Thursday, July 28, 2011

Songs In My Head

'With Or Without You'
U2 (Live Minneapolis July 23, 2011)


'Beautiful Day'
U2 (Live Minneapolis July 23, 2011)


'Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For/Stand By Me'
U2 (Live Minneapolis July 23, 2011)


U2 (Live Minneapolis July 23, 2011)


"One, Purple Rain, Hallelujah"
U2 (Live Minneapolis July 23, 2011)


Remembering Elizabeth

July 28th, 1966, Imperatriz, Brasil - My sister Elizabeth died in a drowning accident whilst on a family picnic on the Rio Tocantins. She would have been 7 years old on September 7, and was looking forward to the Brasilian Independence Day Parades. I miss her.
Read long post here.

Monday, July 25, 2011

25 Years On

July 25th, 1986, Brasil - My Dad woke up with chest pains. An ambulance was called. CPR was administered to no avail. Dad died on the front porch of the family home. He was 51 years of age. I am 3 years older than he was when he died. I wish he could have lived to see his grandkids. I miss him.

Saturday, July 16, 2011


"Sometimes you wake up. Sometimes the fall kills you. And sometimes, when you fall, you fly."

- Neil Gaiman

They'll Call It Chance Or Luck Or Fate

"I'll come to you tonight, dear, when it's late,
You will not see me; you may feel a chill.
I'll wait until you sleep, then take my fill,
And that will be your future on a plate.
They'll call it chance, or luck, or call it Fate."

- Neil Gaiman


"I don't want whatever I want. Nobody does. Not really. What kind of fun would it be if I just got everything I ever wanted just like that, and it didn't mean anything? What then?"

— Neil Gaiman (Coraline)

"What power would hell have if those imprisoned here would not be able to dream of heaven?"

— Neil Gaiman (Preludes and Nocturnes)

"But he did not understand the price. Mortals never do. They only see the prize, their heart's desire, their dream... But the price of getting what you want, is getting what you what you once wanted."

— Neil Gaiman (Dream Country)


"There are so many fragile things, after all. People break so easily, and so do dreams and hearts."

— Neil Gaiman (Fragile Things)

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Songs In My Head

'I Crush Everthing'
Jonathan Coulton


'Always The Moon'
Jonathan Coulton


'Famous Blue Raincoat'
Jonathan Coulton


The Finest Thing

"He wondered how it could have taken him so long to realize he cared for her, and he told her so, and she called him an idiot, and he declared that it was the finest thing that ever a man had been called."

— Neil Gaiman (Stardust)

All My Life

"I think I fell in love with her, a little bit. Isn't that dumb? But it was like I knew her. Like she was my oldest, dearest friend. The kind of person you can tell anything to, no matter how bad, and they'll still love you, because they know you. I wanted to go with her. I wanted her to notice me. And then she stopped walking. Under the moon, she stopped. And looked at us. She looked at me. Maybe she was trying to tell me something; I don't know. She probably didn't even know I was there. But I'll always love her. All my life."

— Neil Gaiman (Worlds' End)

The Greatest Of These

"Have you ever been in love? Horrible isn't it? It makes you so vulnerable. It opens your chest and it opens up your heart and it means that someone can get inside you and mess you up."

— Neil Gaiman (The Kindly Ones)

The Darkness

"When we hold each other, in the darkness, it doesn't make the darkness go away. The bad things are still out there. The nightmares still walking. When we hold each other we feel not safe, but better. "It's all right" we whisper, "I'm here, I love you." and we lie: "I'll never leave you." For just a moment or two the darkness doesn't seem so bad."

— Neil Gaiman (Neil Gaiman's Midnight Days)

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

What I Want

"Bod said, 'I want to see life. I want to hold it in my hands. I want to leave a footprint on the sand of a desert island. I want to play football with people. I want,' he said, and then he paused and he thought. 'I want everything."

— Neil Gaiman (The Graveyard Book)

A Declaration

"Let us begin this letter, this prelude to an encounter, formally, as a declaration, in the old-fashioned way: I love you. You do not know me (although you have seen me, smiled at me). I know you (although not so well as I would like). I want to be there when your eyes flutter open in the morning, and you see me, and you smile. Surely this would be paradise enough?). So I do declare myself to you now, with pen set to paper. I declare it again: I love you."

— Neil Gaiman

Read the rest here.

Amazing Voice - Maria's Going To Be A Star

Which Seat Should I Take?

Just Wrong On Pretty Much Every Level

Ten On Tuesday

Questions for Tuesday, July 12, 2011
Provided by Kyria at Travel Spot.

From Blogizdat LJ:

1. When you are on a plane and the kid behind you is kicking your seat, what do you do?

This has two answers, the runner up and the real one:

- What I want to do?

Kindly but firmly tell the kid to stop, and/or the parent(s) to keep their kid under control

- What I actually do?

Nothing, then seethe and swear under my breath the rest of the flight.

Read the rest here.

First Kiss

"They kissed for the first time then in the cold spring rain, though neither one of them now knew that it was raining. Tristran's heart pounded in his chest as if it was not big enough to contain all the joy that it held. He opened his eyes as he kissed the star. Her sky-blue eyes stared back into his, and in her eyes he could see no parting from her."

— Neil Gaiman (Stardust)

Easier? Really?

"I miss you', he admitted.
'I'm here', she said.
'That's when I miss you most. When you're here. When you aren't here, when you're just a ghost of the past or a dream from another life, it's easier then."

— Neil Gaiman (American Gods)


"Memory is the great deceiver. Perhaps there are some individuals whose memories act like tape recordings, daily records of their lives complete in every detail, but I am not one of them. My memory is a patchwork of occurrences, of discontinuous events roughly sewn together: The parts I remember, I remember precisely, whilst other sections seemed to have vanished completely."

— Neil Gaiman (Smoke and Mirrors)

Rule Number One

"Rule number one: Don't fuck with librarians."

— Neil Gaiman

Wednesday, July 06, 2011


"She seems so cool, so focused, so quiet, yet her eyes remain fixed upon the horizon.

You think you know all there is to know about her immediately upon meeting her, but everything you think you know is wrong. Passion flows through her like a river of blood.

She only looked away for a moment, and the mask slipped, and you fell. All your tomorrows start here."

Neil Gaiman


"She is not waiting. Not quite. It is more that the years mean nothing to her any more, that the dreams and the street cannot touch her.

She remains on the edges of time, implacable, unhurt, beyond, and one day you will open your eyes and see her, and after that, the dark.

It is not a reaping. Instead, she will pluck you, gently, like a feather, or a flower for her hair."

Neil Gaiman

Strange Little Girl

"There are a hundred things she has tried to chase away the things she won't remember and that she can't even let herself think about because that's when the birds scream and the worms crawl and somewhere in her mind it's always raining a slow and endless drizzle.

You will hear that she has left the country, that there was a gift she wanted you to have, but it is lost before it reaches you. Late one night the telephone will sing, and a voice that might be hers will say something that you cannot interpret before the connection crackles and is broken.

Several years later, from a taxi, you will see someone in a doorway who looks like her, but she will be gone by the time you persuade the driver to stop. You will never see her again.

Whenever it rains you think of her."

Neil Gaiman

Saturday, July 02, 2011

Songs In My Head

Ed Sheeran


'Fire Alarms'
Ed Sheeran


'Where We Land'
Ed Sheeran


'Cold Coffee'
Ed Sheeran


Ed Sheeran