The Daily Discoveries of Gustavo Valentine

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

separate vacations

Here's me leaving for my Bainbridge vacation with good ole Bob. He finally figured out through legal channels and convinced my mom that I am allowed to ride in the middle seat of his truck and hoo-boy it changes everything for me. It's just like I'm a big person driving. And Grandpa and I can be side by side to point out all the roadside attractions like the building that looks like a boobie.

I am spending the week with my g'parents and mom and dad are spending the week alone in Los Angeles. I hope they are having as much fun as I am but I don't think that's possible. Miss you Dad, miss you Mom! I'll call you in a little bit and we can talk about our vacation happenings and the happy meal I got to eat!

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

I Am A Camera

Because I was a real good boy, mom let me use her camera for a few pictures. This is what I saw, this is what I captured for you.

Trash can.


Mom's purse.


And the one and the only, Mama. I told her where to look and not to smile. I think I captured something real here. I LOVE to take pictures. If only she would let me touch her camera more. I guess because I've already ruined the two cameras before this one she has her reasons but my artistic photographic vision is being blocked. Cheese!

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Someone's Knocking At The Door

Just about every day at some point some one knocks on our door who wants to play with me. Lately it's been Natalie Rose, the girl my age who moved in across the street. At first she only wanted me to come outside and play but now she is used to us and will play inside also. I show her all my stuff and I'm real gentlemanly about it.

I also show her all my moves.

And any time we step out of our house onto the sidewalk there is usually some one of our neighbors out there who come over to talk to us. Most usually it's little Nadine. When I hear her dad Danny's voice outside I quickly get my shoes on so I can run out there for some sidewalk talk.

And sidewalk chalk. And hopscotchin'. These are the beautiful days of the neighborhood. The neighborly days in the beautihood.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Visiting Hours

We have had a lot of old friends passing through Portland, stopping by our house for some fun and play time. First came Uncle Eddie, Fast Eddie they call him in the newspapers.

Then came Meghan, or Meg-O as dad calls her or MegWitch as mom calls her. I hadn't seen her since I was a wee baby. I'm a lot more fun to play with now.

And her boyfriend Josh who played cars with me, and dominos and car garage. Good guy. A keeper, they call him.

We can almost guarantee that a guest will have a good time if they visit us. I'm just saying.

Lots of hugs.

Lots of love to go around.

Who will be next to accept our hugs and love???

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Love & Rocket

So, yep, we all had a real great time going back to Bainbridge for a few days. It's all so beautiful, especially these ladies.

And Grandpa and I got to play a couple good games of hockey. Nothing beats it. We both get exercise and we both have fun. We are a pretty even match nowadays.

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Read Between The Lines

We took a little road trip to Seattle for a reading by my dad at the old Elliot Bay Bookstore. I was allowed to go if I promised not to talk during it. Not easy!!!

All the core family was present including Linda Linda Bang Bang and Uncle Big Vic who brought me a cigar box full of hot wheels and a sponge bob keychain. Victor was also only allowed to attend if he promised not to talk.

The Seattle Peeps showing Seattle support. The reading was good and also weird to see Dad up there with his voice sounding different and everyone listening to his every word which we normally don't do. About five minutes into it I whispered as quietly as I could to my mom, "I don't like doing this." I was just wondering when it was going to be over.

After it was finally over I went back to Bainbridge on the ferry boat in the total darkness of past-bedtime night with Bobby and Mamop and LL Bang Bang. Mom and Dad went out for some after reading cocoa with Zollo and Spencer and Jenn Galucci.

They hopped from bar to bar like little bar froggies. I really liked Spencer's outfit which was a padded onesie like the one I wear to bed and a Filson hat and cowboy boots.

Good night stories are the best kind of stories. Good night!

Saturday, March 14, 2009

family play date

This is Kelly and Piper, my friends from the southeast. We finally had them over with parents for a full on dinner/kids playtime. (Can you see that I am winking? I can wink now, almost.)

The parents, my mom and dad and Britt and Monty, got to eat all by themselves while me and Kelly ripped it up with our dart guns. After dinner we got a hold of mom's camera:


Kelly the Kid.

This was a really fun time, way more fun than dinner is with just us. I love it when there's a bunch of folks around. I love people.

Sunday, March 08, 2009

RAVING MAD!!!!!!!!!!!!

My dad's book got a review in the New York Times today which seems to be a pretty gigantic deal to my parents and everyone but I don't read that paper so I don't know. I know there is a picture of him in there which is a really weird cool thing to see your own dad in the newspaper. This means his book is a HIT. It is a mind blower, to say the least. But just in case you think we have it made in the shade: today I woke up with pink eye and so we went to drive to get my medicine and we had a total flat tire and then my mom had to go to work on a sunday and take a cab there and we had to borrow neighbor Danny's car to take the spare in to get filled up because it was also flat and then dad and I went outside to change the tire right as it started to snow! Humble pie is still on the menu over at our house. This is the yin and the yang but I think we just got the Yay! put back in yang.

Our Hero!!! Go Daddy Go!

Friday, March 06, 2009

Happy Birthday Dad!

We celebrated the occasion with a family movie (Coraline) and cake. I liked them both very much, though Coraline did not give me a stomach ache.

Happy day Daddy. I love you the most, the most of all dads. You are really something.

Sunday, March 01, 2009


The book my dad made is debuted. It is on the shelves at the bookstores and libraries and supermarts. It is in the newspapers and magazines of the world. People are reading it and some of these people are really liking it. The heavens are blessing my family and so I say thank you, Heavens, thank you VERY MUCH!!!