Monday, June 15, 2009

The weather took a turn for the better yesterday and for the past couple of days it has been wonderful. We took in an independent league baseball game last night in Avon Lake where the Lake Erie Crushers play. The team is made up of single A quality players who weren't drafted or were cut from major league affiliated teams. All of these guys are looking for their break in the minors and are essentially trying to keep in form in case a call comes. Anyway, it was great fun, the team won with a walk off home run and we got to run the bases after the game. How cool is that? My only complaint is that the seats are too close together. In an otherwise beautiful stadium, there just wasn't enough legroom.

Today was relaxed. We hung out at Julie's sister's house playing on the Slip and Slide. Well, I didn't go near that frigid water, but the kids seemed to have fun. Later on we ate homemade meatballs and spaghetti. Man, I am gaining weight by the minute out here. It invariably happens whenever we go on vacation. Tomorrow we're having breakfast with my aunt and uncle and I'm supposed to go to the Indians game. So much for that 12 lbs. I lost.

St. Elsewhere
is on in the background. Man, what a wonderful series that was. I am amazed at how much of the show I still recall when the last time I watched a full episode was back when the show was in syndication on the late 80's. It still ranks as one of my favorite shows of all time.

I look back at my career choices and I wonder if I shouldn't have been focusing on television all along. That's where I have been gravitating to for years. I don't know.

Vacations. Man, they give you too much time to think.


Saturday, June 13, 2009

My first day in Ohio and it was relatively uneventful, which is a good thing. Getting assimilated to a new time zone and a vacation mentality is always what happens on my first day away from home. The flight out here was quiet. The plane was half empty and I sat next to a 60 year old man from Strongsville who owns his own recording studio. With gray hair, a diamond earring and a gold chain, he was much more youthful in appearance than most other 60 year olds I've ever met. He was a nice guy and listening to him gave me an idea for a screenplay or new story. I haven't been inspired like that in a while. I have felt so burned out on movies lately that it was almost a foreign feeling to be formulating a visual story instead of something interior like I've been working on for the past four months. We'll see if I ever get around to writing it. I've come across so many good ideas that I filed away never to see the light of day again. Man, what I wouldn't give to be able to write full time.

Today we went down to the Nature Center in thew Metroparks. Talk about finding inspiration in weird places. I found out the name of the memorial down in the Metroparks that is in one of the chapters of my book. By finding out the name and a little of the history to the Metroparks, I also thought about which character would discuss this information. Thinking of that lead me into a whole new idea about the characters personalities and which ones would describe different things that help propel the story. One character may be more drawn to historical facts, another to how people look, another to music. You see where I'm going with this. These are ideas that I'll likely address in a second draft after I've finished the rough handwritten manuscript. I thought writing this book would be a quick endeavor. Boy, was I wrong.

Tonight I took the kids to see Night at The Museum: Battle for the Smithsonian. The kids really loved it. I thought it was a little uneven and not quite as charming as the first. Amy Adams was quite wonderful, though. She's so fantastic I would watch her in anything. Why hasn't anyone given her a great romantic comedy yet?

Well, that was today. It's cold outside and smells like a campfire. Supposedly it's June.