I whistle all the airs from that infernal nonsense Pinafore.

May 22nd, 2015 @ 12:01 am
Happy Birthday, Jenny!

I seriously cannot believe that my little sister is forty years old. I love you with all my heart, Jenny. I couldn’t have asked for a better playmate and it still bothers me that you turned out to be way cooler than me. I’m so proud of you and hope that you have a fantastic […]

January 26th, 2015 @ 6:44 am
Los Angeles Monorail

Did you know that way, way back in 1963 Alweg Research Corp. — the company that built the Disneyland monorail — offered to give a monorail system to the city of Los Angeles? I’ve ridden both the Disneyland and the Walt Disney World monorails hundreds of times in my life and I’ve wasted thousands of […]

January 16th, 2015 @ 1:15 pm
Friday Five: Steaks

steakThe five best steaks I’ve ever had:

  • Lakeside Golf Club — Burbank, CA
  • Oceanside Country Club — Ormond Beach, FL
  • Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse — Lahaina, HI
  • The Palm — Hollywood, CA
  • TIE:
    • California Grill — Walt Disney World Resort, FL
    • Mr. Chow — Beverly Hills, CA

May 2015 Update: I’ve replaced Spago in Beverly Hills, CA with the California Grill at Disney based on one of the best filets I’ve ever had in my life.

January 2nd, 2015 @ 7:50 am
Friday Five: Dreaming to Run

Nike Free 4.0Here are five places where I’d really like to go on a nice long run some day:

  • Maui, Hawaii
  • Rome, Italy
  • Paris, France
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Boston, MA
December 26th, 2014 @ 7:33 am
Friday Five: Home

Five places I’ve called home:

  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Gainesville, FL
  • Bristol, RI
  • Daytona Beach, FL
  • Boston, MA
December 19th, 2014 @ 7:25 am
Friday Five: Advice

Five random things I’d like my son to remember:

  • Few things in life are as frequently useful as a good Swiss Army knife (or Leatherman pocket tool). I always have one handy and still own the first one your great-grandmother, Nana Rainy, gave me when I was in fifth or sixth grade.
  • I have never regretted not going to a funeral, but I have often regretted not visiting someone before they died.
  • Brush and floss at least twice every day. No excuses. Just do it.
  • Be passionate about music and be open to hearing new songs. You will not like every song you hear, but you might really like a song you haven’t heard yet.
  • Call your mother. She misses you.
December 18th, 2014 @ 4:50 am
Throwback Thursday
December 4th, 2014 @ 6:30 am
Throwback Thursday
November 28th, 2014 @ 9:30 am
Friday Five: Thanksgiving Leftovers

TurkeyMy five favorite Thanksgiving leftovers:

  1. string bean casserole
  2. stuffing
  3. candied yams
  4. turkey
  5. apple pie
November 27th, 2014 @ 8:07 am
Throwback Thursday
November 13th, 2014 @ 8:01 am
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October 30th, 2014 @ 7:34 am
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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
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
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
October 2nd, 2014 @ 6:39 am
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September 18th, 2014 @ 9:04 am
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