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Wednesday, October 15th, 2008
8:57 pm

I hope anyone who happens to read this will keep Gale Harold and his family and friends in your thoughts and prayers:

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/27200517/



Current Mood: worried
Saturday, October 13th, 2007
10:50 am
When worlds collide
I haven't posted in a long time, but I just have to with this.

It's been a pretty nice couple of months: went to a Trekkie convention in July (and met Connor again!), have been working my ass off at work and now feel accomplished, got permission to dress up for Halloween at work this week, etc.

This week there must have been some kind of seismic activity, because worlds have collided. Melodramatic much?Collapse )

Current Mood: ecstatic
Sunday, June 10th, 2007
6:14 pm
Fun at Target
I've been very bad about updating.

A couple of things turned a very mundane trip to Target yesterday into a very entertaining trip to Target.

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How is it possible for a Star Trek episode to be so bad yet so entertaining? "Brain and brain! What is brain?" (snicker)

Current Mood: geeky
Tuesday, August 1st, 2006
10:26 pm
Hal Sparks & us
July rocked.

And here's the cap-off for the month.Collapse )

Current Mood: cheerful
Sunday, July 30th, 2006
11:07 pm
And thus, July ends
Tonight just capped off the absolute most kickass July. Before I get to why, let me take a brief moment of silence for my old desk chair.



OK, I'd had this chair since 1998 (got it from the state surplus, so it had to have been from the early '80s). It served me well for eight years. I had to retire it because I didn't need a 24/7 recliner at my desk. I'm now typing this sitting in a spiffy new leather swivel chair. Much more comfortable than the old one. But I'm going to miss my old brown canvas chair.

Anyway, so let's go over why this month has kicked ass.Collapse )

Current Mood: pleased
Wednesday, July 26th, 2006
8:27 pm
10 years ago today...
I officially feel old today. The closer I get to 30, and I'm 6 months away now, the more I find myself looking back when a certain song comes on or something and thinking, "Wow, I was 15 when that came out/happened."

So here's why I'm feeling older/nostalgic tonight. Exactly 10 years ago tonight, I met 4/5 of Def Leppard in NC. Words can describe how great that night was. I had been worried that, in person, they wouldn't live up to my expectations, but all 4 were extremely nice, personable, and gracious. And Viv, in my mom's words, was "twinkly." :)

So here are my pics from that night.Collapse )

Current Mood: dorky
Sunday, October 30th, 2005
5:47 pm
Stolen from zooropababy. Go to musicoutfitters.com and put your birth year in the search. click on the top 100 songs of that year. Bold the songs that you like (that you wouldn't change the station for), and underline the one that's your favorite.</i>


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Current Mood: peaceful
4:41 pm
So this is the wrap-up of the concert I got tickets for in March. The one with the secure word of "bilbo."

Well, "concert" is an insulting word for what this was. I have never experienced anything like it. I was actually a little concerned because we had so much fun at the Bryan Adams/Lep concert. (The audience was friggin' loud. Apparently I wasn't the only diehard who had seats in the second section back. I mean they were singing every word, some were singing the guitar solos, and when Sav went offstage and missed the first 20 seconds or so of "Armageddon It," some girl behind me said [loud enough so that I heard it over the music and through my earplugs] "Ohmigod! Where's Sav?!" So yeah, we were the loonies for that one.) For some stupid reason I thought, "U2 can't be better than this." Dumbass. I know better.

So I've arranged for time off from work (that new job that I interviewed for on the day of the Star Wars midnight showing). Which was a pain in and of itself since I barely had the hours.

Disclaimer: Amtrak is a wonderful company, and I've never had any complaints about them before. They were my sole transportation to and from Boston when I was in school. I love riding the train. Very relaxing. Usually.

Let me give you a brief rundown of what happened on the trip. We took a cab to Amtrak Tuesday morning and got there at 5:05 a.m. for the 5:40 train. Keep in mind the gig is in DC, which is at least a 5-hour trip. Amtrak dude says there's a two hour delay. OK. Inconvenient, but we can deal. We lay down on the benches and watch CNN. A little after 7, I checked with Amtrak dude again. There's been a derailment in Hamlet, NC (two freight trains collided). Our train, coming from Florida and hereinafter referred to as 92, can't get to Raleigh. So they tell the 10 of us that at 8, a van is going to drive us to Rocky Mount to pick up the train, which they'll hold for us. Or we can wait for the 11:30 train (known as 80). So we get on the van, which looked like one of those vehicles they transport nursing home residents in but was made by a limo company and was niiice. All 10 of us conked out. So we get to Rocky Mount at 9:20. No train. We all march up to the window where the big-fish-in-a-small-pond (known as Big Fish, not to be confused with Ewan's movie of the same name) waved us back while he took a personal phone call.

Train's not there yet. They don't know where it is. Yes, you read that right. Amtrak doesn't know where the train is. So we all settle down to wait. After about an hour, a couple of us call the 800 number since Big Fish isn't saying anything. 800 number has info for us. As soon as we start making those calls, Amtrak must have started calling the station, because Big Fish made an announcement finally around 11. 92 wasn't due in until 1 p.m. But if 80 gets in before that he'd try to get us on it.

So we're all hanging out. It's kind of fun, though we'd all rather be somewhere else. I finally got a schedule and was trying to figure out if they both got to Rocky Mount at about the same time, would 80 (which has more stops between here and DC) still get in at about the same time as 92. So I called the 800 number. I explained the situation to him and he said 80 would get there sooner since 92 wasn't due in to RM until 3:00 p.m. Right after I called, Big Fish calls us all up and promotes us all to business class on 80. So to cut this a bit short (there's actually more), we ended up in DC at 6:15 instead of noon. So we lost a whole afternoon. And we ended up on the train that left Raleigh at 11:30. Ugh.

Wednesday morning consisted of a relaxing breakfast (we were both pooped from the day before) and a visit to the Spy Museum. Which was HUGE. We crawled through air ducts to practice eavesdropping (yes, this was the interactive part), and I got to see Vaughn's dossier. :)

We line up at about 4 for the general admission. (We went by earlier and there was a huge crowd lined up at 11.) We didn't make it into the ellipse. OK. Frankly, I would have been stunned if we had. So we still go in and get places in the general admission. We end up on the left side (Edge's side, which I totally didn't think about), by the rail (which separates GA from seats), five people away from the ramp. Yes, we had spots about 10 feet from where the band was going to walk.

Weee!

The energy was amazing even before opening act Damian Marley came on. I don't know if it was 15 years of anticipation on my part or not, but I was psyched. And there they were. Granted since we're short, on the GA floor, and not right up at the stage, we couldn't actually see much, but I could just feel them. Which sounds weird but still.

Set list:
City of Blinding Lights
Vertigo
Elevation
I Will Follow
The Electric Co. - Send in the Clowns
I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For - In a Little While
Beautiful Day - Many Rivers to Cross
Miracle Drug
Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own
Love and Peace or Else
Sunday Bloody Sunday
Bullet the Blue Sky
Miss Sarajevo
Pride
Where the Streets Have No Name
One - Ol' Man River
ENCORE:
The First Time
Stuck In A Moment You Can't Get Out Of
With or Without You
All Because of You
Yahweh
40

Bono also threw in a couple of lines of the "The Hands That Built America" at the end of one of the songs, but I can't for the life of me remember which one. I think we also got "When Johnny Comes Marching Home Again" at the end of "Bullet." Bono was right in front of us for most of "Love and Peace" (and really, it was wonderful watching him playing drums at the end ).

I know a lot of people get tired of hearing the same songs over and over. (I know the feeling with Leppard. I love them, but I'd rather hear some of the more obscure songs than Sugar and Photograph again.) And I understand it. But frankly, I was so thrilled to be able to hear those songs that are played all the time. I would have loved Gloria, Bad, and Walk On though. But definitely no complaints here. I think we had a noisy crowd too. I know lead singers have that habit of saying "you're the loudest crowd we've had yet" or something like that. Bono didn't say it. He did, however, say "Wow" at least four times while away from the mike. The cameras caught him. Edge beamed a lot. And at one point he was walking past us on the ramp, staring at his guitar. We were close enough that we saw his eyes flick up to our part of the crowd. Our area went nuts, and he started grinning. Adam walked past our area and was slapping hands, which I don't think he does much. And Larry (we saw this by the screens only), when he stopped playing at the end of "40," paused for several seconds watching the crowd before starting up again. He only played for a few more seconds, but we were noisy enough to keep singing long after the left.

One of the best moments: when Larry finally quits playing for good, a guy comes running up behind him just as he removes his earplugs with a flourish (but totally cool though, as Larry is). The guy immediately takes them from him and leaves. Larry's cool enough to have someone in charge of his earplugs. And dude, why the hell did Bono keep removing his during the show? It had to have been loud up there. I know know if he was having trouble with them or what.

Anyway, Amtrak was late again the next day, so the 5-hour trip became an 8-hour one.

Current Mood: jubilant
Saturday, August 20th, 2005
2:00 pm
Sunday, August 7th, 2005
12:34 pm
Yet another sad day
Five years ago, I never thought I'd be so upset about the ending of a show who's first episode caused me to say "Oh! My virgin eyes!"

I watched the very first episode when it aired and was stunned. And yes, I was a bit, shall we say, uncomfortable with the relationship between a 29-year old and a 17-year old. But by the end of the season, I was smitten. I just don't know exactly what it is about Queer As Folk. Really, I don't.

And what's more, my mother watches it with me. Yes, my 57-year old mother and I settle down every Sunday night and watch it. We have for the last four years. I was in Boston when it premiered so she didn't see any of the first season. However, when I was home on break, something possessed me to show her the prom scene. After that, she got kind of hooked. And now, I think she's a bit more nuts than I am. Though frankly, I'm not sure if it's Gale or Brian that she has a thing for. I'm leaning toward Brian; we just haven't seen enough of Gale's work, other than Rhinocerous Eyes, Fathers & Sons, and his ep of Law & Order.

ANYWAY...

And we both got bit by the prop auction bug. She had wanted Brian's denim shirt (with the eagle on the back) that he wore in two episodes, but it went over what she could pay. Consequently, Mom ended up with Debbie's flag jacket (from the third season), and one of the license plates from Brian's 'Vette. And to my great joy (mostly, since I paid more than I would have liked for it, but still not a horrendous amount), I ended up with Justin's shirt from 510, which I've put behind the cut for spoilers.Collapse )

So we're all set for the night. We've got our QAF shirts and our cowry shell bracelets all ready to go. Both of us are sad about the end, and a little bit apprehensive about how it's going to wrap up. I know there's supposed to be a twist, but I just hope it doesn't kick me in the gut like the last 2 minutes of 122.

Current Mood: sad
12:08 pm
Ummm... wow
This is just scary. Usually this quizzes are so off-the-mark for me.

You scored as Cultural Creative. Cultural Creatives are probably the newest group to enter this realm. You are a modern thinker who tends to shy away from organized religion but still feels as if there is something greater than ourselves. You are very spiritual, even if you are not religious. Life has a meaning outside of the rational.

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Cultural Creative

75%

Postmodernist

56%

Idealist

56%

Romanticist

56%

Modernist

50%

Fundamentalist

50%

Materialist

38%

Existentialist

38%

What is Your World View? (updated)
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Tuesday, May 17th, 2005
9:17 pm
First things first...
Before I get into it, let me just say how much Bo rocks on AI. Wow. A capella.

Finally...

Well tomorrow's the big day. Or rather, for me, really early Thursday morning. Like many others tomorrow, I shall participate in what is a major infirmity sweeping various countries. Wookiee Hooky. I'm going to my first midnight showing tomorrow night (this isn't counting the LOTR trilogy a year and a half ago). I've tried to remain as spoiler-free as possible. Especially considering we know the outcome of the movie.

(Though after one of our first viewings of TPM six years ago, I was saying something about Anakin and Vader, and my mother famously said "Don't tell me what happens!" Sheesh. And watching Empire a few weeks ago, she said "Wait, Luke and Leia are Padme and Anakin's kids!" I think it just clicked. :) )

I think it's going to be a great movie. As long as there's not another scene like the elevator scene in AOTC. That has to be the most stilted dialogue I've ever heard. Ugh. I'm really optimistic this time though. Despite everything, I think it's going to be really bittersweet. On the one hand, the last two films (barring a few instances: Liam's Qui-Gon, the Duel of the Fates, Obi-Wan's courageous dive through the window) have been somewhat disappointing (I'm looking at you, Jar Jar. Whoever you are who edited the scripts, you too.) On the other, there's not going to be any more new SW movies. OK, sure there's that last episode of the Clone Wars I've missed Every. Single. Time. It's. Aired. But no more films. The first one came out the year I was born. The entire EpII was shot and completed while I got my Master's. (Note: not my Master. I should be so lucky to have a Qui-Gon. Or not. He might be hard to live with.) Weird.

So it's going to Mom and I and about 800 other geeks at the midnight showing tomorrow night. Complete with 501st. And lightsaber duels. These are my people. :)

I've got a backlog of magazines from the last few months that I've barely even looked at the pictures. I can't wait to thumb through that Empire with Ewan on it.

And as is typical in my life, I've got a job interview two hours before I have to be at the theatre for the local fanclub. My first nibble in over a year. I'm grateful to have a job, but I really want out of it. I'm not too crazy about who I am there sometimes. Anyway, I'm most certainly not wearing my SW getup (though it's not a costume) to the interview. I think that unless I was interviewing at that dentist's office in "Trekkies," this would be frowned upon.

Back to getting the resume/references together.

Geez, and I can't wait to see Kingdom of Heaven again. Seen it twice, but the music just makes me want to see it again.

Current Mood: determined
Monday, April 4th, 2005
8:50 pm
It's coming
Yep, it's almost that time again. The new Star Wars is upon us.

Friday night, we went to the midnight onsale for the Ep III toys. There were roughly 70-100 lined up. Once the mad rush was over, I found myself up with the action figures with a bunch of huge guys. I swear, I was eye-level with their shoulders. Huge linebackers, they were. So I'm up there perusing the merchandise (*coughlookingforObiWancough*), and... remember how "bilbo" was my keyword when I got U2 tickets last month? Well they were blaring U2 during the fray. And the neatest thing was the collectors. The mass in front of the racks was probably 4-5 people deep, but everytime someone would say "Can you pass me a..." it was passed back. No pushing, shoving, swearing. Nothing. Just polite people trying to help others find what they were looking for (no pun intended). Despite my spiffy new Obi-Wan unleashed, my favorite Star Wars toy may be Darth Tater. Don't know what he is? Check here.

He's pretty hard to find, but he's worth it. A weird little guy. He may be going to work with me. My desk needs a bit of rearranging.

Current Mood: content
Saturday, March 12th, 2005
8:46 pm
Bilbo!
Well, I never thought it would happen. I've been a fan of U2 for 14 years now. Which I know doesn't sound like that much to those who have been fans from '80, but honestly, it's half my life. So it's a long time to me. Anyway, I've never seen them live. They were only scheduled to come to NC once since 1991, and that was for PopMart and it was cancelled. I think some of their stage equipment got weather damage. It may have been the giant lemon. Who knows.

Then, they played four nights in Boston while I lived there. Was I able to get tickets? No.

This time around, the closest they're coming on either leg is DC. Which is fine; I don't care, I just want to see them.

So I log on to Ticketmaster this morning, completely expecting to be disappointed. I get through a couple of screens until I come to the one where you have to enter in the distorted word. Usually I get words like "vacuous" or "cruive" (what the hell is that?). Today, I almost cried when I got my word. I knew I was getting tickets after that. My word today: bilbo. Yep, that's right. I had a Lord of the Rings reference when I was getting U2 tickets. After a minor panic over the credit card screen, I got my confirmation. We're going to DC. In October.

I won't relax completely until I hold the tickets. Or when I get to the concert. They've cancelled before. But Woo-HOO!!

Current Mood: ecstatic
Wednesday, January 12th, 2005
9:16 pm
Lost on Alias?
Is it just me, or was the song playing during the opening scene of Alias (Sydney's conversation with her father) by "Driveshaft," Charlie's old band from Lost?

Tell me I'm not hallucinating.
Saturday, January 8th, 2005
10:55 pm
D'oh!
Ah, those immortal words.

So I was rewatching Black Hawk Down tonight and to surprise (or more accurately my embarrassment), I realized I had missed Ewan in this scene.Collapse )
Tuesday, December 14th, 2004
12:38 am
Finally the 14th
Well, T minus 9 hours.

I think I have mixed emotions about the Extended Edition coming out later today. On the one hand, I couldn't be any more excited about it. But, like I'm sure everyone else is feeling, it's a bit sad. After today, this is it. No more new LOTR stock. (Unless of course PJ really does a lot more re-editing for some mammoth deluxe edition several years down the road.)

I've honestly not actively looked for spoilers, but with the EE out in other countries already, it's been hard.

Not only will we finally find out Saruman's and Wormtongue's fates (according to the films), but also one of my favorites parts of the book. Obviously, I couldn't be more pleased to finally have the Faramir/Eowyn scenes in. Let me say that again: Finally.

So anyway, it's really going to be bittersweet. But yay! Fifty extra minutes!

Now raise your hands: how many of you, including those who went to Trilogy Tuesday last year, could have sat through 4 hours 10 minutes?

I thought so. Me too.
Saturday, December 11th, 2004
11:38 pm
OK, well I'm officially a doof. The generator must go by your interests in your bio. Duh. And now I'm so disappointed. :)
11:31 pm
(snicker)
I swear to God I didn't rig this.

      
ewan mcgregor is love
brought to you by the isLove Generator


That's just frightening.

And because I'm a glutton tonight, I've been experimenting with it. The second time came up:
      
hugo weaving is love
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...then
      
eric bana is love
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Weird.
Friday, November 19th, 2004
11:37 pm
test post
Hello,

I'm really sad. Not in an emotional way. I'm still trying to figure out cuts. :) Bear with me this is a test.

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Woo-Hoo! It worked. And I've made my first post to a community.
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