A pretty good night

  • Free dinner at Trang Viet Cuisine.
  • Watched a Babylon 5 episode (“Sic Transit Vir”) with Jodi, who rarely has any interest in it, but put up with it for my birthday — and Amanda, who is watching the whole series with me (we’re on S5E02 next, which I think has the Declaration of Principles).
  • Will watch an episode of Buffy (S2E01, whatever that turns out to be) soon.
  • A bit of drama, but that’s how LJ is sometimes. I might should have put my birthday stuff into a different post. Ah well. I know y’all wish only the best for us, and I love you for it.

    For the record, Jodi is quite capable of handling graduate work; she’s taken many graduate seminars and been graded as a graduate student (and earned good grades even by grad-student standards), and the organizer of the PIKSI all-expenses-paid trip told her that her references are glowing. And we do regularly discuss the job prospects available in this area that don’t involve four hours a day waiting for hourly bus routes to connect. But she’s gung-ho on GRE prep, to which the thousands of filed index cards for vocabulary study will attest. And that’s going to not only get her into graduate school, but get her fully funded somewhere. She’s not as dumb as I look. ;)

    I didn’t like the idea of selling the camera. At first, I downright hated the idea. But it gradually dawned on me that it was the single most powerful thing I can do to move in the right direction, and now I think it’s a darned good idea. A bit humbling, but wise. When I have enough free time, I’ll write some more crossword puzzles or sell some articles, and I’ll use the proceeds to get a decent digital with some sort of optical zoom. I really don’t need pro-am gear, I just ‘shiny’ it.

    The road trip is still on; Dad’s paying for gasoline and we’re gonna use CouchSurfing.com to find places to sleep. (If you know someone in Nashville, St. Louis, DeKalb, Milwaukee, Kalamazoo, Oxford OH, Cleveland, Kent OH, Boston, Blacksburg VA, or Atlanta who would like some polite houseguests who plan to bring a gift like some key lime juice or other Floridiana, let me know!) So it’s basically just food for an expense, and we were planning to eat some of that anyway. (Though not necessarily the likes of R. Thomas, Giordano’s, or equivalent legendary foodstuffs of the cities we’re visiting. For that matter, if you know a must-eat food along the way, speak up! We’re already planning to have some frozen custard, too.)

    And by the way, we DO have air conditioning in the car; it was my dad’s graduation present to Jodi and his birthday present to me, and a very generous present at that. So it’s all good.

    We should really have some sort of get-together so people can hear more about our lives than I have time to post. Who’s interested?

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    8 responses to “A pretty good night

    1. pappy74

      Boston?!

      Oh, I think Mike and I might be able to work out a place for you to stay :)

      And Happy Birthday to ya!

    2. heathrow

      I didn’t wish you happy birthday in the last posting frenzy, so I must now. Your dinner out sounds wonderful. :)

      Please understand that people wanted to offer you solutions to the issues you presented. I (like many others) focused on the financial issues you were struggling with. It wasn’t meant to pile on Jodi or cast aspersions on her ability to do graduate work. We were just focusing on the benjamins, yo.

    3. jitterbug5bi5

      an episode of Buffy (S2E01, whatever that turns out to be)

      “When She Was Bad”… mmm. ^_^

      Ok, bed now. >.> *collapses*

    4. fizzgig_bites

      Happy Birthday!

    5. gardenwaltz

      we live in Raleigh, NC which should be somewhere in a line between Atlanta & Blacksburg. Let us know if you will be in the area. We have futonability.

    6. segnbora

      Try noders on the E2 Hospitality index: http://www.everything2.com/index.pl?node_id=1274814

    7. itwasstillhot

      I am always up for a gathering, but I tote two toddlers. We’re moving at the end of the week, Ernesto be damned, and I am confident we’ll have a NGH (no-gifts housewarming) at some point in the nearish future.

    8. meander112

      Visiting may be possible. I’ll need details.

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