A short trip to visit Kelly and Pat in Virginia, near Washington D.C. We were treated to a tour of the mall and as many monuments as we could squeeze in. There’s a lot to take in here and you could spend a week at the Smithsonian and still not see it all.
I have been sick for some time. Not down and out sick, but the kind that keeps you awake at nights and hacking up stuff during the day. It’s draining and it just makes you kind of hate life while you have it in a debilitating way.
My old car, the Mazda Millenia (Millenia Falcon, get it?) was killed by Paula a few weeks back in the ice storm that covered the midwest (she’s okay). Actually, she didn’t kill it, someone else slammed into her so it wasn’t her fault, but still; she’s a car killer and she knows it. She killed my Ford Taurus many many years ago as well and car-Jesus will be seeking revenge on judgment day.
First day of the year, first hangover of the year. Julie and I had a great time last night staying at the W hotel, roaming the streets of NYC and catching all the festivities New York City has to offer on New Year’s Eve.
There was a list sent to me recently from a fellow New Yorker of things that let you know you are from New York City if.. I thought a few of them especially related to my NYC experience more than the others so here are the ones I found to be most true:
Ten years ago, I started playing with a program called Adobe Pagemill and made a simple little website on my3mb of web space provided by my dialup internet provider; earthlink. The title Absolut Wade came from a design project I was working on while in design school at the time where was learning about branding and did a series over Absolut Vodka. Eight years ago today, I was thinking it would be kind of cool to move my web site off of earthlink and get my own dedicated website.
My friends Sona and Phil who used to live in New York until recently, just got married yesterday in Windsor, England (nearby anyway) and it was a beautiful reception. After the wedding was the reception back at the hotel and it went on till well after 3am.
Music by George Frideric Handel, Libretto by William Congreve, Performed by Elizabeth Futral. I went to go see Semele tonight at the NYC Opera. It was interesting to say the least. This being my first English written opera to go see, it became clear to me for the remaining need of the sur-title board just before it lost all meaning to me again.
I find that when I get really down, I start to analyze myself and the things around me as being normal or out of sorts. Am I the one doing things wrong or is the world doing me wrong? It’s usually an equal chance of either way but I can account for what I do and the world does as it pleases. Since all I can change is myself, I try to focus on that. You can accept the world as being fair or unjust but you still have to find a way to fit in it.
I once read that when we express anger, we are expressing what we hate about ourselves. We all have regrets and have done things we wish we hadn’t. Those regrets and the guilt associated with them weigh on us and shape us into who we are. This is actually good for us to a point; our consciousness needs to be reminded of consequences but some of us out there, we’re junkies for it. We need to feel regret and pain or we feel nothing at all because being satisfied just isn’t all that satisfactory after some time.
Nathan is making his first trip with me to New York today. I’m looking forward to all that I get to show him around the city. We have many good ideas so if you have any that you think a 9 year old would like to see, please give some input.
update: We’ve made it to NYC and found ourselves very whooped after getting unpacked and cramming some fragments of food into our mouth after not eating all day. Nate is loving NYC so far and can’t wait to see what it looks like in the daylight.