…And I don’t feel any different.

It’s the obligatory New Year‘s resolution post. I know you were looking forward to it. But I’m sorry to say, I’ve never been one for resolutions. I’m just as ambitious as the next guy, but making yearly goals is synonymous with failure and letdowns. I’d rather make weekly goals (I’m more likely to stick to them). That being said, I think New Year’s is a great time to reflect on the past 365 days. I could look at the disappointments (Lakers) and the triumphs (President Obama), but I’ll just settle for being thankful that I’m alive. It’s good to be breathing.

I’m proud of myself for writing in this blog for as long as I have. Here’s to another year of it.

Before I forget, I saw Run Fatboy Run the other day, and it’s definitely worth the viewing. Simon Pegg and Thandie Newton compliment each other well and found a way of making the sometimes-predictable moments enjoyable. British accents make everything better.

– JD

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Merry Xmas, Celtics.
December 25, 2008, 8:24 pm
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Merry Christmas to all, and to all, a good night.

– JD



Christmas Time is Here.
December 23, 2008, 1:31 pm
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Christmas time is finally upon us. Time for family to gather to exchange, stories, food, presents, and food. There’s never a dull moment in these parts. I thought about what I wanted, but I couldn’t really think of anything. I mean, besides a Lakers win on Xmas day, there’s nothing I actually need. I consider myself lucky.

As for my gift to you? For being so awesome, you get a sneak peak at the new NBA commercials you’ll most likely be seeing during the holidays. Some people might not find them that funny, but I think they’re absolutely hilarious. And it’s definitely time for something other than those redundant “Where amazing happens” commercials that have been running since the beginning of time.  So please, enjoy. And you’re welcome.

Happy Holidays!
– JD



Careless.

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So unlike the rest of my university, I finished finals yesterday afternoon. At first, as always, I was glad that mess was over. The celebrations ahead would be fun, but then it hit me. What do I do now? Don’t get me wrong, I’m the type of person who truly loves having nothing to do. I’ve never succumbed to the power of boredom. But here I was, with absolutely nothing to do.

I watched the Lakers-Knicks game and caught up with The Office — the show that never will stop being funny. For the rest of the week, I plan on finishing off the Christmas shopping, if the weather permits. This whole rain thing is starting to get old, real fast. Hopefully, I can fit in a couple of hours in the gym with me, myself, and a basketball. I’m long overdue.

Last night, after eating one of the world’s most unhealthy meals, I felt sick to my stomach. I immediately regretted consuming such a monstrosity of a dish. It was at that moment, I promised to myself I would watch what I ate from now on. Seriously, no more careless eating. It stops now. After the holidays.

Before I forget, I have to mention I watched the film Smart People last weekend, and it was so much better than I had anticipated. I figured with an all-star cast, the script had to have some substance, and it didn’t disappoint. Without getting too boring, I’ll just say the movie was awesome — an instant favorite with the most fitting ending.

– JD



Full Swing.

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I heard this one song on the radio again. I believe it’s called “I Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas.” It gets me every time. Anyone who hasn’t heard it should definitely search for it. Google it. Youtube it. Just find it. There are few things in life greater than that song.

Let’s see. It’s that time of year where everyone is seemingly so busy. I haven’t had much free time lately. Finals are next week. So I’m definitely looking forward to that. Just about the only thing that makes finals bearable is knowing I get over a month break immediately after. But busy is good, especially in December. All it means is the holidays are in full swing. Speaking of the holidays, I gotta have that Home Alone marathon soon — it’s tradition.

You know what also happens during December? Viruses. I’m asking nicely. If you have a cold, the flu, or anything that might resemble a cold or flu, please, stay as far away from me as you can. I’ve already had my fair share of colds this year. I don’t need anymore. My roommate is trying desperately to pass his sickness on to someone else, but I’m not having any of it. I’m seriously contemplating whether or not I should break out my surgical mask. Always better to be safe.

– JD



So Real.
December 6, 2008, 12:25 pm
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The site is up and running. Check it out: www. It’s just a small sample, and is nowhere near where I’d like it to be. I consider it temporary and something simple I’ll be able to use at the moment. But any feedback would be awesome. Issues or suggestions? Please feel free to send ’em my way.

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Lars and the Real Girl is quite the movie. For anyone who hasn’t seen it yet, reading the description of the film won’t do it justice. The movie has a certain sincerity and realness to it that should connect with everyone on some level. That being said, I’ll never be able to look at blow-up dolls the same way again. Not that I ever looked at them before. What I meant to say was, ummm….go watch the movie.

– JD



It’s December.
December 4, 2008, 4:44 pm
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There’s something about the holiday season that always motivates me to pick up my guitar and start playing. I’m not really sure what it is exactly, but it happens annually. Maybe it’s the weather. Come to think of it, I’m pretty certain the best songs in the history of music have been written during gloomy and/or rainy days. Don’t ask me how I know that. It just makes perfect sense.

Speaking of Christmas, the thought of presents entered my mind today. What do you get people who are simply never satisfied with the gifts given to them? Case in point, my dad has returned every gift given to him by me and my sister for as long as I can remember. It was offensive at first, but now it’s always expected. I honestly considered just wrapping a ball of cash for him last December. But I’m determined to find something that will finally stick. Any suggestions would help.

Things to look forward to this weekend: Manny Pacquiao‘s always entertaining victory speech.

– JD