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November 23rd, 2006


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07:03 pm - Everyone else having family time. . . rocks!
So here I am, all alone on a major holiday people are supposed to spend with family. I was invited to Toledo to see my parents at my cousin's, but honestly, I can neither afford to buy gas to get there nor to do enough maintenance on my car to drive three hours there and back. "Besides," I reasoned with myself this morning, "people keep asking you to be there for them. Be there for yourself for once. No one ever asks you to do that except mazisexton."

This has been one of the best days ever.

I'm still in my jammies and actually wore my glasses all day for the first time in perhaps two or three years.

This morning I started out by cleaning. Then I moved onto writing part of my book. Then I scanned in the book ceolnamara bought me in Paris last year ("Le Pilier Des Nautes Retrouvé: Histoire d'Une Métamorphose") so that I could possibly send it to a couple of people. My laundry room is getting a cleaning for the first time since I moved in, and my work bench is being completely reorganized and tools are migrating back to it. I put together a CD last night of songs that get me dancing. . . Here's the song list:
  1. Country Girl - Primal Scream
  2. White Collar Boy - Belle & Sebastian
  3. Bohemian Like Me - Dandy Warhols
  4. We Used to be Friends - Dandy Warhols
  5. California Uber Alles - Dead Kennedys
  6. Little Ghost - The White Stripes
  7. Denial Twist - The White Stripes
  8. Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms
  9. Clint Eastwood - The Gorillaz
  10. New Age Girl - Dead Eye Dick
  11. Timebomb - Rancid
  12. Can't Be Myself - Watershed
  13. Birdhouse In Your Soul - They Might Be Giants
  14. Istanbul - They Might Be Giants
  15. The Night Chicago Died - Paper Lace
  16. Flagpole Sitta - Harvey Danger
  17. Banditos - The Refreshments
  18. Code Monkey - Anyone know?
  19. Take the Skinheads Bowling - Camper Von Beethoven
  20. Pina Colada in a Pint Glass - Gaelic Storm
  21. 1952 Vincent Black Lightning - Richard Thompson
  22. Wasted and Ready - Ben Kweller
And I danced most of the day today.

No one else was around. Tina was out with one of her friends (she did leave me some food, and I've had a little of it, but for the most part I've not eaten much). The people who demand most of my attention are all out of town. I can focus on what I want to focus on for a change.

I watched Spiderman 2, which I've had for two years (since the day the DVD came out, I think) but never watched. I had to fight a bit with the packaging.

I worked on writing courses for ADF, abandoned a project for ADF at the request of someone else, started putting together some clergy resources, and right now, I feel really good.

Today, I am thankful to be alone. If your Thanksgiving is half as cool as mine is, well, you're a lucky devil.

Hang on, Turning Around just came on. I'm off to dance!
Current Location: Southeast of Disorder
Current Mood: amusedamused
Current Music: "Turning Around", -JB

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From:triskele
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:48 am (UTC)
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LOL, don't forget First of May (definitely NOT an office song)
From:emmilicious
Date:November 24th, 2006 12:28 am (UTC)
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New Age Girl - Dead Eye Dick

That song makes me want to dance all kinky like...

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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 04:11 pm (UTC)
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Mmm. . . You make me want to dance all kinky like. . .
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From:tesinth
Date:November 24th, 2006 12:56 am (UTC)
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Glad you had a good time, but remember that I already offered to drive you to Toledo.

My turkey day was good, nothing too exciting but I did get to play with some kids and, as is required in Toledo, drink.
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
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Oh, I didn't forget. But then there's the time expense that gets factored in. I really did get a lot done yesterday. You wouldn't believe how clean my workbench is. I obviously need to do a new project around this house now.
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From:ramona66
Date:November 24th, 2006 01:17 am (UTC)
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ah. take the skinheads bowling. thats funny, i was looking through my cd's last night and was thinking i should listen to Camper Van Beethoven again. i am visiting at my sis's tonight but i guess i will when i get home!
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 04:10 pm (UTC)
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Hehe. Such good music. So misunderstood :)
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From:edelweiss68
Date:November 24th, 2006 01:34 am (UTC)
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Oooo, TMBG!! :D

Glad you had such a good day!
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
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So am I! Hope you did!
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From:valkyrvolva
Date:November 24th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
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The best Tgiving I ever had was the year everyone abandoned my Grammy and me. We sat around in pj, talked about politics, avoided holiday food (tv dinners and popcorn--yum!), read, and I am certain I spent a long, long time dancing in the shower using up all of the hot water.

Good for you!!!
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 04:07 pm (UTC)
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That does sound like it rocked!
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From:valkyrvolva
Date:November 24th, 2006 02:12 am (UTC)
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TMBG is good music for anytime of year. However, "Santa's Beard" has a prominent place in all of my holiday-tide mixes.
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 04:06 pm (UTC)
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I don't have that one. Must get it!
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From:geedeck
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:01 am (UTC)
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Hey, if you want something to do tomorrow, we're having a dinner-ish thing around 5 at my and angel's place. Not that you aren't welcome to chillax however you will, but the invite is there.
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:52 pm (UTC)
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Thank you very much for the invite, but Tina and I are planning to do some "Black Friday" running about around 6~ish (we actually are going up to Polaris to see one of her friends toward closing-time), so dinner would push it real close on timing.

Speaking of timing, as I was typing this response, she informed me that we "have to eat our leftovers today. There's no room left in the fridge!" Apparently, wherever she went yesterday for dinner loaded her down with food. . . So for the first time in about a year, I'm drowning in it.

I haven't looked in the fridge since she came home last night, and now, I'm a bit afraid to. . .

But again, thanks for the invite :)
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From:qorinda
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:24 am (UTC)
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I love spending major holidays by myself too - a luxury I don't get very often. However, some of my best Thanksgiving memories involve things like working on a suicide hotline one Thanksgiving that no one else wanted to work, and another involved a long walk around Blue Hills - a "mountain" south of Boston. It was glorious!

Today was good, though. I'll be posting about it shortly.

I am really glad you had fun and took time for you. :)
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:47 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad I did, too. Still am :)
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From:singingwren
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:25 am (UTC)
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Hehe, yay!!! Life is good when the ladies are away, huh? ;)

Looks like I need to get downloading, as I do not have a majority of those songs.

Was Spiderman 2 worth seeing??
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:45 pm (UTC)
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"Women and water are in short supply
There's not enough dope for us all to get high
I hear it gets better, that's what they say
As soon as we sail on to Cane Garden Bay.
"

Yes, you do need to get to downloading. And yes, Spiderman 2 was worth seeing. It's got some lessons for those of us who get pulled in too many directions at once. Lookin' forward to 3, with Venom!
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From:triskele
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:51 am (UTC)
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Spiderman 2 was actually on Fox tonight, hahaha.
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:37 pm (UTC)
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Given that it's a 2 hour movie, I think I did better watching it on DVD. I can't imagine how long that'd take with commercials!
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From:delphinastar
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:59 am (UTC)
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Wow- Great tunes- brought back some memories...

Happy Thanksgiving... Glad you enjoyed it!
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:36 pm (UTC)
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Happy thanksgiving to you, too :) Hope you enjoyed yours a well.
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From:tlachtga
Date:November 24th, 2006 04:43 am (UTC)
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Wow--I gotta admit, I'm impressed. I wasn't expecting Dead Kennedys or Richard Thompson. :-)
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:30 pm (UTC)
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Hehe. What can I say, babe? I really do have a bit of taste.

I just hide it under the Jimmy Buffett so that no one knows.

I actually got heavily into alternative music for a good 6 years or so, mostly thanks to withak53. It's what I usually listen to in the car or when I have the option to turn on a radio.
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From:malkah_dhainu
Date:November 24th, 2006 02:34 pm (UTC)
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you know, this sounds like something I ought to do for myself sometime fairly soon. I'm glad you took the time to be with yourself though, dear. It's good for you.

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From:chronarchy
Date:November 24th, 2006 03:32 pm (UTC)
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I did it a couple of weeks ago, too, and it was really good then, as well, even though I couldn't really get away from everyone as quickly as I wanted. It's a really good thing to do. Really good. I recommend it to anyone, especially anyone who has constant demands on their time.
From:ceolnamara
Date:November 24th, 2006 07:45 pm (UTC)
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Dancing can be good for the soul. Taking time for ones self is good for the soul, no question.

Glad to hear you had a great day.
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From:chronarchy
Date:November 25th, 2006 02:45 pm (UTC)
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Commit a little mortal sin - it's good for the soul

Jimmy's got it right :)

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