These are the thoughts of a Texas transplant in West Michigan who makes his living as a newspaper reporter by evening, and a struggling novelist by day.

Monday, October 15, 2007

catching up

so much time has passed since i last visited the blog. i've felt kind of blah, so to speak, and for lack of a better word, for the past two weeks or so.

it's not to say that nothing's happened, because certainly some things have transpired. let's try to remember.

i will start with this weekend.

we took a day trip to chicago. dawn and evie went to laura'a baby shower, which took place saturday. for weeks, i'd been thinking of what i'd do for the day since i was not invited. and that's cool. it's a baby shower, for the love of god.

but, then a phone call changed all that. my friend marla, she's from my old hood in SD, called me up from her new hood in SD -- calif. that is -- and said she'd be in chicago and wondered how far it was from dutch town and if we'd be able to make it. i say, hmmmm, i think we can handle that and explained who'd be going and why. well, i tagged along.

i remained at the apt. while dawn, evie and laura took off to the gig. i had the run of the place. after being taught how to use the remotes for the cable, it was cool. i ended up watching pieces of "in america," "the squid and the whale" and most of "the apartment."

we met up later for dinner at mi tierra in south chicago. it was sooo cool. the area was latino all the way. i dug the location. people chatting it up in spanish, cars cruising by playing latino music. good stuff.

already inside were marla and her friend gabbi (or gabby?). we had a great time. did some catching up (we haven't seen marla in almost five years). she even brought with her a small surprise for us -- QQ fideo in the yellow boxes, the kind i can only find in south texas. awesome! so we ate and talked, and talked and talked.

sunday was quite. we needed down time. we did a little grocery shopping and came back home. it was overcast and rainy all day and chilly. did i say chilly? yep. it's about tme. lovely fall weather. so we hung out, watched "criminal minds" episodes and i'm trying to watch "hot fuzz." i've been told it's funnay.

work's been work. not much to say about it. the coolest thing i did this past week was hanging out at the emergency department at the hospital. i'm doing a day in the life of a nurse in the ED. nothing major occured, but it was cool to hang out and be where the action occurs.

the rest of the week is a haze of blankness. we played cards midweek and it was fun, but not the same without our camrade krista sitting to my right. (she had a home inspection early the following morning, which went rather well). we did play the week before and krista was on a roll with her card playing. mark did well this week.

the chandler trial starts tuesday with jury selection. that will turn the newsroom upside down for some time. it's expected to last at least three weeks. we'll see how things go.

and what happened last week? i really don't know. i know i attended a few meetings late last week after the urrea lecture. the weekend was quiet. not a problem there.

we'd been hanging out a lot lately, since the end of august, i think. so we've slowed down. until the next hanging out occurs. there's a halloween party coming up. that should provide some interesting entertainment. will i dress up? doubtful. what can i go as? any suggestions? i've been told i can go as an asshole, so come up with something else. besides if i'm going as an asshole, it'll be like me every day.

and that leaves me with...nothing.

cheerio, mates.


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