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(no subject) [Sep. 29th, 2003|04:25 pm]
My new lair:

"Sir, you can't go through that door because that door leads nowhere."
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keepin' away my blues [Sep. 11th, 2003|07:07 pm]
Oh, and p.s., I also listened to Joni Mitchell's Blue today and remembered what a fucking beautiful album it is. One of the best of the 70s, in my opinion. Even Joni herself never came close to matching what she did with Blue.

If I believe in anything, it's music.
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(no subject) [Sep. 11th, 2003|06:48 pm]
[Current Mood |heap big woman]
[Current Music |you made a bad boy outta me]

I overhauled my user pics.

But Dr Phil is still my favorite.
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(no subject) [Sep. 11th, 2003|06:18 pm]
[Current Music |Queen II]

This morning at the crack of 10:30, I got a call back from one of the places I applied to, for a medical receptionist position in a dental office. The guy asked me if I could come in for an interview this evening and I said sure, because my schedule is obviously as wide open as a cheap hooker's legs right now. He then called me back a few minutes later to say, "Oh yeah, I forgot. Have you ever been convicted of a felony or a misdemeanor? How is your credit? Can you pass a drug test?"

To those I answered, "No," "Good," and "Yes." My real answers? "No," "Why the fuck do you care? Aren't YOU gonna be paying ME?", and "HAHAHAH NOT ON YOUR LIFE." But it's just as well, because after talking to Greg, who's worked in his dad's chiropractor's office for going on 3 years now, I am completely turned off from ever working in health care. That is the biggest mitigating factor in my eyes. I could possibly pass a drug test with a masking agent. However, I will almost certainly hate my health care job as much as Greg hates his, and then I would be right back where I am now.

It's hard not to let unemployment itchiness make you hasty and stupid in your decisions though. It's not even truly an issue of money at this point. I have a good cushion in my checking account, and minimal necessary payments each month. But since age 15 I have never been unemployed with nothing else to do. There have been periods where I've been without a job, but I was always in school during those periods. I'm not complaining at all, just observing how quickly you start to feel worthless when you don't have a job. And "worthless" is even a harsh word. I feel fine about myself in general. But there's something very strange, something that makes you feel like you should be freaking out, when there is nothing to prevent you from listening to Queen and reading novels all day. Granted, I believe rock n' roll and Vonnegut are far more enriching than any job I hold will probably ever be, but you see my point. :)

Anyway. I have very little feeling about the two-year anniversary of 9/11 beyond feeling empathically fucked up. Other than that, today is just a day, albeit a day I'd never turn my television on even if I DID watch regular TV. Of course there is cause to mourn, especially for people who were directly affected by the attacks. But personally I have no interest in mourning or remembering. What I COULD get behind is people taking a hard look at this country and figuring out why the hell that all happened in the first place. But come on, this is America. Learning from mistakes is not our strong point, nor is it the strong point of human beings in general, really. Human nature being what it is, I honestly don't know if there's any alternative to us continuing to further our own extinction, little by little. That sounds horribly fatalistic and cynical, but who says the truth isn't?

It's clear to me that I have been reading a lot of Vonnegut. Haha.

I got a Montgomery County library card yesterday. Checked out a Vonnegut novel, Skinny Legs and All by Tom Robbins (writing style aside, I am seriously intrigued by this guy), and Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace. Have any of you guys read Infinite Jest? Is it worth the 981-page read? I'd like to get some idea before I embark on that.

And that's all I've got.
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(no subject) [Sep. 10th, 2003|07:01 pm]
I don't think it needs to be said what tomorrow is, but what does bear mentioning is just that we should all be somewhat on our guard, even more than you might already be at this time of year. I know some of you have got to be picking up on some fucked up shit out there, whether it's fucked up energy or fucked up events about to transpire. Anyway, just be aware. Stay tuned in to all frequencies.
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(no subject) [Sep. 9th, 2003|05:16 pm]
[Current Music |Queen - Love of My Life]

Birthday wishes go out to pastahero today!

Also today, the last season of Family Guy came out on DVD. *dances around*

"Hi, I'm Eggers. I like to eat worms and dance around. Look at me eating worms and dancing around with worms coming out of my mouth!"
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(no subject) [Sep. 8th, 2003|07:06 pm]
[Current Mood |queentastic]
[Current Music |Queen - '39]

I seem now to be embarking on some sort of QUEEN PHASE. Just started listening to A Night at the Opera and it's rocking me just the way I like to be rocked. I'm loving how you can download a fair number of complete albums off Kazaa. By the end of today we're gonna have near-complete digital collections of Pink Floyd, The Beatles, and Zeppelin. You can't beat that with a drum stick. It's free, plus you can listen to dozens of albums in great quality sound without ever changing a CD. I love how the internet coddles the lazy.

Looking for a job sounds so much more active than it actually is. It's 95% waiting. I've sent some resumes, I talked to a woman from a company in Baltimore this morning (conclusion: I ain't driving to Baltimore for $10 an hour), but mostly I've been listening to a lot of classic rock. I listened to Zeppelin's Houses of the Holy and Floyd's Piper at the Gates of Dawn while I went on a cleaning binge this morning. But mostly I don't even do much while I listen. I just listen, and muse, and sometimes step outside for a cigarette. It's all very zen. Haha.

I finished Fierce Invalids Home From Hot Climates by Tom Robbins yesterday. It was like the sting of a bee, the kiss of a butterfly's wing, the slow inverse fart of a bong, and a rainbow at night. Or: I didn't really like his style, but the man is smart and has some truly interesting ideas, and ideas seem to be what he's all about anyway.

I still haven't written anything about Vegas but there's not much to say. I'd say our time was spent roughly like this:

10%: drinking and eating
10%: walking around and seeing other hotels/casinos
10%: playing video poker
30%: sleeping
50%: sitting in our room and watching I Love the 70s

And it was GREAT. Just being in Vegas was great. We didn't really need to "do" a whole lot to have a blast. Our Pacemakers wouldn't have let us anyway. Also, I Love the 70s rules. It's hilarious. You can't beat comments like, "Young Frankenstein is the funniest black and white comedy ever. It's even funnier than Schindler's List." Or, "What could possibly go wrong with a three-year-old child and a hot oven?" I don't even know what Michael Ian Black (Ian Michael Black?) has acted in, but he's funny as hell.

Oh, and I also downloaded a kick-ass version of Rain King by the Counting Crows done live with Springsteen's Thunder Road. I don't even like Rain King especially as a studio track, but in all its live incarnations it is amazing. The Counting Crows are so much better than their DMB-lite fan base would lead you to believe.

Allrighty, Greg's gonna be home soon so I'm out. Have a good night, y'all.
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I never thought this day would come [Sep. 5th, 2003|07:09 pm]
[Current Music |Queen - Ogre Battle]

Holy SHIT.

Consider this an official retraction of all the shit I have ever talked about Queen. Ever. This afternoon I downloaded and listened to Queen II in its entirety. Then I listened to it again. And now I'm listening to it...yet again.

Either unemployment has rotted my brain already or Queen II is a great album.

I'm gonna go with "Queen II is a great album." And it is an album. Apparently Queen made albums like The Beatles or Pink Floyd made albums. Queen made ART. I never knew this. The guitar, bass, drums, piano, and vocals on this record all at various points could make you CRY with their utter greatness too.

As weird as it sounds, I think I appreciate Queen more after having been to Vegas. Seriously. Vegas is one big novelty. Everything is huge and flashy and gimmicky, and instead of being annoying and cheesy, it's encouraged and enjoyable and just all-around great. You revel in the novelty of it. Queen, to me, is also a novelty, but they're so much more talented than I ever gave them credit for. And this album is a fantasy album. That rules. It's a journey like Harry Potter or Alice in Wonderland to me; it's just done through song, not words or pictures. I am amazed.

And I love how you can hear traces of Beatles (well, practically the hand of George Harrison himself in White Queen) and Zeppelin in here.

This album...wow.
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"We're officially on welfare. Come on kids, help me scatter car parts on the lawn!" [Sep. 4th, 2003|06:59 pm]
Happy birthday, Buckingham! The alcoholic monkey was gonna make a toast in honor of the occasion, but he's passed out in the corner.

I'm unemployed now and therefore had the entire day to write something in here, but I didn't. Ain't that the way. Tomorrow I buckle down and start job hunting. To sum up for now:

Vegas is awesome, but I'm glad to be home.
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(no subject) [Aug. 28th, 2003|05:50 pm]
Here I sit at my mom's house waiting for her to show up with some stuff I need to take to my brother at his new COLLEGE DORM ROOM, so I figured I'd write in my livejournal. Yeah, apparently I have one of these things. Who knew?

I'd say my brother being a freshman in college makes me feel old, but let's face it. Greg and I are practically shut-ins and 1 A.M. is a late bedtime for me. My LIFESTYLE makes me old. Haha.

But I tell you, if I were in a retirement home right now I'd be the hippest chick there because my hair looks fucking cool. Jenn helped me dye it red this past weekend. I've tried to dye it red several times before, but my hair is so naturally dark that it never really showed up unless I was standing directly in the sun or under a light bulb or something. So we bleached it a little first, and you can't tell just how much the red took after that because my webcam and the lighting in here is sub-par, but here you go.

cut for those of you with caveman internet connections, or for those of you who would simply rather not have to look at my faceCollapse )


In other news, this time of the barftastic variety, it's eight months for Greg and me today. What's really funny is that every month on the 28th, Greg posts just the number and nobody ever knows what he's talking about.

Things are...well, things just are, these days. My job gets worse by the day and I think I might put in my two weeks soon, but family relations are getting a little better and I'm going to Vegas in TWO DAYS, and I hope that going and just having an absolutely crazy, fun time will make us both feel not so worn down and insane when we get back.
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