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August 19, 2003

Tuesday, August 19th, 2003, 8:21 PM

Rob @ 8:21 PM

I spent last weekend at the New York Renaissance Faire. Huzzah!!!

Grey took lots of cool photos, which will be up as soon as I get hold of the CD, which I forgot at Infinity's place last night.

Some highlights:

  • Managing an appropriate look with an old tuxedo shirt and a scrap of red fabric fashioned into a cravat
  • Stealing an extra pillowcase from the motel in order to fashion a white cravat to wear with a purple shirt
  • Insane pyrojuggler Thomas Wood
  • Lots of lovely ladies in lovely outfits
  • The fact that the loveliest of the lovely ladies were the ones hanging around with me
  • My friends teaching Nubian Queen Ororo how to dance "the robot"
  • "Huzzah!!!"
  • Pig Boy versus Robin Hood
  • Acquiring a wonderful walking staff with a top reminiscent of a question-mark, very cool and Doctor-ish
  • Attempting to unlock a blue portable toilet with my TARDIS key
  • A panhandling "bastard" who bashes himself over the head with a frying pan every time you give him some change
  • Crowd-participation insult match
  • Sausage in a bun, C.M.O.T. Dibbler style
  • The Rogue Show - from which Draycom and Carrie both left wet in odd places
  • The "Mists of Avalon," a lawn sprinkler atop a ten-foot pole, which creates a misty area perfect for cooling down within
  • That Sheriff Draycom kept terrorizing - the poor fellow was a great sport!
  • Winning at axe-throwing
  • The wonderful cast of characters everywhere
  • Great music
  • Taking a couple of days off work
  • Prank calling my pals in the other hotel room - "Is Calvin there?"
  • The hotel pool
  • All the great costume ideas I have for next year
  • Rooting for the bad guys - Long live the Duke!!!

Some lowlights:

  • Missing my first Live Chess Match due to being preached to by a "drunken monk" who turned out to be a real-life drunken minister who didn't approve of my pentacle or my religion
  • My favorite boots' last hurrah
  • My red cravat getting wet and dying my white shirt pink
  • That big-hammer-test-of-strength thing
  • Parking in Guam
  • Ending the weekend with a hideous toothache
  • The fact that I had to leave eventually

Many thanks to everyone involved for my coolest road trip to date! You're the best bunch of pals a guy could ask for.

August 15, 2003

Friday, August 15th, 2003, 12:57 PM

Rob @ 12:57 PM

Huge obnoxious quiz swiped from Grey...

I AM: listening to music, and watching my cat groom himself.
I WANT: a new job.
I HAVE: a bowl of soup.
I WISH: for fish.
I HATE: migraines.
I MISS: theatre work.
I FEAR: tooth decay.
I SEE: better with reading glasses.
I SEARCH: for answers.
I WONDER: what I'll have for lunch.
I LOVE: my family and my friends (who are family.)
I ACHE: to bridge a distance.
I ALWAYS: try to do what's best.
I AM NOT: Spock.
I DANCE: for fun, not to impress.
I SING: to myself while walking around Long Island.
I CRY: sometimes.
I AM NOT ALWAYS: paying attention to the world around me.
I WRITE: stories, songs, text files, HTML.
I WIN: trivia contests.
I LOSE: personal belongings in my mess of a room.
I CONFUSE: every chance I get.
I NEED: to buy some cat food.
I SHOULD: figure out what I'm going to wear this weekend.

Mother thinks I am: lazy.
My boyfriend/girlfriend/crush thinks I am: an 31337 h4x0r.
It makes me happy that: I have the people I do in my life.
It upsets me that: Katrina lives really far away.
yes or no...: Depends.
You keep a diary: This is about it.
You like to cook: Very much, it brings out the Italian in me.
You have a secret you have not shared with anyone: A few.
You're in love: Usually when it's least convenient for all concerned.
You set your watch a few minutes ahead: Just my alarm clock.
You bite your fingernails: I used to.
You believe in love: very much.

2. Do You...?
Take a shower everyday: Yes.
Have a(any) crush(es): Often.
Think/know you've been in love: More than once, and with multiple people simultaneously.
Want to get married: Who knows?
Have any tattoos/where?: No.
Have piercings/where?: No.
Get motion sickness: No, but car rides put me right to sleep.
think you're a health freak: Not a freak, but I do try to keep up.
Get along with your parents: It's not unknown.
Like thunderstorms: Very much. I often have to stop myself from going outside to enjoy them more closely.
CUDDLE OR MAKE OUT? With the right persons.
MILK, DARK, OR WHITE CHOCOLATE? Depends on my mood.
VANILLA OR CHOCOLATE? Vanilla for pudding, chocolate for everything else.


HELPED SOMEONE? I gave away lots of candles during yesterday's blackout.
BOUGHT SOMETHING? Two DVDs ("The Craft" and "Big Trouble,") ice cream, and an ice pop
TALKED TO AN EX? No, but I've been trying to call one.
TALKED TO SOMEONE YOU CRUSH ON? Yes, and it was lovely.
Name 5 bands/artists you've listened to in the past 24 hours:
1. Blue Man Group
2. Freezepop
3. Dinah Washington
4. Nobuo Uematsu
5. Björk

Would You Ever..
1. Eat a bug? I've swallowed bugs accidentally.
2. Bungee jump? No.
3. Hang glide? No.
4. Kill someone? Never.
5. Have sex with someone you don't love? No.
6. Kiss someone of the same sex? Excluding family, I guess that would depend on the someone.
7. Have sex with someone of the same sex? See above.
8. Parachute from a plane? No.
9. Walk on hot coals? Maybe.
10. Go out with someone for their looks? No.
11. For their reputation? No.
12. Be a vegetarian? No.
13. Wear plaid with stripes? Sure.
14. IM a stranger: Yes.
15. Sing karaoke? Yes.
16. Get drunk off your ass? No.
17. Shoplift? Why? What have you heard?
18. Run a red light? I don't drive, but I do run past red lights sometimes.
19. Star in a porn video? No.
20. Dye your hair blue? Maybe.
21. Be on Survivor? I hate that "reality tv" stuff.
22. Wear makeup in public? Sure.
23. NOT wear makeup in public? Yes.
24. Cheat on a test? If I had to..
25. Make someone cry? I try not to..
26. Call your math teacher a motherfucker? I've done that.
27. Kick a baby? Never.
28. Date someone more than ten years older than you? Sure.
29. Cuss out a priest? I'd try not to.
30. Take a job as a custodian? Sure.
31. Stay up all through the night? I'm most comfortable on a nocturnal cycle.

Friday, August 15th, 2003, 11:30 AM

Rob @ 11:30 AM

So... who switched off the

I'm a huge fan of blackouts. It may seem odd, a techie with Internet and video game addictions like me, but I've always loved power failures. It always seemed like it was a way the world had of chipping away at the whole "civilized world" thing people like to exist in, if only for a short time.

Don't get me wrong, I do realize the risks involved. Medical equipment, transportation, and such can be incapacitated, which can spell disaster for some. However, by and large, I see blackouts as an extremely positive experience.

Along with everyone else affected by the outages, I'll probably be rehashing my "where were you when the lights went out?" story for years now, but I'll write it here first.

I was on the road. Sometime after 4:00 PM, the crew I work with (I won't name them here, I'll call them Ben and Lisa) finished our work in New Jersey, and had started heading back to the Bronx to drop Lisa off. We were playing a cassette, rather than listen to the radio. I curled up in my usual boiled-shrimp posture across the back seat and slept for a bit, while Ben drove and Lisa rode shotgun.

We only started noticing something odd when we arrived in the Bronx at about 5:30, and noticed the lack of traffic lights. Otherwise, everything seemed fine. We arrived at Lisa's second job, but noticed the lack of store lights around us, and the confused-looking groups which had been gathering. We eventually gleaned that the power was out.

We bid Lisa farewell as she went to check the situation there. Since she took her tape with her, I switched over to 97.9 to try and catch El Vacilón. Dead air. But that station was located nearby, so we took it in stride. If the Bronx is out, then so is La Mega.

I scanned around for other stations. There wasn't much to find. Finally, I hit 92.7 and caught the usually bland conveyor-belt-pop replaced by some DJs trying to sound like journalists for a bit before switching over to CNN's audio. What we thought was just the Bronx... was also in Manhattan... also Long Island... also a big chunk of this part of the continent. Wacky!

The one thing I remember from those reports is how much they were stressing the message that "this is not terrorism, there is no evidence of terrorism, don't you dare panic you edgy little monkeys." That reminded me of the fact that bosses in WTC2 were ordering their employees to stay at work before the second plane hit. I chose to reserve further judgement until I knew more.

Ben's mobile phone was dead, so we continued on home. Traffic was surprisingly easy, but of course the whole thing was new to us. The rest of the world had already been dealing with the situation for two hours. Mayor Bloomberg and Senator Clinton took turns placating the media, and Wolf Blitzer told some people stuck walking a few miles through Manhattan how great they were.

Ben's phone finally caught some service, and I was able to check up on my family as well as warn them to unplug the PCs. WLIR gets a few points for managing to drum up enough backup power to play one song, and many more points for their choice; "Blackout" by The Scorpions.

I arrived home to a slightly darkening house just before sunset, and eventually Fina and I decided to - what else? - throw an Armageddon lawn party.

First we armed ourselves with my favorite Maglite and some keychain LEDs, and started walking around town in search of some spare batteries, and maybe some food to barbecue. We found neither, but we did get to walk around our home town-turned-ghost town. Fina's as nocturnal as I am, and we had fun wandering around. The local bars were still full of our standard town drunks, who probably didn't notice much more than they usually do. The ice-cream man still drove his truck around, and we had ice cream.

Upon returning home we set up our candles, the one tiki torch we could get to stay lit, and some tables and chairs. I finally taught Fina how to play Uno.

The light attracted the moths, as well as a couple of neighbors we had never really spoken with before, and we had fun chatting with them for a while. I gave away part of my stockpile of candles.

Nothing like a natural disaster to bring folks together!

Fina and I ended up passing out on a picnic table and a chaise longue on our front lawn. I woke up in bed this morning, so I must have stumbled inside half-asleep at some point, and she did the same. By the time I really woke up, the lights were back on.

So, how were your days?

Music - Freezepop
Mood - Anticipating a weekend road trip

August 13, 2003

Wednesday, August 13, 2003, 10:58 PM

Rob @ 10:58 PM

In other news, I've linked my friend Carrie's journal. She's an amazingly cool person whom I recently had the good fortune to call "Peanut" in character while role-playing. You shall all go worship her now. NOW!

Wednesday, August 13, 2003, 10:36 PM

Rob @ 10:36 PM

Rob T Firefly: Hey, remember Katrina, from 2600?
Mister Murd0c: yeah
Mister Murd0c: Agent X
Rob T Firefly: Yep.
Mister Murd0c: what about her?
Rob T Firefly: Her and I seem to have fallen for one another.
Rob T Firefly: Zany, huh?
Mister Murd0c: Awwwwwww
Mister Murd0c: that is teh r0x
Rob T Firefly: We spend lots of long-distance, since she lives in Texas.
Rob T Firefly: And I had promised myself I'd never get into another long distance relationship, go figure.
Mister Murd0c: aw
Mister Murd0c: I'm so happy for you, Rob.
Rob T Firefly: Thanks, that means a lot.
Mister Murd0c: She was uber-cool
Rob T Firefly: I'm very giddy, myself.
Rob T Firefly: Yes, she is.
Mister Murd0c: and you're uber-cool
Mister Murd0c: so like
Mister Murd0c: the uber cool factor
Rob T Firefly: She seems to think I am.
Mister Murd0c: its like, 11 or 12
Rob T Firefly: "It goes up to eleven. It's, like, one louder.

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