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2009: Global Financial Meltdowns and Apocalypses: Or How to Just STFU and Hang In There Dec. 31st, 2009 @ 07:48 pm
Geebus Christ! SOOOOOOOOOOO glad this year is over. Ten bucks says there's a good chance I'll be saying the same exact thing next year.

I don't know about you but it was an incredibly tough year. As many of you know I had an evil witch of a boss from Nov. 08 to Sept. 09. My GAWD...you have no idea how much SHIT I went through mentally and physically while working under that "bottomless pit of bitch." But I hung in there and came out victorious. I'm basically my own boss now and it's sweet. I don't know how long this feeling of awesomeness will last but I'm determined to do a good job.

A FEW HIGHLIGHTS:
I went to Hawaii in August. Betty and I had a great time on the island of Oahu, where I celebrated my 27th b-day and hung out with Melly, Ernie and Kylie.

I went to Santa Fe, New Mexico with Eric, Mom and Dad. We visited my aunt and cousins, ate lots of great food and hung around Los Alamos (where the atomic bomb was created).

I went to Cambria just a day ago. Betty and I saw Hearst Castle, ate good food and watched elephant seals. Central California = beautiful.

Dudes...you gotta admit Jan 20th was a crazy day. We got a black president!

Melly met Obama yesterday by the way...just thought you should know.

NEW FRIENDS:
I made two new friends this year: Brett and Leyla. They're very, very nice people. Just don't make fun of Korn around Leyla and don't provoke Brett to fight you. He'll break your collarbone.

BEST SHOW OF THE YEAR:
HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER (THANKS JERRY!)

BEST SONG OF THE YEAR:
"FEEL IT ALL AROUND" - WASHED OUT

BEST REMIX
"SPRING" - AIR FRANCE REMIXING SAINT ETIENNE

BEST MOVIES OF THE YEAR:
This list would most likely be corrected later on as soon as I finally see "The Fantastic Mr. Fox." Please ignore the fact that I've seen nothing but blockbuster films.

1. UP
2. AVATAR
3. STAR TREK
4. INGLORIOUS BASTERDS
5. HARRY POTTER AND THE HALF-BLOOD PRINCE

BEST ALBUMS OF THE YEAR:
1. GRIZZLY BEAR - VECKATIMEST
2. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION
3. PHOENIX - WOLFGANG AMADEUS PHOENIX
4. GIRLS - ALBUM
5. DIRTY PROJECTORS - BITTE ORCA
6. CAMERA OBSCURA - MY MAUDLIN LIFE
7. BIBIO - AMBIVALENCE AVENUE
8. THE PAINS OF BEING PURE AT HEART - S/T
9. THE FLAMING LIPS - EMBRYONIC
10. ATLAS SOUND - LOGOS

HONORABLE MENTIONS:
WILCO - WILCO (THE ALBUM)
NEON INDIAN - PSYCHIC CHASMS
ST. VINCENT - ACTOR
YEAH YEAH YEAHS - IT'S BLITZ
THE XX - S/T
REAL ESTATE - S/T
MAYER HAWTHORNE - A STRANGE ARRANGEMENT
THE CLIENTELE - BONFIRES OF THE HEATH
DINOSAUR JR. - FARM
SONIC YOUTH - THE ETERNAL


The music list was soooo hard to work out. Soooo much good stuff this year.


Next year looks like it's going to be freakin' amazing.

SPEAKING OF WHICH...BEST OF DECADE LISTS!

BEST TV SHOWS OF THE DECADE:
1. THE DAILY SHOW
2. THE COLBERT REPORT
3. HOW I MET YOUR MOTHER
4. TWO AND A HALF MEN
5. THE OFFICE

BEST LATE-NIGHT TALK SHOW OF THE DECADE:
NO CONTEST - CONAN O'BRIEN

BIGGEST DOUCHEBAGS OF THE DECADE (IN NO PARTICULAR ORDER)
DICK CHENEY
GEORGE W. BUSH
OSAMA BIN LADEN
THE ABU GHRAIB DUDES/DUDETTES
THE TALIBAN
AL QAEDA
ISRAELI GOVERNMENT
PALESTINIAN GOVERNMENT
ANYONE WHO COMMITS GENOCIDE
ANYONE WHO KILLED ANYONE FOR NO GOOD REASON AT ALL
PARIS HILTON
ED HARDY

BEST MOVIES OF THE DECADE
1. THE DARK KNIGHT
2. THE LORD OF THE RINGS TRILOGY
3. UP
4. NO COUNTRY FOR OLD MEN
5. MILLION DOLLAR BABY

BEST ALBUMS OF THE DECADE
1. RADIOHEAD - IN/RAINBOWS
2. WILCO - YANKEE HOTEL FOXTROT
3. GRIZZLY BEAR - VECKATIMEST
4. ANIMAL COLLECTIVE - MERRIWEATHER POST PAVILION
5. SPOON - GIRLS CAN TELL
6. BROKEN SOCIAL SCENE - YOU FORGOT IT IN PEOPLE
7. DAFT PUNK - DISCOVERY
8. JAY-Z - THE BLUEPRINT
9. KANYE WEST - LATE REGISTRATION
10. ARCADE FIRE - FUNERAL

If I'm wrong about all of this, I'm not surprised. My memory is really struggling right now and my CD collection doesn't help. It's probably better to do a "now that i'm older and wiser this is my top 10 for each year" list. that's exhausting.

HAPPY NEW YEAR AND HAPPY NEW DECADE TO EVERYONE! Let's make it an awesome one. OH AND WE STILL HAVEN'T COME UP WITH A MOTTO FOR 2010. =( fruumpo.

I also like "It's all downhill from here."

2008: Terrorist Fist Jabs and Cut Copy: Or How I Made This Year Somewhat Magical Dec. 31st, 2008 @ 07:00 pm
Prologue

ZOOM! BAM! BOOM! This year went by extremely quickly. Why? The first half of it was so much fun.

WINTER - SPRING

At the start of the new year I was driving down the 5 South freeway to put in my 8 hours of hard work at Disney Consumer Products' corporate communications department. I must say, it was the most fun I ever had at a job. Work was work but I made great friends with my fellow interns (oh yeah, it was an internship). I discovered good restaurants, discovered the magic of Thai and Indian food, and attended top secret showings of teeny bop TV movies (or just one, CAMP ROCK!). Hahaha. Every day I looked forward to a delicious lunch courtesy of Disney's chefs and peppermint mocha from Starbucks. My fellow interns, Jonathan, Carissa and Neha accompanied me to Disney Studios for lunch where we snooped around the backlots of Grey's Anatomy and other ABC shows. Betty and I visited Disneyland a record 3 or 4 times (I actually lost count). So yeah, I had tons of fun. My supervisor, Stella, was super-uber-cool and my co-worker Ryan (an aspiring actor) kept me up to date on all things Barack Obama.

Yes, following the presidential campaign season was a blast. It was actually tons of fun, especially because of the ever-informative and in-depth NPR. Oh, and FOX News made things interesting with their retarded attempts at bringing down my future commander-in-chief. Can you say TERRORIST FIST JAB?

SUMMER

Sadly, my internship came to an end on June 27th. My co-workers and I went to El Capitan Theatre to watch Wall-E. Twas magical.
From there, I was given my goodbyes at Granville (a semi-fancy restaurant). For the rest of the summer, I slowly watched my remaining funds dwindle as I gave my hard-earned cash to fast food and summer movies. Soon enough my unemployment once again became a source of great stress. After a wonderfully refreshing trip to Yosemitee with my younger brother, Eric (Sidenote: it was beautiful out there and we attempted to complete Half-Dome trail - the hardest thing I've ever done - physically), I landed a job at a bone-headed, retard start-up company called PRWeb. It turned out it was a scam (or at least it smelled like one). And, soon enough I was laid off (possibly for knowing too much). Oh, by the way, I was laid off one day after my birthday. So, from August 13th to November 19th, I was unemployed and scared shitless.

Oh, and The Dark Knight rocked.

FALL - WINTER
After spending much of my summer and part of my fall almost penniless, Lady Luck dealt me a wild card. I got a job at Compton Unified School District as communications coordinator. I've been there since November and so far it's been a bit challenging. The drive kills me but I'm hanging in there. It pays pretty well and the people are cool. Nuff said.

Oh and as of November 4, 2008 Barack Obama became president-elect. That's pretty cool. I HOPE.

Previous to that, Jesse, Adrian and I put on a last minute show at Guitar Merchant with a lineup of over 8 or 9 bands. It was a modest success. Kudos to us.

Thanks to Betty, I got an iPod at long last. 120 GB!!!

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So this entry is pretty short-winded. Extremely abbreviated. Sorry. It's just been an exhausting day and an exhausting year. This year's motto was "Keep it classy." According to Jerry, Eric, Jesse and Alex, next year is all about "Back to our roots." So be it. I just hope it also includes a better economy, a happy, fruitful, adventurous and pleasantly surprising changes.

ON TO THE AWARDS!

Best Shows of 2008:
1. Family Guy (Still on top).
2.  Flight of the Concords (It’s business time!)
3. The Colbert Report (He Is America, And So Can You).
4. Conan O'Brien Show (I love it more and more and more and more, despite the strike).
5. The Office (My guide to good office etiquette).
6. Blue Planet (I watched it with Dennis and tripped out on this CGI bird).
7. Curb Your Enthusiasm
8.  No Reservations: With Anthony Bourdain
9. Bizarre Foods
10. Youtube (How 2006)
 
Best Movies of 2008 That I've Seen This Year:
1. THE DARK KNIGHT (Face it. It's the best).
2. Slumdog Millionaire (See it, please!)
3. Gran Torino (Get off my lawn)
4. Pineapple Express (Thug life)
5. Iron Man (ROCKED!)
6. Wall-E
7. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
8. The Visitor
9. Towelhead (Really hard to watch, but mesmerizing? Plus, Summer Bishil is in it)
10. The Duchess (I wish it had seen something else and in terms of what I've seen this year, it's probably better than Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crinkled Skulls)
 
Best Movies I've Seen This Year That Didn't Come Out in 2008:
1. No Country For Old Men
2. The Goonies (I know, I know)

 
Most Annoying People of 2008: *Anybody who had a "Celebreality" show on Vh-1 or any other channel.* Still applies since this category first debuted.
1. Sarah Palin
2. Bill O'Reilly
3. Sean Hannity
4. Paris Hilton
5. Tila Tequila

 Rock Shows of 2008:
1. Radiohead - Hollywood Bowl (Second Night)
2. Radiohead - Chula Vista Ampitheatre
3. My Morning Jacket - Greek Theatre
4. Jens Lekman - Henry Fonda Theatre
5. Beck / Spoon - Hollywood Bowl 
 
 
NOW THE MOST IMPORTANT LIST OF ALL...
Best Albums of 2008:
1. Cut Copy: In Ghost Colours
2. The Walkmen: You and Me
3. Fleet Foxes: Fleet Foxes
4. Deerhunter: Microcastle/Weird Era Cont.  
5. Portishead: Third
6. Hot Chip: Made in the Dark
7. Vampire Weekend: Vampire Weekend
8. No Age: Nouns
9. TV on the Radio: Dear Science
10. Coldplay: Viva La Vida 
Honorable Mentions:
11. M83: Saturdays = Youth
12. Black Mountain: In the Future
13. The Fireman: Electric Arguments

 
Happy 2009. 



Current Mood: exhaustedexhausted
Current Music: The Walkmen: In the New Year

i love you jesus christ yes i do Feb. 28th, 2008 @ 11:02 pm

so i've been thinking about 10 years ago lately.
i noticed this pattern that any year ending with 8 up to a number ending with 1
has been good for me. 

so far this year is kicking some good amount of ass.

we'll see how it all develops.

musically, i've taken a time machine back to 1998 lately.

i bought Neutral Milk Hotel's "In the Aeroplane Over the Sea" two weeks ago. i know i know. i should've gotten it in 1998. it's just that people have been paying their respects to it lately and i thought to myself, "where the hell was i?"

well, i was busy listening to Superdrag's superb "A Head Trip In Every Key." 

Current Mood: apatheticapathetic
Current Music: Neutral Milk Hotel

2007: The Opposite of Hallelujah: Or How I Got My BA, Got A Job, and Bought In Rainbows Dec. 31st, 2007 @ 03:31 pm
 
WINTER
You never stop learning. That's something I heard and read quite a few times in 2007.
Current Mood: happyhappy
Current Music: Jens Lekman / Radiohead

but sister, it's the opposite of hallelujah... Nov. 29th, 2007 @ 01:31 am
it's the opposite of being you.
you don't know because it passes right through ya.
you don't know what i'm going through.

jens lekman rules.

today was my last real, official day at the sun. i bought them donuts. i guess i didn't burn any bridges. i hope i get my last checks soon. i'm not gonna be an ass about it. they've been nice about that stuff. i know they're late sometimes, and i know they always pay me. if not, of course i'd do something about it. ha.

other than that, i'm anxious to start my new job. i don't know what to expect. no matter how much anyone tells you about the position you go into, nothing fully prepares you for the actual experience of working in a new environment.

tonight dennis and i had a man-date. we watched HELP! on DVD and the Republican debates on CNN. Romney vs. Guiliani was a great throwdown/exercise in bitching. i really hope nobody in that party wins. there's too much bullshit.

i have to admit, huckabee and ron paul seem to be the only ones who i can actually agree with out of that whole sorry excuse for a political party.

the democrats...eh...really the only one i feel good about is Obama. everytime he speaks he spews out common sense. the problem is, this is politics. you're supposed to sound good to people's ears and ideals.

john lennon said it best..."the world is run by insane people for insane purposes."

speaking of insane people and insane purposes...no matter how you look at it, people should be a bit scared of what's going on in venenzuela. chavez wants to be president for life. now it's all good if that country wants to democratically vote for socialism. good for them if it works for them. i hope it does. why not? but, what doesn't sit well with me is that with chavez taking full control, they stand to lose the advantage of having a checks and balance system. i just don't trust the guy.
Current Mood: creativecreative
Current Music: jens lekman: the opposite of hallelujah
Other entries
» goodbye yellow brick road part 2
so i guess this is my last week at the san fernando sun. i got a call today from disney informing me they would like me to start on december 10th. i'm stoked. i know i could be walking into this as a naive person, thinking everything is going to be oh so much better than my time at the sun. it's bound to be hard work. but, i have to try something new and see where it can go from there. risk is the most important thing right now.

at the same time, i just want to get away from the paper now because i've been butting heads with the editor again (just like old times). i'm ready for a change. it could be a good one, it could be a bad one. either way, it's a change. it's also 6 months of intern work. if i prove myself before or after the internship period is over, i could be looking at a promotion, a raise, and a better life.

the one thing i hope for the most right now is that i can network my way into the more creative-driven departments at disney...like promotional items. you know, coming up with the merchandise. that would be great.
hopefully i can find my way in.

if not, i guess i'll have the experience under my belt, and i'd be ready for a new job.

wish me luck!
» RADIOHEAD IN RAINBOWS 10/10/07
OH please forgive my crazy fandom but we've got a masterpiece on our hands. It's been awhile since I thought the world's greatest band (since you know who) would make an album as wonderful as the uber-trilogy of The Bends, OK Computer, and KID A.

Ladies and gentleman, I give you IN RAINBOWS!


» low c for the low fridays

sea otters are cute!


» little cowboy, not indian boy

everybody's dreams are coming true
they wished upon the right star and moon
they blew that one sacred dandelion
before they climbed up the right tree
everybody, except me 

by the age of 2 i made an oath
i'd be famous in one fell stroke
flying high in private planes
laying low in stretch palaces 
waving as the everglades
blurred into paris' rain 

everybody's dreams are coming true
they held their breath, crossed their fingers too
caught a magic red balloon
they're sailing for the brightest moon 
their 8-ball landed thrice on 'yes' 
their dimes and quarters well invested 
here i sit in blue and gloom 
everybody's dreams are coming true
everybody, except me 

after a dozen mays and junes
blossomed into hope and good
i'm counting sheep in the twilight 
of my idealistic youth 
my red banner waves at half-staff now 
i'm clocking in to fight for what's right
before i check back in to sell some shoes

everybody's dreams are coming true
everybody, except me


» 25 Silver Years (a quarter century of ME)
G'day kids. 

It's been oogles and boogles and ages since I've written in this thing (again). Maybe you miss me, maybe you don't. 
Heck, I'm here. 

And, happy birthday to me! I'm 25. Yes, it's been a quarter century of me! 

Goodie. 

Or is it "goody" ?????

A lot has happened. I went to New York for two weeks last month and now it feels so long ago, but it really wasn't. 
I had a great time but my aunt fractured her left leg and ankle while walking down one of the Catskill Mountains in Upstate NY. 
We were near Kingston on a cliff called Neuman's Peak. She didn't fall off a cliff, she just fell off a step while we were walking down
the trail to get back to North Lake. I had to call the seach and rescue team. Yup, I'm a hero. Congratulate my awesomeness. 
It took about an hour and a half and a team of 13 men to get her down on a stretcher. Sometimes they had to lower her down with ropes. 

I visited almost all five burroughs (minus Staten Island), I saw almost everything in NYC, but most likely not nearly everything. Most importantly I was in front of the Dakota Building (where John Lennon lived and died). Yeah, tons of stuff. I ate 10 White Castle burgers with my cousins Christian and Gavin. Soon after I regretted it. I drank almost every day. 

I came home extremely homesick. I missed Betty big time. I missed my friends. I missed my family. I missed my poor dog Whiskey, whom we put down just last week. It was heartbreaking. I wept. We buried him. 

Then a day later I put out my back. I almost thought the band and I wouldn't be able to play up in Portland, Oregon, but we did! And it was lame. Hahaha. But, the city was (is) beautiful. We had a good time. For sure. 

And I had the best birthday ever. Yesterday we had a pool party at Betty's house. We had Mexican food and chocolate cake. In the morning my family treated me to a super-yummmmmmm breakfast. It was sweet. I got some CDs, body wash, a calendar featuring my photos from NY, and Betty got me some Gorgio Armani cologne, a Beatles book, and the coolest shirt ever...a REVOLVER shirt. 

Yeah. Good times. 

Now I'm just looking for a job right now. I need to start my new life. If rock stardom ever knocks on my door, I'll answer. But for now, I have to keep my options open and remain realistic.
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