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Movies Seen In The Theater In 2012 In Order Of Preference - Best To Worst - tuesday, january 08, 2013 - 11:24

1. Damels In Distress (Whit Stillman, 2012)

HATE THE GAME NOT THE PLAYER - tuesday, december 28, 2010 - 11:31

Top Movies Seen In The Theater In 2010.

1. Jackass 3D (In which a real live Jackass gets wasted and stumbles into the movie screen)

2. The Secret To A Happy Ending (marred by my preoccupation with Olympic ice hockey, but good nonetheless. They sold $2 Tecate!)

3. Crazy Heart (Most notable for reminding me how amazing Waylon Jennings was, this kick-started my year long Waylon binge)

Three movies is not a record for me.

2006 L'Aventure Optimus (Paso Robles) - tuesday, july 15, 2008 - 15:59

Oh, 2006 L'Aventure Optimus from Paso Robles. You were the second bottle I broke at work, although this time it was clearly not my fault as *somebody* laid you on your side with your neck towards the aisle so that when I reached up and tilted the box down you shot out over my head like an tannic missile, bounced off the holds shelf, and landed with a dull thud on the concrete floor.

I bet you would have been delicious. Maybe I will purchase one of your friends to find out.

2005 Ramey Cabernet Sauvignon (Napa) - thursday, march 20, 2008 - 14:43

Oh, 2005 Ramey. You will always be known as the first bottle of wine I broke at work.

"The 2005 Cabernet Sauvignon Napa exhibits a dense ruby/purple color as well as sweet, tarry, black currant, chocolate, cedar, and wood smoke-like flavors, and decent acidity. Drink it over the next 10-15 years. One of Northern California’s most successful winemakers/consultants, David Ramey’s personal winery continues to go from strength to strength. Ramey has had the best of both worlds, working in Bordeaux for the Moueix family, and in California at Dominus, Chalk Hill, and Rudd Estate."

Last Day @ The Salon. - wednesday, january 30, 2008 - 09:10

Here goes nuthin.

Greetings From Hoi An! - friday, october 12, 2007 - 04:33

We made it to this smallish beach side town on the 16 hour overnight train from Ha Noi this afternoon around 12:45. The view outside the train was amazing but the train left much to be desired (dirty, no food). We made the best of it holed up in our little bunks and stayed pretty much glued to the scenery outside the window once the sun came up.

We had to switch hotels in town and the internet here is sketchy, but it's working now which leaves me a little time to upload some more photos, rest up, drink a cold Halida Beer, and get ready to go out to dinner tonight.

Hoi An is small and WAAAAAAY less hectic, loud, and crazy than Ha Noi is. There are a lot of tourists here, even more so now that it's the evening on a Friday. The thing to do here is get custom clothes made, so after some brief trepidation we dove in and I got 3 shirts and 2 pairs of custom slip-on Vans style shoes. I got to pick all the fabric and get measured and they even measured both my feet to make sure I (hopefully) get the perfect fit.

Hope all ya'll are well. When I find some faster internet I've also got a good cache of short videos from the trip. Check out the photos with your Friday morning coffee here:


Vietnam. - tuesday, october 02, 2007 - 22:32

In Limbo.

Photos will be here.

Berkeley Chronicles, Volume 1 - wednesday, june 13, 2007 - 10:02

Old Berkeley lady client sitting up front around other clients, cutting her fingernails into her purse. Eww.

Setting The Record Straight. - saturday, april 07, 2007 - 12:14

Yes, I like museums more than unicorns. But unicorns made me laugh.

Rule #1 - wednesday, march 28, 2007 - 08:37

Never trust anyone over the age of 25 who says they don't like the Beatles.

Much Ado About Nothing. - tuesday, march 06, 2007 - 00:56

Sometimes I don't know why I love Oakland so much, but then I realize that it doesn't matter and Bunny sighs at me and everything is quiet on the Rock Block and then I smile and then I know why.

2002 iPod Playlist. - sunday, february 25, 2007 - 17:10

I just made playlists on my iPod for every year from 2001 until the present. It was really crazy how songs from certain years triggered certain memories.

In 2002 I had just joined the band Communiqu? and was still working in a warehouse pharmacy in West Berkeley. I still drove an '86 Honda Accord, still lived at 469 63rd Street, and we just got a tiny little scrapper of an orangy tabby named Oscar. Hell, I still bought CDs!

Some songs that came on and their memories:

Hot Hot Heat: "In Cairo"

During Communiqu?'s first few trips to LA we used to stay in Fullerton at an old friend of the band's house until we realized how much more fun it was to stay in Los Angeles proper instead of out in the Orange County boondocks. The guy who lived in this apartment listened to this record ALL THE TIME.

Minus The Bear: "Absinthe Party At The Fly Honey Warehouse"

We toured with MTB this year and helped them support this record. I remember sitting in their van outside of the all-ages club in Goleta drinking Milwaukee's best and listening to terribly awesome New Country. That tour was awesome. After we played our last show with them in Los Gatos each member of their band text messaged a member of ours to say they missed us already.

Cracker: "Aint That Strange"

I bought the new Cracker record at Tower Records in Sonoma the day it came out because I thought the entire thing was a collaboration between Cracker and Mark Linkous of Sparklehorse. I was wrong: they only did one song together (this wasn't it). I hated this record at the time but don't think it's half bad now that I'm 30.

The Black Heart Procession: "Did You Wonder"

Driving along on of the East-West roads in rural Sonoma county outside of Forestville, making medical deliveries.

Interpol: "Leif Erikson"

Making medical deliveries on the North side of Santa Rosa. I listened to this record a lot that year.

Le Zeppelin. - sunday, august 20, 2006 - 10:12

Would be a good name for a French Zeppelin cover band.

Stupid Morning. - wednesday, august 02, 2006 - 10:02

Woke up at 6:00, Alice let our mischievious cat Bunny inside after a couple hours out and he reeked of puke. Person puke. Matted on his fur.

So we got up and started the bath. In the meantine he had wandered into our roomate's room and woken her up. "He's got something on him. It stinks." Yeah, we knew. So we give our cat a bath at 6:15 in the morning. Alice goes back to bed, I hop in the shower, dress, and head to BART because I had left my car at work.

I'm standing on the MacArthur BART platform and had given myself plenty of time to get to work, was even thinking of catching some breakfast in downtown Berkeley. I put my iPod on and all the lights go out. I can see trains waiting on either side of the station heading to San Francisco and Fremont and hear the delays announced over the loudspeakers. Damn. Then! Miraculously a Pittsburgh/Bay Point train pulls up! I'm saved! I hop in and sit down and watch North Oakland pass by, noting how far way downtown looks while passing over Telegraph avenue. Wait. Telegraph. Shit. I wanted the RICHMOND train.

So I get off at Rockridge. There's a SF train there packed to the gills waiting with the doors open, and I'm able to squeeze in. The A/C isn't on. There are kids climbing on luggage and getting cranky, heading to the airport. I wait for about 15 minutes before the train slowly crawls back into MacArthur station and then run across to catch a Richmond train. It's 30 minutes later and I'm back where I started! Thankfully the train came and I walked the twenty minutes to work and kissed my car. I can't wait to drive home.

Funny. - monday, july 17, 2006 - 14:51

I'm working at a cafe in Los Angeles and a Communique song just came on the radio. It's weird to hear my own keyboard playing while I work.

Ensenada. - sunday, june 25, 2006 - 10:56

Huge fire yesterday. Shit got a little crazy. Watched Mexico lose to Argentina from a fish taco stand by the water, then watched the A's lose from our hotel room while drinking giant bottles of Pacifico.

A Realization. - tuesday, june 20, 2006 - 01:05

The nasty, swollen bruises on three of my fingers, although definitely softball related, could very well be the result of a gnarly fistfight.

New York City Pt. 1 - saturday, february 18, 2006 - 23:11

It's 13 degrees outside.

Last night I saw a businessman on the subway wearing leather pants and a red sash, and before I could think of the last time I saw leather pants on anyone I noticed that the woman sitting across from him (whom he didn't know) was wearing a leather skirt down to her ankles.

On the next train I saw a hipster girl with a dog, carried in a book bag.

The guys in Times Square who sell shitty comedy club tickets to tourists didn't believe me when I said "I don't believe in funny."

Jessie's upstairs neighbors have a constant stream of music they've downloaded from the internet blasting at high-volume. Last night Dolly Parton's "I Will Always Love You" came on, only to be stopped 30 seconds later and, after a short pause, replaced with the Whitney Houston version of the same song. Volume was again raised and a family singalong ensued.

I went to a teen poetry slam today and later earned the respect of some Brooklyn kids at a cheap chinese food place in Manhattan by continuosly shutting the door to keep the cold out.

I still haven't accidentally run into anyone I know, but I still have 2 more days...

Happiness is... - tuesday, january 17, 2006 - 18:06

...watching Showgirls on my iPod.

Shopping Spree. - monday, january 16, 2006 - 14:53

The really old guy behind me in line today at Big Longs had four items: a large box of Polident denture cleaner, two cans of Vienna sausages, a roll of paper towels, and a giant plastic bottle of Old Crow. Guess Monday night is party night.

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