Thursday, December 23, 2004 at 14:23:45 (EST)

Bury me not
Ohio is covered in snow and I'm right in the middle of it. It hasn't stopped snowing since I stepped off the plane and it doesn't look like it's stopping any time soon. But I've still been making it into the office every day, because I love my job so much. Oh, that's not true.

I detest Starbucks with every fiber of my being (you ever notice how people only use the phrase "fiber of my being" when they're speaking negatively about something? Nobody ever says "I love puppies, with every fiber of my being."), but they made some deal with T-Mobile, thereby guaranteeing me the ability to work in any city in the country. Sure it costs a little money but hell, I'm claiming all the time on my time sheet (since I don't seem to get vacation pay anymore through my staffing agency).

Tonight I'm finally getting out to hang with some old chums, namely the author of Monkey Blog, who in turn is coming to New York for New Year's Eve. Which reminds me: I've been looking for something to do for NYE and had been coming up empty handed trying to find some place to go that would be fun and not cost an arm and a leg (what's up with that? I don't like hanging out at Pianos any longer than I have to anyway, let alone paying $120 to do it). As usual, salvation has been provided by Asterisk, who is having a lovely get-together with some fine bands and cheap beer. So I say, do that on New Year's. Why, do you have something better to do?

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Tuesday, December 21, 2004 at 13:45:03 (EST)

All this energy calling me
Against my better judgment, I'm about to board a plane bound for sunny Cleveland, Ohio. I think I'm going to subtly suggest to my sister that she should move her family to, say, Phoenix, so these trips have greater allure for the east-coast members of her family (namely me). Actually I have really grown to love Cleveland, now that I don't live there. Go figure. But I'm looking forward to seeing some folks I only email most of the time; this includes my family. Yes, something about not seeing these people for nearly a year makes the idea of visiting seem downright festive. Cal me an old softie, but perhaps the holidays have melted my icy facade.

I'll be back on Christmas Night; all those of you who will be town, shall we convene at the Alibi? Recall that last year's Xmas Celebration was an occasion of much mirthfulness.

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Monday, December 20, 2004 at 13:43:15 (EST)

Call me Rabbit Fighter
Not to worry folks, I haven't taken on any more animals. We attended a Festivus party on Saturday in Queens (the birthplace of Festivus). The hosts had a pair of ferrets, one of which, Oscar, was quite the entertainer. I still don't understand exactly why ferrets are technically illegal in New York City (just because they can fit in small spaces? what about mice and rats? and Ed Koch?), but it seems the law isn't really enforced. Even the Petco has a ferret section.

Heather was not properly cleared on ferret handling and had to get some help.

Then Oscar lunged at her and had to be forcibly restrained by his handlers. There is certainly no love lost between these ferret-weight contenders.

Actually I was very impressed with Oscar. He was very tame, burrowing under coats and playfully attacking a ferret toy like a cat would. I've never seen a rodent take an interest in anything besides a hamster wheel.

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Sunday, December 19, 2004 at 20:11:02 (EST)

Where it began, I can't begin to knowin'

Holy shit, it's snowing!

Holy shit, it's a ferret!

Holy shit, Buzz McKinnon has decamped for Berlin!*

*Note: Mr Bones did not succeed in his attempt to stowaway.
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