today i drove around like santa claus

i didnt expect to actually talk to anyone but i was invited into the most beautiful home

with the greatest view.

every night the Dodgers light off fireworks they get to take it in from their deck.

can you imagine?

i have known the greatest people.

maybe thats what this podcast should be.

maybe shane is right: who needs a gimmick when you have the busblog?

all i have to do is talk to the people i already know

and their friends and family

and thats the show.

it could at least be the first 5 seasons.

22 episodes a season, so 110 people?

do i know 110 interesting people?

of course.

was very disappointed when i left their home and drove through the jack in the box

theyve already discontinued their McClucker sandwich or whatever they call it.

it was incredible: fried boneless chicken breast, guac, bacon, mayo, tomato.

theyd even kiss you on the forehead if you got the combo with curly fries

when i didnt see it on the screen i asked is this a mistake

the voice on the box said

you’re in the best part of LA for tacos and youre in jack in the box so dont ask me about mistakes

my name is tony and sometimes i pick fights on twitter

i feel like i need to

i feel like if youre gonna say the dumbest thing

in public

and no one else says wtf

then i have to say it

otherwise theyre going to think they can keep on going with that horse caca

(not pictured)

had two excellent conversations today while getting in my steps.

the first was with a major in the armed forces

we’d probably be best friends if he didnt live in an igloo

he threeway called us with a famous fotographer – neither of us have talked in forever

we talked about one of our friends who had lost his job and his manager broke up with him

we discussed very complex and sensitive items

laughing and speaking over each other like no time had passed since we last partied

they were drinking, i was walking at a brisk pace bc i was cold

the second phone conversation was held at my home

a beautiful woman who in the middle of the conversation said

im no longer beautiful.

i said prove it.

later a noise startled my cats and they tore ass under my bed.

nothing bad has happened to these animals

ever in their lives.

the most trauma theyve ever experienced was

when i trim their nails a few times a year

on my bed!

and yet.

the day began at 230pm when i had a 90 minute call with a gentleman in columbia

couldnt have been nicer.

because my sleep is so backwards i had to set my alarm

so i would not miss the 230pm call.

much of texas right now has no power.

people are freezing cold.

the governor is blaming green energy.

i say prove it.


keira-anne from canada-eh asks what the heck

chris with mickey mouse

keira-anne writes: What the heck? You were holding out on me. I had no idea there was a Dodgers Mickey at Dodger Stadium!

there isnt. and there never was. it was all trick photography.

but there once was…

in the year 2010 major league baseball’s all star game was played in anaheim stadium, which is a few miles away from a certain Land.

circling the stadium were Mickey Mouses painted in the colors and logos of all of the teams.

vandals destroyed all but two of them: everyone’s favorites, the Cubs and

the extremely suspicious Dodgers.

the Cubs donated theirs to a Chicago-area children’s hospital

and the Dodgers tucked theirs away in the basement of the Alamo.

weirdly, the basement of the Alamo has a Higgs-Bottom escalator that runs directly into the basement of Dodger Stadium

Mickey LA gang signand the other night after the Guns n Roses show, my buddy Chris and I were roaming around the basement of Dodger Stadium and remembered about this superfast escalator to Texas and seeked it out.

sure enough, right behind a door that said Next Week’s Dodger Dogs was a hole with a ladder that brought us to the Higgs Bottom transporter and in less than 10 seconds we were in the basement of the Alamo.

Chris brought a beer with him to see the effects of beer after particle transfer travel: it turns flat, but gets colder

after rummaging around the Alamo we took a picture of the birthday boy, took a picture of where Ozzy peed on the Alamo (not pictured), took a picture of where Pee Wee took a tour of the Alamo, and then we zipped back to Cali.

heres what i can tell you. youd think the Alamo would be cooler. also, youd think a Dodgers Mickey Mouse would be displayed like all the time.

are the Dodgers and the Mouse mad at each other for some reason?

do kids just lose their damn minds when theres a Mickey Mouse statue right in front of their eyes?

is the Dodger Mickey Mouse super bad luck and thats why they shipped it to Texas in the middle of the night?

none of these questions will ever be answered, sadly. but the next time youre in San Antonio, you’ll know how to get to LA in seconds.

de nada

today my friend is running for congress in austin

– and he’ll probably win

many moons ago i was lucky enough to meet mr dan grant. he was interviewing for a job and i happened to be the guy who was hiring. dan was a dashing, funny, incredibly sharp gentleman who seemed like a throwback to a better time when men were well-rounded and intelligent and worldly and bright.

for some reason dan reminded me sort of like a sober dean martin – handsome, suave, witty, and completely personable.

of course i hired him and he worked for us for about a year i think and right as the internet boom was begining to collapse and it became my job to lay people off, dan volunteered to part ways with us so that we could save one job of someone who wanted to stay on board.

dan, you see, had arranged to move to Kosovo to help ensure fair democratic voting procedures. Dan later went to Bosnia to help usher in democracy, and a few years later went to Afghanistan and Iraq.

Remember all of those pictures of people in Iraq voting and then dipping their finger in purple ink? Dan Grant was part of that.

Grant has an unusually strong grounding in small-d democracy and foreign affairs. In Iraq, his duties included helping the Independent Electoral Commission of Iraq prepare and conduct the historic elections of 2005. He consulted with international military forces and local leaders in Basra, Fallujah, and Mosul.

As deputy director of Iraq’s largest out-of-country voting program, Grant oversaw an unprecedented effort to give democracy a chance in the Middle East by registering eligible voters in major U.S. cities for Iraq’s Transitional National Assembly election. He oversaw a staff of more than a thousand and a budget of millions of dollars and ran the day-to-day operations of all senior personnel.

In Afghanistan, Grant helped coordinate security and policy planning for that nation’s post-Taliban constitutional convention on the behalf of USAID, and previously served as an operations officer for the massive effort to re-establish Afghanistan’s Central Bank. – Dan Grant for Congress: About

Today he is running for the Democrat nominee for congress in Austin, Texas. he has gotten the support of pretty much every important group in town from the local papers (Austin American-Statesman, Houston Chronicle, The Austin Chronicle, Daily Texan) to the unions to the people who ran for congress before him.

this is how the Austin-Statesman described him when they endorsed him:

Grant Best Choice for Democrats

The 10th Congressional District is a gerrymandered jumble rambling from Austin’s western edge to the Houston suburbs. The design is a creation of the Legislature’s 2003 redistricting, ordered by then U.S. House Majority Leader Tom DeLay to remake Texas and the 10th District as a Republican redoubt.

But Democrats have been making inroads in recent elections, and there are two strong Democrats running in the March 4 primary for the 10th District seat. Dan Grant, 34, an astute and prepared young man from Austin, and Larry Joe Doherty, 61, a Houston lawyer who plays a judge on a television courtroom show, have mounted solid campaigns.

Though either Grant or Doherty will give Republican incumbent Michael McCaul a good fight, Grant brings more to the primary election contest. He has youth, vigor and deep experience serving in some of the world’s most dangerous places, including Iraq, Afghanistan, Bosnia and Kosovo. Grant has received virtually all of the endorsements from Democratic constituencies in the meandering district.

Grant is a graduate of McCallum High School and Georgetown University, where he received a degree in foreign service. He also has a master’s degree from the London School of Economics and served as a civilian in various positions overseas.

it’s terribly exciting to see someone you actually know continue to rule and do it solely for the benefit of others. as you watch the results trickle in tonight, keep an eye on the 10th district in Texas and see if our boy beats the actor best known for his role in the tv show Texas Justice.

looks like he will win. and when i make it to austin later this week it will be pretty awesome if i get to shake the hand of a nominee for congress and be able to say, i knew that guy way back when only hundreds of people knew he was awesome. now tens of thousands know it and will probably vote for him. stay tuned.