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30 Nov 2004 - 11:36:36 PM
Well, I'm now officially behind on my writing schedule. I'd been planning to have all my remaining scribbling done by today, but I still have several thousand words to go. With any luck, I'll be done by the end of the week. That may be overly optimistic, though. I guess we'll see.
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29 Nov 2004 - 1:06:19 PM
I'm back in Seattle and have my work cut out for me. I didn't get much writing done the week I was mostly sick, and then I didn't get much writing done the week I was in LA, and that means I'm now behind on my writing schedule. Damn. December's going to be very busy for me as I frantically try and finish my book. I'll update the blog with my progress, though. I think it'll add some much needed suspense. Will Rob finish his book in time? It's getting close to year end -- he may not make it! Yeah, I like that.
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24 Nov 2004 - 11:11:57 AM
Well, I'm in Los Angeles, and it's sunny and warm here. That's about it, really. I've managed to get some writing done, and I hope to get some more done soon. The independent coffee shop thing in my parents' neighborhood doesn't look very good, so I may end up at a -- shudder -- Starbucks. Or I may just stay home and write. It's too nice to be cooped up inside, though. Anyway, I doubt I'll post anything else while I'm down here. Have a happy Thanksgiving, everybody.
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21 Nov 2004 - 10:56:04 PM
Finally got around to seeing The Incredibles. Very fun. It's got it all: strong story, great jokes, excellent animation. There's so much going on all over the screen that it held my attention completely -- I didn't want to miss anything. The only bad thing is if Pixar and Disney go their separate ways, there won't be any more Pixar-produced Incredibles movies. Oh yeah, and I was able to figure out a key detail of the ending about half-way through.

The Incredibles gets: ***1/2

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20 Nov 2004 - 12:06:27 PM
Right. I survived all four hours of the Guided by Voices show, hopped up on Contac. Great show. I wasn't right at the front of the stage, though, so I didn't get any free beer (Miller Lite wide mouths) or tequila from Bob. "The kids like to drink," he said, handing out the bottles. Kim Warnick joined them for "Teenage FBI." The opening band, The Thermals, were quite good, too.

It's my birthday today, and I should turn off the computer and go outside and do something. Maybe look at some walkers. Later.

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17 Nov 2004 - 7:03:44 PM
I still feel like crap from this cold/flu/whatever. If I were smart I'd stay home tonight and go to bed early, but this disease has affected my mental faculties, apparently, because I'm still planning on going to the final Guided By Voices show. Plus, it's my birthday on Saturday, and I'm mostly busy all the way until Sunday. Oy. I hope this flu doesn't kill me.

Anyway, here's some food for thought: a 1,420 calorie burger. Now that's disgusting. But for those mindful of their weight, there's a low-carb version. Jeez. No wonder obesity is a such a problem in the U.S.

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15 Nov 2004 - 10:54:19 PM
Oy. I've been sick since Friday and am so ready to be over it. Didn't stop me from seeing David Sedaris at Benaroya Hall, though. He gave a great talk. Started out with a new essay on relationships that is one of his best, I think. He also read a handful of his diary entries, which were also quite funny, and sort of explains how's he able to keep writing the essays he does -- the entries seemed like details that hadn't made it into an essay yet. He also read his piece "Baby Einstein" from Dress Your Family in Corduroy and Denim. I'd already read it, but it was good to hear him do the voices for his family members -- it added quite a bit. Saturday and Sunday I just lolled around for the most part, not getting any writing done, but today I felt okay enough to head to Vivace and get some work done. And write this entry. Now I'm all tired out. Goodnight...
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7 Nov 2004 - 2:10:38 PM
I saw Camper Van Beethoven last night at the Crocodile. It was an awesome show, and the crowd was the most energetic I've seen at the Croc in a long time. I'd never seen them live before -- by the time I got into them they broke up, but I did see all their various split-off bands. So, I'd seen all the members play live before, but never on the same stage. Their new album, New Roman Times, is quite good, too.
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4 Nov 2004 - 10:58:23 PM
I've been hitting Vivace Roasteria again lately to do some scribbling on my book, and for some reason I've misheard a couple people giving their orders to the baristas. Last week I heard, "a short story to go, please," which I thought was a wonderful idea. Yesterday I heard, "double arsenic to go," which surprised me at first, but then, since it was the day after the election, made sense here in diehard liberal Seattle.
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1 Nov 2004 - 10:24:22 PM
Happy November, everybody. Tomorrow's election day, and frankly, I can't wait for it all to be over. I'll be keeping my fingers crossed for the two Johns. Anyway, don't forget to vote.
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