Archives for the month of: August, 2007

i passed my CA written driver’s test with flying colors. my ability to temporarily absorb then regurgitate information remains unsullied by time. thank you united states public school system – thank you.

this is the most amazing thing i’ve ever seen. it’s perfect. so perfect. thank you jon.

everything this says is basically true. i see it in the store. i want to buy it. i remember how pure it tastes. but then – the guilt! the environment! free(ish) water at home! GAH!

so guess what was released today? the serenity collector’s edition. guess what i bought today? correct. and guess who came over so we could watch all the new special features? that would be pat.

god we’re nerds.

HOLY CRAP THIS IS AWESOME

keepon will be at the wired nextfest in LA in early september. which, OF COURSE, i won’t be able to attend. someone better go and take pictures.

thursday clayton and i drove to sherman oaks and walked around the mall – maria was working there that day so we stopped to see her too. afterwards we went to meghan and josh’s and played the wii. thursday night, clayton’s cousin james came into town for the weekend. friday we got up early and maria made a great breakfast. then we saw ‘superbad‘. it was even better than the trailers let on. after the movie we visited the griffith observatory – it was fantastic! the building is beautiful and the exhibits are really eye-catching and engaging. we got to touch meteorites, see evidence of cosmic rays in an alcohol vapor chamber, and watch a tesla coil spark! next time we go we want to visit at night and see the planetarium show.

friday night ryan was in town to play a show in los feliz – part of a music festival thing. he spent the day driving down from san francisco and got held up by a terrible accident and then, no joke, saw a car driving down the freeway at 50 mph…on fire. anyway, i drove to pat’s in west hollywood and we hung out there for awhile and had a couple beers until ryan arrived. then ryan left for his show and pat and i went to forty deuce for the jazz burlesque show. it. was. awesome. the dancers were amazing and the band was really good. after the show we went to the dresden and listened to marty and elayne play with some amazing guest vocalists. ryan met us after his set and we stayed until closing. on the way back to pat’s we stopped at in-n-out and picked up some delicious burgers. by the time pat and i got to his apartment, ryan was already there and camped out in the blanket nest he sleeps in at the foot of pat’s bed. we ate, watched adult swim, ryan passed out in all his clothes, and that was goodnight.

saturday ryan had to go to a recording session, so pat and i spent the morning…uh…and afternoon…lazing about and watching cartoons and terrible sci-fi movies. and i do mean terrible. that night maria, clayton and i had some sushi for dinner and turned in early because we had to get up early the next day to go to…

the beach! sunday we drove to west hollywood to pick up maria’s friend from st. louis, elaine. we went to famima!!, the best convenience store ever, and picked up stuff for lunch. we drove out to malibu and set up camp at zuma beach. it was a beautiful day – the beach wasn’t too crowded and there were a lot of dolphins. we stayed for a long time – about 5 hours – then drove home, stopping on the way for my second in-n-out of the weekend. clayton and i both got sunburned – the lesson: reapply often and remember to get the sunscreen everywhere!

after in-n-out and some coupling, i left home to meet pat at the movie theater. we saw ‘stardust‘ which has the most surprising robert de niro performance…ever.

this week? not much planned. hopefully hanging out with meghan before she goes on another shoot, definitely watching some ‘serenity’ special edition dvd extras with pat. i really have to study for the california driver’s test too – i guess it’s actually pretty tough and i need to get a new license before my trip in september because my illinois one expires on my birthday. getting my new bank account taken care of would probably be good too. also is my car registration expiring? hmm…gotta reorganize the kitchen too. good thing i made those blueberry lemon muffins today – might need the fuel!

update [wed. 8/15]: we all walked to the mall and there were fake police cars, a swat unit, an ambulance, dogs etc etc – they’re shooting ‘criminal minds’ in burbank this week. they were all over the mall tonight (shooting in front of aldo or thereabouts) and looked like they were set up to shoot in an apartment above a shop on san fernando. /update

tonight clayton, maria, chloe and i walked down to the village in burbank – chloe needed to be walked and maria wanted a bubble tea. as clayton, chloe and i were waiting outside the bubble tea place i noticed a familiar-looking guy walking towards us. did he look the same as in the show? yes, but thinner and wearing better/more normal clothes. also his hair looked thicker? i can’t think of anything else to say about it – i recognized him then immediately did my best to not look at him as he walked by because i didn’t want to stare or be a weirdo.

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…i sort of feel like a tool for posting the myspace link. but hey. i’m trying to be thorough.

eric is right – our nation’s children have to be protected!

yesterday turned out to be pretty awesome, and all on accident. i made cupcakes friday and there were still a lot left after clayton’s brother and his gf’s visit on saturday/sunday. so, yesterday afternoon i texted meghan that there were some cupcakes over here and she’d better come quick if she wanted any (before pat beat her to the punch and ate, you know, all of them). meghan called, she and josh came over, we played with the dog a bit and then maria offered to cook dinner for everyone. we all went over to the korean market in glendale and saw some pretty great packaging (must take camera next time) and a lot of octopus tentacles. maria made some rice cake soup and bulgogi and there were a lot of korean sides including some shredded squid and a root vegetable with a weird name.

after we’d stuffed ourselves we drove to meghan & josh’s in sherman oaks so they could grab jackets and jeans. we piled into josh’s rav4 and drove to malibu creek state park and watched the perseid meteor shower. we parked just outside the park gates and laid out a blanket on the service road (a powerpuff girls blanket – shockingly not mine). we all squeezed onto the blanket and looked up at the sky for almost an hour. there were a lot of small meteors a few big ones that lasted a long time and even a fireball, which looked like the space shuttle blasting across the sky (but far away) or a really firey firework before it explodes or a giant bottle rocket. it was fantastic.

the day started with maria and i lazing about watching hbo and reading trashy magazines and ended up, without any planning at all, at malibu watching a meteor shower. so far los angeles is great.

some of these comments are pretty great – see? i told you guys bunnies are delicious.

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over at file magazine you can see a lot of great photos and projects by various artists. so far my favorite is kite aerial photography by scott haefner.

midwestern sky

on july 20th my parents and i drove out to muscatine, ia. my dad was born and spent some of his childhood there, so he showed us his family’s houses and his grandparents’ farm. we also spent some time at cemetaries out in the country and at the muscatine riverfront. afterwards we ate at the button factory which was amazing.

photos here.

a lovely burbank-family moment: tonight maria, clayton, chloe (the pup) and i walked to the in-n-out and on the way back i decided to get a bubble tea. maria had never had one but she had been craving a smoothie or the like so she got one too. maria loved it and clayton liked it except for the tapioca. they kept passing it back and forth as we walked home until maria caught clayton spitting the bubbles back into the straw.

new mexico look up

mom and i drove into burbank last night at about 7. so far this place is pretty awesome. elaboration + photos to come! photos posted here!

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