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May 11th, 2006
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Yep, I'm still alive!
Got to see "On a Clear Day" yesterday with Tig - finally - yay!!!! A lot of good parts in the movie, but I'm not sure how well it all held together and gave a cohesive feeling, which I assume is the director's fault. But Billy was great, and all the individual performances were great, and thank heaven I finally got to see it, because this is probably the last week it was playing anywhere in Chicago.

Tonight I hope to go see "An American Haunting", in which James D'Arcy ("Pullings from "Master and Commander") plays a schoolteacher in the 1800's, and family experiences a deadly haunting. Ooooooo.... *G*

hobbitgrrl, I made reservations for 4 (you, me, aliste, and possibly Tig) at Uncommon Ground at 7:30 pm on May 23. That'll allow us to order dinner, watch the opening act at 8 pm, and watch COMMON ROTATION WHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!! at 9 pm. *G* Are you on their mailing list? They now have a songbook out! *G* I hope I remember to buy TMBG tix tomorrow morning for their show at the zoo.

In other concert news, Dave Gahan of Depeche Mode has laryngitis, poor guy. They had to cut the show in Kansas City short last night, and cancel the show here tonight in Chicago. So send good thoughts his way, freakspawn.

So, I don't remember when I last updated, but I guess the short version is that everything's gone really well, and I'm doing okay, but I'm worried about buying a place.

The long version is that the move went great. I got almost all the stuff that was stored in paper boxes moved and consolidated into plastic bins, and got rid of two wardrobe boxes of old clothes and a few xerox boxes of old videotapes. *G* A bunch of people from work wanted to have a goodbye lunch with me at my old place, which was really unexpected and sweet, and the couple that I'm friends with cooked me a steak dinner - both on Friday. Saturday I got tons done around the yard, including pruning maple branches that were rubbing on my roof, took photos, and so on. Sunday it took me forever to mop up the basement, though, and apply Miracle Gro and Round Up where needed, so I didn't leave until 3:30 pm, which meant that I ran into the weekend traffic and didn't get in until 8:30 pm. Had orientation on Monday, and got to leave a little early - because I look so tired. *G* The rest of the week has been spent reading training materials, meeting people... and trying to get used to being treated nicely. Seriously! People keep saying nice things to me, especially my boss. I'm getting worried that she may have too high a regard and expectation for me, because she keeps saying what nice things other people have said about me - the guy I used to work with said I'm a good communicator, I do a good job with talks, I can troubleshoot, she's glad I have a sense of humor like the engineers I'll be working with, and so on. *crosses fingers* I hope I end up liking what I'm doing, and am as good at it as I need to be.

But right now, what would really help would be to find a house I can fall in love with. It would help me feel more settled and happy about being here. The cats are doing surprisingly well (bless them!!!), and the little apartment I'm in is pretty comfortable, and I've got everything I need for the next couple of months, so I can focus on my job... once I find a house. *G*

Anyway, that's me gabbing away! Once again, I'm way behind on reading LJ. I'm going to try to keep up, but I may have to end up skipping most of what was written this week - sorry! Oh, and I'm being very good at work so far; no LJ, except for what I get through Yahoo mail, which I do allow myself to check.

This weekend my realtor can take me around for a few hours, so I'll get my first look in person at what I can afford. And I need a haircut! Next weekend, I drive down to Indy to check on the house. That's it! *G* Hope you all are doing well!

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From:hobbitgrrl
Date:May 12th, 2006 01:28 am (UTC)
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My, you have been busy! Glad to hear the move went well.

Awesome about the CoRo reservations! :D Thanks for making those. Oh, and incidentally, aliste found out that the TMBG tickets don't actually go on sale on Friday (only the series ones, for all three shows), they go on sale on May 26 here. There shouldn't be any issue with it selling out, though, especially since it's an outdoor show. :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 12th, 2006 01:40 am (UTC)
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I thought that might be the case... they better not sell out!!!! *G*
From:ex_indefatig78
Date:May 12th, 2006 01:41 am (UTC)
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I read rather bad reviews about American Haunting. But hey, it's Pullings, and critics aren't always right. You will tell us how it is when you come back, I trust?
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 12th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
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(eeee! Midshipmen ARE love! *G*)

Sadly.... *hat over heart*... the rumors were true. It was awful. And, worse yet? The manner of speech was much too modern. *shudders*
From:ex_indefatig78
Date:May 12th, 2006 01:44 am (UTC)
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*sporks LJ half-heartily* sorry.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 12th, 2006 04:41 am (UTC)
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(??? why this random sporking of LJ?)
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From:lilithlotr
Date:May 12th, 2006 02:10 am (UTC)
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Wow, you sound like you mostly have it sorted. Good on ya, mate!

Glad I didn't buy those Depeche tickets after all...
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 12th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
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I was wondering if you might have been thinking of going. Poor fans!
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From:aeb
Date:May 12th, 2006 02:15 am (UTC)
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{Smile} I'm glad the move went so well. {SMILE}

Anne Elizabeth Baldwin
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 12th, 2006 04:42 am (UTC)
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*S* Thanks!
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From:cyloran
Date:May 12th, 2006 02:24 am (UTC)
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Glad to hear the move went well and I've got my fingers crossed that you find the perfect home-sweet-home.

You'll have to let me know how the movie is. I know Donald Sutherland is in it and I hear that one of the child actors is marvelous. I don't know much about the film other that it's bases on a 'true' American haunting. The only one that comes to mind is the Bell Witch, probably the best documented American poltergeist.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 12th, 2006 04:44 am (UTC)
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*dingdingdingdingding* We have a winnah!!!!

Yep, it's the Bell Witch. And it was bad. Donald Sutherland was actually pretty good, as was Sissy Spacek, and I guess you could say the girl was good, but she had to do a lot of Linda Blairing, so...

Curious about how they approached it? Let me know if you are and I'll tell you under an lj-cut.
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From:abandonada
Date:May 12th, 2006 05:15 am (UTC)
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So far, so good, right? I'm happy that you're being treated well at your new job. Enjoy it! I bet you'll be an asset to the company and you'll find your niche there.
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 12th, 2006 01:50 pm (UTC)
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"So far, so good" sums it up perfectly. I'm still waiting for the other shoe to fall, I think, so there's some worry in the back of my mind. As I said, I think part of that is worry that I won't find a place that I'll love as much as my old place, and, until I do, part of me will be pulled back to Indy. So, wish me luck! *G*

It's been, what, at least a year for you now up in the NW? Other than not being able to make it to appearances in LA, and not being by your dad, are you feeling happy about the change? Or at least comfortable? Have you found some things you prefer?
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From:freakspawn
Date:May 12th, 2006 08:36 am (UTC)
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I wondered if you'd have seen the news about Dave :) I am sending all my good thoughts his way indeed! Am so angry at some of the so-called fans reactions though! Couldn't believe what I was reading on the message boards yesterday!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 12th, 2006 02:05 pm (UTC)
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??? They'd have to be idiots to be angry. And the band even sent out a statement about how great the fans were here, and how they really hated disappointing them, and so on. Sorry to hear that!
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From:anonypooh
Date:May 12th, 2006 10:23 am (UTC)
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I'm coming back to read my flist properly later but I just wanna say I wish I could ask for a reservation for 5!!! squeeeeeeeee
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 12th, 2006 02:04 pm (UTC)
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Me, toooooooo!!!!!!! *G*
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From:quiet_moments
Date:May 12th, 2006 02:17 pm (UTC)
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Glad to hear the move went well and that the job is going well so far. :) Try not to worry, I am sure you will do fine! I hope you will be able to find a place to move into that you love as much as you loved your last home.

I have heard/read a lot about the Bell Witch story, and it depresses me that the movie based on the stories sucks. I would have expected better. *sigh*

I am happy that you got to see papa Billy's movie, too! :)
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 12th, 2006 05:31 pm (UTC)
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*G* "papa Billy" - eeeee! Thanks.
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From:freakspawn
Date:May 13th, 2006 07:23 am (UTC)
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I am so glad your move went good. Sounds like it's all positive from here on in...and with plans already underway to get out there :D
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 13th, 2006 10:33 pm (UTC)
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Yay!!!!
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From:darkfaery1
Date:May 15th, 2006 06:48 pm (UTC)
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I'm glad to hear the move went well and the new job seems to be going good too. Good luck with your house hunting!
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From:rosamundeb
Date:May 15th, 2006 07:15 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! *S*

How is your new rat doing, btw?
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