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Showing posts from December, 2001
Pre-New Year

I don’t like to get too gushy about year-end reviews. I was part of one that aired 2 years in a row on WJTN. They didn’t ask me to come back to put in my thoughts on 2001 since I left so early in the year.

But quickly: 2001 began with great uncertainty as I waited to hear if I would be able to interview, then be offered this job. The end of March I left the radio world for the political world. Matt and I would go see They Might Be Giants in May (my first real concert in ages). The rest of 2001 will be remembered for ackward fumblings through a political campaign for my boss. Thrown in the mix would be the awful events of September 11th that I’m sure haven’t truly made its effect on me known yet. Matt and I moved into a new house at the end of September. My boss would emerge victorious in November. Matt and I would go on a much deserved vacation to Seneca Lake. We would see the new Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings movie. I would miss home (aka Rochester) and my…
The Blue Last

If you're a Martha Grimes fan and haven't gotten around to reading The Blue Last, then I suggest you stop reading now. This means I'm about to "spoil" the ending of the book. Ahem.. I will provide some "spoiler space" although it surely will not matter since this is not an e-mail.

I literally cried out when I got to the end of The Blue Last. I simply couldn't believe that Superintendent Jury had been shot, by a friend no less, and that the reader was left wondering if he died. I found out later that he does indeed "make it" since Martha is busy writing another Superintendent Jury book. Phew! I get totally engrossed in her books and would have been devastated if the series just ended so abruptly. Well, no harm now.

The Weekend

The weekend was "decent." Yesterday wasn't so bad. We lounged around most of the day. Slept really. Then Richard came over for a visit. That involved dinner at Apple…
White Flakes of Many

I’m still feeling somewhat cheated by the dirth of snowfall in our county. I have to be a tad optimistic though. We do have a Lake Effect Snow Warning for today and tonight. Parts of the county could get a foot sometime today and then another foot of snow tomorrow. Unfortunately, I live in Jamestown where we’ll probably only see a couple inches. When I mentioned to someone I work with that I’m jealous of Buffalo, I think she thought I had gone mad. Well, I’m doing better now as I look at a sea of white swirling in front of my window and the visibility shutting down. I just love bad weather to a degree. At least until it causes fatalities.

Rites of Passage

A friend of mine was recently commenting on how he was looking for the one defining moment in life for himself. He hasn’t had a moment like that yet, and is wondering how he can change his life. At least, that’s seemed to be the jist of his conversation. I think he doesn’t need to be too concerned about …

Ok, I can't get too excited. I always seem to miss out on these huge snowstorms. I mean, seriously, you'd think I'd get a break once in awhile. My senior year in college, it dumped on Buffalo just after Christmas and while I was home in Rochester on winter break. Then, a few weeks after I went back for spring semester, it dumped on Rochester big time. The latest, of course, is the huge snow fall going on in Buffalo as I write this. I think some areas got up to 5 feet. That's as tall as me!! Well, I'm 5 foot 2, but I'm sure as it drifts it will be higher than me. One of the problems the snow is creating is road closures. Yes, I know that's a Rochester news site, but I thought it was a good story. I guess the good thing is that if I ever wanted to go home and the Thruway was closed, I'd just have to hop onto I-86 East and take that to 390 North. A 3-hour trip, but it would get me home!

Now, I received lots of crazy, cool gifts for Christm…
I am Mario.

I like to jump around, and would lead a fairly serene and aimless existence if it weren't for my friends always getting into trouble. I love to help out, even when it puts me at risk. I seem to make friends with people who just can't stay out of trouble. What Video Game Character Are You?
The Post-Holiday Crash

Back at work after the “holidays.” It was nice to spend time with my family. Unfortunately, in a few days, oh say around January 3rd, I’ll realize that the holidays are over. It’s usually a “crashing” feeling since I really enjoy the warmth of the Christmas holidays. Everything seems gray and blah after December. I really don’t happy about the weather and stuff until around April. Perhaps a mild form of S.A.D. (Seasonal Affected Depression/Disorder). Something like that. But anyway..

A Crash of Snow

Everyone was very concerned about me traveling up to Buffalo Christmas Eve. It turned out to be sunny the whole way there until I got to Cheektowaga. It was snowing at a rate of 5 inches an hour when it came time to leave my grandparents for Lackawanna that night. Nothing bad other than snow accumulating faster than you could wipe it off your car. I opted to avoid the expressway and take Union Road back to my grandma’s. One of my daily bloggers, Jessica, h…
A Very White Christmas

I’m carefully monitoring the Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority’s website and the National Weather Service’s web page for Erie County for updates on how soon I should leave work for my Grandparent’s house in Cheektowaga. I think I might get lucky in terms of how bad it is snowing, since most of the snowfall is to the north of my destination. I’m still being cautious about this. And really, I’m more concerned with my parent’s drive in from Rochester. When it’s predicted that almost 2 feet of snow will fall on Buffalo today, and 8 inches has already fallen near Niagara Falls, I tend to sit up and take notice.

Christmas Celebrations In General

I’m looking forward to seeing my relatives. As every year, I’m paranoid that they will think their gifts suck, or that I skimped too much on the gifts. I think I did ok this year, but I’m not overly happy with how I did for my grandmother. She’s as hard to buy for as my dad. Well, like mother like son.

A couple o…
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Listening to WBER On-Line

There's quite the eclectic mix of holiday music on WBER tonight. A Beth Orton song just played and I'm not sure if it was a new song or a holiday song. Either way, it made me think about how lucky I am to be able to spend the holiday with my family this year. I'll be going in to Buffalo after work on Monday and then I have the next 2 days after that off. Nice. But back to WBER, I decided to listen after talking to a friend who was going over to a mutual friend's house to hang out. I told him to have a drink for me since my Saturday night looked like it was going to be dull. I would have liked to spend time with friends, but I'm not sure anyone is around. We did call Troy and Melissa, but I think they're feeling under the weather (according the message on our ansa-phone). So Matt is downstairs, watching tv and playing with my drum thing that looks like it came straight out of Karate Kid 2. Yeah, you know what kind of drum I'…
Board Cutting

I was at the new Home Depot last night when they did their “board cutting” to symbolize that the store was officially open. I was kind of hoping they would have some huge piece of machinery to do the cutting, with all the onlookers being required to wear safety goggles. In this case, they had some kind of cutter you could hold upright and cut the board from top to bottom. Not quite as exciting as I hoped I suppose! On the otherside, I saw some light fixtures, laundry machines, rugs and cabinets that I think would look great in the house. My bank account will rue the day Home Depot opened here (and next to Wegman’s too!).

Weekend Plans

Matt and I are going to see Lord of The Rings tonight, directly after work. I’m a bit excited about it since I’ve heard good things. I’ve never read the books, but suspect I’ll get around to it soon. We also plan to tackle the house with fury in order to get the last boxes unpacked and the house finally looking like we’re done moving …
Winter Wonderland

We finally received some snow last night around here. It wasn’t totally feeling like the holidays without the snow. It’s hard to justify curling up under a blanket with countless cups of hot chocolate if it hasn’t snowed. The forecast is for more snow today and tomorrow with a warm-up over the weekend. That could destroy any accumulation we have now, but it’s still possible we’ll have a White Christmas in the end. I’m not holding my breath.

Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell

I’m hoping this Military policy really stands the test. Reason is, I have a friend who entered the military at the end of May who is definitely not straight. I pretty much freaked out when I got the email from her telling everyone to come to her going-away party before she headed off to boot camp. I called her mobile and talked very briefly to make sure I read the email correctly. I think she thought I was off my rocks to be so concerned. She said she was doing it to help with college. In light of ev…
The Last Thing Jamestown Needs

The city of Jamestown is not having an easy go at “life” lately. This week’s announcement by Lucille Ball’s kids that they were withdrawing support for the Arts Council is pretty devastating to the Lucy-Desi Museum. From what I understand, this means the museum, gift shop, and festivals surrounding Lucille Ball (and company) that fall under the Arts Council will no longer exist. Well, cannot due to the Arnaz family’s statement. Sorry I’m not being too specific as I cannot find the longer article about all of this. The Arnaz family does want to start up their own museum in the city dedicated to Lucy and Desi Arnaz. Well, it’s getting pretty messy and nothing really good can come out of this at the moment. Just disheartening when you think how successful the Lucy Festivals have become along with the museum. All gone, *poof* when the Museum Director (Ric Wyman) is forced to resign when he doesn’t take another position on the Arts Council. I’m still …
The Internet as a Dating Forum

I often think people who "date" via the Internet and whatnot are nuts. Guaranteed, I'm not the end all when it comes to dating, but it just seems more appealing that you would date someone you meet in person rather than cyberspace. Hm. Well, I do know one person who dated someone she met over the Internet and agreed to marrying him without ever having met him. Read this article to learn more about that situation. Last I knew (as of a few years ago), she was filing for divorce.. the break-up was nasty.. and god knows what else. Maybe my views on Internet dating are not so half-cracked.
Constant Comment

Aside from being a lovely type of tea, it’s also something I was asked about by a friend last night. “Why don’t you have a comments feature on your blog?” Well, to answer that, when I had blogback it went screwy so I threw my hands up in the air and said, “If they really have something urgent to say they can sign my guestbook or email me. My friend thought that was reasonable.

To Ring a Friend

Last night I rang up a few friends I hadn’t talked to in awhile due to the past madness of election season and moving. While I waited to see if I would get a callback (ansa-phone picked up), I logged on to my instant messenger. Sometimes, I think that’s a more viable way for me to keep in touch with my friends. I got caught up on the dalliances of one friend, general tidbits from another I haven’t seen in years but have recently started chatting with them online, and said hello-how-are-you-sorry-have-to-go to another before I took off for a drink with Matt and Lynda (a soon-…
The Red Cross

I really do believe in the American Red Cross. Without them, countless people would not receive needed blood during operations and whatnot.. plus the other things they do. It's why I feel it's worthwhile to become a blood donor. The thing is this: Once you become a blood donor, you're the Red Cross' Bitch For Life. I mean, seriously, you have to move, change your phone number, or never donate again if you don't want to be harrassed every 56 days (the number of days you have to wait in between donations). Actually, if you don't donate again after 56 days, they keep calling about every week asking you when you'd like to make an appointment. It's like you don't have a choice in the matter. When I was going to college, my parents used to get calls all the time from the R.C. My mom had to impress upon them that I was away at college and to call back in "fill-in-whatever-break-I-would-be-home-for." After I moved here, I th…
Spiritual Reading

A few years ago, Matt introduced me to the writings of Mark Salzman. Truthfully, I’ve only read The Laughing Sutra and now Lying Awake, but I thoroughly enjoyed both books. There are two others I must “conquer” now. The Soloist and Iron & Silk. I had the opportunity to read Iron & Silk a couple of years ago, but it came at a time when I wasn’t feeling like reading much that provoked too deep of thought. Rather emotional time in my life actually, and I didn’t need ponderous thought to accompany that. Ironically (perhaps?), that’s when I got wrapped up in the Harry Potter series.

Nightmares Abound

I’ve had nightmares the past several nights. Matt chalks it up to stress and/or pms, but I wonder. One of the more disturbing dreams I had involved this mass of people setting fire to the metro-area of Rochester. More specifically, Irondequoit. It was awful how all the burning houses created this swath of red across the sky. I was standing at the Fishing Ac…
Ugly, Rainy Day

I'm glad it isn't snowing at least. I'm feeling pretty glum. I really hate PMS. I don't have anything constructive or positive to say at the moment. Maybe later I will but anything I could write right now would just come across badly. So please just bear with me for the next few days. I'll try to be a little more chipper in a later blog.

Lunch Time Visit

I always love those unexpected visits from friends at work. Matt stopped by during my lunch and hung out for a little bit. I have a rash of meetings tonight, so I normally wouldn’t see him until later this evening. It’s the little things…

A Plagiarization of Meg

Alright, it’s not because I’m greedy or anything but I love Meg’s idea of creating a wish list. So hop on over to to take a gander at mine. It’s in its early stages, so not everything I desire is actually on there. And like Meg, I use it more to remind me of what I would like to buy some day. You know how it is. There’s that thing you really like but you always forget that you want it when you go out shopping or whatever. Something like that. I used to carry around scraps of paper that I scrawled a list of CDs I wanted on so I wouldn’t wander around music stores for too long. Now I just wander and wonder what the hell I could use another CD for.

Keeping Up with the Martinez’s

Matt and I ar…
Santa Claus Parade

This is a bit late but I realized I forgot to mention anything about last Friday night. S'ok though. The parade was very long. I think it started at 6:40pm (I should know.. I walked in it and was almost at the front) and ended just before 9pm. There were some really cool floats though. This year's theme was "Let Freedom Ring" so a lot of cars/floats had red, white and blue lights or flags. That infamous Lee Green (or whatever his name is) song "Proud to Be an American" was blaring from several floats. Now, I know lots of people love that song, but I'm sorry.. it just reminds me of cheesy laser shows at High Falls in Rochester. Plus, it's country. Enough said.

The tree lighting went almost without a hitch, which is very good since pyrotechnics were used for part of it. The Mayor's microphone kept cutting out, so most of it was lost on the crowd. When the pyro stuff did go off, the birds in tree went flying (in a norma…
Restless Sleep

I slept for at least a good 6 ½ hours last night if not longer. I woke up feeling tired and emotionally drained though. It’s that kind of drained that usually happens after someone dies or something bad happens. You wake up, feel kind of off but don’t know why, then you remember and the world feels like hell. In today’s case, there was no reason for the feeling. I think my hormones are just going overboard this month and I did have some uneasy dreams. Nothing in particular that I can remember, but nothing fun. It probably didn’t help that I caught some of Hilary and Jackie on Bravo last night. What a sad movie. I bawled at the end, prompting Matt to say “What’s making you upset? The movie couldn’t have made you that upset. What’s wrong?” I don’t think he believed me about the P.M.S. part, but since he’s a guy I don’t always expect him to understand. *grins*

Holiday Update

The Christmas tree is up with all its ornaments. I have to giggle a little when I loo…
Blogging Dreams

Early this morning I dreamt about someone whose blog I read. Very weird. Mostly because I've never met this person. Matt was in a chunk of the dream and most of it took place in Irondequoit (the town where I grew up). At one point, Matt and I were in a car going someplace, got there and when we were about to get out of the car, I noticed I was naked and told Matt we had to go home. He sighed an irritated sigh, silently said "F*ck" as he leaned over me, pulled some newspapers up to cover me and we drove off. I don't even want to know what Freud would think of that! But it was very strange to dream about this blog person, especially since they didn't look like how they look in real life (or what I gather from pictures).

Mopping Up

I washed the kitchen floor today. I had to change the water several times. Yes, it was that nasty! I don't think it had been cleaned in an awful long time and we didn't want to do it until the kitchen was…
The World of Pro-Sports

I’ve never been to a professional sport event. This means I’ve never seen the Buffalo Bills play at Rich (excuse me) Ralph Wilson Stadium, nor the Sabres at the Aud or the HSBC Arena, nor the Cav’s when I was in Cleveland, etc. I had the chance to see a Bills game on Sunday, Dec. 16th. Matt apparently was able to score 2 tickets from someone at work. I told him to take someone else. The weather may have been quite nice this past week, but I’m no fool! There’s no way in hell someone is going to make me sit on some cold, metal bleacher in the cold to watch a sport I could care less about and a team that is performing dismally this season. Now, if it had been a Sabres game it would have been different. Oh well.

The Glorious World of Instant Messengers

I chatted last night with a friend I haven’t spoke to/seen since 1994 when she went off to college. It was funny cause we just chatted like I hadn’t talked to her in a few months. She was always cool like tha…
Gray Day

The warm winter (ok, it’s still Autumn) weather prompted me to dig out my Ben Folds Five Album The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner. It’s a fairly depressing album to say the least, but musically it’s excellent. I bought it during one of those transition moments in my life and naturally associate half the songs on the album with that period (and person as it may be). One lyric from the song “Mess” has been stuck in my head all day, “Well I don’t believe in God so I can’t be saved.” I won’t get into my religious ramblings again. Those can be accessed in my archives somewhere. I’m feeling too apathetic to go find them and provide a link for you at the moment. Sorry.

Manager’s Lunch

I went to my first Manager Association’s events today. It was the annual holiday luncheon. You could say I forget I’m a manager at times. It’s all these years of being just the regular employee I guess. Plus, I never really picked myself out as being manager material. Most of tha…
Fill'er Up!

I saw a sort of bizarre sight yesterday when I stopped to get my morning papers at the gas station near work. An Amish man was leaning against the mini-mart building like he was trying out for a part to play Silent Bob in the next Kevin Smith movie. At the gas pump, a horse and buggy was parked. I grinned and assumed the driver was the lounging man, but then I saw another Amish fellow filling up something in the buggy with gas. It was just a funny picture if you looked quick. It looked like the Amish guy was gassing up the buggy! Naturally, he probably was filling a gas can so he could run some sort of equipment back at the farm. Apparently, the Amish can use modern appliances if they can get them to run on gas (not electricity). And, there have been some pretty clever adaptations like turning an electric washing machine into a gas-run version. That's using your noggin' in the name of the Lord! The Amish are a pretty interesting religious group.

A little vacation from the blog

I took an unintentional vacation from updating my blog. It was more like, I didn't feel like writing nor did I really have time. Well, that's a bunch of b.s. to a degree but I do have some valid excuses.

Mini-mini Holiday

Matt and I went up to Buffalo on Saturday like I had hoped we would. Read his blog for his point of view on the trip. We did see the exhibit "The Triumph of French Painting" at the Albright-Knox. I think we're still laughing over the fact that most of the artists featured were not French. That's ok. It was still a nice exhibit although I have seen better. Namely, the Tissot exhibit that was featured in Buffalo a few years ago. Well.. maybe it was only just last year. I really don't remember, but it was a really well done exhibit. The audio tour was fantastic too.

After being artsy-fartsy, we met up with Matt's friend, Kevin, and went to The Spot for some coffee. I'm still convinced that M…