Jun. 14th, 2009 09:47 am
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Saturday was a day of minor productivity, followed by a night of big fun. I woke up later than I have been doing lately, but not ridiculously so. After doing the usual morning preparations, I went to the apartment's leasing office to inquire about having my bathtup drain snaked, as it had been getting slower and slower for a while now.

When I was finished at the office, I went down to Falls Church for lunch. I went to the Four Provinces and had a buffalo chcken salad (my favorite). It was disappointing, just as the previous one had been. Not bad, mind you. Just not great like it used to be. I just might have to stop going there except for thise rare occasions when Gerry is in town and everybody goes. I haven't beeen to the pub quiz in several weeks, and I think the food falling off may be the impetus for me to just stop altogether. I mean, I shouldn't eat or do anything I don't really enjoy, should I? Maybe I will use this as an opportunity to meet new folks by finding a differnt mid-week drinking activity. The only question is "what?"

Anyway, once I was done with the salad, I went across the street to get some passport photos, which came out fucking horrible, but are the prescribed dimensions and show my face clearly, so I guess it's OK. When I got gome I filled out in (why do we say "fill out" here in the US anyway? I think I'm gonna say "fill in" from now on) State's nline passport form, but when I printed it I noticed a problem. The online form has a field for a suffix, but when it egnerated the PDF, the suffic was nowhere to be found. Which is a problem because my alst passport has my "Jr." on it. And so does my driving license, work ID card, and all the credit cards. And I would like all to match. I guess I will wait to apply until I can call State and ask what to do. I imagine the answer will be to put the suffix in the surname field on the form. WHy the hell don't they have a spot for suffixes on the damn paper form? And why a spot in the online thingy if it's not blooody used by the system when filling in the PDF? Stupid.

While all of the passport fail was unfolding on the computer, my newly snaked tub was in the process of being cleaned. I filled it up with hot water, and then scrubbed it out but good. Lots of soap residue and such (some caused by the slow training problem) had built up. The hoat water soaking treatement coupled with some elbow grease and cleaner made fairly short work of it. The hardest part was emtying the tub, which I decided to do with a bucket, so that I wouldn't clog the drain again by washing all that gunk down it. Pouring all at that water donw the toilet probably made my downstairs neighbor wonder WTF was happening.

Once I was finished with all the cleaning, I lapsed into my usual scewing around on the internet. I'd been at this for a little while when John called, looking for something to do that night. I told him that I was going to Fairfax to see a band, if he was up for that. He was, and we got a hold of Tom and all went out. Met up at Arties for dinner and then went to Fat Tuesday's (dive in University Mall) for the show. It was good.

The band we were there to see was called Summer Rain. You have probably not heard of them because they are local. The reason we went to see them is I went to school with the lead singer from 3rd grade through high school. I hadn't seen him in over a decade, and had no idea what happened to the guy, but he found me on Facebook earlier this year. And that's the medium by which I learned of the show. And I had no plans for Saturday, so that's why we were there. So we get to the bar and get some beers, and then I go and buy some cigarettes, because I'm dumb, but whatever. And then Steve from the Knights walks in, which was odd. And then later on, like six more elementary/middle/high school classmates of mine come in, which was slightly less odd, considering the circumstances. I guess it may be a little odd that we all remembered each other despite not actually being what I would call firends back then.

Anyway Justin's band was good. Generic rock, but enjoyable. It was live music, which made me happy. There was another band on later, called The Boone's Farmers. They were a blues/rock outfit, and they were really good. So we stayed around for them.
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So now that I ahve a laptop, I need a laptop bag. What I really want is a bag that will hold my laptop, camera, and associated stuff.

This would be perfect:
Timbuk2 Japan Laptop Camera Bag

But it's not sold in the US, so I guess I will have to get a Timbuk2 laptop bag and a photo bag insert from someplace else. It's kind of vexing.

Also, Elizabeth and the Catapult are a good band.

New toy

May. 14th, 2009 09:46 pm
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I'm updating using iJournal, which is a Mac OS X livejournl client. The more astute of you may deduce therefore that I now own a Macintosh computer. I used the annual big birthday check from the 'rents, and some of my own money, to buy myself one of the new aluminum MacBooks. I love this thing. Like my iPod and IPhone it is a beautiful machine. The keyboard feels great. Strangely I seem to make fewer typos on this thing than on any desktop keyboard I use. I really like the big touchpad, too. And syncing the Mac's address book, googe contacts, and phone works flawlessly. Love, love, love this computer.

I'm slowly getting used to the differences between is machine and my PC. The different way of installing applcations was a big surprise. Everything on this omputer is so...simple. The PC's been getting neglected a bit lately.

Went to Annapolis to see Vienna Teng last night. Had a blast. The opening act was great, and Vienna was awesome as usual, and I bought her new CD and got another autograph and got my picture taken with her. It was all I could do not to squee.

I find myself emotionally drawn to people who create things. Musicians, photographers. Hell, even programmers. I suspec it's because such things are beyond my own feeble capacity.


Feb. 24th, 2009 07:40 pm
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Does anyone else want to see Keane at Constitution Hall on 19 May?
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Are any of my RL friends interested in seeing Coldplay on Halloween night?


Aug. 26th, 2008 06:51 pm
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Who wants to see Vienna Teng in Annapolis on December 4th?


Jul. 19th, 2008 01:40 pm
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Out $1.50 because stupid washer stopped 4 minutes into the wash cycle. Had to retrieve and wring submerged clothes. My hands got all shriveled and pruney!

Went to Bank. deposited stimulus check. Got more quarters.

Insurance claim was paid. Good thing, because that $600 new tire bill did a number on my next credit card statement.

No clue what I'm doing tonight.

New Coldplay is quite good.

Calmer now

Jul. 14th, 2008 10:25 pm
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Thankfully my insurance says they will cover the cost of the new tires. I only have to eat a $50 deductible. Sometime soon USAA will send some money to my checking account. I celebrated by going on a book and CD binge. I bought another Death Cab album, the new Coldplay, and Major Lodge Victory, so that next time I see the Gin Blossoms there will be thirteen people who know their new songs.

Any IRL friends interested in seeing the Who in DC on November 3?
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In the spirit of fairness, I have decided to give Pearl Jam a chance, and see if they grow on me.
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...tell me about The Last Dance (band). I heard some of their songs today and they sound interesting.


Jul. 4th, 2008 10:33 pm
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Party was good. Got to see good folks from work.

Drinking wine now. Bottle almost gone.

Seems like I get to go to another birthday party in a couple of weeks. That should be cool.

I'm reading Queen of Wands, which has long since ended, but I don't really care. It's a pretty good webcomic. Kestrel reminds me of one of my friends.

I'd forgotten how good Throwing Copper is. AT the bar last night I realized I couldn't remember the last time I'd listened to the whole album. SO I made a point to do so today. I'm glad I did.


Jun. 23rd, 2008 11:39 pm
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My coin jar is almost full. Almost time to go to coin star and get a gift cert. I think maybe I will buy a Toad the Wet Sprocket CD. But I don't know which one to get.

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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.


May. 30th, 2008 04:56 pm
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Cover flow looks much less lame now. Found cover art for all but one of my albums. The one I couldn't find was  self-published by a band at school that doesn't exist any more. Guess I'll scan the cover and resize the image. Or I would if I had a scanner.


May. 30th, 2008 04:08 pm
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I bought an 80 GB iPod today. Came home, downloaded iTunes, added all my music to its library. Some stuff got copied twice. Went through and deconflicted. Not all artwork moved over. Connected to iTunes store, fixed most of that. Some couldn't be fund. Currently copying album art off of Amazon and wherever else I can find it and adding manually to albums. What a pain...

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.


Apr. 23rd, 2008 09:51 pm
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Once again I am thinking of buying a CD I will be completely unable to understand...again on the basis of one song.

This time, the album is Sol-fa by Asian Kung-Fu Generation.

This is the song:

It's on the FMA soundtrack.

I'm hopeless.


Apr. 16th, 2008 10:00 pm
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I just bought my ticket to Gin Blossoms. Have you?


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