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15th January 2017
Acclimation is weird!
*Two weeks ago* :
"It's in the thirties! I don't want to go out even with a coat!"
"It's upper thirties... I'll go talk a walk around town! If it warms up even more I'll switch to the light coat!"
14th January 2017
Alien Kaiju dream
I've had a couple memorable dreams recently over the last several days, and I started writing them down, but realized things were getting pretty long so I'm breaking them up between posts. :
Last one first!
I had a dream where I was on an alien world checking out a base contact had been lost with, and the aliens were two warring species dubbed 'Kaiju' and 'Monsters'! Both species quite huge, the Kaiju more Godzilla like, the Monsters more ape-shaped, but both looking almost like cracked lava in different colors. They also had smaller soldier-things that I don't know if budded off as extensions of the big ones or would eventually grow big, but they used weapons and could communicate and were ruthless. Fortunately Winston-from-Overwatch was there (the only survivor of the base I think) and had been hiding out. When we showed up, I helped rescue him and take down a few of the soldiers (Winston, of course, is great to have in a fight but pretty bad at actually taking down opponents), then we launched the base's vital observation data so those offworld would know about the danger.
1st January 2017
The secret to job interviews....
... is to pounce before the store owner has a chance to interview anyone and short circuit things before they even get to that stage :) :
Ok, so I don't actually have a new job yet, but the owner of the new chocolate shop nearby seemed quite positive on the idea and said he's going to see how much business they get in the next two weeks before deciding if he's hiring. But fingers crossed!
28th December 2016
Back on Annual Gift-Giving and Family Day, after the family meal at lunchtime, I went to an LGBT dinner in the area that I'd seen online a few days before. :
It was pretty fun! Everyone there was older than me, but two I sat with were pretty good for conversation. Might meet at least one of 'em again (or, if I do the event again, more ^^). Food wasn't bad either.
I've been looking at realestate like it's a game
Looking at realestate is actually a fun little game. "If I moved *there* I'd want to balance between proximity to that and that..." "Would I want that better house, or this cheaper house...?". In different cities ^^ :
I mean, the easiest answers are the ones right in the area, but I've also been looking at New Mexico (like the weather), Texas (the bigger, more liberal cities), and Atlanta Georgia (cheap places of good size). Going up north is a possibility but I'm not a super big fan of cold (was in my younger days), even if they're more aligned with me politically and I've got family there. I want Hawaii to be a possibility but, alas, none of the stuff there really balances well, if it's cheap enough to get, it's too far from anything and/or extremely crappy ^^
Also, there's the 'spot what's wrong with it' game! Where you see a cheap, good-sized place in a good location on a realestate site and try and notice what the catch is- like no interior pictures (or sometimes exterior), no shots of the bathrooms, etc..
I've been looking at realestate like it's a game
It's looking like the family is maybe moving from this house in a year or two, so I've been looking at places to move." :
At first I did so as a way to not worry about the upcoming move, but now it's almost a game. "If I moved *there* I'd want to balance between proximity to that and that..." "Would I want that better house, or this cheaper house...?". In different cities ^^
I mean, the easiest answers are the ones right in the area, but I've also been looking at New Mexico (like the weather), Texas (the bigger, more liberal cities), and Atlanta Georgia (similar reasons). Going up north is a possibility but I'm not a super big fan of cold (was in my younger days). I want Hawaii to be a possibility but, alas, none of the stuff there really balances well, if it's cheap enough to get, it's too far from anything and/or extremely crappy ^^
23rd December 2016
Is your city a good place to move?
I've been looking at homes in the area (mostly townhouses) in the idea of a move in a few years. :
However, I've also had my eyes roving outside the area, looking for places that offer more space for less money.
Pretty non-serious right now, but if you live in an area cheaper than Northern Virginia (I.e. most everywhere?), how's your city? Recommend it? I'm an LGBT individual, so that narrows my preferences some, but not too drastically nowadays I'd think (even, like, Texas has multiple LGBT friendly cities nowadays),
Point of honesty: I like warm climates ^^
Watching a Doctor Who Marathon
I'm watching a Who marathon (mostly Matt Smith stuff) on BBC US and... :
You know, this is a pretty fun darn show! Not perfect, but I hadn't seen much of this era and I'm enjoying lots of it. The Ponds, River... just getting onto the Clara stuff.
Any Who fans here?
19th December 2016
On saving the world.
You know, I don't think I can save the world. :
So I'm going to continue on like someone
is going to.
And along the way, keep an eye out, and help if I can.
18th December 2016
Yesterday, it was cold (early morning, 17 F. Warmed up to 30s later), wet, and I literally chipped ice off the car window's. :
Today, it reached 60 and I walked around town.
Tomorrow, it's 30s.
What an odd heat surge.
Oh, and the clouds! While the wind down low wasn't bad, looking up the clouds moved *so fast*, the weather system was clearly moving.
17th December 2016
“Young lady,” he asked, “Why are you throwing starfish into the ocean?” :
“The sun is up, and the tide is going out, and if I do not throw them in they will die.”
“But young lady, do you not realize that there are miles and miles of beach and starfish all along it? You cannot possibly make a difference.”
The young woman listened politely, paused and then bent down, picked up another starfish and threw it into the sea, past the breaking waves, saying, “It made a difference for that one.”
— Sara and the Starfish
15th December 2016
Obstacle cleared: Parallel parking (Attempts: 1/1) :
Drove to Old Town, nearest space available was a parallel one with a good amount of room, gave it a shot... worked out pretty well!
Also, it is *cold*. I probably need some thicker gloves, the normal light ones I use are insufficient for a windy 25F/-3c.
5th December 2016
Expanding my socialness
I've decided I need more friends I interact with 1-on-1. :
Right now, I do most of my socializing with non-family members online in formats like this or message boards or so on. Good stuff, but not one-on-one conversations or deeper get-to-know you stuff most of the time.
So! Given that, anyone interesting in engaging in some e-mail, text, or phone conversations with me? To get to know each other better & just have fun.
I don't know if I have anyone active on my friendslist in the Northern Virginia area anymore so face-to-face is probably out...
4th December 2016
When it's cold, different rooms of my house are warmest depending on how cold it is (due to the way the heating works). So I find myself migrating around ^^ :
Barnes & Noble has surprisingly good pizza pretzels. I've taken to buying two at a time because my mom keeps stealing parts ^^
Went to a new restaurant today, a Korean BBQ place. It's odd because it's like, 1/3rd set up like fast food, 1/3rd like a sitdown restaurant where you're served, and 1/3rd is bar. I don't know if it'll work (seems like the fast-food part would be the best way to make money but as they make-to-order like a sitdown it may be too slow for that), but the food was good. I'll probably hit it a few times soon while it's still around in case it doesn't last.
Also, in actual news-news, the North Dakota pipeline is being redirected! Wow!
I honestly wasn't expecting that- I'd hoped, signed petitions and such, but things seemed unlikely what with escalating response. Then it's actually happening! Go Standing Rock!
25th November 2016
Just Saw Moana
Saw the movie, very much loved it! Disney Animated continues to hit it out of the park, and the songs especially were fantastic- stronger than Frozen in the musical department. No single one is the 'earworm song,' there was just consistently great music. :
It's got a much smaller cast than most, and I'm surprised how well that worked.
I enjoyed the end a lot.
I also like the effort they put into capturing the culture, and even hiring Polynesian voice actors- only one of the characters had a white actor, Hei Hei the Chicken, because Alan Tudyk ^^
Disney Animated continues to hit it out of the park. Even among their recent hits, I think this is one of the better ones. It's still fresh enough that it's hard for me to figure exactly where it goes in my personal ranking, but well up there! Which is impressive since I've loved every Disney animated movie since Wreck it Ralph.
I think I'll give it an A+
20th November 2016
Oh my blog, there exists *wingsuit races*! :
As in, 'jump from an airplane, with a parachute, but also a suit with big flaps between the limbs that you steer with'.
And they have colored smoke as they fall so you can see their course! And they *bump into each other* while falling! And they fly around mid-air gates! (I think they're held their by drones?)
18th November 2016
I like watching random, less-common sports on TV. :
It's relaxing to see people compete in something I rarely see- like darts (which is on now), or whatever
14th November 2016
What to talk about...
It feels like all I've posted recently is me-driving updates and post-election vibes/support.... I'm not sure what else to post though.... :
Have any questions about, well, anything?
12th November 2016
Still getting in driving practice, doing pretty well- And noticing how my driving priorities are like 180 most people's at this point ^^ :
"Don't go this road, there's a ton of traffic. If you just pull off here and take these side turns..."
"Traffic? That's nice and easy... sideroads? That's *three* 'is this the right road?' decision points without stoplights! Ahhh!"
11th November 2016
I hearby declare this post a 'vibes hut'. :
If you need positive vibes or virtual hugs in the wake of the election, you can come here and get them, any time, standing offer.
The accuracy of the Dinosaurs at the Crystal Palace
You may or may not have seen pictures or videos of the old dinosaur sculptures at the Crystal Palace, horribly outdated by today's standards and often shown to demonstrate what people used to *think* they looked like. : This article
goes into the meticulous detail that went into them by people who understood how animals work, and how they were probably more accurate-to-science-of-the-time than renditions we get nowadays. Knowledge may have marched on, but these sculptures are still impressive and should be respected for that.
8th November 2016
Voting day guide
I'm going to the National Mall (Smithsonians) to distract me for the day. I've voted Hillary and I hope you are/have/whatever too, but a day of waiting around the computer waiting for results is too much ^^ : Voter Guide to where I'm moving based on who wins:
If Trump wins I'm moving to Canada.
If Jill Stein wins I'm moving to Mexico.
If Gary Johnsom wins, I'm moving to France.
If Hillary wins, I'm staying right here happily.
If Obama gets a third term, I'm moving to Hawai'i.
6th November 2016
[Rugby] Ireland beats the New Zealand All-Blacks after 111 years
: Ireland clinch first ever win over All Blacks to end New Zealand's record streak
"In a week where the Chicago Cubs finally put the curse of the Billy Goat to bed, there was no shortage of people here who thought Ireland were about to do something similar with the monkey on their back. In Ireland’s case that creature is all black, for New Zealand are the only team they had played but never beaten. This confidence was based not on anything as tangible as form, rather on the unique atmosphere that has gripped this city since the Cubs’ World Series win on Wednesday night. The question was not why, but why not?"
Another fun bit of sports news :) 111 years without a win in this matchup, and they get their first! Article has a nice rundown of play, it was a good game to boot.