It’s easier to run

The news site is finally up! I’m calling it NewsDog for now (although I am also considering the hipper “NewsDogg”)… check it out at


Improvements are in the works but I’d like to see if it’s preliminarily useful before spending more time on it.

Just finished Life of Pi, which I found somewhat entertaining. I think my expectations were too high :).

Upcoming shows: Belle and Sebastian, De La Soul, Radiohead, Martin Sexton, possibly Super Furry Animals/Grandaddy. Oh yeah, so I’m moving out this week. Hopefully this’ll be the last time I’ll have to move for at least a year. I’ve been moving at least once a year, and almost always twice, for the last six years. It’s gonna feel good to settle down, I think. More random thoughts… normally I think about getting my hair cut when it starts to look like it looks now. I just like shorter hair: it’s easier to manage and I think it looks better. But this time I’m going to try to grow it out some more and see what happens. What’s your take?

I’ve had to fly back to California three times in the last month, and each time the flight has been delayed or cancelled. Two times my AmericaWest flight from Vegas ended up landing at SFO at 2:30 am… and American rerouted Umesh and me through Dallas, made us pay for our hotel room, and got us back to Cali a day late. Flying sucks!

… But like any good basketball player, my trips have had tremendous upside. I just got back from Nicole’s wedding this morning. It was so much fun (especially the reception — the music was perfect, the food was delicious, and Nic and Serge were practically glowing) and hanging out with the boyz was great too. And congrats to James and Erin!

Vegas was phenomenally fun, too. I left the place up $70 and several priceless memories. Las Vegas is an exercise in excess. The hotels are huge and spectacularly beautiful, the temperature rarely dips below 100, there are three Cirque du Soleil shows in a half-mile area, slots are everywhere, from the fanciest hotels to convenience stores (!) to the airport (!!), drinks cost next to nothing, billboards advertise “Microsurgical Vasectomy Reversal”, gorgeous rental Testarossas and Vipers are parked along the strip. My god. Our hotel, two blocks off the strip, was going bankrupt, Matt won the jackpot ($125) after four pulls of a quarter slot-machine, I saw a women playing $500-minimum blackjack, the room cost $12.50 per night for each of us, we sat down at a roulette table only to have the dealer tell us that she’d “never thought I’d see a table full of Beavises and Buttheads”, the drinking commenced before noon (with Staff and Will downing about 20 drinks per day), proverbial hilarity ensued. Okay… enough description :).

Time to get back to work!

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5 Responses to It’s easier to run

  1. ccho says:

    Newsdog – Good work, but ugly!
    Hair – Afro ( or get it straightened (perm). I think it actually looks better short.
    Vegas – Sounds fun! Next time you should rent a Ferrari ;)

    I found lots of typos in your entry, but I guess that’s probably related to the fact that I’m tutoring SAT II Writing 4 hours a week here!

  2. joyousx says:

    i don’t know nicole but wing showed me photos and she looked beautiful! :D vegas sounds fun. i’m thinking about going again in a few months… mm. excess. heh. i just read “bringing down the house” recently too. mm. cardcounting. hehe. did you see any cirque shows? i haven’t been to the new one at ny ny yet, but i’ve seen “O” twice and “mystere” once. amazing stuff.

    • aj says:

      Ooh is Bringing Down the House good? It looks awesomely interesting.

      Haven’t seen a Cirque show in a long while… saw Alegria in 1996 though, and that was a ton of fun.

      • joyousx says:

        it’s not bad. you should definitely read it. :)
        i still haven’t taken that vegas trip i was dreaming of when i wrote my original comment! heh. could definitely use a vacation. i feel a little burnt out.

  3. Anonymous says:

    are you kidding?

    aj- this is your sister speaking… you did not just spell boys with a “Z”… c’mon dude… where’s your head?:)
    on another note, i miss you and you should call me, even though my phone sucks and i don’t get any service.