Archive for September 7th, 2004

Had Something, Then It Was Gone

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

Today was a Thursday much like any other Thursday, I suppose. I went to work, I did stuff, I’m still there now. Tomorrow is to be Megan’s last day working for Radio Shack, the end of an era. She’ll be glad to be gone and I’ll be glad to have her be less-stressed out and dangerous. Seriously, if she’s not gone from there soon, there’s going to be emotionally shattered former Radio Shack customers walking aimlessly up and down Sepulveda Blvd soon. Anyways, Megs has an interview at a new place tomorrow morning down in Beverly Hills, so perfect timing, I say! I hope it all works out.

This weekend we’re planing on heading down to Hollywood Center Studios to see an episode of World Cup Comedy taped. It airs Wednesdays at 8pm on PAX and I’ve never seen it, but hey it’s free improv comedy, so I’ll go. Last time I had to pay a $15 cover charge for a show like this.

Otherwise, life down here’s been fairly normal. I did the dishes last night, and I must say that I love having an automatic dishwasher. It gets less effective if you totally jam it full, but on the whole it’s a timesaver. Time I can spend playing video games, obviously. I played FFX last night for a bit and got Auron’s final Overdrive by tracking down all the silly “Jecht’s Spheres”. They’re really all over the world, and your inventory doesn’t show which you’ve already found, so I had to go and check all 10 locations. Done and done. I’m not sure what else I’ll do in the game. I’m near the end, so I might just go ahead and check out what Sin’s up to. Seems that’s where most of the populace wants me to go.

I’ve been feeling a strong urge to blow some steam playing a FPS (First Person Shooter) on the computer these past few days, so I’ll prolly do that tonight. Probably Unreal or Unreal 2k3. Anyone have 2k4?

I just used “prolly” in that last paragraph, which is short for “probably”. Now, in an informal setting such as this web site, I think this is fairly acceptable. IMHO, some more widely-read publications should avoid excessive use of stupid abbreviations, such as “prexy” for “President” and “Mouse House” for “The Walt Disney Company”. I’m speaking of course of The Daily Variety, which is an industry paper down here that specializes in industry “news” and gossip. They have the most unprofessional style-guide in the world, and yet we always have a few on our waiting area coffee table. We actually had some folks from DV here today talking to our Director about something. Maybe we’ll be in the paper for something, who knows.

Not sure why I wrote about that, but for some reason I like making fun of DV’s standards. Now that I live here, I see it quoted a lot. That and The Hollywood Reporter. Our office has subscriptions to both, I think. I need bigger sunglasses and a convertible.

Home Again

Tuesday, September 7th, 2004

Last weekend was Labor Day Weekend, which means I had a nice three-day weekend to play around in. Here’s the breakdown:

Friday night Megs and I went to a place called the Ha Ha Café on Lankershim, and that was totally worth the cover charge. There were a number of stand-up comics and the entire show lasted easily three hours. They were all very good, of the level of folks you see as the 3rd guest on some television late shows or specials on Comedy Central. In fact, some of these folks had been on said shows. Good stuff and the food wasn’t bad either.

Saturday Megs had to work, but I went down to LBC to visit with the Brunner family as they were having a low-key get-together for Uncle John’s birthday. I had a good time hanging out with Grandma, Grandpa, John, Uncle Paul and Aunt Mary. We had steaks and talked about school politics. John and Paul are both in primary education as a career; third grade teacher and principal respectively. After the late lunch, I went over to John’s place and made good use of his hot tub. Very relaxing.

Sunday was the first day Megs and I both had off together, not counting the day she took off to take me to the hospital. We decided to get out of the valley since it was about 100 degrees outside, so we went up to the San Bernardino Mountains, back to Crestline where some of my earliest childhood memories are from. I lived in Crestline with my family from age 3 to age 8, when we moved up to Eugene. It was weird being back; everything was much smaller. Megs and I visited my old home, my old school, Lake Gregory, my old church, and my favorite pizza place there, Capaletti’s. What I’m amazed at is how little has changed. Still population of about 4300 people, and not a whole lot of new development. Small Town, USA.

Monday Megs had to work (retail jobs suck), so I spent most of the day bumming around the apartment watching the Monk marathon on USA and the West Wing marathon on Bravo, with bits of a Seinfeld marathon on TBS thrown in during commercials. Eventually I got off my ass to get something done and started sorting more boxes of stuff around the apartment. I was at it when Megs got home at 20:30, so she helped and together we got a lot done. Almost all of our stuff is put away now, but we still need a couple more pieces of furniture in order to store it all. We need another book shelf and some sort of rolling counter/cabinet for the kitchen/dining room. It’ll look good when it’s all done.

I took pictures up in Crestline and around the apartment mid-clean, but my digital camera was out of battery power so I need to wait until I get the film developed before I can post the pictures here. I’ll post another news column when I get them uploaded.

Oh, and before I forget, I have a LiveJournal now in addition to this page. There’s not much there now ‘cept a link back here, but it helps me keep track of my friends’ LJ’s and lets me leave un-anonymous comments on their pages. Enjoy!