Rants & Ramblings

random commentary about culture, media, politics, technology and whatnot.

personal

jul
21
2003

vacation planning

I’m planning a mini-getaway to New York City the weekend of my birthday (Aug. 8-10). Last night, I ran a search on Expedia for cheap hotels, and came up with a possible candidate: Hotel Pennsylvania, located near Penn Station/Madison Square …

jul
19
2003

eastern market

Sara and I made a Saturday morning visit to Eastern Market, just east of the Capitol. The market itself is a veritable feast of fresh produce, meats, fish and produce. I left with bags full of fresh berries, squash and …

jul
16
2003

in the shop

Some friends and I are planning to drive out to Indianapolis next month for a wedding, and we’re taking my car. In preparation, I took my car in to the dealership yesterday morning for an early 51,000-mile check-up (I’m only …

jul
05
2003

independence day

Yesterday was my first opportunity to spend the Fourth of July in Washington, DC. Leading up to the event, several people told me that, this being my first time, I should experience the madness/glory that is the Fourth on the …

jul
03
2003

letting go

After 7 1/2 years together, David and I broke up last night. It wasn’t a shock or surprise, as both of us knew it was coming. It hasn’t hit me as hard as I thought it would. Maybe the reality …

jun
29
2003

weekend outings

This weekend I made a couple “field trips” with friends, exploring local sites of interest. Rob’s been fixated on going to the beach (any beach) for a couple months now, and on Saturday, he, Shawn and I drove out to …

jun
18
2003

mandate

At dinner tonight, a friend expressed to me a strong degree of ambivalence, if not outright dissatisfaction, with the current state of his life — his career, his personal life, his personality and habits — and blamed himself for his …

jun
14
2003

time out

There’s a raging storm going on outside this afternoon. Snuggled up in my cozy papasan chair with a blanket and laptop, I can hear the rainwater bouncing off the deck outside, and get a small thrill out of every thundercrack …

may
24
2003

a question of protocol

If you are the intended recipient of what is almost certainly a friend’s dreaded late-night “drunken phone call,” yet miss the call, what are you expected to do? Call said friend back, or just be thankful that you didn’t get …

may
23
2003

push and shove

Because of the intense heat in Arizona, car batteries can sometimes die before their time, and often with no notice at all. In the three years Mom has had her Chrysler Voyager, the battery has given out twice. Wednesday night, …

may
22
2003

'buffy' finale

I was out of town (and stupidly forgot to set my VCR) and missed Tuesday’s Buffy finale. Any chance someone has a copy they’d be willing to lend me when I get back to DC on Monday? Edited 05/23, 10:47 …

may
21
2003

more randomness

I visited some former coworkers at The Arizona Republic this afternoon. A few told me that I look really good, and even that I have some kind of “glow” thing going on. I’m chalking the “glow” thing up to the …

may
20
2003

beat the heat

Fact of life in Arizona: It’s hot here. (There’s a common saying here: “But it’s a dry heat!” There’s also a common retort: “So’s an oven!”) David and I paid a visit to Target this evening. It took us forever …

raise a glass…

My good friend Danielle from high school just got engaged to her longtime boyfriend Kevin. They’ve been together, off and on, since high school, and have been living together for the past year. They both graduated this weekend from the …

may
18
2003

scenes from home

Randomness from my visit to Arizona… My siblings and I all decided to go to the 8 p.m. mass. Before the four of us left, I sat in the living room with my dad, waiting for everyone to get ready. …

may
15
2003

stymied

Ever have something you desperately want to say, but either don’t know how to say it or know that if you do say it, you’ll irrevocably screw things up? Yeah. Me, neither.

may
09
2003

danger zone

I feel like I’ve just gone over to the dark side. A designer by trade, I just picked up a gianormous tome about programming sites with PHP and mySQL.

may
07
2003

and the winner is…

I’ve picked out two shiny new domain names. tellingstories.net, taken from a Tracy Chapman song, will house my comic book fan-fiction archives. morethanthis.net, taken from a Cure song, will house my personal stuff — weblog, resume/portfolio, etc. More news to …

weblog troubles

The database for my weblog went screwy, so I had to delete it and start from scratch again. I’ve been able to re-import my old entries, but the entry ID numbers, between the old installation and the new one, don’t …

apr
27
2003

shredded

I bought a small desktop shredder at Target this weekend. It’s been on my shopping list for a while, but I’d been putting it off. The mountain-esque pile of receipts on my desk convinced me to finally take the plunge. …

clipping coupons

Random thoughts as I peruse the Sunday coupon inserts… McDonald’s coupons: “Buy an entree Salad and get $1.00 off any Happy Meal or Mighty Kids Meal” / “Buy an entree Salad and get a free bottled water or medium drink” …

apr
24
2003

geek pride

It’s here! It’s here! My new 17” G4 Powerbook just arrived this morning. And, in true geek fashion, my coworkers and I “oooh”ed and “aaah”ed over it. (Although I think some of it was poking fun at me, rather than …

apr
23
2003

once more, with feeling

My replacement PowerBook (for the PowerBook that lost) was just shipped today from Taiwan. ::happy dance:: 2-5 business days, and it’s mine. Here’s hoping doesn’t “misplace” this one, too. Of course, by saying that, I’ve probably just jinxed myself.