Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On

My first earthquake, a tiny tremor in 1997, scared the crap out of me. The walls started shaking and waving, and I ran for safety. I sat in a doorway for hours, gripping a flashlight, petrified, convinced that the BIG ONE was coming at any moment.

During today's earthquake, I handled things much better than I did years ago. As I told someone earlier, when an earthquake hits, you don't realize it until its nearly over. Today, as things were shaking, I was a bit confused until my boss turned to me and said, "I think this is an earthquake." She was correct.

Everyone came out of their offices and edit bays to watch the ceiling rattle and the lights sway back and forth. Some people seemed scared, but some just seemed amused by it. I just wanted to know how big it was. When someone yelled out, "5.8!" I was secretly excited to have not been shaken by a quake that big. But when I saw it got downgraded to a 5.4, I ignored it for a few hours, just to feel a bit more brave.

Someone posted this clip of Letterman from years ago. I'm not as lame as these guys:

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Imaginary Friend

Heather and I were talking tonight, and I revealed to her that I had an imaginary friend when I was little. His name was "Johnice," a combo of my parents' names, John and Janice. Heather stopped, and seemed somewhat frightened when she learned this. "Did you see him? What did he look like?" she prodded for details. I wasn't actually sure, mainly because I was so young. I just kind of remember the idea of the imaginary friend existing and telling my parents about him.

Heather's line of questioning continued, like a grilling: "Where did he come from? Did your parents think you were strange for having this 'friend?' You must've been a lonely child." It was like I had revealed a horrifying secret to her, thinking, "I'm getting married to a guy who had an imaginary friend growing up! How will I ever live this down?!?!"

So my question - anyone else out there have an imaginary friend, or am I the only crazy one out there?

(I would post a picture of my imaginary friend, but he hasn't been around much lately...)

Saturday, July 26, 2008

Various Thoughts On A Saturday Evening

I've been busy lately, but figured it'd be a good time to update the blog, so here goes:

1. I've been working on this show for a while, and one of my main jobs is to bring out the drama of things that happen at the beach. Part of my job is to write VO lines for the show, like, "The man is pulled out by the clutches of a vicious rip current," and, "The powerful surf and rocky chop batter the swimmer, exhausted," and so on, and so on.

So of course, when Heather and I went to the beach a few weeks ago, all I could do is look at swimmers, and "write" VO in my head as I watched them simply go swimming. Any time a lifeguard went towards the water, I sat up, excited at the prospect of "narrating" a rescue. But sadly, it was a slow day, and no one was in need of a rescue.

2. The Yankees upswing has been nice, but unlike many fans I know, I never panicked. I always thought they'd pull it together and start getting hot again. Not bad.

3. Based on everyone's recommendation, I tivo'd the "Mad Men" marathon last week. I'm hooked, and I plan on using the adjective "swell" a whole lot more, as in, "I went to see 'The Dark Knight' and it sure was swell!"

4. My new favorite blog of the moment is called Get Rich Slowly. Since we've been house hunting, I've become obsessed with saving money, and this is a great site with some interesting tips. Thanks to Blake for that one.

5. My favorite album of the summer (and maybe the year, so far) is the Hold Steady's "Stay Positive." I would post the song, "Sequestered in Memphis," but the site I usually use to post tunes isn't letting me do it. Basically, the song is about a guy who hooked up with some girl in Memphis, but she got him into some trouble with the authorities. Now, he's being interviewed about it. It's a bit vague, but it has this gem of a lyric:

"In bar-light, she looked all right;
In daylight, she looked desperate
That’s all right, I was desperate, too"

Monday, July 07, 2008

I'm Not Here To Make Friends...

...I'm here to spread the love of cliches in reality shows.

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

How Love Blooms

People often ask me, "Brian, how did you and Heather get together?" And I often say, "Its a long story, but I do have an audio recording of how I pursued Heather and won her heart, so you can give it a listen." Now, just substitute my name for "Dimitri" and Heather's name for "Olga," and you have the story of how we got together. Seriously, listen to the whole thing.

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I have no idea if its real, but it is fantastic.