Archive for April, 2005

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Burrito Madness

April 30, 2005

Two ludicrous items for your consideration. I feel certain there’s a connection, but what is it?

Yahoo! News story: School Mistakes Huge Burrito for a Weapon

A short film entitled Ninja Burrito

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Three New Songs

April 29, 2005

I had three free songs banked at the iTunes music store so I bought:

  • You Are The Everything by Redbird. This is an awesome REM cover. It makes me want to fire up Garageband and bust out the Martin.
  • The Way You Dream by Michael Stipe. World music type thing. .sara recommended. Very nice.
  • More Than This by Lenny B and Madison Park. Just when you thought you sensed a pattern here. Truth is, Bill Murray’s inexplicable karaoke rendition of this Roxy Music tune in the movie Lost in Translation reminded me of how terrific a song it is. This disco-fied version made me smile so I bought it.

Those will probably be the last freebies I get from the Pepsi caps. Until/unless they do this promotion again next year, that is.

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Bargain?

April 29, 2005

So I’m shopping for some new sparring gear and I see this groin protector for $12. For a minute I’m pleased because the Adidas one costs $20. But then it occurs to me: is this really the place where I want to save a buck? Perhaps not.

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Big Circles

April 29, 2005

“It’s ironic,” the man on the stage was saying. He was about my age, clean cut and nice looking. He was wearing a tie but still managing to look casual. He was explaining that it was ironic for him to be directing a play about troubled high school students at the very high school where he himself had been troubled nearly twenty years ago. While he was talking he saw me sitting in the audience and stopped dead and did a double-take. “So it’s very strange to be back here and…see some familiar faces!” He then concluded his introductory comments and left the stage.

Young actors soon appeared and began inviting us into the world of Stand And Deliver. Yeah, the one about Jaime Escalante in East L. A. You may have seen the movie. I was in the audience that night because of my daughter. She wasn’t in the show, but her boyfriend was. He was great. The show was great.

I had a chance to speak to my old friend during intermission and again after the final curtain. His name is Robb Smith. We were theater nerds together at Waukesha North High School back in the mid 80s. We laughed, we hugged. We rolled our eyes at how messed up we were as kids and how relatively normal we turned out as adults. (Hush, you.) I suggested to Robb that we should get together soon to catch up. I wrote down my web address and asked him to check out the site. And he did. In fact he left a comment that same night.

Life does go in circles. Some loops are larger than others and take longer to complete a full circuit. If you think seeing a friend who you haven’t seen in 18 years is a big circle, wait till I tell you that I recently got an email from a friend I haven’t seen since I was probably 12. Leah Ohta still lives in California where I’m originally from. We were bookish nerds, both of us. She emailed me saying something like “I’m sorry about what I said last time we talked…” as if it had been two weeks ago. I responded with “Uh.. who is this??” But once we had established that point, I was delighted to hear from her. She’s an terrific writer and her emails are a delight. I’m working on her to get a blog so everyone else can enjoy her, too.

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Life Path Number

April 28, 2005

Life path number. Heh. These stupid memes are … stupid. Like astrology. Who believes that shit? Not me. No, sir. And I seriously mean that.

How do they make them seem like they are really talking about me, though?? I guess it’s just a trick of having a good spread of vague and random flattery. My ego (and yours too) takes over and suddenly the horroscope just seems uncannily accurate.

Anyway. You be the judge. And curse that crickie for getting me into these things.


Your Life Path Number Is 11


11


Your life path is greatly associated with spiritual awareness.

As one of the two master numbers, the 11 yields understanding and knowledge beyond the grasp of others.

The attitude toward life of those possessing this Life Path is somewhat extreme; extremely intuitive, avant-garde, idealistic, visionary, and cultured.

These extremes make you an interesting, if unusual person, with much to offer society.

The Life Path 11 person is deep-thinking, and you are no doubt interested in understanding many of life’s mysteries and more intriguing facets.

Your inventive mind and broad-minded views will permit you to succeed in life in any number of ventures.

You can best serve society, however, in those endeavors utilizing your skills of counseling and guidance.

Much of your idealism is people oriented and quite humanitarian in nature.

You expect a great deal of yourself and of those to whom you are close.

On the negative side, there is a lot of nervous tension associated with the 11 life path, and you can be a difficult person to deal with because of this.

For this reason, relationships, at times, can be difficult.

This is a Life Path that seems to feature broad mood swings between the elation and depression.

You are likely to have trouble making decisions and getting your life in gear, so to speak.

There is a tendency for the 11 to harbor feelings of uneasiness, and dissatisfaction with accomplishments and personal progress in life.

Your grandiose schemes usually make sense, but you can get off the track and they can be very impractical.

You have a very distinct side that lacks common sense, and you are quite often unable to distinguish between fantasy and reality.

In this regard, you are perhaps more of a dreamer than a doer.

When you do get on target, your ideas seem to have been inspired on high.

Perhaps you are not a leader, but you are a visionary and a very talented idea person.

What Is Your Life Path Number?
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Day Off

April 27, 2005

I have tomorrow off. I’m tentatively planning to do the following:

  1. Get the kids to school.
  2. Get a hair cut.
  3. Go to the noon taekwondo class. (Who goes to these? I’ll find out.)
  4. Ruin the kids early release day by being here all afternoon.

The thing I like best about this plan is that there’s not a lot of parts to it. I like days off. The only way they can be ruined is by sleeping in late or having too much to do. If all goes according to plan (ha!) this one should be just right.

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Searches

April 27, 2005

Speaking of searching, here’s what a lot of you were searching for when you got here. (You’d think this was the official L-i-v T-y-l-e-r web site or something.)

Top 25 Search Strings
# Hits Search String
1 172 22.93% liv tyler
2 59 7.87% weights
3 47 6.27% arwen
4 40 5.33% nymph
5 35 4.67% pets
6 25 3.33% tae kwon do
7 20 2.67% busted
8 13 1.73% windwaker
9 10 1.33% dragons tattoos
10 9 1.20% doogie howser
11 8 1.07% college diploma
12 8 1.07% jaguar
13 8 1.07% manipulation
14 8 1.07% neil patrick harris
15 8 1.07% tattoo dragons
16 7 0.93% amazing pictures
17 7 0.93% diploma
18 6 0.80% marquette diploma
19 6 0.80% tae –
20 5 0.67% toe
21 5 0.67% wood nymph
22 4 0.53% %22liv tyler%22 arwen
23 4 0.53% funny hat
24 4 0.53% gallery flashing
25 4 0.53% image manipulation