Saturday, April 30, 2011

Podcast: Dreaming and Driving

Riffing on dreams and a story about driving; more specifically, a potential road rage incident involving myself and an arse.

On the audio quality - not the best and I forgot to pot down the music at the very end but overall - it works fine and I'm too lazy to fix it.

Friday, April 29, 2011

We've Got Tonight

This song has been in my head since early today and it keeps playing in my head. The only logical thing to do was listen to it and share it with all of you.

I know it's late, I know you're weary
I know your plans don't include me
Still here we are, both of us lonely
Longing for shelter from all that we see
Why should we worry, no one will care girl
Look at the stars so far away
We've got tonight, who needs tomorrow?
We've got tonight babe
Why don' you stay?

Deep in my soul, I've been so lonely
All of my hopes, fading away
I've longed for love, like everyone else does
I know I'll keep searching, even after today
So there it is girl, I've said it all now
And here we are babe, what do you say?
We've got tonight, who needs tomorrow?
We've got tonight babe
Why don't you stay?

I know it's late, I know you're weary
I know your plans don't include me
Still here we are, both of us lonely
Both of us lonely

We've got tonight, who needs tomorrow?
Let's make it last, let's find a way
Turn out the light, come take my hand now
We've got tonight babe
Why don't you stay?
Why don't you stay?

Previously Untitled Post

  • Coming soon from the highly acclaimed (and good friend of mine) author Ermin Dionne, "Notes From An Accidental Band Geek". Click the book to pre-order on Amazon:

  • Jared, who began working with us about 6 months ago said goodbye to us today (and of course, we said goodbye to him - with pizza). We were lucky to have him even though it was for such a short time; unfortunately, that position does not pay well, the hours suck, and Jared had such a long commute that with gas at $4.00 per gallon - it was the final nail in the...good luck in your new venture my friend.
  • I spent 3 of 5 days at "the other" campus this week - thankfully, I'll get some $ for mileage reimbursement.
  • I only caught a few short minutes of the Royal Wedding shizzle this morning while whorking out - I saw the brothers drive up and get out of their car in their snazzy uniforms. Curious to see how long it takes for the "Commemorative Collector's Edition DVD" to be ready for sale.
  • The whole Donald Trump politics thing is ridiculous and tired, time to packup the hair and focus on The Apprentice.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Two Things On My Mind Today

  1. Emotions have flooded me today – in all that I see/saw, hear/heard, think/thought and feel/felt. Extreme hypersensitivity to the point that when I came home from work, I literally just burst into uncontrollable tears for what seemed like the longest two minutes of my life. Funny thing is, I felt so many emotions ranging from the “bad” ones to the “good” ones but they were intertwined and intermingled, dancing with each other and in some strange way, harmonious and while confusing at times, strangely peaceful.
  2. In partially related news, in a very strange way perhaps, I watched “The Voice”, fresh off my DVR, recorded last evening. I’m not sure where it will end up but if it remains on the trajectory in my mind, based on the first show, watch out American Idol – there’s a real singing show on the air now. Oh, and the opening performance of the Gnarls Barkley hit “Crazy” by the four mentors was probably the single best musical performance I’ve seen on network television since Bruce Springsteen reinvented the Super Bowl halftime performance a couple of years ago.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

RIP Phoebe Snow

There are a lot of singers, even a lot of pretty good singers and some great singers. Phoebe Snow was truly a voice amongst the best, and sadly, she passed away today at the age of 58.

Most singers that we recognize as "great" are easily recognizable - people that have spent much of their career in the forefront of the spotlight and in the press. Phoebe Snow was of a different breed, she called the shots and did things on her terms.

In the 1970's, she gave birth to her daughter Valerie, who was born with hydrocephalus and without hesitation, Phoebe dropped out of the spotlight and tended to her daughter's every need for the entirety of her short life. Valerie passed away in 2007 at the age of 31.

The world mourns your loss today Phoebe. As your beautiful voice brightens heaven's gate, say hi to Roy Orbison (and my folks) for me. I'm going to go listen to some of your music, which will live on forever.

Monday, April 25, 2011

A Walk Into Yesterday

This is a poem I wrote back in 1998, about 10 months after moving to MA. After reading it today, it got me thinking a bit as I've been thinking alot about events and people from the past (both recent and distant). Anyway, I hope you find something in these words that means something to you:

I took a walk down a street
I haven’t been to in quite a while
It’s almost as if everything has changed

Where despair once scattered the landscape,
Hope now runs rampant
Misery has given way to happiness
As the cracks in the sidewalk are no more

Yesterday is where it should be so that
Today can be a better day
And tomorrow doesn’t seem like
Such a bad place to go

After my walk, I returned to where
I have been for what seems like

I am sad again – because now I
Realize what I had done wrong
That street is no longer my home
But I never really needed to leave
I made the mistake of choosing to

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter 2011

These flowers were in the courtyard at church today and I just snapped them with my cell phone. My first reaction is to think how cell phone cameras have improved enough that the "low end" market for digital cameras may be in trouble.

This was my first "Sugar free" Easter as I have been keeping a very low (mostly no) sugar diet since October. Easter is second only to Halloween in terms of candy related holidays so it was a bit tough but a dear friend gave me sugar-free peeps (I know, I would never have though that was possible either) and I had a few sugar-free Russel Stover chocolate covered marshmallows over the last few weeks - nothing out of hand though, after all, I am watching my figure :)

Church service was quite lively, a great crowd and terrific music. All in all - it was a darn good day.

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Podcast: The Blog Post I Was Too Lazy to Type

I only meant to sit at the keyboard and type a few things on a dreary Saturday but found myself to lazy to type, so I strapped on the headset mic and started rambling away...

Friday, April 22, 2011

Missing Persons Bureau

An end to a challenging last few days. I spent a good portion of my afternoon assisting with a missing persons case, I know, I am not a cop or an investigator - I am an educator but I am also a parent and when I saw that look in this parent's eyes I thought, that could be me and I am so grateful it isn't, I'm going to lend a hand here and help out.

As I understand it, the parent dropped off her son early in the morning for a class and I believe he was supposed to be finished by 10am - she was waiting to pick him up but he never returned to the car. To put this is a bit of context, the student is a community college student...

I noticed as I was leaving for lunch that there was some "unusual activity" on campus but I was in my own zone working on a project and so in need of my lunch break that I kind of tuned it out. However, as I returned, I quickly caught wind of what was going on and jumped on board with the crew immediately. I started by doing a run through of the building - searching all rooms on the second and fourth floors and then I acquired a photo from the parents and made some color copies.

Anyway, I could go on and on - campus police brought the town police in and it became quite a production. As of the time I left for the day, he had not been found but there were a few leads that the police and associate dean of students were working on. Eventually, I got the call that he was found and was okay....

The whole thing was pretty draining - not sure if I can adequately explain but if you are a parent, I think it will be easy to understand. I am glad that my pal Kathy called and invited me over to a fire pit - good friends, some "ine" (wine) and a nice fire pit really went a long way; feeling a bit better now.

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Shock and Sadness

I was on Facebook last night and saw my sister online so I chatted in with a "How are ya?" and she responded by asking me if I've heard any "sad news out of Brooklyn today"; to which I replied, "No."

She then told me a story of a young mad who brutally stabbed his girlfriend dead then eventually confessing to the crime and being taken into custody. Then came the shock, it was someone we both knew. The killer is the brother of my sister's ex-husband. As a young boy and teenager, he would visit my family home and partake in holiday celebrations. He held my nephew and neice when they were little babies and later fathered four children of his own.

Evidently he had a history if metal problems having held a gun to his own head when his ex-wife and he were divorcing but he never sought the professional help he needed - clearly he was deeply disturbed. I am so sad for so many people right now that have been affected by this and it is very hard to even know this happens ever, ponly magnified by the demon of the story being someone you know.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

The Bento Box of Blog Posts

My daughter is really into anime and many things Japanese. She's taking a manga drawing class on Saturday's and has books of ideas for her own stories and oh, she's 12! I feel that my role is to encourage her and foster and environment of support and learning  - this is a wholesome hobby so I am going to support her for as long as it remains on her radar.

There's a neat and really good all you can eat sushi place that my kid has grown fond of as while it was always an event to go, it's more so now because she's now over 5 feet tall so no more half price, she's a full price. To make it fun, I save all of my coins and when there is enough, I take her to the sushi place and we have a blast. Recently though, in her study of all things Japan, she asked me, "what's a bento box?" I went on to tell her about the magic that is a bento box and her immediate reply was, "I need to have one". This being school vacation week and me having taken a few days off to spend time with her, yesterday, instead of using my loose change savings for the sushi place, we decided to go to a different Japanese restaurant to share the experience of a bento box (I've had them before but she of course had not).

Here's my bento box, called "Oga's Bento":

Both bento's came with Miso soup to start and I can say it was one of the best Miso soups I've ever eaten. The contents of my bento from top left: Salad, sashimi (tuna and yellow tail), tempura (shrimp and veggies). The second row: Rice, pickled veggies, a dollop of "mashed" potatoes, and some chicken skewer with what I will refer to as some sort of delicious Japanese barbecue sauce.

And now for Vickie's:
It's called the sushi bento box and of course, offers a number of varieties of sushi along with a salad and a sectioned orange.

I then let her order dessert, and I had a tough time with this because (a) I never order dessert out because it's so ridiculously expensive and (b) it was going to be a challenge to have a dessert on the table and not be able to eat it (I'm being good at avoiding sugar though I must confess to taking a very small taste)  - check out this custard pudding:
I'll end it there - we had a great time :)

Monday, April 18, 2011

Boston Marathon Thoughts

I refer to it as Patriot's Day, at least since I moved to MA and began working for the state because I have had the day off - and this is a wonderful thing. However, as tradition would have it, it is also the day of the running of the Boston marathon. For those not actually running the marathon, it seems something of a tradition in an of itself to find a parcel of land along the marathon route to park oneself and watch the action.

About a decade or so ago, I lived about 18 feet from the marathon path and as such, saw it fit to explore such tradition as there was no chance of me running the thing. I walked the 18 feet and parked my lawn chair on the corner of Mellen Street off 135 to see what the deal was. While I must admit, watching the wheelchair participant was incredibly moving and inspiring, when it came to the runners, both the serious ones and the variety of "novelty runners" (dressed as clowns, super heroes, etc.) really did nothing for me. Yes, I acknowledge the awesome feat of completing or even attempting a marathon in a serious manner, at least it is athletic (unlike another major sport in MA that I abhor, golf...I hate that Tiger Woods is referred to as an amazing athlete - he is an amazing golfer but there is nothing athletic about that in my opinion)...however, watching the runners pass by, occasionaly sucking up some power goop or attempting to drink from a cup of dirty water as about 11% of it makes their mouth and teh rest on the ground - it all does nothing for me.

All that said really adds up to not much, I know but I did have today off and while I can only assume a Kenyan won the darn thing, it was still nice having the day off to do almost nothing on purpose.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

I Officiated a Wedding

NOTE: 4/18 I replaced the video today after noticing that the date on the title screen was wrong (LOL).

Back on New Year's Eve, I had the privilege of officiating a wedding for my friends Bill & Linda. Today, you get to see the ceremony (it's a bit over six minutes in this edit). Enjoy:

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Vestry Retreat and Other Saturday Bullets

  • I am just back from a vestry retreat and feel invigorated about the great experience I had with some really great folks. Oh, and you're speaking not only to the Senior Warden, but the Commissioner for Evangelism (I'm going to take that word back from the evil TV jerks and let it have meaning again).
  • I need to "re-enroll" in my health insurance. This ear, the Commonwealth decided to raise awareness to the more cost effective plans by forcing people to actually look at them and their own plans by requireing re-enrollment and offering a nice incentive of a three month premium holiday for switching to a more cost effective "limited network" plan; time to do some homework.
  • I was able to leverage the power of Amazon and my experience is using Amazon to sell stuff to help my awesome neice sell a few of her textbooks...the check is in the mail sweetie.
  • Today is the amazing Tori's birthday - stop on ove at her blog and you'll see why she's so darn awesome and while you're at it, wish her a Happy Birthday.
  • I had a chance to touch an iPad2 today (I have an iPad 1) - not surprised that the folks at crApple are still money grubbing losers that put out "pretty" products but still leave out the essential for future purchases and don't give a crap about their customers except their money and how to take it from them.

Friday, April 15, 2011

For The Time Being

I have off today, which is nice - but even nicer, I don't need to be back at work until Wednesday morning for a nice 5 day in a row thingie. After a day of work on Wednesday, I'll need to rest my weary body so I took next Thursday off for good measure so that I could put in a honest day's effort on Friday before another weekend. LOL! Actually, I have a pretty large accrual of vaca time and at the end of April, they trim it so instead of losing it (they actually convert it to sick time), I am choosing to use it (we are only allowed to carry over 480 hours).
This evening I am going on a retreat with my church. The lay leaders, known as the vestry, of which I am a part, have an annual retreat to reorganize and look at goals for the year ahead. I am on breakfast duty tomorrow morning so I am bringing my Belgian waffle maker and going crazy with that.

Soon, I'll need to begin prepping for Summer (and Fall) courses which is going to be more time consuming since we are (finally) going to begin teaching Office 2010. I need to create a whole new set of assignments for the new textbook and prepare rubrics and all that fun teacher stuff; hooray for me.

Have a great one - speak to y'all very soon.

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Ramblings on this 14th Day of April in the Year 2011

Finally, America got the bottom 3 on American Idol right with Paul, Hayley, and Stefano. Paul got the boot this time - I'd rather have seen either Hayley or Stefano go first because they tend to make my ear(s) bleed but if I am being honest, while I kind of like Paul at the start, he's proven to be all show and no go; so see ya later there nitz.

Special shout out to the following, keep them in your thoughts because they are awesome and all could use a few good vibes these days: Tori, Maria, Annmarie, and Cuzzup.

Las Vegas, her I come (again)! Blackboard World 2011 at the Venetian in July and I was officially approved for the trip today - looking forward to the conference and to Vegas, especially getting to visit some great friends I haven't seen in many years.

Over and out for now.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

7 Day Challenge - A Meme (Day 7)

Day Seven: List seven things you do every day

1. Exercise (I haven't missed a day since I started back in early October)
2. Listen to music
3. Floss
4. Interact with some form of social media
5. Two words: Nasal Irrigation
6. Sift through a mass of email in any of many email accounts
7. Watch TV (this is the one I am most embarrassed about for some reason)

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

7 Day Challenge - A Meme (Day 6)

Day 6: List seven places you've been.
This one will be fun because I get to reminisce!
  1. Hawaii - I did this via cruise and it was great because I got to visit a number of wonderful ports and islands.This trip was in summer 2005 and was chronicled here on this blog, the first of the Hawaii Trip Journal posts is here.
  2. The Republic of Kiribati - This was a unique portion of the Hawaii cruise, a two day by sea journey to this south pacific island. While the island is relatively poor, the spirit of the people is anything but - there are some cool photos and stories mixed in with the Hawaii trip journal.
  3. Alaska - Another amazing trip via cruise, the 19 part trip journal starts here. Such an interesting and naturally beautiful place!
  4. Las Vegas - Been there three times all with some amazing stories, 98.6% sure I'm headed back this summer which will be a bonus because this time, I'll get to visit and hang with some very dear old friends (as well as attend a conference). What a great place for people watching ans silly hijimx!
  5. Niagra Falls - One can truly not imagine the awesomeness of something that on paper and from afar seems like it might not be that awesome. With lovely views from both the New York (US) side and the Canada side, I tend to favor the Canada side. Either way, this isn't one of the seven wonders of the modern world for nothing.
  6. The Grand Canyon - That's right, I've seen two of the seven wonders! I had a blast here with Cuzzup and Cuzzhuz, we photographed out trademark "See no evil, hear no evil, speak no evil" pose right as the edge of a steep cliff. Such breathtaking beauty.
  7. California - Been to the state many times but the most memorable trip was the first time where I flew into LA and toured the coast up into the Redwoods and wine country. Yosemite is jaw dropping beautiful but the entire coast really is stunning from Carmel, Pebble Beach, San Francisco is a great and fun place, just a wonderful trip.

Monday, April 11, 2011

7 Day Challenge - A Meme (Day 5)

Day Five: List seven things you always carry

I hate having to carry anything along. I hate wallets or anything in pockets, especially in summer when the only pockets are on the pants I am wearing. at least in winter, you get to take off the coat and leave stuff in the pockets where it isn't annoying. However, there are things that i do tend to carry more often than not and those are the things that make this list:
  1. Cell phone - yes, I've forgotten it a time or two but for the most part, I have it. The trick is keeping it charged enough for the time I really need it (damn you Angry Birds).

    WOW - I just realized that I don't know if I actually carry 7 things on a regular basis. This one must be way, way easier for the ladies!
  2. Wallet - I guess I could split this up into the items in the wallet that are essential - but I won't. However, as I hate carrying one, I carry a very small wallet and ensure the following contents at all times: Driver License, Credit Card, ATM card. There are other things in there but those are the only three I need for emergency situations.
  3. (Stupid) Retail "Discount" Cards - because they are attached to my key chains where my keys are, which I always carry (but I'm not listing those separately, taht would be silly).
  4. Mints (or gum) - I would say I've got one or the other between 63 and 72 percent of the time.
  5. Writing supplies - Paper, pen or some combination. he fact is I din't carry this stuff nearly as often as I'd like (which would be pretty close to 100% of the time) but as I strive to reach my goal and have fast run out of items for this list - here it is!
  6. Floss (or toothpicks) - I used to be super diligent about this one but have slacked of recently. I do like having it handy though, at least in the car and my office.
  7. Instead of my thinking of one, you go ahead and offer suggestions: _____________________

Sunday, April 10, 2011

7 Day Challenge - A Meme (Day 4)

Day Four: List seven of your favourite things.
When the dog bites
When the bee stings
When I'm feeling sad
I simply remember my favorite things
And then I don't feel so bad

I think most people use the word favourite excessively, myself included. it's often way too difficult to really pin down absolute favourites sometimes. Here are 7 things (actually, people, places, or things) that certainly classify as favourites of mine:
  1. Chocolate
  2. Sushi
  3. Walden Pond
  4. Bruce Springsteen
  5. Get togethers with good friends
  6. Live music
  7. A good laugh

Saturday, April 09, 2011

7 Day Challenge - A Meme (Day 3)

Day Three: List 7 things to do before you die

"Bucket lists" scare me becaues there are reminders of my mortality but I'll come up with a few things that I want to do very badly.
  1. Travel through Europe, especially Italy.
  2. See my  daughter as a "successful" adult.
  3. Write a hit song (or have something I've written be positively recognized by a very large group of people).
  4. Interview a celebrity whom I admire.
  5. Complete either the Boston or New York marathon (walking of course, I could never run the whole thing and I am not sure I'd want to).
  6. Spend a game day with the New York Yankees.
  7. Visit all 50 states in the US (unless I choose to leave the country permanently)

Friday, April 08, 2011

7 Day Challenge - A Meme (Day 2)

Day Two: List seven good friends and how you met.

The biggest challenge with this post is not alienating anyone. I have a number of good friends and lots of people I like that could be on this list. Not appearing on this list does not mean I think any less of you - these are the names that hit me first for a variety of reasons.
  1. Johnny D – I met Johnny through my friend Rob, who I met working at Titus Oaks Record Store in Brooklyn New York (thank you). Lots of great memories with Johnny D and that whole gang, several of those memories have been written about on this very blog.
  2. Rob C – I met Rob at Computer Software Plus in Brooklyn New York (thank you). Rob is a good partner in hijinx and we’ve caused a stir in many a place from Bay Ridge in Brooklyn New York (thank you) to Salem, MA and beyond. Remember the “Large Phillipino in a Hatchback” post? The hatchback was Rob’s old Mazda RX7.
    Because he had to mention it in a comment, I thought I'd add this very flaming photograph of Rob and I:
  3. Cuzzup” – aka, my cousin Annalisa. The story of when we first met is not one that would lead you to believe we could be friends at some point but over the years, we’ve been more friends than cousins. I first met Cuzzup when she was the “devil child” - I don’t know 10 or 11 years old or something. She came to visit us from Chicago and spent a good part of the summer with our Family – which she would do for three consecutive summers. By the third summer, I was so fed up with her I used her coming as a catalyst to move out of my parent’s house and get my first apartment. However, years later we got in touch – around the time she was getting married and I had just moved from NY to MA. We talked a bunch over the phone then visited each other a few times – we are still very close pals.
  4. Mike Barra – I’ve know the guy for nearly 40 years! He moved into the house right next door to me back in 1971 or 1972 ish and we’ve been friends since. While we live in different states now and don’t get together or talk as much, wow, we’ve been down some dirt roads together from experimenting with drugs, drinking, fireworks, neighborhood sports, music, and talk about shenanigans and hijinx.
  5. Linda – met her at work. Linda isn’t my favorite colleague – she lets the workplace get to her more than she should and that sometimes creates a tough working relationship, especially because we’re friends. But outside of work, Linda is one of the kindest people you’ll ever know with a heart of gold. I’ve spent a number of holiday’s at Linda’s and have gotten to know her family – just real good people and lots of fun too.
  6. Kathy – met her at church. I feel like Kathy, her sister Sarah and her Brother Mark should all be included because they are all super cool. Kathy is a firepit pal – her husband Chuck is the chief pyromaniac and also, a heck of guy.
  7. Jenn Oberle – if I didn’t include her last name it could have easily been confused with the many other Jen’s I’ve known (and also love). I met this Jen for the first time in the old alley way in Brooklyn New York (thank you), her close friend Michelle live across the way from me – that was almost 25 years ago. I’ve always felt a special connection with my pal Jen over the years and while there was a long period of time where our friendship was me sending her a Christmas card every year and wondering how she was doing, we crossed paths again having both moved to MA. We reconnected here and I got to see her perform (she’s an amazing musician and brilliant vocalist0 many, many times. I got to meet the amazing Steve, who she eventually married and they now live in L.A. and we remain in touch via phone and Facebook. Jenn and Steve are both super talented but more than that, they are two of the sweetest people I know and I am so proud to call them friends.

Thursday, April 07, 2011

7 Day Challenge - A Meme (Day 1)

I saw this over at the lovely Ria's blog and love the idea so, here goes:

Day One: List seven interesting facts about yourself.
  1. I am often very emotional.
  2. I have an extreme fear of being in the water (I can't swim and I fear even the thought of drowning).
  3. I hate my teeth so much that I've actually doubted the existence of God beacause of them.
  4. I have a condition called Benign Paroxysmal Positional Vertigo.
  5. I've been to the old Yankee Staadium over 400 times and got to walk the field during the memorial for Thurman Munson.
  6. I had sex at Shea Stadium during a Rolling Stones concert.
  7. There was a photo of me in the 1996 Year end issue of Relix Magazine (see below).

UPDATE: After the fact, it occurred to me that you might also find it interesting, perhaps even more (or less) interesting than the thematically appropriate 7 "interesting" facts provided that:
8. I am an ordained minister.
9. I officiated the wedding of a couple of good friends of mine last New Year's Eve.

Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Good Fortune?

"A refreshing change is in your future." So says the small slip of paper inside of a fortune cookie given to me today. Has anyone ever gotten a fortune in a cookie that they liked and it actually happened? Is it supposed to simply be a catalyst that inspires us to do what must be done to achieve that fortune? Perhaps the reality is it simply is a novelty and has zero meaning whatsoever.

I can say this about that fortune, I could definitely use a refreshing change. I don't know at this point how to make one but I know that I am open minded enough to listen to the whispers in the winds of change; but that doesn't mean there isn't a fear factor.

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

A Day Off

Today was one of four planned days off this month and I used it to take care of me a bit by getting a little extra sleep and by trying to do something productive around the house. I did sleep until about 7:30, which may see early to most but I normally arise at 5 am on weekdays, so it was a treat.

I got a good workout in, made a mice smoothie for breakfast and chilled a bit to watch an episode of Portlandia that's been taking up space on the DVR and then I went to town and dusted my living room (yay me).

Most of the rest of the day was just lazy stuff - watching a few things on the DVR, a brief nap, nothing to strenuous on the mind - just enjoying a little time off. I picked up my daughter at 2:30 instead of 4 and we had a good time hanging out, listening to music and dancing silly around the living room before dinner.

All in all, in was a good day off but I know the rest of the week at work is going to be packed - so off to bed I go.

Monday, April 04, 2011

The Last $20

Writing prompt #284: "List 10 things you would buy with your last $20"

either a number of assumptions need to be made or a world of possibilities need to be overlooked. For example, if we are really talking the last $20, I'm seeing a pretty desperate situation - likely out of work and perhaps even homeless. If I buy food, will I be able to store it and keep it fresh? will I be able to cook things? How will I protect the things I buy?

I would think one of the things I would buy is fresh water; perhaps a few gallons of store brand spring water that I could purchase for $1. or less per gallon.

I would need to buy something I can eat but my concern, but likely only from the perspective of doing this list knowing I am not down to my last $20 and I have a roof over my head with running water and other comforts. Back to the food item, I'm thinking what is the most nutrient dense food I can get for as little $ as possible? Quinoa or some other grain - Trader Joe's has a nice grain blend.

As I think about this a little, I can see why the largest percentage of lottery tickets are sold to people who can't afford to gamble. I think it might be true that being in that position, the chance, no matter how small, of winning big is quite alluring.

come to think of it, the more I think about this scenario and read all that I've written above, it's to absurd - quinoa? How the eff can I think about Quinoa when I am on my last $20? I think it's best if I abort this mission for now - clearly I can't manage this right now.

Saturday, April 02, 2011

Car For Sale

"Car for Sale" is a prank phone call I made way back in the year 2000; Cuzz and CuzzHuzz were visiting from Arizona and we just got silly one night. I was inspired to make an "Xtranormal" video after seeing a great one staging an argument between a cell phone salesperson and a customer who was adamant about wanting an iPhone despite the salesman working hard to convince the person that the iPhone is all hype and there are far superior phones available. Of course, I saw that one over a year ago and after much procrastination, I present to you an unusually animated version of "Car for Sale". The process involved me transcribing the call as best I can and then build the script and and some motion effects in the Xtranormal template. I chose the characters and set I did, from the available ones, because I think it adds another dimenstion to the humor

Friday, April 01, 2011

Mother Nature Fools Us (Again)

Here in Middlesex county in Massachusetts, we woke up to snow; a couple of inches in my part of the state - much more in others. Fortunately, the warmish temps outside and the warm ground from a few weeks of "warmer" weather made short work of the snow and I suspect, by Monday, the largest percent of it will be gone. In fact, before it started, I vowed not to move any of it with the exception of if the plows trapped me in the driveway (which they didn't).

In other news, the veep insists that I will indeed be traveling to Las Vegas for the Blackboard World conference in July despite not having all the sign offs on the travel request as of yet. I'm more hopeful than ever but I am not booking anything until I have a go ahead in writing.

Tomorrow, I should have the final animated (courtesy of XTRANORMAL) version of a prank call I made a number of years back - look for it here.

Very happy about no need for an alarm clock tomorrow morning - off the sleepyland (soon)...until tomorrow :)