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September 1, 2008

labor day

From the mountains to the sea. That's what SoCal is supposed to be all about. Well, at least part of it. Where did the summer go?

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September 2, 2008


The anticipation builds towards the first day of middle school. Despite the protestations of the boy, after the evening shower he appeared in the living room wearing his new uniform pants and shirt (yes, public school with mandated uniforms). I suggested he could wear something else to bed but that was dismissed out-of-hand. Have to be ready for the am...

September 3, 2008

40 moves

After passing the 8 movement and push hands tests, it is off to the next form: 40 movement. Saw it for the first time last night. Egad...I don't know how they're counting but looked more like 100 movements. At the end of demonstrating, Sifu, sweating, said, "this one is hard..."

Let the fun begin. At least I felt more energetic after class than before. That's a good thing.

September 4, 2008


We all need fiber

September 5, 2008

more sax

Yes, we can all do with more sax. This time tenor, sitting in with the strip mall trio (hey, maybe we have a name now!). I do love having a good horn player show up as it stretches things out a bit and makes it so I don't feel obligated to take a solo on every tune. I just don't have that much to say...well, at least on some tunes I don't.

September 6, 2008

2 openings, miles apart

Let's see, west LA to Orange (parts) to Westminster (Vietnamese food) to west LA (change) to Chinatown (opening) to Santa Ana (opening) to west LA (sleep). That's a tidy day on the bike. No pics, too busy riding.

September 7, 2008

bad sum

Well, the food was good but the service was horrible. Used to be Sam Woo's in San Gabriel, now evidently under new (crappy) ownership. It took almost 2 hours counting the wait for a table, and tea didn't show up for like 15 minutes after we were seated. And we had to ask it! Ask for tea at a Chinese restaurant?!?!?

September 8, 2008

hearse, rehearse, repeat

I'm not a fan of rehearsal. Especially when it involves tunes that I've performed multiple times. Maybe I'm just becoming a cranky old fart, but there is something annoying about running a tune that I can play in my sleep after midnight on a school night. Such is life as a musician...

September 9, 2008

laughing gas

So the boy had some dental work done today. He's quite the nervous nellie when it comes to this type of stuff so his dentist gives him nitrous. And while the funny stuff usually doesn't have a lot of residual effect, he showed up pretty buzzed if you ask me. He was babbling something about taking 28 breaths and stopping the gas until he wasn't feeling numb any more. Hrmm...

September 11, 2008

germany and italy

Hopefully they won't plot to take over the garage next door

September 10, 2008


I as lucky enough to be introduced to Richard Serra's work and see it in person, and tonight a bit of behind the scenes. The guy is amazing...I'm impressed (which is not an easy thing to accomplish).

September 12, 2008

discerning tastes

I can be snarky and somewhat of a complainer at times. In musical circles, I'm often in a quandry as to how much I want to say (negatively) about those that I end up playing with. We all have our issues, and gawd knows that I am far from perfect on the bass (and anywhere else for that matter). But I think I usually play at a pretty high level, and can read/fake my way through most stuff without people knowing. Happily I often end up playing with great people/musicians. But sometimes things just don't quite send me. It isn't necessarily that they are bad, but just that I don't really feel it. So I'm loathe to mention that to the leader, but if one doesn't speak up, then nothing really happens. Thankfully the Friday night thing is pretty mellow and not an issue...

September 14, 2008

good hurt

The first "jazz night" at Club Good Hurt in Mar Vista (though they claim Venice). A quintet lineup this time with special guest vocalist. A good time was had by me a least...and perhaps all.

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September 13, 2008

such a tool

Turns out buying tools is rather difficult if you are OCD and a recovering perfectionist. Does one really need Snap-On? Umm...not at that price. You can get the cheap stuff (made in China) or the cheap stuff (made in the US) or the medium priced stuff (made in China) or the expensive stuff (made in China). I grew up with Craftsman, and gawd knows that I won't be making a living with my tools, but they have to be of a certain level of quality so you don't strip out bolt/screw head. Especially those pesky Torx head things. What were they thinking?

September 16, 2008

stonking complex

Warbirds in flight, bringing the fight
down to the ground the dirty ground
make a hole, play a role, dirty ground
spinning on 5 axes, see the vm now

happy peach with the right chicken
counting off one-two one-three
but 4 is death, don't say it loud
no reason to be proud propped up

that stonking complex is meta fast
but slowly losing grip on the last tip
that he got, then forgot, then walked
around a may pole hiding as an antenna

signal. he had no signal. I want a signal
I just need some help, time to yelp

September 15, 2008

shooting congresswomen

Part of being an artist amongst mostly tech types (even though I'm a gearhead as well) leads to getting some interesting assignments. In this case, "staff photographer" during the visit of congresswoman Harmon to our mixed reality facility. Gotta love shooting in no light...

September 17, 2008

rags and bones

One beauty of life is that there is always something out there that you haven't heard yet. Or maybe you did, but weren't in a position to really *hear* it. The Band speaks beautifully...

Catch a taxi to the fountainhead
Blinking neon penny arcade
A young Caruso on the fire escape
Painted face ladies on parade
The newsboy on the corner
Singing out headlines
And a fiddler selling pencils
The sign reads: Help the blind

Comin' up the lane callin'
Workin' while the rain's fallin'
Ragman, your song of the street
Keeps haunting my memory
Music in the air
I hear it ev'rywhere
Rags, bones and old city songs
Hear them, how they talk to me

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September 18, 2008

proposal central

It was originally three, now down to two, but that is one two many. No, not really, I just couldn't resist the pun.

September 19, 2008

it's the fish

Food of the gods at Phong Dinh in San Gabriel. I'm sure they make other good stuff, but the reason to go is the baked catfish. Incredible. It ends up as roll-your-own spring rolls, but I just stuff the mix of fish, noodles veggies and sauce into my mouth. Repeatedly...

September 20, 2008

its small

After a month or so on the GS, it is amazing how small this things feel. But there is no denying an Italian when they're sporting a v-twin...

September 21, 2008


No one has ever accused me of being lazy. Well, maybe in some ways, but things are generally pretty busy around these parts. On my "free" weekends, I tend to stuff them full of things. I suppose that some of those things could go by the wayside (and in fact have, eg racing), but life is short and you're dead a long time.

Today was up at 7am, on the road 2-u on the GS headed for Oxnard by 7:30am, meet up with a group of Ducati riders (we were the German interlopers), and then set off for Hwy 33 and beyond, through Ojai, Frazier Park, then back. That was part one of the Sunday.

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good 2 (hurt)

Following 10+ hours on the bike, what does a sane lad do? Well, pack up the gear and head off to play jazz all night at a local club. The second Sunday night at Club Good Hurt, this time rocking a very hard 1st set (yes, jazz can rock). Looks like we're on for next week as well. When it rains...we play.

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September 22, 2008

hard core

No more? Feh...not so sure. It's just a label anyway. Amazingly enough Monday morning saw me in one piece albeit a bit sleep deprived (the gardeners show up at 8am sharp). Another week begins, a weekend on 4 or 5 hundred miles and two gigs behind me. Bring it.

September 23, 2008


I have to give a talk to a technical advisory board comprised of suits and "green suits" (ie military). I'm talking about a research project that looks at automated analysis and tagging of media assets. Basically writing scripts to scrape data from raw ascii files and put it into a db. No, I'm not writing code - that isn't my schtick. But I do get to give the dog and pony. So how do I describe the project? Well, I open with a photo of Imelda Marcos...

I hope they have a sense of humor.

September 24, 2008

pony, dog, pony

The dog and pony prep continues, and as usual I learned a few things about the tools and the trade. First off, PowerPoint sucks (knew that). Keynote is ok, and I was able to do some nice animations that really get the point across. In one slide I have about 40 images come on screen in 0.1 second intervals...visually tells the story I want. The problem is that my colleague who I'm tag-teaming with is using PowerPoint, and while one can go between Ppt and Keynote (Keynote will import/export), it turns out that Ppt can't go any quicker than 0.5 seconds. So my nice crisp animation in Keynote turns into molasses in Ppt. Since the point I'm trying to make is being overwhelmed by images and assets, having them come in nice and slow kinds lessens the impact.

So screw it - it'll have to be two separate presentations. I need my 0.1 seconds.

September 25, 2008

say what?

I usually avoid politics, but this Palin quote was just too funny/sad to pass up:

"That’s why I say I, like every American I’m speaking with, we’re ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the healthcare reform that is needed to help shore up our economy. Helping the—it’s got to be all about job creation too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans and trade—we’ve got to see trade as opportunity, not as competitive, scary thing, but one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today—we’ve got to look at that as more opportunity."

September 26, 2008

methin' around

inspired by a thread on pelican - thankfully not my lesson to learn.

a diamond here on Pearl
isn't worth the world
of hurt and discontent
my patience already spent
watching the caller id

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September 27, 2008

god speed

There are too few "great men" in the world. One of them left today. Hopefully others will step up to help fill the void...it's a big one.

better now

Nothing like watching "Long Way Down" for a little perspective to cure the whines. I'll gladly take my less-than-stellar days. My luck is large and persistent. Thanks to all those who got me this far. I certainly didn't do it alone...


Happy birthday to me, I live in a tree.

Big smile towards st for the lovely gifts and cutting a hole in my dustcap. That girl has wicked power tool skillz.

September 28, 2008

let there be light

Finally a few free moments to work on the bike and install an HID headlight upgrade. After a few complications along the way (like the fact that they spec a 23mm hole but the plug you have to put through it is 27mm wide), I turned the key, fired up the bike and there was light. Shocking. Now to get a little more free time and ride it at night to see the difference...

September 29, 2008

financial solutions

I avoid the political rancor and instead go straight to a proper solution. I ordered another 1K rounds of 9mm ammo today. For a rainy day...

September 30, 2008


So we have to bail out the banks to avoid a meltdown. So says the govt. I happen to agree with Walter Williams (paraphrasing Thomas Sowell):

"If the building across the street was on fire would you call the arsonist who started the fire to come put it out?"

Just say no.

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