skywaterblue: (john spencer)
Leo McGarry: My generation never got the future it was promised... Thirty-five years later, cars, air travel is exactly the same. We don't even have the Concorde anymore. Technology stopped.
Josh Lyman: The personal computer...
Leo McGarry: A more efficient delivery system for gossip and pornography? Where's my jet pack, my colonies on the Moon?

***

I don't think I'll ever forget where I was the day John Spencer died. I didn't forget it - I just forgot to post because I've been epically busy. Five years. It at once seems very far away and not long ago at all.

I did finals, then Friday night we went out to the Wynn Buffet and Sinatra: Dance With Me. This is a new show at the Wynn which is basically swing dancing, choreographed to Sinatra tunes by Twyla Tharpe. I wanted to like it more than I actually did. I'll put a proper review on Yelp.

I was kind of dumb and volunteered to work the Neon Boneyard Christmas open house today. I say kinda dumb because I wanted to go, but it turned out to be the same time as the DADT vote. I missed watching it, but luckily saw it go down on Twitter. Ah me. And because I was deliberately dragging my feet, I missed Noelle at it. Oh well, I did take her out to the Sinatra show.

Other stuff: I let my paid LJ time expire. So I really need to get on the ball with fixing this Dreamwidth up. My neon equipment now has air running through it. I need to get the propane line hooked up to it, which makes me nervous - but it just occurred to me that there are probably quite a few tutorials on this on tube of You.
skywaterblue: (corset)
1. My brother successfully fasted for Yom Kippur.

Kinda proud of him. My dad is unnerved.

2. I owe [personal profile] aria vidrecs and I need to polish off a chapter of this fic. I know.

3. Today was my last training at the neon museum! My first tour is Wend. at 2pm. ZOMG. I am kinda thrilled to force tourists to consider the noble gasses, no lie. DRINK EVERY TIME I SAY VALIANCE SHELL?
skywaterblue: (art school perverts)
I haven't been posting much, though I can't think of why. I've been entertaining myself by adding stuff to Fanlore. I've almost whipped the Pern page into shape, and I've been dipping my toes into editing the West Wing pages, which are all stub-like and sad. Please go over there and help me add stuff.

Which reminds me: I have a ton of AO3 invites if you want one. Your fic will not get a lot of feedback there, but it's a great archival space with a ton of nice features.

School starts on Monday. My mother is going away for two days. My Pell Grant arrived today and she made greedy grabby hands about it because I owe her five hundred bucks. We've been having a lot of fights because I wanted (briefly) to go work for Harry Reid's reelection but then I was reminded that I need a car because I basically have maxed out the jobs I can take without one.

Besides, I'd just be unemployed again in November. Fixing the moped up again will be cheaper than buying a car and leave me money to continue fixing the garage up into neon studio space.

On Monday, I have training to docent at the Neon Museum. I'm going to be leading tours there. My mother is going away, however, and will not let me drive her car so I guess I'll take the bus to get down there.
skywaterblue: (art school perverts)
MY NEON EQUIPMENT IS HERE. I HAVE BENDING TOOLS NOW GUYS. I AM SO EXCITED I COULD PLOTZ.

I'm going to unpack it now, and then I'm going to use the car to go to the neon supply shops. JUST THINK, IF I CAN HAVE PROPANE TANK AND A AIR COMPRESSOR, I COULD MAKE WITH THE BENDING TONIGHT. IT WILL BE HARD TO RESIST BUYING SUCH THINGS.
skywaterblue: (the universe was waiting)
My frames completely combusted in on themselves today. They were quite old by this point, and I think I stress damaged them fairly poorly in the first week of my double vision, when I had been bending them repeatedly because I thought my medical problem was related to a bad prescription.

I had bought a new pair via Zenni Optical a few nights ago because I knew I had to replace them, but alas I cannot go more than a couple of hours without lenses. I am almost legally blind. So I couldn't wait for them to be shipped. I went down to the frames store at the mall, and VERY LUCKILY they had a pair of frames that fit the lenses they had cut for me at the end of December. Also, I guess I was lucky it happened when I had money. What to say?

I did miss my first bartending class though. Hopefully the teacher will be understanding?

I also dropped a check in the mail for some neon bending equipment. So I spent a lot of money today and that needs to stop. I'm going to go check out the neon books from the library tomorrow so I can start making a list of the rest of the equipment I need. I was going to start running my kickstarter campaign to raise the rest of the money, but I actually think I should be sure of what I'm going to need, and how much that will cost before I start.

Depressingly? I heard that the neon supply catalog that my teacher recommended due to cheapness? Yeah, they're closing doors for good as of last week.

Stupid dying craft, why did I have to fall in love with you? Why not just make comics instead?
skywaterblue: (Support Your Local Cylons!)
I was wired like a motherfucker last night, and didn't sleep until 4am. And then I did sleep, but didn't get up until noon.

All the news out of Washington DC is intensely depressing me. This Brown in MA Senate thing kicked it off pretty bad - I really supported healthcare reform long before it turned out I also desperately need it.

So that's one thing, and then the Supreme Court has to decide to get right-wing activist and throw out every campaign finance law on the books because of the misguided notion that corporations are people entitled to free speech. So we're back to massive corporate money in every election. God only knows how that'll impact Obama's chances in 2012. Part of me suspects it's some big conspiracy based on the fact that we've had one black populist President and now they'll do their damnedest to make sure other women and minorities can't possible raise the money to run.

And then late today, Air America - a radio station I admittedly don't listen to but support on principle, announced it's closing immediately.

Oh, and the liberal media office I used to work at fired one of the last co-workers I still liked who was working there last night. It's a bum deal.

It feels like we've ruined eight years of progressive political growth in less than a week.

In the meantime, once I got up I started working on a project to raise funds to buy myself some neon bending equipment. It looks pretty good. I'm waiting to hear back from the guy selling all the equipment about what kind of deposit I would need to put down tomorrow, if he decides to make a deal with me.

It's very nerve-wracking because I think this could be a really good move for me artistically, but it involves sinking a lot of my own money into it for uncertain results.
skywaterblue: (time lord)
1. CSN is still run by incompetent lazy jerkoffs, but having gone to a big college I now know that having to ask three different people and using the mean, median and mode you can get the correct answer to your question. (And that this is the typical state of things.)

2. Where's your fabled service now, Apple? I went down to the Apple store in an attempt to get a new shuffle headphone to usb cable, and the guy tried to charge me 29 bucks for a whole new dock. And then he tried to upsell me into a new shuffle all together, which sucked because I had my mom's credit card AND my little brother, and little brother now hates me for denying him an iPod. (We didn't get anything. I guess I'll buy another one off ebay for cheap and just have patience.)

3. No one ever emailed me back about that job I got all excited about a few days ago. Typical. But I did get a really long letter from a female neon bender as far as advice. Hm.

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