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Hm. It has been a few weeks, hasn’t it?

To answer at least one question I’ve seen posed directly at me: yes, I’m still alive. Sorry to make you worry, Rainy! [You are such a Mom!]

A fair bit has happened, but I have been in my usual state of too busy to write or too depressed to write anything interesting. Perhaps I need to start forcing myself to write something every night...

Two weekends ago, an aquaintance from Las Cruces came to visit. It was a good time, very laid back, some yummy food, and she got to spend lots of time on the beach. It’s a pity that Ocean Beach is so damned expensive, because she loves it out here ... but I don’t see many options for someone on a teacher’s salary. Sigh.

Last weekend was a gaming afternoon on Saturday, then a bike ride on Sunday. I apologize to all the SD LJ geeks that I didn’t post it here, particularly to nolly. My only excuse is that I have been (and still am) rather disconnected. By the time I thought to post it to my LJ, I figured it’d be taken as an afterthought. Perhaps honestly. I will do better next time... which, if everything works out the way I expect, will likely be May 15th.

Had my review at work this week. The synopsis: I need to brag more. Feedback from my peers was mostly of the “Well, I set out to do something, but found out that T had done it six months ago ... but nobody heard about it.” Sadly, I still have serious problems with self-promotion. Or, really, even liking myself. Sigh.

Then there was the feedback telling me to be less fucking depressed and cynical. Sorry, guys.

Tried to meet a coworker at a local bar this evening, but she wasn’t there (or she had already left; she said she was going for a few drinks at 9:00 p.m., I got there at about 9:30... *shrug*). Did run into my neighbor, so I had a pleasant time visiting with her and some of her friends.

[What the hell is it with bars / clubs / restaurants and loud music? I couldn’t hear a word they were saying...]

I also think I saw voider and caprine at Ranchos, around 8:30 or so. But wasn’t sure enough to introduce myself. I was reminded of their poor opinion of the service there — tonight was probably the worst I’ve ever experienced. I should stick to weekend afternoons, I guess.

Also thinking about getting another bicycle (or two). I really need lower gears, and it would be nice to get a bike that would be competent off-road but also efficient on-road ... and such a beast doesn’t seem to exist. So I will likely get two bikes; the question is, as I anticipate spending a lot more time doing long road rides than any sort of off-road riding, should I get a cheap-n-cheerful “mountain bike”, or a real one? The difference is from about $300 to $1300...

(I will likely end up getting a Novara Randonee from REI as my new road bike; the price is reasonable, it has the extra gears, and it is designed for heavy loading... 105Kg of me, then add gear...)

Plans for the weekend are limited. I will likely do some baking tomorrow — I will end up being the Banana Bread King, scarily enough.

Next weekend I’ll be in Denver, visiting family, friends, and a [hopefully!] a few new LJ acquaintances. (Hey, if nothing else, they can finally find out that I really am as hideous as I describe myself!)

The weekend after that is the spring Rosarito-Ensenada Ride. I did it last September and had a great time; so far, we are all registered, and have a hotel room booked. Now we just need to figure out vehicles to get down there. My car can seat the four of us, but carrying four bikes can be a bit of a challenge, and gear for four people adds up really quickly. Also, the other three are coming down from the Los Angeles megaplex, so they need to get their bikes down here in the first place — and one of them is a recumbent. No, we can’t be normal. We shall see.

Further-out plans include another friend visiting in mid-May (thus the gaming day on the 15th); flying to Denver for a wedding on June 12th; a co-worker is getting married here on June 26th; some friends in San Luis Obispo are getting married on July 17th [see the trend yet?]; maybe fly my mom out sometime in August; the bike ride in September again; a week and change in New Mexico in late October into early November... because the annual Halloween party is [probably] on October 30th in Las Cruces, then [yet another] friend is getting married on November 6th in Albuquerque.

In the mean time, I need to convince the Albuquerque contingent(s) that they need to visit. I think I have both deliriumdreams and raindancer convinced — it’s just a small matter of scheduling. :)

Hope everyone else has a good weekend, and I’ll try to update more often! :)

[User Picture]From: caprine
2004-04-03 01:38 am (UTC)
You didn't see me and voider at Ranchos; we still haven't eaten there. But now I am disturbed to think that we have doppelgangers out there. Would you care to join me and some friends at Jasmine for dim sum on Sunday morning at 10? Please let me know at poichon at earthlink dot net.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2004-04-03 04:03 pm (UTC)

clones! run!

But now I am disturbed to think that we have doppelgangers out there.

Well, I haven’t met either of you in person, so I was just going on vague description similarities.

And thank you for the brunch invite, but I am going to be out of town tomorrow (and both the next weekends). But sometime after that (and after you’ve recovered from your con...)

Take care!
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[User Picture]From: raindancer
2004-04-03 07:59 am (UTC)


Sorry to "mother" you a bit Tony... =) I was just curious where you've been... *hugs* Glad to hear things are going fairly well.

Yes you have me convinced of a visit... hehe but getting the right time and everything to get out there is the hard part.

*hugs again*

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[User Picture]From: deliriumdreams
2004-04-03 09:27 am (UTC)
I'm dieing to get out there. I am completely convinced, and sometime in may I get to flex my schedule an hour earlier, so hopefully easier to catch a friday fight out. Either that or wait til a three day weekend and drive out.
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[User Picture]From: ohdhalia
2004-04-04 07:39 am (UTC)
I get the whole loud music thing. I even had my ears checked (which were fine, btw). Basically, I've given up talking in those environments. There's a chain of restaurants out here called Pappadeaux that seem to specifically set thier buildings up to maximize acoustics.

You should check out www.writheandshine.com, look at the comics.
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From: jinglechelle
2004-04-06 03:55 am (UTC)
Are you still trying to convince people you're hideous by meeting them? Duh - it only has a chance of working *until* they meet you and find out you're actually rather yummy. I say this in full confidence that you won't believe a word.

chelle, who is sleepless at 4 am while baby *is* sleeping and knows she's gonna regret it.
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2004-04-09 07:01 pm (UTC)

gone to the next level

Are you still trying to convince people you're hideous by meeting them?</>

No, I’ve gotten past the whole “Tony is ugly” thing. (Not that I have a positive self-image, but I can usually keep it to a zero...)

I am still holding fast to the belief that, should a girl be unlucky enough to end up in bed with me, then she’d agree on the whole “Tony is incompetent” thing. :)

Call it contingency planning.

Glad that Rachel is doing so well, and giving you two at least occasional bits of sleep.
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From: philoticjane
2004-04-08 11:38 pm (UTC)
no xucses. you need to be online. not tonihgt tho, am sleipnig already
but webcam missses you i think

am drnuk. nigt
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[User Picture]From: tkil
2004-04-09 06:49 pm (UTC)


Poor webcam.

I’ll keep you more company soon, but probably not much this weekend (am on vacation of a sort), nor next weekend (bike ride in Mexico).

I should have a few down weekends after that (and most of my stuff for next weekend is sorted, so I should have more spare time in the evenings...)

Take care of yourself. :)
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