Sunday, August 31, 2008

John's Here, It's Been Swell

John's been here since Friday afternoon, and we have been having a grand old time. We've walked the Walk of Fame, visited Grauman's Chinese theater, ate hotdogs at the world famous "Pinks", gone to Malibu and swam in the ocean, swam in my pool, cruised, hit up Menchies for awesome fro-yo, watched "Brazil", ate at In-N-Out, and went to the Getty center.

All in all, pretty awesome so far. Hopefully it will get even awesome--er. Haha.

Thursday, August 28, 2008

One More Thing...

I also dreamed that I was in church, and we had an earthquake, and I fell to the floor. I was afraid of getting trampled by those leaving the building, so I got up and got out of the building, where I collapsed into the grass, and waited for the shaking to stop.

I've been noticing a general slowdown in Seismic activity in the Southern California area--which means that either all the pressure has been released, or that the faults are "caught"--and the pressure is building!

Or maybe it's just a metaphorical representation of my belief structure being massively shaken...

My Morning Wake Up Call

I have a very special wake up call here at my apartment. At 7am each morning, I'm awoken by three unique sounds, all within 60 seconds of each other.

These sounds are:

1. A jetliner taking off from Burbank airport

2. My clock-radio kicking on KRTH 101, with DJ's doing the station break

3. My G5 automatically turning on, which makes the fans spin up like a wind turbine while it initially boots.

The great thing about this is that it is such a unique combination of sounds that if they don't all happen very close together, I know something isn't right, and I can continue to sleep... ;) Not that that's ever happened.

A humerous thing happened this morning though, because when the radio kicked on, DJ Gary Bryan said it was time for "Tuesday Trivia" or something like that. For a moment I wondered--am I in a time warp? Last night it was Wednesday, and now it's Tuesday? The days are going backwards! Is Stupendous Man responsible for this? Did Calvin have an assignment due on Thursday?

After a song, Gary came back on and without mentioning his previous mistake (a good radio personality should always ignore his mistakes--listeners will generally assume they mis-heard.) said that it was "Thursday Trivia".

Not that great of a story, I realize.

On to something a little more serious.

The old man who I home teach has passed on. When we last visited him, he was doing really poorly, and I had a feeling he had not much time left. He was rail thin, his lip and jaw had gotten so bad he could not talk. I had brought the message--a message about Death, and how for some it is an enemy, but for those who are suffering, it can be a liberator, bringing them home to their father. I told him that I admire him for his efforts to endure to the end, and his courage.

I could see something in his eyes--I could almost tell then and there that this message was especially for him, because he knew it too.

He's whole now, and that's very comforting.

Anyway, I've got to go make my breakfast and pack my lunch. Take care, everyone.

Thursday, August 14, 2008

You're Sad and You're Sorry, But You're Not Ashamed

Lots and lots of food for thought lately. I'm Journaling about 2 pages a day on average, trying to understand my thought processes and learn what it is I really want during this time on earth.

Naturally, I'm writing more in my journal because it's far more personal, and unlike this weblog, I feel completely free in writing whats on my mind.

It's tough to write an entry for public consumption sometimes, because you never know who's going to be reading it, and people don't know your whole backstory. In a journal, you are the reader and the writer, you don't always have to explain the back story, the motivations, the minutia of the tale.

What's the point of this entry?

Not sure, really, but I felt like giving you something a little bit more after yesterday's two goofy short posts.

John N. is going to come out to California on Labor Day weekend! I'm so excited to see him! It's been since Christmas, and he really is a dear friend. We'll have a grand old time.

In a few days, another dear friend will be leaving for 2 weeks, and that'll be sad.

Anyway, I'll have to jet--the morning commute awaits.

Wednesday, August 13, 2008

Okay, so, let me explain

The previous post is a direct result of what happens when you leave your Blogger page open at your workstation, and one of your co-workers decides to have a little fun.

Glad we all had a jolly good laugh.


Blogging May Have Fallen Out Of Favor

Hey There Friends!

I was just sitting on the toilet thinking about you and Martha Stewart. She's so great. I like her bathrugs.

Sometimes I like to poop in the yard.


Friday, August 08, 2008

Blast from the Past!

Last night I received this e-mail:
I'm guessing that this is your e-mail. A friend of mine linked me to your 9/11 film on you tube. I'm aka Buck, from Humdaisy, or what was once Humdaisy. I remember you wrote us to use the song "A Little Strange..." and I don't think that I ever spoke to you. It's fine that you used the song, and I'm/we're honored. In the "file it under small world" bin, my dad was actually in the North Tower (thankfully, he was, and continues to be, fine) when 9/11 went down. I just have to ask how you came across the CD/song. We were once poised to take a chance on the music biz, on a larger scale, but life gets in the way. Anyhow, just felt compelled to try and track you down.

Amazing huh? I wrote to them almost 7 years ago asking for permission to use the song, and one of the band members finally contacts me! What I love most about it, is that it's totally the type of thing I have done. Last summer, I tracked down this guy I had met at a conference in Anaheim during 2004--about 3 years after the fact, and I ended up talking on the phone with him for about an hour!

For those who don't remember, this is the video to which we are referring: