Since your votes for president in the general election don’t really count (insert Dave’s rambling, incoherent rant on abolishing the Electoral College here), get out and vote in your state’s primary. I completely understand that it’s inconvenient. Vote by mail. I voted in my primary 3 weeks ago, and have to keep reminding myself that the California primary isn’t until Feb. 5. I’d be lying if I said I didn’t care who you voted for (though I actually don’t care what party), but get out there and actually do it. You forfeit the right to whine later if you don’t care enough to fill out a ballot.

Bleak House

Everyone in my house is doing their best to infect me. I’m not saying it’s deliberate. That would be wrong. It just seems a little much, is all. My wife has been sick or injured for pretty much a month. This has caused me to retreat to my library as a sort of disease-free holdfast. Thanks to Loma Linda’s unique policy on sick days (sick? who gets sick? thems vacation days!) I cannot be sick. Therefore, I have isolated myself, am bombarding my system with echinacea, and shunning loved ones. The holdfast is now being assaulted on both sides as my stepdaughter is now ill. Germs now hold the east and left gates to the stronghold. I suspect my dog may be ill as well. Well, not really, but he’s a pug, and how can you tell? It’s like trying to diagnose a throw pillow. I remain healthy, but how long can my stellar immune system hold out? Perhaps if I set up some sort of time-release Lysol discharges around the library door…

As if the sickness wasn’t depressing enough, we lost Heath Ledger. His portrayal of the Joker in the upcoming Dark Knight had me, as a fanatic Batman devotee, excited beyond words. Now we’ll never see that as it could have been developed over several films (as was the plan). Moreover, I don’t think he meant to kill himself. I just don’t. I think he worked himself into exhaustion, had trouble sleeping, and was careless with drugs in trying to knock himself out to get some rest. I’ve been there myself and I just think it’s kind of a tragic mistake. Maybe the test results will prove me wrong, but that’s just my random take.

For California, it’s been relatively chilly (we’re talking 40-50 here) and all the mountains surrounding my workplace are snow-covered. This place really does get beautiful in the winter. Everything that’s brown during the intolerable summer, becomes alive and green. You get to see snow waaaaay in the distance where it can remain pretty in concept and not interfere with driving. Best time of year to be here…unless you’re sick…which would be everyone but me….where’s my Lysol?

Dave’s 2007 Favorites

As the time tested combination of nostalgia and boredom inspire me to blog, here are my favorites of 2007.

1. Juno
2. I Am Legend
3. The Orphanage
4. Michael Clayton
5. Zodiac
6. 3:10 to Yuma
7. The Hoax
8. Charlie Wilson’s War
9. Transformers
10. 300

Video Games
1. Lego Star Wars the Complete Saga
2. Bioshock
3. Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare
4. Mass Effect
5. Assassin’s Creed
6. Halo 3
7. The Orange Box
8. Vs. Marvel Trading Card Game
9. Scene It: Lights, Camera, Action
10. Beautiful Katamari

TV Shows
1. The Office
2. Battlestar Galactica
3. Lost
4. The Daily Show
5. Scrubs
6. Heroes
7. The Colbert Report
8. House, M.D.
9. 24
10. Hell’s Kitchen

Fiction Books (some may be 2006’s that came out in paperback this year)
1. Special Topics in Calamity Physics by Marisha Pessi
2. Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen
3. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
4. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini
5. The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen
6. The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield
7. World War Z by Max Brooks
8. The Stolen Child by Keith Donohue
9. The Children of Hurin by JRR Tolkien
10.Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn

Non-Fiction Books
1. The Secret Life of Houdini by William Kalush
2. Manhunt: 12 Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer by James Swanson
3. Schulz and Peanuts by David Michaelis
4. I Am America…and So Can You by Stephen Colbert
5. The World Without Us by Alan Weisman

1. The Altar and the Door by Casting Crowns
2. Dreaming Out Loud by OneRepublic
3. Juno Soundtrack by Various Artists
4. Strange Weirdos by Loudon Wainwright III
5. I’m Not There Soundtrack by Various Artists
6. Who We Are by Lifehouse
7. Magic by Bruce Springsteen
8. Into the Wild Soundtrack by Eddie Vedder
9. All That Is Within Me by MercyMe
10.Exile on Mainstream by Matchbox 20

Musings on a Friday

Having just performed herculean feats of manly moving (I did!) I am now looking very much forward to the weekend. It’s been a very long week. Not much sleep. 2 trips to the ER: one for a co-worker who diced her thumb in the lab and one for Jan and her mutant flu. Both are now doing well. Jan and the co-worker, not Jan and the mutant flu, that is. Much playing of Call of Duty 4, which is my newest Xbox obsession. Much pounding of echinacea so I don’t get said aforementioned mutant flu. It’s possible this entry verges on disjointed.

On Californians and Rain

It rained this weekend here in California. So what, right? Yes, that’s the normal reaction in most of the country, but here whenever we get rain that lasts more than an hour, it becomes a bigger story than whatever Brittney Spears is currently doing to traumatize her children. Local news goes live, people swarm grocery stores, and the normally crappy drivers of SoCal lower their game several notches. TONIGHT, STORMWATCH BRINGS YOU LIVE COVERAGE OF WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT ….THE RAIN!!! Now, I will grant that we live on the border of the desert and we’re not in any way equipped for rain so things flood easily. Also the fires earlier this year created a lot of loose soil so mudslides are a concern. But I used to live in Seattle where the opposite was true. People feared the sun when it made its tri-yearly appearance. Now I live in Hydrophobia land.

Not much new to report here. I spent the weekend fighting off whatever mutant cold strain is going around and watching movies. Stardust and Amazing Grace were extremely good, Rescue Dawn was ok, and Shrek 3 was-honestly-one of the worst movies I’ve ever seen.