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.