Saturday, June 14, 2008


Sarah and I are about to become members at the church we've been attending and last week the Pastor gave us one of those "spiritual gifts" tests so he could find out a little more about us. You answer 100 or so questions and after tallying up the answers you find out if you're more of an encourager or a teacher or something like that and then give them back to him so he can check out how we scored in each area.

After taking her test and tallying her answers, Sarah was a little disappointed with her score in the area of giving. "What?!" she exclaimed, "I'm a giver! Don't you think I'm a giver? I wasn't going to tell you this but yesterday I gave a homeless man a Balance bar."

"You gave him a Balance bar?"

"Yea," she said, "It was the same story but a different person. 'I just got out of jail.' So I said 'Here, have a Balance bar.'"

I laughed. "What are you, in a commercial for Balance bars?"

And then in an apparent effort to let the Pastor know she is indeed a giver, on her test Sarah circled her "Giving" score and wrote in "I gave a poor man a Balance bar yesterday."

Friday, June 13, 2008

What Sarah thought

Last night Sarah and I watched Alvin and the Chipmunks from Netflix. This afternoon, this was what she said when I told her we got The Bucket List in the mail.

"It's gotta be better than The Chipmunks. That was retarded. I would have liked it better if they made the chipmunks stoners and Dave was a pimp."

Not my first reaction, but a true reaction nonetheless.

Saturday, June 07, 2008

Convention-al Thinking

I'm in Atlantic City for a couple of days and judging by the people wandering the hallways of Harrah's Casino/Hotel, the New Jersey Hair Gel convention must be in full swing. Other groups of people that appear to be gathering in large numbers are:

  • The American Collection of Women Over 65 with Dyed Hair Who Wear Sunglasses Indoors

  • The local chapter of WWBWST: Women Who Wear Blouses With Sparkly Trim

  • The International Association of Asians in Shiny Yellow Suits

  • The Elderly Women with Loud Smoky Laughs conglomerate

  • The Northeastern Fat Men with Goatees, Shell Necklaces, and Lance Armstrong Bracelet Conference

Although something tells me these people gather here every weekend. Just a hunch.

Tuesday, June 03, 2008


  1. If you order a large soda from Del Taco, you will find yourself partaking of a drink 3/4 the size of your own head.

  2. A group of Asian kids, dressed in black leather complete with chains and spiky Mohawks hanging out at Del Taco at midnight have a somewhat forboding sense about them. Surely they have been out and about all night causing trouble and being just as bad as their menacing exterior projects.

  3. Seeing those same Asian kids dressed in black leather and chains in the Del Taco parking lot at 9:30 in the morning completely negates their rebellious punk look and makes them seem desperate, sad, harmless, and even a bit pathetic.

  4. I am a man of my word. Having once vowed to never drive one, I learned at the car rental company that our car would be a PT Cruiser. We were offered a smaller car that the agent claimed was actually much nicer. I agreed to take the smaller car. I do a good enough job as it is looking like a tool in my every day life. I don’t need help from the PT Cruiser.

  5. If you want to get your money’s worth in the stand-up comedy world, wait until you’re in New York City to go to a comedy club. The prices of a weekday show are about 3 times more expensive in LA and you only get to see about 1/3 of the number of comics.

  6. Every day it’s sunny and 77 degrees. The rest of the world are schmucks.

  7. The speed limit on the highway is 65 M.P.H. The flow of traffic averages 77 M.P.H. The highway drivers are actually much better than I recall. I still hate motorcyclists (if you’re stopped at a red light, why is it OK for them to cut in line and jump in front of everyone else just because they can squeeze between cars? That’s not fair. I hate, hate, HATE them).

  8. On a coast-to-coast flight if you’re taking Southwest you don’t get an in-flight movie and the only food they offer you is peanuts and Wheat Thins. Where’s my barely-recognizable Salisbury steak?

  9. People who don’t have any idea what they’re talking about are very entertaining. At the wax museum a man wrongly identified Jack Black from the recent King Kong remake as Vince Vaughn from Wedding Crashers. He did, however, get Tom Hanks from Castaway correct. Even though he told his kids the volleyball was named “Spalding” (instead of the actual name “Wilson”).

  10. If you go to the Rocky Cola Cafe in Hermosa Beach at 12:30 on a Sunday afternoon you actually have a good chance of getting a parking space.

  11. The Tonight Show host Jay Leno sells out shows at the Comedy & Magic Club in Hermosa Beach at $30.00 a seat. Ironically, tickets to see The Tonight Show are free.

  12. In-N-Out burgers are just as good as I remember.

  13. The attendants at the Dollar rental car place near the San Diego airport are energetically honest. When asked how he was doing, the young worker replied with a huge smile, “Great! I get to stand out here and look at hot girls all day.” I wished him luck.

  14. Elderly women who order a Bloody Mary on a plane that leaves at 9:30 am are making a statement about themselves that may be unintentional.

  15. If you wear a dress shirt, tie, black pants, and dress shoes to a California wedding, you will feel vastly overdressed. Especially if the groomsmen wear flip flops.

  16. The carpool lane is the coolest thing ever (I actually learned this in 1992 but had forgotten I knew it).

  17. Sarah is a natural boogie boarder.

  18. If you buy a new pair of swim trunks, don’t assume that the string tie feature is part of the apparel. Otherwise when a big ocean wave hits you from behind, you will find yourself struggling to keep them on.

  19. Sometimes the friendliest person you’ll meet is the maintenance guy at a time-share property.

  20. Wireless internet is not free at the airport.

  21. If you forgot to pack beach towels, check under the bathroom sink of your time share. Sometimes they provide them for you so you don’t have to go out and spend $40 to buy your own and then get angry when you find this out after-the-fact.

  22. It costs more for a tank of gas than it does to get your tires rotated, oil changed, and get an emissions test.

  23. Even on-duty policemen like to sneak away to the cliffs of Rancho Palos Verdes and take in the view every once in a while.

  24. Sharks still scare me. Even large paintings of them.

  25. As amazing as it is to be back in California, I wouldn’t want to be there without Sarah.