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June 13th, 2012 @ 9:31 am

My tolerance for stupidity, ignorance, and imbeciles is jaw-droppingly lower before about ten o’clock in the morning, which means dealing with my mother’s health care on the East coast from the West coast has been just awful. By about noon every day for the last six months or so I’ve been feeling really, really stabby. […]

May 9th, 2012 @ 6:08 pm
Be Prepared

I’m packing for a trip and going through the computer bag I carry with me all day, every day. In addition to five pens and two mechanical pencils, I also have three iPhone AC adapters, five iPhone / iPod / iPad USB cables, three iPhone headsets, three “regular” sets of headphones, six AAA batteries, and […]

April 11th, 2012 @ 8:10 am
In Memory of Blue

“[I]f you ever wonder who has the more unconditional love for you, put your spouse and your dog in the trunk of the car for one hour. When you open it, who’s still happy to see you?” I’ve heard variations of this quote many times over the years and it always makes me laugh a […]

April 10th, 2012 @ 11:48 am
Dollar Shave Club

I joined Dollar Shave Club the day their viral ad campaign hit Facebook. I received my first shipment about three weeks ago, but only this week started using their handle and blades. I chose the $1.00/mo level to start and can now confidently tell you that they’re surprisingly terrific. I’m very happy with the service […]

March 28th, 2012 @ 9:26 pm
Across the River and into the Trees

My son is almost a week into his nineteenth month, and — if I could somehow ignore the times when he has scared the ever-loving [redacted] out of me — I am still awestruck at how much I love him. We’re currently reading Across the River and into the Trees, our fourth Hemingway book, at […]

March 28th, 2012 @ 3:59 pm
A Better Son / Daughter

Every now and then a song is just perfect, and it slaps you in the face. A Better Son / Daughter by Rilo Kiley is that song today. These lyrics … Damn.

March 27th, 2012 @ 8:39 pm
Tom Bergin’s on Justified

One of the best shows on TV right now is Justified on FX. It stars Timothy Olyphant as the Elmore Leonard character Raylan Givens and it has quite a cult following. If you’re not watching it, you really should be. The show is set in Harlan County, Kentucky, but — like almost everything you watch […]

March 15th, 2012 @ 6:25 am
The Price of Being Connected

Let’s take a look at my current connection costs here in Los Angeles: Service Purpose Approximate Monthly Rate DirecTV HD Satellite TV + 2 HD DVRs $135 AT&T mobile phones + data $235 Verizon land line (for alarm system) $24 Time-Warner Cable Internet $50 So I’m paying almost $450.00/mo to stay “connected”. Eek.

March 14th, 2012 @ 7:58 am
Twelve Years Ago

The domain name davidgagne.net is a little bit older than that. But I consider this date the birthday of my blog because it’s the anniversary of my first blogger post. I am finding it very difficult to wrap my head around the fact that I have been blogging (more or less continuously) for twelve years. […]

March 13th, 2012 @ 8:08 am
Venus and Mars / Rock Show

They’ve got rock n’ roll / At the Hollywood Bowl We’ll be there / Oh, yeah! Here in Los Angeles for the last week, a few of the planets have been putting on one hell of a show. You can read all about the “conjunction” at Universe Today. The last few nights Venus and Jupiter […]

January 13th, 2012 @ 9:45 pm
Miss Me?

My son is now almost seventeen months old, in case you’re wondering why I haven’t been posting very actively for the last year and a half. The last two months have been an emotional roller coaster for me, for reasons far and wide (mostly unrelated to my boy) which I don’t have the time or […]

December 11th, 2011 @ 1:22 am
Sir Budrick the Lion-Hearted

Rest in peace, old friend.

September 4th, 2011 @ 5:59 am
One Week after September 11

Originally posted September 18, 2001 It’s been one week. So this is the first anniversary of sorts. And next week it will be two weeks. And then it will be a month since. And then it will be six months. And then a year. And then five years. And then ten years. When all the […]

August 11th, 2011 @ 7:41 am
Why’d You Put Your Quarter Down on Me?

At this point I’m simply trying to see how fast I can reasonably run five miles without injuring myself (dramatically). <knock on wood>So far I’ve only collided with a single bus stop (in the dark) and skinned the outside of my left knee on a low brick wall.</knock on wood> As I rounded Westwood last […]

August 9th, 2011 @ 3:43 pm
Scott Farcas Takes It on the Chin

You didn’t think I’d manage it again, did you? Joke’s on you, my friend. I, in fact, did take almost another full minute off my five-mile time last night. If you’re scoring at home, that also means that I ran twenty miles in seven days. Now I just need to do some P90X workouts on […]

August 8th, 2011 @ 9:47 am
Another Five Miles in Los Angeles

Okay, I don’t mean to sound like a broken record here, but I’m pretty proud of running fifteen miles last week. I did another five-miler right around sunset on Saturday night. At this point I’m going to do some research into the chances of a digital watch reporting time incorrectly, because I shaved almost a […]

August 5th, 2011 @ 7:08 am
Five (More) Miles in Los Angeles

Even though I was still sore as hell from my run Tuesday night, I somehow managed to knock out another five mile run last night. I ran my standard “local loop”, which is east on Olympic to Beverwill, then south to Pico, and then west to Westwood back to Olympic. I almost thought that there […]

August 3rd, 2011 @ 8:15 am
Five Miles in Los Angeles

Last night I decided that I needed to get my butt in gear and start taking care of myself. I haven’t exercised in almost three months and it had been almost a year since I went for a run. So I grabbed my Nikes and my iPod Nano and hit the pavement. The heat wave […]

July 4th, 2011 @ 4:45 pm
Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness

With the exception of my senior year of high school — when I was out of my mind with piss, vinegar, and hormones — I spent every childhood 4th of July in Bristol, Rhode Island with my dad. My son is (astonishingly) ten months old now and I have spent most of the day wondering […]

May 3rd, 2011 @ 9:05 pm
Contains Quinine

Because I’m a man that enjoys a good G&T, I occasionally find myself buying bottles of tonic water. The chances of me ever pouring myself a glass of simply tonic water are only slightly higher than the chances of me ever pouring myself a glass of creamed yak milk. I’d never drink the T without […]