indyellen: (Gopher)
I am pleased to announce that today is the natal day of one [livejournal.com profile] sailorjim, aka Sailor Jim Johnson, aka "the guy who tells those REALLY good stories". He's a right good bloke & not at all stuck up. ;)

Thanks for brightening my world...here's hoping yours stays bright. :)

Happy 50th, [livejournal.com profile] sailorjim!!!!!


(If you're looking for him, you can also find him at [livejournal.com profile] sailor_jim.)

Clerks II

Jul. 24th, 2006 12:26 am
Wow, just got home from seeing Clerks II and it ROCKED, seriously rocked.

The acting was top notch, honestly (particularly Randal & Dante), the jokes were hysterical, and just...wow!

If you are in any way a Kevin Smith fan - or maybe even if you're not, although some of the jokes won't quite make sense - you MUST go see this movie.

I'll probably post again later once I've pondered it more (some of it hit fairly close to home), but I just wanted to say,

"Bravo, Mr. Smith. Bravo."
I saw one of the best vanity plates evah today.

I was passed (at a high rate of speed) by a somewhat-pimped black Grand Marquis.

The vanity plate read:

DARK MRK

Brilliant!!
And I know they will, because I know NASA's working on it, and while I don't trust my government, I do trust NASA.

37 years ago today.

And we'll be back.
indyellen: (Gopher)
...to my friend [livejournal.com profile] betnoir.

Apparently, thanks to my being largely avoidant of the computer yesterday, I missed her natal day. She was my Pirate Captain years ago, when I was Ship's Owl, and now she's just a friend.

So, cake is better late than never - have some:



Happy Birthday!
I'm still putting together all my thoughts, etc. from InCon this year; everyone else has posted, I know, but I'm not quite there yet. I will, I promise, but I just haven't gotten around to it yet.

Please be patient. Thank you for your indulgence.
A very very talented otter playing with a ball or contact juggling, whichever you prefer. It is teh cute. :)

(Found via [livejournal.com profile] kshandra)
...for celebrities, anyway.

First, it was June Allyson. Then it was Syd Barrett.

Today, it's Barnard Hughes. I find this enormously ironic, given that Tony gave me a copy of The Lost Boys for my birthday, and the wonderfully talented Mr. Hughes played Grandpa - which gave him the classic line, "One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires."

I could go on a rant about "and who do we have to replace them? Fluff like Paris Hilton or Britney Spears?" but I went on that rant the last time I did a celebrity obit post, so I'm not going to this time.

Anyway, I hope they all rest in peace.

What is remembered, lives.
I had a lovely, relaxing day yesterday. I got to sleep in until 10:45...with only brief interruptions by my darling daughter (the morning person). I got a cute card from my sweetie. I got lots of birthday wishes from my friends here on LJ. I cooked us a tasty breakfast, while lounging around the house. Got a phone call from my Dad & Stepmom, who remembered it was my birthday around 4 am yesterday...they were most apologetic & I have been informed that my card & present (a check of some amount) is going out today. I finally got moving around 2 or so, took a shower, got dressed, & walked over to the apartment office with Jessica to get our pictures taken for this year's pool passes. While there, the dude in the office gave us a "guest" pass to use so we could go swimming without our permanent passes, which we hadn't been anticipating. In this vein, we elected to blow off the movie we were thinking about going to, and to rouse Tony from his afternoon siesta to go swimming with us.

Just before we went to the pool, I got surprised by my birthday present from Tony...a copy of The Lost Boys (one of my favorite movies), a fuzzy poster to color, and a LABEL MAKER. (You know, one of the really cool electronic ones with the keyboard & different color cartridges & everything.) I doubt I've ever mentioned my fascination with office supplies...it comes perilously close to a fetish...you should have seen my ultimate joy (I think somewhat camouflaged) at work when I was asked to take over the "task" of ordering supplies for our office. Rapture. ;) Anyway, I'm not even entirely sure what I'm going to use said label maker for, but it's MAGNIFICENT. :) Oh, and apparently he had the gift bag with my present "hidden" in the downstairs bathroom because I hardly ever use it...I used it TWICE yesterday while the present was still "hidden" and was non-observant enough that I didn't see it. :p

Spent an hour or so down at the pool, basking in the water & the sun. Came back, got dressed, & went to dinner at Red Lobster to indulge the seafood craving I've been having for some weeks now. Violated several forms of crustaceans, was given a piece of chocolate birthday cake by the waitress (in "exchange" for accidentally spilling my ice water on me...) and came home again.

Hung out watching most of Series of Unfortunate Events until I realized I was getting too tired & needed to go to bed since I have to work today. Fell asleep reading.

It was a great birthday...low key, but not (as usual) overshadowed by the convention. That's something that's always bothered me a little - even though my first convention was a birthday present - having my birthday overshadowed by the convention. I guess it's probably somewhat like having your birthday on Christmas or something...everyone genuinely CARES about the fact that it's your birthday, but their money & thoughts are also *elsewhere* and it becomes kind of "second fiddle" to the bigger event. It wasn't that way this year. That was nice. :)

So, I work today, then I'm off on vacation for a week...I don't have to worry about the convention (much) for the next day or so, then we're off to the races.

Thanks again to everyone who wished me a happy birthday visibly...and to those who I know *thought* it. :)

Time to get ready for work...at least we get a casual day. :)
A very Happy Birthday to my "evil" twin Skippy, [livejournal.com profile] ero.

You've had a rough year, and I wish I could've made it better, but I'm still here when you need me.

Love you, doll.

Have some cake:

Due to some smart thinking by my darling [livejournal.com profile] royalcrow, even BEFORE he became Con Chair, InConJunction was "discovered" by Indianapolis Monthly magazine. (His version of the full story is here.)

Anyway, I've linked to the scan we made of the page in the comments of his post. The magazine lists InCon as one of the Five Best Bets for at least July, if not for the summer.

You know, we might pull this thing off, after all. :)
InConJunction XXVI, July 7-9, Indianapolis, IN

Come to InConJunction, July 7-9, 2006 at the Sheraton Hotel & Suites in Indianapolis, IN. We have a HUGE featured guest list & lots of fun activities going on! With a Harry Potter theme, and family-friendly programming, you can bring the whole gang!

Click here for guests, etc. )

Preregistration is available via Paypal through the InConJunction website, and there's still time to get rooms at the convention rate, so please visit our website now!

We look forward to seeing you!

Concerned

Jun. 26th, 2006 11:22 pm
Does anyone know what happened to [livejournal.com profile] soaring_phoenix? Her journal is showing as deleted, and I was concerned. Not that we're *close* friends, but I've enjoyed getting to know her & was rather startled tonight.

I'll screen comments in case there's something sensitive going on. But if someone else who knows her could fill me in, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.
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Rights

Jun. 25th, 2006 11:37 am
I was reading a thread on a message board, and a discussion about food being a right came up. This was in reference to a law in FL (IIRC) stating that homeless people could not be fed in a public park. A lot of debate went on back & forth as to what this really meant, the point that rich people couldn't be fed in a park either, etc. Of course, this lead to discussion of what rights really are, and the difference between rights and societal obligations, such as you might not have the "right" to be fed, but any responsible society has the *obligation* to take care of their lesser citizens, etc.

During this discussion, one poster made a point:

Rights are better defined as things society or the government can't take from you, not things the government must give to you.

Now, I realize that this does get into how laws are made; for example, if the government makes a law that restricts people from getting, oh, snarfblats, and I need a snarfblat to survive, then the government & that law is infringing on my right to life. And this is a slippery slope argument, which leads to many of the debates that come up about abortion - rights of mother, rights of fetus, definition of "person", etc.

But I thought that this was a very well made point, in general. However, as I love philosophical or socialogical discussions, I thought I'd bring it up here.

(I'm evil that way, sometimes.)
Aaron Spelling has passed away at the age of 83. (List of credits here.)

I didn't get into a lot of his later stuff, but I tell you, growing up in the 70's & 80's, you pretty much couldn't watch tv without hitting something he'd done...I was a HUGE Love Boat and Fantasy Island fan, I'll admit. Not to mention Charlie's Angels.

In reading the IMDb listing above, though, I discovered he did one of the most profound movies I ever watched, And The Band Played On, about AIDS (based on the book by Randy Shilts.)

Never much cared for his kid (Tori), although in reading the news story I found out his first wife was "Morticia", Carolyn Jones...hubba hubba. ;)

Anyway, thanks for bringing us lots of sometimes mindless, sometimes enriching entertainment.

What is remembered, lives.
If you read this, if your eyes are passing over this right now, (even if we don't speak often) please post a comment with a COMPLETELY MADE UP AND FICTIONAL memory of you and me.

It can be anything you want - good or bad - BUT IT HAS TO BE FAKE.

When you're finished, post this little paragraph on your LJ and be surprised (or mortified) about what people DON'T ACTUALLY remember about you.




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