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January 6, 2005

Happy Friggin' New Year

I haven't posted for awhile, and I think that's probably because I find the "first post of the year" a little daunting. The longer I wait, the more noteworthy things happen. At this point, so many things "of great import" have happened that the idea of trying to write about all of it has become vastly intimidating. The only way to get past that mental obstacle is to just forget about it and move on, without trying to recap in detail the last few weeks of my life. So basically, if you weren't there you're probably out of luck.

Nah... I can't get off that easily.

Here's a few brief snippits, just so I can move on:

  • Lizzie got laid off from Limelight.
  • Lizzie very quickly got about another job with normal hours and more security.
  • My folks came to New England for Christmas. It was really nice to have them here, and to spend time with my bro, sis-in-law, and the kids as well.
  • I got a weird stomach virus thing that made me feel like a big pile of crap for most of a week.
  • found out a friend's cancer went into remission.
  • spent a very quiet New Years Eve with a few good folks, eating , drinking, talking, and xboxing.
  • went down to Providence to welcome a friend to his new home in New England. Got to spend time with some folks that we never see enough of in the process.
  • crazy busy at work. May get promotion soon... or not until April. Depends on the whims of corporate budgets, I guess.

There... that's all you get. I'm now ready to start anew. Happy 2005!

January 7, 2005

Closer to the Heart

Thanks to the magic of iPod, the soundtrack of my life today seems to mainly consist of the classic prog-rock band Rush. With my resistance weakened by a tinge of seasonal depression on a grey New England winter day, Rush is having a completely bizarre effect on me. I swear I almost burst out into tears of joy during "Temple of Syrinx". And it's really not that kind of song...

I'm sure that a lot of it is nostalgia. When I was a young teenaged semi-metal head growing up in Milwaukee, I firmly believed that Rush was one of the greatest bands on earth. Laugh if you must... it was the Midwest and it was the early to mid-1980's. My friend's and I traded tape cassettes. At that time and in that moment, Rush touched some chord in me. They always seemed to be telling a story, definite narrative threads in both lyrics and music winding through their albums. And best of all, beneath all that metal hair they were HUGE GEEKS. Their music absolutely reeked of sci-fi and fantasy novels.

I have the rare fortune to have had a fairly happy childhood even through my teen years, thanks largely to having fantastic parents and a group of really good friends who stuck together in a sort of geeky cabal. that persists to this day. Of course there was the standard teen angst and troubles, but time has softened those memories considerably. I think that I associate Rush (and a few other bands) with that somewhat simpler time in my life. Hearing "Red Barchetta" just gives me warm fuzzies. Weird, but it's kinda like comfort food without the calories. Good for helping me through grey winter days.

The seasonal depression thing is a bit weird. I never used to get it, but over the last few years it's been kicking in during January and February. It's not severe or crippling... it's just sort of numbing. It makes me want to vegetate, spending too much time playing video games or watching TV. More hibernation than depression, I suppose. It's hard to get excited about anything this time of the year. I'm trying to make an effort to get out of the house and do things, just to keep my brain from atrophying. Maybe I need a trip to NYC sometime next month?

Trivia Note: My new cell phone ringer is "Spirit of the Radio".

And on a related note....

Wil Wheaton's futile attempt to defend Bono's (circa 1985) mullet to his step-kids....


A note on Wil Wheaton: Sadly, Wil is probably most famous for playing Wesley Crusher on "Star Trek: The Next Generation". Like many fans of the show, I HATED Wesley. I'm ashamed to admit that for years I transfered some of that malace to the actor who played the hated "weasel boy". Since that time Mr. Wheaton has become a very talented writer and publishes one of my favorite blogs. I hearby formally apologize to Mr. Wheaton for every bad thing I've ever said about him, and furthermore state my intention to buy his book "Just a Geek" at the earliest possible convenience. Thank you.

January 12, 2005

Happy Birthday Lizzie!

Today is my beautiful wife Liz's birthday. Go to her blog and wish her a very happy one!

Tonight I'm taking her out for a special Birthday Sushi dinner in Salem. We'll continue the celebration of "Liz's Awesome Existence" this weekend with a visit from the NY divas Jenni and Lauren. I could celebrate Lizzie all month. In fact, I think I will. This is now officially "Liz Rocks" month! Tune in next month for "Liz Rules!"

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