Thursday, October 29, 2009


So, Halloween is on Saturday this year, right? I can't decide which is more bizarre -- work telling me to dress up on Thursday or friends hosting a Halloween party on Friday.

Did I mention Halloween is on a SATURDAY this year?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Wedding Recap-ish

Well, the wedding is finally over with and we are relieved. Everything went well and I'm glad we did things our own way. I think the most frequent comment I heard was people appreciated the personal touch we put on everything - that it was a casual backyard reception instead of in some banquet hall. They liked they could wear shorts and go back for seconds of barbecue chicken instead of being served filet mignon by a waiter. Even though it was a lot of work, I'm really happy with the way everything turned out.

The only downside is I feel like we barely got time to see everyone. Realistically, you'd need about 20 minutes with each table (maybe 5 for some) to sit down, catch up and properly thank everyone for coming. We had a ton of help from family in the planning, set-up and clean up process and for that, we are incredibly grateful.

For one of our giveaways, we made a mix CD since we're both big fans of music. Plus, I think a music CD is a much cooler gift than the typical 2-pack of truffles or whatever that gets eaten in 30 seconds. Here's the tracklist we used:

1. I Want You, I Need You, I Love by Elvis Presley -song we used for our first dance
2. Follow Through by Gavin DeGraw - this was going to be our first dance, but we couldn't find a good enough slow version
3. Hold My Hand by Hootie and the Blowfish
4. Go Home by Barenaked Ladies
5. Don't Stop Believin' by Journey
6. Afternoon Delight by Will Ferrell - from the Anchorman soundtrack, which is one of our favorite movies
7. Fit by Better Than Ezra - BTE is my favorite band, and this song is pretty romantical
8. Feels Like Home by Chantal Kreviazuk
9. What a Wonderful World Over the Rainbow by Israel Kamakawiw'ole
10. A Kiss to Build a Dream On by Louis Armstrong
11. Have a Little Faith in Me by Mandy Moore
12. Across the Universe by Seether
13. Love is Just a Word by Ingram Hill
14. Thank You (Falettinme Be Mice Elf Again) by Sly & The Family Stone
15. I Love L.A. by Randy Newman - ironically, sometimes we just don't
16. Best Days by Graham Colton

Plus two hidden tracks - the first was me on the Kevin & Bean Afro Line (detailed here) and the second a comedy track about how being married is uncool by Greg Behrendt.

I really wanted to include Metallica's "Ride the Lightning", but we just couldn't find a good spot for it amongst the other tracks.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

5 Smartest Cities

The other day on the radio, they read this list of the 5 Smartest Cities. The only problem with the list is one of the entries is listed "San Francisco/Oakland/San Jose" which, last time I checked, was actually three cities. What a dumbass list.

That's like asking someone what their favorite food is and their response is "Hamburger/spaghetti/fried chicken." Pick one city, you stupid f'ing list!!!

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Sorry, but this will be a weird start back to blogging. Posts will be forthcoming about the wedding but I have to get this out there because something hit me hard on Tuesday morning. My Mom asked me if I went to school with someone, and I said yes, and then she said his obituary was in the paper that morning. This wasn't a close friend of mine by any means, maybe more like an acquaintance, I guess. I knew him and had classes with him going back to 6th grade through high school graduation.

I read his obituary and then found the actual news story online, where he and his wife passed away in a car accident last week. For most of the day, I've been quiet and introspective. This is a guy who was 31 - like me. He was married - like me. And now he won't get to celebrate his 32nd birthday, but I will. He won't get to have kids, but I will. Just like that, his life was tragically lost in a car accident where he wasn't even driving.

I don't think I can make any sense of it at this point, and I don't know if I will. It's a weird mix of having a very heavy heart today, yet also feeling grateful for what I have.

Another guy I went to high school with passed away 2 years ago due to medical complications and that one hit me, too. But not like this. Just a really strange feeling. Sorry my first blog post back had to be a downer.

My thoughts and prayers go out to their families and for Pete's sake, hug your loved ones a little tighter next time you see them.