Wednesday, July 31, 2002

Sassy Sisterhood CD Swap Track Listing

Ok, I'm a little slow on this, but here is the track listing for the CD I made for the Sassy Sisterhood Swap:

1. Liz Phair - Never Said
2. Hole - Malibu
3. Basement Jaxx - Romeo
4. Catatonia - Mulder & Scully
5. Pizzicato Five - Baby Love Child
6. Kylie Minogue - Love At First Sight
7. Bjork - Big Time Sensuality
8. Fiona Apple - Fast As You Can
9. Sinead O'Connor - Mandinka
10. Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground (Nelle Hooper Edit)
11. Portishead - Glory Box
12. October Project - Ariel
13. Beth Orton - Central Reservation (The Then Again Version)
14. K.D. Lang - Maybe
15. Kate Bush - Cloudbusting
16. Tori Amos - Father Lucifer
17. 10,000 Maniacs - Like The Weather
18. Dar Williams - Southern California Wants To Be Western New York

If you would like a copy of this compilation, send me an email or something.

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Dinner & Grocery Shopping

I love Wegmans. I really hate to shop anywhere else since I think they have the best store product line and their produce is usually much better than other area stores. Naturally, I was a tad bit excited to hear that Wegmans will soon open a full-service restaurant in Rochester. It will be open in time for my visit at the end of August, so I just might have to stop in for a bite.

Americans As Tourists

I haven't been overseas much, but I did spend 8 days in England and countless days in Canada. As a rule, I try to be respectful of other cultures, especially when I'm the foreign one. However, the natives aren't always as pleasant. I've been in the company of friends of natives of a country where our accent/phrasing was made fun of. This was in Canada, so I guess it was fair play seeing how our dear friends to the North (East & West) are ridiculed so often by Americans. I've heard other accounts ranging from being welcomed with open arms (Italy) to general hostility (France). I found a link on Happy Fun Pundit to Jane Galt, who wrote a great blog entry on Americans as Tourists. Her entry was inspired by a post by Ted Barlow, who was inspired by an article by the BBC, who received their information from research done by Expedia (UK). What a intricate web we weave.

Rearranging House

Matt and I spent the last three days rearranging furniture in the house. We wanted a better sitting area and now we have two sitting areas in the living room. It's the make-one-room-like-two trick that you often see on home decorating programs like The Christopher Lowell Show on Discovery. So now we have the enjoy-the-view-of-fire-place reading and chatting area and the watch-tv-listen-to-music-and-talk area. I will take pictures some day and put them on here. You probably have noticed I'm not big on graphics. Mostly because I don't have time to fiddle around with the site.

One Last Note on County Fair

I'm thrilled to be done with the Fair. Ugh. That's all I can say. The breaking point was on Saturday when I walked to the restrooms. For some reason I didn't take my usual route (behind Midway) and walked straight down the main Midway area. I got asked for my phone number, asked to play games, yelled at for not playing their games, the hey-can-I-ask-you-a-favour? line, and many others. At another tent, a guy asked if he would see me at the beer tent later. It was like someone declared games open for the male species to find a mate (or someone to play with). Ick. The night ended well though with good brews at the Barker Brewing Company in Fredonia. Good beer!

Saturday, July 27, 2002

Blogging From The Fair

I'm blogging from the Chautauqua County Fair One of the small blessings of having a computer in our tent. Otherwise it's hot and muggy today. Pretty much how the week started. There won't be much traffic through the tent today, as is usually the case on Saturday from what I've heard. I will be shutting down our site at 6pm and then spending the rest of the evening here. At the fair. Pretty sick, eh? It's all for my friends of course. They haven't had to put up with this all week.

Parents Abroad

My parents leave tomorrow for England to go on a cruise around parts of Great Britain, including a stop in France. I'm extremely jealous, but also a little fearful about the trip. It's just that flying thing I guess. I don't get overly worried about flying myself, but I'm always afraid for other people. The thought crossed my mind that maybe I should even go to church tomorrow morning just to make sure they make it there and back safe. I think I've talked to them on the phone more this past week than in a long time.

Next Week: Gravity Games

Matt and I are headed back to Cleveland next Saturday for the Gravity Games. I'm super excited about this because Bucky Lasek should be there and there's even a possibility that Tony Hawk will be there as well. *Drool* My parents thought it was odd that I wanted to go, but I've always had a secret thing about skaters. Especially back when the shaved in the back-long in the front hair style was the fashion.

Ok.. gotta go. Some people are actually nosing around my pamphlets, maps, pens and keychains.

Wednesday, July 24, 2002

My Candy Heart Says..

Be Good

It's not too surprising that "Be Good" is what your candy heart says. You've probably been hearing it all your life. From your third grade teacher, to your last serious relationship, there's just that little bit of mischief about you that keeps people on their toes. Could be the glimmer that your eyes get when you think of doing something you're not exactly supposed to be doing, like sneaking the last cookie from the plate or secretly filling your glass with the final sips of wine?

Were your parents reluctant to leave you at home without a chaperone? But overall, it's that impish sense of good fun that keeps people enamored by your charm.

People can't help but want to be around you. So when loved ones throw their arms around you, they really do mean it — even if their parting words are always, "Be Good".

Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Life as an Open Blog

It's amazing how much you can learn about people's personal lives now that this thing known as weblogs has exploded across the Internet. I just bounced between two blogs of people who are/were dating and followed some ups and downs in their relationship. It was still slightly ambiguous, so I'm not certain if they are still dating. I guess you have to be slightly voyeuristic to appreciate blogs. I know I've gotten angry, sad, happy, and whatnot on this blog but there's still a lot I don't put on here because it is that personal. I save that for elsewhere, like my blue journal. I've been writing in a journal since third grade and don't plan to quit anytime soon. There's just some things you have to sort out on paper before you talk about it with anyone else.

Monday, July 22, 2002

Another Lovely Weekend in Cleveland

Matt and I went back to Cleveland this past weekend to hear the Infinity Performing Arts Project perform at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. They were awesome! Afterwards, we took in the John Lennon exhibit. That was pretty cool, but a little sad when you realized the talent lost despite his eccentricities. We met up with Heidi and her mom, who was visiting, for dinner and drinks.

Saturday, we went to the Great Lakes Science Center to see the Titanic exhibit. There was quite a crowd for just that part of the museum. We bought tickets for the OmniMax feature, Titanica, and the related exhibit. I think my "favourite" part of the exhibit was this very large piece of ice (think smaller iceberg) that was on display. You were encouraged to touch it since the water the night the Titanic sunk was colder than that block of ice. That really put it into perspective what those people went through and why so many died after hitting the water.

Saturday night, Matt, Heidi, her mom and me went to the Great Lakes Brewing Company. My parents had gone there before and recommended the Eliot Ness. Great beer, but I recommend the Burning River Pale Ale.

Sunday we all got together again and had brunch and then went shopping at Kohl's. I bought two two-piece outfits that are made of linen. I'm hoping to get to wear them this week when it cools down since the pants are that flood-pant style. After shopping, we headed over to Heidi's boyfriend, Kevin's, parent's new house (did you follow that?). Funny thing while we were there. Kevin's mom thought Matt and I were already married. We get that a lot. Hmmm.

Melting at the Fair

I'm working all week at the Chautauqua County Fair in the County Government tent. Today was incredibly hot. At first there was a nice breeze that kept it near bearable. Then a monsoon descended and it became quite sticky and hot for the rest of the day. Here in Jamestown, things were bad enough that Matt ran out to Wal*Mart and bought a window air conditioning unit. We'll see how that works out. So if you're in Chautauqua County, stop by the fair and say hello to me. You'll get a free pen or magnet from one of our departments at the least.

Sunday, July 21, 2002

Check Out My Hometown

The Democrat & Chronicle Sunday focus is on my hometown of Irondequoit. Ahhh.. home.

Some Bloke Says I Shouldn't Own Some CDs

Ever curious about which one-hundred CDs you shouldn't own? I have at least 21 CDs on this list. Not selling any of them! I like having a broad collection.

Thursday, July 18, 2002

Need... To... Get.. Out.. of Here!

It's just been crazy here today. And it hasn't really let up for the past week or so. With my co-worker in Italy until two weeks from now (or so it looks), a lot has fallen on my shoulders. I'm just not keeping up with all of it. And on top of it, some shi*t went down today that I'm am pretty pissed about. But I have a voice message into my supervisor about that, so hopefully I'll be able to address that next week.

Speaking of Reunions

The Gin Blossoms have reunited! I'm pretty psyched about that since I like their stuff. I know some think it's lightweight and whatever, but I like it. The cool thing is that my friend who runs Fusion Grooves talks to Robin Wilson (lead singer) pretty regularly since Robin's band, The Gas Giants, is featured on the site. Nice.

Wednesday, July 17, 2002

Oh Ren!

I'm so very happy to hear that Ren & Stimpy are being revived. I think most of my freshman year in high school involved various friends quoting various things from that cartoon. My friend Dave especially liked, "I love to lick your creamy center.." That line refers to a candy bar you sicko!

Wash Up Time!

Matt and I are getting quite the deal on a washer and dryer. A friend of Heidi's (my best friend) mom is moving into a condo and no longer will have use for her slightly used washer and dryer (only couple years old). We will be getting both machines for a total price of $100. We still need to work out the delivery since the machines are in Rochester and we're hoping that Heidi's mom will be able to drop them off when they come down for a wedding next month (machines should fit in a van they have). I'm pretty excited about it and just need to make sure that the basement is all clear. Matt needs to finalize whether we have one or two 220-lines and I need to prod him to prod our landlord to install a second line if it doesn't exist. Ahh.. no more trips to the laundromat.

Sassy Sisterhood CD Swap

I finally finished burning my discs for the CD swap. They're in the mail and on their way to places like Jamiaca Plain, MA, Chicago, IL and Enfield, CT. If I think of it I'll post the track listing in case there's any other Sassy Sisters who might like a copy.

Tuesday, July 16, 2002

Big Brother Is Watching You

Sometimes our government scares the shit out of me. Take this this program called TIPS for instance. Creepy stuff. Please visit that link for more information and make yourself aware of this potential danger to our civil liberties.

An Ice Cream Disaster

Going to endless committee meetings for the County Legislature can be educational. For instance, during this morning's Public Safety Committee I found out that if a major disaster occured at Fieldbrook Farms (ice cream producer) in Dunkirk that there's enough ammonia in that building to turn the city of Dunkirk into soft serve. Pretty cool, huh?

Obtainable Goals

There are a number of things I wished I did more of or less depending on the situation in my life. The issue is making my goals obtainable. Here at work, we talk a lot about setting goals, creating service delivery plans that help us meet those goals, and in the end making sure our goals are reasonable. While I was in the shower (I think a lot of people get the best ideas while sudsing up), I decided it would be a good plan to set out a list of things I'd like to accomplish, set a time frame and frequency for accomplishing these goals, and then getting started on them. Here's a brief outline of what I have in mind:

Daily Goals
- pick up/put away laundry
- wash some (not all) dishes

Weekly Goals
- read one book
- excercise
- write/respond to an email for a friend

Monthly Goals
- practice violin
- write in my journal

It may seem simplistic so far, but I figure if I start small that I'll accomplish more in the end. For instance, I hardly practice violin right now, but if I set a goal to do it monthly, maybe that can increase to weekly. And I love to read, but sometimes it gets in the way of doing other things like the dishes or emailing my friends. If I limit myself to one book, then I'll have time to do the other things. The trick now is printing out a matrix of these goals and then doing them. Do you have a strategy for getting stuff done in your life (and not just chores)?

Monday, July 15, 2002


Sorry to bounce off for a few days without blogging. Sometimes you need to take a break, even if it's unintended. I checked this page and noticed that enetations is experiencing technical difficulties thus no comments are available at this time. When, and if, they reappear, please comment. *grins*

Short Visit

Matt and I went to Cleveland Saturday for a party. Our friends, Christa & Stew, were in town from Toronto for a family get-together and thought it would be fun to have some of the college crew come over. Heidi was there and I got to see Meg for the first time since we graduated from college. It was great fun getting caught up, gossiping, telling stories, and generally laughing hysterically. There is a reason we call Meg, Meg-Squared. I saw this for the first time when I when I traveled to Cleveland for a wedding in 1997. I was the only one of my friends who was 21 years old, so I was delegated to go buy alcohol. Heidi had done my make-up for me since we thought I was going out with some other friends that evening, but we ended up staying in. Meg and I got a little tipsy and laughed all night. Such fun!

Matt and I are going back to Cleveland this coming weekend to see the Infinity Class (local music organization for at-risk kids) perform at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Friday afternoon. Then we're hanging out with Heidi and friends that weekend. Good times. Cleveland is an awesome city, but I don't know if I could live there. I still wish I could have graduated from Baldwin-Wallace, but I can't change that. It was my decision to transfer afterall.


I received an email from a friend on Thursday I really hadn't expected to ever hear from again. It was almost a pleasant surprise. Still thinking about it since it did dredge up a few issues. I wrote back, but haven't received a second response. I'm not holding my breath.

Thursday, July 11, 2002

College Loans, No More

I just paid off my college loans today. It's a very odd feeling. I'm grinning about it, but at the same time feel almost sad. It's like I'm moving into that older, more responsible category. Not that it's a bad thing. But it is like an ending to an era (no matter how small my loans were compared to my friends).

Today, you are experiencing the following energies and vibrations:

Indigo is the color of the 6th Chakra or third eye. It represents clairvoyance and psychic abilities. You may be drawn to it because you are already feeling receptive or because you feel over-analytical and need to give in to your intuition more. In any event, act on your instincts as the day unfolds.

The number Four represents work, organization and productivity. If you chose this number, it is a good day to clear your desk and balance your checkbook. Be careful, however, not to be too rigid or stubborn with others.

The Star of David is associated with the 6th Chakra or third eye and symbolizes, comprehension and intuition. Are you feeling especially aware or tuned in today? Follow your instincts.

A Field of Flowers -- You are likely to be grounded, practical and domestic today.

Online Palmistry Reading

Your Life Line reveals that you like to travel, but will always return home. You need a lot of space which is why you prefer spending time outdoors. You tend to have strong romantic tendencies.

Your Head Line reveals that you are self confident, optimistic and capable of making your own decisions. You are not afraid to speak your mind.

Your Heart Line reveals that you are a passionate person with a strong sex drive. However, you tend to be selfish and put your own needs before those of your partner.

Your Fate Line reveals that you will have an early and independent start to your career, and will be successful in your life's work.

You have an Earth hand. You are a person who is stable, honest, just loyal and cautious. Your optimal career choices are to work as an athlete, artist, musician and laborer.

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The Importance of Events in a Small City

Listening to The Smith's Heavens Knows I'm Miserable Now reminded me of September 1999 just before "all hell broke loose" in Jamestown. I wasn't sure how I felt about my job as a radio news reporter, a long-term relationship was crumbling, and I was homesick. Then, on September 15th around 9PM, a sudden change. The police scanner can be a great tool for reporters if they know how to use it. Unfortunately, I chose to use the ladies' room just as the most resounding call for that year came across the scanner, "Officer Down." When I returned to the news room, I heard all sorts of commotion on the scanner, but couldn't put the pieces together as to what had happened. Fortunately, a local ecentric whose ear is glued to a scanner all day called in and blustered, "Why aren't you carrying this on the news???" "Carrying what?" I asked with some trepidation. "The police officer that was shot! He was shot! On Wescott! You better get on the ball," the caller responded. I took down the information he heard on the scanner and got about to calling all the police agencies that could possibly be involved or have information. I was mostly hung up on. I called the rest of the news team to let them know what happened. This was a huge story. I was a bit confused about why all the fuss. I waited for the guys to call me from the scene and for any other updates as I sat in the on-air studio. After we did the 11'oclock news with live-at-the-scene updates, I made my down to the crime scene. Matt, Terry (other news reporter), and I ended up hanging around for any info. until 3AM. Matt and I went home to catch a few winks. Matt went back at 5AM and I reported in at my normal time around 3pm. It was quite a night. Never experienced anything like that before or since within my career(s) of choice. I knew after the shooting that being a reporter was exactly what I wanted to do. The thing that sticks in my mind is how I underestimated the impact of the shooting of a police officer on the community. Shootings were nothing unusual in the city of Rochester and there had been officers shot there before. In Jamestown, everyone went into shock. The next time I saw this again was after September 11th. But the registering of shock was on the same level. Donations poured out for Officer Mitchell's family. The story was carried all over Western New York news stations. Three days after the shooting, my long-term significant other and I decided to part and become just friends. Looking back, I see some parallels in the two events. And it almost feels good to recognize that.

What's In Your Mail Today?

Nine months after the big anthrax scare, you hardly hear anything about the postal service and our mail. I can't even think of anyone that's microwaving their mail (still or ever), using gloves to open the mail, or is even washing their hands after opening the mail. It's amazing how much the media can raise a nation to hysteria. At the same time, I wonder if anyone who took precautions in those first few months prevented a much worse scenario for themselves. Then again, junk mail could be considered a worse scenario.

Wednesday, July 10, 2002

Evangelical Christians Give Grants to Jews Moving to Israel

We live in a bizarre world. I read in the paper this morning that 400 Americans moved to Israel on Tuesday. Talk about not fearing death, tragedy, violence, etc. A curious note in the article is that some of these immigrants to Israel received $5,000 grants from the Amercian Evangelical Christians, who "want to encourage Jews to live in the Holy Land - which they see as foretold by the Bible." I can just see it:

American Jewish Immigrant: "So you're going to give me $5,000 to move somewhere I already planned on moving?"
Evangelical Christian: "Yes, you see.. it's all in our master plan.. er ... The Bible."
American Jew: "And you get exactly what out of this?"
Christian: "Well, the Messiah will return once you guys are all back in Israel."
Jew: "Uh huh.. and you're implying there's going to be a Messiah?"
Christian: "Of course! Don't you read the Bible? It say in the New Testament.."
Jew: (interrupts) "Yeah sure, whatever.. we don't follow that "new" stuff."
Christian: "No really! The Messiah will come back and you'll convert! Great plan, eh?"
Jew: "If you really believe that. Thanks for the $5,000 by the way *laughs*"

Ok, so I'll get flamed for that one, but I do think it's ludicrous. Hello! Can't you think of something better to do with $5,000??? Geezus!

The Clutter Gene

When it comes to cleanliness and neatness, I have conflicting genes. My dad tends to be neat and maybe a little anal about how he keeps things (Iike how his socks are folded) while my mom is a little more cluttery and a packrat. I inherited the packrat syndrome, clutter syndrome, and weird, anal-my-socks-must-be-folded-this-way syndrome. In the end, it all adds up to a messy house with dishes that are "just so" in the cubboards. I'm not kidding! I used to freak out about how my parents put dishes in the dishwasher and I would rearrange them if they weren't loaded "the correct" way. I don't do this as much in my own house now, but I do get fussy about how the glasses are put away sometimes. I'm not nuts. I promise. Actually, have these conflicting genes is a problem because I freak out about the house being messy, but then don't have the urge to clean.

Tuesday, July 09, 2002

It's Raining

It's a good thing. I like rain. When we need it I mean. See, it would just be too much a pain in the ass to water my garden right now, so the rain is good. Come this weekend, the rain will suck! SUCK!! But I hear it will be sunny, so that's good. Onwards..

Not much to blog about today. I'm thinking of bandwagoning and changing the template of this blog. I've run across too many blogs with the same template and want something different. Mmm. Different is good. The only suckage there is copying all the code I've plugged in and hoping I don't lose my comments feature or screw it up. Lord knows it's easy for me to do that. Any comments on where I could find a good (easy to transfer) template or if I should even bother switching? Anyone? Anyone?

Monday, July 08, 2002

The Er.. Beautiful Skies of New York State

My dad sent me this link showing the smog layer over the central to western part of New York State. The view is from space looking south, so it's a bit disorienting. The interesting bit is that Rochester and Buffalo seem smog free while the rural parts of the state have a nice layer of it over us. Hm.

I Just Love My Friends

Only my friends could carry on a conversation over instant messenger that makes no sense and its pure intention is to merely irritate the other person. Well, maybe not just my friends, but it is pretty amusing. Since I had no permission to post this and am copying from another blog (which in a sense is public property and I'm not doing this for financial gain) I'm changing the IM handles to protect the poor petulant gits.

IM Conversation:

Gryffindor: beeeeeeeeep!
Lumpy: whaaaaaat?
Gryffindor: *sigh* need i repeat myself?
Lumpy: yes
Gryffindor: instead, go to this website to see a little something i got yesterday
Lumpy: hmm, i wonder how long something like that would burn if set ablaze?
Gryffindor: significantly longer than it'd take to cave your head in with a wrench, mainly due to a thick finish on the bass
Lumpy: blast you
Gryffindor: indeed. i'd dash your puny skull open before you could even finish striking the match
Lumpy: unless one fine evening a molatov cocktail where to fly in your window!
Gryffindor: fear not, my operatives are well entrenched in this neighbourhood & your car would never make it without being blasted to kingdom come by an anti-tank rocket.
Lumpy: you possess no much device!
Gryffindor: certainly not, but my operatives do. And for this idiotic threat, I'll have my men begin contruction on a pipeline going straight from my commode to your bedroom while you're away at work!
Lumpy: bah! my fecal auto-detect-and-reject system has been in place for months. you're too late!
Gryffindor: months? at the new apartment? you're bluffing!
Lumpy: i nefer bluff!
Gryffindor: it's neVer! with a goddamn V!
Lumpy: uh huh
Gryffindor: besides your foolish "auto-detect etc" system won't work, we're using a new metal to build the pipe-line which your systems will fail to de-tect!
Lumpy: blast! my men should have warned me of this new development!
Gryffindor: it was developed in conditions of absolute secrecy, your men were powerless to learn of it
Gryffindor: actually the pipeline is radium. quite brilliant, don't you think?
Lumpy: i think you should sod off.

Sunday, July 07, 2002

Fires in Quebec

Last night, wherever we went it smelled like everyone was burning campfires. I thought we were too far west to smell any of the fires in Quebec, but apparently it will be hazy here due to the smoke. Pretty amazing, isn't it?
Kissing Jessica Stein

Sometimes movies just grab you. And not always in a happy, friendly way. Matt and I made the trek to Chautauqua Institution tonight (late last night maybe seeing as how it's after midnight now) to see Kissing Jessica Stein. I didn't tell Matt what it was about since I had been dying to see this film and I didn't want him to run off saying, "You just want to see girls kiss each other!" The movie was great. Aside from nearly bursting into tears in the middle of it. Some of the underlying themes and general story really nailed right through me. It's hard to describe. Seeing it made me feel like this big hole had just been gouged out of me.. or had been empty for awhile. It's been so long. And it's hard sometimes to reconcile with yourself that you'll never have that experience again since you're pretty much set on marrying the guy you're with because you love him and all that great stuff. And you start to wish that you had more opportunities to experience that and wondered why you spent so much of your "youth" with guys. Well, the past certainly can't be changed and the future... god only knows. The last time I assumed I knew where my life was going, I was thrown a major curveball. So I guess I can't assume anything now. I just hope that in the end I've made the right decision and that I'm happy with who I am, who I'm with, and what I'm doing in my life. I think that's all anyone asks for. Right?

Friday, July 05, 2002

Star Wars Bohemian Rhapsody

Need a break from work on this day after Independence Day (if blogger gets back up and running I can get this published today)? Need a laugh? Go to this page and quietly hum the tune of Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody" while reading this new opera in honor of the first Star Wars movie.

Fourth Of July On Drugs

The Fourth of July (AKA Independence Day) felt like it was on drugs. Just a weird ambience to the day. Matt and I bought our first American flag and put it on display. Nothing strange about that. We then headed up to Dunkirk for a party and then fireworks on Lake Erie. On the way there, we passed a burned out truck and camper. Found out today that the truck engine just burst into flames, critically injuring the driver and his son. At the party, I downed two jello shots that had no effect on me (also the best jello shots I've ever had). We rode to the fireworks in the back of a pick-up truck which was a new experience for me. And then we all settled in along the harbor for the fireworks. We oohed and ahhed as they started up and then I jokingly said after a burst of several rockets, "Well that was a nice finale." Then it went quiet right after I said that. We joked that maybe the fireworks people were unionized and were taking their coffee break as stated in their contracts. Another in the group said in jest that we should riot and storm city hall. Another blamed the new mayor of the city of Dunkirk. We waited. No more fireworks. Turns out it was too windy and "creating a potentially dangerous situation" for the crowd. We took off then. That was our Independence Day. For those who think I wasn't being very patriotic, I urge you to listen to 1240 AM WJTN (Sunday following the noon news), 1340 WKSN, or WDOE this weekend for my boss' radio address. It's all about Independence Day in terms of history, how it influenced other countries, and how we all need to reflect on its importance. I wrote that address. That's my show of patriotism for the weekend.

You Want Job Security? Move to Toronto

This article on the municipal strike in Toronto made me roll my eyes a bit. I'm pretty sure this is the first time I've heard of any job, besides getting tenure as a teacher, where you're assured employment for life. Mayor Lastman's comments were right on though. I'm so glad we didn't plan a trip to Toronto this summer. At least our friends that live there are coming down to Cleveland next weekend for a visit, so we can go see them there and avoid the rotting trash engulfing their city.

A Bit of Pampering This Afternoon

I'm finally getting to use my gift certificate for Oasis Day Spa this afternoon. I'm truly looking forward to this facial with shiatsu massage (for my face) and the paraffin wax treatment for my hands and feet. Ahhhh. I told Matt we have to go out tonight so everyone can see my (hopefully) glowing, beautiful face. My next goal is getting my first pedicure ever before summer ends and I no longer can wear sandles that are currently exposing my unpainted toenails.

Thursday, July 04, 2002

I'll Never Get Used to the Small Town Thing

Matt and I bought tickets for the 9pm show of Men In Black II in Warren and then decided to get some dinner at Perkin's. On our way through downtown Warren I noticed all these chairs set up along the side of the road. Plastic chairs, lawn chairs, those chairs that fold up and fit into a carry bag, and even some card table chairs. Matt said, "Oh, they must be having a parade." Me: "Oh? Where are all the people then?" It seems that in Warren, people stake out their seats the night before the parade and then just leave their seats there. Matt refers to it as Warren getting ready for the second coming of christ.

Wednesday, July 03, 2002

Travel To Beat the Heat

Matt and I headed out to Erie, PA last night to get out of the stifling heat in our house. Naturally we spent the evening at Barnes & Nobles since it's the closet decent bookstore. Matt bought a huge book on Python language for his RPG or MUD or whatever it is that he's building. I bought John Mayer's cd Room For Squares and the latest Yahoo! Magazine. Both seem to be good. Tonight we're traveling to Warren, PA to see Men In Black II. Don't ask about the Pennsylvania stuff. I don't get it either other than it's something different. Also, MIB II isn't showing in Chautauqua County until Friday.

Maybe I Should Try the LOTTO

My luck with games of chance happens to be doing very well right now. I have officially won the I Love Lucy 50th Anniversary Trip to Orlando, Florida. Matt and I will be going Columbus Day weekend in October. Neither of us has really been to Orlando before. I had been there 20 years ago (almost to the day we're going) when my parents decided on off-season trip would be fun. I'm waiting to hear from the woman who is making our flight/hotel arrangements so I can find out more details, but we're pretty excited to be going on a free trip for four days. And one thing we've already planned to do is eat at The Melting Pot again since there is an Orlando location. Mmmm... fondue!

Tuesday, July 02, 2002

Newfound Respect for Courtney Love

Please read this manifesto written by Courtney Love regarding the music industry. I knew the industry as a whole was full of bastards and this only confirms it.

Forget the DIY Stuff

I just agonized for the past half hour about how I was going to get back my blog. See, I tried this "nifty" DIY thing that lets you post messages like comments, but are automatically viewable within the post. Go to Meg's page to see her example. I thought on a hot day like today, it would be fun to do a non-blog. That's almost what I ended up with until I figured out how to fix the problem. Geezus!!

Reclaiming Jai Sen

I discovered the journal for an old friend. I haven't seen him in years, but we had many good times when he came up to visit. And to my surprise, he has written a book!

Away, Away

We're on a mini-vaca in an area where they're experiencing forest fires (thanks asshole arsonist). It's an area that makes Clift...