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    Watching the last George Carlin special for the first time. Gonna smoke whilst the neighbors and the wife go drink.
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    @# Val A Lindsay II: wouldn't the answer presumably be "have anal sex at night so there's no 'rest of the day' within which the fluids can come leaking out?

    not an arse, but whatever. long work week, and i'm proud of it:
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008 edited
    I'm tired. Things are sorting, basically. I could go into some long writing about other stuff, but I don't have the time. Need to get school work done and get to sleep. Wishing I was back here:

    I think the camera got scared, which is why it's blurry. The smile has the "power".

    Edited to fix picture. And nicely done, Sara.
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    Note to the unwashed masses: Grief isn't a disease. You can't catch it from me. What you're experiencing, fellow citizen, is a rare human emotion called empathy. It means your soul isn't completely dead. I know, it's disconcerting, discovering that someone can still penetrate the fog of apathy you surround yourself with. But you needn't worry. The sensation passes. Unfortunately, if you've expressed anything vaguely resembling sympathy, the last wisp of your humanity may begin to spontaneously regenerate. Or so I've heard. You're right. It's probably safer just to ignore it and hope it goes away.

    Only one thing to think about. When the day comes and you find yourself on the business end of grief? Please don't be surprised when people treat you like a plague victim. It's only what you would have done.

    (WE~ Thanks for letting me get this off my chest. ~L.)
    • CommentAuthorEridan
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    Tonight I'm sitting at my desk in my pajamas, logged in taking calls. See, I do phone sex for a living. I talk to desperate husbands whose wives wouldn't dream of putting That Thing In Their Mouth, guys who want me to 'force' them to do things they already desperately want to do... If I tell them to do it, then they won't catch Teh Ghey from wearing her silky underthings.

    Tonight I've already talked to a guy who wanted to be put under orders to wear panties to church tomorrow morning, under his suit, a father who is desperately in lust with his eldest daughter's dorm-mate, and a guy who wanted tips on how to better perform cunnilingus on his wife. But at 2.99 a minute, it's the best money I can make and still be a full-time mom.
    • CommentAuthorsmibbo
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    @# Val A Lindsay II: its called "enema" - that's the big secret

    @ Eridan: lots of men lie about their sexual relationship with their wives. It allows them to pretend that it's "okay" to get off on a stranger doing stuff. I salute you for doing that job though, being a full-time mom isn't easy and it sure ain't cheap. So you go girl.

    Me? Next year this time I expect to be engaged in self-employment. Sewing luxury cloth diapers. Hopefully I will then have enough time/money to be able to have babysitting so that I can spend at least one hour every day finishing up ONE writing project of the hundreds that went into hibernation when I moved here: illness, hospitalization, trauma, hospitalization again, pregnancy, hospitalization again, oh gawd its been one thing after another for TWO YEARS but seems like it's finally slowing down.
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    went to a friend's wedding today with the boyfriend. i've not been in the best of moods anyway, so this didn't help. boring, and made me think of what my own wedding would be like.
    it would also be boring, and most of the people i invite would most likely not show up.
    that, and i don't think i could have it in a church. makes me uncomfortable.
    saw the dark knight for the second time afterward. made me feel better.

    where do i want to be this time next year?

    i want to be in a studio, using my fucking $2500 community college education. maybe not in nashville, but i want to record people. in class, nobody else would volunteer to sit behind the mixing console when we had people in our little studio. god, i've never felt more important than when i got to talk to these musicians in the booth. i felt like i was helping create something special.
    i miss it. sure, i mix my boyfriend's ep that he may never finish. not the same.
    i need that feeling again. i don't feel like much of a person without it.
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008 edited
    In one year: I am hoping to be living full time as a woman. I also hope to have a better job by then but so do most people.

    Question: A man offered me a ride home this afternoon(while I was walking home from the place I am renting-to-own my laptop from), while driving me home he asked what I was doing later in the evening(I answered truthfully and said I would be sleeping) and he said "Bye babe" when I got out of his car. So was he trying to ask me out? And did I pass as a woman without knowing it?

    Note: My appearance seems to be well into the androgynous zone. In the past two days I've been ma'amed twice (and they didn't correct themselves) and looked at funny several times.
    • CommentAuthorchris g
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    One for the road - i finally got a old-ass copy of How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way. I hope it helps me beef up the areas I need help on (all of them!)
    Got NIN - The Slip in cd/dvd form this week. Guhhhhh, it fucking infuses me with energy, GOD DAMN!
    Oh, and payday is tomorrow. Yay, i guess. What's the point if I ain't got drinking pals.
    I'm fully recovered from opening night of TDK, time for round 2 soon!
    @James Moore - she works in my favorite bookstore, hope I don't fuck this up or I won't ever be able to go back! HAHA!
    @Sara 013 - Amazing work!
    @Spiraltwist - That is so awesome. I don't know how I would act if i met cranky sea captain, but I would probly breakdown. but he's got a no-crying policy...followed by the eels
    @Mason - nice shorts
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    Back home from work now. Enjoying a Woodchuck Cider and looking up this Midwest Comic-Con that FireThief mentioned and finding precious little information about it, other than a half million has-been STAR WARS guests. Hmm. This isn't looking good.

    On the other hand, a friend of mine brought me a bag of Oreos at work. For no discernable good reason. And that's awesome.

    Have to work again tomorrow, of course, but maybe I can knock out a flashfic before then. Maybe not. Feeling pretty creative the last week. Maybe because I've finally got an actionable plan in place to get myself NOTICED HA HA HA HA
  2.  (3106.11)
    Next year I'm going to be writing a brilliant Huntress mini-series for DC, doing tarot card readings on the semi-regular-en route to a side gig as a card reader, and putting the finishing touches on plans to move back to New England with my two Saluki dogs in tow.

    I have the crazy look in my eye now. People can see it. They can feel it. I won't be denied for anything.
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    @allana--Dan Savage's response to the question can be found here. You guys came up with different ones, but yours will work too, I'd assume.
    • CommentAuthorLani
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008 edited
    (Edit: Oh yeah, Mr. Warren likes pictures. Here's me at the bottom of the Grand Canyon last Thanksgiving.)

    Grand Canyon

    Earlier this week, I saw pictures, video, and listened to a short bit of audio of a woman who was killed on April 16th, 2007 in the shooting at Virginia Tech. She was my boyfriend's sometime girlfriend at the time - I say sometime because they had dated, broken up, and then were in the process of getting back together when she was killed. He was devastated to hear that she was sitting in that German class, as well as to hear that several of his other friends and acquaintances were among the 32 killed that day.

    Since I met and started dating him 4 months ago, I've heard a lot about these people and seen some of their pictures. I feel like I almost know this girl because of everything that I have heard. I'll only ever know her in grand strokes, and know none of the small quirky details that really make a person. Everything that I have heard, though, paints an image of a really beautiful and kind soul. Many of them were, actually. As my boyfriend pointed out, often when a person's life is taken, there is much hyperbole in remembrance - but with many of the victims of that shooting, it's no hyperbole. They were truly wonderful people.

    It's gotten me thinking about how I would want to be remembered if my life were suddenly cut short, what actions would really reflect my values and ideals in a concrete way...what kind of a person do I want to be. It's easy for inertia to take over and to keep putting off those great plans you have for yourself, and inertia took hold of my life for several years after I graduated with my bachelor's degree. But I started fighting it last year when I went back to school to get a master's degree. I was floundering a bit, though, on what to do afterwards - but I've finally figured it out.

    And so in a year's time, I plan to be graduated with my master's degree in Health Psychology and a new member of the Peace Corps preparing to go to Africa, on my way to start a career in Global Health issues. I may not be able to save the world, but I can make a real difference for people in need. I'm lucky to have been born in a rich country and a good family, but it was simply luck. I want to help the people who weren't so lucky in where they were born. That's at least my dream, and certainly how I'd like to be remembered.

    (By the way, if I can make a request, you guys should go read about the victims of the shooting on VT's memorial page. So many of them were truly truly wonderful people.)
      CommentAuthorSara 013
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    "Have you ever thought about taking pictures in progress?"

    Nnnnnah. Pictures in-progress would be incredibly uninteresting, really.
    (Step 1: watch, not working. Step 2: watch, never going to work again.)

    SpiralTwist - great photo. ^__^
    • CommentAuthorbuzzorhowl
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    Question: A man offered me a ride home this afternoon(while I was walking home from the place I am renting-to-own my laptop from), while driving me home he asked what I was doing later in the evening(I answered truthfully and said I would be sleeping) and he said "Bye babe" when I got out of his car. So was he trying to ask me out? And did I pass as a woman without knowing it?

    I don't know if he was trying to ask you out or if he was just interested but unwilling to make himself vulnerable by coming out and saying what he had in mind, but I think he definitely was trying to coax you into hanging out later. Whether you passed is another question entirely, though--who knows if he clocked you and just didn't care? Either way, though, I'd say he was definitely interested.
    • CommentAuthorRobson
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    Good evening, Engineers.

    10:20pm here in San Francisco - had one of my laziest-boy-in-town Saturdays since I've been sleepless throughout the week. Spent much of the day in bed, dozing and reading comics. Went out to eat, and am now watching David Hasselhoff and some no-name soldiers hunting a giant snake on the SciFi channel.

    Work on the new play, MOMMY, continues. It looks like I can open it on Valentines Day weekend, which pleases me.

    Tomorrow I may be trekking to an outdoor barbecue joint to hear the Kronos Quartet play.
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    I'm not really up for being 50. Am committed to taking daughter, wife, guest and her nephew to a Dodger game. Oy. Then Monday, we're at Disneyland for 2 days. My bud called me from SDCC unable to find the Brock Samson Blood Judo shirt I crave.

    What's happening here and now:

    I go sleep now.
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    If someone at a SFF convention offers you a Zombie and refers to it as "blue drank" with a heavy Oklahoma accent...

    Don't drink it.
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    @allana Have you considered giving pd/gem a try? 'Tis free.
    • CommentTimeJul 26th 2008
    @Vanessa, Sara 013:

    You take the very best sort of pictures. I won't qualify that with anything else.


    If by "talk dirty" you mean "make thinly-veiled sexual advances" toward you, sorry. Not me. If you mean "assault me with undeserved vulgarity" you're in luck. Fuck off, buddy. I've got vulgarity for days. Of course, you'll always win the "who's got a more disgusting mind" contest. Always.

    My week was actually rather uneventful. Caught up on a couple of hobby things, ditched Microsoft Office for OpenOffice, installed Opera 9.5 on my phone, and have been slowly considering Linux. Adobe and Protools are the things keeping me from it right now. And various driver things. Today I went to a minor league baseball game to watch the hometown team get fucked up the asses by the visiting team. The Joliet Jackhammers. How appropriate. Next week will actually determine what happens to where I'll be next year. Wife's got an interview with Sweetwater Sound. All goes well, we'll be moving to Fort Wayne, Indiana. Which is less jarring than a move to California, I bet.

    So there. No ranting this week. I've saved that for other threads.