plumbob78: WGT (Robot Fidel Castro!)
After spending a good hour vacillating over what day to go -- something I rarely waste such time on, but that's another discussion for another time -- I went to VSL to get my hair cleaned up. And wound up with most of it getting chopped off. I wasn't sure what I really wanted done to it. When the lady asked me whether "we're cutting your hair or just cleaning it up and giving it shape," my answer was a bit uncertain. I said I wanted it "long-ish. shorter than it is now, but not short." I wound up with what I've got now. Those of you who have access to my FaceBook can see a badly-lit snap of it there, I can't be bothered right now to try to take a self-portrait that makes me look less hideous than usual and then post that to flickr. I have to eat lunch and stop by a couple stores and then come back and do laundry, because I leave for Tennessee tomorrow. If you don't want to visit Ye Tome of Visages, I guess it looks sort of Ben Gibbard-ish, but shorter in the front, maybe? I look like someone from this decade rather than a fugitive from the late '60s to early-'70s now. Which at least one of you probably considers to be a good thing.

I'm not sure I consider it good or bad. I guess it just is, like so much else in life. I do wish like hell I could remember the name of the woman who cut it, though. Because I don't hate it. Not in the least. It seems easy to take care of, which is a plus any day.

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May. 29th, 2008 10:04 pm
plumbob78: WGT (Jag)
Got the car.

No time tonight, as I was busy having the fun, but I do plan to take some pictures and post them here. Tomorrow I think.
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Friday night I have dinner with jduffy1535 and baranoouji at Bangkok 54. Then we went back to their place and hung out with becca5 and damian792. It was pretty good, but I left early. baranoouji seemed to not be feeling well, and I don't like hanging around people's house when they aren't feeling 100%.

Saturday I woke up fairly early, paid some bills, and had lunch at Arby's. I went to Anime Pavilion to try and get the last Fullmetal Alchemist box set, but they didn't have it in yet. The guy said it should be in today or tomorrow. I cam home and did a lot of laundry, because I had no clean non-work clothes. Then I packed quickly and hit the road for Virginia Beach and palliddreamer's St. Patrick's day party. It was slow going down almost to Spotsylvania county, but after that I made pretty good time. The party was lots of fun, despite me being the only William and Mary person there besides Mike There were a lot of people there and everyone seemed to be having a real good time. I met a few interesting people, including some of Mike's fencing buddies. I had four or five Jell-o shots, I don't think I'd had one of those in like 8 years. It brought back memories. I played what I think was Halo 3, and even managed to kill some people. I did not get on of Rock Band, though. I got good and drunk and slept on the couch.

The next morning, I woke up,  took a shower and rolled out for the trip home. It was slow getting out of VA Beach, because there was some sort of marathon going on. And once I got out of the city, traffic was horrifically slow up to the Hampton Roads bridge tunnel. It took me two hours from Mike's house to that point. After that things were pretty OK, though. I made a stop in Williamsburg, got lunch at Paul's deli, and wandered around the William and Mary campus for a while. Good God, a lot has changed since I was there last (6 years ago). They've built and extension onto the front of Small Hall (physics building), and are currently making Millington (bio) and Rogers (chemistry) into an "Integrated Science Center". I saw the two new dormitories they built on part of Barksdale Field, where people use to sunbathe. I guess the ROTC kids won't be flying out of there in helicopters anymore. Too bad; it was funny seeing spectators papers get blown all over the place that one time. They're also building a new home for the business school on that old gravel parking lot by the Matoaka woods, across the street from Morton (government building). I went into the renovated Swem library (last time I only saw it from the outside). The remodel is AMAZING. The stacks no longer look like a Soviet record warehouse. Before, I wouldn't have been surprised to find KGB torture records in there. Now it actually seems like a pleasant place to study. I also walked through Blair Hall (the history building, where I had most of my classes). It looks the same as it always did, but it was pretty ice before, so that's no surprise. I'm a little disappointed that there is some narcissistic ancestor-worship shrine to the Tyler family next to it now. I don't mind so much the busts of the historically significant Tylers  (John the 18th Governor of Virginia, John the President, and Lyon the 17th President of the College), but the list of their descendants who attended the College down the years including some kid who graduated in 2001 just rubbed me the wrong way. Almost in the same way the renaming of Tercentenary Hall to McGlothlin-Street Hall bothered me. But in spite of all the changes, the old school still felt like home.

Apparently the Cheese Shop no longer exists. It's former space is now occupied by something called the "Blue Talon Bistro," so I guess bread ends and house dressing are a thing of the past. If you want them, you'll have to make do with sturmadler's approximation. The old drug store is a Williams-Sonoma now. But the toy shop is still there in Merchant's Square. My last stop in Williamsburg was the campus shop, where I got a W&M hoodie, since I had very little school pride gear.

The rest of the drive up was uneventful, save for a few infuriating moments when I found myself having to brake to a dead stop in the left lane of I-95 for no discernible reason. I made it home around 6 o'clock. I thought about getting dinner, but was really too tired to go out anywhere. So I just dicked around on the internet for a while, and went to bed at around 10:30.

I took today off. I woke up at around 9 o'clock today. After the usual start-of-day preparations, I went out, had breakfast, bought cigarettes and a quart of milk and came home. Tom and Jules have a 1 o'clock reservation at the Four Provinces. baranoouji are going to that. I need to call her and figure out when we are leaving.

This was a good weekend. I'm really glad I went to that party. There weren't a lot of friends there, but it was nice to be around different people.

New look

Feb. 28th, 2008 02:57 pm
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Hair's looking crappy today, but here's a pic of the new glasses on the new owner:
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I made a Coinstar run yesterday.. Netted $34.76 (on a gift cert, so no counting fee, w00t!). I just bought three Cd's on Amazon and only paid $3.21. Score.

New Specs

Feb. 20th, 2008 02:32 pm
plumbob78: WGT (Hmmm?)
So I went to the optometrist today, and got my eyes checked. They've changed, as I expected. Left eye changed more than my right. Also, it changed more this past year than it did in the several years between then and my previous exam. I find this somewhat worrisome. But I guess there is no much I can do about it. Anyway, I selected some frames with the help of the girl at the shop. They are quite different from what I have now, see my icon for comparison. These are what I'm getting:

They are titanium frames. I got them in brown. The sales girl said they looked good on me. I'm inclined to believe her, because her reaction to some of the others she had me try on was quite negative. The place I go to sends the work out, so I have to wait about two weeks. I'm kind of excited about this. I haven't made a big change in eyeglass style for a long time. Not since college, when I ditched the big aviator-style frames I'd been wearing some variation of since middle school and moved to something slightly smaller.

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