October 25, 2004
Trying to be consistent

I am trying to make regular posts, but there just doesn't seem to be anything of interest to post on. So as usual here is some randomness

Both the Seahwaks (Brie's Team) and the 49'ers (my team) haven't been doing so well recently .. ok the 49'ers haven't been doing well at all. Pretty thrilled to have Jerry Rice on the Seahawks. I never felt comfortable with him being a Raider (my mom's team). I think the whole jersey number issue is a non-issue.

I've had sinus issues for almost two weeks now. Not sure if it's a lingering head cold or if it's do to the weather shift. The weather has been markedly colder getting no higher than 60 most days.

I put a review of Astronaut by Duran Duran up in the Reviews area. The song by song commentary makes it sound like I don't like the album as much as I actually do.

I've been busy taking charge of Paws In the Park for PACC The board member in charge has left the group so I volunteered to pick up the pieces. Between myself and all the help I'm getting from a few other members it's looking like this is going to be a great event. Just knock wood for no rain!

That's about it for now.

Posted by John at 11:44 AM
October 11, 2004
What's on my mind...

What's on my mind...

As of late I think a lot about how horrifying Bush is. The first debate scared me. To look into those beady little eyes as he talks is to look into the eyes of a someone who clearly has no clue. His mind is filled with the information others have given him, but he has no idea how to sift through it all and make decisions himself. Any minute now I expect him to say, "look, I just do what Cheney and the Republican Party tell me to do, I have no clue as to what it all means".

We are still waiting to hear from the school district as to what we are going to do for Keegan. Brie has started doing online research on highly gifted education and we are learning all kinds of new things. One of the first things I noticed was that there is a general consensus that says skipping grades does not have the emotional and social empact most parents think. It seems to be based on the fact that your child isn't relating to the kids his age anyway, which is true. Keegan doesn't understand why all the kids in his class don't know all the answers already and why they don't like the things he likes. He is enjoying his new found celebrity a little too much. His school is so small everyone already knows what is going on. It's been a good thing so far because everyone seems to see him like a kid with a cool toy. Older kids come up to him and ask him math problems and then marvel at the fact that he can answer them faster than they can. But, he told me the other day he was "smarter than everyone" and I had to give him a little reality check. Still a lot to do though, so we'll see. He has already started going to the second grade class to work with them and he loves it, so that is a good sign.

It looks like we are going to finally join the YMCA. It's going to be a gift from my Mom. The kids should be starting their swim classes on November 8. Sebastian wants to take Karate after that. I'm hoping Keegan will want to get into basketball or tennis. The YMCA gives us many more choices than our current Gymnastics center.

My mom got back from California last week and we are very glad to have her home. We have lots to do to get her settled in like going to the DMV.

We got a second Tivo after Sebastian spilled a glass of water into the DirecTV box in my mom's room and ruined it. We got the 70 hour model from Best Buy for the same price DirecTV offers the 35 hour model .. so cool!

It's official the 49'ers suck suck suck this year. But the Seahawks are rockin' But, they really blew the 2nd half on Sunday and ended up losing the game.

A month to go until I'm 37 .. I was really hoping to go to Vegas, but I don't think it's going to happen. Money is just too tight. Maybe Brie and I will be able to go out on a date to one the sushi places we recently heard about that are suppose to be really good.

The weather is gorgeous, October and November are always so lovely. The humidity is gone, it tends to stay in the low 70's. The leaves are starting to change colors. I just love this time of year .. now until next March. I can't wait to see the snow again.

One of the benefits of having my mom move back in is that I have access to all the Super 8mm films we shot growing up. I really need to see if I can convert them to video tape.

Ok.. enough rambling.

Posted by John at 05:54 PM
October 02, 2004
What do you know!

My lovely wife picked up the Killers CD Hot Fuss for me today and much to my delight it turns out that it was produced by Jeff Saltzman and the Killers. Jeff Saltzman is the guy that mixed and mastered the Demo EP Cait and I released as Q. back in 1995 .. small world.

He is enormously talented so I'm not surprised that he has moved on to working with major label acts. Our EP would not have sounded so professional if it wasn't for his mixing and engineering skills. He also co-produced/mixed/mastered all of the backing tracks for our live show. We spent about a week at his home in San Jose working in the 16 track studio he had sent up in the front two rooms. He was always very encouraging and fun to be around. I liked the album before, but now that I know someone who was involved I like it even more.

Posted by John at 05:15 PM