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Huh? It's What?

Alarm buzzes. Roll over, check the clock - 7:30.

K, time to get up. Wait, what day is it? Well, it's 7:30, must be time for work. Gotta get up. I have a lot to get done. Wait. Last night I went out. It was Friday night. That means today is Saturday. So why am I up so early? What's going on?

Yeah, I was really confused this morning, til I remembered that I was going to Hands On DC and it was going to start at 9am in SE DC. I did actually get myself out of bed to go, too. Yay. I even managed to pick the same metro car as LB and ES, both coming from very different directions than me.

We had a pretty good time, since we picked a smaller classroom. Did some moving, cleaning, painting, and headed out about an hour earlier than scheduled. The pizza didn't show up on time for lunch, since some Domino's employees got themselves locked out of the building. Something like that.

The SS ladies and I stopped at Gordon Biersch in Chinatown on the way home for some garlic fries. Mmmmm...…

Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough

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It's been party time for the last two weekends, pretty much celebrating Niki's birthday for a whole week. Can I say I'm birthday'd-out? Nah, not really, but throwing a party kinda tires me out, even though I didn't do much this time around. I definitely don't need any more sugar and junk food!

We started the festivities with a Hungarian dinner last Friday night, followed by French Kicks and Ladytron at the 930. The show was definitely....um, interesting. Well, not the show so much as the crowd. I was really looking forward to the FK, as I saw them about a year ago and loved them. They have a new album coming out this summer, and all the new stuff they played was fantastic. Tim remarked right away that he knew why I liked them, after taking one look at the lead singer. "He's so your type," he said. "Not the good for you type, the bad for you type...." Hah! Maybe so, but the music still rocked. Too bad they apparently didn't soundcheck;…

Big Apple, Baby

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A little late in reporting, but whatever :)

Caro wanted to go to NYC for a smashing birthday weekend, so the ladies of 314 + Robin + a couple other kids made the trek up north on St. Patty's Day.

First obstacle - surviving the bus trip. The bus left at 2:30, and I had hoped to be there by at least 2. Not the case. Neither Robin nor Caroline got there early, and we skitted in right before the bus left. Not many seats left either, and since people were moving around, we couldn't figure out where to sit. The bus driver was a little cranky (as they usually are), and he yelled at us to sit down somewhere. A couple people got on after us, even though there didn't seem to be anymore room. Some Russian chick had gone off to get food, and by the time she came back the driver had given away her seat. He told her she'd have to take the next bus, and she started throwing a fit, of course. I'd be pissed too, but when you get a seat in these situations, you'd better stay parke…

Wow, I'm Old....

Okay, so I'm not really that old. But I sure miss college. I'm currently sitting in Lauinger, a place I should've spent more time in from Sept '99 to May '03. Oh well.....

I had an appointment on campus today, so I figured I'd stay around and work from here, instead of spending an hour getting back home before starting work. I walked into the library and right away ran into RC and AB. We chatted, then I mentioned I had to get some work done and wanted to ensure there was wireless in the library. Rob looked at me like I was nuts - "Of course there's wireless," he yelled, "Didn't they have that when you were here? Oh wait, you're old....so I bet they didn't...."

Right. But thank goodness it's here now. Ain't technology grand?

And on that note, back to working remotely....

How Good Did that Feel?

I love this lil' story from AdAge:

Ex-Coker Heyer gives pouring rights to Pepsi
Revenge is notonly a dish best served cold, but apparently with a glass of Pepsi as well. Steve Heyer, who took the CEO position at Starwood Hotels and Resorts after being passed over for the same job at Coca-Cola, has awarded soft-drink pouring rights at more than 300 Starwood properties in the US to Pepsi. Coke had pouring rights in the US for such Starwood brands as Sheraton and Westin since 1998. Those now shift to Pepsi.
Coke gets to keep the overseas properties, and a few here in the US, but I think that's absolutely hysterical.

For those of you who like your hands....

Don't visit Leflore County.... Really, who maims these days?

Yet another entertaining and gross story from the hometown newspaper.

Missing digit following altercation
For the second time in four months a Panama man has allegedly bitten off the body part of another person. Daniel L. Taylor, 21, was arrested Sunday following an altercation which left another man without a finger.

Taylor was booked into the LeFlore County Detention Center on charges of maiming, based on an affidavit filed by a LeFlore County Deputy. According to documents obtained from the LeFlore County Sheriff's Department, on Sunday Deputy Jerimy Emmert was called to an altercation in the Williams community.

Emmert said that he was told that the altercation had occurred between Taylor and Phillip Potter at the Frank Hamm residence. He said that he learned that Taylor along with his younger brother, who is a juvenile, were involved in a fight. He said that Potter allegedly attempted to break-up the two young men and…

Did I Really Need That?

We all know Gap is tanking. Fashion is a fickle business; they tried to get too trendy, are trying to go back to classics, and things just aren't working.

However, Gap, Inc. - don't fear. Even though your Gap stores may go down, I can single-handledly keep a positive cash flow for the overall corporation by my undying support and loyalty to Banana Republic. I've been a casual BR'er for a few years now, but now that you've upgraded me to Luxe status - wow, I've been shopping like a mad woman. Free online shipping has translated into 3 orders in just as many weeks, including one this morning. I fill out your special top-secret "BR Insider" surveys and this market research can help you stay on top. I know exactly what cut of pants I need, and that your buttondown shirts actually fit me in the chestal area (yes, I just said "chestal"). Don't ever change, BR. Don't ever change.

Did I really need to buy that Smokey Bear brown tailored shirt …

Monday Mania

Tonight for dinner I had:
LasagnaMinestrone SoupCherry Kool-aid (I didn't get enough as a child. Still trying to compensate).
BrowniesCrab wontons with soy sauce
Mmmm.....random

I was dreading today. But it was much, much better than I expected. I'm going to give credit to a good Sunday. Church was really fulfilling. It's usually good, but for some reason this week was especially good. Gave me some direction and a chance to think about refocusing a few things in life. It's all good....

Yesterday afternoon was really great too. B and I went for a run on the trail along GW Parkway and the Potomac. Trying to cross GW Parkway to get to the other side was quite fun, dodging cars and all. Well worth it, to get to a huge circle of the reddest tulips around the Navy/Marine Memorial. The sky was clear, the flowers blooming, and the skyline perfect. I really love this city. We took a break from the trail and sat directly in line with the runway at DCA. Planes took off …

What's up, Doc(umentary)?

Movie recommendation of the week: check out War Photographer. It profiles James Nachtwey and his work during wars in Kosovo and Palestine, famine in Africa, and poverty in Indonesia. Amazing and humbling, it made me extremely grateful for the conditions in which I live.
"Every minute I was there, I wanted to flee.
I did not want to see this.
Would I cut and run, or would I deal with
the responsibility of being there with a camera"As far as music goes this week, I'm digging the Guillemots mucho at the moment. Get the EP on iTunes or catch a few of their tunes on MySpace. More UK delishishness.

Rain, Rain, Go Away

It's freezing again outside. C'mon, it's April!! I suppose the April showers bring May flowers. I'm looking forward to that, I think. I hope. Maybe that'll make all these grey days worthwhile.

JR came down from Philly last night, just for a day. That's getting weirder and weirder, yet more comfortable at the same time. It makes no sense to me, but whatever. I'm just going with the flow at this point, taking things as they come. I'm in no position to discuss anything; too apathetic, I suppose. I had many moments of frustation with him and because of many other things, and at various points I wanted to kick everyone out of the house and scream. Somehow I managed to contain myself. When will this end? I'm seemingly so frustrated at everything. I'm ready to turn a 180 and try another direction for awhile.

We went and looked at some condos they're building in my 'hood this afternoon. Man, do I want one. I can taste real estate.…

Back to the Blog World....

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It's been quite the hiatus, and every time I hit a dry spell in the journal-keeping, I always feel like I have to catch up. Then I get overwhelmed, stop writing, and the blank spaces continue. And every time I vow to just keep going, yet here I am again. Wanting to catch up on things, not wanting to spend the time, keep the frustration to a minimum.

I think we'll go with the shortened version of the past couple weeks :-)

Josh, one of my best friends from high school (we were drum majors together - wouldn't have survivied band without him), was in town for a couple days. He's been here a few times before, and we're usually so pressed for time that if we do get to see each other, we attempt to live it up on the town. Between ringing cell phones and loud bars and rushing to airports, there's not much time to catch up. This trip however, we just chilled. And it was perfect. I cooked dinner, we spent the night playing on MySpace, Facebook, looking up all the PHS