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Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
5:22 pm - Home
I slept for fourteen and a half hours and awoke from the oddest dream. Domenico and Amanda were telling me about a new store in Urbana called Dry Fruits and Meats, and it apparently was run by refugees from Corkscrew. They were having a cognac and gin tasting, and I was going to go after my big test on something like medieval literature, except try as they did to clue me in, I had no idea where in Urbana it was. Then we were watching an old movie about naming streets in Urbana after historic figures, and I realized it had to be from the early eighties instead of the late sixties because I recognized all the Matchbox cars. Then someone said Jesse Jackson was killing us, and I woke up.

current mood: lucid (again)

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Friday, March 4th, 2011
2:27 pm - Sir, our minimum donation is only $25!
Woke up from a dead sleep to a call wanting money for breast cancer research. When I repeated I had no money, the caller sounded like she was going to cry. Went back to bed and decided "Little Round Mirrors" was the most beautiful song ever.

Still not sure what the connection was.

current mood: lucid (now)

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Saturday, January 1st, 2011
11:28 pm - Where Is Everybody?
Strange day, nearly thirty degrees colder than yesterday. I had gone to bed at 10:00 am and got up at 10:00 pm. No calls or distractions of any kind all day, and nowhere open downtown except the two locations of Blind Pig. I was relieved to find any sign of life at the radio station, in the form of one Bill Saylor.

current mood: calm

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Sunday, November 22nd, 2009
3:39 pm - Push Upstairs
I don't understand how my mother and sister can watch back-to-back episodes of a show where a guy goes on about how sassy somebody's wedding dress is.

current mood: disgusted

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Wednesday, July 15th, 2009
6:58 pm - I'm in the basement, baby (drop on by)
Ryan put up a good fight, but I bested him at foosball 10-9.

current mood: awesome

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Sunday, June 28th, 2009
8:41 pm - Update
Today is adorable and awesome.

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Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009
11:46 pm - Reflections on Woodstock
Jefferson Airplane had incredible charisma.

Ten Years After deserved to be better remembered.

Janis Joplin was much more annoying than I realized.

Jimi Hendrix made much uglier music than I remembered.

current mood: hungry

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Monday, March 9th, 2009
4:17 am - Will You Be Staying After Sunday
I missed Sunday. I went to bed at noon and slept fourteen hours on account of a power failure. When I awoke, it was pitch black and sixty degrees, and I ate the rest of my pastrami sandwich. Not a bad way to start a week.

current mood: rested

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Monday, February 2nd, 2009
12:53 pm - Tact
At a meeting this morning, discussion turned to the governor's race. I cautioned against the spread of malicious rumors about potential candidates until we knew whether they were true, and a woman accused me of taking away her second amendment rights.

The woman is a former U.S. House nominee.

current mood: tired

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Monday, December 29th, 2008
5:57 pm - Someone's in the kitchen with Dinah.
Things I did not expect to find so many of in the refrigerator:

8 jars mustard, including 3 French's, excluding mostarda di Cremona with 1/31/2000 expiration date
6 jars pickles, including 4 Mt. Olive
5 bottles Rival snow cone syrup
5 packages parmesan cheese, including 3 Kraft
4 packages Fresh Express field greens
4 jars olives, including 2 Mazzetta and 2 Shur Fine

Things I did not expect to find so many of in the cupboard:

5 jars McCormick stick cinnamon
3 boxes Dixie Crystals powdered sugar

Evidently, my mother only thought she cleaned out the refrigerator.

current mood: industrious

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Saturday, December 20th, 2008
6:24 pm - A Kodak moment
Perhaps nothing in life is more frustrating than trying to teach your parents to use their own digital camera.

current mood: frazzled

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Thursday, December 4th, 2008
3:18 am - With apologies to Skunk Anansie
Instructions: Put your iTunes collection on shuffle, and write down the first line of the first twenty songs. Post the poem that results. The first line of the twenty-first is the title.

"100 Ways to Be a Good Girl"

Have you ever climbed on a big high mountain
Watch this picture blow
I don't go in for crazy stuff
I'll be tired of you
Tired but I ain't sleeping

Hey, little girl
Three, four
Come on
Come on!
Well, I won't

I guess I've got a hot mitt
It's make believe ballroom time
I kneel before her
To you
There was a boy

Somewhere I got lost
Belly is craving
Parlez no
With all the simple times behind me
You better believe I'm coming


Disclaimer: "I guess I've got a hot mitt" turned out to be "I guess I've got a heart meant," but I'd never have figured that out on my own, and it's not nearly as good.

current mood: hecho polvo

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Wednesday, November 12th, 2008
4:43 pm - Smiles Everyone
On the walk to the dentist, I noticed the directive on the bus: "SMILE, IT'S SUNNY." Where, Australia? Hideous weather here.

The dentist said I had a deep cavity and was right to seek immediate attention. He charged only half what I anticipated, which makes up for the suitcase snafu. Oh, and I found another dime.

current mood: not so manic now

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Sunday, August 10th, 2008
6:02 am - Mystery from Italy
I am very happy right now.

In August 1998, I heard a song on the radio. I made a mental note the singer was a hangman, and one day, his son would be a hangman. I have asked around ever since what it was, and neither human being nor search engine could help me out. Well, I figured it out about twenty minutes ago.

In November 1998, I heard another song that eluded me equally. I wrote down "relinquishing thoughts of attachment" and figured that one out about two and a half years later. My eternal gratitude no longer hangs in the balance, but reply if you recognize either of these.

current mood: sated

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Sunday, August 3rd, 2008
6:09 am - a/s/l
No matter how much I like a good online conversation, there is still no substitute for a good offline conversation. Much less a good offline all-night conversation.

current mood: enriched

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2008
12:01 pm - James Sammons's Celebrity Hot Tub Party
Lauren and Jim talked about the hot tub the whole time. My back has hurt the whole time, so I thought I would check it out if there were time after they did. Well, they never did, but I had an hour and a half, so I did. There were actually two hot tubs, and one was anything but hot. The other was fine, though, and I took advantage for two fifteen minute intervals. At the start of the second, a little boy beat on the door, and I tried to tell him a key is necessary for entry. Two other little boys got in another door, though, and let him in also. The first thing the smallest did was knock my key all the way to the bottom of the hot tub. It took two or three minutes to get him to comprehend the concept of a key. Then they splashed around until someone in uniform asked whether they were with me. Uh, no. I still had a good time. I told my mother, and she told Lauren and Jim and completely left out that I still had a good time.

current mood: relaxed

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Monday, July 7th, 2008
6:46 am - Pin the tail on Gerard Arpey
If I ever book another flight with American Airlines, could one of you please slap me so hard that I miss it?

current mood: angry

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Sunday, June 8th, 2008
2:33 am - Tonight's lesson
There is no better karaoke song than "Tequila" by The Champs.

current mood: smug (only not really)

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Saturday, March 22nd, 2008
8:58 pm - California wine on a cold afternoon
Stephanie and I met at Aroma and talked about my past trip to Seattle and her future trip to Columbus. I do not care for the cappuccino at Aroma, but they may have the best espresso around here. It was as good as the meat burek.

I was supposed to go out of town but by staying got to try a rare stone pine liqueur. It was surprisingly subtle. I would recommend it.

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Wednesday, March 12th, 2008
4:20 pm - Whoa
I feel like PJ Harvey just seduced me.

That is all.

current mood: euphoric

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