Tuesday, September 27, 2005
Oh write
So, 10 days of post free goodness. To sum things up, I've been busy. Between phone calls, emails and resume sending, and socialization/reintegration into society, I haven't had much time to write. There are some fun and interesting things going on in my life, but right now my focus is on securing the job and the place to live and repeating what I've said in just about every post since I've gotten home.

In other news, I'm definitely feeling like I'm missing out back in Sydney. Right now a whole group of people there are in the middle of a road trip to Melbourne via Canberra, and a part of me wishes I could be right there with them. And part of me knows I am where I need to be now. And then there is the whole graduation thing going on this week as well for all those who finished with me. Congrats Lisa on being the only one left there I think! (and everyone else of course who either finished and left like me or will be finishing soon enough).

That'll do for now.


Friday, September 16, 2005
Trained monkies
Dear train,
You suck when you break down at 2 am at a stop that isn't the one I'm supposed to get off at. It is also bad when you lose power and leave us with no air conditioning and no lights while the conductors try to open the doors. It's even worse when you decide to do this on the last train of the night and the only way that you will start moving again is if another engine comes all the way from the end of the line (an hour away) to slowly tow you along the rest of the way. I do thank you for at least having the decency to make it close enough to home that I could call someone and have them pick me up, but I don't like waking people up at 2 am to come and get me. It's just not a nice thing to make me do. In the future, train, please be respectful of me and get me to my destination on time. I'd even accept a little late under special circumstances. Just don't try and give me a 4 hour trip home.


Saturday, September 10, 2005
Crescent and frost
Went out on Thursday night with May, my temping co-worker from way back when. We met at her new office, and hopped on an F train downtown, with the intent to wander around the east village for a while. After getting off at Delancy, we wandered around for a bit, and found ourselves in alphabet city. We decided that dinner was in order, and stumbled upon the Life Cafe, as seen in Rent. Unable to each come up with one dish we wanted, we ended up splitting two of the daily specials, Enchiladas (in spinach, chicken, and mushroom varieties) and Lobster and Shrimp Ravioli.

After dinner, we came up with a plan to see music somewhere. We wandered back down into the east village, passing several possible candidates along the way until we found ourselves in front of The Living Room. Deciding to check out who was there, we walked in for the last song of a set by Boss Tweed. Got our drinks, and waited for the next set. The next band up was a bit more fun - to start off with, they had made copious amounts of rice and beans for us to partake in. They were slightly more mellow, with a better sound, and all the money they raised was going to a decent charity to help out with NOLA as well. Definitely enjoyable music from Sherman (the name of the band or the lead singer, I don't know).

The final set we stayed for was wonderful. Crescent and Frost is a little folk, a little country, a little bluegrass, and a lot of fun. Led by singer Maryann Fennimore (who looked very familiar to me for some reason), and accompanied on a bass, and two guitars - they were really upbeat, and high energy that left the crowd wanting more. So much so that they actually did a bit of an encore for their cheering fans (both old and newly converted). I definitely would recommend picking up a CD of theirs if it sounds like your thing at all.

After that was a subway back to Penn, where a track fire had delayed trains just enough so that I could catch one within 2 minutes of my arrival there (instead of the hour wait I was expecting). It was really a lot of fun, and great to reconnect with May again after being away.


Sunday, September 04, 2005
So yea. And now you're even older...


Friday, September 02, 2005
Oddly enough, my past two weeks home have been full of weekends in and weeknights out. I guess just due to the quirkiness of my schedule, I've spent many a friday and saturday night at home, while a number of my weeknights have been late nights out. Tomorrow should be the first time I'll be out at night on a weekend in a while.

The plan at the moment is to see my grandma in the late morning, and spend the balance of the day/night in the city. Not sure exactly what we are going to do or where we will be eating yet, but my dad will be planning something special I'm sure. And then Sunday will be another fun day, likely in the city as well, with my mom. It's always good to have two parents who want to help celebrate your birthday weekend with you!


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