Archive for July, 2005

Posted: 07/15/2005 in None

i hate this. i hate having to be removed from something i know need be done. here i am, sitting … waiting … dealing with this thing i really want no business with … and i know i should be in the office getting work done.

… dammit …

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Posted: 07/13/2005 in None

Have A Great One, Gracey!

Birthday cheers goes out to Gracey! May your birthday wishes bless you three-fold. Miss you lots, babe! Hope life is all well and good out in the Hammer.

*sigh* … and back to work …

Posted: 07/13/2005 in None

Hey Lover

I’ve been watching you from afrar
For as long as I can remember
You’re all a real man could need
And could ever ask for baby
This is more than a crush
Yeah

It was Harlem at the rukus
I saw you with your man, smilin’, huh
A coach bag in your hand
I was laying in the coupe with my hat turned back
We caught eyes for a moment and that was that

So I skated off, as you strolled off
Looking at your legs, god damn, they look so soft (so fine)
I gotta take you from your man, that’s my mission
If his love is real he’s got to handle competition
You only knew him for five months (that’s right)
Besides he drinks too much, and smokes too many blunts

And I’ll be working out everyday thinking about you
Looking at my own eyes in the rear view
Catching flashbacks of our eye contact
Wish I could lay you on your stomach and caress your back
I would hold you in my arms and ease your fears
I can’t believe it, I ain’t had a crush in years

Hey lover, hey lover
This is more than a crush
Hey lover, hey lover
This is more than a crush, lover
Hey lover, this is more than a crush
Hey lover, hey lover
This is more than a crush

I see you at the bus stop waiting every day
Your man must think it’s safe for you to travel that way
And I don’t want to violate your relationship
So I’ll lay back in the cut with a crush that’s a trip

Still he can’t stop me from having daydreams
Tonguin’ you down with, uh, vanilla ice cream
Kissing on your thighs in the moonlight
Searching you body with my tongue girl all night

I wonder one day could it be (how I wonder)
Simple dreams could turn into reality
Our love would come down so naturally
We would walk down the aisle of destiny

Would your man get his hustle on, got your type scared
Break your off a little chump change to do your hair
It seems to be enough to satisfy your needs
But there’s a deeper level if you follow our lead, hey lover

Hey lover, hey lover,
This is more than a crush,
Hey lover, hey lover,
This is more than a crush, lover,
Hey lover, this is more than a crush,
Hey lover, hey lover,
This is more than a crush

Last week I saw you at the mall
Standing at the pay phone ’bout to make a call
I had a vision it was me on the other end
Telling you come by and then you walked in

I touched you gently with my hands
We talked about traveling to distant lands
Escaping all the madness out here in the world
Becoming my wife no longer my girl

Then you let your dress fall down to the floor (oh yeah)
I kissed you softly and you yearned for more
We experienced pleasure unparalleled
Into an ocean of love we both fell

Swimming in the timeless currents of pure bliss
Fantasies interchanging with each kiss
Undying passion unites our souls
Together we swim until the point of no control

But, it’s a fantasy, you won’t come true
We never even spoke and your man swears he loves you
So, I’m gonna keep all these feelings inside (that’s right)
Keep my dreams alive until the right time

Ain’t nothing like a fantasy, kid (word up)
Hey lover, hey lover, hey lover, this is more than a crush
Hey lover, hey lover, hey lover, this is more than a crush
Hey lover, hey lover, hey lover, this is more than a crush
Hey lover, hey lover, hey lover, this is more than a crush
Hey lover

LL Cool J featuring BoyZ II Men : Mr. Smith

Posted: 07/13/2005 in None

Where Do You Draw The Line?

I haven’t been sleeping lately. Hardly more than 30 minutes each night. Part of it is the noise outside. The other part of it is the shit going through my mind lately. The stress has landed me the mother of all migraines today.

Life ain’t rosy all the time …

“It’s not always rainbows and butterflies
It’s compromise that moves us along
My heart is full and my door’s always open
You can come anytime you want”

– Maroon 5 : She Will Be Loved

Back in the day, I had what some would call ‘unlimited patience’. Nowadays, I’m finding I can have a very short fuse. Mind you, many of you have never really seen me upset yet. In fact, only my family and sports teammates have seen me truly angry. For those of you who think they’ve seen it … No, you haven’t.

I’ve been trying to keep quiet. Frankly, I haven’t wanted to really talk to anyone about things at all lately. Most anything I talk about is superficial. Perhaps it’s best that way.

I laugh, but rarely do I smile. It’s summer time. The ladies are showing skin. The patios are open, the booze is flowing. I’m not smiling. You know what I look forward to each day? The best part of my day – if it happens at all – is if I get to see a certain lady that works in the same building I do. With her, I exchange a smile.

“Cause it’s you and me and all of the people
Nothing to do, nothing to lose
And it’s you and me and all of the people and
I don’t know why I can’t keep my eyes off of you”

– Lifehouse : You And Me

She is simply beautiful. I really don’t know how to describe it any better than that. Some days, I don’t see her smiling. I’d try to make small talk and bring a smile to her face. If I do … it makes my day, let me tell you. But most days, it’s all for naught.

In fact, some would question why I should bother at all?

“Where do you think it would lead to?” “Do you really think anything will come of it?”

How the fuck am I supposed to know? I don’t know. I really don’t know. I wish I knew where to draw the line …

Speaking of which … there’s a number of issues trying my patience. Some stretching back some years even, might I add. Some of these issues are new and recent. Some are crucial, some less so. But they all affect me enough in that they’d sadden me if I should need to draw that line.

“No more Mister Nice Guy,
No more Mister Clean,
No more Mister Nice Guy,
They say he’s sick, he’s obscene.”

– Alice Cooper : No More Mr. Nice Guy

I sense a change in the air … Now, if only I was three sheets to the wind …

… fuck …

Posted: 07/13/2005 in None

No More Mr. Nice Guy

I used to be such a sweet, sweet thing
‘Til they got a hold of me.
I opened doors for little old ladies,
I helped the blind to see.
I got no friends ’cause they read the papers.
They can’t be seen with me and I’m gettin’ real shot down
And I’m feeling mean.

No more Mister Nice Guy,
No more Mister Clean,
No more Mister Nice Guy,
They say he’s sick, he’s obscene.

I got no friends ’cause they read the papers.
They can’t be seen with me and I’m gettin’ real shot down
And I’m getting mean.

No more Mister Nice Guy,
No more Mister Clean,
No more Mister Nice Guy,
They say he’s sick, he’s obscene.

My dog bit me on the leg today.
My cat clawed my eyes.
Ma’s been thrown out of the social circle,
And dad has to hide.
I went to church incognito.
When everybody rose, the Reverend Smith,
He recognized me,
And punched me in the nose.
No more Mister Nice Guy,
No more Mister Clean,
No more Mister Nice Guy,
They say he’s sick, he’s obscene.

Alice Cooper : Billion Dollar Babies

Posted: 07/11/2005 in None

Madagascar” … Go see it. Go see it today. Not plot-heavy, just plain funny.

I didn’t think the pairing of Ben Stiller and Chris Rock would work, but it did. I thought the movie could have used more of Jada Pinkett Smith and Andy Richter. I was hoping for better from Cedric the Entertainer. David Schwimmer was a perfect fit. Sacha Baron Cohen (also and best known as “Ali G“) was a surprise. Loved the penguins!

To be honest, there little else I can say about this movie other than … “Go watch it!” It’s just one of those classic light-hearted flicks that just makes you laugh.

Tonight, I satisfied one of my cravings; that of my hankering for sushi … No, Rugby Chick, I’m still working on that other craving … Cutie called out me and the Grouch for dinner. She suggested Japanese. He suggested Towa. I drove.

The first thing we noticed was that it was pretty busy – a sign it was a good spot. Unfortunately, we weren’t too impressed when we found that a party that arrived after us was seated before we were. Of course, it didn’t help that this party did the typically ‘Chinese’ thing and more or less complained that they’ve been waiting for too long and wanted that table on the patio.

The food wasn’t too bad – I’m assuming – by Calgary standards. This restaurant had a hint of fusion. Certain dishes used sour cream and cream cheese as ingredients. It was a fun dining experience … however, the service less than stellar.

As per Baby-J‘s request, here’s a couple more pics of Rugby. Ah-Ho took the one on the left as Rugby slept under the fish tank, and [P]Irv on the right when he woke up.

I’ll be trying to get more pics posted as they become available.

Every now and again, the crew in Vancouver does ask about Kira. Everyone misses her. Despite the odd cold nose to the back of my neck while I’m sleeping … I do dearly miss her company.

In fact, I really wish I had a dog here. I’ve befriended some residents in my building. One of them has a big German Shepherd cross (with, as believed, a coyote). I’d spend time in the common area doing some research for work, or just lounging, watching TV … and I’d have this big dog leaning up on my leg … or sleeping on my foot … nudging under my arm so I’d pet him. What an attention whore!

But it’s nice to have that company. I’ve been doggy-sitting now and then – kind of helping out a friend – since I spend so much time sitting there researching. I wish I had that company all the time. Sometimes it’s really hard to come home to an empty apartment.

So, I haven’t been sleeping much lately. With the Calgary Stampede in full effect, the noise levels go up.

The opening parade ran right in front of my building. The setup was done in the wee hours of the mornings leading up to the big day. Needless to say, there was a lot of noise.

Moreover, the drunken rowdies are out until damn near dawn … hooting and hollering … I actually heard someone from my building shout, “Would you shut the fuck up?! People are trying to have sex up in here!!!”.

… & write back @ ya’!

Pac-Man, Mysteryman … MysteryMEAT … whatever … : Alright … don’t quit your day job to become a professional translator. Otherwise, we might just end up seeing all of your work on engrish.com!

Baby-J : Ah … Dean-O … good guy … I miss hanging out with him. Actually, I can quote him: “Fuck! … Warz! … What’s with you and hot roommates?!”.

I called home today. Ah-Mun tells me Rugby is very well behaved and has an excellent disposition. And I hear he’s growing up quite quickly too!; several inches in a week. I’d love to have Kira home with Rugby for a bit …

… {crunch crunch klang} … [the gears in my head are grinding] …

Posted: 07/07/2005 in None

Happy Belated Birthday, Bee!

I’m so sorry I missed out on your shin-dig, babe. I’m glad to hear you had a wicked time though. I’ll make it up to you, I promise!

This last weekend was a doozy … and here I ramble in no particular order …

I suppose the biggest event this last little bit was the newest addition to the family. Everyone … meet Rugby. No, I had no say in naming him. No, Ah-Ho had no say, but he did have a ‘hand’ in it. Ultimately, it was Ah-Mun‘s decision. I did admit, it was rather surprising, if not ironical that she would have chosen such a name.

Nonetheless, my family is now proud owners of a 10 week old German Shepherd puppy dog. His father is from a well respected kennel in the valley, and his mother (an all-black Shepherd) is from a kennel south of the border. Rugby is a little darker, but he’s so damn cute!

On a more sombre note, last week Wednesday was a day of remembrance for Ah-Mun and me. It marked the passing of our dearly departed teacher, Shea Lo-See. We had to pay our respects. I think I’m finally somewhat come to terms with it. This was the first year I didn’t cry.

As usual, with my trips home, there’s little time to do much during the day. With visiting family, chores and household maintenance, it only really leaves time for late night eats with friends. We hit up the usual spots … GKTBN … but no Denny’s run this time around …

My last night in town, I had the pleasure of dining out with people at Morton’s. We had come across their “Steak and Seafood For Two” deal, so we figured it was a chance to sample one of the premier steakhouses in town.

The Deal

Choice of: Caesar Salad or Morton’s Salad
Two Single Cut Filets
w/ choice of Colossal Shrimp Alexander or Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
one Morton’s Signature Potato and one Fresh Vegetable
and choice of Godiva Hot Chocolate Cake or Signature New York Cheesecake

I started with the Morton’s Salad, as did Ah-Ho. It was covered with blue cheese, and accented with anchovies. We shared the mentality of “Hey, I can get a caesar salad anywhere,”, though Wingman did claim that the Caesar Salad may very well have been best he’s ever had.

When the entrees arrived, immediately sampled the filet. I like to pace myself otherwise, I could find the steak too cold, too tough. Sadly, I was not terribly impressed by my steak; and seemingly, nor did others at the table. Most of us ask for medium rare, but it was certainly prepared closer to medium. The quality of the beef wasn’t as stellar as I would have liked. But, “you get what you pay for” as they say …

The Colossal Shrimp Alexander did not disappointnt me at all. The shrimp were large, plump and full of flavour. In fact, I could have gotten full just eating that all night. *Oi* … if only not for my gout …

Now, as crazy as it sounds, the sides actually were a highlight of the meal. Instead of each ordering a side of potato and vegetable, the entire table ordered an assortment of sides to share. We loved it. Not only did this allow for each of us to enjoy more variety of sides, but the sides were so darn good!

For dessert, I do believe everyone ordered the Godiva Hot Chocolate Cake. I have but 1 word for you … DEC-A-DENT!

Being all ‘environmental’ and all, we car-pooled down to dinner. The car ride back home was quiet. We’re a somewhat boisterous crowd, often bantering and throwing verbal jabs at each other. But on this night, we were dead quiet, we were so full.

Afterward, we lounged at my place and I finally got to watch “Hitch“. Only problem was, I wasn’t paying that much attention to the movie. I was more so concerned about playing with Rugby and getting some work done (yes … workaholic … I know … I can hear ‘Tel and Renka saying “You’re nuts!” in my head …).

All in all, the movie certainly seemed funny. And Will Smith‘s character is smooth. To quote that Coors ad … “We’re talking dating both sisters smooth”

I’ll definitely have to watch that again soon.

… & write back @ ya’!

Pac-Man : Cool cool … hey, we gonna hold some west coast meetings soon, eh?