Friday, February 26, 2010

i'm getting out of here

t minus two days before i move to Bridgeport.

t minus 27 hours until i absolutely, positively, without a doubt have to have all my stuff packed.

i should be used to this. i counted a few days the nine and a half years since i fled the nest, this is my nineteenth move.

i'm not used to it. i hate it. no matter how frustrating any living situation gets, or how deeply i know any given phase of my life is drawing to a close, i hate the act of putting my entire life in cardboard boxes and lugging it elsewhere.

even though i've been in wrigleyville for nineteen months now, which is by far the longest i've lived anywhere since the house where i grew up, i still don't own all that much stuff. it's not a matter of it being a lot of work to pack up everything. i just don't like to do it. packing and unpacking is a pain.

Friday, February 19, 2010

i'm running out of time and i hope that i get what i wanted...

every time i hear this song, i remember all over again how much i love it.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

ohai, blatant memery.

(stolen from tottenkoph)

1. If you read this, I want to know 36 things about you. I don't care if we never talk, or if we already know everything about each other. Short and sweet or long and detailed, all is good.

2. Comment here with your answers and repost the questionnaire on your own journal if you wish.

01) Are you currently in a serious relationship?
02) What was your dream growing up?
03) What talent do you wish you had?
04) If I bought you a drink what would it be?
05) Favorite vegetable?
06) What was the last book you read?
07) What zodiac sign are you?
08) Any Tattoos and/or Piercings? Explain where.
09) Worst Habit?
10) If you saw me walking down the street would you offer me a ride?
11) What is your favorite sport?
12) Do you have a Pessimistic or Optimistic attitude?
13) What would you do if you were stuck in an elevator with me?
14) Worst thing to ever happen to you?
15) Tell me one weird fact about you.
16) Do you have any pets?
17) What if I showed up at your house unexpectedly?
18) What was your first impression of me?
19) Do you think clowns are cute or scary?
20) If you could change one thing about how you look, what would it be?
21) Would you be my crime partner or my conscience?
22) What color eyes do you have?
23) Ever been arrested?
24) Bottle or can soda?
25) If you won $10,000 today, what would you do with it?
26) What's your favorite place to hang out at?
27) Do you believe in ghosts?
28) Favorite thing to do in your spare time?
29) Do you swear a lot?
30) Biggest pet peeve?
31) In one word, how would you describe yourself?
32) Do you believe/appreciate romance?
33) Favourite and least favourite food?
34) Do you believe in God?
35) Will you repost this so I can fill it out and do the same for you?
36) Favourite band(s) of ALL time:

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

an incoherent recap of the month so far.

things have gone from slow to insane this month.

i'm moving at the end of the month--don't be too shocked, it's still within Chicago, but packing up all my stuff is really going to suck. come March 1, though, i'll be a southsider again, at least for a few months, living where chinatown and bridgeport bleed together.

getting to the hackerspace will be a little more difficult from there, but i'll manage--especially for half the rent, and not having to deal with a cat who has it in for me.

other than that, i feel like i've spent most of the month out of town. i was in DC from the 3rd through the 8th, in order to go to shmoocon. epic doesn't even begin to describe it. from working on the network, to attending talks, to participating in contests, to partying and chatting and spending time with friends i never see often enough, it was amazing, and i'm already looking forward to the next shmoocon a year from now.

speaking of contests, this was my final-round run at Gringo Warrior. it wasn't quite as epic as my first run, but it was still pretty sweet, and there's no video of my first run online yet. it was still a good several hundred points better than any run i had made at the course before shmoocon this year...and yes, i did win the event, and have some kickass ninja-sword lockpicks to show for it. :)

after shmoocon was the week of apartment visits, leading up to the aforementioned place. then, from the 13th to the 16th, i was in Detroit. that was a lot of fun...and i'm still a little sad that i'm not there anymore. monday night, though, was probably one of my weirdest nights out in a long time...we went up to ann arbor to meet up with some people, and they [unbeknownst to us, for a good long while] had been kicked out of the club before we even arrived. it was also weird because there was this bizarre mix of people who were there for industrial night [our purpose for being there], and drunk college kids throwing beads around and trying to celebrate mardi gras. it made for...some extra-special people-watching, i'll put it that way.

now, i'm back in Chicago, for at least the rest of the month. i need to pack up all my stuff, for one thing...which means i need to get boxes. this weekend, a contingent from i3Detroit is coming to visit pumping station: one, so that should be a really good time. they were awesome enough to host some of us and show us around their space back in December, so it's going to be nice to welcome them to ours and hang out on our turf. then, the next weekend, i move.

between that, and other projects i have coming down the pipeline, my mind is bouncing around like a ball of silly putty.