Tuesday, August 4, 2009 01:49 p.m.
Seriously...why do I bother? Who reads this anyways? I guess it's just a record of events that have occurred...
Summary: Things have been great. I am in love. Work is..ok, that could be better. But life is just speeding, speeding by.
Concerts, dinners, fun. It's all been pretty great.
Yes, there are things that could use some prayer and some deep meditation, but keeping these matters private.
Depeche Mode last night with the Hayes sisters. Concert number 5-- Violator tour, Songs of Faith tour, Greatest Hits, Playing the Angel, and now Sounds of the Universe.
Awesome. Let's leave it at that and continue.
Time time time...
Monday, May 11, 2009 03:03 p.m.
It's been crazy. We've had so much fun lately. The "mystery getaway" turned out to be the Jersey Shore.
We went to Ocean City, Atlantic City, and Cape May. We went on the boardwalk, went on some rides, played some slot machines, walked along the shore....it was just perfect (except for the weather). It was something I have never done with anyone before and only want to do with her.
We went to see Fischerspooner (poor girl had no idea) a few nights ago and saw Star Trek. Going to Yankees game at the new stadium on Sunday.
basically, we spend like 90% of our free time together...and it's been amazing.
Work...still a major priority and chugging along. With this economy and everything...it's been really tough, but we do what we do.
And Jeremy...I miss him! I gotta get out to Boston soon.
More later... who knows when? I'm living.
St. Thomas and more...
Wednesday, April 29, 2009 05:46 p.m.
Seriously, I cannot keep up anymore.
Went to St. Thomas for Chris and Jenn's wedding and it was awesome. I got sunburnt, but other than that it was a blast. We stayed at the Marriott in Frenchman's Reef and the beach was wonderful. Hotel was great. Food was pricey. Even the street carnival food was expensive!
The wedding was beautiful and peacock themed. Took a ton of pics and it was a lot of fun. Just tired because of the schedule, but it was a nice vacation. And it is wonderful to welcome new family!
That's the big news. Other stuff in recent days--went to see The Faint and Ladytron with EL. Lots of dinners and fun with my girl lately.
Alkaline Trio last night when her friend had to stay late at work. It was pretty fun and honestly, on her online profile she listed them as a favorite--which was such a weird anomaly. Which made me want to connect with her. So in part, Alkaline Trio get some credit for bringing us together! One of their songs, might be OUR song. Who knows?
Our two month anniversary is this week. She's taking me on a "mystery getaway" this weekend. Wow. This is too cute. We are just both madly in love...and it's amazing.
Sorry to neglect the blog, but things are just moving so fast and my days have been packed lately. It's been so great and I thank God for all of this.
Let's catch up when we can.
Friday, April 17, 2009 08:00 p.m.
I am so saddened by this.
all at once.
Friday, April 17, 2009 07:44 p.m.
Just a quick update...but it's freaking me out a little. Good and bad...but just a lot at once.
Jeremy! Was born today, April 17th at 6:31 PM. 7 lbs and about 20 inches. I'm an uncle! Saw pics and he is so cute! Going to Boston to see him Sunday.
In Toronto at the moment. My grandma is really sick. We brought her back from the hospital and they are still running tests. Biopsy in a few weeks...but it doesn't sound good. Prayers, please.
Just heard my poetry professor from college passed away on the 10th. Deborah Digges was a wonderful teacher and inspired me really early on in my writing. I have not seen her in years, and I really regret not keeping in touch with her after I left Boston. She will be greatly missed.
In Canada now and got to play with my cousin's baby--Theis. Been such an overwhelming few days. Highs and lows...
I want to just be level-headed and for things to calm down a bit. Just...too much.
Active and manic--but fun!
Friday, April 10, 2009 02:10 p.m.
Things with EL are good. And yes, we've been using the "three words" quite frequently. Seriously, I have never been so happy with anyone. It's been pretty intense, but I am enjoying it immensely.
Last weekend: Crazy stuff! Went to Glo's rehearsal dinner with EL and we had some great food and caught up with GloJoe before the wedding. Then we were off to BB KIng's for the Brendan Small (creator of Metalocalypse) and SOR All Stars show. Man--those kids can seriously kick some ass!!! They played "You Could Be Mine", "Four Horsemen", "Peace Sells, But Whose Buying"...Dethklok songs, and a ton of metal! Headbanging was fun and EL was quite amused.
Saturday: Had brunch with my friend Christine (who I worked with on BSG), then came back and got ready for GloJoe's wedding. Battery Gardens. Kind of cloudy and stormy, but wonderful though. Glo looked absolutely beautiful and I was so happy to officiate. I read my speech (that tied Pablo Neruda and BSG together...) and that was that. Food, dancing, and a very drunk EL! It was a blast and I was so thrilled to be a part of GloJoe's day. My signature is on the license!
Sunday: She came to Yu restaurant and met my side of the family for my dad and grandpa's bday. Stinky tofu and oyster pancake and all my baby cousins!
Passvover: Went to her mom's place for TWO nights of Seder. I love me some gefilte fish and horseradish! Read the Haggadah and did all the stuff. It was actually very interesting and I really enjoyed meeting her brothers and sister-in-laws. The nephews and niece were ADORABLE. So cute! Had a ton of food and it wasn't too scary at all. A really big step for me and for her...but it feels right.
First fight? I took her hand to take off her ring while she was checking email and she got a little snippy. That was pretty much it, I guess. We made up right after and just talked about stuff we liked for hours. Not too shabby!
Non-EL news: one of my friends at another company that I am working with got laid off. ARRRGH! Ton of new work and major sales on WWE. Freelance writing all this weekend and next week. Jeremy is getting ready to be born!
Friday: Going to church, JT's bday, and then to the Faint/Ladytron concert later. What a Good Friday!
More to come...oh, boy. Zeesin Paysach and Happy Easter! God bless you and yours!
Crazy busy... but good.
Tuesday, March 31, 2009 10:45 a.m.
Been meaning to get to this, but been so crazy lately and spending loads of time with EL.
Today was very strange. S stopped me while I was walking to work on the way in. She say she saw me all the time in the building...I didn't notice. Lots of chit chat...even though I'd rather not speak to her.
Then I noticed her ring...and she said she had a baby.
Wow. I told her how I was doing at work and dating someone. How things were good. It definitely felt like some unresolved issues were finally closed. Wow. What timing.
Had dinner with Grace last night and she was going through a hard time...but is much better now. We seem to have the same cycles of good and bad. She and I both had health scares in the fall/winter...and now we are going through major life changes (good ones) together.
And the major stuff: EL. She's been amazing. We've spent so much time together lately. Going out to dinner, hanging out...we went to White Plains for dinner with her friends and played games last Friday. (And I registered with the NYC Clerk and can now perform weddings in the five boroughs!)
Then I went to see Morrissey in Foxwoods. Went with SH and her sister AH. Had a great time in Mystic getting food and hanging out. Really bonded with SH on the car ride and talked a lot. I didn't realize I was one of her best friends at work. Really moved me.
Anyways, the setlist:
This Charming Man / Black Cloud / When Last I Spoke To Carol / How Soon Is Now? / Irish Blood, English Heart / Let Me Kiss You / I'm Throwing My Arms Around Paris / How Can Anybody Possibly Know How I Feel? / Seasick, Yet Still Docked / The Loop / I Keep Mine Hidden / The World Is Full Of Crashing Bores / Ask / Best Friend On The Payroll / Why Don't You Find Out For Yourself / One Day Goodbye Will Be Farewell / Death Of a Disco Dancer / Sorry Doesn't Help Us / Something Is Squeezing My Skull / I'm OK By Myself
Really good seats and met a bunch of random fans. Moz didn't play an encore because they cut the power for some reason.
Back in the city and went to dinner with EL. We ended up sitting next to a couple on their first date. This Chinese guy (crazy annoying voice) and this Jewish girl! So strange! We laughed about how we were waaaaay cuter than they were.
Saw Monsters Vs. Aliens and just enjoyed EL's company. She's it. I'm crazy about her.
So much more to say...but limited on time because of work craziness. Meeting her mom tonight! We are going to see the speaker's series at Radio City. Anderson Cooper, DL Hughley, Mike Huckabee, and Arianna Huffington. It's going to be a night. Jeepers.
AND...stayed up last night to see the BSG finale. It had me bawling. It was soooo good. I wanted more. Frak. Lots of questions left...but for the most part I was very satisfied.
Back to work!
Sunday, March 22, 2009 10:38 p.m.
I have it so bad. I admit it. I am absolutely crazy about her. This is crazy.
So, we are up to our seventh date...and this weekend was just amazing. (I'm just skipping all the usual work stuff--but it was a great, but busy week on that front. Also note that I am almost a completely ordained minister--for marrying purposes--more on that later when my papers arrive. Whooo.)
Wednesday: We went to Yokocho and had some Japanese food. We talked, we laughed...and it was magic.
Friday: Week of work was done and I bought flowers. Went over to EL's place and then we got cajun food.
Saturday: Back to Queens. Oh, man...this was embarassing. Dropped stuff off and my mom was over. She met EL and gave her a hug. Oh, boy. E freaked out a little, but she thought it was cute. We went to Forest Hills for Mexican and ran into an old friend randomly...then went to see Watchmen. She really liked it! I'm glad. :)
Sunday: We went for brunch at Fame Diner and got Coldstone...took a nice walk around the neighborhood.
And the rest is a blur. We had "the talk" and we are both on the same page. We are "exclusive"...and we make it "official" the weekend of Glo's wedding. Wow.
It went so fast, but all of it feels so right. I enjoy her company. She feels good in my arms. She kisses me non-stop. She's insanely sweet (she had Diet Dr. Pepper and red velvet cupcakes at her apartment for me) and super adorable. Her voice, her smile, her doofy jokes--all of it make me weak and I am hers.
I know this sounds vaguely familiar...but this time it's absolutely different. I haven't been this happy in so long...possibly...ever. She could be it.
Yes, I know time and all that. But when it's right--it's right, isn't it? We tried to take it slow, but...um...oh, well.
And the feeling is mutual. She's already told her friends and family about me...and so far they've all approved, based on what she's said.
I can't wait for her to meet my friends. I can't wait for them to see how adorable and funny she is in person and how well she treats me. Make plans now.
The thing that got me--the fact that on paper we don't seem like we have all that in common. But all the little things add up. She does the same crossword puzzle that I do---and when I said "I thought that 'the ties that bind' clue meant 'blood'..." she replied without hesitation "no, it was 'bonds'..." and she was right. She knew the EXACT clue and remembered it...and was right too. I was so impressed!
And I have never laughed so hard at so many silly things. We have "things" now...where we joke around about "Farts-ville" if we eat potentially gassy things. I make this deep sing songy voice and go "HEEEELLLLLOOOOOO...ALL ABOARD THE NEXT TRAIN TO...FARTS-VILLE"...and she cracks up like crazy. Also she goes "mmmmHHHHmmmm" all the time and it sounds like she is a southern woman cooking...so I make her name the dish she's working on...(ie... MMMmmmmHHHmmm... alligator gumbo.) Goodness, this sounds dumb, but it makes us laugh so hard and it's our own little joke.
Anyways, things have been going extremely well. I've left out sooooo much. (Most of it not fit for public consumption...) but toothbrushes have been mutually left. I think that's enough about that.
I've said it before, but this time. I truly think this might be it. I am smitten. I am madly head over heels. And I did not expect this to happen at all. And for it to feel so easy, so right---with barely a hint of tension. It's brand new for me. And I want it to work. (I finally have someone to call me "puddin'" ...and I call her "sweetpea". You are jealous, I know it.)
As for non-EL news...BSG finale did not record. GAH!
Other than that...I'm floating on a cloud for the most part. Even if I am completely sore all over. :)
Here comes Monday...and then comes Tuesday, when I get to see her again.
wow...how'd that happen?
Monday, March 16, 2009 04:02 p.m.
Well, things with EL just went to a new level. We had such a great first date...so our second and third dates...were kinda consecutive. Ahem. That's all I am going to say about that. (Ok, well we went bowling, had Thai food, had drinks and the rest is history.)
She's really not what you call my type. Meaning that she is super sweet and cute and SANE. So I think this is a change in the right direction.
We had a great time and I am seeing her again very soon. I hope things work out well. Trying not to think too much and just let them happen naturally.
So far...things have just gone so easily. That's the best way to describe it. It feels right and it just...happens.
I'm not going to hyperbolize and say I am absolutely thrilled and on cloud nine. But I have a smile on my face and I can't wait to see her.
Her smile, her laugh, the way she channels Drew Barrymore and Julie Benz in such an odd way. Her hazel eyes. The way her hair falls. I'm a bit smitten. And I think she is too.
Watchmen, 24, and other craziness...
Sunday, March 8, 2009 01:17 a.m.
Well, this week was nuts.
A lot of major stuff seemed to happen. And for once it was outside of work! (Though things are still going pretty well..)
Thursday night. I had a date with EL. We've been emailing for a while now and I had low expectations...not because the correspondence wasn't great (it was) but I just wanted to be ready for being let down...I was wrong.
Her emails were always very cute and slightly sarcastic...and in person, she was sweet and completely normal. She really grew on me quickly. She talks like Drew Barrymore and just seems very down to earth. She says what is on her mind and is up for anything. We had some snacks and beer, then went to get some red velvet cake...and then off to another bar. We had some great conversation and she got more adorable as the night went on.
We sat outside since it was crowded. And it was cold. We had our Belgian beers on a bench by the doorway and I put my arm around her. We both knew what was going to happen and we laughed. I told her to come over, as it was hard enough to not just do it. She scooted over a bit more and we kissed...and kissed some more.
We decided to walk to another bar...and along the way we stopped at a corner and just saw the weirdest thing. Kiefer Sutherland. With his wife/girlfriend and a young couple (his kid?). They were waiting for cabs and I whispered to EL who that was. Kiefer turned around and I said "thanks for our keeping our country safe, sir!" He replied "F**K that! Wait until you see what happens at the end of the season." Then some drunken mumbling and "it's all jokes man, all jokes." He came over and said "I'm Kiefer" and shook our hands. He rubbed EL's hands cause she was cold. Then his friend told him to get in the cab. He threw up some rock horns and sped away into the night. (Very strange because we were talking about celebrities we had met just before.)
My heart was pounding from the adrenaline of the weird moment and EL...so by the time we got to the bar...it was ok. We had two bottles and found a secluded corner and continued to go at it for...wow, two hours. We danced and made out and just had a great time. Completely sober and happy. And I noticed that her left side--her profile...strangley reminded me of Julie Benz. When she closed her eyes and smiled--wow, she just looked beautiful. It just took on a whole other quality that I didn't notice before. It felt good and I was feeling content. I hadn't felt like that in a long time.
So, what happens next? Bowling and dinner next week. More emails. She texted me to say hi tonight. It made me smile. I think she likes me.
I love the way she says "soup" ...I love that she is a former hippie. I love that she goes to punk shows with her friends even though she looks like a government lawyer (she is). I love that she is a do-gooder. I love that she has this wild side, even though she is down to earth. I love that she is open and honest. I love the fact that she surprised me. She wasn't some scorching hot insane girl (my usual type) but this unassuming girl who slowly let down her guard and just opened up. BUT...of course this is based on one date. Who knows what happens next?
Just documenting the current situation...and hoping things get better and better.
Anyways, Friday--I was running on empty. Slept for maybe 4 hours and just had to coast through the day even though there was tons to do.
Had lunch with Emily (Char's sis) at the Google cafeteria and we had a great time catching up.
Then finished the day, picked up comics, and met Justin for Watchmen.
We were super early and got awesome seats and a ton of snacks. I was tired but the movie and the anticipation of finally seeing it...kept me wide awake.
I loved it. Even though there were some bad acting moments and some major omissions from the comics--it was still great. I actually teared up during the Doctor Manhattan origin section. That issue has always been my favorite. Some parts were left out sadly, but the fact that it was on the screen and so close to what was in the comics...and the moment that gets me in the comics...was there. I got choked up.
Seeing Rorschach and Jackie Earle Haley doing such an amazing job..especially at the end of the movie. Wow. Just wow. (Still watching the Motion Comics-- truly amazing, but I really wish they hired more than one voice actor. The guy is really good, but when he reads the female parts--they just sound like trannies.)
When I was 10 years old...I went to the comic store near my mom's Buster Brown in New Rochelle. Of course I was tall and a big kid...but I remember the comic shop guy being so impressed that I wanted to buy Watchmen. The first 3-4 issues were already out and I bought all of them...and then slowly bought the rest when they came out. I read it back then and loved it...but so much I did not understand.
Through out the years, I read it again and it grew on me. I read it for possibly the 10th time recently and I see more and more. It's not perfect, some of it can be cheesy or weird...but most of it is magic. It moves me, it makes me think of life, and more importantly--it doesn't scare me as much.
Back then, the threat of nuclear war was so real...now it seems like a relic...and life in post 9/11 is so different. But still--it resonates. How we can find love in chaos, how we can live a life of compromise (or refuse to) for the greater good, how we can love one another despite our wretched, human flaws--that is what Watchmen is really about.
Anyways, this has been a long post. I guess I am making up for the lack of writing these past few months.
So, life goes on and it's been wonderful. I hope things keep going this way. I'm optimistic and I want some happiness to come my way.
I hope things are good for you too. Let's keep this going in everything, despite the hard times and uncertainty.
Lemons meet lemonade.
Monday, March 2, 2009 09:25 p.m.
My poor blog. I have neglected you thusly.
Well, work has been going and going. Not as tense as it was, but I am sure it will change soon and get back to normal.
Took MT out for her bday and was out super late. Went to see Coraline (which was amazing) and had dinner and drinks. That girl...frustrating.
Saw Cindy, Jen, and JT and KYD lately, figuring out what to do for Glo's wedding and planning out the Moz/Foxwoods trip...been pretty much holed up because it got cold again...and we got 6-12 inches of snow.
Spent all day working from home and watching Seinfeld. I have officially seen every episode and loved it.
Watchmen fever. Only a few days left...and I have my tickets pre-purchased. Oh man... I cannot wait.
Pretty much it at the moment. More later. I gotta get back on this thing.
Been a long time, my friend...
Thursday, February 19, 2009 09:14 p.m.
Had lunch with Doris today and she reminded me how neglectful I have been with this. Man, these past few months have been so spotty with the blogging. Again, it's all the work.
What happened recently: NY Comic Con (met the cast of Dead Like Me, Evan Dorkin, Eric Powell, 20 minutes of Watchmen...those were the highlights), Toy Fair, and went to Boston to see Eric and Char over V-day/Pres weekend.
Seriously, it's more of the same. Work related stuff and me buying a bunch of crap.
Lately it's been all about Mighty Muggs. I have nearly everyone (except 2) that have been made and have pre-ordered ones that are coming later.
Oh, and I got a new 46" LCD TV for my room. I may have mentioned that before...but had to emphasize how awesome it is.
TV has been great: LOST, Heroes, Top Chef, ABDC, Dollhouse, and of course... BSG.
New Moz album (awesome)and the biggest mistake...TV On the Radio's latest. Wow, what a stinker. I'm not going to fall for that hype again.
March looks pretty clear at the moment. April looks like madness. And well, I'm hoping there are some pleasant surprises along the way. Serious life changes for my friends and family this year... just all around. I hope I have some good ones for myself too.
Jeremy! We are waiting for you, buddy. I'm going to spoil you like crazy!