3.30.2007

Long day... I am your father.

I'm gonna make this short & sweet. I worked an 11 hour shift today for my last day as expo. I did the lunch AND dinner rushes. I'm fucking tired, but at $15/hr + OT, I can't argue.

Now, ice cold Stella & Empire Strikes Back. What a great end to a long day.

For anyone that cares, I may be making the switch to Wordpress, since I'm kinda over blogger's format. I've already imported my entire archive & links list. I'll probably be double posting here & there for a while until I decide on one. Check it out:

JeffreyLong.Wordpress.com

3.21.2007

I <3 Today.

Today's been a good day for me. A lot of little new things, and a couple big ones to talk about. I've had today off, so I've been able to take it easy & throw a couple beers back. I figured a good ol' update blog might be in order.

Some of you may remember this post, where I lamented about not getting a job at a fine dining place. Well, the very next day, my general manager at Z'Tejas approached me about becoming a manager. I told him I was interested. After a couple of interviews, and a tedious application process, I was cleared to become a manager. I began the training program last Tuesday, and it's been fairly busy. It's been all 8a shifts in the kitchen, prep cooking. Now, I know 8a isn't that big of a deal, but when you're used to 3-4 hour shifts, making what ends up being around $20 an hour (wage + tips), then going to 8 hours on your feet with little down time, no tips, and much less human interaction, it gets a bit tiresome. But I love it. It's fun, it's new, and I'm capable (with some supervision). I'm in the kitchen again this week and next week, then I start bar training during the first week of April. I'm hoping to be all said & done with the training by May. This opportunity has really turned out to be awesome. I've been looking for something new, and my bosses and fellow servers all have the utmost faith in my abilities, which says a lot. And to top it all off, I was recommended for the job by our regional manager. So we'll see how it all plays out. I'm trying not to count my chickens, but I'm looking forward to my future with this company.

Today, as I said, was my day off. No work, no lessons. I went to Aikido this morning ready for a regular workout. Sensei's been having me review for my upcoming blue belt test, so I figured it'd be more of the same, considering Sensei hasn't set a test time. Well, he just kinda sprung the test on me today at the end of practice. I passed, and I'm now a blue belt. Every dojo's different with how the rankings are, and Sensei has his own ranking system that does just fine to indicate one's progress. I'm still the beginner of our dojo, but I'm no longer the "whitest of white belts." Afterwards, we went out for some pho, which is always what the doctor ordered after an Aikido workout. Then a little coffee with Ryan & Hung. Awesome.

I got a haircut today. An "executive haircut," at the new place I've been going, 18|8, which included a head, neck & shoulder massage (which I needed). If you go, tell 'em Jeff Long referred you. Kind of expensive service, to be sure, but well worth it. I'm usually the "shave your head when it gets too long" kind of guy, but I've felt lately that a good cut is a great investment. And since I'm working in a job where looking well-groomed means more money (or conversely, looking shitty means much less money), it's worthwhile. I get a free "upgrade" next time, too. Maybe I'll get a manicure. I do need to trim my beard, tho...

And today is Wednesday, which means comic day. I haven't read everything, but I wanted to plug today's Runaways Saga, written by my internet pal, Mindy Owens. Fans of the series will enjoy it, cause it's written from Molly's perspective. Next month, Joss Whedon is taking over for Brian K. Vaughan, so if anyone's looking to get caught up in less than 30 minutes of reading, pick it up and enjoy. It's Mindy's first comic, too, so support an up & coming writer!

So like I said, "good day." And to top it all off, Return of the Jedi is on.

I <3 today.

3.19.2007

Here's a little something you may not've known about me.

This blog was taken from my post to a thread about religion.

I was raised Jewish, went to Temple for High Holidays, & always lit Hanukkah candles. I'm Bar Mitzvah, and never really asked questions about my faith. Until high school, when I started learning about Buddhism & Hinduism, and generally became aware of this entire new universe of belief I had no clue even existed, Christianity included. I started adopting bits and pieces of other beliefs (ethics & morality, mostly), and asking questions of my own religion; questions that I wasn't sure I wanted to know the answer to at the tender age of 16. I read about, and studied as best I could as many religions as interested me. I tried to see my world through many different sets of eyes. I learned through all my studies that, through to the core, I am a Jew, and there's nothing in this universe that will ever change that. I tend to consider that my spiritual "birth," since I spent around 18 years in the spiritual "womb."

I have learned a lot about my belief in Judaism over the last decade. I tend to believe that Judaism is constantly evolving with the times, and within myself, and I believe that scripture can and should be interpreted as such. I believe in the existence of God. That is to say, I have faith in God and that God exists, but that's pretty much where it ends. I do believe that God & I have a similar sense of humor. Things happen (or don't happen) because of my actions, and I'm also a very strong believer in Karma. As for the Universe, it's like the song says: "Life flows on within you and without you."

I lean somewhere between Humanistic Judaism & Reconstructionist Judaism. I'm discovering more and more that I'm not the only Jew who interprets Judaism the way I do. Though I personally don't know anyone else who feels the way I do, it's good to know I'm not alone. I also attempt to keep at least a little Kosher by never eating pork. For years I followed kashrut more closely than I do now, but I just can't resist the draw of a good cheeseburger.


Feel free to add and ask questions, but if you're going to be an ass, please remember that silence is golden.

3.14.2007

It's a great day for my collection

I've been comic-crazy these last few days. More so than usual. I've finally got all my weeklies bagged, boarded & taped. 313 comics in all. That's about 6 months worth, I think. It took the better part of 5 hours last night. I still need to sort my non-Marvel titles, and I don't have enough short boxes to do that. I've given up on long boxes a long time ago, thanks to Chris' reasoning. Anyway, all I need to file are this week's comics, and I'm done.

Here's a few recommends for those who want to geek out:

-Spider-Man Reign
Written & Drawn by Kaare Andrews

A basic knowledge of Spider-Man is all that's needed to be able to follow this one. Set in the future, in a "post-apocalyptic" Manahttan... I hate that term... Peter Parker is old. Very old. And he's no longer Spider-Man. Well, he no longer dresses up & saves people. And New York is in desperate need of her own personal Webslinger. Reign is basically Dark Knight Returns but with Spider-Man at the lead. Even the art is indicative of Frank Miller's classic Batman story. It seems as more of an homage than a copy. Andrews does an amazing job with Peter Parker, and even though it's set in the future, it does well as part of the Spider-Man canon. That is to say, if we ever see Peter Parker, in comics, as a senior citizen (70+ years), it should be this version. Wait for the trade, since issue 4 came out today, but it'll be worth the wait. Only a month, it seems. Buy the Hardcover on April 18th. It's well worth the price.

-Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E.
Words by Warren Ellis, Art by Stuart Immonen

“It is most especially about THINGS BLOWING UP and PEOPLE GETTING KICKED.”

That's how Warren Ellis pitched this one to Marvel. I was going to post on this one a couple of weeks ago, but I got lazy and didn't. Nextwave: Agents of H.A.T.E. is fucking sweet. I missed this book when was coming out monthly, and after reading all the love for it online, I was pissed I missed it. Volume 1 (collecting issues 1-6) came out about a month ago, and I've read it like 5 times since then. You need to know very little about comics to understand this one, but there's a lot of little inside jokes of you have some understanding of some minor characters. It's funny, first of all. 5 shitty heroes form a team & try to stop evil. They pretty much blow everything up. Here's a better review than I'm willing to write tonight. Don't buy the hardcover. Save your money & go paperback. Volume 2, called "I Kick Your Face," will be available in July.

-Marvel Essentials: Dr. Strange Vols. 1 & 2

This is what makes me a dork. 1214 total pages of Doctor Strange in one purchase. Dr. Stephen Strange, a respected surgeon at top of his game, gets in a car wreck. Hands so badly damaged that he'll never perform surgery again. Traveling the world looking for a cure, he winds up becoming a sorcerer, and fights evil. The most dorky character in the history of comics, and I love him. If you're not ready to delve into dorkdom like I have with this hefty two-volume purchase, consider Brian K. Vaughan & Marcos Martin's recent mini, Doctor Strange: The Oath, available in June. Probably the best Doctor Strange story ever, definitely the best in the last 15 years.

For those looking for variety, sorry for the all-Marvel recommendations. Now it's time for a combo of organizing & reading comics, watching Borat on DVD, and sleeping. I have to be at work at 745a tomorrow

3.13.2007

#7

We saw Reno 911: The Movie tonight... I drank a beer before the show. Then after, we went to a bar in the Orange Circle, where I had 5 more. Now I'm on my seventh for the night, and I think I'm just about done after this. Jonny drove, for those that're concerned. My hero. I got home to catch the end of Family Guy, and I'm not straight enough to whistle the closing theme. I could probably play it, but the ol' whistle is O-U-T, out...

In case you're curious:

1. Butt Light (@ Jon's friend's)
(movie)
2. Corona
3. Stella Artois
4. Hoegarten White
5. Pabst Blue Ribbon (In a can... I've never had one until tonight.)
6. Another Stella
7. Spaten Oktoberfest, at home.

I'm done drinking as soon as I'm done with the Spaten... I promise...

EDIT: and in case anyone missed South Park this week, here's the most most offensive thing I've ever seen. NFSW...

3.12.2007

I think I want to learn to play guitar...

Think being the operative word. At least mash out some chords, or a blues, or something. If anyone knows of a good, cheap (or on loan) guitar, let me know. No, I don't have anything specific in mind.

We > You

Dear Hater,

Eradication of Polio.
Levi's Jeans.
The Barbie Doll.
The remote control.
The Corvette.
Birth control pills.
Antihistamines.
Vinyl Records.
Geosynchronous satellites.


Thank us later.
I love you.
See you in Hell.

-Jeff

-List of Jewish Inventors
-History of the Jews in the United States
-Lists of American Jews
-Simon Wiesenthal Center
-Anti-Defamation League
-Jewish Defense League

3.11.2007

3.10.2007

I steal all my cool shit from Kyle.

Like this...












William Powell

You scored 14% Tough, 28% Roguish, 0% Friendly, and 57% Charming!

You are the classic rogue, a stylish rake with the devil of a wit and a flair for mischief, and you shake your martinis to waltz time. You are charming and debonair, but slightly untrustworthy, and women should be on their guard. If married, you are simply a bit of a flirt, even if it's just with your own wife...but if you're single, watch out. You usually rein yourself in to concentrate on one lovely beauty at a time, but with you, we never know. You're an inviting partner, but there's a playful devil behind your eyes, and those trying to get close to you should know they're playing with fire. You're stylish and fun, but you follow your own course, which may or may not include a steady gal. Co-stars include Myrna Loy and Carole Lombard, classy ladies with an adventurous streak.


Find out what kind of classic dame you'd make by taking the
Classic Dames Test.













My test tracked 4 variables How you compared to other people your age and gender:
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You scored higher than 99% on Tough
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You scored higher than 99% on Roguish
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You scored higher than 99% on Friendly
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You scored higher than 99% on Charming




Link: The Classic Leading Man Test written by gidgetgoes on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

3.06.2007

Top 10 Myths About Californians - Dispelled!

Comment with the words "Top Ten" or "Top Five", and I will reply with a subject for which you will generate a top ten (or top five) list. Post the list and instructions in your own blog.

Finally! I finished the list I was challenged to make by R-Lex on his LiveJournal. Without further ado, Top 10 myths about Californians:

1. We don't all drive like shit.

2. Not everyone here surfs.

3. Not all of our food contains avocado or cilantro.

4. Not everyone from Orange County is rich, unlike how we are portrayed on TV.

5. California's children are not all gun-toting rap-star wannabes.

6. Our women are not all fake-titted out and full of botox.

7. Just because we live in the same state, doesn't mean we go to Disneyland all the damn time.

8. We're not all left-wing, bleeding heart liberals. We just have common sense in the voting booths (except for that whole Schwarzenegger thing)

9. We. Don't. Speak. Slowly.

10. We don't all live in LA.

3.05.2007

Late Nite Links, courtesy of insomnia

-Turns out Thomas Jefferson might've had Jewish ancestry.

Was Thomas Jefferson the first Jewish president? Researchers studying Jefferson’s Y chromosome have found it belongs to a lineage that is rare in Europe but common in the Middle East, raising the possibility that the third president of the United States had a Jewish ancestor many generations ago.

More at source.

-The Impossible Quiz.

I think I spent a solid 1/2 hour on trying to progress at this goddamn thing. I managed to make it as far as #32, with about 2 dozen restarts. If you have patience, you'll need it. Especially with the 8MB your Flash player will have to load. It's fun, but fucking frustrating.

-Awesome Blog: Table of Malcontents

I stumbled on this blog because of the name-dropping of my comic book hero, Brian K. Vaughan, and I ended up reading all the entries. I dunno if I'll check it every day, but the contributors make it an interesting read. Scroll down to see an interesting way to sort your bookshelf. In case you're curious, it's NOT a comic book blog.

-Dead Man Eating

I found this link off of the above-mentioned blog. If you've ever wondered what death row inmates eat before they leave this mortal coil, take a look. If you're not morbidly curious, stay away. Barbie, this means you.

-Stop REAL ID!!

In a nutshell, REAL ID is a national ID system that's proposed to take effect by the next calender year. Everyone carries one card, with ALL of your private information on it (like birth certificate info, SS info, driver's license). And to get this card, you'll have to go to the DMV with all that stuff. It doesn't sound so bad, until you realize our government can put an RFID chip in these cards and track your whereabouts. Take a look at the link, and tell your state representatives to say 'NO' to REAL ID. Oh yeah, California state reps are FOR REAL ID. Just say no. Oh yeah, the site I linked to is an ACLU site.

-And lastly, a video for my soccer-playing friends.

3.02.2007

Good Tequila.

Tonight, after work (but still at work), I was lucky enough to take a shot of Jose Cuervo De La Familia. At $13 a shot, it ain't cheap, but it sure is delicious. If you're looking to spend some green, and you're not sure about what the perfect tequila to shoot is, consider about De La Familia. Now, I know what you're thinking: "Jeff, did your cheap Jewish ass really spend $13! on a single shot of tequila?!" Of course not, Ryan. One of my tables offered me a shot, and I gladly accepted. A couple of gay dudes. They tip so well. I love 'em. $30 on $130. 23%. Love 'em.

I don't remember the last time I've had tequila so smooth and tasty. No fire. Just a dark amber, perfect ultra-premium tequila. This one's $80 a bottle at BevMo, and well worth the price. It's aged 3x longer than your average aƱejo AND my bartender was saying it's aged in old bourbon barrels. And I definitely enjoyed it like I do bourbon. S-M-O-O-T-H.

Now, it's some CJ and some Red Stripe. Night.