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Friday, March 16th, 2012
2:35 am
Wow, ok.
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New Years came....went (but in a wonderful way) Had a blast with Col and her Mom and made the absolute most out of about 5 days of before and after New Years. Taking advantage of coffee at Jones, ice cream at Fosselman's, catching the floats midnight before their big debut, V.I.P treatment at the racetrack, etc. Actually I recently came back from Vegas where Cam, my Dad and I finally had extra days to take advantage of being there and had a wonderful time. As shown by the photos above and below
Photobucket Agogoro, Tiki Room and Mississippi Mary's 4 life!!!

Col and I have been living here in Pasadena for a little over 2 years now. We love it here and look forward to possibly working out a home here sometime soon. We had our first bid on our first home a couple days ago, so look forward to what the future will bring us. What I do know is I'm loving every moment!!!

Current Mood: satisfied
Tuesday, November 15th, 2011
6:43 pm
Top 5 for post-birthday reflection
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1. The amazing time I had up in Idyllwild with the family. I can't even begin to describe how amazing of a time this was. I jokingly quipped with my sister in pure sibling rivalry fashion that my folks "gave me the universe" for my bday. Sadly, like all good things they are over waaaay too fast.

2. Birthday records. Of course I took full advantage of gift certificates, bday card money, and actual record gifts as carte blanche to net in some all time favorite things including Sjob, Witch, and Rail Band lp's

3. Spent many a drink filled night arranging the many phone pictures I've accumulated throughout about a 7 year period to make a 114 page book. It was a labor of love and I couldn't be happier with the finished copy (save for a couple pages printed too dark).

4. The "stay-cation" Col and I took. We made the most of kind of a bummer situation and in typical us fashion, found fun things to do in town. We'll have to make it to Portland sometime soon though...

5. Having a blast tasting various Tequila's and Mezcals from our bar as well as having a great selection of tap beers so close to the house. I'm in the process of taking it kinda easy and recovering from the excess of my birth-month.
Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
12:06 pm
The racetrack is back!!!
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The time has come again where around my birthday, we head over to the Santa Anita racetrack. This time around, we didn't have the traditional tailgate beer party before. We ended up at Cam's for a while making homemade bloody mary's which came out so damn good. After getting to the track and after a couple swigs off the flask we find ourselves a seat and start perusing the racing form. We only stayed for about 4 races and I bid my friends farewell and proceeded to walk and meet Col and a local restaurant. I chose the Derby because I've always wanted to go there and it didn't disappoint. The garlic bread, and drinks were wonderful and I had an awesome time with the lady. We are actually headed there this Saturday for the big group October birthday spectacular, so I imagine more pics and stories will made. Hopefully shared soon too seeing as I haven't posted here in a while.
Thursday, June 30th, 2011
1:10 am
New mysteries
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Not since the closing of Randy's Records in Pomona have I found a record store of such an unbelievable caliber. Not just of amazing store stock, but of amazing personal stock as well. The owner, Scott raises the bar on how to run a wonderful place to not just buy amazing records (which I did), but to connect on a level not seen in 99.9% of most record stores. I started the day heading down to West Adams with high hopes of a day to remember. Upon arriving, I greet Scott and a couple of patrons with a 12 pack of Dos Equis to kick off what I knew would be the start of a great day of great music, great conversation, and great friends. 3 out of 3 of these would greet me as I sip on the first of many cold beers and dig through mountains of Latin, African, Reggae, Soul, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, Funk, Latin lp's and 45's. I quickly amass a large pile to listen to which keeps me busy for the remainder of this trip. I realize after two 12 packs of beer and 3 large blunts smoked that 5 hours have passed and I have to head back to Pasadena. I pick out the winners of the day which make me verrrry happy and head back while passing streets in the midst of a block party playing early 80's R&B which makes me very happy. Not to mention the house I could hear rehearsing an amazing Corrido song that I wish I could have stayed a while longer to hear. After returning back Col, her Mom and me decide to head to the Langham for some drinks which ended up topping off my night as one for the record books for one hell of a perfect day.

Current Mood: giddy
Wednesday, May 11th, 2011
12:29 am
The power of the Magical Dub Blanket
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My lady and I got to combine musical forces a couple weeks ago at my second excursion playing live ever. While she wonderfully maned the sound booth as a mixer, I rocked an echoed out SK keyboard. It was an amazing moment where I realized how in sync we both were not just as a married couple, but as musicians as well.
Wednesday, March 2nd, 2011
9:11 pm
Serendipidy
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Had a great night with the wife going to Lucky Baldwins pub. Haven't had a fish and chips dinner with a cold brew in quite a while. It just so happend to be Belgian Beer Fest, so while I was waiting for my lady to arrive, I enjoyed a couple of quality ales. While drinking, I was reminded of a super recent memory of going for one of my epic walks and randomly thinking of time travel for quite a few blocks. Not many cars drive past this particular street mind you, and all of the sudden a Delorean drives by and I loudly laugh to myself...how perfect life can work sometimes.
Sunday, February 13th, 2011
12:14 am
File under pre Valentines Day perfect days
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Wow...what a day!!!! Col and I started the day by sleeping in which coincidentally is my favorite way to spend a Saturday morning. The night before I was out late with Cam and Co. watching the band called The Step kids play in LA. I didn't get back until pretty early in the morning, so a late start today was just what the doctor ordered. We started the day balling out and getting some incredible lunchtime food at Houston's. Followed by my idea of getting some random flowers at Whole Foods and making some arrangements back at the house in a traditional Ikebana fashion. Arranging flowers whilst listening to some great records and drinking some great wine was the foundation of today and resulted in such a wonderful time to be had by all. We took a break to rest at the Arlington Garden and just relaxed on the Adirondack chairs and enjoyed nature. Afterwards, we picked up a couple of DVD's from our favorite store Videotheque in South Pasadena. Almost getting lost, we arrived in Eagle Rock to pick up some ridiculous burritos from Rambo's Taco's. After stuffing our faces, we returned to the spot and made some paper cutouts to hang on the wall. Just finished watching the first DVD and can't wait for the second. A perfect day....one for the books. Hope all is well with everyone!!!

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Current Mood: jubilant
Tuesday, January 25th, 2011
9:00 pm
some things never change
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Here is a photo of yours truly a couple decades apart in the same location. The Los Angeles Arboretum is one of my favorite places to sit back and relax, daydream, get inspired, climb trees, act like a kid again, reminisce, plan for the future, bird watch, etc. I highly recommend it if you're in town...just call me up first!!!
8:34 pm
Just another silly band
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I've been playing music with some friends of mine for about a year now. It's super easy going and we just like hanging out and drinking a few beers, tying off a few j's and randomly playing instruments. A couple practices ago, it occurred to me that we should have a band photo. We quickly got into position and I jokingly photoshopped it the next day making it as ridiculous as possible to get a quick laugh. Hopefully it's the same to all who view it can as well.
Monday, January 17th, 2011
12:08 am
good times
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So, married life is amazing!! Col and I spend this evening watching the new Michael Gondry movie while eating pizza with veggie pepperoni. Afterwards, she went to sleep and I've been spending the night listening to some Juju lp's and drinking some whiskey. I need to upload some wedding pics soon:) I also need to explain how this new years was the best ever!!!!! Early morning homemade bloody mary's mixed with Fonchy breakfast. After which, we went to the race track at Santa Anita. I actually won a race which equaled $11. Lastly, we went to Bahooka for lunch and delicious bowls. Good times and for all who slept:

http://maebird.blogspot.com/2010/12/congrats-friends.html

Current Mood: ecstatic
Saturday, October 16th, 2010
12:57 pm
My kind of day!!
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What a beautiful overcast and chilly day! I love how these are the kind of days that inspire me to come up with great ideas for perfect days. Today's plans involve going to Justin and Amanda's for early afternoon beers and snacks and then heading to Rancho to visit the folks and have homemade pizza at Helge's.

In other wonderful news, I just got engaged!!! I couldn't be happier! The pic above comes craft night with Col. Artsy fun with a bottle of wine. Good times and plenty more to come.

Current Mood: giddy
Saturday, September 25th, 2010
12:05 pm
Hazy Summer
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I'm so happy that this summer has been super mild. This weekend being the rare exception, although still not that bad. This summer has given way to great bbq's, record listening parties, and evening strolls and rides around various Pasadena neighborhoods. I really love it here.
Saturday, July 17th, 2010
10:24 pm
Home Alone
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Col went on a mini vacation with her friends to New York. I'm glad she's having a great time, as she really deserves some quality girl time with her bestest of friends. I've had the past couple of days off to do whatever I wanted. The weather changed from comfortable 80's to hide away upper 90's....So the days are mostly spent in the happy embrace of the double A/C units. When I felt the urge to explore the newly heated landscape, I left for the most amazing evening walks and finally made the trek to the Huntington Library with my new "get in free card." The rest of the days were spent enjoying a welcomed change; making artwork,
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chasing the hot away with some cold brews and partaking in some great weed in the evening which makes for some great late night google/youtube searches. Although I am enjoying the time by myself, I do miss my lady like crazy.

A quick highlight of last week was taking a quick trip to my parents house where my Dad made some of his famous homemade pizza. Sooo good.
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Current Mood: hot
Monday, April 26th, 2010
12:05 pm
Perfect days 2010 edition
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What a weekend!!! Saturday I went home to Rancho to visit the folks. Got to go to my first baseball game in about 10 years. It was actually pretty fun...my cousins husband plays for a semi-local team. Got to taste a local brew of beer that was called Hanger which was an orange wheat. It tasted pretty damn good. I love trying the local craft beers all around town, Pomona Queen, Craftsman, etc. Makes for some breezy sunny afternoons. The game ended with a crazy and unexpected fireworks show!?!?!?!

Sunday came around pretty fast and after returning to Pasadena, Col and I went to the Natural History Museum which holds some pretty awesome memories in both my childhood as well as Art Center Days for seeing Marshall Allen there from the Sun Ra Arkestra. This time was no exception, fun time had by all. The cherry on top was the temporary exhibit "The Pavilion of Wings" where they have multiple species of Butterflies. They kind of looked like flying candy wrapers and it was so cool to be able to be that close to them, not to mention watching Col freak out a bit!!!

After that experience, we came back to Pass and ate at one of my favorite places...Tokyo Wako. The veggie hibachi meal combined with the sauces equals total perfection and one happy Casey. Not long after that we headed over to Justin and Amanda's house where we drank some beers, ate some of Amanda's amazing blueberry cobbler, and had a great visit with some great friends. We came home very tired, but feeling accomplished.

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Current Mood: thankful
Friday, April 23rd, 2010
11:57 am
back to the grill again
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Still love living in Pasadena with my lady. We are totally in step with each other and it makes for some great times. As crazy as it sounds, I'm actually looking forward to some warmer weather. I miss BBQ's and Tecate. I also look forward to always trying new food spots and as always enjoying record listening days which need to step up in frequency. Hoping all is well with everyone.

Current Mood: satisfied
Friday, January 8th, 2010
2:55 pm
Relaxin for a while
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After what seemed like countless days on nonstop work/obligations, I finally have a free morning/afternoon to do with as I please. So far, I played some records as shown above, worked out, drank copious amounts of coffee for that perfect state of jittery relaxation, and spent way too much time online. What new mysteries are in store for me today? Time to find out.

Current Mood: peaceful
Monday, December 21st, 2009
12:51 pm
Weekends was made for Mama Beer
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For Christmas presents, Cam and I brewed our own beer which we named after Cam's cat. I have to say it was a blast from the beginning (choosing the right hops from smell and grain etc), to the end (designing labels for each beer individually). I am so excited to finally open one up and see how it turned out. Still have to wait till around New Years. If it turns out alright, I think we might have started a new Christmas tradition!!!! "Easy on the pocket, hard on the liver"

Current Mood: cafinated
Tuesday, November 3rd, 2009
9:47 am
Birthday J
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Recap of my birthday and Halloween:


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My birthday was awesome. So great to still have birthweeks...where the festivities go down for a whole week.

-Sipping Tesoro and Don Fulano anejo tequilas
-my sisters surprise present: Swimming with dolphins at San Diego Seaworld
-remote controlled helicopter. An old birthday wish finally fulfilled
-pumpkin carving party
-driving my dad's MG again after 5 years
-splurging on records again with birthday money (Ebo Taylor, Carlos Ramos, Toyan, Etiole de Dakar, Candi Staton, etc)
-Geisha house dinner where (too) much food was eaten and just enough sake was drank.
-Buffalo Inn for pitchers on Halloween with my Dad.
-Getting some good artwork done in the past couple weeks. Pretty soon, I want to use them to make another animated flavors short to use for some of Cam's songs. Been WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAY too long since I've made a movie.
-Settling in the new place with Col and enjoying every minute.
Friday, October 9th, 2009
10:44 am
Weather Break
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Col and I are settling in to our new place. We still have more than a few things we need to get. On top on that list is something for one of my speakers to stand on so we can finally play some real records and not just mp3's through horrible tinny computer speakers.

But possessions aside, I love living here. Trying out new restaurants, walking and exploring the neighborhood and all it's amazing craftsmen houses, late night art making, etc. I hope to stay here for a very long time. Now on to finding a better job... In the meantime, I present some truly random pics from my cell phone with some commentary

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Friday, August 7th, 2009
12:23 am
Bon Voyage Rancho Cucamonga
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After about 4 years, I'm finally saying goodbye to my small room at my folks house and moving back to wonderful Pasadena California. I can't tell you how excited I am to get back not only to living on my own, but living in one of my favorite cities in the world. I'm sure this will be the key to reviving my (non existant) art production, music appreciation, and overall well being! Accompanying me will be my lovely lady Col, and together we will bring a small slice of wonderful to our new place. I anxiously look forward to posting my first journal update from the new place.
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