The Nudge Turns Four

Happy birthday to The Nudge. He turns four today. I took him for an extra long skate, all the way up to the pier. And everyone we passed who said, “Hello!” or “What a pretty dog!” (usually big Orange County Chopper-like men who utter the latter), I would respond with “It’s his birthday!” I could see the look of confusion on everyone’s faces. They seemed to be thinking, “…his birthday? Now what did that dude think I said that made him reply with ‘Thanks. It’s his birthday?'”

We also ran into a dude from New Orleans (“Nawlins” he said) who chatted us up real good. He essentially talked on for about 30 minutes non-stop. He would come to a logical conclusion about one subject and without breaking say, “…and I’ll tell you another thing…” and carry on. Topics included (in this order):

  • Dogs
  • New Orleans (general)
  • Pasadena
  • New Orleans (slums)
  • Hurricanes
  • New Orleans (restaurants)
  • Architecture
  • Chino
  • New Orleans (“titty bars”)
  • New Orleans (“strip joints”) (separate subject)
  • The Shane Davis/Chad Hendrick Feud

The dude was totally awesome and I would have listened to him hours.

Also a big happy birthday goes out to my twin nieces who turn 13 today. 13?!?! No way.


  1. Miranda on 22 February 2006 at 6:30 am

    Hey! Happy birthday, The Nudge!!!! And Happy birthday Red Beard and Coco!
    For the record, I think I’m on Shani Davis’s side here.

  2. Lordleiter on 23 February 2006 at 5:06 am

    I also forgot to mention The Random Prophet. There is a dude who appears from time to time, always on the northeast corner of PCH and Main. He holds what I assume is a battered old Bible, but I like to think is a book of cajun recipes and then spends all day letting everyone know who is blessed. Once when my wife, Mirnada Kopfschmertzen and I rode by on the tandem it was, “Blessed be the tandem bike riders.” When The Nudge and I skated by yesterday it was, “Blessed be the rollerskaters…and their dogs.” Awesome. Thanks Random Prophet.

  3. Taube on 3 March 2006 at 12:14 pm

    wow…that dawg looks strikingly like a pit bull in the light of your kitchen. what’s with the weird pigeon toe stance? i thought he hated the birds…

  4. Lordleiter on 3 March 2006 at 1:01 am

    We prefer to say that he is “pigeon-pawed.”

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