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Dang. I've been reading you for that long??? Actually, I realize now I must have started in 2004, because it was a post by you on a political blog during the election year that led me to your own blog. I have to say, it's been kinda awesome watching you hit your stride again with the acting gigs, and your writing has gotten more and more relaxed and confident too. Kudos!
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Remember how it was when you were a kid, and you would run around and tell everyone that you were seven and three quarters years old? Yeah, well something happens in your thirties and you begin to lose track of time. Suddenly, you start having to think about it when people ask your age. My advice to you - when you get to 42, just stick with that age until someone reminds you that your 50th is right around the corner. You'll never remember what age you are anyway, so might as well just pick one. Oh, and Happy Birthday Wil! Spock may not be impressed, but the rest of us are.
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That was a beautiful piece of writing Wil. The more so for the honest and poignant feelings that gave birth to it. Thank you for being willing to share. As an aside, Stand By Me was the movie I saw on the first date with a guy who would later break my heart. I'll never forget how good I thought the movie was (despite the less than stellar memories that came later). You were terrific, and you should always be proud of that work.
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Congratulations Wil! What a lovely photo of you two as well. It is wonderful marrying your best friend isn't it? My best friend and I have been married 3715 days as of today. BTW - I think that might be ZD winery's deck you're on, not Camus. I've been there a few times with the hubby, who works with them. I would ask him to confirm, but then he would just roll his eyes and say "I can't believe you are such an internet geek". Of course, the next time we watch a movie and he complains about some stupid vintage being served to the characters, I will roll my eyes and say "I can't believe you're such a wine geek". Eyeball aerobics are big around here.
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Wil, I am deeply sorry for your loss. Our beloved dog Beren died the same way. Ferris was a delight to read about, and I'm sure she was an amazing friend. She died with you there, and I'm sure for her that was the most important thing.
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Sounds very cool. As a side note, my grandfather was a doctor in the 1940's, and one day a guy walked in to his hospital saying someone just told him he had an ice pick sticking out of his head. Sure enough, the guy had been in a bar fight, and never realized what had happened. The ice pick had gone all the way in, right between the lobes of his brain, so they basically just pulled it out. Sadly, the x-ray went missing sometime in the 70's.
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Definitely something that would make sense to only hard core D&D folks, of which I am not one. However, since some of those sort might read these comments, perhaps someone could fill me on something. When I was in 4th grade, I attended the gawd awfully named "Area D Alternative School" in LA. Seriously, does that not sound like some sort of school for alien pod people? In any case, it was a pretty crazy set-up, even for the 70's, where we could cuss and call teachers by their first name, and take any class we wanted to at any age. Ah the 70's.... So one day on a field trip, during our lunch break as I recall, some of the kids start playing this game with dice and notebooks that they called Dungeons and Dragons. I sat with them and tried to play along. Mind you, this was 1975 or 76, so there wasn't a book or anything yet that I know of. My question is, how did these kids know about D&D? Was there some sort of group of D&D players, prior to the game being published? Was the LA area where it all started? I guess I'm just not up on early D&D history, so I'm curious how it tied in with that group at school. BTW, my husband, who was an avid D&D player back in H.S. in 1978, just rolls his eyes whenever I tell friends that I actually played it at least a couple years before he did. And I never really played it after that. Go figure.
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Definitely something that would make sense to only hard core D&D folks, of which I am not one. However, since some of those sort might read these comments, perhaps someone could fill me on something. When I was in 4th grade, I attended the gawd awfully named "Area D Alternative School" in LA. Seriously, does that not sound like some sort of school for alien pod people? In any case, it was a pretty crazy set-up, even for the 70's, where we could cuss and call teachers by their first name, and take any class we wanted to at any age. Ah the 70's.... So one day on a field trip, during our lunch break as I recall, some of the kids start playing this game with dice and notebooks that they called Dungeons and Dragons. I sat with them and tried to play along. Mind you, this was 1975 or 76, so there wasn't a book or anything yet that I know of. My question is, how did these kids know about D&D? Was there some sort of group of D&D players, prior to the game being published? Was the LA area where it all started? I guess I'm just not up on early D&D history, so I'm curious how it tied in with that group at school. BTW, my husband, who was an avid D&D player back in H.S. in 1978, just rolls his eyes whenever I tell friends that I actually played it at least a couple years before he did. And I never really played it after that. Go figure.
Toggle Commented Dec 7, 2008 on The D&D Family Tree at WWdN: In Exile
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Oh. I'll have to let my parents know. They were good friends of his back in the 60's. Somewhere I still have a copy of "The Red Fairy Tale Book", inscribed from "Uncle Forrey". My own memories are of the hazy childhood sort. A nice old man with a good laugh. He was a sweet person. RIP
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Oh. I'll have to let my parents know. They were good friends of his back in the 60's. Somewhere I still have a copy of "The Red Fairy Tale Book", inscribed from "Uncle Forrey". My own memories are of the hazy childhood sort. A nice old man with a good laugh. He was a sweet person. RIP
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I think the thing about this album that I find so remarkable is how someone as young as Scarlett Johansson could come up with such a mature album. I know this won't be a commercial success, but WOW. I haven't heard anything this interesting in a long time. I would add to your list of "if you enjoy.." the very obvious (to me) influence of the Velvet Underground. I'm just sad she didn't choose to do my favorite Tom Waits song "Innocent When You Dream". Anyway, I think most people won't "get it", but I for one am going to buy the album.
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I think the thing about this album that I find so remarkable is how someone as young as Scarlett Johansson could come up with such a mature album. I know this won't be a commercial success, but WOW. I haven't heard anything this interesting in a long time. I would add to your list of "if you enjoy.." the very obvious (to me) influence of the Velvet Underground. I'm just sad she didn't choose to do my favorite Tom Waits song "Innocent When You Dream". Anyway, I think most people won't "get it", but I for one am going to buy the album.
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Like, oh mah gawd! I TOTALLY had, like, tears in my eyes! Seriously, that is about as much 80's nostalgia as my aging 42 year old heart can take. KROQ was all I listened to (except for the occasional Dr Demento) in high school and college. There are an awful lot of memories wrapped up in the music of one little radio station. Thank you so much for the link. Now I can rock out with my six year old to the ROQ of the 80's! Sweet!
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Like, oh mah gawd! I TOTALLY had, like, tears in my eyes! Seriously, that is about as much 80's nostalgia as my aging 42 year old heart can take. KROQ was all I listened to (except for the occasional Dr Demento) in high school and college. There are an awful lot of memories wrapped up in the music of one little radio station. Thank you so much for the link. Now I can rock out with my six year old to the ROQ of the 80's! Sweet!
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It's funny. My father has been a life long Democrat (that would put his party leanings at 71 years of age). He came by it honestly, having a mother and father who fought for civil rights in the late 50's (they were white BTW). Two nights ago, he sent me an e-mail urging me to vote for Obama. He has NEVER been this fired up about a candidate in my memory. He himself said that this is the first time since Kennedy that he has felt so inspired and hopeful. Of course, I listen to my daddy! Actually, I already voted for him by mail, but it was great to hear my wise old father be so enthusiastic. Go Obama!
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It's funny. My father has been a life long Democrat (that would put his party leanings at 71 years of age). He came by it honestly, having a mother and father who fought for civil rights in the late 50's (they were white BTW). Two nights ago, he sent me an e-mail urging me to vote for Obama. He has NEVER been this fired up about a candidate in my memory. He himself said that this is the first time since Kennedy that he has felt so inspired and hopeful. Of course, I listen to my daddy! Actually, I already voted for him by mail, but it was great to hear my wise old father be so enthusiastic. Go Obama!
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Sigh. Everybody is going to hate me for saying this, except maybe Anne, because it might slow you down just a tad. For every conventional cotton, made in wherever, t-shirt, 1/3 of a pound of pesticides have been dumped into the water system. In fact, 25% of the worlds pesticide use goes just to growing cotton. Sadly, not so awesome. And believe me, I luv my t-shirts too, but once I found that little factoid out, I only by organic cotton ones - which I gotta admit, cuts way down on the buying. Sorry to be the party pooper. Unfortunately for me, as a green designer, I know this stuff. Life would probably be easier if I didn't.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2007 on my awesome t-shirts at WWdN: In Exile
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Sigh. Everybody is going to hate me for saying this, except maybe Anne, because it might slow you down just a tad. For every conventional cotton, made in wherever, t-shirt, 1/3 of a pound of pesticides have been dumped into the water system. In fact, 25% of the worlds pesticide use goes just to growing cotton. Sadly, not so awesome. And believe me, I luv my t-shirts too, but once I found that little factoid out, I only by organic cotton ones - which I gotta admit, cuts way down on the buying. Sorry to be the party pooper. Unfortunately for me, as a green designer, I know this stuff. Life would probably be easier if I didn't.
Toggle Commented Aug 29, 2007 on my awesome t-shirts at WWdN: In Exile
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OK, I gotta comment on the Orange County thing. Dude, that is so 1980's! Orange County is no longer the territory of the John Birch Society lovin', white, conservative, evangelical, mysongonistic, nouveau riche male that it once was. My folks moved here from L.A. in the 70's and I thought I'd gone to hell. Honestly, it was awful. But it has really changed, despite the stupid shows you see on the telly. For one thing, demographically, the majority is minorities. Vietnamese, Mexican, Korean, Indian, Iranian, Chinese..., big ol' melting pot going on here. One of the most popular columns in Orange County is "Ask a Mexican". For another, there is a lot of very cool music, art and lit that has brought down the Orange Curtain. We have a thriving "Green" movement going on here too. Some of the top sustaianble design firms are headquartered here. So give us a chance Wil. Come on down. I'll introduce you 'round to some of the known, and unknown, denizons of a very different Orange County than you think you know. Have fun with the family! Local shops rule!
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OK, I gotta comment on the Orange County thing. Dude, that is so 1980's! Orange County is no longer the territory of the John Birch Society lovin', white, conservative, evangelical, mysongonistic, nouveau riche male that it once was. My folks moved here from L.A. in the 70's and I thought I'd gone to hell. Honestly, it was awful. But it has really changed, despite the stupid shows you see on the telly. For one thing, demographically, the majority is minorities. Vietnamese, Mexican, Korean, Indian, Iranian, Chinese..., big ol' melting pot going on here. One of the most popular columns in Orange County is "Ask a Mexican". For another, there is a lot of very cool music, art and lit that has brought down the Orange Curtain. We have a thriving "Green" movement going on here too. Some of the top sustaianble design firms are headquartered here. So give us a chance Wil. Come on down. I'll introduce you 'round to some of the known, and unknown, denizons of a very different Orange County than you think you know. Have fun with the family! Local shops rule!
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Interesting comments all. I am surprised at the number of them that are still in the "global warming is all a bunch of alarmist talk" or "can't do anything about it so why try" camps. Personally, my son is going to inherit this mess, so I do try, and even if it turns out to be a "sky is falling" scenario, why NOT encourage renewable resources (lots of positive political ramifications, even if the whole environment thing didn't matter)? The "debate" of man's impact on the planet is nothing new, but our proximity to the edge of disaster is. Earth is a finite resource. "What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" - Henry David Thoreau
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Interesting comments all. I am surprised at the number of them that are still in the "global warming is all a bunch of alarmist talk" or "can't do anything about it so why try" camps. Personally, my son is going to inherit this mess, so I do try, and even if it turns out to be a "sky is falling" scenario, why NOT encourage renewable resources (lots of positive political ramifications, even if the whole environment thing didn't matter)? The "debate" of man's impact on the planet is nothing new, but our proximity to the edge of disaster is. Earth is a finite resource. "What is the use of a house if you haven't got a tolerable planet to put it on?" - Henry David Thoreau
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Great piece Wil. Some of your best writing I think. But would you stop making me feel so D*** old??? Sheesh. OK, so I first saw you in Stand By Me, in the theater, when I was on a date with Tim, the guy who broke my heart - but that was only a few years ago right? And I remember being totally into Star Wars (girl geek), and Empire Strikes Back, but lost faith in geekiness about the time the Ewoks showed up in Jedi - when I was in HIGH SCHOOL! Oh, I am aged and decrepit! Giggle.
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Great piece Wil. Some of your best writing I think. But would you stop making me feel so D*** old??? Sheesh. OK, so I first saw you in Stand By Me, in the theater, when I was on a date with Tim, the guy who broke my heart - but that was only a few years ago right? And I remember being totally into Star Wars (girl geek), and Empire Strikes Back, but lost faith in geekiness about the time the Ewoks showed up in Jedi - when I was in HIGH SCHOOL! Oh, I am aged and decrepit! Giggle.
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Ahhhh... 34, I remember it well... Happy Birthday Dude!!! May this be your best year ever!
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