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Aloha from San Diego

This weekend in San Diego, there was a convention called Tiki Oasis. I certainly wouldn't say Tiki is my jam, but I'm glad it came to town.

On Friday afternoon, I met up with Matt and Martin, who were in town for the convention. We met up for a brief Happy Hour, then they were off to the next fun thing. It was lovely hanging out with them. Great guys.

Matthew and Martin.  What a bunch of nice guys.  We had a snack and a drink and they were off to the next fun thing.

Then on Sunday, a group of us met up with Larry-and-DJ-from-Connecticut at the convention to check out the Vendor Mall. Shopping was really fun. Almost everybody found something they liked. I bought a Hawaiian shirt for $8. Yes!

At Tiki Oasis At Tiki Oasis.

In the afternoon, we went to a Tiki pool party. I, of course, wore my lovely $8 shirt. The weather was perfect, the food was delicious and the company was top notch. We all got a little sun and made some new friends.

I kind of feel like I just got back from a short Hawaiian vacation. San Diego is pretty great for stuff like this.



Yesterday was really good for me. I declared a Mike Day.


I tend to fill up my schedule, and I feel like I've really been running myself ragged lately. It's time to refocus on me. So yesterday, I worked from home and stayed in that night. I did some laundry, watched some True Blood and relaxed. I even rode my bike during lunch time. It felt great.

More of this, please!

Being able to get married must be nice.

JP and I drove up to Temecula for my cousin's wedding. It was actually much more fun and pleasant than I had expected.

We spent the first part of Saturday scrambling to get our looks together. We both had a little trouble finding fancy clothes that fit.

Driving to Temecula.

We made it to the wedding 15 minutes early. Funny. Even though it was hot and sunny in San Diego, at the wedding it was cloudy and raining a little. Plus there was thunder!

It was nice to catch up with family. Here's my dad and my brother. I'm the fat one. :)


At some point, I realized that we were the token gays at the wedding. I feel like we were doing our part for the cause. Representing! I jokingly thought about writing in the card, "Being able to get married must be nice." Not that I *ever* want to get married, ever, btw.

My sister rode home with us, and JP had the chance to ask her all kinds of embarrassing questions about me. Good times.


andybr's recent post about going to Vienna reminded me of my trips to Austria a while back. I have a good friend that lives there, so I visited three times over a few years. It's fun...ish.

My favorite part is the doner kebab stands they have everywhere. Apparently everybody in Europe constantly snacks on doners. I'm surprised that they still haven't caught on here in the states.

Some of the stands also have my favorite, the durum. It's kind of like a burrito with ingrediants similar to a Greek gyro. Cheap and delicious.

The last time I was in Vienna, we had them daily.

durum1 durum2

We have a "Kebab Shop" here in downtown San Diego, but it's not the same.
Have a great time, Andy!


Tenacious D, drag queens and pretty feet

It's been quite a weekend.

On Saturday, I got my first pedicure. I was supposed to go with some friends up in Oakland last December, but I was too sick to make it. It was fun to be pampered like that, and my feet feel really soft now.

At midnight, I guess technically on Sunday, we saw Pink Flamingos at the Ken Theater. I had always wanted to see it, ever since I had heard about Divine eating dog feces in one of the scenes. At the theater, there was a Divine impersonator. She said, "Oh, hi bears! I love you guys." lol

Sunday night, we saw Tenacious D. The tickets were cheap, and somehow we had amazing seats. 8th row, and close to the center. That was a fun show.

photo 1 photo 2 to 3


Hey, so I was on the 619 Bearcast again. This one was particularly fun for me.
For most of it, Dave and I had to share a mic. We were instructed get really close, to the point where we were practically making out. Good times.


I'll pimp the episode out here once it goes live in a few days. Have a great weekend!

A newwwwww carrrrrr!

Sort of.

My trusty-ish '98 Nissan Frontier hasn't been picking up well on the freeway. I thought maybe the transmission was going out. Yuck. I decided to take it in today.

One of the great things about the shop I take my truck to is they do a great, honest and cheap job. Also, it's walking distance from my house. I dropped it off this morning, and walked back to pick it up after work.


$930 for a new clutch and a lot of preventative maintenance. It feels like a new truck! As xxtapemakerxx would say, "Done and Done."

The new Smashing Pumpkins... cassette?

Yesterday, I received in the mail the new Smashing Pumpkins Pisces Iscariot remastered box set.

Contents include a remastered version of the original album, a second CD of bonus tracks, a DVD of a few very early live performances and, best of all, a cassette!


The cassette is apparently some kind of reproduction of an early recording the band did before being signed to a record deal. I haven't listened to that yet. So far, I have listened to the bonus songs. Pisces Iscariot itself is a collection, a "mix tape" if you will, of rare tracks recorded early in their career as a band, leading up to Siamese Dream. But the music is so great that it sounds like a cohesive, intentional, full-fledged album. This bonus track disc, however, is not nearly of the same calibur. It's a rough disc to get through.

But I'm listening to the remastered album disc now. Sounds great. I can't wait to check out the DVD and the cassette this weekend. Between this box set and their latest album, it's like SmashingPumkinsMas! ...ChristSmashMas? ...ChristPumpp? ...SmashingChristPumpkinsMas? You get the picture.


My new TV husband


Oh, Billy Merritt. No one understands you. But *I* do. :)
Yesterday, I power-shopped at Amoeba Records in Hollywood. I wasn't feeling the music section this time, but I did wind up buying a few DVDs. For some reason, I felt compelled to pick up a used copy of Disney's Bambi II. Backstory, Disney went through a weird phase a while back where they were doing sequels to all of their animated features. Cinderella 2, Pocahontas 2, Lion King 2, 101 Dalmations 2... the list goes on and on. I was really upset about this trend at the time. Now, I just think it's a tragically funny moment in history.

I posted a picture of my purchase, and I got a lot of fun comments.


jpinsd - Bambi II - First Blood
edwinreal - Bambi II - Electric Boogaloo
sheena101 - Bambi II - deer in the headlights
aaronfown - Bambi II - Mom is still dead
standardtom - 2BAM 2BI
tapemaker - Bambi II - Tokyo Drift

I love this kind of stuff.


Good Mornin'!
Mike d'Arnaud

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