Walk-about

Oct. 4th, 2007 03:10 pm
lbmango: (Default)
I should probably get a Boston icon, any suggestions? (not red-sox related) Maybe a mini T-map. Dunno

Anyway, the move seems to have gone pretty smoothly. I'm not done un-packing so I won't give a casualty report, but so far nothing that can't be replaced has been broken. All of the furniture fits, and even though I was worried about not having enough storage, I have plenty. So, the transition from a 3 BR house to a 2 BR apt seems to have been fairly painless.

Adventure )

Anyway, I'm going to actually start work tomorrow, so we'll see how THAT works out...
lbmango: (serious)
a quick poll, and then some rambling.

[Poll #1062463]

ramblings )

Anyway, the next time I blog here, I will probably be unpacking in Boston.

Wierd news

Sep. 17th, 2007 09:19 pm
lbmango: (Default)
I was in the checkout aisle of the supermarket today and for the first time EVER was tempted to pick up "Soap Opera Weekly". The cover story was about Heros. I find the fact that I watch a program that is also covered by Soap Opera Weekly very disturbing.
lbmango: (class)
I was talking with [livejournal.com profile] vonjonkman and was trying to convey the size of Boston. Since Boston proper is actually pretty small, that wasn't helpful.

The metric I came up with was the length of 1/2 of the beltway. Obviously, Boston doesn't have a whole beltway, and diameters are too hard to measure using googlemaps.

So, here are the relative values (all numbers are VERY loose):

Boston: 50 mi (100 mi for the 495 loop)

Baltimore: 25 mi

Washington DC: 30 mi

New York (if you count 287): 70 mi

I have no idea if this is actually a useful metric, but there you go.

meme

Sep. 13th, 2007 04:28 pm
lbmango: (memage)
from [livejournal.com profile] psuedotheist and [livejournal.com profile] retch independently:

1. Go to Career Cruising. 2. Put in Username: nycareers and Password: landmark. 3. Take their "Career Matchmaker" questions. 4. Post the top twenty results

I'm listing 21 for reasions which will be obvious.

my results )
lbmango: (Default)
Well, I will as of October 1.

If you want to know it, send me an email. I'll probably send out a mass-email in a few days anyway...

Next step: Packing!

Newspapers

Aug. 28th, 2007 01:36 pm
lbmango: (stupid)
How do you get the newspaper to stop comming when you are on vacation? Usually, you call the newspaper and say "put my newspaper on hold" or something. However, what do you do when you aren't actually supposed to be getting the newspaper?

The Times Union is evidently having some sort of promotion where they are giving me the paper for free for, at this point, at least 2 weeks. On the one hand, this is great, as it gives me plenty of free packing material for when I move. On the other hand, when I go to Boston next week, I'll have 7 newspapers laying on my lawn making it obvious that I'm not there.

Back up plan is to ask a friend to grab them for me, or a neighbor, but it's still annoying.
lbmango: (Default)
Some friends and I decided to play disk golf today. It was a pretty day, but way too hot and humid. Nothing my DC standards, mind you, but still.

The excitement occured as I was warming up. I got dive bombed by a bee, which got stuck in my mustache, scared, and stung me in the lip. Then it flew away and presumaby died. My lip hurt for a few holes, but over all, no damage done.

I didn't throw too well, so my disk golf game was a bit off. but it was a fun day, and now I'm going to drink LOTS of fluids.
lbmango: (sheep)
So, I was driving back from Vermont yesterday and was reminded of something I wanted to ask here. I want a list of songs with good vocabulary words in them.

Examples:

They Might be Giants "Mammal": Allotheria

Billy Bragg "The Saturday Boy": unrequited

I'm debating whether Shania Twain "This Kiss": Perpetual really counts.

rules: Tom Lehrer probably doesn't count (the elements song CERTAINLY doesn't count). No song explicitly to show vocab counts. TMBG might not count either.

(This was mostly caused by a mis-hearing of Sting's "We work the Black Seam". I thought it had the word chthonic...)


additions?
lbmango: (Default)
So, I went camping on Saturday. Went to Vermont, where I found that the recomended campground was full, so I went to another one.

Once there, I realized that I had left some medicine at home. So, I went for a kayak and a short walk on Sunday, and drove home on Monday.

During the drive home, I decided to take a short hike. I felt like crap, but figured what the heck, 2 miles out and 2 miles back, no problem. It was 2 miles straight up, and 2 miles straight down. Not a bad hike actually, if I hadn't felt like crap... anyway, I made it and slept very well last night.

Now I need to figure out what to do with the next week and a half. I've decided that hiking and kayaking etc can be done just as easily as day trips from here, where I have a nice bed, and I can actually hang out with people if I want. Being alone in a campsite isn't appealing this week. Sometimes it is, but this week, I'm starting to get excited about meeting new people again, when I move, so I don't really feel like the whole solitude of nature thing...
lbmango: (Default)
So, I have a job lined up, but I won't really be able to find an apartment for a week and a half. So that means I get a vacation!

The advantage of being un-employed is that I can do whatever I want. Unfortunately, everyone else has stuff that they need to do.

So, I'm looking for suggestions. I have like a week and a half, and then maybe another in Mid September. I sort of need suggestions on good vacations to take by yourself. I'm seriously considering camping in Canada. I've done it a bunch of times, and it's always fun. I've always wanted to get to the bay of Gaspe'... but it's a haul.

I'd prefer it not to cost TOO much (I AM un-employed, sort of).

I'm also considering just a whole bunch of day trip like things. Kayaking on the Mohawk, hiking in the adirondaks, etc.

Any thoughts?

Icon plea

Aug. 12th, 2007 12:53 am
lbmango: (Default)
I have just decided that I need an "over analysis" icon. any ideas?
lbmango: (panic)
So, this is sort of a call for help. I've been on operation grape-shot for a couple of weeks now, and have very little to show for it.

It's gotten to the point where I'm sitting at my computer hitting the "check email" button like a monkey on crack. I've decided that waiting for a good job to fall in my lap is not going to work too well, in addition to being terribly demoralizing. I need to do something pro-active, but I'm not sure what that is.

The next stage is, I think, to network, and the first step in networking is to ask for help. So, here it is. I think I've complained enough here that if you're still paying any attention you have some idea of what I'm looking for (if not ask). If you know anything or anyone who might help, let me know, please!

Of course, everyone who has already given me contacts, thanks.

Alternatively, if anyone can pimp me good web-comics to read between crack-monkey email checking, that would be nice too.
lbmango: (crotchety)
Fresh mint in a nice garden salad with balsamic vinaigrette is not as tasty as perhaps you thought it would be.
lbmango: (Default)
I was doing my normal morning surf of the internets, and I was reading somethnig (probably a web comic) when firefox suddenly loaded up the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Latvia.

Spooky!

NOAA

Jun. 28th, 2007 03:26 pm
lbmango: (Plan B)
Well, the NOAA guy just called, so it looks like I'm having an interview tomorrow morning. whee.

and then a phone interview in the afternoon. whee ^2
lbmango: (Default)
So, I made pies a few weeks ago, for the department picnic and another get-together that happened today. Everyone commented that they had a WHOLE lot of bourbon in them, and I said, yeah, last time, I thought I put too much in, and so I thought I cut it in half... Maybe I need to cut it in half again?

So, I went to the recipee book to make a notation and found out the problem.

The original recipee calls for 1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract. I had altered that to read:

1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract / 1/4 cup bourbon.

Because my handwriting is so bad, I read that as

1 Tablespoon of vanilla extract 1 1/4 cup bourbon.

I think I need to change that to 1/8 cup now that I think of it... but in any case... whooeee bourbony pies.
lbmango: (serious)
So, my aunt passed away this morning. So on Sunday I'm going to drive down to DC... I have no idea how long I'll be down there... Part of the advantage of being unemployed...

The odd thing about this is that all of this hit me MUCH harder last night before it had actually happened. When my mother called this morning to tell me that it was over... I don't know.

Maybe it will hit me harder later... We'll see.

a sad day

Jun. 21st, 2007 09:24 pm
lbmango: (serious)
My aunt (father's side) is dying. Something happened on Monday, and her liver failed and one thing and another and she's on a ventilator. Her mind is completely fine, but her body is giving up. She wants to take out the ventilator.

All of this is happening in Nashville. I'm sitting helpless at home.

What does one do while one is waiting for a call to say that one's aunt has died? I can't sit and cry myself to sleep, because it hasn't happened yet. On the other hand, I can't watch TV, or read or do anything useful either. I can't call my dad because the phone lines are full, I can't call anyone else because as soon as anyone gets a phone call they'll assume it's the important call, or I'll tie up a phone line.

All I can do is sit here and write this log entry.

Oh, and today is my father's birthday.
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