the tap and sacrifice

K$ & I played Magic all nite, and it was a great way to spend my time off work and everything else. I have to say that I enjoy one-on-one games over team games, because they go by so much faster.

The extra chill weather has been excellent since Monday. My favorite part is that the A/C isn’t going haywire and actually hasn’t been on all week. My favorite sound right now is the sound of an A/C not running.

Again, I’m going to bed too friggin’ late again! Am I reverted to my pre-Wedding Tour sleep-in laziness again?! Not really. I did wake up kind of late today, but I am slowly disciplining myself again to try to stay awake when I first wake up. I have a package waiting for me in the office that I should have picked up yesterday.

The end of the month is almost here. The paycheck has been direct deposited. It’s that time again to pay the rent and bills like we all just absolutely love to do.

Did I mention how much I’m digging this weather? I know when it gets even colder that I’m going to have to invest in a space heater and move the Betta Babiesâ„¢ that are in the living room into my room so they don’t die from hypothermia. That would be such a tragedy seeing how long I’ve had them.

Eight more hours of almost-do-nothing work, and the weekend will be mine. I have a few more things I have to do before I fall asleep, so I’m predicting that at 8am, I’m zonked out.

Back to the awesomeness of this week off from My Wedding Tour ’07. Piece owt.

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the lack thereof

Being either too tired, too busy or too lazy has made updating this another chore on the stack. October is almost over, and this month’s post count (this one’s #9) will land the record of the least posts. Technically, you can consider August last year the month of the least posts, but the updating didn’t even start until the last week of the month.

On with the show or why I’ve been so jaded lately…

Last weekend, I attended the third of four weddings of My Wedding Tour 2007. Mare was a bride’s maid in her cousin’s wedding. We took a weekend road trip to Oklahoma City. I’ve never been that far up I-35, and all I can really say is that after Fort Worth is a whole lotta nothing.

This week is my off week for weddings. So far it has been routine as most of the others this year have been. My set plans for this week are: the 40-hour work week (Monday thru Friday 3pm-11pm), Wednesday The Gathering (was tonite), Bustaburger Nite (Friday night), an oil change for Mare’s car (Saturday daytime), and The Annual Benchmark Halloween Party (Saturday night). Nothing too dramatic. I’m really enjoying the return of the routine and will be looking forward to the large social gathering this weekend.

Last night, I stayed up too late constructing a couple Magic decks for me and one for Mare. They all still need some work, but they played okay tonite.

My Marvel cards are slowly arriving piece by piece. So far, I have obtained complete base sets of Marvel Universe Series II, III & IV. I received the notice that a package arrived in the mail and is waiting for me at the leasing office. I want to say that it’s the Series V base set plus the complete ten-card Suspended Animation set, but I’m also expecting a few other pieces to the puzzle. On the way are: Series I with all five hologram chase cards and the five Series II hologram chase cards. The missing pieces I’m still working on getting are: the holograms to Series III, Series IV and Series V and the Power Blast cards for Series V. I’m pretty sure I’ll have the Series III holograms and the Power Blast cards won tomorrow.

I’m surprised how easy and decently-priced I’m getting all those cards, because I thought back when I was collecting them that they’d be worth so much more by now. The Marvel card set that I know is worth a bunch is the 1996 Marvel Masterpieces set painted by Boris Vallejo and Julie Bell. This past week on eBay, a complete set went for $375 before shipping.

In further news, Mare and I went to the grocery store on Monday. We passed through the meat section and found a three-pack of beef steaks that were labeled and priced as ground chuck. How much? $5.37! Score! 1982 came to visit and hooked us up. We cooked them up that night and enjoyed a couple with some rice and soy sauce. They were the perfect break from microwave meals.

The next night we had meatloaf with macaroni & cheese which was also very tasty. Tonight, it was the Bell, cheese bread and apple cider at WTG. Lately before work, I’ve been in the habit of eating a couple store-brand Philly steak & cheese “stuffed sandwiches” (a.k.a. Hot Pockets) ’cause I’ve been hooked on them they’re so good.

I didn’t sleep too well last night, and unfortunately, I don’t think I’m going to sleep as well tonight. I guess you could say that I’m enjoying my normal week as much as I can.

Next week, I’ll be back on a plane on my way to California for the last of the weddings. November will have arrived as this year flies by. Peace out.

the empire state (part 2)

Over a week’s gone by since I’ve written a new post. I feel obligated now to update this.

I still have to complete “the empire state (part 2),” so I will give it to you in a nutshell with as much as I can remember to start this string of posts off.

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Our first mission once we were in Manhattan on Friday was to ride the Staten Island Ferry instead of paying the twelve bucks to ride the tourist ferry to check out the Statue of Liberty. The ride was only a transfer from the subway, so that did not cost us anything extra. One-way consumed half an hour, so the trip was an hour in itself plus having to hoof it to the ferry and around the financial district of Manhattan and riding the subway to get to our destination.

We finished our shopping in that area which included one last trip to Century 21, a department store that Texas does not have. I got Mare a Free People stylish sweater that I could see someone on the red carpet wearing.

We planned on taking up the free admission to MoMA that was to begin from 4pm-8pm. We made it to the museum at 5pm with a good-sized line to greet us. The line moved quick as people just grabbed a ticket from the lady at the counter as she just kept the cardboard slips lined up. We were at the security gates when one of the guards told me I had to check in my backpack at the coatcheck.

I fell in line at the coatcheck and realized that the line was long enough that I might as well have been waiting for a roller coaster at the peak hour of theme park. Time was wasting, and I also wanted to check out the Guggenheim during their pay as you wish time which was 545pm-745pm, so I said screw that and made my way to the subway to get on a train headed toward the Guggenheim.

My bro later informed that MoMA didn’t have any Warhol on display, and the main highlight he could remember were the Van Gogh drawings so I felt like I didn’t miss much. MoMA is within the heart of tourist Manhattan, so it figured that it’d be so crowded on a Friday evening especially when the admission doesn’t cost a dime.

I made it to the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, waited in line not too long, paid the suggested donation of six dollars and went directly to the coatcheck to drop off my backpack and jacket. To my surprise, only one person was at the coatcheck to pick up his belongings, the complete opposite of the roller coaster line at MoMA.

I enjoyed Guggenheim greatly. The building was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and features a central spiral inside a rotunda. Instead of walking stairs, you eventually go up by just walking straight. Three galleries were featured. One was a collection of photographs from the early 20th century which also had some photomontages. The display that took up most of the museum featured an artist named Richard Prince. His work was interesting. Most of it could be considered found art, some of it were minimalist, and some of it was questionable. My favorite exhibit was a private collection that contained some actual Van Gogh paintings.

I stayed until close, ate some food and ventured back to the motel via the subway. We had to be up early for the wedding the next day.

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Saturday was mostly consumed by the wedding that took place in Queens. The wedding was pretty standard. The reception was interesting. A whole program was planned with music and cultural dancing. The food was excellent.

When my brother and I decided to leave, we walked back to the motel since it was only blocks away. We stopped at a convenient store and picked up a six of Brooklyn Lager since it was our last nite in New York.

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We had to be at the airport early on Sunday. We flew back to reality and arrived home. I had a late lunch with the family, and Mare joined us. I went back to my apartment and caught up on lost sleep.