Save Chuck!

NBC is likely to cancel Chuck, one of my favorite shows on TV. No, please no! Even the critics don’t think it should be cancelled. There are a lot of reasons not to.

And a fansite is trying to get people to buy sandwiches at Subway to show support.

On April 27th be sure to BUY A $5 FOOTLONG from Subway and if possible, drop a note in the comment box at the franchise letting them know you’re participating in the Finale and Footlong campaign to save NBC’s Chuck, of which Subway is a product placement sponsor.

I’ll put that on my calendar…

Just Married!

wedding

I just got married! Woo-hoo! My lovely wife’s name is Kim, and we enjoyed a wonderful wedding at Sierra Madre Congregational Church and a honeymoon down in Huatulco, Mexico.

We had two amazing photographers, from Karen Leah Photography, and Karen just
blogged about our wedding. Kim and I were complimented on our choice of photographers so many times. Karen and Brian were very good, and they were also very enthusiastic, supportive, and competent. We’d really recommend them very highly!

Now I’m back at work. I’m enjoying a life without wedding preparation again! Coming back from the warm weather and beautiful water in Oaxaca to rainstorms in Pasadena was tough.

I will be a groom

I get to be a groom after all. For a little while, it looked like I would be reduced to Person A on the California marriage licenses. As reported by CBS,

When same-sex marriage became legal in the state on June 16, the health department issued new gender-neutral marriage forms with the words “Party A” and “Party B” where “bride” and “groom” used to be.

The latest paperwork, which county clerks will be required to use starting Nov. 17, will have blank spaces for applicants’ names and personal information next to the words “First Person Data” and “Second Person Data” and boxes for checking “bride” or “groom.”

UCLA Fans at a TN Game

I drafted a letter last week, after being at the Rose Bowl to see UCLA beat TN, 27-24, in a depressing, but exciting game. I was really disappointed in the UCLA fans for the three and a half quarters. They only seemed to realized that they were at a football game sometime in the fourth quarter.

But I waited too long to send the letter to the UCLA Athletics Dept. or to one of the local papers. Oh well…

Congratulations to the UCLA Bruins and Coach Neuheisel for an exciting
win last night. The Bruin defense really kept their team in the game in
the first half, and the offense came through when it mattered. The
resilience of the football team was impressive.

Unfortunately, the experience at the Rose Bowl as a fan was anything but
impressive. As a transplanted Volunteer fan, I was excited about the
chance to see Tennessee play in the Rose Bowl. I was sitting in section
14 with five friends, tickets that I was told were in the visiting team
section. In reality, it was a fair mix of Vol and Bruin fans. Bruin fans
appear to believe that when you go to a football game, you sit down and
don’t raise your voice until the fourth quarter. My friends and I were
on our feet cheering for most of the first quarter. That didn’t sit well
with the fans in our section, who called security over to tell us to sit
down. We were rather incredulous when the supervisor told us we were not
allowed to stand up again until halftime. Is that what passes for
football excitement for UCLA? I’ve never been in a quieter stadium
during a game in which neither team ever led by more than seven points.

The security supervisor was very cordial and told us that it was
considered UCLA courtesy at the Rose Bowl to stay seated. I hope every
Bruin fan who makes the trek to Knoxville next year realizes that they
probably won’t be able to see much if they stay seated. If the football
monopoly in Los Angeles is truly over, UCLA fans will need to be
educated about how to cheer at a real football game.

Dear FDIC

The Motley Fool has an article about the DFDIC deal with IndyMac loanholders..

But no, I won’t qualify for this help, and you probably won’t either. In order to get help from the FDIC — help that as taxpayers, you and I are paying for — two things have to be true:

  • Borrowers have to have overextended themselves on their mortgage loans, most likely by either pulling out too much of their equity via refinancing or by getting burned by an adjustable-rate mortgage.
  • The bank where the loan was taken has to have been so badly mismanaged that it gets taken over by the FDIC.

Yep. I’ll admit to thinking that myself. How come I never get benefits from making bad decisions?

But there’s certainly an element of “help your neighbor” sort of thing. The rest of the economy, which I do benefit from, will benefit from having homeowners (wait, you can’t call them homeowners since they owe more than the house is worth…) who can’t pay their loans get supported by government money.

I just have to remind myself of that. Often remind myself of that.Rewarding bad behavior is not a habit I want to see my government get into the habit of doing.

Messed-up Numbers

From an MSNBC story on the “economic crisis”, comes the story of a young man, forced to live with his parents:

Jesse landed a new job six months later — but it was near San Diego in Escondido, Calif., about 110 miles from his parents’ house in the Los Angeles suburb of Norwalk. With apartment rentals at a premium near his office, he hasn’t been able to find a place he can afford. So instead, he’s spending hours on the road each day, and occasionally even sleeps in his car instead of making the long trek.

Jesse estimates he pays $215 a week for gas, and he also pitches in some rent to help his parents with the rising cost of their adjustable-rate mortgage. But so far he hasn’t found a housing solution that would make better financial sense.

Doing the math, that comes out to nearly $900 a month in gas. Let’s assume he’s paying his parents around $100. So he has $1000 available to rent an apartment somewhere around Escondido. Rent.com found 94 apartment listings in Escondido under $1000 per month. Maybe he’s holding out for 2-bedrooms?

He could be one of the people Newsweek just wrote about who continue to get subsidized by their parents to live a lifestyle beyond what they could afford on their own.

One 25-year-old friend—whose parents pay for more than half her rent and all her utilities, as well as giving her spending money—snubbed the idea of compromising her lifestyle for financial independence. Another, a 22-year-old who gets a portion of her rent paid by Mom and Dad, admitted she would be willing to cut back on “superfluous spending,” but was reluctant to move out of Manhattan and into a more affordable borough like Brooklyn or Queens.

Living the American Dream…

Affianced

Last night, my girlfriend said “yes!” when I asked her to be my wife. It was rather windy and chilly up on the bluff at Angels Gate park in San Pedro, but we had a nice picnic, and I surprised her with the ring. I woke up this morning an affianced man!

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It’s really hard to focus at work today…heh