Archive for October, 2008

This advertisement is so weird

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

I see this often on Facebook, but I just don’t get it. Is it ironic? Or comedic? Or asinine?

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US vs Rome

Sunday, October 19th, 2008

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/10/12/opinion/12dowd.html

This article compares the US to ancient Rome, and it rewrites the Gallic War in the context of current events. Enjoi

I added more photos to Flickr

Saturday, October 18th, 2008

Mostly just snippets of NYC life.

I proctored again today. It pays me and I can get a little homework done. And it forces me to get up and move and leave the apartment. So I picked up puddng afterward, but that took so much time because the subway line let me off on Canal Street, which is the worst. It’s just solid people and street vendors. It’s “cheap shit” street, and it’s packed and dirty. Anyway, I ended up walking in the street with the few other people who actually wanted to get somewhere.

I turned in the midterm late Thursday night. I didn’t get much work done Friday, but I did clean my room (which was in dire need). Now I’m not embarassed to leave my door open. Today I proctored and wrote my prospectus for my reserach seminar. I’ve still barely done any work on my essay, though. That makes me nervous. The prof offered a week extension and I will likely take it, in part because the topic of my essay relates to this week’s discussion, so I could use that info to beef it up.

I watched the finale of this season’s PRroject Runway. It was a generally boring season. Maybe it’s because I watched it week by week rather than in one long run, so I didn’t see the development of people as rapidly. In any case, I had no investment in it. Heroes is coming along pretty nicely. Still doesn’t have the same feel as season one, but then, it’s supposed to be different. New problems, new people, new contexts. The Office has been tough to watch. Jim and Pam’s subplot makes me very sad. Aside from that, the only other shows I check in on are Conan O’Brien and Big Bang Theory, which is growing on me.

I want to say thanks to every who has expressed concern and mutual disappointment.

Arrested Development

Friday, October 17th, 2008

I was watching Season Two. The episode in which Anne breaks up with George Michael and George find out Lucille is in love with Oscar, with the clips of them being sad to Charlie Brown music, has an entirely different connotation to me now. It’s not as funny.

The Office

Friday, October 17th, 2008

Pam & Jim’s subplot made me cry today. I can’t handle this season.

Top 10 Reasons to Love Clare

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

1. She has a sense of humor and sometimes you’ll even get it
2. Her IBS makes you stronger (but only because it doesn’t kill you)
3. Point C
4. Her strength and sensitivity strike a balance
5. She is wicked smart and insightful (but you wouldn’t know that talking to her because…)
6. She is charmingly incoherent
7. She is fiercely loyal and dedicated
8. She knows how to enjoy life and encourages others to join her
9. She is caring, supportive and kind
10. She is willing to make this list when it hurts the most

What’s up in mundane life

Thursday, October 16th, 2008

I have a take-home midterm due tomorrow, a prospectus due Sunday, a prospectus presentation Tuesday and a paper due Wednesday.

I got two more proctoring assignments for this Saturday and next. The next training sessions are probably December and January, which is actually better than trying to jump in mid-semester with everything else going on.
I donated to greenpeace today. It was nice to shoot the shit with a motivated person.

As far as I know, today was the last morning I had to work at 5am. And it’s nice to get an extra $40 in tips for the week. However, the home of one of our coworkers burned down this week, so we donated our tips. I will probably stick it out the rest of the semester, because I do not qualify for insurance until after 90 days, at which time I’ll probably max it out with physical maintenance. Emotion stress is breaking down an already shabby vehicle.

I want my life back.

Post

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

Seeing I’m posting. I’m still here.

I wish I hadn’t wasted my disappoinment on a stupid job

Monday, October 13th, 2008

Chris broke up with me last night.

A Night in Ravenloft

Tuesday, October 7th, 2008

(started September 27, mostly written October 7)
Yesterday, after a two-hour delay, I flew into Milwaukee for opening night of SB’s show. Six picked me up from the airport (what a sweetie), and since it was too late for lunch (or too soon until dinner), we chatted at her place and had a failed adventure in hair-dying (it just didn’t take).

We got a bit of a late start heading out to dinner because we wanted to grab a prop for SB (it could’ve waited, but of course I wanted to do it just then). Dinner at Buca was yummy, but poor Stephanie had limited food options because we kept ordering things she couldn’t eat. So she ate giant cake instead 😉

We got off to another late start to the play (our waitress was pretty lame). Of course, I forgot that so few of us exist in the 21st century, and I was a burden on those around me by not carrying cash. Anyway, we stumbled into the show after the opening song.

SB was particularly entertaining as Charlie Brown with his funny little voice, but we all could detect where the directing was faulty.

After the show, SB said that the cast was going to the “Bavarian Inn.” So we all decided to go there too. Driving down Port Washington in the heart of Glendale, one must take a turn by the Fedex/Kinko, pass through a wall of fog, travel to the end of a dead end road until one sees the big brown chateau with baby blue shutters and red painted hearts of the Bavarian Inn and its accompanying barn. We saw some activity, but as we approached, we realized the upper floor was a wedding reception. We walked around the building to the lower entrance. We peeked in the dingy windows to see folk in ledehosens and dierndls with accordians. We were too intimidated to even open the door. Somethings was wrong; we were in a silly-spooky unfamiliar world in the fog.

Since we saw none of the cast, I called SB, who informed us that they had decided to get food first. We didn’t want to wait around the kooky Germano-larp, so we decided to hit the Silver Spring House (which holds its own nostalgia for us…pucker…) As we were leaving the lot, SB drove past us into the lot, and shortly thereafter, I received a wtf sort of text regarding the inn. He followed us to SSH.

At SSH, we entered and the place was smoky and exceptionally loud. Some drunk chicks flipped off our entire party (I was told later they were flipping off someone else, but at the time, I interpreted it as being aimed at us, and I was both amused and concerned). SB was also mildly harassed upon entering. We tried to chat while we finished two pitchers. Then it was just too much. SB invited us to his place since it was closest.

Poor SB is not entirely moved in. And his place is fairly cheap and not the nicest of places. We had decided to eat the leftover Buca desserts, but he only had one silverware setting unpacked. So we shared; it was funny. About a half hour in, the power went out. For the next hour, we sat playing with our cellphones for light and musing at how crazy the night had been. Eventually, people trickled out, as it was 1am and there was no power. The power eventually came back on about 1:30am, and we found out the next morning that at least 1000 households were affected.

This blog doesn’t do the evening justice. I was in such a kooky mood, and I really enjoyed everyone’s company. In conclusion, I want to remind everyone to take their children’s chewable zoloft.