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Now, then.

In other news: The trip out to Chicago, as mentioned, was fantastic.

The grand jury has certainly been interesting and at times quite entertaining (needless to say, there are some STUPID people out there, and sometimes they choose to commit felonies...)

We went out for a bit of mayheming today after the jury was recessed because [livejournal.com profile] dklegman and I were both at loose ends. The final results can be tallied in mass destruction, my phone being replaced with a new Motorola v325 (though it does seem Verizon monkeyed with the OS to where I can't use the phone tools to load ringtones for free...) and replacing my oft bitched about Vivitar digicam with one of these.

I was looking at paying retail for one at Best Buy when Dave noticed that there was an open box one missing the battery and CDs (and a bit of minor physical wear that doesn't bother me) for over half-off the box price with the full warranty. I even got the UPCs to file with Canon. One SD card and a "YOINK!" later we get pictures like this instead of this. Shiny. Thanks to online warranty activation it is now fully protected.

Dave also found the new DVD release of the David Lynch Dune, and kept mumbling about how "The Spice must flow" while licking the box on his way out of the store.

Yeah...moving on.

Dinner was had, talking was made, and the sight of Barry Bonds in drag made Dave and I wonder if [livejournal.com profile] chaoticgoodnik had seen it, and just what her reaction was.

From there, we're pretty much wound down here in Rancho Robusteza Del Asesino, so I bid you goodnight.
bzarcher: A stand mixer with blue and white flames (Virgil!)
What was supposed to be a semi-quiet weekend really wasn't, and I am thankful. :D

It started with invitations from [livejournal.com profile] yukon_jack to attend the Guinness Toast at Fado on Friday, where he was installed as this year's official Toastmaster. (Which I can't remember if I actually congratulated you on? So congratulations!) He has achieved fame, power, and risen to the level of an Olympic Barfly. Someone get this man an endorsement deal! Somewhere in there we also linked up with Mssrs. Rood, Holman, and [livejournal.com profile] dklegman, but the details are...sketchy. Yes. Sketchy. All I can remember for sure is buying about $50 worth of beer, and not all of it was mine.

Then, [livejournal.com profile] demeterschild was running up through town, and wanted to hang for the evening. We ended up hooking up with her, going to a wild romp through Easton, attending the toast, and then swinging out to Surly Girl so she could see the wonder of a VERY crowded pirate and cowgirl bar. Sadly, it was also a bit too crowded to actually enjoy it, so we decanted [livejournal.com profile] yukon_jack and [livejournal.com profile] dklegman into their respective journeys homeward, and then hit Steak and Shake for some cooldown.

Then, for purposes of rather silly legal requirements to renew my license, we rose from the grave around 8am, and promptly crashed in the living room until [livejournal.com profile] demeterschild needed to get on her way at 10 because we didn't feel like moving at all.

So, Alex, Lisa, and I set her on the road to Victory (or at least to Akron) and headed over to the Town and Country DMV. One look at the line said "Come back in a little bit", so we boogied down to Starliner Diner for a fantastic breakfast (mmm, chorizo) and then Lisa and I headed to the DMV and Alex headed over to OSU to study.

This would be the one sour part of the weekend.

After seeing the line at the DMV only get worse, we stood in line dutifully for 10 minutes before one of the DMV staff announced "The computers are still down." That's when we figured out why the line hadn't -moved-, so we left and attempted to hit another DMV office, only to find out that their computers were also FUBARED, and pretty much all of the DMV offices will be closed until Tuesday.

If you think about when my birthday is, you might assume this would require me to drive on an expired license and plates for 24 hours because of this, and you'd be right. However, I'll just be safe and careful, and get it done first opporuntity on Tuesday.

So, after that misadventure, Lisa and I hit World Market to look for interesting things, and I happily restocked the house supply of Curry and Jelly Beans, as well as found a really neat English (I believe? It was in the UK section) candy bar called an "Aero". You bite through the chocolate and then let the foamed peppermint inside dissolve on your tongue. Very tasty, and a neat sensation.

Following this, we crashed a bit, I did some fig priming on the Zoanthropes [livejournal.com profile] dklegman got me for my birthday, and the mail arrived.

In the mail, among other things, were our new Vonage phone and kit for the house (yay!) and birthday cards from my grandparents and uncle containing ze monies. (Yay!) So, I called my grandparents and talked with them for about an hour, thanking them and catching up on how things are going up there, and Alex arrived back from studying somewhere in that time.

After a bit more painting and Men's Olympic Hockey (Rutuu, what the hell? You cheap-hitting bastard.) We linked up once again with Dave and Sanford, this time going out for Dinner at Mac's Cafe downtown. While I totally parked too far away in a public lot because I misremembered how far of a walk it was from the convention center, the food, spirits, and atmosphere more than made up for it. (Mmm, pie an chips.) We also heavily reccomend the sauerkraut balls and soft pretzels, particularly if you dip one of each in the sauce meant for the other. It is a delightful heresy.

We braved the cold once again to trundle down to Guardtower, where I spent my birthday money, Dave spent some spare money, and Rich spent himself in the most terrible ways you can imagine. I ended up with the Xenology book from the Black Libary, some basing materials, and the 'nid battleforce, Dave ended up with Flames of War (Arise, Arise ye Russian People...) and Rich came away with the most hilarious card game since Beer Money. But more on that in a moment.

Returning home, we had some well needed hydration, and Alex yanked a bag of presents out of the closet for me, which was both surprising and awesome at the same time. I ended up with Dawn of War and Halo 2 strategy guides, the first DVD of the new Tetsujin-28 series (GIGANTOR!) and the first DVD of the new(er?) Galaxy Railway series - looks like a Matsumoto follow up to Express 999, but I'd not heard of it before, and that makes it awesome. He'd also earlier given me the first disc of Hellsing in UMD format, so I mention this here merely because the PSP really is the perfect device to watch Anime on if your housemates aren't in the mood.

Rich, Dave, Lisa, and I cracked open the card game at this point, and Alex...disappeared. (SPOOOKY.) Fortunately, we were too caught up in the game to notice.

And that game?

Gloom.

Made by Atlas Games (which explains at least 2/3 of why it is awesome), the game is a really fun, really morbid attempt to destroy your family's self-worth before you kill every last one of them. I'll let the official site explain the mechanics, and simply say it was one hell of a good time, even if everyone stole my corpses.

Necrophiles.

As the game reached it's rather grisly climax, Alex returned! And to our horror (well, not really horror), he brought Birthday Cake! And ice cream!

It was the best day ever. The end.
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I'm trying to think of something to say about yesterday's adventures besides what [livejournal.com profile] dklegman wrote in his excellent post (with new and improved manhole coverage!)

The only thing that comes clearly to mind is when we were wandering through this cul-de-sac neighborhood around Como and Walhalla, we started looking at all these old houses. Gorgeous houses, most of which probably dated back to the early 20s when this neighborhood was shaped from what was probably an old slate quarrying site, judging by the shale and slate cliffs we walked around. We talked about how this would be a lovely place to live, and how it'd be kinda nice to buy one of those houses. (If my commute wouldn't be turned to raw hell, anyhow...)

But even more, we talked about the architecture, or the construction, or how some of the houses, for sale or not, were just plain pretty. How some of the gardens and lawns were just gorgeous, even when they tickled our allergies.

When you consider how we looked (2 people in OSU regalia, probably around college student or near graduate age, and an older guy with a really ratty OSU T-shirt and a cane) walking around this neighborhood, especially on a Football Saturday, that's probably not what most people would have expected us to be talking about.

I think it's moments like that where I realize how lucky I am in my friends.
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Well, I didn't really write much this holiday weekend, but I assure you that things happened.

-Celebrated both Lisa's birthday and our anniversary with large BBQs and friends. This was VERY good. Lisa
also found new fishnets and tennis shoes with skulls on them. :D

-The new grill is a thing of might and beauty. 50 pounds of cast iron and ceramic goodness, and the cooking we've done has been incredible. Well, OK, Alex has done most of it. I've done some burgers and about half the cooking on some brats, but it's all been good.

-Spent probably far too much time in CoH, but it was fun (mostly.)

-Worked a deal with a guy off Bartertown that will give me 3 more tac squads, fill out 2 Assault squads, and I'll have some spare marines to give to Chris and Jaymie so she can learn how to paint them, and Chris can learn how to get all shooty.

-Seriously debating getting into the new 'Nids.

-Seriously debating a subscription to White Dwarf.

-Got a nice pair of sandals to help with some blisters on my feet. Wish I could wear them to work.

-Almost slept through my alarm today!

With the exception of my very disrupted sleep schedule, and a lunch on Friday that didn't work out quite the way we'd hoped, it was a very good weekend, spent with friends and loved ones.
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Good: More hanging out on the [livejournal.com profile] dklegman love machine.
Finding out people are doing weekly 40k over at Hobbyland, which is much closer to home and work than Guardtower, and
doesn't smell of dubious odor half the time I go in there.
Lisa's awesome Hungarian cooking.
Pirates of the Spanish Main being surprisingly fun for $3.

Bad: Air conditioner's broken, and no idea when they'll be out to fix it. :/
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The more I think, "Hey, I should write something about how the weekend went", I find myself at a loss for what to say. Given that, I'm going to try leaving this window up for awhile, and writing in it as I go today.
Brainspatter )
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See the guy with the glasses and the monkey hanging off his shirt? If that isn't Ben, one of my old roommates and general hoopy frood from Wooster, I'll be dipped.

In other important news: Congratulations again to Doctor Steven M. Bobula, M. D. who was offically graduated and sworn in last night, followed by a rather epic drunk and gnosh at the Dublin Pub. (Which, even more oddly, is in Dayton.)

Even more awesome was that after we'd already run up a fair dinkum tab, the proprietor found out that it was, in fact, Steve's graduation, and brought us out a rather incredible bottle of Totti Spumante ('75, I think?) on the house to toast his success. There were a couple periods where various tables around the patio were in awe of our monstrous group, and Lisa, Alex, and I got hooked in to more of Steve's Dayton and Cinci friends, and much bonding ensued.

It was a wonderful evening.
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[livejournal.com profile] silentsteel, I think you're somehow connected to this.
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Note:

Anyone in town on Sunday should call me. We're going to be having an all day BBQ sort of thingy. Come by. Get fed.

Also: I have a 14 day trial code for CoH. Anyone like it?

Nevermind - code's been given out. :D
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Time to [livejournal.com profile] mephron impact: 6 hours.

Boredom: High.

Masturbating Bear: Rampaging.
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Things + Stuff

1. Congrats again for the wedding of [livejournal.com profile] dania_audax and [livejournal.com profile] timroff. It was beautiful, you both looked wonderful, and it was a wonderful time.

2. The Coventry/Euclid Heights neighborhood in Cleveland is still nifty.

3. I *heart* America: The Audiobook.

4. Hooking of Alex on 40k is successful - he apparently bought his HQ and troops for a Witch Hunters/Sisters army while we were gone.

5. After all that driving, my next car will definently have cruise control.

6. It was nice to drive through Wooster on the way back.

7. Cleveland streets suck.

8. The B-side Lounge in Cleveland Heights is AWESOME. We need a bar like this.

9. There is no 9.

10. Yay for [livejournal.com profile] skarlette.

11. Boo for my parents needling and pushing us again about getting married. What part of "We're not ready for that yet" don't they understand?

12. Boo for car repairs. After $400 worth of "vital repairs" to the brakes and alignment, the car honestly doesn't feel a damn bit different, and I was looking for SOME sign of change in the 7 or so hours I've been driving this weekend, so I think I'm qualified in saying that now.

13. Fuck you, Crown Kia/Chrysler/Mercedes of Dublin. Fuck you.

14. The immediate death of Roger Simpson, 1412 Liberty Ave, Ortosky CA. He knows why.

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