Archive for the 'Nostalgia' Category

Bye Bye Beetle

Monday, August 3rd, 2009


This was not my car. But it looks like it – if it was in good shape.

Today I finally did it. I sold my beetle that I’ve owned since 2001. I actually paid it off in 2005… But yeah that thing. It was my friend and my enemy. It served me well and held up to my many different jobs I’ve bounced around to, and I even shipped it to the east coast.

But it wasn’t all sunshine and flowers. I dropped about $5,000 on it in repairs two summers ago, then two weeks later, the engine light came on. I decided to call it on its bluff and refuse to take it in. It retaliated against me in little, annoying ways – headlight going out, griding brakes, dropping the stupid plastic undercarraige, upholstery dropping off, even the dashboard disintegrating. See, this was the kind of dysfunctional relationship we had. I got my revenge in a not-so passive-agressive way – I just stopped driving it altogether when we moved to PA. It sat on that street for three months just pouting and collecting cobwebs.

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Sunday Evening at Quang’s!

Sunday, July 12th, 2009

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It’s been a great day today. Parker and I woke up this morning and got his girls ready for church and we went to his ward (my old ward too). It was cool. Everybody was really warm and welcoming there (well, almost.). Then afterward, we headed back to Christians and had a crazy lunch mixing up a bunch of different stuff. Serious this is why your’re fat action. We’re talking peanut butter and chocolate chips on top of strawberry nutri-grain bars. DELICIOUS!

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Coming Soon…

Monday, July 6th, 2009

An Open Letter of Diplomacy

Saturday, July 4th, 2009

King George

Dear King George,
IN YOUR FACE! BOO YA!
Sincerely, America.

AMERICA, FLIP YEAH!!

“Freshcut” – I’m Gonna Write!

Friday, July 3rd, 2009

So as I was expressing concern to Marylynn today about what I’m going to write about for my blog-a-day commitment and she (being my voice of reason in my life that she is) suggested that I stretch my writing muscles and post up a story, chapter by chapter. This struck me as a great idea, and after some thought, we agreed I should post up a story that I’ve already started.

While contemplating my career choices and my future a few weeks ago, I decided to revisit one of my old passions, writing. I haven’t really written anything since I was in High School, but I really loved it. While my long-term dreams still involve filmmaking, I came to realize that it all starts with writing. And that’s something I can do in the here and now.

Tentatively entitled “Freshcut”, it’s my autobiographical account of my adventures as a teenaged anti-racist skinhead in the Utah ska scene. It will document four years of my life (from 15 to 19) and the stuff that happened during that time.

Two years ago, I was able to consult documentary filmmaker, Brandon Smith’s on his awesome documentary, “The Upbeat”. It focused on the Utah ska in the 90′s and I was able to point him to a lot of good people to talk to and share stories and whatnot. Unfortunately, do to geographical circumstances, I never got my chance to sit down in front of the camera and tell some of my stories. When I finally saw the finished product, I was really really impressed with how well it turned out and how throrough it was. Then I started to picture how a dramatic narrative of the same story would look on screen (much like “Lords of Dogtown” was adapted from documentary “Dogtown and Z-Boys”). Then I started thinking about my own stories between going to shows and my life at home, I realized there was a lot of good material there.

I started by writing my story and the more and more I wrote the more I realized it could be a solid book on its own. And if it turns out to be quality, I’d love to see it adapted for the screen (either big or little. Whatever.) So at this point, I have a few pages written and a rough outline sketched out of stories I think are noteworthy. My goal is to get the story published on this here blog chapter by chapter over the next year or so (or however long it takes). If people read it and like it, cool. If not, I don’t mind. I just want to get it written and out. I would love to get feedback and questions down in the comments section.

So with my commitment to blog every day this month, it gives me that much more motivation. But don’t worry, I’ll mix it up. I won’t get stuck on this for the next 27 posts. :)

You can expect the first chapter up early next week.

The Day Farrah Fawcett Died

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

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This really sucks. The woman was an inspiration and fought long and hard with cancer. Marylynn even served her once as a waitress at Ruby’s. I don’t want to be disrespectful, but I’ve been thinking about this day for 18 years because of this song:

The Day Farrah Fawcett Died
by The Vandals

Birds In The Air
Never Chirped The Same
Slobs In Bowling Alleys Know
They’d Never Burp The Same
They Came To Cry
Shocked With Disbelief
Broken Masses Of Millions
All Drowning In Their Grief

“She Was Just An Innocent
How Could You, God?”
They Cried, The Day
That Farrah Fawcett Died

Throughout The Globe
Every Chinese Man And Turk
Their Unifying Symbol
They Really Liked Her Work
But Who’s To Blame?
No One Made A Move
Until I Find Out Who Did This
Nobody Leaves The Room

“She Was Just An Innocent
How Could You, God?”
They Cried, The Day
That Farrah Fawcett Died

They Say The Road Was Icy
But That Just Don’t Add Up
A Bushy-Haired Intruder
Another Government Cover Up
A Drug-Related Overdose
A Hunting Accident,
Death At The Hands Of Another;
I Will Bet!

First JFK
And Then We Lost The King
Thank God It Must Be Over Now
They Say They Come In Threes
But Still I Ache
The World Has Lost A Friend
I Will Trade All
Of My ViewMaster Reels
To See Her Once Again

“She Was Just An Innocent
How Could You, God?”
They Cried, The Day
That Farrah Fawcett Died

…It Was The Day
I Heard My Momma Cry
It Was The Day
The Day I Hoped You Lied
It Was the Day
I Prayed to God You Lied

“She Was Just An Innocent
How Could You, God?”
They Cried, The Day
That Farrah Fawcett Died

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Thanks, Farrah, you will be missed. RIP.

Long Live the Quadroforce!

Friday, December 12th, 2008

Long Live The Quadroforce
K’chan, Doc Ock, Nick Nasty and TJ Wiggles.

Tonight was bittersweet as some of my best buddies from Virgin Mobile took me out to a farewell dinner of sorts at an awesome Portuguese restaurant up in Somerville. Originally, Octavio, Nick and I referred to ourselves as the “Design Triforce” – a design team that was not to be reckoned with. Then we took it to the whole next level when Kelvin was moved over to our area. We had become the QUADROFORCE!! A totally unstoppable team who could actually be stopped by ruthless higher-ups, a sluggish economy and downsizing.

But seriously, it was awesome to hang with the guys again tonight and the lovely Lynn (who serves as the April O’Neil role to our Ninja Turtles), who also took this picture for us. Thanks guys for the AMAZING dinner and the Christmas gift that meant so much to me and my family, you’ll never know. It was awesome working with you for these past two years and hopefully I’ll see you again soon.

The Quadroforce is dead! Long live the Quadroforce!

Paris Trip – Day One

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Me and Finn under La Tour Eiffel

Marylynn and I took a vacation to Paris this past week. We’ve been hoping to go together since before we got married, and we finally made it! We spent seven days out there, so I’m dedicating seven blog posts to it.

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2 Years in the East!

Friday, August 22nd, 2008
Welcome To Pennsylvania

Today’s a big day for our family. 2 years ago was our exodus from California to the East Coast in search for a better life.

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Memories

Monday, July 21st, 2008

Taking a hint from Carol’s blog, here’s a little game.

If you want to play, follow these direction…

1. As a comment on my blog, leave one memory that you and I had together. It doesn’t matter if you knew me a little or a lot, if it is recent or years old, silly or serious–anything you remember!
2. Next, re-post these instructions on your blog and see how many people leave a memory about you. It’s actually pretty funny to see the responses. If you leave a memory about me, I’ll assume you’re playing the game and I’ll come to your blog and leave one about you.

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