Friday, January 27, 2006

Chinese New Year

Happy New Year to everybody in China.

Now, whip out those party hats.

Seriously. Last night, I went out with my new co-workers and ran into some old friends.

We all gathered to celebrate a tradition, that I feel lucky to be included in. We started out at Goodnight Gracie's in Royal Oak. That was cool. I've lived in Royal Oak for a year, and hadn't ever set foot in the place. I don't like martini's much, and I don't smoke cigars.

But of course, a bar being a bar, they served other drinks. I had a tasty gin and tonic. And I knew the bartender, so he bought it for me.

We then headed over to the Peking House, where I'm not kidding. They've got giant lazy susan's in the center of the tables, so once the dishes are set, you simply spin the wheel and decide what you may eat.

A good time was had by me. I was tired this morning, but I blame it on my new morning routine. I now wake up an hour earlier than i had to at my previous job. It's ok, but it's taking some time to adjust. I'm still lucky that we don't start till 9 anyway.

Kind of like banks. Without the pile of money or the tellers, so yeah. It's just the same.

Have a good weekend. Scratch a dog or two.

Thursday, January 26, 2006

ODE to JoE

Today's blog entry is dedicated to my friend Joe.
If you don't know Joe. Read on, and you might learn to love him too.

10 Things I love about Joe.

1. He dances for my entertainment. And that sounds dirty, but it's not. All clothes remain on at all times.

2. Joe is kind. If you're his friend, he makes time for you, even when he doesn't have it.

3. He doesn't judge me when I tell him strange things. He listens, and then adds something even more bizarre.

4. Which brings me to his sense of humor. Anything from a squirrel pushing a basket of ham, to a book of photos with captions about old ladies and hand-guns.

5. Because of him, I finally saw Fight Club. Great movie. Don't judge me, just cause I took 10 years to watch it.

6. He opens doors. And he used to carry my multiple bags of stuff up to my office in the morning.

7. It inspires me to see how much he loves his wife. We spent an evening after work gathering things so he could make her a scrapbook of all their dates, leading up to the proposal. He'd even kept a record of all their emails from when they first started dating.

8. We never run out of things to talk about.

9. He has no idea how awesome he is. He pretends he thinks he's awesome, but he's humble and down to earth.

10. Eating lunch with Joe was often the best part of my work day.

I've never met anybody like him, and I thank God for bringing me such a good friend.
So, there you go.

The beauty of Joe in a nutshell.

Wednesday, January 25, 2006

Footloose No More

So, let's talk about Sean Penn's brother, who most people refer to most often as the, "guy from Footloose."
Apparently he has died. Cause of death TBD. He is best known as Willard.

Kevin Bacon's nerdy, but cool friend who learned to bust a move under the steady care of Mr. Bacon's, character, Ren.
And yes, I've seen this movie a few times. Admit it. You stop everytime it scrolls by on your 100 channel cable extravenganza.

Why? Because it's cheesy and yet very entertaining, and so 80's. Come on. A town without dancing? How innocent is that?

Now days, it would have to be something much darker, and it wouldn't be the same.
We say goodbye Willard...We will miss you.
Let's hear it for the boy.
And sadly now, your brother Sean, he'll be even more angry.

Tuesday, January 24, 2006

Baby Got Back

That's right. I've got back. Or a big ol' booty.

What can I do?

Well, for one thing, I've decided to go into chocolate detox, because I have a chocolate addiction, which turned into a cheese addiction on the break between Christmas and New Year's. But you know what?

It's ok. I'm going to get it under control. One day at a time. I've just started Pilates, which doesn't feel like your doing anything, until you find yourself bend like a bridge and your legs start to shake. It was at the moment, that I thought, hey maybe something's happening here.

As soon as I get paid, I'll be rejoining my gym, where the treadmills live. That will help.

And onto other news, I've finally got my first couch. Oh sure, I've had couchs before, but never a brand new one. One who's life history will be decided by me and not 3 frat boys and a stale keg.

I'm excited to once again have someplace to sit and read, that I don't have to lie down.

That's all I've got for now. I've got to go sign up for some benefits etc.