100w100d: LA

Los Angeles

Day 32: “I’ve been in LA for the past year and a half, but I actually grew up in the Bay Area.” That’s been my go-to answer whenever I meet new people, asking me where I live.

The fact is, I’ve never really treated LA as my home. Until now, I’ve spent so much time going against the grain when the matter of fact is that I’ve been really enjoying my time living in this non-sensical city.

So perhaps it’s time I come out of my closet again, if only to trade in my hoodie for a sexy tank top.

100w100d: Pride Weekend

I was going to turn this black and white to go with the monochromatic theme I've been doing this year. But my friend said said this is about Pride and Pride is all about the colors. He's right.

Day 24: It’s easy to wonder “Why is it necessary to flaunt about their sexuality?” or ask “Why can’t we have straight pride parades?”, but Pride is honestly something you have to be there to really understand it.

To me, Pride weekend isn’t just “a gay thing”. It’s a day where everyone can break free of any pre-conceived notions of who we’re supposed to be and instead celebrate who we simply are.

We spend so much time worrying, stressing, and obsessing what and how others see us, it’s important to take time to reflect and to put our pure happiness on display.

100w100d: Trains

Union Station

Day 11: Having grown up in Hong Kong with a first-class public transportation system, I’ve always been fascinated with trains.

So today I’ve decided to spend the day riding the LA Metro Rail. First stop, Union Station, a place that was featured on NUMB3RS countless times.

My ride on the Expo Line today reminded me of the Light Rail ride to St Kilda Beach in Melbourne, never mind the fact it’s on the other side of the world. The way the train stopped between stations was like a Muni trip back in the Bay Area.

Trains connect us, and they reconnect us.

The Funny Thing About Writing Funny

LA is a funny place. It encourages you to chase after something you wouldn’t otherwise pursue. Unlike San Francisco or Portland where it’s equally, if not more important, to realize that life is great and everything is what it is, Los Angeles is a city built on dreams and aspirations.

As much as the red “real American” states like to tell you otherwise, LA is a model American city — a true land of opportunity, and a place where the mantra of “you can achieve anything you want” is breathed-in-and-out on a daily basis.

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I’m a funny guy. I’m fully aware that I’m never going to be an underwear model (nor should I be one) and that my chance of EGOTing is pretty non-existent, but I know I’m a good friend and a fun guy to be around with.

That said, “funny” is also a very subjective thing. Unlike a SAT score or a college GPA, I can’t really explain to you exactly just how funny I am. You either get it or you don’t.

My sense of humor is most prominent on Twitter, mostly because the service allows me to be spontaneous to jot down the many random thoughts that live in my head throughout the day. This blog, on the other hand, is pretty serious. I tend to compose my ideas and opinions from the more cerebral, cathartic side of me.

I was talking to my good friend, Michael Rawley (@mikerawley), a few weeks ago on how to combine my humorous side of Twitter with my serious side of my blog. He mentioned that he always knew that I’m a funny guy and that I just need to let go of my insecurities and just go nuts, because that’s what comedy should be.

I’ve mentioned on this blog that I believe in written words, as it’s the only medium that allows me to place my thoughts directly into a reader’s head. But as powerful as writing can be, it’s surprisingly difficult to translate my sense of humor into words.

One of the reasons is that I see comedy mainly as an interactive experience. From hosting a talk show to doing stand-up, there’s always an audience who can guide the performer forward. With text everything becomes stale and one-sided. The only reason my tweets are funny is because they’re purposefully short and on-point (though most of the time I’m too stingy to write anything less than 140 characters — there are hungry children in Africa, #amirite?), but it is remarkably more difficult to pull off comedy with actual storytelling.

Obviously, Tina Fey, Louis CK, Stephen Colbert, David Sedaris, and countless others prove otherwise. I’m constantly inspired by their work and always wish I can create something just as solid. Maybe Michael is right; perhaps I just need to stop worrying and start writing.

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Winson Shuen works at IGN but is not an editor. All opinions expressed here are solely his own and do not represent his employer by any means. You can follow him on Twitter @vdot90.