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I think I have Lily!!! [Jan. 4th, 2008|08:45 am]
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It looks like I may have my daughter this weekend. My ex is starting to cave since the court case is looming on the horizon and she probably wants to settle. So with stuff at my apartment, the new house, and my parents house, I have to get things organized real, real fast. This is a good stress though. I am so excited. I hope everything goes well. But with lots of family right around the corner (literally) to help, I'm sure this will be great.
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HAPPY NEW YEAR [Jan. 1st, 2008|10:03 pm]
The Hairy Man Without A Plan
Well hello there world! It's 2008 and the planet hasn't exploded yet, so I guess I'm (and by default... you) are here and made it through 2007. I apologize to all of the ghosts in the machine out there if you're reading this, but you made it too, in a way, in a shape, in a form.

What a year! I lost my job. I found a job. Sue and I found a house. I turned 40. My ex took my daughter away from me for 3 months. I go to court on Jan 15 (wish me luck). It's been interesting.

Jobs. The whole lost and found job thing hurt me this past year. The job market isn't that great around here and with job skills of telling bad jokes and puns and breaking into song frequently, you can see why it was hard finding work. I'm with Safelite Glass for now. I'm not particularly happy there, but it is paying most of the bills. Some times I feel like Pippin from the musical, still looking for my corner of the sky. But with some motivation and encouragement from Sue, I'm am starting to look for something better.

My big birthday surprise was Sue taking me to the Hippodrome downtown to see Avenue Q. We were like in the 3rd row orchestra. They were the best seats I've ever had there in my 40 tears on this Earth. The show was a scream. Think Muppets meets Rent with puppet sex and Gary Coleman. Yeah... that's right... definitely a rated R production. It was the best present ever!!!

The house we needed because a one bedroom apartment with the three of us (4 when Lily is here) and four cats was getting out of hand. So, there is a nice 3 bedroom, end of group house, and it's right across the street from my parents and three 1/2 blocks from my sister's house. We have until the end of January to be completely out of the apartment and in the new house. The phone numbers and emails will all stay the same, so getting in contact with us shouldn't be a problem. I will give further updates as the arrive.

The legal stuff is too sad to go into, but suffice to say that my lawyer is very, very confident that the contempt charge I filed will be settled in my favor, and this sad, sad chapter in my life will be over. On the plus side, the ex has been releasing Lily here and there now. I think she knows she's in big legal trouble now and is trying to "play" nice. I doesn't make up for the pain and suffering by a long shot, but it's good to see Lil again.

What am I looking forward to in 2008? Everything. I hope that it will be better, bigger, greater. I want me to grow (not physically, I need to shrink there!) and I want the lives of those around me to grow too. That's it. That would be enough.

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Edit and update from last post [May. 30th, 2007|10:20 am]
The Hairy Man Without A Plan
Well, I found out that I made a few errors in the last post, but nothing life threatening. So here are the edits:

I think it's Mya Bohnhoff, not Myra.

The next con for me is not Shore Leave but Conterpoint 07. How could I forget with Crystal and Steve getting married and all.

As for today, I'm at work... but my heart and mind aren't here. I can't get motivated and there is so much that could be done. I have housework backed up also. Oh woe is me!!! Whatever. That was enough self pity... I'll just shut up and do what needs to be done. I just needed to whine a little bit.
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What a weekend!!! [May. 29th, 2007|03:31 pm]
The Hairy Man Without A Plan
[Current Location |The Dundalk Eagle]
[mood |working]

Well, I survived my second Balticon. It was a long weekend, and we (Sue, Matthew, Lily, and me) all had a good time. Sue worked for Nancy at the calligraphic button booth. Matthew did his thing, consisting of video gaming, anime watching, movie watching, game room hanging out, and con suite visiting.

Lily started to come into her own and is getting more comfortable looking around a con without a "grown up" in tow (well... physically grown up). She has limits of course, but with a watch and a cel phone, she has started that great convention going experience. She also found a few kids from previous cons to hang out with and enjoy each other's company, especially Daniel and Katie. I feel very proud of her growing into her own person.

I helped out Sue mainly by delivering food and drink, and covering the table when needed. Not a big deal, but it's nice to be wanted. I got to a couple of panels (I really liked the Heros one), heard three concerts (both of Dave Clement's and the GoHs Myra and John Bohnhoff), saw the Masquerade, got arrested by Klingons (my first time, and completely paid for by my daughter), watched some movies, hung out in gaming and the con suite, and had a wonderfully exhausting time.

I had a filk first!!! At my first convention with Sue (OVFF 05) I heard Michelle Dockery perform Mal's Song, a great Firefly song. She has wrote it a few months earlier. At Balticon, I heard the Bohnhoff's parody it with a Charlotte's Web twist. I have heard many a filk in the last two years, but this is the first time I saw (and heard) a brand new song and them heard the brand new filk of it. It doesn't sound like much to you old timers out there, but it made it very special to me.

I also have to say that Dave Clement's Stan Rogers tribute was great. He did my three favorites; Mary Ellen Carter, Barrett's Privateers, and Giant. Dave is also a great story teller, it is such a joy to heard him talk, play, and sing. I hope to hear him at a house filk soon.

Well, I think Shore Leave 07 is the next con coming up. I'm going to be a little more prepared this time. I hope to see everybody soon!!!
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Monday Monday [Sep. 25th, 2006|01:35 pm]
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Well, here I sit at lunch, and I realize that I haven't posted in an age or so. So I will give it a go.

I refuse to get Civ 4 until I beat Civ 3 at the hardest level. I know it sounds a bit obsessive (and I see obsessive a lot more than I used to), but it's just a thorough thing with me. The same with Medieval Total War. I have to beat it as the Danes on the hard setting. Then, I will be done.

I'm going to Seattle for a day and a half October 7th and 8th. I'm going to meet Sue's uncle and aunt and get to see the west coast finally. Don't look so shocked! No, I've never been to the that side of the US before. I know there will be a ton to see, but suggestions are welcomed by all.

The apartment is slowly coming along. I'm getting to spread my cooking wings again and have done some good meals if I say so myself. I would dearly like a garden one day. Maybe when Sue and I get a house. How to know when a papaya is ripe? How about a guava?

My job is lumbering along, but I'm trying to not let it get to me as much. Mostly employee/owner disagreements and unreasonable workload sort of things. But I'm still alive!
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Hump Day (oh my...) [Aug. 9th, 2006|11:30 am]
The Hairy Man Without A Plan
Well, it's the anniversary of Jerry Garcia's death today back in 1995. I was never a dead head myself, but one of my brothers followed them around for the better part of a year. I did like the music though... Sigh...

Packing for the trip is moving along well. Every time I go somewhere, I remember George Carlin's "Stuff" sketch. Very funny. I tend to not get too stressed out about packing. Some people go crazy with multiple lists and what not. I just take the basics, and them some toys and games, and I'm set.

I am feeling very run down this week. Tired, head aches, fatigue, etc. It was really bad yesterday, making me just collapse for an hour or so in the early evening. Haven't done that in a long time. Maybe some good rest on a vacation is what I need.

I hope to go to gaming this weekend and see the meteor showers before we leave on the trip. And I hope to survive work in general until Friday.
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General Rumblings [Aug. 7th, 2006|12:50 pm]
The Hairy Man Without A Plan
Well, here it is. Another Monday at work. I didn't mention that I work for a local weekly newspaper. Yes!, they still have them out there. They still have the old layout tables where they used to piece together the paper by hand, and the remnants of the dark room, when 35mm was the top of the line in cameras. They use Macs and digitals now, but it still is very old fashioned in a lot of ways.

I'm working double this week to be able to take off all of next week for a vacation to Cape Hatteras, NC. By the time I get everything done, I'll need a vacation to take my vacation. I know, I know... stop grumbling. At least I can take a vacation!

I found out that I weigh too much to take a hang glider class at Kill Devil Hills. That stinks. But it will be the first vacation with Sue and my family together. Will my worlds collide? Will fun be had by all? Will wackiness ensue? Will I stop asking these annoying questions?

Stay tuned to "The Days of My Underpaid Life"

Also, it is the anniversary of the Hatfield/McCoy feud starting, so lets all try and make peace with somebody today. OK? Hey, it's worth a try...
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A Day in the Life of... [Aug. 6th, 2006|07:43 am]
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[Current Location |The computer]
[mood |excitedexcited]

Another day, another lack of a dollar!

Well, plans didn't go off the way that I thought that they would. Our storage locker re organizer fell sick to some food poisoning/intestinal disorder, so moving and sorting his possessions was out. He is on for Sunday, but I already have plans, so I can't go. I can't speak for Sue. Maybe she'll go... maybe not.

So, instead I mowed my parents yards, which got a happy dance out of my mother (quite an amusing sight to tell you the truth). The grass was getting around five or six inches, so it was slow going. But it's all done, and besides a little sunburn, all parties are happy.

Even though I'm here at Sue's almost all of my free time, I still feel obliged to help them out as often as possible. They took me into their home after my ex-wife threw me out of our house and I lost my job shortly thereafter. They didn't ask questions, didn't set practically any rules (no orgies, no destruction of the house, etc), and were there to support me emotionally and physically. My dad looks like Santa Claus with a dirty grin. Really... he works in the winter as a Santa. He owns the red suit and all of the accessories! My mom the the pleasant, giving, caring type. They're in their mid sixties, and I love them to death.

After a bath and some napping (ooooooh... napping) I hung out with Sue, played some computer games (Hearts of Iron 2) and had a quiet night.

I'm getting my daughter Lilith for some adventure today, including swimming or roller skating. Yes, a six two, 235 lb, hairy man skating with a bunch of kids. It's quite a scene let me tell you. You can all come and join us at Skateland and relive your childhood memories from the roller rink (remember when they called it a rink).

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(no subject) [Aug. 5th, 2006|07:38 am]
The Hairy Man Without A Plan
[Current Location |the bedroom]
[mood |thoughtfulthoughtful]

Hello?...God?...It's me Gerry. Are you listening? I just joined this thing called Live Journal and it... Oh, you've heard of it? That bad, huh? Seventh ring of hell? Lakes of fire? Damned souls? Oh... well it sounds like quite a party! Thanks for the assist there Mr. Deity! I'll be talking at you soon!!!

Really... it is me Gerry. As you might have read in my bio, I didn't join LJ for all of the sin and evil ways out there (though they are quite enticing!!!). I joined because of my girlfriend and her friends. They kinda sucked me in (oh my!) and here I am.

So I was wondering what to put into my first post here. I always want to make a good first impression, so I had to think long and hard (oh my, again!) about it. My conclusion... I don't know. I don't want to worry about making witty stories and phrases. I just want to write about what's happening with me. I know all of you are probably saying "well...DUH!!!" but I really had to find this out on my own... after a night of good sleep with Sue!!! (Yes...sleep).

Today we wander south to help a friend out with his storage locker situation. He has to move all of his things out temporarily, so he decided to sort and consolidate at the same time as moving and kill three birds with one stone. I've only met him once, but he didn't act rude to me or curse my name, so I'm game to assist. He has been friends with Sue for a while, and that is good enough reason for me!

I'm amazed at all of he friends Sue has acquired though fandom and filk and cons. I've been introduced to dozens (maybe a hundred?) new people over the last year. Some of them close, others just friends, still others just occasional acquaintances. But practically all of them nice to me, with smiles and stories and laughs. I'm just amazed.

Well, for a first try, four paragraphs aren't too bad! There's no rain, and it's not supposed to get over a hundred today, so I don't think I'll melt. I'll update my life in a day or so. Bye!!!

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