Can I borrow your towel for a sec? My car just hit a water buffalo.

October 31st, 2014 @ 7:18 am
Friday Five: Scary Movies

JawsI tried to come up with five scary movies for this Halloween Friday Five, but I could only think of three films that actually ever scared the bejesus out of me when I was a kid. (I’ve never seen any of the Nightmare on Elm Street, Texas Chainsaw, or Friday the 13th movies; mom would never let us watch them!)

  • Jaws
  • The Thing
  • Gremlins

If you had to pick just two scary movies, what would you suggest I add to the list?

October 30th, 2014 @ 8:56 am
What You Don’t Know About Obamacare Will Surprise You

Obamacare

Obamacare is really, really difficult to understand. So here is a really, really good explanation to help. If you are a person who is alive, you should read it. (And, no, it’s actually not biased! It’s just a straightforward explanation!)

October 30th, 2014 @ 7:34 am
Throwback Thursday
Buddie, Goodland

with Sir Budrick the Lion-Hearted
2003

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Theodore RooseveltGet action. Do things. Be sane.
Don’t fritter away your time. Create. Act.
Take a place wherever you are and be somebody.
Get action.
Theodore Roosevelt, The Roosevelts

October 25th, 2014 @ 7:17 am
Rise – The Sunrise / Sunset Calendar

Rise - The Sunrise Sunset CalendarI prefer to run first thing in the morning.* I like being up and at ‘em before the rest of the world and I know that if I wait until the end of the day I’ll find some excuse to be lazy instead. Right now I’m living in an area without adequate street lighting, and it’s simply much too dark to hit the road until there’s at least a sliver of sunshine.

In about a week we’ll be done with Daylight Saving Time and it won’t matter, but until then I’ve been relying on the awesome app Rise to let me know when to set my alarm before I go to bed. Not only does it tell you when sunrise is going to be based on where you are, it also tells you when “first light” will be. That’s usually just enough to see the sidewalk, which is all I really need. If you’re a morning runner, I recommend it. And it’s free!

*I can’t have anything in my stomach before I exercise, and pre-breakfast is the only part of the day when that’s really an option.

October 24th, 2014 @ 8:15 am
Friday Five: Disneyland Rides

Jungle CruiseMy five favorite rides at Disneyland:

  1. Jungle Cruise
  2. It’s a Small World
  3. Walt Disney’s Enchanted Tiki Room
  4. Pirates of the Caribbean
  5. Gadget’s Go Coaster
October 23rd, 2014 @ 6:31 am
Throwback Thursday
Music Biz

Music Biz
2002

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Everything that needs to be said has already been said. But since no one was listening, everything must be said again.
André Gide

October 21st, 2014 @ 9:05 am
a thousand thousand slimy things

Ghost Ship

[Today is] the birthday of the Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge, born in Ottery St. Mary in Devonshire, England (1772). He was a very ambitious young man, who lectured on religion, wrote journalism, and single-handedly tried to launch his own magazine. But he was exhausting himself and falling into a depression when he was introduced to the poet William Wordsworth. They met only briefly in 1795 …

Within a few years of writing “The Rime of the Ancient Mariner” [in 1798] Coleridge’s life began to fall apart. He became addicted to opium, which ruined his friendship with Wordsworth. He had a habit of starting enormous projects that he could not then finish, including a 1,400-page work of geography, a two-volume history of English prose, a translation of Faust, a musical about Adam and Eve, a history of logic, a history of German metaphysics, a study of witchcraft, and an encyclopedia.

His friends hated the fact that he had wasted so much of his talent. They’d all considered him the most brilliant writer and thinker they’d ever known, but he accomplished so little.

from The Writer’s Almanac with Garrison Keillor newsletter

October 17th, 2014 @ 8:00 am
Friday Five: Disneyland Rides

It's a Small WorldMy son’s five favorite rides at Disneyland, and what he calls them:

  1. It’s a Small World — “Issa Small World the Ride”
  2. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh — “Pooh!”
  3. Gadget’s Go Coaster — “Baby Roller Coaster”
  4. Storybook Land Canal Boats — “Whale Belly”
  5. Alice in Wonderland — “Alices”
October 16th, 2014 @ 6:23 am
Throwback Thursday
Chris, David, Ryan

Chris O’Brien, Me, Ryan Tober
Studio City, CA
2001

October 10th, 2014 @ 7:07 am
Friday Five: Reasons to Celebrate October 10th
flowers

Happy Anniversary, My Love!

  • It’s the anniversary of my wedding day.
  • It’s the anniversary of my wife’s wedding day.
  • It’s the anniversary of the day my wife and I were married.
  • It’s the anniversary of the day my wife became Mrs. Gagne.
  • It’s the anniversary of the #1 Florida Gators 13 to 3 victory in Baton Rouge over the then #4 LSU Tigers in 2009.
October 9th, 2014 @ 6:45 am
Throwback Thursday
Two Months

Los Angeles, CA
October 2010

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What has happened to us in this country? If we study our own history we find that we have always been ready to receive the unfortunates from other countries, and though this may seem a generous gesture on our part, we have profited a thousandfold by what they have brought us.
Eleanor Roosevelt – 1939

October 3rd, 2014 @ 6:54 am
Friday Five: Battlestar Galactica

Battlestar GalacticaMy five favorite characters from the original Battlestar Galactica television series:

  1. Starbuck
  2. Apollo
  3. Adama
  4. Boomer
  5. Cassiopeia
October 2nd, 2014 @ 6:39 am
Throwback Thursday
Billiards

Pismo Beach, CA
October 2008

Gators-Volunteers Rivalry Took on New Meaning with Arrival of a Certain ‘Ball Coach’

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It was on my fifth birthday that Papa put his hand on my shoulder and said, “Remember, my son, if you ever need a helping hand, you’ll find one at the end of your arm.”
Sam Levenson

September 26th, 2014 @ 6:07 am
Friday Five: Favorite iPhone Games

Words With Friends

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“Most men are a little better than their circumstances give them a chance to be.”
William Faulkner