September 12th, 2003

full life

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(A forwarded email from my stepfather.)

You know you're living in 2003 when...
1. You accidentally enter your password on the microwave.
2. You haven't played solitaire with real cards in years - or ever.
3. You have a list of 15 phone numbers to reach your family of 3.
4. You e-mail your coworker who sits at the desk next to you.
5. Your reason for not staying in touch with friends is that they do not have e-mail addresses.
6. When you go home after a long day at work you still answer the phone in a business manner.
7. When you make phone calls from home, you accidentally dial "9" to get an outside line.
8. You've sat at the same desk for four years and worked for three different companies.
10. You learn about your redundancy on the 11o'clock news.
11. Your boss doesn't have the ability to do your job.
12. Contractors outnumber permanent staff and are more likely to get long-service awards.

AND THE REAL CLINCHERS ARE...
13. You read this entire list, and kept nodding and smiling.
14. As you read this list, you thought about forwarding it to your "friends".
15. You got this email from a friend that never talks to you anymore, except to send you jokes from the net.
16. You are too busy to notice there was no No. 9.
17. You actually scrolled back up to check that there wasn't a No. 9.
full life

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And now, a real update:

1. Tonight should be awesome: my mom and stepdad are taking me and Kath to see the new Bill Irwin play. I am a Bill Irwin freak, as is Kath, and we are both terribly excited. All I know about it is that it's called "Harlequin" and it might have something to do with the evolution of the clown. Also, we have apparently been receiving lots of wedding gifts in lieu of my mom's upcoming engagement party for us, and she's bringing some of what's portable into the city tonight. Maybe we'll have a George Foreman grill, finally. Also, a S'mores Making Machine.

2. Other things that are awesome include:
  • finalizing the wedding details with the florist and putting a deposit down - this means that all that's left is the DJ and the tuxedos.


  • the Confessions of a Dangerous Mind DVD. Besides just being an awesome movie, there's lots of cool extras, and it's nice to hear important Hollywood people saying such nice things about Sam Rockwell, who's pretty much the man. I get irked when I see commercials for Matchstick Men and it's all Nic Cage, all the time. Aside from Raising Arizona and Adaptation, what the fuck is the rest of the world seeing in Nic Cage that I clearly do not?

3. Things that are sad: well, as jongre said, it's a rough week being a Jo(h)n.

4. Stupid Xbox-geeky things:
  • There is apparently a new dashboard for the Xbox that is downloadable from Xbox Live, but of course the download times out on my console and I can't get it to work. I'm sure it's because 500,000 people are all trying to download the same thing at the same time, but you'd think Microsoft would have anticipated that and made some adjustments.


  • Been playing lots of ESPN Football, which is so fucking great it hurts. I'm maintaining my boycott of all things EA, but it's easier when there's great alternatives. F U, Madden!

5. Due to this morning's conversation with mgrasso, I think I'm gonna have to put "100 Years Of Solitude" down and start rereading "Infinite Jest" again, and this time totally go to town on it; not only will I finally get around to notating every mention of the video (I know there are IJ indexes out there, but I want to do it on my own), but I'm thinking about perhaps attempting a treatment for a miniseries. Not that I know what goes into doing that, and not that I think the world needs another film based on a book, especially a book that not enough people have read, but I've wanted to see a film of IJ ever since I first read it, and I'd like to see what it would take to make it work. The ideal way to do it is probably an HBO miniseries, of 5-7 installments, 2 hours each, preferably with Wes Anderson directing.