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Tonight I went to this fundraiser/barbecue/party thing some folks from the 4P's threw because they are running in the Army Ten-miler or some such charity runny-thing. I like the hosts, Scott and Amy (who runs the quiz) . Of the other folks there, I knew and like maybe about ten of them. There were a few others i recognized but know only well enough to dislike. I sat with a few of the folks I actually know and like, but didn't talk much. Which is par for the course at most parties. I'm just not a great conversationalist, unless you can get me talking about stuff I know lots about, or you can get me going on soemthing I think is really funny. For example, earlier this week at work, MJ and I had a conversation about long-running comic strips, and I went on a long speculative fiction about Mary Worth staying forever 60 through the use of the blood of young virgins. Yeah, there was none of that at this party. Too bad.
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I Am A: Lawful Neutral Elf Wizard (4th Level)

Ability Scores:
Strength-10
Dexterity-9
Constitution-12
Intelligence-16
Wisdom-13
Charisma-10

Alignment:
Lawful Neutral A lawful neutral character acts as law, tradition, or a personal code directs him. Order and organization are paramount to him. He may believe in personal order and live by a code or standard, or he may believe in order for all and favor a strong, organized government. Lawful neutral is the best alignment you can be because it means you are reliable and honorable without being a zealot. However, lawful neutral can be a dangerous alignment because it seeks to eliminate all freedom, choice, and diversity in society.

Race:
Elves are known for their poetry, song, and magical arts, but when danger threatens they show great skill with weapons and strategy. Elves can live to be over 700 years old and, by human standards, are slow to make friends and enemies, and even slower to forget them. Elves are slim and stand 4.5 to 5.5 feet tall. They have no facial or body hair, prefer comfortable clothes, and possess unearthly grace. Many others races find them hauntingly beautiful.

Class:
Wizards are arcane spellcasters who depend on intensive study to create their magic. To wizards, magic is not a talent but a difficult, rewarding art. When they are prepared for battle, wizards can use their spells to devastating effect. When caught by surprise, they are vulnerable. The wizard's strength is her spells, everything else is secondary. She learns new spells as she experiments and grows in experience, and she can also learn them from other wizards. In addition, over time a wizard learns to manipulate her spells so they go farther, work better, or are improved in some other way. A wizard can call a familiar- a small, magical, animal companion that serves her. With a high Intelligence, wizards are capable of casting very high levels of spells.

Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)

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I was at a frat party at school. Detestable things, really, but an easy place to score free booze. I'm talking to this tall blonde with an awesome rack. After chatting for a while, I tell her "thanks," but I don't want to dance. My friends point out that I am an idiot. Before leaving, I see she's found some other guy. They're making out. I had a class with her later on during my time there. Nice girl.

They're married now. Just ran into them.

Crazy.

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So last night, I was on the platform at Farragut West with Joseph waiting for the Orange Line train in the direction of Vienna. Joseph was parked at Clarendon and graciously offered me a ride home to save me the trouble of waiting for the bus or getting a cab.

All of a sudden this cute girl comes up to me and tells me that she loves my bag. For those who haven't seen my bag, it's one of those ballistic nylon satchel things, but it is red and has a picture of Henrietta emptying a Fabrique Nationale P90 submachine gun into a room full of criminals. It's this picture, but on a bag:
Henrietta is a bad-ass!

My bag also has a bunch of pins and buttons on it, including Roy Mustang and Riza Hawkeye from Fullmetal Alchemist, Misa from Deathnote and Osaka from Azumanga Daioh, as well as a few other silly anime things. I talk to this girl, who is actually reading a nonfiction book about anime, for a little bit. Then she gets on the Blue Line train, which is going the way I ultimately need to go. And I don't get on that train. I didn't even try to get her contact info.

This is why I am alone.

Birthday

Apr. 23rd, 2010 09:56 pm
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Super-rare journal post because only my bestest real true friends read this goddamn thing.


Who gives a fuck that I am turning the uber-lame age of 32 and would show up if I were to have a do in the 8th of May (I think it's a Saturday, but you should verify, as I am headed toward wasted right now)?

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oh yeah...

Jan. 4th, 2010 11:05 pm
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on Saturday I posted two letters. I pulled the plug on my Knights of Columbus membership.
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There are some things I am not good at. And will never be good at. So I am just going to stop. Not worth the effort or the angst over failure.

Christmas

Dec. 15th, 2009 10:32 pm
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I need to make a decision.

This year, because my brother is coming home (and because I can), I have pu in leave for the entire week of Christmas. After Friday I ahve nine days wherein I can do basically anything I want, with the only restriction being that I need to see my family on Christmas day. Normally I go out on Christmas Eve, spend that day and the holiday and then punch out that eveing or the day after if where the holiday falls permits it. This year I have a lot more flexibility. I don't think I can stand much more time with the whole family, though. I'd like to spend as much time as possibly with Mike, but ideally most of that should be sans parents. Bug, on the other hand, he's going to be staying there. If I call him up to hang out with just us, our folks might find that weird. Annoying.

I think I'm going to use the rest of my time off to seriously, really, I-truly-mean-it-this-time clean my apartment and to get my mind right. I feel like I've been drifting, rudderless, for a while now.
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Why is it, I wonder, that I always take a liking to women who are unavailable?
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Went across the river for a meeting today. Got scheduled to present after meeting started, which was interesting. Met someone with whom I've only had e-mail contact. Young and pretty, with glasses. Not at all what I expected. I guess I expected someone more experienced (i.e. Older) given her position. That happens a lot with me. Am frequently surprised to find out who started in the business after I did.
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...my difficulty deciding whether to see Vienna Teng or Arctic Monkeys in December evaporated last Friday when work asked if I could go to Berlin that week.
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...but:

I didn't enjoy happy hour (emphatically NOT the decider's fault).

I'm not feeling so awesome out work right now.

I'm not feeling so awesome in general right now.

I don't want to go to work tomorrow. I don't want tot go to a wedding this weekend. I don't want to do anything so much as sleep.

And why the FUCK does my elbow hurt???
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This was going to be a post about great NPR shows and fun with friend and how I finally got off my ass and replaced my PC's dead monitor.

Instead it is now about how after I finally got off my ass and replaced my PC's dead moniotr, nor its wireless network card has shit itself and died while I was at the pub.

FUCK.

I now wish I'd just pulled evrything worth saving of the hard drive and stuck it on my MacBook.

I am now going to drink a beer because I feel like I need one, rather than because I want one.
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Yesterday I thought my WinXP desktop computer had shit itself and died. Early the previous day I heard the machine shut itself down, which it's been known to do from time to time. When I tried to start it again, I got nothing but a black screen. I was pretty sure I'd had some kind of hardware failure and that the PC was dead. Then I was fiddling around with it yesterdayand sicovered when I truned no the computer the monitor was lietreally doing nothing. Normally if my computer is off or something the monitor will display a little message that says "digital - no signal" or some such, I pushed the setting muttons on the monitor and got nothing. Thinking then that it just might be the monitor had failed, I put the box in the car an took it out to my parent's house to try it with a different monitor. It worked. So instead of needing a new desktop, I just need to get a new monitor and then can continue to use my PC.

This, I suppose, is a good thing, as a new monitor may be had for like $200. On the other hand, when I thought the computer itself was dead, I was all ready to kiss Windows goodbye and switch over to Mac completely. The only thing that gave me any sort of pause is the Windows software I still have, mostly games. I rarely play computer games, but I still have a few Windows onese that I might like to replay (Syberia and the Longest Journey), some I still might play from time to time (CIv 4 and the latest incarnation of SimCity), and some of haven't got round to playing at all (Guild Wars, and Dreamfall - started but fell out of). But that's pretty much it. I don't see myself really getting into any more games anytime soon.

So now I have a decision to make, and a few options. I can:

1) Buy a new monitor and keep using the PC until I run it into the ground. Next desktop will be a Mac Mini or an iMac.

2) Buy a new monitor and use the PC for a while, while working towards a move to solely Mac in the near term. This would probably mean buying a Mac Mini in the next few months.

3) Kiss the PC goodbye right now, buy an iMac and use this gadget (on loan from Dad in case I decide to do this) to hook my PC's hard drive up to the new Mac and move stuff over.

Not sure what to do. I've spent a lot of money lately out of necessity (suits, shirts, etc.). And then there's the question of what to do with my perfectly servicible PC if I do switch. It will be three years old in January.

Thoughts?
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The actual act of stopping seems to get easier with each successive attempt. It's convincing yourself that's what you want to do that's the hard part.
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Went to the dentist.That was misery.

Went to a concert. That was pretty enjoyable.

Having more data points does not necessarily make a decision any easier.

Getting home via Metro sucked.

At least there were banjos.

Saturday

Sep. 13th, 2009 08:40 pm
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Yesterday started normally enough with going to get lunch with Joe. The afternoon, however was one of improbability surpassed only by its awesomeness.

papercuppie's boyfriend decided to have a tea party, because apparently yesterday there were a bunch of those "tea party" anti-Obama protests in the city. Who knew? Certainly not I, because I have better things to do than keep tabs on the activities of right-wing nutters. Anyway, tea and crumpets and tarts and cucumber sandwiches sounded better than wandering around the internet all afternoon, so I decided to go. Picked up some anime along the way, as the hosts got delayed and I needed to detour to burn some time. I now own "The Irresponsible Captain Tylor," which I have only vaguely heard of but sounds promising. But I digress...

It wound up being the aforementioned papercuppie, Andrew, myself, and this girl named Kris, who I'd been introduced to last time I was over there but never got a real chance to talk to, because she'd been talking to other folks and I wasn't in a real talking-to-strangers mood then. And we sat and drank tea, and ate tea party foods, and chatted about nothing in particular, and had a generally pleasant time.

Activity then switched to The Beatles: Rock Band, which Kris had brought. Normally at one of papercuppie's gatherings this would be my cue to beat a hasty retreat, as I'm not terribly good at video games in general (owing to almost never playing them), and I suck at those music games, in particular. However, on this occasion my efforts to sit out based on my lack of proficiency were stymied by Andrew pointing out that I could play on the "easy" setting. So I did. And I enjoyed myself! Sometimes I guess what I really need is to be pulled in from the periphery.

Anyway, we did that for a while, then we grabbed dinner at Friday's and went to see Inglourious Basterds. It was OK. Not the pile of compressed awesome I'd been led to believe it was, but I enjoyed it. But I enjoy pretty much all war movies. All in all it was a good night. It was especially nice to meet someone new.
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I have a large quantity of videocassette tapes I have no use for (no VCR), as well as a bunch of old (and some not-so-old) PC software, which is currently doing nothing but taking up space. I need to be rid of this stuff. I've developed an environmental conscience and would like to avoid putting it into a landfill. I also would like to avoid paying to be rid of it. I imagine the library might take some of it (the World at War tapes handed down from a coworker come to mind) but some of the other stuff I'm not sure what to do. I need help! Own a Vcr and like the Muppets? Know a classic hoarder in need of more stuff? No someplace that will buy this crap? Please tell me! I want to clear some of this shelf space and not kill the planet in the process.
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Lately I've been wondering whether perhaps everything I say about myself -- needing people, loving being with people, etc. -- mght not be bullshit. I wonder if maybe I am actually a loner.

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