Good Stuff

Sep. 1st, 2008 09:58 pm
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This weekend was pretty good. Hppy hour with work people Friday night. Games on Saturday. Dinner out and Wii at John and Mollie's on Sunday. Games today.

Plowing through Cowboy Bebop. Have a two more series a short OVA and two movies to watch. Then I'm out. Time to get more on the list. But I'm gonna try to stretch my remaining anime out because I just spent a heap on that lens. Will probably try to read some books to pass anime-free time. Have decided on vacation in October. Destination currently unknown. Suggestions welcome. I want want scads of culture (museums, galleries, etc.) and nice walks. Suggestions welcome.

This was the best AMV I saw at Otakon this year:

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Yesterday evening I went to the Alexandria Waterfront Festival with papercuppie, the guitarist from her band, and this other guy. It was really good, despite the rain. We saw the Smithereens and Toad the Wet Sprocket. I wasn't very familiar at all with the Smithereens before the show. I'd heard of them. I even have one of their albums lying around here someplace, but I seem to have misplaced it. They were good. Toad was awesome. I knew more about them, because I knew I liked a few of their songs, I just can never remember them.

After the bands finished and the fireworks started, we all came back up to the neighborhood, parked our cars and went to the L.A. bar and grill for some beers. It was karaoke night. Everyone sang except me. I was tempted, but a bit intimidated since I was out with one singer/guitarist (papercuppie), one guitarist, and one singer (other guy). I didn't really feel like  getting up and singing badly when I was with a bunch of musicians.Earlier, at the show I had been grousing towards the stage for the organizer-types to get off the stage and let the band play, but remarked that I wasn't drunk enough yet to actually yell it full-forces towards the stage. papercuppie said something like, "oh there's a drunk enough? SO if I drag you out to karaoke you'll singe?" Needless to say I didn't get that drunk last night. Maybe if I were with just one musician I knew well, but not with three --two of whom I'd just met. And I sure as shit wasn't going to sing after papercuppie; she's AWESOME. I'm looking forward to when her band starts playing shows so I can go hear them.

We stayed at the bar until closing time, then walked back to papercuppie's building, where the other guys had parked their car. Then  everyone said goodbye and we all went back to our homes. It was pretty good night.

Today I have to do a shit-ton of laundry so I am ready for my trip. But first I need to buy laundry detergent because I forgot to do so earlier this week.I also want to try to find a new pair of shorts. And I need to pay some bills. Too much to do.

Blargh

Jun. 7th, 2008 02:31 am
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I went to Artomatic tonight (well, last night, now) with  papercuppie and some other folks. It was fun. We saw Craigslist! the Musical. It was funny. Saw some good art, too. Walked our feet to destruction. I'm eating pecan pie now. Bed soon. Fun times.
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Would have been a good time to go to bed. But I did the dishes instead. No now it's about quarter-past-ten and I don't like to go to bed off the hour. Don't ask why, because I don't know.

Friday I was off and had a productive day. Went up to the courthouse and got the MINI registered in Arlington for tax purposes. Goofed off for the rest of the day. Had dinner at becca5's place with  her and damian792. Then we went down to the Four Provinces to see Gerry with the guys. Pretty good night.

Saturday i decided to go on a little drive. So I took the MINI to Baltimore. I had  a shrimp cocktail and fried scallops for lunch in Canton, then I went to Federal Hill to buy a pie. On the way there, I discovered I have a food allergy when I began itching like crazy and breaking out in hives. Got to the Hill, parked the car, fed the meter and decided to find a pharmacy. After walking only a short distance, I encountered a girl I knew in college, who now lives in Georgetown and was in Baltimore to see a baseball game. I was wondering when I would meet someone from a past life again, as i hadn't had one of these run-ins in a long time. It was quite shocking that it was 50 miles from both our homes. After that, I found a druggist and bought some Benadryl. Then I deli, got some water and popped two. They had mirrors on the wall there and I could see my face was turning red. The Benadryl helped. Now I just have to figure out what triggered the allergy. I figured it must be some ingredient in a condiment or side-dish, because I've eaten shrimp and scallops my whole life with now ill effects. But jduffy1535 and my dad told me that sometimes folks develop allergies later in life, so I guess it could be the crustacean or the mollusk. I hope not.  So, who wants to come to Matuba with me to watch me scarf shrimp and see if I break out. And then do the same with scallop some other time?

I eventually did get my pecan pie, after which I drove home. That evening I was well enough to go out and see Gerry again. That's a link to YouTube, BTW. InsaneJournal doesn't seem to like when I embed videos using Semagic. I've consistently had to edit the entry via IJ's web interface after posting to redo things. Don't really feel like doing that tonight. On a related note, imagine my surprise to discover I'm a trend setter!  At one point my two "productions" were the only two Gerry Timlin videos on YouTube. Tonight I see there are several more. That kinda makes me happy. I think the sound one mine is better than the other ones I watched. Last night I took a couple more, so I may upload those later this week.

Visited my parents today. Showed off the new car and had dinner. My folks really like the MINI. Mom even liked the red leather seats. I wasn't sure how she would feel about them. Not that her opinion matter much, but I do hate listening to her when she expresses dislike of other people's things because they are not in line with her tastes.

OK Day

May. 26th, 2008 02:37 am
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I woke up at a quarter-to-six for no good reason today. Damn day star. I took my pill, went back to bed, and slept until 10-ish. Got up again and stayed in pretty much all day. Did some much-needed laundry. Discovered one pair of shorts and one shirt died. Fabric wore out The shorts were a pair I've had since mid-college, making them 10-11 years old, so that's a pretty good run. Shirt's newer than that. Can't remember when I bought it. But the loss gives me an excuse to buy a new shirt. This time, I think, something not from L.L. Bean, as I've been saying I want to stop dressing like people 15 years older than I.

Went to the 4 P's tonight to see the Sean Fleming Band with the gang. They were great!  They did traditional Irish, rock, country, almost everything. Come On Eileen was a bit of a surprise  They played 2 sets, for a total of around 2 hours I guess. They played one song where the last line of every verse, as well as the chorus, was the title of a Saw Doctors song. That was a treat. The also covered I Useta Love Her, but it wasn't nearly as good as the when Saw Doctors do it. Still, overall the music was excellent and well worth the $10 cover charge. All in all today has been a good day.

And now, it's time for bed. But, before I go... MUPPETS!!!

Goof night

May. 23rd, 2008 12:31 am
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Went to Gin Blossoms with papercuppie and her friend. It was fun. Not as good as the last time I saw them at The State though. They had sound problems all night. And they didn't play Mrs. Rita. And there were some real assholes at the show. But I still ha d a good time, 'cuz I was with good people.

Hey, Discovery Channel fans, look! There's a Deadliest Catch video game!  
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Yesterday, 9 May, was my birthday. I turned 30.

A bunch of us went to Les Halles, downtown. Almost all of us had some variation of steak-frites because, well, what else are you gonna have when you go there? It's really hard to look past the steaks on the menu. I also had a bowl of French onion soup that was really good. I got a couple cards and some presents. damian792 gave me some Japanese language instruction software and a Japanese-English dictionary. The package is by a company I'm not familiar with, but he says it's a good outfit, and I trust him because he's a big language person. I've made some noise about wanting to learn Japanese or a while now, and had been wanting to enroll in a class, but I have trips coming up for work that would cause me to be absent, and I didn't want to spend a few hundred dollars on instruction and  wind up missing days and be lost. It would kind of defeat the point. I've never learned a language using Cd's or computer programs, but I'm interested to see how it works out. This is one of the coolest and most thoughtful gifts I've ever gotten. becca5 got me the first Inspector Lynley novel, A Great Deliverance, which was a great gift choice but for the fact I've already read it. But, I love Lynley, and it came with a gift receipt, so I can just go to Barnes & Noble and exchange it for another of the series that I haven't got yet.

After dessert (during which the gang had the staff put a candle in my chocolate mousse and snag "Happy Birthday"), we went to Fadó, in Chinatown for drinks. baranoouji was not feeling well, so she and jduffy1535 left shortly after we got there. John and Mollie left next. The last three of us stayed until around midnight, I guess, then called it a night. All-in-all it was a good birthday. It was good to be with friends.

There's not a whole lot more to report from this week. A meeting and work has caused me to switch from merely dislike of/annoyance at one of my coworkers to full-blown hatred. He's a tool.

Oh, I went to the doctor yesterday to talk about my gout, since I was worried that it's affecting me in places it previously had not. He put me on a preventive medicine, allopurinol. It doesn't abort attacks, but should attack the root cause of them. After my doctor's office visit, I went to the credit union to pick up my auto loan package. I also got a cashier's check for the down payment, and $30 in quarters (laundry money). The credit union headquarters, where I picked up the loan is near Tyson's Corner, so I popped by the mall and went to the Apple store to have a look at the iPhone. I fiddled around with it a bit, sending a text message to myself on my phone. I think they are right about starting off typing with one finger until you get the hang of their on-screen keyboard, although I gave it a try with two thumbs also, and only made a few mistakes. I tried the web browser and visited a couple of my favorite webcomics' sites. The browser seems to work quite well. I had no problem figuring things out, probably thanks to having watched the "tour" videos on the website. Having google maps on the phone is really neat. I have to say, I think the iPhone is a pretty slick device, and I am most tempted to get one. The only worry I have is that if I get one, I may become a "texting" fiend. The reason I don't do it now is because I have a regular phone with just a telephone keypad, and typing words on that thing is a pain in the ass. A device with a qwerty keyboard would make this much easier. There are rumors on-line of a new 3G (i.e. faster internet) iPhone coming out this summer; I'm trying to decide whether to wait for it. Regardless, I think I'm leaning towards wanting one. There's another Apple store near the Barnes & Noble in Clarendon, so I think I will explore some more when I go to exchange my book.

Turning to the music front, I'm looking forward to Gin Blossom's on 22 May. I'm going to get a ticket for Saw Doctors in August at the Birchmere. This  is an invitation for locals (I am glancing in papercuppie's direction, right now). I could really use a live Vienna Teng fix, right now, but I do not see any upcoming shows nearby on her web site.

A while back, over on LJ, I was quoted part of a song in response to one of my more introspective mopes. I found it one youtube yesterday and listened to it. A LOT. It's pretty good.

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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.
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Yesterday I went to the Washington Auto Show to to see the cars. It was partially a research trip, to save myself the trouble of wandering out to all the area dealerships. I saw some cool cars, such as the Ferrari F430 over there on the right. Also some not-so-cool cars, the shining example being a new Ford Gee, I wonder what their inspiration was...abomination that looks like they kidnapped a MINI and force-fed it grain like a poor little veal calf. I learned a few things. First, apparently gear-shift knob theft must be a big problem in DC, because lots of cars had the knobs removed. I found this most annoying. Second, I was saddened to discover that both the Nissan 350Z and the Mazda MX-5 Miata are sized for small people. I simply couldn't fit in either of them comfortably. The RX-8 I could get into, though.
Pretty
I only sat in sporty cars (coupes and roadsters). The Audi TT seems like a very nice little car. I also liked the Audi S5, though it's a larger car and I want something smaller than I have  now. I discovered I really like Porsches. I sat in a 911 Carrera (the least expensive 911, at only 70-odd thousand dollars) I also sat in a Cayman S. That was a neat little car. It has two trunks, which makes it somewhat more practical. Also, if  I were to get Kelley Blue Book value for my current vehicle and if I were to blow all my savings I could actually get a Cayman for a monthly payment that wasn't absolutely ridiculous. But I think I'll have to pass on that for now, just the same. If I got a Porsche now, what would I move up to later? Also, I don't think obliterating my savings account is the smartest thing. I would anticipate cosmic payback in some form. I also sat in a BMW Z4, which was very nice, and more affordable than the Porsche. But again, there is upward mobility factor. I don't think I should be getting a kick-ass luxury car at this point in my life. I want cool and zippy, but not fabulously extravagant. SO the Mercedes-Benz SLK 55 AMG is right out, too.

When I am DINK, after I marry a hot, bespectacled villainess, then I will have my Porsche.

I got really drunk last night and hopped off my smoking cessation wagon, which was bad.

Today I began watching Desert Punk, which is on loan from a coworker, and Ikki Tousen, a recent purchase. DP is OK. I really like Ikki Tousen. It's Romance of the Three Kingdoms, but with high-schoolers, some of whom are girls. With big boobs. Yeah, total fan-service fest, but still entertaining. Lots of action. I have tomorrow off. It's going to be a laundry day.

I went to Ray's the Steaks for dinner tonight. It was real good. Michael Landrum owns my soul.
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Angst at the office (not mine) made much of the week suck. There were some good points, though.

1) I met my LJ friend papercuppie in person on Wednesday. We went to the Lower Arlington Bar and Grill. We drank. It was good.
2) Last night I ate Vietnamese in Clarendon with Chris, Becca, Carson, Kristin, Doug. and Katie. Then we went to Dr. Dremo's. And drank. And it was good.
3) Today I decided to vanquish all remaining sadness through commerce. After eating lunch, I went to Anime Pavilion. I bought Black Heaven and Ikki Tousen.

Hope to see more friends tonight. But first, I think I may take a nap.
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Tonight I went out and played pool with Tom, the three John's, Molly and Pranas. It was good times. I payed for everything because I wanted to share my joy over my promotion. Spending money on others makes me happy.

Tomorrow night I hope to get together with some of my other dearest friends.

Over the past few days I watched Madlax. I finished it this afternoon. I really enjoyed that series. It had girls with guns, and the plot kept me guessing. Just when I thought I'd figured things out, something else happened to show me I was wrong. I like that in a show. Next I'll watch Desert Punk, which is on loan from a coworker (not MJ). Need to decide what to buy after that. The short list is Black Heaven, Noir, Fullmetal Alchemist, You're Under Arrest. Having a hard time choosing.

Monday I leave on a business trip to St. Louis for a conference. Mt teammate, who I'm traveling with, isn't exactly a party animal, but there should be other folks I know at the conference who I can go out and have a blast with. Also, one of my former co-workers is out there now, and I look forward to seeing him and his wife again. This trip could be good.
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Non-technical post, yay!

Sushi tonight w/ Joe and Ed. was good. I love sake. Had a small  carafe with dinner. Just drank half a bottle while watching recorded TV shows. Inspector Lynley rocks!  Can't hold a candle to Morse, but rocks nonetheless. Apparently back in October I missed a NOVA program about about samurai swords. Which are now banned in the UK. Except for the expensive ones sought by collectors collectors. So if a body ever shows up cut by a katana, Lynley must confine his investigation to wealthy sword collectors. Which should make his job easier.

I go bed now.

Twue Wuv

Dec. 9th, 2007 12:09 am
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Went to a wedding today. It was good.

Have decided the perfect girl for me is the one who will assent to the following:

1) Dancing to the Pogues A Fairytale of New York at our wedding
2) Gigantic Fudgie the Whale wedding cake.

Truly making InsaneJournal into a home. I just recreated all the webcomic feeds I read on LJ that weren't already present on IJ. I think IJ will be my primary now, since there is actually a means for LJ'ers to read my friends-locked posts over here. Also, GreatestJournal is really screwed up. They supposedly stopped accepting new folks in order to save their servers, but the journal/community counter keeps rising every day.

I'm trying to work out a way to notify LJ friends there are friends-only posts over on IJ for them to read (via the openID login method I mentioned before here). Perhaps a tag against a public post that there is a new friends-locked one. I will still cross-post to both journals, though there will certainly be a problem if I try to do some fancy custom-group security thing on a post because if I were to lock it to, say LJ friends, GJ may choke because that group won't exists (no openID support there, so you guys aren't in my friends list). Anyone who wants to read my IJ posts can do so here.

My old LJ will shortly go *poof*
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So, what happened during my extended weekend?

Friday, I had my hair cut. I didn't want to, but I needed to have some photographs taken and wanted my appearance to match (as closely as possible) the last set of photos I'd had. So after lunch, I went to a barber shop and told the lady to cut it "not terribly short" but to get it up off my ears and clean up the back, top, front, etc., which she then condensed to "cut the wavy hair off, right?" I reluctantly acknowledge that, yes, this was indeed what I was asking for. So now I again look like I do in this older icon. The past few days I've found myself trying to do thinks to hair I no longer have. It's weird. I want my hair back. Thankfully, hair grows. Anyway, afterward I went home and changed my shirt, because no matter what they do, you always wind up with annoying itchy clippings in your shirt, then wen to a photo place to get passport photos, which is why I cut the bloody hair to begin with. They turned out OK. I look less hideous than in my previous set.

Friday evening I had dinner with [insanejournal.com profile] baranoouji, [insanejournal.com profile] jduffy1535,his brother John, [insanejournal.com profile] damian792, and [insanejournal.com profile] becca5. Then we came back to my apartment to watch a movie. We watched Sneakers, which I purchased on the way home, along with Shaun of the Dead, volumes 4 and 5 of the Gunslinger Girl manga, and a new notebook (because I will soon run out of space in my current one). Drinks were provided by some of the others, as I have plentiful stock of hard liquor, but rarely keep beer or wine around.

Saturday I attempted to go to a camera store in Sterling, only to discover that said store no longer existed (or at least not in the location it occupied last time I visited. So I burned gasoline unnecessarily. The only thing I accomplished during the day was to get lunch, which I could easily have done here in Arlington. That evening, I went to Fast Eddie's in Fairfax with Tom, John, and Cav. Pranas came by for a while.We shot some pool and played darts. It was good. I don't see some members of that group too frequently anymore.

Yesterday I met up with Tom and Cav again, this time in Chantilly to eat buffalo wings and watch football. Julia came, too, but just to eat lunch. She called me and asked if I could give Tom a ride home afterward, so they could come in one car and she could just leave. I said that was fine. Gorged on wings, which I hadn't eaten in a while. Pats won, so that was good. On the way out there, I stopped by the Penn Camera in Fair Lakes, to do what I couldn't do Saturday (i.e. fiddle with prospective cameras). I played with Pentax, Sony, Canon, and Nikon DSLRs; discovered my mind had not changed, which was what I'd been seeking to confirm.

Last night I went to the Flying Fish for dinner. Sushi and a few beers. I sat in the downstairs (smoking) bar. There was a young attractive woman (ca. my age) there wearing a garment that can best be described as the top half of a hoodie. One of those looks designed to show oneself off, I guess. I found her presence to be more of an annoyance than anything else. She was drunk and loud. Lot's of people at the bar were drinking "sake bombs," which looked fun.
But back to me. Apparently the sushi chefs got slammed about the same time I placed my order, and my sushi took forever. And by the time mine was made, they'd run out of shrimp. But it was OK, what I got sans shrimp was just enough, since I'd had a big lunch. Also, the delay kept me there longer, which was good from another standpoint. I'd brought one of my Saw Doctors Cd's with me because last time I was there I'd told Marcie (one of the bartenders) that I would bring one for her to borrow. Marcie's been in Oregon visiting her father and North Carolina visiting her mother for the past few weeks. I'd thought she would be back last night, which is why I went. But she wasn't working. She actually did show up later, and after having her kidnapped from one conversation with me and having to wait while fucking everyone said hello, I got to talk to her and give her the CD. She said she was going to bring me a disc to listen to, I guess I'll stop by the bar one night this week to pick it up. Then she asked me over to a table where she and some of her friends were sitting. So I joined them. When Marcie and her friends left to go back to someone's house, I got out of there and came home. Marcie's reaction to my loan of the CD was... strange. She seemed moved...or touched...or something. Hard to describe. She thanked me, but not an off-handed or habitual "thanks." It was very serious and sincere-sounding. Don't know what to make of that. *shrug*

Marcie agrees that I should let my hair grow out again, and also opines that I should bring back my sideburns. Marcie wouldn't know, because last time we saw each other was before we left for out respective trips, but I cut my sideburns off in Oregon, before going to Andy and Theresa's wedding. Because three days before, a stylist had thinned them significantly. They looked very much in-progress at that point, so I decided to cut them off, reckoning no sideburns would look better than crappy ones. This I did in spite of the fact that only the previous week a positive judgment had been passed on said facial hair, and I regretted my decision almost immediately. But again, thank god, hair grows back. The sideburns, too, shall return.

Today was quiet. I did laundry. I also bought a camera, which is predicted to arrive in 7-10 business days. Got a good price.

So to recap: I changed my looks (though not by choice). I had fun with friends. Soon I will have a new toy to play with. Things are pretty good. I'm going to go find something to eat now.
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I went to Oregon.

While there, I saw things of great natural beauty, such as:
Multnomah Falls,
Multnomah Falls

and Crater Lake
Crater Lake Panorama

At Crater Lake, we (I) discovered we had a puncture and we (Jason) had to change the tire on the rental car. We had to cut that excursion short because we needed to get the tire repaired, not wanting to drive to Portland on a donut.

Andy and Theresa got married.


It was nice. Rachel was there. Hadn't seen her in 3+ years. I'd said before that I wouldn't mind (might even be happy, actually) never ever seeing her again. She hugged me, we talked. At the reception, she forced me onto the dance floor. At the brunch the following day, Andy took a picture of us. She made rabbit ears behind my head. When all of us parted ways I gave her my e-mail address, and she said we would keep in touch. I stand by my previous statement.

I met a nice girl at the wedding. Her name is S. She is Andy's brother's wife's sister and she works at Powell's city of books in Portland. Of all the folks at the wedding I didn't already know, she is the one I talked to the most.

Powell's had been the one place we had planned not to miss in Portland. After meeting Sarah, we had something to do there besides browse books.

As soon as we arrived in Portland, we went to the book store, and found S at the counter where they buy used books from folks. We said hello and chatted for a while. She was excited because the author of Logan's Run had been in earlier in the day. We asked S for a recommendation of a distinctly Portland restaurant for dinner, and she recommended "Jake's." Rachel had made the same recommendation, so that pretty much settled it for us. We then spent a good while in the stacks. I selected a book on Shinto, and another book on Japanese thought. 

S had mentioned she finished work at 9 o'clock. Don't know why she mentioned this (e.g. whether she was indicating she'd be amenable to going out with us or something. Will never know now.

It's the strangest thing - all day long I'd thought about asking if she would like to come with us wherever we decided to go to dinner, or something, and I didn't. I thought about it, while I was browsing German Cookbooks near her counter, but she was busy buying books at that point. Likewise when we were on out way to the cashier with our purchases. So neither Jason or I made an invitation or said goodbye, we just let her be and left.

After walking to Pioneer Square, we took a tram down to the river and saw the Japanese-American plaza. There wasn't a direct tram route back to where Jake's was, so we walked there, which took us right past Powell's again. I saw S through the window (unoccupied). It would have been so easy to go in and say "Hey, we're on our way to Jake's want to come with us, we can hang out in he bar until you get off?" Or. something. But I didn't. Kicked myself for it the rest of the night, over my raw oysters and fried razor clams.

Crazy to be upset about this. If I had invited her, what end would it be working toward? She lives in Portland, so even if she had said yes (to some nut from across the country who just met her and is inviting her to dinner, mind you), what's the point?. She was pretty. And nice. I liked her.

How nuts is this? I go away for a long weekend and decide I'd like to go out with a girl who lives in Oregon??  WTF?? Same old question: what the hell's the matter with me?

Post Script: My angst over this has passed, thanks to filling the past two days with thought of other things and healthy doses of fun. I think this chapter of my f'ed up life is closed.

Fun

Sep. 25th, 2007 06:40 pm
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Today I pretended to be a tourist.

Not wanting to pay for parking, I got on th 10B bus to Ballston, where I caught the Orange Line and went to Metro Center, which from the available maps appeared to be the closest stop to my first destination. Somewhere between inspecting the area map in the station and actually reaching the surface I became disoriented, and it took me some wandering around in what I intuited might be the right direction to reach Pennsylvania Avenue. But once I found that street, locating Les Halles was pretty straightforward. Next time, I will stay on the Train until Federal Triangle, which appears to be a bit more convenient to the restaurant.

I got a table outside and sat down to enjoy lunch. I had a green salad, followed by the onglet (hanger steak). It was fabulous. The shallot sauce that came with the steak was quite good, but unnecessary. I only used it on about half the steak, and then only sparingly. The frites were great, too. They're the only fries that ever cause me to pass on the ketchup. I had an iced tea instead of wine, and didn't take any coffee after lunch. It was simply too warm for that.

Lunch finished I headed for the museums. The first stop was Natural History because, frankly, it as there. It had been quite some time since I'd visited that museum, and frankly I found myself disappointed. I wish I'd done Air & Space instead. Apparently in 2008, they're going a to open a new oceans hall in Natural History which should be pretty good, as I generally like ocean things. If I had known this I would have waited. Several exhibits (notably hominids) had signs saying basically "yeah, so new research indicates the stuff this exhibit says is wrong. We're gonna fix that. Soon." The prehistoric ocean life stuff was pretty cool, I couldn't remember seeing that stuff before, so I enjoyed it. Overall, though the whole experience paled in comparison to the museum of Natural History in New York, which I visited in the spring. But hey, the Smithsonian is free, so I guess I can't complain.

I left Natural History around three o'clock and figured I didn't have near enough time to see everything I would want to (i.e. everything) at Air & Space, so I went to the Hirshhorn to see some modern art. Many exhibits were interesting. Some were beautiful. Still Others were just odd. And a few were "WTF??" I think my favorite was a short film called The Way Things Go. Definitely worth seeing. Finished up there around five o'clock, and headed over to L'Enfant plaza to brave the afternoon rush hour. Getting back home wasn't too bad, though.

Despite not leaving my house until 11 o'clock or so this morning, it was a pretty full day. I enjoyed myself.

Tomorrow is nominally a day off, but I have to go into another office to evaluate monitors (Ask the poor bastards who have to use this stuff? Brilliant!). I'm going to try to do this pretty early so the whole day isn't wasted.
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Went to Otakon yesterday. MJ and I carpooled from our office parking lot, so I left my camera at home. Ergo, no pictures. Anime music video contest rocked. Panel on Western Symbolism in Anime was lame. Dealers room rocked. I got a Megatokyo T-shirt, Full Metal Panic! figures (Kaname and Tessa), a Gunslinger Girl wall scroll, and a Gunslinger Girl Gashopon (random trading figure -- got the one I wanted, BONUS!). In the artists' alley I met Jennie Breeden of The Devil's Panties:
PlumBob: "The day I found your comic I went back to the beginning and read it straight through!"
Jennie: "I'm sorry!"

Bought buttons and playing cards from her.

Lots of cosplayers, but didn't run into too many scary ones. Most popular series among these folks appeared to be Naruto, followed by Fullmetal Alchemist. MJ said there were lots of Bleach people, too, but I couldn't recognize them. Quite a few Hellsing folks, several folks dressed as Vash from Trigun, lots of Final Fantasy characters. Not many of my favorites, although I did see one one Jo:
Jo,

one Meg
Meg,

and one Sister Rosette. There was also a guy dressed up as Optimus Prime, which was pretty cool, until I saw someone dressed as a far superior Soundwave. That person rocked! The next anime I want to get (but only after I finish my current series) is Samurai Champloo

It was most diverting way to spend a day. Today I worked (wake up at 5:00 on Sunday, ouch!). Tomorrow I work, too, but then I have three days off. Going to clean and do laundry, but NEED MORE FUN!! My friend Lisa the physicist is in town so we're going to try to hang out this week.
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Looking at the weather this morning, I decided if I wanted to go to the Folklife Festival, today was probably the best day, holiday notwithstanding.

Cut in the interest of clutter-free f-lists )

It was a good day.

This is the week-and-a-half reminder for Gin Blossoms. The show is Saturday, 14 July at 7:30. Tickets for [insanejournal.com profile] uilos, [insanejournal.com profile] jazzfish, [insanejournal.com profile] elf, [insanejournal.com profile] jduffy1535,[insanejournal.com profile] baranoouji, and myself will be at will-call under my name. If anyone can't make it please let me know so I and the others can find someone to take your place.

I was checking the Birchmere website today looking for other concerts and saw Vienna Teng plays there on 19 July. I think I'm going to go. Would love to go with other people.

Weekend

Jun. 24th, 2007 10:04 pm
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[insanejournal.com profile] damian792's (Livejournal User) birthday celebration at Howl at the Moon was awesome, though I drank too much and paid for it with a nasty hangover this AM. Spent most of today in bed. Little Miss Flaky never returned my phone call, so I took Julia to dinner tonight instead. It was pretty good.

I want to get another watch. I'm thinking perhaps this one, or maybe this one

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