Monday, January 30, 2006

Can You Feel The Love?

I was going to see how long I could hold out before someone actually asked where I went but I can now see my readers aren't that type so I'm posting.

Friday, my mother's church had a "Parent's Night Out" event so my father and I went to lend technical support. After dinner we played a special Connecticut Conference UCC edition "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire." Yes, it was as exciting as it sounds...

Saturday, my mother and I went to The Old Avon Farms Inn for a Simmons Alumni Winter Tea with guest speaker author Elinor Lippman. As a writer myself, I enjoyed it despite the fact I was the only male. The champagne punch didn't hurt either...

Sunday, was my church's annual meeting so that was different. Oh and I was asked to greet so I had to get up a whole 30 minutes early to be able to get over early enough. In the afternoon, we went to a family party and my mother's cousin whom we met just after we moved down here.

This will be the third time I've made reference to this person on here but I've had some interesting discussions with someone recently. I'm still uncertain at this juncture if it will go anywhere but it looks really good at this moment in time.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled silence.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

New Stuff to Say.

I was watching Revenge of the Sith special features today and came across the scene where Anakin comes to see Palpatine at the theater and the Chancellor says, "Anakin, I have good news." Every time I hear that I want to turn it into a Geico commercial. A merchandising option old George let slip through his fingers...

Saw another Western yesterday: Vengeance Valley. This was more of the traditional Western that we are all at least somewhat familiar with so, perhaps at least partially, the pacing was much improved as was the story but the dialogue, alas, wasn't as funny.

Today, I finished reading my Christmas book: Consent to Kill by Vince Flynn. I like espionage fiction, particularly this author. It was pretty well written. There was a scene that, if this was a TV show, you'd expect it to happen but somehow, because it was a book, it really threw me. I know that probably doesn't make any sense but there it is. This is the six book in a series of sorts. You could pick any one of them off the shelf and read it and not be confused at all but it adds something if you read them all. Three things happened, one being what I mentioned above, in this book that make me wonder if this is the last one or just an opening to take it into a completely different direction. Time will tell.

Oh, and Lady Vader can breathe a sigh of relief. Her town decided I will not be working in the library after all. (I'm just yanking your chain.)

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

I Need A Nap

My parents have been at a conference since Sunday afternoon so yesterday I took the opportunity to watch one of the Westerns I received this Christmas: Santa Fe Trail with Errol Flynn, Olivia de Havilland and Ronald Reagan whom you can recognize immediately since he combs his hair the same way he did forty years after. It was fairly entertaining with great dialogue but they could have shaved off a good 15 minutes to improve pacing in parts. Interestingly, the dialogue I liked best doesn't appear on IMDB. Here's some examples:

Kit: My brother likes you Jeb Stuart but he was dropped on his head as a child.

Drunk train passenger: Where am I going?
Conductor: To Hades I suspect.

In other news, I have been conversing lately with three POIs. All know I don't drive and why and are still interested although one still doesn't know what my parents do so we'll see. I need a job now!

Saturday, January 21, 2006

An Actual Post!

My posts are usually incoherent and disjointed anyway but this one may top them all in that department.

Random Comment 1: I like Alanis Morrisette with bangs but not as a blonde.

Random Comment 2: More freakin' miners trapped? WTF? I was amused by the fact, however, that the mine owner didn't show his face at the press conference last night. Can you say "Take the money and run?"

Random Comment 3: Stargate SG-1 finally had a good episode this yesterday. Really, the first one of the whole season which is now more than half over. How pathetic is that?

Random Comment 4: Did you know Belgium still has a monarchy? Does Portugal?

And finally, Random Comment 5: Why can't finding a job be like finding a significant other as in sitting back and just letting it happen? (Like when have I ever done that either anyway?) I am really getting tired of the whole process. I seriously considered pursuing a career in talent scouting even though I'm sure I'd suck at it. This is where I am right now.

Thursday, January 19, 2006

Common Misconception...

That librarians actually read... :)











The Novice
And the Survey Says: 73%
You obviously paid attention in high school, or cheated off the smart kid. Commendable, but there is always room for improvement - books really are your friends. So go find that smart kid and steal his book.

Recommendations:
Kurt Vonnegut - Cat's Cradle
Paulo Coehlo - The Alchemist





Link: The Books Are My Friends Test written by whoisjohngalt on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Tuesday, January 17, 2006

Again I Say, "Hee! Hee!"








Boxing Cat
You scored 83% Catness!
You're tough and scary. You might not have a permanent home, but you always know where to get food and you can always find a safe place to sleep. Don't forget you only have seven lives. Be nice to that old lady who lives on the corner and if you ever get tired of the street life, you'll have a nice lap to retire to.













Link: The What Cat Are You Test written by rorire on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Review-A-Go-Go

Thursday night, we went to see legitimate theater downtown. We saw Moon for the Misbegotten which I discovered was the last play written by Eugene O'Neill. Our seats were great. We could actually see the expressions on the actors' faces. The play itself was pretty good and fairly engrossing. I would recommend it for those readers who want a little culture.

Friday afternoon, we went to the mall and I bought A Bigger Bang which is the new album from the Rolling Stones. Such a great album. The overall feel of the album to me is that the Stones have matured to their age but still remember how to rock. One song Jagger complains she drives too fast and in another complains he's eating breakfast at 9 and she's just getting in. It's quite amusing. As many may already know, the song "Sweet Neocon" basically rips the current administration a new one. Gotta love it.

Friday night, we went to the movie theater to see Memoirs of a Geisha. I went because what male wouldn't want to go see a movie about Asian sex slaves but I really became quite engrossed in the story. I will reveal that the ending is rather sad when you think about it but I serious doubt anyone actually does anymore so you're probably safe. My parents jumped on the bandwagon on people complaining most of the actors weren't really Japanese but my feeling is that kind of thing has be going on forever so why complain now especially when they are at least really Asian.

Once again, is there more than one quiz result for this?








Inconsistent
You scored 68 Giving, 68 Respectful, and 22 Selfish!
You have a lot of potential, but you give to get. You expect, and your expectations are rarely met, if ever. Trouble is, no one will ever meet your expectations. YOU can't even meet your expectations. You are all over the board. You need consistency! You also need a time out once in a while. How about relaxing for a minute? Soak in the sun. Give a little TLC to yourself, so you can give it-unselfishly-to others. You'll be surprised at your true joy, rather then your disappointment!!!







The How's Your Karma Test written by Mookie1010 on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Tuesday, January 10, 2006

Guy's Night Out

Last night, my father and I went to another UConn Men's game and this time really seemed like a real guy's night out. Of course, mother wasn't even in the building this time. I think it was before the game even started my father commented that the couple shown on the Fan Cam at a particular moment looked like Loggins and Mescina. During the game, out of nowhere, he comments "I think it should be the Patriots versus the Steelers in the AFC championship." I declared that to be the Most Random Comment of the Night.

About the game itself, I've noticed two things about this year's team. Hilton Armstrong has certainly stepped up his game and the team foul shooting percentage seems to be improved. (Conversely, the women's foul shots have gotten worse. Who could have seen this two or three years ago?)

The band didn't really play anything new but I did hear "Love Shack" this time. No, the songs they played over the speakers were the ones that most intetested me this time. There was a lot of Black Eyed Peas which isn't a bad group but I would have loved to hear "My Humps"...

Don't you just love when quiz results make even less sense after certain posts?






The High Priestess
You scored 47 change, 53 wellbeing, 58 wisdom, and 59 truth


This card represents the subconscious mind. It is the balancing force between pairs. The pillars to her sides represent the opposites, light and dark, and she sits in the middle of them, impartial to one or the other. The curtain behind her connects the pairs. The letters on the pillars are B and J. The B is symbolic of the number 2 falling as the second letter in the alphabet. The letter J is the 10th letter in the alphabet, in numerology, this is reduced to 1. So on the pillars we have the numbers 1 and 2. This is symbolic of male and female, the two opposites. The Priestess is holding a scroll of universal and personal knowledge, but only part of it is showing, because god has more yet to reveal. The High Priestess is the link, the conscious mind formulates ideas and the subconscious sets them into action in a fashion of order, represented by the block on which she sits. This card falls under the vibration of the number 2. The What tarot card resembles you Test written by KamikazeParrot on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test

Sunday, January 08, 2006

The First Post of 2006

Happy New Year. I'm back. I just spent a week up in Maine helping my cousin as I mentioned I was going to. It was a good time although most of what we did doesn't translate into good blog reading.

I didn't really see any movies this time except for walking down to see Narnia again but, now that I think about it, I guess the straight to DVD "movie" Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story also counts. That was so good. We watched it once then we watched it again later in the week with the audio commentary on and it was just as funny.

I also got the chance to watch a bootleg copy of the new Doctor Who series which was very good as well. They've done a good job speeding up the action and dialogue.

I left there Friday afternoon. My father arranged to stay at my mother's step-mother's before driving back down here. My cousin who just turned six was there unbeknownst to me. If I had known I would have stayed downtown. I ended up playing a lot of rather boring videogames. The problem with kids this age, though it's possible it's just the ones related to me, is that they don't understand you aren't interested in the same things he is. I was glad we left early Saturday morning.

I'm trying to write about only happy things but this update must be made: There was no contact from any future employers while I was gone unless they called and my father just assumed they were telemarketers but that seems unlikely. I'll have make some calls tomorrow.

This quiz makes me wonder what the difference between white and black is unless it's the good old standby good and evil:








A Black Knight
You scored 3 Power-Finesse, 2 Leader-Follower, 3 Unique-Ordinary, and 2 Offense-Defense!
The rules don't really apply to you, do they? Impediments for you are opportunities, not obstacles. You are dashing and flamboyant, and you like to be right in the middle of the action. You like to protect your team and your King and Queen, by fighting off those who would dare to threaten them. In the long run, however, you cannot win the game alone. It is impossible for you to checkmate your opponent all by yourself, so you appreciate and value your teammates.





The What Chess Piece Are You Test written by Gundark27 on Ok Cupid, home of the 32-Type Dating Test
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