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Waiting By The Phone

I’m waiting on several phone calls at the moment. I can’t go any further on the press releases I’m writing until I hear from them. Reminds me of being in news. I can remember sitting on many a story simply because I couldn’t get more information because the person in the know had not returned my call. It’s a good thing we don’t have as strict deadlines here. I would like to put out at least one release tomorrow, but that may be out of the question unless I get at least one call back. In the meantime, I’m using this down period to blog.

Winter Fog & Rain

It’s been raining all day. Sometimes a little bit of snow has mixed in as sleet. It’s now raining with fog settling in for the late afternoon. Would you call that “frain” or “rog?” It’s quite beautiful actually since the snow on the ground and gray skies have created this almost continuous blank palette. Some gray strokes of tree branches emerge through the milk. In North County it’s apparently more i…
Which drink are you?

Frosty, eh? Well.. I have heard that before *grins*
There Once Was a Girl Who Blogged..

Why do I have a feeling that my heading will end up being some bawdy limerick? I’ve actually stolen the idea from Matt since he’s blogged even more infrequently than me lately.

Speaking of bawdy limericks. A group of us used to go to the Old Toad (an authentic English Pub in Rochester) on Monday nights a few years back for Trivia night. It was great fun since the trivia was a mix of the obscure and current events. There were at least 2 “beer questions” where the first person to yell out the correct answer received a free beer. Otherwise, you wrote down the answers on paper and the group/person with the most correct answers received prizes of some sort. There was also a limerick contest that gave the first line of the limerick and left the rest up to the crowd. One of our group, August, had a great flair for these rhymes and often won the contest (and consequently, a beer). Good times.

More Pie

Matt and I watched American Pie 2 last night. P…
One of those weeks..

Ever have one of those weeks? The kind of weeks that you wish you could erase from memory? That’s this week for me. Just about every day has me wondering if I should start looking for another job. It’s been a year since I interviewed for the job I have. I will have been here a year in April. I’m wondering when I’ll ever feel confident about how and what I’m doing. I compared to how I feel and what the situation is currently like to being in math class all over again. You think you understand how to get something done. You do it. Feel a sense of pride that just maybe you got it right this time only to be berated for once again not doing it the way they want you to. I’m getting beyond frustration at this current moment. Maybe I’ll feel better at the end of the day.
I Don't Like Mondays

My Monday had a rather horrid start. I'm feeling better at the moment, but I lost what teeny bit of respect I had for a person. Not that I had much for him anyway. I still find it fascinating that a 40-something has no idea how to act like an adult and treat others with respect.

Extraordinarily Large Ducks and "Floatie"

Matt and I visited Rochester this past weekend. Naturally, we didn't get to do nearly as much as we hoped to and certainly did not see everyone we hoped to. There just isn't enough hours in a day for that I guess. Sunday afternoon we got together with Mike and Londa for lunch at Keenan's. Since it was such a beautiful day, we all decided to take a walk along the Irondequoit Bay Pier.

The Bay Pier holds great sentimental value for me. It was the place my friends and I would spend hours on, talking, taunting storms and yelling insults at passing boaters or men fishing on the opposite pier. See, there used to be a …
You Are a Big, Big Star..

Listening to Poole’s Alaska Days last night reminded me of Spring. It made me remember that feeling of great confidence that comes with Spring, better weather, falling in love, or feeling free again. The confidence is something I associate more with Rochester and more so with what I was like in my earlier 20’s and late teens. The confidence of walking around head held high and that saunter of a woman who knows who she is and what she wants. It’s quite a great feeling. Before I was besieged by worries, I remember walking into Java Joe’s (or Java’s) with that super-smile and air of lightness as I ordered my coffee. Fingers waggling a hello at everyone I knew. Feeling super-sexy (even if I was just wearing jeans and a t-shirt), and probably being more of an extrovert than I can believe now. It’s knowing what you want, knowing you can get it if you try, and simply feeling magnificent about the world and your life. I shouldn’t say I don’t still get that fe…
She Wants To Party All The Time

I must be referring to someone else in that subject line ;-) No, I do mean me. For some odd reason, there's just a lot of partying going on this weekend. Tonight, Matt and I are going to see his brother, Dave, play his first band gig at Mad Murdocks. I'm not overly excited since I don't like Murdocks, but there's a good buzz about Dave's band so I'm excited about that. Also, Matt promised to buy me lots of cherry cokes and amaretto sours (can't get too drunk). Tomorrow, we have a going away party to attend for the out-going County Democratic Chairwoman. She's moving. That evening, Troy, Melissa, Irys and possibly Sis are coming over for a night of reverie. I have a feeling that Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, and the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be cranked. Nothing like an 80's flashback to liven up a gathering.

My Old Man Loves to Rock

Ok, I don't normally refer to my Dad as "old man," but the phrase fits …
A Bomb of Sorts

I just found out this afternoon that a friend I had in college (at Baldwin-Wallace) committed suicide this past Tuesday. Needless to say, I was shocked, but how I received the message almost over-shadowed that news. It was from a friend I hadn't spoke to in 2 years. I had forgotten he even had my home phone number. We talked about the fact that it was sad that it takes tragic events like this to bring friends back together. I've had this happen a couple times in my life. The last time it happened, I stuck to my promise to stay in touch with that particular group. I feel another effort coming on to do the same with this group.

The other odd thing about this news is that it's the third time this week that I've gotten in contact (or been contacted) by people I haven't heard from in months or years (6 years for one person). I had also been thinking earlier this week that it had been a long time since anyone I knew had died. I know that's mor…
You Think You Know..

I’m feeling pretty good today. I just pulled out my radio voice on some telemarketer who called me at work. The nerve! You see, I love my radio voice because it makes me sound at least 15 years older than I am and usually earns me more respect from the person on the other end of the phone line. This is a nice ego booster since most of the people I work with are in their 40’s and older. There’s a few 30-somethings, but I’m the youngest person in my building. After I left the radio station and started this job, people I met were surprised by how old (young) I was since they assumed I was middle-aged by the authority and tone of my voice. I don’t pull out “the voice” much now a days since it’s not really my natural speaking voice. Although it’s fun to use it with unsuspecting telemarketers when I’m telling them politely to sod off.

Mother of Pearl!

A friend of mine who joined the army Memorial Day weekend this past year just sent a mass email update to me. Now…
Long Week. Nice Happenings

This week is too long already. I've worked 8 hours of "overtime" so far. I probably will at least another 1/2 to 1 hour to that by Friday. I need a vacation. Enough on that.

Earlier this month I mentioned my friend whose blog I found. Well, I finally owned up to him who I was since I had been posting anonymously in his comments section and I think things are cool. *crosses fingers* I've added him to the Daily Blog section if you're curious.
Why Times New Roman?

While editing a report done by a co-worker, a thought crossed my mind. Why does Microsoft Word establish the font Times New Roman as its default? And why does Microsoft Outlook establish Arial as its default font? Why these fonts? What about them makes them the better ones? Is it an attempt by Bill Gates to standardize the font usage of the world? Maybe I’m thinking too much.

Pretzel of Peril

A lot of fun has been made over the incident of President Bush choking on a pretzel and fainting. I considered the seriousness of the situation. The fact that if our president had choked to death, we would then be dealing with the elusive Dick Cheny was pretty sobering. At the same time, the situation is not without comedic value. I guess every president has his “moment.” Jimmy Carter had the “attacked by a rabbit” incident. Bill Clinton had his wonderous affair. Bush Sr. vomited on some Japanese officials. It was Dubya’s turn I guess. Unfortunately, it brings …
Black Ice

I knew as I got into my car this morning that the roads would be slippery. Naturally, I took it easy going down the roads to get to the expressway, but apparently I still wasn't going slow enough to avoid a very nasty swath of black ice. Fortunately, I was able to keep control of my car and avoid flying out into the intersection. I was also fortunate that there wasn't any cars coming. The funny (not funny ha ha) thing is right before I hit the black ice, a tow truck went by carrying two cars that were involved in a fender bender. I had just enough time to muse that the one car probably was going too fast when I spun out. Strange stuff.
Comfort Food

Dinner tonight consisted of happy, comfort food. Frozen blueberry waffles toasted and covered with butter and real maple syrup, hot tea, and Troyer's Salt & Vinegar potato chips. Not exactly something that someone who's watching what she eats should be ingesting, but I truely believe that at times of the month like this that you have to indulge a little. Plus, it will be my only chance for a "real dinner" the rest of this week with all the meetings I have.

Not much else new to report. I had a thought for a post earlier today but lost it. Ah well!
Trading Spaces

I'm addicted to the show Trading Spaces on TLC. I stayed up until 2am last night watching the show since there were 3 1-hour episodes in a row. Christmas Day they had a Trading Spaces marathon and my entire family was watching the show and yelling "Oh God! Why that color??? What are they doing??? I think this is the episode where the husband just doesn't like (insert item) etc." I just want someone to re-do our kitchen. It sucks. There's not enough cabinet space and this plywood covered with a cloth skirt just doesn't cut it for a decent sink setup. You'd have to see it to understand and I might be too embarrassed to show you. Unfortunately, Matt and I don't have anyone to "trade spaces" with. The closest people would be our friends, Troy & Melissa, and they have their shit together when it comes to decorating. OH well. Guess I'll have to wait until we buy a house to really do some reconstruction. *laughs*…
Turkish Delight

I must buy a doumbek. For those who are wondering if I lost my mind, a doumbek is a drum that comes from Turkey (or that general area). Matt and I had gone over to our friend’s house last week and Troy had recently added a doumbek to his percussion collection. I think I surprised him by knowing a few of the drum rhythms. I must now buy one to become a doumbek master!

The delights of this drum led me to dig up a “mix” tape my dad made for me when I was in college. It contains mostly stuff by Gene Krupa off 78’s my grandpa used to own. Then, the latter half of the tape included drum solos from albums by The Sultans and other recordings. This was my favourite part of the whole tape. Something about the rhythms really pump me up. I even found a place on the web where I can buy the Best of The Sultans. The main person in the group, Omar Faruk Tekbilek, went solo awhile ago and is internationally reknown. I consider myself lucky that I’ve heard him perform live. O…
Whose House? Runs’ House!

The 80’s rap song “Tricky” by Run DMC was running through my head this morning as I got ready for work. I don’t really know the song other than memories of cringing to it while eating lunch in 3rd or 4th grade. I wasn’t very open minded to new forms of music back then. Well, rap at least. “Tricky” recently reared its head again in a commercial for some snowboard video game. I still hadn’t heard the full song for years, so the fact it was bouncing around inside my brain this morning was a little odd.

That was until the “Rippin’ Retro Song” of the morning on Kiss 106.9 FM came blaring on the radio in my car. Take a wild guess at what it was. Yup. I thought that was a little spooky, but figured it was shear coincidence.

I’m also chalking it up to coincidence that my dream last night was not in the least a tell-tale sign of the future. I dreamt that one of the former legislators was getting married this weekend and that he was inviting me. Now, I knew i…
Sorry for delay..

Sorry for late posting of previous posts.. my publish feature was down yesterday and Blogger apparently has been having problems. We're (hopefully) now back for your viewing pleasure.
First Idiot of the Season

As I write this, there is someone stranded on Chautauqua Lake with his snowmobile. Now, it was in the 40’s today and the lake just froze over within the two weeks, so this guy must have been a real winner to think it was safe to go out on the thin ice with his snow toy. You could almost hear the exasperation and holding in of laughter in the scanner dispatcher’s voice as he said, “Person stranded on ice with snowmobile, waving arms, looking for assistance.” If only we had an Ice Pool going.

When I worked at the radio station, we set up a non-monetary pool for when we thought the first person would go through the ice on Chautauqua Lake. Inevitably, there would always be some person who thought it was fine to go out when the ice was nowhere near as thick as it should be. I think the first ice-breaker was in February that year. The genius of some out-of-towners shone brightly last year when three people decided to cross the ice at its weakest point and the …
A Song that Followed Me

For a month or so, it seemed wherever I went, whatever radio station I had on, “Semi-Charmed Life” by Third Eye Blind would be playing. Now, if it weren’t for the fact that the song was over 4 years old it wouldn’t seem odd that it was playing repeatedly on almost every station it seemed. I think I noticed it even more because the lead singer (in the video for the song) very vaguely reminded me of another friend of mine. So, I’d hear this song and think of my friend by association. Maybe I’ve noticed the song more just because I haven’t heard from this friend in months. It just seemed strange. Anything ever happen like that to you?

I really need to find a way to get back my comments feature without causing massive agony within my blog template.

Have Car. Will Travel.

Matt and I are starting to look at the next couple months for trip possibilities. I’m dying to go home to Rochester and it looks like we might be able to do that next weekend. I just need t…
Instant Karma

I should have added to my last post that my karma caught up with me quickly in that whole scenario. My S.O. and I went through a very bitter break-up that included mediation since we couldn't work out our differences like normal people (well, she couldn't according to the mental health counselor I was talking to at the time). You could say how I treated my friend (the guy w/ the blog) came back at me three-fold. And I deserved it really. This little story does has a small happy ending. My ex-S.O. and I were friends again by the end of the school year. It literally took the whole year for that to happen.
Stalking? I don't stalk.

Ok.. Matt thinks I'm a bit goofy because I found this blog of a guy I used to be friends with. I've been reading it, even posting in the comments section, but I refuse to give any indication of who I am. I think I'm more afraid that this friend will get mad at me.. well... simply because.. we were friends.. then we had "a fling".. then I went back to college.. then I broke up w/ my S.O... got back together w/ my S.O... basically screwing over my friend. Um.. so I was a bit of a "player" back then. *laughs* Yeah.. a player for all of 3 weeks. So I really wanted to tell my friend I was sorry some day, but was afraid he would just tell me to f*ck off. Yes.. I am a total screwball. *shrugs* Soooooooo..... I don't think it makes me a stalker.. just a wimp when it comes to apologizing long after the fact. Yup. You can email or post in the guestbook if you feel strongly either way about this.

Ice.. Ice.. Bab.. um. no.

I couldn't resist with the title, but decided to go the good route. Anyway, I found a site that gives a webcam view of the construction of our new ice arena. The camera is set on top of the former Jamestown Funiture Mart on the corner of Washington Street and 2nd Street. The building in the lower righthand corner is Shawbucks Bar & Grille. An ok place. The dark spaces on the building are where walls still need to be put up. I'm afraid this is going to be one big box. Meaning, when you drive by it on Third Street all you will see is a stone wall. Rochester, NY has been accused of similar architectural faults. An article on that appeared more than several years ago in the Democrat & Chronicle. The only bit I remember is how when people walk downtown, they are greeted by faceless buildings that seem to say "we don't want you looking in.. and we don't want to look out." Something like that. Huge tangent. But go look a…
WBER: Summer 1993

(A CD I created from a tape I made of stuff off WBER in 1993)

1. The Juliana Hatfield 3 - "My Sister"
2. The Gin Blossoms - "Hey Jealousy"
3. R.E.M. - "Everybody Hurts"
4. Moby - "Move (I Feel So Good)"
5. James - "Laid"
6. Violent Femmes - "I Held Her In My Arms"
7. Pet Shop Boys - "A Different Point of View"
8. The Beautiful South - "36D"
9. Catherine Wheel - "Crank"
10. Cranes - "Jewel"
11. Big Country - "One I Love"
12. Kate Bush - "Eat The Music"
13. Depeche Mode - "Policy of Truth"
14. U2 - "Some Days Are Better Than Others"
15. Smashing Pumpkins - "Today"
16. Cracker - "Low"

It's amazing what seemed so fresh and new then seems.. retro and vaguely commercial now. Hm. Still a great compilation in most senses.

I Won a Contest?

You know how there's those entry forms for contests at various places, l…

Well, we made it to January 1, 2002. What Fun! I'm going to keep it short (at least this entry) since I must get ready for my boss' Inauguration as County Executive (again). Have a great New Year and may it be happy, healthy and filled with love.