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Posted June 28, 2004on:
Well, I’m still a long way from going crazy, but as you can see, not too far from the land of the poor….pretty funny considering my previous post. Makes me wonder what I’m going to do to end up in Jail though…..
So I discovered today that my car had been wrongfully towed, but since they put a notice on it for 48 hours (fat lot of good it did me since I was in Alaska) they say that I’m still responsible for the towing charge. Since I never drive my car I didn’t bother with the registration this year, meaning my tags are expired, which means that it costs more than twice as much as it usually would. They originally quoted me $360, but I talked ’em down to $250, which I still can’t afford, but if I don’t pay it they destroy the car and then put a lien on my tags so that if I ever try to register a car in my name in the future I still have to pay it. I’m just going to pay it and drive the darn thing straight to carmax and take them up on their, “we buy any car even if you don’t buy one from us” offer. I don’t care what they give me for it, I just hope it covers the cost of the tow truck company. 😦
What an expensive month.
I’m probably going to get a second job at least for the next couple of months so I can get caught up again and hopefully a little ahead in time for the holidays. This means that I definitely won’t be making it to Texas any time this summer, but I am going to try to come up for New Year’s. Thanksgiving is out since we spend it in Boston and Christmas I’m spending with my Grandmother in Orlando, but I don’t pay for either of those so I should be able to afford New Year’s tickets. I guess we’ll see what happens. The other good news about that is that I will once again have vacation days by that point in time since I’ve mostly used up mine this year, although I have plenty of sick days and a couple of personal days left.
**all paragraphs gratuitously added specifically so I could say that I have gratuitous paragraphs (and also so I can avoid whining.) 🙂
Alaska was beautiful, if ridiculously hot. You think you’re going to escape from the heat, instead we end up in the middle of a record heat wave. Oh well, I bet the locals were happy about it though. 🙂 Everything went really well. Everyone, except Kae who is taking the train, is safely back home and ready to get back to their real lives and there were no major injuries, illnesses or spats. All in all a successful vacation. Unlike San Francisco I didn’t go on a major souvenir shopping spree…mostly tempered by the fact that I didn’t get paid until Thursday, the second to last real day of the cruise, so my wallet remains relatively well intact. This is good because we are in all likelihood going to Orlando for the three day 4th of July weekend where I’m sure my wallet will take a beating. 😦 Hope everyone is doing well, I missed you guys. 🙂
So far everything is going great. This is going to be a relatively brief entry as it costs 35 cents a minute for internet access and just getting to this site took me a little over a minute. See, that’s how much I love you guys, I check in even when I’m in the middle of the ocean. 🙂 The boat is absolutely huge, although still manageable, nothing so huge as say the Majesty of the Seas or anything, but definitely the biggest boat I’ve been on. You wouldn’t believe how gorgeous it is and that’s only been the water as today is a day at sea.
We land in Juneau sometime early this morning and get up bright and early to start exploring. We’re taking a whale watching tour tomorrow and we’ll get pretty close to the Mendenhall glacier as well. I’m really very excited about that, I’ve heard that nowhere in the world will you see colors like you see reflected in the glacial ice. Tonight is our first formal night and I’ve actually got an appointment to have my hair done here in about 30 minutes. We’re having a massive group portrait taken (there are 13 of us) and if it comes out even half as well as the first portrait we took when we were boarding the ship then it’ll be wonderful.
As I type we’re passing some random Canadian Island and I can look out the window and see the occasional whale. It’s a bit chilly outside but that’s more a factor of the wind than it is anything else and I’ve found that if I stay towards the back of the boat the wind is less and it’s really quite warm. Anyhow I’ve now used up over 5 minutes…thank god I can type relatively quickly otherwise I would have just cost myself a fortune. Hugs and love to everybody and I’ll probably check back in when I get another chance.
Just thought I would pop in and say Hi before I head off to Alaska here in a couple of hours. Well, Seattle really, we don’t board the boat for Alaska until tomorrow, but close enough. Hope everybody’s doing alright….I’ll have lots to post about when I get back. Hugs, love and happy vacation-y thoughts to all of you. 🙂
You know how sometimes you’ve seen a movie a thousand times and then one time you suddenly get a joke that you somehow missed all the other times you’ve seen it? I was watching History of the World part I today and during the “French Revolution” part when Count De Monet is talking to his partner person Bernaise he tells her not to get saucy with him….he he, Bearnaise sauce. I feel dumb for never getting that, but whatever….at least I wasn’t like Erica, who didn’t get the “if it’s not baroque, don’t fix it” joke in beauty and the beast until our senior year of high school.
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Saturday, June 12, 2004 Taurus
Events just beyond your perception are setting your teeth on edge. There’s something you should know, but it’s not coming to you. Why should this matter? Stop wasting time by reaching for what won’t come any closer. All you really need to do is tune out the external vibrations that are making you restless. Turn an episode of frustration into one of your better days. Make this moment something special. Your truest, most useful creativity comes from your calm center. Revisit that place, draw sustenance from it and remember why you’re here and why you’re doing this.
(jacked from yahoo, but I made the relevent part bold) Good advice, but probably easier said than done.