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Archive for August, 2007

British Thanksgiving

Friday, August 31st, 2007

Okay, I need to get in touch with Lem, Keres, Misha, (possibly Elisa) and the other Brits I know. Hilary aka Verona on livejournal is going to be living in London while I’m in town, so I’ll need to hook up with her too.

Drop me an email or a comment or an IM and we’ll figure out what we can do and where we can go.

Thursday Useless Babble

Thursday, August 30th, 2007

It’s going to be ten hours at work. Oy. 7:30-5:30. At least I can take a long lesiurely lunch/dinner break.

Played a lot of Carnival Games last night. Vlad even came to play a few as well. It’s a cute and fun, but in the end it’s like all Wii games: better when you have lots of people over, and no long term staying power. I’m still waiting for a game on the Wii I can sink my teeth into, but every attempt from Bug Island to Alien Syndrome…it’s just not there.

Watched the No Reservations Episode on Cleveland last night. I found a whole bunch of places to check out next time in the area. Plus I can’t believe I didn’t have chili while I was there! I mean it’s OHIO.

It’s interesting to see how much time I have freed up by taking the metro rather than driving. Since August 6th, I’ve finished 6 books that have only been read while on trains and/or buses since then. I remember two years ago even reading 3 was a hard task to accomplish because of how busy I am.

It’s enjoyable to see Heather and Vlad becoming LOST junkies. It means I’ll have company come 2008 for season 4.

Holy crap, I’m writing a lot today.

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Holy fuck was this long and rambly. Under the cut you go.
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28 Days Later

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

It has been four weeks to the day since I landed in Washington DC. It’s been a month since I last saw the flat plaines of Minnesota. I’m noticing there are some things I am overjoyed to be free of and things I actually miss. I thought it would be fun to make a list. If only because then Adam can shake his fist at me.

I miss: Dreamhaven. Wonderful comic and old book store. I found so many awesome books there like the complete Robotech series (twice!) even though the books are crazy expensive. They have old out of print Arkham house books and guys like Neil Gaiman and Christopher Moore sign copies of all their works there. It’s awesome.

I DON’T MISS: Driving. Holy hell I love the DC metro. Yay mass transit. Also, what my friends are calling BAD DRIVING here is Minneapolis on a good day. Whenever I drive here it’s so stress free and relaxing.

I MISS: Joe’s garage. God help me but I love their burgers. Also see: Cafe Barbette, Sebastian Joes, and my chinese place in Minnetonka.

I DON’T MISS: the cold MN winters. Even when it’s 110 degrees here with 80% humidity, I just tell myself “it’s better than -40!” and whistle a saucy tune.

I MISS: Lake of the Isles. Although I get just as much leg work here, it’s just not as scenic.

I DON’T MISS: The lack of historical stuff. DC has it in spades and as cheesy as it is, I love the monuments and museums and stuff like that.

I MISS: My friends. Of course. There are times when I’m like “I need to see Balls of Fury with Dan and Spike.” Alas I can’t.

I DON’T MISS: Being in the middle of nowhere. Minneapolis was an oasis in a vast land of nothingness. You’d have to drive multiple hours in any direction to hit another major city. Here? 2-3 hours can get you anywhere.

I MISS: Having a grocery store in walking distance.

I DON’T MISS: Apartment Living.

Favour to ask of my Minnesota Chums

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

Phoenix Games closes at the end of this month and whatever is left is probably at a crazy discount. Could I mayhaps get one of you to stop in and let me know what they have left? I’ll paypal you the money (or write a check) and include a little extra for your time and effort. They have some Cthulhu and minis stuff there I am interested in, including a Chess set.

Thanks!

Oh, the difference that a day makes

Wednesday, August 29th, 2007

About 8am I had my big meeting with the head of my division. It turns out yesterday she had a long scowly talk with the what I percieve to be the source of negativity, gossip, and paranoia in the company as HR was really upset with what has been going on inregards to my position, prevaling attitudes of negativity weighing down on me and other such blatherscythe.

In the meeting I was told that I was 100% right on all my concerns (when the hell do you ever get that?), my responses, and the work that I’ve been doing here since I started is stellar. the head of the division sat down and explained to me who has the shitty outlooks they do and why. It was nice to hear and be told I’m right on every little point of contention I’ve had with my job, but at the same time there’s a chunk of me that is bitter from the previous month thinking, “This is just talk. I need action.” But…we’ll see what happens. I’ll still take an editorial position if its offered to me. But for now it’s nice to know that HR and higher ups are full on my side with things. I’ve spent such a part of my career preaching about how to make a positive work environment and a cohesive corporate culture that to enter a place where there was only the exact opposite…well it hit me like a ton of bricks.

Today is hell.

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

That’s all I’m saying.

Heh

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

I’m working on an article on debridement and every time I see the word, I think of Nicole back in Minneapolis. Damn you Livejournal!

Tuesday

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

1. Got up early to watch the Lunar Eclipse. Sadly, it started at 5:50am here on the East Coast and that’s 15 minute earlier than I normally awaken.

2. Very last Syndrome tonight. I want to go, but I can’t stay until 1am. I’ll be too shit ass tired.

3. Busy evening last night. I sent some resumes, talked to Doug about writing for some other Beckett publications, and did some shopping. Nothing really interesting for anyone but me. We went to MOM (My Organic Market) and it’s like a version of the Wedge without the butcher. Nice to have, although I do miss being able to walk to an organic co-op. Still, in a month we’ll have a Harris Teeter within walking distance. Yay! Also bought stuff at Target like toilet paper and paper towels. Boring stuff.

4. I got Heather and Vlad hooked on LOST last night. I think they watched the whole first DVD. I have to admit watching the pilot after going through the first 3 seasons was a pretty big trip for me. How different Jin and Sun seem, how different Sawyer looks, my not hating certain characters yet. I want to write more, but I don’t want to spoil for Vlad who reads this, but I was loving their comments like “Why are their polar bears on the island” and “I think the monster is invisible!” Also their disbelief that I seem to be the only Jack fan out there. Very cute.

5. Carnival games comes out today! The Wii VC had some nice new games added yesterday, but nothing *I* would get. Breath of Fire 2, Super Contra and Ghouls and Ghosts.

Good Day Across the Board

Monday, August 27th, 2007

Negativity is out today, Alberto Gomez is finally resigning, Dunkin Donuts is losing its trans fats, and the news is full of weird stories ranging from Teen on Bike killed by lighting to Hulkster Jr being in a hideous car accident.

It’s going to be an odd day.