June 13th, 2003



It was one year ago today that I started this LJ thing. I'd never really kept any kind of journal before, so I wondered then if I would keep it up. I did, 242 entries worth so far, so go me. Then, I was talking about my bike:

   I rode on Monday, Tuesday, and tonight, 31 miles total. Monday the weather was gorgeous, blue skies, 70's, light breeze... Tuesday was 80's, hazy, and humid, with a pretty stiff wind... Tonight was 60's, gray, with almost no wind...

What a difference a year makes. I haven't been able to ride at all in a month because of the frelling weather. It's raining again today. It rained yesterday, and the day before, too. It's also supposed to rain tomorrow! We've been getting one non-rainy day a week, and that gets reserved for mowing the lawn. Getting so frustrated with it all. I want to ride my bike. I want to be able to take advantage of the latest sunsets of the year. I want some frelling sunshine in my life!

Alex and Durrah are driving up from Jersey today to visit, and we were talking about going to Boston tomorrow, but if it's raining that option holds much less appeal. Still, I have lots of DVDs and VCDs for entertainment, and Alex and I will probably set up Flight Simulator 2002 at some point. The house is mostly clean, except that I still have to clear off the bed in the attic so that *I'll* have a place to sleep while they're here. I also have to figure out where the heck I stashed my extra sets of sheets and pillowcases. Couldn't find them last night.

Damn this weather is depressing...
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Of Memes and Challenged Books

Friday Five:

1. What's one thing you've always wanted to do, but never have?

Tour the U-505 at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago. When I was eight, while we were all visiting my grandparents in Chicago, my father took my brothers and me to the Museum, and we all got in the line to go on the submarine. It was a very long line, and my father has little patience for long lines. Plus there was a lot more of the museum to see. Anyway, he pulled us out of the line, promising to bring us the next time we visited. This was a crushing thing to an eight year-old boy who loved all things military. Not long after, my grandparents moved to NJ, so there were no more trips to Chicago for a very, very long time.

Flash forward thirty-one years, and I am now visiting Chicago for the first time since "The Incident." I was there for a conference, and one of our vendors rented the Museum for a shindig. We were bussed down, handed coctails, and told the whole museum was ours to explore. As if. I immediately headed down to the U-505, only to find a sign saying that this particular exhibit was closed for the evening. It was the only thing in the whole frelling museum that was closed that night. I've gotten back to Chicago a couple of times since, but I've never managed to find the time to go to the museum again. One of these years...

Or if not that, then perhaps a wild weekend with Alyson Hannigan...

2. When someone asks your opinion about a new haircut/outfit/etc, are you always honest?

Yup, but fortunately I'm not exactly Joe Style, so I'll rarely have anything bad to say about another person's hair or clothing choices.

3. Have you ever found out something about a friend and then wished you hadn't? What happened?

A friend once told me ahead of time that she was thinking about breaking up with her boyfriend, who was also a friend of mine, including giving me way too much information about their relationship. I hate knowing that people are dead men walking. They did break up, but it worked out for the best because they remained friends, and both wound up meeting the people they would marry not long afterwards.

4. If you could live in any fictional world (from a book/movie/game/etc.) which would it be and why?

Probably the Trek-verse or Traveller. Space travel, cool gadgets, new worlds and new civilizations, all social problems solved, boldly going...

5. What's one talent/skill you don't have but always wanted?

Playing the guitar.

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