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I have not been updating this journal for a while, and don't know that I will be again(at least not with any regularity). I have largely moved away from LJ as a place to write, though I do still ready my friends list most days.

I can be found on Facebook under my pixel at blert dot net email address.

I now have a blog at http://www.blert.net/blog/

Look for me there.
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Tell my girlfriend to quit her miserable job, give her at least $100K so she'd have her own safety net and pay for her health insurance so she can concentrate on writing & editing full time. Start shopping for an interesting house with at least a 1/2 acre & either a 4-car+ garage or room for one. 
Also the budget for the classic car I'm already shopping for would grow a bit...[Error: unknown template qotd]
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...or not.

Short version: Newly acquired car lost it's brakes and stalled & refused to start on the way to work today. Guy is giving me a refund once I get it back to his place.

Long version: )
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Well, the fleet just got a little bigger...
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My last entry about the cottage weekend was missing a vital piece of info. It is for the weekend of July 22-24th. Figured I'd make that correction abundantly clear that in case it alters people's ability to attend.
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EDIT: This is for the weekend of July 22-24th. Lost that when I cut'n pasted from facebook

Vikki & I are going to be at my family's cottage for the weekend and want you to come too! Its located in southeastern CT near a small lake. We'll be there from Friday evening through Sunday afternoon/evening and everyone is welcome for whatever part you can make it to.

There is a swimming area nearby with a floating dock, we have a canoe and some kayaks. The far side of the lake is a state forest with an abandoned summer camp in it. We have a hammock, badminton/volleyball net & big deck to hang out on. At night I can light up the fire bowl. We'll have the grill going & crepes and/or omelettes for breakfast.

There is crash space inside for 6-8 guests + floor space, and a yard big enough to pitch tents in (I can probably scare up 1-2 tents). Let me know if you'll have need of crash space.

For obvious reasons there is no public transit options there. Though if people want to come down for the whole weekend we might be able to pick you up from the commuter rail and give you a lift. Otherwise the Lebanon CT Amtrak stop is closest but would require advanced notice/planning.

Things to be aware of:
-You're going to need to bring at least some food and/or stop off at the supermarket nearby. We can't afford to feed everyone all weekend. :)
-My friends are not normal, there may be people there with non-standard gender orientations/gender presentations/relationship structures. You have to be able to be polite about that if you are attending.
-The water pressure *sucks* there, plan on the most basic of showers if you stay over. Related the water has a bit of a sulfur smell/taste, doesn't bother me but bothers some. We'll be bringing non-sulfurous drinking water as well.
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So Last June I went into the local DMV office and registered two cars(Box my xB and Emily my '62 Comet), and my tiny utility trailer. All the same day, all for a 1-year registration.

This April a renewal letter came in for the trailer, which I thought odd because I thought I had 2 more months. But it was $10 so I didn't care that much and sent it back in.

In May the Comet renewal came in. I figured the xB one was right behind it, and hung onto it. A MONTH later, in June, the xB renewal showed up. So I sent them both in.

So now, despite registering them on the same day, I have three registrations that expire in three different months. Thanks DMV, Thanks.
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Cheeble, Cheeble Hamster Dance!
Cheeble, Cheeble Hamster Sing!
Cheeble, Cheeble Hamster Play!
Cheeble! Cheeble! HAPPY YAY!!

Cheeble Cheeble Happy Yay! Every day at 2pm, and 9am on Saturday & Sunday! And remember kids, the new Cheeble Cheeble Happy Yay! Happy Playset is available in stores now!

*click*

"Oh. My. God. We're up against children's television?!?"
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Trying to decide if I want to buy another '62 Comet. The engine/brakes/etc are shot, but the body needs*much* less work than mine(less rust, doesn't need 4 layers of paint stripped). And mine has had the engine/trans/brakes/etc. all redone already. Seems like a chance to combine them into one better car.



It would require duplicating a some work I've already done (rust welding in floor & 1/4 panels, cleaning/painting the engine compartment & underside, installing sound deadener). I'd have to switch the engine/transmission/rearend/front suspension/brakes/exhaust from mine over. I'd have to repaint the entire car inside & out to the right colors & move the entire interior over.



In the end it would probably save me a lot of the sort of work I like least in exchange for duplication of the sort of work I like most. It would also save me a bunch of money on things I would be unlikely or unable to do myself. But it requires a big chunk of money & time right now to avoid a larger chunk of money & time that I can stretch out and put off.



But at the same time, it requires me to strip and eventually sell/junk Emily, *my* Comet that I've had for over 6 years. And I'm not sure this new Comet would ever be *my* Comet like Emily is.
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...and my enthusiasm for projects has sprung right along with it.

Saturday I took a 8 hour trip to buy a replacement for the rear window on Emily that broke over the winter. I also picked up four new less-rusty doors that I can combine with the ones on her into actually rust-free doors.

Earlier this week I spent a chunk of my tax return on the gasket to install the new window as well as a bunch of parts for things I've been putting off on Box.

I've got ideas for things I want to build for the Steampunk World's Fair next month. So parts for those have to be bought or found soon so I can start in on those projects to have any chance of finishing them in time.

And I'm pondering getting up early Saturday so I have time to do a junkyard run, as I haven't yet this year. And I even have a new junkyard to try.

It is nice to have ideas & energy again, not to mention weather that is conducive to actually doing stuff.
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(I've posted this to facebook too, please RSVP here or there so we make sure the reservation is big enough)


Saturday, March 26 ยท 8:00pm - 11:00pm
Location
Christopher's Restaurant, Porter Square
1920 Massachusetts Ave
Cambridge, MA 02140

The plan is for getting together beforehand for hanging out (location still to be determined, watch this space and/or call/text that afternoon) . Dinner is at around 8pm, with a chance of hanging out afterwards if there is interest.

PLEASE RSVP so we make sure the table is big enough.

Presents are neither asked for nor expected. A chance to spend time with friends is present enough.
But if you feel irrationally generous and are at a loss for what to get any legos would be well received. ;)

Birthday

Mar. 16th, 2011 08:01 am
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Quick update on Birthday plans. I'm going to have a dinner thing in Boston on Saturday the 26th. Still figuring out location. One possible suggestion is "Tavern on the Square" in Porter Square, though I've never been there. Another friend was going to get us a list of possible places but hasn't had a chance yet.
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It feels lately like nearly every time I try and do something or get something dealt with it turns into a much bigger hassle & project than is anywhere near reasonably expected.

We moved the last of [livejournal.com profile] auntiemame67's stuff out of her ex's cellar about four months ago. Put it in a storage unit and figured it was safe there until we have a place big enough for it. We'd planned to steadily sort through it, scrub the furniture there(much of which had been long stored in a cellar).

Except that their already mediocre hours got cut back until we could only get there on the saturday. Then they started being sometimes closed *during* their "open" hours. And the guy running the place was a dick, and the loading dock was an ice rick and... you get the picture.

So we decided we'd move it to another place with better hours/conditions/employees/etc. Last Saturday we paid for a half-month, then went to another storage place and reserved a new unit. We then went home and got my little trailer to take a small load over. Only to discover that despite it being 1:40pm and them being open til 4pm the place was locked up and noone was around. I was almost unspeakably pissed at this point.

So we spent this week trying to arrange to get everything out today. Reserved a truck, and asked *everywhere* for help. Got zero offers of assistance. So here we were lined up to have to move and entire 10x10 storage unit by ourselves.

But apparently that wasn't suck enough. Because we showed up at the storage place to discover it once again closed & locked during their "business hours". Calls to the manager were (of course) not answered or returned. A (non-emergency) call to the local police informed me it was a civil matter and they couldn't do anything. A call to Uhaul told me they'd canceled the place's distributor contract so they couldn't help me. All together we spent 1.5 pissed off hours waiting outside the place making calls and swearing without any result.

So truck reservation was canceled, and we headed home empty-handed and even *more* angry. So assuming the guy hasn't just disappeared(in which case we are completely fucked) we now need to devote *another* day to dealing with this. And seeing as how he's not been there when we needed him to be two saturdays in a row, we'll need to plan for a weekday. So that means both of us taking a day off from work and making *another* truck reservation and hoping the guy is actually there so we can get this *finally* done.

And thanks to damn near everything turning into something like this, combined with my winter depression, and a few other things I feel like a)I have no energy for anything, even the stuff I want to do, and b)as a result of all this I feel pathetic and worthless.

Feh.
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[livejournal.com profile] auntiemame67 & I need a few people to help us move her stuff across town from one storage unit to another on Saturday around 11-noon. It only half-fills a 10x10 and we're renting a truck or trailer and should be able to do it in 1-2 trips easily.
Standard bribes of food & drink apply.
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My birthday is the 25th of this month. I'm trying to figure out some kind of event to celebrate this. Possibilities are any of the days that weekend, and we could do something at our apartment here in Pawtucket(if the weather is nice this can involve hanging out on the lawn too). Or we can do a food-based get together either in RI or Boston. And RI stuff can easily include picking people up from the commuter rail station. Other possibility is something at the Steampunk Industrial Revolution in NH, which we are pondering day-tripping to.

[Poll #1713243]
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Tomorrow (Tues) is Free Pancake Day at Ihop.

Minecrafty

Feb. 21st, 2011 12:06 pm
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So I started playing minecraft this weekend. Which (of course) meant it ate my weekend entirely.

In case you haven't heard of Minecraft, it is a bizarrely addictive open-world game where you hide from monsters all night and spend all day remaking the world to suit your whim. I chopped down trees, mined minerals, and ended up with both a fairly sweet keep built into a cliffside & a house floating on a glass platform high above the sea. It is all fun, but was starting to get a bit boring.

Then last night as I was trying to fall asleep I was possessed of the urge to build a 100block x 100block x50block high pyramid of glass/ Why? because I can. I'm currently torn on making the inside a sort of bio-dome vs something even more insane (stone inverted pyramid shape hole underneath with a "house" suspended in the center is the current thought).

Of course to build a pyramid of this scale I'd be looking at shoveling up every beach in the world for enough sand to smelt into the 10,000+ glass blocks I need, then either leveling massive forests or strip-mining the planet to get the charcoal or coal I'd need for the smelting.

Minecraft. Not only do we destroy your free time, but we encourage you to destroy the planet. :)
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