December 30, 2005

Urban Dead Year End Summary

3 characters: owlish, a guy who started out as a combat medic, and now has all survivor skills except knife fighting; owlishnecro, started as a Necro Technician, rather fewer combat skills; and owlishzombie, who started as a zombie, was quickly revived, and recently has been wandering around as a zombie, munching on whatever flesh happened to be nearby.

I've been sort of hanging with the Amalgamated Meat Packers, in theory a group of libertarian/ anarchist butchers wandering around zombietown. There's a forum, which has been completely dead, and maybe 3-4 real life people involved.

Fairly fun game. Requires daily play to level up, for maybe 15-25 minutes, depending on your internet connection. I wouldn't advise it for people with dialup.

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Happy New Years

I'm heading up to Dallas for the weekend, to hang with some old friends for New Years. Which would be great, except...

There's a cute guy in the lofts (I'm 95% sure he's gay) having a New Year's eve party, to which everyone is in theory invited. The problem is, I haven't been around, so I don't know if this is true.

Plus, he and my next door neighbor (100% sure is gay) went out bar hopping after the apartment holiday party, which I missed. Bummer.

Oh well.

Hmm. Thought about making black eyed peas for New Years, but I think I'm blowing it off. This looks like an easy recipe, though.

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50 Things I learned over the past month

1) My friends' lives are significantly more fucked up than I ever knew.
2) When starting a 2 week long or more trip, try to take it slow the day before.
3) Running one's wallet through the washing machine appears to do nothing to a credit card's magnetic strip.
4) Dollar bills dry quickly.
5) Mapquest can give some strange directions, but it will eventually get you there.
6) When bumming around with little to do, people tend to take me to shopping areas/malls. I'm not sure why, the only thing I bought was a new wallet.
7) I'm not sure who exactly Abercrombie & Fitch is aiming their marketing at. I may like gazing at the cute guys, but I'm not going to buy anything there.
8) San Antonio Guy #1 (SAG1) has a small amount of trouble with his parents around his being gay.
9) SAG2 was honorably discharged from the military. I think his highest education was an associate's degree.
10) I can't really summarize their interior decorating, besides it involved a few dark blue glass bottles (for SAG2) and old Coke bottles, mostly in different languages (SAG1?)
11) A yeast cake will not rise when made with Splenda.
12) Given a choice between a chick flick (preferred by SAG1) (A Lot Like Love) and a horror flick (The Ring 2) (preferred by SAG2), I went with the chick flick. Neither would have been my first choice, but hey, it worked. Ashton Kutcher isn't always as annoying as he is in That 70's Show.
13) 2 guys cuddling on the sofa, watching a chick flick can be pretty cute.
14) As far as I can tell, El Paso has no reason to exist, other than as a border town.
15) Apparently, if you take a gun into Mexico, it will be confiscated. There are several signs telling you this along the highway.
16) The drive to El Paso wasn't that bad, but remember to fill up before starting out- there are gas stations in the middle of nowhere, but the prices were at least 30 cents more/gallon.

Enough for now.

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December 29, 2005

Holiday Greetings

Snagged from a comment on VodkaPundit [who is now a father, by the way] [oh, and who really goes for folk remedies for things we have good evidence we can do safely? Ok, the baby's 2 weeks late, time to start stimulating her nipples. Um, no.] :

Please accept with no obligation, implied or implicit my best wishes for
an environmentally conscious, socially responsible, low stress,
non-addictive, gender neutral, celebration of the winter solstice
holiday, practiced within the most enjoyable traditions of the religious
persuasion of your choice, or secular practices of your choice, with
respect for the religious/secular persuasions and/or traditions of
others, or their choice not to practice religious or secular traditions
at all... and a fiscally successful, personally fulfilling, and medically
uncomplicated recognition of the onset of the generally accepted calendar
year 2005, but not without due respect for the calendars of choice of
other cultures whose contributions to society have helped make our world
great, and without regard to the race, creed, color, age, physical
ability, religious faith, choice of computer platform, or sexual
preference of the wishee.

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Have A Happy Holiday Seaon

Sunday, November 20, 2005. 1410

I'm heading for my parents' place for Thanksgiving tomorrow, then coming back Friday, then heading on a nearly month long road trip. Lots o stuff left to do. I'll be around friends for most of the time, no clue if I'll blog at all, so I'm forward dating this.

The plan is San Antonio Saturday, then Phoenix, then LA. We'll see how long the plan holds up.

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December 25, 2005

Merry Christmas

Hanging out, surfing the web, avoiding the cousin with a laugh like a braying donkey.

Hope everyone had a decent Christmas/ whatever holiday you happen to be celebrating this time of year, if any. And remember, it could be worse- a friend of my parents was just diagnosed with metastatic pancreatic cancer, and has about 3 months to live.

Now, if my parents could just stop giving me relatively expensive presents that I really don't need...

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December 19, 2005

Carnival of Recipes

Carnival of Recipes #70 is up. Lots of good things, including this recipe for Hot and Sour Soup.

And JohnL should submit his recipe for the world's greatest Chex mix to the next carnival.

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Rollin, Rollin, Rollin

Heading back to Texas today. I think I see why I haven't taken lots o trips over the last year-> I have little interest in the usual touristy things. Been just enjoying hanging out with friends, which has been working ok.

Let's hear it for last minute Christmas shopping!

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December 16, 2005


Putterings around in Phoenix while my buddy works during the day. I keep thinking that I'm in a freakin desert, how are they getting water to all these people and just how vulnerable is the supply?

My friend seems to be focused on getting me to hook up- we went to the artwalk in downtown Scottsdale yesterday, and I've got the phone number of a friend of a friend of a friend, who is supposedly a single gay male. Not sure if I'll call it. Saw some cool stuff on the artwalk, though.

Haven't done any Christmas shopping, or card sending. I may be in trouble. But otherwise, this has been a fun trip.

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December 05, 2005

Life Goes On

Hanging out in sunny California [sunny today, anyway], doing some laundry.

Random thoughts:
1) It's really nice to hang out and bullshit with someone with whom I agree on some different things.
2) The more I hear about people's families, the happier I am with mine. My friend has the most passive agressive parents I've ever seen.
3) Had a damn nice birthday. Didn't tell anyone it was my birthday.
4) Diet? What diet? I need to get serious in several different areas, but it will wait until I'm back home.
5) Speaking of passive agressive, my sister didn't come to Thanksgiving at my parents' place, and isn't coming to Christmas or my grandfather's 90th birthday party [on Christmas Eve], but is coming down to Houston on New Year's. I am unimpressed.

The friend's parents just walked in. I'm out of here.

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