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    The Rules:

    The THREE ACT SPEAKEASY is here for you to vent, to express, and to learn. This is your chance to perform -- but you're also in the audience, guv, and are expected to behave as such. So your skits at the steely Whitechapel microphone will ALL and ALWAYS be divided into three sections:

    1: The Boo. The Get-It-Off-Your-Chest. The "I've-Had-A-Shit-Week-And-I-Need-To-Vent". Your chance to scream silently into the face of Internet apathy, and trepan your pressurized consciousness. Deposit your spleen here.

    2: The Huzzah. Wherein you tell us something which goes just a teensy way to mitigating the effects of the psychic turd you just laid on our heads. Perhaps it's a tiny hint of hope in an otherwise bleak situation. Perhaps it's an unrelated Thing Which Happened which made you smile rather than frown. Shit, maybe it's just a silly joke. Show us you can cope as well as carp.

    3: The Applause. You will choose one of your fellow whitechapellers, from this same thread. Doesn't have to be the person who posted before you - just someone whose story touched you. And you will offer them a word of advice, or comfort, or support, to help them with their own SECTION 1 Whinge. Doesn't have to be much. A sentence, a word, a bloody emoticon - whatever. Just a paltry donation to the art of Thinking Of Others. And try to avoid schmaltz, please, or the Urethral Maggots will feast anew. Circle of life, kids.

    Naturally, the first person to respond here is excused from Stage 3.

    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
    The Boo: Not getting a chance to make Easter eggs (for private sales) because work (or something else) keeps getting in the way.

    The Huzzah: I am really looking forward to next weekend because I am going on a weekend retreat!
    • CommentAuthorOrpheus
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
    The Boo: So its the ride up to mothers day, so from Tuesday I've got six solid days of work to plunder through. This means roughly seventy hours of work over eleven shifts. It sometimes feels like I'm in the wrong career, but hey, it CAN be fun... Right...?

    ALSO, an MOT fail for the car. No money OR the time to spend it, it seems.

    The Huzzah: The development and confirmation of a rumour that I'll be going to Champagne with some colleges, compliments of our head Champagne supplier!


    DRINKS ALL ROUND! (in the Captain Jack tone)

    The Applause: @dnewling "If we do not ever take time, how can we ever have time?" - The Merovingian. Or something. Holiday chocolate eggs just have to take a back-seat from time to time.
    • CommentTimeMar 11th 2012
    I've pulled 2 all nighters this week to finish art projects. Still didn't manage it. I still have one last color to print on my conference print, and that has to be done tomorrow as I leave on Tuesday morning. So that'll be 5 or so hours in the studio, printing the day before I go. I'm already really frustrated with how many I've messed up. It won't be the best edition I've ever done, but at least I should be able to finish the thing.

    The print is of a young me shaving my legs. When I told my mom what it was, she laughed at me. Last night as I was working on it I texted my ex boyfriend and told him I was doing the print he'd suggested so long ago.

    On Wednesday (I think it was Wednesday, may have been Thursday. This week is all blended together in one stressful mound.) my ex called me to apologize. It seemed heartfelt and real, and I accepted it. But I told him I was worried this sort of thing would happen again the next time he starts dating someone, and if it does then I really couldn't try to be his friend anymore. I didn't really know what to say, and was rather distracted by another man who was sitting with me on my bed waiting for me to get off the phone and go back to kissing him. (He was really understanding about it, used to be friends with my ex as well, but that was a bit awkward.) Maybe it was just because I was in a good mood right at that moment that I was willing to accept his apology. Maybe I shouldn't have. He asked me to come to his art show that will be up for the last 2 weeks of the month. I said I'd try.

    Yesterday, after I told him about the print, we chatted a little bit and I found out that he was caught smoking pot and he might lose his grant (which is how he can pay for school) because of it. At that moment, my ex wanted to kill himself. Of course I tried to convince him not to, but I didn't really know how or why. I'd been trying so long to forget what I knew and felt about this boy, it was like I was talking to a stranger. I was so frustrated with myself for letting him back into my life just so I would have to deal with his problems, for allowing myself to feel something again just when I was really moving on. But then, he needed someone, and just as one human being to another it was my obligation to help him through that if I could. I probably would have been more willing and able to help a complete stranger, though. When he said that he felt like he was doing everything wrong, I honestly just thought that's because he was. He's been an idiot and he has to deal with the consequences, from lost friends to being kicked out of school, it's his own fault.

    Why do I even want to help? Do I, even? I just don't know. I hate him so much, but then, I still love him, too.

    I leave on Tuesday morning, and won't be back until next Sunday, late at night. No internet or anything I have at home, just art and a strange city. Here's to hoping that New Orleans and the print conference help me feel better. I really need a vacation. So, yeah. Huzzah, I suppose.

    @dnewling Yay for retreats!
    @Orpheus Best of luck with the work stresses.
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012 edited
    The Boo:
    Just a hatred/disappointment in current living/work situation. In other words: Same shit I always bitch about and you're probably all sick of hearing.

    - Have been learning more about using film for photography and have been figuring out things regarding scanning negatives and printing from there. It's been interesting!

    - Weightloss has been happening, which is wonderful. Hopefully by next week I'll be at the weight I was before the winter.

    - Went on a wild cooking spree over the weekend and made some turkey meatloaf, Parsnip soup, and these amazing pecan gingerbread cookies that are, in the words of my folks, "more-ish".

    - Will be getting some free beer to review today.

    @Fishelle, In all honesty, I'm kind of surprised that you haven't already blocked his number and e-mail and just not dealt with him. He seems to keep forgetting just how poorly he treated you and hasn't tweaked that you might have a reason for not wanting to talk to him. I guess it's good that you're helping him when he's in crisis though (far more than I would EVER do for my shitbag ex).

    @dnewling Weekend retreat! Awesome! Will this be a "let's take off our shirts and howl at the moon" retreat or something else (that is all I know about retreats. Company ones, anyways)?
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012
    The Boo: Failed to send out a few emails/handle some tasks that I'd meant to do this weekend. I had a weird working Saturday night where I had a long list of things I needed to do and a bunch of things that could've waited and just ended up doing most of the things that could've waited. So today is going to be even more hectic as I try to combine the things I needed to do with the things that I omfgHAVE to do. I'm leaving town next Monday or so, so I need to make sure that everything that has to be done on-site in NYC this week gets done. I just hate how I've gotten into this really bad habit of pushing things off and then weeks go by and they're still not done so I freak out about how it NEEDS to get done when I still have all these things I WANT to do to keep enjoying like, life.

    The Yay: Derp, I'm going to New Orleans next week! It'll kind of be a vacation, but also I'll be able to do work as I'm going down with a friend and he'll be attending a convention all day that I cannot (and really should not) attend. As it's for network engineers and other sorts of people what make the internets happen. And that's just not for me. So I have the options to go exploring a bit on my own, visiting the friends of my friends, or just hunkering down in a cafe, eating local cuisine and answering emails/being a twat on twitter. I'll be there for a full week, which will be a test to my utter patience for vacations as the last time I went on a trip it was to San Francisco last year and though it was only 3 days long, by day 3 I was anxious to get back to my hive.
    Also, Sketchy's yesterday was fantastic!

    The Applesauce: @fishelle - A Master Printer once said that the way he got that title was someone let him fuck up for enough years to earn it. And I think that's really how we do it. Take a step back from your prints and let other people look at them. A lot of the flaws that we see sometimes just look really cool to other people who don't have such a critical eye. And while I know it's for your conference, this is also just the beginning of showing off your editions. Our earliest ones always tend to be an embarrassment. I could show you some prints that'd make your toes curl. And yet people are still giving me money to keep learning from my mistakes.
  2.  (10544.7)
    The cold (flu) never endeth. Quite annoying. No date tonight because the guy is in full grief mode. (A friend of his died, a suicide though he's suspecting something else, the funeral was Saturday, which he missed work to go to.) I actually bumped into him last night, so I know he's being sincere. He really looked emotionally exhausted. I ended up emailing him to tell him that dating (or more like attempting to date) wasn't really working, and to get in contact when he was doing better, and if I was still available, we could have another try. It's a bummer, but what can you do? C'est la vie, etc.

    The date last night was actually kind of fun, even if we ended up in McDonalds because everywhere was closed. (The curse of the small town/city.) And of course, he is much better looking than in the photos. I'm not attracted to him, and he's probably going to move away in a month or two, but it was fun. Never managed to take any photos of him, so I might try to set up a photoshoot.

    My mom loved her presents. And one of the cultural centers near my apartment has wireless now, so there are even better options for free internet. It doesn't bode well for apartment cleaning though. And I got a mole and three skin tags removed. It's somewhat uncomfortable right now, but once they're healed up, they won't be annoying anymore.

    @Orpheus: Champagne! Woot! Happy traveling.

    @Oldhat: *hugs* You'll have your own place eventually. It sucks to wait, but you'll get there.

    @glukkake: NOLA! I hope you have a fabulous vacation.
    • CommentAuthorPooka
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012
    once again..fight with dj..he quit my show, once again...i replaced him..kinda...we'll see how this goes...I might not have music set up for a couple hours and my husband will have to MC, either that or a guy who's apparently said he'll do dj work for me (but i only know this because one of my artist guests who's friend's with him assures me that he's going to do the job. he won't email me really insulting and nerve wracking...) so...yes, last minute trouble, and the fact that i've got twenty artists to find spots for in a small bar, and over a hundred people's...gotten bigger than I anticipated...might not sound like much to a lot of folk, but it's the biggest promised turn out i've gotten with my little no budget shin digs, so I'm a little anxious. Very anxious since I'm out my convention experienced host, and although my husband Can be very charismatic and has experience running shows, he also tends to lose his cool very easily if things go wrong....
    lord lord the stress...I sometimes don't know why I put myself through all this...I'm terrified this is going to turn into a disaster... I'm probably the only person worried about it, and it will probably turn into an awesome event, but i'll be paranoid until it's over...
    oh and the day before my event, I have a psych eval for my disability claim, and then at noon before my show I have a fun...perfect timing really! *pounds head gently on laptop screen*....but least it's getting done. and after the docs look at me there's no way they'll deny my assistance...i'm way too fucked up all around...
    so the dj and I had a fight, he left for...hell, it's been a week now...we got into pretty heated argument over the same old shit, and both over reacted like we do. he hasn't been back yet. he wanted to talk in person and emailed me that he would stop by either yesterday or today. Still haven't heard anything yet. I don't know if he'll actually come by or not...sad thing is, as pissed off as we get at each other, and as ass hole-ish as he acts, he's the only friend i have in this damned town besides my husband. My truck broke down and after about a month (we're desperately waiting for our taxes to come in so we can get a new car) the two people who were helping us out quit entirely, so my husband's been having to walk to the grocery store and walmart (about two and three miles respectively, one way). It's not the walking that gets him, it's the fact that he's allergic to sunlight (acute albinism) and it makes him sick...I on the other hand have been stranded at home. I seriously haven't been outside in about a month...maybe longer..I haven't left the house except for once since christmas. my knees, feet, and ankles hurt too much to walk anywhere and the weather has been cold up until recently. I have no where I can go really anyway...
    oh, and we're still waiting on our taxes, and we are totally broke right now. god damn the shit keeps pilingup (andmy spacebar is so...yeah...that was quit a lot of venting...

    umm...the mood i'm inrightnow...I don't have much. least I'm coming to the end of my long wait for thesedamned taxes.(fuckingspace bar) just another couple of weeks at the most...unless weget audited or something. Huzzah: thisweekend ismy show,then the weekend afterthat is a big comic and toy con that one of my old business partner's is hosting. I think we have the delorian from Back totheFuture and a number of power rangers heh... Oh, and Mike Grell....which is pretty sweet.

    @dnewling great thing to freshen the mind andbody. havefunwiththat! (stupidfucking spacebaaaarrr!!!!!!!))))
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    General irritability. Head cold. Commuting. Work. People. Dilapidation - specifically, self, car, house, PCs, camera, guitars. In no particular order. Lack of money to fix said dilapidated things. Advertising. Hate advertising. Time - lack of. Exhaustion. Am very mixed up emotionally about something, torn in all directions and can't explain it even to myself.

    HUZZAH: We got the Christmas tree out of the living room - finafuckinglally. I fixed the loo roll holder after 18 months. And the fence. Small victories, but victories still. I planted things. Peas, carrots, radishes, chard. None of it will probably grow, mind. Am managing to walk to the office not get the bus...

    APPLAUSE: @Oldhat - have fun with the film. And don't, eh, poison yourself with the chemicals.
  4.  (10544.10)
    The boo with the hoo: the midst of moving and doing that whole no-longer-married thing. As far as sharing what happened, we didn't work out for lots of reasons and no amount of therapy would help with it, he is still going tho. Still care about and love each other and we are doing the best we can to make sure each of us is ok as we can be and helping where needed. It is amicable and to be honest I hope he finds someone that he can be happy with.

    Huzzah: new job seems to like me tho I have been pulling a lot of late hours it means more moolah. I am very much looking forward to decorating a new place - I am basicaly looking at a four bedroom house and yes i'm getting a house just for all my crap.

    Applause or something there of:
    @ Orpheus that sounds fun and daunting the same time- but horray for bubbly booze!
    @ oldhat- i am of the opinion you need to take lots more pictures all the time and share- lots.
    @trini I have found with sick that forcing myself to sleep a whole day away helps a lot. Really hope the feeling better happens for you very soon- being sick is not the funs :( I send lots of virtual chicken soup and OJ your way
  5.  (10544.11)
    man I don't even know where to start.

    Boo? I have no boo for now. I'm sure at some point, I will have to go back to work, but so far, it's been two weeks and no inmates to deal with. Still got two more days off to go.

    Huzzah? I got some huzzah.

    First off, the ring got finished just a few hours before dinner, it's PERFECT. We go to dinner, and I can't sit still.
    Dessert comes, and then I get down on one knee, "Baby, I'm gonna love you til the wheels fall off, will you marry me?"

    And she says "Of course" not just yes but OF COURSE!!

    The waiters bring us sparkling water, because we have a no alcohol thing now.

    Later, she tells me how when she was a teenager, she used to get magazines with rings in them and she picked her favorite and clipped it out and kept it in her purse for years, and this is that ring.
    The ring The lady The lady

    So, that happened, then we spent the next day having awesome breakfast, and seeing the King Tut exhibit at the museum.

    Had training for a week afterwards, which was fine. Shot things, did well. No real work.

    Was sick for a day or two, and convalesced, in preparation for my daughter, who is visiting TOMORROW!!!

    I convinced grandma to spend the night, so I'm having a sleepover with my kid tomorrow night. I'm taking her to the Houston Aquarium, which isn't like a real aquarium, more like a fancy place to have dinner and check out a few touristy type things, but something I know she'll like.

    All in all, It's been a badass couple a weeks.

    Comicbookbunny: So sorry about all that. You know I wouldn't have gotten the ring without your advice. If you need someone to talk to or yell at, I'm your guy.
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012
    A lot of the same. Work sent me into a breakdown, lots of repressed anger and eventually crying in the middle of talking to my manager. Also found out next week is going to be miserable for all of us, as said manager is gonna be gone for training, and we're not allowed to fill the 50 hours she'd be working...

    ...but, for now, I'm home and listening to music w/ a cat in my lap, and I am off tomorrow. And, while having a crying spell at work isn't fun, I did get to call our baker a cocksucker to my manger in the middle of it (luckily, she agrees; he called out for the umpteenth time for a bullshit reason on a day after a day off. She promising she's gonna get him sacked for once). And I ate a bunch of cupcakes (that I was supposed to throw away), and that made me feel better. Also, I'm finally taking a week off, after next week.

    @Fishelle: Were I in that situation, I'd probably do the same thing. No advice, just, you know, I understand wanting to help people even when you shouldn't or even kinda-sorta not wanting to.
    @JP: Small victories are still victories, thank the gods. Hoping they all pile up and make one big fucking victory for you.
    @Glukkake- Yay, travel! Have fun!
  6.  (10544.13)
    The Boo:
    Work is frustrating as hell. Working with people that don`t seem to learn from their mistakes and not understanding that things can be taken more then one way, especially when they word it in one of the more obstinate ways possible.
    Also, I have not had time (nor weather) to get rid of the infestation of bluebells out of my garden.
    Addendum: My keyboard switched to French for some reason so now certain symbols are not working (like apostrophes and question marks) SeeÉ

    The Huzzah:
    I have a garden to worry about and I have a job. The house is moving along quite nicely. Come summer I hope to dig up the garden and plant flowers appropriate for a Victorian garden. Hopefully repainting the interior and re-doing the kitchen happen within the next year, as well as taking up the carpet and re-finishing the fir floor underneath.
    The Wife and I are going to Seattle for ECCC and will be spending the Sunday touristing around the town, so that will be nice.

    Apple Sauce:
    ComicBookBunny -- It is always sad to see that two people have grown apart. Be a phoenix, rise from the ashes, we know you can do it and you have a great group of people on here that are willing to listen to you when you need someone to talk to, and are willing to lend you a shoulder if you ever need to have a good cry.
    Trini -- Hopefully you get better soon. I have a tonne of people that are sick at work right now. Most of them are sick in an odd way... their voices have gone to crap for a couple of days but they feel fine. I wish that when I was get it was like that... instead I get delusional and crazy. It sounds like you are somewhere in the middle, but still, I wish you a speedy recovery so that you can get back out there and met a wonderful man. You deserve one.
    dnewling -- What kind of Easter Eggs do you makeÉ (pretend that is a question mark there...)

    Anyone know how to fix this(question mark) Changing the language settings does not seem to be doing it and it seems to happen every once in awhile. Often enough to be annoying, not often enough to look too far into stopping it from happening again.
    • CommentAuthordnewling
    • CommentTimeMar 12th 2012 edited
    @Warped Savant: I make moulded chocolate eggs, using chocolate moulds. They are filled and decorated with sweets. And I also make little eggs filled with caramel, marshmallow or strawberry filling (depending on what filling is available at the shop).

    And now the eggs are finally underway!

    Re language problem: Well, when I have problems with my computer I either look up help from more computer-tech savvy people (namely, the family), or technical support on the Internet. I also check on the Internet to see if someone else has had the same problem. Anyway, if this started without warning, perhaps you should get some technical advice. Something may be corrupting. And have you checked for viruses? I don't know if viruses can change languages on computers, but maybe that ought to be checked as well.
  7.  (10544.15)
    Tragedy has Befallen Our Intrepid Hero: you know, I really don't have anything to bitch about so I guess I get to leave this section mostly blank.
    Victory is Mine!: Life is good, no major disasters in progress or looming, and a potential job opportunity may be on the horizon.
    Victory is Yours!:
    @governmentspy Congratulations.
    @glukkake I live in New Orleans, and I'm fairly well versed on interesting ways to waste time and find plenty of trouble to stay out of, although I work most nights. feel free to hit me up either through my email in the user contact info, through the vile book of face, or the google+ nightmare (username here minus the periods, etc, is my real name). I'm mostly harmless, I promise.
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2012
    BOOBOO: Still no gigs. Here's hoping something will actually come about during that two-week buffer in NYC...

    WOOPWOOP: Those Nino Rota soundtracks were the final straw. Dinner date (!?) on Thursday. eeep

    HARPLES: @comicbookbunny - Well, crap. Glad to hear the separation is amicable, though. Abundant long-distance sympathies, dudette.
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2012
    @shannon we are now internet friends! Does anyone else on the board live in NOLA?
    • CommentTimeMar 13th 2012 edited
    The FUCK THIS SHIT fucking myself over hard. By doing nothing. I've got it down to an art, but if I were intending to do this, I'd find a way to screw that up too. Writing out this entry instead of working on Japanese homework - crap I haven't touched since last class and now do in a couple hours. I have no idea what I'm doing with my life, just fucking around, sleeping four hours in the morning, wallowing in a haze the rest of the time.... Yelling at myself does nothing. Setting a schedule just means busy work gets ignored. I don't know. I don't feel depressed. But maybe I am. It happens sometimes. Irritation with myself elicits the same reaction - daydreaming of doing violence to myself along with the perfectly regular "oh shut up you're not remotely interested in doing that." (For those of you new to the song and dance, I won't harm myself, I have no intention of it, but my stupid brain comes up with stupid ideas regardless.) And that also is annoying. I don't feel it, it's just thoughts spilling out down worn grooves, not trying to reach out for anything new or interesting.

    I have got to get to work. It's never going to be easier than it is now.

    The GODDAMN YES I'm a tiny bit ahead on finances. Which means I have to rework the budget a little, but saves me panicking about bills for a little while (and looking at asking for more help).... Here's hoping I'm not just missing some important detail. Looking at attending Wondercon this coming weekend. Dirty little secret: the only con I've been to before was San Diego ComiCon. Been thrice but have sworn off because ZOMGpeople. This one is in Anaheim, down the street, practically...and across the street from Disneyland. So if I need a break I can head over to the beautiful Lounge at the Californian Hotel, have calming glass of zin and contemplate my next move.

    The HERE'S TO YOU @comicbookbunny I'm so sad to hear of your bad times. Even though I know shit happens I still wish the universe would let shit like that happen to people like you. *hugs*
    @govspy Fuckin brilliant, man.
    @glukkake safe travels!!
  8.  (10544.19)
    @glukkake not to my knowledge, believe it or not. the only two I was aware of haven't been active since the fall.

    ETA: you know, come to think of it, I think I'll start a thread asking just that question.
    • CommentTimeMar 14th 2012
    The Boo:
    Snapped, and went mental on Sunday. It'd been building for a while, now, and everyone around me saw it, but my wife refused to acknowledge it, and so I kept mum about it, and finally it all popped, with me refusing to drive, or do anything at all for two days except leave the couch to go to the bathroom.

    The Huzzah:
    I made an appointment to start my next, last, tattoo; the appointment is on the 28th, and will be a full body octopus, which i am very excited by. The reason for this splurge of finances is that I turn 31 years old today. I had a much nicer birthday celebration this year than last (last year I got *nothing* from my wife, not even a hug, but this year I got a hug and gifts and a tattoo appointment.)

    I am going to get an appointment to see a psychiatrist next week, hopefully, and more hopefully, some couple's counseling, because, well, that ain't going so well, but this is the Huzzah, so: Positive changes from negative breaks!

    And I started swimming again.

    The Applause:
    @razrangel :: IT feels so good to be a bit ahead in finances! I was barely there for a long time (and an even longer time before that, I was drowning in debt) Congratulations! Hope it lasts!

    @Taphead well done on sealing a dinner date! I'm sure you'll knock socks off \m/

    @Gov't Spy: Well played on all fronts there, sir. An amazing ring from an amazing man to an amazing woman, signaling the start of something... awesome!