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Ok - so here it is in fast and furious mode:

Friday: I took it pretty easy. I was burned out from a rough week and stayed home. Jill had a rehearsal for my brother's wedding in October. She headed up to the Lehigh Valley for that, and I just hung out at home, watched some tv online, and unwound. I needed that night - a lot.

Saturday: Early afternoon, we had a bunch of rocktastic folks who used our place as a hub for the Arden Fair. What a delight that was! It was like a revolving door of awesome. I headed over to the Fair myself for a bit, but did my usual 'move through, absorb quickly, and then get out of the crowd fast' thing. I'm not one for crowded spaces. Probably has something to do with my petite physique.

After the Fair, I headed up to Philly to join my brothers and some friends for some tailgating outside the ballpark for part of my youngest brother's bachelor party. Had a great time and played my first game or two of ladder toss with my middle brother Ben. I enjoyed the game and even won a couple of rounds. Sense my inner tribal hunter.

Ahem.

After the tailgating, I headed to [livejournal.com profile] burningkirby's place for Burning Kirby 2010. A bunch of us were really bummed out that we couldn't be out on the Playa this year, so we decided to create a mini-regional burn in honor of the weekend. It really was wonderful. I was surprised (and thrilled) to see how many folks made it out, and things went smoothly, which is a big ol' win in my eyes. I really hope we do it again in future years if we're unable to go Home, or as a compression / decompression event.

Sunday: We dragged ourselves out of bed, cleaned up, and a few of us went to brunch at Nudy's. Found the food to be tasty and the company exquisite.

[livejournal.com profile] burningkirby  and I headed north again to my folks place. My youngest brother turned 26 on Sunday, and we wanted to get some hang time in and eventually we ordered some dinner in so we could socialize and not worry about making dinner or cleaning up after. We even got some hang time in with Grandma which was the icing on the cake.

We found out that my parents had never experienced The Hangover, so we rented that, and watched until my future sister in law's parents came over for some more chill time.

[livejournal.com profile] xtingu  and I got back home late, and we were both draggin pretty good by the time we got here. Hit the sack and pretty much played the part of a coma victim immediately.

Monday: Slept in a bit, though not nearly enough to catch up. We had plans to meet up with a new friend for brunch. Judith Kay found [livejournal.com profile] xtingu online, and gave her a call the other day. The two of them got to chatting, discovered that they had some mutual hobbies / niche joys, and are fast becoming good friends. I was dying to meet her, based on Jill's commentary on her, and we all headed to Lucky's for some brunch.

We had a blast, I really enjoyed meeting Judith, and we got to talking about some fun and creative ideas, including a seekrit plan that has been brewing in my back brain for some time. I'm not quite ready to reveal it publicly yet, but soon my Pretties... soon.

After brunch, Jill and I headed back to the house for some desperately needed down time. We talked briefly about getting together with Jerm and Lauratron for dinner, but both couples were just too exhausted to add anything to our plates for the remainder of the day. Instead, we watched Moon and Runaway. Pretty significantly different movies, but Moon was excellent, and Runaway was thoroughly enjoyable for it's 80s feathered hair, shoulder padded jackets for women, the caterpillar on Tom Selleck's upper lip, and Gene Simmons of Kiss. That's not even mentioning the evil robots. Yes - all that PLUS evil robots. Dude - how can it be bad?

Now? It's time to sleep the sleep of the righteous.

ETA: This is the third time I've edited this entry as large chunks of it seem to be disappearing. If something seems jarringly out of place, please let me know. I seem to have come down with a case of the DUM.
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Before I forget to post the details for my rawktastic weekend:

Friday: Game Night. Good time with kewl people. Plus games and booze. Really? What more can a guy ask for?

Saturday: My rock-star girlfriend put her amazing pipes to good use as a pre-game show for the VIP ticket purchasers going to see Casarino Royale. I still don't find anything more thrilling then getting to see her perform live. If you haven't yet, I genuinely feel sad for you.

Sunday: 'Family' get together. A couple of friends are getting married and a bunch of us got together to stuff envelopes. It's possible that this doesn't sound thrilling, but with the kind of friends I have - any opportunity to get together is a Very Good Thing™.

And then? Then it was back to the grind. *mumblebitchmoan*...farking lottery...*mumblebitchmoan*
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Some brief plans for the week in case any of you care to join me:

Monday:
-Be there at 1100 when they come to pick up my old pick up. Make sure that the tow truck driver stays very far away from my motorcycle. If not? Break him - many times.
-Draw.
-Work on the new and improved Dragonbones.net. Shhhhh - it's a surprise.

Tuesday:
-Open Figure Drawing from Life at DCAD.

And the rest? Well, I haven't quite figured the rest out yet. I'll let you know when I do.
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Wow. What an awesome weekend.

For any of you who managed to not catch [personal profile] xtingu 's weekend summary post...

Friday September 7th, 2007:
I worked a little late. Ok - maybe not worked so much. A co-worker sold me a motherboard and cpu to update my sorely antiquated home PC. It took a little work, some prayers in long dead languages and a couple of virgin sacrifices, but we got it working. The power supply, in fact, wasn't the right pin out, but my handy pocket knife explained the situation to the cabling, and now it sees the error of its ways. Now I'm able to do things like play music AND browse the web at the same time. What a concept.

After that, I swung by my place, dropped the pc off, got packed up for the weekend and headed over to see [personal profile] xtingu for a nice relaxing evening of 'chill with my girlfriend' - which is not a euphemism - it's just really good.

Saturday September 8th, 2007:
We headed up to my folks' place to celebrate my brother and my birthdays. Our middle brother and his lovely wife came down to join in the festivities. Brunch at Pickles (more on that later) and then we lost Josh, Ben, and Trina to other plans. My folks, [personal profile] xtingu , and myself headed back to the house to drop off crap and consolidate vehicles, then it was off to the Allentown Art Museum to see the Looney Tunes Exhibit.

After a delightful time at the museum (which included sitting and watching cartoons with my Mom and Pop in the 'kids section' and getting bemused looks from security guards) we headed to lunch and to do a little shopping. I needed to update a couple things in my wardrobe pretty badly and I annoyed Llij and my Mom with my efficiency in that department. To illustrate:

Step 1: Walk into the shoe store.
Step 2: Grab the first pair of shoes that I like after a quick glance.
Step 3: Try on one other size in the same 'model' shoe.
Step 4: Pay for shoes.
Step 5: There is no Step 5. Nor is there any spoon.

I did much the same thing with some other clothes, a new tie, and so forth. Since I was going to a wedding reception with [personal profile] xtingu and I both seem to really just enjoy the hell out of  'farting around' with my folks, and this was some good time with them that we don't get nearly often enough. My brothers and their significant others were sorely missed, but Ben and Trina were at a good friend's wedding and Josh doesn't get to see enough of Angie these days, so he was visiting her, so I guess we can forgive them.

Later, [personal profile] xtingu and I caught up with [profile] kar0na at The Starlite Diner (which - as a side note - is INcorrectly located on Google Maps) for some munchies. We called it a fairly early night because my Rock Star Girlfriend had a date with a recording studio on Sunday. I won't point out that I'm getting to be an old man and really like to get to sleep at a decent hour myself or anything.

Sunday September 9th, 2007:
We got up and spent a little time just nibbling muffins, drinking freshly brewed coffee, and chillin with the fam. Again - good times. The folks even brought out the photo album of my < one year old baby butt. [Insert 'Awwws' here.]

After Llij took off for her studio time, I got ready for the reception with [profile] kar0na and then headed out. We got some good hang time with good peeps at the party (which was at the Sheraton Jetport). First a couple drinks at the bar with munchies - then to the banquet hall where people with much more nimble feet than my own danced after we ate a delightful meal. And had a couple more drinks. (Don't worry kids - Yours Truly was exceedingly well behaved since I knew that I had a lot of driving ahead of me.) [profile] kar0na looked lovely, I got to meet some new folks as well as see old familiar faces, and I even got to snap a couple pics/vids. All in all? I had a pretty damn fine time.

Headed down to Delaware and more or less collapsed - only to get up entirely too soon for work since I'm 'the early guy' this week.

Ugh. Can't we go back to the weekend?
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The weekend thus far (rather than the weekend in review- for a change):

Friday:
Immediately following work, I rode to drop off a movie and pick up (rent) the DVD collection of Brisco County Jr.. I remember it being a fun series and Bruce Campbell s kinda a personal hero. What's more, it makes better sense than full blown movies for 'workout entertainment' as they're only one hour shows each episode, so I'm not working out for a half hour or an hour and then sitting for another hour to an hour and a half.

After picking up Bruce's misadventures, I headed back to the house where I met up with [profile] lotusanddragon  . We headed over to [personal profile] shellefly  's place to pick her up and than to Philly to assist in the celebrating of [personal profile] jeremym  's birthday at North Bowl. The place rocks - there's just no two ways about it. Great music, the drinks flow, and the lanes are clean and well maintained. That's one hell of a combination.

After bowling, the rest of the gang which included [personal profile] ms_violet  , [personal profile] boutell  , and many more (whose lj names I can't recall because I suck) headed somewhere for a drink, but [profile] lotusanddragon   and I headed back to the house since he still had to pack for his trip to Japan. We did that (I kept him company while he did it really) and got a chance for the first time in a long time to just shoot the shit. It was a grand time. We even had a mini-adventure taking a quick trip to his office for some forgotten info while K-T (who doesn't have LJ) read some of the end of the last Harry Potter book to us via my cell phone's speakerphone function. Then a cup of Dunkin Donuts coffee, a moment where I broke his world a little by introducing him to the 'omg shoes' video, some chill time up on the deck, and the limo service was there to take him to the airport. It really kinda felt like the perfect way to send my bro off to another country. I sacked out afterward to some long overdue sleep.

Saturday:
Saturday morning I woke late (figured I earned it) and headed to [profile] jafosmite  's concert with X-Fusion at the 100th Annual Arden Fair. I took the Yamaha, and it was a damn good thing - the place was mobbed. I managed to find a completely illegal convenient parking space, locked up the scoot, and headed straight for where I hear the boys getting ready. The show rocked hard, though there's little surprise there. It was fun watching an all new batch of folks rockin out to X-Fusion's music. I was a little disappointed by the fact that the fair closed supah early, so I only had time to do a quick 'fly through' after the show, but I'm betting that's a good thing in the long run as I need to keep all the cash I can these days.

After the fair, I headed to good ol' Barnes and Noble for some time to do some writing, screw around, and browse the newest batch of 'how to draw' books and magazines. This is something that I haven't done in a while, and I missed it. It's something that I enjoy both with friends or alone. When I'm by myself, it's almost like meditation. I can people watch, get my thoughts in order, and often be inspired. I was impressed by my ability to not buy any of the new art books/magazines. Almost, but I managed to put them back. Really, it's not like I would use them - not in any real way. Most art books are great, but they wind up being more or less inspiration sources and that's about it. While I was sitting and parusing my latest batch of books and magazines, I got a phone call from [personal profile] xtingu  . Being a spaz, I went instantly into high alert mode - she was supposed to be out on the playa, and that would mean without cell phone reception of any kind at all. She assured me that nothing was wrong but that she 'just wasn't feeling it' this year and that she was homeward bound and would keep me posted on her travel plans. She said she missed me. I'm a lucky bastard like that. I stayed at B&N pretty late and went home. Once back at the house, I started working on one of the images that I got stuck in my head while at the bookstore and when I realized that it was almost 2am I hit the sack - I had a big day coming up.

Sunday:
Woke up fairly early, but not early enough. I had planned to ride with [profile] burningkirby  , Lee (sans lj), and Ballz (also sans lj). However, as I am the planning master, I didn't have any of their phone numbers and I was having net connectivity issues (I had Ballz's street address in my email account). I did finally get connected, but the whole process delayed me enough that I got to Ballz's place about 15 minutes later than planned and I hate being the limiting factor. We made our way via back roads to [profile] burningkirby  's compound where we gathered up [profile] burningkirby   and Lee and after some very minor repairs to [profile] burningkirby  's bike, we headed out. It was the perfect morning for a ride. Cool but not cold. Bright and sunny and just... frickin... gorgeous. miles melted past under our wheels as we rolled west into PA. If I can convince Ballz to send me a copy of our route, maybe I'll post it later. What a great run. I broke the 600 mile mark since buying the Yamaha with ease.

After our ride we stopped back at [profile] burningkirby  's place and had some snackages. Then off to Lee's and then I headed back to B&N. Yes, back to B&N. I've decided that I'm a creature of habit. Once I find something I like, I tend to stick with it until I find the next thing that I like. While there I got some more stuff done both in the writing and the creativity departments.

While I was at B&N, [personal profile] xtingu   called to let me know that she had landed and asked if I could meet her at her apartment. I said sure, packed up my gear, and headed over. We arrived at almost identical times, and commenced a good old fashioned 're-connect' kind of night. We were visited albeit briefly by [profile] theseitz   who showed us his supah sexy new iPhone. We sacked out shortly thereafter.

Monday:
We woke up a bit late and had some more really amazing reconnect time. It had been a while since [personal profile] xtingu   and I had the chance to talk more than "Hi - how's the weather?" Okay - I'm exagerating, but you get the point. We'd let our 'life stuff' kinda keep us so focussed that we hadn't spent much time just talking. We'd both missed it terribly and this time (Sunday night and Monday morning) really scratched that itch.

Next, we hopped on the bike and headed up to [personal profile] swingchickie  's place for the afternoon and got some more hang time with the good peeps. [personal profile] swingchickie   and Jack, [personal profile] jeremym   (and the always awesome JD), [personal profile] boutell   and Jenny, [profile] opadit   and Steve, [personal profile] ms_violet   and Vince, and of course [personal profile] xtingu   and myself. Jack manned the grill and [personal profile] xtingu   brought some corn salsa that was muy muy yummy.

Then, of course, there were donuts.

Now, [personal profile] xtingu   and I have come back to her place, she's on the phone with her folks and I'm wrapping up what was started as a "weekend up to this post" but has become a "weekend in review".

Hope you had a weekend as awesome as mine!
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The "golden hour" with live music on the Riverfront along with good friends, good food, and good drink. Not a bad Sunday night.
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Just 'finished' getting ready for California. One of these days I'll learn to get ready in advance. Flight's at 6:30 Tomorrow:)
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I was going to post something deeply interesting and clearly witty, but now? Just not feeling it. You'll just have to read the following reviews:

1. [livejournal.com profile] xtingu: part 1, part 2, and part 3
2. [livejournal.com profile] swingchickie: here

And of course, the birthday boy:
3. [livejournal.com profile] boutell: here

And there's a bunch of stuff that Quito and I accomplished around the house as well as helping KT get the rest of her move done - and maybe I'll write about that stuff later. If I feel like it. *sacks out*

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