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 Mundane Rambling

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Jan 30, 2002

So I am sitting here bored today, since I actually had a day off from work and I never know what to do with myself at these times.


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I decided I wanted a map awhile back, so I picked up a little antique one, and bought an envelope full of stamps from all over the world. I painted the stamps with glue and collaged them until a matboard was covered, then I took the thing to work, cut the mat and put it together. I have to say, it's pretty darned neat. I did that last Saturday. Or maybe it was the Saturday before that... I can't remember any more. I made an extra one, though, so today I was sitting around sketching a piece to go with a stamp-mat.

When I got tired of sitting around I decided to make a jaunt to the post office. It was a pretty nice day out today; kinda cloudy like rain, but it never quite got that far. I had to ship some stuff off eBay and check my mailbox. I was still bored so I went to the mall. I was walking around, and one of those little places where they do piercing for free if you buy the earrings caught my attention. I've wanted to get the gap between my top and bottom earrings filled in for awhile now, so I thought "Sure, why not?" I sat down and decided to have two pairs of the four installed, so my ears didn't get too sore. I was telling the nice chick about slicing my thumb open and getting stitches while she was rubbing my ear with alcohol (or whatever it was), and this little, shy looking girl in glasses comes up. One of the other girls asks if she can help them (the girl and her mum) and they say, "Yeah, we decided she wants her ears pierced so we came back." I kind of smiled at the kid because she looked sort of nervous, so I suppose it worked out OK for her. She didn't look too scared anymore after she watched me get run through four times in a row. I usually get annoyed when people want to watch, but this time it didn't bother me. I guess the four earrings I already had in each ear were enough to let her know it's not really that big of a deal. (Well, now there's six.) When these stop being tender and sore in about a week, I'm going back to get the last two.

I still wasn't satisfied though, so I wandered around for a bit. I was waiting for one of those guys in the cell-phone kiosks to say something, so I could yell "Cram it, phone boy!" at him. I don't know why on earth they think I'm supposed to be toting around an expensive chunk of plastic and computer chips for all the non-existant phone calls I get. Crap, I'm not even available on my land-line; why would I want people to be able to call me when I'm out? If you have something to say to me, e-mail it. I'll answer when I get around to it. If it's important, find someone else to help you, because there ain't anything urgent that you could possibly need me for in a million years.

"Jin! We need this painting done in the next thirty minutes, or this guy here is going to DIE!" Um, yeah. I'm not Batman. Right?

I was thinking that I haven't gone and eaten in a restaurant for awhile either. I have been sorta setting things up with a new photographer, but nothing specific yet. Which means that I haven't done anything really interesting since Giftmas. My waiter friend, who I only call and he only calls me when one of us needs a favour from the other, called and woke me up at 9:00 p.m. the other night to ask me who my webhost was. (After he left a message on my voice mail and I failed to call him back.) I tried to get a ride out to Intercontinental from him before Giftmas, and that was the last time I talked to him before that.

I was trying to think of someplace I could drive to for a day, but the only two places that came to mind were Dallas and Austin, and Dallas really needs an overnight stay. Of course, my friend in Dallas is actually in Colorado at the moment, and my friend who I thought was in Austin is actually in San Antonio now (apparently he doesn't go to UT anymore.) One of the other message boards I visit had a big get together on the 19th, but it was 45 minutes across town, and when I found out there would be people smoking and drinking alcohol I decided it was not my kind of gathering. Why bother going across town to buy food that always makes me sick and have a headache all night? Ok.

So my birthday is on February 23rd. I had wanted to be in Toronto, but it turns out that I'm not going up there again until March. I'm not sure what, if anything, I'm going to do. Two of the kids at work said we should 'do something,' but it remains to be seen what that something might be. I'm getting the money together to buy my own present -- I want a new top hat, a custom hat with a better fit. That, and I have a couple minor changes I'd like to make that I can get only with a custom-made. This new guy at work is trying to talk me into going to a Bad Religion show, presumably with his girlfriend and some other friends; no idea if I'll have any part of that yet. I have no idea why the bugger wants me to go anyway. I keep trying to get him to leave me alone, but he's a nosy fellow. He's banned from being in the shop when I'm listening to NPR, though.

Anyway, I'm open to coffee one of these days, if anyone's in the area and you're not hideously ugly or a serial killer, or something like that.


Shut up already, (3.00 / 2) (#1)
by jin wicked on Wed Jan 30th, 2002 at 11:57:54 PM PST

"Ars longa, vita brevis...Art is long, life is short."

February 23??!! (3.50 / 2) (#2)
by tkatchev on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 01:56:34 AM PST
February 23 is Glorious Red Army Day. No kidding. Here, have a postcard.

Peace and much love...

Wonderful. (none / 0) (#3)
by jin wicked on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 04:26:23 AM PST

"Ars longa, vita brevis...Art is long, life is short."

Question (none / 0) (#5)
by hauntedattics on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 05:48:10 AM PST
If February 23 is Glorious Red Army Day, what's February 24? Collectivization of Farms Day? Hapless Vickers Engineer Show Trial Day?

(Yes, Ms. Wicked, it's true. Our birthdays appear to be consecutive.)

You want to have a party? (none / 0) (#7)
by jin wicked on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 05:54:50 AM PST
I have some beef flavoured ramen noodles and a partial bag of "soft mint candy."

"Ars longa, vita brevis...Art is long, life is short."

I missed again. (none / 0) (#10)
by SpaceGhoti on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 02:31:29 PM PST
I'd dearly love to celebrate with you, but my birthday is a couple of days too early. Close enough to be in the same star sign, but far enough away that, alas and alack, you are forever unattainable to me. I must yearn from afar.

A troll's true colors.

Don't feel bad. (none / 0) (#11)
by jin wicked on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 07:03:59 PM PST
I was going to eat all the noodles myself, anyway.

"Ars longa, vita brevis...Art is long, life is short."

That's quite all right. (none / 0) (#12)
by SpaceGhoti on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 08:16:44 PM PST
I prefer the Oriental-flavored Ramen, anyway.

I could think of something creative to do with the soft mint candies, but I'll refrain.

A troll's true colors.

Actually (none / 0) (#13)
by jin wicked on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 08:41:35 PM PST
I have three packets of those, I just haven't eaten them yet. I like beef, seeing as I can't eat real physical red meat, but meat or meat-flavoured juice is OK. My favourite flavour of all is mushroom, but they're harder to find so I didn't want to mention that I had any for fear of them being stolen. They cost me a whole ten cents each, you know.

"Ars longa, vita brevis...Art is long, life is short."

Mmm...mushroom... (none / 0) (#14)
by SpaceGhoti on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 08:50:36 PM PST
I have the wrong blood type to be avoiding meat. According to a medical study that's been out in the past few years, certain foods appeal more to certain blood types. Not eating meat would be bad for me.

I'm very fond of mushroom, but I only ever find them in "chicken and mushroom" packets, never just plain "mushroom." It sounds appealing. However, I swear to you that I would never steal any from your stash. I know better, and value my skin intact far too much. It's like my reaction to someone stealing a box of Zataran's Jambalaya from my pantry, considering how difficult it is to find where I live.

A troll's true colors.

I'm not a vegetarian. (none / 0) (#15)
by jin wicked on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 08:58:45 PM PST
I eat meat, plenty of fish, chicken, duck, goose, pork, ostrich, alligator, frog, squid, whatever... even veal and lamb are OK, I just can't eat the heavier red meat. Stuff I can't get near: steaks, pot roast, brisket, that kind of thing. The longer it's cooked and broken down, the less it bugs me. I'll eat a little bit of ground beef in a burrito or a stew with some (red) meat in it occasionally, but I don't even find hamburgers or steaks appealing any more. Whenever I eat one I feel like someone punched me in the stomach for two hours.

Have you ever put boiled eggs in your noodles? We boiled some quail eggs one time and put them in. They were pretty tasty, but they're so small you end up wishing you had a couple dozen of them. They're also really hard to peel.

"Ars longa, vita brevis...Art is long, life is short."

I see (none / 0) (#18)
by SpaceGhoti on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 09:08:56 PM PST
I apologize for making the assumption, then. I'm fairly omnivorous and like to get as much variety in my diet as possible, so I don't subsist primarily on beef unless time constraints dictate otherwise (read: fast food). There are certain foods that I avoid because of what they do to my body chemistry (My sweat smells awful after a good dose of onion), but otherwise anything goes.

I've never tried eggs with my noodles, but the concept makes sense. Mostly I add mixed vegetables, and occasionally a little ground beef. It makes an excellent meal that way.

A troll's true colors.

hmmmm (none / 0) (#21)
by Anonymous Reader on Fri Feb 1st, 2002 at 07:12:04 AM PST
[ spank, spank, spank ]

Do you hear something? (none / 0) (#23)
by jin wicked on Fri Feb 1st, 2002 at 05:14:02 PM PST

"Ars longa, vita brevis...Art is long, life is short."

It's my birthday also (none / 0) (#8)
by Adam Rightmann on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 07:14:52 AM PST
though statistically, it's to be expected that among 22 or more people gathered together, there will be a common birthday.

A. Rightmann

How old are you? (none / 0) (#16)
by jin wicked on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 09:01:22 PM PST
I'm going to be 22.

"Ars longa, vita brevis...Art is long, life is short."

I am going to be 36 (none / 0) (#20)
by Adam Rightmann on Fri Feb 1st, 2002 at 06:18:59 AM PST
Though a well preserved 36, since I try to take care of myself.

A. Rightmann

Wow! (none / 0) (#22)
by jin wicked on Fri Feb 1st, 2002 at 05:11:35 PM PST
You're old! :)

"Ars longa, vita brevis...Art is long, life is short."

Middle aged and bourgois from your perspective (none / 0) (#24)
by Adam Rightmann on Sat Feb 2nd, 2002 at 11:10:51 AM PST
with the whole catastrophe you fear; wife who stays home with the two kids, two cars, a house, an 8-5 job with a Fortune 100 company.

But it's a good life, and I hope to have another 60 years of it.

A. Rightmann

the catastrophe: (none / 0) (#25)
by nathan on Sat Feb 2nd, 2002 at 02:11:20 PM PST
with the whole catastrophe you fear...

With respectability and responsibility comes the inability to see one's self as a sexily hip rebel and artist-intellectual.

Li'l Sis: Yo, that's a real grey area. Even by my lax standards.

Talent is hard. (none / 0) (#26)
by tkatchev on Sat Feb 2nd, 2002 at 02:56:56 PM PST
Sadly, talent seems to be wholly unrelated to social, political, moral and ethical categories.

There are some increadibly self-centered assholes who are incredibly talented.

Peace and much love...

Define hideously ugly. (none / 0) (#4)
by luisa on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 04:58:19 AM PST
Surely the measure of a true Artist is the ability to find beauty in all things, no matter how displeasing they appear on first look?

True... (none / 0) (#6)
by jin wicked on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 05:51:42 AM PST
But not something you want to always do while eating food. I suppose I could define what I would consider hideously ugly, but when I thought about it more, I think I actually meant "You look like a total jackass."

And that would have to be pretty much anyone who was ever on a football team. So maybe I think football players are ugly? I'm not sure.

"Ars longa, vita brevis...Art is long, life is short."

Hmm (5.00 / 2) (#9)
by zikzak on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 11:48:52 AM PST
I had composed a lovely, thoughful reply to you, but it seems to have gone missing. Presumably I clicked 'Preview' instead of 'Post' and then closed the window.

I'd re-create it, but you can probably make a good guess about what the general gist was without my help anyway.

Now, now... (5.00 / 1) (#17)
by jin wicked on Thu Jan 31st, 2002 at 09:04:12 PM PST
You know it's no one's fault but you're own that you were afraid to meet me and missed your opportunity. I'd appreciate it if you stopped with the passive-agressive behaviour in my diaries, deary.

"Ars longa, vita brevis...Art is long, life is short."

wow (none / 0) (#19)
by jsm on Fri Feb 1st, 2002 at 01:23:14 AM PST
I haven't seen unresolved sexual tension like this since the second series of "Moonlighting". Although some episodes of "Frazier" came close.

It's absolutely riveting. Keep it up.

... the worst tempered and least consistent of the editors
... now also Legal department and general counsel,


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