Thursday, March 30, 2006

A Short Jaunt into a Another Land

Recently, I took a break from the Narnia universe to enter the Four Lands. I just finished reading the concluding volume of the High Druid of Shannara trilogy, Straken written, of course, by Terry Brooks. I was blown away by the ending. I suppose that it was an ending that a reader, such as myself, who had read the previous two books as well as the previous trilogy would have to consider (Well, maybe not the exact circumstances...) but that would have gone against the grain of happy endings which possibly is why I didn't see it. This trilogy was really the first to continue events of a previous book; or trilogy as in this case. Sure, the other books had common characters reappearing but they usually made little more than cameos. I'll be curious how the next foray into the Four Lands sets itself up.

I'll be starting a new temp job soon. It isn't 2nd shift this time. It's 3rd... I'll be working in the mailroom for one of the local insurance giants. (Since Hartford is the Insurance Capital of the US, I know that it doesn't narrow things any..) Yesterday, I went into the offices of the temp agency to fill out background check paperwork and I took the bus home. My parents said they were proud of me although my father was waiting for me across the street from the bus stop...I kidded him later that I could take the bus home but I, apparently, couldn't cross the street myself...

Two notes of weirdness to end on; both of a music video nature. First: I wonder how the Goo Good Dolls feel that their Christmas song is still being played on VH-1 and (Second) I just started reading the article in the paper about Richie Sambora breaking his arm when the Bon Jovi video came on...

Monday, March 27, 2006

I Did Drink This Just Last Week.

You Are Guinness

You know beer well, and you'll only drink the best beers in the world.
Watered down beers disgust you, as do the people who drink them.
When you drink, you tend to become a bit of a know it all - especially about subjects you don't know well.
But your friends tolerate your drunken ways, because you introduce them to the best beers around.


It was partially to celebrate St. Patty's Day and what else does one drink during March Madness but beer? I do find it odd I picked Amsterdam, not Dublin and I still got this answer but at least it's a beer I drink. Two years ago now it must have been since she just turned 21 recently, Keira Knightley once said Dublin was the best place to drink Guinness but she was only 19 at the time so she couldn't drink here in America (There's something weird about that but I don't know what.) but that seems perfectly logical to me. American beer, ::sticks finger down throat:: so I'd imagine they'd find ways to screw up the imported.

I suppose I must ask what the hell happened to the UConn men yesterday. I still don't understand how they could have lost. It was an 11 seed for godsakes! My response to my mother when she asked that question was that George Mason just wanted it more. Thank God the women are still alive but Duke will not be an easy task.

I couldn't get ahold of anyone at my temp agency today so I'll have to try again tomorrow. I need to get back to work before I remember what fun and how relaxing staying home can be.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

This Is True On Some Level At Least

You Should Be a Film Writer

You don't just create compelling stories, you see them as clearly as a movie in your mind.
You have a knack for details and dialogue. You can really make a character come to life.
Chances are, you enjoy creating all types of stories. The joy is in the storytelling.
And nothing would please you more than millions of people seeing your story on the big screen!


This morning, my mother's church was having a breakfast so my father and I ran over and ran back. (Not literally.) We had pancakes, sausage AND bacon as their current confirmation class put it on and it's mostly boys this year. 'Nuff Said.

I feel the need to clear up some confusion about my posts and comments thereof. Why am I spending money on CDs when I should be saving it up to pay my two monthly bills (health insurance and consolidated student loan)? Because I have only so much will power. Sure, I can hold out when I have no money but if I'm able to buy a damn CD without overdrawing my account, I'm going to do it. Besides, I'm buying, what, two CDs a year? Besides, I'm not sinking my money into a cell phone or credit card. I also want to point out that my annual ALA dues, and other more frivolous bills, are still paid for by me alone. Thank you.

Saturday, March 25, 2006

Forgotten Irony

That UConn-Washington game last night was very scary. Fatigue is to blame I think and, frankly, CBS is partially to blame for that. There is no reason to start a game on the East Coast at 10:00 in the evening. Well, other than ratings... They could just take off Oprah for godsakes.

I forgot to mention yesterday that we went to see Failure to Launch. Despite the plot similarities to my life right now, I really enjoyed it. I should point out the differences, however. Trip could have left anytime he wanted. He had a probably decent paying job. Even though, I've gotten temp employment, I can't even pay my health insurance. (One more job and I may be able to take over paying at least one of my bills. Maybe.) Anyway, back to the movie, Zooey Deschanel was hilarious as Paula's (Sarah Jessica Parker) roommate and Terry Bradshaw was great too although I really wish I could purge the memory of his ass from my mind...

Listened to the Clapton CD today. To me, it's very reminiscent of his stuff from the early 70's such as "I Shot the Sheriff" and "Wonderful Tonight." The two disappointments were, when reading the titles and seeing "Revolution" and "Piece of My Heart" and then realizing they aren't the songs I thought they were but Clapton's cover of George Harrison's "Love Comes to Everyone" is a highlight. I also want to point out that Back Home is less disjointed than Reptile. That album had songs that were examples of all his different "eras" which was cool but didn't flow well.

Friday, March 24, 2006

Scattered, Disorganized Thoughts

When I was done in Florida the first time, yes,I'm going back next month with my parents this time around, I was introduced to an online radio station out of California that played some interesting stuff. Currently, they just played "Monkey Man" which is probably one of the Rolling Stones' worst songs but then, crap from them is better than the best from other so-called artists so it's all good.

Speaking of music, I decided to spend some of my new found spending money at Best Buy and bought Eric Clapton's new CD Back Home and Kelly Clarkson's Breakaway albums as well as the second season of Superfriends. I have not listened to the Clapton album yet but I listened to Breakaway during lunch. Remember I said I was liking the album but was reluctant to buy it because of my high musical standards? (She co-wrote only half the songs.) I think I said that after her third single was released. Two singles later, I say to myself, "I really like half the album now so I might as well suck it up and buy it." By the way, the rest of the album is really good too. Don't tell anyone...

I finished the fourth book in the Narnia series: The Silver Chair this week. Best story in the series since Wardrobe. I'm not sure why it was titled such since the object is only briefly featured but I'm also at a lost to think of a better title except maybe The Lost Prince which I think has been used many times, Eustace's Return, or my favorite: A New Day, A New Witch. Twenty years or so ago when the BBC did a dramatization of this book and Tom Baker (Where's my Monarch of the Glen? Damn pledge drives...) was cast as Puddlegum. Reading the book, you realize it was dead-on casting. Who will they get now?

Oh, this may amuse some of you who know my line of work: I finally got around to getting a library card this week. I figured I'll probably end up living here for awhile and it is free anyway. My reluctance? Well, I was living on one college campus after another for awhile there and their science fiction section still sucks even after I did a collection development manual for them. (Some of my other suggestions were implemented incidentally.)

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

The Mundane and the Serious

Yesterday and today, since the agency has found nothing for me so far this week, I've been helping my mother. Yesterday, I helped her with an e-mail project and today I did some research for her.

As I predicted, UHart lost pretty badly but they did hang in there for about three-fourths of the game so that was kind of impressive. I think Connecticut, the state as well as the team, will have it's revenge against the Georgia team in the next round as Mel Thomas seems to be back in typical form to give one reason.

Once again, and this is when the comments seriously disappear, I need a little advice. I've finally figured out what it is about the woman I've been conversing with that intrigues me. Like Heather and Nicki before her, this person shares their high level of compassion/empathy. I'm also realizing that, unlike them and more like my mother, she cares way too much what others think of her and doesn't seem to be able to let go easily.

Even though this bothers me, I'm reluctant to let this, whatever we have going, drop. This person has stuck around after hearing "confession" after "confession" from me; any one of which would have scared many women off and, well, has. Does the fact she shares my mother's most irritating trait mean I should let her go?

Monday, March 20, 2006

No Common Theme

First, we will again start with the b-ball. How cool was UHart's win? Oh sure, they'll get their butts handed to them on a soft tortilla next round but it's always cool when the underdog wins. And how cool was it that the UConn men actually showed up for their second round game?

I deposited my first pay check today. Woo Hoo! I haven't worked a non-under the table paying job in many moons so I was a little surprised by all the taxes taken out but even a little money is good at this point.

I went to my second church council meeting tonight. In some ways I like it better than the committee I'm there to represent...

Before I show this quiz can I just say how much I hate anime? (Thundercats and maybe one or two other are exceptions.)

You Are a Henna Gaijin!

You're not Japanese, but you wish you were!
You can use chopsticks with your eyes closed, and you've memorized hundreds of Kanji.
You even answer your phone "moshi moshi."
While the number of anime videos you've seen is way higher than the number of dates you've been on, there's hope.
Play the sexy, mysterous gaijin, and you'll have plenty of Japanese meat.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Reviews, Bad News and a Loopdy Loo or Two.

Probably not in that order.

First, that UConn-Albany game. The Huskies really would have to have the "suck" label placed on them if they didn't pull that game out of their ass. Somehow I knew that the announcers going on and on about what an upset it would be would actually help Connecticut win since the opposite is almost always true no matter what sport your watching but it was way more of a nail biter than I really was predicting when I sat down for it. They better hope that they fixed their problem going into the next round because they will be slaughtered if they turn the ball over that many times but then, you all knew that...

Before I get to the movie reviews, my thoughts on our trip this morning to the Yale British Arts Center. We went because we heard of the art exhibit by John Virtue of London that was going on now but the whole collection was very interesting and it was free so that's always good.

Last night and this morning, I watched two movies. With my parents I watched Rent last night. The whole time I was like this movie is all right but not the best work Chris Columbus has ever done. (Mrs. Doubtfire is one of my all time faves and the first two Harry Potter films were also better than this.) I say all this but this long movie went by very quickly so I'm guessing I subconsciously liked it which is a strange realization.

This morning I watched, by myself, Ultimate Avengers: The Movie. Overall, this was a great movie. However, not only do I question why it was rated PG-13 when nothing sexual or anything more violent than you'd expect in a superhero cartoon happened, the main problem I had with it was that the series premiere of Justice League already had a "form a team of heroes to stop a shape-shifting, gooey-looking alien invasion" plot although I admit it was done here a tad more convincingly. I do also question why Captain American was fighting these aliens during WWII instead of the Red Skull but that's probably neither here nor there.

Now, I must close with something much more serious. We received an e-mail from the woman who replaced my parents at our old church that our former next door neighbor died on Wednesday. His three daughters and I were great friends growing up though we drifted apart around high school. One just had a birthday last week I remember. Long time readers and those others who've known me otherwise for a long time, know that one of the older twin daughters was actually my first love. I just found out a couple hours ago so a lot of memories are flooding back which is not something I want to be thinking about now considering the woman I've been talking with online implied earlier today that she's ready to meet next weekend. Nothing is ever easy is it?

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Bring In the Funny

I have to say that it was just recently, maybe around Christmas, that I've been able to really enjoy watching Saturday Night Live again since things went south with Heather two years ago. (Has it been that long? Wow.) Of course, I finally have a new obsession... The recurring "Two A-holes" sketches have got to be my current faves. The two I've seen: "Two A-holes Buy a Christmas Tree" and last weekend's "Two A-holes go to a Travel Agency" both had me laughing very hard. "I wanna go to Hogwarts."

Just now I watched an episode of Pinky and the Brain online. Again, I laughed so hard. I really loved that show. "Pinky, you are practically the poster child for Cheez Whiz." Narf!

Today, I have my last day at my current temp job merging the medical files of two hospitals into one collection. After the first day I worried that I was going too slow and would be fired but, last night, the boss decided that the night shift would just do a "rough sort" as in just merging the files and the day shift would put them in numerical order. At our closing "pow wow," he said that this is the first time he hadn't had to let someone go by the second day because our pace was very good. I have feeling if he didn't change the task, this might not have been the case but the point is now moot. I still have not heard about a new job as of yet but I will surely let you know when I do.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

I Stole This Because It Looked Like Fun.

Musical Magic 8 Ball
Go to your music player of choice and put it on shuffle.
Say the following questions aloud, and press play.
Use the song title as the answer to the question.

NO CHEATING.

1. How does the world see me?

"Much Too Late For Goodbyes"-Julian Lennon. Ok, that's just mean...

2. Will I have a happy life?

"If You're Gone"- Matchbox 20. So it's conditional...

3. What do my friends really think of me?

"Play Guitar"- John Mellencamp. So my friends want me to "forgot about that macho shit and learn how to play guitar."

4. Do people secretly lust after me?

"Rhapsody"- Alejandro Escoveda. Um, then no?

5. How can I make myself happy?

"Tempted"-Squeeze. I think that means to have an affair. Ok...

6. What should I do with my life?

"Wish You Were Here"- Pink Floyd. So I should pine after someone?

7. Will I ever have children?

"Peaceful Easy Feeling"- The Eagles. Does that mean I need to have sex with some woman with sparkly earrings in the desert if I want children? Or does it mean to just forget about it?

8. What is some good advice for me?

"Truly Madly Deeply"- Savage Garden. Climb a mountain and take a bath with a woman? Weird but easily done.

9. How will I be remembered?

"Maybe I'm Amazed."- Heart with Cyndi Lauper. I'm touched, maybe...

10. What is my signature dancing song?

"Dancing Days"- Led Zepplin. Probably true...

11. What do I think my current theme song is?

"As Tears Go By"- The Rolling Stones. Still? Wow...

12. What does everyone else think my current theme song is?

"Crimson and Clover"- Joan Jett. So I rock but can be monotonous. That is probably also true...

13. What song will play at my funeral?

"Cheers Theme. (Full Version)" An Irish Wake perhaps? I would hope everyone at my funeral knew my name...

14. What type of men/women do you like?

"She's Not There"- The Zombies. Apparently I want a woman who I can never find.

15. What is my day going to be like?

"Once More Around the Block"- Badly Drawn Boy. So a day of same old, same old then?

Friday, March 10, 2006

New Week, New Job

So after three days of working for a company that did document scanning, I was let go this morning. I will never know if it was for two weeks, as I'm guessing or two months. I don't know why exactly as I was called this morning by the employment agency not the company but I think it was one of two possibilities, one rather petty and one understandable. The petty reason: I was too slow which I can't do anything about. The employment agency knew this when I was assigned. The second possible reason is that, due to a former employee returning, they wanted to make room for her and I was picked to be axed. This reasoning I'm ok with. Honestly, I was only in it for the money and I freely admit that.

On Monday, I start a three day filing job. The hours of that are 4:30-midnight but it is just down the road from my house. I didn't ask how much it paid but now I'm curious.

I have to say that this agency is much better at finding me work then the other one and I like it.

Monday, March 06, 2006

Good News, Bad News Time

Time for another installment of nobody's favorite show, Good News, Bad News.

The bad news is that the date didn't happen this weekend and may not any time soon but the good news is that it will happen at some point as I talked with her last night after I went to the Big East Tournament; more on that later.

The good news is I have a job if only temporarily through that agency I signed with a couple weeks ago. I have a second shift job filing and removing staples. (As it was described to me.) The upside of this is obvious. The downside is that, really, my life, as I currently know it, is second shift so the next 2 weeks to 2 months will be an adjustment.

The tournament session we went to yesterday was awesome as UConn won it's game. It's a bit surprising we were able to just call up that day to get tickets since it's a conference tournament but why not? Our seats weren't the best but they could have been much worse. It was great hearing all the different bands. Notre Dame played the themes to The A-Team and Ghostbusters while the band from Pitt played the theme from Family Guy. It was freakin' sweet but DePaul's band was the one with the talent. They played not one but two Chicago songs which is a bit predictable considering where their school is but good nonetheless. I also thought their school song was quite the toe tapper. Unfortunately, the band from UConn was tiresome as the best they put forth was "Superstition," "Thriller" and an off-key "Love Shack" but I've been hearing them all season so that could be part of it.

Saturday, March 04, 2006

I Think Why I'm Doing This Is Painfully Clear

1. screen name: Likestrek or sci_fi_nat2000
2. birthday: 10/26
3. place of residence: with my parents...
4. what makes you happy: research, creativity and someone listening to what I have to say.
5. what are you listening to now/have listened to last: "Call Me" from Blondie
6. do you read my lj: The question is does she still read mine?
7. if you do, what is particularly good/bad about it: I like that I can still get a glimpse on what's going on in her life. I guess a downside is that she needs more interesting topics.
8. an interesting fact about you: I had the most delicious sausage, egg and cheese biscuit for breakfast this morning.
9. are you in love/have a crush at the moment: As much as I try to deny it, yes.
10. favourite place to be: with people who love me.
11. favourite lyric: That's too hard so let's go the opposite extreme: "I like the way you are when you're driving in your car."
12. best time of the year: Now that I'm out of school, fall.
13. weirdest food you like: pizza with zucchini and bacon I guess.
14. do farts make you laugh: Only when my father does it.

RECOMMEND
1. a film: Batman Begins
2. a book: Star Trek; The Lost Era: Art of the Impossible by Keith DeCandido
3. a band, a song and an album: The Traveling Wilburys, Bob Dylan's "Blonde on Blonde" album and his "Positively 4th St."

PLUS
1. one thing you like about me: I liked the fact I had someone to discuss Charmed with.
2. two things you like about yourself: my sense of humor and my compassion.
3. put this in your lj (blog) so i can tell you what i think of you.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Doin' Alright

I wanted to share with you all that while I still don't have a job or "that special someone," I realized during the sparsely attended Ash Wednesday service the other night that I feel really positive about how both searches are progressing right now. I tell you this not to rub it in for those who are struggling as I've been and probably will again. I tell you this because I just wanted you to know.

In that light, I may actually be meeting someone I met online tomorrow. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't nervous. I'll be sure to let you all know how and if it went.

I meant to tell you about this days ago as it happened this weekend but first, I forgot then, the site was acting wonky but I read the next book (Book 3 as I know it) in the Narnia series: Voyage of the Dawn Treader. I attempted to read A Horse and His Boy first since that is the new book two but I really couldn't get into it. Anyway, Dawn Treader was a great book and will be an awesome movie in, I would guess, 2009.
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