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Date:2007-03-26 17:45
Subject:"Against the Day" passage..
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"Seeing Chicago again - not that anyone was asking, but if they had, she couldn't have described very clearly her feelings, and besides there wouldn't be much time between trains to see much. Somewhere in her head, she'd had this notion that because the White City had once existed beside the Lake, in Jackson Park, it would have acted somehow like yeast in bread and caused the entire city to bloom into some kind of grace. Rolling through the city, in to Union Station, she found herself stunned by the immensity, the conglomeration of architectural styles, quickening, ascending, to the skyscrapers at the heart of it. Sort of reminding her of the Midway pavilions, that mixture of all the world's peoples. She looked out the windows, hoping for some glimpse of her White City, but saw only the darkened daytime one, and understood that some reverse process had gone on, not leavening but condensing to this stone gravity."
-Thomas Pynchon, "Against the Day"

Paul

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Date:2007-02-21 23:21
Subject:Nightly round-up
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1.) I'm not loving Maria Taylor's new cd. This is a pretty crushing thing to admit, because I'm such a fan.. Her voice - once tender, whispered, lilting - has become stronger, more confident.. and somehow, more bland. I'm still going to give it some time, but it just doesn't sparkle the way her debut did. However, check out this one stunning track: Maria Taylor: "Clean Getaway"

2.) Laurie Anderson's website has been totally redesigned with lots of exciting news!! An upcoming DVD film/video box-set (including "Home of the Brave") - a new album in early 2008 - a re-release of "Big Science" with bonus tracks, liner notes, rarities.. *bliss!*

3.) "Drawing Restraint 9" finished downloading yesterday. It's gorgeous! And the sound quality is amazing. I'm so thankful it found its way online, since Barney will probably never release the thing on dvd.

4.) Tonight's episode of "Lost" was good, but the commercials promised that "3 of the biggest mysteries will be revealed!" It's pretty sad that Jon, Laura, Jason and I were all sitting around afterwards trying to figure out which mysteries were revealed.. pretty lame.. I feel like the show doesn't know where it's going, and they're just making it up as they go along, and don't want to commit to anything. *pulls hair*

5.) The snow is melting!! I think the final total for our town was around 13.5 inches. It was really bad.. thankfully the slightly warmer weather is starting to melt it!

I'm ready for bed. 4 hours of tv-watching takes its toll! (2 hours of American Idol, 1 hour of Lost, 1 hour of Top Design) Ugh..

Paul

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Date:2005-07-12 22:54
Subject:Winding down..
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Mood: refreshed

After picking Jon up from work, we stopped by Jimmy John's for some cheap food. The 3 guys working were pretty cute, but surprisingly unfriendly.. at least, until we left. As we walked out the door the 3 of them couldn't say enough!

"Bye guys!"
"See ya!"
"Thanks guys!"
"Have a good day!"

It was a little strange. I think they were sincere. It's probably just a case of straight-boy awkwardness of manners and etiquette. :-)

And yes, we watched "Big Brother 6". But yum_yum23 likes it too, and he's a man of taste, so you can't make fun of me too much. Only 2 episodes in, and already so fun and addicting!

I took a short bath, which was nice and relaxing. While soaking, I looked over the ridiculous amount of paperwork that idiotic advisor sent me home with. I'm still pissed at him. Why do I have the worst luck when it comes to academic advisors? I know they try to be helpful, but they get WAY too preachy, bossy, and full of themselves. He told me if I go over 90 credit hours it will be very difficult to transfer anywhere, because they scrutinize your transcripts if you have lots of credit hours. Well, I'm at 75, so I can afford only a few more. He said even if I get A's in a semester's worth of classes, it wouldn't be enough to bring my GPA up to where I'd be a good candidate for U of I.

Anyways, the next thing I know, he's trying to sell me on Eastern Illinois University. Wait, what?! Hello? Argh..

"..So, what questions do you have for me?", he asks, after talking at me for over an hour - basically telling me my GPA was crap, that I've taken too many electives, and that instead of going here, I should go there instead. And you know what? I couldn't think of any questions. Other than, "Wait, uh, since when did YOU start deciding where I'll go to college? And did anyone tell you what a great motivational speaker you are?" Instead, I was a power bottom and told him "Not that I can think of. Thank you for your time and help," and left. Tomorrow I'm going to register for classes, and go about my future on my own terms. The only thing I needed from that man was for him to remove the block from my account, allowing me to register. (which he eventually did!)

Final thoughts? This song makes me want to go to the prom wearing a fabulous hoop skirt. It would be lime-green.. and Angela Chase and I would slow-dance in a gymnasium not unlike the one in the Halloween episode of 'My so-called Life'. A boy can dream, can't he?**
Camera Obscura: "A Sister's Social Agony"

Paul

**unless boy is meeting with an academic advisor, in which case his dreams will be shattered and he shall have no dreams, ever!

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Date:2005-04-24 00:15
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Mood: happy

A bit of a time-waster.. A list of hot guys I wouldn't mind being friendly with. :-)

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Date:2005-03-27 15:22
Subject:Nearer than Heaven
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Mood: good

You know what's fun? Playing "Jeopardy!" on your Playstation. By yourself. Against unnaturally smart computer competitors. With categories like: 'Heraldry', 'Supreme Court Justices', and my absolute favorite - 'The 9th Century'. Because I mean, c'mon, we all know the 9th century was such a great time in history.. Charlemagne was all like, "Oooh, look at me, I'm Charlemagne!"

Needless to say I'm a sore loser. :-)

Domesticity. I'm living with jonwes! We're together for good! It gets a little more real each day. Yesterday we browsed paint samples at Lowes. Last night featured the first joint-grocery-shopping experience. It's been great just relaxing, enjoying each other's company. Plus, the poor boy has been sick, so I've been trying to keep him well. (his nose in need deserved Puffs, indeed.. which I bought him at Wal-Mart last night..)

I'm slightly concerned about my new job. But, I've only put 2 days in there so far, so it's early to be too judgemental. My first impressions are that I'll have a difficult time fitting in there. The techs I've met seem distant and not entirely friendly. Everyone is sports-minded. I just don't know how much I have in common with any of them. I'm trying to remind myself that I felt similarly when I started at Walgreens, though. And that definitely changed as time went by. So, we'll see. The coming week should give a better idea of how things will go.

I saw a couple great movies a few weeks ago. One is called "Mean Creek", about a group of kids who get revenge on a bully. It's a really solid film - confident in its story, actors, and direction. Halfway through the film, I realized that, wow, I've been watching these child-actors the whole time. Their acting is so natural, believable, and mature that you forget about their youth.. Surprisingly, my mother saw this film before I did. She said it had a "tough ending", and I think that pretty much nails it. Very good film.

And directly after that, I watched another movie called "Virgin", about a girl who is date-raped, remembers nothing of the encounter, and later believes God has come to her saying she'll carry the next Christ-child. Lo and behold, she later finds herself pregnant, with no recollection of ever having sex. Shocking tragedy ensues.. I walked away from this film numb, not sure if I enjoyed it or not. I saw the main character as a purely tragic figure - (Emily Watson in "Breaking the Waves", Nicole Kidman in "Dogville", Bjork in "Dancer in the Dark") - but later went back and watched an insightful interview with the writer/director. It definitely deepened my appreciation of the film..

Ahhh, Sunday.. Time to relax some more, methinks.. :-)

Paul

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Date:2004-09-24 22:45
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A slightly condensed version of what's floating around..

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Paul

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Date:2004-07-09 14:10
Subject:Worst 100 movies..
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Swiped from an old entry by jonwes.

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Date:2004-02-04 22:31
Subject:Pocket-sized meme
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I can't bring myself to do the 'Huge-Ass Meme' floating around, so I'm snipping it to the ones I find interesting. :)

last...
x. movie you rented = "Morvern Callar", "Sordid Lives", and "Drop Dead Gorgeous"
x. movie you bought = "American Splendor" and "Lost in Translation"
x. song you listened to = Liz Phair: "I Know It's Not Easy"
x. song that was stuck in your head = Liz Phair: "Jeremy Engle"
x. song you've downloaded = The Hazzards: "Gay Boyfriend"
x. cd you bought = 10,000 Maniacs: "Campfire Songs"
x. cd you listened to = 10,000 Maniacs: "Campfire Songs"
x. person you've called = Mark
x. person that's called you = Mark
x. tv show you've watched = Jeopardy!
x. person you were thinking of = muruch, reading her journal. :)
x. time you've had sex = Saturday night.


number...
x. of times I have been in love?: Around 5, probably.
x. of times I have had my heart broken?: Twice.
x. of hearts I have broken?: Maybe one.
x. of boys I have kissed?: 6
x. of girls I have kissed?: 0
x. of men I've slept with?: 7
x. of girls I've slept with?: 0
x. of continents I have lived in?: 1
x. of people I would classify as true, could trust with my life type friends?: 2
x. of people I consider my enemies?: 1, but she's no longer in my life. :)
x. of cd's that I own?: 450+
x. of times my name has appeared in the newspaper?: 1
x. of scars on my body?: 1
x. of things in my past that I regret?: Probably... three.. :)

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Date:2004-01-31 10:57
Subject:Get your meme on
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from the sweet_pickles:

Please fill this out and comment with your answers. If you like, post it on your own journal, and watch it spread.

Name:
Age:
Place of Birth:
Reason for LJ username?:
Do you enjoy reading my LJ?
Why or why not?
Interesting fact about you:
Weird fact about you:
Quote:

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Date:2004-01-26 10:33
Subject:This map suits me better..
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Yeah, this map is better for me than the worldly one that's floating around. :)



create your own visited states map
or write about it on the open travel guide

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Date:2004-01-22 11:30
Subject:New Ani
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Mood: calm

Just a heads up to you Ani Difranco fans that she has released yet another new cd. (how I wish other artists I liked produced albums at the rate she does!) If you hurry you can take advantage of sweet deals like the $9.99 one at Circuit City. Her cds are hard to come by that cheap, so act now! :) It's called "Educated Guess", and she's finally left her band behind her. This is pure Ani. So far, I like it.. but her cds seem to either grow on me, or hit me and slowly slide off. So no major reviews yet. Just a friendly fyi. :)

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Date:2004-01-18 14:41
Subject:The movie list..
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I've done it before, but what else am I doing today?! :) The ones I've seen are bolded. Any you insist on me seeing?

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Date:2004-01-15 09:52
Subject:Rufie!!
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Guess who's going to see Rufus Wainwright in February?!?

Wheeeeeeeee! :)

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Date:2004-01-03 08:25
Subject:Chipper cheerful free for all..
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Mood: chipper

A new day, a new year. It's been a while since I've updated, what with the holiday craziness. And this morning is just a perfect LJ morning. As I was shaving, getting ready for work, the phone rang. It was work, telling me I didn't have to come in today, and to come in on Monday instead! How often does that happen?! So, joy, I've got the day off. And I'm already up and running, so there's no going back to bed this morning.

New Year's Eve was wonderful. We went to Springfield for 'First Night' (waves to seasoulsky, who did 'First Night' too!).. The evening got off to a bad, though adventuresome start as we couldn't find anywhere to eat. Many places were closed, and what was open had long waiting lists. So after much searching and disappointment, we ended up eating at KFC. :) But we got our food and was able to make it back downtown just as the various events were starting.

The 'First Night' events we saw included:

-some ballet, very beautiful but it was standing-room-only, and about 1,000,000 degrees inside. We only watched a little.

-a very bad comedian/juggler, so bad we could hardly make fun of him

-a set of musical numbers performed by the Springfield Muni theater group (yay for "Les Miserables" and "A Chorus Line" songs!)

-some improv and skits performed by a youth group

-a folksinger who specializes in traditional rural Illinois songs

-saw an ice sculpture (it was completed by the time we got there, so we didn't get to see him making it)

And then there were fireworks at midnight, which we got to watch from the Hilton parking deck. It was such a gorgeous night. It was fun walking the streets. :) Mark turned in his bonus points, so we got a free night at the Hilton. (27th floor! w00t!) The Hilton was certainly hoppin'. We had a room full of kiddies a few doors down from us, with their door propped open. "Duuuuuuuude! Like, the party's in here dawg!"

Thankfully I was able to get some sleep that night, aside from a few random screams..

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......... "WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!"

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*silence*

It's like they just had to get it out of their system and then they were quiet for another 20 minutes. :)

No new year's resolutions, really. Well, we're really going to try to get healthy this year, and to stick to a financial plan. To not do so much travelling and spending. But I don't want to think of them as 'resolutions'.

Used the last of my gift cards the other day. Purchased "Northfork" on DVD. I tried sharing it with Mark, but he slept through most of it. He didn't like the pacing, and didn't really understand it. Me? Thought it was even more gorgeous and hypnotic the second time through. Definitely one of my favorites of the year. Though I readily accepted Mark's opinion, as it's one film I can see not everyone appreciating. My one complaint was the audio. Had to crank the volume up to #26 on the receiver, where #22 is usually plenty for DVDs. And even then it seemed on the quiet side. :-/

My free time has been occupied by "Dark Cloud 2" for the PS2. It's such a vast game, I feel intimidated by it. And it's *hard*! I've never died so many times in an RPG.. (though this is more action/RPG, I guess).. Oh well, I'm still trying, as the game has received rave reviews.

EXTRA DAY OFF! *joyous*

Paul

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Date:2003-12-20 14:52
Subject:Well, today I can walk..
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Tried getting a doctor's appointment yesterday to get this hellish back of mine checked out, but the receptionist said: "I know this will sound awful, but he has a Christmas Luncheon to attend this afternoon, so he's all booked up." I just laughed and said "That's okay.." And just when I was going to head out to a 'doc-in-a-box', Mark got home. He suggested maybe taking a day to lay down and rest before going to a doctor.. and the fear of the expense got the best of me, so I took off my shoes and hobbled in bed for the entire day, save for a few potty breaks.

And today, I can walk. Still some soreness, but the piercing pain has let up considerably. An urge to go SHOPPING! hit me pretty hard, but no.. Must, stay, in, bed. :) If I feel this much better today, I'm hoping by tomorrow I'll feel pretty much completely normal. I'm not due back at work until Tuesday, so hopefully by then.. *crosses fingers*

Golden Globe nominations are out!

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Date:2003-12-09 11:57
Subject:Greetings Prophet! The great work begins..
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Don't mind me.. it's just a mybrokennight survey..

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Date:2003-12-07 23:26
Subject:Soulseek
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I'm giving this Soulseek thing a try.

My username is 'lasherboy20' ~ if you use this, let me know what your username is so I can share my goodies!!

Paul

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Date:2003-11-19 11:29
Subject:You bet your life it is..
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Mood: loved

I just have to put a plug out there for Tori Amos' new "Tales of a Librarian", which I was smart enough to pick up yesterday. Get thee to Best Buy and take advantage of the amazing $11.99 sale price. You get an unbelievable amount of bang for your buck. 78 minutes of Tori's 'best' tracks, 20 in all including 4 reworked b-sides. The remastering (and possible re-recording of vocals?) on some of the songs is just wonderful - giving the songs a subtle new life for Tori fans, as well as helping the songs blend together, I think. The bonus dvd is more fulfilling than the "Scarlet's Walk" dvd - 3 live performances (from her sound-check), photo montages, lyrics.. Very nice extra! This is an excellent place to be introduced to Tori's music if you've been missing out. :)

Okay, now I feel better. Back to singing with a furrowed brow and a tear in the eye. :)

Paul

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Date:2003-11-09 10:26
Subject:Birthday Boi
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Wishing a very happy birthday to my redpandacub! Hope you have a great day, and a wonderful year to come. 25 spankings coming right up! :) *big hug*

Paul

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Date:2003-10-29 15:51
Subject:My girls..
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Mood: groggy

Ahhh, that's muh girls! *swoon*

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Paul

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