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      CommentAuthorCat Vincent
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2011 edited
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    SO, to balance my upcoming divorce from wife-the-shaman, I proposed to wife-the-artist, who said Yes. (It was a shoo-in, really - been together nearly 17 years, 15 of those in triad - and it wasn't us who got tired of the relationship). Soon as the decree nisi hits, we get to arranging it. Were thinking of waiting for my 50th birthday, but sod it.

    The fun starts when the divorce from W-t-S comes through. Settlement is a nice lump, enough to buy new place & invest enough to keep us going while we do our art/writing thing.

    It's still hard, what with W-t-S still around the house a lot... but having something good to look forward to is necessary for morale right now.

    Another upshot of this, what with W-t-A's family being Scottish, is we'll have a piper for the wedding (which will be non-standard, UU vicar) and a LOT of very good whiskey indeed.

    Have to see if some of you guys can turn up!
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2011
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    Cat, I am happy for you but terribly confused. Cheers I suppose.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd 2011 edited
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    WHOOPS! posted in wrong thread!
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2011
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    Rollercoasters. double rich fudge. Ice scream. Soak zone. A 9 year old girl finding her inner superhero (a certain Man of Steel). Long conversations with sis. fun ideas that'll never go anywhere, but I still can't wait to share.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2011
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    Saw Captain America on its opening day. While I DID NOT LIKE what they did with Bucky (um, nothing. Why was he even there?) and it just kind of ... ends, Hugo Weaving fairly oozes Teutonic EEEEVILLLL as the Red Skull.

    And yes, Hitler gets punched in the face. Repeatedly.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd 2011
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    new piercings!

    DSC_8163

    heh. back to needing a cubic mile of personal space.
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    When to see some bands on the weekend and sketched as well. This would be the third time in 3 weeks and hope to get it into a regular groove again. I used to do it more regularly and found the practice good for speed, spontaneity and also as inspiration. Live music is a bit more scattered where i live atm so trickier to go to gig...also, monies is also an issue. Alas, didn't quite go all out on the night...the crappy sound system and the bands did quite suite my tastes so not quite synced. Oh well, there is always the next gig.
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    Found out I'm getting a raise at the end of the month. Might well be my last one for the next couple years. I feel very lucky as it is.

    Spoke with my daughter's grandmother (she has custody) and we've begun talks to have my daughter move in with me. Starting with our vacation in August, we're going to get to see her more often, then she'll stay with us during vacations from school, and hopefully bu the next summer she'll be moving in. I was separated by my family in the fall of 2001. I've been working towards this for ten fucking years, and her drug addict of a mother has screwed me every chance she can get. I'm prepared to be on the receiving end of some nasty tricks still, but I'm trying to stay optimistic and remain above the dirty deeds.

    Fuck, I'll keep paying child support; I don't care. I'll even pay more than I do already. Just give me my goddamn kid back.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2011
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    Relaxing weekend with mom. Basically getting drunk and watching Game of Thrones. A nice relax from things.

    Made a couple of Big Decisions as well. The first is that I'm not blowing my new money (about $600 or so after bills) on a much needed vacation to NYC in the fall, but will instead put it in a savings account going towards an even more needed pot to save up for moving out. I think a place of my own would improve overall morale for me.

    I've also decided that I'm going to look up what it takes to own and operate a pub. More and more I've been coming back to that as a "life plan" kind of deal. Originally it was an idea for a retirement. Fuck off to the country and start up an Inn. But more and more I've been thinking "fuck, why not now?". So that's it. I'll see what it takes and whether or not it's possible and I just may start one. Ideally a brewpub, but at the very least a pub.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeJul 24th 2011
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    Drank wine, talked with friends. Played monopoly.

    Now I have a ton of things to sort out with my head before the hang over hits.
    • CommentAuthorroadscum
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2011
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    Went out, took pictures, had a good dinner in a nice country pub. Got home, looked at the pictures, liked quite a few of them. Happy day!

    (This thread isn't quite the same without the opprobrium of the Old Master, perhaps we should rename it - something like 'The lovely happy dolphin thread' ought to do the trick...)
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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2011
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    i said on twitter but Oldhat, i would move to Canada to work in your pub... please let me move to Canada and work in your pub
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    Just finished a good week/weekend with friends of the family from Trinidad (who currently live in Florida). A couple highlights from the visit included: eating lots of Trini food, being able to speak with the accent of my childhood, and the husband (they're Christians) telling my dad off for claiming that the US has a "Christian Heritage". They've been in Florida for 11 years and he's a bit of an academic (he knows the history), so it was nice to have someone that my parents would listen to tell them what I've been trying tell them for a while now.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2011
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    Alastair, and you'd have a job. All the better if we can make it a brewpub. Could definitely use a hand with that. :)
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    September of 2009 I filed for Disability. I was denied twice, and finally had an appeal hearing a few weeks ago. Today, my lawyer called me to let me know that me judge approved my claim.

    I'll have to wait 30-90 days before I get the information to then go and file, and then go prove that I'm poor to apply for the Social Security for whatever meager monthly stipend I'll eventually be granted, and I'll have to go back in three years to prove that I'm still sickly, but... I'm approved!

    That means in two years I'll be able to have Medicaid and then get to go to the brain specialists I need who don't take any insurance EXCEPT Medicaid, and finally get my head meats depressurized.

    (Over the years, my standards for what constitutes a "happy good thing" have drastically degenerated and simplified, methinks. However, I'm learning a weird sort of taoist patience and resignation to the present that could only be rivaled by planting a seed in response to an apple craving)
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2011
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    Hooray Rachael!!!! I'm so glad you're trying your best to take of yourself, my current partner is still having to deal with his last ex, who has severe child onset diabetes, among other things, neglects to take care of her health issues, and then mooches off of his health insurance, without even bothering to try and get disability. Um, sorry for the mini rant there >.>

    My good news is that I got my bits checked out today and all is normal, huzzah! I also called my grandmother in Mexico, whom I haven't spoken to in a while, and had a very nice chat with her, which makes me happy because I'm constantly worried that at her age she's gonna pass soon and I'll regret not having called her recently D: But she's doing well ^_^
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2011
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    @Rachael - all in all, that's a good thing. the seeds you planted two years ago are growing into something resembling a tree. right on!

    Planted a very important seed today. Met with a producer - really well-known, respected guy who's directed/produced a ton demos, commercials, animation, etc - and I think it went really well. He's the kind that sort of bounces off the walls with energy. I'm so not and occasionally I worry that this tendency to be sedate brings down other people. But he was good at conversing with me, holding his madness just a little bit in check and listening to my unlettered mental meanderings on what I want and don't want on a demo.

    A pro who both knows how to drive after the goal and temper himself to the situation = gold. Now I have push myself to match that. Everyday, better than I was the day before. Alright, then.
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      CommentAuthortaphead
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2011
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    I survived Latvia. Those people party HARD.

    My gig in Tallinn was a bit so-so, as I developed a nasty case of performance anxiety and during the show my laptop started giving a nice little buffer crackle. I did my best to encorporate it into the loops, but it wasn't really anything to write home about. The gig in Latvia however...

    SIDENOTE: I have realised I have a tremendous fear of sound. It's one of the reasons I've picked the electric guitar as my instrument, as it doesn't really make sounds on its own, and you can control the volume with effects and electronics and whatnot. Acoustic instruments and singing both scare me witless. This is not a good thing.

    ... so I decided to play the show at Kücvals entirely without loops or volume controls. Everything was on 10 all through the show and it was just about nothing but feedback and me hitting the guitar. I snapped a string during the first piece, didn't bother to retune. Just playing like that was therapeutic, but the applause at the end gave me a happy.

    Tomorrow is payday, and I may actually be able to pay all my bills for the first time since ever.

    Vile hugs to all you lovely people, especially to Cat Vincent on account of poly breakup sympathies. And Robin, just because.
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    Rachael, I'm so so happy for you.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeJul 25th 2011
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    RACHAEL YES!

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