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ESMTP wedding vows [Feb. 19th, 2010|11:22 pm]

Inspired by a friend's Facebook request for SMTP wedding vows, I came up with this:

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Odaiko New England Winter Extravaganza [Nov. 19th, 2009|01:00 am]
The Odaiko New England Winter Extravaganza is coming up on 13 December from 2-5 PM. It will be at the ACAS Center, 29 Montvale Ave, Woburn MA

From the ONE calendar listing:

"Join Odaiko New England students, community members and ensemble members for an afternoon of fun, food, festivities and, of course, taiko."

There should be a flyer available soon; I'll link to it when it shows up. I should be performing in at least one piece, probably two.
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New car! (redux) [Sep. 6th, 2009|10:27 pm]
lizzielizzie volunteered to take pictures of Bixby for me. (Have I mentioned before that lizzielizzie is a goddess? 'Cause she is.)

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This is not the Hyundai Elantra Touring I initially said I was going to get. Instead, I realized that if I got the Touring, I'd probably always wonder about the Subaru Impreza wagon, but if I got the Impreza, I likely wouldn't wonder about the Touring. That plus talking with rhysara about her 2009 Impreza wagon and it regularly getting better than rated mileage got me to change my mind.
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New car! [Sep. 5th, 2009|06:30 pm]
I have acquired a new car; I picked it up this morning. Pictures coming Tuesday because I foolishly left the data cable for my Treo at work. After acquiring the new car, I took it out for a drive. On this drive, it got a name: Bixby, and a gender: male. I don't know why he is named Bixby, but that is his name. Two of my past three cars had names.

  • Marvin was a 1984 Plymouth Turismo that I got in 1992. He was a cranky car, and occasionally required me to pop the hood and fiddle with a butterfly valve on the carburetor to get him to start in cold weather. So of course I named him after Marvin the Paranoid Android.
  • Mercl (pronounced 'merkle') was a 1989 Mercury Tracer that I got in 1995. Mercl had his name written right on him. The Mercury name had broken off at the right upright of the U, leaving MERCL on the back of the car.
  • The Miata never had a name, but did get called "the little zippy car" quite often, so that may have sufficed.

Now I have Bixby, who got his name on day one of ownership.
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lizzielizzie is a goddess [Aug. 18th, 2009|12:10 am]
lizzielizzie is a goddess
She took me to where my wrecked car was
So I could get all my stuff out of it
And helped take the plates off in the sun
Even though it was well over 90 degrees outside
Then drove me to get a rental car
Spotted far more wrong with it than I did
(How did all those dents get in the roof?)
In my still semi-addled state
(An accident will do that)
And waited until I was in the car
Ready to drive away
lizzielizzie is a goddess.
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kazmat is a goddess [Aug. 18th, 2009|12:05 am]
kazmat is a goddess
She came from work to pick me up
At the McDonald's where the policeman dropped me off
After dealing with the accident I was in
And took me back to my place
She stayed and listened to me blither as I came off
The massive adrenalin rush
And distracted me with her own stories
kazmat is a goddess.
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How not to start your day [Aug. 17th, 2009|11:56 pm]
One in a likely long series of ways not to start your day: single-car accident on an interstate. If you were stuck behind a gang of rubberneckers on I-495 north just before the 113 exit shortly after 10 AM on the 17th, that was me. In trying to avoid hitting a large chunk of tire in the lane, I not only failed to miss the chunk of tire, I also lost control, swerved several times, bounced off a guard rail, and came to rest across the left lane of 495. I had the presence of mind to back out of the roadway.

I didn't hit anyone else. I have superficial welts and scrapes from the airbag deploying. The car is not so fine, with both the left front and left rear corners damaged, the coolant system breached (might be the radiator, might be just a hose), the left front wheel likely rubbing the inside of the wheel well, and who knows what else wrong.

The insurance company has told me to expect the car to be totaled -- not surprising, given a nine year old car with significant damage. I have a rental (covered by insurance, excellent) that doesn't even come close to being a Miata. It's a Kia Spectra.

Given that I expect the Miata to be totaled, I am likely in the market for a new car. I'm looking for either another convertible or a hatchback, preferably one with a roof that opens. Right now the top of my list is the Mazda M3, but I'm open to other suggestions.
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Lowell Folk Festival this weekend [Jul. 22nd, 2009|01:13 am]
The Lowell Folk Festival is this weekend, 24-26 July. It has lots of traditional folk music from around the world (i.e., no stereotypical singer-songwriters a la Christine Lavin or Bob Dylan), such as New Orleans jazz, zydeco, klezmer, Tuvan throat singing, and other fun stuff. There's all sorts of traditional ethnic food as well.

Come on up!
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Culturally illiterate? You tell me. [Jul. 4th, 2009|01:27 am]
I saw my third movie this year: Batman Begins (no, I had not seen it before). Of the cast on screen, I recognized exactly one actor: Morgan Freeman. So, for my entertainment (and possibly yours), I list the places, if any, I have seen or heard the other first-billed actors.

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(no subject) [May. 24th, 2009|08:03 am]
Having a back-seat driver in the Miata is downright strange.
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