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Phone Says DNR

I dropped the damn phone in water again.
I'm off to buy a new one.
A reputation once broken may possibly be repaired, but the world will always keep their eyes on the spot where the crack was.
---Joseph Hall
Slept in till 4 and I'm about to hit the road... See you all at Crown!

What's Your Celtic Animal?

Your Animal is the Owl
You are brilliant, but you keep your insights to yourself. You tend to be a recluse.
Others are captivated and enchanted by you, but you hardly even notice. You have a powerful presence.

You are passionate and strident. After a while your personality can be a bit overwhelming.
You are quite misunderstood. You are more emotional and mystical than people realizes.

Your International Spy Name is Kitty Typhoid

Your Code Name: The Dancer

You Reside in: Prague

Why You're a Good Spy: You can talk your way out of anything

Change is Good.

Library Fluff

Nell's Dewey Decimal Section:

454 [Unassigned]

Nell = 4522 = 452+2 = 454

400 Language

Linguistics and language books.

What it says about you:
You value communication, even with people who are different from you. You like trying new things don't mind being exposed to unfamiliar territory. You get bored with routines that never change.

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Crazy Poison Lady Update

I guess it was a good decision to stay home from Collegium today, 'cause I got a couple of things done that I wouldn't have otherwise.

1. Landlady came over and replaced my kitchen blinds. Fabulous, new, aluminum, and squeaky-clean! Having my landlord standing in my kitchen sink was an interesting addition to my day.

2. Gave them my rent check a week early. She was quite surprised and very cheerful about that.

3. Got to pass on the news of the crazy lady directly to my landlady. She was not amused by this woman's paranoia, but also not surprised. She's been quietly getting updates from the other tennants about our little loony. So far she hasn't been anything I would deem dangerous, but at least we're all aware that she's off her rocker should anything suddenly change.

4. Scared the crap out of my landlady by telling her what I do for fun when I go camping. She about had a fit when I showed her my helm. Hehehe... That was fun.

5. It's taken me five years, but I've finally figured her out. She is amazingly literal. Figurative speech does not translate for her and it makes explaining things very... interesting. She's still an odd cookie, but at least I now know how to modify my conversations with her in order to invoke the least ammount of confusion and mis-communication.

6. I'm in a Kung Fu mood today. Good thing I have several movies that fit that mood...

7. I need a soda. Yup. Going to get one. Bye-bye!

Your result for What Your Taste in Art Says About You Test...

Balanced, Secure, and Realistic.

Impressionism is a movement in French painting, sometimes called optical realism because of its almost scientific interest in the actual visual experience and effect of light and movement on appearance of objects. Impressionist paintings are balanced, use colored shadows, use pure color, broken brushstrokes, thick paint, and scenes from everyday life or nature.

People that like Impressionist paintings may not alway be what is deemed socially acceptable. They tend to move on their own path without always worrying that it may be offensive to others. They value friendships but because they also value honesty tend to have a few really good friends. They do not, however, like people that are rude and do not appreciate the ideas of others. They are secure enough in themselves that they can listen to the ideas of other people without it affecting their own final decisions. The world for them is not black and white but more in shades of grey and muted colors. They like things to be aestically pleasing, not stark and sharp. There are many ways to view things, and the impresssionist personality views the world from many different aspects. They enjoy life and try to keep a realistic viewpoint of things, but are not very open to new experiences. If they are content in their live they will be more than likely pleased to keep things just the way they are.

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Princess Bride

When you see this, post in your own journal with your favorite quote from The Princess Bride. Preferably not "As You Wish" or the Inigo Montoya speech.

I have two quotes that I adore.

"Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world - except for a nice MLT - mutton, lettuce and tomato sandwich, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe... They're so perky, I love that."

And of course:

"So bow down to her if you want, bow to her. Bow to the Queen of Slime, the Queen of Filth, the Queen of Putrescence. Boo. Boo. Rubbish. Filth. Slime. Muck. Boo. Boo. Boo."

Thought These Were Funny...

Ran a couple of my names and here's what I came up with...

My Indian name is She-who-is-playful.
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My Indian name is voices-that-carry.
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Seemed rather fitting...

But This One... *sigh*

If there was ever a song that just completely says LOVE to me, then this one is it.
Lyrics written by Alan and Marilyn Bergman... Music written by Michel Legrand... Preferably as performed by Mel Torme...

"What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life?"

What are you doing the rest of your life?
North and south and east and west of your life?
I have only one request of your life,
That you spend it all with me.
All the seasons and the times of your days.
All the nickels and the dimes of your days.
Let the reasons and the rhymes of your days.
All begin and end with me.
I want to see your face,
In every kind of light,
In fields of gold and
Forests of the night;
And when you stand before
The candles on a cake.
Oh let me be the one to hear
The silent wish you make.
Those tomorrows waiting deep in your eyes
In the world of love you keep in your eyes,
Ill awaken whats asleep in your eyes,
It may take a kiss or two..
Through all of my life..
Summer, winter, spring and fall of my life,
All I ever will recall of my life
Is all of my life with you.

Now that's what I'm looking for...

Not a Poem Exactly, but...

These are the lyrics to the song I based the design of my SCA device on. Not the most cheerful of tunes, but it has always been one of my absolute favorites to perform...

"The Black Swan"
From The Medium by Gian Carlo Menotti, c.1947

The sun has fallen and it lies in blood.
The moon is weaving bandages of gold.
O black swan, where, oh, where is my lover gone?
Torn and tattered is my bridal gown,
And my lamp is lost, and my lamp is lost.

With silver needles and with silver thread,
The stars stitch a shroud for the dying sun.
O black swan, where, oh, where has my lover gone?
I had given him a kiss of fire,
And a golden ring, and a golden ring.

Don't you hear your lover moan?
Eyes of glass and feet of stone,
Shells for teeth and weeds for tongue,
Deep, deep, down in the river's bed he's looking for the ring.
Eyes wide open, never asleep,
He's looking for the ring, looking for the ring.

The spools unravel and the needles break.
The sun is burried and the stars weep.
O black wave, O black wave, take me away with you.
I will share with you my golden hair,
And my bridal crown, and my bridal crown.

Oh, take me down with you.
Take me down to my wand'ring lover,
With my child unborn, with my child unborn.

House Update

Well... Here's the new scoop. The house I had my heart set on (just a little bit) is now off the market. As in sold. Phooey. We did end up looking at a few others though.

First up was 1739 Margaret Way. Shockingly pale turquoise blue (but not in a bad way) exterior. Coved ceilings. Large back yard, so setting up canvas after camping wouldn't be a problem. 1038sq ft. Three-ish bedrooms and one bath. One of the rooms used to be the garage and is now OMGWTF??? lime green. Seriously. Windows need replacing. Holes were cut through the walls for dog doors and AC units. Kitchen is total crap. Mysterious mold in one room. One car driveway. The neighborhood is dreamy-perfect though and despite everything, the house feels good...

Second was next to the freeway at 2079 Magnolia. The noise of the freeway would be tuned out eventually. The house STUNK of pet urine and closed spaces. Sweet 1920's bungalow style with the swooped roofline and all. High ceilings (living room has a barrel arch) in all the rooms with molding details. Good access to the yard, but that is currently dirt and cement. Laundry is off the master bedroom (odd). Roof is obviously new. Huge gaping hole next to the back door where you go down steps to get under the house... Would need to be closed off somehow. Small garage turned spare work room in the back. Only street parking out front. House feels okay.

Third? 3613 Evalee. Corner lot. No back yard to speak of. Black widows galore (*ugh*). All the windows would need to be replaced in time. Some immediately. Best kept interior so far, but doesn't balance out some of the ick factor of having the spiders present. Lukewarm feel at best.

3504 Timberly Lane. Tiny yard. Tiny bedrooms (10x10 and 10x12 but in a layout that makes my bed a tight fit). Best kept exterior. Two-car garage, but a cat has left his mark. Everywhere. Resident cat in back yard is orange. This is good. Nothing but orchard behind the house. End of street/pseudo court so it's quiet traffic-wise. Front bedroom window looks onto a park. Overall nice house (thumbs up for french doors and best bathrooms so far) but yard is waaaaaaay small. Waaaaay small. Like bug. Squish.

Last? 1922 Hackett. This is the house I saw posted and flipped thinking *my* little Hackett house had gone up in price. Nope. Different house. All windows are dual pane and in good shape. Old porch was integrated into the design to become a strange L-shaped room hidden behind the kitchen. Largest kitchen and dining area. French doors again. Coved ceilings. Decorative arch into the kitchen area (pretty). Carpet needs tearing out in bedrooms. Central heat and air... Living in the closet of one bedroom. *pout* Once again rooms are tiny. Closets are tiny too. The yard is not. OMG. Give me a hammock and a sweet tea. I would buy it just for the yard. Water heater is wonky wired and MUST be fixed correctly. I'd love it if the heating unit could come out of the closet and live elsewhere. Outlets are in the bedroom floor. Just cut into the floor. WTF? Bathroom needs love. Overall? House is not in the best state (liveable, I think, but not winning any prizes) but the yard feels insta-relaxed and makes me want to spend hours outside. Best of the bunch seen today. Oh. And there was a rosary around the light on the front porch.

Still looking, but Dad will see a couple of these tomorrow or Wednesday...

Baby Steps in Cranky Pants

So... I may not have accomplished everything I wanted to this weekend (although it isn't over yet, so we'll see what happens) but I did make a few little steps in the right direction.

Found the location of SH in Turlock. Got as far as the parking lot. Next week I'll go inside. Might even get crazy and stay for Mass. I've also scouted out one in Ceres.

Talked a lot to my parents this weekend. I have full permission and the secret location of the house key if I feel like going up and taking over their house while they're in Hawaii this month... Might just do that.

House things are rolling along at a frightening rate. My Dad will be in town to look at the most viable options on Tuesday. If we find one that fits, we'll undershoot the price by whatever my General Contractor (aka Dad) says we can do the work for. The worst thing that can happen... They take our offer. I could be a home owning grown-up by Christmas. What a strange thought.

**Missed seeing folks this weekend, but Cranky Pants = Time Out on the Couch.

Payoff of being cranky? Reading till five in the morning and then waking up to read some more... I haven't done that in ages!

Ayloara... This one is for you.

Early Review Of The Last House On The Left Remake!
9 August 2008 11:37 AM, PDT | From iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news

Our buddy BC from Horror-Movie-a-Day and Bloody-Disgusting got to see an early test screening of the upcoming Last House On The Left remake! The redux (based on Wes Craven and Sean Cunningham's original 1972 film) was directed by Dennis Iliadis (Hardcore) from a script by Adam Alleca and stars Garret Dillahunt, Rhys Coiro, Sara Paxton (Aquamarine), Martha MacIsaac (Superbad), Riki Lindhome, Tony Goldwyn (Dexter) and Monica Potter (Saw). You can read the first review of the remake at the following link: http://horror-movie-a-day.blogspot.com/2008/08/last-house-on-left.html.

No release date is set yet, but the flick is due out in early 2009!

HAHAHAHAHAHA! Oh Nooooooooes!

Plan B

The main house I'm interested in (at this point in the game) has been viewed with the aid of Libby---my truck---at a few different times of day.
I've cruised by at noon. Quiet.
I've cruised by at four in the morning. Still quiet.
I've had the little old French lady from work go by in the evening (six-ish) a couple of times. Quiet.
This bodes well.

My only problem now, is the amount of damage vandals may have done to the house since it has been sitting empty. If the structure itself is good, then most everything else can be dealt with by myself and my family. We're a very resourceful lot. We've built several houses ourselves and remodeled countless others. (Dad's hobby was being a General Contractor for a while there. He's not one for useless hobbies...)

In a strange twist of events, the LOFL (Little Old French Lady) happens to have a daughter who cleans houses. This daughter has been contracted in the recent past to clean this particular little house. She says it's cute, but... I think the polite phrase is "It needs work." Multiple broken windows. Smashed vanity in one bathroom. Gap under the front door. Rooms are puny. (Hah. I've been in apartments for almost 20 years. I've yet to have a "big" room.) Blah-d-blah-d-blah...

Solution? Price out everything from cosmetic fixes to structural and factor that into the buying price. If the bones are good the work will be worth it, and I do love the idea of having something to sculpt into my own vision of home. If I make an offer, I'm thinking of shooting as low as ten thousand under and I figured the worst thing that could happen is having them say yes. Ten under would more than cover windows, water heater, sinks, lights, doors, and even a major appliance or two...

Heck. Even five under might just make it worth while.

We'll see what life changes Monday brings. Either way, Dad is in town on Tuesday and my current home is still a mess. Crap.

**Bizarre side note: Stella says there is a plaster sun in the middle of the master bedroom ceiling, and oddly enough... That fits in with my old painting plans.

***Will be walking through with camera, tape measure, and notebook in hand. Tally up the damage... Note general atmosphere... Make big NONO's in the margins for things that give me the creeps right off...