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Tappan Zee

Passing over the glowing river
Haze veiling the passage from love to logic
The cares of the world
Weighing down again like choking fog...

So I'm back home. Just in time for school to start.

I enjoyed the hell out of the trip, for all that I did none of the usual touristy things like, for example, skipping down Broadway in high heels and skirts. Unless cursing your airline counts as a usual touristy thing.

I did see my sister and cousins in Somerset, went to a Goth club in Newark (and actually danced. Again.), went and saw King Kong and ate at the Cheesecake Factory in the absurdly large Palisades Center, and aside from that spent the vacation at euph0ra's new place in Warwick, meeting and getting to know her, her friends and roommates (greets to synnoveavael, prisonsexaholic, fairyrune, aziraphalesshop, and axplazeboy, along with any of the rest of you whose LJs I don't know offhand. :D)

Among the highlights of the past two weeks (those suitable for recitation in polite company, in any case):

  • Spending the first two days mostly abed with crippling digestive trauma of unknown cause. This isn't exactly a highlight, really, but worthy of note.

  • Opening Kim's embarassingly generous Christmas gift. (Embarassing to me, note, not to her. :D Thanks so much for everything, dear. Where everything equates to eleven mix CDs, the first four books of Transmetropolitan (and the Tales of Human Waste companion), Rumi's Open Secret, Voltaire's What is Goth, and a lovely necklace. To be fair, a lot of that was part of the rather ambitious care package she first mentioned here, which was finally finished around now.)

  • Playing D&D (in a loose sense of the phrase) with the trogdor_tues crew. Or, yaknow, most of it, anyway.

  • Learning once again that Mom translates "I'll think about it" as "I'll do it, right away, Mistress!", and acts accordingly, then leaves me to deal with the people who are expecting me to do something I never fucking agreed to. Blehhh. If you want me to stay a night with a set of cousins I've never met before, at least do me the courtesy of not springing that desire on me the day I'm supposed to go see them for an evening?

  • Handing off Ral's Christmas gifts and meeting my cousins in New Jersey, (Especially the loud and boisterous six-year-old who likes playing Burnout.).

  • Watching Labyrinth, South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut, The Goonies, Mr and Mrs. Smith, Kingdom of Heaven, and Sorceress II: The Temptress among other movies I hadn't managed to see before. (One of these things is not like the others, one of these things just doesn't belong...)

  • Being seriously overfed by every restaurant we went anywhere near. God, the plates are all so...full!

  • Heading out to 80s night at QXT's in Newark and dancing to New Order, Depeche Mode, and The Cure.

  • Sipping coffee in a smoky Portuguese cafe.

  • Basking in the awesomeness of the Sci-Fi Channel and late-night Cartoon Network. You guys are so lucky.

  • Seething along with Brian at CNN, MSNBC, and Fox News during the 27th consecutive hour of coverage of the Sago mine tragedy. You guys are so cursed.

  • Actually managing to hold my own against Kim at Heroes of Might and Magic, until I got outwitted and gave her my most potent weapon.

  • Watching lightsaber duels and fire-tossing in the snow during the New Year's party.

  • During the New Year's target shooting competition (Who can hit the ample cleavage of the female guests with Nerf arrows from the top floor?), being once again annoyed that I'd left my camera in Edmonton.

  • Really, the New Year's party in general. Met so many cool people there, half of whom I won't remember, which is a fucking shame. Everybody had a blast.

  • Looking out windows at one of way too many nice hill/mountain views in the Warwick area

  • King freaking Kong. Certainly a spectacular movie, and better than I expected it to be given the source material.
    That night was more about the Cheesecake Factory, though....mmmm, cheesecake.

  • Resurrecting that old classic Master of Magic.

  • Actually waking up before noon, for once, to have breakfast at a colonial trading post turned country restaurant.

  • Knife of Dreams (Wheel of Time 11) not sucking nearly so much as I expected it to. Also, finally getting to read the Chronicles of Prydain after years of not being able to find them.

  • "The whitest Mr. T. ever", and other hilarious impressions from playing Cranium on Friday night.
  • This space reserved for any further stuff I remember, after having spent the evening making this list.

So. Generally awesome. And now I have to get back to my old life. A lot has changed back here while I was gone, but that's something I'll go into when I'm conscious again.




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Jan. 9th, 2006 03:57 pm (UTC)
Welcome back! This sounds great.

Jan. 9th, 2006 04:08 pm (UTC)
"Actually managing to hold my own against Kim at Heroes of Might and Magic, until I got outwitted and gave her my most potent weapon."

Oh the euphanisms!

And yet, that doesn't manage to surprise me in the least. ;)
Jan. 9th, 2006 05:23 pm (UTC)
What euphemisms? :P For once I was being entirely without embellishment or euphemism or even sarcasm. Cherish the moment.

Jan. 9th, 2006 08:17 pm (UTC)
Meh, hardly matters ;)

Good to have you back! Glad youhad fun!
Jan. 9th, 2006 09:52 pm (UTC)
*guffaws and snorts*

You really expect me to believe that? ;)

As for shooting nerf darts into various women's heaving bosoms, I would have to say Robin Hood would be jealous of your skills. ;)
Jan. 9th, 2006 10:06 pm (UTC)
Do you suppose 'nerf darts' was a euphamism too?
Jan. 9th, 2006 10:20 pm (UTC)
You people. Always thinking the worst of me. :P

Jan. 9th, 2006 10:51 pm (UTC)
What do you mean 'worst'? I would've thought it was the best.
Jan. 9th, 2006 11:26 pm (UTC)
Don't think of it as the worst. Think of it as you pulling yourself out of the gutter momentarily while the rest of us yahoos are cackling over our dirty-minded innuendos.

See, you're taking the high road. I'm so proud.
Jan. 9th, 2006 11:24 pm (UTC)
I don't know. That implies...softness. I'd like to give him the benefit of the doubt.
Jan. 9th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
You're thinking of the dart *gun*. Which I'm sure is made of firm, sturdy materials. I was referring to the individual soft, squishy projectiles themselves.
Jan. 9th, 2006 11:59 pm (UTC)
Ohhh...I gotcha. Yeah..I suppose that would work.
Jan. 9th, 2006 10:15 pm (UTC)
"No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!"

I didn't do any shooting, though. Was entirely comfortable where I was at the time - plus, my eyesight sucks. :)

Jan. 9th, 2006 11:23 pm (UTC)
Hmm..entirely comfortable, eh? ;)

Jan. 9th, 2006 11:43 pm (UTC)
See, D? I thought something and didn't say it, for once.

Didn't stop the other guy, but that's not my fault.
Jan. 10th, 2006 12:10 am (UTC)
I simply cannot win, can I? :D

Jan. 10th, 2006 12:12 am (UTC)
Depends what kind of winning you want to do :)
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