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"You like me, you really like me!"

June 1, 2006
scritch scratch scratch (setting up a backbeat here)

this chick is HOT
you had better stand back
& watch her strut what she's got
busting out all over
with a fresh new style
hold onto your hat my brother
if she slays you with her smile
bumpin on the dancefloor
with a sultry swirling grind
you might be caught by the booty
but you'll be captured by the mind
flying in the air sometimes
or chilling in some forgein state
better take a number baby
otherwise you'll be too late....
March 3, 2006
We all have a weak spot for Shan,
Who makes us all smile when she can.
She will flirt in The Bar,
And take you quite far,
Whether you're lady or man.
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It's All About Me

about me
Isn't it ALL about me?
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My Favorite Word Of All Time...


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I Like to Flirt

Deal with it.

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Loving vs. Being In Love

I think of loving someone as feelings I have for them.

I think of being in love with someone as something I share with them. Kinda like a pact.

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My Playmates...

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Blahg, blahg, blahg...

Last November, I lost one of the best dogs I have ever had the privilege to be friends with (see prior blog entry). Of course, those who know me well realize I will say that about every dog I've lived with.

Last Wednesday, 4/15/09, I lost my last remaining friend. He was a true friend. Darby came at a very low point for me, during the search for another great friend who was accidentally let out of the house. He never tried to be the center of attention. He knew his job was support, and he did it well. He took care of me when I was sad, when I was sick, when I was "off". He trained me for the FD. He rehabbed me after the car wreck. He helped me grieve for Wilson. He would follow me around like I was important, like I mattered. All he wanted were some skritches behind the ears and a ride in the car. No worries, though, he got a lot more than that.

And last week I gave him every ounce of what I had left. I owed it to him.

He was one of the best dogs I have ever had the privilege to be friends with.

I miss him so much.

1/95-4/09. I love you, bubba.
Fri, April 24, 2009 - 12:25 AM permalink - 11 comments
I love laughing out loud while sitting alone at the computer...
Tue, February 10, 2009 - 10:48 AM permalink - 2 comments
I took my two teenaged daughters to see "Twilight" this weekend.

Ok, I'm just gonna come right out and say it.

It was a really good movie.

I went in only with the expectation of sitting in a theater with a bunch of squealing teenaged girls. I really knew nothing about the story, except that it had something to do with vampires. I knew that both of my daughters had read the entire series (four books) TWICE. I knew they were *really* bummed that I wouldn't let them go to the midnight showing on Thursday night/Friday morning. And, of course, I'd have to have been deaf and blind to have missed all the hype of the last several weeks.

We got reserved seating tickets to the 11:30 P.M. showing at the Arclight in Sherman Oaks. I reluctantly left a warm and cozy group of good friends I hadn't seen in a while, and went to get the girls and my sister (who were waiting in the car when I got there!). So off we go... ok, let's have a look at this ticket to see exactly where we are going. Arclight Hollywood. Yes, that's an Arclight theater, too, now show me the Sherman Oaks address... Arclight Hollywood... What?!? I had ordered the tickets online that morning, and had been checking the SO theater, but somewhere in the mix it tossed me over to the Hollywood location. No way to change it, so I guess we are going to Hollywood. I am SO going to get my ass kicked when Mr. Shan finds out I took the girls to HOLLYWOOD at MIDNIGHT on a SATURDAY night with not even so much as a pocketknife insurance policy. Fortunately we were able to park about 50 feet inside the parking structure that is just outside the east side door of the theater. We took our seats at about 11:29 P.M.

There were actually only maybe about 50 people in the theater. Good, shouldn't be too obnoxious. I didn't want to fall asleep, though, because the girls really wanted me to see it, and also for the sake of the $14 ticket price. Ok, starting... Interesting cinematographic quality, interesting music so far... an opening line that's a decent little "hook"... beginning story line that seems to have potential... we may be ok here.

I'm not really a vampire fan, so I guess I also went in expecting to not really enjoy the movie, from that standpoint. Well, this movie is definitely not overwhelmingly "vampire". And although the story is really *about* vampires, you almost get a feeling that the vampire aspect is just a twist on the really cool love story. And when I say "love story", I definitely do not mean in the "chick flick" sense. Yes, it is centered around a high school, but I did not find that annoying, or even really relevant, other than to reflect the age range of the characters. Oh, and Edward is veeeery easy on the eyes...

Both my girls thought the director did a really good job with the movie, understanding that it's hard to adapt books to theater, and acknowledging that when one reads a book, the imagery created is strictly one's own.

I told the girls that they have my permission to attend the midnight opening of the next movie ("New Moon") if they are both getting straight A's...

I know there are a number of you who will not go to the theater to see this movie, but I highly recommend you give it a chance when it's released on video.

And if you are hesitant at all, I would bet two drinks that this movie is much better than others you have suffered through.


Note: above photo taken from
Mon, November 24, 2008 - 11:17 AM permalink - 4 comments
4/20/05-11/10/08, to be exact. Yesterday was one of the hardest days of my life. One of my absolute dearest friends is gone. Though it is better for him, it is very painful for those of us that are left without him. He was a most amazing dog. In so many ways, he really wasn't a dog. He was 1/4 Husky, 1/4 Malamute, 1/4 Arctic Wolf, and 1/4 Timber Wolf. He had incredible brain power. He was never intimidating, always a friend.

I miss my friend terribly.
Tue, November 11, 2008 - 6:45 AM permalink - 11 comments
I lost one of the tiniest things dear to my heart today.

Her name was Topaz. She was almost two years old. She was wonderfully amusing (often slept on her back), and a total snack-hound.

I miss her.
Mon, September 29, 2008 - 10:46 PM permalink - 9 comments
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Did I really write this?

This was written to include a hidden message, but I kinda liked the way it came out...

My, what a beautiful night!
Are you enjoying it, too?
Rest not!
To the out-of-doors
You must go!
There is something about being outside...
Hard to resist,
Even when it's chilly.
Come outside with me.
Don't be shy...
Evening calls.
Have a glass of wine
And go for a walk.
Sing to the night owls.
Come, now...
Hold my hand,
And walk with me.
No worries...
Go barefoot...
Enjoy life...
Do it for you.

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I just LOVE being on the front page...

At the time of this photo, I am still inside, waiting to be extricated. Eventually the top of my car will be cut off. Contrary to the caption, the other lady was not extricated. As you can see, her door is open and she can easily get out.
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Isn't She Delicious?

This is Alexis. I think I'm in love. She was created by my very good friend Cristina. Find her at along with MANY MORE awesome creations.
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Hear Ye, Hear Ye!

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