Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
As y'all know my Slingerland bass drum was stolen on
Friday night. Last night my Dad, Carlo, told me to
say a prayer to Saint Anthony. I didn't, he did. What I did do is make
two huge reward signs and put
them up in my neighborhood, "reward for stolen drum
and 2-child stroller".
I received multiple calls offering to replace the
stroller at no cost. Yes, the "good guys" are still
out there, OUR team is intact! I did not, however,
get any response regarding my drum. I very
respectfully declined the offers for a free stroller
because a homeless man collecting cans found my
stroller in a dumpster and returned it to me after
seeing the sign. Angels are everywhere! He also told
me that the dumpster he pulled it out of is behind a
I went to the motel this morning and gave the manager
one of my business cards and told him my story. He
knew who had my drum. Unfortunately the guy had
already checked out. The manager did give me copy of
a copy of the man's drivers license. So I decided to
go check out some similar motels in the area.
I called the police on the way to another motel to
follow up on the report I made. As I'm talking to the
officer, I pulled up to the office and look over and
there's the guy! I told the officer to please stay on
the line, that I see the guy. The officer was totally
in shock, but he said, "of course". I walk over to
the guy, ask him is he is Shaun Daniels, the name on
the DL. He says yes.
Now my heart is pumping hard and I'm in full
adrenaline mode. So I says to the guy, My name is
Joey Ventittelli, you stole my drum and I want it
back. His jaw hit the floor. You could see in his
eyes he's asking himself "how did this guy find me". Priceless!
Without any protest he goes back into his hotel room
and brings out my drum, still in the case. I'm
freaking out, so I says to him, "thou shall not
Now the guy's looking at me like I'm crazy, and at
that moment I was so high on adrenaline I probably did
look a little crazy, but I GOT MY DRUM BACK! SUCKAH!
Needless to say, I am on cloud nine. And it just goes
to show, prayer + dilligence = results!
Monday, January 29, 2007
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Mail carriers used to find balls of masking tape inside blue boxes all the time. A thief would make a sticky ball of tape and drop it into a box at the end of a piece of string, fishing for letters. The Postal Service responded by installing jagged teeth inside the box to cut the string.
Some thieves broke into the boxes. Others unbolted the entire box from the ground and set it up somewhere else as their private piggy bank. Unsuspecting citizens would come by and put their mail in.
Friday, January 26, 2007
She has a great catchphrase... when someone else on the show makes a good quip she says, "Look what you did!"
I'm going to use that whenever possible. I recommend that you do too.
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Monday, January 22, 2007
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Thanks for that, Mark! It's one of many great birthday presents I've gotten this weekend. It's true, I really haven't been keeping that blog up anymore -- I don't have much time to sit at my computer to draw, and haven't gotten around to buying myself a scanner since moving away from the one at my parents' house (can you recommend a nice fast flatbed, by the way?) Rest assured, though, I've been doing lots of drawing offline, including a few pieces on the big dry-erase board above my cubicle (example attached) and also a few design projects including doing advanced production on a graphic for an Australian clothing line (also attached.) Next up is a redesign of our family photographer's portfolio site (you can see the current, crappy version at www.lomasmith.com, but my improved version is still in planning stages.) Tomorrow I'm out shopping for a bigger rental house so I can move in with more of my friends, and after that I'm going to cook something from the Armenian cookbook that one of my new housemates got me for my birthday -- but after THAT I'm definitely planning to draw a few of those goofy faces.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
1996 dodge dakota
V6 magnum engine
smogged and regisistered(sic)
first $2000 takes it
I had a customer this week who had a chessboard on the coffee table in the living room. I asked if he played a lot. He said sometimes. I said that I read the chess article in the San Francisco Chronicle every weekday. He said that he did too and hadn't known anyone else who also played.
Then he told me about how he almost won the All-City title in San Francisco in fourth grade. He had a won position and was about to checkmate his opponent, but then blundered into a stalemate.
Friday, January 19, 2007
Thursday, January 18, 2007
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
Sunday, January 14, 2007
After we got inside, Steve realized that he'd lost the ticket stubs. But we found them soon after, on the floor just outside one of the stalls in the men's room.
There was a kid two seats away from me who spent the whole concert sleeping on the (unoccupied) seat between us.
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Memorable quote from the movie Transamerica: "I'm a fourth-level vegan. I don't eat anything that casts a shadow."
Friday, January 12, 2007
Thursday, January 11, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Tuesday, January 09, 2007
Monday, January 08, 2007
Sunday, January 07, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Friday, January 05, 2007
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
Monday, January 01, 2007
He told me that the landscape painter Greg Kondos used to come to our gym. My friend thought he was another kind of painter and once said to Kondos, "I'm going to be painting my house soon. Do you want to bid on the job?"