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Monthly Archives: November 2004

Weekend at Home

I’ve had the past few days off work due to the Thanksgiving holiday, which has been nice. On Thursday morning I flew to Salt Lake from San Francisco. It was nice to fly direct – it’s been a while since I’ve flown anywhere direct. While our custom in years past has been to have a turkey dinner on Thanksgiving, things this year were a little different because my uncle is on graveyard shifts and was working on Thanksgiving, so we decided to push the dinner to Friday. This left Thursday fairly open, so my mom and I went to see the movie “Christmas with the Kranks,” which had received some of the worst reviews I’ve read as of late. Now, personally I thought some of the scathing reviews were a little over the top, but I have to admit that the movie wasn’t the best film I’ve seen this year, which is too bad since I really like the people that produced it. I mean, as a fun holiday movie, it was nice, but it probably won’t be winning the next Academy Award for Best Picture. After the movie, we had a nice dinner of shrimp scampi at home – certainly not you traditional Thanksgiving feast, but tasty nonetheless.
On Friday, we decided to do a little shopping. To be honest, ours is not a family that has ever been much for shopping the day after Thanksgiving, but there are some great deals to be had if you know where to look and when to go. We made our first stop at J&L Garden where we bought our Christmas tree. Then, we stopped by Fred Meyer where we picked up a new tree stand, since our old one pretty much saw it’s last Christmas last year. Once we got the tree back to the house and got it set up in the new stand, we next went to Costco where I wanted to pick up a DVD Recorder. Of course, you can’t really go to Costco and leave with just one thing – we ended up getting a cart load of items, including toilet paper, hot chocolate mix, Christmas gift bags, and more. After Costco, we made a quick stop at CompUSA where we acquired a new wireless router for our house. I have to say, I have some issues with wireless, but in general, I really like the convenience that it offer. In fact, I am typing this while sitting on my bed in my room.
Dinner on Friday night was certainly an adventure, as many of our family gatherings are. At the last gathering, I managed to become quite inebriated. Thankfully I was able to avoid that this time, but there were certainly other exciting occurences, such as my uncle Eric angrily storming out of the house, my grandma becoming rather upset, and my mom sneaking around the outside of the house into the backyard. Yep, that’s my family.
Other highlights of the weekend so far include getting a haircut, decorating the Christmas tree, going to see the musical “The Producers,” and watching part of the ND/USC game in which the Irish were trampled in the last three quarters of the game.

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One month later

Well, folks, looks like I’ve been delinquent in keeping my journal up to date. In fact, so delinquent have I been that I am not even in Los Angeles anymore. In fact, I’ve been up in San Francisco now for just over two weeks. My first week up here was spent working out of a hotel conference room, but last week we finally got settled into our production offices on Treasure Island, located right in the middle of the Bay.
I am living in this very nice room in the Sunset District of San Francisco. While Sunset is fairly far from downtown and the island, the rents are cheaper, the parking easier, and the location safer. I have a very large room on the ground floor of a house owned by a very nice, young couple. My room has beautiful cherry wood floors, a remodelled private bath, and even a semi-private entrance. In fact, I even have a view of the ocean from my room on clear days. My commute in to work is usually around 30 minutes, but compared to the 60+ minutes I was commuting in LA, I can’t really complain about 30 minutes.
Work has been busy. I’ve been putting in at least 12 hours a day for the most part, sometimes even as much as 14 or more hours. I anticipate that once we start shooting, I might even put in 15 or 16 hour days. But, I don’t really mind it that much. I love the work I do, so I’m willing to give it all that I’ve got.
Oh, I just signed up for Netflix over the weekend. I’ve decided that if you are going to sign up for Netflix, the best time to sign up is on Monday morning. You see, you start your two week trial on the day that you sign up, but they don’t ship on Saturday or Sunday, so it is best to sign up Monday morning to get the most out of the trial. So let’s make that your “Lesson from Lance.”

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