Saturday, August 30, 2008

Last 5 Books I Saw People Reading in Airports....

By Pauly
New York City

Well, it's been a while since I did one of these lists...
Last 5 Books I Saw People Reading in Airports....
1. Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson
2. The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett
3. Blink by Malcolm Gladwell
4. The Audacity of Hope by Barack Obama
5. When You Are Engulfed in Flames by David Sedaris

Friday, August 29, 2008

SF Food Pic Dump

By Pauly
Hollyweird, CA

Been saving these... for now. All pictures taken last weekend in San Francisco.

Kezar Wings

Kezar Nachos

Spicy Pizza

Bacon & Cheese Omelet from the Pork Store

French Toast & Bacon from Pork Store

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Outside Lands Pictures: The Musicians Dump

By Pauly
Hollyweird, CA

I published a Flickr gallery of photos from the Outside Lands festival which also included random pics my trip to San Francisco. You can check out it out... here.

And here are some of my favorite pics from the music festival...

Fan waving Mexican flag during Manu Chao

Joel Graves from Everest

Devendra Banhart

Ben Ellman (Galactic) with the Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Cyril Neville with pimp hat

Les Claypool & Primus

Toots & the Maytals (from video screen)

Justin Vernon from Bon Iver

The Drive By Truckers

Grace Potter at the keys

Widespread Panic on the Sutro Stage

Don't forget to check out my Outside Lands photo gallery!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

More Pauly Paintings

By Pauly
Hollyweird, CA

I bought a couple of canvases last week and went to work. I painted over two nights and cranked out four paintings.

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Broken Vase

By Pauly
Hollyweird, CA

I woke up to a thud and a crashing sound. Broken glass? I jumped out of bed with one thought on my mind... someone just broke into the apartment. I grabbed a golf putter. That would be my only weapon until I made my way to the kitchen and grabbed a knife. I rushed into the living room expecting to see a would-be-robber shimming his way through a broken window. Instead, the living room was empty.

The culprit? A large vase had fallen over. Did it happen at the tail end of an earthquake or was it something else? Nicky woke up and said that she didn't feel an earthquake.

My deduction? Five sunflowers (over a week old) were in a large vase. They were dying and in the middle of the wilting process. The heads of sunflowers are massive and their collective weight tipped the vase. It crashed off the entertainment center and onto the hardwood floor. The vase shattered into several large pieces and thousands of tiny little pieces. Talk about one bitch of a project to clean up.

As per the usual, Nicky went back to sleep and I was left with the task of cleaning up the broken vase. That's when it occurred to me that perhaps it was a ghost. This is an old neighborhood so you never know.

Phase 1 of the broken vase is finished. I removed all of the visible pieces of glass at ground zero. Phase 2 will be Nicky's job when she wakes up... a more thorough cleaning of the entire room since I already discovered a couple random pieces of glass out of the range of the original impact area. Lucky for her, the glass was red so you'll be able to see the pieces.

I'm still deciding about the impact of Twitter on my life. I have been curtailing my online reading over the last few days and I only catch up a couple of times a day instead of refreshing everyone ten minutes, which I used to do with Bloglines.

One of the things I like about Twitter is the ability to go back and make a rough timeline sketch of what I did on a particular day.

Here's an example of yesterday's tweets (all times ET):
11:38 AM Early morning writing music included Thelonius Monk, Girl Talk, and Galactic

12:01 PM My appearance on LouKrieger's Keep Flopping Aces radioshow is ready for download -

1:03 PM worked out two mornings in a row. attempted heavy jogging for first time since car accident. im a little sore & still out of shape.

2:07 PM Georgia news reporter covering Russia incursion was shot while doing a stand up. heres the video:

3:20 PM jack cheeseburger at nick's with well down hashbrowns followed by a trip to the smoke shop for blunt wrappers. time to write a short story

4:01 PM Who eats more in a day? @SnailTrax or Michael Phelps?

6:20 PM I watched Thao's Bag of Hammers video 5 times in the last 20 minutes. Now I know all the lyrics

7:45 PM Finally got to write some fiction. Short story. Needs some more work. Listening to Girltalk while I write.

11:56 PM @wilw that's the vicodin talking

2:03 AM Sweet Svetlana sat down at one of my tables on Full Tilt.
And in case you were wondering, here's the Thao & the Get Down video that I watched like a dozen times last night...

Yeah yesterday was sort of a lazy, yet productive day. I have been eating better (and a lot less than I had been) and I actually worked out three days in a row. As soon as I'm done writing this, I'll head out and walk two miles and try to jog one.

Yesterday was a special day, because for the first time in a while, I set aside time to write fiction. No more excuses. Just write. And I did. Nothing too extraordinary. I'm very rusty, but it felt good to explore the creative side of my brain again. Reminded me about how much I missed fiction and that my real goal is to write short stories and novels. The current path is just that... the path that I have to take on my journey towards a life that I'm trying to finally get to.

I have been playing online poker every day this month. Sometimes, I'm only play for about a half-hour at most and I have never played more than a couple of hours in one sitting.

I also finally caught up with the latest episodes of Weeds and Generation Kill. I stumbled upon a ton of YouTube videos for GK, if you are interested in that HBO series.

I also spent a lot of time studying London's underground maps. I'll have to take the tube to work every morning during a work assignment in London at the end of September and the beginning of October.

That's the work side of my trip. London will be all work, but Amsterdam is all play. I have two Amsterdam legs set up... before and after my London assignment. I'll rage solo for three days, head to London for a week or so of work, then Nicky and I will head over to Amsterdam for five days and nights of mayhem.

I found a great deal and rented a couple of apartments. The same apartment in fact for both legs. Much cheaper than staying in some of their hotels and a much healthier alternative than staying in a fleabag hotel in the red light district.

Man, I can't wait to get to Amsterdam. But I have other trips first to worry about. Next week, it's San Francisco and the week after that it's San Diego and then onward to NYC.

Monday, August 11, 2008

Yankees-Angels Pic Dump

By Pauly
Hollyweird, CA

Derek, Nicky, and I headed down to Anaheim to see the Yankees play a Sunday afternoon game against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. I scored decent seats. They usually cost just $26, but I had to pay double from a season ticket holder who jacked up the prices. I thought they were good seats, fifth row, near the foul pole. We got a great view of left field and the bullpen. The Yanks lost and got swept by the Angels who tagged Mo Rivera in the bottom of the ninth for the win.

Andy Pettitie leaving the bullpen during a pre-game warm-up

Our seats were next to the foul pole

And sadly, no foul balls came our way...

Garrett Anderson

He's so dreamy!

Lots of Yankees fans at the game

Speaking of the Yankees captain...

A-Rod whiffs

Still out...

Retarded vendor