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Oct. 31st, 2010 @ 08:22 am My Old Man is an Anthropologist
Entertaining people is fun, but when I absolutely know they're great cooks, it's always intimidating. Eh. My Dad was in town for business and managed to time during the weekend and I invited some of his friends over, and it was fun. Here's a fun game:
1)Collect a few older folks.
2)Collect a few younger folks.
3)Surf the internet for 5 minutes clips of comedy shows from each generation.
4)Enjoy the similarities! Someone will bring up the Smothers Brothers, or the Goon Show, you'll bring up Borge, Flight of the Conchords as a counterpoint, etc.

"What do you want to do with your life? Who do you want to be like?"
"I want to be like my father, Gort Smothers, he used to take me for walks in the park..."
"My father, Gort Smothers, he..."
"Gort? No, no, your father's name was Mort."
"Huh. So who was the man I was hanging out with in the park?"
"I don't know."
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Apr. 19th, 2009 @ 04:47 am (no subject)
1) Happy Easter! (Silence, I know what day it is!)

2) Dear Gate Guard, when you tell me to "wear a vest at night", the purpose of such is to BE REFLECTIVE and so, visible to other drivers. Wearing a vest is simply one of the myriad methods available. Your words, stop saying them at me.

3) It's 4 AM? Really?
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Dec. 20th, 2008 @ 03:25 pm (no subject)
Current Music: Carmen
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Oct. 23rd, 2008 @ 11:17 pm A Flying Circus
Current Music: No Second Troy - Into Your Sun
The only proper reward for a job well done is...more work. I've been giving a series of safety briefings on various aviation accidents, from B25s flying VFR through the clouds straight into the Empire State Building to the Red Baron's questionable risk management; it amuses me to distill practical lessons from distant segment of history. I just got a call from Kelli, our resident organizer, and apparently I need to spontaneously create another for tomorrow morning. The timing is a little annoying, as I'm briefing in...9 hours?
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Oct. 22nd, 2008 @ 11:59 pm Being A Productive Member of Society, Act II
Current Location: REAL 'MERICA, or bumfuck
Current Music: No Second Troy - The Gardens After Lockout
I've started tutoring at Eisenhower Elementary again. This season I'm taking the 5th grade problem children rather than the Pre-Kindergarten ones. I don't have to create lesson plans, but I do get to run away from the squadron, which as I'm, obviously, not flying, is all Good Things. There's plenty of work to do, but none of it is personally edifying, and therefore clearly useless. Today I organized a posse of kids to make our spaces clean & pretty for a 4-Star that will be visiting soon; ie, polishing turds. Necessary, and we did it well, but it's all nonsense/busy-work. I mostly have a paid vacation, don't like it and find other work pro bono to keep myself happy, meanwhile. Tomorrow I'm scheduled in the RSU for the entire morning, ensuring none of the resident hooligans in the pattern break into each other or land gear up, then head out to tutor childrens. (Here in Real America all y'all city slickers can see our 'merican small-town values at work...)

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I have a new favorite quote, having nothing to do with current politics and being rather universal:

"I have not ceased to regret the war, nor shall I cease to censure your invincible general until I see the war concluded on some tolerable terms; nor will any thing except a new peace put a period to my regret for the loss of the old one."

Simple words but complex thinking: do not let the means become ends of themselves. I do believe it, which is one of the reasons I don't like Enid. For me, that swap is unavoidable and the means _have_ become ends. I polish turds for a living instead of doing something useful like...tutoring 5th graders? Oh, hmm. Well, I am doing that after all, spiffy.
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Jun. 7th, 2008 @ 07:29 pm (no subject)
The wind here is absolutely ridiculous, one day this week there were 50 (!) knot surface winds. Coasting on level ground today, even at a slight 20 degree offset from the wind, my bike coasted easily at 8-9 miles per hour! Riding opposed to the wind wasn't nearly as much fun.

ugh, I swam a mile and only just noticed how tired I am. I was probably ridiculously ambitious with my guesstimated time for that triathlon in August.
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May. 2nd, 2008 @ 01:22 pm I Am A Consumer Whore
My Dad & I purchased an anglo concertina today! I owe him a few hundred dollars now, but(!) it's new, all the reeds work (unlike the second hand one I had before) it has 30 buttons/in the keys of G & C, vice solely C. This isn't a chromatic instrument, but with a little bit of flamboyant fingering, one can reasonably emulate a chromatic instrument and play in any (reasonable) key you would wish to. So there is billions and billions to learn, but I'm excited about it! I'm a little concerned about learning something entirely new without any extrinsic motivation to do so, but the sheer simplicity of pressing a button and hearing a sound frankly enchants me. It's addictive! It would be even more so if I could play in more than one key and with better air control, but that's what learning is for, right?

The two of us had been talking about this for a while, and the time seemed right for the purchace. Paul, a folk singer musician that I ~know, was at the store this morning and he gave me some excellent advice. So, good stuff!

If I ever need a job I could go busk on the streets. Yippie kai yay.
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Apr. 22nd, 2008 @ 06:41 pm South Pacific
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Apr. 19th, 2008 @ 05:06 pm (no subject)
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Jan. 7th, 2008 @ 10:20 pm The Strong Eat the Weak
Current Mood: Victoly
Do you know what I like? THIS!

Flaming swords, Shishio-sama and expensive courtesans: What more could you possibly want? Anyway, Kenshin marathon on Saturday!

Who: You! Us?
What: Kenshin Marathon, Kyoto/Shishio section, ~6 hours about
When: Saturday, January 12 @ Noon PM
Where: My House, ask if you need directions to Vienna.
Why: Kenshin is cool?
How: We're going to watch the DVDs on a TV, okay?

We'll grab food from somewhere in Vienna, and probably start watching Kenshin about 1 PM.
Seriously, this is a great idea. Let me know if you're coming because I'm too lazy and tired to put it conveniently on Facebook.

Off to Norfolk until Thursday in 5 hours to play boats with the Navy. Yippie ka yay.

Edit: If someone could alert people that don't read my LJ that would be appreciated. Like, KAREN, team Arlington and most of team Bayou.
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