The Umbrellas of East LA

December 29, 2008 by  
Filed under Noted, The Niceness Project

She looked miserable. Selling fruit as a curbside vendor in this city has to be a terrible job to begin with. All day long you face the rejection of hostile LA drivers, car exhaust, and a multitude of other annoyances that come with using a traffic median strip as your workplace. I drove past the […]

Cinnamon: The Niceness Project, Now With Vegan Menu Choices!

December 28, 2008 by  
Filed under Noted, The Niceness Project

I found a random rubber stamp in the garage that says “cinnamon.” Where did this come from and why do I have this? Today I walked it down to my local vegan restaurant, which just happens to be called CINNAMON, and gave the stamp to the very startled counter girl.

I Wish I Had Thought of This!

December 27, 2008 by  
Filed under Luxecycle, Noted, The Niceness Project

In addition to a rash of people leaving presents and thank you cards on the doorsteps of fellow freecyclers, Leslie, a woman on my local freecycle group, has taken Christmas spirit one step further: “Hope you all had a Merry Christmas. If you didn’t get all the chocolate you wanted in your stocking, I have […]


December 20, 2008 by  
Filed under Noted, The Niceness Project

Today I ran into Helen, a really old friend who I haven’t seen in years, at Trader Joe’s. She tells me that Pablo, the five year old son of two of our mutual pals is fighting cancer. Which is just the worst news. My heart just breaks as she gives me the horrible details of […]

Paying (The Difference) Forward

December 19, 2008 by  
Filed under Noted

I’m splitting the cost three ways on a $100 gift certificate for a journalist who has been indispensable to one of my projects this year. Yesterday, I sent the screenwriter, who is in charge of procuring the House of Pies legal tender, a check for $34. I had a college room mate who ALWAYS shorted […]

Do Nice Gestures Make Up For Mean Thoughts?

December 17, 2008 by  
Filed under Noted, The Niceness Project

I know I sound like a jerk when I say this, but Margaret is dumb. She’s that person who asks you for directions, but never writes them down, insisting that she’ll remember them and then calls you in a panic when she can’t find your house…even though she’s been there a dozen times. Maybe she’s […]

Doing the Happy Dance of Schadenfreude

December 15, 2008 by  
Filed under Noted, The Niceness Project

Today I heard the most delicious gossip. The Fat One, a producer who has been pure evil to me, cried every day on the set of his last movie. He just couldn’t take the pressure. I try and rid myself of the pleasure I feel in the small, petty little lump of coal that is […]

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