Jeff: 1, Vegas: One Zillion

I'm back from Ryan's bachelor party weekend. It was awesome. Day one was great, but I was a dumbshit about the drinking and was hungover by dinnertime. Day two blew day one away. We watched the NBA playoffs, then hit the pool. Ate at the seafood buffet in the Rio, then a trip to a strip club for the two bachelors (there were two guys getting married in our group). After giving a few $1's out, we were back to the hotel by 2a, where I more than doubled my money off of Ryan's brother's friends in a private poker game. Then Ryan's ass got crazy & wanted to play Black Jack, where I maintained my dollar amount. I got back around 430 today, and now I'm fucking tired.

Goodnight, beautiful babies.


Gone gamblin'. See you Tuesday, babies.

In a few short hours, I'm off to Vegas for Ryan's bachelor party. Should be a fun trip . If I don't come back in one piece, just know that I loved you all.

Pics to come.


It's a Good Monday.

It's a good Monday today. I just got back from drinking with Adam & Dave (of the Smiling Tyrants). I'm home, watching Ravi Shankar videos on YouTube, drinking that last bottle of Lost Coast Stout while savoring bits of my Lindt Excellence 99% Cacao chocolate bar (they go together quite well, if anyone's curious). I don't have to be up early tomorrow, so I'm thinking I might put on some of my Ravi Shankar albums and sit in the dark and let the spirit take leave of the body.

Ravi Shankar.


Quit bitching if your gas costs $2.87/gal

That's the national average. Here in Orange County, I'm paying at least $3.37 for regular. Don't even get Chris started on premium.



Rain, Rain, Go Away

It's raining here in sunny Southern California. I fucking hate it. It's not that it's caused me problems, it's just that it inconveniences my motherfucking ass. Traffic. Umbrellas. Going to bars. Everything gets monkeywrenched just a little bit. That said, I'm hoping to get out tonight. I'm full of Chipotle & Dos Equis. Now to figure out something to do tonight...


99 things you didnt know: A goddamn long survey.

I've been posting lame surveys on MySpace. I felt bad I haven't shared one with you all. So here's a fucking long one. And you probably know 60 of these 99 things, anyway.

1. What is the last alcoholic beverage you drank?
A Corona at Jason's last night.

2. Do you follow college football?
Can't say I do. Maybe someday...

3. Who took this survey before you?
Kyle. I steal all my good shit from that guy.

4. who was the last person to send you a text message?
My brother, after wishing him a happy birthday today.

5. Last time you went swimming in a pool?
Probably last summer.

6. Are you happy?

7. Where was the last place you went shopping?
Mutant-America.Com. If the interweb doesn't count, Borders.

8. How do you feel about your hair?
I feel good about it. It's pointy now.

9. Where do you live?
Anaheim, CA.

10. Last thing you ate?
A Double-Double, animal-style, fries & a lemonade

11.Do you wish you were some place else right now?
Yeah, out drinkin' somewhere.

12. Last time you were kissed?
Last weekend.

13. Do you have any expensive jewelry?
I have this ring that I assume is expensive. But it's sentimental value is through the roof!

14. AIM or MSN?
AIM, via iChat.

15. What classes are you taking?
Whatever they offer at the School of Hard Knocks.

16. How many hours on average do you work a week?
Somewhere around 30-35 at Z's, another 5 for lessons.

17. Who do you like right now?
Gumbercules. I love that guy.

18. Do you watch the olympics?
When the chicks are hot, or if America's winning.

19. Last restaurant you went to?
Claim Jumper, but just for a beer.

21. Who was the last person to call you?
Anthea, about a lesson.

22. What's your sign?
Leo, baby.

23. Do you have a favorite number?

24. Last time you did volunteer work or made any donation?
I volunteered to be Santa Clause last Xmas.

25. What do you spend the majority of your money on?
My one true love: Comic books.

26. Where does most of your family live?
Off the 101 Freeway.

27. Are you an only child or do you have siblings?
See #4

28. Ever been called a hoe/slut?
Nope. Someone needs to get on that.

29. Ever been called a bitch?
Yes. For not going to Hawaiian Gardens last night.

30. Favorite kind of beer?
Hitachino Nest Red Rice Ale, then Chimay Blue.

32. Have you ever experienced true love?

33. Did you ever collect Beanie Babies?
Can't say I have, though I have a Green Lantern one.

35. Myspace or Facebook?
Fuck Facebook. Eh, fuck MySpace, too.

36. Do you have T-Mobile?
That I do.

37. What is your favorite subject?
Besides human life, Aikido.

38. Do you sometimes wish you were someone else?
No, just a richer version of myself.

39. Fall for the bad girls/guys or good girls/guys?
Gonna get me a Devil Woman. Angel Woman don't mean me no good.

40. do you like school?
I loved school. It treated me well.

42. Do you have any talents?
Trombone playin'. I forget what else.

44. Do you have any children?
Ha. You wish.

45. Last movie you saw?
I watched Dukes of Hazzard at Barbie's last weekend.

46. Are you missing anyone at the moment?

47. Did you take a nap today?
Can't say I did.

49. Ever been on a cruise?
Yeah, but I didn't get drunk or laid. I was 10.

50. Favorite vacation spot?
Kauai. Then Vegas.

51. Favorite genre of music?
Jazz & Hip Hop. Yeah, I know that's two.

52. Do you have any wealthy friends?
Nope. I have a lot of poor ones, tho.

53. Ever met anyone famous before?
Yeah, James Caan gave me a golf lesson once. No lie.

54. Favorite actor/actress?
See # 53.

56. Are you multi-tasking right now?
Sure. I'm doing this, IMing, watching TV, and doing my Z'Server evals.

57. Could you handle being in the military?
Nope. No military life for me.

58. Are you hungry or thirsty?
Fuck yeah, can you grab me a beer?

59. Favorite fast food restaurant?
In & Out.

60. Favorite Nightclub and bar?
I dunno, there isn't anything around my house. I like whatever's by work, tho. Except Garf's.

61. What is your average cell phone bill?

62. Do you own a camera phone?
Fuck yeah, bitch.

63. Ever had to take a sobriety test?
Nope. I'm an excellent drunk driver

65. Can you speak any other languages?
I speak kitchen spanish. I'm adept at reading braille too, ladies...

66. Last time you went to the gym or worked out?
Wednesday morning.

67. How many pairs of shoes do you own?
That I wear regularly? 4.

68. Do you have a photo hosting site that you use?
Fuck yeah I do!

69. Last place you were at?
Yorba Linda Orchestra rehearsal.

70. What was your high school mascot?
The mighty Comanche.

71. Ever been to Las Vegas?
Yeah, but it's been a while. But it won't be a while for long.

72. Ever been to Mexico for spring break?

73. Have you ever bought condoms?
C'mon, you all know I wrap my shit.

74. Do you have any regrets?
Yeah, maybe.

75. What do you think is your best feature?
My beard. And my huge ween.

76. Have you ever been gambling?
Yes. I love gambling.

77. How old are your parents?
800 years old.

79. Do you have your wisdom teeth?
Nope, I had 'em pulled by a nice Jewish oral surgeon.

80. Favorite place to be?
Anywhere where work doesn't have to be done.

81. Have you ever been to New York City?
Kinda. I had a layover in La Guardia once.

82. Favorite sit down restaurant?
Roscoe's Chicken & Waffles. Uh, I mean Z'Tejas.

83. Ever been to Disney Land/World?
Yeah, I do live in Anaheim, after all.

84. Do you have a favorite cartoon character?
Dr. Venture & Dr. Orpheus.

85. Last thing you cooked?
I made chicken ramen last night.
TRIVIA!: It had 93% of my daily allowance of sodium. I'm surprised I'm not dead.

86. How is the weather today?
Beautiful, actually.

87. Do you e-mail?
I blog. What do you think?

89. Favorite store?
My comic store.

90. Last voicemail you received?
The last memorable one was from Best Buy QC, cause I was very shitty in my last survey.

91. Do you drunk dial?
Only when I'm driving.

92. Stupidest thing you ever did with your cell phone?
Um... I dropped it on the ground once.

93. What is the best city that you have lived in?
It's a toss-up between Anaheim & Irvine.

94. Favorite band/Artist?
I'm into MF Doom right now. And Burt Bacharach/Elvis Costello.

95. Last time you were sick?
Real recently. I had tracheal bronchitis.

96. Are you lactose intolerant or do you have IBS?
Nope. Bring on the cheese.

97. Last concert you went to?
Shit, it's been a while. I'm heading out next week to see The New Mastersounds.

98. Ready for the weekend?
Tryin' to be. I have to work during most of it.

99. What did you do last night?
I taught a couple of lessons, then played poker.

I'm home, you dick!

13 minutes. Take that, motherfucker.


Thank you, P.A.D.

If you haven't read the letters column of this month's X-Factor, do yourself a favor.


Tuesday's good. Wednesday's looking pretty good, too.

Today marked the half-way point for my management training. I ran the floor on my own. All my calls were the right ones. My floor was on lockdown today. The shift ran smooth. I made strong decisions. And there was no bitching or moaning. AND! My bosses had business cards made up for me! I'll post a scan soon. I'm stoked. I've never had my own business cards. From an actual business, that is. Then, home & a couple of lessons.

I've got tomorrow off. It should be a good day. A little Aikido. It's comic day tomorrow, and that's always good*. Venture Bros. Season 2 came out today. I'll be making a trip to Best Buy an electronics store to pick it up. I've got a couple of lessons tomorrow, too.

Maybe I should read tonight..

*In case anyone's curious:

Conan #39
DMZ #18
Ex Machina #27
Superman Batman #34
Ultimate Spider-Man #108
Ultimate X-Men #81
X-Factor #18 $2.99

Oh yeah.. I forgot about Qui-Gon Jinn

Cool. I'll take master to Obi-Wan Kenobi any day.

So it goes.

I fell victim to a severe food coma after dinner tonight. I can only assume I crashed out at 7, only to wake up,, completely disoriented, at 10p. A "what-where am I-what time is it-where do I need to be-am I late?" half-assed wake up. I think I regained composure/consciousness by the time the Colbert Report replay came on at 1030. I contemplated reading for a while. I think that's what put me to sleep in the first place. I started back in my book somewhere around 1a. I had to veg out and get a dose of Futurama, Family Guy, ATHF, and (inadvertently) Saul of the Mole Men in. At 1, I picked my book back up. A small part of me hoped that it'd knock me out again, but to tell you the truth, sleep feels overrated right now. I've only got 80 pages left in Slaughterhouse Five, and I feel like I could jam right through it, and be done by 4a with enough time to get another 3 hours of sleep in before I have to get up at 7 for work. But alas, I'm done reading for the night. My eyes are starting to sting a little, anyway... blogging may not be the smartest endeavor right now.

In an effort to strain my eyes even more, I flip on the TV, and hit DirecTV's guide to see if there's something on. I mis-dial my channel and end up on KOCE, where "Bellydancing Fitness Fusion Jazz" is on. And I can't take my eyes off the TV. A bunch of bellydancers jamming and thrusting their hips in concert is one of the more welcome sights to behold at 3a, three hours before sunrise. And then a thought occurs; is this program scheduled to satisfy the demand of overweight insomniac housewives needing a new exercise regimen, or is KOCE throwing a bone (pun intended) to drunk motherfuckers staying up late, looking to rub one out? Were I a different man, I'd be in that demographic. Now, it's "French in Action." An educational show, aimed for the high school student. As lame as this show is, I can't stop wondering why the hot French chick is wearing such a revealing shirt on such a benign show... I gotta go to France.


Someone didn't have to work today.

Nor did I have any lessons or rehearsal. It's been a good day. I ran a few errands. Bought some comics (a good day for comics, btw). Went to Best Buy and bought Super Paper Mario for Wii & Blood Sugar Sex Magik. Only 16 years too late on that one.

I had Chipotle tonight. It was delicious. Pre-ordered a little Harry Potter 7 from Amazon, too. South Park was good this week, too.

You may have heard that author Kurt Vonnegut passed away yesterday. Sad news. I just wish I read more of his work. Maybe I'll get Slaughterhouse Five finished over the weekend.



It was a long day today. I'll probably blog about it at some point. Now, just dinner. I'm making a poor man's arrabiata. Jar sauce with a shitload of garlic chili paste.

Why does fettuccini take so goddamn long to boil?



Currently Reading. Sorta.

When it comes to reading, I tend to have a very short attention span. That is to say, I'll reading multiple books, and "books," at a time (say in a week, or month), without much difficulty switching up material. Anyone else like that? Currently, I'm reading 5-10 comics a week (that's 20-40 different storylines per month), two novels, and a big ol' graphic novel. Here's what distracts me when it's not TV, Interweb, or booze:

Slaughterhouse Five - Kurt Vonnegut

Thanks to the fine people at H&R Block for making me wait so goddamn long last Friday, I managed to squeeze in 65 pages of Slaughterhouse Five before I had my taxes done. I finished Cat's Cradle late last year (or early this year), and I loved it. Loved the shit out of it. I loved it so much that I'll occasionally think about life in terms of Bokononism, a fictional religion from the book. Anyway, Slaughterhouse starts out under the veil of a war memoirs book, but it just took a turn into time travel. Well, not so much time travel as time transcendence. I like where it's headed.

On The Road - Jack Kerouac

I've owned this one for a long time without cracking the cover. I think 5 years, give or take. I'm finally into it now, a few chapters. I've been reading this one during orchestra rehearsals, when the conductor rehearses other sections (like the motherfucking boring-ass violins). The only problem is that I get at most 2-3 pages, 1/2 a page at minimum, per opportunity. It's cool so far. A bunch of beatniks, bumming around, drinking and trying to get trim. I'll take longer to finish this one than the Vonnegut, not because Slaughterhouse is shorter, but because On The Road doesn't entice me to read it. And it doesn't care. I'll get it done. I'm just not in a rush.

Essential Doctor Strange, Vol. 1 - Marvel Essentials

I blogged about this one a few weeks ago, in my super nerd comics post. I'm somewhere around the 400th page of the 618 page volume #1. Doc Strange has been the most entertaining silver age comic I've read in a while. I tried Essential Fantastic Four, but it didn't hold my attention. Doc Strange is just the right balance of nostalgia, corn, and originality. I've got to give it up to Stan Lee & Steve Ditko. Usually I read a Stan Lee-written book, and I cringe with the misogynistic dialog, and redundancy used therein. But with Strange, it's not as big of a distraction. Anyone looking to completely geek out need look no further.

Batman: Snow - JH Williams III, Dan Curtis Johnson, & Seth Fisher

I had no idea about this book until someone recommended it on BKV's Top 5 thread last week. The writing's great, but what drew me to this book is the art by Seth Fisher. He died last year in an urban climbing mishap, and I had no idea about his work until after he passed. His art in Batman: Snow is incredible. He's really in a style all his own, but if I had to compare him to someone, I'd call him a cross between Pia Guerra & Frank Quitely. I begrudgingly compare him to anyone, tho. It's a retelling of the origin of Mr. Freeze, and I've never cared about that icy bastard until reading Batman: Snow. The art is evocative of what the characters are feeling. There's a great deal of storytelling done through Fisher's panels, though the writing team is top notch as well. It's a great TPB/graphic novel for anyone looking to read a good Batman story, but not looking to get involved in current continuity. If you know that Bruce Wayne is Batman, you're ready to read this book.


Funniest thing I've seen all day.

Alanis Morissette - "My Humps"

I love her.


We saw 300 today

It was good. Not as good as everyone's saying. Not as good as Sin City, but worth watching. It was full of over-the-top Frank Miller violence, just like I was hoping for. I hope the DVD has a lot of extras to offer.

That is all.