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So yeah, I'm still alive.

What the hell have I been up to, you ask?

Jay and me, still together. Things still good between us. I adore his daughter Hailey - she's a great kid. Jay is trying to quit smoking, slowly... but he's way overdue for that anyway.

The kitties and my little wolfie one (my eskie dog, Kai) are still fine.

Jack Sparrow (orange keeeten) is still growing, and has already blossomed into a really wonderful cat with an overabundance of personality.

Been playing lots of World of Warcraft (I have a L39 Blood Elf hunter named "Nytehawke" on the Suramar server.) Been playing Dance Dance Revolution - Universe 2 which proves that I indeed have no coordination - but it's fun to try. (Jay and I have an XBox 360 now). Also been playing Guitar Hero II - which I'm slightly better at.

Jay got me a digital camera for Christmas, so expect to see me post lots more cute cat pictures, silly dog pictures, and even sillier human photos.

Finally got a decent raise in December (way way overdue) - and some new title too tho I'm not really sure what it is at the moment. Things at work are getting better thanks to Jay being here and also thanks to this other guy we recruited from The Same Bank - it's great to have clueful teammates. On the downside, we have a couple of temps here to help with the phones, who are a few fries short of a Happy Meal. Hopefully they wont be here for long.

I'll probably start posting again soon since all the chaos seems to have quieted down, and I have plenty of stuff to rant about with the whole Presidential campaign thing heating up.

Happy New Year, everyone!
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Because you know, I am allowed to do incredibly stupid things from time to time..

I blame the holiday thing in the middle of the week.

All day yesterday I thought it was Wednesday.

This morning when I got up I thought it was Thursday.

Forgot to take the trash out (because, you know, it was a holiday week and all trash day on Friday instead of Thursday)

Purchased tickets online for a Thursday 10pm showing of Blade Runner... because well. it was the last showing.


Until I took a call at work to schedule a customer for product training for tomorrow... looked over at my calendar....

whereby my brain did the Wile E Coyote maneuver (stars spinning in a circle over my head) - and then the loudest, most Homer Simpson-esque D'OH could be heard from my cube.

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stolen from [livejournal.com profile] chaptal
1. You can press a button that will make any one person explode. Who would you blow up?

Michael Vick. Explode and then feed to a pack of hungry attack dogs.

2. You can flip a switch that will wipe any band or musical artist out of existence. Who will it be?

Only one? I would choose Britney

3. Who would you really like to just punch in the face?

A few people who treated me badly. I'll start with "comic book boy" aka ex boyfriend Brian (the one who said he hated my dog)

4. What is your favorite cheese?

ooh skeezy cheeses! Taleggio is a fave

5. You can only have one kind of sandwich. Every sandwich ingredient known to humankind is at your immediate disposal. What kind of sandwich will you eat?

Thin sliced Smoked turkey with brie on a fresh baguette with a smear of avocado spread, red onions, lettuce, and fresh tomato.

6. You have the opportunity to sleep with the movie celebrity of your choice. We are talking no-strings-attached sex and it can only happen once. Who is the lucky celebrity of your choice?

mmmmm... so many to choose from. OMG David Tennant. I know.. I know.. but he really makes my motor run. ;-)

7. You have the opportunity to sleep with the music celebrity of your choice, who will it be?

Jon Brion. Although I would probably have more fun hanging out drinking beer with him and talking about music than anything else.

8. Now that you've slept with two people in a row, you seem to be having an excellent day because you just came across a hundred-dollar bill on the sidewalk. What do you buy?

A tank of gas, a bottle of Patron (tequilla), and some snacks to enjoy with the tequilla.

9. You just got a free plane ticket to anywhere. You have to depart right now. Where are you gonna go?

Someplace warm and sunny. Puerto Rico or Mexico would be a good start.

10. An angel appears out of heaven and offers you a lifetime supply of the beverage of your choice. It is?

La Fin Du Monde (beer!) from Unibroue (Canada)

11. Rufus appears out of nowhere with a time-traveling phone booth. You can go anywhere in the PAST. Where do you go?

London. Lyceum Ballroom. 7 May, 1980.
Yeah, not historically significant but the date of one of my most beloved Genesis shows.

12. You discover a beautiful island upon which you may build your own society. You make the rules. What is the first rule you put into place?

No fighting.

13. You have been given the opportunity to create the half-hour TV show of your own design. What is it?

It would be a cross between Square Pegs and Freaks and Geeks.

14. What is your favorite curse word?


15. One night you wake up because you heard a noise. You turn on the light to find that you are surrounded by MUMMIES. The mummies aren't really doing anything, what do you do?

Go back to sleep. Let the cats hang out with them.

16. Your house is on fire! What do you do?

Call 911, get everybody out - the dog, the cats, grab my box of journals/photographs

17. The Angel of Death has descended upon you. Fortunately, the Angel of Death is pretty cool and in a good mood, and it offers you a half-hour to do whatever you want before you die.

Make sure my (furry) "kids" are taken care of, send a half-dozen or so emails, and spend whatever moments I have left holding my sweetie and surrounded by the doggie and kitties.

18. You accidentally eat some radioactive vegetables. They were good, and what's even cooler is that they endow you with the super-power of your choice! What super-power is it?

Can I be like Hiro on Heroes? I want to manipulate time and space.

19. You can re-live any point of time in your life. The time-span can only be a half-hour, though. What half-hour of your past would you like to experience again?

wow.. this is a tossup. Very tough.

Probably wandering around in London with Rob, 1991.

20. You can erase any horrible experience from your past. What will it be?

July, 1990.

21. You got kicked out of the country for being a time-traveling heathen who sleeps with celebrities and has super-powers. But check this out: you can move anywhere. Where are you going?


22. This question still counts, even for those of you who are under age, if you were banned from every bar in the world except one, which one would it be?

heh... I have no idea.

23. Hopefully you didn't mention this in the super-powers question... If you did, then we'll just expound on that. Check it out… Suddenly, you have gained the ability to fly! Whose house are you going to fly to first, and be like "Check it out! I can FLY!?"

Generic House. (i.e. my friends who live a few miles over)

24. The constant absorption of magical moon beams mixed with the radioactive vegetables you consumed earlier has given you the ability to resurrect the dead famous person of your choice. So which celebrity will you bring back to life?

Frank Zappa. Music needs him now.
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HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] kimberlogic!!!

I hope your day was filled with hugs and sweetness.

Love you!


Aug. 13th, 2007 01:56 pm
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A beautiful little film (even tho it clocks in over 2 hours long). Not unlike The Princess Bride in it's lovely way to tell a love story with plenty of adventure, wacky characters, humor, and suspense thrown in for good measure.

My only complaint, were I to really have one, would be the casting of Claire Danes. Perhaps I was expecting Yvaine to resemble Charles Vess' illustrations - with blue eyes and wild blonde curly hair. Claire Danes always seems to play the same girl with the same look.

LOVED DeNiro.. he was FANTASTIC. Charlie Cox was wonderful as Tristan, and I really did believe his transformation (and he was DARN cute after his little makeover). Also loved Michelle Pfeiffer who seemed to be having a great time playing an evil (and UGLY) bitch.

I also think that casting the same woman to play the young Una as the one 18 years later was maybe not the best choice, but it doesn't really matter in the grand scheme of things.

I need to go back and read the BOOK vs. the illustrated book.. but I can say that it seemed fairly true to how I remember the story, and the cinematographer did a fine job at bringing Vess's drawings to life - the film was very pretty to look at.

.. and if an ending makes me feel all happy and weepy at the same time it's a good thing.
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Something I've been thinking about lately is how woefully clueless I am about how I am perceived by others in my world - especially those who don't really know me all that well.

For example, I see myself in the "real world" as kind of nerdy, awkward, heavy, goofy, loud, and a little odd because I think of myself as an introverted extrovert. You can get close, but not too close, unless you're one of my girlfriends (well really.. my sisters). I might reveal all sorts of personal details about myself but that still doesn't mean I'm interested .... etc.

So what I'm asking is.. what IS it about the way I write, or something in my voice, or even something that comes across in a photograph that makes me seem so damned interesting / attractive?

This question was brought about because of 2 men who developed crushes on me without ever meeting me in person. One from talking with me on the phone (working together) and the other from reading posts I've made on a message board, and then going to read my myspace profile, etc. This post may be perceived as some egocentric attempt at getting complements, but I really just don't know how others see me. What really worries me is I wonder how big the disconnect is between how I come across in the electronic realm (in the Wired..) vs. how I come across in meatspace (ie. not wired)

I've disabled IP logging and am screening anonymous comments. Please do tell, as I am really pretty clueless about this whole thing...
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Treasures in the Trashpile..

or more specifically... in the soon-to-be-ex-neighbor's yard sale.

The family upstairs is moving to CT next week.

I bought their cute little Ikea kitchen set from them for $20 (it's even made from real wood!) which consists of a table, 2 chairs, and a bench with enough seating for 3 or 4 people as long as they're not too large since everything Ikea makes seems to be designed for really small people like myself.

I also purchased their gently used full sized air mattress (woot!! Baitcon sleep surface.) for $10 so all I need to do now is procure a pump to fill it with air. I'll probably just buy one since air mattresses come in handy when overnight guests come to visit.

I actually got to hit the gym after work today and it was goooooooood.

My car is also equally goooooooooood.

Gooooooooooooood car.
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Who the Hell is Kevin Barnes? He's the creative genius behind the band Of Montreal.

This band, believe it or not, somehow managed to make a big pile of change by selling one of their melodies to evil empire Outback Steakhouse "let's go outback tonight.." is really a song called Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games

I can't really describe Of Montreal because they're so weird and wonderful and inspired by all sorts of stuff from 60's psychedelia to 70's funk/disco/pop, to new wave and well.. I just adore the lead singer because he's SUCH a dork and writes such cute, clever songs.

So Kevin Barnes evidently went through a really bad breakup recently. Like many of us who go through Bad Shit (TM), he had a serious battle with depression. This song...called Heimdalsgate Like A Promethean Curse.. is about his experiences trying to deal with the "chemicals" in his brain being all fucked up.

I swear to DOG .. some of you (I see you, [livejournal.com profile] nminusone) will find this particular comical.

Here's a wikipedia entry about this song: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heimdalsgate_Like_a_Promethean_Curse There's a link at the bottom to a page with the lyrics

So here's the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VeIL7juFE0

The video WILL make you smile.. it will also make you say "What the.....???!"
Do not fear the skinny man in the white leotard. For that is Kevin Barnes and he is nerdtacular.
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Ah the lovely little things one finds on youtube.

No, the bass player/singer is NOT Bill Gates. It's the Korgis, a more or less forgotten little band from England who wrote this little synthpop gem.

It was also covered by Beck in the movie soundtrack for Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind.

This song happens to be one of the most favoritest songs of my teenaged angst years. Absolutely, without a doubt, I loved this song madly when I was 14.
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The car (the Nissan) / financing isn't ready yet.

Maybe tomorrow, they say.

The MBTA can bite my giant white ass.
Today the orange line train I was on crapped out went out of service at Malden station, everybody had to get off the train and "wait for the one coming right behind this one".

Long story short? I missed my usual bus connection downtown, had to take a different bus which means a longer walk - which is no big deal except that I was late to work.

This whinge was brought to you by the letter C for Craptastic.

Have I mentioned recently that I'm an impatient little cat?

...and I can't believe that http://www.deliciousagony.com might have to go off the air on July 14th because they wont be able to afford their royalties if the RIAA has their way.
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Update: Swampy has left the building (or rather. has left Echo St.) .... Goodbye old buddy *sniff* *sniff*. Enjoy your next lifetime with the wacky Yankees fans who are driving you back to Cooperstown tonight..

(and those kids are NUTS... but they left here with 4 jugs of water and a bottle of dexcool/water. They have a new engine to put in it, and are going to give him a 5 speed tranny too)

Someone is driving 3 hours to come and pay me $200 for Swampy the Saturn

I think he's a "Saturn guy" or something.

Since he's not showing up until around 8:00 tonight, I decided to go outside and remove the stickers and such.

Gone are:
"Life's too short to drink cheap beer" (black & white bumper sticker)
"Avoid the Stupid" (black & white bumper sticker)
"SPOOOOOOON!" (old school Tick cartoon sticker)
1 bumper sticker for a used record store in East Haven, CT
Some artsy sticker depicting a human form reaching for the sun (purchased at some Lilith Fair 8 or 9 years ago) - was on back seat driver side window
Sticker depicting a pouting fairy girl (purchased at Hot Topic about 7 years ago)
1 oval shaped white sticker with the letters ARF
1 oval shaped white sticker with "American Eskimo Dog"

Tried to remove "Doing My Part to Piss Off the Radical Right" but it would not come off.. and I dont have any GooGone here so I guess he'll take that with him.
Same with the Montgomery College parking permit sticker

and now the rain will come and fill Swampy with a delightful splash of water to honor the new owner...



by the way... I will be a little more creative with any stickers and such I place on the next car I have - which hopefully will be the Nissan. *crosses fingers*
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Surprisingly good for an experiment.

Flavor idea based on one I saw at Jeni's Ice Cream (just as legendary in Columbus, OH as Graeters is)

I made up a micro-batch just to see if I could balance the flavors.

1 can unsweetened coconut milk
1/3 c sugar
1 Tbsp unsweetened natural peanut butter (smooth)
< 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

heat coconut milk, peanut butter, and sugar together until melted or just starting to bubble. Whisk in cayenne powder.

chill until mixture is cold

Freeze in ice cream maker

The recipe is definitely missing the toasted coconut, but I couldn't find unsweetened coconut at the Stop & Shop, so if I decide to make this for Baitcon I need to find some (and toast it). The sugar coated stuff in the bag just isn't the same.

I would add just a small amount (maybe no more than 1/4 c per can of coconut milk) of finely shredded toasted coconut. Too much would create a funky texture - and using only coconut milk already makes the frozen texture a little more like a sorbet (kind of icy).

But I seemed to get a good balance of flavors. It's slighly peanut-buttery but not overpowering, and the cayenne ads just a little warmth at the end, but it doesn't whap you over the head with heat.

I would like to try my hand at the salted (burnt) caramel flavor, but I would want to buy a candy thermometer to get the temperature just right..and a good one just isn't in my budget right now. Probably won't make that for BC this year, but perhaps I'll make that up sometime this fall in time for apple pie season.
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So I went and looked at the 99 Altima.
She's a nice car. peppy. super comfortable. a real grownup car
Shiny black with tan cloth interior
61K miles for sure
seems so much bigger than ol' Swampy even tho I think they're roughly the same wheelbase
It's all done except for the financing, which they insist should not be a problem.

If all goes well I can pick it up on Monday.

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Amy vs. electricity
I have this light fixture for my fish tank.
The light fixture had a bad ballast so I set out to replace it.
After what can only be described as a comical sequence of events, let's flash forward to late this afternoon when I'm going to make another attempt at wiring the bugger.
uh.. der... gee Tennessee.. did I forget to unplug it or not? because I dont know
Electricity - 1
Amy - 0

I KNOW I know.. I know.. what happens when you touch 2 hot wires together. bzzzzzt!! but it did create a cool puff of smoke and created this really cool sort of charred smoke effect on my fingers. AND blew the circuit breaker too. boy that was FUN. not.

I shall not fuck with this ballast again. (turns out that I think the replacement ballast blew out the other day since when I wire the ballast directly to the power w/o using a switch the stupid thing doesn't power up.. yes.. I know what is pos and neg...) sheesh!! what kind of geek girl would I be if i didn't get THAT part?

Amy vs. teh ID10T5

There's an ad up on Craigslist for ol' Swampy. Asking $350 OBO.
So far I've had 3 people ask if it can be driven, 1 wants to drive it 50 miles, the other wants to give it to a friend, another asks if it overheats. Only 2 reasonable offers. 1 for $200 and the other for $150. I will probably take the $200 offer and call it a day. but still..

idiots. Would I seriously be selling a car for $350 if it wasn't in such rough shape?

Other assorted bits.

I really hate it when people don't respond to or acknowledge email I've sent them. No no.. it's none of you guys..it just irritates me.

A positive! I got this idea for pear riesling sorbet from a new LJ friend [livejournal.com profile] chaptal who lives in Cowtown (Columbus, OH.. one of the places where I used to live) - and mentions this gourmet ice cream shop that makes a delightful pear riesling sorbet. So I bought this nice little riesling on sale at Stop & Shop.. I think it's Columbia Crest. The initial fruit I taste in this wine is...PEAR. Perhaps.. I have the inkling of an idea.. hmmmm

Although I really do like the idea of blueberry lemon sorbet too. I guess it all depends on what I can find at Russo's in the next week or two.

Cross your fingers, kids.

Tomorrow I'm going to call (again) about a 1999 Nissan Altima for sale at the dealership where R works. Price is good, they are willing to offer it at 2K below the "public" sale price (because R works there), black w/ tan interior, 60K miles.. affordable if I can get the right financing. I may.. fate and car gods willing.. be able to get a car by this weekend.

If not, I'm going to be looking at other dealerships and other cars. I absolutely must have a car by next weekend!!

You know you have a "problem" when you are logging into the VPN at work to clean up your disasterous email box on the 4th of JULY. I hate lotus notes. With a great seething passion. I hate the fact that we have email quotas and every single action I take to deal with the crap in my inbox I get a nastygram saying "you are over your email quota"

I saw this blurb on the news the other day about how folks eschew their vacation time in favor of taking a long weekend here or there, and/or just checking in to work from home while "on vacation".
It's because you can never really get away from the craptasticness that surrounds you if you work in technology.
and/or you're just really friggin bored.


Jul. 4th, 2007 09:38 am
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Bet you didn't know that Marina Sirtis and I share the same birthday... its TWUE!! (she was born 11 years before me tho)

Your results:
You are Deanna Troi
Deanna Troi
Geordi LaForge
Will Riker
Mr. Scott
Jean-Luc Picard
Beverly Crusher
An Expendable Character (Redshirt)
James T. Kirk (Captain)
Leonard McCoy (Bones)
Mr. Sulu
You are a caring and loving individual.
You understand people's emotions and
you are able to comfort and counsel them.

Click here to take the "Which Star Trek character are you?" quiz...

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I now present 2 photographs of me. The first was taken this past weekend by my friend Spam.

The second was taken by long lost friend Rob, roughly 10 years ago on a trip I made back to Chicago.

I love both of these pictures of me because I look really truly happy.

Happy Independence Day everyone!
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courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] anotherjen

1. Don't stress so bad about your looks, you're a lot prettier than you think you are.

2. Grow your hair long. It suits you well.

3. Mom is never going to change. I'm sorry but you're never going to have that nice mom/daughter thing going on with her.

4. Forget playing the horn and hangin with the marching band guys. Save your money for a guitar. Learn to play and it will free your mind.

5. Someday you will live near the ocean. Your dreams about that will actually come true.

6. No matter how scary it may seem, you should lose your virginity to Paul. You don't realize this but you're teasing him. He will eventually break your heart but your memories will sweeten over time.

7. Your family life is going to be turned upside down your senior year of high school. It's going to suck but you'll get through it.

8. Do not let anything or anyone deter you from finishing college when you are young.

9. Take computer classes instead of office education. You'll learn how to type soon enough.

10. Don't waste your time with the high school boys, all that anguish isn't going to mean anything in a few years.

11. The friends you have right now will not be in your life when you get older. You will, however, make friends later that will change your life.

12. You are not going to believe the person that you grow up to be. The vision you have for yourself at 40 is really narrow in scope.

13. You do not deserve to be yelled at, talked down to, or hit by anyone. You do not have to take any kind of abuse from anyone. Be strong. Fight back.

14. Learn to speak Spanish. No, I'm not kiding.

15. I hate to say this but you have to learn to accept yourself, and maybe even learn to like yourself before you will really be happy. All that "Free To Be You and Me" crap is true.

16. Music is your lifeline. Keep an eye on your record collection and your collectables. Make sure to take them with you EVERYWHERE you move in life.
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Swampy aka my 1997 Saturn SC2

Driven new off the lot in Gaithersburg, Maryland July 1997

Taken me from DC to Boston and back numerous times.

Cause of death - cracked #1 engine cylinder.
It would cost at least $700 to repair the engine
Another $100 to repair the rear brakes
The rear suspension was failing (rattlerattlerattlerattle)
It had some serious leaks
No interior dome light
The stereo was crapping out
and the passenger side window no longer functioned (good old bad power windows).

At this point I'm looking for someone to buy it for a rebuild... if I get anyone serious about it I'll figure out a way to get it titled here (when I got it registered here i had my Maryland title - my lienholder had the original.

I'm going to borrow money against my 401K plan for a downpayment for probably another used car - whatever I can finance comfortably.

The absolute last thing I needed in my life right now but I need a dependable car for most of what I do outside of work.


holy crap!!

Jun. 8th, 2007 09:44 pm
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I almost forgot.. Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] tamidon!!

Hope your day was wonderful!
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Saw Piratey goodness on Sunday.

I could just stare at Orlando Bloom all day long. That boy is PRETTY!!!. I really liked the plot twists in this one, and the storyline about the sea goddess, etc. Lots of neat mystical stuff in this one, and Keith Richards!! Yes, Keef with an actual speaking role.

In other news...

I sold my old Mackie audio mixer on ebay. Didn't quite get what I thought I would, but I did get someone to pay my reserve which was fine. Now I have enough dough to get a new monitor and some more ram for my 'puter. Anyone want a 10 year old CTX 17" monitor with a tiny little Animal (the muppet) sticker in the lower left hand corner?

New fridge arrives tomorrow morning, as do the asshats from DirectTV to figure out WHY I can't get anything above channel 220. Now if I could only get Rich to move the fecking BROKEASS television out of the living room that would make my day. The bloody thing must weigh 70 lbs. or so (or I would just move it myself!). Now I get to explain to the repair weasels that you have to smack the tv a few times before the picture shows up. On Saturday the 23rd this piece of shit is going to the Dept. of Public Works for it's hazardous materials recycling collection day. buh bye.

I interviewed with 1 of the 5 people I was supposed to interview with today. He asked me many big fluffy tech questions and I answered most of them -without ever having SEEN the web app configuration. I also pulled out some of my old sql clue. YESSSSS. We'll see. I get to interview with more guys on Thursday. Manager types. and the new manager starts on Monday so I have to meet with him too. fun.

and now for something completely different.
I guess I'm kind of famous on the interweb.


This link points to a web site devoted to a fanzine for the 70's band Badfinger that I helped to edit more than 10 years ago. What I did was all the desktop publishing, layout and design stuff and kept Rob (my boyfriend at the time) from getting too nasty and sarcastic with people. Makes me feel a bit sentimental and sad tho. I really did love that boy. Wickedly sharp sense of humor. The best brain for music of just about anyone I've ever met.

The folks who subscribed to the fanzine really did enjoy it, and I guess therefore Rob and I became somewhat infamous because of it.

Rob and his friend Stu have evidently written a Beatles trivia book. Just about fell out of my chair when I saw this. What's extra funny is that Rob happens to have the same name as a famous film director.

++ Rob is the one who I dated / lived with for about 4 years when I was a young lass. We broke up, but remained friends for a long while until he married a girl that he met because of me.. she was my ROOMMATE - she and I lived upstairs from him. Oh believe me. It's a weird story. Anyway, he ended up married to this girl, has a few kids, etc. It sufficiently bent my mind in not so nice ways.
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