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I accepted a client from Hermiston, Oregon and filed a bankruptcy case for them about six weeks ago. This meant the hearing would be in Pendleton, and I decided to take Amy there Thursday and make a day of it.

The hearing went smoothly, and the day after, I got the no-asset case notice, so it was a success. We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the town (Amy scored some good clothes thrifting, and hung out at Great Pacific Coffee and Wine for a while before meeting [livejournal.com profile] icecat (Natte) and her husband Ted for dinner. We were impressed with the place and its multiple functions in a smaller town - as pizza place, wine and beer bar, coffee shop, and music performance space.

Then we met Natte and Ted at Stetson's Steakhouse for dinner. Amy and I are from restaurant/food service backgrounds, and we saw that everything clicked. From the owner greeting us and taking our drink orders (including a martini that made Amy shickered), to excellent food and service, this place did it right, and for much less than a similar dining experience in a major city.

I got two surprises on the way home - one good one (meeting a friendly kitty at a truck stop on the way home), and an unwelcome one (something not directly involving me or anyone on LJ that I can't really talk about for a while - it's not a health problem, though).
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...for documenting our Internet escapades for over 14 years. KT is hanging up his trip diary pen.

The pages documenting our social circle in the mid-to-late 90 are slowly deteriorating, but KT's diaries and photos remain.
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Man, that was a craptacular idea, wasn't it? Annoy most of your readers to satisfy a large minority of them...
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I see atrocious writing.

M. Night Shyamalan is hereby prohibited from writing any scripts ever again. Even George Lucas's Episode I script is better (although not by much).

First rule of screenwriting: show, don't tell. He violated that rule and fails screenwriting forever.
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OK...question....how do I get that stoopid Oh No They Didn't shite off the homepage?
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From the Widmer Brewing Facebook feed:

Widmer Brothers Brewing Happy Oregon Craft Beet Month! List of events to be posted soon, but know this.....it's gonna be a fun month.

Yep, stick a beet in your Hefeweizen instead of a lemon wedge...

15 years.

Jun. 29th, 2010 01:49 pm
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Alone and bored, on a steamy Miami night 15 years ago, I decided to join the IRC channel #watertower, home to many of the people I knew from the newsgroups alt.tv.simpsons and alt.tv.animaniacs . ([livejournal.com profile] captain18, who I had known from alt.tv.simpsons, got me into watching Animaniacs when I visited him in Marengo during Spring Break 1995.)

I landed into a world filled with crazy, wonderful, and crazy wonderful people - people who have affected my life in the best way possible. From the meetups (Animanias) we had to the real-life events in our lives, I would not have been the same without everyone. Special shoutouts behind the cut...

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...people who see furries and fursuiters for the first time or who aren't in Internet drama think they're cool.... this is the reaction of one of my old friend's wife's friends who knows nothing about furries.

Quote: "This dude rocks!"
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visited 35 states (70%)
Create your own visited map of The United States

Ask me about memories I have of particular states!

Only new ones in the past several years - Alabama and Kansas.

Last state visited - Washington, Saturday to buy "bootleg" Sudafed OTC at a Walgreen's.
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I met up with members of the [livejournal.com profile] damnportlanders community for trivia night at the New Old Lompoc - and we kicked ass....34/30 with extra credit!

Due to OLCC rules prohibiting giving away free beer, we couldn't get free beer, but won a gift certificate in the amount of a pitcher for our table.

I'm finally getting paid for being a big fucking geek...
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...how long ago was I battling hangovers at this time on a sunny Saturday?

Now I'm playing farmer and transplanting my tomato starts, using homemade compost. (Just sterilizing it now...) Thinking about bell peppers, radishes, and some other root crops - want to grow some for ourselves and trade with Brendan and Jill.
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Going to bed now....early day tomorrow, since I got a small Eugene Chapter 13 trustee check, and will be going with Amy for coffee before I take her in - then I have some errands to run before I go in (picking up my prescriptions, including my potent Vitamin D supplement for my deficiency).

STILL waiting on three chunks of money to come in - two payments from the legal insurance company, and a settlement check from the city that they promised by Monday. It always seems slower than the bills coming in, though. (The Polish up there is one of the few things I learned from my grandfather besides dupay-ush (phonetic - I know dupa/dupek is "ass")...
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Now, yes, because it's me. I've been Aaron for a little over 40 years. I don't see myself as anyone else.

When I was younger, I did want to change my name, but only because the trinket manufacturers (bike license plates, key chains, etc.) didn't have my name on many items. (Evidently they didn't see that "Aaron" was the 31st most popular name for boys born in 1970...)
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What a crazy cat - cooking becomes a two-person job when he's around. One to cook or prep, one to keep Sid off the counter.

Lucky that we're grilling tonight - he isn't allowed outside.
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... especially with this comment.

There's also something about sarcastic Jewish girls with big brown eyes that gets to me. Anyone know any in Portland?
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1993 comes and the generation goes dark.

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These are the songs a kid liked from the randomness the AM radio played in the late 70s and early 80s.

1977
"Telephone Line" - Electric Light Orchestra

1978
"Two out of Three Ain't Bad" - Meat Loaf

1979
"We Are Family" - Sister Sledge. The Pirates Win Ther World Series. I AM NOT MAKING THIS UP.

1980
"Call Me" - Blondie

1981
"Private Eyes" - Hall & Oates - One of my first "real" records. You know, those big black vinyl thingies the kids like to put their indie hipster rock on now?

1982
"Who Can It Be Now" - Men at Work. (Along with Hall & Oates, my favorite groups of my early adolescence, 1981-83.)

1983
"Legs" - ZZ Top. The video did....things....to a 13-year-old boy.

More to come....I discover communist college radio and the dissolution of what would be called Generation X!
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1970
"25 or 6 to 4" - Chicago

1971
"Tiny Dancer" - Elton John

1972
"Coconut" - Harry Nillson

1973
"Bad Bad Leroy Brown" - Jim Croce

1974
"Rock the Boat" - Hues Corporation

1975
"Philadelphia Freedom" - Elton John

1976
"Let 'Em In" - Paul McCartney & Wings

These are the songs a kid crawling around in the back of his mom's car would like. I hope you do too...:P To be continued...

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