April 25th, 2004


Stolen from neven, whom I occasionally read.

Deven Deadly Sins


1. Who did you last get angry with?

That asshole on Sawtelle, driving 20 mph below the speed limit.

2. What is your weapon of choice?

My barbed tongue

3. Would you hit a member of the opposite sex?

I can imagine circumstances, but they'd be extreme.

4. How about of the same sex?

I haven't since grade school, but Bino got really close when he poured cold water down my back at frisbee. What an asshole.

5. Who was the last person who got really angry at you?

The guy that pulled away from the curb without signalling, as I was trying to make a left right in front of him.

6. What is your pet peeve?

Damn, I don't have all day. I'll just restrict it to grammatical foibles and religious bigotry.

7. Do you keep grudges, or can you let them go easily?

I don't really keep grudges.


1. What is one thing you're supposed to do daily that you haven't done in a long time?

Mmm.... I don't floss as regularly as I should.

2. What is the latest you've ever woken up?

EVER? Maybe 1 PM.

3. Name a person you've been meaning to contact, but haven't:

Nobody really. But to make this more interesting, I'll note that I think I saw Alisa at the TJ's in Westchester on Thursday. But I was in a hurry, so I didn't even say hi. The bitch of it is, that we locked eyes for three hundredths of a second, so she probably recognized me, but she didn't want to say hi either, because I am lame and unintersting.

4. What is the last lame excuse you made?

Some crap I told my boss, no doubt.

5. Have you ever watched an infomercial all the way through?

Never, ever.

6. When was the last time you got a good workout in?

Shit, mowing the lawn and raking leaves yesterday counts in my book.

7. How many times did you hit the snooze button on your alarm clock today?

I never hit snooze.


1. What is your overpriced yuppie beverage of choice?

Um... maybe a green apple martini?

2. Meat eaters: white meat or dark meat?


3. What is the greatest amount of alcohol you've had in one sitting/outing/event?

That would be the Star Trek Lounge live game. That's by far the most I've ever drunk without throwing up. Probably the most I've drunk ever. Those who were there know the excess that was involved. Those who weren't there will underestimate it mightily.

4. Have you ever used a professional diet company?

No way, Jose. Just because I'm on LJ doesn't mean I'm some female ana.

5. Do you have an issue with your weight?

Just because I'm on LJ doesn't mean I'm some female ana.

6. Do you prefer sweets, salty foods, or spicy foods?

Spicy has eclipsed salty in my book.

7. Have you ever looked at a small house pet or child and thought, "LUNCH!"?

Only theoretically. *drools*


1. How many people have you seen naked (not counting movies/family)?

Wow, this number is so pathetic that I decline to state it.

2. How many people have seen YOU naked (not counting physicians/family)?


3. Have you ever caught yourself staring at the chest/crotch of a member of your gender of choice during a normal conversation?

It's happened.

4. Have you "done it"?

What are we, 12?

5. What is your favorite body part on a person of your gender of choice?

Brian has convinced me that I am not a breast man, though I thought I was.

6. Have you ever been propositioned by a prostitute?

I'll never forget that guy in the pink dress in Turin.

7. Have you ever had to get tested for an STD or pregnancy?

NO! Whoop Whoop Whoop.


1. How many credit cards do you own?

Two, now.

2. What's your guilty pleasure store?

Shit, they're all gone. I'll say Shrine on Melrose, even though I have never ever bought anything there.

3. If you had $1 million, what would you do with it?

Buy a bigger house, invest the rest. Dull, I know. I'm really not that interesting.

4. Would you rather be rich, or famous?


5. Would you accept a boring job if it meant you would make megabucks?

I would be happy to work like that for, say, three years, and then live off the accumulation.

6. Have you ever stolen anything?

Not since I was a kid. I remember shoplifting some gum.

7. How many MP3s are on your hard drive?

3 days 13 hours 25 minutes


1. What one thing have you done that you're most proud of?

Maybe my work on Taint of Madness.

2. What one thing have you done that your parents are most proud of?

Graduated College.

3. What thing would you like to accomplish in your life?

Barring personal immortality, I'd like to write a piece of fiction that has some life beyond my own mortality.

4. Do you get annoyed by coming in second place?

I wouldn't know. {ooooooh, scores high in pride}

5. Have you ever entered a contest of skill, knowing you were of much higher skill than all the other competitors?


6. Have you ever cheated on something to get a higher score?


7. What did you do today that you're proud of?

I mowed the lawn!


1. What item (or person) of your friends would you most want to have for your own?

I can't think of anything

2. Who would you want to go on "Trading Spaces" with?

Dagon forbid. Um... I might trust Kirsten to know what we'd like.

3. If you could be anyone else in the world who would you be?

I would be me, only with the amount of fame I deserve.

4. Have you ever wished you had a physical feature different from your own?

Not really, though my increasing beer belly could be traded away for a normal belly.

5. What inborn trait do you see in others that you wish you had for yourself?

The gift of gab. I do well in writing, but my tongue is not too agile.

6. Do you wish you'd come up with this survey?

No. Loser.

7. Finally, what is your favorite deadly sin?

Lust, duh.

Return of the Book Fair

Backtrack to yesterday... Somehow I forgot to mention that we went to a yard sale around the corner from us. We picked up some cheap plastic chairs for the backyard. and. a. CHAINSAW. It feels really good to heft it in your hands. It's electric, so not only does it not pollute, but my streak of mayhem is limited by the 50' extension cord.

Okay, on to today. In the morning, Rebecca continued her stucco repair project for a bit. Then we went off to IKEA, where treasures with unusual names awaited us. We picked up a little table for the porch, a bigger folding table for backyard BBQ's (like our planned Independence Day party for July 3rd) some little shelves for the corner of the kitchen and some IVAR for the garage.
Like the gentleman I am, I left Rebecca to construct the furniture, while I went back to UCLA for the Festival of Books. I went to see Neal Stephenson. In some alternate universe, William Gibson would have signed 3 items, while Stephenson signed 5. As it was, it was the other way around, so I got all 3 of my Gibsons signed, but only 3 of the 5 Stephensons I brought. It was difficult to prioritize which to get signed. It was obvious that my 1st edition of _The Big U_ had to be signed. If you combine The Big U with Real Genius, you basically get an accurate picture of my undergraduate years at UCLA. In addition to that one, I picked Zodiac and my hb first of Crypto-nome-icon. Stephenson has a silly beard and about as much hair as Aaron had two days after Tarnished Chrome.
I picked up a copy of Harryhausen's book _An Animated Life_. They had a stack of signed ones left, but those were the absolute last of the first printing that Vagabond Books could get. So I had a distributed book signing. I shook Harryhausen's hand yesterday, and got the signed book today. Of the two Rays, I think Harryhausen has probably had a larger impact on my life than Bradbury.
I also found a book of historic photos of LA that I liked.
There was a booth full of manga with a couple girls dressed as characters, in order to draw in the pederast crowd. but the coolest thing was the "largest crossword puzzle in the world". It was designed for kids, and there were huge 3-D plastic letters about three feet across, that the kids were arranging on this huge crossword grid laid out on the ground. it was like live chess, only (unfortunately) there was no live combat between crumb-grabbers to determine who would win.
Got back home and helped out with the construction of IVAR and a little bit of the folding table. The garage is now far more organized than before, though it is still a lair of spiders.
Rebecca and I have a tradition that building IKEA furniture calls for margaritas (since odds are 50-50 that a piece is missing, or a hole hasn't been drilled) so I've got one by my side. I also washed the dishes and rolled out a pizza crust, and soon the evening will be completed with pizza, a movie, and some of our Santa Barbara wine (as a reward for all the work that we (i.e. Rebecca) have done this weekend.