet sad read.  The reason why I pointed out this website was not to spread further misery, but to acknowledge the fact that, sometimes, life can throw a sucker punch in your face, and there’s not much you can do about it.

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It was about three o’ clock in the afternoon when I heard it.  The sounds of tires screeching on pavement accompanied by a blaring popping noise that sounded like an extremely loud car engine backfiring.  I crawled up to my bedroom window, peeked out through the curtains and saw a car doing an extremely dangerously U-turn with a passenger literally riding “shotgun.”  As the passenger held a shotgun in one hand and leaned out the passenger window, the car semi-lost control and rammed into the “Welcome to Santa Ana”  city sign.  Eventually, the car regain control and immediately sped off down the street.

I was about fourteen years-old, and it was at that moment that I realized that I’m living in a not-so-safe neighborhood.  Drive-by shootings were not exactly an oddity in the area,  but seeing it in person in the afternoon instead of hearing it at the wee hours during the night was definitely a game changer.

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