Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Mammoth Vacation 2008




Its day five up here in Mammoth and we have gotten in some good skiing.  The picture of Tasha is standing at the Cornice run....you can see right behind her the black diamond indicator...(no we didn't ski down it we went down the backside)

The other picture is one that I took near the top of chair three as you are coming down into McCoy station...I always liked the view from that part of the run..it looks like you are coming out of the clouds....

Matt, Tasha, Dad, Mom, Jeff and the Boys went to "Sledz" yesterday and Kevin and Zach had a blast.  Zach had a spectacular fall out of his innertube, his nose is a little bruised but he is OK.  He wanted to keep going after that.  Kevin was flying down the hill and wants to know when we can go again. 

 The weather is perfect after 5 straight days of snow we get about 7 straight days of bright blue skies.  And the snow conditions are great.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!!!!!!!


Merry Christmas to everyone on this, the best holiday of the entire year.  I wonder if Santa Claus came again this year?  Lets fire up the Hot Tea...and find out shall we?

Best wishes to everyone on this day!!!!

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Gluttony


Rick Warren-enjoys "picking and choosing" verses from the bible (Thinks gays can't marry because the bible says so in Leviticus--yet ignores verses saying you should kill yourself if you are a glutton)  

Put a knife to your throat if you are given to gluttony
Proverbs 23:2

"Christians have been cherry picking the bible for centuries" -Christopher Hitchens

This is a very hot topic now because Barney Frank and others are disappointed in Obama for having Rick Warren do the inaugural prayer.    

Rick Warren is a morbidly obese pastor of a "mega church" in Lake Forest who wrote an incredibly popular leaflet called "The purpose driven life"    

Rick Warren continues to ignore his own bible because he persists in being an out of control glutton.  

The Gospels do not have Jesus saying one word about "gay marriage" and gay lifestyle...(he did however say that it is good sometimes for men to cut off their own genitalia)  Jesus never married and the guy who made up the religion Paul hated marriage.  

References to gayness come in leviticus alonside other archaic laws that are all ignored like "you should not wear a shirt made out of polyester and cotton blend"

So why does Rick Warren ignore the bible when it talks about Gluttony, but not when it talks about homsexuality?  

Any ideas?

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

"The 1000 dollar Duck"


This past Sunday we noticed that our ceiling was dripping after we ran the bath in the boys bathroom.  After further inspection we noticed that there was a slight bowing in the ceiling as well in the shape of a circle with about a 3 foot diameter.  

OK so we have AAA homeowners Insurance with a 1000 dollar deductible.  We noticed the leak stopped when we turned off the bathtub, and said to myself that we can wait until monday to call them...so Tasha called them monday morning and then they set the nonsense in motion...First guy who shows up is the "wetness detector and drier" actually these are two guys armed with a infared scanner.."Yep you have wetness there"   We don't do anything else you see...we aren't the plumbers, and we aren't the "leak detector" we just "find wetness"   Oh and  before we can go any further...an environmental guy needs to come out (he came this morning and it took him 5 minutes) to take samples of our drywall for asbestos because our house is about 40 years old....So then this afternoon the actual leak detector...."he finds the leak"  Doesn't fix it, nope he just finds it.    So here is where it gets fun folks..If your not sitting down at this point feel free to do so...if you have a cocktail go ahead and drink it....cause you aint gonna believe what happens next.  The leak detector goes into our crawl area in our upstairs closet after turning on the water....he then yells to me to turn it off which I do.....then he walks over to the bathroom and takes the toy duck off of the bathtub faucet.....asks me to turn the water back on...looks for a bit..then walks back to me and says the three most emotionally staggering words I have heard in my life since... "It's a boy" 

"ITS THE DUCK"

Now I am not normally prone to a foul tongue...but as this realization came to me I looked at him and said "You gotta be F'ing kidding me"  I didn't know whether to laugh or cry at the realization of my stupidity!  You see folks, this toy duck fits over the bathtub faucet to protect the boys (they probably don't even need it anymore)  But in order to activate the stopper that turns the shower on you have to turn the duck around and in doing so you reverse some of the water and send it back through the wall and thus drip out of our ceiling.  

We already have the claim going....at this point for these three guys alone the cash price is around 700-800 bucks  so we will continue on and get the wetness dried and the ceiling fixed....and I just spent 1000 dollars because of a toy duck.  

If I have learned anything from this it is one thing........

TROUBLESHOOT GAR!!!!!!!!!!

DID I MENTION THIS IS THE MOST EXPENSIVE TOY DUCK IN HISTORY?

Monday, December 8, 2008

No its not me




Yes I know what you were all thinking when you heard of the Alyssa Milano stalker.  But no it's not me.  This is a girl though who has to put up with every male around my age making googly eyes at her and asking for photos.  Yes just like I did twice at Dodger stadium over the past two years.  And you know what folks....Alyssa was cool with me both times.  Next time I'm at Dodger Stadium and see her she's probably gonna be flanked by a gentleman who is protecting her....But gosh darn it, I really want her to see how much weight I lost...Oh well maybe I can hike to her house in the Hollywood Hills.....

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Final Oatmeal Update


I would like to thank each and every one of you for your heartfelt concern.  This tragedy was on par with the Tsunami a few years ago...but instead of donating to the Red Cross many of you have sent heartfelt wishes.  But best of all I now have a one year supply of Kirkland signature costco oatmeal, for only the low, low price of 142 dollars.  On a side note, isn't it interesting that you can feed a 193 pound man 1/3 of his meals for one year for only 142 bucks?  Gotta love America.  So thanks to you all, and I am covered!!!

And yes it was Dennis Nespor, captain of the Serenity Now, and greatest Uncle of the world.  Who went to Costco and filled up his cart with 16 boxes of Oatmeal!  

A date which will live in infamy


"The United States was suddenly and deliberately attacked by the naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan" ---President Roosevelt

It was a sleepy Sunday morning in Honolulu 67 years ago when we were attacked by Japan.    Here were the results of the attack...

4 Navy Battleships sank
3 Cruisers sank
3 destroyers sank
188 aircraft destroyed
2402 personnel KIA
1282 wounded

After the attack FDR declared war on Japan, which in turn caused Germany and Italy to declare war on us.  

Only four years later after an unprecedented effort by the United States and our allies...Germany, Italy, and Japan had all surrendered to The United States and we won!!!!!

Saturday, December 6, 2008

The Obesity Clown


Today at one of our christmas expos here in Santa Clarita we had an invasion from an insidious and brilliant marketing tool.  Ronald McDonald pranced around like a creep handing out pencils and telling kids to "stay in school and read"  But what McDonalds is really doing is setting up emotional triggers in our kids that they will have for a lifetime.  Clown=happy=cheeseburgers and fries=happy.   When I worked for Mikes Mobile Windshield I went to McDonalds almost everyday and got a supersized double quarter pounder value meal.  Because it was a comforting part of my daily routine.  I remember Ronald and the pretty color scheme of McDonalds and their tasty fries.  What did this happiness get me?  Man Boobs and a gut folks!  McDonalds is extremely unhealthy, their fries alone are incredibly bad for you, (would you like to supersize that?)  
We have nearly banished smoking (which is great) But we have more and more morbidly obese people waddling around like some sort of giant sea lions.  

Bottom line is this.....there needs to be a law against marketing McDonalds to kids.  Just like Camel can't market "Joe Camel" because it is appealing to children.   Smoking is highly addictive, and so is McDonalds.  Here are the risks associated with smoking...Heart Disease, Cancer, Emphesema.       And here are the risks of being a great big fat person....

Heart Disease and stroke
High Blood Pressure
Hypertension
Diabetes
Gout
Cancer
Osteoarthritis (joint pain)
Breathing Problems

Wake up America!!!!!!!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008

1/3 Dodger Season Ticket holder

Its that time of the year folks as Matt and I now have tickets to 27 of the 81 regular season home games played in 2009 at Dodger Stadium.

That means that if there is a game being played next summer at the Ravine, there is a 1 in 3 chance that we'll be at said game.

We kept our same row, just under the overhang, but we were able to move two full aisle lengths closer to home plate...aisle 151 Row K seats 1-2.  Pretty cool eh?

OJ gets 16 plus years!!!!!


OJ will most likely die in a Nevada State Prison, after having a 13 year respite for killing two people.  

Fred Goldman can get a little bit of peace tonight.

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Oatmeal Update

Well folks today I did not go the Costco in Canoga, or the one in Porter Ranch because this morning I got a physical and let me tell you it was the works.....Sonia was the NP who performed a digital prostate exam on me..she gave me a choice, "you can either drop your pants and bend over the table, or you can lay on the table on your side with one of your legs pulled up to your chest"  I told Sonia that I would prefer to opt for choice number 1....well it wasn't too bad, one of the benefits of having a woman perform the procedure is that their fingers are smaller.  So I checked out ok, Sonia told me my prostate felt normal, just like a pencil eraser.    Now on to the blood work I am "fasting" and I begin to feel a little lightheaded after they fill up the fourth vial with my blood....(Incidentally I have never 'fasted' because of Jesus, but I can see how you may feel it is a religious experience because of how lightheaded you are)  I broke out into a cold sweat and started in with a little nausea, It was the last thing and I just wanted to get out of there.....So I am driving on the Old Rd to a Subway, when the phone rings and I answer it, and proceed to get lit up by a CHP unit behind me that I never see because I am woosy....I thought I had the perfect excuse but the guy writes me up anyways!   

P.S.  The reason I didn't go to Costco is because I also got a Tetnus shot and it feels like someone punched me in the arm.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

No more Costco Oatmeal!!!!!!!!



Why am I so sad?  Well folks I am holding one of the remaining 3 boxes that I bought today at Costco during a routine oatmeal pickup.  Ladies and gentleman, I saw to my horror an asterisk next to the price display.  (If you are a Costco expert like me then you know an asterisk means discontinued) the tragic fact is that Costco has decided not to renew their supply of this life giving Oatmeal.  So tomorrow, I am going to go to multiple Costcos in the valley and buy up all the remaining stock....I potentially could spend over 100 dollars tomorrow just on Oatmeal.  And I need your help...please if you want to do something nice for a needy person, if your in Costco, buy some Oatmeal for me eh?  I'll pay you back....the brand is 

Kirkland Signature
Organic Instant Oatmeal (variety pack)

Thanks and happy holidays!!!!

P.S.  The existing stock says best if used by June of 2011...so buy away people!!!!

Monday, December 1, 2008

World AIDS Day


One of the most noble things the Bush administration did was the unprecedented 15 billion relief act that has combatted AIDS in Sub Saharan Africa.  This is one of the only bright spots in this dark failed presidency.  Anyways, it's Xmas time folks, and what better gift for you and yours than an IPOD?  Apple has a red ipod on their shuffle and nano product lines which they donate a portion for AIDS relief...so if you are gonna get one...click here to order!

www.apple.com/ipod/red

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Weight Update


Even though I am much skinnier, people still have a hard time getting past the whole "two head thing"

August 1st  242 lbs (BMI of 32.8) classified obese with a risk factor for high blood pressure, heart disease, adult onset diabetes, hypertension etc and etc.

November 29 194 lbs (BMI of 26.3) classifed slightly overweight with all all of the above risk factors either eliminated or seriously diminished

Total weight loss to date= 48 lbs.  

When I hit 184 lbs I will have fallen into the "normal" category with a BMI of 24.9

Stay tuned......................


Thursday, November 27, 2008

Thanksgiving


Here now from the home office in Valencia, CA the top ten reasons why Garrett is thankful...

Number 10:  This year I don't have to be put on the spot to announce what I am thankful for like some performing monkey
Number 9: TV Marathons
Number 8: The Rain
Number 7:  Health
Number 6: My networked music system
Number 5: My great job
Number 4: My House
Number 3: Sleep
Number 2: I am an American
Number 1: Tasha and my boys

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Mark, Brett, and I


So we all hung out together a few evenings ago, for the first time in 5 years.  It was fun!

Happy birthday Paul!!

Saturday, November 22, 2008

"I'm just a Patsy"


(JFK in the last moments of his life)

I would be remiss if I didn't write a post on the 45 anniversary of the JFK assassination.  Oswald shot Kennedy 45 years ago from the Texas School book Depository building and one insignificant malcontent changed the course of our history.  

When I was in high school I became obsessed with the conspiracy, first believing in the wild theory that there was at least one more shooter than Oswald, then disbelieving it after interviewing Bill Sayers dad, a former FBI agent who was in charge of the Jack Ruby aspect.  

Then of course I completely believed again in the conspiracy after Oliver Stone's movie came out.....Then a few years later I read Gerald Posners definitive "Case Closed" which uses meticulous reasoning and primary research to debunk all conspiracy theories.  Also 5 years ago ABC had the definitive documentary which proves once again that Lee Oswald acted alone.  

Anyways, I need to get myself to Dealy Plaza one day, I want to spend the whole day, walking around the depository, the grassy knoll, the trains tracks, etc.   

One more thought....I can no longer stomach watching the Zapruder film....they replay it 3 times in "JFK" (he went back and to the left because he had addisons disease and was strapped in to a back brace the size of an ironing board)  also they need to lock down the pictures of the President on the slab that anyone can easily access from the internet.  It is in an insult to Caroline and the rest of the family, the pictures are sickening....  anyways....45 years ago folks....where were you?  (I was negative 10 years old)

Monday, November 17, 2008

Garrett's Top Five Favorite Albums to listen to.

(These do not necessarily mean my favorite groups or artists, but simply my favorite albums to put on...even in this Itunes world I still like complete albums)  These are non-greatest hits..regular albums

Number 5: So by Peter Gabriel

I have listened to this album forever, it is Peter Gabriel's best and every song is a classic

Number 4:  Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd

Classic, stayed on the charts for longer then any other album in history, a complete concept, sheer brilliance and an absolute masterpiece.  

Number 3: Nothing Like the Sun by Sting

I have worn a hole in my CD player and later my ipod/Iphone listening to this album.  I'll never get tired of it....it is fantastic

Number 2: Selling England by the Pound by Genesis

No other album in the world sounds like this one, it has a totally unique sound, listening to it is like stimulating my brain with auditory oxy-contin.

Number 1: The Joshua Tree by U2

There aren't enough superlatives in the English language for this album.  From the gradual build up in "Where the Streets Have No Name" all the way to the end, it is glorious, every second is the absolute peak of brilliance.  

P.S.  What are your favorite albums to listen to?  

Happy Birthday to My Mother and my Cousin

Happy Birthday Mom!!!

Happy Birthday Kim!!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Concerts



(Peter Gabriel--best concert I have ever seen)

I have had the good fortune in my life to see the following concerts

Rush (6 times)
Sting (5 times)
The Police (4 times)
Dave Matthews Band (2 times)
The Rolling Stones
The Who
Pink Floyd
U2 (twice)
Tom Petty (3 times)
Peter Gabriel (twice)
Brian Wilson
Genesis
Dido(opened for sting)
Annie Lennox(opened for sting)
Pearl Jam (opened for the Stones)
INXS
Yes
Neil Diamond (twice)
Oingo Boingo
Michael Jackson
Paul Simon
Steve Winwood (opened for Tom Petty)

Thursday, November 13, 2008

3 Trash Trucks every Friday


I know many of you loved my last post about global warming, so I thought I would write a semi-similar one about Waste Management (Also because I am watching season 3 of the Sopranos)

Everyone in my neighborhood pays WM about 52 dollars every two months for 3 cans (yard clippings, regular trash, and recycle)  And as such we have 3 different trucks coming to our neighborhood spewing diesel fumes into the air.  The question is why?  And I think part of the answer is so that we can feel good about ourselves.  I have submitted to recycling my diet dr pepper cans because it pleases Tasha.  But what is the cost of that recycling?  We burn X amount more in fossil fuels because of the extra trucks, and the recycling plants.  Also we use X amount more water if we wish to rinse out our Pasta Sauce jars to recycle them.  But it makes us feel good.  

Similar deal with electric cars, we feel good about the fact we aren't burning gasoline, but when we plug the car into the wall, the energy comes from fossil fuel spewing plants.  Maybe we should build more nuclear and T Boone Pickens wind farms.  

Goodness knows I don't have all the answers folks, ya know I am just one more blogger in his pajamas in his parent's basement.  

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

"Do you think the Dodgers will sign Manny?"


Frank McCourt will not sign Manny Ramirez.....the offer from Coletti was merely for show.  Manny could care less where he plays, he just wants to make the most total dollars possible.   I will be shocked if Manny resigns.  But it would sure be awesome!  I think the Dodgers sign CC Sabathia.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Veterans Day

To all of our Veterans...Thank you






Monday, November 10, 2008

Happy Birthday Jenny!

Today is my Step-Sister Jennys' birthday.....so happy birthday to Jenny!

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Telling FOX NEWS report on Sarah Palin

Here is a FOX NEWS yes folks a FOX NEWS report on Palin....it is very telling, she didn't even know Africa was a continent!!!  Absolutely amazing!!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Abraham Lincoln and Tim Russert



Two people of equal stature cut from an equal cloth....one saved our Country from splintering in two and issued the "Emancipation Proclamation"    Many Historians regard him as the greatest President in History, and one of the most significant and important people in recorded History.  

And another was really good at interviewing political figures and reporting political events.

Two People, folks, two equals, men of similar ilk.

Michael Crichton is Dead


Very Very sad news I just heard about 2 minutes ago, that one of my favorite authors and one of the most successful pop-fiction writers in history has died of cancer.  I can remember being curled up in my dorm room on a cold rainy winter weekend in Chico being fascinated with reading "Jurassic Park"  I LOVED his books, he had such a unique style where he could entertain you with fascinating science, and science fiction while entertaining you at the same time.  In fact just two days ago there was a story on 60 minutes about melding humans with computers, and I told Tasha about the "The Terminal Man" which he wrote in the early 70's about a man with a computer chip in his head who found a way to stimulate the pleasure centers of his brain, and as such did so obsessively.  He wrote about genetic cloning, global warming myths, time travel, artificial intelligence, how the media loves to keep us in fear, he created the TV show "ER" He had a super high level of intelligence.  Anyways...he was awesome, and I am very sad to hear this news.

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

With President-Elect Obama, history is made


Tonight I saw something that I never thought I would see happen in my lifetime.  America has elected a black man to be our president.  It has been an amazing campaign that saw him defeat Hillary in one of the closest primary elections in recent memory.  He grabbed it right out of Hillary's hand in fact, defying the political machine and jumping his place in line.  And with his victory over McCain, Obama has defeated a great man, someone who I have always admired and respected, and who should have been our president in 2000.  

This is an incredible step forward for the evolution of our culture and race relations, Only 143 years ago black people were slaves in the south, then indentured servants, thought of as sub-human, and now fast forward to 2008 and we have Obama who is now the most powerful man in the world.  I can't believe it actually happened.  In fact Tasha and the boys came home from Awana at about 7:55, and I knew the networks would make the call right at 8 o'clock.  I told the boys to remember this moment as we watched Wolf Blitzer call it just after 8...

Congratulations to President-Elect Obama!!


Happy Birthday Susan!!

Today is Susans Birthday...so happy birthday to Susan!!!

Monday, November 3, 2008

Grabbaggar voting guide

(I am only highlighting the big ones ) 

Obama for President (all American Citizens)

McKeon for Congress (if you live in his district)

(Statewide initiatives if you live in California)

Yes on 1A
Yes on 2
yes on 3
No on 4
No on 5
Yes on 6
Yes on 7
NO ON 8!!
yes on 9
Yes on 10
yes on 11
Yes on 12

And if you live in LA County..

Yes on R


I encourage everyone to get out there and vote!!!!


Sunday, November 2, 2008

Ben Affleck on SNL

Ben Affleck was hilarious last night on SNL, he did a dead on impression of Alec Baldwin, a German Coat Salesman, a black guy with cornrows, etc.....but he did a stunningly, brutally hilarious impression of Keith Olberman, I was amazed at how funny this one was.  This Season of SNL has been as funny as the show has ever been, and with this show, Ben Affleck has vaulted himself alongside Alec Baldwin, Tom Hanks, and John Goodman as best hosts of SNL ever...enjoy the Olberman sketch!



Congrats Tasha!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tasha completed her first Marathon today!  She did fantastic....look at the big smile on her face!!  Matt ran with her the final 8.2 miles which was a big encouragement to her.  Tasha you are an inspiration to all of us!!!!  I love you!

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Wells Fargo Bill Pay


I was tooling around on Wells Fargo online today, and decided to sign up for "bill pay" This lets you pay your bills automatically through your checking account.  Pretty convenient and all right?  (Yes I know this is not a new thing, I just never have signed up for it)  As I was looking at it I thought great, this is easier than writing checks, and I signed up and payed the ole water bill today for my first bill.  

And then you know what happens next folks?  I get an e-mail from wells fargo that says "Thank you for signing up for bill pay, this service is free for customers with qualifying accounts, all others it is 7 bucks a month"  Guess what a qualifying account is?  Keeping 5 grand in my CHECKING account, not savings, not brokerage, but CHECKING!!  

Not happy folks, I guess the moral of the story is......."Caveat Emptor"...which in latin means "There is no free lunch, or bill pay from Wells"

Friday, October 31, 2008

Happy Halloween!!!!


Today I would like to wish everyone a safe and happy Halloween. This is one of the best holidays of the entire year, and one that Kevin and Zach have been looking forward to for months. One that thankfully I have been able to celebrate with my family as a kid and celebrate with Kevin and Zach right now.

But I would like to dedicate this post to all of the innocent children out there who are not able to enjoy Halloween because of their parents religious reasons. Unfortunately even in 2008 many families choose not to celebrate this day because they believe there is an invisible man in the sky who has an enemy named "Lucifer" These people believe that if they celebrate this day they are celebrating Lucifer and all his fallen angels. Oh well, if you believe that way, that is your right in America, but it sure is silly in my opinion! Let your kids have fun and be kids people, it will be over so quick!

I feel for you kids, your Church "Harvest Festivals" aren't quite the real thing are they? (:

Thursday, October 30, 2008

Garrett meets a world famous singersongwriter

OK so in the late afternoon today after a hard days work in Glendale, we are at Disneyland. And as we are coming out of the "Jungle Cruise" who the, what the...is that yep, that's Seal! So I see Seal walking straight at me making eye contact, and he sees me recognize him and he sort of half smiles, so I say, Your Seal right? And he says, ya hows it going man? And I say, great, I love your music man! Then I freeze for about a 2 count and then say, "Hey can I get a picture with you?" Tasha is there with the camera in the backpack...at this point he says sorry man I can't do it.

So that is my encounter with Seal. Whats Crazy (Ha 'Crazy' get it?) is that last Friday Bono was at disneyland and there was a picture of him with his family riding the Jungle Cruise! So anyways, Seal put out one amazing album his second one in 1994 (self titled) I have listened to that one a zillion times....his subsequent releases have not reached that point, but the guy has talent....It's always a surreal feeling when you see a famous person like that.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Obama's new anti Palin Ad

Sorry to steal doles thunder but I had to post this one.  Classic!!

Monday, October 27, 2008

Free and open again

OK you guys, the shackles of the blog are taken off...you don't have to type in your username and password anymore, and anyone can see it from anywhere....happy days are here again....

Sunday, October 26, 2008

My Weight


Garrett Riley October 26th 2008, weight 205 lbs

For those of you that know me...I have struggled with my weight for my entire life.  You see folks, no one is perfect.  Some struggle with gambling addiction, some struggle with addiction to drugs and alcohol so severely that they lose their jobs and family.  Some people struggle with feelings of depression and anxiety and are prescribed anti psychotics and SSRI drugs like Prozac, Xanax, and Zoloft.  Some can't get to sleep without ambien, and some need Vicodin and other Opiods for the smallest of infirmities, real or imagined.  And some just have an addictive personality, like yours truly...but anyways, lets focus on me and weight gain for a bit shall we?  In 7th and 8th grade I began to get a little bit teased because of my weight and then in 10th I worked out and became a chisled and handsome young gentleman.  This lasted until I got married, and then I put on 80 lbs.  How did I do this?  Well everyday for breakfast I would get to Mikes Mobile and then call the Italian Cottage for Take out pancakes which I would eat on my break.  And then for lunch I would go to McDonalds and get a double quarter pounder, supersized, with a large Dr Pepper...before long I looked like this


Garrett Riley November 1997, weight 253 pounds


So I looked like that for a while, then a couple years later, I dropped about 25 pounds, put it back on, and then dropped it again, went down to just under 200 lbs in about april or may of 2004...crept back up again over a year or so..then last summer I went down to about 223 or so, then went back up to 242 again....Now since July 25th I have dropped down to the weight I am at today 205 lbs.  Will this time be different?  Yes it will!  And the reason it will folks is because I have identified the culprit that has been holding me back, and the reasons why it has never worked before.  So here I am at age 35, having dropped nearly 40 lbs in 3 months.  How did I do it?  It's simple....sensible breakfast, sensible lunch, sensible snacks, sensible dinner, no eating after dinner...and exercising 5-6 days every week. 

205 and dropping folks...and that's the last time I'll be at 200.  I'll be holding around 190 or less, and I'll let you know when that happens, in the meantime....I am doing very well guys,  I feel very strong, healthy, and happy (:




Saturday, October 25, 2008

Seabass at Pf Changs


This Past week we had our reigonal meeting with CareCredit.  It included a team dinner at PF Changs.  My co-worker Len said he was getting the seabass.  So I take a look at the menu and being a healthy fish eating gentleman I said why not?  Little did I know that I would be served one of the greatest dishes of all time (if not the greatest)  

Folks, this seabass was perfect, and I mean perfect.  Phenomenal taste and texture.  And it was served on a bed of leaf spinach which I love.  Now right now the closest PF Changs to Valencia is in Woodland Hills about 25 miles away, but the word is we are going to have one here in about one year.  

And let me tell you ladies and gentleman, you can bet your sweet boots I will be ordering the Seabass

Friday, October 24, 2008

"W"


For the first time since July (The Dark Night) I have gone to a movie theater folks.  Yes I had to brave the bleating sheep like noises from two of the women, and the crinkling of wrappers from the gentleman 10 seats down from me, but I had to see this movie.  
Oliver Stone is one of the best directors in the last 25 years or so..."Wall Street" is in my top 10 and is his best movie ever, and of course he has given us "Platoon" "Nixon", and the phenomenal "JFK".  

W isn't in the same league as "Wall Street" "Platoon" or "JFK" but it is a very competent biopic.  And it is carried by the considerable talent of Josh Brolin who deserves to be nominated for best actor.   It is a sharp, intelligent character study, told from 1966 when Dubya impresses his frat brothers with his winning charm and likeablility, all the way up to the point where it was clear that the mission was in fact not accomplished.  (One of the best parts of the movie was when they had a spoof O'Reilly Factor show called "Spinball" commenting  on how awesome it was that W had flown on a fighter jet!  "I mean can you see John Kerry on a fighter jet" the O'reilly character says.  

This movie was not a Michael Moore hatchet job, and anyone who thinks it is, don't bother commenting here unless you have seen the movie and only then tell me specifically what you thought was "hatchety" about it.   After seeing "W" I almost felt sorry for Bush, he is potrayed acurately as a very likeable and fun guy, someone who you would love to have a beer and watch a ballgame with.   But then of course you know what direction he ultimately takes the country.  

This goes down with "13 days" and "All the Presidents Men" as one of my favorite political films of all time.  3 out of 4 stars!!!!!!

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Ipod

Its really hard to believe there was once a world without Ipods but it was only 7 short years ago when Steve Jobs intro'd it for the first time.  No one knew it that day but Apple had launched what was to a revolutionary product that would transform an entire industry and create the "perfect thing"   for everyone who loves music.  As of September of 2008, Apple has sold 160 million Ipods, Incredible!!

Monday, October 20, 2008

Barack Obama for President!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I am through fighting with myself....over the past year and a half I have gone through one of the most radical shifts in worldviews that I have ever gone through.  As a result of realizing that there are no such things as angels, devils, and gods, I have shifted nearly every one of my social issues, I am for gay marriage, I am pro-choice, I am for stem cell research, I am for Terri Shivos husband, I am for tolerance over primitive superstitions and fears.  I am a now a true social progressive, I believe that the constitution is a living breathing document, I believe that in the real world all of us are governed by "situational ethics"  I am like Colin Powell a fiscal conservative and social liberal.  So in this election I have had my two different sides fighting with each other.  But my social progressive side has won.  I want to be on the right side of history.  I want to be with those progressives of old that fought for womens suffrage, even though the evangelicals of the time said that was against God.  I want to be on the side of the abolitionists who fought against slavery and injustice, even though the church folk correctly cited in the bible that slavery is Gods will.  I am for science, and the betterment of happiness for all mankind.  I will smile in 30 years knowing that I voted for a man who nominated good justices to the Supreme Court.  
And that was the final straw folks Colin Powell had it right, he said he couldn't stand to see a republican nominate two more justices...and that was the final teeter, it's about the supreme court, and it's about a referendum against arguably the worst president in the past 100 years, and his reckless actions in Iraq which resulted in the pointless deaths of thousands of our troops and 40 thousand more who's lives are destroyed with missing limbs and nightmares that no amount of meds can shake.   It is a vote against evangelicals who have hijacked my republican party.  It is about that and many other things.  I admire and respect John McCain, and he was the only one who kept me from the Barack vote for so long.  If it had been Romney or Huckabee I would have been for Barack much sooner!  But in the final analysis, I want something new, I want a young vigorous 48 year old man in the Executive, at 72 it is hard even for even someone of McCains considerable stature to maintain concentration and focus while running our executive branch.  And then there is "Sexy Sarah" oh my goodness, what can I say that hasn't already been said.   She represents the type of thinking I can't stand, the small minded "us and them" mentality, "I'm glad I'm in a pro America area"  The type of rhetoric that brings out the worst in people.  She is an unmitigated joke, and a slap in the face to me from John McCain.  
There are plenty of things that I disagree with Obama on, Tax policy is number one of course.  But here is my deal on that.....I believe there will be no middle class tax cut when Obama is in office, (nor will there be from McCain)   There will be a tax hike on people making over 250K back to the percentages that we had under Ronald Reagan.  I am fundamentally against tax increases...however we have had unprecedented irresponsible spending and government growth under W (a fact that many conservatives love to ignore) while we have had huge tax cuts.  So unfortunately it could prove necessary.  Also I would love to see this money go towards everyones benefit.  I will be watching the Obama administration and see where our money goes and it will be a factor in whether I vote for him again in 2012.  In short, defense good, schools good, infrastructure (responbible) good, post office good, national parks good, clean water good.....police/fire good......CIA good.....
So if I have to pay a little higher rate in taxes, maybe a few hundred dollars a year at the most for me (working at but not quite at the over 250K mark yet) I will think of all the good that Obama represents, forward thinking, positivity, hope, inspiration.  He will be great at talking to us won't he?  I feel we are going to be in very good hands.  I like Joe Biden a lot too.  I like that he is as close to a "regular guy" as a politician can get.  
Obama will be the ultimate positive symbol to minorities that they can achieve anything they want in the greatest country in the world.  Obama is ultra-cool, very smart, he will project a positive powerful symbol of america to the rest of the world.  

On November 4th I urge all of my readers to cast your vote for Barack Obama 

Learn more at www.barackobama.com

P.S.  On taxes, according to Barack's website, I will be getting an addtional 1800 dollar tax cut.  I don't think that will actually happen once he gets in, (neither would it happen for McCain if he gets in,) but it's interesting.

P.P.S. Obama's website is amazing (and so is his Iphone App (: )


Proposition 8, evangelicals, and misspent energy



About two months ago I got a knock on the door from a woman who said she was doing a survey about a california initiative called proposition 8.  At the time I didn't know what 8 was and when she told me that it defined marriage within CA law as "one man and one woman"  I told her as politely as I could that this would exclude about 10 percent of our population who are in loving relationships with members of the same sex who want to marry one another and I said I was absolutely against this.  She thanked me for my time and left.  
Since that encounter prop 8 has now taken over as the focal point cause for evangelicals.  They are everywhere, on the corner of orchard village and lyons here in valencia holding signs, and on the lawns of my next door and across the street neighbors.  All the evangelicals are whipped into a frenzy because the majority of their political energy is directed towards anti gay and anti abortion causes.   
My question about this issue of gay marriage is why do they care so much?  Leviticus has some archaic laws that no evangelical pays attention to or even knows exists.  (because most don't know what is actually in their bibles)  In chapter 19 of Levitcus we are told the following things..don't mate two different kinds of animals, don't plant a field with two different kinds of seed...don't wear clothing made out of two different kinds of material..don't eat meat with blood still in it...rise in the presence of aged people...and  in Levitcus 20:13 it tells us that gay people must be put to death...along with aldulterers....and also if you have sex with your wife during her time of the month..well you don't have to die for that one...but you will be banished for life (as good as dead) from the tribe....So why out of all these decrees does Levitcus 20:13 stoke the fires of hate and bigotry so much in the evangelical's heart?  (the others are simply ignored)
It boils down to simple fear, bigotry and hatred.  These people believe that their families are under "attack" from the gay agenda.  Their fear is as false as all classic xenophobias throughout history.  What do they think is going to happen?  Is a flamboyant gay man going to suddenly break into their house wearing nothing but a pink thong and start sing "I will survive!"  Is this what they are fighting against?
No they will say it is to keep marriage sacred.  Are you kidding me!!  Sacred?  In addition to the ideal (true love) People marry for all sorts of different reasons...money, betrayl, lust, unwanted pregnancy, to gain citizenship, to gain standing in society etc.  There is no test that decides that two people are fit to be together and are marrying for the right reasons.  An 18 year old man can marry a 90 year old worth 20 million dollars, and there is nothing anyone can do about it!  And that is why folks 50% of all marriages END IN DIVORCE.  Tasha's parents (married for over 40 years) are the exception now guys not the norm.  My own parents, and the parents of my two best friends are divorced, so I know of what I speak.
So now back to the frentic energy of these white mid to upper class mini-van driving evangelicals in upscale suburbs.   Evangelicals look around you!  Go volunteer to be a big brother or big sister to a disadvantaged youth.  Volunteer at a soup kitchen.  Give money to Make a Wish foundation.  Go visit an AIDS hospital and LOVE these people as you claim you are called to do.   Be a true missionary, help people without proselytizing to them no strings attached.  Contribute to society, you need to know that there is a better way and you don't need to hate anymore.

***The Yes on Prop 8 campaign continues to mislead people by using schools and kids for political purposes.  As a result of this the California Superintendent of schools Jack O'Connel has just been featured in a no on 8 ad where he states.."Prop 8 has nothing to do with kids or schools"  And of course that is true!  Well in 25 more years people will look back at the yes on 8 people in the same light as those who supported Plessy V Ferguson and those who opposed Brown v Board of Education.    

***Update #2 Apple has just given 100K to fight Prop 8!  Excellent and great job Apple!  In their press release they stated, "we strongly believe that a person's fundamental rights-including the right to marry-should not be affected by their sexual orientation"  

Get involved by visting www.noonprop8.com

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Looking Back on the Dodgers

I am very proud of the Dodgers this year!  I went to a total of 26 games including game 3 of the NLDS and NLCS (both wins) and Matt and I had our enjoyed our great 22 game mini season plan in LOG section 155.  

For months and months we were fighting the Snakes to try to tie or break into first, but we just couldn't seem to quite get there.  Until we finally did.  Thanks to the arrival of Manny Ramirez who was amazing right from the first day he got here (I was at the first game Manny played as a Dodger) The Dodgers finished 1st in the NL West, and then amazingly dispatched the Cubs like they were nothing.  Everything turned with the Phillies when our pitching collapsed in the 6th inning of game 4...but hey that's baseball.  There were 26 other teams that would have loved to be where the Dodgers were.  And with our "core four" Loney, Martin, Either, Kemp of everyday young kid position players, along with Kershaw, Stultz, Billingsley, we have a solid foundation for years to come.  And maybe we'll swing a deal for Jake Peavy who wants to get out of the sinking ship that is the San Diego loser Padres.  

We are reupped for 2009 and are set to go to another 22 games next summer.

As to who I want to win in the World Series...

Go Rays!!!!

Coldplay's "Viva La Vida"


I am pretty set in my ways with the music I listen to.   I don't like much of any new music that comes out, or new Artists.  I already know what I like, and have said that the only new music that has come out that is any good in the last 15 years is "The Dave Matthews Band"  

I think many are like me, their musical choices were formed in their teens and early twenties and that's pretty much it.  I was raised listening to The Police, Rush, Sting, etc and in college I figured out how awesome Peter Gabriel is and others, but that was about it.  Can anyone new be good?  I said Flipoodeeefloooooo!  

I had heard of Coldplay for years now, but had always resisted them because they were new, and trendy, and so I ignored them.  Or told myself that they weren't any good when I would hear any of their songs.  Coldplay is for Emo people in melancholy moods.  Of course I could not escape "Clocks" which I thought was a great song ever since I heard it cause how can anyone really not hear it...if you leave your house you have heard "Clocks" 

So then I heard the single off of the new album "Viva La Vida" the title track of the same name, and I thought that was a great song too.  And I bought it off Itunes, and casually listened to it and thought "This is pretty good"  

Well long story short folks, I now have listened to it about 25 times and I am prepared to say, "Holy cow this album is genius!"  The album is an Experience!  Songs transition, different moods are evoked.  It is not a series of different songs, but rather a complete concept.  It starts and ends with fantastic sounding instrumentals which bookend the album.  I feel like I have discovered something new like a new Peter Gabriel, or U2.  Something I thought I would never do again.  

But now I am full fledged Coldplay freak, who is fully obsessed with them.  So I recomend to all, in order of how good their albums are (they have 4)

1. Viva La Vida
2. A Rush of Blood to the Head
3. Parachutes
4. X&Y

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Happy Birthday Tasha!!!!!


Huge Birthday wishes to my lovely wife Tasha who we are celebrating today!!

I hope your day is fantastic and I love you!!

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

ON the brink

Heartbreaking loss yesterday.....we had that game.  Oh well, now the Dodgers will just have to win 3 straight.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Party Here Today!!

See everyone who is on this list knows about the party, (except our friend in Utah) it starts at 3 and ends whenever, and unless we have asked you to, you don't need to bring anything.  And dinner is included.  And it aint just gonna be hot dogs.   Hope to see you all here!!

Thursday, October 9, 2008

One slip

Everything was rolling right along in game one of the NLCS, Lowe was putting on a clinic, mixing up his speed with his sinker.  Then boom!  Rafael Furcal makes a throwing error, and just like that, the Dodgers are tied, and then lose the lead.  

Well, we are in a best of 7 series and one game does not a series make.  I predict a win tomorrow, then we take 2 of 3 at the Ravine, and then win the series in game 6 or 7 back in Philly.

Go Blue!!

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

I turn 35 today!!



Happy Birthday to me!

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Who won the 2nd debate

Ladies and gentleman I would like to tell you who won the debate last night......the winner is........

The person who you already like

Happy Birthday Denise!!

Hope you have a great day!

Sunday, October 5, 2008

On to the NLCS!!!!!!

I was sitting four rows back from the dugout club ...and I watched every pitch.  I didn't move...didn't go to the bathroom...didn't go get anything to drink...I didn't want to miss anything.  It was almost like everything was hyper-real.    When the Dodgers scored 2 in the first I was happy, but we never broke open the game.  We had to rely on Hiroki Kuroda, who was phenomonal!!!!!  The Cubs just kept getting sent back to their dugout.  Derrick Lee slammed his helmet in frustration.  

So it gets to the top of the 9th and we have a two run lead.  All Broxton has to do is get 3 outs.....And he got the first two outs lightning quick.  Then Soriano comes up.  Is he due? I think to myself...the game can change quickly with only a two run lead in the 9th.  I have seen it happen many times before....but then strike 1, the crowd goes wild!  Strike 2..everyone is up and roaring!  And with two strikes, I knew it, I knew we had the game and we were going to the NLCS.  And I am sitting in a box seat with a perfect view of it all.  I actually paused, and teared up at that point and two quick tears ran down my face.  How lucky am I?  I couldn't believe I was there....It was actually happening!  

And then, Check swing strike 3!!!  I broke out in a huge smile, and then let out a primal scream of joy at the top of my lungs.  And then It was a party.  The players went crazy, the fans stayed (No one went home early in this one)  Joe Torre addressed the crowd, "We'll see you here next week, we have 8 more to go!!"  Tommy addressed the crowd.  Russel Martin climbed up into the left field pavillion to celebrate with the fans.  Matt Kemp dumped an entire bottle of champagne on Frank McCourt.  And on and on it went, and I was right there in the middle of all of it.  It was awesome!!  

And then I basically high fived about one hundred people filing out of the dugout club, including Rob Reiner (I told him 'Spinal Tap' is awesome)  John Lovitz (I quoted him an SNL skit, I yelled at him "Acting!  Genius!  Thank you!, he smiled a little bit), Dennis Haysbert from "24", Larry King, and Mayor Antonio Villarigossa.  

I stayed for about 35 minutes after the game, and then enjoyed the parking lot celebration, and the gauntlet of fans waving giant Dodger Flags at me as I was driving out...It was awesome!!  

The Dodgers are the first team this year to advance to the LCS...we sit back and wait for either the Phillies or the Brewers....

P.S.  Matt and I will go to Game 1 on thursday if they play the brewers, or Game 3 Sunday if it is the Phillies

Saturday, October 4, 2008

OJ is Guilty!!!!


Finally!  A little bit of justice for Ron and Nicole.  Incredibly 13 years to the day after his acquital for double murder, stupid OJ is convicted of ANOTHER crime!  The counts he was found guilty on are conspiracy, armed robbery, kidnapping, and assault with a deadly weapon.  

OJ is sad that he can't go to Sidney and Justin's college graduations.  Gee OJ, neither can their mother since you decided to murder her.

It is 13 years too late, and OJ should have been long dead by now upon receiving a lethal injection....but I guess this is the next best thing.

Let's all raise a glass and toast the fact that OJ will most likely be in jail until he dies!!!

Friday, October 3, 2008

Why The Iphone is so great

Let me tell you all about one day in the life of Garrett's Iphone.  

  • Wake up to the built in alarm
  • Roll over and quickly check my websites 
  • Check how the Dow is doing 
  • Check the weather
  • Check my e-mail
  • Look up Zach's Pediatrician, instantly map the location, address, and tap the phone number to call to set up appt.
  • Set a reminder beep about 25 minutes before appt.
  • Call my Dad, talk to Denise.
  • Quickly check what time it is in Brussels to see how jet lagged they must be
  • Drive to doctors appt listening to music on the iphone
  • Entertain Zach by launching the monkey ball video game on the iphone, and handing it to him to play while we wait
  • Get into the exam room and ask Zach if he wants me to select kids programming from up to 3 online radio apps I have built in...
  • Tap the Ipod button, select the beach boys, select the album "Sounds of Summer" place the iphone on the windowsill and listen to the beach boys through the speaker (Zach wanted beach boys instead of kids programming (:  )
  • Call my Dad...then get a text that Matt updated his blog...check his blog from 24 hour fitness while on the elliptical machine...write him a quick comment after machine.
  • Pick up an e-mail while watching kids play out front from Cub Scout mom who wants to know e-mail address of new cub scout mom...tap the "contacts" button quickly look up the address and e-mail back.
  • Watch the Rays/White Sox game in real time play by play mode
  • Download that days episode of Opie and Anthony onto Itunes, and quickly synch up Iphone with Itunes.
Needless to say folks....my Iphone is like part of my life...it is a part of me and I a part of it.  If marriage was defined as one man and one Iphone, we would be part of that marriage.

Dodgers, Dodgers, Dodgers!!!!!!!

That's right folks, Grabbaggar has been transformed into a Dodger themed blog!!! And it will be so, throughout the playoffs..The Dodgers dismantled the Cubs again this evening, and now hold a commanding two game lead in the NLDS, they win one more and it's on to the NLCS.  I will be at the game Saturday Night, and if they don't clinch it then, I will be right back to the Ravine on Sunday to watch them clinch it there...Then Matt and I already have tickets to the NLCS, and we will attend game 1 on Thursday if we play the Brewers, or game 3 next Sunday if we play the Phillies.  

It's been 20 long years folks, but it's happening again!  Can you feel it!!!!!!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

The VP Debate

Interesting debate tonight, I thought Sarah did better than I expected which she needed to after her terrible interview with Katie Couric.  Her overall performance was uneven, but there were points where I felt she connected with the audience...especially with her plain speaking folksy speak.  Except for during the end when she said "Say it aint so Joe, whoopee do...sneaky snow, we need to act and do stuff for people"  or whatever....that was forced and ham handed.  

But you know what,?  It could have been a lot worse for her, I would say that she basically didn't make any significant gaffes, and neither did Joe Biden.     

I think Biden came off as being very slick and poised, he made a point not to attack her, he could have embarrassed her if he wanted to, but helped himself and obama by not taking that chance. 

Bottom line is Biden won this debate, but Palin succeeded beyond my expectations, and did not further hurt McCain.  I think the question with Sarah is for every Republican she turns off (like me) how many red state yokels who only care about abortion, gays, and home schooling their kids...does she excite?  

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Dodgers!!!!!!



Since 1988 the Dodgers have made the postseason five times (this year is the fifth)  Until this year they have been swept  in 3 of those, and won only one 1 game in the 2004 series.  It has been tough folks.  (Yes it could be tougher I could be a KC Royals fan)  But anyways, tonight, just like magic, the Dodgers demoralized the Cubs with a grandslam and never looked back, winning the game 7-2.  And stealing home field advantage!!!!!  Now the absolute worst thing that can happen in game 2 is that we come out of the series tied 1-1 with the next two at home!!  I was burned in 1996, 1997, 2004, and 2006.  I was almost expecting it this afternoon, but no!!!!

I texted Matt and told him that I feel like it is Xmas morning.....this is my team folks, I went to 24 games this year, follow the Dodgers avidly dare I say "religiously?"    I will be at game 3 sitting on the field level behind home plate, and also at game 4 if necessary this Sunday, on the Loge level on the first base side.  For game 2 I have to watch that game mostly on my Iphone, because I have to work at a conference in Woodland Hills.....but dare I say I will be taking a few trips to the bar during breaks...not to have a few belts folks, but to sneak a peek at the game on TV

Go Blue!!!!!

I love being a young father!!

Now this is not a knock on anyone, but Tasha and I are tied for the two youngest parents in Kevin's cub scout group. And Tasha and I planned it that way. We knew we wanted to have kids, and once we knew that, we didn't want to wait. And I am seeing the reasons why in Cub Scout group/T-Ball/school/etc.

There is a father in Cub Scouts who is 50 frikkin years old!! When I am 50 I will be done! I will have both kids out of the house (most likely) I will be 48 when Zach is 18, and this is a great thing! 48 is the new 38 right? And by 2022 it will be the new 28! This older parent thing is a symptom mostly of divorce, and also of the fact that women are in the workplace now, and couples are putting off having kids until they can "afford" them. I don't know, but when I am 50 I don't want to be chasing around a 7 year old at a cub scout meeting!

Also Tasha and I will be young enough to enjoy grandkids as well. I am fairly certain that the greatest possiblity of ones own happiness is to marry someone you love, and have children in your mid to late 20's. I must be the happiest son of a gun alive.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Tina Fey is the funniest woman alive!!!

Ladies and gentlemen........here we have Tina Fey's masterful impression of our cute little inexperienced pentecostal Alaskan Governor...very very funny and a dead on impression!!


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Paul "Cool Hand Luke" Newman dies


Paul Newman was a classic and a legend.  He starred in one of the greatest movies of all time "Cool Hand Luke" which is Matt's all time favorite movie.  He was also in many other films like "The Verdict" and of course most recently in "Cars" which Kevin and Zach loved.  

Newman was a class act and used his fame and fortune to contribute to the overall well being of society.  Wikipedia says that his company "Newmans own" (which makes a darn good oil and vinegar salad dressing which I enjoy)  has brought in 220 million dollars to charity!

His life was a great example to everyone as to how to carry yourself, and handle yourself.....he avoided the traps of fame, living in Connecticut and not the hills above Malibu.....him and his wife had been married for 50 years..he was a great man.

UCLA game!!!


Today I am on my way to Pasadena to the UCLA vs. Fresno State game which will be shown nationally on ABC at 12:30 PST....I am going there with Mark who unfortunately is a Fresno State fan......Go Bruins!!!!!

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Dodgers 2008 NL West Champions!!!!!!!!!!


A big congrats to the Los Angeles Dodgers on their winning the NL West title this afternoon, after the D'Backs loss.  This has been a fantastic season, with Manny Mania, and finally overtaking the D'Backs last month.  Matt and I have gone to over 25% of all home games this year, and I believe my number is 24 games attended which is a record for me.  Bring on the Cubs or Phillies, and I will be cheering the Dodgers on next Saturday because I will be at game 3 Saturday and Sunday for game 4....Go Blue!!!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

A Heartwarming scene


I have a special place in my heart for service dogs, K9 cops, bomb sniffing, rescue dogs, canine companions for independence, and guide dogs for the blind....Well there is a blind gentleman thats comes into 24 fitness all the time, and usually his lab sits at the foot of the treadmill calmly waiting for his owner, however today I walk in and the dog is jogging on the treadmill with his owner....so with a smile on my face I took out the Iphone and snapped this picture

McCain "Suspends Campaign"

Because of the mess in the financial sector, John McCain has stated that he wants to postpone the debate with Obama, fly to Washington to "help" get a solution hammered out.  On the surface it looks like he is putting his country above presidential politics....But lets look deeper shall we???  According the Washington post John McCain has missed 64% of his votes in congress since January.  And Obama has missed 46%.   

This to me has always been one of the central hypocrisies in any presidential campaign where the candidate is in congress.  Because what they are doing is not serving the people whom elected them.  This would be like me telling my employer..."You know what I am going to try to get this other job over here, and I am going to be gone 64 or 46 percent of the time, and if I by any chance don't get this new job, well then I'll come back to my old one.  And oh by the way, keep paying me my salary to for these two years"  

I mean come on!!  And now all of a sudden after missing almost 2/3 of his votes and neglecting his duty as a US Senator for the people of Arizona, all of a sudden McCain wants to fly up and help?!   Style over substance.  

Here is a new rule that I think all Presidential candidates should have to live by.....

If you are going to run for president, you must forfeit your current position as senator or governor.  I think both Obama and McCain should have to do this now, and for all future presidential elections.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Why the Emmys are a Sham


For those of us that know, that is people who have seen the HBO show "the Wire" which finished it's 5th and final season earlier this year, the emmy are a joke.  This show has been universally hailed by critics as "The best show on TV"  "Reaches the level of great literature"  

I have seen every episode of this series and I was stunned by how good it is.  For those that don't know it is set in Baltimore, and follows different aspects of the city...each season focused on one particular part of city life...the drug trade, the port, the city bureauacracy, the schools, the news media.     

There are a few theories as to why "The Wire" has never been nominated....they are as follows....Too many black faces (hard to understand because their dialogue is authentic)....The show demands you pay attention to everything......or Emmy politics.

Anyways show creator David Simon demands absolute realism in every aspect of the potrayl of the cops, the court system, the mayors office, political races, school system, how the drug trade works.    If you have ever wondered why things are the way they are, there is no better explanation than when you watch "The Wire"  

I will not be watching the Emmys

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Al and Bobby


Well now "Righteous Kill" is out in theaters starring Al Pacino and Robert DeNiro...and as I suspected..it is a piece of garbage with a 22% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.  Like I said in my first post about this earlier this year I think that both of them have become jokes and parodies of themselves.  They ruled the cinema in the 1970's and are two of the best of all time, but it is time to accept this fact.  Your not young anymore, stop doing projects to cash the paycheck, we know your heart isn't in it anymore.  It is time to become character actors, seek out great roles, seek out great movies!  Redeem yourselves!!!  We don't want to see any more cop/serial killer flicks with you two anymore, it is very disheartening.  Once again the last great movie for Al Pacino was Donnie Brasco (1996), the last good one was "The Insider" in 1999.  Robert DeNiro's last great movie was "A Bronx Tale" 1993 Last good one was "The Score" 2001       Will these two ever be in a good/great movie again?  We will see.

Monday, September 15, 2008

And you run, and you run, to catch up with the sun, but it's sinking..


Sad news today as founding member Richard Wright of Pink Floyd has died.  I saw him play in 1994 at the Oakland Coliseum and it was one of the best concerts ever.  Pink Floyd is one of a kind, totally original, and their album "Dark Side of the Moon" is one that no self respecting fan of music should be without.