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October 29, 2002

Tuesday, October 29, 2002 – 6:45 PM

Rob @ 6:45 PM

It was too late to catch a flick last night, so we all went to our regular diner.

I had a shake, then came home and played with my Neopet for a while. Yes, I have a Neopet. Bite me. Or, read its profile.

I've also got to fix my coat for my costume. I couldn't find a tux coat with tails like Groucho wore, so I got hold of a regular black overcoat and have to alter it myself.

Wow. Neopets and sewing. That's two vaguely emasculating hobbies of mine revealed in one evening!

I also knit. I learned sewing and knitting from my grandfather, who was a stereotypical Italian-American from Brooklyn who learned to sew in the Merchant Marines. So don't go saying it's feminine!

I have no excuse for the Neopet, though. I'm such a girl!

24 is on tonight!

Current mood - Gary Numan

Current music - Gary Numan

October 28, 2002

Monday, October 28, 2002 – 1:14 PM

Rob @ 1:14 PM

Please enjoy some appropriate mp3s for the season!

Inkubus Sukkubus - Samhain

Insane Clown Posse - Halloween on Military Street (Explicit lyrics!)

Official sites - | Inkubus Sukkubus | Insane Clown Posse |

Monday, October 28, 2002 – 12:35 PM

Rob @ 12:35 PM

I just finished watching "24." It's frightening how intense this show is! I know it's old news to most people, but I missed it the first time around and have been watching the whole season on my digital cable's "On Demand" thing over the past couple of weeks. I did a decent job of keeping away from spoilers, and that ending is so stunning that I would let the writing staff have their way with me in a Turkish bath.

Now that you have that image to store away for a later nightmare, I can go about my business.

I can't wait for the next season of this show to start tomorrow. The only kick in the butt is going to be waiting a week in between episodes, rather than watching four or five hours' worth at a clip. That's saying something, since I barely watch four or five hours of TV in a week not counting this show.

Catching a flick later!

Current mood - Dennis Hopper

Current music - SPC sountracks from Super NES games

October 27, 2002

Sunday, October 27, 2002 – 7:37 PM

Rob @ 7:37 PM

People should have to take intelligence tests before reproducing.

Twice today I had to deal with one of my job's biggest headaches, people leaving small children alone in the arcade in which I work while doing their own thing in the rest of the mall. It sounds ridiculous, but parents keep doing it. Somehow the notion enters some mother's apology for a brain that it'd be perfectly fine to leave little six-or-seven-year-old Tyler or Taylor * alone with two bucks' worth of game tokens in a reasonably crowded mall arcade with its own exit to the parking lot, one overworked-looking loser behind the counter who is trying desparately to ignore all that goes on and is most likely reading a book, and lots of rows of games to obstruct said loser's view of most of what goes on.

A couple of years ago it got to the point where I printed up signs - in English and Spanish - advising parents that small children left alone will be handed over to Mall Security. My mall has a nice bunch of people working security, who for the most part give even less of a rat's ass than me about the world around them. Upon my report of a lone child, they stop by the arcade (most likely on their way from lunch at Wendy's to lunch at McDonald's), escort the kid to their office, and put out an APB for the parent whilst filling out a police report. The kid gets filed away in their lost-and-found box, with only stinky coats, moldy Members Only jackets, and old broken Game Boys with no cartridges for company.

Since I'm talking about the arcade, please enjoy this link to an issue of UPL containing an article I wrote (as Rufus T Firefly, my handle back then) on a laptop at work describing how to cause total anarchy at arcades.

On a happier note, I picked up a fun book today. It's called "The Best Case Scenario Handbook." It's a parody of all the "Worst Case Scenario" books of which I'm a fan, and has situations like "What to do when a blow to the head gives you the ability to read minds" and "What to do when a drunken Bill Gates rear-ends your car and mumbles, 'Isn't there some way we can work this out without the police?'"

I'm wearing white for a while in mourning. It confuses everyone who knows me, since they never see me wear white unless I'm resurrecting myself after being felled by the Balrog, which admittedly hasn't happened yet.

* Taylor and Tyler are names I use for generic obnoxious kids, since they are almost always carrying a vaguely annoying last-name name like this. No offense to any decent people who may be stuck with those names is intended, but a name change is advised.

Current mood - Content

Current Music - Music Choice Electronica (Digital cable 0wnz j00!)

October 26, 2002

Saturday, October 26, 2002 – 7:02 PM

Rob @ 7:02 PM

Well, I do have a bittersweet note to start this thing on. My grandmother's funeral was today. She passed away in her sleep Thursday morning. I'm happy for her, and wish her all the best in her afterlife. You see, she lived an utterly pain-filled life. Due to myriad conditions which I won't go into here, she has spent at least the past 20 years, if not more, in the kind of abject pain you wouldn't wish on your worst enemy's lawyer. I'm grateful that she has finally found peace.

She was a devout Catholic, so the service was in her local church. The priest had an accent that made him sound like Bela Lugosi at times, and I had to stop myself from giggling. And don't call me insensitive. If was insensitive, I would have let myself laugh.

Without droning on and on about my personal faith, I will say that I don't believe death is the end for anyone, just another stage of being. I also think that in matters of religion, there are no right or wrong answers, and nobody should feel the need to prove anyone else's religion wrong. Except for Scientology. If you're going to worship a dead science fiction writer, at least pick one who was talented. Like Douglas Adams.

Enough of that.

Today's date is neat, because October 26, 1985 is the date "Back to the Future" takes place. Hey, it's one of my favorite movies, so sue me.

We gain an hour of sleep tonight. Sleep is one of my favorite hobbies. Thanks, daylight savings!

I got a decent jacket at the Salvation Army to use with my Halloween costume, once I've alterated it a bit. My lovely sister Fina and I are marching with some of our pals in the NYC Halloween parade on Thursday. I'm going to dress as Groucho Marx, and she's doing some sort of crazy nurse thing. Anyone in costume can join! All I have to do now is have Fina darken my hair at some point.

I have big updates in progress for my Sealab page and my Celebrities With Phones archive, but I don't have the time to finish them up just now. Possibly in a few days.