8.28.2005

Reunion -- Not!

Reunion -- Not!

So my 20 year high school reunion was this weekend. After months of haverin', I let entropy take over and didn't go. I thought I'd somehow work up the energy to attend the picnic over in Wes'Seattle this afternoon, but after sweating through band practice, all I wanted to do was eat some Phad See Ieew and chill.
I suppose I probably missed a potentially great time, but then, I suppose I already know the score.
Anybody that I really, really feel a need to talk to is still just a phone call away. Everyone else just means awkwardly talking about jobs, wives/husbands and kids. For me, one outta three ain't bad.
I was only at the high school I graduated from for a year, though I knew a lot of people there from junior high. My sophomore and junior years were in Georgia.
When I got back to Seattle, I felt a little more self-posessed, more self aware and while I had friends, I wasn't afraid to go to movies and ball games by myself. I saw that as a kind of strength. And here, years later, I'm still very picky about who I'll let in.
I wonder if I'll regret my decision (or lack thereof) years from now, but my curiousity wasn't that strong... somehow, I doubt it.

8.26.2005

The 40 Year Old Virgin

The 40 Year Old Virgin

Saw this movie tonight and it was freakin' wonderful. The perfect "guys movie" without a single explosion in sight!
Too often men get the short shrift on the dating scene and most movies paint all guys as being hopeless buffoons or sex-crazed predators. And we put up with crazies and individuals with poor social skills just like women do, but most of us view it as part of the "deal," since men are (until fairly recently) socialized to be the initiators of relationships.
This movie is really different, Andy (our virgin) is a really nice guy (or geek, I should say) who after a few bad dates decided he'd rather avoid all the frustration and disappointment of dating and put his energy into well, geek stuff...video games, collecting action figures & playing online poker. He seems happy with his solitary life, until a night out with some guys from work causes him to spill the beans about his (for lack of a better term) problem.
The movie deals with Andy's buddies trying to get him laid, but more than that, it's about the awkwardness and fear of interacting with "the other". Some guys try to hide behind a mask of machismo. Others wallow in a cynacism, some try bolster their courage behind new age homilies...but no one really has an answer...or do they?
Anyway, this movie manages to keep things light AND be funny as hell. I've often maintained that "dating" is an absurd proposition even in the best of circumstances. And I know a lot of guys (though most of 'em aren't virgins) that Andy reminds me of -- myself included. This is the first time I've cared for a character onscreen in ages and even though there's a lot to make you squirm, it's Andy's humanity and kindness always show through. This flick was brilliantly done and I can't wait to own it on DVD.

Oy...I just wrote a movie review, huh?

8.22.2005

Death By Tapioca

Death By Tapioca

The bubble tea habit is getting serious. I'd go every day if I could but I have this fear of OD'ing. What will they tell my mother? Instead, I try to stave off the craving with lesser drinkage. Slurpees are the Methdone for my habit, but SO less satisfying.
This morning, I had a mocha at Tully's. A green tea Frappahooty at Starbuck's when I left work and then this evening...bubble tea.
I came home, filled the Bettie Maru with coolant and gave her a wash. I decided that I wanted to clean up the mounts for my windshield, which were all rusty and maybe lower the handlebars a bit -- it's after 7 and I'm not sure if I can locate Rustoleum and a big Allen wrench at this hour, but what the hey, right? I ask The Laura if she needs anything.

"If I buy, will you get me a bubble tea?"

Evil!

Laura being Laura, this will mean a lot of modifications...you know, like Meg Ryan's character in "When Harry Met Sally," so I make her write them down. Turns out she'd been to the Pochi Tea Station (our dealer) THREE TIMES yesterday. I can't talk though, I now buy two at a time when I go -- and I was there yesterday too.

"Don't forget to have them stamp my card!" She calls after me.

The ride over was pleasant. Traffic was light. There were clouds were rolling in from the east, capping off a rather mild day. Both of the hardware stores on 45th are closed. Rite Aid didn't have paint (but they carry motor oil and showerheads...so it didn't hurt to ask) so I headed to the dealers.
I started humming "I'm Waiting For My Man" while they were making up the order. Fortunately, none of the guys tonight was working when I came in yesterday, so I can make fun of Laura's habit. Apparently, one of them saw her twice, but didn't know she'd been in a third time. It's a Korean joint and they usually have really cheesy K-pop videos playing. Which causes me to marvel, as a lot (most) of that stuff sounds like modern R&B to me.
I picked up some terror-yakki next door and ride home. Even though I usually have a really short windscreen on my bike, without it, the roar of the wind is quite loud at speeds over 30mph. I got home, handed Laura her Avacado with chocolate syrup and jelly and a lychee and taro with boba (I note that she stuck one of them in the refrigerator -- bet it ain't there now!), and took my banana split with boba and 'yaki downstairs.


Maybe I was influenced by the K-pop videos, but after I sucked and chewed on my tasty, semi-frozen and creamy treat, I spent the rest of the evening watching a really bad Korean gangster show (with subtitles) called "Family" on the AZN channel.

8.21.2005

Powder Blue

Powder Blue

...is a song by the Scottish band Elbow, off their debut album "Asleep In The Back". I find it utterlyfuckinbrilliant in the way that it opens like a flower and washes over you. Give it a listen here, wouldja?

Sunday 2:14AM

Sunday 2:14AM

On Friday, I met up with The Viking and The Frito. We caught a DJ set by members of Gus Gus. I marvelled at how unhip those guys looked...like they were trying to be dorks! The music was decent, but I was somewhat underwhelmed, 'cause they spun off CD's all night. Great for their compactness...but, hell -- I can (and have) hit the "play" button at parties. Least there were some cute girls on the dance floor.
I got home in time to catch the 1AM showing of Battlestar Galactica. I ain't gonna try and covert y'all if you ain't into it, but I think that show kicks ass! Then I dinked around on the computer for way too long and went to bed around 5AM. Oh, and it was a beautiful night out. I went into the front yard and took some pictures. I tried to hold the camera steady, but the exposure was too long...but I still think this looks cool.


I got up and quickly got out of the house 'cause it was a beautiful day. Went to visit the Frito and scored a Chuck Klosterman novel and a 2 disc mix by Junior Vasquez. Scott was brewing beer and watching "Hildalgo" at (more or less) the same time. We hung out, played DOOM3 and he decided he wanted to wash his car. I got hungry around 5 and rode to a Japanese restaurant near the house for Sukiyaki and Futomaki and started the Klosterman book. After I got home, I puttered around, then went to The Baltic Room to meet Neil and Tess. Cheb i Sabbah was spinning and the club was a weird mix of hippie types, Indian-Americans and club regulars.
I can't say I like Bhangra based stuff too much...or at least in large doses. Everyone was heavin' though. I chilled in the Mafia booth and drank Red Bull mixed with Ginger Vodka. After I was sure I was sober, I took the long way home.

8.17.2005

The Aristocrats

The Aristocrats

This week blows. There's cloud of negativity and uncertainty creeping around the edges of things, work is slow and summer is grinding to a close. My High School reunion is coming up in a couple of weeks and I'm not sure I wanna go.
We're headlining tomorrow at The High Dive, but everyone's complaining since we go on at 11:30. Jeez, when did we all get so old and settled (me too)?
Anyway, I think this would be a good weekend for getting out of Dodge. Maybe J.R. and Carey will feel like a long bike ride, say to Pt. Townsend or something. That would cure me from these blahs, eh?
Anyway, Stu, Neil and I went to see The Aristocrats, which is a movie about...a joke. It was a crack up and I suggest you see it (if foul language doesn't put you off your feed). If there was ever a need for a pure "Stuist" movie -- I think this is it. Too bad Tim Conway was only in it for about two minutes. And shit, I didn't know Larry Storch was still around!

8.14.2005

THANK YOU

THANK YOU

To everyone who came out with us this weekend...that was one of the best birthdays EVAR!!
And it was even better 'cause I got to share it with Rachel!


8.13.2005

It's Official...

It's Official...As of 1:15PM



I came home to a surprise party for me and Rachel last night. Rachel told me that she was missing her friends from Portland, so Stu arranged for some of them to come up. Laura and Stu masterminded whole thing. From what I hear, it had been in the works for months!! Why is my heart (and wallet) always smaller than I wish it was? 'Cause what I got Laura back in April wasn't nearly as nice.

Neil hooked me up with a bottle of Ketel One Vodka. Stu got me the first two seasons of Ren & Stimpy and Steven Soderbugh's classic "Schizopolis" on DVD. Tim gave me the first six seasons of Red Dwarf. Stu's mom got me a copy of her (now deceased) ex-husband's book "From Alcatraz to the White House", which details Nathan Glenn Williams days as a bank robber in the Depression Era, his capture and incarceration at Alcatraz and his Presidential pardon from Jimmy Carter. I got a bottle of sake from Weez and a box of chocolates from Matt. Frito got me a two month subscription to suicidegirls.com. I love the gifts!

Thank you all.


Tonight, Weeze is throwing a BBQ at her place, then we're going down to Nectar in Fremont for WORLDWIDE!! The Westsiiide Posse is coming...should be funfunfun!!


P.S.
I tried duplicating the look of wonder, determination and innocence that I had on the baby picture that I posted earlier. Unfortunately, It came out looking like I've just passed gas...

8.12.2005

Leo's UP!!

Leo's UP!!

Today is Cap'n Leisure (AKA Le Saucier) and Hotsy's birthday. I believe the Cap'n turns 40 and the Hot One is 28...(oops -- 27). Warm thoughts and hugs go out to you both!

Tomorrow, it's me and Rachel!!

WHOOHOO!!

8.11.2005

Anybody Got $15K to Spare?

Anybody Got $15K to Spare?

'Cause I reallyreallyreallyreallyreallyreallyreally want of o' these:


Bobbed Harley's are teh shiz, yo.

8.10.2005

Another Birthday.

Another Birthday...



I'll be 38 on Saturday. I look at this picture and wish I could fill this poor kid in with what I know.

P.S. Mercy called me last night and told me that the image was screwed up. I didn't look at it after I'd posted it -- I'd scanned it here at work and forgot to convert it to RGB from Lab.

8.08.2005

Randomage...again.

Randomage...again.

Adam and Erin got married on Friday, which seemed like (and probably was) the hottest day of the year. I started sweating the minute I left work. I stopped by Ross on the way home, hoping to find some cufflinks, only to be told "Yes, no cufflinks." by a rather sour-faced lady watching the dressing rooms there. Frito came over and the he, Laura and I rushed around getting ready. I'd bought 3-4 new shirts for the occasion before settling on a nice purple-blue number that came with a tie and hankerchief.
Anyway, I was pretty moist by the time we struggled through Friday rush-hour traffic up to Edmonds. It was nice and cool inside the church. Although the ceremony had already started, we found seats in the very back.
The couple looked relaxed and happy. Erin was glowing and Adam looked quite handsome in his black suit.
The reception was held at the library and cultural center in Edmonds. It was a cloudless day and the view of the Olympics at sunset was amazing. We had dinner, did some dancing and headed home. Jason J. posted pictures here http://www.flickr.com/photos/j-justice/sets/727088/
I was feeling somewhat industrious the following morning, so I went out to Big People Scooters and bought some parts, came home and got my scooter running. I rode it around the neighborhood, grinning like an idiot. I'd forgotten how much fun it is!
Later on, I met Oani and her crew in Fremont at the Outdoor Cinema. We watched "The Goonies" then Cassie, Graham and I went to a chi-chi beer joint nearby.
On Sunday, I went to the Fremont Sunday Market to look for the guy I bought some amazing soap from but he wasn't there. Damn! I gotta get hold of the stuff...I love it!
I did some motorcycle maintenence and then went to get Bubble Tea, only to run into Laura who was coming out of the place with some for me! She also brought me some dinner from a party she'd gone to. So we went home and chilled.