May 31st, 2002


woke up, got out of bed...

Actually, starting this entry before I woke up...

Called the airport this morning looking for my still-missing luggage.
After much waiting on hold, transferring departments, call-backs,
and whatnot, the guy who last saw my bag finally contacted me and
let me know he dropped it off with my next-door neighbor. Uh,
thanks dood. So I went to sleep about an hour later than usual.

I woke up to some weird noise elsewhere in the house -- though very
faint, so I assumed it was actually coming from outside. Then I
realized my alarm wasn't going off. At first I considered that
this meant it was too soon to wake up, but as my brain unfuzzied,
I remembered that I was getting up about 5 hours after going to
sleep, so it's unlikely I just woke up at the appropriate time.
Argh, guess I should get up and check on this.

And oh look, my computer's crashed. In fact, it's so crashed, it's
got hard read errors galore. Well, is a good thing I have extra
parts and can just dump a new drive in there, but this is exceedingly
annoying, and what time is it anyway?

Ran downstairs, and discovered the source of the noise. My stereo's
playing Yami No Matsuei. Well, huh. Guess my cat stepped on the
remote and turned on the DVD player. Fortunately (looking at the
time) right when I needed to wake up too!

So, I got the drive going just enough to transfer the only directory
I care about on that machine (that isn't already backed up elsewhere),
then turned it off. I'll deal with an rsync across drives tomorrow.

Then I went to take a bath. While tossing the soaking wet bath
mat (still wet from yesterday's overflow) out the window, the next
door neighbor spots me and informs me that I can pick up my luggage
anytime. I say I'm about to take a bath, but will do so as I leave.

I did so, then picked up Aleris (amazingly *just* on time, despite
my car informing me that it needed oil on the way down the hill),
then we went to the Anime shop (I picked up a Cowboy Bebop hanging,
in lieu of not finding the fourth DVD of Trigun), then we went to

I'll do the game review a bit later tonight, but out of character,
this was probably the best session for me figuring out the character
sheet (FINALLY!). Spyder helpfully sat down and went over stuff
on the sheet with me, retuned a few details, and let me know that
I had more than just "dex+dodge" for defense -- which means I
*actually* have some defending power. In fact, a lot. So now I
can split my dice pool like it's meant to be with 12 dice, and
honestly be on par with the rest of the team. About time!!

I'm still somewhat angsting about random stuff though, but I think
I've pinpointed what, and will be dealing with that issue later
tonight. Woot. Ok, over and out.
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I'm posting a lot tonight..

I have to say, it's really wonderful seeing ts4z and bk2w on livejournal now. I'm making a very special post to say how much I miss you guys, and I'm glad I can keep in contact with you again!

Now, go poke Jonah to sign up (or send me his username if he's done so). :)

for those who dunno what the hell this is about, these are some of my favorite friends from the SF area, and old CMUsters
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    VNV Nation - Darkangel

so, uh

So, after my vow to sleep until 5pm today, my roomie woke me up at
2:30 reminding me of the incoming carpet cleaners, erg. So I got
up, ran to the bank to deposit my paycheck (and extract cash for
the cleaners), and got back in time for them to show up. Then they
do some measuring, and tell me that despite my coupon for $7.95/room,
it'll cost us $287 to get the three rooms done (we were only asking
for the first floor to get done). After much haggling, I got it
down to $150, including some lifetime warranty that extends to any
place I move to. Ok, I can accept that.

And the first floor looks just magnificent now. Like, Pooka and
Bull spent most of today cleaning it out ahead of my waking up,
then I helped until the cleaners showed up. The only place not
completely clutter-free at this point is the stereo system (mail
depot), which I'll get to later this weekend. The kitchen floor
also needs a mop (I'm stopping at Giant Eagle on my way home from
work in the morning and picking one up); but other than that, it's
all dusted, clean, and positively *sparkling*! And the carpet is
bright, white, and smells so absolutely fantastic -- it clearly
hadn't been cleaned before we moved in.

Just as the cleaners leave, the storm rolls in.

And while it was windy, so are all storms on Mt Washington. We
closed most of the windows, picked up Settlers of Catan, and headed
up to the Entertainment Room to play it (the dining room table is
stuffed with chairs until the floor dries), and watched the flag
try to fly off in the wind and the lightning come down while we
play. For about 10 minutes. And another 5 minutes later on in
the evening. It honestly wasn't that spectacular a storm as storms
go up on our hill.

Then my mom calls... she's trapped in her house because a cable
wire's down by her car in the driveway, so she can't really get
out. Oh, and there's no power at her place... oh, and she's on
the cell because she also has no phone service. wow. Now I read
that there were tornado warnings and rides at the local amusement
park collapsing, and friends posting about the destruction all
around them in the East End, etc etc... and I think of how we were
just calmly sitting in the second floor TV room casually playing
a board game. Awesome. :)
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    Cybertec - LYBDB6DANCEMIX