Well this is the
last entry before the "Big One", so I figured
I might as well sing. By tradition I end the year
with the big highlight video, and a look back on what
happened. Then in the first entry of next year I
introduce the new "look" and make predictions and
goals for the upcoming year. So this is really my last
entry of the year to just BE.
It's the one thing
I can say I'm proudest of when it comes to this
year. I held nothing back. I opened my web program,
and opened my head/heart/soul as I felt like I was
losing all 3. But I'll get into that more on the 31st.
I have a pretty
good job prospect. It's an office staff position for a
chiropractor's office. Part time, decent money. Hell
it's a job. Couple that with working as a server on
weekend nights, or even weekday nights, and I believe
Jess can officially go back to school at the end of
February. Whew. The lady said they were looking for
someone with actual medical experience, but since
they're in need of someone right away, they're
probably going to let me start and see how I work out
while they look for more qualified people. Fine with
me. I have zero doubt that I can impress them within
one day on the job. Just gimme the chance. I should
know more by Thursday.
Working on this
year-end video has been an absolute labor of hell.
Having to watch that bathtub video is so eerie. What I
do like about it all, is I feel like I've just been
hired by someone to make a little 2-3 minute movie. I
look over the material and then make unbiased decision
on what moments best tell the story of "2002". I love
the different roles. It's what I loved about the ol'
"Mountain Movie". There was no plan. I shot it as
a cinematographer. Simply trying to make pretty shots.
No story in mind. I edited it as a Writer/Director.
Had all this strange footage that I had to make
something out of. Looking at things from different
perspectives like that are always fun.
will be here later today.
How 'bout them
Buckeyes? LOLOL. HAHAHAHA. I find myself way too funny
sometimes. I love Jessica way too goddamn much to
add anything to the previous paragraph. Let's just say
she's glowing for the first time in a loooooooong time
and it absolutely warms my heart. I love to see her so
happy. I just pray everyone can be cordial enough for
her to have a relaxful week off.
kickin' my ass more than anything lately is a recent
rash of targetted vandalism and theft. I haven't
spoken about it as to not encourage more since the
person is probably reading this - but at this point it
doesn't really matter. There's nothing that can really
be done either way. I've filled out 3 police reports
and given them the person's phone numbers and address
- but what the hell can they do? Oh yeah, the actual
crimes. I mentioned the first one: 2 tires
slashed. Thought they just went flat. Nope - slashed.
Got em' replaced, and 2 weeks later - the brand new
tires were slashed again. (sigh). Replaced 'em again,
and talked our apartment manager into a 2nd spot off
the street. So what happened? He (or maaaaaaaaaaaaybe
she - riiiiiiiiiiight) slashed Jess's tire. No other
tires are being slashed by the way. Luckily it was
just one tire this time (was he being nice? LOL) so
I left it until we reallly needed it as I'd just
throw on the spare. Little did I realize that he
actually stole the fucking spare from under the truck
Honestly, at this
point I just laughed. Kinda like a "Wow...you
totally got me". He actually thought this one out.
Most likely knowing that I would assume the spare was
there, and then pow - be totally fucked. It actually
royally fucked things up as Jess and I both had to be
places. Luckily we barely worked it out, and Jess was
only slightly late one day. The problem of course is
we have zero control. If this guy wants to come by
every week and slash my tires for some unknown reason,
not a damn thing I can do about it.
too. Everyone keeps lookin' at me like I'm cheating on
Jess and this is some crazy ex-girlfriend. LOL. The
dude at the tire place actually got a sly little smile
and said "Ex girlfriend?". And the truth of the matter
is, I of course have the one and only
suspect...but - dude, I didn't do a goddamn thing to
him. At all. He's the one who threatened the apartment
manager and got evicted. Just 'cause J-Dog was in the
middle of it...doesn't translate to this at all. So
much so I wonder if it's someone else...but honestly
people - I don't have the enemies I had last
year. Even those were ones I just fancied having. No
one really cared about me enough to hate me.
My only other
thought is this absolute whack-job who keeps ripping
stamps off of my mail. Came real damn close to
catching him once with the mail, but there's no
legitimate proof. I went from wanting to strangle
people like this to just completely accepting it. Even
the tires don't phase me. The only thing is, if it
continues and we can't get a 3rd parking spot (which
is next to impossible, and useless if it is an inside
thingee), we're gonna have to move. No ifs ands or
butts. This has cost us over $300 already with no end
in sight. Especially with BOTH Jess and
I working, we'll lose our jobs in a heartbeat. As
much as I love this apartment complex - it's simple
arithmetic. Here's hopin' the police get all LAPD and
kick some ass. LOL.
Sequel is certainly in the fun stage. The stage where
the second I put my head down at night, I run
through the gags I've thought of from the audience
perspective. It's actually made me laugh to myself out
loud at 3 in the morning. That's a good sign. There's
still some little holes that are keeping me from
completely fleshing out the outline - but it's there.
The tone is there. The goal of the show is there for
sure. So much has to be thought of for any sequel.
Making it stand alone, yet giving the people who saw
the first a bit of insight. Basically the overall arc
of the characters has to be there again. That's the
tricky part. It's so easy to just play with the end
result of the 4 characters from the last one - but
ther has to be more or it'll be flat. That part is
coming together great. I know almost to the very last
detail how each character will change throughout. Very
excited. My hair is also damn long. I'm amazed at how
well this shit grows. SHAVED, BUZZED, BALD head a year
ago, and it's probably grown 10 inches since.
I will push it as long as I can - looking at late
February shooting and an early April completion and
1st show date.
(16th of the year btw) is more of a
snapshot of my feeling as 2002 ends.
Wondering if I'll ever hit the peaks of
The Comedy Store again. Will I ever
find a manager who can truly be a friend
and have my best interests at heart. It's
like free-style rap. I have to do it. It
oozes out of me in times of struggle.
I just have to get it out. And I hope
you all realize these are "demos". Half
these songs would never even have a piano
IN THEM. It's just the only
instrument I'm proficient enough on to
play and sing without thinking. I can just
set-up, shoot it, and move on. It loses
it's spontanaity when you're trying to
learn chords on a guitar.
So there you have
it. I cannot believe 2002 is over, but I'm sure as
hell glad it is. I only have to see this
GOD AWFUL GREEN BACKGROUND for one more
entry. Feels like I've used it for 3 years.
I forgot about the "Drinking Video". How the
hell? (sigh). And Jess's parents are gonna be here
until the 1st. That'll be just great. I get to be
all hungover for them. That oughtta help their
impression of me. Screw it, it's tradition. I just
want do the 9 shots in 15 minutes thing. It needs to
be a truth syrum, not a vomit syrum.
...yet somehow I
forget that around shot 5. LOL. My kids are never,
ever, ever reading "The Journey".