Saturday, December 31, 2005

The Final Countdown

Though the night is still young, we have begun the New Year's celebration. This morning, we had a delicious breakfast of eggs and little cheese smokies left over from Christmas then not longer after prepared to see the UConn woman play in Hartford.

The game against Army wasn't as bad as the blowout that was the UConn men's game we went to recently against Moorehead State at Storrs, my first time up there. Both games had the band playing "The Final Countdown" by Europe. I am not kidding. That has to be one of the worst songs ever and VH-1 agrees with me. For the game today, my mother almost fixed me up with a lesbian...

I think that was the first time I've been back to the CC since I worked there. I saw many people I knew still working there but only remembered the names of a handful which probably shows you how much I loved that job... It was kind of weird directing my father to different places.

Tonight, we tried out the new Texas Roadhouse restaurant. Surprisingly, decent portions were available and even the salad was delicious. I don't recommend it if you are a vegan or allergic to peanuts as they give you a metal pail of them. I also don't recommend it if you hate loud country music. It was quite entertaining.

Before I prepare to eat nachos and wait for the ball to drop, I wanted to tell you about the new CD I bought with a gift certificate: Somebody's Miracle from Liz Phair. She had said in an interview that she used Stevie Wonder's music as inspiration and you can really hear that in the music if not the lyrics. This is one of the few albums I've bought in awhile that is great background music to read the newspaper by which I suppose is neither here nor there but I was impressed. You know how I said Sheryl Crow's albums aren't as good when she's happy? Who could have guessed Liz Phair could put out a good "happy album?" Again, I'm impressed.

Friday, December 30, 2005

The Title Is Always The Hardest Part

I'm not sure where to begin since I have a jumble of things to say. I think it was either Christmas morning or the morning of Christmas Eve that I finished reading
Prince Caspian, Book 2 of The Chronicles of Narnia. The edition I read was almost as old as I am so the binding is coming loose. I had read the book, or at least had it read to me, decades ago but I was inspired to read it now. It's not as good as the first book but second books never seem to be, do they? I think, given how the book is set up, it'll be much better in movie form.

The night before last, my parents and I watched The Lady and the Highwayman which my mother received as a gift from my aunt and was billed as one of Hugh Grants earliest appearances. It supposedly came out in 1989 but has a real seventies feel to it. It also seemed it was originally made for TV which, you can see, it was.

And now for the "hard" news: My Yahoo account was apparently shut down without much warning. I remember getting a mail notification that may have been the warning but I was playing my CSI game, which is surprisingly addictive btw, and waited to read it in which time it apparently happened. So, as many of you already know, take my old name and add a "2000" to it if you care to e-mail or IM me with that messenger. (My AIM SN hasn't changed.)

Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Holiday Wrap-Up 2005

I agreed to help my mother with her church's Christmas pageant so I actually went to two services on Christmas Eve and then one on Christmas morning, of course. I heard from my mother that She'd be at the second service so I made her a card and gave it to her in person. She was obviously surprised but I figure it was only a card so what's the big deal? I was going to ask her if she wanted to do something for New Year's but I just can't figure out how it would work since I don't drive so I didn't bother.

Presents this year basically fell into three categories: clothes, DVDs and food. I received the first season of Battlestar Galactica (new series), Revenge of the Sith and some obscure Westerns from my aunt. In the food category, my mother made me homemade peanut butter cups and my father bought me a bottle of Pennsylvania Dutch Egg Nog which had brandy, rum and whiskey in it. Damn that was good!

I also got Wildflower, Sheryl Crow's latest CD. I like it better than
C'mon C'mon but it isn't nearly as good as The Globe Sessions which leads me to conclude that, while she has some really awesome happy tunes, the albums are better when she's depressed but then you readers can guess why I may feel that way...

Oh, and Lady Vader may be interested that I also received a CSI CD-ROM game...

I'm not sure why I got this quiz result since I've been writing fan fic longer than I've known many if not all of you and have even started back up recently but that may be a topic for another post...

Which annoying fan are you?

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Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Anyway-Paul McCartney

If you love me, won't you call me?
I've been waiting; waiting too long.
In my soul is constant yearning,
Always singing; singing this song.
Only love is strong enough to take it on the chin;
When did I begin to fall?
Anyway, anyway, you can make that call.
You feel free to make yourself at home.
If we could be closer longer, that would help me;
Help me so much.
We can cure each others' sorrow.
Won't you please, please, please get in touch?
If a love is strong enough it may never end.
Why would I pretend to fall?
Any way, any way, any way at all
Any way that you can, make that call!

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Nuns in the Sun

Is it because of the success of The March of the Penguins that nuns are so popular right now? Ok, bad joke but I'm serious. Tonight on PBS is a special on The Cheese Nun which I doubt will be as good as a Sister Wendy special but I'll probably watch it anyway since the donkeyholes at ABC took off my Boston Legal. While Christmas shopping last week, I saw a calendar I think was titled "Nuns Having Fun;" the cover had nuns frolicking at the beach. I am not making this up.

In addition, it, coincidently, was paleontologist Richard Leakey's birthday yesterday which reminded me of my Science Concepts class at St. Joe's with Sister Eunice and the day she said, "Richard Leakey was in a plane crash and lost two of his legs!" I still don't know how many he had...

This quiz result may actually make sense if we make it a given cats are of this religion as has been postulated:

Holy Crap! You're taking -5 souls with you to hell!
-20 to 10

On the Plus side: You choose not to speculate on the existence of a higher consciousness. You seek contentment and spiritual awareness. The answer lies within. Not by transferring responsibility to a Messiah or holy figure. You're probably easy going and inoffensive

On the negative side: In your quest for a balanced content life also you probably miss out on the full range of human emotion. So you're probably content and boring.
The Very Offensive Religion Test written by youallwantme on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Monday, December 19, 2005

It's All Over But The Crying- Garbage

Everything you think you know baby
Is wrong
And everything you think you had baby
Is gone

Certain things turn ugly when you think too hard
And nagging little thoughts change into things you can't turn off
Everything you think you know baby
Is wrong

It's all over but the crying
Fade to black I'm sick of trying
Took too much and now I'm done
It's all over but the crying

Do you really think I'm made of stone baby?
That we only love the things we own?
Baby you're wrong

Certain things just happen when you make no plans
And love can really tear you up and it can break you down
Everything you think you know baby
Is wrong

It's all over but the crying
Fade to black I'm sick of trying
Took too much and now I'm done
It's all over but the crying

Baby we're done

If I could I would
I'd change everything
Cause I can't forget you though you don't believe me
Now I can't walk back
I can't leave behind
Where does it go all the light that we had?

Everything you think you know baby
Is wrong
And everything you think you had baby
Is gone

Baby we're done

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Probably A Couple Things

We went to the "scene of the date" for the first time since last night and saw The Family Stone. I was expecting a typical chick flick, which my readers know I like, but this was a true family film as in about a family. It was very emotional. I don't come from a large immeadiate family but I'm pretty sure I don't want to bring a date home. (True, the woman mentioned above already knows my mother...) Not only was it about a family it was a "blue state family" meaning very liberal which we are but many are not judging by the numbers Narnia raked in. I'll be interested to see how it does. Amy, the youngest daughter played by Rachel McAdams, arrived home carrying an NPR bag and looking very much like a library science student which means nothing perhaps but it certainly intrigued me.

As you might suspect, I'm starting to really miss her. I haven't heard from a few other POIs either but she's the one I miss. Something to be said for face to face contact I suppose...

These quizes remind me that people obsessed with video games and RPGs are geekier than me...

Tiptoeing the Edge
Congratulations! You scored 63!
You're pretty geeky, and proud of it. You don't try to hide who you are, and that's great!! You have your hand in a little of everything, but you're not necessarily the nerdiest kid on the block. But keep it up, you may be there soon!

The How Geeky Are You? Test written by on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Review and Rant, Holiday Edition

I meant to discuss this a couple days ago but I forgot then I just wasn't in the mood to post yesterday so here it is: I just recently finished reading Star Trek: Titan: The Red King. This was basically part two of the "pilot" if you will, introducing us to the crew and what not but also had a separate plot from Taking Wing. You didn't really need to read that previous book but I know I'd be left with like a hundred questions if I didn't. I really don't like how Trek books aren't stand alone any more. A prime example: Riker's first officer was apparently introduced in a previous book that I didn't read and really have no interest in reading and if I didn't read it I'm pretty sure no one else did.

I have other problems with the crew. I think it's great that Alyssa Ogawa, also late of the Enterprise, is part of the crew but why is she still a nurse? Shouldn't she be doctor? The Enterprise is the flagship so transferring off of it unless your promoted in rank is tantamount to a demotion. This book introduced Tuvok as the tactical officer. Though, I liked him least of all the Voyager crew, I suppose I don't have a problem with it. What I do have a problem with is that the crew includes three Next Generation characters, one Voyager character but other than Melora Pazlar who was introduced in a second season episode but was not a regular, no Deep Space Nine character. I'm not saying it's discriminatory but, to me, it seems like a illogical exclusion. Too bad Miles O'Brien was an NCO, he'd make a pretty good first officer I think...

The local NBC affiliate as started up their annual Joy of Sharing campaign. Is it just me or is that music they play while advertising it the most irritating noise you've ever heard; with the exclusion of car alarms and nails on a chalkboard of course.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Holiday Mish Mash

So there's nothing wrong with the brakes. Apparently, that's normal for anti-lock brakes to not lock. Who knew?

We went Christmas shopping at the mall last night. I think I'm done since I'd imagine I'm out of money. I will also mention it seemed really easy to find gifts this year for some reason.

Perhaps unlike the last one, this quiz result is much more accurate. I actually predicted I'd get this answer...

You Are Blitzen

Always in good spirits, you're the reindeer who loves to party down with Santa.

Why You're Naughty: You're always blitzed on Christmas Eve, while flying!

Why You're Nice: You mix up a mean eggnog martini.

Sunday, December 11, 2005

My Relatively Busy Weekend

No, my aunt will not have her surgery so, despite the suggestion by my cousin that I come up anyway, I'm still here in CT. No, my reasons were not in fact including the one I mentioned earlier but perhaps the overly optimistic chance something employment-wise will happen, I haven't even started my Christmas shopping, there could be something wrong with the brakes of one of the cars and frankly, I'm tired. No, I haven't heard from the two matches I referred to in awhile but another match I had thought was gone for good contacted me today so...I don't know. I'm just saying...

More eventful things did actually occur, however. On Friday, I helped my mother with a "Parents Night Out" child care thing at her church. I was The Bank during a game of Cat-in-the-Hat-opoly and I pressed play on The Polar Express, which was very boring actually, and I also met the returning parents at the door. They didn't need me really and I was told I'd be paid which I wasn't but I don't want to bring that up because that's childish...

Early Saturday morning, several churches got together for a private viewing of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe which was the best film I've seen this year since maybe Batman Begins so it's been a few months. I had read the book a couple decades ago but I really noticed the Christian allegory this time. Wow. Ok yes, Non-Christians will like this film also but won't get the biblical references.

This morning at church, I helped organize the annual Christmas pageant. This year, three of our students wrote the play we'll be performing. Because there are only two boys that regularly come, I was roped into playing the father and the father in spirit form because I'm killed by a drunk driver will buying ham one Christmas. Yes, I leave behind a wife, played by a fifth grader (I like 'em young...), and two children. Honestly, this is the most fun I've had with the Christmas pageant in like twenty years.

This afternoon, we went to a Christmas party put on by parishioners of my mother's church. There was some good food and drink. My date wasn't there although not entirely out of the realm of possibility she might have been. (No, I wasn't seriously expecting her but it might have been nice.) She did, however, come up in conversation. A woman I know was saying that the daughter of a friend of hers was looking into library science and working in a library in a particular town and I, not believing in coincidence, asked, "Are you talking about...?" And she said yes. Kind of odd really.

I really have no comment about this result:

Natural Philosopher
You scored 42 outspokenness, 41 orthodoxy, 25 intuition, and 23 earthiness!
Congratulations! You were ahead of your time! While the rest of the world was still running around believing in astral projection and evil spirits, you keep a cool head on your shoulders. You really weren't very orthodox in your beliefs, but you knew how to keep it to yourself. You certainly weren't a witch, a pagan, or a practitioner of the Old Ways. Hell, you couldn't have cared less about that sort of stuff. And even more important, you weren't a rabble-rouser. In modern-day times you probably would have been a subversive atheist. Since just about everyone believed in God back then, you would have had to settle for being a Natural Philosopher.

The Witch Trial Survival Test written by okellelala on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Friday, December 09, 2005

My Smile

Cute Smile
You scored 107 smilyness!
Not good enough to be a celebrity but your smile is sooooo cute. Like the picture everyone thinks you are adorable, you need to show your smile a little more don't be affraid to, its a cracker of a smile.

The what kind of a smile you have Test written by Pen_Boeth on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Oh, What A...Morning.

Before I begin, I would just like to say that it takes real friends to completely ignore my questions and problem even when I so graciously help with their lame ass problems such as whether or not to monogram a g-d bag. I thank you so much.

This morning, I had what was refered to as a "phone screening" with a woman from a "prestigious law firm" in Boston. I think it went well and may I say that I wish all my interviews could be done sipping tea in my pajamas. I'll hear from them whether or not to be called in for a face to face interview next week. I hope it works out because I would love to go back to Boston.

To me though how this came about is perhaps more interesting than the actual interview. I receieved a job alert from Monster just yesterday to which I hit the "Apply" button because a full time library job in Boston with bennies can't just be ignored. Not long after that, I get an
e-mail from them requesting my resume and to set up a time for a phone chat. It happend very quickly.

That is not what I really want to talk about. No, I would like to discuss what I read in the Sports section of the newspaper. WTBF are the Red Sox thinking? You don't trade Doug Mirabelli! He is hands down the best backup catcher in the freaking major leagues.Jason Varitek can't catch Tim Wakefield. The ptcher went 0-4 with a freaking huge ERA in the games Jason caught. Hello? Ok, maybe Graffanino asked for too much money and a long term contract and you just want someone to be in place until Dustin Pedroia is ready to come up from the minors but wasn't that the reason Orlando Cabera wasn't resigned? You were waiting for Hanley Ramirez to be ready and then signed Edgar Renteria, who you're trying to unload now anyway, to an evn longer contract? Will Josh Beckett be worth trading Ramirez away now? John Burkett looked real good on paper too. Sure, he was ten years older but come on!

Having a closer by committee didn't work so why would having a committee at GM? The Orioles split the position between just two people and look at the crap they went through last year. Get your heads out of your asses and hire someone now before real damage happens. Personally, I think it already has.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Why Do Things Happen To Me All At Once?

I have a possible problem. On Monday, my aunt, the one who recently separated from my uncle, is scheduled for some relatively minor surgery on Monday and I agreed, when we saw them at Thanksgiving, I would come help out with my cousin whom is about my age and am just as close to as the one I visited down in Florida. (He has cerebral palsy and is confined to a wheelchair.) I am planning to go up Sunday.

I mentioned "movie woman" doesn't seem to want to get together again until after the holidays but I have two, possibly more depending on what happens in the next couple days, other POIs on the front burner. (Yeah, imagine me not putting all my eggs in one basket...) The last time I went away, Cupcake ended "it" for reasons that were always there so I see that as she just had time to think about it. I don't want these women to think about it until I myself have thought about it!

Now, here's hot off the presses news: As I started to write this, my aunt e-mails me informing that they both have colds meaning the surgery may have to be postponed and they'll let us know by Friday.

Now what am I asking from you? I guess I need assurance I'm not going be a lonely old bastard if this actually happens. (OK, yeah, I still might be even if it doesn't but you know what I mean.)

Tuesday, December 06, 2005


You scored 64 Wisdom, 30 Sexuality, 18 Strength, and 73 Goodliness!
The Allfather, the head of the pantheon, blood-brother to Loki, you are the enigmatic, one-eyed man who heads everything. Thought and Memory are your ravens, who tell you everything on the planet. You hung from the world tree to learn the secrets of the runes, you seduced your way to the mead of poetry, and even cast your own eye into a well to receive the water of wisdom. You try everything within your awesome power to prevent the end, but your own efforts only serve to hasten it. You are capricious, but never malevolent. You and your mysterious brothers fashioned this world, and you will go down with it, victim of the foul wolf Fenrir.

The Which Norse Deity Are You Test written by researcher on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Sad But True

You scored 9 knowingstuff!
Yes, you do know a thing or two about sex in Sunnydale. However, like Anya, you seem to have a little trouble getting it whenenever you want it. 1000 years should have been enough to satisfy your needs, but still you keep after that one-eyed Fred Flintstone looking guy. Honey, you could do better.

The Buffy Sex Trivia Test written by chickennibbler on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

I've always liked Anya...

Sunday, December 04, 2005


To pass the time while my parents were gone for the weekend, I decided to have a Star Trek movie marathon of sorts. I watched Star Trek: Generations last night and then watched Star Trek: First Contact after church today. At some point today, I'll be watching Star Trek: Insurrection and then Star Trek: Nemesis before they come back tomorrow evening.

That's not what has me in such a good mood, however. While watching First Contact, the phone rang and I, of course, was like "If this is a telemarketer, someone will die." but no, it was for me but it a certain woman returning my phone message...I was right. She had been working a lot. She'd like to get together again...but not until after the holidays. I have mixed emotions about that but I'm very happy nonetheless.

I'm ok with being the friendly fat guy...

You scored 55% kindness, 36% courage, 36% seedy past, and 51% secretiveness!

"For the record, my belt HAS dropped a notch. I'm a big guy. It's gonna be a while before you're going to want to give me a piggy back ride."

Dude, you are Hurley. You are a kind soul with some terrible luck. While you're always lending a helping hand, you're not exactly the bravest guy on the island. What you do is even more important - keep people entertained. The only problem you've got is that whole jinxed numbers thing. You're so secretive, no one on the island even knows that you're a multimillionaire! Let it out, dude. There's no use trying to keep it all bottled up inside, man.

Your polar opposite is: Jin. You are similar to: Claire and Sun.
<The Which Lost Character Are You Test written by ack_attack on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Friday, December 02, 2005

Obsession, A Stale Fragrance by Likestrek

Still no call but, as my mother pointed out, and yes, I do talk to my mother about it since she's a woman and right there, I gave her an escape hatch. It would be nice if there was a reason that had nothing to do with with me for her to use it and I know with her classes and work she legitimately has more than one but...Truthfully, I don't even know how she saw what we did on Sunday; whether it was "a date" or just "two people who know each other going to a movie. " Now, if my mother's perceptions are correct, this person's mother and grandmother thought it was a date...

I know I'm obsessing but at least it's someone new. Speaking of someone who isn't new, and why I'm sharing this now when it actually occurred on Sunday night (Yes, same day as my date) I don't know but, I was watching a rerun of Friends and it was the episode where Ross tells the British chick Emily he loves her. Because the episodes originally aired before I knew her I, of course, didn't make the connection the first time but Emily is the spitting image of my last library science-related obsession...

I think someone may be very envious of me for this quiz answer...

Darth Vader
You scored 62% airiness, 15% squishiness, and 57% edginess!

According to our patented JawamaticTM technology, you are most like Darth Vader in personality.

Vader, being a merciless Dark Lord of the Sith, is a black-hearted autocrat. Beyond that, he's an expert tactician, using his abstract reasoning skills to quickly assess a situation and anticipate his opponent's next move. He would make an excellent chess player.

Vader is, in a word, strategic.

(The polar opposite of Darth Vader is Chewbacca.)


The Star Wars Personality Test written by MiguelSanchez on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Probably Quick Update

I would like to thank Cupcake for her suggestion of taking notes during my interview yesterday. I don't know if it impressed the library director who interviewed me any but it did give my hands something to do as keeping them in my lap does not work for me at all. I think the interview went well but I think I fell that way more often than not and nothing happens but I really tried harder than usual to sell myself this time. I even kissed up more than usual. If I understood the director correctly, I am one of only four applicants but it only takes one doesn't it? I probably won't hear from them before the holidays due to unnecessary red tape but are we really surprised?

I would also like to thank Lady Vader and Cupcake again for their suggestion to call my fellow movie goer. I called her last night but no one was home so I left a message saying something to the effect of "Hi. This a message for... This is... Just checking to see how the paper was going and to say hi. No need to call back, I'll catch up with you later." She didn't call back although her mother returned my mother's call about a different matter coincidently. Ladies, how should this be interpreted?
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