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In Your Eyes (...I'm freaking old) [Feb. 9th, 2009|12:38 pm]
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[Current Mood |quixoticquixotic]
[Current Music |O-Zone- Dragostea din tei]

So I volunteer with the wife's organization, where she works with children. Among these children are teenagers, and among these teenagers are Twilight fans.
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phone call bogglefication [Jul. 7th, 2008|11:32 am]
[Current Mood |amusedamused]
[Current Music |The Scotsman Song]

My workplace is not the largest company on the planet, so I sometimes find myself fielding phone calls that do not, strictly speaking, fall under the heading of my official duties. One such phone call occurred about fifteen minutes ago and took the following form.

Me: Good morning, Initrode Corporate Headquarters, this is me speaking, how can I help you?

Caller: Hi, I've got this charge on my credit card for $X with your company's name on it, is it possibly for this specific transaction that I remember making that I'm going to give you all of these details about?

Me: Yes, sir, we do handle that sort of thing so you're probably correct. Did you have any specific questions about the charge or would you just like me to confirm that our records match what you have there?

Caller: No, that's all right, that's all I needed to know.

Now, I know for a fact that I was telling the truth. I have access to all of the relevant data, and after this call ended I looked up the transaction out of idle curiosity. However, in the moments after the call I found myself wondering how the conversation might have gone if I had not been representing a legitimate company, but was instead a naughty naughty scammer of the worst sort. The answer I came up with? Exactly the way it did. *sigh*
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I am a rehearsing fool [May. 30th, 2008|12:53 pm]
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[Current Mood |bouncybouncy]
[Current Music |Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat- Benjamin Calypso]

...plus or minus the "rehearsing", depending on the date and time.

I showed up for my first rehearsal last night after a friend told me that they were in need of brothers for a production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, so I'll be doing that for the next month. Based only on my brief exposure, it looks like it will be a very good time. Inexplicably missing my Seussical cast now, but just being able to get back into this sort of thing is all manner of fun and exciting.

For one month, I get to play a thespian again. And there was much rejoicing.
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Horribly, Horribly Deformed Movie Quotes [Apr. 22nd, 2008|10:24 pm]
[Current Mood |chipperchipper]
[Current Music |Carbon Leaf- I Know the Reason]

Silly, silly film quotes.Collapse )
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another meme, stolen cheerfully from a friend [Nov. 25th, 2007|11:17 pm]
[Current Mood |rejuvenatedrejuvenated]
[Current Music |Rent- No Day But Today]

If you ask I will (in time)...

1. Tell you why I friended you.

2. Associate you with something - fandom, a song, a colour, a photo, etc.

3. Tell you something I like about you.

4. Tell you a memory I have of you.

5. Ask something I want to know about you.

6. Tell you my favorite userpic of yours.

If you want to pass this along, and/or respond with a set for me, feel free, but you don't have to.
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Geek Social Fallacies [Aug. 22nd, 2007|01:52 pm]
[Current Mood |pensivepensive]
[Current Music |Taking Back Sunday- MakeDamnSure]

I had the opportunity to chat with (read: rant to) a very old and very dear friend last night, and at some point the conversation turned to geek socialization and odd little trends we've observed in various groups. I've included a link that she shared with me below; it's uncanny in its accuracy, at least with respect to my experiences in the circles I run in...worth a quick read, if for no other reason than mild curiosity.

[Edited: silly link moved. Blarg.]

I feel somewhat better now.
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inexplicable melancholy [Aug. 13th, 2007|10:12 pm]
[Current Mood |discontentdiscontent]
[Current Music |My Chemical Romance- I'm Not Okay]

Ain't nobody gonna read this glum nonsense. Still, I vent:Collapse )
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Schwartz Awakening and other miscellaney [Jun. 23rd, 2007|09:43 pm]
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[Current Mood |relievedrelieved]
[Current Music |Spring Awakening]

So I got turned on to Spring Awakening. It's a newish musical that, in the misquoted words of the friend who introduced me to it, "does what Rent tried to do with the rock music and couldn't quite manage". "My Junk" is one of the sweetest songs I've heard in a long time, in a kind of twisted sort of way. All of the songs pretty much have me hooked, really. Almost feels like I'm 13 again and discovering Rush or Phantom or one of the million kinds of music that just got me.

Also posted the pictures that we took in Ireland, they're at http://picasaweb.google.com/branden.schwartz/. The files are all named properly at least, but captions will be missing until we have scads more time to go through them.

On a less-happy note, the day after we got back to the US my mother had an accident and landed herself in the hospital. The surgery went fine ("textbook perfect", according to the doctors) and she's doing all right, so thanks to everyone for their prayers and good mojo, but it was a little more fear and excitement than I wanted to have in my life this weekend thankyouverymuch. I never thought it would be an issue, but I had a heart-to-heart with her and informed her that she's not allowed to do that again.

I've put some serious thought into it and have decided that I absolutely detest jet lag, which I have never gotten in my life until now. That is all.
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Hey look, vacation! [Jun. 21st, 2007|06:40 pm]
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[Current Mood |tiredtired]
[Current Music |Spring Awakening- All That's Known]

Back in March, I found out that I might have the opportunity to go to Ireland with the wife for job-related reasons (her job, not mine). I made a point of not mentioning this until I knew that it was a certainty, not wanting to get my own hopes up in case it didn't end up happening. Held my breath through the passport application process, made arrangements to have the cats cat-sat, packed, and left. Very much planned to post updates so people would know that I'd be out of the country, very much let that slip through the cracks in my haste to deal with so many other things. Realized that I'd forgotten to let people know when a good friend called my mobile and seemed surprised when I told her it was 2 AM for me because I was in Dublin. Oops.

So...I'm back home now. Pictures may be posted, stories may be told. Overall, it was a very nice trip.
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fears and worries [Apr. 9th, 2007|10:00 pm]
[Current Mood |worriedworried]

I found out earlier tonight that a dear friend is dealing with some exceptionally unpleasant and potentially very very bad things. She doesn't read LJ, and hasn't put up with me for nearly as long as the majority of the people who are likely to be reading this, but she's no less deserving of happiness for all that. If you're in the habit of praying or wishing good things in this or that general direction, and if you're inclined to do so for someone you've never met, it would be appreciated.

Actual updates coming soon, hopefully...but for now, prayer. Lots and lots of prayer.
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