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Jun 22nd, 2011 | 05:01 pm

Hello traveler!

You probably came here from my girlfriend maypirate's journal, because I can't possibly think of any other reason you'd be here. I'm sorry to report that this little experiment in "blogging" didn't quite grab me, as you probably tell by the lack of updates in the last 100 years. I do still like the idea of a blog, and someday I may give it another shot.

In the meantime... enjoy this, or perhaps this, or even this.

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The croissants of our love

Mar 4th, 2011 | 06:00 pm



Why hello maypirate. It's always a pleasure to see you. Please, come join me on my classy patio.

Would you like some jasmine tea?Collapse )

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You electrify my life

Sep 13th, 2009 | 09:00 am

Seven months ago I travelled 600 miles to meet Amber (maypirate) in person for the first time. We had only known each other for a month, but during that month we talked online and on the phone so often that it felt like we had known each other for much longer than that. She was funny, intelligent, attractive, sassy, and dreamed of someday punching people in the face. After only a couple weeks of chatting I knew I was into her and I had to meet her.

So I did! I said I was going up to Wisconsin to visit old friends, which was true, but the trip was really about Amber. We had an amazing weekend together, but as I drove away Monday morning, I wondered if I'd see her again. I knew I wanted to, because the day after I got home I missed her so much that I physically hurt. She felt the same way, against all of her expectations. One month later I was back, and even though we each had our own strong reservations about our chances, we decided to give this relationship a try.

That was six months ago. Once again it feels like far longer, but at the same time it feels like the months have flown by. I'm living in Wisconsin now, a decision I've never once regretted. Although these past six months have been personally stressful as I've dealt with unstable employment and other life frustrations, Amber has been a constant source of happiness and strength. She's pushed me forward when I've come to a halt. She's been there for me when I've felt overwhelmed. When we're together, the only worry on my mind is whether I'm being as wonderful to her as she is to me. It's hard to remember what my life was like before she became a part of it. I don't want to know.

Last night we celebrated our anniversary by staying in. We watched Battle Royale and drank sake. I cooked kenchin soup and ginger pork. We fell asleep watching MST3K: Space Mutiny. Earlier that afternoon I surprised her at work with flowers. The look on her face was totally worth it. "But it's only been six months!" she said. That's true; six months is relatively short. We've both dated other people for years. Our relationship is only starting out, but I say we couldn't have asked for a better start.

Happy six months, Amber! You are my love, my friend, my co-conspirator, my inspiration. Thank you for taking a chance on some Internet boy from Tennessee. Even though it's only been six months, I can't wait for the next six, and all of the months after that.

<3

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I just wanna tell you how I'm feeling

Aug 11th, 2009 | 07:00 am
mood: nervous
music: Rick Astley - Never Gonna Give You Up

I drove to Anoka, MN (near Minneapolis) on Sunday for jesslyn's Going Away/Beat Cancer party. She was diagnosed with thyroid cancer last year, but has kicked cancer's ass with treatment, surgery and unshaken perserverance. Her and her boyfriend Jason have been my best online friends for the past three years, and I finally got to meet them in person. We all met online playing City of Heroes; they've been dating for over two years despite being separated by 1,200 miles. She will be moving in with him in North Carolina on Wednesday.

My visit was filled with adventure: After the obligatory friends and family party, the three of us escaped to see G.I. Joe. (Micro-review: ZOMG EXPLOSIONS!!!) After that we had a bit of trouble finding a place to eat at 10:00. Khan's Mongolian Barbecue: Closed. Perkins: Closed?? IHOP: WTF, closed too!? Finally we found a Boston's Gourmet Pizza that was open. As we walked through the front door we paused, as the song playing inside sounded familiar... "Hey, isn't that Rick Astley?"

Yes, it was. We did indeed get Rickrolled.

In other news, I've been having a hard time relaxing lately. I feel mildly nervous almost all the time, like I'm bracing for an impact, like I'm expecting things in my life to suddenly go wrong. Maybe I'm so used to the feeling of being stressed out all the time from when I was unemployed that I'm having trouble not being stressed. Honestly, I have very little reason to feel this way. I'm employed, I'm healthy, I have great friends, I'm dating a wonderful woman... The only thing even somewhat unstable in my life is my job situation, which is still much improved compared to a few weeks ago. I just wish I could sit down and truly relax. The only times in recent memory I've been able to do that has been with maypirate. Meh. I dunno.

In other other news, omg guys check this out AWWWWW!

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He'll save children but not the British children

Jul 31st, 2009 | 07:15 pm
mood: impatient
music: Green Day - Worry Rock

Washington, Washington. Twelve stories high, made of radiation.

Kevin, a long-time Tennessee friend that moved to Madison two years ago, joined me, maypirate, homoshiroi and Joel for dinner at Sa Bai Thong Wednesday night. Much merriment was had, as all five of us share the same unglued sense of humor. Kevin and Joel had much in common: They both like GURPS, lasers and SCIENCE!

One of the coolest things about Madison's bus system (other than the fact that it's worth using, unlike Nashville's) is that every bus has a bike rack on the front. I've been riding my bike the half mile from my house to the bus stop, catching the #4 or #47 bus to the Capitol, then riding my bike the few remaining blocks to work. It's worked out very well... except today I was feeling cocky and decided to bike all the way home. That was more than a little terrifying for a guy who has never biked in traffic before. Granted, it's only a three mile jaunt in one of the most bike-friendly cities in the country, but STILL! I think I'll stick to the bus, at least during rush hour. (Yes, I did read up on the bike laws before I ventured forth.)

Oh yeah, speaking of work! It's a six-week office assistant gig for a life insurance company. My job consists of migrating document images from one archive system to another. There's really nothing much more to say about it. Imagine eight hours a day of "copy, paste, repeat" and you'll have a pretty good idea of what I'm doing. It's terribly dull, but I can't complain. My coworkers are all nice and I get paychecks. My search for more permanent work continues, as this is merely a temporary reprieve from unemployment.

In more geeky news, I finally got into the beta test for Champions Online! It's more or less City of Heroes Version 2.0 and so naturally I've been excited about it for many months. I'm impatiently waiting for the 3.5GB game client to download at this very moment. If anyone's interested I will share as much about my experiences as I can without breaking the non-disclosure agreement.

P.S. There are a bunch of turkeys making lots of noise outside my window. HEY HEY KEEP IT DOWN YOU TURKEYS!!

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My first girlfriend turned into the moon

Jul 27th, 2009 | 04:00 pm
mood: cheerful
music: The Clash - Rudie Can't Fail

maypirate: Once I colored a page from a coloring book for my friend and wrote "Anyone can drown at any depth" on it and he hung it on his wall.
infinityduck: Can we be friends? For real?
maypirate: Yes. I think so.

The above chat snippet is from 30 minutes into our very first conversation ever, way back in January. I knew right then that she was someone special. :-D

I met homoshiroi and her husband Joel this weekend. maypirate made a delicious beef+tofu+rice dish (EDIT: I am told it is called "mapotofu") and we watched the Found Footage Festival (featuring hunks, pool hustling and Angela Lansbury taking a sensual bubble bath) and The Last Cigarette (featuring the goblin Rep. Henry Waxman grilling tobacco execs). It's always strange to meet someone in person that you've only known as a screen name, but they were both awesome and I am looking forward to hanging out with them more!

My roommate Spencer recently returned home from a 10-day bike ride across Iowa. Now, apart from wondering why anyone would find enjoyment in biking across an entire state, I'm also wondering WHY IOWA?!? (I have nothing against the proud Iowinians or the Hawkeye State, but come on guys. Your state is basically a 300-mile wide cornfield.)

I visit many strange and wondrous sites in my travels on the Internets, and yesterday I found myself on the CIA web site. Apparently they are hiring, so if you've ever dreamed of becoming an assassin, here's your application! I was also amused and slightly disturbed that the CIA has a kids' page, complete with games. I got a perfect score on the Photo Analysis Challenge, which clearly means I'm ready for a career as a spy. Sadly they didn't have my favorite game, the Secret War in Laos Adventure starring Tommy the Junior Tiger Spy.

I finished watching all three seasons of Avatar: The Last Airbender. I blazed through all 61 episodes in less than two weeks because it's just that good! It's an epic quest story (think Lord of the Rings) with such memorable characters and solid writing that you quickly forget that it's supposed to be a kids' show. I'm looking forward to the live-action movie trilogy directed by M. Knight Shyamalan next year.

Hmmm... I know there was something else... oh yeah I got a job! It's a temp job at a life insurance company. Not a great job, but a job nevertheless. I start tomorrow. More on that after my first day.

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Future events such as these will affect you in the future

Jul 22nd, 2009 | 01:30 pm
mood: excited
music: Tub Ring - In the Future

I attended the birthday revelries for cecilmcgrlybts with maypirate last night. I'm fairly sure our server at the Italian restaurant was a Velociraptor in disguise. I had delicious butternut squash ravioli. Later we played Dominion, a nifty card game where the objective is to acquire gold to buy as many moats as possible, if you're playing by maypirate's strategy.

I think there were other more interesting things to share, but I'm distracted by... RIFFTRAX LIVE! Riffing on Plan 9 from Outer Space! From the Belcourt Theater in Nashville!! Broadcasting to a cinema near you August 20!!!

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My cabbages!!!

Jul 19th, 2009 | 05:30 pm
mood: lazy
music: Tub Ring - Making No Sound (At All)

I've discovered that job hunting involves a lot of waiting around for people to get back to you, so I've had plenty of time to catch up on a lot of TV shows on DVD. Currently I'm watching X-Files, Arrested Development, Deep Space Nine and Avatar: The Last Airbender. I figure that should keep me busy for, oh... a few weeks.

YES I KNOW AVATAR IS A KID'S CARTOON SHUT UP. It's a good show! It has memorable characters! It has a flying lemur!

I'm open to more recommendations! What are your favorite TV shows?

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Big hands I know you're the one

Jul 16th, 2009 | 06:00 pm
mood: rock star
music: Violent Femmes - Blister in the Sun

The show Tuesday night kicked ass! We had technical problems while setting up the stage that delayed the opening band for over an hour, but we still rocked into the early morning and drew a small but enthusiastic crowd. I think we played pretty damn well for having only two weeks to learn 24 songs. All in all it was an amazing night, and I can't wait to do it again next week.

Yes, I am now officially a rock star.

After the show I drove maypirate to the airport in Milwaukee. She's off to Otakon! She's been looking forward to this since before I met her. It was wonderful to see her so excited. I hope she has a great time. If anyone deserves a vacation, it's definitely her.

I'm going to try to make it to Gencon this August. I've never been to a convention, and a lot of my friends from Tennessee will be there. Unfortunately I'm not sure I can afford it. I was sort of expecting to be employed by now, which reminds me...

The not-so-good news...Collapse )

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Going down the old mine with a transistor radio

Jul 13th, 2009 | 12:30 pm
mood: nervous
music: Van Morrison - Brown-Eyed Girl

Today is going to be a busy day. I have two job interviews, band practice, grocery shopping, a check to deposit, and a meeting with someone interested in buying my laptop. The next six hours are going to be hectic, but I'm actually looking forward to it. It's nice to have a full schedule after months of having very little to do.

Tomorrow night is the band's first gig. I AM NERVOUS. We somehow learned 24 songs in just two weeks and I'm not sure if I've spent enough time on the harder ones. I'm afraid I'm going to forget a chord progression, or freeze up during a solo, or look like an ass on stage, or generally fuck up in some way. Then I remind myself that things will be fine, it will be lots of fun, and most of the crowd will have a few drinks in them and probably won't realize if I fuck up.

If you'd like to join in the festivities and hear some good live music, drop by Johnny O's Tuesday, July 14. Doors open at 8:00; we start playing at 11:00. No cover charge! Here's the Facebook event page because we're a hip Web 2.0 band.

Johnny O's Restaurant & Bar
620 University Avenue
Madison, WI 53715

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