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I'll recast Friday as being only a 25 Dyson day of suckage (out of 100): it started ugly but it improved dramatically over the course of the day.

The work-related nightmares of the morning were largely sorted out by the late afternoon although I'd have been happier if the high drama hadn't occurred in the first place.

[livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr and visiting friend Charlene had a long & exhausting day of tourism in downtown DC; I collected them from our local Metro station and let them rest for a half-hour before dragging them off for dinner and to an evening concert.

[livejournal.com profile] kent4str was stage-wrangling a production of DC's Different Drummers on Capitol Hill, snagging tickets for us. It's artistic director Scott Barker's farewell performance after nearly 10 years with the baton and it was a fun and touching performance. DCDC has improved dramatically over the past decade; it will be interesting to see the direction the new director will take with them.

We collectively crashed hard as soon as we got home. I haven't slept continuously and in single bed for the entire night in weeks.
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I'll recast Friday as being only a 25 Dyson day of suckage (out of 100): it started ugly but it improved dramatically over the course of the day.

The work-related nightmares of the morning were largely sorted out by the late afternoon although I'd have been happier if the high drama hadn't occurred in the first place.

[livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr and visiting friend Charlene had a long & exhausting day of tourism in downtown DC; I collected them from our local Metro station and let them rest for a half-hour before dragging them off for dinner and to an evening concert.

[livejournal.com profile] kent4str was stage-wrangling a production of DC's Different Drummers on Capitol Hill, snagging tickets for us. It's artistic director Scott Barker's farewell performance after nearly 10 years with the baton and it was a fun and touching performance. DCDC has improved dramatically over the past decade; it will be interesting to see the direction the new director will take with them.

We collectively crashed hard as soon as we got home. I haven't slept continuously and in single bed for the entire night in weeks.

Whew!

Apr. 5th, 2008 02:43 pm
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It's been a busy day already. So far, we've:
  • ordered ceramic tile for our bathroom renovation project (about $1500 down, another $1500 to go);
  • dropped off some surplus items at Goodwill and bought a small electric fan/heater for the trailer for $7;
  • lunch at Boston Market --love the meatloaf;
  • stopped at Safeway for some items and dropping off shopping bags for recycling;
  • dug out some props from the attic for an upcoming DC Different Drummers concert;
  • cleaned out the house's eavestroughs (gutters, if you're American);
  • distributed grass seed in the bare patches of the lawn;
  • replaced a battery in [livejournal.com profile] kent4str's watch;
  • washed two loads of laundry;
  • coordinated & made reservations for dinner with [livejournal.com profile] madknits & friends ce soir.

Still to do:
  • packing tools, food and equipment to de-winterize the trailer next weekend;
  • prep for calling a square dance in Lewes, DE, tomorrow;
  • iron shirts.

Whew!

Apr. 5th, 2008 02:43 pm
bjarvis: (home)
It's been a busy day already. So far, we've:
  • ordered ceramic tile for our bathroom renovation project (about $1500 down, another $1500 to go);
  • dropped off some surplus items at Goodwill and bought a small electric fan/heater for the trailer for $7;
  • lunch at Boston Market --love the meatloaf;
  • stopped at Safeway for some items and dropping off shopping bags for recycling;
  • dug out some props from the attic for an upcoming DC Different Drummers concert;
  • cleaned out the house's eavestroughs (gutters, if you're American);
  • distributed grass seed in the bare patches of the lawn;
  • replaced a battery in [livejournal.com profile] kent4str's watch;
  • washed two loads of laundry;
  • coordinated & made reservations for dinner with [livejournal.com profile] madknits & friends ce soir.

Still to do:
  • packing tools, food and equipment to de-winterize the trailer next weekend;
  • prep for calling a square dance in Lewes, DE, tomorrow;
  • iron shirts.
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The Kids in the Hall are touring! Alas, the weekend they're in the greater DC area, I'm already booked for a weekend in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Figures.
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The Kids in the Hall are touring! Alas, the weekend they're in the greater DC area, I'm already booked for a weekend in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Figures.
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The Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington DC has concerts coming up this Saturday 8 PM and Sunday 4 PM. Along with guest performer Suede, one of the ensembles which will be performing is Ties Optional with member & founder [livejournal.com profile] kent4str.

[livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr and I will be attending the Sunday afternoon performance.
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The Lesbian & Gay Chorus of Washington DC has concerts coming up this Saturday 8 PM and Sunday 4 PM. Along with guest performer Suede, one of the ensembles which will be performing is Ties Optional with member & founder [livejournal.com profile] kent4str.

[livejournal.com profile] cuyahogarvr and I will be attending the Sunday afternoon performance.

Updates

Oct. 25th, 2006 10:25 am
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I'm on a work-related conference call at the moment. For reasons which evade me, the other participants desperately wanted someone from my UNIX team to attend. Since I'm the only person from my team in the office at the moment, I got nominated by my director. Fantastic.

Anyway, since there's nothing for me to contribute to the meeting and nothing I need to record to take back to my missing team members, I'll just write in LJ.

Monday's mainstream square dance class went well. Kent had a DC Different Drummers production meeting to attend so I was teaching solo. As well, two members were absent and one who had missed the prior session had returned. I let go of my original plan to instead give only a couple new calls and spend the bulk of the time in review & practice.

The new calls were "pass the ocean," "extend" and "swing thru." Since they've already been doing "step to a wave" and various right-handed & left-handed partner trades, these new calls were minor extensions of things they already knew so it wasn't a great leap. Those who missed this week will be able to catch up quickly.

Last night's club night in Baltimore was OK. We started late as we didn't have enough dancers until almost 20 minutes into the night, but we did have enough for a rare A2 tip. Not one of my great evenings, no where near the bottom of the list either: I fear my mental fatigue was showing but I think accumulated experience has given me enough of a safety net to save me from the embarrassment of a complete failure. At least I finished the night on a high note with a kick-ass singing call and wrapping up precisely on schedule.

My MS and Plus figures weren't especially novel or challenging but I think competently called; clearly, however, my A2 is much harder than it should be. I have already started redrafting my A2 material into a much simplified form, but I still have a lot of material to rewrite and very little spare time in which to do it. Perhaps it would be a better use of time to simply write fresh material, keeping it simple from the start. I wish I had more calling time with A2 so I could get up to sight-calling the lot but that's not going to happen in the near future.

At the moment, my body is crying for more sleep but I'm in back-to-back conference calls and meetings until at least 4 PM and I have a must-attend C1 workshop tonight. sigh

Updates

Oct. 25th, 2006 10:25 am
bjarvis: (GCA logo)
I'm on a work-related conference call at the moment. For reasons which evade me, the other participants desperately wanted someone from my UNIX team to attend. Since I'm the only person from my team in the office at the moment, I got nominated by my director. Fantastic.

Anyway, since there's nothing for me to contribute to the meeting and nothing I need to record to take back to my missing team members, I'll just write in LJ.

Monday's mainstream square dance class went well. Kent had a DC Different Drummers production meeting to attend so I was teaching solo. As well, two members were absent and one who had missed the prior session had returned. I let go of my original plan to instead give only a couple new calls and spend the bulk of the time in review & practice.

The new calls were "pass the ocean," "extend" and "swing thru." Since they've already been doing "step to a wave" and various right-handed & left-handed partner trades, these new calls were minor extensions of things they already knew so it wasn't a great leap. Those who missed this week will be able to catch up quickly.

Last night's club night in Baltimore was OK. We started late as we didn't have enough dancers until almost 20 minutes into the night, but we did have enough for a rare A2 tip. Not one of my great evenings, no where near the bottom of the list either: I fear my mental fatigue was showing but I think accumulated experience has given me enough of a safety net to save me from the embarrassment of a complete failure. At least I finished the night on a high note with a kick-ass singing call and wrapping up precisely on schedule.

My MS and Plus figures weren't especially novel or challenging but I think competently called; clearly, however, my A2 is much harder than it should be. I have already started redrafting my A2 material into a much simplified form, but I still have a lot of material to rewrite and very little spare time in which to do it. Perhaps it would be a better use of time to simply write fresh material, keeping it simple from the start. I wish I had more calling time with A2 so I could get up to sight-calling the lot but that's not going to happen in the near future.

At the moment, my body is crying for more sleep but I'm in back-to-back conference calls and meetings until at least 4 PM and I have a must-attend C1 workshop tonight. sigh
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I can't believe Sunday is almost over.

I didn't get a lot accomplished but my blood pressure is much lower than it has been in a while --although it'll be elevated again for the next several days. [livejournal.com profile] kent4str worked a little from home before heading to the office for a few hours. I caught up on paperwork at home as well as e-mail but it didn't feel very productive.

At 2 PM, I headed into Arlington to visit with Jeff M and savor a wonderful foot massage. Keith R popped over shortly thereafter and we went for a little walking tour --the weather was superb-- with [livejournal.com profile] kent4str joining us around 5 PM. We debated dinner options for a while before finally opting for El Salvadoran cuisine at Atlacatl along Columbia Pike in Arlington, just down the street from [livejournal.com profile] zzbear. We attempted dessert out by Seven Corners but were cruelly thwarted by the ice cream shop being closed. Weasels.

[livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I were home at 9 PM and I'm now catching up on LJ, e-mail, news and laundry. Whee.

The coming week is a nightmare:
Monday: teaching DC Lambda Squares' mainstream class solo ([livejournal.com profile] kent4str at a DC Different Drummers production meeting);
Tuesday: calling Chesapeake Squares club night in Baltimore;
Wednesday: C1 workshop in Arlington, VA
Thursday: clear
Friday: Possible happy hour with friends in DC... we'll see how tired I am.
Saturday: Working 1-10 PM on a disaster recovery exercise for work. Yay.
Sunday: Collapsing, then meeting [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and his parents for dinner.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
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I can't believe Sunday is almost over.

I didn't get a lot accomplished but my blood pressure is much lower than it has been in a while --although it'll be elevated again for the next several days. [livejournal.com profile] kent4str worked a little from home before heading to the office for a few hours. I caught up on paperwork at home as well as e-mail but it didn't feel very productive.

At 2 PM, I headed into Arlington to visit with Jeff M and savor a wonderful foot massage. Keith R popped over shortly thereafter and we went for a little walking tour --the weather was superb-- with [livejournal.com profile] kent4str joining us around 5 PM. We debated dinner options for a while before finally opting for El Salvadoran cuisine at Atlacatl along Columbia Pike in Arlington, just down the street from [livejournal.com profile] zzbear. We attempted dessert out by Seven Corners but were cruelly thwarted by the ice cream shop being closed. Weasels.

[livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I were home at 9 PM and I'm now catching up on LJ, e-mail, news and laundry. Whee.

The coming week is a nightmare:
Monday: teaching DC Lambda Squares' mainstream class solo ([livejournal.com profile] kent4str at a DC Different Drummers production meeting);
Tuesday: calling Chesapeake Squares club night in Baltimore;
Wednesday: C1 workshop in Arlington, VA
Thursday: clear
Friday: Possible happy hour with friends in DC... we'll see how tired I am.
Saturday: Working 1-10 PM on a disaster recovery exercise for work. Yay.
Sunday: Collapsing, then meeting [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and his parents for dinner.

Lather. Rinse. Repeat.
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Co-trailer trash [livejournal.com profile] jearbear65oh, David, [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I went to the Dixie Chick concert last night. It was --for lack of a better expression-- an experience. I'm glad I went just the once, but never again.

Details behind the cut... )

Clearly, I'm not the target demographic for concerts of this style. I felt like a colour-blind man in a portrait gallery: I was looking at the same subject matter as everyone else, but I clearly wasn't getting as much out of it as the rest of the audience. Everyone else seemed to be having a good time so I'm guessing it's just me. Lesson learned.
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Co-trailer trash [livejournal.com profile] jearbear65oh, David, [livejournal.com profile] kent4str and I went to the Dixie Chick concert last night. It was --for lack of a better expression-- an experience. I'm glad I went just the once, but never again.

Details behind the cut... )

Clearly, I'm not the target demographic for concerts of this style. I felt like a colour-blind man in a portrait gallery: I was looking at the same subject matter as everyone else, but I clearly wasn't getting as much out of it as the rest of the audience. Everyone else seemed to be having a good time so I'm guessing it's just me. Lesson learned.
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Co-trailer trash [livejournal.com profile] jearbear65 & David telephoned us Sunday afternoon with a proposal. They heard the Dixie Chicks would be playing at the Verizon Center in DC and were considering driving during the day Friday to attend the Friday night concert: (a) would they be able to crash chez nous this weekend, and (b) would we be interested in attending with them?

We collectively decided to proceed with the plan, and [livejournal.com profile] kent4str picked up the tickets in downtown DC this afternoon. [livejournal.com profile] jearbear65 was originally going to order them, but Ticketmaster wanted $78/ticket plus $14/ticket service & handling charge. By obtaining them at the outlet at Hecht's near his office, Kent saved $13/ticket in extra charges. Screw you, Ticketmaster!

Anyway, we're off to the concert this Friday! Whee!
bjarvis: (couch)
Co-trailer trash [livejournal.com profile] jearbear65 & David telephoned us Sunday afternoon with a proposal. They heard the Dixie Chicks would be playing at the Verizon Center in DC and were considering driving during the day Friday to attend the Friday night concert: (a) would they be able to crash chez nous this weekend, and (b) would we be interested in attending with them?

We collectively decided to proceed with the plan, and [livejournal.com profile] kent4str picked up the tickets in downtown DC this afternoon. [livejournal.com profile] jearbear65 was originally going to order them, but Ticketmaster wanted $78/ticket plus $14/ticket service & handling charge. By obtaining them at the outlet at Hecht's near his office, Kent saved $13/ticket in extra charges. Screw you, Ticketmaster!

Anyway, we're off to the concert this Friday! Whee!

Ah, snow!

Feb. 12th, 2006 04:28 pm
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Finally! Snow! It's been a while.... Good news: I'm finally in the Christmas holiday spirit. Bad news: Two months too late. Figures.

Click here for photos. )

Sadly, the snowfall has made a total hash of my weekend instead of my work week as God intended.

I was hoping to go skating this morning but that was scrapped since (a) I couldn't get out of my driveway and (b) the rink is under a foot of snow. The concerts by DC's Different Drummers for last night and this afternoon have both been scrubbed, which threw my plans of a quiet evening at home by myself into disarray. (Dinner tonight though is still an option, fortunately.) The concert has been moved to Monday night which has forced the cancellation of dinner plans with a friend, as well as rehearsal time prior to calling on Tuesday. In short, my schedule is utterly f****d up, although not entirely beyond salvaging yet.

Ah, snow!

Feb. 12th, 2006 04:28 pm
bjarvis: (Default)
Finally! Snow! It's been a while.... Good news: I'm finally in the Christmas holiday spirit. Bad news: Two months too late. Figures.

Click here for photos. )

Sadly, the snowfall has made a total hash of my weekend instead of my work week as God intended.

I was hoping to go skating this morning but that was scrapped since (a) I couldn't get out of my driveway and (b) the rink is under a foot of snow. The concerts by DC's Different Drummers for last night and this afternoon have both been scrubbed, which threw my plans of a quiet evening at home by myself into disarray. (Dinner tonight though is still an option, fortunately.) The concert has been moved to Monday night which has forced the cancellation of dinner plans with a friend, as well as rehearsal time prior to calling on Tuesday. In short, my schedule is utterly f****d up, although not entirely beyond salvaging yet.

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