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Victory is...mine?

EDMONTON (CP) - A stunning reversal in what observers have taken to calling the 'Empty Nest War' may see the conflict concluded months earlier than expected at sharply reduced cost. What was looking just hours ago like just the latest in a series of minor defeats for the nascent nation seeking independence has been turned, by canny generalship and judgment, into an utter rout of the mother country's forces, which fled the field in disarray, their entrenchments reduced and finally taken by skilfully applied probing attacks. While it remains too early to declare unequivocal victory for the rebel forces, should such a victory occur, this day will surely be looked upon as a turning point...

So, against my better judgment, I told Mom I was going to the VNV concert Saturday. By myself, because the friends I have that are into synthpop/EBM regrettably don't live in this city (or even this time zone. :P).

Oh, no. I wasn't going by myself, she said, with Ral sitting in the background and nodding like she actually knew something. Didn't I know that crazy people went to concerts? That might beat up some gimpy guy for no apparent reason?

Bah. Humbug. Could have flown off the handle. Never works. Instead: tactical retreat! Shut up, ate my breakfast, waited for Ral to go away. Brought it up later, explained my position reasonably, pointed out that she didn't have the slightest problem with my trip to New City (except for asking if Rumor was gay and trying to seduce me, oy gevalt), et cetera, et cetera. Won that round. Buying the tickets tomorrow when I'm out on errands.

Also coming up was the topic of her move and renting out the house. She mentioned that I sounded like I was really looking forward to them leaving (gee, ya think?) and had none of the worries she did.

Well, really, we'd discussed all of this before. All I need is for either the government disability subsidy or the student loan (which will be more this year, obviously) to go through to give me something resembling an income, and to convince two other people (the third roommate spot is likely to be taken by a family friend of ours) to pay around $500 a month to live out here with me, and I should be able to keep living in this place with only the usual set of problems. I mentioned that I've already been half-seriously bugged by vlosk and Tommy about when this would be an option, and...well.

Given that, I now have my mother saying that there's really no point in her staying past fall. Nothing is set in stone yet, but this is a drastic speed-up in the timetable if it actually happens. And...well, wow. Hard to imagine, but I may actually win. :)

Other news.

Watched Clerks yesterday. It's more thought-provoking than it'd appear at first glance. Though just as funny at the end as at the beginning. My belief in Kevin Smith's genius continues to be justified. The flick is rather multilayered: or at least, it seems to be. Idle amusement and life lesson all at once.

Been introduced to The O.C (by my sister of all people, with an assist to opendestiny). It's a surprisingly good show. Better than I expected, certainly, if only because I'm entirely unable to stop laughing at Seth's quips. Now if only she would let me skip the infernal theme song. (we have the first season on DVD, which is my fault as I bought it for my sister's 18th).

Got my hair cut. Probably a welcome thing, to be honest. It was starting to grow to horror movie proportions. So the cycle begins anew.

Sigh. Rose has just done something terribly stupid on Dr. Who. Didn't she watch any Star Trek as a child?

ETA: Make that something else terribly stupid. Sigh.

-D.

Comments

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skloak
May. 25th, 2005 02:51 am (UTC)
Gay and .. BAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAA.

I .. agh .. she .. aaaahhhhhaahahahahahaha

I haven't even read the rest. I'm still rolling around on the floor.

Can't.. breathe..
paleshadow
May. 25th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
Admittedly, she didn't actually say the second part. But the intent was there, I'm sure.

-D.
jenniferemily
May. 25th, 2005 02:54 am (UTC)
I *ADORE* Clerks. Actually, I <3 Kevin Smith in general.
paleshadow
May. 25th, 2005 03:02 am (UTC)
Don't we all? If not, we should. :)

-D.
rumor_esq
May. 25th, 2005 03:18 am (UTC)
I only _pretend_ to be gay sometimes. ;) I hate the cock! Love the tits!
tabloidman
May. 25th, 2005 10:31 am (UTC)
You nailed it right on the head when you said just how hideous that O.C. theme song actually is! My friend Lia stayed over on my birthday and woke up earlier than me, and decided to play my roommate's O.C. DVDs, and therefore woke me up to that screeching wail:

"California here we come! Right back where we begun! Californiaaaaaaaaaaa! (Californiaaaaaaaaa!) Californiaaaaaaaaaaa!"

ARGH!
paleshadow
May. 25th, 2005 10:23 pm (UTC)
You have no idea how sad I am to know that you got it wrong. It's "right back where we started from."

THIS WILL REQUIRE THE CLEANSING POWER OF FIRE!

-D.
tabloidman
May. 25th, 2005 10:26 pm (UTC)
That is really, really sad.

I'm very glad to know I got it wrong--it means the taint is finally seeping from my brain, like the ecosystem's slow recovery after a devastating oil spill.

Of course, it was only two episodes, and they were played just under a month ago, so the very fact that such low exposure seared even that much into my mind and yet it's taken so long to leave is a disturbing truth, and I don't know just how much horror you yourself endure when crying alone in the wee, lonely hours of the night.
opendestiny
May. 25th, 2005 11:49 pm (UTC)
*snort*
I suppose I'm going to get laughed at then, if I said I knew the song off by heart at least two years before The OC was ever on TV. Ah, the wonders of Napster.
paleshadow
May. 26th, 2005 12:48 am (UTC)
Re: *snort*
I wouldn't laugh at you, dear...not too hard anyway. :P

Joking aside, it's not an especially difficult song to remember. Catchy to the point of fury, no matter how much you may or may not like it. That is, in fact, precisely where the problem lies. :)

-D.
euph0ra
May. 25th, 2005 07:38 pm (UTC)
*sighs*
If I could spare the time/money you KNOW, different time zone or no, I'd so fly out and go with you. Oh to be wealthy! In any case have lots and lots of fun! Ronan is such an energetic chubby little Irish man :D
paleshadow
May. 26th, 2005 01:07 am (UTC)
Oh, I know you would.
And with hopefully less violence than your last VNV show. *laughs and hugs* Thanks for the well-wishes. I hope it's fun too, of course.

-D.
kwirq
May. 26th, 2005 05:06 pm (UTC)
Yay for doctor who. Next week's episode is fantastic.
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