Friday, January 30, 2009

Darian was accepted

I just found out that Darian received an acceptance letter from Brooks yesterday. Assuming the tour we take of the campus in February works out it looks like Darian has decided on a college. Hard to believe she is about to leave us to go to school. She will start in July.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Pic from Virgin Mobile Party

Here is a picture of Jacki and I from the Virgin Mobile Holiday/New Year Party (yes, way late) last night. The party was at Kress a happening Hollywood hot spot. We had a great time and were able to mix and mingle with the Virgin crowd and make some new friends and hang out with some old ones.

Monday, January 26, 2009

The Art Of The Callous

Last night was my first serious band practice in nearly a month. I had only played drums once in the last two weeks and now it's time to prepare for our big show at the Key Club.

Well, about an hour entire rehearsal last night I noticed my right hand was beginning to hurt. Blisters were forming, pain was entering into my playing and then I realized, my drum callouses were gone.

I'll have to get into a callous building regimen this week and begin practicing on the electronic kit this week after work. Time to build up the callouses. This is the first time in over a year where my hands went and got soft on me.

Monday, January 19, 2009

I'm so proud of D

Tonight Darian, Jacki and I had a phone screen with Brooks Institute. She is looking at Photography as her major and a career and The Brooks Institute made her short list.

The interview lasted about 90 minutes and we covered everything from an overview of the school, to questions about how we think Darian will do in a college environment, to financial aid and the application process.

Darian did great. She answered every question with passion and enthusiasm. At the end of the call the interviewer congratulated Darian and wants to invite her to proceed with the application process. She filled out the start of the application and we paid the application fee. The next step is a one on one follow up interview for Darian.

On Feb 21 we will go to Santa Barbara to go to an open house of the school and check out the different campuses.

You can check out Darian's amazing photos at

Friday, January 16, 2009

It's only 3 degrees outside

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Thursday, January 15, 2009


Here is a picture of snow outside my hotel window in NJ this morning.
Not a sight I'm used to seeing.

Friday, January 02, 2009

Vegas Day 2

Today has been good so far. We ordered room service this morning and
had one of our best breakfasts ever.

D and Jack napped this morning and they joined me at a Sopranos slot
machine. I put in 20 bucks and went away with 144 bucks. That win
covered my losses for last night and then some.

We then went to the Bodies The Exhibition exhibit which is something
Jacki really wanted to do. I don't do well with body parts but held
up until the circulatory/digestive system part of the exhibit. At that
point I felt sick and had both sweats and felt cold. A few minutes of
sitting down allowed me to get well again. We finished off the
exhibit with fetuses and embryos.

At the end we got a cool hologram image with skeletons. I will post
it once we get back.

Once back to the hotel we got a lite meal and then Jacki played some
slots. I finished off at roulette and after 2 days we are ahead.

Tonight we have dinner on top of the hotel in the foundation room.

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A view from our room

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