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a possible attempt at an entry with Actual Information
I finished the Cryptonomicon by Neal Stephenson, finally. And I'm officially done with him. Period, end of story. The book was two hundred pages long, and not a single one of the 998 pages included a denouement, because Stephenson would rather swing his geek schlong and talk about captain crunch than actually wrap his damn story up. I'm done. No more. Done done done done done. He joins the ranks of Piers Anthony, Anne McCaffery, Raymond Feist and Anne Rice. Never again will their words grace my retina.

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I keep getting sucked in by cute skirts. I was in the store today to pick up a pair of jeans, and had to try them on, since they discontinued my favorite jeans, and ended up with Yet Another Cute Skirt. At least it was 40% off, and the shorts that got added to the pile were 50% off; that plus the 15% over all discount made the impulse buy not so bad. I can always rationalize it by saying I'm upgrading my wardrobe to more professional things, now that I don't have to crawl around in closets punching down cables anymore.

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If anyone ever offers to make you a Baltimore Zoo, look at them extremely warily, and evaluate how much you trust them. They're delicious, yet more evil than even a Long Island Iced Tea. Don't ask me what was in them, after two of them, I couldn't even tell you how old I was.

I also managed to lose my watch this weekend as well. This is less sad than I thought, because the watch was scratched enough on the outside that a bit of condensation actually made its way into the face. So, thanks to my drunken examination of JW's watch, I was aware that they actually make scratch resistant watches. Since I'm very hard on everything I use (I could be a pager/phone tester if I wanted a second job, I'm sure), this became a necessity for the replacement watch. However, they don't seem to make small faced watches with a scratch resistant face, so now I have a nice watch on my wrist that seems humongous when I lift my wrist to look at the time.

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Still not sure what I'm going to do for the 4th of July. Perhaps I'll just go to the choir picnic.

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So, when returning my Hugh movies, I got drawn to their buy 2 pre-watched DVDs, get one free sale. So, now I have Moulin Rouge still in its shrink-wrap, Harry Potter and The Gift to watch in the next 21 days to make sure they're okay -- they have a 30 day guarantee. And I can actually watch the MTv version of the Lady marmalade video and find out just who is singing which portion of the harmony.

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Okay, I think I'm going to go to bed while the Cubs are a mere 10 runs down.

Mmmm, or maybe not, because now Farnsworth is pitching and he has the finest derriere in baseball, baby.

Current Mood: sleepy sleepy

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From: lisabelle Date: July 2nd, 2002 05:16 am (UTC) (Link)
Congrats on finishing! :D Even though it sounds decidedly more final than just finishing the book. ;)

now that I don't have to crawl around in closets punching down cables anymore
I beg your pardon?

Baltimore Zoo
Ditto a "Walk Me Down". After three of those, I needed a map and a flashlight to find the floor.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: July 2nd, 2002 09:19 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, I'm countering the craptonomicon with Diary of a Mad Bride. Light and fluffy bridget jones gets married type stuff. :)

now that I don't have to crawl around in closets punching down cables anymore
I beg your pardon? Well, I'm a network engineer for a large company, and part of our job was connecting up computer room servers, which required punching down wires; sometimes the blocks were low enough to the floor that we basically got all dirty doing it.

What's in a walk me down?
From: lisabelle Date: July 2nd, 2002 09:41 am (UTC) (Link)

Re:

"craptonomicon", hee.

I'd have to look it up. It's blue, from the blue curaçao, and has lots of clear alcohols in it: y'know, vodka, rum, the like.

Oh. Found a recipe:
1/2 oz Vodka
1/2 oz Triple sec
1/2 oz Rum
1/2 oz Gin
1/2 oz Tequila
1 oz Sour mix
1/2 oz Blue Curacao
Sprite

Mix well, serve on ice.

Mine had no sour mix in it. It was waaaaay too friggin' much alcohol in one drink, and yet, didn't really TASTE it...

What, pray tell, is in a Baltimore Zoo?
maigrey From: maigrey Date: July 2nd, 2002 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Yeah, my nickname for it was either 'Craptonomicon' or 'CryptonomiCRAPOLA'. I'm so creative.

I'm not sure what is in a Zoo -- I didn't make it, but I will find out from the Evil Drink Master what it is for you.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: July 5th, 2002 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)

Baltimore Zoo

Here's the recipe:

1 shot vodka
1 shot light rum
1 shot dry gin
1 shot triple sec
1 shot amaretto
1 shot Southern Comfort
1/2 shot red grenadine
sour mix

add a splash of beer after the sour mix, and drink sloooowly.
From: spooble Date: July 2nd, 2002 06:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I still like Cryptonomicon I didn't have that problem with it, but I'll go back and do it again sometime and will re-read it with those thoughts in mind...maybe I'm just over-excited by geek.

Snow Crash is arguably better...
zen_raven From: zen_raven Date: July 2nd, 2002 07:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Snow Crash is definitely better!

And The Big U isn't as bad as he thinks it is.

Try his Stephen Bury books - they're Stephenson with decent endings!
maigrey From: maigrey Date: July 2nd, 2002 09:21 am (UTC) (Link)
I've never heard of his Stephen Bury books, actually.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: July 2nd, 2002 09:20 am (UTC) (Link)
Snow crash is much better, yes. Still, no denouement, dammit. I hate that.
From: nicejody Date: July 2nd, 2002 09:36 am (UTC) (Link)
I remember someone getting me several Long Island Ice Teas on a birthday and I <>still</i> can't tell how old I actually was...

And if you're anything like me, you'll find your long-lost watch in your beauty bag one bright morning.

I shall have to make a note of Stephenson, he sounds interesting.
maigrey From: maigrey Date: July 2nd, 2002 09:50 am (UTC) (Link)
I probably will find the watch there, but it was almost broken anyway :)

And I &heart; long islands! yummah. Even better is a Blue Island, which replaces the coke with some blue curaco and sour mix.

And you're forewarned with Stephenson: he's in love with his own geekitude, and he does not know how to end a book. I did like snow crash and The Diamond Age well enough, however.
devolutionary From: devolutionary Date: July 2nd, 2002 11:00 am (UTC) (Link)
Okay okay, so Cryptonomicon was short on story structure. The characters in it were I think his best to date. I was right there with them. I will go to say that I think the Big U had the best ending, and the Diamond Age was my favorite concept. Bet hey, I'm a geek. : )
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