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Friday, July 4th, 2008
12:09 am - Neglect
I've neglected livejournal for a long time (note:  I'm not saying I'm going to STOP neglecting it, I just thought I'd let you all know I realize it).  So, a quick update about me....

I quit my day-job and am working full time at the kick-ass bar/venue I've been working part-time at now for a year.  I'm now here at least 6 nights a week in all conceivable capacities:  Door, Bar-backing, Bar-tending, and now MANAGING.  I'm currently in the brief process of becoming a Vampire.  Think of your schedule, replace the AMs with PMs, and vis-versa, and that's my schedule.  So far I love it.  I don't dread going to work.  I make comparable money (a slight pay-cut, but well worth it).  All my friends are here, and it's way better for my social life than working in an office with one other person.

And, next week my cousin in NY is getting married and everyone will be there-  my folks and brother, along with my sister-in-law and my nephew, from Seattle;  my brother from Edinburgh;  my sister from Panama; and all my NY family.  I'm looking forward to getting everyone together for the first time in years, and for the first time for a happy reason in far, far too long.

I think I might make it back to Seattle in the late fall or winter, I'll keep you all updated.

- Steve

P.S. - I shaved my head, too.  cool looking.

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Tuesday, May 6th, 2008
1:38 pm - damn

I totally and completely forgot about LiveJournal.
That said, this is not a promise that I'll be posting more frequently.

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Monday, February 18th, 2008
9:52 am - I'm in Seattle
and I'll be making a lot of phone calls this afternoon.  Be ready. 

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Thursday, February 7th, 2008
2:14 pm - Washington State Voters
Hello Friends-who-are-still-in-WA~

Are you a Democrat?  Of course you are, I don't think I have any Republican friends.  None that I know about, anyway.
Are you planning on voting in Washington's primary/caucus?  I sure hope so.
But which one?  That's right, WA dems have a Caucus this Saturday AND a primary vote on the 19th.
ONLY THE CAUCUS WILL COUNT.  That's right, if you want your vote to actually mean something for the race, YOU HAVE TO CAUCUS this Saturday.  Delegates (for Dems only) will NOT be awarded for the Feb 19th vote.  So that ballot you got in the mail?  WORTHLESS.  Find your caucus location and go on Saturday.  It's fun, I swear. 

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Tuesday, January 15th, 2008
11:13 am - You asked for it...

...and you got it.
I'll be back in Seattle for a week;  more specifically, the third week of February.  From the 17 (though I do land late) until the 24 (and fly out kinda early).
Mark your calenders, hire a babysitter, get your car out of the impound, and, dammit, shower for once.

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Tuesday, January 8th, 2008
12:59 pm - Wackiness
So I hear it snowed today in and around Seattle.
Cool.  Sounds like fun.

Today's high tempurature here in DC;
72 degree.

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Wednesday, January 2nd, 2008
1:38 pm - Holidays
Most people don't like gift cards.  I never give them, I hate to.  But, I don't mind getting them.  Not at all.  It's January 2nd and it's like Christmas again for me, because I just got the stuff I ordered online using the gift cards I got.  Two things in particular have me giddy..... the 8 disc DVD Anthology of all 4 Sergio Leone movies.... A Fistfull of Dollars, A Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly, and Duck, You Sucker.  I know what I'm doing this weekend!; and Bose In-Ear Headphones..... I just unpacked these and plugged them into my computer here at work (listening to KEXP online) and nearly cremed my pants.  Oh, lordy, who knew in-ear headphones could sound soooo, soooo good!!!!  My iPod doesn't even work right now (right headphone not making contact in the jack) so I have to spend $50 to get that fixed, but now I've got the motivation to do so.  Think I'm nuts for getting a $100 pair of in-ear headphones?  Yeah, so do I.

Oh, and Happy New Year!!!!  2007, I have to say, was not the best year I've ever had.  In fact, I think it's safe to say it was my worst year since High School.  That's how it goes, though.  I don't want to make any promises, but 2008 will likely see me leaving DC, perhaps for NYC, but perhaps also back to Seattle.  It's all up in the air, but something's definitely got to change for me.  Another year like 2007 would not be good.

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Monday, November 26th, 2007
4:28 pm - Another Excuse to Drink

When I think about it, all of my favorite Holidays are essentially meaningless excuses to drink heavily; St Patrick's day, Halloween, Thanksgiving, etc.

Dewar's is currently heavily promoting a new Holiday with much the same effect; Repeal Day. December 5th, 2007 is the 75th Anniversary of the passing of the 21st Amendment (which repealed the 18th, Prohibition of Alcohol). Normally I would be against a corporation creating a holiday where there was none before, but this is something I can get behind - the date is not arbitrary, and it makes sense that a purveyor of alcohol would be behind it. Also, it has the potential certainly to grow beyond the control of its creators and become a day to push for the repeal of other prohibitions (war on drugs).

So, I say thanks to Dewar's, for having the courage to give me another reason to get wasted on a Wednesday! Hooray!

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Friday, November 2nd, 2007
2:11 pm - Obamania!
I'm going to post here three links (that I already posted in Facebook) about Barack Obama which tell precisely why I think he should be the Democratic nominee for President.  I hope you all read them.  I really think the reason the polls don't show much support for Obama at the moment is simply that his style isn't brief enough for sound-bites on the news.  So, read them, think about it, feel free to comment (though I'm not going to get into any debates on livejournal).  The primaries are finally coming up, just 2 more months.

Andrew Sullivan's Atlantic Monthly Cover Story

A much shorter post on Sullivan's blog

A NY Times Magazine piece by James Traub

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Monday, October 29th, 2007
6:27 pm - Comments on Newshour
Watching PBS Newshour w/ Jim Lehrer.  Using the internet for publicizing some thoughts.

Fareed Zakaria, an editor at Time and really bright guy, was debating Norman Podhoretz, a classic grumpy old neo-con, about the reasoning and likelihood of bombing Iran.

I'm really glad I got to see these two directly debate.  It was smart and entertaining.

They're both wrong.

The new President-elect of Argentina, who is also the current First Lady of Argentina, is a total FOX.
A lot of people are comparing her to Hillary Clinton - former First Lady and Senator, first (possible) female President (elected female prez in the case of Cristina Fernandez Kirchner - we all know about Eva Peron, thanks Madonna), etc.
The difference is that, apparently, Hillary is much more moderate.
And, if I might add, the Argentinian President-elect is way hotter than HRC.
Seriously, check her out.

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Friday, October 12th, 2007
10:57 am - Funny

On a lighter note;
This is the best bill I've ever seen.  I hope they have to read it aloud on the House floor.

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
1:35 am
It's 1:30 AM on a Monday night.  I just got home from work, was relaxing for a bit on my back porch, and I see two guys trying to hop the fence into the backyard of my neighbors' currently vacant rowhouse.  Bullshit.  They saw me and ran off on their bikes, but it's still bullshit.  These guys must have been in their 20s, too.  What kind of a fucking looser is trying to break into a vacant house, in their 20s?  That's the kind of "bad motherfucker" shit people do when they're 15.  All I can think is "GROW THE FUCK UP!".

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Monday, October 1st, 2007
10:36 am - Weekends
It makes me happy that I get to do so much on the weekends, but it makes me a little sad that I'm Working for the Weekend (if you will...).
Saturday I slept in until 1:30 PM.  It's been awhile since I've done that, so it was nice.  The Husky game was a bit painful to watch, though.  So much hope, so much disappointment.
Sunday, however, was a great day.  Got up at 6:30 and went surfing, but not by myself like usual.  I had the good company of a lady I recently met through a friends.  She took some surfing lessons while she was living in Bali, and was really excited to go out here in the states.  She's good people, I'll definitely have to hang out with her again.  The surf sucked.  Flat as a board.  But it was a beautiful day at the beach and the good company made up for the bad surf.
Then I went to a show at the Rock and Roll Hotel here in DC.  The perks of working at a bar in a cool neighborhood - knowing all the other bar employees on the block.  Myself and a couple of other people I work with got in for free, dirt cheap (practically free) drinks, shuffled backstage to get right up front for the show.  It was Damien Jurardo and Okkerville River.  Damien Jurardo is from Seattle, a folksy singer-songwriter.  The last time I saw him was at Ground Zero, the Bellevue Boys and Girls Club, back in High School.  There were about ten people at that show, so it was cool to see him play in front of 300 people last night, and it brought back many memories of high school (ugh).  Okkerville River was fantastic.  A great live band.  My manager at the bar is a terrifyingly huge fan of theirs.  Really, she's obsessed, it's kind of frightening.
A good weekend.  Coming to work this morning made me a little pissed off.

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Tuesday, September 18th, 2007
1:19 pm - Ooh Ooh, it's here, it's here!
It finally came today!  Ooh, I'm so excited!  My new good-luck charm is here!  If this doesn't help me get all the good surf, then I suppose God hates me (which I've suspected for some time, but the evidence is all mere conjecture).

Help me, Shacked Jesus!

This is definitely coming with me to the Oregon Coast this weekend.

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10:24 am - Dorkiness

The New York Times is finally dropping the "TimeSelect" subscription-only restrictions from its online version.  Though I'm not a huge fan of Krugman, Rich, Dowd, Friedman, Brooks and the gang, there's something comforting and familiar about being able to read their columns.  I think it's because it reminds me of college.  Anyway, I'm excited.

Also!  Thursday night I'd like to organize an "everyone I know come meet me at this bar" event, since I'm not going to be in Seattle for long.  I'm thinking about doing it on Capitol Hill, though quite a few of my friends now live in the Ravenna/Greenlake and otherwise North Seattle area.  I'm taking suggestions for venues.  Anyone?

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Thursday, September 13th, 2007
9:20 am - Confusing
Today I was on the train to work, and passing through the Chinatown station I noticed something that made me chuckle (and anyone even cracking a smile while on the Metro is a rare thing).
The advertisements in the station are about 4 ft by 5 ft, spaced about 15 yards from each other.
First I saw one that caught my eye;

"Donate Sperm!"
Of course that would catch my eye.  That would catch anyone's eye.  Good work, advertising firm.
The very next one only caught my attention because of the first one.

"Foster Parents Needed!"
I would have loved to have seen those two bilboards duke it out.  

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Monday, September 10th, 2007
12:41 pm - Well isn't that a dilly of a pickle?
I've never been so torn.  What's a music fan to do?
This Sunday night both Hanson and Hootie and the Blowfish are playing separate shows in the DC area.  How the hell do they expect us to decide?
Someone is surely maniacally laughing right now at the moral dilemma so many DC area residents are experiencing.
The Terrorists have already won.

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Tuesday, August 28th, 2007
12:08 pm - Trapped!

I finally got the chance to finish watching chapters 13-22 of Trapped in the Closet yesterday.
It started out great - same hilarious seriousness as the first 12 chapters and repetitive, absurd lyrics.  But then it started to go downhill.  The plot becomes too contrived.  It seems R. Kelly realized how funny people thought it was and ran with that idea, hence destroying the very reason we found it humorous.  And Kelly playing multiple characters?  Might have been funny if it was necessary, but these were thrown into the story for no reason, only because R Kelly thought he was funny.  And he's only funny when he doesn't know he's funny!!!  The funniest part of the newest 10 chapters (and there's more to come, he says) is his decades-outdated views of gays;  dykes are OK because that's hot, but fags just spread around AIDS.

I just realized I've used the word "funny" too much in this post, but I think that's what it comes down to.  If you're going to release something as ridiculous as a hip-hopera called Trapped in the Closet and expect people to watch it, it's got to be something very special.  The first 12 chapters were hilarious because he thought he was genius.  The latest 10 are disappointing because he thinks he's hilarious.

But I must admit, I'm really looking forward to the next installment.

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Monday, August 13th, 2007
3:30 pm - Oh, Shit!
It's started!  
The final 10 Chapters of the Pop-Culture Phenomenon "Trapped in the Closet".  A new chapter every day on IFC.com.  And if today's is a sign of things to come, this is going to be an extremely entertaining week.

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Thursday, August 2nd, 2007
4:42 pm - Sea-Town

Hey all.
Just bought my ticket, I'll be back in Seattle from Thursday Sept 20th to Wednesday Sept 26th (though I might be in Oregon for the weekend).  Prepare yourselves.

Just heard on the radio.
August 21st on DVD - the much anticipated FINAL CHAPTERS of TRAPPED IN THE CLOSET!!!  That's right, chapters 12-22 are going to be on IFC.com on monday and come out on dvd two weeks later.

Just thought you all should be aware.

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