01 Jan 2002 in Review
I’ve always believed in making the most of what I have. I 2002, I had
time. I believe that I’ve made the most of that. With this “time” I
discovered my new favorite food: Brazilian, perfected my own rendition of
Enrique Iglesias’ “Hero” and helped a little boy coming off of his
chemotherapy by presenting him with an autographed Tony Hawk skateboard.
My most memorable experience of this year was celebrating my 30th birthday
with 200 of my closest friends and family (and later had it reported on one
of the top radio stations of California.)
This was also the year that was very daring for me. In Hawaii, I
snorkeled, I competed in a chest and buns competition, worked Hollywood
Boulevard on Halloween night, joined Weight Watchers for two weeks and
attended an all Spanish speaking mass in San Diego on Easter Sunday. On a
particularly scary note, 2002 was also the year that I stalled traffic
while being escorted by police on the I-5 southbound freeway due to a flat
tire and being stranded on the central median. This was also the year that
two close friends (in two different states) served jail time due to DUIs.
Nevertheless, 2002 was memorable. The Golden Globes, Emmys and other award
shows were particularly fun, but my greatest sense of awe was seeing Cher
and Michael Stipe perform “I’ve Got You Babe” for Bono on Valentine’s Day.
I also experienced some success in my career, working nonstop on my one-man
show, “Don’t Call Me Walter!” I also went straight to producers to be a
lead in an independent film and was seen twice this year on ENTERTAINMENT
TONIGHT. My favorite experience in entertainment was hearing Nia Vardalos
in an open forum with the Screen Actors Guild (after seeing My Big Fat
Greek Wedding four times in theatres this past year.)
On a materialistic note, 2002 was the year that I quadrupled my DVD
collection, acquired a new V60 mini mobile phone, digital camera, and SAAB
9-3 platinum convertible.
I’ve had interesting experiences meeting individuals as well. This past
year, I met fellow jury members, a psychic, a woman that administers cake
tasting, three masseurs and a woman from the Audrey Hepburn Foundation that
rejected a substantial donation from the 2002 Black & Gold Gala.
Lastly, with the time I had this year, I took part in different activities.
I went to the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles, judged a speech
tournament a the Bible Institute of Los Angeles and took top honors in the
Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandisings’ annual Oscar pool contest.
Overall, I am extremely thankful for my blessings. I am thankful that I
have friends (whose birthday all seem to fall in September and October.) I
am thankful for invitations (specifically eight invitations for
Thanksgiving dinner the past year.) And most of all, I am thankful for the
privileges and luxuries that I have had during my most favorite year to