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So it's been a bit [28 May 2015|09:11pm]
[ mood | Pensive ]

And I don't know if I'll come back to this place, since it's been about two years since my last post. I kind of quit Facebook a couple of months ago, and few if any people know my twitter handle, so I guess this is mainly a post to say "I'm still here!" if anyone cares.

I got a new computer, so that's pretty cool. I also got a quasi-promotion this month (after a real one, last summer). I spent last weekend in NYC with my sister. We stayed in a loft suite at the Ace, which was nearly as big as my whole apartment (that was definitely cool). Lately I've been about paring things down in my life: stuff (clothing, excess furniture), white noise (Facebook), junk (cable). It gave me a bit of anxiety at first, but now I feel lighter.

So I guess I mostly just want to say, to those of you on here, that I care about you, and I'm still listening / reading, even if I stay silent myself. Phone calls / texts, letters, and visits are always good, otherwise.

Take care of yourselves, everyone. I'll leave you with a couple of panoramas of our home, for no particular reason:

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!! [17 Feb 2012|10:39pm]

So holy crap, we just bought a condo. Well, we came to an agreement with the seller. Still have to get an inspection, bank assessment, all that other unsexy stuff. Closing isn't until the end of March, but assuming everything goes well, we'll be homeowners - like, with a mortgage - by the beginning of April. I've been having mini anxiety attacks all week, because frankly, that's rather terrifying. Exciting, but very terrifying.

I don't want to say too much about it in case anything happens during inspection next week, but it's a 770sqf 1 bedroom near Kenmore, so not far from where we live now. It's on the ninth floor and has a private deck with city, river, and park views. So... I'm pretty stoked. Outdoor space in the city! Can't wait to make it our own space. I have dreams of paint cans, new hardware for the kitchen cabinets, and all sorts of leafy things for the deck. Maybe a small compost bin? My mind is spinning with ideas. Anyhow! It's hard to keep my enthusiasm in check.

On Tuesday I met with the people from Carney. Long story short, my philosophical views on recovery models diverge from theirs, so I won't be taking the job. It pays more, but I don't think I could stomach working with such sanctimonious people, who subscribe to black-and-white, either-or thinking, especially in something as gray and nuanced as psychology. Oh well, I like the kooky team I work with now, anyhow.

Alex and I didn't do anything for Valentine's, because we typically don't, but especially because our money and energy has been focused elsewhere. This is a great gift, though. I'll post more info on the place once things are a bit more cemented. Crazy!

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Today [04 Nov 2009|12:54am]
[ mood | good ]

I am a quarter century old. Goodbye, 18-24 year-old demographic! I just got upgraded to the grown-up table.

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tragedy [06 Jan 2009|06:34pm]
[ mood | sad ]

I haven't posted in awhile, mainly because I've been busy and haven't had a reason to, but now unfortunately I do.

My old neighborhood in Boston, specifically the apartment I lived in for 3 years before moving down to Brooklyn, was spitting distance from a row of 7 or so restaurants. Very awesome restaurants. One of them home to the best burritos I have ever had in my life, bar none. My family had lunch in the Italian place after my graduation this year. The Japanese place gave out roses every Valentine's day. The bar & grille on the corner was packed to the rafters every time there was a game. And at 2am this morning, they all burned down to the ground.

My mom said "It's not like losing a loved one," but to me, it kind of is. That is how depressed this makes me. "Restaurant Row," as they called it, was a real focal point of the neighborhood. I felt spoiled living so close to such a diverse collection of eateries (and most of them very cheap, to boot). There are other restaurants in the general area, but none of them have the pull that these places had. Being insulated from the main drag, most of them had outdoor seating, so it was great during the summer to just grab some food and sit down at one of the outdoor tables to people watch. These were the places I'd go to get food to celebrate, to fuel a long night, or to cheer me up. Now they're all gone.

What really worries me is what's going to happen to that part of the block. It's unlikely that they'll all rebuild, considering the extent of the damage. Naturally, being Boston, everyone is joking (half-joking) that this was no accident: "Another mysterious fire - future home of the 28 story Sox-Menino, inc. Office Tower and Parking Garage Mall Office Complex." It would destroy the neighborhood if they replaced that single-story structure with a butt-ugly mixed-use luxury blah-blah building. Like Boston really needs another one of those. In all seriousness, those places were the reason I wanted to live on that block so badly, and I'm sure I wasn't the only one.

Anyhow, I am really glad that the last thing I did in Boston before driving away to Brooklyn was run into El Pelon to buy one of their shirts. I know it seems silly to mourn the loss of a bunch of restaurants, but it's as if my whole neighborhood went up in smoke.

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You can't be serious. [24 Nov 2008|07:49pm]
[ mood | confused ]

I need AutoCAD software for one of my classes next semester, and despite my attempts at finding a cheap (erm, free) alternative to buying the software, it seems I'll have to do this by the book. So I looked at the software deals Pratt has set up (see: how I got this laptop at a discount), and even though the license expires after one year (rip-off, what?), the price seemed right.

Seemed. Huh, what's this about skills?
Photographic evidence...Collapse )
Enter in a legally-binding contract to be in a competition, or buy my software somewhere else for more money? Hmmm.

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Obama in Appalachia [05 Oct 2008|03:15pm]
[ mood | really, folks? really? ]

This LA Times article is sort of terrifying.

You can't say you're not a racist, and then deliberately not vote for Obama (or anyone, for that matter) simply because he's bi-racial.

The part that really got to me was this:

"Obama "just doesn't seem like he's from America," said Beth Bailey, 25. Ben Bailey, 32, noted that Obama's middle name is Hussein, "and we know what that means."

OMG, he has Muslim heritage! Someone cue the danger music! These people must've been out of country when Obama very publicly left his church back in the spring. Church. Y'know, one of those God houses where people believe in Jesus. They have those in Appalachia, right? 

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[13 Aug 2008|10:07pm]
[ mood | tired ]

Alex and I are all moved in. It took about 12 hours from when the U-Haul was picked up in Boston until the last box was brought upstairs here in Brooklyn (17' truck + 3rd floor apartment with no elevator = my legs still hurt). The place is finally starting to resemble an apartment instead of some kind of inconvenient place to store boxes. Once the new sofa arrives, it will be truly complete.

We haven't really had the time to get out and explore other than when we've eaten a meal or gone to the grocery store, but that will come in due time.

People should come visit this weekend, because by then we'll have tidied up more and my legs won't hurt!

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Shameless Human Age plug [23 Jul 2008|12:50am]
[ mood | cheerful ]

One of my psych professors got me into this game. You don't have to download anything, it's free, and has social aspects to it. I just like the idea that you work your way through different ages of human civilization, and each time you do it, your character can turn out different. /end shameless plug/

Virtual human development game

free human development game


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[28 May 2008|07:20pm]
[ mood | distressed ]

Okay, MBTA. Enough is enough. Every day we put up with your "rerouting," lack of scheduling, and general inability to get anyone anywhere on time. Do you really need to try to kill us twice in 24 hours? In the past month, trains have jumped the tracks and hit a car, twice. Yesterday, an electrical fire shut down Park St and Downtown Crossing stations (two major transfer stations in Boston), and at 6pm this evening, two outbound D-line trains collided.

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Bedbugs on the go [08 May 2008|01:50pm]
[ mood | ewwww ]

A little FYI to those of you in Brooklyn, in case you hadn't heard already... apparently bedbugs are now on the subway. Those things give me the creeps in a whole new way. Blech.

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Now I can take my 50 cent plates on the train! [09 Dec 2007|11:45pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Holy shit! IKEA in Somerville! Cheap, T-accessible Swedish goods! Apparently Good Times Emporium is going bye-bye to make room for it. I know, I know, "evil big box store" and all that jazz... but they're breaking ground this summer!

Man, I wish they'd put it there in the first place; the Stoughton IKEA is a pain in the ass to get to. Annnnd... if I were to move to Brooklyn, there's (going to be?) that one in Redhook too. Subway accessible IKEAs. They really know their target markets.

Woo! :-D

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PS3 and laptop [04 Dec 2007|08:28pm]
[ mood | tired ]

So I haven't been able to update or really do much of anything computer-related since Thanksgiving, because my laptop is broken yet again. I am in fact typing this post on the super spiffy PS3 that Alex and I acquired this past weekend. Since it takes forever to type anything, it isn't great for email writing, but works well for general browsing. That much said, Alex is being a dear and has offered me the use of his laptop til mine is fixed or replaced. It's old for a laptop, so it's probably on its last legs, since I require a powerful and reliable machine. Used to be the former, and is definitely no longer the latter. Anyhow, that's all for now.

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A luddite I'm not [06 Nov 2007|01:44pm]
[ mood | excited ]

Who's getting HD? Me! I'll finally be putting to use that beautiful idiotbox I bought back in August. Admittedly, the fact that House, MD is broadcast in HD played a large role in convincing me to get it. But I also looked at my TV up close the other day and realized how very fuzzy regular service is on a screen that size. When I watch Hugh Laurie browbeat his patients, I want to see every crisp detail in his flame-emblazoned cane.

Hooray for technology. And being a slave to it.

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Enter the riot police [28 Oct 2007|10:54pm]
[ mood | amused ]

I'm a prisoner in my own neighborhood! And we haven't even won the game yet...

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Cool grand is not so cool [09 Oct 2007|03:18pm]
[ mood | dorky ]

Any artist can tell you that his finished creations don't always equal the sum total of his sweat and blood. Sometimes people put a lot of effort into something that ends up being meaningless, irrelevant, or simly not the manifestation of the creator's original idea. Such is the nature of art. But this is not art. This is what happens when a person with no understanding of the value of a penny finally realizes he has wasted away years of his life and wants to reclaim it, financially. Call me judgemental, but I suspect that this man (and it most certainly is a male) only experiences reality through the filter of his Massive Multiplayer Online RPGs. Within this realm, there are (virtual) social circles who value his work and skill, and they express this value in a denomination called "respect" (resale value: 0.000001/penny).

The bottom line: Son, you have wasted your time. Your game account is not worth jack in this place called reality. Get a clue.

4 wanted to see| the light.

drawing class [05 Sep 2007|03:19pm]
[ mood | surprised ]

So I just got out of my drawing class (early), and get this: they give us our supplies. The drawing pad, the charcoal, the erasers, everything. I emailed my professor last night asking what I should bring, since I had my old Pratt drawing board brought down from home just for the class, and he said to just show up. What kind of magical charity art department is this anyhow? I realize that those supplies are pretty damn cheap, but still... they give them to us?

I'm bummed that we don't even get a model until halfway through the semester (why?), so it'll be mostly still life til then. But I guess it's better than nothing. I'm going to be regularly comparing this to the drawing class I had 6 hours a week with Professor Blaustein (versus 3 hours here), and I know there are going to be a lot of differences. But this guy seems okay.

Hooray for being a senior in a class full of freshmen.

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He can dance, he can dance... [16 Aug 2007|10:02pm]
[ mood | amused ]

Hey STA alums, remember Nick Campolo? Did you ever wish you could make him dance? Well, now you can. And even if you didn't go to STA, you can still make him dance... maybe. I'm a big fan of the dances on letters Q and Y, personally. I actually bumped into him on the T a few months back. I think he recently graduated from Emerson. Anyhow, enjoy.

P.S. - When I got back from work, my bathroom was clean. And there's no smell!

3 wanted to see| the light.

Good God, why?! [16 Aug 2007|11:44am]
[ mood | Broken pipe, you say?! ]

Why is my bathroom flooded? Why is there brown-yellow water in my bathtub? Why can't I take my shower now, hmm? Why did the maintenance guys leave without fixing anything? Why is no one cleaning this up? Who is the deadbeat in the apartment above who couldn't flush his toilet properly? Why is water gushing at an increased speed out of my toilet bowl? Why is my bathmat now beige for all the wrong reasons? What is a 'mainline,' and why is it broken? WHO is going to replace my destroyed belongings?

Finally, WHY is my bathroom FLOODED???

1 wanted to see| the light.

Behold! [12 Aug 2007|11:10pm]
[ mood | pleased ]

True to my word, I'm posting a couple photos of my new (possibly uninsured?) toy.

It looks super slick next to the PS2, whose graphics also look slick on the television itself.

Anyhow... now I can begin saving my money again, for things like new shoes (which I direly need), and a region-free DVD player (which I direly, uh, desire). Vacation next Tuesday!
4 wanted to see| the light.

Emmanuel in the Weekly Dig [06 Jun 2007|02:28am]
[ mood | curious ]

For the EC kids on here, Emmanuel was mentioned briefly in this week's Weekly Dig issue, in an article about the Artists Foundation ("Art Palpitations," by Lisa Harris). It concerns the self-employed and health insurance, considering that it is now MA law for all residents to have the latter. Apparently Kathy Bitetti, the executive director of the Artists Foundation, was speaking at Emmanuel (in front of an appallingly small audience, I might add) about how laws defining independent contractors affect artists, and how such independently employed people go about paying for health care.

Anyhow, it's nice to have such a unique speaker come to our school, and even nicer to see it all mentioned in my favorite local weekly. Just a shame I didn't even hear about it til after the fact!

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