Sunday, February 7, 2016
Thursday, January 14, 2016
then I know I need to poop."
-my six year old
Apparently, it gets warm?
Also, why does it always clog the toilet? I have to remind him every time to flush right away. Sometimes if he doesn't, something happens and later in the day, it'll just stop working. Then I have to go take the nasty plunge.
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
What would you do if you won the Powerball? Back in high school, I asked my friends what they wanted so I could buy it for them when I became a millionaire. Some of them wanted cars or houses, and one wanted an island. I believe I still have that list somewhere, though I'm hardly in touch anymore with most of those people.
I think at that time, I mostly wanted to be able to buy a house for my mom. And maybe buy airline tickets to get some of my relatives over here to live or just visit. It would have been great to give my grandparents a tour of America and maybe the world. They're dead now.
In the late '90s, I wanted to just follow the New York Yankees around and watch every game live. I wanted to drive around the country in a Toyota 4Runner. Maybe with the girl I liked. Well, I wouldn't have been able to play the lottery yet anyway, so of course it didn't happen. I just sat on the couch watching the games by myself and drinking a six pack of Heineken.
In the early 2000s, I wanted to win the Mega Million and spoil my little cousins. I wanted to buy them stuff and take them on vacation around the world. Maybe to a theme park in Hong Kong or Japan. Or both. My uncle actually just wanted to drive a truck around the United States. I wish I could have helped him with that dream of his.
Later on, I just wanted to see the world with my girlfriend and, well, make babies, as the saying goes. Well, now we are married and do have two kids. With school and everything, traveling is sort of out of the question. Even in the summer time, I want my kid out there in the tennis courts practing forehands and backhands.
So what would I do with millions of dollars at this point? Of course, I would buy a bug house for the family. Get a new car, which would be more dependable than the old one we've had. And probably spoil ourselves with a maid or something.
Of course, it would be nice not having to work. But I would probably invest some of it into the films I've been planning on making.
Tuesday, January 12, 2016
The Powerball jackpot is now over a billion dollars. Yes, I have my ticket. You gotta be in it to win it and all that.
When these real big lotto games first came around, I had just turned 21. I thought maybe it was meant to be for me. So I did buy a few times. And then I never won. So I stopped buying it. Because what are the odds you would win it anyway? You're just wasting your money, right?
I went for a vacation in the Phillipines in 2001. I met some cousins whom I literally never knew existed. It was an enlightening and life changing family reunion. We dreamed out loud together about stuff we would do in the future.
When I got back to the States, there was another big jackpot of over a hundred million dollars. I decided to play my cousins' birthdays. I walked over to the corner store and asked for a Big Game ticket. That's what it was called back then.
I handed my dollar to the clerk and looked for the paper to fill in my numbers. When I turned back to the register, I was handed my lotto ticket. She had printed out a quick pick for me. I said, "No, I have my own numbers." She took back the ticket, entered my numbers and printed them.
I didn't win. I don't remember what the numbers were, but sometimes I wonder if that quick pick ticket could have been the winning one.
Monday, January 11, 2016
Finding out about David Bowie's death this morning was pretty shocking. I did not know he had cancer. He had been in the news for his new album coming out, and I assumed everything was fine.
I recently watched him in "The Prestige" a few days ago. I had a meeting with a British company, and it inspired me to watch some Britcoms and British films (Brilms?). I ended up putting on the Christopher Nolan film while preparing for my meeting.
When I first watched it in the theatre years ago with my wife, I didn't realize it was Bowie who played Nikola Tesla in the film. I only found out after through imdb or maybe Wikipedia or something else. And Nolan had to convince Bowie to play the part, according to the DVD's bonus features.
Anyway, I spent the morning playing Bowie tunes while I was at work. I burned a CD and brought it with me to play in the car when my wife picked me up. We then went to get our son from school.
I think "Fame" was playing when he got into the car. It was followed by "Suffragette City". Things were normal, and we talked about the schoolday and other topics as we usually do. And my wife turned the volume down a little during it.
When "Space Oddity" came on, I thought about pressing the next button. I couldn't remember what the next song would be, but I hoped it would be more upbeat. And then my son said something.
"Oh, can you turn it up?" he said, "because I like this song." I don't think he ever heard it before. He started humming along to it, repeating some of the words. My wife and I just listened and smiled.
I was kind of filled with emotion, to be honest. I was so proud that my six year old would like such a song. Earlier I told him that the singer was David Bowie. "Oh, Daddy Bowie?" he said, laughing like crazy because we had the same first name.
Monday, January 4, 2016
Speaking of those Disney movies, the first one my son actually watched was "Lilo and Stitch". It was also the first feature length that he saw. He had been watching 15 minute shows on Sprout TV so I was surprised that he sat through the whole thing.
I wondered whether I should have introduced movies to him so soon, but I was getting tired of the same shows and I just love film so much. And of course, I was simply curious about how he would receive it.
I guess I picked this one because it was set in Hawaii and they also have some slang in there that my wife uses sometimes. (She was born there btw.) So one day while she was out with her cousin doing the laundry or shopping, o stayed home with my toddler and put the movie on.
I didn't watch it with him. I was on my computer. I either had work to do or just got on social media or something. I probably wasn't maintaining this blog, or I would have written it down and have a way to remember it.
Anyways, I think my son came up to me after it ended and asked me to play it again. One of the surprising things about him watching the whole thing is that he could be clingy sometimes, so him being alone for a couple of hours without missing a parent or grownup was extraordinary.
But I didn't want him to keep asking for the movie so much. Not because it was rotting his brain or something. It was the way the little toddler pronounced it.
"Peesh, Daddy, again. Lilo and Tits!"
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Speaking of Disney movies, of course, we also used to watch "The Lion King" all the time. It was interesting watching a one - maybe two - year old being able to follow along with the plot. I was amazed that he was able to recognize that Young Simba and Adult Simba were the same character. I worried that the death of the cub's father Mufasa would devastate him (spoiler alert!). He seemed worried and sad and said something like, "He has a boo boo". I do wish I had written a blog about it at the time because I can't remember his exact words.
And of course, he loved all the music as well. And yeah, he watched it so many times that he memorized the lines.
When my son first started talking, it felt really good hearing him talk. When He was a baby, I had been wondering what his voice would sound like. It felt really sweet to hear him say "Daddy". At first, it was like "Dayee" until eventually he was able to pronounce it correctly. It felt very good to have my child recognize me and utter those two syllables: Daddy.
Until he watched "The Lion King". There is this scene where the young cub runs up to Mufasa yelling over and over, "Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad, Dad!" And guess what, my son imitates it. And instead of me being Daddy, I was now "Dad".
It just sounds grown up to me. Toddlers should call you "Daddy". Not Dad. That's what teenagers call their fathers. The two-syllable Daddy had such sweetness to it.