The Quotable Gabe, Part 13

On dubious games: “Can I cut you for two more minutes?”

On our refrigerator, apparently carbonite: “Open this up and let me show you Han Solo.”

On the reason he’s standing next to me on a step stool: “I’m gonna go fix you a little bit with my hammer. I’ll be careful.”

On the good old days: “When I used to drink coffee when I was a grown up.”

On why he can’t eat more than a bite of his yogurt: “It’s too tasty.”

On musings from the back seat, issued after a long pause and without preamble: “Dinosaurs eat up kids sometimes.”

On diabolical plans: “I’m gonna go make the sky brown with sand.”

On artistic plans: “I’m gonna go paint all the colors Abigail loves.”

On a few of his favorite things: “I love going on airplanes, going to the park and eating some fruit.”

On Abigail riding a horse: “And then I will ride the chicken!”

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Masters of the Short Range Frisbee

A while back I mentioned that Abigail has been taking a lot of video with her new camera, and I’ve been wanting to compile it into a movie I can share on my blog.

However, instead of trying to tackle the hours of footage she’s built up, I decided to just make this silly film from video she took of my and my brother, Andy, playing Frisbee while we were camping in Big Sur last week.

I’ll go through the rest of the video at some point, too. I swear.

For now, enjoy Masters of the Short Range Frisbee.

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The Quotable Abigail: Part 62

On her desire to spend more time with her grandparents: “I want to see them until they’re dead.”

On collecting her fallen pencil and thus ending a mini-tantrum: “That’s not the only thing I’m crisising about.”

On where her school is, using her Southern Californian navigation system: “It’s right on the other side of the closest freeway.”

On Atlas by Battles: “I think that song is Spanish planets. The solar system in Spanish.”

On her new balloon wand, particularly its power over balloon animals: “Gabe, ready for me to curse your giraffe?”

On her accrued bounty from doing chores: “Dad, I have eight dollars! And one credit card.”

On earnest conversations with Maggie: “If you want, I could make you dog shoes.”

On dad’s mistake: “That’s not a tone of voice! That’s a whiny voice!”

On soccer allegiance: “Are you floating for blue or red to win?”

On dealing with imminent avian threats: “We’re making a bird distracter.”

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The Quotable Gabe, Part 12

On my hat, apparently: “You’re Superman, Daddy! You’re a golf ball guy!”

On the “Golden Wrench Auto” sign: “That says, ‘how do you bang the cars?'”

On what he’s doing to the bed sheets: “I’m gonna tuck you out.”

On the reason he needs to fill the laundry basket with books: “So I can rescue the books for the mailman.”

On Disneyland: “It was raining in the dark with animals.”

On the meaning of this cryptic description of Disneyland: “For me, it was happy. I’m happy.”

On Beethoven’s Ninth: “This song might get the cars out of the way next to you.”

On time-wasting conditions that are hard to refuse: “No, first I have to give you lots of hugs.”

On Abigail’s unicorn: “I want the gingacorn! The gingacooorn!”

On the risks of combining snacks and stuffed tigers: “I’ll be careful not to spill yogurt on him. Not too careful. Just a little but careful.”

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Abigail’s Even Bigger Girl Camera

On the occasion of Abigail’s sixth birthday, her grandmother gave her a real, fully functional point and shoot camera. Since then, she has done quite a bit of pointing and shooting. Every now and then, I go through her camera and find out what she’s been documenting. What follows is an annotated gallery of some of her best shots.

First of all, there are the standard pictures, featuring things like her dad:

And what her dad is watching:

And where she puts her feet while her dad is driving:

And lunch:

And, of course, her brother:

But the most common use Abigail has found for her new camera is documenting her pony collection. Extensively.

Which is fortunate, because it led to DARK PONY PICTURE DAY!

She clearly tried to lighten the mood by finishing it off with a sassy, over the shoulder pose:

But seriously, those are some ominous ponies.

Not all the pony pictures were dark, of course. She tried different styles, angles and backdrops, some more successful than others.

In some cases, her closeups were so extreme that even the ponies seemed to disapprove:

But for the most part, the ponies seemed to enjoy the photo shoots as much as Abigail did:

But as Abigail proved on DARK PONY PICTURE DAY, ponies are malevolent creatures at their core, so even she couldn’t keep the darkness entirely at bay.


This is but a small selection of the many pictures she’s taken, but what’s really eating up our hard drive space is the fact that her new camera makes it easy to take movies. So much video. Once I’m done going through the hours – yes, hours – of video, I will subjected you all to… I mean, you’ll get to watch some of that.


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I’m frequently ordered, usually by Abigail, to take video or pictures of her and/or her brother doing something. This is one of those occasions.

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The Quotable Gabe, Part 11

On whether he wants a burger: “No, not yet. Maybe in the summertime.”

On his simplified version of the Voigt-Kampff test: “Is daddy a robot?’

On your standard toddler beverages: “Coffee is my favorite.”

On things that are fine at home, bad on the Serengeti: “Lion’s gonna watch you sleep.”

On dinnertime conversation: “How was my day, Abigail?”

On Pat who mistakenly sat on a cat in a Dr. Seuss book: “He’s going to have to go sit on the couch.”

On the imaginary birthday cake that daddy thoughtlessly sat on: “It’s ruined. Now I have to get a new one.”

On Daddy’s weight: “Six pointy one.”

On things to say more and more softly as your dad demands bedtime silence: “Can you hear the quiet?”

On seasonal adjustments: “It’s hot today so we don’t need to go to bed.”


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