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[25 May 2008|03:03am]
[ mood | insomniac ]

The Eritreans are going to war with Djibouti. My first, shameful reaction was that it was awfully cute of such small nations to go to war with each other, although I quickly realized that even small nations can inflict enormous miseries. Look at Rwanda. What are they fighting for?

"A David versus David battle is shaping up here, with two of Africa’s tiniest nations squaring off over a few piles of uninhabited sand."
--NY Times

I feel I must quote Shakespeare:

CAPTAIN:

Truly to speak, and with no addition,
We go to gain a little patch of ground
That hath in it no profit but the name.
To pay five ducats, five, I would not farm it.
Nor will it yield to Norway or the Pole
A ranker rate, should it be sold in fee.


HAMLET
Why, then the Polack never will defend it.


CAPTAIN
Yes, it is already garrisoned.

HAMLET
Two thousand souls and twenty thousand ducats
Will not debate the question of this straw.
This is th' impostume of much wealth and peace,
That inward breaks and shows no cause without
Why the man dies.

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[16 Dec 2007|01:51am]
Why does Mozilla suck so much? It won't let me see the little punch line you get when you hover your cursor over Dinosaur comics!
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[26 May 2007|02:25pm]
Check me out...

http://thewordparty.com/
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[04 Feb 2007|11:00pm]
I saw this note on Brian Sayre's facebook page today:

SUPPOSEDLY if you've seen over 85 movies, you have no life. Mark the ones you've seen. There are 239 movies on this list. Copy this list, go to your own facebook account, paste this as a note. Then, put x's next to the movies you've seen, add them up, change the header adding your number, and click post at the bottom. Have fun!

Really, this sort of time-wasting is the domain of livejournal and not of facebook. Behold, the most random assortment of movies I have ever beheld. I am at a loss for what holds them together. The list has a certain horrid fascination, though. Enjoy.

(x) Rocky Horror Picture Show
() Grease
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean
(x) Pirates of the Caribbean 2: Dead Man's Chest
() Boondock Saints
(x) Fight Club
() Starsky and Hutch
(x) Neverending Story
() Blazing Saddles
(x) Airplane
Total: 6

(x) The Princess Bride
(x) AnchorMan
(x) Napoleon Dynamite
(x) Labyrinth
() Saw
() Saw II
() Saw III
() White Oleander
() Anger Management
()50 First Dates
() The Princess Diaries
() The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
Total so far: 10

() Scream
() Scream 2
() Scream 3
() Scary Movie
() Scary Movie 2
() Scary Movie 3
() Scary Movie 4
(x) American Pie
() American Pie 2
() American Wedding
() American Pie Band Camp
Total so far:11

(x) Harry Potter 1
() Harry Potter 2
(x) Harry Potter 3
(x) Harry Potter 4
() Resident Evil 1
() Resident Evil 2
() The Wedding Singer
() Little Black Book
() The Village
() Lilo & Stitch
Total so far:14

(x) Finding Nemo
() Finding Neverland
() Signs
() The Grinch
() Texas Chainsaw Massacre
() Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Beginning
() White Chicks
() Butterfly Effect
() 13 Going on 30
() I, Robot
() Robots
Total so far: 15

() Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story
() Universal Soldier
() Lemony Snicket: A Series Of Unfortunate Events
() Along Came Polly
(x) Deep Impact
() KingPin
() Never Been Kissed
() Meet The Parents
() Meet the Fockers
() Eight Crazy Nights
() Joe Dirt
() KING KONG
Total so far: 16

() A Cinderella Story
() The Terminal
() The Lizzie McGuire Movie
() Passport to Paris
() Dumb & Dumber
() Dumber & Dumberer
() Final Destination
( ) Final Destination 2
( ) Final Destination 3
( ) Halloween
() The Ring
( ) The Ring 2
( ) Surviving X-MAS
( ) Flubber
Total so far: 16

() Harold & Kumar Go To White Castle
() Practical Magic
(x) Chicago
( ) Ghost Ship
(x ) From Hell
( ) Hellboy
() Secret Window
( ) I Am Sam
() The Whole Nine Yards
( ) The Whole Ten Yards
Total so far: 18

( ) The Day After Tomorrow
( ) Child's Play
( ) Seed of Chucky
( ) Bride of Chucky
(x) Ten Things I Hate About You
() Just Married
( ) Gothika
( ) Nightmare on Elm Street
() Sixteen Candles
() Remember the Titans
( ) Coach Carter
() The Grudge
( ) The Grudge 2
(x) The Mask
() Son Of The Mask
Total so far: 20

() Bad Boys
( ) Bad Boys 2
( ) Joy Ride
( ) Lucky Number Sleven
() Ocean's Eleven
() Ocean's Twelve
( )Bourne Identity
( )Bourne Supremecy
( ) Lone Star
() Bedazzled
( ) Predator I
( ) Predator II
( )The Fog
() Ice Age
()Ice Age 2: The Meltdown
( ) Curious George
Total so far: 20

(x) Independence Day (saw it in Beijing, in fact.)
( ) Cujo
( ) A Bronx Tale
( ) Darkness Falls
() Christine
(x)ET (scariest movie ever. Nightmare city. All those spacemen coming in through the windows. *shudder*)
( ) Children of the Corn
( ) My Bosses Daughter
() Maid in Manhattan
() War of the Worlds
()Rush Hour
() Rush Hour 2
Total so far: 22

( ) Best Bet
() How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
() She's All That
( ) Calendar Girls
(x) Sideways
()Mars Attacks
( ) Event Horizon
()Ever After
(x)Wizard of Oz
(x) Forrest Gump
() Big Trouble in Little China
() The Terminator
(x ) The Terminator 2
( ) The Terminator 3
Total so far: 26


(X) X-Men
(x) X2
(X ) X-3
(x) Spider-Man
(x )Spider-Man 2
( ) Sky High
() Jeepers Creepers
( ) Jeepers Creepers 2
(x ) Catch Me If You Can
(x)The Little Mermaid
() Freaky Friday
( x) Reign of Fire
( ) The Skulls
(x ) Cruel Intentions
() Cruel Intentions 2
() The Hot Chick
() Shrek
(x) Shrek 2
Total so far: 35

() Swimfan
( Miracle on 34th street
() Old School
() The Notebook
() K-Pax
( ) Krippendorf's Tribe
() A Walk to Remember
() The Glass House
( ) Boogeyman
() The 40-year-old-virgin
Total so far: 35

(x) Lord of the Rings Fellowship of the Ring
(X) Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
(X) Lord of the Rings Return Of the King
(x )Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
( x)Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom
( x)Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
Total so far: 41

( ) Baseketball
( ) Hostel
() Waiting for Guffman
( ) House of 1000 Corpses
() Devils Rejects
()Elf
() Highlander
() Mothman Prophecies
(x ) American History X
( ) Three
Total so Far: 42

(x) Mean Girls (which I think is a world-class movie and I don't care who knows it)
(x ) Kung Fu Hustle
( ) Shaolin Soccer
( ) Night Watch
(x) Monsters Inc.
(x)Titanic (which I also liked)
(x ) Monty Python and the Holy Grail (the movie I have seen more times than any other)
(x ) Shaun Of the Dead
() Willard
Total so far: 48

() Sleepy Hollow
( ) Club Dread
( ) Hulk
( ) Dawn Of the Dead
(x)Hook
( )Chronicle Of Narnia The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
( x) 28 days later
( ) Orgazmo
() Drumline
()Hocus Pocus
Total so far: 50

(x) Kill Bill vol 1
(x ) Kill Bill vol 2
(x) Mortal Kombat
( ) Wolf Creek
() Kingdom of Heaven
( ) the Hills Have Eyes
() Uptown Girls
( ) The Last House on the Left
( ) Re-Animator
(x) Army of Darkness
Total so far: 53

(X ) Star Wars Ep. I The Phantom Menace
(X )Star Wars Ep. II Attack of the Clones
(X)Star Wars Ep. III Revenge of the Sith
(X )Star Wars Ep. IV A New Hope
(x)Star Wars Ep. V The Empire Strikes Back
(x)Star Wars Ep. VI Return of the Jedi
( ) Ewoks Caravan Of Courage
( ) Ewoks The Battle For Endor
Total so far: 59

(x) The Matrix
(x) The Matrix Reloaded
( ) The Matrix Revolutions
() Snakes on A Plane
( x) Evil Dead
(x ) Evil Dead 2
(x) Team America: World Police
( ) Red Dragon
( ) Silence of the Lambs
( x) Hannibal

Total: 65
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My life has new meaning [04 Feb 2007|12:14pm]
[ mood | excited ]

There is an old, old Casio keyboard in my room, which sounds so bad I cannot even practice piano on it. It has about 44 keys and the lower register is labeled with little stickers that say "G" and "A" and so on. The labels are clumsily applied, so that the edges of the sticker are not quite parallel to the edges of the keys. I found it in the hallway when I moved in and adopted it as my own. It did not have a cord, so I had to use my universal adapter.

But I noticed a button marked "record." Can I record things with this keyboard? Indeed I can. So now I record myself playing scales on the piano, and play back the recording. I play scales on the bass along with the piano and can match the pitch perfectly. Oh my god. My intonation is going to get so much better. I discovered the perfect tool I never knew I had!

And I want more coffee. This tea is not cutting it.

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aw, crap! [03 Feb 2007|04:22pm]
[ mood | distressed ]

Not only is man mortal, but chocolate truffles get moldy!

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[01 Feb 2007|10:31pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Some books I read in January:

The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevksy
The Mabinogion, various confused Welsh storytellers
Sissi, Jeune Fille, Oddette Ferrry
The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, C.S. Lewis
The Areas of My Expertise, Jonathan Hodgman

So what shall I read now? I think I'll start The Song of the Kings, by Barry Unsworth. Or perhaps Le Medicin Malgre-Lui, by Moliere

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Roommate screening [22 Jan 2007|02:44pm]
[ mood | awake ]

Alas, my beloved Chris is moving out and we have to find new roommates. Here's one craigslist response that is worth posting:

Hi,

My name is Lee. I'm interested in the room you posted on craigslist.
I am straight, but queer-friendly. I come with no pets, but don't
mind them. Unless it's a brontosaurus. I don't like brontosauruses
(brontosaureece?). A stegasaurus, I can live with. I think. I may
need some counseling, but I see that one of your is a counselor.

I am now in New Orleans, but am headed towards San Francisco and
hoping to arrive in early February. I understand that this puts me at
a disadvantage, because you can't meet me face-to-face to screen for
cooties or other sorts of weird shit.

I am also only looking for a place for February and for March. After
that I'll be leaving.

Let me explain...

Last year I took a leave of absence from my job in Philadelphia, where
I went to college and then got a job. I've used that time to research
a novel I'm writing in my hometown in Alabama, to work on a graduate
degree in storytelling in Tennessee, and to have my wisdom teeth
removed. My leave ends in mid-April, but I need to spend some time
consolidating all my learning and doing some writing. Plus I'd like
to study hypno-therapy. Since I have friends near San Francisco, and
few blood-sworn enemies, I've decided to head that way. New Orleans
is one stop on my trip west.

While others might view my transience as a bad thing, I think I can
jujitsu it into an advantage. People are really good at hiding all
the crappy things about themselves, and you don't find that stuff out
until you've lived with them for seven months and get an unplanned
education in alternative belief systems regarding personal hygiene and
naked sleep-cooking. I know. I've gotten roommates from craigslist
too.

But with me, even if I had bad features (which I don't, but which you
can't know for sure), you'd only have to deal with it for two months.
Which is really no time at all. You can almost live for two months
without food. And a paying roommate...any paying roommate...certainly
beats starvation. Right?

Also, I can pay upfront.

Since I'll be new to SF, I'll come with no annoying pseudo-roommate
significant other. And while I'm not so hideous as to assume I won't
get any action, the short timeframe probably means that you won't have
to deal with the lebensraum demands of my falling in true, true, true,
true, true, true true-luv.

I'll probably be taking hypnosis classes for much of March. But I
otherwise keep late hours, but am quiet and don't have much scheduled
beyond writing and consolidating my research. I may get involved
somewhat with the local storytelling crowd. Can sleep through
anything. Don't make a mess in the kitchen. Always flush. No food
restrictions. Or allergies. Don't smell funny. Am negotiable about
verb use. I am found to often split infinitives and double-dog dare
you to infinity squared or make stupid bets for $1.

I'll also have a car, though I'll probably park it in Oakland and let
a friend use it for most of the time.

I don't come with any furniture. Just the clothes and things that fit
in my car. And a infra-red, geostabilized brontosaurus-detection
system.

The negative things are this. I'm a Gemini. I don't believe in
astrology much, but that description fits pretty tight. I'm not sure
how to describe it without writing a book or asking you to pay Miss
Cleo $3.99 a minute. But people who really believe in astrology first
pegged me with the label, and it has stuck. I snore. Loudly.
Sometimes I can be heard between rooms. But I don't mind being woken
up and nothing really bothers me. I often work on a typewriter. I
usually practice the fiddle every day (but I do use a practice mute).
I'm not very good. But I am considerate, and try to keep my noise and
habits from disturbing others. You wouldn't mind introducing me to
your parents.

I have great stories. And know just a little bit about a lot of
things. Perfect for a two-month acquaintance.

I do drink. Whiskey.
I drink a substantial amount of whiskey. But I don't get drunk and
rowdy. No high crimes and misdemeanors. And it usually happens at
bars and other social places.

Yes, I know. I am the cliche-d Southern male whiskey-drinking
storytelling writer. But at least I don't drink tequilla.

I have no problems with other chemical romances. If available and
social, I'll generally take part and contribute funds, but it's not a
big enough part of my life that I travel with or purchase anything
much for my own consumption.

I'm sarcastic. Often.

Above all, assuming that when I die people like me enough to give me a
proper burial, I hope it is carved on my gravestone that "He did not
judge others."

If you'd like references, I can do that. But the last couple people
I've lived with are exes. Unless you can speak cat.


I'm seriously quite-interested in the room. I've read a bunch of
these ads, and yours is one of the few well-written ones that makes me
think "hey, things could be pretty good living there."

So, what do you think?

-Lee

ps. I am not interested if you plan on eating me. Just to be clear. Thanks.

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Aw, yeah [21 Jan 2007|08:07pm]
You know the Bible 100%!
 

Wow! You are awesome! You are a true Biblical scholar, not just a hearer but a personal reader! The books, the characters, the events, the verses - you know it all! You are fantastic!

Ultimate Bible Quiz
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Some thoughts I had biking home from work [03 Jan 2007|01:00pm]
[ mood | contemplative ]

Appearances can be deceiving. For example, consider the prices of automobiles. You would think that a Buick would cost more than a BMW, because a Buick has three shields on its logo, whereas a BMW merely has a linoleum pattern. However, a BMW can cost more than a thousand dollars more than a Buick. Appearances are not always deceiving, though. A Cadillac has not only a coat of arms, but a laurel wreath for its logo, and it is the most expensive car of all, its name being virtually synonymous with wealth and prestige, as shown in this Roger Miller song:

I got a big ol' Cadillac with wired wheels
Got rhinestones on the spokes
Got credit down at the grocery store
and my barber tells me jokes...

What are wired wheels?

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Headline: International Conference of Religious Scholars Declares Pluto No Longer A God [11 Dec 2006|03:57pm]
...or did someone make this joke already?
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Great Night in the City [04 Dec 2006|01:42am]
I left for my gig at 3:30 in the afternoon, armed with my hideous fake-burberry scarf, my sweet velvet jacket that clashes with it, and The Brothers Karamzov. I made it to the gig with only fifteen minutes until the downbeat. That was okay, because I didn't have an amp to set up and because the sax player was late. I can forgive the sax player, though, because his name is Colin. Colin Glisan. The best name since Elizabeth Cervantes Baron, who ran for Controller of California on the Peace and Freedom ticket. I mention Elizabeth Cervantes Baron as often as I can for the same reason I voted for her: her name is really cool.

But I digress.

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and the leader was Saraya. I couldn't wait for her solos to end. "Extremely poor tone" was one phrase that came to mind, and "will she please stop playing?" was another. Sometimes I would think, "perhaps she'll end her solo now--oh wait, that's impossible. It's the end of the chorus. Saraya only ends her solos in the middle of the chorus."

I got paid zero dollars and a sandwich. Oh, and twelve lettuce leaves. I did however, get to see the peerless Elizabeth, and her co-religionists, who are all into MEHER BABA.

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Elizabeth gave me Christmas cookies.

At the end of the gig, I took BART to Les Joulins Jazz Bistro. I had to wait for several minutes in the Mission BART station, where there are no benches, so I sat on the floor and petulantly muched Christmas cookies.

LES JOULINS

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Les Joulins was cool. There was a blues band. I talked to the piano player. At set break, he wrote in a leatherbound journal in loopy cursive. I asked him what he was writing, and he looked up at me. He said "I'm writing on a book."

I stared at his little hat and his grey beard. "What's it about?" I asked.

"It's about how sociology is skewed, the way that they teach it in colleges these days."

"How so?" I asked, curious, bewildered.

"Racism, for one," he said, and stared at me. I stared at him. No one spoke. "No argument here" I said finally. "So, do you play any New Orleans shit?"

As I left the club, I noticed that MATT LEMLER's

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big band recording of "Isn't She Lovely" was playing on the jukebox. The trumpet player was reading a book with 11" pages and little boxes that said "Did you know?" in the margins. I walked up the street a block before I realized that I had left my Christmas cookies at the club, so I had to go back for them.

I made my way up to the Donatello Hotel, where I got to sit in with Will Blades and Jeff Mars. Will Blades plays organ, but I got to hear him on piano and drums. Jeff Mars plays drums, and I got hear him on organ. I decided to shell out eleven dollars for a bowl of syrah. Seriously, this class was bigger than most of the bowls in our house. One of the drunk patrons paid for it, too. Must have liked my playing.

I decided to leave after that, but BISCUITS AND BLUES

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was on the way to the bus stop, and the girl in front gave me a discount, so I stopped by and listened to the sweet fretless electric player and fantasized about joining a blues band and getting gigs that pay.

I finally left there at quarter til midnight and saw the bus waiting at the corner. Aha! I sprinted to the corner just in time to realize that the bus stop was at the NEXT corner. So I sprinted to the next corner (sprinting with a bass is rather serious). I boarded the bus, painting for breath, and was immediately hit in the face with the neck of my bass, so hard it knocked my glasses off.

"That's my fucking knee!" said a voice behind me. "I had an operation on this knee!"

"Man, do not kick that man's shit! That's his livelihood. You better say something to that man!" said another voice.

The first guy picked up my glasses for me but did not apologize for kicking my bass. This made the other guy very angry. I took my seat and they got more and more aggressive with one another, yelling in each other's faces and threatening to put something in each other's asses. They got off the bus and I watched them yell at each other as it drove away.
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Paul Chambers and Wynton Kelly [30 Oct 2006|11:31am]
[ mood | awed, inspired ]

Today, comme d'habitude, I played along to Cannonball Adderley's great recording of "Stars Fell on Alabama." I played along to it twice and then thought "I should transcribe Paul's bassline to this." So I sat down and listened to it.

How can we even breathe? How can we do anything but listen to that recording? Paul's lines are so perfect, so simple, I wonder if I will ever be able to play anything like it. I sat in reverie while Paul took me through the changes while Cannonball took a very fine solo. I relaxed in a reverie. Then Wynton Kelly took a solo and it was...masterful. The interplay between them is too perfect--I sat with my jaw open while Wynton took one chorus and then Cannonball took us home with the melody. My god.

But as always, I have other things to do. I will return to this beauty later.

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Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery [25 Oct 2006|05:01pm]
Top five bad shows with really good theme music
5. The Untouchables
4. That show with Fred Savage with the damn voiceovers. You know, and that gospelly "With a Little Help From My Friends?" You know the one I mean.
3. Seventh Heaven
2. The O.C.
1. California Dreamin'

Notes:

Hawaii Five-O has such good theme music that, when sick, I would go turn on the TV at two o'clock to hear it. However, the show is so bad that I could never watch more than ten minutes.

I saw one episode of California Dreamin' once, but I still remember the theme music.

One of my students can play the O.C. theme on his guitar.

Good shows with awful theme music: Sex and the City, South Park. Oddly, the opening credits for South Park have some of the worst music I've ever heard, but the closing music has a really satisfying guitar lick.

A post dedicated to kdollarsign.
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Girlfriend! [24 Oct 2006|12:39am]
[ mood | tired ]

Claire got here at nine on Thursday and spent five whole days here! It took me until now to catch up on the affairs of the world that I missed while she was here. She made me some very fine pancakes and I made her some excellent bacon (although the excellence is entirely due to the Russian grocery store down the street).

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After a very relaxing day, we went to get some Indian Food and then to my gig. I told Claire that there were two kinds of pictures of which I could not get enough--those of my girlfriend and those of me playing the bass. She obliged me:

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The next day, we went to the deYoung museum. Now, museums are supposed to be peaceful, quiet affairs, but this was the anniversary of the deYoung's reopening, and there was a salsa band set up in the middle of it and a tenth of the population of San Francisco was there. Still, we had fun--we went up into the tower, saw the statues of Penelope and Delilah, saw the Chihulys, and took a photo of some public art. I believe I gave it a thumbs up but Claire gave it a thumbs down.

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We then rode our bikes out to see the bison. I told her that I had attempted to coax Tom Garcia down to the Bison but he said "we'll get there and say 'LOOK, BISON. DON'T YOU WISH WE WERE STILL ASLEEP?'" So when we got to the Bison, I proposed that we say that together, on the count of three, but Claire was laughing to hard. We did however, see a cool, totemic windmill:

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We then proceeded to the beach, where Claire played in the waves.

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After that, we headed home to where there were really too many laptops:

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The next day, we looked at Embarcadero in the fog. One of the best things about dating a designer is that you get to tour cool urban places and have her point out their salient features. I was a little too overwhelmed by the number of pictures she took to post them, so you'll just have to see Embarcadero for yourself.

On Monday we took BART out to Berkeley to see their urban design program. The building was hideous. It needed a good wash. However, we did have a wonderful lunch by the quad consisting of mediocre hamburgers.

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On our last day, we rode our bikes by the Bay and saw the Legion of Honor. "I didn't know America had a legion of honor," said Claire. When we approached the building, it said "Honeur et Patrie," and there was a big statue of Joan of Arc out front. So maybe it is the French Legion of Honor. Who knows? But one thing is for certain, they know how to construct a good palace. It had many columns.

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So, music, art, architecture--we had it all. Even a few sunny days toward the end.

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Catty Little Notes [08 Oct 2006|02:23pm]
Dear William Blake,

"Eye" does not rhyme with "symmetry."

Cordially yours,

Colin

Dear Benny Golson,

Have you considered intervals besides the perfect fifth?

Cordially yours,

Colin

Dear Rousseau,

In a particular situation, how do you find out what the General Will is?

Cordially yours,

Colin

Dear Dan,

I heard this record once where the tune did not end with a two-minute saxophone cadenza. Have you heard any records like that?

Cordially yours,

Colin
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[03 Oct 2006|07:10am]
[ mood | happy ]

Four hours on the bass
45 minutes on the piano,
a productive class,
a hilarious game of capture the flag,
two new connexions,
a good glass of wine,
three cheeseburgers,
two delicious burritos,
oh yeah, and my girlfriend gets to go to Venice.  

Life is good.

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[21 Sep 2006|07:06am]
[ mood | lazy ]

Perhaps I should

1. What bill do you hate paying the most?
I hate paying for toiletries. However, I'm going to need to buy some soon. My roommate just a note saying that, sadly, it was not within her means to share toiletries and that whoever kept using hers should please replace what they had taken. Seriously, can you buy toiletries online? Can I pay for someone to steal money from me, buy some toiletries, and leave them in my bathroom? Can I rent them from my roommates? The stores that sell them play terrible music, and the razor blades are not next to the razors, and they charge too much for certain things, and I always forget one thing that I in fact really needed. Agh.

2. What's the best place to eat a romantic dinner?

The Zuni Cafe.

3. Last time you puked from drinking?

My graduation party. According to eyewitnesses, I knelt at the toilet, saying "Lord, make me an instrument of thy peace."

4. When is the last time you got drunk and danced on a bar?
not yet.

5. Name of your first grade teacher?
Mrs. Fowler. She objected to "Who Framed Roger Rabbit," saying "I didn't like the sexy lady."

6. What do you really want to be doing right now?
practicing

7. What did you want to be when you were growing up?
a dictator, a hussar, a tycoon, a historian.

8. How many colleges did you attend?
Loyola University, University of New Orleans, and SF State.

9. Why did you wear the shirt that you have on right now?
question not my early-morning decisions.

10. GAS PRICES! First thought?
car-driving fools!

11. If you could move anywhere and take someone with you...
I'd move to Paris and take Claire and she'd like it this time...maybe.

12. First thought when the alarm went off this morning?
The alarm didn't go off. I slept til ten and crawled into the bathroom. On my way, my roommate laughed at how asleep I was. Then I barely washed myself, for I can't use any soap.

14. Favorite style of underwear?
tighty-whities
15. Favorite style of underwear for the opposite sex?
*googles to find out what they're called* boyshorts? the kind that look like there's a solid stripe of fabric running across they're middle.
16. What errand/chore do you despise?
uh...the ones that are hard to remember to do.
17. If you didn't have to work, would you volunteer at an art gallery?
well, art galleries, as opposed to museums, are for-profit entities, and I'm not sure they are prepared for volunteers.

18. Get up early or sleep in?
both
19. What is your favorite cartoon character?
Hobbes
20. Favorite NON sexual thing to do at night with a girl/guy?
well, talking.
21. A secret that you wouldn't mind everyone knowing?
Latin. Trust me, knowing Latin is like being on the inside of the joke that is the English Language.
22. Your favorite lunch meat?
tuna
23. What do you get every time you go into a Walmart?
it's so cheap!
24. Beach or lake?
beach
25. Do you think marriage is an outdated ritual that was invented by people who died at 20?
that is, in fact, based on St. Elmo's Fire, a bratpack movie that no one likes.

27. Favorite guilty pleasure?
Cyndi Lauper, the Dixie Chicks, Van Halen, anything not jazz or classical makes me feel a little guilty.

28. Favorite movie you wouldn't want anyone to find out about?
who gives a shittake?
29. What's your drink?
wine
30. Cowboys or Indians?
cowboys

33. What Hollywood star do you think resembles you best?
Philip Seymour Hoffman

36. Who from high school would you like to run into?
Claire.
37. What radio station is your car radio tuned to right now?
Cars suck. So does the radio. I have an ipod.
38. Norm or Cliff?
neither cheers sucks
39. The Cosby Show or the Simpsons?
oooh, tough call. Good simpsons is better than the Cosby Show itself, but Cosby's radio broadcasts are better than late or early Simpsons. However, episodes like the one where they go to Australia are better than anything Bill Cosby ever did.

40. Worst relationship mistake that you wish you could take back?
Not listening to Felicity Shoulders, when she was very clear about what annoyed her. Eh! I was fifteen!

41. Do you like the person who sits directly across from you at work?
they're my students! I love them!
42. If you could get away with it, who would you kill?
Brutus!
43. What famous person would you like to have dinner with?
Too busy being jealous that Jordan met Jane Jacobs. uh...Cicero?
44. What famous person would you like to sleep with?
not for this forum - seriously the person who write this was 14.
45. Have you ever had to use a fire extinguisher for its intended purpose?
no
46. Last book you read for real?
9 Capture the Castle
47. Do you have a teddy bear?
Theodore Roosevelt is awesome!
48. Strangest place you have ever brushed your teeth?
I do have a toothbrush. I hated buying it, though.
49. Somewhere in California you've never been and would like to go?
That resort everyone goes to--I can't recall the name of it.
50. Number of texts in a day?
what does this mean? are we talking about PostModern reading of all systems as "texts"? then the answer is unfathomable multitudes
51. At this point in your life would you rather start a new career or relationship?
I like teaching and I like Claire--can I have a new job, but the same career?
52. Do you go to church?
Yes--In LATIN!
53. Pencil or pen?
pen
54. How many jobs have you had?
5
55. What do you want to achieve in life?
This is the question that made me take the damn meme, but I'm too tired now.

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Interests collage [09 Sep 2006|11:39am]
[ mood | hungry ]

I had to go to userinfo, pick out some interests, and then delete them to keep myself from being stalked. I'm pretty impressed that they found a photo of the St. John's Bridge. I think what they selected for "swing" was pretty funny.

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Girlfriend! [09 Sep 2006|11:12am]
[ mood | sore throat???! ]

So, Claire came down to SF this weekend at around four and at around five she was my girlfriend. We ate our way through San Francisco's restaurants and, because she is an urban planner by profession and I am an urban planning critique by nature, we explored the many plazas of the city. Here we in front of the statue of Ashurbanipal, which was donated to the city by the Assyrian people I(no joke!)

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Finding UN plaza satisfactory, we rode the cable car to the Fisherman's Wharf, something I had never done.

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Notice how bundled up we are? Yeah, it was really cold. She complained of the gloom, which made me feel better about all the complaining I've been doing. Stupid Gloom.

The best thing we did, however, was to ride over the Golden Gate Bridge to Sausalito. Claire is a good rider and would meet even Tom Garcia's high cycling standards. We had some wine in Sausalito and looked at the sailboats. "My dad and I could turtle those," I told her. She didn't seem as impressed. She seemed rather less than impressed with the statement. On the way back, we had to climb a hill that was steeper than it looked. Sharing the hill were about 500 cars, going nowhere bumber to bumber. We passed them at leisurely pace.

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On our last day, we explored Golden Gate Park, including my favorite statue.

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Sancho and Quixote are totally kneeling to Claire.

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