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Jan. 14th, 2009

Battlestar Galactica

On the advice of my cousin, I rented Season One of Battlestar Galactica some time ago.  Season one was decent, and it kept my interest long enough to get into season two... but now... damn!  I just watched three episodes tonight alone.  What a superb show!

Jan. 12th, 2009

To what I have been up.

It has been some time since I've updated this journal - it's been a very busy life. I'll spare you, kind audience, the details except to say that I'm well and very happy that Bing Crosby is no longer playing in every store I visit.

I love Christmas, but my decorations were down well before Epiphany. I launch into the New year four pounds heavier, and wondering if 2009 will be the year that my metabolism finally slows to the point that I can't keep the weight off.

Philadelphia continues its budget crisis with the closure of swimming pools and attempted closure of libraries (a court order has kept them open in the short term) - but now that city contract negotiations are in full swing, Mayor Nutter faces his most difficult challenge. I hope he wins.

I feel great sympathy for the mayor. While I'm opposed to his library closure decision, if the money's not there, it's not there. Nobody wants to sacrifice. Everybody likes to get mad. Still, for the most part, I trust and believe in him. It's such a shame that a visionary mayor is in office at a time when the economy renders him impotent to push forward an agenda.

Only other thing going on right now: If the Eagles make it to the Super Bowl, yours truly will be in Florida for a week-plus. Not bad, but I hate to cancel my plans!

Nov. 13th, 2008

Route 66 Video, At last!

For anybody interested in seeing my award-winning Route 66 film, at last I bring it to the internet! Enjoy it in all of its five-minuteness.

Nov. 5th, 2008

Final thoughts on a long campaign

It's funny to me that the most moving moment of election night 2008 was not Barack Obama's acceptance speech, but John McCain's concession speech.  How ironic it is that I was blown away by McCain's beautifully crafted words, for once.

I've had no problem supporting Obama since Hillary threw in the towel, but I've also had a long-standing respect for John McCain.  Somewhere, in this election, that respect dimmed as his campaign managers and advisors twisted his persona into something that the conservative base would find more palatable.  Throughout this election season, I wondered what happened to the moderate John McCain of 2000.  I often wondered if even John McCain believed what he was saying.

Then, last night, the old McCain re-appeared to concede the race to my candidate with a speech that reminded me, all over again, why John McCain deserves my respect.

Oct. 26th, 2008

Visit IB and Rebecca's Blog!

LJ Friends - Two of my friends, IB and Rebecca, are setting sail this month for God-knows-where.  You can follow their adventures at sailpassport.livejournal.com, or add sailpassport  to your LJ friends.  Exciting!

Oct. 25th, 2008

Washington Post!

Hey everybody... for those of you who have missed me here on Livejournal, you can catch me this week in the Washington Post.  I wrote a blurb for their travel section, and they decided to publish.  Here's the link:


Oct. 13th, 2008

Bill Sauer Field

Bob Greene's piece on Bill Sauer Field on the CNN Political ticker is one of the best articles to come out of this campaign season.  Not beautifully written, but certainly beautifully realized.

Oct. 8th, 2008


I've not posted in quite some time now, as life's been tremendously busy.  Here's an update:

1. First Person Impressions film contest through First Person Arts.  Won second place for a five-minute film on Route 66.  Much happiness.  Finally, I feel back on track with this whole filmmaking thing.

2.  Travel writing.  Taking a class at Temple University CC to learn how to write better, how to get stuff published, and how to get comped for being on assignment.  Great stuff.

3. Aikido.  Third kyu (second degree blue belt) test went well.   Still hanging in there, but not going as often as I should.

4. The economy.  Wrecking my portfolio.  Sheee-it.

Overall, things are great!  Check back again soon and I promise to be pithy.

Sep. 15th, 2008

Richard Wright

Richard Wright, one of the four members of my favorite band, Pink Floyd, died today at age 65 of Cancer.

Fucking cancer.

Sep. 11th, 2008


I don't remember when exactly I first met Dortheanne, but I do remember a few details...  
  • Her name was spelled "dor" "the" "anne", a fact that I still use to spell her name today.
  • We got the giggles in class about the thought of one of our professors pole dancing at a strip club on 611 called "Double Visions."
  • We got the giggles in class about just about everything after that.
Best of all, neither of us were geniuses, we both got the shit kicked out of us in class and on the boards, and neither of us seemed to give a rip.  Dortheanne had a family and another child on the way, and didn't have time to be bothered with "academic stress."  I simply didn't care.

Oh, and both of us ended up being pretty great doctors, in spite of it all, as I thought we might (if we could just get our diplomas).  And we still get the giggles.

A toast to Dor-the-anne!

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