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03:40 am: War of Lindsay's Birthday
I just got in from Lindsay's welcome back/birthday get together. Boy did she give me a look on my way out. I didn't want to be the first one to leave but it got to the point where I just had to. I don't know what exactly it was be it depression, unease or just plain tiredness but had I stayed any longer I would have ended up staring blankly and not saying anything. I caught myself like that a few times during Apples to Apples but I don't think anyone noticed. Now I'm home and not much better but at least I'm not in the way. Hopefully Lindsay won't be as mad once she gets part II of her B-day gift.

Apples was fun this time, and not just because I won by a landslide. Almost everyone got involved and made a good time of it. Normally I get one, maybe two cards in a game but either I had a good feel for the judges tonite (no jokes) or I sold my cards well. Tom seemed easy to persuade but perhaps he just has a similar sense of humor. Of course, all this means I'll probably never win again but it's one of those games where you don't play to win. All the fun is what you put into it. And speaking of, I still need to get a deck of blank cards so we all can have our own "Lindsay" card.

Had a full weekend but there was too much to chronicle tonite. A small inkling of can be found in my long, detailed and extremely biased review of the new big-budget War of the Worlds film.

I really need to get to the pet store and soon to get some new plants and ghost shrimp for my aquarium. It's a special trip because I have to go straight back from there to get everything into the tank before it can die. I've been meaning to go for the past week but I've also been sleeping in a lot. Part of it is needing actual sleep since my current bedtime is near four o'clock, but another is that going there is stressful and depressing. Thea and I went there a lot for supplies for her tanks and then later, mine. The main reason I got my aquarium is that it was something we could maintain and enjoy together and now that she wants little to do with me it just remains as a solid remainder of something I've lost. I don't really have any interest in stocking the tank any further so the three fish there have got it made. I'll keep taking care of them until I find another home or they pass away. Until then I must bear trips to the pet store and regular cleanings. I won't subject them to my own miseries.

Summerfest is still going on. Does anyone want to go with me this Saturday? I won't go alone because I would just end up lost, wandering around in the crowd wondering what to do with myself. But it's still a blast and events like this are better shared anyway. Need more incentive? It's held beneath an interstate overpass that looks like suspiciously like the one that's destroyed in the beginning of the new War of the Worlds movie, expensive version.

I received a tentative flight itinerary for my trip to Japan. Pop Japan Travel sent me a list of connecting flights that will get me to LAX and back in conjunction with their flights out to Japan. I'd leave MSN for Chicago to LA to Japan and on the way back to LA, then Dallas and finally MSN again. It's at least 18 hours of air time either way and each in a single day. Not to mention another 500 odd dollars added to expenditures bringing the bare essential cost for this trip up to three grand. I can manage it but it's still a little daunting considering my last vacation cost less than one.

In other news, I received my copy of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds ULLAdubULLA: The Remix Album. It was unavailable when I began my search but I left a request with Amazon.com with the product condition I found acceptable and price I was willing to pay. As soon as it was available BAM! It was mine. I enjoy everything I've herd but I've only skipped around so far. This doesn't seem like the sort of album you'd listen straight through beginning to end. There are a lot of multiple remixes of the same songs (there are eight of The Eve of the War) but the music itself is so good that I won't get tired of them. Let's see how many versions of this album I have now.

  1. The original 2LP vinyl gatefold album. My first acquisition

  2. The CD version of the above, purchased a few months later

  3. techno remix tracks of selections for the PS1 and PC versions of Jeff Wayne's War of the Worlds games.

  4. ULLAdubULLA remixes, mentioned above

  5. And the new must-have:
  6. The collectors' edition re-release featuring seven discs, a book, a DVD and a slew of other things I'm more than willing to pay eighty pounds for.

I only hope they're still available when I have money enough to order. I'm most excited about the complete Richard Burton performance, of which only 40% was used on the final version of the album. If this keeps up my annual WotW kick is going to start off early this year and I won't be able to wait until October to do my commemorative radio broadcast thing.

It's late. I need sleep, and strength if I'm going to make it to the pet store and back before work tomorrow.

- J I M O U T -

Current Mood: tiredtired
Current Music: F: drive ripping ULLAdubULLA to C: drive
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From:crabmoon
Date:July 7th, 2005 10:15 am (UTC)

reply and such

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i have another present? I wasn't mad, but everyone pretty much started leaving by then. Sorry. We need to hang out at your place again, I haven't been there since before I left. Oh, and tonight's no good, i need a recovery night. But call me, ok? laters
From:renny1780
Date:July 7th, 2005 10:16 am (UTC)
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Actually, I noticed that you were rather quiet last night as well and I know what that look Lindsay gave you was about. I'm not going to be the one to tell you though...if you want to know, you can ask her. She'll probably explain it better anyway...though that might not be a good idea either.

My thoughts on Thea are this: YOU'RE NOT MISSING ANYTHING. I love Thea to death but her interpersonal relationships are not exactly the best on Earth. I don't really know what happened (in your own words - maybe I'll ask you sometime, if you're willing to speak of it) but I do have Lindsay's version (which is probably just as good). Honestly, Thea's the one missing out on something. From what Lindsay has told me, you were the best boyfriend to both her and Thea and that Thea's the one that screwed it all up. So, whatever she said to you about it being your fault I'm about 99.9% sure isn't true. Don't get me wrong, I love her to death...but I really don't believe that it would be your fault over her's.

As for Summerfest...hmmm...I would go but I don't think I'd be the best company for it. As far as I know I don't have to work but that doesn't mean anything since it's only Thursday.

Okay, that's about all I need to say right now. I'm not even really awake yet (it's noon:15) but I need to get some things done such as the dishes (I just did them yesterday and now I have a washer full again) so I'm going to wander off. Woo.
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From:evil_jim
Date:July 7th, 2005 09:39 pm (UTC)
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S'ok. If it really bothers you I think LJ will let you delete your own comments.
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From:sacredspud
Date:July 7th, 2005 09:19 pm (UTC)
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Woah, a collectors edition of Jeff Wayne's WoTW? I usually avoid expensive collectors editions, but this one sounds very tempting. I'll have to set aside a little money for it over a few paychecks, though -- I'm pretty broke. Incidentally, I can't afford Summerfest, so it's probably not worth asking me about it.
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From:evil_jim
Date:July 7th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
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I rushed out and created an account at thewaroftheworlds.com last night to prepare for my order. Members of the website get a 10% discount so if you like I can order one for you as well. I just did the currency calculations and 79.99GBP equals $139.34USD. Even after the discount it's still pretty pricy so you may want to wait and check mine out before deciding.
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From:evil_jim
Date:July 7th, 2005 10:13 pm (UTC)

better news

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I re-read the store's description and found those in the USA can order from Sony for $99.98 with all the same bonus collectors stuff or from Amazon for$116.99.

Ulla
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