Tuesday, December 21, 2010

My year in Facebook status updates

A friend of mine did this, & I thought it was a neat idea. Not being clever, just stealing. Obviously not all-inclusive, as there's still a week and a half in the year.

David Coutant is in 2010. where are you? | January 1 at 10:05am – wonders what Arthur C Clarke would think of our interpretation of his work. | January 1 at 10:08am – just saw a pretty amazing buzzer-beating game-winner by Kobe. Go
Lakers!! | January 1 at 10:19pm – is still kicking. Got 3 fillings last night.
| January 20 at 7:22am – had to do some housecleaning. no offense. | January 23 at 12:49pm – oh Catherine, you make the sun shine brighter. Oh, shine down on me
| January 27 at 7:30am – is looking for a bass player to reform the Orange Cones. | February 1 at 6:18pm – Our baby girl is 9 months old today. | February 28 at 8:30pm – says Death Penalty for John Albert Gardner! | March 4 at 1:09pm – has nothing to say. sorry to have wasted your time. | March 10 at 6:16pm – tried out for a new band tonight. I think they'll take me. | March 19 at 9:38pm – R.I.P. Edna P. Sympathy to her family. | March 27 at 11:24am – is @DaddyMunro | April 8 at 7:11pm – was watching Alice in Wonderland in 3D when that last earthquake hit. Woah, 4D! | April 8 at 10:22pm – What a nice ceremony. The grandkids actually showed. | April 9 at 8:43pm – Our clan may expand. shhh. | April 13 at 8:21pm – False alarm. :-( | April 14 at 8:09am – misses Atlanta sometimes. Good old Candler Rd. | April 15 at 1:16am – FYi the show I talked about on May 1 is postponed. We're playing tomorrow at the same place, Stardust in Downey. Sunday night, doors at 9. Delicias! | April 17 at 12:00pm – Delilah started crawling today! I'm excited. | April 17 at 1:40pm – Does anybody else think it's tacky and inappropriate that they're making Barbies with tattoos? | April 17 at 2:02pm – Pushing through another SNL (I'm old, I get tired early). | April 17 at 11:50pm – False false alarm, looks like. Hmm. | April 28 at 3:32pm – set my alarm for earlier. may get to work on time this way. what a novel approach. | May 3 at 7:17am – practice was interesting last night; 5 de Mayo Modelo, Felix on bass, new songs (including mine). I dreamed about it later. TMI? | May 6 at 7:46am – Happy birthday to my old German friend Andreas. Hope to see you again sometime. Halfman! | May 6 at 9:27am – is home sick. Don't call, can't talk. Hurts. | May 7 at 4:31pm – duramark.com/img | May 18 at 5:38pm – Delilah's first birthday next week! She's so last year. | May 28 at 6:07pm – my little Lilah is 8,727 hours into her adventure. two teeth deep into life. | May 29 at 7:39am – sasquatch. | May 29 at 7:44am – Yeah Lakers! | June 8 at 9:23pm – Boston by 6 at the half, but we'll pull through. Crucial game tonight. Go Lakers! | June 13 at 6:13pm – Delilah is in an online photo contest Vote for Lily! | June 15 at 10:34am – Vote for Lily! We really need it this time. Look at her, she's beautiful! Beautiful Babies -- Beautiful Babies Contest ktla.tribunepromotions.com
| June 23 at 2:28pm – actually, use this link. Sorry! June 23 at 2:29pm – !!!!!
| June 23 at 2:29pm – I forgot to mention, voting opens Monday the 28th. Thanks for your participation. | June 23 at 7:28pm – Today's the day to start voting. just have to find that link... | June 29 at 1:04am – Beautiful Babies -- Beautiful Babies Contest ktla.tribunepromotions.com | June 29 at 4:29pm – Thanks to everyone who has voted. If you haven't, please see my earlier post for the link. I'm on my phone and can't access it right now. Thanks! | June 30 at 9:07am – keep in mind you can vote once a day if you'd like. :) | June 30 at 9:32am – Have you voted today? THANKS! Beautiful Babies -- Beautiful Babies Contest ktla.tribunepromotions.com | July 1 at 11:15am – Today is another day. Thanks all. Beautiful Babies -- Beautiful Babies Contest ktla.tribunepromotions.com July 2 at 11:59am – is rockin' | July 7 at 4:57pm – In case you can't find the link: GO LILY! Beautiful Babies -- Beautiful Babies Contest ktla.tribunepromotions.com | July 12 at 4:40pm – baby is so miserable. Poor thing is teething so bad. | July 15 at 10:04pm – Honestly I don't think i'd mind the fleas sucking my blood if it wasn't for the itching. Can't they be gracious mooches and not leave poison behind? | July 22 at 10:37pm – has cheesecake waiting for him | August 26 at 6:49pm – I'm not necessarily proud of it. | August 27 at 10:44am – going to be filling in on bass for Guy Christiano this Thursday at Old Towne Pub in Pasadena. we go on about 10 (right after Skid Row ;o) But seriously, come on out. | August 29 at 11:29pm – My baby started walking tonight! 15 months old. it happened at 8:15, during the Emmys. Go girl! | August 29 at 11:35pm – Never mind about that show on Thursday. Sorry to let everybody down. Last minute cancellation (not on my part). If anybody needs a bass player, I'm ready to go. | August 30 at 12:47pm – She started walking Sunday during the rebroadcast of the Emmys, but it was late & dark & we couldn't get video, so this is day 2. Yay! Delilah - walking, day 2 Length:0:13 | August 31 at 1:49pm – is burning bridges | September 5 at 3:32am – taking it easy. barbecue this afternoon then a 3-day work week. ooh, then court, where I'm not the defendant (or juror) for the first time ever. | September 6 at 12:21pm – http://www.coutant.org/lilywalks/ Lily walks www.coutant.org | September 13 at 10:34am – Guess we're going to see The Social Network soon. | September 23 at 9:26pm – September 22, 2010. Me & David Martinez. Copyright 2010. Video by Orlando. BBQ Therapak's Party www.youtube.com BBQ Party | September 24 at 1:38pm – Swear to God, this was a brand new bag of chips I had just opened. I didn't take a thing out of it. There were seriously like 14 chips in it. | September 30 at 2:24pm – saw both The Social Network and Waiting for Superman on Saturday. Several ties between the two. | October 25 at 3:06pm – why don't you sit down so we can see what's going on? (@riverscuomo live at http://ustre.am/o92W) | October 29 at 4:55pm – California Prop 19 goes down with a hazy echo of, "Aw man, voting was YESTERDAY?!?" | November 3 at 11:00am – Looking for the boy next door. | November 11 at 12:55pm – I have to change my stance on something. I've been successfully dissuaded. http://www.elpolloloco.com/company/prop8.html but also see http://soqueer.blogspot.com/2008/11/el-pollo-locoproposition-8.html EL POLLO LOCO www.elpolloloco.com El Pollo Loco is a restaurant chain specializing in citrus-marinated, flame-grilled chicken and fresh Mexican entrees in California, Arizona, Nevada, Texas and Illinois. Franchise opportunities are available. Great tasting chicken and a healthy alternative. | November 18 at 12:44pm – Free song download from BLLT Christmas album ( I think ). the boy least likely to t.opsp.in | November 29 at 11:54am – NASA Science News for Dec. 2, 2010 Astrobiologists have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism, which lives in California's Mono Lake, substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in the backbone of its DNA. FULL STORY at http://science.nasa....gov/science-news/science-at-nasa/2010/02dec_monolake/ See More New Life Form Discovered in Mono Lake - NASA Science science.nasa.gov NASA-supported researchers have discovered the first known microorganism on Earth able to thrive and reproduce using the toxic chemical arsenic. The microorganism, which lives in California's Mono Lake, substitutes arsenic for phosphorus in the backbone of its DNA. | December 2 at 5:08pm – Here we go again. | December 6 at 12:03pm – Thinking about Elvis, got the Austin Powers theme song in my head. Can anyone find the connection? | December 6 at 12:08pm – Look at this kooky bunch I now call my family. Just try and get the people in my bloodline together & smiling in a photo. I'll take these people. | December 20, 2010 at 10:31am – Listening to the big money by RUSH. | December 20, 2010 at 5:54pm – Journey. Only the young. This traffic is unfortunate. | December 20, 2010 at 6:09pm – Can anyone give me a good reason why the company I work for should have a Twitter account? | December 21, 2010 at 4:34pm – everything is a first of some sort. | December 24, 2010 at 7:49am – Over at family's house for ham dinner. Smile. Keep smiling. | December 24, 2010 at 6:14pm – Rose; here's mine. | December 29, 2010 at 9:49am – It has been a year of all kinds of things. Happy things, other things, great things. I am thankful. Thank you 2010, may your younger sister be as sweet. | December 31, 2010 at 3:34pm – I was just announced the last customer of 2010 at Great Khan's Mongolian BBQ at Montebello Town Center. The year just keeps on giving! Feliz ano. | December 31, 2010 at 6:44pm – It's the final hour and we're doing the baby's favorite thing: watching Toy Story (3). Party. Don't think i'd want to be anywhere else. | December 31, 2010 at 11:09pm

Friday, December 17, 2010

Don't look at me

It takes me posting a video of myself playing a Beatles cover on the ukulele to have YouTube bring up all these “related videos” of Japanese guys making me look like a monkey banging a coconut. Luckily I have a cute kid so people will just watch those videos instead.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Early Christmas


Delilah doing her thing. It was a week and a half before Christmas, & I couldn't wait to give my wife the Kindle I got her, so she picked one for me to open and it was this sweet USB video camera. The baby walks & runs & climbs & slides & wants toys & plays with laundry & gives me the best evil glare ever captured on video at the end.
I think I might propose a new family tradition of opening one (perhaps the best) gift privately the week before Christmas. I kind of like it.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Nothing, just like Seinfeld.

I started writing something to post here, but a few paragraphs into it I realized how wholly inappropriate it is on a number of levels.  If anyone were to see it, that is.  & I've learned from experience that someone always ends up seeing it. 
I'm at Rancho Santa Gertrudes Elementary School, helping out with a few things.  I just finished vacuuming the library.  Now I guess I should take the chairs down off the tables.  But I'll wait until lunch gets here & see if that's how they want it. 
Another thing I was helping with was typing Emily's homework.  She's almost finished with her current semester of school, during which she took a class which she had already taken & passed & forgotten about, so I guess it's not totally crazy to take it again.  I don't think there was a point during the progression of the semester when she said to herself, "gee, this all seems really familiar."  She was actually meeting with a counselor & reviewing her education thus far when they discovered that she had already successfully completed one of the courses she was enrolled in.  Funny.  Then she turned in an assignment which she had already turned in the same semester.  She's losing it. 
So I typed up a few assignments for her, & then I started trying to get the "Dad Life" video to load on one of these school library computers.  No luck.  Ah well, I'll get her to see it one day. 
We brought the baby with us after Gymboree so she could hang out with us at the school, but she has done nothing but sleep in a bean bag chair since we got here.  She went with Mommy to get lunch, so she'll probably be awake when they get back. 
So, what, you may ask, am I writing about here?  Nothing.  Just killing time until my sandwich arrives.  Now I'll go play the ukulele, which, by the way, you can see me jamming on on my YouTube channel.  I don't know how to tell you how to get there, but I'm pretty linked up between these accounts, you should be able to find a trail through Google & Facebook & whatnot.  I think one of the videos is called "5/6".

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Love for Sale

Christmas is an exciting time.  We get a day off of work, kids get out of school for a week or so, most people get a bunch of "free" stuff ("free" because in order to get stuff you typically have to have a tradition of giving stuff, so it's not always entirely free), & we get to eat like it's Thanksgiving again.  Family meets with family, people who don't like each other are sometimes more tolerant, and the spirit of giving and kindness which Jesus would want to be his legacy rises in the general population. 
I'm not fond of the commercialization of Christmas, but if it wasn't that it would be something else.  The spirit of giving manifests itself in the retail world as "huge sales" and "clearance offers."  It's often a good opportunity to get stuff you (or loved ones) want for a great discounted price, especially just after Xmas, when the demand is greatly reduced and remaining stock needs to be cleared out.  There is definitely a give and take about it all.
I feel a strong emotional rush when I'm buying something I know my loved ones will be very excited with.  I was just on amazon.com spending a fair chunk of credit (the more expensive it is, the bigger the rush, in a way) & tears came to my eyes thinking of just how much she deserves for me to spend way too much and then some on her.  I hope she's as happy getting it as I am giving it to her.  She really deserves the best.  It's not diamonds.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

T-day, upcoming movies, no luck

The Thanksgiving meal was a success.  The turkey came out real good, the potatoes were awesome, & I didn't have much else.  Not a stuffing guy.  The baby always has a great time when we go up there, running around the big living room, chasing the animals.  Speaking of animals, things don't look good for their dog, Lightning.  She suffered a stroke (or some other debilitating affliction) and she is not long for this world.  She is a really sweet dog & we will all be sad to see her go.

On other topics, I just read that Eddie Izzard is filming a version of Treasure Island.  Having just read the book for one of Emily's classes, I'm very intrigued.  I know it will be at least a year before I get the chance to see it, but it sounds exciting.  Tom Hanks' new movie Larry Crowne should be out in 2011. I & I'm sure all his other Twitter followers are looking forward to that.  Julia Roberts, Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer.  Should be good. Green Hornet might be good too.  I like Seth Rogen. 

Still no luck finding a bass player either for my band or for the cover band I'm trying to create for the carnival at Emily's school in March. 

I'm tired.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

To protect and serve who?

I have a complaint about the police.  I've grown up and I no longer fear and avoid them, as I have nothing to hide, but I have a new set of problems with them.  Mainly this: When most city police I see around are on patrol, they don't obey most of the traffic laws.  They set a very bad example for other drivers by not using turn signals, not stopping at intersections, and passing when/where they shouldn't pass.  I understand that on the one hand they don't have to worry about getting tickets because they never will, so why bother?  But on the other hand, the reason people are supposed to use turn signals when turning or changing lanes is for the safety of other drivers on the road.  So just because they don't have to worry about getting a ticket, does that mean that they don't have to worry about safety and courtesy and other drivers?  Just because you don't have to doesn't mean you shouldn't.
I believe it is tied in with the insecurities and inadequacies of many of the people who choose to become police officers, because then they feel they won't be pushed around or made fun of, because they have a gun and they can act tough.  People who feel inadequate either drive giant trucks which serve no purpose, or they become police who serve no purpose.  Drive fast, cut people off, & generally make yourself feel superior even though you have a tiny d***.  Good luck with that.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Xmas bonus!

The little lady & I are going to make a Thanksgiving meal for my family: that is, those who have chosen to join us.  Apparently my family consists of both oil and water.  I'm like a lava lamp in the middle of it.  That's one of the things about being emotionally stable: you're expected to be understanding of everyone.  The crazy ones don't think they're crazy, & so why wouldn't I understand them?  & the other crazy ones... wait.  This is kind of a one-sided coin.  In the original story of Peter Pan there is a line where Barrie says that Peter "had a mischievous way of stealing up behind [stars] and trying to blow them out."  To this I say, stars have no backside.  You can't get behind them.  They have a top and a bottom, so like many things in life they can be flipped upside down, but even that is a matter of perspective, isn't it?  So like the stars you can't really get behind the crazy people.  Not only do they have a tendency to be paranoid, but they don't look in the directions one would expect, so it's hard to anticipate where the 'safe zones' would be.
There's only one reason I'm not as crazy as the rest of them.
Anyway, we took the baby to see Santa last night at the South Coast Plaza.  The guy running the joint (you'd think Santa would be in charge, but no, they've got some jackass immigrant in a blue shirt f*ing things up for us) was not very understanding of our plight, which was that Lils would not stop crying on the big guy's lap, so we didn't get any good pictures.  We had a real nice dinner though, up the road at The Habit hamburger grill.  Everything was good there.  The hamburger was pretty awesome (I had the double char, easy mayo), the club sandwich got high marks from the lady, & little Lilah pretty much polished off the grilled cheese, & couldn't get enough of the applesauce.  The fries were great, & not like everybody else's.  We would without doubt go there again.  Even the other customers were nice, even though we were in Orange County.  Even. 
So Emily is almost done with this semester of school, I'm almost ready to start building the time-out bench for the kid, & we think she's almost ready to know how to use it, though we're well into thinking she needs it.  I love my little family, & I do my best to tolerate the broader sense of the word.  I don't think my in-laws like me that much, except for the mother.  She thinks I'm pretty great, but she doesn't like to talk to me directly.  I'll be sitting in the living room, my wife is in the kitchen, and Linda will be sitting on the couch where I can see her & she'll call into the next room, "ask David if he wants..."  But she doesn't think a thing of walking in & butting into a conversation we're having with her painfully obvious observations.  "You don't want to go out if it's raining or you'll get all wet!"  That's not a direct quote, but it's representative of the caliber of comments she'll make.  I don't want to get mean so I'll stop there. 
Work is great; got the holiday schedule today with four paid days off.  The people I'm not that fond of are moving away from my cube.  I got free donuts just now, left over from an upper-level meeting.  Things are good.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Bright Lights

Another slow day at work.  Fridays are like this a lot of the time. 
They just installed all new lighting in the office.  Awful, harsh, bright fluorescent light.  Makes everything white glow like ultraviolet.  I hope I can get used to it, or else I'll get one of those bookie eye shade things. 


Delilah still doesn't like to go to sleep at night.  Last night we ducked out to the sofa bed after she fell asleep in our bed.  She did NOT like that.  Woke up around 3:30 & screamed, when she usually just crawls out of bed & comes to find us.  I don't know what was up with her.  So I went in & changed her diaper, but she wouldn't calm down until Mommy came in & lay down with her.  Even then she wouldn't risk going back to sleep, lest we take off on her again.  So she stayed awake & poking Mommy in the eye until about 7 a.m.  None of us got much sleep.  Of course, she's sleeping like a baby now.  Oh, she'll see.  One day she'll get this back in spades.  I don't know what that expression means, but she will when her time comes. 

It's my mom's birthday today.  I think she turns 61.  She & her husband are finally moving out of their trailer!  Then they're going to move the trailer, then they're going to move back into it.  Oh well.  To each his own little piece of mobile heaven.  Mine would be a motorbike.  I'm still licensed for a motorcycle.  I'll get one again in the next few years.  Oh crap, I just looked at my license & it's two months expired.  I wonder why the DMV didn't send me anything.  Okay, so I'm not licensed for a motorcycle.  I'm not licensed at all!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Moving on

I've been keeping a blog (look at the ones I'm following) for about a year, but it's associated with an old Google account which I no longer use, so in order to post to it I had to log out of the account I use all the time & then try to remember what my account ID & password are, & then when I go back to my Google mailbox it's that other one that serves me no purpose. 
I thought about copying each of those entries into this one, but I realized a couple of things: One, there's kind of a lot of them, & they span quite a bit of time so they're on many different pages, & so it would be a real PITA to copy them over, & Two, I wouldn't mind being disassociated with some of the things I said over there.  I guess I don't really think about what I'm saying & how it will look to future me, nevermind how it looks to anyone else.


Okay, so my baby girl was born almost a year and a half ago, & started walking on August 29th of this year.  She's one of my prides & joys.  Besides her I have a pretty sweet set of Danelectro guitar and bass, a Fender Hot Rod Deluxe, and an Ampeg combo.  Unfortunately I have no band to play with.  When I go back & read this in a few months I will think how petty & selfish I seem, focusing on stuff like this.  Nobody cares about this crap.  Why do I bother?  I'll work on figuring this out.  Slah.