Get In The Ring For Round Two

I’ve mentioned before my trip to Saginaw for my cousin’s wedding. It was great to see a lot my relatives from my dad’s side of the family. I hadn’t seen some of them in 10 years or more. A big problem with the wedding is that my cousin is 21 and I’m 30. So of course it was open field day on Jon time.

“Haven’t you met a nice girl yet?”

“When are we going to see you up there?”

“I think it’s about time you settled down and gave your grandmother some grandkids.”

And now I just got an email with some of the details of my uncle’s wedding. (My dad’s brother) So it looks as though I get to go through it all again in a little over two months.

Oh joy.

Other news I received this morning is that my friends are having a baby! (Actually I already knew they were having a baby, I just got an email update with a link to the ultrasound picture. Of course this too makes me think. Do I want to be that guy? You know, that guy who sends out ultrasound pictures? It wasn’t all that long ago that I was going to Vegas for three day drinking and gambling benders. Of course I haven’t had a drink in over three years. So these days trips to Las Vegas are slightly more sedate. But still… do I want to be that guy? Well I think it’s about time I break out of this parenthetical aside.)

Actually, it’s probably time for me to wrap up this entry. But still…

Say What You Mean

I’ve recently seen several ads of TV supporting G.W. for prez. In fact G.W. himself says something like “Approved by George W. Bush” at the end of all of them.

One in particular caught my attention because he talked about how Kerry wanted to raise taxes by some huge amount, that he wanted to reduce the effectiveness of the Patriot Act against terrorists, and he wanted to wait for U.N. approval before going into Iraq.

I found that I was saying to myself, “Exactly. Kerry should be president.” Do I like paying lots of taxes? Not particularly, but I don’t believe in governing on a deficit either. The Patriot Act is scary. And oh gee, do you really think we should have waited for the entire world’s support before we invaded another country?

It brought to mind a recent post about George Orwell that I read.

It’s Too Damn Hot

I don’t know what the weather is like where you are but here in Los Angeles it is literally 90°F (32°C)! In March! Yes, this is Southern California. Yes, we have warmer weather than other places. However, it is still technically winter and we are having temperatures that many places have during the summer. I just checked the weather on the South Shore of Boston (my hometown)… IT’S SNOWING! 90 on one coast, snowing on the other. Crazy.

Actually one of the big reasons I live in LA is because of the weather. I’m just not crazy about 90. 70-75 is just right. 90 is too hot. In a perfect world it would be 70°F year-round.

This weather has definitely helped with my head cold. It’s fairly easy to be sniffly, sneezy, and coughing when the weather is cold and damp. Much harder in the heat. Plus it has me in the mood of spring cleaning. I have done more loads of laundry today than I have done it ages. And I’m having visions of a new vacuum. I’m definitely not right in the head.

Days Go By So Slowly

Illness really isn’t all that fun.

Last weekend I was in Saginaw, MI for my cousin’s wedding. I won’t go into all the details of the trip or the event itself, but let me just say that I had a great time with my relatives and I really don’t like United Airlines’ idea of acceptable regional airline service.

The point of this is that I was with a large number of people from all over the country for several days and locked up in the recycled air of 4 different planes. Somewhere along the way I managed to come down with a cold that started in my throat.

Now here I am a week later and I’m finally starting to get better–though my throat still kills me. I should probably go see the doctor tomorrow just to make sure it’s not Strep or Mad Cow or Ebola or something. I’m not crazy about doctors either. I know they have a tough job but still… sitting in a waiting room for an hour, then sitting in a freezing examination room for 30 minutes with my shirt off, so that I can actually see a doctor for approximately 1 minute, 7 seconds is not my idea of a fun time.

The good thing about illness is that you have to spend so much time sitting around your place that as long as you’re not completely on death’s door, you’ll probably get motivated to do a few things that you might not do otherwise.

I have not only managed to get my website restarted (though I still need to do some tweaking on the interface) but I have also had the chance to watch the entire Star Trek Voyager season 1 DVD set. I didn’t spend all of my time staring at the idiot box. I read the fourth book of Patrick O’Brian’s 19th century British Navy series, The Mauritius Command. And I read Angels & Demons by Dan Brown, which is his first book that introduces the famous Robert Langdon character from The Da Vinci Code. So now I’ve started on Robert Jordan’s Wheel of Time series with the first book, The Eye of the World.

Still… days go by so slowly.

I’ll Be Back

I’ve been half-watching The Terminator in the background while working on the how best to use this program to publish a weblog. I have to say, even twenty years later, it’s a pretty great movie. Yes by todays standards a lot of the special effects are definitely dated. But still there’s something about practical effects–miniatures, puppets, and other pieces and events that interact with the actors in “reality”–that is so much more convincing than CGI. Yes, you can get shots now that were never possible in 1984, but somehow sticking an actor in front of a green screen and painting in the special effects later doesn’t seem as realistic as an actor being menaced by an actual evil robotic arm.