Saturday, January 31, 2009

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, EDDIE!

Since I was busy dealing with the lack of a motor vehicle all week, I forgot to mention one of my personal mini-holidays that quietly came and went last week.

Monday, January 26th was the 54th birthday of Eddie Van Halen, who's looking thinner but sounding drunker these days. Also, congrats to the man on the wedding engagement to his publicist, actress/stunt woman Janie Liszewski (pretty hot at about 12 years his minor).























Here's a clip of Eddie from a fluff piece on CNN.

Friday, January 30, 2009

Friday, January 23, 2009

Black Day For A Black Car

REST IN PEACE
'FUL BLST'
July 1, 2000 - January 22, 2009

A black band adorns my arm this week, as my loyal vehicle - the black, 1991 Mitsubishi 3000 GT - has been declared illegal to drive as it is a "gross polluter" in the eyes of the state of California. So, I'm legally not allowed to take it out on the road anymore. It's final trip will most likely be a ride to the scrap yard where its owner will be payed $1000 to have it recycled.

The way this all started is as follows: 3 years ago, the car just barely passed a smog check. "By the skin of your teeth" were the words of the smog tech guy at the shop. Here in California, every car has to pass a smog check once every two years in order to get a new registration. I knew after that test that it wouldn't pass another test.

On Wednesday - a full 3 years after the last smog check - I was pulled over by the Oceanside Police and my car was towed away. They told me that since my car was more than six months past registration expiration, they had the duty of removing my car from the road until it was made legal again. Like I said, I was pretty sure that wasn't going to happen.

I was given a ride in the back of a squad car to the local DMV where I was charged $222 for various fees, the Oceanside Police department then took another $156 and a further $240 was the charge to get my car out of the impound. I then took it to a mechanic who took a detailed look and told me to forget it - short of a full engine overhaul, this car would never pass smog again.

So here we are at the end of an era. I always thought she'd go out in a blaze of glory, jumping train tracks while on fire and delivering some dying kid his 'Make A Wish' wish while evading evil villains and cutting them off as the train narrowly misses the bumper. But instead, ol' Blackey just gave me a solid 8 and a half years of loyal service, freedom and joy (except for all the maintenance she's needed), and after 18 years on the road, she's ready to call it a career.

Let's all imagine a 21-Gun salute for the ol' workhorse.

It's a sad, sad day.

"I thought we'd get to see forever, but forever's gone away."




Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"Get On Your Boots"

So, I'm listening to the new U2 single, which was released today - weeks ahead of schedule - on iTunes and streaming on their website, too.

The new song - "Get On Your Boots", the first single from the upcoming album, No Line On The Horizon, due March 3rd - is weird, funky and kinda cool, but by no means a second coming of the band that brought you "Pride (In The Name of Love)" or "Mysterious Ways".  Check it out.

Here are the lyrics... (you decide what the hell Bono is trying to say).

GET ON YOUR BOOTS

The future needs a big kiss
Winds blows with a twist
Never seen a moon like this
Can you see it too?

Night is falling everywhere
Rockets at the fun fair
Satan loves a bomb scare
But he won’t scare you

Hey, sexy boots
Get on your boots, yeah

You free me from the dark dream
Candy floss ice cream
All our kids are screaming
But the ghosts aren’t real

Here’s where we gotta be
Love and community
Laughter is eternity
If joy is real

You don’t know how beautiful
You don’t know how beautiful you are
You don’t know, and you don’t get it, do you?
You don’t know how beautiful you are

That’s someone’s stuff they’re blowing up
We’re into growing up
Women of the future
Hold the big revelations

I got a submarine
You got gasoline
I don’t want to talk about wars between nations

Not right now

Hey sexy boots...
Get on your boots, yeah
Not right now
Bossy boots

You don’t know how beautiful
You don’t know how beautiful you are
You don’t know, and you don’t get it, do you?
You don’t know how beautiful you are

Hey sexy boots
I don’t want to talk about the wars between the nations
Sexy boots, yeah

Let me in the sound
Let me in the sound
Let me in the sound, sound
Let me in the sound, sound
Meet me in the sound

Let me in the sound
Let me in the sound, now
God, I’m going down
I don’t wanna drown now
Meet me in the sound

Let me in the sound
Let me in the sound
Let me in the sound, sound
Let me in the sound, sound
Meet me in the sound

Get on your boots
Get on your boots
Get on your boots
Yeah hey hey



PRESIDENT OBAMA

FORTY-FOUR! FORTY-FOUR! FORTY-FOUR!

An historic day has come and gone.  The "President-Elect" has become "President" and an era of darkness that shrouded the White House for eight years has lifted, shining a new light over all of this land.  Pretty impressive stuff.

I first came to know Barack Obama just over four years ago, when he - a relative-unknown on the National stage at the time - gave the Keynote Speech at the 2004 Democratic Convention for John Kerry.  Kerry ultimately (although arguably) lost the election that year, but the world took notice of the young Senator from Illinois, and I for one heard myself say, "Who was THAT!?!  Screw Kerry!  I want THAT GUY to be President!"  Four long and hard years later, he is.

On this momentous occasion - the day of President Obama's inauguration ceremony - I wish to congratulate all of us who dared to believe, and those who have worked so hard to bring this vision into reality.

If you have time, you should really watch these two videos: the 2004 keynote speech and today's inauguration speech.  







It's been a long, hard road, but today a new journey begins.  This road will be one of "extraordinary peril but also one of promise", as Mr. President put it today.  

Congratulations, America.  Now, let's get to work!

Saturday, January 17, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Go Danville pilots!

If you ever get on a plane, make sure your pilot calls Danville, California home!

Yesterday, former US Air Force fighter pilot, 57-year old Captain Chesley 'Sully' Sullenberger III, of Danville, CA (the town adjacent to my hometown of San Ramon) crash landed US Airways flight 1549 into the icy waters of the Hudson River in New York after a "double bird strike" (which will, obviously, be the name of my band).

Both engines of the large passenger plane were rendered lifeless when a flock of geese hit them. Hailed as a hero today, Captain Sully then glided the plane into a semi-circle pattern and crashed the plane safely, at 150 miles per hour, into the Hudson River.  Every single passenger and crew member got off the plane safely.

Captain Sully, you are AWESOME!  Go Danville pilots!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

I forgot to post this yesterday, but...

January 15th was the ONE YEAR ANNIVERSARY of this blog! 

Yes, I know I celebrated the 100th post already as a sort of milestone, but... this is the last big deal for a while. Maybe I'll boast about the 500th post or the 5-year anniversary, but by that time, who knows what we'll be dealing with? Maybe some SUPER Internet that looks like something out of Minority Report. Or some kind of "thought-based" Internet, whereby some kind of chip is implanted in our brains and simply thinking a thought instantly shares it with everyone else with a chip in THEIR brains! That's one way to fight terrorism!

Anyway... Happy Birthday, blog!

Monday, January 12, 2009

Steven and The Cecil

This is Steven Spielberg receiving the Cecil B. DeMille Award at the Golden Globes last night. I loved watching this live, but you'll enjoy it on recording, as well! And remember, this guy is the reason I make movies. (Or, try to, anyway.)

Watch more Golden Globes videos on AOL Video

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

A Bad Day

If you had a bad day today, just keep this in mind:  it probably couldn't have been worse than this guy's day.

Not only was it a terrible day for this unlucky skier in Vale, Colorado because he fell off the (faulty?) chair-lift, got his pants caught and fell right out of them, exposed for all the world to see for a full seven minutes today... but also because it was then broadcast all over the Internet and national television.

Very few people had a worse day than this guy.  Here's to tomorrow.

Lambert

The story of my life....
I just happened to randomly remember the title of this thing today and I
had to Google it to see what it was. I hope this drums up some happy
memories for y'all!