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I hope everyone had a happy Independence Day! Mine was very good... went to two different cookouts with good friends, had good food and good conversation, got to see some good fireworks... it was a very good day. :)
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I'm going to try to get out holiday cards this year, so if you'd like one, please leave me your full name and address*, as well as what holiday you celebrate. If you'd like to send *ME* one, please also leave your email address and I'm send you my new address. All comments are screened for privacy, as usual.

*Yes, even if I've sent you cards in the past. When I moved I lost my address list.
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I was going through some old emails (why in the name of all that is good and sweet do I have email stored from 2000?!) and I noticed something odd, which prompted the following question:

How many people have you known online for years and years, and consider a good friend, and have never actually met face-to-face?

Just off the top of my head, [livejournal.com profile] ginmar and [livejournal.com profile] valarltd here on Livejournal, both of whom I've known for at least 4 or 5 years. There are a few guys elsewhere that fall into that category, including (until just this past May when we first met) [livejournal.com profile] blaireaubougon. This isn't even counting the people I may have only met once or twice in real life years and years ago who I keep up with online.
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It was definitely a busy weekend!

Friday at work, I got a call from my roommate telling me that his car had broken down in far north Raleigh and so, immediately after work, I zipped over to Casual Male & picked up a couple of jeans, then drove up to pick him up. Due to traffic, we barely managed to get back to the apartment (to pick up my stuff) in time to leave for the airport. Thankfully, the traffic in that direction was much more lenient, so we got there with plenty of time. I got on the flight without any problems and an hour later, there I was in Philly!

My friend up there picked me up and gave me a quick tour of the downtown area and took me to Geno's (a fairly famous cheesesteak place) to get me my very own authentic cheesesteak. It was good, but I didn't see why it qualified as being so famous. :-P We then drove the half-hour to the motel we were staying in (it was cheaper out there) and crashed.

Saturday we spent lolly-gagging around and eventually got our butts in gear to go do a self-directed walking tour of the historic stuff downtown. We missed the Liberty Bell because they had it blocked off for some dignitary or something, but everything else was really nice. That evening, we went to a pool party that a friend of his threw and that was fun. :)

My flight on Sunday was originally scheduled for a little after 4, but my friend checked the employee website and saw it was booked full, so we decided to try to stand-by me for the next earlier flight. We managed to squeeze in just enough time for me to swing by the Liberty Bell (open this time!) and get a few pics before getting to the airport. I was literally the last person on the plane and they were closing the door behind me as I got on. Good lord, that was nerve-wracking.

Overall, I had a good time. I would've liked to spend more time downtown, exploring the museums and historic sites, but we didn't have time. Next time I visit, I gotta make sure I have more than 1 full day up there. :-P

P.S. I swung by the gift shop real quick and got a miniature Bell for my workstation. I'm happy. :-D
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I totally didn't realize that this was the tax-free weekend. Now I get to go buy jeans before heading home to finish getting ready for my weekend. Who knows? I might even get a chance to buy some personal electronics!

Yeesh. Time just flies by, doesn't it... I'm travelling this weekend, Matt is moving up next weekend, I win the lotto the following weekend... where does the time go...
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This upcoming weekend I'm flying up to Philly* to visit a friend who got me a free buddy pass on the airline he works for; I'm not going to have a WHOLE lot of time, but I plan on having fun. Seeing the Liberty Bell and have an authentic Philly Cheesesteak are definitely on the list. :-)

The weekend after that, Matt ([livejournal.com profile] blaireau_bougon) is moving up here, so that's going to definitely be a full & busy weekend. I already sent out an email to most of you who might be interested, but if there's anyone who'd like to come over & help unload the van and generally have a "welcome home" get-together, let me know so I can give you the address & get a good headcount for the pizza. :-)

* I'm finally getting to travel some, even if it's only for a weekend! :-D
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So a friend of mine is quite the polyglot; he's fluent in English (obviously), is fluent or highly skilled in Spanish, Hebrew, German, Japanese, Russian and ASL and knows a smattering of Korean, Mandarin, Turkish, Basque and Georgian. He's rather obviously interested in languages of all kinds and he's currently available for translation or language research jobs. With his permission, Roger has allowed me to link any interested parties to his Facebook profile if you wish to contact him about a job.
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Today I went to a picnic at Umstead State Park with some friends and had a really good time. The weather was good and we grilled some burgers, kebabs, and hotdogs. Everything was really enjoyable and I'm glad I went. Of course, I was mostly blind the entire time because my temp fix for the glasses failed, but what's a little loss of visual acuity between friends?

Yesterday, Jeff ([livejournal.com profile] ncsapphirebear) suggested that I try going back to Walmart to see if they had another set of the frames that my lenses could be transferred to, so after the picnic we went. It took a while for the lady at the optical center to get a hold of anyone at the Walmart I got the glasses from originally, but after some searching through the system and in her backstock, she found a pair! So I'm out $52 for the frames, but have wearable glasses now! After I get a new 'scrip, I'm going to order some glasses from Zenni Optical and use these current ones as backups. So while I'm not glad that my glasses broke, I'm happy that I was able to get this whole rigamorale settled fairly quickly and relatively inexpensively.
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It's been an interesting week and weekend.

As you know, I rolled my ankle last Monday and have been wearing a splint since Tuesday. I've gotten to the point where I can put weight on it and take off the splint for short periods, but pivoting it still hurts like a mofo, so I'm gonna be on the meds for another couple of days. I REALLY hope this is over and done with by Wednesday.

This weekend I went to the local farmers' market with some of my friends from work* and we had a good time, despite the looming weather. We had a nice breakfast at the little restaurant, though the waitress was a real jackass who screwed up 2 of our 5 orders and took forever to get us refills. Let's just say she earned the no tip she got.

The market itself was fun; there was a lot of produce and the weather/season is such that the vendors were just starting to start selling some plants. There was also a woman there who was selling some absolutely beautiful homemade cedar furniture. The prices were pretty good, though I don't have enough money available at the moment (damn saving up for the new job!). I got her card, though, and if any of y'all are interested, you can see the stuff here: Cedarwood Furniture by Franklin.

I had originally been planning on going to the North Carolina Ren Faire as well, but my ankle was starting to bother me towards the end of our tromp through the market & the docs at the clinic, as well as the physical therapist there, recommended that I try to walk on it for no more than 30 minutes at a time and then rest it, elevated, for at least 10-15 minutes. That, combined with the rain sweeping through the area, convinced me that it would probably be a Bad Idea to go yesterday. I feel bad, though, because I wanted to see my friend Alex all in his piratical gear. I'll just have to see him next weekend. ;-)

In sadder news, I went by my local (& favorite) comic shop after leaving the market and it's closed for business. I knew that it was going to close at the end of this month (the property management raised the owner's rent/"maintanence fees" by $1k/month without any warning), but I thought the last day was going to be either today or tomorrow. I didn't get a chance to say goodbye to the owner (a really nice guy). I do know that he was looking into possibly re-opening in down in the Garner area at some later date, which I fully support. Not only does Garner need something along those lines, but it would be cheaper rent, which is always nice.

Today I plan on downloading/printing all the forms I'm gonna need for my first day at work (tax stuff, health plan enrollment, etc.), writing my "this is why I'm REALLY leaving" letter for work (haven't decided if I'm going to hand it over or not, but it sure is cathartic), going to my gaming group for the first time in lord-knows-how-long and then picking up some furniture from the house of some friends. And yes, I'll be careful when moving the furniture :-P

*I've always maintained that I like the people I work(ed) with, but increasingly hated the people I worked for. My coworkers and I plan on keeping in touch as much as possible.
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So it's that time of year again. The leaves are turning, the weather is getting chillier, the turkeys are running in fear of their lives... What better time to start gathering addresses for cards for the holidays?

I probably still have the addresses for a lot of y'all, but I'd rather be on the safe side. Therefore, if you'd like to get a Christmas, Channukah, Kwanzaa or Solstice card from me this year, please leave your full address in a comment below, along with which holiday you celebrate. I'm going to try to have all the cards out by December 15, but any latecomers will still get their cards sent out.

Happy (Early) Holidays, everyone!
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It's been a good weekend.

Yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] exploder3211 and I went to the NC State Farmers' Market and had a good time. We ended up spending 2 hours there and left with some tomatoes, onion, strawberries, 2 aloe plants (one for each of us), a sweet basil plant (for him) and some herbal chip dip, not to mention plans to return at a later date for more. The produce is absolutely amazing, as are the prices. Between the 2 of us, I'd say that only about $25-30 was spent and we more than got our money's worth.

Today I baked some cookies from scratch for the very first time. They're maple-walnut cookies (LOTS of dark brown sugar) with chocolate chunks and they're oh so good. I think I may have used a bit too much butter, but who's to know, right? ;)

This evening, I plan to go grill some burgers with [livejournal.com profile] thatfatboy & [livejournal.com profile] th0rbear. Life is good this weekend. :-)
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First, the cards are all done and in the mail. Depending on how far you are from me, they should be there by the end of the week.

Second, I've been so slammed at and tired from work that I haven't checked my flist a lot lately, so please forgive me if I haven't responded to any of y'all. It doesn't help that posts from at least one of you are only sporadically appearing on my flist. (I can't see about 5 or 6 random posts by the person on my flist page, despite being able to read them directly off that person's account page.) So again, please forgive me.

Thirdly, since I'm not spending Christmas with anyone this year, I decided to get myself some gifts. I got this tiny little tabletop tree, which I've decorated, and put in out on my coffee table. My company gave everyone in my clinic $50 Amex gift cards as a reward for being the "bestest clinic EVAR!!!" or some shit, and I used it to buy some TPB comic collections. I immediately stuck those suckers in a gift bag, unread, and put them under the coffee table. I won't read 'em until Xmas Day, I promise. ;-)
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So it's that time of year again: time to send Xmas cards (or Chanukah or Eid or Kwanzaa).

If you would like a card from me, please leave me a (automatically screened) comment with your address. I'm going to TRY to have them all out within 2 weeks.

Oh, and since this is a public post, I'm not including my address. That's going in the next, f-locked post.

I hope everyone had a Happy Thanksgiving and may this holiday season be good to you all!
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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] booboobob!



To celebrate your birthday, I hired you a bear stripper.

Enjoy! )
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To all my buddies here in Raleigh/Durham/Garner: I'm sorry to spring this on you so shortly, but could any of you help me move my bed to the new apartment sometime this weekend? The guy who was originally going to help me got called out of town for work and there is NO WAY I can move this thing by myself. I completely understand if you can't help and hope that you all have a good weekend.

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