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Thursday, November 27, 2008

Things For Which To Be Thankful

  1. Free Christmas music at the iTunes Music Store
    (Tony Bennett and Harry Connick Jr. this week)

  2. More Hulu for the Holidays

  3. New holiday episodes of Monk and Psych tomorrow night

  4. Black Friday bargains
    (seriously looking at Best Buy's deals on Apple laptops)

What are you looking forward to most this Thanksgiving? (Besides canned cranberry sauce and being with family ... those are givens.)

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Saturday, November 22, 2008

The Worst Day to Go to Six Flags (over Texas)

...was not today.

Sure it was cold this morning, but not rainy, not even windy. Crowds were non-existent; the longest wait we had was 15-minutes at Johnny Rockets at lunch. Only a handful of rides had more than a two-ride wait -- and only then because the workers were letting 6-passenger cars go with a single rider.

Not everything was open, though. All the live shows were closed for Christmas-season preparation, and with the small crowds many food and souvenir shops were closed (no great loss). Still, only a couple rides we were interested in riding were closed (Mr. Freeze and Flashback) -- that the water flume rides were closed didn't bother us in the 50-degree weather, go figure.

Phil had a great time. Favorite rides: El Sombrero (a big spinning hat that tilts at a 45-degree angle as it whirls the kids around) and La Vibora (a bobsled ride -- think trackless rollercoaser in a waterslide flume) and Tony Hawk's Big Spin (a rollercoaster with 360-degree spinning cars). The boy's still a bit shorter than the 52-inch minimum for Batman, which bummed him out.

And even though we know it's unlikely we'll encounter the crowdless environment until this time next year, we went ahead and got 2009 season passes. Maybe Phil'll hit a growth spurt this spring so he can hit all the rides next summer.

See ya at the park.

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Monday, November 10, 2008

Vertigo II: Jimmy Stewart Need Not Apply

...or the ghost of Jimmy Stewart, for that matter.

Alfred Hitchcock's movie Vertigo takes place in and around San Francisco, and chronicles the adventures of Stewart's character trying to track down the woman of his dreams, played by Kim Novak. Unfortunately he's afraid of heights and she isn't.

Good thing Ms. Novak never led him to the site of my current wallpaper.

Makes me a bit woozy, myownself.

Hat tip: digg.

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Friday, November 07, 2008

As The Bookworm Turns

Last month, author Melody Graves arranged a book signing and story reading for herself, author Mike Medina, and me; we all had short stories published in last year's Coach's Midnight Diner anthology. Said signing was to take place next month (see earlier cryptic post), but unfortunately The Bookworm, the independent bookstore it was scheduled at, went under (financially-speaking) earlier today.

Much thanks nonetheless, Melody and David (Bookworm owner). The news is sad, moreso for the folks on the store side. Sincerest best wishes of future success to all.

As to when I'll get to sign my first autograph, stay tuned...

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Monday, November 03, 2008

Get out for the Vote, Stay out for the Ice Cream

Ben & Jerry's is handing out free scoops of ice cream tomorrow, November 4th -- Election Day -- from 5-8pm.

Or be a maverick and go for the frozen yogurt.



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