Coming Out of Left Field

Friday, October 31, 2003


A bit of a ruckus at school recently, though that shouldn't end up affecting me, really, aside from getting me more irritated at John Silber. More than one person's told me the only time they voted Republican was when Silber ran for governor. This guy's not a Democrat, he's an autocrat.

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Monday, October 27, 2003

Calling Ms. Crocker, come in, Ms. Crocker

I helped bake chocolate chip cookies yesterday. In other news, hell has frozen over, and may not thaw until the next millenium.

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Friday, October 24, 2003

"A lot of money is tainted - It taint yours and it taint mine."

If you love puns -- or if you love torturing people with them *grin* -- there's a bunch in this thread at EasilyAddictive:

For those who love language (or severe distortions thereof)

As for tainted money ... well, all I can say is thank God I do web stuff for a living, instead of financial stuff. Oy.

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Thursday, October 23, 2003

Walking in a winter wonderland

Got the first snow of the season today, nice big white flakes drifting down from the sky. I would've loved to linger in bed and enjoy the sight, but I was informed that it was 7:22 a.m. (instead of the usual 6 a.m. wake-up time), so things were a wee bit rushed after that. As my SO remarked, "Apparating would come in really handy right about now."

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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

I always wanted to be an elf

Unfortunately it's a bit late for me to change my race (and those Spock ears don't do the trick). I can, however, rechristen myself:

The Elvish Name Generator

Lúthien Lossëhelin at your service ...

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Friday, October 17, 2003

Pride goeth before a fall ...

'Nuff said. *sob*

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Thursday, October 16, 2003

Stop it! I mean it, stop it!

A classic story whose link I ran across on Easily Addictive:

Bush orders officials to stop the leaks

A particularly hilarious quote that speaks for itself:

"Bush told his senior aides Tuesday that he 'didn't want to see any stories' quoting unnamed administration officials in the media anymore, and that if he did, there would be consequences, said a senior administration official who asked that his name not be used."

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Mea culpa

To whoever's watching, especially the Big Ump in the Sky: I take it back.

I hereby rescind every nasty comment, every mean-spirited thought I have directed at the Boston bullpen.

Alan Embree, Mike Timlin, Scott Williamson -- I watched you guys yesterday. It was truly beautiful work on your part, mowing down Yankee after Yankee, most of whom looked like they'd never seen a fastball before. To be honest, I kept my fingers crossed until the last out was recorded. But don't take it personally -- it's the Curse that made me do that, not you.

Thanks also to the good defense (nice work, Johnny, holding on to that fly ball even as you were falling on your rear) and to the offense. Unfortunately my SO and I tuned in just after the three-run rally in the seventh, but we did get to see Trot's homer (accompanied by screams of delight from us).

Hopefully all the ifs (the bats staying hot, Pedro staying cool) will fall into place for Game 7. Too bad the Cubs lost their Game 7; it would've been fitting for the Red Sox to face the team they beat in their last World Series win.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2003

Breathe in, breathe out, repeat as necessary

Got another massage last night, which was sorely needed. I've been carrying a lot of stress lately (worries about school, work, commitment ceremony, house, family-making, finances), and it seems to have formed knots in my shoulders and back. The massage helps, as does talking to my SO, who reassures me -- as I've reassured her -- that we will get everything done. Thank God for my SO. Without her, I'd be truly lost.


Friday, October 10, 2003

"To truth and healing" (M. Weldon)

Last night my SO, her mom and I went to a benefit event (dinner and talk/discussion) for The Second Step, which provides transitional services for families victimized by domestic violence. The highlight was an appearance by Michele Weldon, who wrote a book ("I Closed My Eyes") about her experience as a survivor of domestic abuse. She was eloquent, moving, honest, and even funny at times, and a wonderful example for those still struggling with abusive partners. It was sobering, though, to realize that Weldon, as educated and intelligent as she is, took nine years to break free of her relationship.

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Wednesday, October 08, 2003

What do you mean, it's football season?

I am still utterly gobsmacked, to borrow a friend's word, from the Red Sox's win in Oakland Monday night. I tuned in for the last three innings and spent that last hour or so (like most of the Fenway Faithful, I'm sure) yelling encouragement and curses at the screen, wringing my hands, and praying fervently to the Big Ump in the Sky. Hopefully there's some karma (or goodwill or whatever) left for the Sox-Yankees series ...

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Monday, October 06, 2003


Did some pillaging and plundering at Kings of Chaos this morning, good enough to bump me up to Fortress defense. The game's a lot more interesting in its Age 2 incarnation; my only complaint is that the site seems a wee bit unstable still. Oh, and it would be awfully nice to be able to transfer money from my KoC account to my bank account. Wonder who I talk to about that?


Stepping out

Went to the fall's first Swingtime dance on Saturday. As usual, it was great fun ... much better mix of music than other places (i.e. less Motown, more variety, more partner dancing). I was a bit tired still from my cold, so I took plenty of breaks, particularly when the room started spinning during one rather vigorous swing dance.

I had such a good time that I nearly (but not quite) am OK with missing the Sox's wonderful 11th-inning comeback that night. Unfortunately I am 0-for-4 when it comes to playoff games so far. I don't think it'll jinx anything if I watch a bit of Game 5 after dinner ...

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Friday, October 03, 2003


You learn something new every day ... and today, it would be that Newbury Street is a "No Quack" Zone.


Thursday, October 02, 2003

Blast that bullpen!

Drat, Sox lost last night. Well, technically, this morning (past 2), making me very glad that I didn't stay up to watch the game. I have enough psychic scars from being a Red Sox fan, I don't need another one.

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