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Last Post of Summer 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 06:26 PM
Well, this is the last post I'll make to the blog until school starts. I promised I'd put up the pictures of the finished studio, so here they are. I've also included the pictures of the way it looked at the beginning of summer. Believe me, it's come a long way. If you could have seen what it looked like a year ago, you'd be amazed. Anyway, enjoy the pics and I'll see you all in a few days. Oh yeah, if you haven't looked at the News section of the website, it would be a good idea to do that now.


Mr. D

The Completed Outside

What it used to look like

The Completed Inside

The New Tile Floor

What it used to look like

The Matching Chicken Coop

The Rabbit Hutch

Showdown in Japan 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 03:50 PM

Here is a picture from the Japanese Festival in Concord. Watching grown men hit each other with sticks always makes for good entertainment. My mother works with the guy who runs the festival, so we attend every year. The food is awesome and there are cool games for the kids. What's weird though, is that I actually went to a Japanese restaurant last night. I never eat Japanese food unless I'm at the festival, but I went out with all of my brother-in-laws last night and they all wanted sushi. So, we ended up at a Japanese joint. Fortunately, they had Chinese food as well, so that's what I ordered. Afterwards we went to go see the Bourne Supremacy. In a word it SUCKED. I actually fell asleep for about 25 minutes. How good could it have been. I suppose the Sake could have made me sleepy, but I prefer to think it was the sub-par movie. Anyhow, if you are reading this, why don't you leave a comment telling me what you are up to or whatever else you'd like to say. It won't be too long before we're all back at school and won't have anywhere near this much free time on our hands.
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Red Kid Arcade 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 03:49 PM

Hey everyone. Here is a low resolution image for the marquee I made for my arcade cabinet. This is the part that lights up above the monitor. It's actually 28 inches by 8 inches and looks really awesome lit up. If you're wondering what Red Kid is, it's actually the initials of both of my sons. Red stands for R iley E lijah D elaurenti and Kid stands for K illian I saiah D elaurenti. I haven't been doing anything exciting lately. I've completely finished my wife's studio on the inside. Now I just need to paint the outside. I've also been setting up my recording studio inside of her painting studio. I'll post pictures before summer's over.

Tomorrow I'm going to the SF aquarium to look at the fishies. I will also be checking into going on a field trip there for next year. I've taken classes there in the past, but this is in a new building that is very close to the Metreon. I'll have to see how it goes.

I hope you all are enjoying your last few weeks of summer. I can't wait to start back to school!


Mr. D

How's Things? 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 03:47 PM
Hi Everybody,

I hope you all are having a restful summer. I've been working like a dog on Linda's studio. It looks a whole lot different than the pictures I posted on June 28. I've tiled the floor (With ceramic tile not that cheap blue stuff they put in our classroom), The outside has been covered in wood siding and trim, and cable and phone have been run out to it. I should be finished with everything but the painitng of the outside within a week. It's more like a guest house than a studio, but Linda will paint in it. I'll post pictures in a week or so.

For my latest project, I'm building an arcade machine. You know, the kind you put a bunch of quarters in to play a game. Mine will be different in that it will play more than 4000 games from the arcade and not just one. It will also have the ability to play DVD's, be an actual jukebox to play all of my mp3's, The machine is run by a computer and has joysticks, spinners, buttons, trackballs, the whole bit. It looks and acts like an actual arcade machine. I've added an image of what it will resemble. My machine, however, will have original artwork, a coin door for inserting coins, a sound system, it will light up and have a few other touches. I doubt I'll be finished before school starts, but who knows. I'll keep you posted.

Take it easy,

Mr. D

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Goodbye Crib, Hello Teeth 
Sunday, August 14, 2005, 03:45 PM
Well, it's been a great month so far. Killian has moved from a crib into a bed. This would have happened sooner, but the bed I ordered online kept pushing the delivery date too far into the future. We finally cancelled the order and ended up buying one from Ikea. It's a bunk bed, so when Riley decides to move out of a crib they'll be in the same bed. Just think about how fun that will be. Also, Ry-Guy (AKA Riley) is starting to get some teeth. This is convenient because he has moved from strictly mother's milk to mother's milk and 3 meals of baby food a day. Unfortunately, the process of teeth breaking through the gums is somewhat unpleasant and keeps him up some nights. Anyway, here are a couple of pics. Take care.

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