PlayStation 3 40GB Spider-Man Movie Pack
PlayStation 3 40GB Spider-Man Movie Pack by Sony Computer Entertainment

So, I was sleeping in Friday-after-Thanksgiving (my favorite part of the 4-day weekend). The night before, Rich had asked me to remind him to get up early Friday – he wanted to go to Fry’s when it opened which meant he set the alarm for some God-awful time in order be there at 5 a.m.

He wanted to go holiday shopping. Me? I shop online when at all possible – I save on taxes and usually get free shipping. And I don’t have to drive all over creation, not knowing if the store I’m headed to has what I need or not.

But Rich is a different type – and variety is the spice of life – so I encourage him as much as possible. I like my life extra spicy sometimes – it makes up for the lost hours when I’m doing law school stuff instead of being with him.

But I woke up at 10:45 a.m. – much too late to help Rich, who was snoozing next to me. I woke him up with a, “Sweetie, you missed getting up early.” He smiled, rolled over and went back to sleep. Sounded like a good idea, so I did the same. Like I said, sleeping in is my favorite part of holidays.

Meanwhile in mid-slumber, I was awakened by a bounce on the bed. A box was tossed next to me. “Whauh??” I said looking at it through bleary eyes.

It was a Sony PlayStation 3. And as it registered, Rich started handing me Blu-Ray DVDs. And he handed me a bluetooth remote for the thing.

I was shocked.

You see, Rich didn’t miss the shopping; he was there – at 4:45 a.m. – standing in line. He walked right in – got the Fry’s $399 PS3 DVD “bundle” then came back home and crawled into bed without waking me up once. He said the line to get into the store wrapped around the building. It is a big building.

I guess lots of people are buying the PS3 this year – not as a game system but as a way to get a high-def blu-ray DVD player for their HDTVs for less than $500.

That’s what we did.

The “bundle” came with a 40-gig hard drive PlayStation with Blu-Ray DVD player (it also plays normal DVDs and enhances the regular discs for HDTV playback), the remote control and the following high def discs: Spider-Man 3, 300, Underworld: Evolution, Hellboy and Fantastic Four.

And NO video games; not that we mind.

Now, I’m off to start upgrading my favorite DVDs to Blu-ray format. The high definition is stunning, so it will be worth it.

Week 07-11-23The Week | 07-11-23


  • Giuliani’s Past

Busy law school schedule means that by the time I got around to reading this issue of The Week, I already had another issue waiting for me.

Skipping the time-sensitive news parts, this highlights of this issue were: Nice briefing on the plight of the Kurdish people, Nelson Mandela’s mark on the fashion world with the madiba shirt, and some really over-complicated-looking Thanksgiving recipes.

ON Mag 07-11ON Magazine | November 2007 (free PDF version)


  • Winter Travel Issue
  • News

As usual, I leaf through this magazine when Rich brings it home from the Billy DeFrank Center or some other LGBT function he volunteers for. This magazine used to be called OutNow a LGBT monthly for and about San Jose and Silicon Valley. But under new owners, it was renamed ON Magazine (I really hate post-gay names) and focuses on the entire Bay Area and northern California.

Sadly, the more regional this publication gets, the less focused and interesting it becomes. This month’s issue is no different.

Winter travel: It focuses on cold places and Las Vegas. Since I moved to California to escape the snow and do not gamble, I skipped this section. One article was on the California desert – but it was more of a list – which Wikipedia does better.

That left about 4-6 pages of news scattered among the ads. Here, the magazine is improving under editor Troy May, a man I used to work with when we were both board members of the National Lesbian and Gay Journalists Association.

There also is a good article by Heather Cassell on the merger of Coors and Miller brewing – which could end the decades-long LGBT boycott of Coors (were you aware if this boycott?).

Another decent article was a collection of new state laws that will affect LGBT people in California as of January1, 2008.

Other news included an article on three new restaurants opening in San Francisco’s Castro district. That fell into the who-gives–shit category. It was clearly written for the purpose of getting more advertising from SF restaurants – as if anyone from San Jose not of the bar-hopping sort is willing to drive 1.5 hours up to San Francisco, spend another hour trying to park and then dodging homeless people, hoping the smell of human waste doesn’t kill your appetite before dinner begins – then afterward paying San Francisco’s outrageous sales tax for the privilege. No thank you.

Aside from a by-the-numbers profile of a local gay business man (another non-subtle try for ad dollars?), the rest of the magazine was about stuff you could read elsewhere online by better writers.