January 04, 2007

The Holidays

I've been semi-offline for a while, using other peoples computers to connect to the web. With my family for 10 days, stayed with friends in Dallas for New Years.

So, lots of random stuff:

The biscotti recipe worked pretty well. I gave my parents and some friends gift bags with biscotti, coffee, and other coffee related items. Maybe not the greatest present in the world, but not bad, and not something sitting on the shelf taking up space.

I really, really hate going to the dentist.

My parents and I went to Shreveport one night, after the rest of the family had left. They had a gift certificate they had bought in a silent charity auction to one of the casinos, and we ate dinner at the buffet and played some nickel slots. My mom finally got the idea- this may have been the first time she enjoyed gambling. They lost a couple of bucks, I won 45. Completely random, but I'm not complaining.

My brother's lost almost 170 pounds since getting lap band surgery. That's good. He's vomiting fairly often every time the doc tightens the band. That's bad. He isn't doing small, frequent meals, as far as I can see.

He vomited on me Christmas Eve, during lunch. Much worse on himself. Not a fun meal.

My grandfather got his car stuck Christmas Eve evening, during the rain. Slightly annoying, since he insisted on driving himself, even though we know his night vision sucks. He wanted me to push him out of the mud, which wasn't going to be physically possible, and wouldn't accept my word saying so. That pissed me off, and probably was the reason I spent less time later with him than I could have.

Kingdom of Loathing has been quite fun. 2 different characters, 2 different clans, 2 relatively different experiences. One character is head of a large gay clan. One of the players just kmailed me, telling me his boyfriend broke up with him over the holidays by a text message. The guy's renting a "bedsit," what on this side of the ocean would be smaller than an efficiency apartment. Not much I can do.

I asked a gay guy I know over New Years if he knew anyone he could set me up with on a blind date. He ranks somewhere between "eccentric" and "batshit crazy." There's at least a chance that was a really bad idea.

"Ding, Dong, the evil dictator is dead." And not a peep from the Arab "street." Saadam would be perceived as a coward because he let himself be captured. Basically, he lost the mandate of heaven.

Now, can we please do the same thing in Iran? Before they destroy Israel?

A guy gave me "Macbeth," saying [approximately] that I was a Republican, and had blood on my hands. We all sort of laughed. But what if it was I was a Jew and had blood on my hands, or was a Spaniard, or ... So, just as elsewhere, if you aren't in lockstep with the anti-war crowd, you're a Republican, and a murderer. Even though I don't consider myself a Republican, have never given money to the Republican party, clearly disagree with them on several issues...

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