July 2004

I said god damn

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Fran and I just got back from the final walk through of our new house. It looked great. I’m real excited to move my hot wife and my cats in there. We will be moving on this Saturday at 2:30pm, if anyone is awesome and wants to help us. We have had several people offer to help so far (some of them may have been in a drunken stupor, but we will still hold them to it). For those that help, we will be having a grillin’, eatin’, and drinkin’ festival of sorts at the new place. We may even name a room in the house after you.

We close tomorrow morning and then that sit is all ourz. The whole home-buying experience has been relatively pain free. I was slightly panicked on a couple occasions, but they worked out okay. The first was the lack of moving trucks that were available on the moving day. I was finally able to reserve a cargo van from Rent-A-Wreck. How low-brow is that? Frankie Fatz also volunteered his time and his sweet pimped-out mini van to the cause. The other occasion was this morning, when our attorney called our bank to get the final figure for the closing. We applied for what is called an 80-10-10. This is where you come up with a 10 percent down payment and then you get a home equity loan to cover another 10 percent. That way, you have 20 percent down on your house and you are not required to purchase mortgage insurance. To make a long story short, there was a very tense half hour when the bank and I had a different understanding about when these funds would be available to them. I, of course, threatened to burn their corporate headquarters to the ground and they quickly got on the same page.

I have next week off from work and I will have no shortage of things to do. I have some yard work to get to and a crap load of cleaning and painting. My phone, cable, and interNUT will be hooked up on Tuesday, so I have to meet all those rat bastards as well. It will be a nice vacation from the Kojak though. I will have to do some electrical work sometime soon. It will be amazing if I don’t seriously injure myself in the next couple of weeks.

-Pat

Warning: real boring blog

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I'm so damn tired; I can barely see straight, but I wanted to add an update since it has been a while.

Sleepytime, USA

So, grand jury duty is going very well. I really enjoy it. If I could do it for a living, I would seriously consider it. It's pretty slow moving though, which I'm not really used to. Swift justice, my ass. There are lots of breaks between cases, and while I'm catching up on my reading, there are so many other things I could be doing. I even hate missing a half day of work, so in case you couldn't guess, it kills me to be out of work so much. Boo-hoo, right? It's a good time though. I love hearing all of the cases.

Tomorrow night, Pat and I do our final walk-through on the house. Holy cats! Then, Wednesday morning, we close. I can't believe it. Although it seems like forever since we started looking at houses, this still kind of crept up on me. We're moving the majority of our stuff on Saturday, and we'll be slowly moving everything else in the next two weeks. Then Don Jay is taking over our apartment! I'm so excited a friend of ours is moving in. This is a great place, so I'm glad it's staying in the family, so to speak.

Don Jay is one bad mamajama

This weekend we went out to Pat's parent's camp out near Alex Bay. I have to say, it was the most relaxed I've been in a really, really long time. Even during the car ride I was relaxed, which never happens. It was great to have a low-key weekend in between the craziness that life has been lately.

-Fran

2004-07-20 13:31:34

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Wow, it's been a long time since I've written a blog. I've been in a stupid busy-but-not-really fog and I'd like to get out of it. Last week is pretty much a complete blur. The last thing I can recall is Friday, when my mom and I drove to Southern Ohio to visit her side of the family. The drive actually went better than anticipated. We're both not particularly fast drivers, so I thought the trip would take a ridiculously long time, but we got there in 8 1/2 hours. The rest of the trip was pretty long and uneventful. Seriously, that part of the state is so boring it should come with a warning label.

Ohio, boring people since the 1700s

For real though, it was great to hang out with family I hadn't seen in a year. Highlights include changing a kitchen faucet with my Uncle Mike, looking through lots of photos of my grandparents when they were young, listening to my grandma's anecdotes on everything from Dr. Phil to bare breasts (or boobies as she called them), and driving my mom's super phat Volvo. We just drove home yesterday and I had a horrible headache for most of the day, which was no fun. It was great to come home and see my kitties and Patty, and get to sleep in my own bed.

This morning, I got up bright and oily and went to the Monroe County Hall of Justice to report for Grand Jury duty. Most of the people who showed up were selected (by the very scientific process of drawing names out of a box) to serve. I was one of the lucky 46 people selected for one of two Grand Jury groups. I need to serve every other day for the next month. While I'm not totally thrilled by the idea of paying $6 a day for parking, and messing up my work schedule, I realize that they call it "duty" for a reason, and I'm happy to do my part in the legal process. I went through my orientation today and it sounds like it's going to be pretty interesting. It will be like my own little soap opera or reality show. Unfortunately, since grand jurors only decide if felony cases should go to trial or not, and don't actually take part in any of the case's trials, we're never allowed to talk about the cases we hear - even after their trials take place. If we're caught talking about any of the cases, it's considered a Class E felony, punishable by 4 years in prison. Dang!

I hope jury duty is half as much fun as this movie makes it out to be.

They didn't let us eat lunch until after 1:30 today, and my schedule has been all effed up lately, so I got another horrible, throbbing headache today. I was planning on stopping into the office tonight, but I just don't think I can muster up energy. Nuts. Three days out of the office and I won't be going in tomorrow either (since my jury duty officially starts tomorrow). I'm going to be crying when I finally get back.

Enough about me though. Scott put a link to Zack Braff's blog on his site and I was like, ohmygodilovehim! Watch the trailers for Garden State. I can't wait to see it at the Little in August.

-Fran

Bloopoop

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Fran and I saw Napoleon Dynamite at the Little Theatre on Thursday. I loved the movie; it had it all. There was a low rider, a llama, boondoggle key chains, egg juice, and a time machine (oh, snap). Warning: If you were a big, old dork in high school and no one liked you, you may want to avoid this one. It will more than likely bring out some suppressed memories. Check out some clips here.



This Just In: We have a conflicting opinion from Don Jay.

On Friday evening, Fran and I put a case of Miller High Life on ice and drove out to Tom and Emily Niesh’s house in Buffalo. Wayne and Phat Tom were up from West Virginia, so it was like a mini Bingo reunion. We hung out in Tom and Emily’s back yard all socializin’, fraternizin’, barbecuin’, and drinkin’.

On Saturday afternoon, Emily, Wayne, and Phat Tom had a wedding to go to in the 'Chester, so we all drove back together. They had some time to kill between the ceremony and the reception, so we just had to go to Pudgie’s and get some good times, pizza, and subs. I am sure that some people are sick of hearing me talk about how awesome Pudgie’s is. If you are one of those people, skip to the next paragraph. I had been looking forward to getting their bomb-ass stromboli for the last week. I think all the Binghamtonians ordered their favorites from yesteryear. We all had one of those “Back in my day a loaf of bread cost nickel” moments when we saw how much their prices had inflated in the last 15 years. We took some pictures with the Pudgie Mobile. It’s rollin’ on 26s and it’s all chromed up. I also found some jingles on Pudgiespizza.com that I thought everyone might like (Jingle 1 and Jingle 2). Jingle 2 has been running through my head all day.

Saturday evening, we started the night out with some porch beers. Next, we went to Mex for a few. Then we tried to go to the Jungle, but it was $6 to get in, and we were like F-that. Then, we stopped by the Old Toad, where some dude with the pointiest, sharpest, nip ons I have ever seen hit on Emily. I don’t know how they were not ripping through his shirt. He needed to put a leash on those puppies. Finally, we finished up the evening with another porch beer.

It was great to see my peeps. Fran and I always have such a great time hanging out with them.

-Pat

low key and loving it

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This week is my Summer vacation. My company has a shut-down week the week of the 4th of July, which is great for me. It actually forces me to take a substantial vacation, which I would probably not do otherwise. So far, this year's vacation is better than last years, for the simple fact that our computer is still functioning. Last year, our computer died the morning of the first day of my vacation. I actually had to go to the *gasp* library and just show up at friends houses and act like I was really there to see them. Then, I'd wait the respectable five minutes before asking to use their computer. Hehe. Just kidding!!! (sorta) Oh yeah, here's what our computer looked like after it died. I'm no expert, but I think that all that dust and cat hair may have been the culprit.

Yup, we're scumbags

So far, my vacation has been great. I haven't been to any bars and I've been in bed before midnight every night but one. That may not have fit my criteria of "great" in the not-too-distant past, but right now, it's pretty darned cool.

Friday night, we had a very small impromptu gathering at our place. We hung out on the porch, watched some dork crash a Vespa right in front of our apartment, and watched some Girls Gone Wild DVDs that we recently acquired. By the way, GGW is disgusting, but I digress.

Saturday, we went swimming at Amy's house. I never thought I'd say this but I had so much fun swimming! That night, we went to Scott's and hung out in his backyard.

Sunday, we hung out over at Cima's. The original plan was to go to Food Mike's and watch the fireworks, but it started to pour. I thought for sure the fireworks show would be cancelled, but then, as we sat on Cima's porch, the fireworks started going off! We all got in Amy's car and got a great view from Highland hospital's parking garage. It was great. Then, we got garbage plates and called it a night.

Monday, my first official day of vacation, I had lunch with Food Mike. I wanted to get together with him to talk about Kung Fu. He's been taking Kung Fu for years, and I wanted to ask him some questions. I've been thinking about taking some form of martial arts for years, but I have no clue about what kind to study and what school to go to around here. I'm actually going to go to his class tomorrow night and check it out. I'm so excited!! Monday night, we went to Rebecca's and watched Stuck on You. It was actually quite good.

Stuck on You movie scene

Today, I've been getting boxes and packing stuff, and started packing all of the stuff we won't need in the next month. Damn, we've got a lot of stuff. Tonight is laundry night with Peter!

We hope you all had a great fourth!

-Fran