Being revamped to incorporate elements of upcoming movie: Dead Man's Chest (opening July 7th). Rumor has it Johnny Depp is being integrated into the revamped ride .. or at least his likeness.
I refuse to go in summer, or on weekends. Excesivo gentes.
Hard to not think how much little Rad Jr. would've enjoyed it .. with so many kids there.
25.apr.2006 - Going to Disneyland today: happiest place on earth. I normally go every year on my birthday (January), mid-week, when the crowds are gone.
But January '06 was not very happy here, so I'm going to celebrate my birthday today.
24.apr.2006 - The site was down for several hours this afternoon, due to "networking difficulties". The outage affected all 300 servers owned by Lunarpages (my host).
It's frustrating when you work hard to build a quality site, only to see it unavailable due to a hosting issue. There's nothing I can do - including vociferous complaining - that will help.
23.apr.2006 - Rode up to Bakersfield yesterday (co-pilot), north of Los Angeles (3 hour drive), with Miss Julie & her family .. to help celebrate little Frances' 5th birthday (niece). Different family members live in different parts of the state, so Bakersfield is a central location where all can meet.
Finally met Julie's dad yesterday. Been looking forward to that (as you might imagine). Also met her dad's wife, which represents the last of her immediate family.
19.apr.2006 - Played Rad dad today. Had the little guy. I call him the Bug. [Most babies are cute as a bug's ear. He's cute as the whole bug. =) ] Wish I could post some photos .. cuz he pretty dang adorable .. but I can't.
Took him for a walk at Main Beach, here in Laguna, early this morning. We didn't even make it to the shore before he buried his head in my chest, which means it's time to nap. Didn't expect that so early.
17.apr.2006 - Saw Closer last night (trailers, reviews). It has been out for a year, so you might've seen it already. Very well made. Held my attention. Scintillating dialogue. I found the story emotionally intense. Sidney raved about it back when it first came out.
I enjoy movies that strike my consciousness and make me think, far more than ones which subscribe to formulaic models. They seem more realistic (cuz life doesn't subscribe to formulas).
16.apr.2006 - He is not here: for he is risen, as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay. And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you. [Matthew 28:6-7 King James Version]
Happy Easter. Made a batch of my world-famous, nuclear-grade stew today. (Having a bowl right now.) Yummy. Made it with lamb (shoulder) this time, instead of beef.
15.apr.2006 - While soaking in the jacuzzi this afternoon at the 24 Hour Fitness club in Costa Mesa (the big one on 19th street), I noticed two heavily tattooed guys walk into the pool area.
14.apr.2006 - Tomorrow (Saturday), HBO is rebroadcasting the boxing match between Zab Judah (from New York, 34 wins, 4 loses) and the undefeated "Pretty Boy" Floyd Mayweather (from Michigan), who many consider the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport today.
The fight actually took place last week, but you had to pay to see it. Tomorrow it can be seen by anyone with regular HBO. Starts at 9:45 here on the Left coast.
12.apr.2006 - When we encounter tough times (like I did this past year) I think we survive by disconnecting somewhat, psychically .. cuz, at the time, the bad stuff is too much to handle.
Later, as life returns to normal, we begin to re-integrate the pieces of our traumatized psyche. That's when we begin to deal with the yucky emotions stored from those tough times. At least that's how it works for me.
When the sh!t hits the fan of life, we can't afford to lose it. So we shunt negative emotions, in order to focus on the crisis at hand .. undebilitated by the intensifying distortion that accompanies emotional upheaval.
10.apr.2006 - Spending lots of time with new friend, developing the new relationship, meeting her family members. We all had dinner Saturday nite at Tutto Mare (Newport Beach) for her folks' wedding anniversary. (I ordered my favorite: pasta puttanesca.)
You recall how fun it can be .. in the early stages of a relationship .. when everything is shiny and new. The days seem brighter, the grass greener, sky bluer. It has been a long time since my sky was this blue.
06.apr.2006 - Friendly reminder for those of you who live here in Laguna Beach (where it's been raining like crazy) .. today is the First Thursday Art Walk. Maybe we'll see you out on the town, sucking up a little culture (...with the complimentary vino & hors d'oeuvres). Sun is supposed to come out today.
On a more technical note, the makers of WinBackup have released version 1.86 for free download .. in order get people excited about their 2.0 release. See here:> WinBackup free download. Thanks to Magoo for the heads up.
It's always best to back-up to a (physically) separate hard drive, in case the one you're using dies. An external drive will work fine, altho usually a little slower than an internal drive. Removable optical media is also acceptable (CD/DVD), altho usually even slower than an external drive.
05.apr.2006 - While I'm in the photo mood, I have 3 more for you .. only this time Miss Julie isn't riding on anybody's shoulders. See here:> julie_01 (80-KB), .. julie_02 (120-KB), .. julie_03 (75-KB).
Yes, she's sweet as she looks. Big heart. Has that girl-next-door look. Maybe cuz that's how we met: "Got any butter?" Taking it one day at a time.
03.apr.2006 - Have photos for you today, from our bike ride to the Balboa Peninsula yesterday (after church), where Miss Julie sat on Eric's shoulders, while he rode his unicycle down the strand (Newport Beach). See here:> Riding a unicycle down the strand on Balboa Peninsula
02.apr.2006 - Started attending co-parenting classes. Program is called Kids First. Hand-out reads: KIDS FIRST is an interactive educational program designed to meet the needs of children whose parents are separated or divorced.
Classes are held in Orange, at the Chapman University campus. Beautiful campus, great architecture. I go every Saturday morning. (Not to be confused with my weekly support group meetings.)