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October 26, 2008

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This post will be a bunch of unrelated thoughts, the only relation being that I am thinking them.

I am so glad the Phillies ended up winning that game. I'm such a Philadelphia sports fan through and through, so I am in absolute disbelief that they did. I am cautiously optimistic about their chances, they don't give up.

We took Ollie and Lyric to Santa Barbara today, along with Darby's parents, who are visiting. Wow, the place is such a wonderful spot. From their zoo, which is one of the best I've ever visited, to their Sea Center to their beautiful downtown... love the place.

Cool story about the zoo. We had to return Ollie's beloved gecko, "Leopard" to petco because he was sick beyond our ability to care for him (read between the lines, people). Anyway, he was heartbroken. And now even months later, he continues to sometimes cry about it. It's very sad.

We decided to buy him a new one, but this time to get it from a reputable dealer. And we found one in Toronto that is really cool looking... it's white with black spots and blue coloring above his eyes. Normal leopard geckos are orange and black. Ollie was really excited about him, but decided he wanted to call him Leopard but he sadly realized he couldn't because he wasn't orange and black. We tried to assure him he still could, but he wasn't hearing it. Quick thinking lad that I am, I remembered that there are SNOW LEOPARDS, which are white with black spots. So Ollie excitedly decided the new gecko would be named Snow Leopard. He even wrote Snow Leopard a letter.

So today, what is at the Santa Barbara Zoo? A real life SNOW LEOPARD. So cool!

Then, they had a "Sea Center" on the wharf. It was small and kind of expensive, but it was Ollie's birthday and he wanted to do it and it had swell sharks that you could touch so I was in. But it turned out to be the best ocean-related place ever and I will tell you why.

We walk through the standard touch a shark area into a room WITH A HUGE HOLE IN THE FLOOR THAT DROPS 30 FEET TO THE OCEAN. And there is a woman there letter us drop a big metal claw into the water which closes and lifts sand back to the room. We then sort the sand and Ollie gets to pick out living creatures with a little pair of tweezers. And we find an isotop, a kelp crab, and a marine animal that has a heart like a human. It was so awesome.

I can't wait for the season premiere of 30 Rock.

And 24.

Wow, I'm loving the song, "Paper Planes" by MIA.

And the show Mad Men is pure genius.

Some of the best creative work being done these days is on TV. Mad Men, Dexter, The Office... I really would like to get into TV someday but with young kids and a marriage the time commitment is just too much at this stage in my life. But someday, I have a drama idea that I really want to develop.

I have so much writing to do. Re-writes. A play. My latest feature (a sports movie!).

I don't see how McCain wins this election. Not at all.

Goodness, I think Kristen Wiig on SNL is so brilliant. I could watch her all day.

Today was Ollie's birthday, and I just love that boy so much. He has such an amazing sense of humor, finding joy in the rhythms of life. He is also so compassionate, caring so much about other people. He's also surprisingly defiant - in a good gutsy, fearless way. One time I saw him playing on the playground and some kid about two feet taller them him said something rude to his friend. Ollie ran up to the kid and got right in his face and said, "Hey, you can't talk to my friend like that!" I was impressed... and a little nervous for him. But honestly that attitude is rare, can't be taught, and could really be a benefit to him. People who aren't afraid of conflict (and not eager for it either) can really be successful. Today we were talking about the things we liked about Ollie and Lyric said he was her best friend. It brought a tear to my eye, it did.

Yes, this is long. Yes, back to that "need to write" thing. Yes, maybe I'm procrastinating a bit. But I'm up to page 22 and I've earned it. I sort of can't believe I've already written 22 pages, but they're good solid scenes, and I'm really starting to like the story. So that's good.

I had a conference with my theater teacher on Friday, but I have no idea really how to translate his comments into my actual play. He said he liked the setup and subject matter of my play, but be sure I keep it organic, clean, and honest. So I guess so long as I stay away from pesticides, dirt and lies I'll be ok. Seriously, though, I'm quite excited about this play.

All the people who love Coldplay and think that I hate Coldplay (which I don't!) will be happy to know that I love their new song (Viva La Vida or something like that.) They sounded great on SNL too. I love a band that can sound good live. Not sure about that arm band gone wild style though, Chris.

I now want to visit the Channel Islands, which are off the coast of Santa Barbara. They are sometimes referred to as the Galapogas Islands of North America, with 145 species that are found no where else in the world. They are quite beautiful too!

Posted by jason on October 26, 2008 02:38 AM

Comments

-It sounds like you guys had a great time celebrating ollie's birthday! i love that boy!

-paper planes is a brilliant song. and M.I.A. is pretty brilliant herself. her music is very different and very awesome.

-i can't wait for 24 either. it has been gone for far too long.

-kristen wiig is one of the funniest people ever! her skits are so funny and i watch them over and over.

-i'm really happy you enjoyed coldplay tonight!

Posted by: Jenna on October 26, 2008 03:22 AM

So glad you are writing again regularly!

That scoop thing at the Marine place sounded amazing! I wish I could have been there for Ollie's BD.....

Your comment on McCain.....are you getting interested in the election?

Will 24 ever be back?

So glad for Mam & Pap that they are there.

Posted by: Mom on October 26, 2008 06:52 AM

"24" is premiering 11/23 and this season it's called "24: Redemption." It looks really cool.
http://www.fox.com/24/trailer/

If you buy tickets far enough in advance they aren't so bad these days, so you should get some and come visit. We could have a special Lyric/Ollie combined birthday outing when you do.

I think this has been one of the worst election cycles in my memory, and I'm looking forward to it just being over. Joe the Plumber and the Backwards B girl... it's been embarrassing. I'll vote, but I'm not very itnerested. Though the SNL skits are hilarious.

Posted by: jason on October 26, 2008 11:37 AM

Aw, I am glad you guys had a great time for Ollie's birthday! He is such a great, sweet little guy. When I called him on his bday, we were talking about his day and the presents he got when all of the sudden he stopped the conversation in order to ask, "But where are YOU, Jessic?" Like it was really important to him that he know where I am at that exact moment.

I was like, "In Cleveland, Ohio, buddy." Though I am not sure that means a whole lot to him at this point..However, you could tell he really cared about me--love that kid!!!

Posted by: Jessica on October 26, 2008 04:50 PM

30 Rock was great, as always. Alec Baldwin is showing more gray than last season, which I found distracting. I caught the show early on Hulu.com.

Posted by: peaj on October 26, 2008 08:10 PM

Santa Barbara sounds great, I am glad you guys had such a great time, and that Ollie has found a new leopard gecko!

Posted by: kathiek on October 26, 2008 09:42 PM

Ollie's a special kid. Lyric too of course. You're blessed--

Hey, mail it in for the Phillies! No more curse of Billy Penn. That's gone. Tom and I and maybe T.J. (Tom's son) and Jenna are going to try to make the Philly parade down Broad. That will be a blast indeed. Wanna fly back and go with us? I know how tormented you're been because no major leage sports team in Philly has won it all in your lifetime. I'll pick you up at the airport and we're there!

Posted by: Pop on October 27, 2008 09:52 AM

Happy birthday to Ollie & good luck today with your meeting!

Posted by: Chris on October 29, 2008 06:47 AM

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