Wednesday, August 11, 2004

This one goes out to my Homies...

Trench did this once, acknowledging his friends in his blog, and I thought about how I've been ignoring mine for a really long time, pretty much since Alex was born, so I'd like to take some time to share how I feel about them. Yeah, it's going to be mushy, but no, there's no nudity involved. At least not till I get back to Trench.

Brendon and Maralise

I've known these two folks from my stage days, which were short and horribly traumatic. They helped on the technical side of putting on a play, which pretty much is everything when it came down to it. They've been helping me since, with my short films, with my feature films, and even my wedding video for my wife. They were backup dancers for my Sinatra-inspired ode to my wife, in "Can't Take My Eyes off of You." And they were even bit players in my silly movie, and they both hate being in front of the camera. They have, pretty much, been very supportive in my creative endeavors, and I had the privilege of being flown to Baltimore to see them get married. I still have to finish editing their year-old wedding, but they haven't bugged me about it (but I still have to do it.) I have to say that they've gotten the short end of the friendship ever since Alex has been born, because we've gotten dead boring. If not baby stuff, we talk about work. We've just been complete deadbeat friends, with all the excitement sucked out of us. But B and M are still there for us, hanging out with us, dropping in and making the effort to upkeep the friendship. And we really do appreciate that.

And now that B and M are going to have a little boy of their own this coming January, (yes folks, they're having a boy - you heard it here first.) they're still offering to watch Alex when Zoe is born. These are friends who should be treasured more than we're doing, they're truly an important part of our lives. I hope this friendship will be of the lasting variety, and our kids will chase each other around and whatnot.


He is the most persistent person I know - he is so persistent that he once annoyed himself while trying to annoy us, which is one of the funniest things he's ever done. The other funniest thing he's ever done was to put his sandwich on the top of his head so that he could free his hands to do his belt. I died that time. I met Dansen when he was like 16, or younger probably - you never can tell with Dansen, while we were doing my first feature. He's been helping me with a handful of my other stuff, but he's always checking in with me to see what I'm up to, or putting time aside to hang out with me. I find that my relationship with him is pretty unique, because I spend half the time trying not to choke him and half the time wondering how much cooler he could possibly be. He is the most open minded, selfless, unconciousness person in the whole. He can boost the lowest spirits and cut the highest ego down to size just like that. He is a creative genius to which I am afraid of - he is the hoover vac to all things linguistic, historic, internet, culture, and everything in between. A unique soul with a big heart and questionable hygiene at times, but always always an entertaining fellow. Even now, while he's in Japan, he'll take the time to call me with a free 2 minute call from McDonalds, or send me a postcard, or reliably leave a comment on my blog no matter how mundane my posts can be. I'm in love with Dansen, and it's not because he once grabbed my ass while we were crossing the street.

He claims it was accidental, but you do not accidently grab someone's ass.

Cody and Michelle

Cody and Michelle have huge hearts. They threw us bridal and baby showers, bachelor parties, and observed everything in between. Cody and I have been trying to forge a professional relationship for a while, and we work pretty well together, providing if the actors don't suck and that's all we dedicate ourselves to. He is a generous soul, always willing to listen, give advice, and be there for me. I would have to say that he's probably one of the few guy friends I can really share life issues with and get some actually consoling words. He is also one of the smartest guys, with some deep wealth of information all buried under that furrowed eyebrow of cunning and depth. (It's a compliment, and it sounds cool!) At the same time, he's intensely private - I haven't been able to be inside during his tougher times, but that's okay. I haven't really had the chance to get to know Michelle too well, other than through the times we meet and the blog she writes, but she sounds like the perfect soul mate. Very cerebral couple. Their roots go deep to a very innocent time, and they've grown together like two trees that have intertwined through the years. They are now in Japan, forging new experiences and expanding their knowledges. I'm not sure if they'll come back to Bellingham, but they have been one of the best adult friends I could've ever asked for. I haven't been able to hit on another guy since Cody left, and it saddens me because his look of horror when I proposition him for his ass is priceless. A visa moment if you will.

My Wife

My ultimate best friend. She puts up with the best of me, and the absolute worst of me. She loves me when I'm fun, but when I'm a nasty, grouchy, selfish, vulgarian sourpuss wretch bitch, she still loves me. She can cut me down with a jab but she can also sincerely convince me that I'm better than I think I am. And she'd be telling the truth. She's got a great sense of humor, quite quirky and very odd at times, whereby she'd say the weirdest thing or make the strangest sound and it'd just be cute as hell. I like her hearty laugh - it's a great laugh that resonates into colors and butterflies. She can also be a sailor, swearing left and right, and being a rude bastard at times, which I love. But most of all, I like it that I can share everything with her, the good and bad, and she'd listen to every word of it. Through parenthood, through financial hardship, I'm glad I have this friend for my wife and my soul mate, because it makes the journey through life just so much better and happier. She's just so great. I'm so damn lucky to have found her, because she's just so damn cool. She lets me watch porn! She watches it with me! She lets me stay up late! She lets me dance like a retarded dork and still remains attracted to me!

Ahh, and now I have to go to bed with her. And she's sleeping in the middle of the bed, leaving me a sliver of bed to squeeze into.

I love her.

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