Saturday, July 28, 2007

"Spider-pig, Spider-pig..."

So we went to see The Simpsons movie yesterday. This movie was so awesome. I suppose there are nit-picks if I thought about it but I really can't think of any. I mean, yes, many beloved characters weren't really in it but that leaves room for sequels. The highlights were the pig and them still sticking to Fox even on the big screen. If you love the TV show, you'll love the movie so go out and see it!

Also yesterday, I finished the second book in the new Star Trek: Vanguard series: Summon the Thunder. No, it had nothing to do with wrestling. Honestly, while sporadically good or really good, it really wasn't as good as the first book, written by the series co-creator, but then I suppose it's hard writing in a universe not created by yourself. Although, I personally find it easier but I'm strange that way. The only thins I'll mention specifically is that this book brings in the Romulans and adds to the mythos of both the Klingons and the mysterious Tholians which I like.

Can I just give thanks right now that the Red Sox left town before Kenny Lofton made his return to the Indians?

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Rant and Update

First off, I must ask: Where the bloody hell is my copy of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hollows? I ordered the thing five days ago! I'm going to start reading spoilers soon! I really want to read this book!

Anyway, so I'm still volunteering at the library. We're in the middle of an inventory now. I've also looked in the catalog, one, to see if we had certain new books already and, two, if we did, to see which branch. This week, I've been assigning call numbers to new books. I haven't done that at all since school and that was Library of Congress (LC) classification anyway while here they use Dewey and Cutter numbers. Tomorrow, I won't be going in as the librarian is out today and tomorrow and I did all the work she left for me already.

Saturday, July 21, 2007

Friday, July 20, 2007

Things Are Pretty Good

I figured it was time to update you on what I've been up to this week. On Monday, I started my volunteer job at the seminary library. I've only gone in for a couple hours each day but I went in all week. This week, I did was move books out of the chapel area and other shelving but I was told I might do some cataloging and other tech service stuff so that'll be good. Sure it's been all grunt work but someone has to and I didn't really do any of that when I worked at RCC so this has been good.

Yesterday and today the cell phone problem was corrected. Yay! The battery was delivered yesterday and after charging it, it still didn't seem to work. The booklet said I needed to wait until the "battery icon" disappeared. It never went away which concerned me but I pressed the power button today and it worked! Yay again! I also finally got around to setting up my voice mail. Of course, only three people have my number...

The last couple days, I've really been using our XBox 360 particularly the Media Center function and playing "Burnout Revenge." I'm enjoying making massive flaming car pile-ups. (What? It's better than drinking...)

Sunday, July 15, 2007

This Was Supposed To Be Titled "Brooms and Baseball" But, Now, Forget It...

Saturday, my aunt and roommate went with me to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. Overall, I loved it but I'd be lying if I didn't have quibbles but there was much I enjoyed about it. In the book, I found the character of Luna annoying as all get out but she totally rocked in this movie. "I'm hungry. I hope they have pudding." Delores Umbridge was also great. I did, however, miss the heavy Scottish accent Cho had in the last movie. (My cousin pointed out that she still had one but from a different region. I say it isn't the same.)

I actually approved of them cutting the Quidditch stuff out of this movie but the OWL scenes, including the studying, being cut was disapointing. They had the scene with Fred and George but they didn't make clear they actually left school so what really was the point? Speaking of confusion, how exactly could the students ride creatures only Harry and Luna could see? I'm pretty sure it was explained in the book but it wasn't here.

We attempted to go to a Seadogs game but it got rained out. Not before we walked all the way down there, of course... Hopefully we can re-use the tickets at another date.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Behind On My Surveys...

The Ultimate Survey <3

...::About Me::...<3

Full Name: William Henry Harrison
Eye Color: blue
Hair Color: brown
Height: 5'11"
Shoe Size: 10.5
Ring Size: It was 6.5 in High School.
Graduating Year: H.S. was 1997, Undergrad was 2001, Grad was 2005 (January)
Birthdate: Oct. 26, 1977
Zodiac Sign: Scorpio


Concert: I think it was Peter Paul and Mary at the Cumberland County Civic Center in 1987...
Best Friend: My current roommate
Crush: My kindergarten teacher.
Pet: a yellow and white cat named Sunshine
Sport: I was never into competive sport

...::Have You Ever::...<3

Sky dived?: No.
Bungee jumped?: No.
Gone out of the country?: Canada only. (More than once, mind you...)
Beaten someone up?: No
Gotten beat up?: Not severely.
Killed an animal?: Do insects count?
Swum in the ocean?: Is "swum" a word?
Broken the law?: Underage drinking and public intoxication. (Not at the same time.)
Smoked?: No plans to.
Smoked weed?: No plans for this either.
Chewed tobacco?: Wow I'm boring...
Been drinking?: Um, you can't get busted for public intoxication if you haven't...
Been kissed?: Actually, no!
Been in love?: Twice.
Dumped someone?: No.
Been dumped?: Once definitely but mostly just shot down.
Broken someone's heart?: I don't think so.
Had your heart broken?: severely twice.
Liked someone who didn't return the sentiment?: Do you read this blog?
Broken a bone?: No, surprisingly
Had surgery?: Again, do you read this blog?
Had an X-ray or MRI?: I can never have another MRI again.
Failed a class?: Almost but no.


Color: Blue and orange
Food: macaroni and cheese
Drink: ice tea, Sprite and beer
Snack: Salty stuff I guess.
Cereal: currently Honey Nut Cheerios
Ice Cream: Edy's or Ben and Jerry's.
Candy: Snickers, Peanut Butter Cups or Junior Mints
Restaurant: Locally, Mesa Verde
Fast Food Joint: I've been liking Arby's lately.
Animal: cat
Quote: "Time is the fire in which we burn."
Sport to Play: Vollyeball, floor hockey
Sport to Watch: baseball, football, college basketball
Movie: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
TV Show: Currently Doctor Who
Type of Music: My favorite is Classic Rock
Singer/Band: The Traveling Wilburys
Song: Currently it's "Rehab" by Amy Winehouse.


Pepsi or Coke: Um, Pepsi
Vanilla or Chocolate: chocolate
Cake or Ice Cream: cake
McDonalds or Burger King: McDonald's, I guess
Love or Money: love. ::sigh::
Music or TV: Music on TV!
Mom or Dad: They both have their pros and cons.
Truck or Car: two feet.
Ocean or Lake: lake
Yahoo or Hotmail: Yahoo!
Google or AJ: Who's AJ?
Light or Dark: Gray
Country or City: Suburbs
Rain or Sunshine: Sunshine (Duh!)

...::The Opposite Sex::...<3

First thing you notice?: Eyes
Personality or looks?: Personality
Hair color?: Whatever
Eye Color?: See above
Short or tall?: I don't think it matters as long as she's not Yao Ming size.
Romantic or spontaneous? both
Sense of humor or sweet? both
Hook up or relationship? I'm suppose to say "relationship"


Feeling: Lonely
Listening to: "Rebel Rebel"- David Bowie
Wanna: be done with this
Doing: this
Thinking About: Who that new email could be from.
Wearing: tee and shorts
In Love: with the thought of love

...::The Future::...<3

Career: may actaully get off the ground someday.
Marriage: I want to.
Kids: I want three. (Don't know why.)

Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Well, It's Part Three...

In the last installment, our heroes cleaned their teeth, closed a bank account and ate cheeseburgers. And now, possibly, the conclusion to "The Sword of She-Ra!" (Or something like that...)

Tuesday (July 3rd), we drove up to Maine and I reconnected with my roommate and his cat. Nothing of import happened.

Wednesday, my grandmother had a barbecue. My cousin had to be there of course. We played with his cars and his action figures. It's after afternoons like this that I wonder why I want children...

I returned to the apartment to find my cousin/roommate and his friend who came up for the day were going to the movies as soon as my aunt arrived. We went to see Ratatouille. I loved it. Patton Oswalt of The King of Queens was perfect as Remy the Rat and it has Peter O'Toole in it! I have no nitpicks. (Sad, huh?)

I debated whether to share with you what happen that night but I've decided I will. My aunt had removed the closet door so we could stick one of the litterboxes in there. (Spazz has two because he likes to poop.) She put the door between my cousin's bed and the wall. It seemed like a good idea at the time but that night, when my cousin tried to lower the head of the bed into sleeping position, the door was blocking it. I tried pulling it but it was good and stuck. Even though it was midnight and she had to work the next morning, we had no choice but to call my aunt. She suggested I get behind the bed and try and manipulate the door from over there. That worked but with a consequence: It came right down on my leg. So there I was trapped between the bed and the trapeze used to help my roommate sit up. The bed remote was missing and my cousin couldn't move to find it as pulling on the trapeze trapped my legs further. So we just hung out until my aunt arrived. Understandably, my leg was a bit stiff for a few days but feels fine now.

Thursday, I went on the bus to retrieve my cell phone. This went much smoother than I thought it would with one exception. The battery, not having charged for over a week, apparently flat lined. Maybe today but probably tomorrow, I'm going to find a new battery.

Saturday, we had planned to see the new Fantastic Four movie but it's currently only playing at two times. Both suck considering we have to grab a bus to that particular theater. So, even though my cousin and his friend saw the movie on Tuesday, we all went to see Transformers. I loved it. Yes, I have nitpicks but the only one I'll mention here is that while sometimes having the nerd get the hot chick is inspirational to me in some movies, it was annoyingly unrealistic here. If a super attractive woman came to my door right now and wanted just to go out for coffee (I'm not asking for much.) then maybe I'd feel differently but...Yes, women date asshole jocks and complain to "harmless" guys like me about them but they don't consider the alternative. OK, yes, this phenomenon lessens greatly as we get older but I find it a valid point nonetheless. On a related note, I discovered last night that Megan Fox played Prudence on one of my favorite episodes of Two and a Half Men, an episode I've actually quoted from on this blog...

Monday, July 09, 2007

Part Two.

When we last left our heroes yesterday they had just gone to a concert at a casino in CT. And now, the continuation!

The next morning, Thursday, I went to the dentist for a routine cleaning. I was lucky enough to have the associate dentist herself instead of a hygenist. My regular readers know why I say "lucky." Yes, she's very cute. I think I had the most fun conversation at the dentist that day than I've ever had in my life; at the dentist... I had mentioned I had moved to Maine and was down for a concert. "Poison?" she asked. "No, that was a few days ago. You don't look like a '80's metal fan..." When I told her I had gone to see Bob Dylan she didn't seem that surprised. I don't know what that means...She told me her boyfriend loves Poison and goes every year. She added that he "thankfully" doesn't make her go...

That night, I think, we watched the movie Illusion which starred Kirk Douglas as a film director on his death bead. The film had him shown through an old fashioned movie theater his son's life as he was too busy with his career to be much of a father figure. It was very strange in places but overall I think it was a good film. It had cameos by Kevin Weisman (Alias), who also produced, and Ted Raimi (Spider-man 2 and 3 and Xena). I think this is the first movie or TV show that I've seen him in that had no aparent connection to his brother, Sam.

After it was decided I'd stay until Monday, then Tuesday, I was able to in on the "goodbye dinner action" for my parents. Sunday night we ate dinner at The Mill on the River. I had brunch there a couple of times when we had gift certificates but this was my first dinner. Nice although I think their brunch is better...

Monday, we were taken to lunch at Shady Glen, a diner famous for their cheeseburgers. These kind of remind me of the hats they wore in The Flying Nun. One or two of you may know this about me but I love crispy burnt cheese...

After lunch, Mother and I went to close my checking account. The best part of that, other than when this little boy named Josh asked me what my name was, was when the bank employee asked me why I was closing it. I told her I had moved to Maine and she replied, "Oh, that is inconvenient..." She knew my bank didn't have a branch anywhere in the state. Even if I could, I'm not driving to Portsmouth, NH just to use an ATM...

I'll conclude this saga later but I will leave you with this:

My Harry Potter Spoiler of Doom is:
Lord Voldemort discovers Jesus and becomes a Bishop by using Polyjuice Potion
Get your Harry Potter Spoiler of Doom

Sunday, July 08, 2007

Part One?

I know I've asked this question many times but why is it when I have things to post about I don't have time to post?

Anyway, we have a lot of ground to cover so let's not waste any more time. As many of you know, I spent much of the week before last down in CT mainly to see Bob Dylan and Jimmie Vaughan in concert at one of the casinos down there, get a dental cleaning and close a checking account. Other things happened.

As I've done before, I took a city bus to the station. This went well except for one problem: my cell phone dropped out of my pocket. When I got home, I called the number to see if anyone answered. Not surprisingly, no one did but I later called Metro and thankfully, my phone was turned in. I made arrangements to pick it up when I got back to town but more on that later.

I got to CT just in time for the closing worship of the UCC's General Synod. Because of security measures, I had to assume the identity of a teenager from my mother's church whom had previously registered. I was concerned that, since I worked at the Civic Center this ploy would work, thankfully, no one manning the lines knew me so I got through. I did see two people I knew in the Customer Service window but I don't think they saw me.

I could discuss my feeling that having youth delegates to events like this sound good on paper but suck in reality but I really want to discuss a job opportunity that arrived that night instead. A local seminary has a campus at the church I attend. I met the librarian at this event and will be starting volunteering there at her library mid-month. Sure it won't pay but experience is what I need just as much. Perhaps having the word library on my resume not just once but twice may actually be what I need.

The concert the next night totally rocked. Though I'm not officially a fan, Jimmie Vaughan's opening set rocked. I wish my roommate could have been there as he may have known at least part of the set but it was enjoyable nonetheless.

Bob's set was probably the most different set I have ever seen and this was the fourth time I've seen him in concert. I'd guess, simply because I can't remember exactly, he played only about 5 songs from other concerts and only 3 from his recent album. He played practically all of the Highway 61 Revisted album except "Like a Rolling Stone" which is probably the most overplayed Dylan song ever though "Rainy Day Women 12 and 35" comes in a close second. He started the set with "Cat's in the Well" which originally had both Stevie Ray and Jimmie Vaughan playing on that track. Did Jimmie come back out and play? No, of course not here but I wouldn't be surprised if he did during other stops...I have to say I loved the versions of "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" and "Just Like Woman;" the latter of which the whole audience sang along with. The former was sung exactly how I'd imagine William Shatner would have sung it which brought a smile to my face.

To Be Continued...

Sunday, July 01, 2007

More Later, I Promise!

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