9/15/2011

Today was Thursday – 9/15/2011. Songs that most closely matches my mood = “Doctor Who XI”  which is the theme for Doctor Who starting with the 5th Series and the 11th Doctor, by Murray Gold (original tune composed by Ron Grainer and Delia Derbyshire); and all the variations on Amy’s Theme from the Doctor Who series 5 soundtrack (available on iTunes!), again by Murray Gold. I just watched this past week’s episode of Doctor Who again – “The Girl Who Waited”. It’s an Amy Pond centric episode, because she is, indeed, the girl who waited. I love Amy and Rory – they are the girl and boy who waited. Amy waited on the Doctor. Rory waited on Amy – 2000 years! I can relate.

I’m waiting right now. I feel like I’ve been waiting on her all my life. Maybe I will always be waiting on her. So I get Amy and Rory. Good on you, mates.

Check out the kick ass pic I took to reflect my mood – commonterry.tumblr.com. I’m feeling a bit lonely and melancholy, but with a dash of hope, spirit, and whimsy thrown in that Doctor Who provides.

I still have the remnants of the flu. Still a little bit of the sniffles, and still coughing here and there. But I no longer feel so exhausted – like I haven’t slept in a week. I’m feeling better everyday – which I type just as I have a massive coughing attack. Being sick bites balls. I hate coughing. I just completely hate it in every way. Anyway – yes, remnants of the flu linger, but I am more or less well again.

Today was a busy day at work. Lots of calls, emails, tickets, accounts to create – all around craziness. Nothing really noteworthy happened to write about, though.

Oh – except check out the name tag I saw today: “Timothy Tims”. Why would you do that to your kid – your surname is “Tims”, and you just have to be the most unimaginative parents in the world to name your kid “Timothy”. Really? Or maybe you thought it was cute. Most dudes don’t want to be thought of as “cute”, ok? Parents – stop being retarded. Honestly. You may think of your baby infant boy as cute, but one day he’s going to be a man and be stuck with the ridiculous name “Timothy Tims”. Tim Tims… it sounds like some kind of candy. mmmmm I want another bag of Tim Tims! Why don’t parents think of names that give a sense of honor, or regality, or something at least partially cool? Anyway – I’m sorry Tim Tims. I’m so, so sorry. You have my permission to kick your Dad in the balls, and your Mom in her box. Go, do it, now.

I chatted with Mom on AIM today, of course. Just random stuff – it’s a great way for me to keep her company, and I’m happy to do so. I didn’t hear from anyone else today, though.

Other things happened – TV watching as new fall shows are starting to premiere. Nothing hugely entertaining yet, but Sarah Michelle Gellar’s new show “Ringer” was somewhat interesting. I played some Mass Effect 2. Things are moving along nicely for this character – my third play through for ME2. And that’s about it, folks.

Fah Lah – that’s all I have for you, folks. Until tomorrow – when I will share it all with you……… After the Fact!

B

9/12, 9/13, and 9/14/2011

I’m writing this on the WordPress App on my iPhone, so no songs for my mood right now. I’ve been feeling sick, but today I’m feeling better.

Not much to write about for Monday through Wednesday the 12th, 13th, and 14th of September 2011. I worked from home on Mon and Tues as usual, and was still sick. My colon settled down to more or less normal output, but I was still having other flu symptoms (alternating hot and cold, congestion, runny nose, cough, aches, all that jazz) and felt like I had no energy at all. Work was kinda quiet on Mon but busier on Tues. I just chilled between calls and didn’t do much of anything else. Watched Monday Night Football, which is a sweet ass sweet bonus of working from home on Mondays. 🙂 I won my LXFFO game this week – The Time Lords defeated The ShelbyVillains by a score of 212 to 171. I am pleased.

I texted or IMd with Elisha, Lee Jay, Todd, and Mom. I played a bit of Mass Effect 2 each night then went to bed. That was the bulk of Mon and Tues.

On Wednesday I had to go into the office, which blew ass considering I still felt out of it. But I did it anyway and powered through the day. As the night went on I started feeling better – like my body was producing energy again for more than just breathing and other bodily functions. So that’s great news. But to illustrate how out of it I was when I first got up today, check this out. I went to the bathroom at the office and was checking my hair out in the mirror when I noticed something funky looking about the front of my shirt. The buttons looked backwards. Then I realized it: my shirt was on ***inside out***! Yes, dufas me wore my polo shirt to work, all MFn day long, inside out. It wasn’t until like 9:30p when I realized it. The dudes I work with said they didn’t even notice it. Anyway, I got a good laugh at myself over it. I hope you did too.

I IMd with Mom tonight, as usual, and texted a bit with Lee Jay about football stuff.

Heard on the news tonight about a woman who was here in an Atlanta public library with her baby, and the baby started crying loudly. The librarian asked her, of course, to try to keep the noise down. But instead of being polite and respectful of this quiet public place, she started an argument. The librarian had to call the cops. Then the woman started some kind of altercation with the cops that ended up with her being charged with some misdemeanor. But she took the case to court, LOL, and of course the jury found her guilty. She was on the tube tonight all defiant, talking about how she knows she was sticking up for what was “right”.

See – this is a perfect example of one of the major problems in the world today. People, like this woman, who for some reason feel like they are exempt from being respectful. Like they deserve respect while behaving disrespectful, and not even thinking of being respectful in return. You are in a PUBLIC library, or movie theatre, where there are OTHER PEOPLE, and your child is disrupting the atmosphere – get up and get the F out of the room. As if it’s shocking that everyone else expects you to be polite, responsible, and respectful. No one is hating on your child. All children are beautiful. But, come on, are you gonna want some rude person to bring their crying child into your bedroom when you are sleeping?! The general pubic deserves the same respect you would expect out of a moment in your private home. What is wrong with people?! I don’t understand it.

But I don’t feel bad for the woman. Hell, she’s just another typical fool in a collective of millions. It’s her baby that I pity. This is the example from which this child gets to observe and learn. Children deserve better, but far too many get this – or worse. We can only hope the mother somehow matures and finds wisdom, or the child otherwise manages to rise above it and become a better person of their own accord. It happens, so there is indeed hope.

Anyway – that’s all I have for you tonight. Until tomorrow – when I will share it all with you… After the Fact!

B

9/11/2011

Today was Sunday – 9/11/2011. Never forget 9/11/2001. <3

I’m still sick, so this will be short. Watched tons of opening Sunday football. It was awesome. Felt better for awhile today, but now feeling the same as yesterday. Blah. Elisha sent me an email clueing me in on matters, and otherwise catching up. That was awesome. During football viewing I kept wondering what it would be like if we could curl up on the couch and watch football together all day long. Lol maybe she wouldn’t enjoy that too much, but it was a sweet daydream nonetheless.

Texted with Todd – he’s my opponent this week. I’m currently winning, but we each have players going Monday night. Wish me and my Time Lords luck!

Texted with Lee Jay as well about football stuff. Glad these days are here again!

That is all. Going to bed. After the fact and all that jazz….

B

9/10/2011

Today was Saturday, 9/10/2011. Still feeling sick. Still no songs as I’m still not in a music listening mood.

Didn’t do much today. Slept a lot. I mean a lot – like 12 hours lol. Ate some. Had a little bit of the D shooting out of my ass, but not as much as yesterday.

I watched the US Open today, but Wozniacki lost. 🙁 Bummer. I texted with Lee Jay about tennis and football stuff. Tomorrow is the first NFL Sunday of the season woo hoo!

I watched tonight’s new episode of Doctor Who – which KICKED ASS! Man this series just keeps getting better and better.

I played a little Mass Effect 2 as well. Mom called to check up on me like she does when she knows I’m not feeling well, so I spoke with her for a bit. And that’s about all I did today.

That’s all I have for you. Until next time when I will share it all with you – After the Fact!

9/8 and 9/9/2011

These days were Thursday and Friday – 9/08 and /9/09/2011. No songs of the day today – not in a music mood. Check out my tumblr page for a pic that reflects my mood – commonterry.tumblr.com.

This is going to be short – I started feeling sick on Thursday night, and that continued into Friday and indeed right now. Work was normal – nothing really to say. I texted and IMd with those I usually do. I still miss Elisha. I wish she were here nursing me. Well…she’s a nurse, you see. Yes, I do indeed often think of her rack in that manner, but I’m actually thinking of her nursing me back to health. Get your mind out of the gutter! Although, I have to say, I imagine that would make me feel a lot better….. Ah – stop it! Anyway – yes, normal day outside of the fact that I don’t feel well at all.

Feels like the flu. Coughing. Scratchy throat. Sniffling. Runny Nose. Minor chest congestion. Sneezing. Aches. Pains. I went to bed early for me last night – around 3am. I woke up today and was getting ready for work when I suddenly realized the more I was walking around, or sitting up, the more I wanted to vomit. So I ate some crackers and laid down. Then I realized I needed to poo really bad, which ended up being nothing but streams of brown liquid shooting out of my ass. It wasn’t even chunky liquid, for the most part, just straight up brown, smelly liquid. Unpleasant stuff, you know? So then I realized – “I’m not going to make it to work today.”

I let work know I’m ill, and went back to sleep. I woke up periodically to shift around in bed, but for the most part I slept for another 6 hours until frakking 8pm! I got up, went to Publix for food and meds, and got back to make some chicken soup. So here I am. I’ve eaten, after which about 15 minutes later I had to release yet more brown liquid from my ass. So I’m scarfing down water to keep hydrated. Feeling not well at all. And that’s been my last day and a half. I hope yours have been better.

Elisha emailed me today. We’re thinking of setting up video chats while we watch episodes of our favorite shows together. We’re trying to work out the logistics of doing this. Hopefully we’ll figure it out at some point.

Well – that’s all I have for you for now. Until next time when I will share it all with you – After the Fact! I’ll try to leave out the liquid coming out of my ass parts, but, hey, if it happened then I really should write about it, ok?

B

9/6 and 9/7/2011

These days were Tuesday and Wednesday – 9/06 and /9/07/2011. Songs that most closely matches my mood = “Breathe”  – Michelle Branch; and “Come Back” – Pearl Jam. I’m feeling “Breathe” right now because the song makes me smile and want to dance, which is weird because it’s a song about breaking up. Maybe it’s an empowering break up song? I just enjoy the groove and it makes me smile. But I’m also still really bummed that Elisha isn’t here – two days wasn’t enough time. Blah – forever wouldn’t be long enough. Check out my tumblr page for a funny pic that reflects my mood – commonterry.tumblr.com.

Work on Tuesday wasn’t as busy as  normal Tuesday coming out of a holiday usually is, but it was still a little busy. However, that wasn’t why I wasn’t able to write last night. I didn’t write because the NFL season is around the corner. The players and owner taking their sweet ass time over the most recent collective bargaining agreement caused the offseason to be drastically shortened, which really made the Fantasy Football offseason a rushed nightmare. We’re just now getting finished with our free agency period in the Fantasy Football League I run, which is something that we should have been able to finish a month ago – at least. Kickoff is 14 hours from now lol! So me and my friend Scott were busy fixing and updating the rosters of all 10 teams in our league until around 4am last night. I was just too tired to write, so I didn’t.

I had a few texts sent and received with Elisha. She’s busy post-vacation, and I’m busy with all the above. Sometimes life is just this gigantic distraction that keeps you from everyone you care about. That’s what it feels like to me right now, anyway. The US Open has been rained out the past couple of days, so Lee Jay and I haven’t texted about it. But we have had plenty to talk about football wise, and that’s cool. I usually go up there for the first weekend of football, but I’m not this year. Mom is going down for the 23rd – 25th, so I am going then as well. Mom and I talked about that on AIM on Tuesday, as well as other things. Mom says she is SO happy that Elisha and I are “together again”. As if we were a couple who broke up and now have reconciled. Maybe, in a way, that is what’s happened. All I know is that it’s almost like all the good things that happened in the past two years were less special, because I couldn’t share them with her. And all the bad things hit harder because she wasn’t there to deflect the blows – as she always was. Things still aren’t back to 100%. It’s like watching a movie in perfect focus, and then the focus is pulled and everything becomes this blurry mess. And now the focus is slowly returning to normal. I can see again, but everything still has that soft tinge of being out of focus. If you look at it took long it gives you a headache. Sometimes – I have to rest my eyes.

Before the modern convenience of extended wear contact, folks used to always have to take their contacts out every night. Which is a nightmare for a klutz like me. Well, I’m less of a klutz now than I was when I was in my teens and early 20s. Back then I often would tear one contact, or lose one. And I’d have no glasses to fall back on. So in order to be able to see when going to class, I would have to go around with one contact in one eye, and the other eye without. So I’d have half blurry vision and half normal vision. Talk about headaches – if you’ve ever had to do that, then you get where I’m coming from.

Not that I’m complaining, really. Healing – it takes time. I’m impatient, and often frustrated with our human limitations. I want the fact that we love each other to supersede everything. “I’ve been wishing out the day – oh, oh, oh – come back.”

That’s about all that I have to say about Tuesday.

Wednesday was really a joyous and pleasant day of work. There were fewer calls than normal, and of course fewer tickets to work. Which was great because there was still a lot to think about in regards to Fantasy Football League. Our league is called the League of Extraordinary Fantasy Football Owners (LXFFO). From now on, I’m just going to refer to it at the LXFFO. So I have one computer loggged into one mail account with a chat window up about LXFFO stuff. Another computer logged into a different mail account with another chat window up about LXFFO stuff. Forum posts to make on the website I run for the league. Stuff to do on our CBS Sportsline page. More chats to have. It’s a busy time for football as the kickoff for the season is happening soon! It’s exciting, and I’m stoked yes, but I’ll be glad when it’s over and we’re finally into the season proper.

I texted very briefly with Elisha again tonight. Our lives are busy, but it’s good we take these few moments to reach out when we have a few moments. It helps. These reminders that she’s there, and thinking of me. These confirmations that I felt you were there thinking of me, like I’m here thinking of you. They help a lot.

So chatting and texting about LXFFO, a few texts with Elisha, chatting with my Mom on AIM as usual, chatting with Todd briefly as he gets defensive about neglecting his team because of a new girlfriend in his life. LOL – as if I’m not happy for him. Still, women, they can often make us neglect the other responsibilities we have to ourselves and others. I am not immune – it’s just an unfortunate reality.

So anyway, that was Wednesday. Not much to report. Work keeps me busy. The LXFFO keep me busy. I played a little bit of Mass Effect 2 tonight – more than I have in a while. I miss Elisha.

Anyway…….Thursday will be a big day. The NFL kicks off – SO looking forward to that! Of course I will be at work, but I’ll be able to turn the game on the IPTV system on one of the computers at my desk. It will be sweet. Not as sweet as watching it here on my huge TV with my awesome sound system, but that’s what Sunday and the NFL Sunday Ticket are for – can’t wait!

Well, until next time when I share it all with you……… After the Fact!

B

9/5/2011

Today was Monday – 9/05/2011 (Labor Day). Songs that most closely matches my mood = “Come Back”  – Pearl Jam; and “Vale Decem” – Murray Gold (From “Doctor Who – The End of Time Part 2”). Check out my tumblr page for a youtube link to “Come Back” – it’s such an awesome song. commonterry.tumblr.com.  I’m feeling bummed that Elisha is gone. I didn’t see her today, and I won’t see her tomorrow. And who knows when I will?

Anyway I woke up to Elisha telling me that they went ahead and left. I was hoping they’d swing by and I could give Elisha my Doctor Who DVDs to take home and watch, instead of her having to stream them on Netflix. The quality of the video and sound would be better that way. Plus I think it might give her a kick in the pants to hurry and watch them, and therefore get caught up, so she could give them back to me. Hopefully I can arrange the exchange at some point in the future.

They know a dude who owns a skybox at Bank of America stadium (Carolina Panthers), and the dude lets them join him in his box periodically to go to games. So they are talking about us meeting up in Charlotte, since my brother lives there, and going to a Panthers game at some point. That would kick all the ass in the universe, so I’m looking forward to that possibility.

Anyway, I went ahead and got up, got ready, got my stuff together for work, and prepared to head down to the Con for an hour and a half or so. I have to go into the office on holidays, which means I lose my work from home on every single frakking Monday holiday…of which there are tons! Which sucks a mountain sized ass, by the way. So I went and did a little more shopping. I bought a Doctor Who hoodie, with the DW letters on it in the shape of the Tardis. I love hoodies! And I also bought a grey Tardis Tshirt to replace my white “Did I mention it also travels in time” shirt as that is falling apart already. I just got that dang thing last fall to be my “Time Lords” away “jersey”. Anyway, I got this new Tshirt to replace it as my away jersey for this upcoming fantasy football season. The NFL kicks off the 2011 season this Thursday! Can’t wait!

Well Elisha and I texted periodically over the course of the day as they were on their way back to Princeton. We texted for a bit after they got back home safe. Lots of bad weather around everywhere today – my Mom said her power went out – so I made sure Elisha got home okay. Other than that, not much went on today.

It was super quiet at work, which is normal for a holiday. I think I took maybe 10 calls all day – if that. It was a relaxing day in that aspect, but usually the Tuesday after a holiday is insane, so I’m not looking forward to that. At least I do get my work from home day tomorrow, so that’s one good thing.

Well I need to hit the hay, folks. Goodnight one and all, and until next time when I will share it all with you………….after the fact!

B

9/2 through 9/4/2011

I’m going to write about the whole weekend at once because I was either too tired, or too busy, at any given point this weekend to write about the events that happened the day before. My moods on these days were just full of joy, happiness, excitement, fun, and glory. For the most part anyway – Friday wasn’t glorious, but that’s all good.

In any event – Friday was more or less a normal day. I was texting with Elisha periodically as she and her family were on the way down here. It was mostly quiet , as it was a summer Friday, but it was a little busy as well given that we still have several folks out for Dragon Con. I also had to watch over the web queue again for the same reason as already stated. I just didn’t feel like being here because I hadn’t seen Elisha since March of 2009, and was anxious to have her fill my gaze and warm my soul again. So it was a long night as I knew she was going to finally be here in Atlanta, but I wasn’t going to be able to see her as they were gonna get here later in the evening and just get settled in at their hotel. It wasn’t a fun feeling – if you can imagine what it was like.

Anyway, I had to stay late again on Friday night, and once again got on the last train of the night. Thankfully I didn’t space out again, but there was another kick in the pants to be had as I got to the Arts Center too late. The last Atlantic Station shuttle had already left as it was already 12:55a. So I had to walk home from the Arts Center. It’s only about a mile walk from there, but still – not fun to do with my approximately 20 pound backpack on my back at the time. But I got home safe and sounds, so it was all good.

I finished up a few cleaning chores I had to do to get my condo in presentable appearance so I could show it off to Elisha and her family. I cleaned out the kittys’ litter, took out the trash, re-touched up the bathroom, and re-swept the floors. I just didn’t want it to look 100% like a “I don’t give a frak” bachelor lives there, which of course is indeed the case LOL. I “watched” my DVD of “The Empire Strikes Back” a couple of times while doing all this, and often stopped to focus on the action. Therefore, it took me until about 6a to finish my work – at which point I showered and headed to bed.

I got up at around noon, ran some water through my hair, got dressed, and headed downtown to meet up with Elisha at Dragon Con. My agony at knowing she was here, but not being able to see her, was to be grounded and pounded into me as I had to stand in line for a fiery forever before I was able to purchase my badge and meet up with her. See, I thought I was being smart by not heading down to the Con until Saturday. I figured every Geek worth their salt would have at least got all their shite done by Friday, if not pre-registered, and I would just be able to walk up to the counter and get my badge lickety split! Even so, I allowed for an hour and a half before the first panel I wanted to go to with Elisha – just to be safe. Well it wasn’t enough time.

I got down to the Sheraton on Courtland St, where registration was being held, to find a line that stretched COMPLETELY around the entire block on which the building stands. The line ended up zigzagging through a parking lot as well because, LOL, the entire periphery of the building just wasn’t large enough. It was insane. It took TWO HOURS for me to get from my initial point in line to finally getting my badge. Standing out in the heat most of that time was nasty, but even when the line finally started to plod through the Sheraton it didn’t get any better. It didn’t feel like the air conditioning was even on in the building – it was stuffy, smelly, and basically miserable. I was just drenched in sweat by the time this was over, so this wonderful hug from Elisha I’ve been dreaming about for what feels like an eternity is going to be mired with this nasty sweaty mess now. I wasn’t pleased with this turn of events – at all. Plus, it took so long that I completely missed the Battlestar Galactica panel that I planned to attend with Elisha, but at least she got to go. (She loved it, which is awesome!)

Finally after my registration nightmare was finished, I was able to text Elisha to find her location, and meet up with her. Seeing her again after all that time… it was brilliant. There are few words I have at my disposal that can accurately describe how amazing she is. Beautiful, gorgeous, sexy, brilliant, glorious – maybe if I could roll all of those words into one then it *might* come at least slightly close to touching upon her brilliance. If I didn’t care about taking her away from her family, and of course breaking the law, I would just kidnap her and keep her all to myself. The way I feel when I’m around her, versus the way I feel when I’m not – it must be what it’s like to be addicted to crack. So sometimes I really, really, really wish I didn’t care about her family too. But, alas, such is life I suppose.

In any event, Elisha and her family were kind enough to accompany me to a Doctor Who panel, where Sylvester McCoy, the actor who played the 7th Doctor in the late 80s, was a guest. We had to wait for like 45 minutes or so in a line there as well.

While we were waiting, Danielle texted me and we “talked” for a bit. She finally got her phone back. Poor girl – 17 and just recently came off of being grounded. I don’t envy her for sure. It’s almost funny, though, if I think about it too long. Jason – the most maladjusted kid I have ever met in my life – disciplining someone. Surely that is some kind of cosmic joke or something lol. Hey, but he has really turned out to be a stand-up guy. He’s a very successful, intelligent, and respectable dude now. It seems he’s doing right by Danielle, Theresa, and Thomas – and I’m proud of him for that. Ah… I have gotten off topic here. Danielle texted me – we “talked” while I was waiting in the Sylvester McCoy line with Elisha and family. Danielle = awesomesauce and a fellow lefty to boot – I wish they didn’t live all the way up in Massachusetts. We must have further putt putt adventures!

In any event, we had a blast at that panel as Mr. McCoy was very animated and engaging, cracking jokes and generally having fun. It was a blast. It’s so surreal to have met a Doctor. He walked right in front of me a couple of times during the panel. I guess if I hadn’t waited 20 mother frakking years to go to my second Dragon Con, or this might be my third one as I think Deana and I might have gone twice, then maybe I would have met many other Doctors. I think I spent far too many years not totally embracing who I am – the geek in me. Blah – sometimes I suck. It sucks to think that I’ve missed out on this for 20 years, and I had such a great time. Not only being around Elisha, and meeting people whose shows I’ve enjoyed – it was also being around a throng of others who are just like me. Seriously – I suck hardcore sometimes.

After the McCoy panel was over, we walked around for a bit, but that was basically all we did at the Con on Saturday – because it took me fourteen years to get my badge. Seriously – fourteen years, man. From now on – it’s pre-registration for me.

Anyway, then we all hopped on Marta and rode it to the Arts Center, and then took the shuttle to Atlantic Station so I could show them around my condo. They were blown away by my view and just the awesomeness that is Atlantic Station. Then we ate at the steak house “Strip” that’s in Atlantic Station – they have the best food there, man. It was great. We had a great time. We went back to the condo to see the sights again, as it was now night. The city was lit up, and they loved it. We talked for awhile, but we were all beat so it was time for them to head back to their hotel for the evening. And so ended Friday night.

I finished up my texting convo with Danielle before I went to bed. Talking about her going off to college. She’s a cheerleader, and I asked her if she loves it enough to want to do it in college. She says that she does, but she says she’s not good enough at it to do it in college. It reminded me of back when I asked Kris if he loved football enough to play it when he went off to Marshall (he hadn’t started college yet at that point). He said the same thing – that he did, but he wasn’t good enough to play in college. And maybe that’s just them being pragmatic and realizing their limitations. But at the same time, it makes me really sad. I don’t think there’s anything we can’t do if we apply ourselves to it. I mean – if it’s something you *love*. I’m not talking about *like* here, or even *enjoy*. I’m talking about if it’s something you *love*. I guess I was wondering if Kris was just playing football because of his Dad. Maybe he was – maybe he didn’t love it per se because he didn’t go off to Marshall and play. Which is fine, of course, but still…. Danielle seems like she really does love cheerleading, and if she does it would be sad if she gave it up in college just out of some lack of self-confidence or something. I believe that you are only not good enough when you don’t really want to be. Maybe that’s just me, though.

I told Danielle goodnight, because I was exhausted, but I ended up staying up for a bit as I was still jazzed about seeing Elisha. I played a bit of Mass Effect 2 as well, but mostly I was just looking over video and pics I shot while at the Con, and thinking of the glory of Elisha.

I got up on Sunday and got down to the Con at around the same time I did on Saturday. It took me awhile to find Elisha and her family, so for awhile I was roaming around the Marriott Marquis looking at folks in their costumes, and also doing a bit of shopping. I bought a scale model of the Tardis that makes the take off and landing sounds the Tardis makes, a sonic screwdriver set, and a poster of the 11th Doctor’s Tardis. Very cool stuff – you gotta keep that young part of you alive in your heart. Like Elisha says – we have to make time to play as well. I share that philosophy.

So finally I met up with them and they we were all hungry for some lunch, so we ate at Subway. There was no room in the Peachtree Center Mall area, so we ended up eating while sitting on the floor lol. It was a pretty classic time.

The only panel I wanted to go to on Sunday was a Buffy the Vampire Slayer panel, and Elisha really wanted to check that out as well. So we headed to the hotel where that was going to go down at, and we got there about 45 minutes early. However, there were already what looked like a thousand people already in line for the panel. One woman told me they had been there for two hours. Elisha later told me that is supposed to be against the rules – according to the book she got it says that you’re only allowed to line up an hour ahead of time. That’s why we figured we would be find with our 45 minute early entrance. Well, it was not to be. We waited the 45 minutes and as we were being herded toward the conference room they stopped us and said it was full. Too bad so sad for us. We weren’t happy about that, but hopefully at some future Con will we be able to go to a Buffy panel.

Then we headed back to the Marriott to check out the exhibitors, and also to prepare for a corset making panel that Elisha wanted to attend there. We looked around for a bit and then headed to the corset panel. Her huband, son, and I hung out in the back row, playing around on our handheld devices, while she soaked in the corset making info. I had to leave about 30 minutes in because I had to seriously vent some gas, but after the panel we all met up again and did some more shopping at the exhibitors. We also went to the Dragon Con “walk of fame”, where you can walk up to the stars there and get autographs. However, everyone we wanted autographs from were charging just silly amounts of money for their signature. I wanted Sylvester McCoy’s signature, but he was charging $30. She wanted Edward James Olmos, who was charging $60! It would be cool to have autographs, but filling up your tank with some gas, or getting some great food to eat, is way cooler. Sorry, dudes, but get over yourselves.

After that, we were beat again for the night and decided to go to dinner. I took them to my favorite Chinese restaurant in the area, which is Grand China in Buckhead. We had some great food, and great conversation – it was the best way to cap off another awesome day. And in an miracle occurrence, they allowed me to pick up the bill on this one. I can’t tell you the number of times that they have either cooked for me, or taken me out to eat. They even let me hang out with them at Myrtle Beach once, so finally it was my turn to pay for something. I was happy and honored to do so.

But like all great things, it had to come to an end. Elisha and her family decided they needed to leave to return to Princeton early on Monday, so they weren’t going to the 4th day of the Con festivities. So it was time to say our goodbyes. I didn’t want to do it, but we can’t avoid them, can we? At least I enjoyed our goodbye hug in that bittersweet way. And in other ways as we were pressed tightly chest to chest. Cheek to cheek is sweet, but chest to chest is heat. LOL! Nothing much left to say – I had a wonderful time, but now she’s gone and I wish she wasn’t.

I’m all focused on Elisha, but I do have to say that hanging out with her husband and her son was brilliant as well. I think the world of both of them too, and  often feel really bad that the dark side of my brain often makes brilliant plans for the kidnapping of Elisha. Honestly, this husband of hers is the only even remotely respectable person that she has ever been with, in my opinion, and it’s like night and day in comparison to her other suitors. It’s like Batman and Harvey Dent – the Dark Knights she has dated before and her husband who is this White Knight of honor and respectability. I like him a lot, and I feel bad that I often contemplate kidnapping his wife. Is that wrong? I think it is. But it’s been 26 years – I can’t change the way I look at her now even if I wanted to. Anyway, her youngest son was here with them and he’s brilliant and funny and cool as well. Just like his parents. A chip off the ol’ block, as my Mom likes to say in comparison of me to her and my Dad. That certainly applies to Elisha’s son in comparison to him and his awesome parents.

So – a great time was had by all. I miss Elisha terribly. If we’re lucky, though, there will be more days just like this one. Maybe even better and more awesome days – who knows. They loved the Con so much, they’re planning to come back again next year – and even try to get into a hotel on site. That would be sweet! Looking forward to that possibility.

Well, that’s all I have for you this time. Vale Elisha – until we meet again.

Until next time, when I will share it all with you…………after the fact!

B

9/1/2011

Today was Thursday – 9/01/2011. Songs that most closely matches my mood = “Quasi una fantasia”  the first movement, most commonly known as “Moonlight Sonata” – Ludwig van Beethoven; and “The Kiss” – Trevor Jones, which itself is based on “The Gael” by Dougie Maclean. I love both of these pieces of music more than I can say. They are both filled with love, beauty, and romance – although the Moonlight Sonata definitely has touches of pain as well. “The Kiss” is from the movie “Last of the Mohicans”, with Daniel Day Lewis and Madeline Stowe, and is of course the lovely piece of music that plays when they kiss for the first time. Epic stuff – love it! Now – how this all relates to how I feel is the question, right? Love. Uncertainty. Anticipation. Longing. Out of reach. Like so much about life – it’s complicated.

Simply put, except for a handful of cool moments, today was complete shite. I didn’t go to bed until 7:12a (Mass Effect 2 playing lol) and didn’t get up until 2:07p. Ugh. I was late for work, but only by a few minutes. I found out on my way to work that my favorite pair of headphones has suddenly developed a short so bad that the sound cuts out every GD time I take a step. I had to take my iPhone out of my pocket and carry it in my hand in order to be able to listen to it. These headphones, Koss PortaPros, are just like $30 on Amazon, but have some of the best sound I’ve heard out of headphones. The bass response of these things is extraordinary. I’m a member of Amazon Prime, so I can get things overnighted to to me for just a $3.99 shipping charge. Needless to say, I ordered a new pair of Koss PortaPros from Amazon today. I hate I had to do it as I’ve only has these for like a year and a half, but I’m glad it’s so easy to get them replaced. I’m telling you – I have had two pairs of Bose Headphones ($150 at Best Buy), and these Koss kick their ass.

My work day was extraordinarily busy. We have several people out because of Dragon Con. No one really aggravated me to any serious degree, so there’s none of that to talk about. Just a generally busy day with tons of web tickets as well. I got several calls even in the last hour of my shift, which is unusual. It made getting everything done difficult – at best. We had no night lead because he’s one of those who are out for Dragon Con, so I had to watch the queue as well as take my calls. Busy, busy, pretty much non stop busy all day. Not a fun evening.

I had to stay late wrapping things up for the night, and didn’t get to the Marta station until the last train for the night was running. So I’m on the train finally going home for the night, and I’m listening to music at the same time. Well – I totally space out and miss my stop. Remember, this is the last frakking train of the night. I realize I miss my stop (Arts Center) by the time we get to the one after it (Lindberg Station). I’m in a place that is far, far beyond pissed off at this point. So I have to walk the about a mile or so to the QuikTrip on Sidney Marcus so I can get $20 out of the ATM in there, and catch a cab home. This wasted almost an hour of my night. So what a lovely cherry on top of this day of worm-infested shite. I hope this is not indicative of the kind of month September is going to be.

I can’t believe it’s already September, by the way. This year has been out of control with the flying by stuff. The 2011 NFL season kicks off in less than a week – I’m stoked! 🙂

I texted with Elisha today for a bit – was really too busy to text much. I’m sure she was too with packing and preparing for her trip down here this weekend. She didn’t text me goodnight – which bummed me out a bit, but come on – can’t expect that every night, right? Of course not! Anyway – Elisha and I didn’t really talk about anything in depth. We were both pretty busy.

Lee Jay and I texted more about the US Tennis Open. Caroline Wozniacki played tonight. She is Amazing Grace, that’s for sure.

Todd and I texted about Fantasy Football stuff. I’m helping him out with understanding why I think this move or that makes more sense in our league, which is set up and scores differently than your standard league. We had a productive conversation along those lines, I think.

I chatted with Mom on AIM – which is our work week ritual. We found out my cousin, Robbie’s, wife, Katie, the one I talked about in an earlier post who has the brain tumor, has about 10 to 20 years left to live. They can slow the growth, but not stop it. We’re all going to check out at some point, but to have your moments so time stamped — I can’t imagine how they must feel. Doctors have been wrong before, though. When my Dad had his heart attack in 93, they were sure he was gone. Mom wouldn’t let them stop trying to resuscitate him, though. They shocked him over 70 times, and told Mom even if he did stabilize that he would have brain / kidney / liver damage from all the shocks they gave him. They were wrong about all of it. He had no internal organ damage, and lived 11 more years than they obviously thought he would. Miracles happen. Prayers work. Anyone and everyone can have all the doubt in the world, but I’ve seen it. So we can’t stop praying for Katie – praying for Robbie – and praying for their child, Hunter. We can’t stop having faith.

That’s all that happened today, pretty much. I got home an hour later than usual, because I’m a space cadet. Watched my DVR of Big Brother, and finally Rachel and Jordan do something smart when they voted out Shelly. Awesome! And now it’s time for bed. Nighty night, folks. Until tomorrow, when I share it all with you… After the Fact!

B

8/31/2011

Today was Wednesday – 8/31/2011. Songs that most closely matches my mood = “Vale Decem” – Murray Gold; and “Doctor Who 2010 Opening Theme” – Murray Gold. I’ve been listening to Doctor Who music all day. “Vale Decem” is a piece of music written by Murray Gold that is played in the last minutes of the life of the 10th incarnation of The Doctor. It is, at the same, a beautiful piece of music and also heartrendingly sad. “Vale Decem” is Latin for “Farewell, Ten”. It’s hard to describe how it makes me feel if you’ve never seen the episode, and don’t have a point of reference, but it’s sort of a combination of a breaking heart and tears, because your favorite Doctor is dying, and happiness  / excitement / anticipation because the next Doctor is being born. It’s brilliant and it’s wretched all at the same time. Sort of like life. Well…just like life, really.

Ok, well today was “one of those days”. You know the ones – where not much goes right. I got up early, because I wanted to go get my hair cut on the way to work. So I leave here at 1:45 – which is 30 minutes earlier than I normally would leave. I get out to the shuttle stop to wait for the Atlantic Station shuttle to take me to the Arts Center Marta Station. I’m standing there for awhile, and I decide to get out my iPhone and call up the “TransLoc” app, which allows me to track the GPS location of the shuttles – so I will have an idea of how long I will have to wait before the next one will be by to pick me up. Well, I see that for some infuriating reason they only have one shuttle running (usually two are running , at least), and it has just pulled up at the Arts Center. So by the time it makes it way back around to me, it will be like I didn’t get up early at all. This means if I want to get my hair cut, and not waste the sleep I didn’t get to have, I’m going to have to take a taxi.

So I take a taxi to the Great Clips, and get my hair cut – finally. It feels great, my scalp can breathe again, and looks good too in my opinion. Now, it’s about a 5 minute walk or so from Great Clips to the North Avenue Marta Station, but it’s about 2:20 at this point. Seeing another taxi waiting nearby, I decide to take it to work just to make sure I’m not late. The fair from home to Great Clips was $10, but I gave him $15, and the fare was the same from Great Clips to work – and I gave him $15 as well. So all in all I had to spend nearly $50 today just to get my hair cut – because the shuttles weren’t working on schedule! Agh! Actually, in all truth, I should have went on Saturday, when I didn’t have to be anywhere on time, and I could have avoided this aggravation. So I blame me. But it’s still annoying when things aren’t working like they otherwise usually do. And it always effs me in the ass when things aren’t working as they should!

So I get to work and I am inundated with calls about problems where apps aren’t working as they should. I get stuck on an hour and ten minute call because Word kept crashing Outlook for a user (Word is usually the program that handles reading and writing emails in Outlook). I had to uninstall and reinstall Word three times, not just once – but three times, to get it to work correctly. Then I got stuck on another almost hour long call because a user’s copy of Adobe Acrobat wouldn’t open PDFs in Internet Explorer. It, in fact, said that it was not the correct version to have that functionality, even though it was one of the versions it said was needed to do this. I know – nonsensical garbage like that happening all day! In the end, uninstalling and reinstalling didn’t even fix that. I had to set an option in Acrobat to force it to open and display PDFs when a browser link was used – instead of the ActiveX plug in trying to handle that like it really should. In the end, the same functionality is gained, and she couldn’t even tell the difference, but still it’s annoying when things don’t work like they should for no logical reason at all. AGH!

Other things -minor things not worth mentioning were aggravating today as well. Like the Marta train on the way home just sitting at the Midtown station, not moving, for 10 minutes with no indication from anyone as to why we had to sit there. I almost missed the last shuttle home to Atlantic Station because of it. But I didn’t, which saved me from just exploding and cursing the date of 8/31 for all time.

Anyway – a few things were pleasant about today. Elisha and I texted each other a lot again today. More talk of Doctor Who and The Old Republic, and I also vented a bit about my annoying day. She even texted goodnight to me when she went to bed – she hasn’t done that in a long time. It was sweet. It was just what I needed to brighten my evening after such a crappy day.

I texted with Todd about Fantasy Football stuff. I texted with Lee Jay about US Open Tennis. We wish that Andy Roddick was, or would become, more of a dominate player. We also discussed the glory of Maria Sharapova, as she played tonight as well. mmmmmmmmm Sharapova, or as Lee Jay and I call her: Sharalickmypola. Yes – we can be rude and crude…what did you expect? Admit it – that’s funny. You laughed!

I also chatted with Mom on AIM. Poor Mom is having trouble with her wireless router and having to reboot it almost daily. I’m concerned that people are trying to hack it or something. It’s only a year or so old – I can’t imagine it is dying already. I’m not sure when I am going to be able to make it back to Princeton to visit her and take a look at it. I might have to go up there for just a weekend. It’s a whopper of a drive, though, for just staying a couple of nights. We’ll see what happens, I suppose.

When I got home, I watched Big Brother, which was awesome because Jordan and Rachel won the POV and took themselves off the block. I’m so hoping they send Shelley home tomorrow night! Please – be smart for once! Then I put this past week’s Doctor Who episode on while I swept my hardwood floor clean, and just generally continued to tidy up in preparation for Elisha being here this weekend. I also played some Mass Effect 2 – still loving the Soldier class better in ME2 than in ME1. I’m going to finish rescuing Jack from the Prison station before I go to bed.

And to that end – that’s all I have for you. Until tomorrow, when I will share tons of stuff with you all… After The Fact!

B