Archive for December 2008

2008 superlatives (Dan’s edition)

December 30, 2008

Prior to 2008, last year in which I voted for the winner of a Presidential election: 1988

Best book with the worst title: The Failure of the Founding Fathers: Jefferson, Marshall, and the Rise of Presidential Democracy, Bruce Ackerman

Worst book with the best title: The Secret History of the English Language, M.J. Harper

Hotel with the most books: The Library Hotel, New York

Funniest thing that happened on our blog: Fictional roommates?

Something that happened before we started our blog: N/A

Footballer of the Year: (tie) Allie, Darren Huckerby

House of the Year: Spring Ranch (aka the Old Kent Ranch)

Drink of the Year: Belmont Stakes –by Jacqueline Patterson

Favorite Swedish tween vampire movie: Let the Right One In

Favorite lunch date: Noelani

Favorite California institutions: (tie) the Supreme Court of California and Cabrillo College, Aptos


Favorite forty year-old: Troy!

p.s. “Poop.”


Family friendly blogging

December 30, 2008

You’ll be relived to know that an independent third party has rated our blog “G”. We did get dinged for the word “poop”, but are otherwise clean as a whistle.

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2008 superlatives (Troy’s edition)

December 29, 2008

It’s the time of year when everyone comes out with their year-end best lists.  Here’s mine (Dan’s is on the way):


Biggest high: Nov. 4

Biggest low: Nov. 4

Best new non-SIAJ website:

Favorite quote: “I can see Russia from my house!” –Tina Fey

Best new restaurant: Orson

Meal of the year (restaurant): “Bacon and Bourbon,” Orson May 15

Meal of the year (home): T-giving at Spring Ranch

Best new coffee: Four Barrel Coffee –rich, amazingly consistent Americanos and salted caramel donuts

Favorite iPhone app: Flixster, Facebook, Nextbus (tie)

Favorite iPhone app (Noe): Scribble, Tris (tie)

Favorite iPhone app (Siobhan): Animal sounds

Favorite new way to let Dan know what we’re doing, without actually telling him: Google Calendar

Netflix rentals rated 5 stars: Control

Netflix rentals rated 1 star: Picnic at Hanging Rock, Cloverfield, (Not)Gay, Wet Hot American Summer

Movies seen at the Castro: The Seven Samurai, Michael Clayton, Barton Fink, Last Year at Marienbad, On the Beach, Contempt, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, [9 LGBT film festival movies], Three Coins in the Fountain, The Little Mermaid, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, Milk

Best read: “The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao” by Juno Diaz

Favorite passage: From Midnight’s Children, by Salman Rushdie: “…which he took to Vijay Stores opposite the circumsizing barbershop in Gowalia Tank Road…”

Drink of the Year: Manhattan

Marriage of the Year: San Jose Earthquakes + Tottenham Hotspur

Weekend Report 12/28/08

December 28, 2008

We had a little mini getaway to Marin county this weekend.  Not much to report here– just got a lot of reading done.  Pediatric, Midnight’s Children and Founding Father reading.  Thanks to a tip from Andrea, we enjoyed a fabulous French meal at El Paseo in Mill Valley and spent the night overlooking the harbor in Sausalito.  Sunrise this morning was spectacular.  I had the promenade all to myself:



Is this your bumper?

December 27, 2008

Currently on the sidewalk across the street. If u know someone who is missing this, please forward them our email. Actually, it was left behind by another victim of a red light runner on Divis today. Witnessed audibly by Dan (Troy was in the shower).

In other news, The Moss Room in the new Acadamy of Science Museum features the best air hand-dryer ever. It feels like a mini massage and actually gets your hands *dry*.

Holiday spirit

December 26, 2008

They’ve got it. Do you?

A penguin in a snow globe!

A penguin in a snow globe!

p.s. A few weeks ago, Santa was flying a vintage airplane on their lawn … mysteriously, on Christmas Eve, he had departed. Coincidence?

p.p.s. That’s the second time in a week that I’ve used the “Coincidence?” gag.

Gingerbread AT-AT break

December 22, 2008
[post is primarily for the 3-10 yr old nephew readers of SIAJ]
A friend of ours went to a party last night famous for its humongous gingerbread house. I’m sure there were lots of Castro fabulati present, but did they have any Star Wars gingerbread items? We found some here.
direct from teh ice planet Hoth

direct from the ice planet Hoth


Have a merry TIE fighter Xmas