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where do we go from here...

those are just the song lyrics on the mp3 player right now. i'm pissed because the one cd i burned is all skippy. stupid tempermental software. that's not how you spell that, is it?

at any rate, saturday (which i'm currently still thinking of as yesterday) we drove to the tiki party; apparently there was some hullabaloo on the PA turnpike, however we saw none of it because they were turning cars around right up until us, and they let us go ahead. thank god. i remembered about halfway there that i had indeed been to pittsburgh before; for the WORST REGIONAL CONCLAVE EVER, which was also my last big cam event. RCC '99, ahhhh yes. let's continue to pretend i have never been to pittsburgh. oh, and i had the best fucking hardee's hot ham and cheese sandwich EVER. where is the nearest hardee's to laurel??? so, anyways, the parts of pitts i saw between meatnog's house and the highway were quaint; it made me enthused about the place immediately. the house itself was roomy and everyone was relatively friendly. unfortunately, i had a pretty introverted night, and ended up doing as much reading in a corner as socializing - that's pretty rare for me. i got to talk some to jody, but felt comfortable with everything, and disappointingly got no pleasant alcohol feelings. fortunately, that means i got no unpleasant ones either. and i even got to share a futon and not have to sleep on the floor. it was about the best post-party waking up i could ask for. then denny's, then the drive back was nice. we hardly listened to any music the entire way because there was PLENTY to chitchat about with examorata, to whom i am grateful for driving the entire way.

oh, the book i got a good start on is Orson Scott Card's Lost Boys. i'm really really hoping it picks up after page 135, because it's been really depressing and dull up to that point. and the characters of course are irritating. i thought it was supposed to be a thriller about the son of the family, but mostly so far it's been "blah blah blah our lives are so miserable, people suck, too bad everyone is not mormon". rar.

i made bizarrojack sit around and watch my newest obsessive TV show with me, Looking for Love: Bachelorettes in Alaska. it's sick, and awful, and i am totally addicted. i will note that i heard that the newest Law & Order series (yes, another one) will be real people in real courtrooms. freaky.

on a not funny note. i found out that a former coworker from the National Academy of Sciences, Marvin Weeks, passed away recently. i wish i had kept in touch with him because he was a kind man who helped me out a great deal when i was going through a miserable time at that job. he was always cheerful. i had not spoken to him in the three years since i left that job but i remember him as clearly as when i just left. definately a reality check. i hope he had a peaceful passing.

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lacifer666
Jun. 24th, 2002 06:47 am (UTC)
"blah blah blah our lives are so miserable, people suck, too bad everyone is not mormon". rar.


LOL!!!
Does it take place in Utah? What's it about? Does the son go ape-$%^& and start killing people? That would be cool...

I've never heard of that book before, but now I'm intrigued.

My in-laws are Mormon. Most of them sound like you described. They were pretty disappointed, I think, when they found out I wasn't Mormon. they're all still trying to reclaim menthu_lilitusa into mormonhood. Poor guy...
snidegrrl
Jun. 25th, 2002 04:23 am (UTC)
well, the family in the book moved from utah to north carolina... but i can't say i recommend the book. i am finding it kind of dull. i was hoping for a thriller.
tommx
Jun. 24th, 2002 07:01 am (UTC)
sorry to hear about your former co-worker.

i made bizarrojack sit around and watch my newest obsessive TV show with me, Looking for Love: Bachelorettes in Alaska. it's sick, and awful, and i am totally addicted. i will note that i heard that the newest Law & Order series (yes, another one) will be real people in real courtrooms. freaky.

paddy chayefsky must be screaming bloody murder from his grave right now. (he wrote the screen play to the movie network. see it if you've not, and you'll know what i'm talking about.)
snidegrrl
Jun. 25th, 2002 04:25 am (UTC)
huh? he wrote the screenplay for what?

it's funny, and weirdly coincidental that you mention that name, because i was just looking for a copy of altered states, the novel, on amazon.com. it's very out of print, alas. i'll probably get a used one.
tommx
Jun. 25th, 2002 05:54 am (UTC)
sorry, that was seemingly vague. paddy chayefsky wrote the screenplay for the movie titled Network starring peter finch, william holden and faye dunaway. among the many things in it is a show about a terrorist organization in which a film shot by that organization committing acts of terrorism (robbing banks, blowing up the dairy queen, etc.) is shown and then the backstory is dramatized. (the network had a deal worked out with a terrorist organization to get the film footage without being implicated).

i've read altered states, the novel. it's a pretty quick read, especially if you've seen the movie. it reads mostly like a screenplay or a more detailed treatment, but it is well written. it would have been interesting to see what chayefsky would have come up with had he lived longer and written more novels. i think that is the only one.
snidegrrl
Jun. 25th, 2002 06:13 am (UTC)
someone mentioned altered states to me because i really like books about wacky psychological/neurological experiments; we were discussing steven king's firestarter at the time. i didn't realize chayefsky was suchg a prolific screenwriter. as i understand it, he took his name off the movie of altered states because it was so far from what he wanted from the story.
tommx
Jun. 25th, 2002 06:39 am (UTC)
yes, i'd heard that too. apparently he didn't like the way ken russell had the actors delivering their lines. i personally liked the movie, but oh well.

i'm impressed, by the way. i usually get blank stares when i mention paddy chayefsky.
snidegrrl
Jun. 25th, 2002 06:52 am (UTC)
hey - if you had mentioned him last week, i would have had NO IDEA what you were talking about. :) isn't that eerie!

i'll definately check out the movie, then. i had been kind of put off of it.
tommx
Jun. 25th, 2002 07:00 am (UTC)
hey - if you had mentioned him last week, i would have had NO IDEA what you were talking about. :) isn't that eerie!

heh... serendipity is a strong and powerful force in my life. this is particularly amusing considering the movie in question which among other things alludes to the collective unconscious.
cheetahmaster
Jun. 24th, 2002 07:53 am (UTC)
Glad Tiki was fun, if introverted.

I had a great Lost Boys joke to make here, but I've entirely forgotten it.
snidegrrl
Jun. 25th, 2002 04:29 am (UTC)
consarnit!!

i never see you online anymore. :P
cheetahmaster
Jun. 25th, 2002 05:12 am (UTC)
I am stealthy, like nin-ja.
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cheetahmaster
Jun. 24th, 2002 10:39 pm (UTC)
w.h.o.a.h.
snidegrrl
Jun. 25th, 2002 04:30 am (UTC)
i think i remember some fun ICly. but mostly that was obliterated by PSYCHODRAMA. :) the larp site was kind of neat, though. i should try to recall the good parts, not the bad ones. :) carmen got invited to the elders meeting! heh.
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snidegrrl
Jun. 27th, 2002 12:37 am (UTC)
oh, hell yeah. giggle away. water under the bridge!!!
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