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I've now been working on game for hours at a time. I see, hear, and think of nothing but Gundams over and over. The same battle sequence. The same dialogue. If I don't finish this game, I will go crazy. The fact that game is technically in two weeks doesn't help. The poster hasn't gone up, the weapons need to be ordered by me, the rooms need to be reserved, and the game itself is still in the san-checking process. Ack.

I've been debating over whether to punt Legends as a result since it is happening the weekend before game. My brain is fried.

I will miss Auror as she leaves for the weekend. Looks like it's going to be me and my computer for a few days. Now, thanks to her 14.01 problem sets, I have marginal product of labor equations in my head. Gundam pilots invoking the marginal rate of substitution to use a buster rifle.


Oct. 5th, 2001 11:00 am
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I woke up this morning feeling slightly down. To avoid going to work late, I set my alarm clock for much earlier in case I hit the snooze button several times. It just allowed me to hit the button even more. Went to work late anyway. *sigh*.

My mother sent me pagers about an elderly man in Florida who has a case of anthrax. She is now being paranoid about terrorists hitting Miami with biological warfare. I don't know what's worse: the possibility that she's paranoid or the possibility that she's right. Speaking of which, thanks to Auror, I'm contemplating whether to suprise my family with a visit home. I haven't been home since last Christmas. And if I don't do anything about it, I won't see some of them until next Christmas.

Then there is the attempt to finish game sometime this week for san-checking. Maybe I can get away with sending data files piece by piece to my zampolit this weekend. Something tells me that I shouldn't have gone to the Ig Nobels last night. The show itself was great (much better than last year with the simultaneous debates). There was even a wedding in 60 seconds or less. I like geek weddings. Wish I had more company though. The person who I was seeing this with gave me the feeling that I could have disappeared and she wouldn't care less. She kept talking about her circle of friends who I don't know (especially those who look like Marcus). Honestly, I wouldn't have been surprised if she ducked out in the middle of the show for a better view. She didn't even thank me for getting the tickets. That was the worse part. It amazing how powerful two words can be. *more sigh* Other than that, she was fun to be with.

We'll see what happens at tonight's mob. It's Questioner's birthday, and given the invite list, there will be women on opposite ends of the romance spectrum. This means that there will be people I love, people I like, and people I will be angry with in the same mob. Fortunately, there is only one person that I am currently very angry with. I will behave myself. I'm a grown-up. It should be fun.
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Still writing game for san-checking this weekend. Hopefully, it will be done in time. Work has been slow recently so I had lots of time on my hands. First off, to fulfill a child-like fantasy, I bought a video camera to audition for "The Real World". I know it's silly, but I didn't want to have any regrets. (The "coulda, woulda, shoulda" feeling) In addition, the 12-volume David Copperfield performances arrived from Singapore yesterday. Haven't seen him walk through the Great Wall since I was 7. That and game gave me something to do while the new Buffy premiere was being taped. It had the same expectations as Enterprise (with the same results). Oh well.

As for today, I finally purchased the last two pieces of my Gundam Wing video collection: (1) The final volume on VHS, and (2) the real Endless Waltz Special Edition DVD. Now, I can churn pages of character sheets like nothing before. I just have to remember that (1) I'm meeting the charming, sexy, talented, fiery redheaded Auror tonight, (2) I may be meeting the charming, talented, fiery redhead Rigel tomorrow night at the Ig Nobels, and (3)I'm going to a B-day mob for the charming, talented, fiery not-so-redhead Questioner Friday night. In addition to Shadowdawn Saturday, this will be one of my busiest weeks.

I love this planet.


Oct. 1st, 2001 02:04 pm
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So much as happened at Legends that summarizing it in Livejournal would not do it any justice. I have much to talk about with auror. All I can say is that I had more fun with my new character (and his little puppet friend). I got to let loose after the last character was too restrictive. I was flamboyant. I was flirtatious. I was French. Enough said about that for now.
The only downside was my diet of granola bars and juice for the entire weekend. I'm in combat, not donating blood. I went to this place called China Buffet where all the other players go after Legends. They called it sketchy, but I didn't care: they had crab claws. It was still better than Pu Pu. Oh the joys of eating meat again. I realize that there are certain things that I can't go without for so long without going insane.
I went home to find it as cold as the wilderness that I went to. I packed too light and shivered much of the time. I missed the warmth of a comforter (or a female body). Either way, I had to catch up on work and other errands that I ignored on Friday. For starters, I was convinced by someone to go to a U2 concert which I thought was on 10/30. She got it for 10/31. I just hope nothing is happening on Halloween. As long as I wear my Earthforce uniform to the concert, I'm fine.
And it has occurred to me that Endless Waltz is scheduled in less than four weeks. I better speed things up since I'm only halfway done. Bring out the triple espresso. In the meantime, I have the new Buffy and Enterprise to look forward to this week. I saw the debut of Enterprise with Bester and Rigel. It had potential, though the intro needs work and the Vulcan gel smearing scene was _______ (it's already on the internet). Note to self, ask Rigel (1) where Rigel came from, and (2) about a possible trip to Manray.
For now, I should catch up on my work and look forward to seeing Auror tonight.
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Visited Auror again. Smuggled some Tosci's and a Gundam tape for her. Came to the realization that Tosci's also served coffee, particularly large espresso. One large cup, and I was writing Endless Waltz until 3am. Psychadelic man. I've been running on caffeine and Cheetos ever since. Downed cups stright up like they were whiskey shots. It's great. It warded off any signs of cold or flu. I can actually work with a clear head. Of course, now I have to wonder why I'm at my best when I'm either full of caffiene or full of alcohol

Out of it

Sep. 18th, 2001 11:15 am
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I visited an ailing Auror at the Med Center. Brought her tissues, back-up tissues, and emergency tissues. Also brought her cellphone and a couple of books. I've spent most of the visiting hours talking to her and just holding her hand. Now, I think I have what she has. Unlike her, however, I've been drinking heavily (the joys of ordering Super Size meals), so I can still work. I'm also full of medication with visions of sugar plum Gundams strolling along. The scary part about it is that they talk in Perl. I hope she is released soon.

I will be busy this week with writing game. I also heard about the 5E party this Friday. I just hope I can recover before then. I remember going to Mardi Gras with a fever and dehydration; and that was without alcohol. Then I will go to Waltham on Saturday to see an old friend. Seeing people is good.


Sep. 17th, 2001 03:04 pm
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I wish I could get back the last three days. 3-day spy games are becoming too slow for my taste. But this is in regards to the game. It was however great to work with the players. Old friends. New frosh. Fine, foxy ladies to talk to. Unfortunately, I cannot give away the details of game. All I can say is that I thought my character was too restrictive in personality. It felt like Legends all over again. (Long story) I wished Auror was there, but she fell ill yesterday. Alas, my ability to speak to her seems to decline when she is in so much discomfort. I brought her tissues and apple juice and held her hand. I didn't know what else to do at the time.
In addition to that, I found out through a last-minute notice that my Northeastern class was cancelled. It was supposed to give me something to do in the weekday evenings when Auror and others are tooling. Sometimes it's usually myself with my computer when they're busy. I need to be around people more often. With a comment comparing me to a cyborg, I sometimes feel like my humanity is dwindling. I seek further female companionship.
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Read my character sheet for an upcoming role-playing game. This will be my most difficult plot. I need to write my own game in 6 weeks. And now, I'm slated to go square dancing not for pleasure but for obligation. The things we do for women. I thought I was above that. Now I've become a hypocrite. Auror owes me big time.


Sep. 10th, 2001 11:22 am
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It has been a while since my last entry due to recent events. I should start off on Friday when I came home during my lunch break to find out that my grandmother had a stroke. You don't realize how much you would miss someone until the possibility finally arrives. We had a falling out after a while due to distance, but all that disappeared when I called her from her hospital room. I was amazed to talk to her considering the fact that she had a stroke. I had Thrawn's SO talk to me about a worse case, but I'm glad that is not the case. I just found out today that she was released from the hospital to the relief of my entire family, including my father who is older than her (long story).
Fortunately, auror convinced me to go to Dralion with a bunch of my friends. Thrawn was fortunate enough to have a spare ticket, though it was for a solo seat. This was fine considering that I found out my ex-SO, Ween, was also joining us. More on that later. The performance was awe inspiring. The baffoons were funny. I liked the music, the acrobatics, and the overall flow. They gave me new ideas for my next Legends character which will be a Tor Aquillon. I even enjoyed one of the perks of attending a Canadian-based show: the purchase of Chardonnay at the concessions stand. For the record: white wine goes great with popcorn. Much to the dismay of auror, of all the souvenirs I could have purchased at the show, I invested $3 on a clown's nose. I needed the laugh considering what happened with my grandmother. This carried on to dinner where I sat between two of the quietest people in the table: Ween and Wicka, Thrawn's SO. Ween and I haven't spoken to each other since a wedding over two months ago, and now I'm seeing her during zebediah's move, Dralion, dinner, and (later) a housewarming party for three days straight. Talk about feelings of awkwardness. To this day, I still don't know whether to hate her or thank her for what she did. It was her break-up that allowed me to reject monogamy, be introduced to polyamory, and fall for auror. I am no longer the hopeless romantic, for I know that nothing is forever and I know true pain. Happily ever after doesn't exist. We pretty much had little to say to each other even though we were right next to each other.

Saturday was much better. After a semi-successful Shadowrun (another long story involving cybertrolls and elves), I went to a housewarming party hosted by rigel, bester, truthspeaker among others. It was a great party. Anime, gigaseconds of UNIX, and game oh my. Also, there were so many fine, foxy ladies to talk to. Bester may have convinced me to become a Mac user. And the thought of rigel with nearly all of her past and current SOs was interesting. I partied until late. It was all good. It is because of this that justifies my Livejournal mood. Just wished I did more on Sunday than sleep 60% of the day and saw "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" at LSC.


Sep. 2nd, 2001 08:08 pm
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I have returned from my first weekend at Legends. It was wonderful. I was able to figure out how people interacted. I even died twice. Unfortunately, I made the mistake of pissing off about half the characters in game. Fortunately, it was only the characters. This does mean that I will have to change characters from the next time. The only problem was the sudden chill I had Saturday night when it dropped from 80 to 50 in one hour. In the meantime, I have to write game. This will be my debut as a GM after six years of the Guild. (Yes, I'm old.)

After Legends, it was a relief to finally eat Chinese food. One can only live off Pocky for so long. Meat and ravs galore with the lovely auror. Afterwards was B5 and...well....I take a vow of silence on that one. For today, she visited her sister while I toured Harvard Square and Boston's Marache. I like the trip but some company was tempting. I have embraced my polyamory and am actively searching for a secondary. Yes, I've had a good weekend.
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I have three days to prepare for my first Legends weekend. Hopefully, I can get the materials today to make the weapons. My sword training still needs work since I still need painkillers to recover from a Patrol run. Then there is the matter of getting the costume ready and memorizing the rules. Need caffeine. Need booze.


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