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Friday, October 6th, 2006
9:11 am
I got fired

Yes, you read the title correctly.  Yesterday, I got fired.  Then I got drunk.  Now I don't know what to do.

There's a big detailed story, but I don't feel like typing it.  Maybe later.

Monday, August 14th, 2006
12:11 pm
Adventures in Overstarched Tuxedos
So this weekend was the long-awaited jaunt to western PA for F's wedding. I wish I could entertain you with various stories highlighting the entire trip, but since you know none of the participants (aside from perhaps me), I'll just share a few key anecdotes:

1) The post-rehearsal dinner drive to the sketchiest bar I've ever been to in my life in Bentleyville, PA. I'm pretty sure I have more teeth than any 3 patrons put together...

2) My incessant cursing of whoever was foolish enough to invent the cravat style necktie, and how mine seemed to be one inch to short stay properly tucked in my vest, not to mention how hard and uncomfortable my rental tux was, causing major razor burn (see post title)...

3) Me turning to my best friend mid-ceremony, just before the eucharist, and saying "This is where I bring the whole service to a screeching halt." I was considering putting a yarmulke on right when the priest came over. Decorum prevaled though...

4) The bridal party's limo ride from ceremony to reception. 4 rum & cokes before the reception even starts, makes for a drunk groomsman...

5) The chapel choir came to the reception, specifically to welcome my boy F to the wonders of Steeler Nation. They had written a song glorifying the Super Bowl champs just for him. Naturally, I had to lead all DC residents in a rousing chorus of "Hail to the Redskins." No one messes with my team...

All in all, a good, although very drunk weekend... my boy was appreciative of my assistance (when sober), and although the drive sucked, no highway incidents of note. I'm actually sad to see it be over. Anyone want to invite me to another wedding? I look really good in a tux! ;)

Current Mood: in detox
Friday, July 21st, 2006
1:34 pm
This was my adolescence...
When I was a younger I was a total dork. Yes, those who know me would say that's still true, but I spent most of my time in junior high school praying that I would start to fit in, start to feel cool.  Its a strange thing to know that you're ready for college when you're 13, not at an intelligence level, or even at an emotional level, but just that I wouldn't be able to feel well adjusted until I got there.

So I took the SATs in 7th grade. Did well enough to end up here.

And finally found a place where I fit in, with friends for life.
Wednesday, July 12th, 2006
3:43 pm
I may get my bed back soon!
Well, after 2.5 weeks, the landlord is finally realizing that the flood damage was significant. Yes, it still reeks. Yes, we think there's mold growing.

So they're going to rip out the carpet, and replace it, which means I should be able to get my bedroom back sometime in the next week.

The only drawback is that I have to spend my evening trying to move my bed, desk, dressers, couches, and entertainment center all someplace that isn't my basement... UGH...

Anyone need an evening activity?? I'll buy dinner! ;)
Sunday, July 9th, 2006
9:37 pm
Some weekend...
I can't not put my foot in my mouth the past few days... this has been awful on a epic scale...

Well at least I go back to work tomorrow, at this point, that will be an improvement.

Current Mood: melancholy
Saturday, July 8th, 2006
11:33 am
The more things change, the more they stay the same...
Its amazing that someone you're sure you know so well, can still surprise you after all this time...

And sometimes that surprise really isn't one you want.

Current Mood: hurt and depressed
Thursday, June 29th, 2006
7:49 pm
Is That Your Final Answer?
So today I took a flex day from work to drive to New York City, for a purpose that I've kept hidden from all but just a few people in case it blew up in my face.

That being said, I guess its safe to divulge what happened now that its over... I drove to NYC and back today to audition for Who Wants to Be a Millionaire. (Yes, its still on.) On a lark, I had signed up for tryouts last month online, and received an email the next day telling me a time and place to try out.

So what was it like, you ask?

I got to NYC at about 12:15, after leaving straight from crew practice and very nearly falling asleep on I-95 several times. Not really the best way to prepare for a trivia competition, but what the hell, I'm an insomniac, I live on no sleep anyway. I had a 12:45 "appointment" for my audition. All I knew was what the email said, fill out a 3 page application with questions like "What should Meredith Vieira know about you?", and that I'd be taking some sort of written test, if I passed then there would be a short interview.

I arrived at the ABC building where a bunch of interns in headsets stood us all up against the wall (apparently a lot of people had 12:45 appointments). They then led us into a closed restaurant across the street where tables were set up with scantron sheets and number 2 pencils... SATs all over again! Thank god I aced those! ;)

The test was 30 question multiple choice, we had 10 minutes to complete it, and then our tests would be scored immediately so we'd know if we passed. Sample test questions:

What color is a typical daffodil?
A. Yellow B. Blue C. Pink D. Purple

What city is the northernmost world capital?
A. Oslo B. Reykjavik C. Helsinki D. Copenhagen

What magazine does not come out weekly?
A. People B. Good Housekeeping C. Time D. Sports Illustrated

So anyway, 10 minutes pass... I think I guessed on about 5 or 6 of the questions. They collect the tests start grading them. I'm trying to guess what a passing score is, would have to be at least 25 or more I think. They announce they will say the numbers of the people who passed, (we were assigned a contestant number). Out of 40 of us in the room (of which I was the youngest by at least 10 years), only 8 people passed.

I was one of the 8! :)

So the failing people all leave, and the 8 of us have polaroids taken and 5-10 minute interviews with one of the producers. Before that though, we were discussing some of the tougher questions. Based on everyone's answers, the passing score had to be at least 27 if not 28 or 29. Go me! Basically the producer asked me about my job, about crew, and about eating guinea pig, which I had mentioned on my application... no idea if it went well or not.

But basically the deal is this... sometime in the next month or so, I'll receive a postcard from Millionaire saying either "We are happy to tell you you have been entered into the contestant pool, and may be called to appear on the show," or "We're sorry to say you have not been entered into the pool, thanks for your interest." Even if they say yes, its still not certain that I'm in the show, but it would be cool... So fingers crossed!

Anyone up for some Trivial Pursuit? I might need the practice!

Current Mood: tired, but proud of myself
Monday, June 26th, 2006
7:49 am
You Gotta Be Kidding Me...
So last night I tried to go to bed at 10:15. Turned off the tv, walked downstairs, took a step into the basement... and stepped in water up to my ankle.

Yes, my entire basement flooded last night. Philip and my rooms are trashed, most of our clothes are drenched and dirty, our furniture may be trashed, and I was up until 2 am trying to figure out how to keep more water from coming in.

Still can't reach my landlord, don't have renter's insurance, and I had to be up at 5 for crew today.

So yes, I'm extremely pissed off at life.
Sunday, June 25th, 2006
9:18 am
Apparently golf courses are not safe in lightning...
Looks like the final round of the Booz Allen Classic is on its way to be rained out today. So rather than driving to Potomac, I'm hanging out at home in a bathrobe. (Hot, huh?) But at least I might get to watch the England game this way!

In other news, having the house to yourself is kinda lonely...
Friday, June 9th, 2006
3:55 pm
Work is dead... soccer shook me out of it for a little while, but I don't think I can get away with sitting in the conference room to watch all of both games.


Current Mood: discontent
Thursday, June 8th, 2006
11:57 pm
I should go to bed...
The negative voices are coming back... maybe I can sleep them off. Hope tomorrow is a better day.

I need some change in my life.

Current Mood: groggy and dazed
Friday, May 19th, 2006
2:24 pm
Monday, May 15th, 2006
6:35 pm
Crappy day...
I do not get migranes... I don't. So this one needs to go away right now.

Current Mood: in pain :(
Friday, May 12th, 2006
3:53 pm
The Republican Party must really be struggling for fundraisers lately...
So yesterday was kickball game #1, we managed to get it in just before the storm hit, but naturally got drenched on the walk to the Exchange. We arrive, hoping to score tables inside in the back room to dry off and warm up, but are met at the door by the manager.

"You guys can't come in here right now."

"Why not, we have this bar reserved every Wed and Thursday all summer..."

"Lynn Swann is having an event inside."


Okay, now I'm sorry, I admit I disagree with his political slant, but I do respect his football career, and I suppose I respect his right to network here in DC, even though he's running for Governor of Pennsylvania.

But c'mon, its the Exchange... its grungy, its small, its a freaking kickball bar for Christ sake... what could he possibly hope to accomplish?
Wednesday, May 10th, 2006
11:28 am
Today's Correct Use of "Irony" in a Sentence...
How ironic is it that my office is having a training today on government billing ethics, based on the Anderson Williams scandal (Google if you don't know the story), and I'm essentially double-billing at the moment, b/c I'm sitting in on the training via webmeeting, but also doing other account work?

And yes, I'm a PR geek...
Sunday, May 7th, 2006
1:30 pm
I'm a stranger in my own life...
Why is it, that even when we do things we're convinced are right... we manage to bungle them so badly, all we do is hurt others and ourselves? I hate feeling this way... I used to think I was a good person... now I'm not even sure I have good intentions.

I hope this all gets better somehow... because it can't be much worse.

Current Mood: lost
Monday, May 1st, 2006
1:48 pm
I have a case of the Mondays, seven days a week...
Does anyone want to give me a new job?

I'm reasonably well-qualified, an above-average to exceptional writer (depending on which of my bosses you ask), well-educated, generally motivated, and I'm great at improving office morale.

I don't currently have an updated resume, but if I can find a couple nights in the next few weeks that I'm not either dead tired or out on one of my sports teams working out my frustrations, I'll be happy to send it to you.

DC locales preferred, but at the moment I'd consider pretty much anywhere...

Oh yeah, if it matters, I have a degree in broadcast journalism, and 3 full years experience in public relations, specifically in industry communication and business-to-business marketing. (huh, is that really what I do? Who knew?)

Current Mood: tired, frustrated, and grouchy
Friday, April 14th, 2006
3:27 pm
Death Penalty
So Moussasoui is on trial still, and earlier today he apparently said that he hopes that America deals with many more 9/11's. He wished the same thing had happened on September 12, 13, 14, etc...

I really want him to get sentenced to death. I've known that I had no problem with the death penalty for years, but this is the first time I can genuinely remember wanting a criminal to be punished with death and caring whether or not they were. I believe the death penalty can be the right punishment for the following crimes: murder, rape, and child molestation. I'm a strong democrat, but support the death penalty. In fact, I think there are far too many ways to appeal and get out of it once its been sentenced. If it was enforced more it would be a better deterrent. I don't want to hear European stats about what works and what doesn't. I want to know how you all genuinely feel about "an eye for an eye."

I want my friend Lisa to be properly avenged...

Current Mood: ready for the week to be over
Tuesday, April 11th, 2006
9:12 am
I'm back from Peru!
Trip was fantastic... I haven't decided whether or not to give you guys a full travelogue yet, but in the meantime, here's the link to my pictures!

Beware, they could take a while... :)

Wednesday, March 29th, 2006
2:59 pm
Tomorrow... 9 days in South America. Never thought I'd be going there, no idea what to expect.

As long as it doesn't involve typhoid or hepititis (I didn't get my vaccinations), I'll be happy. Many pictures to come...

Go George Mason while I'm gone!
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