Monday, June 28, 2004

Mean Girls and high school stories

Last night we went to see Mean Girls. It was written by Tina Fey, and I had heard good things about it. I wasn't disappointed.

Anyway, afterwards, we went to the Burren to a few pints, and we started telling all the fucked up stories from high school. You know, the ones you and all your friends reminisce about when you see each other.

The one that was the most disturbing was the one Ryan told about his history teacher in Hawaii who was totally whacked. He was in Nam and apparently he had gotten some sort of intestinal worms while he was there. He was still dealing with them when he was teaching at Ryan's school. So one day, a group of students were talking to him after class, and noticed some weird photos on the podium. Someone asked what they were and he said, "You wanna see what I did all summer?" They turned out to be pictures of worms coming out of his butt.

Tseng stuns Wie in Publinx championship - Golf - Tseng stuns Wie in Publinx championship - Sunday June 27, 2004 6:22PM

Kelly knows this girl who just beat Michelle Wie in a tournament. She's from Taiwan, and Kelly's sister Eva used to work with the junior golf association in San Diego, so she knows her, and the guy who sponsors her in the states...Kelly says she's a trip.

Saturday, June 26, 2004

Basketball on the PS2

I bought a a PlayStation2 several years ago to be my DVD player and a game console. I only have a few games, and I hardly play it, (I'm still on the 3rd mission in Grand Theft Auto III if that is any indication), but every once in awhile, I'll play some games.

My wife, for x-mas got me NHL Hockey 2004, but she doesn't like to play it much cuz I kick her ass. Kelly's a huge Lakers fan, so a month ago, I got NBA Live 2004, so we could all play, and Kelly would be interested. I had to promise to let her always play the Lakers. So far she likes it, but she says she's already losing interest in it... :(

Anyway, last night my friends Denis and Ryan came over for some beers and a little b-ball. Good fun. We did a little round robin tournament, basically just practicing. Ryan doesn't know all the moves yet, and we still don't know how to take full advantage, but we're getting bettter.

The soundtrack is really cool. All hip hop. I don't watch a lot of sports, but I got it in my head that that's all they played at NBA games. So last month when we went to a Lakers-Timerwolves game (while we were in town for my sister's wedding), I expected all this cool hip hop music. Instead it was a bunch of the lame "professional sports music" you always hear. The only time you heard hip hop was when the Laker Girls were on the floor. I WANT MORE HIP HOP!!!!

That game was pretty cool by the way. The Lakers won. This was after the .4 Derek Fisher game, so people were still high from that. One guy behind was kind of annoying, but was somewhat funny. He kept yelling "huuuuwwwwhhhaaaat", which I couldn't place at the time, but is the "What" that Dave Chappelle does while imitating Lil' John...

Hollywood Vampyr (2002)

A few years ago, when my sister was working in the film industry, she worked on a film called Hollywood Vampyr. She was on the crew, doing production work, but at some point, she took the place of another actress and played a role in the movie.

I had forgotten about it, and my sister never talks about it (I don't think it was suppose to be all that great), but at her wedding recently, I met a women who worked with her on the film, so that dusted off the cobwebs. She told me I could rent the movie on Netflixs, but I did a search and could not find it. I ended up doing a google search, and it directed to me, where I just bought a new copy from some vendor.

I thought the movie was just a regular vampyre movie, but apparently the movie is a docudrama about the vampyre/goth underground in LA.

Jen, told me a story of the time she had to take a vampyre/goth home after a day of shooting the film. His car was busted or something. During the ride, he went into detail about how he drinks blood of other people. He said that they only drink the blood of people who want them to. Usually friends, not strangers. At this point, Jen said she was getting a little creeped out, but nothing weird happned.

I like most anything to do with vampires. As many people know, my friends and I watched Buffy and Angel until they both bit the dust. My sister actually happened to be in a Buffy episode as an extra in the first season, so Jennifer's ties to this vampyre universe are even closer than mine. :)

Friday, June 25, 2004


Here Comes The Judge - June 24, 2004

JUNE 24--While seated on the bench, an Oklahoma judge used a male enhancement pump, shaved and oiled his nether region, and pleasured himself, state officials charged yesterday in a petition to remove the jurist.

Saturday, June 12, 2004

Mmmmm Espresso

A few weeks ago, I finally took the plunge and bought a home espresso machine. I've always been a little hesitant to buy one just because in all the research I've done in the past it seems every machine breaks frequently, they make sucky coffee, and/or they are just pretty pricey.

Well, I said fuck it, and bought one on impulse when we were at Macy's a few weeks ago. It's the Saeco Classico. It was $350, but I got a 15% discount for opening a Macy's account.

Some impressions:

* It's pretty noisy when you're frothing the milk.
* It takes about 2 minutes or so to froth the milk up to 140 degrees (F). You have to stand there and do it, so it's pretty labour intensive as far as making coffee goes.
* It comes with a "pod" adapter and a few "pods" of coffee which we used. I like the option of being able to use pods.
* It has a cup warmer on the top, but it doesn't really warm anything.
* It can be pretty messy with the frothed milk between 140-160 degrees right there close to you, steam coming out of the frother, hot water coming out of the pump, coffee grinds being tamped into the holder, but with a little practice I've managed to minimize the mess.

Before I ran out of pods, I went and bought some espresso coffee so I could see what the grind looked like. Then I bought some fresh roasted coffee and ground that up myself. I get excellent crema from all 3 forms of coffee.

I don't have an official tamper yet, they didn't have one at Macy's or at the kitchen store in the mall, which was lame. So I'm still using the back of my coffee scoop to do the job.

So far I'm totally in love with it. But how long will that love last? I'm just hoping it doesn't break soon. Give me at least 2 years out of it, and I may be happy.

If you're not into making coffee, you might be better off getting those new single serve machines that use the pods. My friend Jay started a website, Single Serve Coffee that covers the market. It's part of the reason why I finally broke down and got a machine. Jay and I always talk coffee, and seeing those machines kick started the urge again. I came close to buying one last year, but my wife's family has an auto coffee behemoth (not espresso) and said they use to have an espresso machine that always broke...

As far as single serve pod machines, I consider myself more of a purist though and enjoy the act of making the coffee and being able to choose my own beans, etc., so I'll probably stick with the espresso machine. Since I've got the machine, I haven't made one pot of brew coffee, if that's any indication of how much I like this coffee...

I wonder if this thing makes good coffee Coffee System
from Miele

My sister got married

Well, we went to LA to marry off my sister. It went off without a hitch. Her old man is Jim, a nice guy, couldn't be happier for the both of them. I wish them both the best.