Doing It Again


It may not be until October but I’m getting the word out now.

Last year, I rode in the Long Beach Marathon Bike Tour and raised about $300 for Special Olympics of Southern California. It was my first ride and I had a great time doing it and knowing that it was for a great cause.

I’ve already registered for this year’s event and I’m am also doing it for charity: Miller Children’s Hospital in Long Beach, CA. As a father, if there is anything that makes me melt, it’s seeing the little ones in this hospital bravely battle whatever ails them–most with smiles on their faces. I wish I could be as strong as they.

But I can never be, which is why I’m doing the next best thing by raising money to help the hospital care for these courageous children. If you would like to support me, you can donate by going to this page.

Thanks in advance for your support. The kids will appreciate it.

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Yo, Adrian!


I had done my 100 sit-ups and headed into the garage to lift some weights and punch the heavy bag.

As always, I brought my iPod with me so that I can listen to some music while I work out. This time, I had it tuned to the ‘80s station on Pandora.

After tuning in, I spent some time grunting and lifting weights. Once done, I stepped away and prepared for the heavy bag.

The second I grabbed my pair of Muhammad Ali boxing gloves, this song starts:

(Note: Sony Music can suck it for disabling embedding for all of their YouTube videos)

I seriously had to stop and catch my breath since I was laughing so hysterically. Really, I couldn’t even punch the damn bag! I tried but only landed soft blows that wouldn’t even hurt a gnat.

So I stopped, focused, let the song continue, and started all over again.

Ten minutes later I raised my hands and proudly exclaimed, “Yo, Adrian! I did it!”

I’m sure the neighbors love me.

Another Flashback to 1986


While in the depths of yet another session of questioning my writing abilities, a friend of mine handed down simple advice: “Writers write,” and being a photographer he added “and photographers…photog. But you know what I mean.”

I definitely did.

Yesterday, I was scanning some of Anthony’s art that he did in art class when I asked if he had ever seen any of my work. He didn’t (or more than likely, had forgotten). Knowing where a few of my older pieces were, I went into the garage and grabbed them.

I’m glad I did—years of improper storage was causing the paper to deteriorate. But while searching through this old Pee-Chee of art I also came across a lot of stuff that I had written either by hand or on a number of typewriters I had owned over the years.

Much of what I found were lyrics to songs that were on my mind at the time but others were a bit more intriguing.

So I decided that I might as well share one of them with you and when you read it, you’ll see that even though I had no intention of how this message would be broadcast or to whom it was for, the format seems very “bloggish” in that I’m speaking to an audience, much in the way I am now.

Here’s the letter: a review of the year 1986, when I was a junior in high school.

Some of the highlights of the letter include:

1986 letter

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I still own the Brother typewriter that I used to compose this letter. It’s got a thermal ribbon that cost a fortune back in the day for a 3-pack, and it also has a 15-character LCD display so you could sort of see what you were typing as you went along. It would also “beep” when you reached the end of the line.

But I used that thing until 1993 when it I met Ann, who had computers all her life. I then switched to Notepad and it was all downhill since then.

Regardless of its capabilities, I think it says a lot that I would go through all of this trouble to bang away at the keys of that typewriter to remember the news of the year, without benefit of Googling any of it—just for the sake of doing it.

Writers write.

And even though the media has changed, 25 years later they still do.

I Gotta Headache


Much in the way that there are distinct differences in the terms everyday and every day, there also seems to be a difference between gotta and got a.

Look, I understand that gotta is a bastardization and not in the dictionary but it seems to be an acceptable term–at least when used correctly. Whereas gotta tends to be a sufficient substitute for the terms got to or have to, got a usually means that you are in possession of the subject of the sentence.

Examples of gotta:

  • “Man, I really gotta go pee!”
  • “That’s gotta hurt.”
  • “I’ve gotta go and rake up the leaves. FML.”

Examples of got a:

  • “I’ve got a camera just like that.”
  • “The cat’s got a cold again.”
  • “Shit, I just got a summons for jury duty.”

But apparently, there’s a disturbing trend that seems to suggest otherwise.

gotta

Gotta door? I gotta door what? Maybe if my door had a problem and this ad read “Gotta Door Problem?” then I might not have an issue with it. But this? This is just stupidly lame.

(In Musclehead’s quote, by the way, I’d change the comma to a question mark and also, there’s no period at the end. Oh, and “5 time” should be hyphenated.)

Then there’s The Black Eyed Peas, an extremely overrated group that ranks right down there with my other “favorite” artist, Jimmy Buffett (read: I can’t fucking stand either of them). Here’s their red-buzzer moment:

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I Have to Feeling. Nuh-uh.

I Got to Feeling. Wrong.

I Got A Feeling. Mmm, still not entirely correct but it’s more acceptable than the others and is therefore your winner.

Now using the suggestions above, here’s my example:

  • “Ugh. I’ve gotta headache and got a go and take some aspirin, then get to bed.”

See how it works? Now let these lads from Liverpool properly school you.

Take me home, boys.

Updating Photo Blog


Gentle Readers,

I’ve been absent from this here blog as well as taking a self-imposed vacation from Facebook to focus on other matters. One of the things I’ve been doing is adding more photos to a photo blog I started last year and seem to have neglected since, well, the month I started it.

But not anymore. I’ve added quite a few images lately and they can be seen here.

Enjoy, and I’ll see you soon. I plan on not Facebooking until the end of the month and so far I don’t miss it. I recommend it to anybody!

Dave