Friday, May 23, 2008
Canadian superstar contractor Mike Holmes has inspired me to take a weekend DIY Home Repair class through Temple University adult education classes. Well, actually the two aren't really related. I thought the class we be a good idea since I will soon be a new homeowner and I pretty much watch Holmes on Holmes everyday. Several episodes have actually made me cry, I thought his work was so beautiful. I hope a don't start to blur lines between the DIY I'm capable of and that of HGTV. When it comes times to install that ceiling fan I just want to get it up where Mike would gut the house, install skylights, spray foam the insulation, re-tile my bathroom, and offer to find the contractors who renovated my house and hunt them down like wild boar to emasculate them on their shitty craftsmanship. "Do It Right -The First Time" - Mike Holmes
I've been a part-time house manager at the Painted Bride Art Center, one of Philadelphia's oldest and coolest performing and visual arts venues ever since I moved to Philadelphia. I've seen some pretty incredible shows including Zakir Hussain, 20 piece Gamelan orchestras from Indonesia, 40 piece Japanese Taiko drummers, some of the worlds best modern dancers and even lost $100 of Dave Holland's (famed bassist for Miles Davis) money. I've never been star struck before but when I found out Rickie Lee Jones was coming to do 3 concerts I got super psyched. I haven't been a fan for long but over the past couple of years I've acquired almost all of her albums and have recently gone on a buying spree of vinyl to get autographed. I think I will finally get a chance to be that super nerdy, I love you in my own secret way, because I listen to your records when I'm feeling lonely and sad and/or happy and on top of the world, and dream about what you're really like, and why you wrote this song, type of guy. I am totally going to get a picture and have her autograph like 10 records and put them all on my wall and myspace her the pictures.
Since I'm bored at work waiting for the long weekend I'm going to put up some vanity posts. Here is a cell phone pic of the very first rainbow I've ever seen in Philadelphia, caught it last night round 7:30 p.m. View from right outside my apartment down South Street.
Not sure why she hasn't posted her own blog yet but we had a great time at Eleanor's graduation 2 weekends ago from Syracuse U. She is at home now recovering from wrist surgery and preparing for the real world so send her your love, congratulations, and best wishes.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Saturday Night, little Jes and I threw a Indiana Jones movie marathon to prepare for the fourth film that opens this week. We had a bunch of friends over and muscled our way through all three movies. Party ended at about 2 AM. We went overboard decorating- the kitchen was the jungle with buried treasure chest, the living room had photos of Indy and the dining room was the map room. We had snakes scattered about, because Indy hates snakes. One of my friends had the crazy idea to put a heart in a jello mold and someone should have to pull it out like in Temple of Doom (a better idea on paper than in life). We also made some grails, the holy one- had a shot of water, the rest vodka. But the best way to get through all the movies is to make it a drinking game. So we made a bunch of jungle juice and used rules like every time the theme music played, or any time Indy lost his hat or punched someone. All in all I think the party was a success and help everyone to get excited about Indiana Jones again, too bad I hear the movie FOUR isn't so hot.
Monday, May 12, 2008
We are now officially horse owners. Emily and I (this is the Despondent Debonair) purchased "Slide Me Soft Lee" for the large investment price of $1,500. She is a registered, 3 yr. old paint horse with only one white spot on her back leg. She is suppose to be a bay (a brown horse with a black main and tail) but her tail is actually blond. She is already "roaning" out quite a bit, thus gaining more white hairs across her body, so who knows what she'll look like when older. Right now she is about 14.3 hands tall (4 inches a hand) at the wither, which means she is short. She is fairly wild and unbroke at the current moment. Her mother and father are both money earners in the show ring cutting cattle. She should preform well.
Hopefully soon I will have a new post of me riding her and future blog updates of our progress. All registered horses have a registered name and then their common or barn name. Emily and I thought hard to come up with something that would fit her sassy attitude and appearance. We finally settled on "Suave" (not the shampoo... the cool Spanish word for Softly)!S
Sunday, May 11, 2008
Friday, May 9, 2008
Thursday, May 8, 2008
San Diego skater down.
Finally, this game marked my first ejection! Like in basketball - five penalties and you are outta there. I still claim only three of those penalties were legit - but what can you do?! By the end of the game, six of the LA skaters had been kicked out, so I was in good company. So at the end of the third quarter, I got to watch the rest of the game with Jessica in the stands, with a beer.
Venus DeMaulr and I get an ejection lap.The ejection welcome wagon.
There is an amusing write up at losangeleous.com, with more awesome pictures, including my very first jam blocking (which I did a terrible job at), and the rarely seen leg whip.
Our last game of the regular season is May 31st - we play the Sirens one more time. The Cookies are hopeful we can remain undefeated going into the champs, but I know this is probably going to be the toughest game of the year!
Photo credits: 1, 2 and 4 by Kustomkulture Photography, 3 by Marc Campos, 5 by Charlie Chu.
Though uncredited I have my first print photo in this
weeks Philadelphia City Paper. The article is about some friends of mine and their band Shot x Shot. Though I took about 500 pictures and most of them were better than this one I'm still happy that they included my picture and never told me about it.
See photo and article here
for more photos from this session check out my flicker page