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      CommentAuthorVornaskotti
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2011 edited
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    A badly needed very good day. Productive at work, and a fun Saturday evening cooking with the fiancé.

    Rice in almond milk and Saracen chicken made from 14th century Italian recipe with plums, dates, raisins, wine, apples, pears and bacon... and hey - serendipity! Looks like the leftovers of almond milk is more or less the first step in making marzipan ;)

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      CommentAuthorAlastair
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd 2011
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    the cute cake girl gave me free cake! for no reason!
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2011
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    Today I am 27.

    Saturday night I had an amazing time with some really good friends (WC people and other friends who I wanted them to meet) and my fella. We drank, we talked comics, we talked about a LOT of things...and I was so uplifted by it all.

    Today Alan and I woke up and went for a wonderful brunch, where my mom joined us and to my delight they got on fabulously.

    And now I'm home feeling a bit tired but very VERY fortunate to have the people I do in my life.
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      CommentAuthorBeamish
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2011
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    Happy birthday.
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    Had a fantastic time at Oldhat's 27th birthday bash last night. Swapped stories with Oldhat about people we have punched, told Hex that Jack Kirby was a shitty artist, drank some fifteen-year-old whiskey with Lucien. (And Hex, I found those remaining Scarlet issues. They were in the bottom of my bag and appear to have soaked up a bit of beer. Sorry 'bout that - I'll replace them next time I'm down at the Silver Snail, or you can have something out of my collection if you prefer)
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    Happy Birthday Oldhat!
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      CommentAuthorFishelle
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2011
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    I'm glad your birthday was happy, Robin!
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeDec 4th 2011
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    Happy birthday Oldhat! Good day procrastinating (my silver lining to being annoyed with myself for procrastinating).
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2011
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    Hey...a big happy birthday from me too.You come across as a diamond on this site and i got a lot of respect for you.

    27!!! Take it from a old git like me that your amazing life has just begun.The world is your oyster.Or pancake.Or chocolate cake.The choice is yours.

    I'm going for a much needed walk in a bit in a forest or something.

    This irish/viking bastard don't like being held at bay.I'm going to shave off me silver beard so i can look all handsome and suave and super sexy and make all the females swoon to my power!

    Me..vain..never!!!

    Full of shit but amazingly...ALIVE!!!!
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      CommentAuthorFauxhammer
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2011
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    @oldhat: 27 is the best age, or at least I found it to be, lo those many moons ago. enjoy it!
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2011 edited
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    As Robin said, I drove up this weekend to see her for her birthday. Along the way, I stopped in Neu Yolk Sitay and met The Amazing Glukakke and Friends, and encountered the the City that Never Sleeps for the first time (I've crossed the GWB once before, but I never got off I-95, so this was the first time I've REALLY been in New York). Drove up to Toronto the next day, and got to drink and talk the best brand of bullshit with some of my favorite people in the world, got to spend time with the best girl on this Earth or any other, and got to see more of a city that I have fallen deeply, stupidly in love with. It was an amazing weekend, with amazing people, with an amazing gal that I'm still trying to figure out what I did to deserve.

    The drive back to Virginia was long, lonely, dark, and full of road closures and delays, so I didn't get in until almost 3 in the morning, but I got home alive, happy, and unticketed, and for a trip that long with no one else on the road for company but swerving trucks and back road county cops, I count that as a win.

    The job and I are slowly coming to an emotional agreement. I'm starting to find my rhythm, and now that I'm getting down to business and doing what I've been trained to do, life in the office is no longer a pants-shittingly banal experience. Hell, I just learned we can listen to music if we've got headphones, so I've got Angus Young keeping me company until quitting time.

    @flecky: Keep on trucking, mate! We're all rootin' for you. One thing, though: take it from me, don't kill the beard just yet. The beard has POWERS. You just have to harness them.
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      CommentAuthornelzbub
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2011
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    Happy birthday Robin, hope that the coming year brings you happiness and success!
    @Anchorbeard, just out of interest, how many miles do you travel to get from where you are up to Toronto?
    I used to love long night time drives, when it's just you and the trucks on the road.
    It's been many years now since I've had a car but I still sometimes miss the unique sensation of being alone and on the road at night with the miles rolling by and my brain free to wander into odd places.
    for my own part, if my tremulous optimism holds true, this time next month I may well be in a partnership running the coffeeshop where I work. There's still a few obstacles in the road but if we can surmount them then I will soon be offering an open invitation to the 'chapelers to what I hope will be the nicest little coffeeshop and gallery in Amsterdam, serving fine coffee, finer herbs ,great art, comics on the shelves and generally nice things for nice people.
    In the meantime vile hugs all round
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2011
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    @nelzub, the first trip was about 730 miles (split up over the course of two days), while the second trip was about 600 miles, according to Google maps (not entirely certain about the second one, I've forgotten exactly which roads I took back since one of my main highways was closed off), plus assorted city driving, so it comes out to about 1,300 miles, so about half the total distance of North America from D.C. to San Francisco.

    Wow. Just typing that exhausts me all over again!
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2011
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    And I'm STILL trying to wrap my head around the fact that he's willing to travel that distance to see me. The last guy I had wouldn't even travel half an hour to meet up in a different part of town for me.
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      CommentAuthornelzbub
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2011
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    Wow, that's some proper mileage! It cracks me up to think that if I drove six hundred miles from here i could probably pass through five or six different countries! I hope that your car holds up to the many miles ahead of it and that your new job will allow you many long weekends for your trips.
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2011
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    Jenny Jackrabbit, my noble steed, was born and bred for the long-haul road trip! Actually, being able to afford trips like this is one of the reasons I really wanted this job. It's hard to be an intercontinental ballistic boyfriend on an hourly paycheck.
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    Aren't there cheap flights up to Toronto? You'd have to put up with the TSA crotch-fondlers at the airport, but the travel time would be considerably less.
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    Grease, you make it sound like the TSA crotch-fondles are something other than a perk. Am I not supposed to grind into their hand? The full body cavity search is just their way of saying they fancy you back, right? Right?
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      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2011
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    I've considered it very carefully, that as well as buses and trains. Amtrak has a train that goes to Toronto for just $150, which is about what I'd pay by driving, but the trip last almost a full day one-way, so I'd need to take a day off work. Flights would be shorter, but a LOT more expensive: I haven't seen a single one under $430, and all the non-stop flights (for some reason it seems like every single plane has to stop in Boston for 9 hours) are as much as $700.
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      CommentAuthorVornaskotti
    • CommentTimeDec 5th 2011 edited
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    A truly great weekend behind me, with simple pleasures such as just sitting in a cafe reading a good book, dinner and a movie with the fiancé, cooking, some delicious Leffe and Franziskaner with a new Telltale game; today an easy work day and in the evening baking the prettiest cake I've ever managed to make (okay, Susimur lent a hand or two in getting the frosting done well. ;) My cakes have had a bad habit of looking like an Oompa Loompa's turd, but I'm starting to get the hang of doing a pretty frosting.



    Tomorrow is Finland's independence day, which is a national holiday - we're going to spend it in a board game & cake party in my pal's place. Feeling pretty good right now, which is a great change of pace.

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