Wednesday, October 24, 2007

Morning or Night?

The question that determines when a person wakes up on their day off. Are you a morning or night person? For me, I guess the answer is night since I gravitate more towards staying up late and getting up early, but for the most part my habits and hobbies are what keep me up and used to the late night schedule. The times that I have been relegated to being a morning person are fine. I function as a human being should and easily take to the early rise. Even on my days off, I seem to follow this pattern.
However, down deep I know I am a night person. Evening jobs have always suited me better than your typical 9 to 5. I don't have the worry that many do when they start work later in the day. It doesn't hang over my head, and I don't feel like I have less time. Actually, I feel like I have more time to get the things that I need done.
I wonder what makes a person one way or the other? Is it how they were raised? Are they born with it? Or is it something that they decide to arbitrarily?

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Fires, tornadoes, and hurricanes, oh my!

As I write this, Southern California is dealing with several fires that continue to grow and are destroying homes. Yesterday, the Governator stated that he was looking to the federal government to help the now homeless citizens of Malibu. He asked for monetary funds to help rebuild houses and bring these people back to where they were before the fire.
Wait...isn't that what home insurance is for? Wait...Malibu, which is filled with celebrities and the rich, is asking for government help? You have got to be kidding me. I understand that not every person living in Malibu is super rich, but if they own a home then they have home insurance which covers against, yes that's right, fire! You could say, where there are renters in that area that don't have home insurance. Yes, but they could have gotten renter's insurance, which does cover against fire. Oh, they didn't? That's too bad, sucks to be them. When they didn't get renter's insurance they took responsibility of their stuff, and in the event that it is destroyed that they would repay to get it all back.
I hate this dependency on the federal government to fix things. That's not the government's job. The government is not the nation's mother, who comes and blows on your finger when it gets burned. It's there to make sure the states are all on the same page, to protect us against enemies foreign and abroad, and if necessary adjudicate on cases that cannot be solved elsewhere.
The people who every year who lose their houses to tornadoes, hurricanes, fires, and any other natural disaster should realize that weather happens. Nature will damage and destroy many things in your path, and you need to make sure you are protected. You are an adult and should realize what is the danger in your area. You live in Florida? You better make sure you are covered against wind damage, and get some flood insurance too! You live in the midwest, or tornado alley? You better have wind coverage too, and some type of shelter to run too. You better have fire insurance if you live in SoCal, because every year some part of that place goes up in flames.
I don't want to hear complaining about, "Oh, my Malibu house burnt down, I need federal (read taxpayer) funds to help rebuild my house!"
While I can agree that certain times may warrant federal funds, with large natural disasters, such as Katrina or Hurricane Andrew, but I would put that more for the clean up than the rebuild.
Yes, it's sad that some people will lose everything because they didn't have the foresight to insure their belongings, but they took a gamble and lost. I am not going to ask the government for the $100 I lost at Atlantic City, so why should someone who didn't take the right precautions get everything back on their gamble?
Oh, and to the Katrina victims, flood insurance was available through the federal government agency called FEMA. If you didn't get it, then you should be out of luck. "But it's so expensive!" Then you shouldn't have lived where you did! If you can't afford your house and the ability to protect it, then the house is out of your budget. Remember buying a house costs a lot more than just the mortgage payment!
I know, I am a horribly mean person, but I hate how people don't take responsibility for their own ideas, material things, and actions, and the longer we treat them like children, the longer our country is going to have to deal with stupid people.

Friday, October 19, 2007

Where's my freedom of speech?

So some "human rights" group is in a complete row over something a 79 year old scientist said. The group is stating that they are going to pursue legal action citing racial hatred laws. Granted, what the scientist, Nobel winner Dr. James Watson, said was very controversial, but we live in a country that freedom of speech is a protected right.
I hate all this politically correct crap. Political correctness means and assumes that you, as a person, have a right to not be offended which is completely not true. There is no right in our Bill of Rights, Constitution, Declaration of Independence, or any other law document to not be offended. We live in a flawed world with people having completely different opinions, and those opinions are bound to conflict and cause someone to be offended. However, that's one of the great things about this country is that you are entitled to your opinion! I don't apologize for my own opinions even if they are radical and outside the normal extremes. I may find your opinions to be rash, stupid, and possibly offensive, but those are your opinions and have no bearing on me.
I think that the world in general, and our country specifically, needs to grow thicker skins. Grow up! Remember the mantra, "sticks and stones..." This political correctness is getting out of hand, and if it isn't stopped then soon all anyone will be able to talk about in public is the weather and that will be boring as hell! Political correctness is ruining the country, and I firmly believe that. If you take offense to that statement, then go cry on someone else's shoulder, because I couldn't care less. I'll just tell you to grow up.

The news article link

Hilarious quotes from Dr. James Watson

Monday, October 15, 2007

Global warming

Ridiculous is what I have been saying for many years about this so-called "global warming". It's a scare tactic and a publicity stunt for Al Gore to stay in the public's mind. The fact that he received a Nobel prize for his "work" in the battle against global warming shows how far this prestigious award has fallen.
Like so many things, the warming of the earth is cyclical. If you actually look back at historical evidence, you will see that the average ocean temperatures rise and fall. While, I do agree that pollution is a bad thing, we are not in the dire situation that Gore would have you believe.
I am ecstatic that professionals are finally debunking this false idea.

Link

Friday, October 12, 2007

Weather and dust

As a middle East Coaster I am subject to four seasons (granted not a whole lot of snow during the winter), and needing to have a whole array of clothing to deal with the changing temperatures, I am enjoying the beautiful stable temperatures of Los Angeles. Granted, for a week or two it was pretty hot, above 100 degrees, but overall it has been pretty tolerable since it is a dry heat and not the weighted humid heat you get in Virginia. I have loved being able to wear shorts and a t-shirt everyday even though we are in the middle of October, and it's not going to get much colder during the "winter". I love the shorts and t-shirt combo so much that I am finding this a great bonus of living in Southern California.

However, there is one downside that comes with this wonderful weather. Dust. Since Los Angeles is built on top of a desert, there is tons of sand, dirt and dust everywhere! Unfortunately, being unused to the arid, desert climate, my body doesn't know how to filter out all the crap that is entering my system, so I am dealing with a lot of crap in my throat. I am not sick in any fashion, but my body cannot contend with so much dust that it is just coalescing in my throat and making life difficult. Also, with the lack of trees and living in the San Fernando valley, the air is definitely a lower quality then what I am used to as well.

The question now is, can my body learn to deal with the crap? And if it can't, will the constantly sunny, warm weather be worth it in the overall?

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Playing Ball

There is something about coming back from a game of basketball that is hard to eclipse by anything else. I, not being the most athletically gifted, still enjoy a good game of pickup. Tonight, the guys and I went to the equestrian district and got into a 5 on 5 full court game, and it was glorious. I haven't run like that in at least a year, and besides once or twice in Virginia Beach haven't played ball since high school. I don't understand what it is, but it is the camaraderie that you get on the court that I feel connected with other human beings that is on a subconscious level. Your mind is going through all the plays, motions, and decisions on what you should be doing that it can't focus on relating to the other people around you. Yet, no matter what, even if it is a group of strangers, there is a common bond that brings them together and connects them.

Maybe I am just crazy, and need to drink some more water, but I can't wait to play ball again next week.

Monday, October 1, 2007

The Kingdom

Phenomenal is all I can say for this movie. Easily movie of the year and five stars. This is a movie done right and is well executed. Bottom line: go see it. End of story.

Really, I am just speechless about the movie.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

New beginnings

Well, how to begin your blogging life? It works out that I have moved to a new city to pursue a career that may never pay off. Yes, that's right, I am an actor and trying my hand in the city of angels. So far it has been a slight culture shock from the East Coast. I haven't made up my mind yet, but I do know that this is where the jobs are at, so that is why I am here. I have been pounding the pavements pretty hard this month and still nothing, but that's what I expected. This is definitely going to take a long time.
I did get to go to a Dodgers game last night which was a lot of fun. Dodgers fans are crazy! They boo at just about anything. If the Umpire calls a pitch a ball that was clearly a ball even from the outfield, the fans still boo. I have been to many ball games and have never seen a crowd like that.