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On Facebook, there is a very fascinating thread about TJHSST. It is a discussion among mostly alumni, some former faculty members, and one current guidance counselor. It's an open group, so if you have a Facebook account, you can read it. I strongly recommend it if you have an interest in public education in general, or TJHSST/STEM* Schools specifically.

*STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math


Aug. 23rd, 2011 02:47 pm
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A 5.9 The star on the map is the epicenter. Click the link and tell them about what you experienced in the quake.

That was by far the strongest quake i've experienced here by far. We had a 3.6 last July, that barely woke me and i thought was a very large truck. This one, the walls were moving, and a few things fell down/out of cupboards.
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In the safest, most boring country, the worst lone gunman shooting happens. The worst in the world, in history. But it will not make our country worse. The safe, boring democracy will supply him with a defense lawyer as is his right. He will not get more than 21 years in prison as is the maximum extent of the law. Our democracy does not allow for enough punishment to satisfy my need for revenge, as is its intention. We will not become worse, we will be better. We lived in a land where this is possible, even easy. And we will keep living in a land where this is possible, even easy. We are open, we are free and we are together. We are vulnerable by choice. And we will keep on like that, that’s how we want to live. We will not be worse because of the worst. We must be good because of the best.
—Ola, a Norwegian on the Something Awful Forums
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My mother keeps speaking of not being long for this world, or of hoping not to be long for this world, while expressing concern about the direction of the world and concern about me, my sister, and the grandkids.

Mom's 61 -- birthday in December -- in generally good health, should exercise more (would it kill her to upstairs once a day to get the mail and newspaper). Her mom died at 64, and her mom at 82. Mom's dad died at 83, and his mom at 85, his dad at 65ish.

I'm not upset by the idea of my mom dying. She has my blessing to pass as she sees fit -- it's her life after all. I like having her around, if a bit less so since Fox News and Glenn Beck, but the cycle of life dictates that she, as all of us, shall pass beyond at some point.
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I left my house at 9:15. Forty minutes later, i'd traveled 4 miles. There was MUCH rain this morning -- many road closures. End result, 1h45min to get from Reston to Arlington after all the reroutes and a brief stop at Rite-Aid. Weee! Hopefully going home tonight will be easier.
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1. I posses a copy of Naomi Novik's The Throne of Jade, which i know is neither mine nor [livejournal.com profile] not_the_pope's - is it yours?

2. For those of you who helped me pack for my move out of Ben's place, i'm missing my iron, which was in the linen closet upstairs. Any of you have any memory whatsoever of where it may have been packed or packed with? I've not found it with any of the bathroom nor towel/sheet stuff so far.
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When i was 11, my parents bought me a pair of blue boots. I donned them again today to clear the car 3 times. When i came in the last time, and removed the right boot, i saw white where there should have been navy. Alas, the plastic is dead. A twenty-seven year run for boots is pretty good. I'll miss them. They've served me well.

They got me through years of sledding and hiking. And walking to work, especially in my time in Boston, where shoes lived at my desk, and the boots are what i wore outside from when it started snowing until most of the snow was gone, so a good 5 months a year up there. It was there that CRK informed me that they are snowmobile boots. All i know is no one else in the neighborhood or at school had ones like them. Knowing our shopping habits back then, they probably came from Zayre or Kmart.

I talked to my mom today. Told her about the boots giving up the ghost. She doesn't remember them, and was surprised they still fit. My feet have been very large for a very long time. I wonder if she's forgotten travelling to the Tiny Shoe Box in Dumfries, VA to buy me shoes as they were the only shop around that had men's size 13 in stock back then - at $60-75 a pair. The cost of my shoes back then is part of why i think nothing of spending $80-100 or so for shoes today. Today, of course, most shops stock 13s.

When i was in Boston, i was being fitted for shoes at the Lord & Taylor, and the salesman - probably about a decade older than me - commented that people my age and younger had feet 2-4 sizes larger than our parents, and that 11-13 was normal in my age group. Of my partners through the years, the nearest in size to me wore a 9. [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn is an 8.5. Kevin/Midian and Brad were 9s. CRK - 7.5 i think. Me feet are larger than most of my age-peers still to this day. I've met many a bit younger than me - 10 or so years - who have feet as large as, or larger than, mine.

Anyway, I will miss these boots, as they have kept me warm, comfy, and dry for most of my life. May the next pair prove to be at least half as durable.
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My weekend was pleasant, on the whole.

Saturday i slept late, got some laundry in, gathered the recycling, and headed to the Reston South Recycling Center, intending to go for a hike along the Potomac after dumping the metal and plastic and paper. Just as i was opening the back of the CR-V, my phone rang. Twas L with the news that The Evil - her grandmother - had died an hour before. So instead of a hike, i went to Springfield via a still-scenic, if not as scenic as it once was, route, to pay call on Ms Brown, L's mother and The Evil's daughter.

As always, it was nice to see Ms Brown, despite the circumstances. Ms Allen's passing has freed Ms Brown of a huge burden - that of five years of caring for and responsibility for her mother. So many mixed emotions in the house that day, though that too shall pass.

Sunday was the Great Day of Laundry. At one point, i opened the sliding glass door enough to stick my arm out to see if i felt like getting dressed to leave the house. The door started shaking in a familiar way. I released the door and watched. It shook just so three times more before i opened it a smidge more. The door behaved as expected. Jasper has left the building.

It is common, among humans, to hear/see the departed briefly some days to a week or so after their passing or memorial service, whatever form that may take. I've had many, many reports from people of similar sounds/sights through many moons now.

A week after my father died, on one evening, as my sister and i were going to bed, mom heard the distinctive sound that Dad's belt buckles made - i wonder if she still has any of them, many vintage Secret Service ones - i heard the distinct squeak the top stair made when he came up the stairs after his right leg began to go due to the nerve damage from late 1973 or early 1974, and my sister heard the particular squeak the floor outside her bedroom door made when he stood there briefly to look in on her as we were going off to sleep.

When i opened a sliding door, Jasper would run up, stick his head through and ram it with his shoulders, knowing that many will slide open enough for him to pass, which meant the door vibrated as he went through, as he would go through the smallest opening he could fit through. Coming in, however, usually required widening the opening a few centimetres for him. The feel/sigh/sound of the door is very familiar. I'm sure that he has moved on now, and i wish him only the best. The way the door behaved, he was anxious to go out and be truly free, for the anxiety of his brain chemistry kept him from being as free as he might have been in the flesh, though i suppose his bon with me may have played some role in that too. He'll be well missed, but he had a long life for his species.

Feldspar has been cuddlier and a bit clingier at me since Thursday last. Alabaster is 11 months now, and doing well, and behaving like the kitten he is, and shall be yet for a while more. I look forward to seeing how his personality changes in the coming months and years.

Continuing on about Alabaster for a bit, let me tell you about his hair. He's rabbit-furred, which means incredibly soft. He has a thin, very fine coat of 3-5 cm long hair on his body and tail, slightly shorter on his legs and face. Hair that sticks to everything, and i mean everything. Hair that floats on the least wind. Hair that forms visually interesting self-macrame in the dryer filter. In the end, his hair, which is much of his beauty, is his least endearing feature. I groom him often to reduce shedding. His tail produces huge quantities. New pictures before too long, i promise, if you're interested.

And coming back round to Jasper, i called CRK after i took the body to the vet for disposal. CRK then kindly sent these three pictures of Jasper from 2004, when he was 13, and i had just moved into my 1st Reston apartment. The first two, especially the second, captures the beautiful yellow eyes which earned him his name.

Goodbye, Little Fucker*, as above, you shall be remembered. Peace unto you.

*a)Jasper sired a litter at age 9 months. b)He annoyed the bejeezus out of me when he was young, though his most annoying traits disappeared after Feldspar came into our life. c)Due to the part of me that resembles my mother, he responded to Fucker as readily as he did to Jasper, and long before the end, Fucker had come to be a term of endearment at him. :)
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Well, where to begin. Let's start on 24 June - [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn and i left for, and arrived in, Cleveland, OH and checked into our hotel.

The 25th was a day of cardiac appointments at the Cleveland Clinic, and a nice dinner at Flannery's Pub. The 26th had a gastroenterology appointment and a follow-up with the cardiologist. End result, he's to have a Septal myectomy (scroll down a bit). We then headed over to my paternal grandfather's place and had a nice dinner with him, Grandma, and my Aunt Cookie.

Grandad is showing sign of dementia. That Friday was a good day. It was interesting to hear him talk, for the first time ever, about when/why he left wife one and the kids - I don't know why i did it, but one day i just got in the car and drove West; I sent money back to Jean every payday. Jean being my biological grandmother on my dad's side. She died before i was born of the same thing that eventually killed my father and his sister.

Saturday the 27th saw us departing Cleveland at 3AM, and arriving at Baitcon at about Noon. Saturday, Sunday, and Monday were spent with friends and much, much ice cream.

Grandma called my mom the other day and let her her know that my uncle - dad's younger brother, was going into a nursing home due to mental deterioration and an inability to live on his own, and that his daughter was being placed in a group home due to mental retardation. Uncle is in a VA facility, and i believe my cousin is in, or nearly in a group home.

All this, plus a situation with one that L and i refer to as The Evil, has left me a bit emotionally fragile at the moment. Generally content, not unhappy, but a tad fragile feeling, if that makes sense. There's some general worry about [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn in there too, though i know the procedure is going to go alright, and that he'll feel a good bit better post-recovery. (aside: how odd that there was a noise like bells just now; maybe it was in ice cream truck - it is July after all)
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As many of you are aware, i had to appear at the courthouse, aka the town council chambers, in Herndon, VA, to present my driver license to the officer for a charge of driving on suspended license without notice. I experienced a thing i've not knowingly experienced before, and made an observation.

The Herndon Town Council Chamber is underground, topped by a very nice green glass and red brick pavilion containing stairs and an elevator. For court, we processed down the stairs, around the stairs and through security. Herndon is heavily Hispanic; about half the people present spoke Spanish exclusively, or almost exclusively. I was about the 6th person in the line. Everyone ahead of me was of a darker complexion than i am.

A couple people set of the magnetometer, and were wanded. I set off the magnetometer to the same degree as a couple of them and they waved me through. I know that this is because i am 'white'. This equally angered, disgusted and saddened me. On the other hand, it wasn't worth the hassle of confronting the people waving me through security, lest i encounter legal problems. Sigh. :/ That should not have been, and it saddens me that it is yet so. For though things here in the US have improved in terms of ethnic relations in the last 40 years, we still have a ways to go. 350 years is not undone in one generation, or in two. Alas.

This was my 4th appearance before a particular judge of the Virginia 19th Judicial Circuit, General District Court in 3 years. Many people were appearing for suspended license, as was i. More than a few had not gotten a new license due to documentation issues - likely inability to prove legal presence as is required to get a driver license in Virginia. For the non-English speakers, he would ask if it were documentation issue. If they said yes, he worked to reduce fine if possible and/or connect them with help to legalize their presence. It was refreshing seeing someone on the bench trying to help the immigrants who keep the economy - especially on the low-end - humming functioning.
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As you can see in my profile, i attended Dale City Elementary School in Dale City, Virginia. You can also see in my profile that i attended the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, where i first met [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn.

Recently, on Facebook, i reconnected with some peolpe i grew up with. As i stated in that post, we were very blessed in our growing up years, not least in that those of us who remained as the neighbors were transferred around us every three to five years, got along to the point that we're still in touch.

Come grade 6, those of us from Dale City Elementary were combined with the students from nearby Bel Air Elementary (which school the youngins in the neighborhood i grew up in attend today) and Neabsco Elementary found ourselves all together at Mills E Godwin Middle School, where we would be together for 3 years.

As some of you know, i've always been, or at least felt, a bit of an outsider, while at the same time having wonderful, supportive friends and family, and moving with relative ease as needed between groups. I've gotten over the outsider feeling as i've grown older, in part due to good career and job choices and in part due to learning to realize the advantages i have in my culture as a white male. Well, the rich social life i have helps, too. :)

As Middle School progressed, i felt more and more isolated - again plenty of friends and an active social life, but that does not preclude feelings of isolation. As 7th grade drew to a close, i was feeling simultaneously reasonably well liked and at the same time like most were really only tolerating me.

I remember when my guidance counselor talked to me about applying to Jefferson, and talking to me about what the school would be all about. So, thanks to the guidance counselor, i applied to be in the 1st class at the new magnet school.

I chose to apply in part to escape from the social situation i felt and in part because i was bored silly in school. Dad was still ambulatory and going to work as i embarked on the application process, though his speech had begun to slur, and his physical reaction times were slowing. I was terrified of getting into the car with him driving, but he drove me to all the testing sites i needed to get to take my exams to get into the school, including North Stafford High School in Garrisonville, VA, and West Springfield High School in Springfield, VA. He was very, very, very supportive of my attending that school. Mom, on the other hand, was opposed.

Anyway, coming back to were i was at the beginning, reconnecting with people on Facebook. I've been very surprised - in a good way - by people that have reached out to me there, which helps put into perspective my feelings of isolation and what back in middle school, and makes me wonder how much of that relates to my shyness, which is deeper than most think, despite my cheery, outgoing public face.
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I've told you a tad about the Bachmans. I shared the Summer of 1986 with you. I wrote a three-page essay about my father's death from my point of view - a page a year as it turned out. So, for a little greater context, a bit more of my growing-up years.

I met B when i was four, as told before. We recently reconnected thanks to Facebook. Through B, i've also reconnected with N, M, L, E, K, H, R, and others. Once i started school, i met M and L, who are twins. As the years progressed, the three of them remained core to my life, socially and emotionally. I met K in Elementary school, when her mother arrived at our school to replace my teacher, who was leaving for an other position with the county schools. K, her sisters, and mother, have been important to me through many years now. E, with whom i had a lengthy IM chat the other night, commented that she remembers almost endless walking in our teenage years.

I have a long history of walking - through the woods, along creeks, to the local mall, three miles each way to work, Dupont Circle, DC to Lee Heights, Arlington, twenty miles through the mountains, and more. In the Summers of Middle School and High School, back when we had no jobs, commitments and what, i'd walk down the hill, up the hill, around the corner down the hill, up the hill, around the corner up the hill, around the corner down the hill, around the corner down the hill to E's house. We'd mix tonic and sugar and flavourings to make sodas, after i quaffed ample water - it's hot and humid here in the Summertime.

Once i'd cooled down, E and I would set off up and down the hills, to the trail off of Birchdale Ave, along the edge of the two houses that aren't like, and predate, the others, over to a branch of Neabsco Creek, where we'd shimmy across a sewer pipe to Anderson Ct, where we'd meet R and H and A and others. We usually met at R's place, cause she had to watch her younger brother S til her mom got home. That, and the Mall did not open until we were 15, so aside from the Giant at Ashdale, there wasn't much of anywhere to go to.

We'd lounge in R's living room, listening to music. If S was up for it, we'd go for a walk; he was young enough, we couldn't just leave him for hours without someone to come to if needed. We'd talk, and listen to music. We'd make a simple lunch - sandwiches or deviled eggs or what. And R's mom would come home to her usual 'living room draped with teenagers' as she'd say as she came in each day.

For variety, we'd lounge at H's or A's house up the block instead. Mostly, it was R's house though. As the years went by, we, well they, started dating. Still we hung out. Then M, L, and i got jobs in the months after Potomac Mills opened. Still we hung out, walking, always walking. There's even sidewalks today on most of the way we walked in the dirt along the road back then.

Growing up in Dale City was a great thing. We made what have turned out to be life-long friendships, though we may go years without talking. We've been together through deaths, marriages, abortions, graduations, divorces, and more. Now many of them have children, and those children that i've met are a joy to be around. One of the best things about growing up in that when and where was the fact that no matter whose house we were at, the rules and expectations were the same. At age 13, our parents ranged in age from 29 to 57, and were of various ethnicities but, the expected behaviour was identical at every house.

That made growing up easier. Constancy helps, as many of you can attest. The colorblindness we grew up with made for some hard lessons for many of us as we got out in the real world and other regions of the country. At the same time, we know that the world we are raising our children in is, on that count, a better world that that in which we grew up. And that, on that count, the world that we grew up in was pretty darn good, not least for that then.

So, having reconnected with childhood friends, who now live here, Chicago, South Carolina, Baltimore, and other places, i find myself joyed and overwhelmed. Yet, i'm not nostalgic. Then was then, and it was good, in spite of everything. Now is now, and through our shared past, our yet-similar todays, we shall forge new relationships similar, yet entirely unlike what was before. For though the past is a base, life, relationships, and the world are not static, and there be only to move forward.

At age 29, i was truly grateful to have in my life people i'd know for a quarter century, knowing that there were people twice my age who could not say that. I pass no judgment at all on those whose relations are of shorter duration. I simply feel truly blessed with the lengths of my relationships, and the opportunity now to renew some that had lapsed for longer than is ideal.


Dec. 4th, 2008 03:10 pm
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Cats: Doing well together. Alby has grown some, and is very cuddly so far.

Job: Learned today that my job is going away at the end of the month. My employer is working with me to find an other position, and updated resume will be out not later than tomorrow.

Else: all's well

Well, Duh!

Dec. 1st, 2008 03:54 pm
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So, It's Official: U.S. in a recession since December 2007 says CNN. And, i think (fear) it's going to get worse yet.
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Mrs. Loving died on Friday. Thanks to her and her husband marrying back in 1958, and their lawsuit which resulted in Loving v. Virgina, 388 U.S. 1 (1967), we in the United States yet today have the right to marry whom we please, regardless of skin color. The link presents the whole US Supreme Court decision, which is a fascinating read, especially for the reasoning behind their decision.
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Hello, it's been a while since i done posted. So, what's happening in seain's world, you ask. Well:
  • Work - so far so good
  • School (Arabic 101 at NOVA):
    • got an 84 on my midterm
    • being slow on vocab acquisition. We start reading this week, which i think will help. I've never done well with memorizing vocab lists
    • i'm expecting a 75-80 on today's quiz.
  • Socially:
    • went to Ecumenicon this past weekend, and learned about Hinduism, Vedic Astrology, and Celtic, Irish-centric mostly, beliefs on death and after life, both pre- and post-Xian
    • After class on Thursday, i'm heading to Rehoboth for the weekend with [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn. Coincidentally, [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear will be there also, and we look forward to spending some time with her.
    • I miss going [livejournal.com profile] chez_turtle regularly, but that should get back to as-regular-as-work-allows soon.
  • Car:
    • put the CR-V in the shop on the 21st to have:
      • the converter heat shields replaced
      • 120k maintenance she has 133.7 k on her
      • VA safety and emissions inspections
      • 4-wheel alignment
      • replacement of the clutch assembly, cylinder, and flywheel - she's a manual with a hydraulic clutch
      • front brakes and rotors
      • 2 new tires
      • a power steering flush
      • a new cabin A/C filter
      • fuel induction service.
    • Total: $4k, half of which was the clutch.
    • picked car up early on the 22nd
    • Took it back 2h later, as the clutch was wrong
    • Lead service manager looked at it, said give it a few days, and he called to give my service manager a heads up
    • Told him i was okay with that, and i would be back on Wednesday if there was a problem still; there was, in spades.
    • dropped car at dealership on Tuesday evening, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] benhill
    • used [livejournal.com profile] blackfeather's car to go there Wed AM
    • they had to order new parts from corporate, as they had installed the last parts in the region for a manual transmission for a 1997-2001 CR-V - she's a 2001 - on the 21st. Said car would be ready on Monday or Tuesday.
    • Monday it was.
    • today, took the 553 and 427 Fairfax Connector buses to within a few blocks of the dealership, retrieved car, which works again. It was exciting getting a bill for $0, as it was a warranty repair. :D

So, that's that to date. Comments, questions, concerns?
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At 19:30 GMT-5, i sit for my Arabic Mid-term. I'm not terribly well prepared, and i've had a whopping 8.5h sleep in the last 48, and not from lack of trying. I'm kinda fried. After class, dinner at the 24h Korean diner on Hummer Rd in Annandale with [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn. :) I'm looking forward to that.

When i got my hair cut, Fatima offered to help me study, and i'm going to take her up on it. I'd plumb forgotten that Arabic is her native language - i've only known her for 30 years, why would i remember that.

My goal is at least a 90 on each test for the remainder of the semster. Those two weeks being sick set me back a bit. Spring break won't be much of a break, as i'll be using it to play catch-up.

Um, hm. Oh, sick for two weeks. I think i mentioned i had Influenza B, which turned out to be concurrent with infections in my left ear, sinuses, upper respiratory tract, and a left molar. Weee! I'm hoping the azythromycin did the infections in; i'll know for sure in a couple days. Still coughing a bit, and it's still a tad productive. I'm doing much better though. Went for a hike on Monday and everything. Went for a stroll around the compound here at work earlier too.

Well, that's enough for now, i think.
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I voted when the polls here in VA opened at 06:00. Go vote if you have not yet. You have until 20:00 in DC & MD, and until 19:00 in VA. Go forth and help you preferred candidate get the nomination she or he deserves!

On an other vote, er note, i can't wait for the optical scan machines to replace the touch-screen ones.

And, joy. I can see that it's snowing lightly, and i can hear that it's raining moderately. Going to class tonight will be fun.

The Sky

Dec. 12th, 2007 07:17 am
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The sky in the east - it's mostly overcast - is a uniform pink. The quality of the light is sublime.

Group W

Nov. 22nd, 2007 04:19 pm
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This morning, on my way home from work - i got in the car at 07:10 local time - i happened to hit the button for DC101, and lo and behold, it was then 07:15, and just as the receiver got there what happened, but Arlo Guthrie's Alice's Restaurant erupted from the speakers. So, i spent most of my drive home knowing that verily and truly, it be Thanksgiving. Never mind that i was heading home at 07:00, and that i work tonight at 19:00.

Tomorrow after work i head to Darkover, where a dinner will be had in the glorious presence of Saint Ow, canonized a year ago by the Pope herself, whom i hope will allow me to grace her presence for some part of the weekend.

On my flist today are a wide variety of things, ranging from a family gathering at the deathbed, to a year of photographs at milepost 38 of the Washington & Old Dominion trail montaged into a video, to cheer about healthy cats, frustration and exasperation at Life, and musings about authors dealing with negative reviews, kindly linked through the opening of the To be or not to be soliloquy.

I believe we here in the DC-Baltimore area be in store for a Winter like we've not seen in some years. It was ~76ºF at around Noon, right now it's ~66ºF, and it will be ~36ºF by midnight. I need to bake/cook something for to eat at work tonight, as i doubt much will be open tonight.

From the for-now open door here in the living room, i hear a wind such that the trees are dancing that beautiful rhythmic ballet they do so enjoy when there be a stiff breeze. I have heard cats caterwauling children making joyful noises, birds chirping, the odd airplane, and the pitter-patter of the cats playing. I am watching the wind strip most of the last of the frivolously fluttering and twitching yellow leaves from the trees. I imagine i'll see the oranges and reds mostly gone on my way to work, insofar as there will yet be light at that hour. I need must give credit to the Southern Red Oaks for tenaciously clinging to their browned leaves, that the snow, ice, and new growth of the Spring send the leaves to fertilize the ground and become new Dirt.

And so, the trees stand naked, Winter looms, Darkness is well into her reign, which shall last into Spring, and we all continue the Danse Macabre that be Life, as we struggle through the Dead of the year, anticipating the promise of the quickening that bring rebirth in the form of Easter, with her chickens and eggs and rabbits and fecundity. A virtual red candle to the memory of Ostara, that we all come through the Winter well. Blessings hundredfold unto us all!
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Aug. 23rd, 2007 08:57 pm
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Least relaxing two days off i've had in ages. Yesterday, i slept late, that is, until 9. Went to DMV and got my driving record, went and got the speedometer calibrated, took 5 phone calls, cancelling 3 sets of plans for the day, and combining 2 others, missed another phone call, for which i must make amends. I've no clue how on earth i overbooked so much for the day, but there it was.

Today, i got up, went to the lawyers office, the courthouse, the lawyer's office, a bank, out to South Riding to have a first meeting with my latest Spanish language student, came back on 50/606, got carry-out at Anita's in Herndon, gave directions to the manager to get to south central PA via US15.

Charges of Reckless Driving were reduced to Speeding 15- 19 MPH above speed limit - EX55, and a $200 fine, $262 with court costs, which for some reason was $10 less than the signs said. *shrug* My first plea bargain. Yay for a cooperative Associate Commonwealth's Attorney.

This weekend, i work, and [livejournal.com profile] benhill is out of town, so i work and have dog duty. Monday, i take [livejournal.com profile] sagesaria to SSA to get a new social security card, and [livejournal.com profile] tomhundleyrn will be joining us, then he and i will head into DC so he can get a birth cert, and i can get a new SmartTrip card, as my current one doesn't work.

Here's hoping for a quietish weekend at work. Sigh...


Aug. 7th, 2007 10:43 pm
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Tonight, various things. Mi comprensión oral de español mejora por mi trabajo, cual sea buena. My oral comprehension of Spanish is improving due to my job, which is good. Especially since they hired me for my Spanish skills. It's been a bit rough, as i've not had regular telephone practice with my Spanish since 1985.

I'm about ready to pick up on the cycle of poems i started in November. For some reason, only now do i feel ready to carry on with the project, which will occur over in [livejournal.com profile] seain_scribbles, the community i set up for my writing. I wonder if i should move my personal essays over there. Likely, i will cross-post them, as i have more readership here, and not everyone wants to be part of helping me edit my writing. I shall make some new tags in this journal to better group personal essays and poems.

I've come to realise that my personal essays, some of which are properly vignettes, are really some of my strongest writing. I find that kind of odd, as i'm not one to talk about myself, which some of my friends are discovering as they're being interviewed for my Level 2 Clearance. One commented after her interview that she feels she knows me well, but doesn't really know about me. That did not surprise me, as that's rather how i am in general. I'm really rather introverted and shy, despite the face i present to the world.

Not that i never talk about my homosexuality, spirituality, kinks, and what, i just don't do it often, nor to a very large audience. One friend was shocked at first that i'd remade acquaintance with a charming man with whom we'd both gone to HS on a kink site. Her shock turned to pensiveness, leading her to comment as to whether all of us from the first couple of classes of that school had turned out queer and/or kinky. I posited all but one person, quite maybe...hmm...make that two people on further consideration.

I'm falling into the rhythm of the new job and its wack schedule. I'm enjoying it, and like my coworkers, though one of them knows not what to make of me, though i'm guessing that'll change as we work together more. Either that, or we'll maintain our professional relationship and never gel socially, which is cool. One cannot be social with everyone, though one can be pleasant with [most] everyone. I've also come to learn that i must be in bed not later than 22 if i want to be rested, functional, and focused for work. Lack of sleep makes me highly unfocussed.

The cats are doing well. Bunbun's been a bit skittish of late, but he goes through periods of that. I said hi to him earlier when i went up to get the cat bowls to wash so i could feed them, and he shot off like i was a threat. *shrug* He's cute, and cuddly when he wants. Very rabbitlike. :)

Right now i'm tired, a bit antsy, and wanting social interaction. So, sleep, a walk, and a conversation, though likely not in that order, are what i want right now. Likely i'll read a bit, fall asleep, get up in the wee hours, brush my teeth and go to bed. Guess i'll see. Maybe i'll be all grown-up and brush my teeth and go to bed to read. Stranger things have happened.

Oh! I've tried a couple of the wines i received for helping [livejournal.com profile] bhanfhlaith move. Very nice so far, the ones i've had. Thank you for them. I've not yet opened the gallon of homemade mead. I look forward to that once the weather cools a bit, toward Samhain or so.

Oh, and a random tidbit: I was surprised to learn that my street address is unique in the US.

Peace unto you, my friend.
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Apologies in advance for my overtired and nearly-addled brain's lack of flow and coherence.

My mood, as [livejournal.com profile] benhill observed, has improved since i started working. Structure to life is good.

I worked my first weekend, which was a gentle way to end up on the phones. M, D, and i make up the current Black Team Group II. Both M and D have been great about helping me with things. M works much harder than D, and i've been trying to learn from him, though there's much i may not do until my level 2 clearance comes through, which is some months off.

Monday and Tuesday i plan to, in no particular order: help [livejournal.com profile] muzikmaker21 complete his move, get a haircut, see The Simpsons Movie, do 2 loads of laundry, and work 6 hours.

I learned today that IBM's time reporting tool requires me to enter hours in excess of 40 as overtime. I learned this because this is the first week in which i'll work more than 40 - looks like 54.

The cats, and the dog, were all very happy to see me today, and the rabbit did not run away when i gave him more kibble and hay.

Oh, and any of you have why the Spanish-speaking customers are always so much happier, or at least expressive of their happiness, with their dealings with me than the Anglophones and Francophones are?


Jul. 11th, 2007 10:28 pm
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Hey, yall. Quick update. Slow week for me at work, though i'm learning a lot.

Monday - listened to calls being handled, got a feel for general process

Tuesday - Got in was handed an email by a coworker n the middle of a call. Paper said to go to another facility to pick up my paperwork. So at 08:30 i went to that facility and got the paperwork. I identical paperwork to the piece of paper already in my hand. Took paper back to my facility and got a badge. Spent 2 hours with my manager learning a new process - then general training at yet another facility, happily one closer to home.

Today - On-line training, chatting, some explanations of the Level 1 [clearance] checklist - now 80% complete, more chatting and a nice lunch with a coworker from another facility. Spent some time seeing how a partial system-down is handled - a system-down that required reverting to paper for about 14 hours - i'm guessing - today at land ports of entry.

Tomorrow - More listening in on calls and learning how to do things.

I'm looking forward to the weekend. This days thing is tiring. I'm wondering if i'll get used to days just in time to start working nights. Guess we'll see. More on my schedule tomorrow or Friday.
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For those of you who've missed the news, my preliminary clearance came through on the 1st, and i start work tomorrow at 08:00. I have not a clue what my hours/days look like at this point. I will update with more details as i have it. Basic schedule is:
  • 12-hour shifts
  • Week A:
    • Work MTFSU
    • Off WR
  • Week B:
    • Work WR
    • Off: MTFSU
Initially, i'm working days, but in the end will be working nights. Note that i work every other weekend.

I will be going to Baitcon, which i am very much looking forward to. Due to that, i am not working the 19th-24th, inclusive, this month.

Due to the work hours in Week A, i expect that i shall not have much time to check LJ that week, as to get as much sleep as i need, i technically have 3 hours a day that i'm neither at work nor asleep. Phone, SMS, and email will be the best ways to reach me. Comment, or otherwise ping me if you need that data.

This month will be interesting as i get into the rhythm of the job, though i expect it will be into Aug before i'm really into the swing of things.
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Wednesday, i went up to the [livejournal.com profile] nookery mid-afternoon, via White's Ferry, cause it was a nice day, chatted mith Marc some, and then [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear and i went to see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead at the AFI Silver in Silver Spring, MD. We got to go for free thanks to someone at my church giving me some member passes valid through the end of June. It was great fun seeing it, especially since i'd not seen the ending before, oddly.

Paused to get her a salad and me some fries at Wendy's, then back to The Nookery. Chatted with Marc until i passed out on the couch. Awoke there mid-day, and Marc made some lovely cous-cous, then we hit Giant and Magruder's, then i, for the first time ever, took White's Ferry from MD to VA. At 14:00, it's empty. First time i saw a bike on the ferry, too.

Headed to Hamilton to help [livejournal.com profile] bhanfhlaith with her move to Atlanta. Packed up part of the kitchen, and helped empty the storage unit into the 24-foot truck. Went home, took a bath, and have been chilling. Tomorrow, i have evening plans, and hope to chill through the day, and take the dog for a long, leisurely walk.

In other news, my friend Tom's house was burnt down - total loss according to the fire dept - last night. He's in NC, the house in TN. He's dealing with insurance stuff, and plans to walk away.
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In September 1975, when i was 4, my family moved to Dale City, VA. Not long after we moved in, a cat appeared at our back door. Mom let him in. The man from next door came looking for the cat later that day, from whom we learned the cat was named Amos. The next day, Amos was back. He hopped onto their AC unit, onto the fence, onto our AC unit, and appeared at our back door.

Pat and John, the neighbours who owned him, asked us to watch the cat during the day while they were at work. About 9 months later, they divorced, and we got the cat.

Amos was declawed, yet by the time he died in 1989, he'd worn threadbare the back right corner of the La-Z-boy by the couch.
Furniture sacrifices to date ) Lorelei and i spent a whole day shopping for that slip cover some years ago - i was a bit sad to see it go.

I clip both cats', and the rabbit's, claws. Even with clipping their claws, Jasper has damaged now 3.25 pieces of furniture - i'm counting the slip cover as the 0.25. I consider this furniture damage as the expected sacrifice of owning cats. So let's see...3.25 into 14 means Jasper destroys 1 piece of furniture about every 4.33 years. Happily, the chairs will be easily reupholstered once he dies.
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For the first time in many years, Father's Day is big-time on my radar this year. I think i need must take a trip out to the graveyard this month. After 21 years, the loss is still there, and tugging a bit harder than it has in some time. Probably a side effect of being less busy than usual for the time of year.

Tomorrow, i'm going to go help my friend L's mother get her house in order for her convalescence, as she gets here other knee replaced on Tuesday. It'll be nice to see Ms. Brown, even with her being a bit loopy on pain meds. Happily, as i'm not her child, i get my suggestions listened to a bit more, which makes helping her not quite as difficult.

(Uber bonus points to anyone who can identify the subject of this post.)
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Went to court today for the Reckless Driving and the expired inspection offences. Got a continuance to 23 Aug, and hired a lawyer; thanks to [livejournal.com profile] sharrainchains for the reference. He's asked that i get my spedometer callibrated, which i shall do.

After court and the lawyer, i visited the Virginia Epmployment Commission, and was told that i can get a maximum of 4 weeks paid out onec i accept an offer, but i need an offer with a date ~4 weeks out. So must call employer to get that, or just go cashier again for a spell, as that would pay about the same as unemployment would.
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Today's mail brought a postcard from [livejournal.com profile] melted_snowball. I wonder if the delay was on the Israeli Postal Authority or the USPS. *shrug*

Reading it made me realise how very long it's been since i've corresponded with anyone via post whatsoever. My friends in Europe and i switched to email years ago, after 15 years of letter-writing in 2 of those cases.

I have more images of the queen of England and the King of Spain than i ever imagined i would. The British stamps are kinda neat. Sonia, a friend in Spain, and i at one point sent each other letters with matching stamps, if one set denominated in US cents and the other in pesetas. Correos de España and the USPS in the 80s issued identical 4-set of light blue stamps with lace printed on them. They were quite lovely.

The queen of England stamps came courtesy of my friend Claire. She's the daughter of my friend's mother's friend. I contacted her in middle school as part of a research project i was doing. Her sister and a friend of hers stayed in my apartment in Boston one weekend while my partner at the time and i were in Maine, a bit to the confusion of our neighbours.

We lived in a triple-decker similar to the one at the top of that page in the link, and we all shared a washing machine and clotheslines in the basement. We forgot to tell the people upstairs and downstairs that friends would be there while we were out of town. We told the visitors they could use the laundry, so the neighbours came down to find bras and panties and other girl clothes - everyone in the building was male at that point. Heh. We explained when we got back. That was a great place to live in. I still miss that apartment and that building, if not the city.

I met Sonia at a bar in Madrid in 1984; drinking laws in Spain are rather not at all like those in most of North Ameriaca. I last saw Sonia in New York City in 1993. My mom and i were up there for pride week, and Sonia happened to be in town with a friend. We all had lunch together, though Mom was not able to participate in the conversation much, as we mostly spoke in Spanish. I've yet to meet Claire, though i know where she lives and where sho works, so i am able to do so when i get to England.

All these years later, i clearly remember both their addresses of 20 years ago, including the oddity that Sonia's town in Spain had the same postcode as Manassas, VA at the time - 22110. One of my letters to her got returned once because of that. I learned to write SPAIN very prominently on the envelopes because of that.
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I just made egg salad, and am toasting some bread to go with it. Smelling it brings me back to the lazy Sunday mornings of my childhood, mostly because it's Safeway store brand bread in the toaster, which was the bread we most always had on hand growing up. It's always amazing hov evocative smells are.

You Rock!

Apr. 23rd, 2007 04:03 pm
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Taken from the most fabulous [livejournal.com profile] nadyalec

My friends do change my life for the better- in ways they probably don't know.

Wanna know how you changed my life for the better? Comment, and then, if you'd like, copy this to your journal.
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In the town where i was born, lived a man who... )
We all live in a yellow submarine,
Yellow submarine, yellow submarine.

182, 273, 282, 455, 281, 353, 586 & 1066: those were the numbers of my yellow submarines. I never, in 13 years of K-12 school, had to walk to school. I was always bused. My HS class chose Yellow Submarine as our class song, as most of us spent at least an hour riding to school.

Virgnia "Ginny" Mondgrain drove me to school for most of those 13 years. Her grandson Jimmy would be with us sometimes in the afternoons coming home from HS. Invariably... )

So we got back on the bus at 11:30. I got home that night at 19:00. So 7ish hours getting home that day. If i recall, neary half of all students in Fairfax County and Fairfax City did not get home that night. And Bob Spillane learned that here in DC, we do not do Winter like up in Boston.

The Weekend

Apr. 9th, 2007 12:28 pm
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Friday, i rode with [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear and Marc up to [livejournal.com profile] dhs's housecooling. We arrived Friday, and [livejournal.com profile] persis cooked for us, the aforementioned, plus [livejournal.com profile] whc, [livejournal.com profile] dmk and [livejournal.com profile] aliza250, a very nice dinner, as well as some lovely oatmeal on Saturday morning.

Saturday, in addition to the people above, i got to see [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov, [livejournal.com profile] netpositive - whom it was a pleasure to meet, [livejournal.com profile] scarlettj9, [livejournal.com profile] suecochran, [livejournal.com profile] stevenjoel, [livejournal.com profile] museinred, [livejournal.com profile] lionessprite, T, who is the sister of [livejournal.com profile] selki, and a bunch of other cool people.

We headed back to DC on Sunday morning. [livejournal.com profile] dhs made eggs for all of us who had crashed. :) After we ate, [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear drove us to my church, where i had to be not later than 11 AM, as i'm teaching the Middle Schoolers this term. I'm really proud of her, while riding with her this weekend, we crossed a railroad track, the Francis Scott Key Memorial Bridge, and a small drawspan which appeared just as she was calming down from crossing the Key Bridge. Go [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear!

In summation, i had a rockin' weekend. :D
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I had a very wonderful last couple of days. Let's go backwards, shall we:
  • Monday 2 Apr: Part 1 of interview for a job supporting ACE for CBP. Part 2 will be in Spanish, via telephone on Wednesday. Plus: it pays well, and comes with a Secret clearance. Minus: It's night shift, 19-7 or 21-9.
  • Sunday 1 Apr: Got home at 5, slept through church, oops, i was supposed to be there for the middle-schoolers, slept through a gaming session i'd RSVP'd yes to, and slept some more.
  • Saturday 31 March: I got to go to dinner at Lonestar with [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear, [livejournal.com profile] supremeherptile, and [livejournal.com profile] not_the_pope, i make a nice meal of sides there, and then i helped [livejournal.com profile] not_the_pope sink a bowling alley. My years of helpdesk experience actually aided nicely in figuring out how to do that. Later, [livejournal.com profile] scruffycritter joined us. Much fun was had by all. Somewhere in there, [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear and [livejournal.com profile] not_the_pope and i went to Giant for Chocolate, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] palmwiz.
  • Friday 30 March: Gaming [livejournal.com profile] chez_turtle YAY!
  • Thursday 29 March: Went to the [livejournal.com profile] nookery and visited and cooked with Marc, and got to spend time with the other Nookizens, too. (If you're not in the know, The Nookery is a house, inhabited by the 4 Nookizens, comprising 2 Nookerinas and 2 Nookerites; it's a very, very happy place.)

Cold mostly gone, as is the swelling in the throat - the steroids and rest and the humidifier and much water did their jobs. Um. I think that's all for now.
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Eight hours in jazz shoes is hard on the feet. Today, we had a 15:00 and a 19:30 performance. House at the matinee was dead, but had expressive faces that showed they were into it. Evening house rocked! Last show tomorrow at 15:00 at UU Church of Arlington, VA at 4444 George Mason Dr (at Rt 50, SE corner) in Arlington. If you are able to come, do. I can comp you tix if needed.

I had a lovely time during my brief visit chez Turtle this evening. Bun-bun, a boy rabbit, recently of [livejournal.com profile] chez_turtle has made it here home with me and [livejournal.com profile] benhill. Jasper, the elder cat who spent his first eighteen months with a rabbit, sniffed and ignored him. Feldspar, the younger cat, thinks he'd be fun to play with, and is still trying to figure him out.

I put him on the coffee table so he's dog-eye level. Duke, the dog, with Ben restraining him, was brought near enough to sniff. They sniffed and sniffed at each other. Then Bun-bun thumped, and went to the side of the cage i put a blanket over, to provide him 'safe shelter', and hissed at the dog. So rabbit and dog will take some acclimating.
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Today, i:
  1. Had lunch at Buca's in Gaithersburg with [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear
  2. Went to my mother's house and spent some time with the dog and two cats, and let the dog out to do her business, all while chatting with [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov
  3. Then went to my sister's, where we celebrated the 1st birthday, two days late, of Gavin, my younger nephew
  4. On the way home, got a call from my sister informing me that our grandad, our father's father, is getting married on 28 April to Bea, his companion since Marie, his 2nd wife, died a few months after my father did.
So, looks like i'm heading to Cleveland at the end of April for a wedding. :D Only downside to all of that is that i'll have to see Uncle Phil and his daughter Elizabeth, but ah, well, the price of family.
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I got home about 30 minutes ago. Just as i stopped at the light at the end of the off-ramp from the toll road, clicking noises upon the windscreen. Sleet. Enough to have accumulated to the point of seeing wheel tracks and footprints by the time i went into the house. I'm hoping Reston's far enough west to avoid the freezing rain - we'll see. I'm guessing no church in the morning.

Why i was getting home at 04:00 )

On Thursday, i injured myself playing Wii Sports - i hurt my right shoulder and my left gluteus maximus. I got sports injuries from playing console games. Who'da thunk?

As a result of those injuries, and rehearsal Friday night, i hurt too much to go up the stairs, then slept - sort of - on the sofa. This morning, i ate a small bit, ached a lot, managed to get up the stairs, fall into bed, and slept through today's rehearsal.

I did get some ibuprofen after dinner tonight, which has helped a lot. I expect to be at tomorrow's rehearsal, assuming i'm healed enough for the dance numbers. :| No Wii for me until i'm better, and more carefully, obviously.


Feb. 23rd, 2007 02:04 am
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Had a lovely game of Killer Bunnies Chez Turtle this evening. Dinner at Amphora in Vienna afterward with [livejournal.com profile] grlsctgnbad, [livejournal.com profile] savant_da_rat, [livejournal.com profile] kody_wolf, and E, whose lj handle i did not get, if one exists. I should sleep soon. We'll see.
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It's Mardi Gras! I'm heading down to Clarendon Mardi Gras again this year. Who wants to go with, and maybe dine before or after?
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Yeah, it's that kinda day. And there's rehearsal tonight. Sigh. And i still don't know what to get my sister for our birthday, which i'm pretty sure we're observing on Saturday.


Jan. 29th, 2007 10:30 pm
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Jasper, my elder cat, showed up a few minutes ago. Not sure if he was upstairs or downstairs - i'm on the middle floor. He came at me from the right, and i found his head wet, mostly on his right side, on the top, over the ear, and a bit down the side. His right ear was very cold, much like human skin when one is a bit numb from the cold. He's dry now, and the ear almost back to normal. Very strange.


Jan. 2nd, 2007 10:54 pm
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As of Monday the 8th, i'm working 7-16 shift again. I'm looking forward to that. And, yes, [livejournal.com profile] benhill, i'm capable of getting up and to work for that hour.

Tomorrow, we have the first read-through for Anything Goes!. We'll see how that goes.
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I had a fantabulous time at Long Night - it was wonderful getting to know people whom i already know in an intimate, open, loving, and sacred environment. Thank you.

And for those of you who have not experienced it, Accidental Butterscotch [Pudding] Fudge(tm) is most very delicious

The rest of today, i will read, maybe watch a movie, nap, and do laundry, in some order or another.


Dec. 15th, 2006 12:22 am
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I'm tired of being sick. I can fix that, though. I slept most of today, and between that and the weird wakefulness one gets one taking oral steroids, i'm awake at the moment. Bleah. Probably will have to go back to doctor. At least the drugs have made the chest thing less onerous than it could be.
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Thanksgiving Day, i had a lovely meal with [livejournal.com profile] agentxs at Hunan Manor in Columbia. The food was delicious, and the company exquisite. From there, i headed up to the hotel for Darkover, where i happened to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear and [livejournal.com profile] supremeherptile for a meal. Went to bed early so that on Friday, i could pick up [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov and bring her down to the con, which went well. I've worked with [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov at many cons for a couple of years now, this one went easier than most in terms of unloading at the con and packing up after the con; not quite sure why that was.

I spent the weekend at Darkover: hanging with people, dining, swimming, meeting a few new people. Saturday i played several hands of Mah Jongg with [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear, and two men whose name's i'm not recalling at the moment. I sang the Hallelujah Chorus with lots of others around the pool, and then joined others Christmas carolling in the main program room. And despite my speaking voice, i sing bass, and some bari, for those who've not heard me sing. After the carolling, one of the other carollers had me listen to John Denver song, and then i went back into the hotel to recruit some people to go to the diner. Ended up going there with [livejournal.com profile] hawkwind2000 and Charles Butler, and we were joined promptly by [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear and [livejournal.com profile] cptsevern. Nothing like a good meal at 02:00.

Awoke Sunday at 10:30 after not nearly enough sleep, checked out and tossed my things in the car. Then i plopped into a chair outside the pool and endeavoured to nap, but got interrupted by a couple people asking if i were okay. It's nice to know that people care, even though it disturbed my nap. Had brunch with [livejournal.com profile] nosebeepbear, [livejournal.com profile] scruffycritter, [livejournal.com profile] not_the_pope, [livejournal.com profile] ottour, and [livejournal.com profile] ladysmith and her hubby and child. (And now i know who [livejournal.com profile] ladysmith is - one less mystery in my life.) After the dealer's room closed, i packed [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov's business into my car and took her home, after pausing for Indian, where we ran into and joined Rik Fire and his wife, and Lady Amber Dawn and her friend D. Got to Charles Butler's place a bit before midnight, then we went chez moi, that i could drop him at IAD for his trip to Brazil.

Monday, i slept most of the day. Today, i'm back at work.
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I went to dance class tonight. I've really enjoyed getting to know [livejournal.com profile] leiacat, [livejournal.com profile] sincityopera, and [livejournal.com profile] selki better. After class was dinner at Ambrosia in Montrose Crossing shopping center in Rockville with [livejournal.com profile] leiacat and [livejournal.com profile] selki; selki kindly paid, as coincidentally, leiacat and i both left our wallets home today. Conveniently, i had enough cash on hand to pay for the ferry to get there in the first place.

Ferry? What ferry? )

During class and dinner, i left my phone in the car. [livejournal.com profile] nancylebov rang and left a message - i'll ring her back tomorrow, and my roommate, [livejournal.com profile] benhill rang three times, which is the reason i checked my vmail while heading down the 270 Spur toward home.

And i go into DC because it seems that my roommate's car has been stolen )
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mais je ne t'écris pas une poésie ce soir, au lieu de cela, je t'écris ceci:
(Tu ne sus pas que je pourrais écrire dans le français, eh?)

Well, enough of that. At least i know i've not forgotten it all, even if it's really rusty. I should revisit L'étrange or Le Petit Prince for a basic refresher. Tomorrow, or more likely today when you may actually see this, is Armistice Day, known here in The States as Veterans Day. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, Germany signed an armistice on the Western Front, ending the war with France, Britain, Belgium, Holland, Spain, the US, Canada, and The Commonwealth.

My great-grandfather fought in that war for Germany, for which he won an Iron Cross. (cut for length) )
The memory of Uncle Fred weighs on me a little bit each Armistice Day; i wish it was still easy to buy poppies like it used to be. This year, with the current administration and the battles over whether people like me are people who deserve full rights or not, his memory and his stories haunt me more than usual this year.

So this year, i fondly, yet a bit melancholically, raise a glass in memory of my great-grandparents Schoenmann.


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