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A - Act your age - Hand me my cardigan and bifocals, and then hand me some whiskey and a big wheel.
B - Boyfriend - bizarrojack
C - Chore you hate - Paying bills.
D - Dad's name - Dennis King. If I do have a kid their middle name is also going to have to be King.
E - Essential make up item - Chanel's discontinued eyeliner.
F - Favorite actor - No idea.
G - Gold or silver - Silver.
H - Hometown - Norfolk, VA.
I - Instruments you play - Harp.
J - Job title - Operations Engineer III.
K - Kids - They are small versions of adults. It is illegal to employ them. You can ply them with sweets. I have read that our concept of childhood is relatively new, like only existed in the last century.
L - Living arrangements - 3 bedrooms, 1 roommate, 3 cats. Livin' and lovin' PG County.
M - Mum's name - Ann Louise. Originally Guelfi. You'd think I would look more italian.
N - Number of people you've slept with - Basically the right amount. Not seeking to increase the number.
O - Overnight hospital stays - Last December. Diverticulitis. For those that missed it, that's a colon thing.
P - Phobia - Bugs and automobile accidents.
Q - Quote you like - "I saved Latin, what have you done?"
R - Religious affiliation - mumble mumble love thy neighbor something or other.
T - Time you wake up? - 6-7 PM. The only good part about this is that I seldom need an alarm.
U - Unique habit - I always chew twice as much on the right side of my mouth as I do on the left. For good luck.
V - Vegetable you refuse to eat - This list is too long to mention.
W - Worst habit - Being lazy.
X - X-rays you've had - Back, where they found nothing wrong. Wisdom teeth.
Y - Yummy food you make - Homemade caesar dressing. "Tom Jones" shrimp.
Z - Zodiac Sign - Leo.

Lately I have been feeling as though I have an embarassment of riches. Not only in money, although that is certainly how I feel about money. But really in everything. Books, music, information. And people. There are so many wonderful compelling people that I have met and befriended and I hardly have enough time to get to know them all. Perhaps I am simply not enough of a misanthrope. My amazement at the sheer amount,the onslaught of information, articles, essays, notes, journals, books. I could easily choose to only expose myself to those elements that agree with my worldview. I hate limiting anything, ever. It's obvious in my music collection; there is hardly a genre not represented (Power noise. I own no power noise.) and there are so many artists I barely know their work but know I would enjoy. I'm not complaining, mind you, I just haven't figured out what I'm supposed to be doing to manage this all. I don't have time to read everything. I know somehow I am blessed but also I know I need to learn how to use my time in only the most valuable ways. But there are so many valuable ways. So many valuable people. (Many of whom I end up treating... shabbily.) I am blessed.

In the matter of choices, I chose to stay home tonight instead of going to Tea. This is due in part to Anne Rice's terrible but annoyingly compelling novel, and in part to downloading the perfect workout music to my new iRiver 128mb portable thinger. I love the portable thinger, although it's not the one I wanted, but they don't carry that one in the store, this one was cheaper, and I wanted to have it NOW NOW NOW. I find myself curious if the in/out would work with my car stereo and allow me to play things through it, or if it would pull things off the cd in my car. Also, my ears are tiny and NO set of "ear buds" was ever made to fit in them. How I hate ear buds. I even hate the name. So anyways, I spent the evening eating empanadas (the empanadas are back at Safeway! Long live empanadas!) and chatting with salami_salome on the phone about various and sundry.

Oh - and the new mp3 thinger - basically means I'm going to become ridiculously anti-social, since I can listen to it and drown out ninnys. At work! No one will talk to me! I will be able to go 8 hours and not talk to them! They will be three feet away but have to IM me because I will be busy "Stayin' Alive"! HA!

I have had Wes Anderson films on the brain this week. I have been listening to the Royal Tenenbaums soundtrack (which makes even the commute feel like a magical place) and the Rushmore soundtrack. His latest film commenced shooting late last month. And lo, the anticipation begins. May my hopes and expectations not surpass his genius.

On the way to work, I thought about trying to take the positive out of anything. Trying to see the positive side of something. To use the most generous version of one's understanding of a subject. Gotta keep that in mind. Unfortunately, even the most generous version of my understanding shakes its head at the loopy marriage week pronouncement and the antics of the california voting public. My positive spin on this: maybe there will be a backlash against this backlash someday. I've been making an effort to let go of things I can't control. Obviously, I started this effort pretty recently. :) Hey, we're all working on things. But, I'm going to try to remember this bit about positivity next time I'm watching something on film or television and get offended, or hear something and think it's awful. Yeah.



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Oct. 8th, 2003 04:17 am (UTC)
I have tiny ears! I put the smallest stethescope ends on my stethescope, but it still hurts my little ears. :(

You have a wealth of cool people because you're cool and interesting too!

Also, you should give those poor vegetables a second chance. ;)
Oct. 8th, 2003 05:24 am (UTC)
Ears: Maybe you need to find an ear rack and stretch them or something!

Cool people: You know, it may also be because I've become really, really, obnoxiously aggressive. You remember it. It was the look I got in my eye when I saw you seeming friendly at a party, and NOW look what's happened. ;)

Vegetables: Actually, uncooked, many vegetables are sort of tolerable. :)
Oct. 9th, 2003 12:10 am (UTC)
Ears: Maybe you need to find an ear rack and stretch them or something!

Kinky. If you were doing it as part of a B&D scene, would you follow up with aural sex?
Oct. 9th, 2003 12:46 am (UTC)
Oct. 8th, 2003 06:25 am (UTC)
Re: embarassment of riches

This is something I need to keep in mind as well, and it's easy to forget with the stress and speed of everyday life. I complain that I don't have enough time to spend with my friends, whereas I should be happy I have so many in the first place.
Oct. 8th, 2003 06:44 am (UTC)
I just noticed it is happening in everything. I can't keep up with everyone, I can't read everything, I can't listen to everything... everyone has a voice, and there are so many, it is a cacophony. People wonder why we are seeing so many celebrity deaths lately. I think it's because we simply have more celebrities. We have made more room in the media for more people to be famous. So we hear about more deaths of people we have heard of, because we have heard of more people.

Sorry, rambling.

So, what I'm saying is, I'm so grateful. But I need some solutions too.
Oct. 8th, 2003 09:44 am (UTC)
Oh, I have big theories about information overload in the modern media age as well, but really, that comes down to 'society's to blame.'

On a more personal level, my financial woes have led me to the understanding that I have a very 'collecting' personality, and I like buying things, in general. Really, I need to give up some of my hobbies. I am spending too much money on too many things I don't have time for.

Le sigh.
Oct. 8th, 2003 11:25 pm (UTC)
You have to not get all "le sigh" about paring down. Here is my positive spin on that:

You are streamlining. You are getting rid of dead weight. You can find the most fulfilling hobbies and concentrate on them, thus making those few even more fulfilling.

I should take my own advice sometimes. :) Sewing projects, musical instruments, roller blades, etc. etc. etc. Yeah. And what do I spend my time on? Diablo II. Yeah.
Oct. 9th, 2003 12:13 am (UTC)
Oi, sewing projects! I have about 20 pounds of fabric that I hid in the closet just to get it out of my sight. Next week is scheduled to be Sewing Week Extraordinaire. :-P
Oct. 9th, 2003 12:47 am (UTC)
I just opted to get rid of my old suitcase o' fabric. I've been carrying it around for 3 years now to no avail. All the good stuff had been used up anyways. :)
Oct. 8th, 2003 07:32 am (UTC)
Wacky, my dad's middle name is King also.

Yay on the positivity thing. I'm still trying to figure out what it was about the way I was raised (or was it nature?) that led me to more often than not see the good side of any situation. I think it might have been the idea that came along with my religious upbringing which said that everything happens for a reason, so I grew up always looking for the good that came out of any bad situation. I'm not Catholic any more, I'm much more in the agnostic camp, but that habit of seeing the silver lining is a strong one, and one I'm happy to have. The only place I can't seem to apply it is at work (and now that I think about it, I haven't been terribly successful at applying it to politics either).

Good luck with the effort, it's worth it!
Oct. 8th, 2003 11:28 pm (UTC)
Kings: Oh neat! That's really only the second one I have heard of. Was he born in Michigan? Maybe it was regional.

See, I had no religious upbringing, yet I am still a pretty positive person. I have only been getting more negative about "the world" more recently. Of course, that's a huge generalization... But then my original statement was purposefully general, since I don't want to have to defend the negativity about certain things that I'm trying to overcome...
Oct. 8th, 2003 06:56 pm (UTC)
Oh, well
I considered doing this meme, but I really don't have a boyfriend or essential make-up item at the moment :)
Oct. 8th, 2003 11:30 pm (UTC)
Re: Oh, well
See, that's where you have to come up with clever little jokes, like, "Boyfriend - Your momma!" or "Essential Make-up - Blistex!" or something. :)

Failing that, I would just change the letters to be something you want to talk about. Like "B - Bowling Score" or "E - Existentialism, yay or nay?" :)
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