Sunday, December 26, 2010

Snowing, s-n-o-w-i-n-g, s-n--o---w----i-----n------g

wow, a wintery blast out there.  went out for a walk and was glad i hadn't waited till later — it was already pretty bad.  looks a lot better from behind my front windows.  (and some wine and a Star Trek Voyager episode help, too.)

came across a treasure-trove of ebooks today — four thousand seven hundred twelve, to be exact — but had more difficulty finding a way to read them.  (they're in a .mobi format, and Macs aren't the best for free readers.)  but i found some freeware called calibre that did the trick.

heh, just what i need — more books.  :-)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

bravo Congress! DADT repealed!

Whoo Hoo!  the U.S. Senate has voted to end the 'Don't Ask; Don't Tell' policy in the military!  (the House has already approved such a measure.)

hooray progress!

Sunday, December 12, 2010

rainy sun day

tears are still drying from watching 'Leap Year'; better than yesterday after 'Kissing Jessica Stein' since by it i'm not driven towards being a lesbian (which you *know* i'd have trouble with).  makes me want to go to Ireland, though, and that has its own level of sadness.  at least i still feel alive, crying or no.


much love to all the mates.


happy days,
   D.

Sunday, November 28, 2010

from Ender's QOTD 2010-11-22

Information is not knowledge. Knowledge is not wisdom.
Wisdom is not truth. Truth is not beauty. Beauty is not love.
Love is not music. Music is the best!
-- Frank Zappa, in Joe's Garage

[rock on! getting close to a new month, and even a new year — time for embracing changes and getting on with life! whoo-hoo!]

Thursday, November 18, 2010

good evening from Sweet Bites

mellowing out in a soft chair at the coolio café near my new apartment. muscles sore from a day of loading & unloading furniture into & out of a U-Haul van, after a late night of packing and preparing to say "good-bye" to one place and "hello" to another.

big furniture delivery tomorrow—sofa, recliner, cocktail tables, TV stand, mattress & boxspring, and a pub table & chairs—yay!. home at last. and it culminates more than a week of gracious help, care, and support with and through the whole moving process from my best friend & primary decorating consultant, Barb: thank you, thank you, thank you!

thank Thor for ibuprofen, right? 800 milligrams thrice per day gets us mortals through.

sun has set before 5pm; night is falling. two bottles of Snapple empty on the table next to me. Peach Mangosteen Immunity & Noni Berry Refresh. time to go home.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Margarita's, Framingham, opening night

to the woman in Margarita's on opening night (16 November 2010): hello, i just wanted to buy you a Corona. i didn't want your number. i didn't want your name. you waved to me on my way out and said hello, and that was enough. i thought you were pretty, and i wanted to buy you a drink. that was all. enjoy!

Saturday, November 6, 2010

home stretch

thank you, universe, for revealing my new place to live. i will take life in a series of sweet bites now, if you'll pardon the insider's pun.

c'mon, café paradise! coming to the home stretch now . . . almost there.

i asked and i received. sometimes life rocks! yay, world; yay, people.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

ready for sanctuary

quiet afternoon of Steely Dan, Sade, Boston, and Dire Straits crooning away in a private serenade.

watched How To Train Your Dragon last night. good stuff of striving toward tolerance and non-violence.

c'mon, universe — reveal to me my new place to live. (and also, i hope, my new place to love and to laugh). i'm ready. show me sanctuary.

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[and a delicious side note in my video wanderings: a lovely cameo of 'Lucrezia' by none other than Marina Sirtis (who was Counselor Deanna Troi on Star Trek: The Next Generation) in The Six Napoleons, an episode of THE RETURN OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, 1984 by Granada Television, starring of course the incomparable Jeremy Brett.

yay, people!]

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

sunshine in rain

i think of you
and i go on.
listen to raindrops
drip down outside.
don't really care
what zip code you're in,
just where you reside,
so long as you're there.
comfort during pain,
pools of laughter
cure a sorrow drought.
i can sometimes feel
sunshine in rain,
love after loss,
always tomorrow
come dreck and dross.
say what you must;
hold onto the real.
pray no sin, no lust.
another day gone.
another day new.

Saturday, October 2, 2010

relaxed and calm

heh, just watched 'Last Action Hero' -- very amusing! (and guy who wrote 'Lethal Weapon' was a co-screenwriter -- coolness!)

then another 'Friends' episode. comforting.

and now more lame duck Red Sox action, but at least it's with the Yankees.

i look around me here and think Home at last. it feels good, very relaxed and calm.

Friday, October 1, 2010

better off

and boom, what do you know? i was right: today was a better day!

today puts me five grand in the green, and a hell of a lot less stress & sleeplessness.

i'm relaxed and comfortable. i'm all set. sure, i'm here for the duration; but i'm not in for a big time freak-out. soothing, soothing, soothing.

thank you, life. i do love you.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

bad day

oh, i'm having a bad day. nothing that a few drinks and a few episodes of Friends won't make me blurry over, but still very very bad. i hate making changes in my life and not knowing what's really going on. why can't i still be eighteen and still going off to college to make all those mistakes again for the first time? why do i instead have to be forty and my life in shambles all around me? i guess that's just the way things are.

maybe i just have to think of myself as only being nineteen -- as living a second life, starting in 1991 -- and go on and live the way i've wanted to. Barb's right . . . i am a wuss. but it's my life, and i'll go on and live it the way i want.

tomorrow will be a better day.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Emerson Hospital ER is the worst in the USA!

well, maybe not the absolute very worst . . . but pretty damned close.

my friend was denied admission to the Behavioral Health Unit (which treats mental illness) tonight because, after being kept waiting for five and a half hours, she wasn't all deferential and polite to the charge "nurse." (perhaps the 'charge nurse' title derives from the fact that they paid for their "degree" with a charge card.) my friend was ill, and therefore she was refused treatment.

what a great hospital! recommend it to all your friends whom you wish to receive shitty treatment.

i was really tempted to call in a bomb threat to the ER just to inconvenience the hell out of them, as they did to us. but there weren't any convenient phone booths around from which to call in the bomb threat. man, i MISS phone booths. heh. :-D

and now i'm going to write "Emerson Hospital" five hundred times to attract attention when people do a web search for it:

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Thursday, August 26, 2010

a sad day


we're in mourning here; overnight, a beloved (and somewhat crazed :-) member of our family has died. Angel, one of our two-year-old parakeets, won't be falling off of perches or flying into walls anymore. She's in a better place now. Perhaps Aruba. farewell, birdie . . . .

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

OK, so it's all a lie: life actually does suck

hey, peeps,
---i'm tired of putting on a happy face. the thing is, i'm really depressed; i just don't know how to express it except through depressing posts like this one, and that does no one any good. too bad; it's all i've got right now. ttyl.

D

Monday, August 23, 2010

from Ender's QOTD: 2010-07-23

Better to write for yourself and have no public,
than to write for the public and have no self.
-- Cyril Connolly

[i'm still around, just catching my breath. almost have 'the stereo' set up properly so i can have some music the right way again. the parakeets are staying with me at the moment, and it's been a pleasant reunion. having to force myself to spend some time putting stuff away, lest i disappear in the chaos of my room. ;-) programming is next on the agenda.]

Friday, August 13, 2010

whatever the season

so, peeps, you're still looking at my blog (even though i write something here next to never); thank you for that. really, though, you should catch my nom de plume at http://ConcordLove.blogspot.com because at least there's a new entry every day.

the summer continues, and the annual spin slowly begins to tilt towards autumn. enjoy every day is the only advice that i care much for anymore, whatever the season. i'm rambling . . . must be time for some lovin' . . . .

be well; keep cool.

Monday, August 2, 2010

new blog, Brandeis University (trying to rip me off)

hey, peeps.
go to http://BrandeisScam.blogspot.com/ if you want to read about my experience with Brandeis University. they're such scum. (the link is at the top of my LINKS list.)

Derek

Sunday, August 1, 2010

i like opera, except for the singing ;-)

bicycled to my UU church in Concord this morning -- these summer services sure are a mixed bag. the soprano soloist was somewhat painful to listen to (for me), and the whole service was a little too traditional for my taste; but i had a lovely conversation with Dorothy during coffee hour, and that made it all worthwhile.

perhaps i just wasn't in the mood to go to a service at all; perhaps i should have just gone for coffee on Main Street instead, and i still could have gone to coffee hour after the service. but i'll accept the experience as a needed lesson for my patience and tolerance. the church is still a work in progress, and now that i'm a member i can take a more active role helping determine in what direction it goes.

ciao, peeps!

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

from Ender's QOTD: [et cetera]

You cannot change your destination overnight,
but you can change your direction overnight.
-- Jim Rohn


[just keep changing, peeps; don't let's stagnate!]

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

make jazz, not war

Chuck Mangione and John Coltrane blowin' trumpet & sax, keeping me company on a warm Tuesday afternoon. Tiu, god of war, is on vacation; Tiu's days are now appointed jazz days; forget this whole war thing, anyway.

maybe if Tiu had AC in his room he wouldn't be so warlike. and more plants; if he was watering plants, maybe he wouldn't want war. watch some Gilligan's Island reruns, play some video games, and get down tonight.

it's too hot for aggression. let's just chill.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

concord, not discord :-D

ah, out for an early morning walk, before the heat of the day. only past the cornfield and vegetable patch to the old rifle range and back, but outside nonetheless. the local posse of crows patrolling the area and caw-caw-cawing to all the world; a few joggers and bicyclers out too, along with us walkers. morning peace.

now on to the day.

Friday, July 9, 2010

move din

all right, after a month of floating i'm finally here.

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books . . . good (or good enough for the moment).

electronics . . . good, efficient.

plants . . . good, homey.

pictures . . . beautiful.

bed . . . still a little slidy on the floor, but getting there.

ceiling fan & AC . . . blessings to help get through the heat wave.

back yard . . . very appealing for when it cools off a tiny bit.

nearby nature areas . . . waiting to be explored.

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it's great to be home!

Thursday, July 1, 2010

moving daze

all moved in to the new house share (or at least all my possessions are there, in a big mess) and relaxing now back in Barb's basement -- she totally helped me move, driving the U-Haul van et cetera, and bought me lovely housewarming gifts too; she's the best.

ah, the new world order. . . .

Saturday, June 26, 2010

. . . but my body longs for home


[bakery brook]

happy ending again

ok, so we're getting somewhere on the happy ending again.

maybe the heroes will make it in the end
and not need to go their separate ways.

salvation where you find it.

we are all truly one.

still take care.

live; love.

forgive.

Monday, June 14, 2010

happy ending

there is no happy ending, except that which we make for ourselves.

don't expect the heroes of the story to re-unite;
they usually just go their separate ways.

find your own salvation.

rely on yourself.

take care.

live.

Sunday, June 13, 2010

my soul is at the beach . . .


[i just wish my allergies weren't so bad on Cape Cod!]

the end is the beginning

change is inevitable; roll with it!

three parakeets are crazier than two -- and definitely have more fun than one. (the newest member of the family, Wasabi -- AKA Mustard Seed -- has now picked up the vocalizations and habits of Coral and Angel; they're a happy trio!)

enjoy life; nothing else matters!

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

ugh, maybe the end . . .

. . . the end of my office.

rats! i really liked having one, but things change. maybe i'll like having a new apartment too. and a new town. already have a new church, and some new friends.

out with the old, in with the new.

plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

office update

heh, have been so busy enjoying my new space that i didn't even think to blog about it. getting pictures hung, strange music played, and bookshelves arranged -- my home away from home.

so cool having all my "work" stuff in one place; now i actually get some "work" done! really, it's the most glorious sort of play for me; but i'm happy to bow to convention and call it work.

mmm, maybe getting time to slope over to Trader Joe's for some lunch munchies . . . .

Thursday, March 25, 2010

the office

i've never had an office, but i soon will!

"Time to go to the office," i'll soon get to say. "Where's Derek? Oh, he's at the office," my wife will say to nonexistent callers.

"I gave at the office." will become my reply for unsolicited money-seekers.

reading, writing, research: my three office Rs. (plus video games, movies, and music.)

yay, office!

Friday, March 5, 2010

whew!

my brain is drained. packing up my possessions sucks!

i miss love, i miss companionship. i just want a warm place for me and the birdies!

how many milk crates do i actually have? a lot.

trying to weed out uninteresting books and such.

carrying heavy boxes up the stairs -- whew!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Over the river and through the woods . . .


. . . to Nashoba Brook Bakery we go!

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

less meadow, more brook, and new snow!


this is also from yesterday; haven't been out today in the even newer snow for more pictures.

brook meadow with new snow


this is from yesterday morning; more snow right now!

Saturday, January 9, 2010

less meadow, more brook


also from this morning's walk.

out for a morning walk . . .


a brook-meadow near our house.