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A More Social Attitude. Or: Me Version 1.2

My friends Alex and Elissa came by today, around 1 PM. They were heading out to Hollywood Grill, and wanted to see if I was interested. Having just finished lunch, I decided to join them for coffee. When they came by, I was still unshaven, unshowered, and a bit smelly from a rather unproductive morning of creating stuff on the…

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Homeless Week

Two major figures from the We’re Here Flash Forum are spending a week out on the streets of Seattle. Derrick Clark (derrickito) and Scotty Weeks (StinkFist) have decided to forgo lodging, food, all the basic necessities we take for granted. You can follow their progress at http://www.homelessweek.com/. I’ve been kicking around their idea for some time now. Their ultimate goal…

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First Fan Mail. Can the Movie Deal be Far Behind?

I got my first ever (read: non-test) e-mail on the avoision.com account. Woot! Portnoy, I just checked your blog, groovy stuff. Thought I’d let you know you have an audience. Not that I’m going to be looking at it too much this week but I’ll definitely check back when I’m not homeless. Cheers, Scotty (StinkFist from were-here)

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Wedding in Crystal Lake

After re-hydrating for most of the morning, Ed and I wandered around the neighborhood looking for an appropriate gift. Went into some rather fancy stores, but turned up empty (unless you want to count a $3000 Buddha head as a possible gift). We finally came across one place that was, indeed, an import type store, and had some rather cool…

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Cheating

I was too far gone to come up with anything, and sent Matt an old haiku that I had written: I’m a walking stickliving in the woodpile. It’sa matter of time.

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Images

Leopard Lounge, exterior. Gorgeous evening, and a mild breeze. Ed and I used to come here after work on Fridays. It’s a nice place when it’s deserted, but pretty awful once the regular Friday night crowd arrives. Our server, Anaeshka (sp?), was nice enough to pose. A shot of Ed, sitting behind my shot of Maker’s Mark. Interior view of…

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Leopard Lounge

An expensive place, but it’s really close to the train stop. Stumbling distance from home. Going to meet my friend Ed (an ex-coworker) for a drink or two, before heading out to find a wedding gift for our friend Ron (another ex-coworker). Ron was the guy who served as my mentor, essentially, when I began working with Flash professionally. He…

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The Working World

Like many folks, I’ll be heading in to work tomorrow. More than half my office has requested July 5th off – so it’ll be crickets and tumbleweeds tomorrow. The plus side is that I expect everyone else to be a bit slow from the festivities. I’ve decided to start drinking. Jim Beam with a little RC on the side. Oh…

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Sweat

by Felix Jung Tonight is not extreme, notthe kind of evening some would call blistering. It’s a slow melting, a film of warm jelly enveloping the city. Around the house, random things cling to my arms. The paper holds tightly as if grafted to my wrist, lint finds its way, mysteriously, to my neck. To make things worse, every- thing…

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This Week’s Assignment is…

My friend Matt has been yelling at me lately. I haven’t written much since I got out of school, and this is coming up on almost 2 years now. There was a time where I was waking up every day at 6, putting on a pot of coffee, and writing until the caffeine made my stomach lining hurt. Now –…

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Introversion

Right now, I can hear fireworks going off all around the neighborhood. Earlier tonight, my friend Alex Galt invited me out with a bunch of folks to go see the fireworks downtown. I called him up and said I wouldn’t be going. Here are my questions: At what point does introversion begin to interfere with actual, healthy social interaction? Glenn…

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microserfs

I’ve been rereading Douglas Coupland’s microserfs for the past week. To say it inspired me to start up this blog is an understatement. I’m loving the book again, and I’m about 30 pages until the finish. Definitely one of those novels that you hate to see end. Excerpt: It’s late at night. Basketball on TV; computer and fitness mags everywhere….

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The Upper Echelon

My cousin Carolyn left yesterday. After a week of deciding, she’s chosen to attend law school in San Diego, instead of Chicago. So – even though she didn’t end up getting an apartment here, we were able to do some catching up. It’s been eight years since we’ve talked, so the past week has been rather nice. In honor of…

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Taste of Chicago

My cousin Carolyn is in town, visiting from California. She’s been deciding on whether to attend law school here (at Loyola) or in California (San Diego). It’s been a tough week for her, as she has been trying to figure out where she wants to attend school (and, by extension, where she wants to ultimately live). Like me, she is someone who can plan "too far" in advance, and factor in a multitude of possible outcomes. After a while, it becomes a bit paralyzing.

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