The First Day of the Rest of My Life

Monday, January 01, 2007

(The Edited Version, as told to veritate over ICQ about nine hours ago)

Me- 02:00 AM: Happy New Year!
veritate- 02:00 AM: Happy new year, my Bevo!
Me- 02:00 AM: Did it just hit midnight over there?
veritate-02:00 AM: An hour ago.
Me- 02:01 AM: Time zones always confuse me... Happy 2007!
veritate- 02:01 AM: You too!
Me- 02:01 AM: So how are you?
veritate- 02:01 AM: Sleepy. Heh.
veritate- 02:02 AM: I crashed at about 9:00 pm.
Me- 02:02 AM: You wild woman, you.
veritate- 02:03 AM: *giggle*
veritate- 02:03 AM: I just wanted to stay in tonight. All the others went to some crazy black & white masquerade.
Me- 02:04 AM: Sounds like fun. I just came from a place where I admitted to a roomful of strangers (and crushes) that I (censored).
veritate- 02:04 AM: That you what (censored)?
Me- 02:05 AM: er, had (censored),
veritate-02:05 AM: Was there drinking prior to this admission?
Me- 02:06 AM: Some champagne was had, yes.
veritate- 02:06 AM: Yeah. Sorta' makes sense.
Me- 02:06 AM: Then a game of "I never."
veritate- 02:06 AM: "I never?
Me- 02:07 AM: You never played "I never"?
veritate- 02:07 AM: Nopers.
Me- 02:07 AM: Okay. Basic premise:
Me- 02:07 AM: everyone sits in a circle with a drink.
Me- 02:08 AM: One at a time, players give a sentence starting with the words, "I never..."
Me- 02:08 AM: (e.g. "I never saw E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.")
Me- 02:09 AM: All those who have done whatever was stated drink.
Me- 02:09 AM: In other words, everyone who HAS seen E.T. drinks.
Me- 02:09 AM: It's a fun way to get drunk and learn about your friends at the same time.
veritate- 02:09 AM: Kewl.
veritate- 02:09 AM: I could get everyone sloshed.
Me- 02:10 AM: Maybe.
Me- 02:10 AM: Of course, it can get bad when everyone gangs up on you by saying stuff that pertains ONLY to you.
veritate- 02:11 AM: like, I've never dressed as a Jedi?
Me- 02:11AM: Yep.
veritate- 02:11 AM: Ah.
Me- 02:11 AM: Or, "I've never lived in Whitecourt" or "I've never hugged a Texan."
veritate- 02:11 AM: Tee hee!
Me- 02:12 AM: So I thought I'd be more upset about not having anyone to kiss at midnight, but it's not really that bad.
Me- 02:12 AM: Of course, the slight buzz I have going helps things.
veritate- 02:12 AM: Yep.
Me- 02:13 AM: So I had a realization a la Family Guy (minus the Grim Reaper and Peter Frampton)...
veritate- 02:13 AM: ... okay
Me- 02:14 AM: I've got a pretty good life.
veritate- 02:14 AM: Woo hoo! Yes, you do.
Me- 02:15 AM: I realized this while eating at La Madeline near an ice skating rink in Houston.
veritate- 02:16 AM: Nice.
Me- 02:17 AM: I'll have to blog about this soon, but it's something that made me well up a little bit for the second time in about 16 hours.
veritate- 02:18 AM: Aw,
veritate- 02:18 AM: (I wanna' tell you this before I forget - but I don't wanna' get you off-topic - my friend is marching as a Stormtrooper in the Rose Bowl Parade tomorrow morning!)
Me- 02:19 AM: Doubt I'll be awake for it, but I'll try to catch it. That should be fun. (Editor's note: I was awake for it, but other things like The Price Is Right, football and showering took precedence, so I missed out.)
veritate- 02:20 AM: Lucasfilm flew her down to California for it. She was selected, along with 400 other troops, out of 20,000 who sent in marching videos. They're marching to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Star Wars. She's had dinner with George Lucas.
Me- 02:21 AM: Damn, impressive. Did I meet her?
veritate- 02:21 AM: Um... I don't think so. She was a trooper at the Stampede, but I don't think you spoke with her.
Me- 02:22 AM: No. I only saw laughingmagpie, whose real name I can't remember.
veritate- 02:24 AM: Jen.
veritate- 02:24 AM: Her name is Jen.
Me- 02:24 AM: Jen! That's right.
Me- 02:24 AM: Anyway, good for your friend. That should be fun.
veritate- 02:25 AM: It'll be gruelling, but we're so proud of her.
veritate- 02:25 AM: Anyway... you were telling me about welling up.
Me- 02:27 AM: Yeah. The first was at a wedding reception during the Groom/Mother dance. (Editor's note: This was a wedding I went to in Houston. Left my place in S.A. at 10:30 am, thinking the ceremony was at 3 pm, when it was at 2 pm. Since the church was on the other side of Houston, I ended up missing it and only going to the reception. Still, it was a nice night. Read on...)
Me- 02:27 AM: The song? "I'll Stand By You" by the Pretenders.
veritate- 02:27 AM: Ah. I have that song on CD.
Me- 02:27 AM: And I don't know why, but I started welling up. No tears on the cheek or anything, but it got to me.
veritate- 02:28 AM: I can get all sappy about anything. It's kinda' pathetic, actually.
Me- 02:28 AM: Not really. Just means you're a girl. ;)
veritate- 02:28 AM: :P
Me- 02:29 AM: Anyway, while my friend V and I were at lunch, I had that realization (she was away from the table at the moment).
veritate- 02:29 AM: Awesome.
Me- 02:30 AM: I basically realized that I have the ability to determine what I can do each day. I have the ability (physical/financial/etc.) to drive to Houston and spend time with friends, eat good food and enjoy their company.
veritate- 02:31 AM: What else could a man want?
Me- 02:31 AM: Well...
veritate- 02:31 AM: Oh, come on.
Me- 02:31 AM: I'm kidding, Rae.
veritate- 02:31 AM: Good. :)
Me- 02:31 AM: I'm gonna TRY not to make that such a big thing this year.
Me- 02:32 AM: (And you can keep the whole "There is no try, only do or do not" speech...)
veritate- 02:32 AM: It seriously didn't occur to me.
Me- 02:32 AM: It did to me, probably only because of the booze.
veritate- 02:32 AM: Heh.
Me- 02:33 AM: Oh, and I got a great idea for when/if I get married for a takeaway gift.
veritate- 02:33 AM: Oo!
Me- 02:33 AM: Mixtapes.
veritate- 02:33 AM: Awesome... except, make them cd's.
veritate- 02:33 AM: ;)
Me- 02:34 AM: Well, they were CDs, I'm just using the general term.
veritate- 02:34 AM: I know. I'm being a goof.
Me- 02:34 AM: Really? I hadn't noticed.
veritate- 02:34 AM: *scoff* ... That's an awesome idea, Greg.
Me- 02:35 AM: Yeah, they had some cool songs. Some standards, some country, and capped it off with "Ain't No Stopping Us Now."
veritate- 02:36 AM: Nice.
Me- 02:38 AM: And I'm still wondering what a Tourtierres is...
veritate- 02:40 AM:
veritate- 02:40 AM: Tourtiere is a French Canadian meat pie.
veritate- 02:40 AM: My mother learned to make them from my paternal grandmother.
veritate- 02:41 AM: They are so delicious.
Me- 02:43 AM: Meat pie. Got it.
veritate- 02:43 AM: Not just any meat pie, though.
veritate- 02:43 AM: So delicious, words fail to describe.
veritate- 02:47 AM: Anyway, my Bevo, my head is fuzzy and I need to go to bed. Besides that, it's really late where you are!
Me- 02:48 AM: It's only 2:47... ;)
veritate- 02:48 AM: Yeah! I KNOW!
veritate: 02:48 AM: That's super late.
Me- 02:48 AMGoodnight, Rae. Happy New Year.
veritate- 02:48 AM: You too!
veritate- 02:48 AM: G'nite.

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