October 2008


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This is a video tribute made in honor of my brother, Jonathan Scott Mendoza. January 10, 2008 marked the ten year anniversary of his death.

This is for mom, dad, my sisters, Jewel and Jen and all friends and family who never let a day pass without remembering him.

My apologies… the video is no longer available on youtube…I took it off in fear of breaking any copyright laws. I still have it safe and sound on my desktop though, so mom, don’t worry I can make you copy if you want. 🙂

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Thought I’d never find it. After a couple of cross country moves, throwing things in boxes and not labeling them…I think we’ve got quite a few boxes we haven’t rummaged through since we moved out to New Mexico in 2004. Four years later and many states away, some still lay unopened. I wonder what’s in them? I’ve found clothes I could’ve been wearing and my children could’ve been wearing if I had known the boxes existed. Unassembled lamps that our living space desperately needs. Tools. Kitchen junk drawers haphazardly thrown in a box. And, oh yeah, pictures. Envelope after envelope of family photos. Great photos, too. Photos from 35mm film. Whew, remember when?

1997 Y100 Sonic Session w/ INXS

1997 Y100 Sonic Session w/ INXS

We spent an evening looking at all the pictures.

I got a serious dose of nostalgia when I stumbled upon this photo of me with Michael Hutchence of INXS. It was taken by two good samaritans at an invite only studio performance with Philly’s Y100 in 1997. Not a month had passed when we found these pictures in the mail. Thanks to the Franklins for taking the pic and actually sending us two copies. Sad thing is, I am 11 years older than I am in the picture. Sadder still, Mr. Hutchence died two months after the photo was taken.

The Best Little Frame Shop and Art Gallery in Mahwah, NJ, Bergen County, is hosting their 8th annual ‘The Journey: The Yellow Bra Event, 2008’ art show. Show dates are scheduled for October 26th to November 21st. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Avon Foundation Breast Cancer Crusade.

For more information on the event, click here.

My mother-in-law, Janina Jayme, has donated pieces of her artwork to this event in the past and has successfully raised money to this worthy cause.

The Kidado Blog family would like to express their sincere gratitude and thanks to all 3-day participants, fans, supporters and the like for their endurance, strength and enthusiasm for taking us one step closer to the cure for breast cancer. Our thoughts are with all Philadelphia walkers, who at this very moment are resting beneath their pink tents, hopefully keeping warm throughout this cool autumn night, after their first full day of walking.

A special shout-out to my friend and survivor, Anne Moss! Go Anne! And to her daughters, Karen and Amy!

Click this for some footage of Day 1.

Just a follow-up to a previous post…
view from balcony bar

view from balcony bar

Well, thanks to my sister and her fabulous iPhone, we were able to take a few decent photos of the event. Despite being the handful of late thirty-somethings in the crowd, we managed to have a spanking good time. It was a night out we needed desperately. A big thank you to JP and Jen for the comp tickets!

Can you believe just two minutes after we parked our car we were slapped a parking ticket.  Not even a block and a half away… Geeeeez!

Crunchiemummy tapped me to do this meme and I can’t thank her enough for giving me this opportunity to divulge some useless information about me. Here it goes…

But first, the rules:
1. Link to the person who tagged you.
2. Post the rules on your blog.
3. Write 6 random things about yourself.
4. Tag 6 people at the end of your post.
5. Let each person know he/she has been tagged.
6. Let the tagger know when your entry is up.

Six rules. Six things about myself.

  1. I accidentally started a fire on a Florida beach when I was fourteen. My fellow accomplices and I successfully extinguished the blaze with bucketfuls of sand leaving one big black hole on a sand dune.
  2. I like my coffee dark, sweet and creamy.
  3. I am Tom Chaplin’s number one fan. Go KEANE!
  4. I just recently noticed that my left eye is significantly smaller than my right eye.
  5. I love going to work because the people I work with are super, fabulously awesome!
  6. Best story I’ve read is Chekhov’s Ward No. 6.

Without further ado, I now pass on to these six that follow, their moment to blab about their super fabulous selves. I have visited these blogs in some way, shape or form and have found them quite entertaining to say the least, so pay a visit!

  1. Jessica Gottlieb
  2. Terri, Terri Quite Contrary
  3. thenakedanarchists
  4. Annelicious
  5. MelissaColeBlog
  6. FilmFish