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So here I am, minding my own business, and out of nowhere the audio for Alpiner popped into my head.

Skunk farts (not displayed in this clip) are the worst and the 'look out!' voice can be incredibly sarcastic. I also (still) see an image of some French guy facing right with long hair in the initial mountain graphic when the game starts up. Why he's French, I have no idea. Ask my 4th grade self.

I also have no idea what triggered this in my brain, but I'm glad there's YouTube so I can hopefully cycle the audio back out soon.
twilight33: (Kieran)
Labor Day with no rain?! )
It's very strange to have Labor Day again be associated with the wistful sadness of the end of summer and the beginning of a new school year. With the timing of college classes either starting before or way after the holiday, this taps into my own K-12 memories and I used to get extremely nervous. I remember little about kindergarten except reenacting Star Wars on the playground, hermit crabs, someone barfing during the Pledge of Allegiance, the day I tied my shoes by myself, and wondering why they had huge pictures in addition to words on a test. I wonder what will stand out for Kieran.

* circa 1999 WTO riots, the one near the bus tunnel was spray painted with this & Meat is Murder. We've converted others across the country to our terminology.
twilight33: (pensive)
I finally faced the Tower-shaped hole in my heart head on with today's article confirming what I feared: another part of my hometown and heritage is dead. I knew the ones around here had closed and they'd filed for bankruptcy, but surely the Tower was ok, right?


Even worse, I had to call and break the news to my mom after we had just spoken a little under an hour before. She's off to our homeland next month, and last week had the idea of stopping by Tower to browse and was so excited about it. You would have thought I was calling to announce the news of the death of one of our friends when I read 'the defunct Sacramento-based retailer', but she was thankful that I didn't allow her anticipation to build further only to make a rather nasty discovery when she pulled into the parking lot.

I sound like such a nostalgic old fart, but truly I can't imagine Tower not being there. It was my first solo destination after attaining the Holy Trinity of high school: 1 - cutting class 2 - a driver's license 3 - a car. The lyric in the subject is from the album I got that early fall day that influenced way too much of my poetry and mindset over my senior year. You can laugh if you want at the artist, but if you listen to that particular album you'll hear an awful lot of me both then and now! The cafe across the street with desserts to die for opened the same year & I'm not sure how many of them I walked off while in pursuit of the perfect CD.

*sniff* at least there's still crickets in the summertime by those odd-looking Land Park streetlights...
twilight33: (moon)
9 years ago around this time, I was packing to leave California for good.

Exactly 4 years ago today, I began the journey to finishing my BA although I was too mortified at the time to be up front about it. I didn't even tell my mom until she saw my admission certificate on the fridge...

Today on my MS journey, I followed instinct to turn in my first draft of my major database project just after 6 Central although the actual deadline is 10 Central.

With 10 minutes til then, I clicked on my class site to find...

Error 404--Not Found
From RFC 2068 Hypertext Transfer Protocol -- HTTP/1.1:
10.4.5 404 Not Found
The server has not found anything matching the Request-URI. No indication is given of whether the condition is temporary or permanent.

If the server does not wish to make this information available to the client, the status code 403 (Forbidden) can be used instead. The 410 (Gone) status code SHOULD be used if the server knows, through some internally configurable mechanism, that an old resource is permanently unavailable and has no forwarding address.

With 7 minutes to go it just corrected itself, but I like sparing myself major heart attacks.

Not again!

Jan. 15th, 2007 06:32 pm
twilight33: (moon)
I'll admit I was skeptical about the whole additional snow forecast tonight/tomorrow since it was seeming much warmer... until I swear it dropped 15 degrees in the 50 minutes we were at Costco just now. If they close the schools again tomorrow I will cry. Where is our rain? Why isn't this ice melting off our streets? I didn't move to the Plains or the East Coast, I moved to a temperate zone dammit!

On the plus side, we and everyone else armed with Costco coupons happily swarmed their chicken alfredo and beautiful chrome 5 quart Crock Pots with Little Dippers. I intend to load the latter up with chocolate for dipping fruit and cookies in at every future tea. The Crock Pot is a major victory; I had an old small one that was functional but chickens and roasts never fit in it. My ex-husband also caused a very traumatic fire in our apartment with it (long story, no permanent damage) that I always thought about every time I used it (not as often as I'd like). It's definitely time to send all that out and begin anew!
twilight33: (OMG)
From, "Bitterly cold air will launch a full-scale invasion of the U. S. tomorrow, beginning with the Pacific Northwest."

In other news, my husband's car decided to break last night shortly after I wrote about getting an espresso machine. Oh well... I like classy ghetto mochas (1 pump Ghirardelli, 2 cups coffee, dash of milk) just fine so I'll bide my time until we no longer have preschool tuition to pay in September. A dark secret of mine is back in the mid 90s when I was in the San Francisco corporate rat race, I made ghetto mochas all the time since hot cocoa mix & Peet's were free at each company I worked for!


Dec. 29th, 2006 06:19 pm
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Despite the fact that the boxes of satsumas I see around here are routinely from California, when I lived there I never ate them. I lived on clementines, which I rarely see here and those that I do tend to be subpar. There is a distinct difference between the two to me as a Central Valley produce snob. Do not even get me started on what passes for asparagus around here.

We just picked a 5 lb box of clementines for $6 at Costco and OMG this crop is of amazing quality. I want to eat the entire thing tonight and go back for more tomorrow morning. Even Kieran was grabbing away the slices from me and shoving them in his face hand over fist, they are that fresh and sweet. I think the produce snob genes have carried forward another generation.

Why am I writing this, I must eat more of them now. I haven't had fruit gorging tendencies this bad since I was past due with Kieran and consumed a half flat of strawberries!


Jun. 5th, 2006 02:57 pm
twilight33: (Default)
No it's not about me, but once this was. I'm sure it probably was for you at some point too.

Lyrics from the past )

Hang the DJ

Apr. 6th, 2006 12:40 pm
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I'm currently mortified that the other day I spaced out on the fact that Johnny Marr practically was The Smiths long before his stint with The The. Some former DJ I am! I eloquently blathered on to my husband about the distinction between Smiths & solo Morrissey less than an hour ago, citing this chorus as an example.

Guess what just came on the radio?

This is in addition to having my vintage teen angst song (Smiths, not Morrissey, I needed good guitar for my moping) half a lifetime ago covered earlier. I've been laughing at myself ever since, combined with some genuine amazement that my 3 lifelong friends who survived that era still have anything to do with me today. I was the epitome of doomcookie before the phrase was even coined & have a box full of godawful poetry and journals to prove it.

Edit: Major faux pas for RadioNigel to subject us to Joe Jackson - Steppin Out twice in about 3 hours.
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There's a lot about astrology I laugh at, but I was clueless about the fact that it's Mercury retrograde time again. I've found that more often than not, these things mean business.

Businesses, travels and communications tend to experience delays and different problems. Computers and other processes that work with information may experience crashes, unexpected failures.

That would be why for the life of me I couldn't get the computer to work (refused to acknowledge our wireless network despite the fact that all looked fine at the router) this morning, my husband is currently battling the damned thing too. Add a lovely emotional quagmire and voila! It's beer thirty possibly followed by brownie sundaes at the rate this day is going...
twilight33: (Default)
Thanks to my friends still in Sacramento who saw this on a billboard on Hwy 50, I have some cows to distract me from the continued losing streak.

Ugh. I can't escape 'Leesten to mah wife' ads on TV though. *shudder*
twilight33: (Default)
I swear I get fiercely homesick over the stupidest things.

Home, as much as I loathe to admit it sometimes, is Sacramento. Land of 100+ degree summers, tomatoes flying off open bed trucks to splatter alongside I5, and the scent of burning rice paddy fields heralding fall's arrival.More on why I'm rambling about Sacramento )

Or is it really home anymore? I've grown awfully fond of the Emerald City and summers that won't kill you in a fiery blast as you step outside. In any case, Kieran is a native here and we have no plans to move from the area anytime soon. Our house owns us, not the other way around!


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