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04:10 am: One down, two to go
It has come to my attention that a few people believe I am suffering through a debilitating depression due to the recent death of my black moor goldfish, Dagon. This is simply not true. Tho' a bit disappointed, I'm fine. A fish is not a pet that is easy to interact with or become attached to. To be honest, they probably feel the same way toward me. I doubt they even know or care what it is that makes food & fresh water appear. It just does. So the loss of a fish is not that big of a deal. I knew it would happen eventually sooner or later, it just happened sooner.

I'm not going to get any replacements when the last of my fish are gone, either by death or re-adoption. I lost enthusiasm in having & keeping an aquarium last winter. Altho' I was excited about it at first, I was into it because it was something Thea & I could do together. It was going to be our project. She would teach me how to maintain it, I would do the work & we'd both have fish in there that we liked. A labour of love. Well, she left me in mid February before they were even all in the same tank & I've been taking care of them since. I still like it; they're soothing & entertaining to watch now & then but right now I'd really rather just be done with it & not have the extra work involved in maintaining a 55 gallon fish tank. Not to mention the bulky & cumbersome constant reminder of the biggest error I've ever made. I don't even care about the money I've invested in upkeep or the cost of all the supplies ($50 tank, $100 stand, &c.) When the last two are gone I can finally tear down the damnable thing & continue moving on with my life. I don't hate my fish or even dislike them; they're just not me.

I'll still keep The Trout >-=^ >

In other news, crabmoon & renny1780 stopped by to visit tonite. It was a bit different without the_tick27 along but I'll probably see less of him now that he has school to attend to as well as working full time. But we still had a good time with just us girls. We talked about diets, boobs, the stupidity of religion, art & other interesting things. For background music I played my Pink Floyd: Live at Pompeii & Fantasia DVDs, tho' we became more absorbed into the latter film than our conversation before they decided it was time to go. I hoped they could stay until the end of the movie but, alas, day jobs. I didn't watch the rest of it, but instead started this entry since I knew that if I didn't start it then it wouldn't get started at all.

(sigh) I had an enjoyable but very non-productive weekend. After taking care of Dagon's remains Friday night I really didn't want to sit around the house thinking about it for the rest of the evening &, despite my now near constant fatigue, I had already a strong urge to GO & DO something with SOMEONE. All my toys are at home but sometimes they're just not enough. So I called sacredspud who was kind enough to accept my invitation, despite being after midnite already.

This was the first time I've seen him since before my trip to Japan & the first time ever at his new digs, which appear to be a step up from the digs downtown. He seemed to enjoy the little humanoid robot I bought for him in Japan & he immediately displayed it in his room. But in lieu of keeping his roommates awake with our mournful & diabolik ululations we opted to "go out" & "find something" to "do." I drove & subjected him to a CD from the bargain rack at the used book store titled ...From the Udder by Big Butter. Yeah, I'd never heard of them either. There is such a variety of interesting music on that one disc & even sounds like TMBG on the vocal tracks that Colin kept asking if we were still listening to the same album. I agreed to loan it to him later & at 70 minutes it was long enough to carry us all the way to -- ... to... uh, that Mexican restaurant on Park street I can never remember the name of. Oh! La Hacienda -- & back. Anyway, they're open until three in the AM on Fridays so we had plenty of time order, munch & chat. It was good to visit with him & I hope I don't have to wait another month to do so, even if I have to keep him up late another Friday night.

Subjects such as creativity, being sick, his music, my new poem, parking, sleeping hours & others were discussed but not transcribed so you can only imagine what went on after hours at that little table in unofficial Mexico. I do however, recall giving him permission to smack my hands if I ever make "quotes" in air again while talking...

We somehow found our way back to his place & instead of calling it a night went in so he could copy the above mentioned album of big buttery goodness & a number of my Castlevania CDs. Ripping took longer than we expected so I introduced him to The Castlevania Dungeon where on the media page many soundtracks abound & are available to download as long as you have a free account with FilePlanet (obtainable from BugMeNot.com.) The process is very cumbersome but gets the job done.

Ummm.... what else? I'm getting hazy & starting to ramble & I'm only on Friday. Well, I made it home safely apparently enough & eventually collapsed into sleep sometime in the late hours of the AM.

I awoke around noon o'clock Saturday & after taking remedy for my usual oversleeping-hangover I called matt_william to make plans. He had to work until four so I played video games until then. Seriously. Remember the part about being largely non-productive? We went to State Street where I could pick up my fedora from its recent re-blocking & shop for used video games. I like shopping for games with Matt because no matter what title I look at he's already familiar with it & able to tell me a little about what it's like, whether it's good or not & if there are sequels or better versions. I left EB Games with Sky Odyssey & Wipeout Fusion, both of which later found to be winners at six bucks apiece.

It was later when I finished shopping so I talked him in to dinner at Pel Meni, the Russian dumpling place. A lack of staff left them under supplied & operated by volunteers but we were still able to order a heaping bowl of traditional style meat dumplings (the potatoes being all gone.) We had two of the last three orders in the house & they had to start turning customers away until later when they would hopefully have their manager with the supplies needed to keep operating for the rest of the night. We enjoyed our meal & after we decided to return to town were a block away when we realized WE HADN'T PAID! We rushed back & were met at the door by one of the helpers who had just then stepped out to look for us. She announced to the kitchen "They came back on their own!" & we paid, embarrassed, but glad no more trouble had come of it. That's about the only thing I don't like about Pel Meni, they rarely ask for payment upon ordering & I usually feel like I'm bothering the chef by forcing money upon him when he appears to be more interested in keeping food form burning. I think from now on I'll have my money ready before I even order so he can take it then & there.

Back at my place we beat the snot out of each other on War of the Monsters for a while until crabmooncalled. She & Tick came over with Renee & need not have been surprised to find Matt still there with me, nor to find that he did not leave immediately upon her arrival. Anyway, we played video games, talked about games & movies, looked up a few things on the net and even managed to get NBC on my TV. While I was running around searching for a coat hanger or piece of wire to improve reception Tick managed to do the trick with a paper clip. SNL was viewed. Occasional laughter was heard.

Ugh, I'm getting tired. I'm afraid the rest will have to be quickly glossed over.

Much fun was had Saturday evening. By the time I finally decided to go to bed I realized I never made the bed that day. Instead of doing the obvious I dragged a couple blankets and my pillow to the couch and crashed there. Dad says I'm such a bachelor.

Sunday I had plenty of time to do all the chores around the house that I had been putting off all week. The only one that did get completed was dish washing. The rest of the time was spent largely playing video games before I went over to my parents' place for dinner & lending my secretarial skills to my father by organizing paperwork from past years to help him prepare to solicit donations to the local food pantry from area businesses. I also gave Mom & Dad their gifts from Japan and shared stories, photos & other things I picked up there. There's still more to come when I finally get those journal entries updated. (Rrrgh!)

What else? I'm sick but it's difficult to tell exactly how much because it changes throughout the day.

I learned that there is a new Rolling Stones album I should check out before someone asks if I've done so already. There's also a new sigur rós album to add to the other which I haven't heard yet. When is it gonna be payday.

I have somehow misplaced my Spy Hunter PS2 game as well as my Tokyo Police Special Cataclysm Division t-shirt, the latter having not been seen since I brought it home form Anime Central in May! It's gonna drive me nuts until I find them.

And that's about it for the night. I quit.

- E V I L O U T -

Current Mood: sicksneezy
Current Music: Powerhouse ~ Raymond Scott

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From:laviorli
Date:October 4th, 2005 05:02 am (UTC)
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There's also a new sigur rós album to add to the other which I haven't heard yet. When is it gonna be payday.

my dad got it! it's really good!!! *grins* I was gonna tell you about it actually.

~mary
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From:evil_jim
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:38 pm (UTC)
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I thought I remember seeing a poster in the Orpheum window promoting something about Sigur Rós performance there but their website shows nothing but West coast on their tour. Do you remember anything about it?
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From:laviorli
Date:October 5th, 2005 05:57 pm (UTC)
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we missed it. according to my dad it was sold out anyway. :(
From:renny1780
Date:October 4th, 2005 07:19 am (UTC)
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I think your weekend sounds better than mine...albeit a bit "lazy" for you (for lack of a better term). Just kidding :)


Yeah, us girls are going to have to get together more often and talk about boobs...
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 4th, 2005 02:59 pm (UTC)
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Completely off-topic...

Remember when we watched the movie The Unnamable at your parents' house? Neither do I. All I really recall is that it retained the original plot but committed the common Hollywood sin of padding it with violence and extra plot. I'm not sure they could have faithfully adapted the story as a feature film anyway. The story is very short, and largely concerns an argument as to whether the use of words like "unspeakable" and "unnamable" makes a good plot device or not. We've had that conversation. It was interesting at the time, but I can't imagine watching for an hour and a half.

Yesterday I was at PrePlayed, where they're having a "buy three, get one free" sale because the construction on East Wash is eating into their business. I realized that the three items I was buying were all on the cheap end, and since obviously the free item is the one with the lowest price, I was looking for something sufficiently inexpensive to keep the overall cost down. What I found was The Unnamable II: The Statement of Randolph Carter. I watched it last night. Since HPL never wrote a sequel to The Unnamable, you can infer that it's an original story. The title "The Statement of Randolph Carter" was used partly because Randolph Carter is the main character of this movie (as in the first one, and it's the same actor), but also because that story is also shoehorned quietly into the overall plot. I can't promise that you'd like The Unnamable II, but if it's a waste of time, at least it's a short one.
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From:evil_jim
Date:October 4th, 2005 09:34 pm (UTC)
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My last two posts have garnered more off-topic comments that have had off-topic comment disclaimers than ever before. & yours is one of them!

If I recall correctly, the original story was used as an intro for the first film in the first five minutes, after which it goes wherever the heck it wants until most of the teenagers are dead. Without the intro it would have been a typical slasher film Not one of my favourites.

If I do not recall correctly, feel free to correct or humiliate me on the subject as you see fit. I'm interested in seeing any movie that uses one of my favourite stories* by M Lollivs Tibaldvs as a "plot", however thinly. I supect your company would make the endevour more tolerable, & implore you to consider yourself a good companion if ever I am to see the film. Consider also the fact that you are the only living being I know who actually owns a copy.

Submitted for your approval: a suggested gathering of friends to delight in their torment over the works of one Mr. Edward Wood. You are well aware I trust of the great interest some of our mutual comrades hold in his works seeded by the Burton film/documentary that bears his name. As well as the marathon showing suggested by one or more of them to familiarize themselves with his filmography. I propose we select some Friday or Saturday evening in the coming weeks before All Hallows Eve to teach them the exact meaning of the phrase "be careful what you wish for." Game?

~ Jim

* SL v.1 #58 p.94
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 5th, 2005 07:14 am (UTC)
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As I recall, your summary of The Unnamable is probably accurate. I don't remember it well myself. This one probably has a little more plot, but it's not necessarily a good plot, and as we both pointed out, The Unnamable is covered within the first few minutes of the first movie. Other than an abbreviated version of The Statement of Randolph Carter, this movie has very little to do with H.P. Lovecraft. It borrows some of his other ideas, but mostly it's a good example of why Lovecraft doesn't adapt well for screen. If you're intrigued, we should watch it. It's not a big time expenditure, and you could scratch it off your list.

As for the Ed Wood marathon: This is something I proposed to Tom and Keith a couple of years ago, and they are still interested. I'm not sure this is something I'd want to do twice, so if we hold a marathon, I'd like to invite them too. In that case, I propose to hold it in my basement. I am quite convinced, however, that the mutual friends you mentioned don't understand the full scope of an Ed Wood marathon. Lindsay has expressed an interest too, but honestly, I think she'd probably get bored and restless very quickly -- same with the rest of the people I think you're referring to. If you guys are really up for it though, I'll talk to my roommates and choose a date. I'm thinking about Saturdays, but not the 15th. The 15th is reserved for my Killer Tomatoes marathon, which I guess I should announce before it gets too late for people to take the day off.
From:renny1780
Date:October 5th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
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Hey, I like crappy movies damnit!


Besides, you don't know me very well...and for the record, none of you all really know me as well as you like to think. You have no idea what I may or may not like. So you can all just LICK ME! (okay, not all of you...)
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From:sacredspud
Date:October 5th, 2005 09:21 am (UTC)
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I know, I know, it's just that I've been in plenty of situations with this group where the movie I was enjoying got turned off because everybody else was bored. I'm sort of expecting that an Ed Wood marathon would be a repeat of that experience.
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