Apr 302006

During our game of Apples to Apples, last night one of the words that came up was “Mischevious.” My son played “Spike Lee,” and when the judge ruled out his card he tried very hard to defend his case with –

“But he CREATED Malcolm X!!”

Apr 302006

Oh man, I’m sore.

Yesterday was a hellish day. As you saw from my list I had a ton to do, but what you didn’t see was the fact that one of the less labor-intensive items on that list, the sink repair, turned out to be a huge nightmare of an ordeal. And why? Because I didn’t thoroughly Read The Fucking Manual. I spent all told about 4 hours wrestling with what should have been about a twenty to thirty minute repair. I missed my fucking rehearsal yesterday over this, and unless I’m mistaken I haven’t missed a rehearsal with Jobsite yet. I had Krystalle drive me to a rehearsal once after I had passed out for christ’s sake (she took me to the ER after the rehearsal). So I’m kinda bummed over losing my perfect attendance record there. Ah well. At the time I called David the water was off to my house and I was about to make my second trip to Lowe’s (3 total to repair the sink).

Lessons learned. Much like my forays into electrical work, I ended up getting the job done (and done well). It just took a hell of a lot longer than it should.

Between that and everything else we did yesterday (my list was not the household list…all four of us were pretty much going non-stop from the time we got up), I’m REALLY sore today. The house, however, looks pretty damned amazing. Better than it has looked for a long time, I can tell you that much.

Our house guests, John and Random (Banick and March from Warcraft) showed up around 10:30 last night, and so far they are pretty damned spiffy folks. etcet, aishlynn and xanyboi stayed here until around 12:30 as we all sat around and got to know each other. I think the four of us finally went to bed around 2. There were many laughs and some of our favorite tales were exchanged, as well as the consumption of my grilled turkey burgers. Good times!

Oh, and before John and Random got here, xanyboi introduced us to Apples to Apples. Holy crap what a fun game that is!

Ok..I’m off. Gonna grab some coffee and see if I can muster up the motivation to exercise before rehearsal today.

Apr 292006

  • Exercise
  • Shower
  • Baseball Game

  • Get Grill from Shed and put on back porch
  • Go to Home Depot
    • Get new propane tank

  • Go to Lowes
    • Try to find replacement hose for kitchen sink faucet
    • Get steel wool for cleaning grill
    • Get new vacuum cleaner
    • Weep softly over new debt incurred
    • Get Febreeze Carpet stuff
    • Get Grill Brush

  • Make Bed
  • Repair kitchen sink

  • Polish Stove Top

  • Clean Grill

  • Clean Bathroom (Tilex and Clorox in tub)
  • Rehearsal
  • Sweep/Mop Computer room floor
  • Vacuum bedroom

  • Go to Publix
    • Lipton onion soup mix
    • Eggs
    • Bacon
    • 4 pounds ground turkey
    • Hamburger Buns
    • Lettuce
    • Tomato
    • Chips
  • Deposit check in wallet (that you forgot about, dork) at GTE FCU
  • Find some time in all this to eat something
  • Shower (again)
  • Play card games, await arrival of house guests
  • Get with the merrymaking
  • Crash and burn
Apr 272006

Your current weight | 279.4 lbs
Weight change since your last recorded weight | -3.0 lbs
Total weight change to date | -139.8 lbs

FINALLY. Something positive at the scale.

Quite positive, really.

I had a feeling I was going to see something good this week. I got comfortably into a pair of size 40 slacks this morning that were darned near impossible to put on the last time I wore them (about 3 or 4 weeks ago, if I recall correctly). I’m starting to see a bit of a change in the mirror, too, but I’ll really be able to compare later tonight as it is picture night (going to take the pictures when I get home from rehearsal).

Whoo hoo!

Now…if I can just survive the next week (house guests who have promised to take us out to dinner no less than twice)

Oh..heh..Maya (Yourself Fitness trainer) told me today that my consistency in my workouts has been “outstanding.” I realize there was no truly “personal” motivation behind that comment, but it was nice to hear anyway.

(Small gripe, though – STILL 1.4 pounds away from my pre-Goth Cruise weight. Damn, man. I’m gonna eat more fruit next time.)

419.2 / 279.4 / 225

I can do this.

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Apr 252006

1. How did you get into acting, and what is your most lengthy role (to date) in terms of stage time?

Heh. Pretty much the same answer to a previous question. Did the Christmas Play at my elementary school, where I played the postman. It was the only speaking part of any note, and I got a lot of positive feedback from it. The interest sparked there. As far as my longest role stage time? In my professional career that would be as The Creature in “Playing With Fire,” but in high school I played Antrobus in “Skin of Our Teeth.” I think that was a longer show.

2. For my travel list, what are the three best restaurants in the Tampa/St. Petersburg area?

For Breakfast – The Frog Pond (Indian Rocks Beach). The place only does breakfast, and they do it WELL. The portions are absolutely huge (five egg omelette’s, pancakes that are about an inch thick and cover the entire plate, etc…) and they refuse to give smaller portions. On top of there being a lot of it, the food is incredibly good.

For Lunch – Ricky T’s (Treasure Island). I’ve got a slight bias here, as this is where my Mom works, but the food is really quite good. Everything is made from scratch in the kitchen (including the cheese sticks, which are worth the trip alone…they are more like fried cheese logs). They have a daily lunch special that’s usually some type of hearty home cooked meal, but the stock menu is damned good as well. If you go there for lunch during the week, you’ll have the best damned bartender on the beaches taking care of you. Tip her well.

For Dinner – Athenian Garden (St. Petersburg). This was actually a rough call to make. I mean, there are quite a few good restaurants around, but a few of the ones we go to on a regular basis are chains (tourist area…we have lots of them here). Athenian Garden is a good, local restaurant though. Obviously a Greek restaurant, the menu covers pretty much anything you’d want in that arena at very reasonable prices. I think a sign of a good restaurant is how well they do the bread, and the table bread at this place is just scrumptious. They also make an amazing greek salad. My favorite dish here is the Falafel sandwich. I’ve honestly never found a better one. I like them so much, I get them over their Gyros…which are also to die for.

Honorable Mention – Edo Japanese Steak House (St. Petersburg). I’ve got a few friends who don’t care for this place, or who think that their Sushi is sub-par, but I love it. It’s close, it’s comfortable, and they have a large and interesting sushi menu. They have the big grills for tappanyaki if that is your thing, and a standard menu as well. I’ve gone into sushi-induced food comas several times here, and will continue doing so happily.

3. Have you ever read any of D.T. Suzuki’s books on Zen Buddhism and, if so, what were your impressions?

Not that I’m aware of. Lemme check….


4. What is your favorite role-playing game system and why? And have you seen 3_sided_dice, _roleplayers_, dnd3e, dndfanz, metagaming, and perfectrpg yet?

In terms of the created universe, Shadowrun wins hands down. I’m not sure how well they are currently pulling it off, but the original versions stunned me by the complexity of the lore and the fact that everything tied together so well. Plot points from modules would be hinted at in other modules, the hacker comments throughout the books were made by the same “people,” and often continued a story if you really paid attention. It was just a very well thought out and executed world. That being said, the system was a little…lacking. I’m tempted to pick up the third edition and see what kind of improvements they have made, because it really was a stunningly beautiful game.

Overall, though, I’d have to go with good old fashioned Advanced Dungeons and Dragons. No bloody 2nd edition. No bloody 3rd. Not for any reason to do with mechanics, but simply for what the game meant to me. I can still remember the first time I held my Monster Manual, and the cool Dungeon Masters Guide with the adventurers prying a gem from the eye of a large red statue. I remember running “The Assassin’s Knot” and “Against The Giants.” I remember the ecstatic joy we felt after clearing out “White Plume Mountain” and our amusement at the notion of actually giving back the relics to their rightful owners. I remember seeing DL-1 Dragons of Despair long before even the first novel came out (holy crap! I just found a web site with conversions for the old modules, and I still have them!). Of all my gaming memories, the oldest and strongest are of Dungeons and Dragons and it will always hold a special place in my heart.

5. “They are going to mess up the entire Spiderman movie series with the upcoming ‘Venom’ movie.” Yea or nay?

Nah. Just depends on how they pull it off. I’ve got a lot of faith in Sam Raimi. I think he’s done an amazing job with the series so far, and as he’s said in the past he hates Venom so if he’s decided to go that direction he has to have a really good reason to do so. Personally, I think it’s going to be a lead up story. Venom isn’t confirmed in this movie yet – Only Spidey in his black duds. Much like Dark Phoenix, it’s really not something you should tackle in one movie. See, in my mind the X-Men did it right. Kill Jean off in the second movie bring her back in the third with new powers that she has a hard time controlling, then have her go ape shit at the end and be the “bad guy” in the fourth. Venom doesn’t need quite that much set up, but I definitely think that he doesn’t need to be a “second half” character. That was the big problem with the Batman movies. They had too many bad guys! Unfortunately, as cool as Venom is, I’m not sure he COULD be the focus of a whole movie in and of himself. I mean, he’s pretty one dimensional as a bad guy. “Kill Spider-Man!” It wasn’t until he really became the anti-hero that he got some depth, so they may very well have to introduce Carnage in order for it to have some dramatic depth. (Venom trying to kill Spider-Man, Spidey and Venom trying to stop Carnage and prevent others from getting killed, you know the drill). Again, though, that might be a hard thing to pull off with how touchy people get over religion. The suit found Eddie Brock while he was in church, contemplating suicide, and he saw it as a gift from God. He was convinced that Spider-Man was the evil one, and it was his Catholic upbringing that made him a “defender of the innocent.” Like all lunatics, his definition of innocence was pretty flexible and easily bent towards his current situation, but he really thought he was a good guy. If that makes it into the movie, it will be “ZOMG Hollywood hates Christians!”

But really, anything could happen. I mean, they’ve hooked Peter and MJ up and she already knows his secret. They are just now introducing Gwen Stacy, who was supposed to die in the Green Goblin story line. Harry is still out there, still hates Spider-Man, knows his secret and knows what his father was. They’ve introduced Kurt Conners. There really are a million directions the movies could go, and if Sam has proven anything it’s that he’s likely to take one that you didn’t expect. Don’t despair, true believer!

Apr 242006

1. What, thus far, has been your favorite Jobsite role (whether yours or someone else’s)?

Man, that one is rough. Norman from The Boys Next Door as a really great guy to get to know, as was Edward in Cloud 9. It was a lot of fun to be the slimy Inspector from Delusion of Darkness, too. I think that The Creature from Playing With Fire would be my favorite though, if for no other reason than the fact that it was one of the harder roles I’ve had to pull off. spprs and I pretty much had just each other to work with for an entire show, and that’s rough. By the end of each performance, we were physically exhausted…but it was well worth it. I was intensely proud of my work in that show.

2. You get to pick a third wheel for a night of conscience-free gadzookery. Who dat is?

Oh man…the possibilities are endless. Only one night? Only one person?

Sorry, I’m gonna kind of wimp out on this one and safely say that there were plenty of candidates on Goth Cruise who would have been more than welcome to partake in gadzookery and leave it at that.

3. What’s the cleverest gaming hack you’ve ever seen perpetrated in a table-top (not necessarily d20, but that’s assumed) gaming session?

I’d have to say it was the time that my friend Derrick Hudson got out of particularly nasty debriefing in Paranoia by standing up and singing “Alpha Complex Uber Alles.” No, he didn’t say “My character sings Alpha Complex Uber Alles.” He got up and sang it himself, full volume. Which, in turn, got the rest of the players at the table to stand up and do so as well (so as not to seem disloyal to The Computer). Not only did he not get executed, he got a promotion.

4. The majority of strippers aren’t really putting themselves through college, are they?

Ummm…no. But they do exist. There are also women who are supporting children and just trying to make ends meet. But there are also a lot of them who, essentially, want to party all the time and figure that stripping allows them to do so and get paid.

5. Christopher Walken is going to perform your wedding ceremony to K. How do you want him to welcome all and sundry to the proceedings?

“Dearly Beloved. We are gathered here today for MORE COWBELL.”

Apr 242006

1. Are there any girls there?

If there are I want to DO THEM.

2. Do you begin to understand how hard it is to ask the person you live with insightful questions, considering you already share all your secrets and thoughts with them on a day to day basis?

Pretty hard, apparently!

3. You. Me. Condiment. Bedroom. Choose.

I want two! Hershey’s Syrup and some caramel!


4. You are an amazing father, lover and best friend. Give me one way I can help you feel more amazing each day.

Find one thing to smile about and be thankful for every day. If through my influence you’re able to find a reason to smile every day, I’ve done my job.

5. It’s an old one, but I honestly don’t know the answer to this. Which visionary of the past (alive or dead) would you most like to invite over to dinner and sit around and just talk with?

My Dad. I know, he’s no grand visionary or anything like that…but if I had to pick just one person to spend an evening with, I’d give anything to have another one with him.