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  • 10:42 News is that the house contract is almost done and we can overnight it to the sellers in the next couple of days. Please let this all work. #
  • 13:14 For the Interstella 5555 fans, a great Daily Costume pic of the Crescendolls: dailycostume.com/archive/greenabsence/ #
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  • 07:41 Mythbaby: "Mythbusters" Build Team member Kari Byron is pregnant! Congratulations! Guess she'll be missing some of the rougher stunts. #
  • 14:50 Walked to client and back, about 10 minutes each way. Great day for it, 70 degrees out. #
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  • 10:14 Ok, fandom: if you say, "Oh, I want to be *just like* Rorschach", or indeed any Watchmen char, I suspect you've utterly missed the point. #
  • 10:33 Huh. The WoW Armory seems to be busted, I can't look anyone up. #
  • 11:08 @UrsulaV Fools on the Internet are like the legendary Hydra - cut one down, and two more spring forth to replace it. #
  • 13:21 Meiran's going to want to see this: tinyurl.com/aum42e 1978 "Lost Ark" story conference, Lucas and Spielberg (125pg. PDF) #
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  • 08:26 @tangowildheart Vilya was the elven Ring of Air, on the hand of Elrond in LotR. #
  • 11:20 I can't remember the zip code of the last place I worked, but I can give you the names of the three elven rings in no time. *eyeroll* #
  • 12:40 @meiran Be strong. We may knock one down, but the Internet has a nigh-infinite-supply of idiots. #
  • 18:13 Rumor going around that Daft Punk will score the "Tron 2" movie. tinyurl.com/b7ru6h Probably BS, but my nerd heart is soaring. #
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  • 14:35 Just got verbally approved for the house loan. Stomach doing acrobatics. #
  • 21:04 @jephjacques The correct response to that is to blow him a kiss and say "thank you" in your best "Queer Eye" Carson Kressley voice. #
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  • 07:49 @starstryder That's right! you need Katamari Damacy instead: tinyurl.com/iPrince #
  • 07:51 Wow. Absolutely exhausted yesterday, nearly wrecked on the way home. Think I'm feeling better this morning. #
  • 13:33 @queenofpith If a Richmond Dave & Busters installs the VWE MechWarrior simulation pods, I am so there! #
  • 14:56 Job perk: had lengthy hallway discussion with boss this morning about Dollhouse, Dr. Who, and BSG. Local PBS may be showing 4th Doctor eps! #
  • 17:30 Just watched Blizzard's Uldar preview video. Holy smoke! For the first time ever, I'm really sorry that I've never done endgame raiding. #
  • 18:42 OMG, this History Channel program on the secrets of the art on the dollar bill is complete bunk. #
  • 19:42 Microsoft will ban you for XBox Live for being out as gay. Not that my money matters, but they won't get a gaming dime from me now. #
  • 20:55 This History Channel program on Atlantis is also bunk, but at least I expected that going in. #
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  • 06:25 Since I didn't manage to see a single new movie in 2008, the Oscars piqued my interest not at all. #
  • 09:15 Sewing machine FAIL. Got nice book, but was too busy with other errands this weekend to sit down and play with machine. Maybe later this wk. #
  • 19:14 @fuzzface00 I found out about the anti-air flak in WoW the hard way myself! Thank goodness for mage Blink and Invisibility. #
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  • 12:00 Is Londo's line "pecked to death by cats" or "nibbled to death by cats"? There's been some debate about this. #
  • 13:05 Google isn't sure, but Twitter and Facebook say "nibbled." Kind of a shame, I think "pecked to death by cats" is funnier. #
  • 13:32 Converting my elfie mail access from POP to IMAP, since these days I read my mail from different clients at different times. Thanks John! #
  • 14:22 @SJGames Every time I speak up and say, "Well, I'll admit that I really really like *this* Microsoft product," they cancel it. #
  • 14:57 Dear universe: thank you for turning up these items for which I've been searching all these months. Would still prefer the item I need NOW. #
  • 17:35 @fuzzface00 You're executing Plan L: "I no longer know what the L I'm doing." #
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  • 07:20 I wish *I* drove an SUV so *I* could drive 85 in a 55 MPH zone without fear of repercussion. #
  • 08:20 @tangowildheart Fun superpower: summon waiting police cruiser exactly one mile ahead of the car that just blew by. #
  • 11:12 @snidegrrl I knew I'd never see ELO perform, but that's further emphasis of the situation. Sad thing. #
  • 11:36 @Aeire In "I <3 MY DP" license plates, DP stands for Digital Poodle. #
  • 14:42 I am seriously considering teaching myself the basics of working a sewing machine this weekend. #
  • 19:34 The sewing machine I'll have access to this weekend is a four-figure price professional model. Uh... *gulp* #
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  • 11:38 I hope that plenty of folks got to take LeVar Burton's Birthday off yesterday. #
  • 13:42 Holy smoke, I completely missed the WoW "Love Is In The Air" festival! Glad I wasn't going for the meta-Achievement this year. #
  • 14:22 @dragonpearl Print jobs submitted late always made me homicidal, because I knew I'd be staying until 11 or 12 that night. #
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  • 09:31 @meiran Awesome! Very well done! Are you going to shoot for "Elder" in the last couple days you have left? #
  • 09:44 A 32-degree morning seems much balmier compared to the 12-degree ones last week. #
  • 10:05 Dangit, I have just accidentally spammed Starr's work address with the invite to the Shadowrun tonight. Hurr, me use computer good. #
  • 11:47 @meiran I picked up the coins for all of Kalimdor yesterday (not counting capital cities). The Horde outposts were a bit exciting :) #
  • 12:01 I think the guy two people ahead of me in the lunch line was trying to pay in Euros or something. #
  • 13:15 Wish I could leave early. I still have dishes and laundry to put away before gaming. And the Xmas tree should come down someday too. #
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  • 07:55 Spent the last two evening battling a virus and trojan on Starr's Windows laptop. final score: Michael 2, Malware 0. #
  • 10:06 Why is attempting to focus my brain into serious writing causing me panic attacks? Wondering if an incense and yoga investment would help. #
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  • 10:43 @lisbet Actually, I found that reading books from the Baen Free Library on an Apple Newton was fairly pleasant. Don't know about the Kindle. #

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  • 14:27 Realized I'm glad that home 'Net is working, 'cause I sure as Hades can't research my MarsCon panels at work. My life is weird (good). #
  • 20:36 Trying to find a sewing pattern which would be a starting point for Kyle MacLachlan's House Atreides uniform. #
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  • 21:04 Starr's parents, sisters, and I just broke into "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" and sang the whole thing together. Kinda awesome. :) #

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I feel guilty when I let Twitter do most of my LiveJournal updating for several days. It doesn't help that my DSL, which was working fine for a while, died again over the weekend. They'll come by on Friday to look at it. Cox Cable, folks, I'm telling you now.

So, what exactly was I up to with all that driving? It's an epic tale...

We left Chesapeake early on Friday morning, heading to NoVa to see Owen. On the way one of my tires sprang a leak; we pulled into a White Tire to have it fixed. It turned out that the tire was fine; something I'd hit on Xmas eve had bent the rim a bit, and that was letting air out. They hammered the rim back into shape, re-balanced the tire, and refused to charge me. Happy Holidays indeed!

To say that Owen was charged up to see us might have been an understatement. He wore us out just talking to us! He received a glow-in-the-dark NASA Langley shirt from us, which he wore all night; his parents gave us an elegant hanging candelabra and an Elfin Tree Door (which is already installed on a suitable tree in our yard).

When we left for the hotel, Owen's folks sent us to a French cafe for dinner. I've never eaten French food before, and was surprised at how tasty a charred, bloody cut of meat could be. (Look at dish, and mentally sigh. Put forkful of dish in mouth, and mentally jump at the flavor!)

The HoJo's we stayed at that night was clean and cheap, and the bed mattress might as well have been a solid slab of wood. I kid you not, Starr found the floor more comfortable.

We went back to Owen's place for breakfast, and he and I bonded over some Lego. Eventually, we had to leave; Starr's mom took her by a neighborhood yarn store, though, and we ended up losing another hour to their 25%-40% Off Sale. No problem for me, I had Solitaire and MahJongg on the cell phone. The drive from there to Christiansburg turned out to be the least fun of the trip, though; crossing the Appalachians on Lee Highway was tense and a bit nauseating, and our reward for reaching the other side was I-81. Yippee-doo.

Finally, though, we reached C-burg and we saw Mom waiting for us outside the facility where she's staying. Mom ordered me to stop a yard and a half away, and walked that distance from he wheelchair to my arms as Starr steadied her. Wonderful! She gave me the best Xmas present she possibly could right there; the Red Lobster dinner that followed only added to the celebration!

We spent Saturday night in the Microtel, which did its intended job of being cheap, comfortable, and a provider of wireless Net access. I know that lots of folks in the New River Valley would have put us up, and I would have loved the chance to socialize, but we'd have been rude guests: coming in late, going straight to bed, and waking up early the next morning for a quick e-mail check and a return to Mom's place.

After a Cracker Barrel breakfast, Mom took Starr to Mosaic, her favorite yarn store, where we met Benny, Cathy, and Jamie Williams; I passed the time proving to Jamie that I am totally old and lame when it comes to anime and Final Fantasy games, and Starr ended up with a couple more bags of crochet yarn. (I had given Starr yarn money for Xmas. Starr asked and received permission to buy herself other gifts with that money, as she's now stocked up on yarn for a few weeks.) We said a sad goodbye to my mom, and began the six-hour drive home. I have to say, that used me up. We finally arrived around 8:30 Sunday night, and I was done. Kaput. Over.

Still, it was a lovely weekend, and time and gas well spent. I only wish that I could fly to Technicon Last instead of driving. Or perhaps portal there, if all that 'cake' stuff's been worked out by now.
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  • 09:13 Listening to TSO for, somehow, the first time this Christmas. I will *not* choke up during "Old City Bar". #
  • 11:00 @tangowildheart Yep, it's great when the total commute = 25% of the actual work hours, isn't it? #
  • 14:00 @tangowildheart That's right, I am unable to do math today. Possibly because I'm in the same boat of 1hr - 4hrs - 1hr. :( #
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  • 11:13 Experiencing a blast from the past: I have Eve Tokimatsuri songs running through my head now. #
  • 11:45 @snidegrrl "The spiders launched to the space station a supply of tasty fruit flies for food" - spiders with orbital capability? Uh-oh. #
  • 12:07 Noting that the "post Twitter entries to LJ" script is doing so at wildly varying times of day for some reason. #
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  • 09:36 Just had to explain who Cthulhu is to a workmate. Must increase geekiness of workplace. (At NASA, yet.) #

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  • 07:51 Woke up this morning on Riff & Magenta's home planet: Land of Night (and high electric bills!) #
  • 13:02 Ozzy Osbourne for WoW: tinyurl.com/6drrfj Guess his race / class. Go on, guess. #
  • 19:57 Still unpacking. A bit stunned at the amount of STUFF one can extract from a three-bedroom apartment. #
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