Thursday, November 4, 2010

Thirty Days of Me - Day 4

Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have

Smoking. Admittedly, it’s no better than those who smoke your run of the mill cigarettes, but I only smoke Djarum Bali Hai clove cigarettes. I can’t stand the taste of almost any other kind. It’s a nasty habit that I picked up over a decade ago when I was night-clubbing three or more evenings a week. I’ve tried several times to quit, but always seem to fall back on the bad habit.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thirty Days of Me - Day 3

Day 03- A picture of you and your friends

A weekend rock-climbing trip to Joshua Tree National Park, circa 1995.

From left to to right: Rychard Cooper, Robyn Ryder, David McGregor, myself and Steve Gerdes.

Rychard is one of my best friends and one of the most influential people in my life in forging the man I grew into. We recently reconnected after a separation of about 14 years.

Robyn was my girlfriend at the time. At the time the picture was taken, we would have been together for roughly 5 years with about 2-2 1/2 to go.

David was Rychard's roommate and a good friend to both of us. His favorite phrase was "Okay, where's our next fun?"

Steve was a friend of Rychard's who had the patience and of a monk, the mechanical smarts of MacGyver and the slow laconic wit of Steven Wright.

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Thirty Days of Me - Day 2

Day 02- The meaning behind your Blog name
“Quiet Arrogance.” Long ago, in the distant past just after high school, I was given a book as a birthday gift from a female friend. She and I had known each other for years and years. The book itself was, I struggle to recollect, “The Collected Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” by Arthur Conan Doyle. I was always a big Holmes fan when I was younger, but I had not evidenced it since in the time I’d known my friend and she would have had no real way of knowing that.

I told her that I was indeed a huge Holmes fan and asked her how in the world she knew that. Her reply?

“I didn’t. There’s just something in him that reminds me of you. You both have that kind of… Quiet Arrogance.”

Needless to say, I liked that so much it has stuck in my head all this time.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Thirty Days of Me - Day 1

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself

  1. I attended 4 different colleges over 10 years in pursuit of a college degree; El Camino Community College, Cerritos City College, UCLA, and Cal State Long Beach
  2. I have had a comic book story I wrote published
  3. I was friends and worked with Quentin Tarantino before before he made Reservoir Dogs
  4. I have 2 degrees: an Associate Arts degree in Art and a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Graphic Design
  5. I am fluent in Spanish
  6. Over my life I have been a Hippie, a Goth, a Raver, a Jock, Nerd and Geek
  7. I once had Korean BBQ with Jeffrey Donovan (Burn Notice)
  8. I have served time in county jail
  9. I have over 40,000 comic books in my collection
  10. I partied all night with the band Sigue Sigue Sputnik
  11. I have been on Television twice
  12. I once rescued a streetwalker from an attack by her John
  13. I bake pies
  14. I’ve traveled to 3 continents, 17 countries, and 151 cities worldwide
  15. My truck was rear-ended by Gary Coleman car on the freeway

Thirty Days of Me

Day 01- A recent picture of you and 15 interesting facts about yourself
Day 02- The meaning behind your Blog name
Day 03- A picture of you and your friends
Day 04- A habit that you wish you didn’t have
Day 05- A picture of somewhere you’ve been to
Day 06- Favorite super hero and why
Day 07- A picture of someone/something that has the biggest impact on you
Day 08- Short term goals for this month and why
Day 09- Something you’re proud of in the past few days
Day 10- Songs you listen to when you are Happy, Sad, Bored, Hyped, Mad
Day 11- Another picture of you and your friends
Day 12- How you found out about Blogger and why you made one
Day 13- A letter to someone who has hurt you recently
Day 14- A picture of you and your family
Day 15- Put your iPod on shuffle: First 10 songs that play
Day 16- Another picture of yourself
Day 17- Someone you would want to switch lives with for one day and why
Day 18- Plans/dreams/goals you have
Day 19- Nicknames you have; why do you have them
Day 20- Someone you see yourself marrying/being with in the future
Day 21- A picture of something that makes you happy
Day 22- What makes you different from everyone else
Day 23- Something you crave for a lot
Day 24- A letter to your parents
Day 25- What I would find in your bag
Day 26- What you think about your friends
Day 27- Why are you doing this 30 day challenge
Day 28- A picture of you last year and now, how have you changed since then?
Day 29- In this past month, what have you learned
Day 30- Your favorite song.

While I can say that I'll be honest, I can't sat that there won't be some obscure and enigmatic portions. Names withheld to protect the innocent (or the damned) and all that.

Alright, let's kick it off with Day 1.