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01/31/2005 + 18:19

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Good times, sore tuckus
Tunes Red Hot Chili Peppers - By the Way

I did it! I bought an electric bike! Whoopie! It's no Sparky, rest in peace, but I'm really diggin' it. I went for a 1 hour ride yesterday and only used about 60% of the battery. Although Sparky was much more convenient in many ways, this guy is much more flexible - if I need to go over a sidewalk, by golly, I can. Bike racks? No problem. So far the only issue I've run into is that the bars where you would normally attach accessories, like a water bottle or a lock holder, are not circular but oval shaped, which doesn't work for those things. But... it's aluminum! I like aluminum. It's so light. And fast! Me likey. The seat is a little uncomfortable, which is why the sore tuckus.

I saw the most incredible thing yesterday - I was driving my bike around and about three blocks down from my old Fremont apartment I saw a computer desk I abandoned two years ago! An old friend's schitzophrenic boyfriend gave me that desk a long time ago, and it was very small, rickety, white, and was in general disarray. But, it did the job. I remember abandoning it on the street when I moved out of that apartment, and last night I saw it again, in a new location, with a big 'free' sign. I returned there today to take a picture, but it was gone. A shame, really. In its place was a twin sized bed, frame, and two pairs of skiis. I doubt they're there but you can check at 42nd and Fremont Ave.

I watched The Life Aquatic this weekend - such an excellent movie! The style, over-the-topness, and quirkiness really did it for me. I dare say that I enjoyed it more than Rushmore, although that was also a great movie. Both beat out Royal Tenenbaums. Go see it!

I also saw Spike and Mike's up on the Ave - their show included a poor bastard in a chicken suit giving us a live halftime show. That never happens at the movies O_o. Very bizzare, and he didn't seem to pleased to be there, but whatever. Sam Chen, of Eternal Gaze fame, had his Cat Ciao film in there, but a particularly gruesome variant. Kind of interesting that he made a new variant for this festival. Frog by Christopher Conforti was totally awesome.

This Saturday I start working on the 'set' of the untitled student film I'm involved in - should be a good time. My responsibilites are now officially sound editor, behind-the-scenes cameraman, and the minor speaking role of Rabbit #3. There's that whole rabbit thing again.

I saw this on Slashdot today - apparently high school kids have no idea what the rights in this country are, or should be. I'm really bothered by that - hopefully this survey gets some more public news coverage. Awareness, yes, yes.

EBNY, did I spell tuckus right? Great link on the last post, btw.

This is a minidisc I found on a plane during my holiday travels:

A mini-what?
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And then you said:
Andrew P, 7-5-2009 with $21.29
Did you even have a Player to see if That was the music on the disk? Just wondering.
Garhan, 2-2-2005 with $15.35
... I must say that I am NOT the person in said "great link" above ... I see a slight resemblance to myself, and that scares me!

Question: Is it sad I was reminded today is groundhog day by a gas pump? Interesting world we live in...

Random suggested tune --> Therion's "Children of the Damned... [21 more to go]
Jason, 1-31-2005 with $19.15
I totally know that guy...ok, I don't, but I wish I did.



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