Anybody else have really bad sinuses? Mine are just horrible for all except for three weeks or so a year, more if I happen to be out of town. I need to see a doctor about this, maybe get some sort of treatment. I'd rather not have surgery, but if there's no other option I may need to. This sort of thing may lead to problems later on.


I knew I preferred Finlandia for a reason...

Thank goodness this is not the way. We'd have died off long ago. Hello out there to my lovely mothers-to-be and the gents who have to deal with it.


a dubious distinction

I think I just broke the record for foul-mouthed grousing about something not really that important.


I am surrounded by distractions. I need to go through my crap and get rid of what I don't need. I feel like I carry too much garbage. I mean, who the hell am I trying to impress?


If only...


If I were not personally opposed to the existence of Washington, DC I'd move there were this law to be upheld - fat chance given the far Right makeup of our courts.

Pain... ohboyohboyohboyohboy...

My old workout friend is coming to town for the holiday, and we're going to lift a couple times while he's here. I've been lifting off and on, but for whatever reason when I lift with my friend I seem to work harder - pride or something. I've started to love that feeling of weakness the day after a good workout. Yes, I am aware that I have a problem.


I'm not a loser

I just felt like one all day. Due to some unfortunate planning, I had to go around all day wearing sneakers. I feel that this is a terribly dorky look, esp. when paired with beige trousers. Why I thought this was okay in college is beyond me, but there I was. I need to get another pair of boots so this never happens again. Gym shoes are for gyms.

Also, do I have a problem if I chose my dentists based on her office's proximity to a bar?


1. If I looked in your trunk, what would I find?
My car is a station wagon. However, I do have a trunk. It belonged to my Nana, and it contains a bunch of old family stuff my mother has not gone though as of yet.

2. Do you go to the bathroom with door open or closed?
closed - why would I do otherwise?

3. Is your underwear folded in your drawers or just thrown in?
Folded. I can't stand smooshed threads.

4. Sleep on your back or stomach?
Any way except the stomach. It hurts me neck.

5. Are you a cuddler?
I have to like you first.

6. Something that happened today that made you mad?
People who think 'speed limit 35' is 'speed limit 3.5'.

7. What were you doing before 8 this morning?

8. What were you doing at midnight?
watching a guy I used to train with get thumped on a UFC PPV - better luck next time, Jason.

9. What are you wearing right now?
shirt, trousers, socks

10. How many times have you been in love?

11. Do you talk about your feelings or hide them?

12. Is there something you regret and wish you could take back?
I'd have never left Scotland.

13. First thing you do when you wake up?

14. Kiss with your eyes open or closed.
closed, normally

15. Do you rip the paper off your water bottles?
I don't buy bottled water

16. When you shut off your alarm clock, do you tend to fall back asleep?

17. If you were given the chance to take care of a monkey for a weekend, would you?

18. What is the current advertisement on the side of the screen?
some cd thing

19. What are you looking forward to doing in the next few months?
getting a car that does not smoke

20. Are you ticklish?

21. Where do you wish you were right now?
a happy plac

22. What song are you currently listening to?
none, which is way better than lameass Sublime.

23. If you caught a significant other cheating on you what would you say?

24. What time did you wake up this morning?

25. Something you got in trouble for in school?
calling my English teacher an ignorant pig who was too stupid to do anything meaningful in life

26. Who was the last person you talked to on the phone?

27. What is the WORST subject they teach you in school?
History- it's all nationalist redneck propaganda.

28. Where do you plan on living when you grow up?
East of here

29. What was your dream this morning?

30. How many times have you seen your favorite movie?
I generally don't rewatch films.

31. Where was the last place you traveled?
Madison, WI

32. How was your past weekend?

33. What is your favorite song?

34. Why are you doing this survey?

35. What is the best ice-cream flavor?
butter pecan

36. What's the last thing you ate?

37. Is someone on your mind right now?

38. Can you say the alphabet backwards?

39. Do you worry about how you look?
a lot, mostly because I am fat and gross.

40. Why did your last long term relationship end?
never really had one. I scare 'em off.


John V. 'Jack' Manton - 1920-2007

Boy, speak of uncles whose books you have, and they go and pass. Uncle Jack was 87 and not getting around too well, so it's probably for the best. Jack was a very different fellow from his brother, my grandfather, but in other ways very similar. When Jack came around, normally with less than a week's warning and a scramble to figure out who was going to pick him up, he and gramps would go on about their childhood in New York, where everyone was a 'charactah'. He was part of the reason I tried going into academics, before I figured out that his kind were put out of academia many years ago with its insistence on papers and several PhDs (Jack finished his PhD dissertation while at U. of Michigan, but never bothered to submit it). His interest in and knowledge of geography made it less than surprising that he saw much of the Western world in his life, including some very rarely-seen parts of the Holy Land. Being a self-made millionaire didn't hurt, either - he was just considered eccentric, when he would have been strange had he not hit in the stock market. Strangely, he paid absolutely no mind to himself, dressing in the sort of awful 1960s clothing one only saw in films about the 60s. Even more strangely, he retired to Texas. It's an odd place for a New Yorker, esp. one who was probably gay. When I was younger I thought he'd finally wise up and leave Beeville, TX and his sister's family, but when he told me he stopped living in Dublin half the year because the city became too commercialised, I understood. He was a quiet man who loved books, people and places. He lived and died doing what he loved - most of us would love to be able to say the same.


Aaron the ingrate

Also, I have the lion's share of my uncle's extensive book collection. An embarrassment of riches.

I found my rubles!

I've not seen the rubles my folks brought back from their trip to Moscow in years. They were, of all places, stuck in with the Statue of Liberty centennial coins my uncle gave me. It's only been since I've started clearing a lot of crap out that I've found the things that matter, things that if I did not fear the idea of having kids that I'd pass down to my little girl/boy. One of my prized possessions is one of the most hideous lamps I have ever seen. It's a ceramic basketball with a lamp fixture coming out of the top, finished off with really gaudy red shade. When my Uncle Oscar passed, it was the thing I wanted more than anything else. I was 8; were I older,I might have staked a claim to one of his antique guitars or the pocketwatch Aunt Judy just gave to my cousin (Jimmy looks a lot like Uncle O). Instead, I have a coin nobody wanted and a lamp he probably got from a yard sale. I made out pretty well - it still works.


My dog is a jerk

She ate my tooth whitening strips. Yuck. Ah well - at least Gilbert has only eaten a USB wire. Wait, that's also bad.

That sentence took several tries. Lousy awesome Left Arm shows.


Crisis averted

My aunt came in while I was out and used the internet. She walked the dog while over, and let the cat out as well. Unbeknownst to her, Gilbert is not an outdoor cat. I was a bit freaked, esp. when I found him outside with some blood on his chest. Thankfully (for me, at least) it wasn't his. Now he's back inside and everyone's happy.

Sounds right.

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Had a couple friends around, and enjoyed the first dram of the fall. Clears the nose and warms the spirit, it does. It also makes me want to go back to Europe. Someday...