Tuesday, August 29, 2006
We then went up to Bangor where I was scheduled to have a breakfast "date." She never showed up. She had left an e-mail for me saying there was a complication at work but I didn't read this until I returned back to the motel. We were headed back to Portland the next day so we weren't able to reschedule. Oh well...
As per usual, we saw three movies. The first was Arlington Road with Jeff Bridges and Tim Robbins. On the whole, this was very good with great acting and gripping suspense but, alas, the ending majorly sucked.
The second film was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. This film was typical Tim Burton bizarreness but, as is also typical, it somehow works. I think I like Johnny Depp's interpretation of Willy Wonka more than Gene Wilder's.
The third film was typical 1960's Disney although I don't think it actually was Disney... Ring of Bright Water tells the story of a man who is drawn to an otter in a pet shop in London then, realizing a London flat is no place for him, they move to the Scottish Highlands. The ending of this one also sucks but, again, is typical 1960's Disney...
Friday, August 25, 2006
Osama bin Laden, Saddam Hussein
Circle I Limbo
Circle II Whirling in a Dark & Stormy Wind
Circle III Mud, Rain, Cold, Hail & Snow
Circle IV Rolling Weights
Circle V Stuck in Mud, Mangled
Parents who bring squalling brats to R-rated movies
Circle VI Buried for Eternity
Circle VII Burning Sands
Circle IIX Immersed in Excrement
The New York Yankees
Circle IX Frozen in Ice
Monday, August 21, 2006
My Oregonian cousin who's been in Western Mass. all summer stayed with us for the past week and a half before going home today. I'm eight years older and have different life experiences but we have Marvel Comics in common. (She read many of my Spider-man and X-men comics.) Once my father and I got her into the Red Sox we had something else in common but this wasn't the best week to do that I think. (Damn them!) She's way into Christian music and every t-shirt she wore, except one, had a Christian theme. At first, I thought the rap was the worst but yesterday we heard this chick who sounded like Avril Lavigne and you know how much I love her... (Speaking of "chick rock," I listened to excerpts of Paris Hilton's new album and her cover of "Do Ya Think I'm Sexy?" was pretty good. I'm not kidding.)
We got into this argument while watching X-men 2 whether it was actually possible, as the movie suggests, for the mutant gene to come from the father. I say it could be possible. Yes, it would have to be on the X chromosome but chromosomes can hold a lot of information. She argued there wouldn't be many female mutants that way. I was thinking about this and there are way more male X-men than women. The original team had 5 males including Professor X and only one woman! It didn't occur to me until later but I thought they were mutants because they had an extra X chromosome. Isn't that why they're called "X-men?"
Anyway, Thursday night, we went to Boston for a Friday afternoon Duck Tour. John Lennon was our ConDUCKtor and my cousin got to pilot it "up the Chuck" as he referred to it. I'll try and post pictures soon.
Yesterday, we went to the state 4-H fair. They had some country band performing. They were pretty good. My parents did the swing to the Bo Diddley classic "Before You Accuse Me." No one joined them and the band said after that their next song would be their last. Coincidence? Maybe...
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
Step 2: Choose 5 quotes that relate to you in some way.
Step 3: Paste them in your blog/lj/whatever, along with the instructions
"Complain to one who can help you."
"The future, according to some scientists, will be exactly like the past, only far more expensive."
"The idea of all-out nuclear war is unsettling."
"Writing gives you the illusion of control, and then you realize it's just an illusion, that people are going to bring their own stuff into it."
-David Sedaris, interview in Louisville Courier-Journal, June 5, 2005
"They always say time changes things, but you actually have to change them yourself."
-Andy Warhol (1928 - 1987), The Philosophy of Andy Warhol
Tuesday, August 15, 2006
Ok, so the Sox swept the O's. I'll still not be convinced they have a shot at the playoffs until they come away with a winning record against the Tigers and Yankees in this and the next series. I want 12 wins in a row! (Wouldn't that be nice?)
Friday, August 11, 2006
| You scored as Jimmy. Y-y-you're Ji-ji-jimmy! One of the nicer kids in South Park. You have trouble expressing yourself, and it can sometimes get you into trouble. But you are an excellent comedian anyways!|
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Wednesday, August 09, 2006
2. What's John DeStefano going to do with all the bumper stickers now that the people have decided the mayor of my town isn't a good running mate? (Hell, I voted for Glassman as well.) A related question is why does this state even pick running mates before primaries if they aren't tied together in the initial voting? Waste of time, I say.
3. If the Red Sox Don't win the next 2-4 games, they're done. They have the best defensive team they have ever had. (In my lifetime anyway.) The pitching however sucks! I do not blame John Lester specifically since he's not used to the post September grind. (Remind me what month we're in...) I don't even blame Al Nipper who filled in for Dave Wallace, until yesterday, as pitching coach. I blame the front office for giving up Bronson Arroyo in the off season. Yes, I know we can't have 6 or 7 starters and I also realize no team not on major drugs would take Clement or Wells who have just gotten less appealing as the year as gone on. I also acknowledge Wily Mo Pena whom we got in exchange is really only one of like three batters actually hitting the damn ball right now. The point is that instead of 6 starters we have 2, maybe three if I'm drunk enough to be that generous, who can actually keep the opponents from scoring 7 or 8 runs. Argh!!! (Yeah, I know that rant had nothing to do with the primaries but the thought crossed my mind yesterday so there you go...)
Today, my church tried a mini-vacation bible school. We're going today and tomorrow instead of Monday through Friday. We had five kids so we were able to provide lunch which is a pretty cool idea but unreasonable in a church where we'd get 60-80 kids. Our problem child from church school was very well behaved so yay! I think the secret is to not teach him shit...
Tomorrow I decide whether to have the knee surgery as I go to see the doctor. I just don't know. On one hand, I just finished rehab but you can't imagine how tired I am of this shit. I thought I could just wear my brace when I did laundry which would be a pain in the ass but doable and do my exercises but then I haven't done them since Saturday. I did swim instead on Sunday but still...
Thursday, August 03, 2006
This heat and humidity is beastly and I will be so glad when it breaks soon. I went over to my mother's church yesterday morning (hottest day of the year) to help weed their library collection. There was air conditioning but it was wasn't a fully enclosed space so that only does so much good. I should acknowledge I do these things on my resume but since it's only off and on and not regular, I'm unsure how. I can really even say "Library Volunteer" since it never is for a set period. What I have to do is remember to mention it in interviews but that depends on it getting that far. I have in the past mentioned I do freelance reference work but they haven't cared yet...
Before I go, there's more to add about the topic I wrote about last time. The title of this chapter is "My Mother." I told one or two of you this maybe but my mother made my father cancel their anniversary trip for later this month because she doesn't want me left alone. I told her I'd wear my brace when doing laundry but apparently this is not good enough. She also seems gung ho on my having surgery. The rehab of which would lay me up for a very long time. I'm not saying this situation would be to Misery extremes but...I've told you about instances where my father has been unable to let go but, in some ways, my mother is worse. I have to confess though I did enjoy the blueberry pancakes and bacon this morning...
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
I need a change. No, not just a short vacation. I need something to happen that will last at least 9 months. I'm not interested in getting more education as I'm stilling paying off the so far useless education I already possess. I've considered taking up the suggestion of my cousins and move to Portland but their are issues that I need to work out first. (It is true my temp agency has an office there.) One: I can't do anything like that until I get the knee situation figured out. If I do end up having surgery, I want to be home during my extensive rehab. If that sounds a bit childish, so what?
The second reason is more of a lasting complication and probably even more childish but the reason I do enjoy living at home is that I can do temp work to pay my two bills and still have money for fun purposes. If I moved out, I'd have to be concerned about food, rent etc and couldn't fall back on my father if I'm too short to pay the bills I already do.
Getting work is a big concern for me. A cousin pointed out people more disabled than myself get by all right. That's because they qualify for government assistance which I may not and some may actually be mentally handicapped but physically very strong. There seems to be so much more job opportunities for them. My disabilities aren't noticeable to people I want to see them (Thankfully, the opposite seems to be no longer true as I've gotten older.) so I get into situations like my last temp job. I'm tired of being in the gifted and talented program and then going to the special ed wing for physical therapy. Ok, that was grade school but it still kind of describes my life. Every assignment I go to practically, it's discovered I have a master's degree and they all surprised. I'm so tired of that. Part of me just wants to give up and move into a group home and do macaroni crafts all day which I may not have the hand-eye coordination to do anyway...
There is a reason for me to move to Portland though. I don't know if long distance relationships actually work but 6 hours is proving to be too much of a gap. If I can move even 4 hours closer, we may have more of a shot. I don't know. Maybe that's not enough of a good reason...
This quiz seems wholly inappropriate now but here it is:
| You scored as Cyclops. Cyclops is the team leader of the X-Men, and a skilled one at that. He loves Jean Grey very much. He's a strict and sometimes uptight leader, but he believes in his cause and he knows what he's fighting for... Peace between Mutants and Humans. Powers: Optic blasts|
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