av8rmike: (blinkie ponie)
I'm cross-posting this entry from Dreamwidth for some reason, even though it is all about things LiveJournal. Also, I'm still deciding how much involvement I want to continue to have here (DW).

So, Vegas. I can't do a day-by-day round-up of everything that went on because it's already a little hazy in my memory, but suffice it to say that everything was awesome and we had so much fun. (OK, sitting in traffic for an hour trying to get to Hoover Dam wasn't as fun, but that's life.) Some highlights:
  • The house kicked ass, but everyone who was there already knows that.

  • Jamie and I trying to make rice pudding in the auxiliary kitchen for 20+ people, then screwing up and subsequently salvaging the recipe.

  • Seeing the NV State Museum with [livejournal.com profile] gameboyguy13 and [livejournal.com profile] teshiron.

  • Finding a Lucille's BBQ while hunting for an Original Pancake House.

  • Of course, the big Cheesecake Factory group dinner, and meeting up with a friend I hadn't seen since high school (who lives in LV). The long-ass table wasn't the optimal seating arrangement for conversations, unfortunately. If only the people at the opposite end of the table had seen the text messages I was sending them. ;)

  • Instead of Melting Pot, Moroccan food at Marrakech (no offense to those who went to MP, but I think we had much better food).

  • Collecting "cards" while on the Strip and seeing the Bellagio fountain show.

  • The aforementioned driving out to Hoover Dam with more people than I can mention.

  • Running into [livejournal.com profile] burr86 and [livejournal.com profile] hachi while trying to meet up with them at the Atomic Testing Museum.

  • Mille Bournes and Monty Python Fluxx (finally!) with [livejournal.com profile] ferrell, [livejournal.com profile] elyssa, [livejournal.com profile] stevieg, and [livejournal.com profile] snarkbite.

  • MST3k with [livejournal.com profile] coffeechica, Glee with [livejournal.com profile] danceinacircle, and talking shop with [livejournal.com profile] aveleh and [livejournal.com profile] the_kitty_kat.

Everyone else I didn't mention, thanks just for being your wonderful selves.
av8rmike: (food)
To the five Asian readers who were no doubt curious: Operation Eat an Asian Pear from yesterday was pretty much a success. Well, half a success because I only manager to eat half of it today. It was pretty good, but a different texture than I was expecting. Also, contrary to most of the suggestions, I ate the skin with it. It just wasn't possible to peel it while at work.

[livejournal.com profile] tango's entry from earlier today got me thinking about Veteran's Day. I'm probably mis-remembering, but I can think of at least four relatives who served:
My grandfather (mother's side), United States Army
His brother Abe, United States Army
His brother-in-law Paul, United States Air Force
My grandfather (father's side), British Eight Army (North Africa)
av8rmike: (food)
One of my fellow violinists gave me an Asian pear at rehearsal last night. It's easily the size of a softball. I have no idea how to eat it.

Why, no, I wasn't neglecting my journal(s) for the last 4 days. I was thinking about posting each and every day. =P
av8rmike: (rolleyes)
  • @tidesong and I finally got around to seeing Star Trek this weekend.
    • Honestly, I didn't see why everyone seemed to think this was the best movie ever. Sure it was an action-filled sci-fi movie with names of characters and things taken from Star Trek, but it was not a Star Trek movie. Although I'm aware that that's probably what everyone likes about this one so much: lots of action, very little cerebral-ness (cerebrality?) and no speechifying from Shatner or Patrick Stewart.

  • Bilbo Baggins restaurant in old town Alexandria has lots of good beer, but the food is way over-priced for the quality.

  • Finding two flat tires on my car Sunday morning (one clearly the result of vandalism) was not the best way to start the day. At least there was a place that was open Sundays and could get everything fixed pretty quickly.

  • My hearing is noticeably diminished in my left ear and it's unsettling me. =(
av8rmike: (food)
Apparently, you can make a half-decent omelet in an office microwave. American cheese helps.
av8rmike: (violin)
1. Agreeing to play in ensembles when people ask me.
2. Dropping my dinner in the sink.
3. General procrastination?
av8rmike: (food)
Two co-workers who went to Hawai'i last week (for work, really) brought me back some coffee beans. Apparently, non-ground beans are hard to find in Waikiki.

It's good, but not "OMG-this-is-worth-the-$40/pound-it-costs-stateside" good.
av8rmike: (food)
The local cheesesteak vendor makes a sandwich with cheddar, onions, Old Bay and french fries on it. It's like a combination of Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and Maryland all in one!
av8rmike: Pumpkin barfing seeds (barf)
No wonder the lunch special at that take-out place only costs $6. I was so sure my fortune was going to say, "That wasn't chicken" because I'm pretty sure my sesame chicken wasn't.
av8rmike: (harmless)
I haven't posted a poll in ages...

[Poll #1202065]
av8rmike: Pumpkin barfing seeds (barf)
At a lunch meeting today, one of my co-workers, who is German, mixed up a half-and-half cocktail of Sunkist and Coke. He claimed it was popular with German kids and had a name, but I didn't catch what he said.

Surprisingly, it's not actually as bad as it sounds.

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