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Date:2010-12-10 15:01
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news since my last post? my two friends and i opened a live music venue/bar in houston. we've had some amazing shows already, like iron & wine, dresden dolls, stars, aesop rock, justin townes earle, tim & eric, etc. a ton of work, but also a lot of fun!

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Date:2010-04-20 02:39
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arrived in korea. seems like it's been two years since i was here last? doesnt seem like things have changed all that much . . .

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Date:2009-12-16 14:02
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sometimes i wish i was in my early 20s again.

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Date:2009-12-04 18:20
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it snowed here for 8 hours straight! earliest it's ever snowed in houston's history (well, weather-recorded history). pretty cool!

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Date:2009-10-05 00:37
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busy busy.

planning festivities for my 30th birthday party on saturday.

making plans for NOLA to attend Voodoo Music Festival.

making vacation plans to Puerto Vallarta for Christmas!

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Date:2009-06-29 20:03
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good news is i woke up from anesthesia, haha. bad news my freakin' mouth hurts!

good news is taking more responsibility at work these days. bad news is i have to do a lot of traveling soon, mostly to phoenix, so hot . . .

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Date:2009-06-25 14:13
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tomorrow i get oral surgery to remove my wisdom teeth and to get an apicoectomy. im not really looking forward to that, but at least they're going to drug me up to high heaven!

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Date:2009-04-17 11:38
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"The Environmental Protection Agency has concluded that carbon dioxide and five other greenhouse gases are a danger to public health and welfare. It is the first step to regulating pollution linked to climate change."

I think this is a great step-forward for the EPA, and the appointment of a new EPA administrator has been one of the most important things for me from the new Obama administration.

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Date:2009-04-06 11:41
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claire and i are going to d.c. this weekend and we are so psyched! we'll have so many things to cram in over four days. here's some of things we hope to see:

(1) library of congress
(2) supreme court
(3) u.s. capitol
(4) holocaust museum
(5) easter services at the washington national cathedral
(6) capitol segway tour (yes we are dorks)
(7) national zoo
(8) smithsonian museums
(9) georgetown
(10) national aquarium
(11) all the monuments on the mall

woo!

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Date:2009-04-04 18:54
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took the down comforter off the bed and replaced it with a bamboo rayon blanket and wore white pants today; that means it is spring, definitely.

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Date:2009-03-20 14:20
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i have severely neglected updating my livejournal the past few months, but i think one of the best things about lj is reading all your old entries and bringing up memories. so, before i fall too far behind, here is a rehash of the past few months!

in mid-october claire and i went to NYC for vacation, which also corresponded with my birthday. oddly, it was the third time i went to NYC this past year, as i went in january and may, as well. still, this was our first trip together and we had a blast! i did more there this time than id ever done before, which was helped, i think, by the fact two of my best friends (soufi and jason) live there now. in any case, we saw a broadway play (gypsy--claire loves patty lupone; i kinda wanted to see equus so i could see daniel radcliffe's dong in person, but we couldnt get tickets), went to a conan obrien taping (so cool!), saw a new york rangers game (i used to love hockey), visited a bunch of museums and art galleries, and pretty must just meandered through the whole city--overall, it was an amazing time.

for halloween claire and i went to a couple parties, claire as a "comestic surgery disaster" and me as kim jong-il. i think i offended a couple people with my costume, but that was sorta the point. a lot of others thought it was great, and some guy from norway even wanted a picture with me, haha. we've already decided what we're going to be next year: brian johnson and angus young from ac/dc.

in november, i helped claire move into her new apartment, which is only about a mile away from me and in a MUCH nicer neighborhood compared to where she used to live. it is so much cleaner and safer and you don't have to worry about a family of 12 or someone coming out of rehab moving in next door. we're both pleased as punch about that, we hated where she was living previously with her (now former) roommates.

claire and i also attended two galas in november, which gave us the opportunity to get all gussied up! the first was my law firm's biennial gala, which was at the Houston Museum of Fine Art. as always, that was a lot of fun, with tons of food, alcohol, and decadent desserts. it was a little cold which put a damper on things a bit, but it was still fun to see the attorneys from the other offices and other law firm alumni. the second gala was the Art League of Houston Gala, which is their big annual fundraising event. much smaller in scale than the firm gala, it was still really cool because they had a ton of art for sale as part of their silent auction. i didnt buy any (im too cheap for that), but it really was like bring in an art gallery--they must have had at lease a hundred pieces for sale.

as for thanksgiving, as usual my parents wentout of town for business. they've done that every year since i can remember, haha. nonetheless, my grandmother came into town from LA, and her, my two aunts, and all my cousins came over for thanksgiving at my parents' house, so it was actually pretty neat, considering thanksgiving is more-or-less a non-event with my family. claire stopped by for a little bit to "meet the fam," and i went to her family's thanksgiving too.

christmas was awesome, it's always been my favorite holiday. this year claire and i hosted a christmas party at the house, which was a lot of fun because it made us feel all "domestic"--we bought a bunch of christmas decorations, made christmas desserts, and had a ton of booze. hit of the party? "santa's little helper," which was actually just a renamed hurricane heehee . . . claire got me a bounty of great presents, which included the coveted rotary sander I had been asking for for months! and i got claire a lot of things generally classified as "cute stuff in bright colors." total gender role presents this year.

we actually spent christmas day in utah, as we took a snowboarding trip to a resort called brighton. i'd never been snowboarding before, and man, it is so much harder to learn than skiing! i was finally getting the hang of it towards the end of our trip, though, and im totally psyched about going again next year. the most amazing thing was how much snow there was at this resort--in late december they'd already had 12 feet of snow, and in the four days we were there we got four more feet! id never seen so much snow fall in such a short time. even the grizzled veterans at the slope said the weather was pretty "gnarly."

in january i started taking drum lessons, and i LOVE IT. it's so awesome to finally pick something up and realize you're totally in to it. it's not at all like when i tried to learn bass in high school and got totally bored. and not to float my own boat, but i think i have a natural talent for playing drums, it all seems so intuitive to me. soon, claire's going to pick up her guitar and we're going to jam out together, form our own little band . . .

there wasn't a whole lot of activity in february, except for my dads birthday and valentines day. i bought my dad a $400 black forest cuckoo clock for his birthday, because my parents are goofy like that and like those kinds of things. it's cool though, it has little people that dance in a circle . . . for valentines day claire and i exchanged presents, went to see the chinese acrobats, and got dolled up for a nice dinner at this restaurant called voice, it was such a nice chill day.

which brings us roughly to where we are now. earlier in the month was my moms birthday, and for price parity between parents, i bought her a swarovski necklace and earring set, haha. it's is the sort of thing my mom wouldn't buy for herself, so i bought it for her. claire and i had planned to go to sxsw, but we found out in conflicted with the wedding of claire's cousin, so that was a little disappointing (more disappointing for claire, i think, since she's never been). but! on the upside we've planned a little vacation to d.c. over easter, and we are so excited about it! while i was there for a couple days last year for business, i didnt get to see everything i wanted and this time we'll be there during the cherry blossom festival, awesome! claire wants to go to the library of congress whereas i want to go to the supreme court; god, what a couple nerds we are.

also, ive recently decided to cancel my gym membership and have instead built up my own little home gym . it just took too much time to get to the gym and back; to work out 30 minutes ended up taking you an hour, and who's got time for that!? so i have a weight machine and exercise bike, and im really gunning to get into good enough shape to start running 10ks and marathons. claire's a little skeptical of that, but ill show her!! hmph. people always used to tell me i should be running cross country because of my physique anyway. i also want to get a little stronger to improve my softball game. ive just come to the realization that ive reached that age where my rocket-fast metabolism is slowing down, and since it's all downhill from here health-wise, i ought to start taking better care of myself. i also want to improve my cardio so that i can blaze up the mountain when i go backpacking instead of letting a troupe of boy scouts pass me up (but in my defense, they were not carrying 40 pound packs).

so the drums, the weight set, the exercise bike, etc. have all taken over the limited room in my house, so in july im going to kick the tenant out of my garage apartment and convert that space to my workout/jamout space. i feel like i need a bigger house already, i cant imagine what it'd be like with kids.

so, yes, my investment account and 401k have gone totally to shit, but other than that, i'm pretty happy!

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Date:2009-02-12 10:57
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i just got a wrong number call asking for "cindy mccain," haha. a brush with fame?

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Date:2009-01-16 13:26
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my firm is sending me to austin for work next week, and normally the default hotel for work trips is the four seasons. well, the four seasons was booked, so the travel office offered me the stephen f. austin or the omni, neither of which i like particularly much. so, i said, "hey, would it be possible to stay at the hotel san jose?" and they set it up for me! im psyched, that hotel looks so cool! and its right in soco, which will be good for claire's shopping habits . . .

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Date:2009-01-13 18:42
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i have not updated in a long time, but have a big long post saved that i need to finish updating. however, i have discovered that the amount i update my lj is inversely proportional to my happiness; thus, since i have not updated in 3 months, it's safe to say ive been pretty happy lately!

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Date:2008-10-07 17:07
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claire and i saw the cutest cat up for adoption at petco--his name was "craig." i just think that's the funniest name for a cat, "craig," but he looks like a craig and we love him. too bad we already have too many cats between us otherwise we'd adopt craig!

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Date:2008-10-06 12:57
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today's my first day teaching a group of 6th graders about the law. it's part of a program called "citizen schools," where people volunteer to teach students about their profession as part of a 12-week apprenticeship. as part of our curriculum, we'll guide the students through the preparation of their cases, and then at the end there's a mock trial. let me just tell you, i am scared to death of this! children are soooo scary!

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Date:2008-10-02 22:19
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oh, the vp debate was so dreadfully boring.

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Date:2008-09-30 02:14
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Katie Couric: Why isn't it better, Gov. Palin, to spend $700 billion helping middle-class families who are struggling with health care, housing, gas and groceries; allow them to spend more and put more money into the economy instead of helping these big financial institutions that played a role in creating this mess?

Gov. Sarah Palin: That's why I say I, like every American I'm speaking with, we're ill about this position that we have been put in where it is the taxpayers looking to bail out. But ultimately, what the bailout does is help those who are concerned about the health-care reform that is needed to help shore up our economy, helping the -- it's got to be all about job creation, too, shoring up our economy and putting it back on the right track. So health-care reform and reducing taxes and reining in spending has got to accompany tax reductions and tax relief for Americans. And trade, we've got to see trade as opportunity, not as a competitive, scary thing. But one in five jobs being created in the trade sector today, we've got to look at that as more opportunity. All those things under the umbrella of job creation. This bailout is a part of that.

Dude, wtf? That was so gratuitously filled with meaningless and utterly unrelated voter platitudes that my head almost exploded.

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Date:2008-09-24 15:48
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i took a little trip to d.c. over the weekend, and it was truly lovely--a nice break from having no a/c and no electricity at my house (although the power came on 2 hours after i left for d.c., of course . . .) my firm sent me there to attend a climate change conference which began on monday, but i decided to get there as early as possible on sunday so i could squeeze in some sightseeing. so, i checked in to my hotel around 1, and my first stop was the national air and space museum, which, interestingly, is one of the most visited museums in the country. since i was kind of in a hurry (the museums close at 5:30 on sunday), i wasnt able to spend as much time as i had wanted there, but it was pretty cool, or at least cooler than i remember it being the last time i was there, which was 1994 as part of a high school band trip (yes, i was a band nerd). afterwards i ran over to the hirschorn museum of contemporary art and then the freer gallery, which were also pretty neat.

once the museums closed, i spent some time on the national mall, and then wandered over to the washington monument--pretty awe inspiring, really, considering how old it is. too bad i had the unfortunate luck to walk by an acapella group singing "since youve been gone" by kelly clarkson, *shivers*. then it was down to the world war ii memorial (very cool), the korean war memorial (very, very cool, and it had special significance for me since my dad lost two brothers in the war), and the lincoln memorial. as i walked back to my hotel i also checked out the white house, which was only two blocks from the hotel--a little underwhelming, but boy! do they have nice landscaping.

because i was pooped from all the walking i spent a little time in my hotel and then walked to chinatown to get dinner. that area is really cool! talk about gentrification, though--and i thought it was bad in houston. there was also a crazy man who was spouting scripture, and he was drenched in sweat, i sorta felt bad for him but he was feeling it! supposedly i ate in the building where john wilkes booth conspired with others to assassinate abraham lincoln, haha. on the way back i walked by an american apparel that was closing, and a this horde of scenesters poured out--it made me think, different city, same old scenesters.

anyway, by now it was around 10, and since the conference started early the next day i went to get some shuteye. i wont write about the conference itself because it was kind of boring, although i will say that theodore roosevelt the fourth was the keynote speaker, and he's a pencil-neck little guy, had to believe he's related to our burly former president.

still, i missed so many things in d.c., ive decided to go back soon as a tourist, probably with claire. i want to see the library of congress, the supreme court, capitol hill, the national museum of natural history, the national museum of american history, the national museum of the american indian, the national postal museum, the national zoo, embassy row, etc. etc.! so much to see! im looking forward to it, maybe in the spring . . .

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Date:2008-09-18 16:50
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im getting fatter. i suppose it was only a matter of time that my metabolism slowed down, a sign of getting old, ha! well, and by "fatter" i mean i can no longer comfortably get into my 26" waist jeans, and have been bumped up to 28". 2"! that's a lot. this is most distressing, as i have like 6 pairs of expensive-ass jeans that are getting too small in the waist, to say nothing of my suits. *sigh*. on the upside, i dont have to wear girl jeans anymore!

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