FLASH FLASH gurgle gurgle

I was sitting shotgun in my friend Ben’s truck on our way to Lake Havasu in Arizona last weekend just before 1:00 am, when all the sudden there was a huge FLASH of light, then another FLASH! Ben was speeding and had been tagged by a photo radar van sitting on the side of the road. (California people may have no idea what I’m talking about).

Then, not 5 seconds later, the truck we’re driving gurgled before coming to a stop: completely out of gas.

We made 5 phone calls to AAA. In 4 of them we said that we needed DIESEL fuel. When the tow truck driver showed up, guess what he didn’t have

We finally arrived at our destination at 3:20am.

It was a long couple of hours in the pitch-black desert, but it was the jam-packed FLASH FLASH gurgle gurgle we’ll remember forever.

It wasn’t as bad as the time I got punched in the face repeatedly by a mini-van driving, Blink 182 fan.

Where the Wild Things Are

“Where the Wild Things Are” hits the big screen on October 16th!

This was one of my favorite books growing up. Apparently the film has been jumping through hoops for a few years to finally get released… some of those hoops being negative reviews. Some kids were “crying and fleeing from the theater” one review said. Sounds pretty dark. I guess that’s what we should expect from a guy who produced “Being John Malkovich”.

I wonder if anyone will ever get “The BFG” up on the big screen. Or how about “The Giving Tree“?

What childrens book would YOU like to see in the movies?

{ update } it looks like The BFG did hit the big screen in 1989… thanks @sterbenz

my anniversary present

I’ve been hounding Lindsay for a couple of years now, and she finally buckled. On Monday she brought this home for me 🙂 She was going to buy me one for my birthday but I told her not to. We just didn’t have the money. We were going to go out of town for a few days to celebrate year #2, but we ended up staying in town, which saved us at least a few hundred bucks.

So she, being an amazing wife, spent that extra money on this. My justification for spending this much money was that DOZENS of my students own an Xbox, and now we can play each other live online. Or they can come over and play. And nothing shows a student that you love them more than blowing them up with a grenade in a video game.


just like mommy


This little project was graded by the teacher and sent home. The child brought the paper back to school the next day with a note attached from mom:

Dear Ms. Davis,

I want to be very clear on my child’s illustration. It is NOT of me on a dance pole on a stage in a strip joint. I work at Home Depot and had commented to my daughter how much money we made in the recent snowstorm. This drawing is of me…. selling a shovel.

Mrs. Harrington

Super Bowl XLIII

So who are you picking? What’s your score prediction? Who’s your MVP?

I’m rooting and predicting for a Cardinals victory of course, and according to one ESPN poll, so are 52% of Americans!?!

EVERYBODY was saying that the Cardinals were hopeless back in early January. Remember these guys eating their words?

I think the Cardinals are going to come out and score a few really quick touchdowns and the Steelers will never recover. I think the MVP will be Boldin (or maybe Warner), with a final score of 27-17.


“Lost” smells a lot like “Frequency”

Here are some huge similarities between the movie “Frequency” (which I am watching as I type this) and the television show “Lost“.

The TV show “Lost” is all about time travel.

The movie “Frequency” is all about time travel.

Both are about going back and forth in time to save lives, save the day, etc…

Both talk a lot about the changes that will take place if anything in the past is altered from its original setting.

Both include Elizabeth Mitchell in a main role. In “Frequency” her name is Julia. On “Lost” her name is Juliet.

The bad cop in “Frequency” is named Jack Shepard.

The good doctor in “Lost” is named… Jack Shephard.

The hero in “Frequency” is a guy named John and he is nicknamed Chief. John Locke on “Lost” is the new chief of “The Others” (Chief was the nickname the show’s writers used in an interview to describe John Locke’s new role).

The character Jack in “Frequency” is the commander of the Fire Department. The character Jack from “Lost” is the commander of the plane crash survivors.

How about that?

NFC Championship

Loving the anticipation before the big game tomorrow… and hating it at the same time!

I’m the only Cardinals fan in California (how are those Chargers doing?), so I’ll be lonely tomorrow (even though some people are coming over to watch the game). I like parenthetical statements (apparently).

I loved this quote from the Falcons’ head coach Mike Smith about facing the Cards in the Wild Card opener:

“I know we struggled with the crowd noise against the Cardinals defensive line. They beat us off the ball consistently, and we were shocked at the environment they had going in that stadium for our wild-card game. We played in both the Superdome and the Metrodome this season, and they’re known as two of the noisiest places in the NFL. But with that roof closed in Arizona, it wasn’t even close. They were rocking from the opening kickoff, and that noise could be a factor in this game as well.”

I’m pretty jealous of my AZ friends that are going to the game… but I’ll be making plenty of noise here in Tustin!