4-29-07 (10:45)
  • leaving for canada tomorrow.
  • nfl draft wasn't without drama. randy moss got traded, quinn fell to 22, and there were plenty of surprises in between. the draft is great because every team has hope on that day. for those two days you feel as though your team has a good chance for next year.
  • poison oak has mostly subsided. i'll try staying away from that crap from now on.
  • won't update page for a few weeks, but there should be plenty once i do.
  • here's where i'll be.

  • 4-27-07 (14:52)

  • worked on getting some old disney stock in my name. my grandmother gave my sister and me two shares of disney a long time ago. eventually that turned into 24 shares, but because my dad didn't do anything with it, it somehow became "unclaimed property." now i have to go through a bunch of steps to get it in my name. this has been a 6+ month process so far. tomorrow i'll get the last of the paperwork notarized and then things should be done on my end.
  • ran errands today.
  • i wonder how often "independently wealthy" people are actually independently wealthy. more often than not i would guess they're wealthy in large part because of some inheritance. i don't have a problem with inheritance, but i do have a problem with the term "independently wealthy" simply being used to describe someone who doesn't have to work because they have money.

  • 4-26-07 (17:52)

  • going out tonight with meryl. not sure what we're going to do.
  • spent the last four days at the sanders ranch. tuesday was really rough - worked on freeing the stumps of several juniper bushes. overall that project took us about three days. luke, gabe and gabe's uncle all worked on it at different times. today we worked on a neighbor's fence. she wanted a lattice fence topper to be added to her existing fence because of her neighbor's annoying dogs. it only took us a couple hours, but we didn't finish the entire thing because the lumber yard was out of the lattice toppers. i also got to see the rest of the property today. we took a hike down to the creek and took the steep way back, blazing our own trail. five acres is a lot of land.
  • the next few days will be dedicated to gearing up towards my trip to canada.

  • 4-23-07 (08:46)

  • planning on going to the sanders ranch today.
  • two year anniversary with meryl on thursday.
  • leaving for canada on monday.
  • this weekend we went to meryl's parents' place. they've gotten into beekeeping so we got to see them load their first two batches of bees. honey should be ready in six months, if memory serves. pretty neat. we saw fracture and went out to eat. i watched some of the nba playoff games as well. the warriors winning was a welcome surprise. i don't think they'll win the series, but it's nice to see dallas hurt a little.
  • poison oak didn't keep me up too much last night. that's a good thing. i think it's on the down swing by now. hopefully it's completely gone by the time i go to canada.

  • 4-20-07 (14:27)

  • columbine anniversary today. 4.20 is bad for a few different reasons.
  • finished painting the first part of my aunt's place. still several rooms that could be painted.
  • the feedback form on the millersmovies page has gotten a couple hits. had some guy from india write to me asking about a liam neeson movie. also had a friend of a guy i met at cuyahoga email me his praise.

  • 4-19-07 (22:47)

  • been playing a lot of super mario bros lately.
  • started watching a movie today called confetti and thought it was crap. the movie-less streak continues. argh.
  • last day of painting at aunt's is tomorrow. having dinner there afterwards.
  • next week i'm going back to santa cruz to work on the sanders ranch, should be fun.
  • got the car back today. it was a hundred less than expected for the front struts because they didn't need to replace the tower bushings. still need to get the rear struts done. good thing i got my tax return yesterday.

  • 4-18-07 (22:41)

  • been busy lately.
  • meryl's car needs struts and a new radiator. yay. my car gets front struts tomorrow and i'll hold off on the rear struts until i get back from canada.
  • been at my aunt's all week working on painting her place.
  • johnny and ryan came over yesterday and we ate at barney's. i thought the burgers were good, but not as good as those at fenton's. played some super mario kart on snes.
  • haven't seen a movie in a while, should fix that tomorrow.
  • poison oak still has a hold of me. it sucks.
  • this whole virginia tech shooting is obviously unfortunate. a lot of the fallout is pretty pathetic. people use it as a reason to jump on the anti-gun lobby or talk about depression, etc. there are a lot of factors that lead to a thing like this, but most people seem to want to reduce it to a single factor. it also made me think about depression and thoughts of suicide. i've heard a lot of people talk about the fact that cho had suicidal thoughts, etc. personally, i think someone who hasn't had suicidal thoughts is less healthy than someone who has. if you haven't thought about your own value in the world and whether or not your life is worth living, then i think something's wrong. i heard one caller on npr suggest that colleges screen potential students for mental illness and depression and require treatment before they could attend. this is the kind of overreaction that annoys the hell out of me. i know it's crass and tasteless, but i'd rather endure a few school shootings every couple years than have this kind of intrusion on tens of thousands of depressed high school seniors.
  • heard about a holocaust survivor who was one of the victims of the shooting. it's pretty sad that a guy survives the nazis, but falls victim to some overachieving asian kid who read too much sylvia plath.
  • too soon? sorry.

  • 4-13-07 (17:39)

  • back home.
  • working in santa cruz has been pretty good so far. we've gotten a lot done on the ranch. we've taken out countless shrubs and plants, trimmed trees, removed brick, cleaned the garage, and taken a few trips to the dump and salvation army. still plenty of work to be done.
  • also need to help my aunt paint some of her house.
  • going to try to get both our cars into the shop in the next week or two.
  • in a little over two weeks i'll be on the road towards canada with johnny and vern. i'll live on a glacier and help johnny with his research for a couple weeks, then i'll come back down and resume the job search. the next few weeks should be fun.

  • 4-09-07 (19:51)

  • haven't been watching many movies lately. for the first two months of the year i was on pace to see over 600 movies this year, but that's not going to happen. now i'm on pace for about 400.
  • meryl's at the a's/white sox game with her dad tonight. i should have gone to a movie tonight since there are so many i want to see, but i didn't think about it, so i've missed my opportunity.
  • car didn't start correctly today. took three tries before it started without dying. hope to take care of that and the struts within the next week or two.

  • 4-09-07 (10:11)

  • been fairly busy lately. hope to accomplish a lot today.
  • been getting phone calls from some fax at 5am and 11pm. very annoying.
  • last tuesday jon came over and we hung out.
  • went to the sanders ranch last week to help with landscaping and demolition of various kinds. we also fixed a leaking pipe. overall it was a good and productive time. i have several bruises and abrasions all over my body. i even have a couple little spots where poison oak got me. fun times. going back tomorrow for a few more days.
  • also going with johnny to canada next month. vern and i will tag along to help him with his glacier research. it'll be fun working and living on a glacier for a few weeks.
  • it's good having friends around again. first time in years that i've had more than one friend within a few miles of home.
  • yesterday meryl and i went to a few family gatherings. first we had brunch with my sister and aunt's family. then we went to her grandmother's place and then to her grandfather's. long day of family stuff.

  • 4-02-07 (10:00)

  • called a couple places to see how much it would cost to get the struts on my camry replaced. the consensus seemed to be at least $1500. i can't seem to get a break when it comes to cars lately. it drags when i go over large speed bumps, so i really do need to get it taken care of.
  • went to the a's game on friday and sunday. friday's game was pathetic because it ended in a tie. it was also strange because it was at sf, but they were using a dh. yesterday's game was better because the a's won. johnny and luke came too.
  • saturday's ucla game was sad. clearly the refs screwed ucla, but that wasn't the entire reason for their loss. brewer's length bothered afflalo and ucla's defense didn't lead to any offense. florida is the best team in the country and it's pretty clear. osu needs 15+ rebounds from oden and 55%+ shooting from the team in order to beat them. if those things don't happen then it's going to be a repeat performance for florida. florida killing osu in a national championship? sounds pretty familiar. i'll be rooting for osu, but i don't think they'll win.
  • going to johnny and luke's ranch this week to help out with some manual labor. that'll be fun.

  • allergies are killing me. there's some kind of tree that is here and in davis that gives me allergies.