Homeward bound

July 31, 2007

4:55 PM And we're off! I'm flying out of Burbank for the first time ever and did not know that it was so old fashioned. Where's Perry Mason? (ok, so the last time I saw an airport like Burbank it was in a Perry Mason episode.) Boarding a plane on the tarmac, small terminal, and I got through security in less than 5 minutes, even though I had to go through the whole body check since I had no "government issued identification". ... Actually a nice change of pace from the hectic weekend. And i get to do it all over again in a month!

FINALLY peace & quiet

after throwing a temper tantrum about not being able to ride the rollercoaster she finally fell asleep. normally i hate the idea of her sleeping during the day, but I don't have to deal with her tonight :-D

Visit to my mom's

leave the driving to me

July 29, 2007
So we're taking a bathroom break in Primm, NV and the kids see the roller coaster at Buffalo Bills and Joy pipes up how she wants to go on it with Josh. Then Tim mentions that he doesn't like rollercoasters unless he's the one driving.

So joy pipes up, and says "Don't worry daddy, you ride and I'll do the driving".

Gold Five: Weekend Adventures

July 24, 2007
Gold Five: Weekend Adventures
All the exciting stuff happens in the snipped part
Another weekend comes to a close in Los Angeles. Friday night I took a nap as I didn't sleep much Thursday night. ...[snip]

After grocery shopping I typed up the uniform regulations for the kids' new school and sent them to my wife. So much for saving on the big Target sale on jeans and khakis this weekend. And I'm pretty sure that our son isn't all that thrilled about having to wear a uniform.

Next up was watching some more Jericho, followed by another nap.

Now it's night, and time to get ready for the work week.

Morning visitor

How not to have a good night

July 23, 2007

IF it ain't one damn thing, it's another. The dishwasher works again. I finally gave in and called a repairman. It's been not working since sometime in May. We were (I was) doing ok washing by hand, but it's so much easier to load, wash, unload, repeat (when Josh remembers to unload) the dishwasher. That boy must be told multiple times a day to put dishes away even though it's the chore he asked for ... and I digress.

So, Josh is over at a friend's house having another sleepover. He didn't put dishes away this morning. No bigs, I put dishes away, load the dishwasher and get ready to do pots and pans and the ... GARBAGE DISPOSAL CRAPS OUT! And I only notice this because there is a leak underneath the sink. So I notice the leak, and that it's coming from the line for the disposal. Then I try to run the disposal and all I get is a hummmm. More water is leaking from another pipe. I find a pot that has not had food cooked in it recently and clear everything out from under the sink. I clean up the water, I unplug and re-plug the disposal. Still, to quote Tim, no joy. And no, it is no joy to have a sink filling up with nasty water from the dishwasher, plus the stuff that I wanted to dispose of, and not have a working disposal!!!!

I finally gave up, left the cabinet doors open, with a pot under the sink to catch the water and a few extra towels and called it a night. At least I got all the food put away. Tonight I made meatloaf and lasagna. The loaf came out better.

And yes, I tried repeatedly to reset the disposal. Again, no joy. I'd eat lots and lots of chocolate to ease my frustration, but ... I bought a scale and it says I am *this close* to 180. How did I get to 175+??????? Goal and possibly another blog, to get down 30 lbs to 150, maybe 40 and be the weight I was 6 years ago, 135-140 give or take 5 lbs.

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How Californian are you?

July 22, 2007
You Are 44% California

You're fairly Californian. Unless you're really from California, you should be stoked!

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What Muse are you?

Your Inner Muse is Melpomene

You are most like this muse of tragedy.
While you aren't depressed, you don't shy away from sadness.
Although you do tend to be gloomy, you have a sensitive side.
And this sensitive side helps inspire and help others.

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Groaner of the Day

July 20, 2007
What comes after two days of rain in Oregon?



July 19, 2007

I'm ready for a road trip. By myself. Far away. I never was someone to just pick up and go, but both my grandmother and mother like(d) to drive to de-stress, decompress and after a day like today I can see the appeal. Just give me a sunset to head off into.


July 15, 2007

I'm NOT Hermione?

Gold Five: I Met Drew Carey!!!!!

July 14, 2007

Gold Five: Today's Misadventure

Gold Five: Today's Misadventure

Tim's Experience on LA Freeways.

4th of July Pictures

July 6, 2007

All of these photos and videos were taken on my Dash. Like a goof, I forgot my regular camera at home. It was one of those days.

Why Parents Drink

July 3, 2007
A father passing by his son's bedroom was astonished to see that his bed was nicely made and everything was picked up. Then he saw an envelope, propped up prominently on the pillow that was addressed to “Dad”;

With the worst premonition he opened the envelope with trembling hands and read the letter.
Dear Dad:
It is with great regret and sorrow that I'm writing you. I had to elope with my new girlfriend because I wanted to avoid a scene with Mom and you. I have been finding real passion with Stacy and she is so nice. But I knew you would not approve of her because of all her piercing, tattoos, tight motorcycle clothes and the fact that she is much older than I am. But it's not only the passion...Dad she's pregnant. Stacy said that we will be very happy. She owns a trailer in the woods and has a stack of firewood for the whole winter. We share a dream of having many more children. Stacy has opened my eyes to the fact that marijuana doesn't really hurt anyone. We'll be growing it for ourselves and trading it with the other people that live nearby for cocaine and ecstasy. In the meantime we will pray that science will find a cure for AIDS so Stacy can get better. She deserves it. Don't worry Dad. I'm 15 and I know how to take care of myself. Someday I’m sure that we will be back to visit so that you can get to know your grandchildren.

Love, Your Son John
PS. Dad, none of the above is true. I'm over at Tommy's house. I just wanted to remind you that there are worse things in life than a report card that's in my center desk drawer. I love you. Call me when it's safe to come home.

dove quotes

get your feet massaged

when two hearts race, both win

Photo Friday: Grey

Coos Bay - Cape Arago Lighthouse

I thought about doing a B&W composition -- then remembered, I live in Oregon! This shot is actually a peaceful one of the fog in the Columbia River Gorge, just past Multnomah Falls.
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I guess the coast and Gorge can be beautiful in gray.

[Fwd: Neil Gaiman - AuthorTracker News from HarperCollins]

July 1, 2007
Author Tracker News Time for me to hit the library.


Two thrilling new books from Neil Gaiman, the critically acclaimed author of


Bad Dog, Marley!InterWorld
Gaiman joins forces with award-winning science-fiction writer Michael Reaves to bring us a dazzling tale of magic, science, and honor.

Joey Harker doesn't know he's a hero. In fact, he's the kind of guy who gets lost in his own house. But then one day, Joey gets really lost. He walks straight out of his world and into another dimension. Joey's walk between the worlds makes him prey to terrible forces and, when he sees what these evil forces are capable of, Joey makes the only possible choice. He joins an army of his own, an army of versions of himself from different dimensions who all share his amazing power and are determined to fight to save the worlds.

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Bad Dog, Marley!M Is for Magic
Magical, fantastical, and always surprising, M Is for Magic is Gaiman's first short-story collection specifically for young readers. It contains both never-before-seen and previously collected stories, all of which are peppered with the whimsical, spellbinding writing that made Coraline so popular. M Is for Magic also contains 10 full-page black-and-white illustrations from acclaimed artist Teddy Kristiansen.

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