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13 September 2007 @ 09:03 am
Just a spew of recent happenings/noteworthy things:

This past Saturday was my 10-year high school reunion here in Orlando. The thing had been pushed back from earlier this summer, as the organizing/planning changed hands a few times, I believe.  One of my oldest and best friends Michelle and I decided that we would each go if the other one went - neither of us were really super-excited to go, but we didn't want to possibly later regret missing out on it, either.

Anyway, it was actually not that bad, save for the fact that I was disappointed in the turnout.  Our senior class of 1997 from Dr. Phillips High had almost 800 graduates, and I don't think even a tenth of that number showed up Saturday night. Still - it was nice to see a handful of people I hadn't seen or heard from in a decade, and many alcoholic beverages were had at the Rosen Plaza Hotel bar, which always makes things fun.  Also, there seemed to be some type of celebrity impersonator/look-alike convention this weekend, and dozens of different "stars" ambled in and out of the bar/seating area, providing a good source of entertainment and random conversation.

Sunday afternoon, I ended up meeting empressvesicaand ancient_immieout and about for movies and grub - fun was had.  Ended up seeing Shoot 'Em Up (mindless, over-the-top action - maybe worth a rental) and 3:10 to Yuma (excellent, serious western - Christian Bale and Russell Crowe balance each other perfectly, and Alan Tudyk has a memorable turn, too).  Dinner was had at Kobe Japanese steakhouse, and it was goooood.

And since my dear _cinjudes_brought the show up in her entry found HERE, I'll also mention that I've gotten the parental units hooked on Friday Night Lights, as well.  They are over halfway through season one, and are making themselves find the time to finish the set before season two starts in a couple of weeks. I did this with them three years ago with Veronica Mars, too, and I must give them props (both dad and mom) for keeping up with Lost and loving Firefly.  Though not nearly in the quanitity/variety I enjoy, they still do watch their share of TV, I must say.  I guess I come by my affinity for the tube somewhat naturally.

Lastly, I'll add to the previous entry pertaining to the variant cover art from BtVS Season 8, drawn by Georges Jeanty. Dark Horse just released the variant cover image for issue 9 - the standard version of which, done by Jo Chen, I already posted - found HERE.  Jeanty's variant art isn't all that great on this one, IMO, but it is funny, for the bit of situational commentary it plays on the current Faith-oriented arc, with Giles involved.  The image is HERE.

That's all I've got for now.  More randomness later. 

Kristen Bell is awesome.
~ CinJudes ~: spn - sam - 1.18 - spooned_cinjudes_ on September 13th, 2007 01:46 pm (UTC)
I'm still waiting to see pics of you all dudded up for the reunion. I should have know you were just teasing me. ;P Once again, glad you had a decent time and even if the turnout was lame-ish.

Awesome that you had a another meet-up with Ves and her pals. I sometimes feel bad for you that the only nerdy in-town pals you usually have are your family, you know cause there is just something about being around people you just get it you know? That is one of the (many) reasons I am so glad Mihan and I found one another by accident because until then, as you know, I was quite alone in my hometown and without anyone who just got it. The squee, the reasons for the squee, the everything.

I finished S1 of FNL Tuesday night and yeah, I love it. But then again you knew I would. And I'm glad you are able to influence the 'rents at least somewhat. Given Mihan's success in getting her MIL to read and enjoy our Twilight books I gave mine to my mom last week and she is threw the 2nd book. Yesterday I ventured my first real question to her 'So do you love Edward yet?' And she sneered at me and goes 'Why?' (with a slight sneer on her face mind you) *blinks* 'Ummm, because he's Edward freakin' Cullen!' I respond totally aghast. To which she replied 'But he's hard as marble and cold'. *blinks twice* - *sigh* Yeah, it's clear to me that my mother spends WAY to much time with the Harlequin romances. Way to much time. Anyway, I shouldn't be going into this here, this is post on my journal material - but the point (and yes, there is one) is that even when I DO try to share with most of the people in my life (just like with Elizabeth yes watching VM but hating on Logan in the process - *strangles*) I am most often met with the look. You know the one. The one that says we take this (at least to them) trivial stuff way to personally and like it WAY to much. *screams*

Yeah, this is definitely post in my journal material. Unfortunately I just let my rant fly here - so maybe it will hit me again later or something. *garbles*
houseshouses7177 on September 13th, 2007 02:25 pm (UTC)
Oh yes, the look. I know the look all too well myself! My family is good for sci-fi, BtVS addicts all! But most people in my ordinary life? Not so much. *twirls you*
Jeff: super bad daddyj_mac179 on September 13th, 2007 02:35 pm (UTC)
Oops. I guess I could mention that I added a handful of pics from Saturday to the bucket, in the Miscellaneuous Personal section: http://smg.photobucket.com/albums/v606/clarkkent179/Miscellaneous%20Personal/

Just for here, though, I'll give you a few:

Me at home

Shortly after arriving

At the bar #1

At the bar #2

I just didn't take a whole bunch of pics with random people, since most of those I used to be friends with in school were no-shows. I have a few others that aren't in the bucket, but no one that would interest you (since they barely interest me, lol).

I am most often met with the look. You know the one. The one that says we take this (at least to them) trivial stuff way to personally and like it WAY to much. *screams*

Oh yes - I know the feeling. Which is why I'll sometimes have to vet my conversations about shows/movies/fandoms at times, depending on who I'm rambling to. I realize (in my head) that they just won't get the enthusiasm/passion, and I could be coming across as a little... bent. *sigh*
Spectacularly Adequate Empressempressvesica on September 14th, 2007 02:03 am (UTC)
He, the other man in your life here, is good people and patient like Job when Ro and I get into one of our girly chatterfests. I owe you one for the intro. :)

And woman, I need to call! I keep saying it and then letting silly things like sleep and grocery shopping get in the way. Next time I'm just calling from the store (because sleep dialing is a little too much like drunk dialing, no?).
houseshouses7177 on September 13th, 2007 02:26 pm (UTC)
I heard 3:10 was good, so perhaps I'll see with J when he gets back...on video, if need be. He had a real fetish for westerns.

Glad the reunion was fun! I went to my 10/11 [we couldn't count] and we only had about 15 out of 70 show up. Still, it was worth it from my perspective. J went to his and discovered that one of his classmates was a pornstar--came in costume with her coworker. Hee!
Jeff: VM - Dude!j_mac179 on September 13th, 2007 02:41 pm (UTC)
J went to his and discovered that one of his classmates was a pornstar--came in costume with her coworker. Hee!

LMAO! That is awesome. In a totally hysterical way.

I think the diversity in the size of my class - and large numbers of 'cliques' formed in school - made some people just apathetic to coming, and others may have been just busy or too far away to make the trip. I know the distance thing was probably a factor for a few people I can remember hoping would be there.

And the last time I can personally remember a class of 70, I graduated 8th grade at my private Catholic school. Then I went to my public school 9th grade class of over 1000 at DPHS. Talk about culture shock.
Spectacularly Adequate Empressempressvesica on September 14th, 2007 02:15 am (UTC)
Totally agree about the flicks. I never thought I liked Westerns but there is something about a few tweaks and twists to that classic white hat/black hat thing that's just awesome. You did, I assume, notice the hats? It made me grin.

Good to see you, good sir. As always, we should do it again!