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Thursday, December 29, 2005

Even back in the days when I used to train four times a week, I always allowed myself to eat on the holidays. The older you get, and the more relatives you interact with, you begin to realize that you have no choice if you want to maintain the "temporary cease fire" that's in effect between Christmas and New Year's. Plus, let's face it--the food's generally tastier (at least for me) around the holidays.

So, I give you this:

baked alaska
You taste like baked alaska. Your sweetness is
only matched by your smooth and creamy texture.
You are sure to set fire to anyone's taste

How do you taste?
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Happy New Year, everyone! We'll be in Cleveland, tomorrow. See you in '06!

Monday, December 26, 2005

One of many...
"Filipinos are a warm, gentle, caring, giving people," Avi says, "which is a good thing since so many of them carry concealed weapons."

-Neal Stephenson, Cryptonomicon
I've always wanted to read this book. I'm going to make a point of it in 2006!

Kick @$$. To say nothing about the Season 2 teasers at the end.
We've got a few days between Christmas and New Year's Eve in Cleveland. Drive, drive, drive.

Christmas Eve and Christmas Day were awesome, though. So far, between presents from each other, Mamazoo, and some of The Wife's other relatives, we made out like bandits, so far. And, we haven't even seen my folks, yet.

My favorite gift came from The Wife, the one person who knows me best...


The time with family was the best, though. There's always good food to be had, and fun games. Although, it seems that even in Elmira, we can't escape EWF and Verdine White; they were pimping CDs and DVDs on QVC.

We got to spend time with the Wife's aunt, who's quickly becoming my favorite in-law after Mamazoo. She's the liveliest 83 year old I've ever met. She's the kind of woman to cook up steaks for (her) breakfast and offer you Yuenglung beer and Chivas at 10:45 in the morning. Her household is just so great for being the unabashed, unapologetic Italian side of the Wife's family. At one point, I was asked by my cousin-in-law, her son, if I "wanted to go for a ride." That's out of context, but picture every movie where you've ever heard that line, and that's exactly how it sounded.

Well, it's after three, so we're just now getting ready to see what the Boxing Day shopping scene is like. Hopefully, it won't be too harried.

Friday, December 23, 2005

He knows when you are sleeping. He knows when you're awake. He knows the best time to send his boys into your home, kidnap you, and have you on a flight to a country where he's going to make you tell him what he wants to know...by any means necessary.

"Ho, ho, ho--where's your Geneva Convention, now?"

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Yeah, I understand that excess cultural pride does things like dredge up centuries-old conflicts because the cast of Memoirs of a Geisha is mostly Chinese. And, I understand how tempting it is for non-Asians to sit in their non-Asian neighborhood (yeah, except for That One Family down the block) and wish that they'd just "get over it."**

Yet, I feel that pride whenever I see that ethnicity can have its upsides.***
Gift Boxes Help Migrant Filipinos Keep Ties to Home
by Mandalit del Barco

Morning Edition, December 23, 2005 · In her one-bedroom apartment in South Pasadena, Calif., Gladys Price listens to holiday songs on the radio. But it can't quite compare to her Christmases back in the Philippines, when she'd wake up before the roosters to attend the misa de gallo, or early-morning mass.

Two years ago, Price left her son Lance and her relatives in Manila for more opportunities in the United States. She now works for a pharmaceutical company and is married to an American. But this year, she sent her love home in a large cardboard box -- what's known among Filipinos as a balikbayan box.
**Screw it, I'm Asian: Get over it, already! :)
***And, I got some sticks for you, if you don't like it ;)
Yeah, I said it! If there really is a war on X-Mas, then consider this my Lapu Lapu bit to defend my island against the Conquistadores. C'mon, Magellan--I dare you to knock this battery off my shoulder. And, I got this picture, too. How d'you like them apples?

Hey, it could be worse. I could be Huey Freeman.

The Christmas preparations are mostly done. Everything is bought that needed to be bought. I myself signed and licked over 40 envelopes. Sure, The Wife wrote and addressed them, but I was the one who ended up with the dry heaves after I hit 35 licks.

Needless to say the "Don & Wife Travelling Family Revue" hits the road again for a few dates in Elmira and Cleveland, starting tomorrow.


Congratulations to Datu_B dba Glengarry. New job, new digs, and a new life. Here's to you! And, remember: "Always Be Closing."


Want to know what makes another good present besides Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire - Live at the Greek Theatre? Read Demo written by Brian Wood with art by Becky Cloonan. Or, if you're "too good" for that sort of thing, check out The Portable Dorothy Parker. That's just two of the dozens of things I'm reading lately that are so good, I can't read just one all the way through.
Authorities probe theft of body parts
Associated Press Writer

NEW YORK (AP) -- Authorities are investigating allegations that hundreds of bodies were illegally carved up in funeral homes around New York City and sold for parts without the permission of the families of the deceased.

Corpses - including that of famed British broadcaster Alistair Cooke - were used to harvest human bone, skin and tendons which were then sold for a profit, authorities allege.
I figured that fit right in behind Lt. Col. Kurtz.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Don's Random Movie Quote:

'We must kill them. We must incinerate them. Pig after pig. Cow after cow. Village after village. Army after army.'

- Kurtz, Apocalypse Now

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Huh...well...um...Happy Holidays!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

what flavor pocky are you?

[c] sugardew

Getting in touch with my Asian heritage...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

I didn't make the connection until today's morning coffee that I had bought the Chicago & Earth, Wind & Fire - Live at the Greek Theatre DVD at Target, which was in the midst of a holiday ad campaign with EWF. It was funny how The Wife and I watched the DVD and all of a sudden noticed all this EWF music on TV.

Of course, she cheered when she saw Verdine on TV again, and who wouldn't?

You can actually view this and two other commercials (featuring the songs "Let's Groove" and a December version of the song "September") here (You'll need Flash to view). There're interview clips, too.

Hm...now I know there's a commercial out there with the song "Star" in it. It's not on the Target site, so maybe it's for something else.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Wife and I were discussing the possibility of having "the talk" about sex and drugs with any future children, the one that all parents have sooner or later. I'm not looking forward to it, but then again, do I really want my children ending up like me?

Thursday, December 08, 2005

I'm tired this week. That is all.

You scored as Serenity (from Firefly). You like to live your own way and do not enjoy when anyone but a friend tries to tell you that you should do different. Now if only the Reavers would quit trying to skin you.

Coming on December 1, 2005:

Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? The Sequel

Serenity (from Firefly)


Moya (from Farscape)


SG-1 (from Stargate)


Bebop (from Cowboy Bebop)


Millennium Falcon (from Star Wars)


Nebuchadnezzar (from The Matrix)


Galactica (from Battlestar: Galactica)


Enterprise D (from Star Trek)


Your Ultimate Sci-Fi Profile: which sci-fi crew would you best fit in? (pics)
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A friend of mine emailed me:
To make you feel better, today I purchased a Real Ultimate Power ninja manual as a gag gift for a secret santa exchange at work. I felt like I was looking at porn (the humor/anime aisle). So I ran back to Literary Criticism, picked up a copy of Roland Barthes' Mythologies (I had been meaning to anyway) so I could stand in line and cover the ninja book. When I checked out, the woman had the ninja book on top while she ran my card and the old lady next to me just stared at it...So yeah, I have the same book store feeling :)
And, you all thought I was making this stuff up.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Apparently, you can't even look at a gay magazine at Borders without someone watching you and having something to say about it.
I'm not talking about the splurge for gifts for other people. I'm talking about the self-splurging. I picked up the Chicago and Earth, Wind & Fire: Live at the Greek Theatre DVD at Target. Oh, come on--the biggest surprise is that I waited this long. The best parts were when they played together on each others' songs. Having a six-piece horn section filling all the parts; the stuff blew my mind, I had to admit.

Jesus, both bands playing the full version of "In the Stone"! I don't care what kind of music you like or don't like. If the words and the music of that song don't move you, then you're a soulless zombie and I'd be doing you a favor if I took you out George Romero-style.

Anyway, this was supposedly the last show on the tour; my man Bill Champlin looked tired. Not too tired to do the lead for "After the Love is Gone." I harp on this all the time, the fact that a Bay Area white dude co-wrote one of the best known R&B songs of all time! He chipped in on the vocals for "Sing a Song" and "September," too (for the show, that is).

As much as I worship Robert Lamm, and as good a job as he did--well, he just shouldn't sing on "Shining Star." Jason Scheff, on the other hand, could keep up with anyone else. He even managed a Maurice White "yow" on "September." The smartest thing he did, though, was stay out of Verdine White's way.

Their separate sets were awesome, of course. I can't quite remember if I've ever heard Chicago do "Alive Again" live; I may have in high school. But, I didn't have a recording of it before now, which was cool. One thing I haven't done is seen EWF live and in person. I've seen lots of live footage, though, and they always put on a good show. It's not just the musicianship with them; it's the showmanship. Too many acts nowadays sacrifice the former for the latter (*cough*got'damnlipsynchers*cough*), but not EWF. I hope I can still move like they do when I get to be their age. I think The Wife was mesmerized by Verdine White, though. Every member of EWF gets into a show, but he's the one who looks like he's got the Holy Ghost in him.

The Wife got a chuckle out of me when I was yelling watching EWF all slide to the right on stage to the line "Moooove yourself and glide like a 747" in the song "Let's Groove." She asked me, "You sure you're just 32?" What can I say? I like old school.

I miss Sheldon Reynolds, though. It took two musicians to replace him, one singer and a guitar player, a Russian cat (I thought he looked Hispanic) named Vadim Zilberstein. I tell you, he covered his parts beautifully. It begs the question, "Where does a Russian learn to play like that?"

I mentioned Jason Scheff staying out of Verdine White's way, and it was true. They had their own separate spaces, and they stayed there; that's why both of them looked good. Now, all the "cutting contests" they had were good-natured. But, that didn't mean some people weren't just outclassed.

EWF's Gary Bias slaughtered Walt Parazaider in Chicago's own "Free." I'm sorry, this'll sound as bad as some of my martial arts posts, but it's the truth--I have yet to hear a white dude outplay a black dude on a sax. I've heard a few come close, but in a cutting contest? Hell, no; all things being equal, I've just never heard it.

That being said, even though Keith Howland had the home field advantage playing "25 or 6 to 4," he totally pwned EWF's Vadim Zilberstein and Gregory Moore. You could see it on Howland's face during the second round of solos.

Shoot, it's late, and I gotta work tomorrow. I'm sure I'll have more to say once I've watched it twice more, ripped the audio, and listened to the concert about twenty more times.

Friday, December 02, 2005

Because this looked like fun...
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your blog and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.
Two things to keep in mind:

(a) I am married and my wife reads this. I'm not saying you can't post what you want. I'm saying that if it gets me thrown out of the house, I'm tracking you down and taking over your couch.

(b) I tend to delete what I like at whim, anway. Like Casanova Frankenstein in Mystery Men, I even kill my own posts.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Huh...who'd've thunk?

You scored as Idealist. Idealism centers around the belief that we are moving towards something greater. An odd mix of evolutionist and spiritualist, you see the divine within ourselves, waiting to emerge over time. Many religious traditions express how the divine spirit lost its identity, thus creating our world of turmoil, but in time it will find itself and all things will again become one.



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