Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Sending Christmas Cards.


Many years back there was this one Christmas song about the "pains" of Christmas and one of them was writing and sending Christmas cards. If I added how much time and the writing that I put into making my Christmas cards along with the other writing that I did today, wow would I have gotten a lot accomplished. It's amazing how getting up early makes the day longer, and at least for me more productive. So yes I got quite a bit writing done today, and I actually finished the project that I have been working on for weeks, which I am very, very excited about. As depressing as it sounds, now I just have to read through it and then I move on with the next step. That was essentially my day, although it was fun texting people and trying to get their mailing addresses; I ended up speaking to a good friend of mine in Pennsylvania that I haven't chatted with in a long time which was cool. What's really annoying is when you forget how to spell someone's name and you can't really get a hold of that person or someone who knows just to verify that you aren't spelling it wrong and making yourself look like an idiot, especially when those people are family. There we are then; that was my day, although I am certain that I am forgetting something like I usually do. After today though we are done with November and into the last month of the year: December. During this month I'm going to share a gift that I have received every day from a past Christmas. If I could remember at least one present each year that I have received from Christmas throughout my life then I could chronologically go from baby to now and cover all Christmases since I am 25 years old. However, I don't think my memory, or my mother's memory is that good so it will have to be whatever I remember, which hopefully I can remember significant/memorable gifts instead of Batman pajamas. Also I would like to delve into the holiday that became Christmas tradition and how it ties to the winter solstice; should be interesting. Okay, well goodnight everyone and remember that you only have 24 days to finish your Christmas shopping. No pressure.


Trailer for the film Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy and it looks fantastic with a fantastic cast. Hopefully it is as good as it looks.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Maybe Later.


Thank God I am feeling so much better today; a lot of the pressure is gone and I can breathe through my nose at least when I am sitting up. My ears are still popping which is incredibly vexing, but hopefully that will leave me too very quickly. By and large I am feeling quite good, and I hope that was the worst my cold virus season will get. It was a fairly boring day. I went grocery shopping at Target and spent far too much money, but it should last me though for over a month so I guess it was a sound investment. It would be nice not to do any major grocery shopping again until January. Got back and....what did I do? Umm............oh that's right, I did some reading, spoke to mi madre and worked on Christmas cards. I was finally able to do a Christmas photo this year to send with my cards, which I designed on my own and printed as well and I believe they turned out quite good. So within the next few days I should be able to get all of that out of the way, and then comes the Christmas shopping and planning for my family. That's going to take a while, no not going to think about that right now. While I ate dinner I watched this British comedy called Maybe Baby starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson as a married British couple who are trying to get pregnant but are unsuccessful. The husband, Hugh Laurie, then decides to take what's happening in his and his wife's (Joely Richardson) life with their apparent infertility and writes a screenplay for a film. The cast of this film was astounding: Mathew MacFadyen, Emma Thompson, James Purefoy, Tom Hollander, Rowan Atkinson, and Dawn French. It was quite funny, and dramatic at the same time, but funny. Obviously it was the dry, subtle British humor that I love so much, so it may not appeal to the Adam Sandler types. It was a rather enjoyable film viewing experience and I think other individuals would find it equally enjoyable. Therefore I give it an "Admirable Ability;" it was worth watching again, but it wasn't quite like Notting Hill funny. Once more Clone Wars Tuesdays returns. Today the Republic reaches a planet far too late before its entire population is enslaved by Count Dooku and ancient slave traders. Obi-Wan Kenobi, Anakin, and Ahsoka are the stars for this episode dubbed "Kidnapped!" Sounds intense doesn't it, but overall it was rather blah despite a lot of potential for it to be really good. I like the villain, a Zygerrian Slave Master, that traces his race's wealth to the ancient Sith Empire before the Jedi eliminated both. Anakin gets in touch with some conflicted emotions due to his past dealing with slavers, but this episode was more about action than character exploration. Essentially it was intrigue and action; probably just a set up for the next couple of episodes, but not done the best of ways. It was good, but after coming off of that set Umbara storyline, it pales in comparison. By the way it is Mark Twain's 176th birthday; Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn couldn't probably be more happier. Oh yes, and I got absolutely no writing done today; hopefully I can get off my lazy arse tomorrow and return to reality.






Maybe Baby Trailer, and another video of the Star Wars game The Old Republic. The game trailer is pretty sweet.



Monday, November 28, 2011

A Resting Day.


So today I called in sick, well technically I called in sick last night before I left for work because I was feeling like crap and I told both of my supervisors on a number of occasions, including right as I walked out of the door. However, I get a call from today's supervisor that they still had me scheduled to work and was wondering if I was coming in. After I explained the situation to her, she was kind enough to wish me good health and was very understanding of the mishap. I kind of felt really bad about it, but I thought that my supervisors took care of it; I don't even know what to say about that. So today I just chilled and did nothing pretty much; watched television shows on Netflix most of the day, talked on the phone, and watched a movie. I had been wanting to watch Martin Scorsese's The Age of Innocence but had never found the opportunity or desire until now for whatever reason. It is a period film based during the 1870's in New York City with the upper elite of society at the time. Daniel Day-Lewis (Newland Archer) is part of a prestigious family (and lawyer) that marries a naive and socially appropriate girl Winona Ryder (May Welland), who is practically perfect in every way and does all of the traditions as they should be done. Finding himself in a prison of sorts, Newland meets May's cousin, the Countess Ellen Olenska (Michelle Pfeiffer) who has recently left her husband and returned from Europe. She defies social standards and traditions and livens Newland's world; their secret love affair yearns and blossoms hoping that together they might somehow be able to defy high society's expectations and be together. Daniel Day-Lewis gave a fantastic performance as did Michelle Pfeiffer; both played their characters believably and sincerely. There were no hot sex scenes between the two, but the passion that their characters felt for each other was just was incredibly vibrant. Overall I didn't really like or necessarily enjoy the film that much; as is usually the case Martin Scorsese remains with me more miss than hit. He captured vivid beauty of vast countrysides with camera and also the luxurious living and dining of the wealthy and powerful. The story was confusing and several times quite boring, and the ending sucked. Because I view film more and more as art than always just entertainment, I watched this film; however, I do not recommend this film for any form of entertainment, and it even seemed a bit of a waste of time as even a piece of art. I will give it a "Yearning Ability" as it just lacked so much to make it a good film. Well hopefully my cold is gone by tomorrow, or at least to the point where I can breathe thru it without the assistance of legal drugs that I can purchase at Target.


This is the real video about the Star Wars collaboration with Standupforcancer that I found; the out takes are on starwars.com which are quite humorous, but then so is this video.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

A Cold Blowing In.

Yesterday at work, which went  very well, I got this really bad headache followed up by all of the classic symptoms of the flu and or cold virus. Needless to say I felt like crap most of the day, and I went to bed essentially at 8:30pm after giving up trying to fight off the intense sleepiness and "blahness," which is why I didn't blog yesterday. I slept in today until 11:30am, and it helped a lot but I was still feeling quite sick. I got to work took some more lovely legal drugs, which kept me going the entire shift without further problems, although now as they are wearing off I am beginning to feel like crap again. The joys of being sick. Somehow how at work when I was putting the SED's to bed, I accidentally called my future brother-in-law without knowing it; the bummer of which was that where he lives they are two hours ahead of me, so I felt kind of bad for that. I always wondered how people were able to do that, and I still don't know how I did it, but oh well. So right now I am going to drug myself up again and get some sleep.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Where's the Punch Bowl?

Since my double days at work are now over, I work on Fridays and only half of Saturday and half of Sunday. I think it will be good for me to switch back to the old schedule, after all I did two doubles back-to-back for almost a year I think and it was fun while it lasted. So today it was work, which went very well, and then I got home and did absolutely nothing of course. Chatted with my mother for over an hour about her mailing me some stuff along with some blue mugs which she was supposed to have given me, along with some other items and a punch bowl since I like to host parties and what not. Actually the mugs should have been in the punch bowl, so the idea was if she could find the punch bowl then she could find the mugs. It was a slightly funny moment for us; yes I know that I need to work on my humor. She however could not find any of them in her very small house of course; oh well. Furnishing an entire apartment with everything you want and need takes a lot of money, but then that's what mothers are for; to give their children the stuff they don't need or want anymore. Another work day tomorrow; hope no one got too severely injured during all of that "Black Friday" shopping today.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving To All!


Despite your beliefs, feelings, or thoughts about Thanksgiving you can't argue with the suggestion for people to be more thankful. For instance, I am very thankful that I have a second family out here in California since my other family is far away in the Midwest of the U.S. I really do feel like a part of the family and am blessed that they welcomed me in as one of them. The food was delicious at their house, the company was delightful, and we all had a lot of fun. I am truly a very lucky man, and moments like those remind me how fortunate I am and therefore how much more thankful I should be. Before thanksgiving dinner though I was busy writing; I know, not even on a holiday can I stop. Essentially I am done with my latest writing project, but I still have a few more things left to do before I am entirely finished with it. I am very excited and very happy! Good luck to all of you crazy 'Black Friday" shoppers. I got all of the advertisements in the mail today, and I have to admit that it is ridiculous how much money, time, and effort retailers put into this one single day. Well that was the day. I am very full, so I should sleep well tonight. God bless all of you and have a great weekend as I return to work tomorrow bright and early in the morning. Ciao.


P.S. Thought a little Josh Groban would be nice, and since the lyrics are about this holiday it all turned out rather perfect.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

"How Would You Like Your Remains Displayed?"


What a busy day. I did a little shopping to get ready for tomorrow, and then I went straight to writing. It was amazing! I was able to do a ton of writing for my project and I am nearly finished with it, so very soon I will be able to unveil what I have been working on for a very long time; since I got back from Montana I believe. Wow! Has it really been that long? Time flies like an arrow and fruit flies like a banana, as Groucho Marx would say. After I finished my writing I went straight to baking. I made chocolate chip cookies and a cherry pie. I was also going to make some pumpkin bread, but I didn't have enough sugar and being the forgetful fool that I am, I didn't get any while I was at the store. I think this will be the best cherry pie that I have every made; the pie dough came out perfectly, and it should hopefully taste that way as well. Still trying to figure out how to deal with the edges getting too dark; suppose I will have to get one of those pie edge protector things. The chocolate chip cookies of course turned out wonderful; nice and chewy, and not too brown and crunchy. I sat down after that to some dinner and for some odd reason decided to watch The Mask of Zorro which is an amazing film, definitely shows that Martin Campbell is a fantastic director although I'm not certain what he was thinking with The Green Lantern. I've always really enjoyed the many different versions of Zorro since I was young, and especially the sword fighting. I actually dressed up as Zorro for Halloween when I was in Kindergarten; good times and memories. If I remember correctly my oldest sister was a nurse, my second sister was a clown, and then my third sister was a princess or fairy of some kind I think. James Horner also did a fantastic job on the music, although Troy sounds very similar to it in several ways. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and so I will conclude my monthly long 'thanking a person' thing with being thankful for God, Jesus, and the Holy Spirit. Since all three are one (yet distinct and separate) that's why I put all three. Without God & company my life would suck even more than it occasionally does now, and the afterlife would definitely suck. How thankful I am for what all three have done and will do would be immeasurably impossible to write or even capture with any kind of words; so all I can truly say is "Amen."


P.S. Saw the latest trailer, apparently, for the film The Woman In Black; should be interesting to see Daniel Radcliffe in something else besides Harry Potter. He actually looks good in the character he's playing.


Tuesday, November 22, 2011

"Up, Up, Up the Stairs Precious..."


I unfortunately got a late start to the day which set me back on a number of things, but I somehow managed to get a fair amount of things accomplished besides relaxing. I did some writing which seemed to go by rather quickly today thank goodness. I usually dread writing this project that I have been working on, but today it went very well, and I hope that it is able to go that direction until I am finished with it. I looked up Harry Potter spells on the internet after that; for some odd reason I taught some of the SED's on Sunday quite a few of the spells from the books, along with wand movements, what the spells to do, and how to do them properly. So since then many of them have been dueling each other and me and asking for a complete set of all the spells from the franchise, and for me to bring my wands as well. Yes I know I'm a bit odd, but apparently it came in handy as the SED's were getting so bored that they were going to use other means besides magic to kill each other. I finished the Lord of the Rings trilogy and watched Return of the King and for the first time since I saw it, I didn't think it was all as bad as I originally thought; don't get me wrong, I still believe The Fellowship of the Ring is the best one. Howard Shore's musical genius and Peter Jackon's skill as a director made those three films epic. This Tuesday wraps up the Clone Wars Umbara Quadrilogy of episodes with Carnage of Krell. It was as I suspected somewhat, although the full extent of the carnage was quite a surprise. I won't give away too much, but let's just say that Krell is more than he seems, and was working to do more than just carelessly order clones to their death. These four episodes I have to admit have put season 4 on a whole new level, and the Clone Wars for that matter. Captain Rex and Fives have come away stronger characters and wiser as well, but also some foreshadowing of what is to come in Revenge of the Sith and how the clones are able to do what they do to the Jedi. Speaking of democracies that fail, looks like Europe and the United States are having some difficulties; should be interesting to see if it is reminiscent of the Roman Republic turned Empire or the Old Republic turned Galactic Empire. Great transitioning don't you think, but this one is a little more rough. Today I am thankful for the Cuellar family. Ever sine I came to college and have been living out here in California they have been a second family to me; very kind, generous, and treat me as if I was a part of their family. I am very fortunate and blessed; thank you to all five of you.



Monday, November 21, 2011

Off.

Not a long day at work, but one SED was particularly annoying (the wretched one that has been attacking me every day that I have worked this weekend). Sometimes you wonder if all of the hard work and patience that you put into something is worth it, and then you realize that you might never know. That's how I feel about these kids that I work with. My writing group went relatively well, despite the SED's being a little hyper, but what can you do. Today I am thankful for my co-worker Olympia who helps make every Monday fun, lovely, and an absolute pleasure to work during. Sleep, rest, and nothing is what is left for me tonight. Everyone have a fantastic work week.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Getting a Degree in Being Mean.

Despite being a long day at work, it wasn't too bad. I had an SED punch me in the stomach, one try to punch me in the face a number of times along with kicking and punching me, and I was treated like a servant. All in a day's work though I suppose. When one of the SED's was tantruming and getting upset he got so angry that he was hitting himself on the head with toys, his door, and God knows what else. He actually was shouting his head off and acting like he was crazy. I was able to calm him down by hugging him and letting him cry on my shoulder, and this is a kid that tries to act all tough who actually has a very sucky home life that he is going to be walking into in December. I was actually quite happy that I was able to break through his icy barrier of protection and get to the real emotions that he is feeling. Those are the moments when I feel that I am actually doing something therapeutic and beneficial to the child. Today I am thankful for Edgar Allan Poe; he was a great storyteller and poet, not to mention I believe he was the individual who created the short story. Without that, so much of what I write and post on my website would not be possible. And who could forget those memorable lines... "once upon a midnight dreary, as I pondered weak and weary...."

Saturday, November 19, 2011

How Gross.

Today sucked at work all around. As soon as I walk through the doors into the cottage, one of the SED's is holding a pot and threatening to attack some of my co-workers, mind you he is covered in his own urine because he wets the bed and usually refuses to shower for hours. He tantrums, shouts, calls me some of the foulest language in the world, and throws stuff at me actually hitting me in the eye with something. I was quite furious, especially with the staff that was just standing there doing nothing while this SED is throwing stuff not only at me but at the other SED's as well. It sucked, oh and he spit on me as well. He spit so much on the door that it was covered in pop-tart spit and I grabbed the door not knowing this and got my hand covered in his spit. I almost vomited for about a half an hour. After that it calmed down immensely for a while. Later on at night I worked with two staff that did nothing but eat pizza, play on their cell phones, and work on their laptop computers. Me and one other staff did all of the work, and all of the interventions and prompting. We had two SED's attack each other, I separated one while my co-worker got the other one; meanwhile the other two staff are in the back office doing God knows what and came out after the situation was under control. It was a long day; thank goodness it is over. Today I am thankful for my previous driver instructor Joe (can't remember his last name). He taught me and two of my sisters how to drive, and he was great; he really taught me well and I am a good driver because of his teaching. He cracked a lot of jokes and had a lot of stories from his 25 years or so from being a truck driver. I hope that he is enjoying retirement. Day 2 is tomorrow.....yuck.

Friday, November 18, 2011

Just Ordinary.

Well today was actually quite boring. It was actually so boring I'm kind of forgetting what even happened. Yeah, I know my memory is going. I did some writing, lots of relaxing ate dinner, spoke with my sister, and then did some reading. Wow, that was a really boring day! I suppose I could have done more writing, or something to make it more interesting, but I wasn't feeling it. I wanted to be lazy and do nothing; to have a relaxing evening, and aside from my neighbor's kid screaming and tantruming I think that end was quite successful. I swear the biggest problem I have with my new place is that the walls are too thin, either that or my neighbors are just really, really loud. Today I am thankful for my sister Christina; she is my oldest sister and has gone through a lot of crap already in her life, but she has always been easy for me to talk to about anything and everything, and we always have a lot of fun going down memory lane. We actually are planning a road trip to where we grew up in Wisconsin next year; its going to be so much fun; we might even drag my mother along and really make it...interesting. The work weekend is back, and by the way only less then a week before Thanksgiving so make sure you get all of those pies baked (or purchased) and the turkey properly cooked (avoid basting and cooking the turkey with stuffing as both will dry the turkey out; for more information read Alton Brown). Have an excellent weekend everybody.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Creative Fires Burn Brighter.


I cannot say what joy and pleasure this day has brought me. It was beginning out as just a regular day like it usually does, although for some odd reason my Wall Street Journal and local newspaper were not delivered to me, oh well. I did about four hours almost of writing on the project that I have been working on lately, and then took a break for dinner during which a good friend of mine contacted me and we chatted for about an hour or so. After that I watched The Two Towers and while I didn't like several parts of the film overall I found still entertaining and inspirational; The Fellowship of the Ring (theatrical version) will always remain my favorite of the 3 films. It was actually at the end of writing for my project that an idea came to me; to write a musical about two individuals running for U.S. president in either the 1930's or the 1950's. It would be a satire because of all of the crap that's going on in American politics today, and I think it would be a really fun musical. As I began working on it though I also figured that the way I was writing it out would also make a great modern political drama story. So I don't know; I might go the way of the musical, or the drama which would become a book. What I want to do would work best in a musical I believe, but it would be so powerful as a fictional drama book. I also was working on magical story that takes place in Great Britain pre-Merlin; back when the "Old Religion" the "Old Ways" were very dominant, and it is shaping up marvelously so far. The new book I got the other day has been helping immensely; for example it talks about the mystical properties of trees, and what they were used for and why. An Evergreen stands for immortality as does Birch, and Oak I believe, whereas Yew signify long life as they are supposedly thought to live for over 9000 years or so some suspect. Did you know that hollow glass globes were hung so that they would catch the evil spirits inside witches and keep them inside. Sounds like Christmas ornaments for Western civilization doesn't it? I will be sharing as we get into December how much "pagan" and mystical/magical elements wove into a Christian holiday and why; it is actually quite fascinating. Today though I was so happy to actually sit down and let my imagination loose and write as I wanted, which is something that I haven't done in a while. It is something that I truly love to do, and I actually texted a friend that I hope to die with a pen in one hand and some paper in the other. Today I am thankful for George Washington; a previous U.S. President, a great general, and an inspirational leader not just for Americans but for all leaders aspiring to form a great democracy. He, along with thousands of others, helped craft a country that began as one of the poorest and weakest nations in the world but is now the wealthiest and most powerful. Thank's Mr. President, I hope you are enjoying your afterlife.

P.S. Snow White seems to be the story fare for films for some reason. We have some comic relief with Mirror Mirror, we'll just see how comical it actually is.


Wednesday, November 16, 2011

A Day Out.


Well the day began like any other day, and then I had a friend come over and we went out for lunch. It was delightful and since we had nothing else to do at the moment we went shopping at a few nearby stores. Eventually we ended up at a Barnes & Noble where I perused the bargain section looking for something interesting. I found an interesting book about the Roman Emperors, one about Ferrari cars, and when I came to the conclusion that there wasn't anything worth getting I was going to leave. On my way out I came across this one book which has a ridiculously long title so look at the picture I posted. Within this book is an incredible amount of detail about all kinds of symbols both religious, mythological, and other things. It tells you what particular flowers mean, details about the Zodiac, and why wedding couples cut a cake (which has a lot to do with virgins having sex; I'll just leave it at that so use your imagination or experience whichever suits you). It tells you the difference of an Athame and a Boline, who Abraxas is and who Baphomet is, and what the mystical charisma of minerals, metals, and gems are. It's a fascinating read not only for a consumer of knowledge, but a gold mine for a writer. All of these ideas are giving me greater and richer ideas for stories, and the nice thing about the book is that it is quite exhaustive without seeming like it; you get a lot without it looking like a mountain or a college class. Since my average day off wasn't quite normal, I didn't get as much writing done as I would have liked to but I was able to do a little. Hopefully I will be able to finish this one project and move on to bigger and better things, and yes I am still getting my 2nd book edited so it looks like it won't be out before this year's end unfortunately. All good things take a while though to get right, at least for us humans. Next year in the spring my book will be released that I am very confident of....but not infallibly so. Today I am thankful for my Grandma Swezey; she was a tough woman who died at the spry age of 96, but she didn't take lip from anyone, worked for everything she had and worked hard, loved God and her family, and made the best applesauce and molasses cookies ever. I miss you Grandma so much, and hope that you are having an awesome time in eternity, and thanks for all of the good times as well as the treats. I found this trailer of the Lucasarts game Star Wars: The Old Republic which I will probably never play, but since I love Star Wars I looked at it and so far the cinematics for this game are pretty cool and amazing. I thought I'd share, but check YouTube for the three entire videos that make up this trailer collage; they're pretty sweet.


Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Only I Can Live Forever.



Since watching the first Harry Potter film back in 2002 I have concluded that home video watching experience nine years and 8 films later in the grand year of 2011 in the same month the first film was released. Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part 2 is just as I remember it in the theatre; incomplete like with completely inadequate music to accompany such a grand scale film, not to mention ending an epic franchise. Alexandre Desplat just wasn't up to the task, I don't care what any one else says; David Yates should have done everything in his power to get John Williams for the last two films. Since he composed the first one and came up with the essence of Harry Potter music, it should have been he that finished the entire series, not some redundant fill in the gap composer. I have to admit that the film was better this time around, but still lacked.
Oh well, at least it was entertaining for a couple of hours. Did some writing today and some major relaxing; that long work weekend just pooped me out completely. Clone Wars Tuesdays continues with the Umbara storyline which is only getting better the further along it goes; I think this arc, which is spanning 4 episodes so far, may be the longest so far with the same characters. We still have Master Krell, Captain Rex, and Fives as the main leads with some of the same clones popping back up here and there. You can tell there is major dissent within a core group of clones about what Krell is commanding them to do, and all I can say is that I understand why Anakin took the 501st to the Jedi Temple to destroy it in Revenge of the Sith. The visuals are great with depth, but also the characters have much more depth than ever before, as does the dialog and drama that is happening on the screen between the clones. I'm actually quite impressed with where they're taking season 4 so far. Now if they lose the entire battle for Umbara I would be completely impressed; good guys that always win everything is kind of boring and predictable. What happens in the next episode given the title of it is the Carnage of Krell should be rather....intriguing. Today I am thankful for Jared Penland, who is not only an amazing science teacher, but also a fantastic map maker/designer, and an incredible creative genius. He helped me visualize my fantasy world again and again and helped make other creative fantasies of mine a possibility. Thanks Jared, and I'm looking forward to our next project together. I posted a trailer for The Iron Lady which looks amazing. I love Meryl Streep and the cast that appears on the film, not to mention films starring British actors and actresses always rank high on my 'to see list.'


Monday, November 14, 2011

Rest At Last.

Well after 47 hours of work in four consecutive days my days off have finally come, and not a moment too soon. I am so eat right now, but for still feeling sick somewhat I am doing remarkably well and despite the SED's being wretched the shift at work overall went rather well. This one SED got so angry that he broke his wall and made a 3ft hole and then a 2ft hole; he is one of the most vexing SED's that I work with directly and he is so similar to a 1 year old child. I made a co-worker a key lime cheesecake and it came out wonderfully, although it could have used a little less lime, but some whipped cream would have helped tame the tartness, but it was still so very good.. Today I am thankful for Ludwig van Beethoven; he composed excellent music, and had such passion when creating music which has lasted the centuries and aside from Mozart he is the most well known classical composer. His 9th Symphony will always remain a favorite of mine. Got up early to make the cheesecake and went to bed late last night. In dire need of sleep, so have fun working all of you workers this week.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Oh The Pain..............

It sucks being sick and working at the same time all day long. It went from bad to worse, although the SED's behavior didn't go that way; I was constantly prompting and preventing fires from burning too high throughout the shifts which was tiring especially when one is sick. I almost lost my voice a few times, but that remains functioning at the moment. So, I'm feeling rather like a troll with a really bad stuffed nose so I am going to get some sleep. With all things looking and hoping for positives, perhaps tomorrow I will feel much better. I seem to be constantly forgetting to write about people that I am thankful for so here's yesterday's and today's. I am thankful for Vanessa; who was my first college friend and has stuck with me through thick and thin no matter what, and always took an interest in my writing. I am also thankful for Jim Davis who is the creator of "Garfield" without whom I wouldn't laugh as hard on Sundays or have such fond Halloween memories.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Work and the Rain.

I got up today and thought that the sun would shining for the rest of the day, but no it rained all.......day........long. Yep San Diego's winter is fast approaching, if not seemingly already here. At least there isn't any snow, and I usually love the rain but not while I'm working. When that happens the SED's are locked inside for the entire time usually and thus they get easily hyper when they haven't worked off any energy. Hopefully that won't be problematic for tomorrow night, but at least today was a better Saturday than the previous one. The SED's relatively behaved themselves and I had a great time with my co-workers; we had a lot of laughs. Well I'm reaching the halfway mark and soon I will have my days off once more.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Immortality.

To all that have served in the armed forces to protect those who couldn't defend themselves or ask for it; for those who advance liberty, justice, and equality thank you. This world would suck without the thousands of brave men and women who have shed their blood and sweat to fight for causes not always of their own. God bless all of you, and may he grant peace of mind and soul to all who have witnessed and experienced horrendous acts of violence. Thank you honored veterans. What a day. Well I went to work and didn't have any amazing difficulties and I did see the new boss again and this time she spoke to me, but only to say that I needed to get one of the SED's into the shower and walked off while she was chatting up a storm with the SED's. Very interesting method of leadership she possesses I've noted so far, not my style but we'll see how it works out for her in the long run. After work I went and saw the film Immortals which I gave a "Yearning Ability," it really wasn't that great and if you don't see it then do not fret over it, not one little bit. It was entertaining I suppose with a lot of grisly graphic violence that a 13 year old girl was laughing at on occasion next to me (I don't know what possessed her dumb parents to bring her to that film). I just didn't connect with it at all. I did some shopping and got Harry Potter & The Deathly Hallows Part II and so now my entire Harry Potter film collection is complete; I can't wait to watch next week after I'm done working. I got back to my apartment and vented it since the exterminators came and hopefully eliminated all of those pesky cockroaches, because let me tell you I never want to see or catch of those creatures ever again. Now tonight I am thankful for my grandfather (my mother's father) of whom I am named after; I am very much like him, because I am very much like my mother. It is because of him that I am becoming so great of a man with as much success as I am having in life. I only wish he was alive so I could tell him that in person. Oh, and some very good news; I am an uncle again. One of my sisters gave birth to a healthy baby girl yesterday named Elise Rachel; congratulations to my sister and her husband. Posted a trailer for Snow White and the Huntsman looks interesting, but I will reserve my judgment until after I see it. I must say I was disappointed to see that Kristen Stewart was going to be in it, but maybe she'll be better in this than in Twilight.


Thursday, November 10, 2011

How Much Life Often Sucks.


Ever have those days where everything seems just overwhelming. You five million things to do and not enough time to do them all in, well that was kind of like today. Aside from the fact that I am working tomorrow like I don't usually do, my apartment is getting bug bombed for cockroaches which is a double edged sword; I'm glad that they will soon be gone (I'm not the one responsible for their invasion of my apartment), but tonight I had to take everything out every single cabinet in the kitchen and find a place for it without setting it on the floor, and the same thing for the bathroom. I really hope they don't need to whatever in my bedroom closet because there is no way I would be able to do that tonight and find a place to put all of the stuff. Those bug people are crazy, and it kind of makes me angry that I had to have this done in the first place when it wasn't even my fault that it happened. My apartment is nigh immaculate, yet these wretched insects appear; curse filthy, irritating neighbors. Hopefully by the end of tomorrow that will be it and no more bugs. Then tomorrow I have to put everything back after working all day, and I also have a lot of things to do once I get off of work so that is kind of overwhelming me and then I start my regular work weekend (doubles on Saturday and Sunday, followed by a 10 hour shift on Monday). I'm probably going to get sick at the end of it all just my rotten luck. I'm picking up the shift tomorrow as extra; more money for me I suppose. Well I did get some writing done today; it was hard to focus but I pushed myself more on the forthcoming project that I am working on, and although it oftentimes sucks to work on it, when I am finished with it all of the time and hard work spent on it will be well worth it. Instead of watching a film tonight I was watching this one show Brothers & Sisters on Netflix. It's actually really good; I picked up watching it while I was in Montana. I like the straightforward crap that the family deals with, and I really like the characters; it all seems real with nothing fake going on although they at times try to fake their way out of a situation. Highly recommend it to people who like well done dramas. There's the day, and I cannot wait for Tuesday of next week as this week was too short.


Wednesday, November 9, 2011

An Emperor.


It's amazing how much more free time one has if you get up early in the morning, at least early for me. I actually got done writing earlier than I had anticipated and had an hour and a half approximately before dinner and a movie. So of course I spent the entire time chatting with my sister Paula who is not going to have a wedding cake but pies, cupcakes and other yummy treats instead. My mom is making her wedding dress, my cousin is designing it, and they are getting things booked left and right like nobody's business which is really cool. A pity the wedding is a year away from...Friday I think. Anyways I finally sat down and watched The Last Emperor after wanting to watch it and then not watching it. It was long, but I did enjoy the film and have to say that it is indeed a great period film and well deserving of the 9 Academy Awards that it earned. I finished season 3 of Merlin last night and boy was that a good season, and it ended with Merlin putting Excalibur into a stone which I thought was a very nice touch. I have to admit that the makers of that show are doing it right, it is a new approach to the material, but they are pulling it off quite spectacularly; leave it to the British to make a fantastic show about their own native mythology, I highly doubt Americans could have successfully pulled it off quite as well. I'm really looking forward to seeing season 4, and I am hoping that they kill off Uther and I would love to see Merlin use more magic. I guess I'll just have to patiently wait. Today I am thankful for Charlie Long who was a former college professor of mine; a man that I'd like to consider a type of mentor, a colleague, and a very good friend. His wisdom is the field of psychology and human behavior is great but he remains humble, and he has a great deal of compassion and care and he took an interest in the work that I was writing before anyone else really noticed. Thank you Charlie.


With the release of Immortals into theatres this Friday I thought that it would be nice to add a trailer of what everyone will be able to see in a matter of days, and don't forget that the final part of the Harry Potter saga will be available on the same day.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

What Started It All.


Well it was a fairly productive day even though I was able to get everything done that I would have liked to. I spent about 4 1/2 hours writing/editing today, and then while I ate dinner I watched Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and yes it was the original animated film from Walt Disney. I thought that watching what really launched his empire would be a good thing, and it was; I love that film, aside from Snow White's voice and singing, along with the Prince's voice and singing. The dwarfs were well done, and the Wicked Queen was so cool. It looked so good for being made back in the 1930's, and honestly since it was the very first animated feature length film I can't really critique it; how could you? There was no precedent and therefore nothing to compare it to, and so it will always remain something of masterpiece forever simply because it was the first one that started it all. While I was just reading the Wall Street Journal a few moments ago, there was this interesting article about how exhaust fumes can be deleterious to the human brain. Apparently Los Angeles has the worst commuter traffic in the United States and the fumes from the freeways can extend up to 1.5 miles away. Mexico City has one of the most difficult daily commutes worldwide, and apparently brains of adults and children revealed unusual inflammation often associated with Alzheimer's. In China, 3rd graders exposed to high levels of traffic exhaust did more poorly on cognitive and behavior tests than children in a nearby area. According to new public health studies "at every stage of life, traffic fumes exact a measurable toll on mental capacity, intelligence, and emotional stability." Basically everyone, if you want to live a strong and healthy life, and hope that your children do not develop autism and other neurological disorders, live in the country. It actually isn't too bad, speaking from experience growing up in the country in Wisconsin. There's your little health new from me today. In the Clone Wars series on Umbara in the newest episode, The General, things seem to be getting more and more tricky for the clones and their acting general. For the first time you begin to really see clones questioning quite obstinately the orders being given to them from a Jedi, which is very interesting. Fives and Captain Rex are key to this string of episodes, but the other clones around are also fascinating to see in action as well; as if they are becoming aware that they are more than just disposable soldiers. Pong Krell, as powerful of a Jedi as he is, is extremely arrogant and tactically reckless. He does however remind me of a certain American general; George Patton in the film Patton. Granted, he didn't treat his soldiers like crap or mere units, but he did have a much more aggressive way of attacking than people like Montgomery, Bradley, or Alexander. I am very impressed with how season 4 is unfolding; graphically it has so much depth and the story lines are becoming much more intricate and complex. Continuing with the theme of being thankful this month, today I am thankful for my sister Paula who is probably my best friend on the entire planet. She gave me eyes and sense to look priceless in how I appear and how I dress, and she is one of the best people to have good fun with.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Seeing the New Boss.

Well after being told that my old boss had her last day on Friday as I was stepping in the following day (Saturday) I saw my new boss today, with her new assistant. She seemed petite, nice, and dressed like she was going to the gym and the same for her assistant (one of the SED's actually hid behind me when he saw the new assistant). Neither one of them said hi to me, nor took the time to introduce themselves to me which I thought was a little strange, but whatever; everyone has a different style of leading. For the most part the day went well, except for the banshee SED; she screamed and tantrumed for over 2 hours (it was very hard on the ears and nerves.) My writing group went very well surprisingly and I hope it continues to go that way. I again forgot to write about someone I was thankful for last night, but that's what happens when one is completely exhausted. Person number 1: I am very thankful for my friend Jeremy Reichert who is one my most dear friends, and who introduced me to the wonder that is Montana and shooting guns. Person number 2: I am very thankful for my co-worker Anne; she makes writing the paperwork that I have to do every Monday very simple and straightforward, and she does all of the extra when there is nobody else to cover it, and she never complains. Both of you are awesome! Well here comes sleep, and it's going to be a short week since I'm working on Friday, but I still can get a lot accomplished before that....at least I hope.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

And There Was Rain

Despite the morning being relatively sunny, the rest of the day/evening was wet and rainy, so the SED's didn't get to go outside very much which means that they had a lot of energy inside of them which turned into mega hyperactivity. It was kinda crazy but we managed to survive it. The time change might have also toyed with their small and easily distracted minds, but it only made me sleepy; the extra hour wasn't enough sleep hopefully I'll get that lost sleep back tonight. Well....that's all folks. Not very exciting, and if it was I'm way too tired to write anything else.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Remember, Remember......

"Remember, remember the fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot; I know of no reason why the gunpowder treason should ever be forgot." -V For Vendetta


Happy fifth of November to all! Although I guess if you're in Great Britain it is Guy Fawkes Day. Today is the celebration of democracy, and new democracies; the Arab Spring has been a powerful demonstration of the power that people hold over their government. However, before I go into that let me talk about my lovely day at work. It was essentially hell. The first part of the day wasn't too bad, but the SED's were just loud and not following directions at all, plus lots of screaming and tantruming (banshee screaming). The second part of the day I was on edge for nearly the entire time waiting to pounce on any of the six SED's that were waiting to explode. I had a few occasions when tempers flared and I got mud all over my pants, there was a scuffle, and lots of "encouragement" for the SED's to go to their rooms. It was just a long day and I found out two of my big bosses were quitting and moving, one of them their last day was yesterday, and the other one is leaving next week. Since I forgot my one person to be thankful for yesterday I'll do two today. I'm very thankful for my co-workers Jill who helps make me laugh when chairs are being thrown, voices being screamed, and urine being smeared. You help make the shift go by so much more pleasantly. I am also very thankful for George Lucas. He created Star Wars and helped inspire my vision to become a creative writer and imagineer; I am in a way indebted to him forever for giving my imagination so much. Now back to the holiday. With Greece on the edge of financial disaster and Europe waiting to plunge, the rest of the world isn't too far behind; not even the United States is immune. The world is ripe for change and people are eager for it, and have the power to change it; I only hope that if such measures are taken that the changes are for the overall good of the people that initiate the changes. No government should be beyond change, especially drastic change if necessary and the right of people to change government is what I believe the Fifth of November signifies for me. Dictators and dictatorial governments of oppressive nature should beware; their people one day will say enough is enough and rise up and retake their country successfully. Iran, North Korea, China, Myanmar, Syria, Cuba, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, and any other country that falls under that category should be very wary as such populist movements as the Arab Spring have a way of spreading like wild fire. I hope all of you enjoyed this holiday, and if you didn't celebrate it I invite you to do so for next year.


Friday, November 4, 2011

The Only Verdict is Vengeance.


"People should not be afraid of their governments, governments should be afraid of their people." -V
On the eve of November the 5th (at least here in California) that is something that all people should consider no matter what country they live in. The people in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya all showed their governments that they weren't afraid and look what happened. The people in Iran, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, and Bahrain weren't quite as successful; perhaps eventually the tables will be turned in the people's favor. So today was rather the same as yesterday. I spent about four and half hours writing/editing today, and yes I know that I've spent about 20 hours this week writing between Tuesday and Friday, which may infer that I have no social life. That is true; I will not have a social life until this project that I am working on is finished, and I keep getting very close. I really want to make certain that I do thorough and good job. After that I made myself some dinner and watched V For Vendetta, which I normally watch on November the 5th, but since I work all today tomorrow and on Sunday that just wasn't going to happen. So I celebrated tonight with my sparkling grape juice, but Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture will come at precisely midnight and I shall say the those now immortal words for me. I hope that all of you get and take an opportunity to celebrate this November the 5th, as to why I think it is so important; 2 reasons, the Arab Spring and the dissatisfaction with how all of the governments are performing across the world. I'll explain more of my opinions on the importance of this occasion tomorrow. One day I'd like to actually have fireworks and a kind of....party/gathering to celebrate; that would be really cool. You know people are looking for a leader or figure for the Occupy Wall Street Movement and the same for the Tea Party Movement; why not choose V? He wears a Guy Fawkes mask so he, like Evey says in the film, is everybody; he is an idea, and ideas are bullet proof! Well I think I've spouted enough politics and quotes for now, hope all of you have a great night and a good weekend.


Thursday, November 3, 2011

One Ring....


....To Rule Them All. I was writing today (for quite a long time) and when I write I have music playing in the background, and a lot of times I try to match the music to what I am currently writing. Sometimes it takes me a while to forget the music is there but then I do and become completely engrossed with what I am writing. Today I was listening to the score from The Fellowship of the Ring and suddenly I felt like watching the film. So after about four and a half hours of straight writing that's what I did, although I made myself some dinner while I was at too. I personally believe that it is best of the 3 films, and that the theatrical version is what should be watched; the extended cut has way too much unnecessary exposition and material that bogs the pace of the film down. Peter Jackson is an excellent filmmaker, one of the best I believe currently alive; he just picks rotten stories to work on like King Kong and The Lovely Bones. Hopefully he will do better with The Hobbit although I still would have loved to have seen Guillermo del Toro direct the two part film story. Despite Howard Shore's great talent on all 3 of the LOTR (Lord of the Rings) scores I do believe that his first was his best. And so I attached one of my favorite tracks below; the score has such a wide scope and really reaches the entire breadth of orchestral and choral music. While I'm talking about LOTR, I think I will mention J.R.R. Tolkien and say how thankful I am for that man. Not only did he create a fictional masterpiece with everything having to do with LOTR, but he was the man who was the forerunner of the fantasy genre and made it possible for individuals like me and George Lucas to create fantasy epics. Who knows what would have happened without his vision, and I certainly hope that as humanity continues to surge forward into the future that we are able to come across more pathfinders that see thru average and yearn for the unknown, and untapped. Well there you have it. I hope everyone is considering and remembering what this Saturday is and getting ready for tomorrow. Yes, November the 5th is coming upon us and soon it will be that time again to listen to the 1812 Overture at Midnight. Don't forget the 5th of November.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Drawing a Blank.


I think in some of my past posts I have written about annoying it can be to come up with titles especially after you've come up with over 400 different ones...at least I think. Can't remember all of them, or probably even the majority. Anyways. Today was rather routine. All I need to do is get an exercise regimen started that I can keep going with my daily schedule. My sister suggested yoga, but I haven't a clue, and I think it would be easier for me to do it in my apartment instead of having to go to a gym unless I had someone to go with. I get lazy really easily unless I have some motivation whether it be interior or exterior; aside from weight gain and poor diet my body doesn't rank high on my priorities. I spent another 4 hours writing today which was an enormous challenge in and of itself; I hate forcing myself to write, but there's nothing else for it. What continues to be annoying to me is that there is no immediate result that I can post; it remains a cumulative work in progress, but I'm over half way now so as long as I keep up the good fight I'll get there soon, and hopefully soon will be in the middle of this month. I began reading my biography on Lincoln today and it is interesting in how the previous U.S. President was described repeatedly by people who admired him: gangly, unflattering in appearance, bony, and unassuming. All of them rejoiced exuberantly of his ability to speak and think things through. I got the idea to read up on the man after read former U.S. President G.W. Bush's memoirs Decision Points as he mentioned that he read a number of biographies on Lincoln and of the qualities of his character that he discovered upon reading up on this unassuming Hoosier that became President of the United States. For some reason I have been into reading biographies and non-fiction a lot lately, which I suppose might be odd considering that I am a fiction writer. Odder things have happened I suppose. Since it is November and sooner then people think Thanksgiving will be upon us. Last year I wrote about one mundane thing that I was thankful for, something that we take for granted everyday usually. This month instead I'm going write about one person that I am thankful for and I can think of no better person to start it with then my mother. She gave birth to me, and helped shape me into the productive young man that I now am. She made mistakes, but she has gone beyond her own desires to give me a better life and I can think of no greater sacrifice aside from death a parent can give a child. Thank you mom. While I was writing this blog I was listening to a track from Black Hawk Down by Hans Zimmer; I thought it would be interesting to post along with a translation that I found. Hope you enjoy it.

1.barra barra (outside) = bb 

Sadness, hate and the reign of arbitrary 
bb 
Destruction, jealousy ; there is no trust left 
bb 
Thirst and people are unlucky 
bb 
No honour, but oppression and slavery 
bb 
Rivers were dried up and seas have ruined everything 
bb 
Stars are switched off and the sun went down 
bb 
There are no trees left and the birds stopped singing 
bb 
There are neither days, nor nights left, darkness only 
bb 
Hell ; there is no beauty left 
bb 
(solo of mandolute and ululation) 
--- 
2.bb 
Time has increased, there is no honour left 
bb 
Ruin and war and the blood is flowing 
bb 
There are only walls left, walls standing up 
bb 
Fear and people remain silent 
bb 
Sadness, hate and the reign of arbitrary 
bb 
Destruction and jealousy ; there is no trust left 
bb 
Rivers were dried up and seas have ruined everything 
bb 
stars are switched off and the sun went down 
barra barra (in a low voice, plus crescendo) 
--- 
3.bb 
There is neither good, nor happiness, nor luck anymore 
bb 
There are no trees left; the birds stopped singing 
bb 
There are neither nights, nor days left; darkness only 
bb 
Desolation, hell, there is no beauty left 
bb 
(Silence) 
bb 
Time has increased, there is no honour left 
bb 
Ruin and war and the blood is flowing 
bb 
There are only walls left, walls standing up 
bb 
Sadness, hate and the reign of arbitrary 
bb 
Destruction and jealousy ; there is no trust left. 
Stars are switched off, and the sun went down 
bb 
There is neither good, nor happiness, nor luck left 
bb 
There are no trees left ; birds stopped singing 
bb 
There are no neither nights nor days left; darkness only 
bb 
Desolation, hell, there is no beauty left 
bb 
Time has increased, there is no honour left 
Barraaaaa! Barra, barra, barraaaaaa!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

A Walk in the Park.


Having days off are completely fantastic, despite all of the writing that I usually end up doing on them. I was able to get quite a bit of writing done, or rather I spent a good deal of time writing with not a lot to immediately show for it, but it is a cumulative process that I will hopefully soon be able to reveal the fruits of my labors. I was finally able to go grocery shopping today, which I did at Target. They have relatively good prices on everything, even though the selection is small, and their produce section sucks, but you cant have everything and that is what Sprouts is for (a local farmers market). It's good to have food in the apartment again. Well tonight I sat down after about four hours of writing and watched Gosford Park which turned out to be a relatively enjoyable film, at least from my point of view. I gave it an "Admirable Ability;" it wasn't the story, plot, or even the actors and actresses that made it good. All of that worked together to create the environment which was really fascinating to see unfold. Clone Wars Tuesdays are back after a week off. Darkness on Umbara is the episode for today, and if you are a Star Wars fan then you know that Sly Moore is from that planet, and we've always wanted to see more about where she comes from. We have the usual clones, Captain Rex, and Fives has managed to outlive everyone else from his old battalion which has been really cool. Anakin makes an appearance as well, but that is short lived and Jedi Master Pong Krell takes center stage with his by the book tactics, and technical treatment of the soldiers as clones rather than actual human beings referring to Rex with his number. He has four arms, and use dual double bladed lightsabers; so when he does more fighting it should definitely be extraordinary. He kind of reminds me a little bit of General Patton and Field Marshal Montgomery, and this episode reminds me of the film A Bridge Too Far, but we will have to wait and see if the Republic meets the same disaster that occurred to the Allies with a similar plan. The technical elements are quite superior to anything else seen in the Clone Wars yet. The environment of Umbara is really, really cool; very dark and shadowy kind of like my ideal vacationing spot. Also what I liked was that the assault on the planet wasn't going very well and was very much a struggle for Republic forces instead of it being so easy. Maybe we'll all be surprised and find out that the Republic actually loses the battle; that would be a good plot development. Happy November 1st everyone! You have 53 days left to complete all of your Christmas shopping if I did my math correctly, and 23 days to complete your Thanksgiving menu. So there's no pressure.....yet.