My ear hurts but it's not your fault. I first noticed it Tuesday or so, a day after I removed my earring. It itched so I would roll it between my fingers & be fine for a while. The next day it started to get sore but it still itched so I would tug on it occasionally to alleviate the discomfort. Today it actually hurt. It felt as tho' something were caught within the passage where the earring is inserted. It was firm, almost like a piece of metal. I started to worry but a mirror showed no discolouration or any other visual signs of something wrong. I went about my day as normal trying not to think of it but the lobe stayed tender & sore. After a while I could swear it was a little bigger but it still didn't look odd or discoloured when I checked. But finally curiosity got the best of me & between orders I found a hand-mirror & went into the men's room to check it out. Using the smaller mirror with the large one above the sink I was able to see the back of my own earlobe & the source of my irritations. There was a large red bump on the back of it, very sore & very sensitive. I gingerly tried to clean it with the intent of applying some ointment from the medicine cabinet to prevent infection but after a moment I felt pressure release & the lump shrink a bit. There was a yellow & red smear on the moist paper towel I was using. I watched with detached curiosity as I squeezed the remaining fluid out of the wound & prepared it for a dressing. Tho' tender, the pain has subsided significantly, but I'm just glad it wasn't as bad as I had feared & I can go back to healing. I probably won't be wearing an earring for a while but that's ok. I didn't maintain it in the first place which is how this happened. The only reason I won't let the hole grow completely shut is so I can still wear my emerald for special occasions.
The weekend was pretty good. It's too bad my weekend updates take almost a week to make it into my journal these days, if at all, but this one is worth recording. The whole thing was an exercise in how not to plan a surprise birthday party. It was Caleb's turn to be 24 & we had the entire day planned out for him. Too bad he had already decided to go to Chicago for the weekend. So someone had to leak enough info to convince him to be back by Saturday night so we could get some of it to work. I spent the early part of the afternoon doing my usual weekend chores along with cleaning & preparing the big gift for presentation & then wrapping it. I had to opt out on going to the strip club for part of lord_alucard's b-day observances so I could do this (& to save a little cash) but I heard plenty a juicy story later. matt_william came over & we slew a few gladiators before heading out early to Best Buy.
We were early to the Olive Garden so we made a couple calls & found the others were on their way. We made standing reservations for 10 & hung around. In less than 20 minutes we were all there & seated. crabmoon was sporting a lot of cleavage that night & it was difficult to get her to talk about anything but the fun she had at her first visit to a strip club. (2 freebies!!) sacredspud had gone with them, along with Tom & others who, as far as I know, don't have Live Journals. I also had the pleasure of meeting the lovely koriandrkitten whom I later learned plays Magenta with Velvet Darkness. My fettuccine alfredo was delicious & I'm glad of it because I was seated in the middle of the table between at least two conversations at any given time & found it difficult to participate in any of them. It was still fun tho', & I got some interesting video footage on my digital camera of Lindsay & Gemma talking about each other's breasts. I might use it as blackmail, except they'd probably want copies for themselves.
After a brief stop at Gemma's for her to glomp Matt for recognizing a movie & Lindsay to change we were off to Rocky at the Orpheum. This was my 7th time for the floor show & I have long since categorized it as "live theater" so as not to conflict with my policy about seeing movies on the big screen. seanorange & the other man of the hour, phil_bond, met us there during the introduction, having sped all the way from Chicagoland at the very last minute. Our other friend Tom -- "the cool Tom" as some call him -- showed with his girlfriend Kate & their entourage just before the opening credits. For as anxious as he sounded in his phone message earlier in the week that he wanted to see me I was rather disappointed that he didn't come over to visit with us. When the house lights came up they were already gone. Ahh, kids & their busy lives.
I enjoy The Rocky Horror Picture Show but I make it a point not to see it very often & I never go alone. It's really a group thing & much better enjoyed with friends. I like coming up with non sequiturs & throwing out random quotes from other movies. I've never heard the entire Rocky Pledge because I'm too busy reciting: "I pledge allegiance . . . To Hedy Lamar . . . That's HEADLY!" Tom already does a GIR quote so I throw in another Zim reference for the expressed purpose of cracking up him & Colin. One I'm especially proud of is when everyone steps into the elevator for the first time, "Theorizing that one could Time-Warp within his own lifetime, Dr. Brad Majors stepped into the Asshole Accelerator... & vanished!" I'm trying to work in more Wizard of Speed & Time references but my timing isn't the best. However, "May all your good dreams & fine wishes come true" works great with the birthday song as long as someone else isn't yelling "Fuck you!" That's one thing I try to avoid. There are already scads of sexual references & the cruder ones are only funny the first time, let alone every time. The Fucky Mouse song is way too long but "F!" "You see..." "K!" is great as it is & leaves another opportunity for someone to yell "delicious weenie!!" I don't try to memorize callbacks as I prefer to be spontaneous, & when I do hear a tired & true one I can still laugh with the virgins.
Colin was quite the ladies man that night. He couldn't keep them away during the show & finally resigned himself to having a topless jeklnskinsgrl sit on his lap for the end of the movie. Seated behind him I couldn't help but notice all the attention he was getting through the night so I finally leaned forward & asked, "Colin, can I kill you & take your place?" He said it was ok. Surprisingly, Holly already knew who I was as I had apparently been pointed out to her some months ago. I see you're reading my journal now. I hope you enjoy it.
I wasn't really hungry after the show but I still had some fries & a malt at Country Kitchen. I sat across from Gemma once more & won her favour over & again with my two dollar bills & origami. If I wasn't cool before, by her declarations I certainly am now.
It's a shame laviorli wasn't feeling well that night. We missed her & she might have had some fun at the club. So part II of the b-day was postponed a little later Sunday morning after we got some sleep. Lindsay woke me up with a call telling me to git on over fer pancakes & vittles. I took longer than I expected but had to be sure my head was on straight & pockets were right-side-in. I didn't get much sleep having stayed up a couple hours after returning home from Rocky & Country Kitchen to fight gladiators & field a call from a drowsy Monica inquiring if anyone was going to stay at her apartment. Another mark of our failed planning. I came by shortly after Sean & Caleb but long enough for them to have set up the PS2. I partook of Lindsay's delicious hot cakes & showed her how to keep them warm on the stove using a pot of simmering water. We ate, played games & I got to watch Monica & Lindsay with smiles nearly bursting at the seams waiting to present Caleb with his b-day cakes. Yes, cakes, plural. One was a sheet cake with a R.O.B. expertly drawn on it with frosting. The other was a stack of five coloured discs, much like what you find in the game Stack Up. He was delighted but we didn't stop there. we brought over the Big Gift, the mother lode, the whole kielbasa. We crushed his lap with the box & watched with anticipation as he unwrapped the gift he had been waiting 20 years for. An original NES & R.O.B. deluxe set, complete with Duck Hunt, Gyromite & accessories. I don't believe I've ever had so much fun watching someone else unwrap a gift & play with it for the first time. We had decided on what to give him & ordered it a month prior & it was difficult keeping a straight face whenever he was near. I recorded video of the occasion and edited together all of the 60 second clips into a mini-movie. It's 74MB, twelve minutes long and you can download it >>>here<<< It's hosted by YouSendIt so don't right-click this link but the next one. It will be available for the next seven days.
And with that I must draw to a close. My body has been trying to pass out earlier than usual this week & it's already an hour past that time. It's taken that long just to upload the video. My paycheck is now being directly deposited which saves a trip to the bank tomorrow. I may sleep in, but I also might leave early for a lunch out... if I have any money left after bills. Back to the grind.
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