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Happening, happened; [Jan. 29th, 2010|12:29 pm]
February to the end of May I am still doing the Barista thing, and should probably squeeze in my sister's bridal shower somewhere. Between May and very early June I'm moving to GR, and the rest of the month is probably dedicated to a 3-week roadtrip vacation, though the exact date for that is subject to change. By July I should have a new job, a comfy new apartment with new roomies, be well on my way to setting up an apprenticeship, and throw the best darn bachelorette party I can just before the wedding.

Things I forgot to overtly mention the past six months or so:

My car was stolen.
I got in a car (not mine!) accident.
Tattooing. What.
Detroit is awful, I'm moving.
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Does this ever happen to you? [Dec. 5th, 2009|12:21 am]
Selfish time:

It is, and I mean this, the most frustrating thing I can think of when I come up with a fantastic idea and get shafted on the credit. It happens mostly for silly little things, but for some reason it makes me incredibly angry. Sometimes I might think of something that someone else came up with first, and, well, oops, that happens. But there are also times when I have moments of a unique sort of cleverness, only to find that down the road at some point it is forgotten that I was the source. Seriously, like I said, these are small whimsies, but ffffffffffffffff....

The thing is, when I get these little glimmers of awesomeness I really like to take in the moment; I remember where I was, what I was doing, who I was with, tone of voice, things discussed directly before and after (ie how it was lead up to), others occurrences that same day that might have influenced it, you get the idea - kinda lame, I know. But when the time comes and someone tries to call me out on it, it comes in handy because I can defend with the "No, no... remember? We were at Red Robin? And you said you hate pickles, and I said blah blah blah, but only if blah blah blah so-forth..." and only then I might get the "...Oh yeah... that WAS you..." vindication. This really doesn't happen that often, though. Maybe because these particular sparks of pure amazing muse-iness are so few and far between on my end that it's out of character and people tend to associate them with someone else or something... I don't really know. All I do know is that I am seriously peeved. It's petty, but still.

And three words: Aeolian Debris Zombies.
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We all live in a yellow submarine... [Nov. 29th, 2009|08:07 pm]

Went to the Burton Theater and saw "Bronson". 'Bout seven miles of what the hell, but not really awful.
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Westside! [Nov. 16th, 2009|08:10 pm]
"Bagels" and I are headed out to GR this weekend to do some browsing of neighborhoods and jobs. I imagine there will be much rejoicing in simply not being in the D-town area, as well.
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Southfield - The Center of it All [Nov. 8th, 2009|09:56 am]
Klunky (my car) is just about fixed, and for good this time; new battery, new fuel pump, new steering column, new lock, new... something-or-other filter. The first time I went to fill it with gas I also discovered that the gas cap was stolen (What.), so a new one of those, too. I already got its oil changed shortly before it was stolen, but its tires need to be rotated and I should probably get new windshield wiperssSSAWGBORINGCARSTUFFNEVERMIND.

I was doing really well with not worrying about soon-to-come things, until I had an unexpected day off - apparently I was just too shredded to spend any energy worrying - so I'm now trying to jog my stress away, and it's helping, sorta.

As for current-related ills, I really dislike working at one of the stores. The original store I work at is in a nicer neighborhood, so naturally it has a better atmosphere. The one in downtown Detroit is just really unpleasant... the customers are over-demanding, the coworkers are over-dramatic, and the homeless people are over- uh, over-there. Dealing with HoPos (not to be confused with hobos) requires a certain finesse (not to mention a strong stomach) because you don't want to seem like a jerk in front of customers but you have to get rid of these people ASAP. I want to cut them a break, but giving them any sort of slack means you'll just be seeing them again, so it's hard to find the right balance. We already have a few "regulars", and at least one I don't personally handle anymore because he's rather violent.
I also don't get paid any overtime because my fifty-some hours are split between two stores, so mneh.

I'm trying not to idealize GR too much, but it seems like such a lofty prize in comparison right now.
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Knock knock - Who's there? - You know. [Oct. 29th, 2009|09:10 am]
Whenever I have some little problem it very quickly turns into three or four more mediumish sized problems. Really, it's all the same issue, just wearing different hats. Oh, the hats.
This isn't something I'v recently realized or even recently gotten fed up with, but rather seemingly been able to put aside for the past 16 months or so. Now that I have plans to move and start a new job I'm feeling that familiar old fog. And those bad habits that have been gathering dust? "Hello; Oh, we have so much catching up to do".
I'm really more disappointed than surprised. When you have enough constants in life like I have for the past year it's easy to get comfortable with the routine, and when change comes along the panic digs its teeth in deep. I DO like shaking things up, and there are so many things I'm looking forward to here, but worry looms.
And here's what I'm getting at:  It's not that I've suddenly decided I'm tired of feeling this way - whenever I hear people say something like that I think its silly - but I can guess that with upcoming events I can either suck it up and start dealing with this while I still have time, or enjoy a robust nervous breakdown when things will be at their peak in about six months.
I've never had a full-out paroxysm before, and I'd like to keep it that way. This past year, while still stressful, has been exceptionally good for me. I'm not looking forward to wearing those viscious little hats again, and at first I'm not going to have much choice. I'm going to work on that though.
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Because nothing else is going on around me: [Aug. 2nd, 2009|09:10 pm]
A few upcoming movies I'm somewhat interested in, in no particular order:

"White on Rice" looks so awkward. What fun.

"The Windmill Movie" seems like one of those boring things that I like so much.

"Gamer" ...because I'm kinda lame.

"A Serious Man" is the newest Coen brothers' movie, and they usually appeal to me.

"45365"... eh... maybe.

"District 9" is something I've been following for a while through the mock websites, and though I want to see it I think I already know where it's going, which is a shame because the build-up was really interesting.

"How to be a Serial Killer" doesn't quite hook me; it seems insincere in some way, whatever I mean by that.

"Where the Wild Things Are" has a fantastic trailer, but I can't help feeling it'll be a let-down.

I know about the new Alice in Wonderland movie, but it really strikes as something everyone assumed Tim Burton would do anyway, so yeah.

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One that I'm sorry I missed (from a while ago) was "The Fall", but I think it only came out in select theaters. Did anyone catch it?
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999999999 [May. 21st, 2009|12:11 am]
[Current Mood |Sooo bored.]

There are a lot of "nine" themed movies coming out this year (yes, yes, 2009, I know).
Kinda odd.

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More Zs [May. 17th, 2009|07:42 pm]
My parents gave me $800 for my birthday, and I used it to buy a nice firm mattress and bedframe. They had to re-order the one I wanted because it wasn't in stock, so I'll have to wait a couple weeks for my hopes of better sleep.
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Need More Read [May. 10th, 2009|07:49 pm]
Nate and I made our weekly trip to the comic book store, but since they didn't have the next-of from Fables I mostly picked up a few of the new releases from the more minor series I'm reading (Jonah Hex, Deadpool, Mouse Guard, etc.). The owner asked if we were looking for something new to buy into, and suggested The Walking Dead.

Now, I hate zombies. Not like how I hate vampires, we're talking two very different kinds of hate. Zombies tap into that uncanny valley thing, which is why I also hate puppets. This is a hatred born from terror; vampires are just lame. So reading a series about the zombie apocalypse is more of an educational tool than entertainment in my mind (the paranoid, worst case scenario, what if part), and combined with the fact that this genre is pretty picked-over already, I was hesitant. The guy mentioned it was one of the only series he sold that he gave a return-and-refund-no-questions-asked guarantee, so in the end we gave it a shot. We picked up the 8-volume compendium because we knew it had a slowish start, and it was more bang for the buck.

Nate blew through most of that sucker in a matter of hours. Being one massive, singular book, I couldn't be picking up the volumes he finished to trail a few chapters behind, so I listened while he made dramatic but intentionally vague (and therefore polite) reactions throughout the evening. At the time I was reading through my own main purchase, the first volume of Swamp Thing, so I was mostly content to wait. When Nate turned in for the night I picked it up, eager to continue my comic binge.

First things first: The hell is the matter with me? Reading about zombies before going to sleep? Shit.

But it was worth it. I tore through that thing, and now I've got nothing to read AGAIN. The best thing about it is that it's character driven, not plot driven, so it's about a bunch of people who just happen to dealing with the zombie apocalypse (and I use the term 'dealing with' lightly). At times the way they all behave seems over dramatic, but then again, ZOMBIES. They will fuck up your day. The last couple volumes were actually so focused on how the circumstances changed normal people into lunatics that the zombies themselves were no longer centric. Like Nate, I read a bit about what will be happening next since we want to wait for the next compendium, and I really want to follow this thing to the end. It is really draining, though, so if I even manage to pick it up for a second read-through it won't be for a couple years.

...and now I need something else to read. Suggestions?
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