Sometimes you see such a traumatic event and want to put the rest of your life on hold. That's not the right way. With respect to all those still in pain, the adage is that if we are scared into stopping our way of living, the terrorists win. I hope that the blog entry coming up can help assuage the sorrow for our reading audience.
Be well, Boston. All the love... onward.
Now this little line I put here is called a "jump break." I hope it works! It's just a little division to indicate where the normal events of the Daveblog begin for today's entry. I'm planning to use another one later on, more on that later!
When I was a kid, I saw commercials for hokey action movies with "Jean Claude Van Damme." I used to think that was two guys.
Today is my first Dodgers game in person! I've been waiting for this night for weeks. I can't *wait* to see all the new improvements and especially the two new scoreboards. I'm excited!
It could get *very* interesting today down there. Even without Quentin in the lineup, the Dodgers may attempt to throw some "message pitches" at the Padres. Stay tuned.
I wrote a mock sitcom about a decade ago, for my own personal enjoyment. In the "sitcom" I had all sorts of weird ideas. The premise was a group of middle-class young friends trying to get by amidst a very upscale population in Santa Barbara. It's not terribly original, other than the Santa Barbara setting, but I made up for it by writing a lot of colorful characters and having them interact with each other. So, while I was about to go through college, I wrote a lot of the episodes during idle time and the summer. Over a few years, I got in 19 episodes. I intended to do about 100 of them but I never could find the time nor the inspiration.
It was very strange to set a sitcom in Santa Barbara with very little prior experience (at the time) in the city. Nonetheless, I had fun with it! Eventually, I moved to Santa Barbara and had my own little sitcom in real life! THAT would have been a great show of it's own.
There was the time Coach, Rosales, Big B, another friend and I were at Madison's, the sports bar in middle State Street during a Giants/Rockies game. I saw Matt Cain at the plate. Then I yelled "I'M GOING TO GIVE EACH ONE OF YOU 100 DOLLARS IF CAIN HITS A HOME RUN HERE!" Next freaking *pitch!* Cain SLUGS a ball deep to the left center field wall... it was a foot from going out and the whole time my heart stopped. All my friends, meanwhile were going BANANAS!! Then, when the guy finally caught it, we all were laughing our asses off. *That* was a scene my friends!
Then there was the time our friends from SM came up to Santa Barbara. We did our usual thing, go out at night, but then Big B suddenly got them into a really wild scene. Really wild! I have no idea how wild for real because I left the whole group to go get pizza. Then I tried to find everyone but they went MIA, so I went home. The next morning I get a call from Coach... everyone, a group of four, needed a ride back to my apartment where they parked their cars. HAHA
You know what happened? One of the SM friends got busy with a 50 year old lady... a *fifty* year old and all my buddies were along for the ride. She was staying with some other older lady at an apartment in nearby Goleta, and all of those jokers went to the same place. Apparently Big B started cooking breakfast there in the wee hours and they all crashed, with the SM friend hooking up with someone on borderline menopause.
It was nuts. I drove over there to meet them all and they explained the whole thing.
Yesterday I was writing about how much I missed Santa Barbara... but did I really miss the *location* or did I miss my friends and the carefree days of my younger years?
You ever see those giant cookies at the grocery store, the ones that are the size of a pizza? I said to myself, way back when, "one day I'm going to get this cookie." It happened in those Santa Barbara years, but with a different group of friends: the bball guy, Mr. Needle, and some other folks by UCSB. I was invited to watch the NBA All Star Game one weekend with a day off the following Monday so I went for it and got that giant cookie. It was a hit! There was also a Costco Pizza in effect. That was a good night.
Don't lie! When you were hitting puberty and you saw Katherine Heigl in "My Father the Hero" you were getting a little filler in the pants am I right? That would have been entirely inappropriate, though, if one was older than 16. Right place, right time my friends.
Katherine Heigl has gone on to some really great things in acting. That totally surprised me! I thought she'd be another child star one-hit-wonder, but no! She has Grey's Anatomy, then a whole bunch of pretty good movies including Knocked Up. She has had a really great career.
I'd argue that from 1994 up to now she's had way more success than Gerard Depardieu.
Good lord, what has gotten into me with all the French Actor references? Let's roll with it.
Oddly, I never saw "Blossom" when I was young, but I saw quite a lot of this wanna-be Blossom show called "Phenom." Ever hear of it? It's about some girl who aspires to be a tennis sensation. It only lasted a year on ABC.
What on Earth happened to Melissa Joan Hart? And where did that East Coast accent come from?
Clarissa only thinks she can explain it all... there's no way she's explaining her latest acting/twitter/whatever project. It's like a Kickstarter campaign for an adult movie. Very weird.
Kickboxer to Kickstarter... I think that's a good place to end. Farewell for now...
...now as a special treat to those of you who were intrigued by the sitcom scripts I wrote ten years ago, here's an episode I wrote from back then, one of nineteen. Notice the reference to a "Wednesday Night Lacrosse game on ESPN." I was *shocked* to learn that this became an actual program! It's on ESPNU: http://insidelacrosse.com/news/2013/01/09/2013-espn-lacrosse-schedule
Can you believe it?! Now, here's the episode for you, "The Lost Society" Episode 10... (after the jump):
We Now Return You to Your Regularly Scheduled Programming... (#010)