happy birthday marcos

marcos had a little birthday party at the house on saturday and everything went pretty well. we kept it simple and i think it was just right. it was good to see some old friends and family that we don’t get a chance to see often. we also just got the floor put in on friday night and we got lots of positive feedback on how everything turned out. the two dads put in some long hours the last few days to make sure everything was ready for the party. thanks to everyone else who contributed time or money…it was very much appreciated. pictures are posted to the photos section, if you have access to see them.

the month of august looks pretty chill, no birthdays or big things. i’ll be happy to spend some quality time catching up on sleep.

filipinos love to dance

it’s no secret that filipinos love to dance and sing. many church events that i attended while growing up had a dance or song component, even if it wasn’t really called for. statistically, filipinos own and operate more karaoke equipment than all other nationalities combined. sang sent me this video below which shows 1500 inmates at a jail in cebu, philippines performing michael jackson’s thriller video. none of the images in the video surprise me at all, like seeing the 50 year old men dancing and a tranny playing the woman in the video. it’s almost like a family reunion of sorts. not shown in the video are the breaks in filming where the men play mahjongg and blow boogers out of their noses while squatting.

update – nilo found this indian version online too…at least the girl is better looking but, alas, there are no finger cymbals:

red eye links

it’s late, but i have a few mins to kill while i wait for my big brother implementation to refresh.

google maps mashup: find the general geographic location of a phone number [rmlabs]

pictures showing the effects of global warming. fingers point to well-known history of flatulence by filipinos [bbc]

men are happiest with smart wives. i am happiest because she’s smart and hot [tangotogether]

nba ref being investigated for fixing games. he must have worked every warriors game in the last 10 years. [espn]

pictures showing pollution in china. i told les to bring a paper mask or a stylish bandana when she goes there in a couple months. [guardian]

moving to canada

so, someone was comparing clinton to bush the other day and i was thinking that there really was no comparison. clinton was a philandering mess, and not just any mess but a big mess because lewinsky was pretty damn ugly. clinton lied under oath and was generally reviled by the american public when that scandal hit. i won’t minimize his crimes, but lewinsky and whitewater seem pretty modest by bush’s current hot mess we’re in with iraq and the middle east in general.

i think it’s time to start looking at real estate in canada. i can’t remember the last time i heard about someone hating canada.

anyway, pardon my rant. i just think it’s going to get worse before it gets better.

t-minus one week

a lot of things that i’m juggling at the moment all share the same finish date – next weekend. marcos birthday party, moving some work assets out of marina del rey, and accomplishing my work bonus objectives.

my father-in-law and i pulled up our old, nasty carpet in the tv room this weekend and everything underneath it in preparation to lay down some more pergo floor to match the other areas in the house. even though we’re watching our money closely these days, this was a good opportunity because we’ll get the money back if we sell the house sometime down the road. it’s not an immediate return on investment, but there’s no way the house would ever sell with that nasty white berber carpet installed. there’s just no way a family of 4 and our sundry boarders could ever keep that white carpet clean. the pergo arrives next week and we’ll get it all in before marcos’ birthday party this weekend.

i also am trying to maximize my bonus payout, which finishes out at the end of the month. i’ve managed to get the software licensing piece under control, as well as building out a monitoring system for our office.

for the next 10 days, my armpits will most likely be advising me that i’ve taken on too much work than i can manage.