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Spirit Journey Formation Anniversary
(stolen from TJ)

So Saturday was the wrapup of the birthday celebration. Started with an afternoon viewing of the Chronicles of Riddick movie, which I saw with Gomez. It's a good summer matinee space opera blow 'em up, with more than a passing resemblance to Dune. Great beginning, dull end, good cliffhanger. Next was dinner at Sawatdee with friends - not just for the birthday but also to send off a friend who's spending the next 7 weeks in California (she isn't actually leaving until later this week). After dinner, we wandered around the Clarendon-Wilson area of Arlington for awhile, stopping at the Galaxy Hut. OK place, but the advertised outdoor patio is actually the narrow alleyway between it and the next-door establishment. Night wrapped up at the Boulevard Woodgrill, which left a sour taste in our mouths. Not because of the food; they serve a good rich cheesecake. But we incurred the establishment's cold shoulder for daring to take up outdoor seating without ordering full courses - just drinks and dessert. It was a simple miscommunication, or at least that's how it was described to us - though we were never told about their "dinners only on the sidewalk" policy. Judging from the snootiness of the clientele inside, I couldn't help but wonder if we were being written off as riff-raff, like people took one look at us and figured we were overflow from Whitlow's on Wilson. I dunno. I've been to the Woodgrill once before, and had fine treatment there. All the same, it was a good night.


Jesus Saves... And Takes Half Damage

A friend reminded me of the "Jesus Saves... And Takes Half Damage" gag. This is a parody of DaVinci's Last Supper Painting, except Jesus and the disciples are playing Dungeons and Dragons. Inspired by the reminder, I did a Google search and found out that this is available on t-shirt. To top that, someone was inspired by the Testament d20 role-playing game and ruminated on what Jesus' D&D stats would be. From the essay:
I'm convinced that when Jesus said, "God, why have you forsaken me?" he was really implying, "DM, why can't I have some more levels, dude?"


I'm 32 today... a nice, sweet, low-key birthday with Liv. Dinner at Austin Grill, two weeks of comic books, the Bubba Ho-Tep DVD and book as gifts, and cards from home, the sisters, and my friends Matt and Julie. This is just the beginning of the birthday festivities; Saturday I'm getting friends together for dinner, the new Chronicles of Riddick movie, and barhopping in Arlington. I'm hoping to check out the Galaxy Hut, a cool small patio bar. It's a combined event with a friend's last weekend in DC before a 7-week trip to the West Coast.


The past Memorial weekend

Every time I go back home to Cleveland, where I grew up, I never get to see everyone I want to. But it was still nice to go back two weekends ago for the holiday - which happened to coincide with my mom's birthday and a friend's birthday/graduation party. Liv and I flew out of the Reagan National Airport, which was a big relief from BWI. There was literally no security line, and we saved on parking by taking the Metro to the airport. My sister Audrey flew home from California that weekend too, so this was a whole family reunion - maybe the last until our sister Arlene gets married in November. The three siblings chipped in to get a spa certificate for mom, which she appreciated. The weekend was a big karaoke-fest, with the home karaoke machine that my parents love. I even threw in a few songs - Back in the USSR and a few others I can't remember at the moment. Audrey gave a rousing one-woman performance of Bohemian Rhapsody, and Mom even sang Stairway to Heaven (!) - maybe she thought it was a Christian song? I also got my first taste of the City of Heroes superhero online game. My test character was Soul Survivor - a combination of the Highlander and Shaft. If only I had a computer that could support the game...

Bunny Exorcist

You know you have to see it... A 30-second reenactment of The Exorcist with bunnies.


Five Days to Midnight

Watched the first two episodes of the Five Days to Midnight miniseries on the SciFi Channel. It's about a professor who receives a package from the future that documents his murder in five days. Stars Timothy Hutton and Randy Quaid - who looks ready for a Dr. Phil biopic. This is a clever show, complex without being convuluted. It's something that you need to watch and pay attention to, not have on in the room while you're paying the bills. I have a feeling that as soon as the show finishes, I'll want to watch it again and look out for clues that I missed the first time around. Too many commercial breaks, though.


This weekend

It's been awhile since I've gotten to attend one of Kim and Shelly's social gatherings, but I did so this past Friday. These are people who know each other through a number of social groups, volunteer organizations, etc. I've hung out with them several times, and I'm just at the point where I can attach names to familiar faces. This time around, it was dinner at Timpanos in Rockville, an Italian steakhouse which is just a few minutes north of home. Decent place, good company.

Saturday, saw Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. Enjoyable, but the story was a bit drawn out. Which is par for the course with the Harry Potter movies, it seems.

Sunday, a pool party with people from Liv's church.


No Knight Rider rap album

Sadly, the story that David Hasslehoff is coming out with a rap album is a hoax. However, he does have a new covers CD, David Hasselhoff Sings America, which includes his version of Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head, These Boots Were Made for Walking, and La Isla Bonita (?!?).


I'm attacking the darkness

Here's an 8-bit animation of the Dead Ale Wives' classic Dungeons and Dragons skit. It includes a brief gaming version parody of the Beatles' Hey Jude.

Vin Diesel - Who knew?

Apparently Vin Diesel is a Dungeons and Dragons fan. At first, I had no interest in this Chronicles of Riddick movie. I saw Pitch Black and enjoyed it, but the Vin Diesel character didn't really leave me wanting more. Plus, the name "Riddick" doesn't sound like the kind of guy who would have his own chronicles. Maybe a sports trading card, or a neighborhood bar, but not an intergalactic epic trilogy. But the more I see of the movie preview, the more intriguing it is. Could this be the movie surprise of the summer?

Buffy cartoon?

Aint-It-Cool-News reports that the cartoon spinoff of Buffy the Vampire Slayer may actually happen now. This project was started a few years ago, and then shelved. Now it may be dusted off to end the Mutant Enemy on TV drought. The show would be set at the beginning of the live TV show, in Buffy's sophomore year - the "new version" of this time that was created by the monks who inserted little sister Dawn into the show's history. Here's an interview with the project's prime mover, Jeph Loeb - who is currently working on Smallville.

Another night of trivia

Just spent another night of trivia at Murphys in Alexandria. There was a substitute triviameister, and while she was easier on the eyes than the usual host, since this was her first time, the game went a lot slower than usual. We almost won, but the tiebreaker question went the way of the other team. So no Orioles tickets for us this week. This may be our last time at Murphys for awhile. For a change of pace, we may go to another place on Wednesdays - no more Angel on TV, so Wednesday nights are free.