Apr 152008

(If this entry seems a bit clipped and stilted, it’s because I’m mildly stoned on codeine cough syrup.)

Friday was mrimp‘s 30th birthday pub crawl, so we gathered at Chez Otter for pre-drinks with Eric, Jamie, Mark (beeftenderloin), and a small horde of women that Eric works with (names to follow).

After a couple of pear vodka & Sprite martinis, we hit the People Mover station and rode to the Renaissance Center. Following a vertigo-inducing glass elevator ride to the top, we piled into Coach Insignia and started downing blueberry mojitos


The plan was to have a few and continue on to Proof, but everyone was hungry, so we stopped at a Coney in Greektown for some tastily unhealthy food, then called it a night.

More pictures HERE.

Saturday afternoon I went to meet my new gaming group that I’m going to be playing Exalted with starting the end of May. They seem like a nice bunch of straight folks, although the “that’s so gay” comments were starting to pile up. I hadn’t told anyone about me yet, so sent the head of the group an email yesterday and we got it straightened out. I’m looking forward to playing; maybe it will help me run the game better. I get to be the Dawn Caste, which is a departure for me. I usually go for either wizard or stealth types, so it’ll be an interesting change to be a flat-out asskicker.

Once we hashed out what we were playing, they started on the game of Orpheus they’re winding up, and I went with Aaron to the Eagle. Met up with a2andy, slippe, and bullmanx, had a few drinks, and got my boots did by Andy’s boyfriend Rich. Finished off the night with chicken rings from White Castle.

Sunday we did dinner at bullmanx‘s with his partner James and slippe, which was a great baked salmon, pasta primavera, cesar salad, and cake. I picked up a slight cough and fever that afternoon, which was getting worse by evening. It wasn’t too bad yesterday at work, but got much worse toward the end of the day. I figured I’d better get over it fast, so took some codeine cough syrup, Tylenol PM, and a nighttime Airborne, then called it a night at 5:30pm. Rolled out of bed at 4:45am this morning, feeling somewhat better. Did my morning system changes for work, played some WoW, and here I am, mildly stoned on codeine, which makes work much easier to deal with.

Aug 202007

This weekend was pretty eventful. I had Friday off due to the Summer Hours program at work, where every other week I work 10 hour shifts Mon-Thur, then have Friday off. The long days are a killer, but the three-day weekend makes it worth it.

My original plan to slump in my office chair and play City of Heroes all day Friday was foiled by a long list of errands I wrote myself. It felt good to be productive instead of wasting all day saving the world, though.

Saturday was roadster_guy‘s birthday and after sleeping late and having breakfast we caught the 1:20 showing of The Bourne Ultimatum, which rocked. We had just rented The Bourne Supremacy using WideOpenWest’s video-on-demand on Thursday(?), so it was fresh in our minds when we saw the third one. Afterwards we worked on my chainmail coat until brokenbryan came home from work, and headed down to mrimp and odysseyseven‘s place in Detroit for dinner at Xochimilco’s in Mexican Town. I hadn’t been there in years, and it’s still some of the best Mexican food I’ve had.

For dessert we had cake and ice cream, and Aaron opened his presents: a 3-stage electric knife sharpener from me; a Starbucks gift card from Bryan; a bottle of wine and an as-yet unnamed gift from the h’otters. The Wusthof knives Aaron has were already, in the words of the saleswoman at Crate & Barrel, “Bedy, bedy charp!” but I think this sharpener has them approaching monomolecular width.

The biggest event was after Bryan had left for home, as he had to be up at 6 for work. I was flopped on the bed on the phone with Mom, and Eric came in to prepare his surprise for Jamie. He took the ring we had shopped for on Thursday, put it in the mouth of Archie, the otter puppet we had bought them as a souvenir at the St. Louis arch, and took it back to the living room. He showed Jamie and said, “Archie has something he wants to show you.” He dropped the ring into his hand and Jamie just stared at it for a few seconds in confusion until Eric dropped to one knee and said, “Will you make me the happiest man in the world?” Then the shock set in, and Jamie was literally speechless for a good five seconds. Fortunately, he recovered enough to say “yes”. 🙂

Yesterday was low key and spent mostly on chainmail, the gym, laundry, and some shopping. Bryan and I went to Somerset to spend the Express gift card he’d given me. I tried on six pairs of jeans in various sizes and styles but, as their pants are all made for skinny twinks, none of them looked good on me. I did end up with a nice grey zip-up ribbed sweater, so it wasn’t a total loss. I’ll get a pair of jeans from Gap, since I know those look good. Of course I had to duck into the Apple store, which was packed, to look at the new iMacs. They’re pretty damn spiffy, even though I only got about 5 minutes on them before Bryan’s boredom drove me out. I couldn’t decide if I liked the glossy display or not, but in our office it wouldn’t be an issue. The only direct light that would hit the screen would come from the window in the bedroom directly behind me, and closing the blind takes care of that.

This week is a regular work week, but after a quitting time of 5:45pm all last week, 3:45 seems like a half day. I gave $5 to the United Way fundraiser at work to have our CIO “slimed”, Nickolodeon-style, at some upcoming event. In exchange I got a certificate allowing me to wear jeans the rest of the week, so after the gym I’ll hit the Gap to get a new pair. As of now, I have one. (I’ll also get to play with the iMacs a bit more without a time crunch. I wanted to try out the new iWork apps a little.)

Jul 312007

In medical news, all systems are nominal and auxiliary support hardware has been withdrawn. *whew*

Despite being on call, it was a quiet weekend: not a single work page. Saturday roadster_guy and I met our friends Kristen and Adam for breakfast in downtown Detroit, at the Detroit Breakfast House, which was really good. If this place is a sign of Detroit’s renewal, I actually have hope for the city.

In the afternoon we hit the movies to see Sunshine. We’d both been looking forward to it, but Aaron didn’t like it and I thought it was “ok”. It started out really good but, at about the halfway point, the plot holes started accumulating too rapidly. Great visuals though, and of course Cillian Murphy and Chris Evans are always nice to look at.

At 6:30 the three of us (including brokenbryan) had reservations at Europa Bistro in Rochester. We waited an extra half hour for outside seating but, since it overlooks Paint Creek, it was worth the wait. The smoked duck and cranberry ravioli in pecan and port demi-glace did not suck.

Then mrimp, odysseyseven, and _kosh_ joined us at our place for cake, ice cream, and Snatch, which was a great movie. I’d never seen a Guy Ritchie movie before this one. It could have used subtitles though; the English accents were so heavy it was like another language entirely.

Sunday was dedicated to City of Heroes and finishing the last Harry Potter book. Eight of us attempted the Statesman Task Force, and started out strong, but called it quits at the Thorn Tree. We couldn’t seem to get organized enough to weaken all the thorn vines before killing them and the whole mission devolved into constant character deaths. Next time we’ll have a better plan. At least I got a good enhancement recipe (Glimpse of the Abyss) and a piece of rare salvage (Magical Conspiracy). I also respeced Screamcore to drop Siren’s Call (sleep cone) and take Shout (single target attack), since we got a free respec yesterday and the ones given by the devs don’t stack. I’m still not sure if I like it better, since sleep comes in handy when soloing. The higher damage output is nice, but Shout needs a range boost when I hit 33.

HP7 was really good, and almost completely different from the bootleg copy I downloaded a couple months ago. So either I had found a very early draft of the book, or a very well-written piece of fan fiction. There were some similar scenes, and some of the same characters died, but it was really two totally different stories. The problem was that I kept wanting to associate what I’d read in the bootleg with the real story, as if the bootleg was the previous book. Got a bit confusing at times.

Yesterday we found out that my credit card info had been compromised, and multiple charges had been made to various websites to the tune of about $1300. Luckily two of the companies had not posted the charges yet, had already marked them as possibly fraudulent, and were very helpful and responsive. One of the three $109 charges to FamilyAncestry.com has already dropped off, just waiting for the other two plus the $900 charge to iKobo.com. Unfortunately a $100 charge to GlobalRoaming.com has already posted, so I’ll have to sign an affidavit at the bank that we didn’t make the charge so they can investigate and return our money.

Needless to say, I cancelled my card right away and ordered a new one with a different number. In the future I’m going to keep much closer track of which websites have my credit card info, and tighten up our home network security. We do regularly run anti-spyware and anti-phishing tools, but it’s almost impossible to stay ahead of the bad guys.

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