Panama (spwebdesign) wrote,

Random Stuff (in lieu of the several really posts I've wanted to write)

Seeking: pork rinds and blistex.

Our kitchen is a mess right now. This is making life difficult on many levels. Yes, I have started the Atkins diet, partly because the science behind it seems to make sense and partly because I no longer have the will power to starve myself. I am supposed to be eating mostly meat and eggs (and other high-protein, no-carb foods), which would seem easy enough. Yet you'd be surprised how thoroughly carbs have invaded our modern American diet. (Sadly, I'm not even allowed plain yogurt for a little while.) And, with the kitchen about to be demolished for house renovations, I have to keep tabs on how many steaks/eggs I can buy before we lose our stove. Some things can be cooked in a toaster oven or microwave, but others cannot, at least not well. Not having a kitchen encourages a high carb diet, with all the cup-a-soups and such one can make. I must find creative ways of getting my protein while avoiding carbs for the few weeks the kitchen is out of commission. Which means I'll be even more receptive than usual to eating out, if anyone cares to join me.

Things I wish to post about:
  • My trip to Jacksonville on the weekend of October 4th.

  • The visit from my high school friend Rob on the weekend of October 11th, the same weekend I went apple picking.

  • My trip to Chicago on the weekend of November 2nd.

  • My trip to Silver Spring, MD/Washington, DC/Arlington, VA, on the weekend of November 9th.

Maybe during my Christmas trip to Panamá I'll get around to it.

Egg shells are harder than they appear.

I saw Matrix: Revolutions at the Aquarium's IMAX screen[1] on Tuesday with Dan[2]. Wow! I've seen movies on an IMAX before, but wow! Why exactly isn't this the standard? All movies should be shown on IMAX.

I'm sorry I missed all the housewarmings/halloween parties while I was travelling. Next time choose your dates better! ;)

On the drive down to Maryland (I drove down with JC and flew back by myself), JC and I conversed about things we look for in a city. (My dad seems to think I'm disillusioned by the East Coast, but that's not true. I just can't stand Boston, but that's been true for a couple of years.) So, what do I look for? I city that is cosmopolitan, intelligent, sophisticated, down-to-earth, unpretentious (unlike the Northeast), friendly, cultured, near a large body of water, in a warmer climate, with hilly topography, and with (or near) a major sports team. I was very impressed with Chicago, but it's cold and flat. If only we could move Chicago to the mid-Atlantic states! Right now, the top cities on my radar screen would have to be Washington, San Francisco, Portland, and (without having visited) Seattle. Pittsburgh would be right up there, too, if I could consider three rivers to be a large body of water -- Pittsburgh fits all the other criteria. I will most likely be visiting Charlotte, NC, next year, and I should also check out Memphis, New Orleans, and San Antonio at some point.

So then JC tells me that I will move away from Boston but will invariably find myself moving back a few years later, because no other city has what Boston has to offer. Good thing I wasn't drinking anything when he said that, or we would have had to look around for paper towels! But, I suppose, his Boston bias aside, that he has a point. What other city can you think of that is a bureaucratic nightmare, is run by unions (to the downfall of the city's infrastructure), is so extremely racist while claiming to be the bastion of freedom, has such fucked up roads and parking and police, is so unfriendly and pretentious, and is cold? I can't think of any.

Must clean room today. Fun, fun, fun. But at least I got to sleep in. Yay!

Now that LJ allows 5 extra userpics to paid members, I'm going to be wasting a lot of time playing with Photoshop.

[1] Go figure, the first time I go to Boston's famous New England Aquarium, and it's to see a popular movie on an IMAX screen, not to do aquarium-related things.

[2] But not Keya. I do a lot of things where it's just Keya and me or where it's Keya and Dan and me, but I hadn't done anything where it was just Dan and me since we went to see Spiderman together. I don't want him to think that Keya has to be around for me to socialize with him, and it's good to have some guy time anyway.
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